Saturday, October 1, 2011

Thoughts from an Owners Recliner: Broncos Week

Playing the Bears is always tough, no matter the records.  However the Packers were able to jump out to an early lead thanks to another great game by Aaron Rodgers and a breakout game by Jermichael Finley.  Finley ended up with 3 touchdowns, he presents a very difficult matchup for the defense.  Too big for CBs and too fast for LBs and safetys.  

Ryan Grant also had a good day, rushing for over 90 yards and showing the ability he has to find the hole, make one cut and head up field, which is key in the zone blocking scheme of the Packers run offense.  Unfortunately, he ended up injuring his kidney and will be out this week.  We also lost Bryan Bulaga to what initially looked like a pretty bad knee injury, based off his reaction.  However, it turned out to not be that serious and while he will be out this week he won't be out for the season.  His replacement, Marshall Newhouse, played pretty well, and will be starting at RT this week against the Broncos.

The defense put in a good effort from start to finish.  They completely shut down the Bears running game, holding Matt Forte to only 2 yards.  Clay Matthews had several tackles in the backfield and on a few occasions nearly met the running back as he took the handoff.  The defense sacked Cutler 3 times, including one from Jarius Wynn, who has played well as a fill in for the injured Mike Neal, Neal was supposed to replace the departed Cullen Jenkins, but there doesn't seem to be a major drop off from that loss yet.  Morgan Burnett picked off Cutler twice, giving him three interceptions on the year.  With Nick Collins gone, Burnett will have to pick up his game to make up some of Collins play making ability.  Burnett got injured early last year, so he has not started many games, but has shown some ball hawking ability early on.

Randall Cobb has shown himself to be fearless on punt returns, catching the ball in traffic in an attempt to save as much field position as possible.  The punt unit was absolutely fooled on that trick return by the Bears late in the game, luckily there was a hold early in the return which wiped the touchdown off the board and helped seal up the victory.

The Packers are heavy favorites this week against the Broncos and should win the game.  Denver has a few good young players on defense and has a few injured players returning this week.  They have played mostly close games this year, but have yet to play a team the caliber of the Packers.  James Starks should see the bulk of the carries in the running game, but we could also see the debut of Alex Green, the rookie out of Hawaii, who should be active for the first time this year due to Grants injury.  John Kuhn will also most likely see some carries at tailback, in that case watch for our plethora of back up TEs to fill in at FB.  Hopefully the Packers can put the Broncos away sometime in the 3rd quarter, so that Matt Flynn can get some snaps and allow Rodgers a little extra rest.

During the Bears game I snacked on some breadsticks and toasted ravioli.  The ravioli recipe came from the most recent issue of Food Network Magazine .  Here is how you make them.  You begin with frozen ravioli, which you can buy pre-frozen from the grocery store, or you can buy fresh ravioli and freeze it yourself.  You will need bread crumbs, which ever kind you like, milk, eggs, and oil for frying.  Your wet mixture is made up of 1/2 cup of milk and one egg beaten together in a pie plate.  Pour your bread crumbs into a separate pie plate.  Dip the ravioli into the wet mixture, then put into the bread crumbs and make sure it gets fully coated on both sides, then place it onto a cookie sheet.



Once all the ravioli is coated, place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes.  During that time heat your oil up to 350 degrees, you can use a heavy bottom saucepan or a deep fryer.  Put the coated ravioli into the oil, depending on the size of your ravioli they will need to cook between 2 and 6 minutes, you can do a couple test runs to determine the right amount of time.



Once the ravioli is fried, transfer to a cookie sheet with a cooling rack to allow excess oil to drip off.



Serve the ravioli with a marinara sauce to dip them in, enjoy.



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Free subscription to BabyTalk magazine...


Sign up for a free subscription of BabyTalk magazine.  I signed up-I am going to give the magazines to my sister when I see her.  I am sure she will find some of the information useful as she is a new mom to my cutie niece.  I am hoping there might be periodic coupons!  (Sometimes they are on the magazine pages and you can get a great coupon, usually the ones that are surprises are of good value and expire at a much later date.)  I have found a few in another magazine I get.


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New Kindle options starting at $79 with special offers!



Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers
$79!

Just about every Friday you hear about how much I love my eReader.  Honestly I never thought I would want one.  It really has changed the way I read though.  I am reading more and different books-I download the free ones, so I am certainly trying new things.  If you are considering an eReader there is a new Kindle available-it is smaller and more economical.  It looks great.  I have a friend who has a Kindle and LOVES it!  (I don't have a Kindle but have it's competition, I really think they both have their perks.)

I received my eReader as a surprise Christmas gift-one of the best I have ever gotten-if you think there is someone on your list who would enjoy a great gift and is an avid reader you might have found the perfect gift!

The Kindle Touch is $99 and the Kindle Touch with 3G is $149, they are all a great deal!

Get this FREE by signing up for Swag Bucks and earning Amazon gift cards! :)  It really works, I have a $90 Amazon credit right now because of my Swag Buck usage.




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Totsy: Calvin Klein Sleepwear


Right now on Totsy they have some really cute sleepwear for your little bundle from Calvin Klein!  Prices start at just $13.50, and if you are new to Totsy, your first order ships free! 
Some of the other shops at Totsy today include:
KLASFit Women's Footwear
Pink Ribbon Gifts by Pavilion (promoting breast cancer awareness)
Sweaters by SHU SHU
Sylca Design
Scala
Sacs of Life (I LOVE their selection of totes)

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Star Trek Costumes


Sci-Fi Costumes

I logged into my Amazon account to look for something and Star Trek costumes popped up as a suggestion of something I might like, so I checked them out.  I used to watch Star Trek with my uncles. Spock was always my favorite.  So I was thinking that these are very understated costumes!  All you need is a pair of black pants and the shirt!  What a great way to dress up with your kiddos or if you are able to dress up for work it would be very easy.



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Zulily has some great stores with some awesome deals...



My favorite stores today are...


Anatex
Wire Bead and Wood Toys


CamelBak


There is also...
Hello Kitty
Melissa & Doug
Little Bambino
Paul Frank
Olivia Moon
and about 10 other stores with great deals!


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Flirty Aprons: $7.99 for Sassy Black Apron


Flirty Aprons has a HOT price for this Sassy Black Women’s Apron! Right now you can get it for $7.99 and pay $4.93 for shipping!
It is an “irregular” apron which just means it doesn’t have a backing layer, but other than that it's a perfect apron!

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Check out SavingStar, save without clipping!

We love our coupons but what if you could just add coupons to your savings card?  Pick 'n Save shoppers can now save/earn with their store card!  I just registered mine. :)
I am excited about this new option.  So all you need to do to start is click here, search for your zip code and a list of stores around you will pop up.  Mine listed a few stores including Pick 'n Save and CVS!  I only registered my Pick 'n Save so far (I am planning on getting CVS registered this weekend).  SavingStar is different than digital coupons.  You load the "coupon" onto your store card but you will not see savings at the register instead after your purchase of the specific item you chose the savings will be in your SavingsStar account!  When you reach $5.00 you will be able to redeem your savings as a PayPal payment, bank deposit, a donation to AmericanForests.org OR an Amazon Gift Card!  
I am pretty excited about this!  When you click what savings you want on your card just head to the store and get your items-you can print your list too so you make sure you get the right item!




SavingStar Grocery eCoupons


Buy ONE (1) 12 oz package of Johnsonville Chicken Sausage, Save 55¢.
Expires 10/26/2011.


Buy ONE (1) Johnsonville Italian Sausage(16 oz or 19.76 oz), Save 55¢.
Expires 10/26/2011.

Buy 1 GUM® Crayola Kids® Toothbrush, Save 75¢.
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Buy 2 Gorton's® Frozen Seafood items, Save $1.00.
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Save $2.00 on any 1 AIR WICK® Double Fresh Oil Warmer.
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Buy 2 AIR WICK® Scented Oils Twin Refills, Save $1.50.
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Buy 1 AIR WICK® Freshmatic Ultra Air Freshener Starter Kit, Save $2.00.
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Buy 1 L'Oréal Studio Line Styling Product, Save $1.00.
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Buy 1 L'Oréal Vive Pro Shampoo or Conditioner, Save 75¢.
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Buy 1 GlenOaks Drinkable Yogurt quart, Save $1.00.
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Buy any 1 Phillips' product, Save $2.00.
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Buy any 1 One A Day Multi-Vitamins, Save $1.00 (does not include One A Day Kids).
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Buy any 1 Aleve Product 20 ct or higher, Save $2.00.
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Buy any 1 Bayer Aspirin product, Save $1.00.
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Buy 1 PERDUE® Refrigerated Baked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Variety, Save $1.00.
Expires 10/6/2011.


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Groupon 10/1: PhotoWeavers, Lulu.com, ProTravelGear.com, GrillTopper.com,


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PhotoWeavers – 

$64 for Custom 70"x53" Photo Blanket, Plus Shipping ($129 Value)

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Old Town Imports – 

$25 for $50 Worth of Dinnerware and Gifts




Lulu.com –

$10 for 9"x7" Hardcover Photo Book or 12-Month Premium Calendar (up to $24.95 Value)




"Vogue" – 

$8 for 12 Magazine Issues ($15 Value)



Photobook America – Online Deal

$35 for $115 Worth of Keepsake Photo Books



Skullcandy –

Icon 2 Grenade Headphones or Agent Headphones with Shipping Included



StogieBoys – 

$20 for $40 Worth of Cigars and Accessories


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"Lucky" – 

$6 for 12 Issues of “Lucky” Magazine ($12 Value)



Chinese Laundry –

$24 for $50 Worth of Women's Shoes




ProTravelGear.com – 

$99 for $99 for Solitude X Active-Noise-Canceling Headphones ($199.95 Value)




Flirty Aprons –

$15 for $30 Worth of Aprons and Kitchen Gloves



"Bloomberg Businessweek" –

$19 for 50 Business-Magazine Issues ($40 Value)



Charleston Original Sauces – 

$29 for Gift Basket of Gourmet Sauces and Spices ($58.50 Value)


Each basket includes:
  • 6-ounce jar of blackening spice (a $6.49 value)
  • 6-ounce jar of seasoning (a $6.49 value)
  • 12-ounce bottle of tartar sauce (a $5.99 value)
  • 12-ounce bottle of cocktail sauce (a $5.99 value)
  • Gourmet hot sauce (a $4.99 value)
  • Two custom beverage koozies (a $5.48 value)
  • Reusable jute handbag (a $14.07 value)
  • Delivery and handling fees (a $9 value)


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Blockbuster Express –

$2 for Five One-Night DVD Rentals ($5 Value)




SnapTotes.com – 

Custom-Photo Clutch or Custom-Photo Bucket Bag




Sella All Natural Skin Care –

$50 for $100 Worth of All-Natural Skincare Products




Canvas on Demand – 

$45 for One 16”x20” Gallery-Wrapped Canvas Including Shipping and Handling ($126.95 Value)




CafePress Canvas – 

$39 for 16"x20" Gallery-Wrapped Canvas, Including Shipping and Handling ($124.94 Value)



TheGrillTopper.com – 

$15 for $30 Worth of NCAA-Themed Grilling Equipment



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