Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Birthday Freebies!

In honor of my birthday (25!) I thought I would share some birthday freebies that I have been enjoying for the last few years. Getting these emails in my inbox every year is one of the most exciting parts of my birthday!

Because I live in Utah, I am only listing offers available to me. There are literally dozens of restaurants throughout the country that offer birthday freebies, and a quick Google search can help you find loads more! The one's I've listed are those I have had success with and most are free without any purchase required.

I also recommend perhaps opening up an extra email account specifically for things like this. That way your inbox doesn't get clogged up with other emails these restaurants send throughout the year. 

A&W - Free Rootbeer Float
Click on the "Mug Club" link at the top of the page.

Applebee's - Free Entree or Dessert
In the past I have gotten coupons for free appetizers or desserts, but this year it's a free entree with purchase of another.

Arby's - Free Shake w/Purchase
You also get a coupon for a free roast beef sandwich with purchase upon signing up.

Archibald's Restaurant - Free Entree
This restaurant is at Gardner Village in West Jordan

Auntie Anne's - Free Pretzel

Baskin Robbins - Free Scoop of Ice Cream
You can also add family members so they can get free ice cream as well!

Benihana - $30 Gift Certificate
This freebie is awesome. We used this one for my birthday dinner last year. Delish!

Black Bear Diner - Free Entree or Breakfast

Buca di Beppo - Free Dessert
They will also send you a freebie on your anniversary

Buffalo Wild Wings - Free Snack Size Wings

Carino's - Free Dessert
Eclub sign up is at the bottom of the page

Chili's - Free Dessert
Email sign up is on left side of the page

Christopher's Steak House - Free Filet Mignon
This entree is worth $25!

Corner Bakery Cafe - Free Baked Goodie

Culver's - Free Sundae

Del Taco - Free Shake
I love me some Del Taco!

Denny's - Free Grand Slam
The birthday club signup is under the "Specials" tab

Dickey's - Free Big BBQ Sandwich
Just try and forget about the recent "poison tea" incident and grab a free sandwich! We like it with Beef Brisket. Mmm!

Famous Dave's - Free Food
I've found that the birthday coupon varies each year on what you get.

Fazoli's - Free Dessert

Firehouse Subs - Free Medium Sub
For this freebie, you don't need a coupon. You simply show up on your actual birthday and show your ID. You can sign up for the newsletter and they will send you a reminder before your birthday. (This has been my birthday lunch for the last 3 years!)

Honeybaked Ham - Free Ham Sandwich
You also get a free Ham Sandwich just for signing up! This was yesterday's lunch. So yummy!

HuHot Mongolian Grill - Free Meal

IHOP - Free Pancake Meal

Jason's Deli - $5 Gift Card

Johnny Rocket's - Free Hamburger w/ Purchase

Krispy Kreme - Free Doughnut

Longhorn Steakhouse - Free Dessert
I've yet to try this restaurant, but my in-law's tell me it's delicious!

Macaroni Grill - Free Cake

Marble Slab Creamery - Free Cone w/Mix-in
Their Chocolate Swiss ice cream is my favorite!

The Melting Pot - Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Mimi's Cafe - Free Dessert
You also get a free 4-pack of muffins for signing up. Their Honey Bran muffin is my FAVORITE MUFFIN EVER.

Noodles and Company - Free Pasta Bowl
I love this offer. You get a free bowl of pasta up to $9! Sometimes, if your order is less than $9 they will throw in a drink for free as well.

Nothing Bundt Cakes - Free Bundtlet

Orange Julius - Free Drink

Papa Murphy's - Free Cookie Dough

Pretzelmaker - Free Pretzel Bites w/Drink purchase
They also send you a coupon for a free Pretzel w/purchase for signing up.

Red Robin - Free Burger
I HIGHLY recommend the Chicken Teriyaki.

Rodizio - Free Full Rodizio
I love this offer! It's really a buy one, get one free but it's a great value and so delicious.

Rubios - Free Meal up to $7
Another one of my favorites! Their Classic Chicken Burrito Especial is amazing. 

Sbarro - Free Slice of Cheese Pizza

Schlotzsky's - Free Sandwich

Smashburger - Free Shake
I haven't tried these yet, but I hear they make the shakes with Haagan-Daaz? YUM.

Texas Roadhouse - Free Appetizer
They also send out all kinds of coupons throughout the year.

Tucano's - Free Meal
This one comes by way of postcard in your mail. It's good for the entire month of your birthday.

Wienerschnitzel - Free Corn Dog



I'll also throw out there that many retail places offer birthday freebies too. I'm too tired to link em all up, but some of my favorites you can search for are Aveda, BareMinerals, Sephora, World Market, Redbox, and Kmart.

Also, please let me know if any of the links don't work for ya. :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mexican Omelette

So i've been playing around with omelette's lately.  I definitely still need some practice on shaping them right or whatever, but the amount of eggs we've been getting from our chickens has me trying anyway. I made a few that were just all right, but when I made this one, I was in heaven. I made it for lunch three days in a row!

Mexican Omelette

Ingredients
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp Chopped Cilantro
2 Tbsp Diced Bell Pepper
1 Tbsp Cotija Cheese
1 Tbsp Butter
 

 I don't know if I even know the proper way to make an omelette, but first I put the butter in a pan and heat it up on high.
Meanwhile, scramble your eggs.
When the butter is all melted, pour in your eggs. You'll want to push the cooked eggs out of the way to let the runny eggs cook as well. Does that make sense?
Let the eggs cook until they just start to set on the top. (Sometimes I do the fancy flipping thing where you grab the pan and flick your wrist, but not usually.)
Then add your peppers, cilantro and cheese onto one half of the eggs.
Fold the other half on top of the filling, and you are good to go!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Whats for Lunch Wednesday: Open-Faced Veggie Burger

What's for lunch Wednesday is less about sharing new recipes, and more about keepin' it real. This is what I REALLY had for lunch today! Sometimes I slip and eat junk. Sometimes it's gourmet. This series is to not only inspire quick lunchtime ideas, but to show that we are not all perfect in eating the right thing at every single meal.
  
I don't often eat veggie burgers,  because real ones taste too darn delicious, but I've been wanting to eat some of the things that have been hiding in the back of my freezer. I decided to forgo any kind of bun and enjoy this burger with just some toppings and a fork. There's no real recipe here, although I may share the recipe for the mayo later. Top this sucker with anything your heart desires. I just went with more basic hamburger toppings because it's what I had on hand.

Open-Faced Veggie Burger

Ingredients
One soy-free organic veggie patty
Homemade Mayonnaise
Organic Ketchup
Shredded Spinach
Sliced tomato or chopped cherry tomatoes

Pan-fry your patty in some avocado oil and then pile on the toppings! Easy, right? 


Monday, August 4, 2014

Under the Sea Birthday Party!

So, I thought it might be fun to share some pictures from my daughter's 4th birthday party! The theme was Under the Sea/The Little Mermaid. I wish I could say the ideas are all my own, but Pinterest did about 90% of the work for me.

We'll start with the food!
I had so much fun putting up these little "seaweed" streamers. What an easy way to add a backdrop for a dessert table!

Lounging in the brown sugar sand were marshmallow octopuses (octopi?) and nilla wafer clams. All accompanied by chocolate pearls.

 Her cake was super simple and obviously suffered a little mishap on the side there. I don't know why I didn't turn the cake to take the picture. Guess I wasn't paying attention.

We had Beach Trifles, with graham cracker sand and blue jello topped with whipped cream (clouds maybe?)

 Of course we had to have goldfish in a giant fishbowl.

I let my daughter help decorate the blue velvet cupcakes. Just some buttercream frosting  with candy fish on top. Nothing too hard.

These were my favorite. Sand Dollar cookies. I just made a batch of simple sugar cookies and pressed slivered almonds on top while the cookies were still warm. So easy and really, really tasty. 

 I made a really simple BLT shell pasta salad. It was just bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and pasta, tossed in some mayonnaise and ranch. Season with salt and pepper and you're done!

Crabwiches! The sandwiches were build-your-own, but I stuck these cute little DIY eyes into the croissants. I can't believe I didn't get a picture of our Starfish PB&J sandwiches though. 


The main attraction was our swimming pool, but I had a few games available as well. First up was the fishing booth where all the kids went fishing for their favor bags.  Favors included sunglasses, toy telescopes, and some bubbles.

I also made a bean bag toss game, which was my little toddlers favorite.

 The wind was being a little crazy, but I also made this fun photo booth for all the kids to take pictures with Katie. I printed out the photos and included them in the thank you cards.


The party was so fun! I try to keep us all on a whole foods diet, but I couldn't help but pack in the sugar for the party. What's wrong with a little splurging for a birthday? :)

A HUGE thank you to my sister and her husband, who helped with food, set-up, everything. They also brought their fun bubble machine! Another thank you to my parents who also helped with food and set-up, as well as bringing a large pop up to provide us all with some much needed shade.
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