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Chip It

While perusing through the July/August 2012 issue of “The Family Handyman” (see my post from June 7th), I was so giddy about a paragraph I read in the “Stuff We Love” page that I stopped reading and ran to my computer. I immediately HAD to try this new website out!

Sherwin-Williams, the paint company, has a new online tool called “Chip It!” This tool allows you to match any online image you find with an existing Sherwin-Williams color palette. Let’s say, for example, you find a dream room, or even a photo with colors that inspire you to design a room with. You simply click on the Chip-It! icon that you have already have as a ‘bookmarklet’ and sits on your toolbar at the top of the screen, then scroll over your image…and poof…a chip card will pop up with a matching paint color, along with some complementary color chips. You can even save your image and paint chips onto a profile that you can refer back to, share with others, print out, or take it with you to the store. How fun and cool is this?!

After going to Lets Chip It (not misspelled, the website has no apostrophe), the first thing I did was watch the video clip to watch how the tool works. It was very easy to add the Chip It! icon to my toolbar, though it did take me a few pictures to test out until I got the hang of it. Additionally, one website I first went to, I couldn’t get the Chip It! tool to work for me, but then I had lots of success with several other websites. It’s a bit like Pinterest, as far as addicting, and I found myself having to push my chair back from the computer and walk away.

I must say that I am a tried and true ‘Home Depot Behr paint gal’, and more recently a ‘Dunn-Edwards gal’ as far as my favorite kinds of paint to use…but we’ll see if this new tool is enough to make me try their paint out next time.  In the meantime I’m going to have lots of fun “researching” for any future paint projects!

Chicken Worth “Clucking About”

Zaycon Foods

If you’re looking for a cost effective way to purchase 100% natural boneless, skinless chicken breasts with no added hormones, additives, or artificial ingredients for $1.89/lb, I’ve got just the info you’re looking for!

Zaycon Foods works directly with local farmers and processors and cuts out the “middle man”, so they are able to sell at more of a wholesale price. They offer seasonal savings events in several states across the country. In addition to chicken breasts, they also sell ground beef, bacon, turkey, pork, and fruits just to name a few—depending on when they have these foods available and in certain regional locations.

We have ordered chicken breasts from Zaycon Foods twice so far in the past 14 months since we heard about this company and have been more than pleased! The chicken comes fresh, directly from the processor, and has never been frozen. It is only sold by the 40 pound case, which is 18” wide X 12” deep X 7” tall. To quote the website info, “Our chicken is delivered in its original wholesale packaging, a water resistant cardboard case containing three or four plastic bags of fresh chicken breasts. The smaller bags are typically sealed in a larger plastic bag. The smaller bags are not uniform in weight. There will be small amounts of naturally occurring liquids (i.e.,”chicken juice”) in each bag and case. Chicken breasts typically come in double-lobed pairs (“butterfly”) and will have small attached amounts of fat.”  Feel free to Google some images to see the chicken or box for yourself or to find some other bloggers reviews or info, too.

I bet you’re wondering the scoop how to order…You simply go to their website to easily register and create a log-in. From there, you can click on “my regions” to find out when and where the nearby sales events are in your area. Place your order and enter your credit card number on their secure site as payment. You will receive a receipt that you will need to print out and take with you when you pick-up your box of chicken.

Pick-up times are very specific in a one-hour block of time, so when you order, make sure you can pick up your chicken at that date and time! It is so easy, and you don’t even have to get out of your car. You pull into the parking lot at the designated pick-up location next to their refrigerated truck. They have orange construction cones set out that you that lead you next to the truck. Put your window down, give the person your receipt, and pop your trunk…someone will lay down a plastic liner in your trunk (just as an extra precaution—never had a leak from the box), then set the box of chicken in your trunk. That’s it! How easy is that?!

***Currently, there is a Chicken Event in all surrounding Phoenix areas, along with Flagstaff, Tucson and surrounding areas, and various other cities in Arizona. The orders MUST be placed by this Saturday, March 17 and are on a first-come, first-served basis unless/until they run out. Delivery dates and times are throughout the following week and stated when you click on the designated pick-up point that you selected to order from. If these dates don’t work for you, just sign up on their email list, and they will email you ONLY when they have any upcoming events in your region/area. I have never gotten “junk email” from them—ever.

So, to get this great price, there is a little bit of work involved once you bring it home—but as they say, time is money! Once we get home with the fresh chicken, my husband and I spend about an hour cutting up the large, butterfly chicken breasts, trimming off what small amount of fat is left. We cut the breasts into portion sizes, then place them in Food Saver Bags, setting them upright in the freezer for a few hours so the breasts and residual juice freeze up a bit. Then, we use our Food Saver Machine to vacuum pack the air out, write the date on the outside of our family size dinner-portioned bags of chicken with a Sharpie, and voila! We have a shelf full of chicken ready to take and thaw out of our extra freezer whenever we need it. So convenient!!

I should add that the first time we ordered, we paired up with a friend and split a box so that we could “test” out the chicken first to make sure we liked the taste and quality before committing ourselves to 40 pounds each. If you have the same concerns or feel that you do not have room or interest in a full box, find a friend! I must say, you can’t beat $75.60 for 40 pounds of good quality, tasty chicken breasts at $1.89/lb. I have never tried out their other foods, so I have no experience to share with those.

Lastly, Zaycon Foods does offer a referral program. If someone you refer orders from them, you will receive $1 in referral credit dollars on your next order. I have no shame…if you go to their website, please use my link so that I will get a referral credit if you happen to order. Just to clarify, I did not write this blog with the intent to get referrals, nor am I tied with Zaycon Foods in any way. I simply wanted to share this great way to save money on something you would normally purchase anyway. Here’s a link to their website that includes my number:  http://www.zayconfoods.com/refer/zf10069

Shake a tail feather and check it out!

Food Tidings

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In honor of Valentine’s Day this month, I thought I would showcase a website you can use to truly warm the heart of a person or family in need…

We’ve all had a friend or neighbor who has gone through a crisis or overwhelmingly busy or stressful time in their life—such as grieving the death of a loved one, recovering from surgery, being on bed rest, or the blessing of a brand new baby in the house. We want to reach out and help them out in any way we can to make things easier for them. One simple way to lighten their load is to prepare meals for them!

If you’ve ever tried to coordinate meals and communicate with multiple people who would also like to prepare meals for a family, it can be frustrating. By the time emails are read and responded to, or phone calls are made back and forth, you’ve got a logistical mess—two people want to prepare a meal on the same day with no one to prepare a meal for the next few days, or three meals in a row that people are bringing for the family are all similar versions of the same dish.

Food Tidings makes this process simple—and it’s free to use!

· First, create a meal schedule for the family. Use the calendar feature and click on the dates you would like the meals provided for the family.

· Next, type in the drop-off location and information for where the meals will go. With this information, the person providing a meal will know who to contact and where and when to deliver it. Also, this way the family is sure to have the meal delivered at a time convenient for them and to make sure someone is home to receive it.

· Finally, type in how many adults and children are in the family. You are also able to include any food allergies or restrictions, food preferences, or dislikes the family has. (Isn’t this great?! I’m sure a family with nut allergies or a family with a disdain for spicy foods would be very appreciative of this.) You may even wish to include a few favorite restaurants if someone would like to share a gift card or bring take out, rather than prepare a meal.

· Once you’ve entered in this meal schedule information, type in the email addresses for other friends, neighbors, or family members that would like to provide meals. They will receive a link to the Food Tidings Meal Schedule that you created. It is quick and easy to sign up for a meal. They simply click on the date they would like to provide a meal and type in their name and what meal they would like to prepare. It’s as easy as that! Food Tidings will send out a reminder to them a day or two prior to the date they’ve signed up for.

I have used Food Tidings on multiple occasions over the past few years to organize and sign-up to provide meals for friends, neighbors, and even “strangers” in our neighborhood. Yes, we have made our large subdivision feel like a little community through Food Tidings by simply helping out a neighbor we heard was in need. www.FoodTidings.com

By providing meals and the most basic necessity of food—and with a little extra sprinkle of love in the recipe—you can truly bless a family!