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Aftermath November 15, 2011

Filed under: 2011 Cooking 101 the basics,Hot Deals — clappingonthedownbeat @ 1:22 PM

Last night I had a culinary midterm.  It has been a really long time since I have had to sit for an exam.  It covered 10 chapters from the text book and everything we had covered in class.  All we were told was that there would be a practical and a written portion.  So here’s how it went.

We began with the practical.  There was a part A and a part B.  Part A had to be done first and presented before we could go on.  And this part was all timed.  We were also graded on our mis en place (organization and preparation of task).  We had to do 2 tournes from a potato, Julienne celery, bruniose carrots, medium dice half an onion, and segment an orange.  Part B was to make a 3 egg hollandaise and 1/2 pint of bechamel sauce, from memory, and saute a chicken breast.  The chicken breast was to be plated with one of the sauces, and garnished with sautéed carrot from part A.  I was really nervous that I was being watched while I cooked.  I gathered all the equipment and started a water bath and sautéed the chicken first since it would take the longest.  Then I made the bechamel because it would have to simmer for 15 minutes, then I made the hollandaise, which I scrambled the eggs the frist time and had to start over.  I think I did ok.  It all tasted good.  The written portion was 4 pages of short answer.  It was brutal.  But over till the final!

Have you seen all the coupons and ads showing up lately?  I have seen a lot that say black friday deals before black friday.  Free shipping codes, percentages off coupons.  Black friday is in a week and then cyber monday deals if you would rather stay home!

Today and tomorrow ONLY, The Body Shop is offering up FREE shipping with any purchase (no coupon code needed)! Even sweeter, they are offering up lots of great specials including a 2/$12 Gift Cubes offer (these gift cubes would make super cute stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts, teacher’s presents etc.). Plus, you can also snag a 6.7 oz. Body Butter (an $18 value!) for only $1 with any $30 purchase. And, even better, you can enter the coupon code NOVEMBER11during checkout to score an additional 20% off your purchase.

Buy 6 gift cubes on sale 2/$12
Buy 1 6.7 oz. Body Butter only $1 (w/ any $30 purchase)
Total = $37
Enter the coupon code NOVEMBER11 at checkout to snag 20% off
Final Cost $29.60 for everything shipped!

Wanna snag a fun and very affordable personalized photo calendar… perfect to get your life organized in the New Year or great to give as a Christmas gift?! Well, check out this awesome offer from Vista Print! Currently, you can snag one FREE custom wall calendar ($15.99 value)… all you’ll have to pay is $5.67 for shipping!

Here’s what you need to do…

Head over here and click on “Get Started” to begin creating your wall calendar
* Select a photo style or theme style calendar (if you do not have any photos that you would like to use)
* You will be prompted to upload your photos
* Then choose which month you would like your calendar to start (I chose January 2012).
* You can then add a photo to each page and customize the calendar with a title and subtitles.
* Completed your wall calendar
* After you’re finished, check the online proof approval box at the bottom of the page
* Click on the continue button, and then choose 1 calendar for free
* You can then click on your cart (in the top right corner) and it should reflect the free wall calendar
* Head to checkout
* Do NOT add any additional items to your order.
* On the partners offers page, make sure to SKIP all the offers by leaving the boxes unchecked.
* Choose slow 21 day shipping (in my experience it never takes even close to this long!)
* Your final cost should be right around $5.67 shipped


Philosophy’s “Radiance, Spice and Everything Nice” holiday skincare package
Retail price: $135
Discount price: $33.75
Percent discount: 75% off!
(Want to purchase the skincare kit? Click one of the two links above. On the landing page, enter the promo code and click “Submit.” On the next page, click “Buy now” and complete the checkout process.)

After selling out in minutes last time Philosophy was featured on Jill’s Steals and Deals, it’s back with an even better package.

They are offering seven full-size products in their “Radiance, Spice and Everything Nice” skincare package. It includes:
– “Hope in a Jar” lightweight daily moisturize for all skin types, 1 oz.
– Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, 8 oz.
– Hope in a Tube high density eye and lip firming cream, 0.5 oz.
– Hands of Hope intense moisture hand and cuticle cream, 1 oz.
– Kiss Me SPF 20 Lip Balm in red, 0.5 oz.
– Gingerbread Girl three-in-one shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath, 16 oz.
– Gingerbread Girl Body Lotion, 7 oz.

The estimated shipping cost is $9.95 and Philosophy says the skincare package could take up to 4 weeks to arrive. For more information and to buy the $135 skincare kit for $33.75, click here.

The Stationery Studio’s Holiday Photo Cards
Retail price: $75.00 for 25 Holiday Photo Cards
Discount price: $19.95 for 25 cards ($0.80 per card)
Percent discount: 73% off!
(Want to purchase a set of cards? Click on one of the two links above. On the landing page, enter the promo code and click “Submit.” Click “Order now” on the next page and read the terms and conditions carefully. Select the quantity of cards and then click “Add to basket.” On the next page, click “Proceed to Checkout” and complete the checkout process.)

Tired of the same old Christmas cards? Personalize your annual greetings this year with The Stationery Studio’s Holiday Photo Cards deal. Purchase a voucher for the Stationery Studio’s holiday cards in increments of 25. You can select the quantity of your order. All quantities are discounted at the Jill’s Steals and Deals price.

Beginning on Friday, Nov. 18, and lasting until Dec. 31, 2011, go online and redeem your voucher by choosing one of 32 designs and personalizing the card with family photos and the desired text. Each voucher can only be redeemed for one customizable design. Photos can be uploaded and printed in full-color, vintage sepia tones or black and white.

You can order up to 500 holiday cards on one voucher with the same holiday card design, photo and personalization. Order an additional voucher if you want more than 500 cards, would like another design or want to use different personalization preferences. You can order as many vouchers as you would like.

The Stationery Studio is also offering coordinated return address labels for each design for a discounted price of $12.95 with free shipping for the labels. The regular price is $20. This cost is in addition to the Steals and Deals price for the cards.

The estimated delivery time is about three weeks after the voucher is redeemed and the cards are customized. For more information and to buy the $75 cards for $19.95, click here.

Allen Lyle sport watches
Retail price: $100
Discount price: $25
Percent discount: 75% off!
Promo code: TODAYWATCH
(Want to buy a watch? Click on one of the two links above. On the landing page, enter the promo code and click “Submit.” On the next page click the desired style: Men’s watches are under “Braden,” and female watches are under “Sophie.” On the next page, select the desired color and click “Add to cart.” Then complete the checkout process.)

Allen Lyle is offering the water resistant sport watches at deep discounts for TODAY viewers. They come in men’s and women’s versions and sold this holiday season as an ornament, right, that you can hang right on a tree.

The watches are available in three colors in the men’s style, nicknamed “Braden”, including blue, green and black, and four colors for women, nicknamed “Sophie”, including blue, black, white and pink.

Allen Lyle says the estimated arrival date for the watches is Dec. 16, and the estimated shipping price is $12.95. For more information and to buy the $100 watches for $25, click here.


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