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Monday, December 10, 2018

Sams Club Gift Of Membership Giveaway! #CommCoffeeAtSams

Disclosure: This Post has been sponsored by Savings.com. However, all opinions expressed are my own.




Sam's Plus Gift Of Membership Giveaway!

If you love giveaways, this post is for you! I am excited to share the Sam’s Club Membership Giveaway, which just takes a few seconds to enter!

Sam’s Club offers some great prices on Community Coffee and to promote it they’re giving away Sam’s membership cards. Enter here to win one of  5 $100 Sam's Plus Gift of Membership gift cards.  This contest is hosted by Savings.com.

The contest will run thru Monday, December 31st at 11:59 pm ET.  Simply enter your email address on the form at the top of the page.  Winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Wednesday (1/2) via the email address they used to enter.


  • Monday, December 10th at 12:00 AM ET to Monday, December 31st at 11:59 PM ET.
  • Five (5) winners will receive a $100 Sam's Club Membership gift card.
  • Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Sam's Club page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
  • The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Wednesday (1/2) via the email address they used to enter.
  • See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions, and other important details.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dairy Free Chocolate Pretzel Pie

This pie is so creamy and chocolate!


They could not even tell it was dairy-free.

 My family loves chocolate pie and every year that is what I make at Thanksgiving instead of pumpkin pie. My family already enjoys pumpkin pie in October as that is what my teen wants for his birthday instead of cake. This chocolate pie tradition started back in 2013 when I made this creamy mint chocolate pie. This year things were different as I discovered that a milk allergy was the cause of my severe asthma symptoms so that meant that I was not able to make my families favorite pie. I really wanted to but I knew that I could not resist tasting it. I made that mistake when I made a buttercream frosting last month for my other son's birthday and I coughed all night. So I had to find a recipe for a dairy-free chocolate pie that my family and I could enjoy. I came across several online that were gluten-free and dairy-free but I can have wheat so there was no need to make it gluten-free. So I made some modifications and made a delicious pie that my family enjoyed. They could not even tell it was dairy-free. This is a pie that vegan lovers will enjoy.

Pretzels and chocolate come together for an amazing taste!

 My delicious creamy chocolate pie has a crust that is made from crushed pretzels. The salt in the pretzels just add wonderful flavor to the chocolate pie, think salted chocolate! I used dairy-free chocolate chips along with coconut milk and that gave this pie amazing flavor. Who knew that coconut milk could turn dark chocolate chips into dairy-free milk chocolate chips. The chocolate chips that I used were from Enjoy Life. I wanted to use Nestle Toll House Simply Delicious Morsels but they are hard to find in the stores. I have only seen them once at Target but that store is far away from my house. The Nestle Toll House chips are my favorite and I need to stock up on them next time I find them. These chocolate chips are allergy friendly and made for people who follow a vegan diet. You can even make this delicious pie gluten-free by using gluten-free pretzels.

You will have a hard time believing this creamy chocolate pie is dairy free

  This creamy chocolate pie did take a while to make but it was so worth it. I have already made this pie two times as my family loves it. I so thought that it being dairy-free would keep them from eating the chocolate pie but nope, once the pie is made it is gone in two days after everyone eats 2 slices. This pie also tastes great with dairy-free whip topping. For Thanksgiving, I was able to find a coconut whip topping in a spray can made by Silk but when I went back to the store after the holidays, the store had none left. So I only put regular whip topping on individual pieces of pie instead of the whole pie. My family has already requested that I make this pie at Christmas and I will be doing just that but will have to use coconut milk for the almond milk as my daughter has a nut allergy. I may also add a peppermint taste to this pie with pure peppermint extract. I am glad that my daughter lives on her own as her nut allergy and my milk allergy can be challenging when we eat out.

Chocolate and salt make an amazing taste-think salted chocolate


Dairy Free Chocolate Pretzel Pie

INGREDIENTS
FOR THE CRUST:
3 1/2 cups pretzels crushed into small pieces
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons vegan butter, melted

FOR THE GANACHE:
1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
2 teaspoons coconut oil

FOR THE CHOCOLATE PUDDING:
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 (13.5oz) canned (not boxed) coconut milk
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon vegan butter


INSTRUCTIONS

MAKE THE CRUST:
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.
2. Place the pretzels in a large bowl and crush into small pieces with a potato masher. Pour into a bowl and add the brown sugar and vegan butter. Stir to combine.
3. Pour into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for 10-12 minutes until toasted. Let cool for 15-20 minutes before filling with the ganache.

MAKE THE GANACHE:
Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave at 50% power for 30-45 seconds, stopping to stir every 15 seconds. Stir until totally smooth. Pour and spread over the bottom of the prepared crust. Let it set slightly before adding the pudding, about 30 minutes.

MAKE THE PUDDING:
1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, cornstarch, sugar, and pinch of salt. Over medium heat while whisking, add the coconut milk and almond milk. Whisk until totally smooth. Continue to whisk until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. One the mixture bubbles continue to whisk and cook for another 2 minutes until thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips, vanilla, and vegan butter. Set the pan aside and let it cool to room temperature.

2. Pour the pudding into the crust. Smooth, then refrigerate until set, about 2 hours or up to 12 hours.

Top with dairy-free whip topping if desired and or additional pretzels.

Friday, December 7, 2018

FREE Aloe Gloe Drink


Coupon Details

FREE Aloe Gloe Receive ONE (1) FREE Aloe Gloe Organic Aloe Water (15.2 fl oz). Available in most stores.

Exp 12/23/2018


This Friday, December 7th, 2018– ONLY, you can load a coupon to your Kroger (or Affiliate) Plus Card for  FREE Aloe Gloe Drink
Although 12/07/2018 is the only day that you can load the coupon, the coupon offer is redeemable through 12/23/2018

           https://kroger.softcoin.com/programs/kroger/freefri/

What is the Free Friday Download?
Every Friday, you can download a digital coupon for a FREE item! This offer is available exclusively to Customers with a Smiths Food and Drug or other Kroger store reward card.

How does it work?
Visit this page on Fridays.
Download the digital coupon for the product between 12am-11:59pm PT. You can view your coupon under the "My Coupons" section of your digital account or the Mobile App.

Redeem your coupon in-store within 2 weeks.
Your coupon will automatically be applied at checkout when you use your Shopper's Card.
Remember to check back the next Friday for a new offer!

Don't forget to save even more money with other great coupons under the Savings & Rewards Tab!


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Quick & Easy Peppermint Bark~ Dairy Free Version

This peppermint bark is so easy to make and only uses 2 ingredients!


  My son needed a holiday treat for his school party and I was short on time. So I made peppermint bark. His whole class loved the candy and everyone requested the recipe. They were shocked at how easy it was to make. This delicious peppermint candy only needs white chocolate chips and candy canes. It can be made in less than 30 minutes. You will never buy storebought peppermint bark again. You can also make this recipe with milk chocolate chips for a chocolate peppermint bark or if you have a dairy allergy then you can use dairy-free chocolate chips. I wish that I could find dairy-free white chocolate chips but no luck yet.

Quick & Easy Peppermint Bark
   1 bag white or milk chocolate chips (for a dairy-free version use dairy-free chocolate chips)
     1 box 12 count candy canes

Unwrap the candy canes and crush into small pieces. I crushed my candy canes in my blender on chop for a couple of seconds. If you don't have a blender or food processor, you can crush them in a bowl with a potato masher or in a ziplock bag. Set the candy aside and line a baking sheet with a silicone sheet, wax paper, or parchment paper. Place the white chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl and cook on high for 1 and a half minutes. Stir and cook in 30-second increments until melted. Make sure to stir after each 30-second cookings. Do not lick the spoon as doing so will get moisture on the chocolate and cause it to crumbled and not melt. Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the crushed candy canes. Then spread the mixture on the lined baking sheet and smooth it out to cover the entire pan. Let cool for an hour or until hard. Then break the candy into pieces.


Makes a great gift!


  My church was collecting desserts for a school holiday food drive and I decided to place the candy canes and the white chocolate chips into a mason jar so that the family could make the bark. I know that I love cooking with my kids so I want others to have that same joy. I printed the recipe on a photo card and then tied it to the jar. I also added a cute label that I found online. It was such a festive looking gift.

A delicious treat 

  My family loves peppermint bark and always request for me to make it around the holidays. It is such an easy Christmas treat to make and it is also so easy to make for holiday potlucks and Christmas parties. I think this will be the treat this year that I make for the neighbors on Christmas Eve. After Christmas when the candy canes go on sale, I always buy plenty of boxes as they keep until the next Christmas. So if you need a delicious treat for a party or a hostess gift, you need to make this.
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