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I have some really exciting news to share with you… well at least I think it is exciting!  Hillshire Farm invited me to try their new Gourmet Creations Sausage, and create a “Simplicious Dishes Recipe” for my family. My recipe will be recreated this weekend in New York City at the Blogher conference, were thousands of bloggers will be meeting.  Hillshire Farm will be giving away samples of my recipe at their booth in the expo hall.  Wow! Just a little pressure, but such honor to be picked as a featured blogger!

 I was given the Chicken Apple with Gouda Cheese Sausage to try.  I will be honest this is not a flavor I would normally purchase, so I was not sure what to expect.   These are fully cooked, so all I did was slice them and heat them in a skillet.  They smelled great while cooking and as for the taste…. well they tasted even better!  The perfect blend of sweet but savory flavors.

It has been really hot the last few weeks so I decided to see how these would taste in a green salad. With our favorite homemade poppy seed dressing and glazed pecans  (recipe below).  It looked pretty, but how did it taste?   It was absolutely delicious, the Chicken Apple Gouda Sausage really complimented the tart apples and the sweet pecans and craisins.

But then the real question what would the family think?  Would my 4 little ones and husband eat it? Right off the bat they were eager to eat the sausage, but also enjoyed their salad as well.  My kids all asked for more and ate every last bite.  When I asked them what they thought of the new salad Mommy created, they all just gave me a thumbs up because their mouths were full and they were too busy eating.  I laughed and said so I guess this salad gets Six-Thumbs-Ups…. so that is what we decided to call it ” Six-Thumbs-Up Salad”.

Salad ingredients needed

  • 5oz (about 7 cups) Spring Salad Mix
  • 1 – 12oz package of Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Chicken Apple with Gouda Cheese Sausage (sliced and heated in a skillet)
  • 1 cup glazed pecans 
  • 1 large green apple chopped or sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 small red onion chopped or sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup craisins

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

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Just wanted to give you a heads up that I have been invited to be the featured Business of the Week on KBOI 670 radio tomorrow.  Matt and I will be  on the air tomorrow at 7:37.  I am not sure if they will pre record or not, but I assume we will be on between 7:30-8:00 mst.  I am honored to be invited on air, and invite our readers to listen (no telling what crazy things will come out of this sleep deprived brain early in the morning).  You can listen online via this link.  My Dad has been listening to KBOI ever since I was a little girl, so I know I will have at least one fan listening!

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Last year Green Giant invited Matt and I on a trip to the Valley of the Green Giant.  We were able to go behind the scenes and get a hands on view of  how vegetables are picked at the peek of freshness and packaged in less than 8 hours.  We had a wonderful time and we are grateful for this experience.  I thought you may like to watch this short clip Green Giant just posted….. can you spot A Thrifty Mom!

If you can not see this you can view it here  here,

You may also want to check out this recipe for Creamy Mexican Corn Dip using Green Giant corn… I love it!

Disclaimer~ Green Giant paid for our trip but all views and opinions are our own.

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If you are looking for some thrifty tips on ways to save on veggies then you may want to take a look at this article on Green Giant Blog today.  It is only part one so many more tips are on the way.  A Thrifty Mom was honored to be one of the featured  blogs to offer our money saving tips.

 

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I was honored to be asked to take part as a Frugal Blogger in the All You Grocery Challenge. Today A Thrifty Mom was featured on their site.  Here is part of the story:

Growing up on a small farm in Middleton, Idaho, Sarah Barrand learned at a young age that day or night, there were always chores to do. Her mother taught her she could be happy with less and told her to always put her needs in front of her wants.

Sarah kept these lessons in the back of her mind, but didn’t always follow them as an adult. Pleased with her job, she thought she had “made it” and started buying frivolously.  “Suddenly, I realized I had a lot of bills to pay,” Sarah says. On top of that, her husband was $10,000 in debt. Together, they decided to get out of debt and spend no more than $10 to $15 per week on groceries.

Their first child, Matthew, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome – a condition that meant the left side of his heart was severely underdeveloped. For three years, the Barrands would travel frequently for Matthew’s surgeries.

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I was also the featured in this article Live a fulfilling, Frugal lifestyle with one Frugal Blogger’s tips

Take couponing seriously. “Extreme couponing is like a fad diet. At first, people get really excited about all the savings that can be had. They shop every store, grab every deal and buy a ridiculous amount of products just because they’re free. You can’t maintain this lifestyle without hitting a coupon burnout. Just like a fad diet, you can’t make it a way of life.”

*  Prevent frustration with the ultimate couponing guide!

Double up. “My biggest saving strategy is to coordinate using coupons with a sale item to get the lowest shelf price. Plus, I try to save at least five of the same coupon so I can get multiplies of a product and save on each one. I’ve even stocked up on one year’s worth of a particular item!”

* Stock up on canned foods to make simple and quick dishes.

Determine your wants and needs. “It takes dedication not to make impulse buys. And it’s important to plan your meals around what you already have in the house.”

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Thanks Alyssa at All You it was a pleasure to work with you!

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