Recipe: Sunshine Cake

This is a favorite family recipe. A family friend made it for a women’s get together for church when I was a girl. We got the recipe from her and the rest is history. So here’s to you Nancy!

SunShine Cake

What you’ll need:

1 Yellow Box Cake mix

3/4 cup Cooking oil

4 Eggs

1 11oz can of Mandarin oranges (juice included)

1 8oz container of Cool Whip thawed

1 20oz can of crushed Pineapple (juice included)

1 small box of Vanilla Pudding


Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees

Grease a 9×13 pan

Mix cake mix, oil, eggs and Mandarin oranges together

Pour into greased pan and bake for 35 minutes.

Allow to cool completely


Thoroughly mix Cool Whip, pudding and pineapple together

Spread on top

You can serve immediately or place in the refrigerator to allow topping to firm slightly. Either way is fine but I like it chilled better.

I am linking to Tasty Tuesday over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam!

Great Grocery Deals: July 6th-12th

Here are the deals and steals for this week in the Omaha area.


Sargento or Kraft Cheese $1.99

Activia yogurt 4ct $1.88

Dillions Large Eggs $.99

Organic Strawberries 16oz $2.99

Blackberries or Raspberries 6oz $2.99

Buy 10 Get $3 off at Checkout (reflects prices after 10 item discount)

Capri Sun or Kool-Aid Jammers $1.67

Pillsbury Grands Biscuits $.99

Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue 12 Double Roll $5.99

Coca-Cola Products 2lt $.89

Gatorade or G2 $.69

Cheetos or Fritos $1.69

Breyers Ice Cream $2.99


Pwerade Sports Drink 32oz $.49

Pillsbury Classic Brownies 19.5oz-Fudge or Milk Chocolate $.99

Hy-Vee Pasta 16oz $.88

Green Peppers 2/$1

Green Giant Klondike Rose Baby Potatoes 3lb Bag $1.88

Hy-Vee 100% Natural Fresh Whole Chicken $.79/lb (this will go great with their two-day meat sale-see below)

Midwest Country Fare Vegetables $.88

Charmin Basic Bathroom Tissues 12 double Roll $5.68

Bounty Basic Paper Towels 8 regular or 6 big rolls $5.68

2-Day Sale Friday and Saturday

Pepsi Products 6pk Bottles 4/$10

Driscoll’s Red Ripe Strawberries 4lb pkg $4.99 ($1.25/lb)

15% off All the meat, seafood, lunch meat, cheese and delicatessen items you can fit into one of their grocery sacks!-This is great for items that never go on sale or you have a great coupon for. My dad’s bologna never is included in sales because it’s all beef, so I am going to stock up!

Bag ‘N’ Save

Yellow Peaches or Nectarines $.97/lb

Bounty Paper Towels 8 regular rolls $5.97

Little Debbie Snack Cakes $.99

Yellow or Zucchini Squash $.99/lb

3-Day Sale-Friday, Saturday and Sunday

All Kellogg’s Cereals are 50% off while supplies last

No Frills Supermarkets

Summerripe California Peaches $.99/lb

Little Debbie Snacks $.99

Cottonelle Bath Tissues 12 double rolls $5.88

Viva Paper Towels 6 rolls $5.88

Our Family Cheese 8oz block or shredded 3/$5 ($1.67 each)


Rotella Italian Sandwich Bread $.99

Barefoot Wine 750ml $3.99

Strawberries $.99/lb

Starkist Tuna Chunk Light water or oil 5oz $.69

Plochman’s Mustard 10.5oz $.99

Pepsi Products 2lt $1.25

Roma Tomatoes $.88/lb

Fresh Leak Lettuce $.99/bunch

All Natural Fresh Whole Chickens $.99/lb

Wimmer’s Natural Casing Wieners 1.5lb $6.99

Wholefoods Market

Organic Cherries are on sale Friday only $2.99/lb (That’s $4 off!)

Also Walgreens has Pepsi Products 2lt on sale through Sunday for $.99.

Great Grocery Deals for June 29th –July 5th

There are some pretty sweet deals for the holiday weekend. I’ll be heading out today or tomorrow to catch some of the weekend sales. Here are the sales I find note worthy.



Kroger Cheese-Block, shredded or sliced $1.79

12pks of Pepsi, coke, 7UP or Dr. Pepper products $2.50 each wyb 4

Boulder Canyon Chips 3/$5

Strawberries 16oz $2.50

Organic Strawberries 16oz $2.99



Lipton Recipe Secrets Soup Mix $1.49

Nabisco Crackers or Ritz Crackers $2

Hy-Vee Hamburger or hot Dog Buns $.99

Organic Kandy Cantaloupe $2.50 each

Arkansas Tomatoes $.99/lb

Blue Bunny Ice Cream 4.25 liter pail $4.99

Hershey’s Syrup $2

Hy-Vee Sour Cream $1.17

Hy-Vee 2 Day Sale June 30th-July 1st

Pepsi Products $.77

Popsicle Pops $.99

80% Lean Fresh Ground Beef -3# roll $5.97 (limit 2)

Red Ripe Whole Seedless Watermelon $3.98 each

Hy-Vee 100% Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.69/lb


Bag ‘N’ Save

Sweet Corn 4/$1

Our Family Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns $.77

Whole Seedless Water Melon $3.98 each

Pepsi, Coca-Cola, 7UP, Dr Pepper, A&W 12pks or 6pks $2.50 WYB 4

84% Lean Ground Chuck-Family Pack $1.99/lb

Wimmer’s Natural Casing Wieners $6.99

Kraft Marshmallows 10oz $.99

Kraft Pourable Dressing 16oz 3/$5

Mars Candy Bars 2/$1

Blue Bunny Ice Cream pail $4.95

Cool Whip $.99

Farmland Bacon 16oz $3.98


No Frills Supermarkets

Green Seedless Grapes $.98/lb

Fritos, Cheetos or Doritos 8.5-9oz $1.88

80% Ground Beef-Sold in 10# tubes $1.99/lb

Kraft Marshmallows 10-10.5oz $.99

Cool Whip $.98

Pepsi, 7UP,A&W, Sunkist, Squirt, Sun Drop, Dr Pepper or Canadian Dry 2ltr $1.25

Wimmer’s Natural Casing Wieners $5.99



Blue Bunny Ice Cream pail $4.88

C&H Sugar $1.88

Roberts Sour Cream $.88

Whole Seedless Watermelon $3.49 each

Capri Suns $1.89

Wimmer’s Natural Casing Wieners $6.99

WYB=When You Buy

I how you guys score some great deals this week!

Great Sales This Week in the Big ‘O’

There are some big deals going on this week that equal stock up time! Not just at one store but several, so whether you shop at the specific stores or price match at Wal-mart get out there and save some money!

Here are the highlights of what I will be purchasing:


  • Lay’s Kettle Cokked Chips $2.49 – MQ $1/2  =$1.99 each when you buy 2
  • YoPlus yogurt 2/$3 -IP $1/1 (no longer available),  MQ $.50/1  =as low as $.50
  • Starbucks Coffee 12oz $6.99 – MQ$1.oo/1    =$5.99
  • Hy-Vee Whole Wheat Pasta $.88
  • Mangos $.79 each
  • Red Seadless Grapes $1.48lb
  • 5lbs Bag Russett Potatoes $.88 each

Thursday-Saturday Only

  • Bananas $.37 lb

Bag ‘N’ Save

  • Pop Tarts 8ct 3/$5 MQ $1.25/3 (I found this in a box of nutrigrain bars)   =$3.75 for 3
  • Marcel Small Steps paper towels and 4pk of Toilet paper $.99 MQ Free up to $1.00 off (Expires Sunday so get out there quick!) =FREE
  • Always Infinity Pads $5.79 MQ BOGO FREE + $2/1 (For the one you are paying for)   =$3.79 for 2


  • Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies $1.99 –IP $1/1   =$.99
  • Nutrigrain Bars 2/$5
  • Dr. Pepper $1.00

Saturday Only

  • Kellogg’s Cereal 50% off $1.45-2.05 (There are numerous Kellogg cereal coupons out there)

No Frills

  • Mission Tortillas $1.78 – MQ $.75/1   =$1.03

I am super excited about the Marcel Small Steps deal! I already have four coupons but I have ordered 20 more for $3.00 plus $.94 shipping (I ordered 20 other coupons so shipping is spread out some). They shipped yesterday so cross your fingers that they come by Saturday! It was my first time ordering coupons from a clipping service, so far it was easy enough. I’ll fill you in on the entire experience after I get them.

We’ll see how ambitious I am Tomorrow. We are moving the rest of the furniture for our room from the house in the morning, however I will only have Sammie since my wonderful mom is watching Emma at the farm for us!

She’s Here!


Samantha JaneWell it is official. Samantha Jane was born March 1st at 11:12pm weighing in at 8lbs 14oz and 21 inches long! She is a beauty and a treasure! I will be taking a week or so off from blogging to get to know my new little girl and become aclimated to our now family of four. I will be post soon a list of the upcoming kids consignment sales in the Omaha area so stay tuned for that!

Super Saver Saturday-Great Deals at Bag ‘n’ Save!

   Attention Shoppers!! What a great trip we had to Bag ‘n’ Save this week. Because next week is a holiday week all the stores are running their ads through Thursday the 24th instead of Tuesday the 22nd so you have extra time to score some great deals. Most of the sales this week were rather ho hum, but for some reason Bag ‘n’ Save decided to throw in a couple of biggies. Joel and I were out on a mini date/shopping trip and swung in so I could use the in-store coupon. I usually price match to this store since is out of my way, but since we were in the area and they had such a sweet store Q I stopped in. I just want to say that I love shopping with my hubby, especially when I am 7 months pregnant!

Here’s the breakdown of what I/we scored:

7 Kraft Cheese Shredded $1.30 each – $1/3 in-store Q – $1/2 MQ = $0.47 each = $3.29

11 Kraft Cheese Block $1.30 each – $1/3 in-store Q – $1/2 MQ = $0.47 each = $5.17

12 Stove Top Stuffing $0.89 each = $10.68

3 Bags Kraft Marshmallows $0.88 each = $2.64

4 Dz Eggs $0.87 each – BOGO Free Q (This was IP from awhile back put out by some egg coalition or something. It’s no longer available)

Total before Coupons: $39.33

Total After Store and MQ’s: $23.72

I only actually paid $21 and change (I don’t have the receipt with me). The best that I can figure is that she entered the egg coupons wrong, because if you take out the eggs completely the total is about right. The only thing that would have made this even better is if I had put two and two together and realized since we were taking Joel’s car my grocery bags were not in the trunk like they are in my car. Bag ‘n’ Save gives $0.05 per bag so with the three bags needed I would have save an additional $0.15!

Also, they have Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers on sale for $0.69 a bag, a great deal in and of itself, but what makes it sweeter is that in last Sunday’s coupons there is a $0.40/1 MQ making it just $0.29 per bag! I will be price matching this at Wal-Mart on Sunday when I go to finish my shopping while hubby watches the kiddo!

 Did you get any great deals this week? Feel free to share!

New Kellogg’s Rebate-$10 Toy Cash Voucher!

Kellogg’s has a new rebate offer which doesn’t end until December 31, 2010. Collect 5 Toy Cash tokens from select boxes of Kellogg’s, Keebler and cheez-its, download and fill out the rebate form here and Voila! Only one rebate per house is allowed.

You can go here for a list of products you can find the tokens on.

 Also you can go here to print off some great cereal coupons!

New Kellogg’s Coupons

logo       I just got an email today from Kelloggs with a link to they’re snackpicks site where you can print off some great coupons. Pair several of them with the mega sale at Bakers and you’re looking at some great deals! Just go here and click on my account at the top it will take you to a page where you can log in or create a new account. Once you have created an account click on coupons at the top and it will redirect you to the printing page. You should be able to print off two of each.

Here is a of the coupons:


Keebler Club Snack Sticks $1/2

Keebler Graham Cracker Snack Bites $.75/1

Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies $1/2

Murray Sugar Free Cookies $.55/1

Kellogg’s Club Crackers $1/2

Kellogg’s Cinnabon Bars $1/1

Cheez-it Baked Snack Crackers select varieties $.75/1

Keebler Sandwich Crackers $.75/1

Nutri-Grain Bars $1/2

Cheez-it Whole Grain Baked Crackers $.75/1

New Aldi’s Store

AldiHave you heard the great news?!?

A new Aldi’s store is opening on 30th and Sorensen Parkway! Finally and Aldi’s on my sid of town. I have enjoyed shopping there in the past but it has always beena special trip since they are all 20 min away in all the wrong directions. There just hasn’t been one close to where I do any of my shopping. But now, oh now, there will be a shiny new Aldi’s just minutes from my door!

Aldi’s is a no frills store where you have to bring your own bag or purchase one of theirs for $0.05-0.10 a bag. Also don’t forget to bring your quarter if you want to use a grocery cart. Simlpy insert your quarter into your cart and it will be released. When you are done bring it back, hook it up and you will get your quarter back. They mostly don’t carry name brand products but they have great everyday low prices on bread, baking supplies, produce and dairy products. Even lower than Wally World.

The new Aldi’s on 30th is having an open house on Friday Oct 30th from 11am-4pm. Nothing will be for sale but they will have samples to try and will be giving away free gifts! The Grand Opening is Monday November 2nd. Some of you were luck like me and received a coupon for $5/$30 purchase in the mail. If you live in the area and haven’t received one yet keep your eyes peeled. You never know, you just might get one.

The exact address is 4801 N 30th st

Regular store hours are Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sunday10am-7pm.

I’m still here

  Just in case you were wondering I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I am striving to put the house in workable order so that I am not always playing catch up and instead am merely maintaining. I know this will not always be the case but it is a goal. Previously everytime I dedicated time to the blog there was something that was falling behind, usually the dishes or the laundry. I am starting this week on a good foot so I hope to have a couple of chunks of time to dedicate to writing and compiling for this blog. Thank you for you patience.