Agua De Jamaica (Hibiscus Drink)


Hola!

A while back, as stated on my Hibiscus Love rambling. I mentioned about a recipe to make your own Agua de Jamaica. Today, I give it to you.

This traditional Mexican drink which is made from the sepals of the trumpet-shaped Hibiscus flower is very popular in the Mexican culture. It’s ruby-red color is beautiful and festive, therefore another common use is called “Ponche” during Christmas (similar to compote) and adults like it with a bit of spice; rum or tequila. Also mentioned on a prior post, I explained how this flower contains medicinal properties such as Vitamin C and aids with weight loss. This gorgeous flower is AMAZING!

Here is the recipe for you to make this delicious “Agua Fresca de Jamaica”.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of dried edible hibiscus flower (flor de jamaica)
  • 8 cups of water (reserve 2 cups for later)
  • 1 cup of sugar (or as desire)
  • Sprig of mint or lemon wedge – for garnish

Directions:

  • Add the flowers and water into a pot. Heat on low for approximately 15 minutes – or until it boils. Turn off the heat. Cover pot with a lid and let it steep for twenty minutes (preferably a couple of hours).
  • Drain the water into a pitcher, you will have a very strong fusion. Add the sugar while stirring until dissolved (add more depending on desired sweetness). Reduce this tea concentrate with the reserved cups of water for desired tartness.  Dispose of flowers or add them to your green waste or mulch.
  • Refrigerate or add ice when you serve it. Add a sprig of mint or a lemon wedge for garnish.

This drink is perfect for any BBQ or summer gathering. One of the many reasons why this drink drives me crazy – is for anyone, including vegans! Just make sure you use organic sugar. I hope that you enjoy making this traditional tart Mexican drink and add it to your party’s or gatherings jut like we do!

 

Other variations / tips: Drink cold or warm. Add sweeteners or none. Add chopped fruit like pineapple, melon, orange etc.  Mix with lemonade or apple juice. Add ground spices: cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg (dissolve well). Spike with rum or tequila for adult drinks. Garnish with mint, basil, rosemary etc.

***Look for dried, edible hibiscus flowers (hibiscus sabdariffa) often called “flor de jamaica” in specialty shops or Mexican food markets.

My Two Cents On Checkout 51

If you haven’t tried Checkout 51, give it a try. This is my second favorite rebate app! It’s also a great way to earn some extra money while shopping on your grocery items. Checkout 51 is a rebate app similar to ibotta but a bit different. New offers are released every Thursday but last until the following Wednesday with about 250 available rebates.

Rebates range in categories such as; baby, drinks, medicine, health, personal care, home, pantry and snacks. Often, vegan or vegetarian items are available – this is awesome!  The app is easy to use; no unlocking rebates before you shop (yay)! Perform your normal shopping at ANY store, then redeem! Yes, ANY store! Some rebates are to specific stores but most are redeemable everywhere and anywhere including dollar stores! I LOVE THIS APP!

Here are my top 10 reasons I love Checkout 51 (1 being the highest, 10 being the lowest):

  1. Language: English, French and Spanish
    • I am fascinated with this feature, they seriously outdid themselves with this simple unbiased app – feature.
  2. No “Unlocking”
    • No unlocking of rebates. This is the most annoying task where you must first unlock a rebate to claim it later or you are not able to redeem for cash. This is an amazing perk!
  3. Unassigned Stores 
    • Redeem at ANY store without the need to shop a specific store – giving you the liberty to shop closer to home!
  4. High Rebates
    • I am amazed with their high rebates, seriously, $5.00 on Tiki fluid and $2.00 on Starbucks Coffee… Score!
  5. Redeem 1 or 2
    • Some rebates allow you to redeem more than once, usually twice and some, up to 5 times! This is insanity!
  6. Combine With Coupons
    • Submit a rebate even after you used a coupon (some have exceptions but are very minimal).
  7. Fast Approval
    • The app states most payments are approved within 1-48 hours. (I usually get approved in less than 24 hours).
  8. Simple 
    • The app is super easy to use; uncomplicated with minimal navigation.
  9. Bonuses 
    • Are low and very few but are easily attainable.
  10. Checkout
    • Cash out after reaching $20.00. Checkout 51 will mail you a check – this is one downfall for me. Checks are mailed within 5-15 days which may take up to 6 weeks for arrival.

I would not refer this rebate app without using it myself and loving it. So…My two cents on Checkout 51: Why turn down extra cash?

 

***Notes: At times, I have redeemed the same rebate with Checkout 51 and ibotta – I call this Double Dipping! ***Redeem $2.00 in rebates to unlock a $0.25 fruit or veggie rebate the following week.  ***Offers may vary by user with limited quantities.

Shopping Trip At CVS – Coffee

Well… I had to make a quick shopping trip to CVS last night… Currently, they are running a promotion on several grocery items: receive $5.00 ExtraBucks when you spend $20.00.

My husband and I are avid morning coffee drinkers, with that said… I will stock up when a good deal shows up – we were down to one box left! We usually purchase our coffee at Sam’s Club, unless I can find it cheaper than $0.58 cents per K-Cup ($41.98 for 72 k-cups of Starbucks at my local Sam’s). I knew the purchase at CVS along with some rebates would get to pay under $0.50 per cup, so I forced myself to make the trip (okay, not really).

There is a CVS close to home, therefore it’s an easy stop to make on my way after work. Checkout 51 had rebates on Starbucks Coffee that were expiring yesterday, so I wanted to pair these rebates with the store promotion to get a better sale. I also had a $1.00 Starbucks coupon which was included with a sample I received earlier in the month.

With coupon in hand, I walked into the store, grabbed my four boxes of Starbucks K-Cups and headed to the register. At checkout, since a $1.00 coupon was used, it brought my total to $30.96. As you think about the math, this transaction puts me at a much higher price per cup ($0.77 each) than at Sam’s. Realistically, I would not pay for this… unless… I can cash in on rebates: they better be good ones too.

There were great cash back offers to claim on: $2.00 on Veranda Blend, $2.00 on Bright Sky Blend, $2.00 on Breakfast Blend and $2.00 on House Blend. Plus, a bonus of $1.00 was added to my account for purchasing two boxes of blonde roast and another $1.00 was added for purchasing two boxes of medium roast. Also, I received $5.00 in ExtraBucks for reaching my threshold of $20.00 on grocery items at CVS.

My total in claimed rebates and rewards amounted to $15.00. That is much better to my eyes… that is almost a 50% difference. This brings my “cup o’ Joe” down to about $0.40 a piece… a much better ring to my ears. I can definitely state drinking my coffee brings me more satisfactions and enjoyment knowing I cashed in on some great rebates! If only I could find the same great deals on creamers…

 

***These coffee rebates are back today on Checkout 51 and CVS will exhaust their promotion Saturday, so there is still time if you are running low on coffee. This deal works on both the K-Cups or bagged Starbucks coffee.

 

  

Shopping Trip To Sprouts

Yesterday  I headed to Sprouts during my lunch to score a few awesome deals. So, I just started shopping at Sprouts about a month ago – I am in love with this grocery store! Generous amounts of organic produce may be found in the store as well as local fruits or vegetables. Prices are fair – yet cheaper than other stores at times. This store is just 4 minutes away from my office which allows me to take my time while I shop.

Thinking of dinner for today, some of my purchase consisted of the items pictured above… Tonight, I will be making chicken and what better way to pair them with asparagus. Luckily, rebates were available for me to redeem on these items and cash in on some well deserved veggies and fruits.

The items I bought at this trip were:

  1. Strawberries 2/$4.00 (1 lb each)
  2. Asparagus $1.84 (1 lb)
  3. Pineapple $1.98
  4. Basil in a can $4.99
  5. Hass Avocado $0.88
  6. Zucchini $0.48
  7. Shishito Peppers $24.99
  8. Potato $0.36
  9. Big Slice Cooked Apple $1.99

Total out-of-pocket paid was $41.51 (tax excluded). After leaving the store I quickly submitted the following rebates – as I’ve stated before, if I don’t do it then – I forget:

  • Checkout51 – $0.25 on strawberries
  • Checkout51 – $0.25 on asparagus
  • Checkout51 – $0.25 on pineapple
  • Checkout51 – $0.25 on avocado
  • Checkout51 – $0.25 on potato
  • Ibotta – $0.25 any receipt
  • Ibotta – $1.50 Basil in a can
  • Ibotta – $10.00 Shishito peppers
  • Ibotta – $1.00 Big Slice Apple
  • Mobisave – $0.10 on zucchini
  • Mobisave – $0.10 on potato

Total claimed in rebates was $14.20, not too bad. Every single item I purchased on this trip was claimed in a rebate – some rebates were not much but still added some cents into my well deserved Paypal account.  

Our dinner will be delicious – grilled chicken, oven roasted asparagus with potatoes and grilled pineapple for dessert. We will be having a simple, easy to make but mostly – healthy dinner. I hope your dinner will be as enjoyable as ours!

 

 

 

***The main reason Back To The Roots Basil In A Can was purchased – a cash rebate and this herb is used in my household. As a bonus – its organic! ***Why Back To The Roots Shishito Peppers – for every one purchased, Back To The Roots will donate a product to a classroom of my choice! As a bonus – it’s organic plus a $10.00 rebate! ***The strawberries and Big Slice Apple are not pictured since they did not make it out of the store… I gave them to a family who were next in line.

Teeny Freebie #172

Hi all.

I am very excited to present this month’s Teeny Freebie. I am giving away this set of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish and Top Coat.

The rules are very easy, please read below:

  1. Visit me on twitter at  @ModestCouponer
  2. Reply or comment on my post
  3. One entry per person only (U.S.A. only)

You will have 24 hours to submit your entry. After that, I will contact the person who guessed the correct number first. If no response is received within 24 hours, the next person will be contacted and so forth…

You have until 9:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) today to submit your entry. After that, a winner will be selected and will be posted via twitter.

 

 

*** These are the two items: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Miss Wanderlust 740 and Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat.

My Mother Is Full Of … Eggs!

This time, I will be sharing a bit about my mother (Maria) and the love towards her pet chickens. Although, she claims them to be pets, they are more of companions to her. She cares, protects and feeds them with such love that could be envied by some.

I admit it… I am to blame a bit. When my daughter was little we bought her a few day old chicks. We kept them as pets, well, we ate the eggs but we did not eat them. It was educational for our daughter and for us as well. We kept them for years, until we put our house up for sale. We needed to get rid of them but did not want to.  It was a hard choice to make, so then I came up with the brilliant idea to have mother “care for them” while we searched for a home.

That was two years ago… guess she’s still caring for them. She loves them so much last year she got two more, then three then four more! It seems every-time we talk… she has added more.

The chickens live a happy life. They’re fed regularly…  hourly I think. Dad built them a nicer two-story coop last year. More so for mother which  helps ease her arthritis pain. The backyard is big enough for the pets to roam free if they wish,usually they stay within the chicken hotel, I mean coop. She tends to them as if they are kids. For instance, when one became injured from a raccoon attack… She took her inside the house until the chicken’s leg healed and was able to walk again. She catered to her, cleaned her and made sure “Fluffy” felt safe. Mom had an indoor chicken for months!

She gets an average of 9 eggs a day! Yes, a day! My mother does not work so gardening, cooking and feeding the chickens are her daily activities while dad is still working full-time. Mom and dad are very generous, mother loves giving her bounty away. The neighbor’s love her. They get free eggs, veggies and fruits, she spoils them, they like it. We too  appreciate the fresh eggs we get from her regularly, the kids enjoy gathering them from the coop, admiring the different shapes, colors and sizes. We have saved at least $1.99 every two weeks on fresh eggs in the last three months, thanks to mother and her companions. 

Walgreens Shopping Trip 

Today, I went shopping at Walgreens and found some awesome deals… at least for me. I hurried to the store today since Checkout 51 came out with new rebates (as usually on Thursday’s). The first thing I did was scream of joy when I saw some deals on nail polish. I super love, love Sally Hansen products, they are awesome! Unfortunately, they do not pay me to be a huge fan of their items, bummer!

I knew Walgreens had a clearance going on for the nail polish (store near work) so adding coupons plus rebates would make it an A-W-E-S-O-M-E, COOL deal.

On this trip the following items were purchased:

  • 1 SH Miracle Gel Polish $4.99
  • 1 SH Miracle Gel Top Coat $4.99
  • 1 SH Complete Salon Manicure Polish $4.99
  • 1 SH Airbrush Sun Tanning Lotion 5.9oz $6.99
  • 2 Lightning Nuggets Fire Starters 12ct $0.49
  • 3 Oreo Milka Chocolate Candy Bars $0.69

Total before taxes was $25.01. The coupons below were used for this transaction:

  • 2 Manufacture coupons for SH Miracle Gel $1.00 on 1
  • 1 Manufacture coupon for SH Complete Salon $2.00
  • 1 Manufacture e-coupon for SH Airbrush $2.00

Total out-of-pocket paid was $19.01 (no tax included). Shortly after leaving the store, the following rebates were submitted:

  • $3.00 SH Miracle Gel  Polish – Checkout 51
  • $3.00 SH Miracle Gel Top Coat – Checkout 51
  • $2.00 SH Complete Salon Manicure – Checkout 51
  • $2.00 SH Airbrush Tanning Lotion – Checkout 51
  • $1.00 for redeeming 2 SH offers
  • $4.00 on select SH products (when you spend $15.) – SavingStar
  • $1.50 Oreo Milka Chocolate Bars ($0.50 ea) – Ibotta

Final price after rebates: $2.51! Yessss! Pretty cool right?

During check out, a little boy with his mom were behind me in line purchasing a birthday card. Very politely I leaned over to the mom and asked if it would be okay if I gave the boy one of the candy bars just paid for. She was surprised yet said yes. Before heading out I asked the boy if he had tried this new candy bar,  he shyly replied no. I gave him 2. He smiled and gave a quick “dab”. Love it!

One main reason why I quickly acted on this trip is the fact Checkout51 only limited quantities on their rebates and are available for only 1 week at a time. So, if you see a rebate you like, take advantage of it: they might run out. Also, there is no guarantee that it will be back for the next week.

I am very satisfied with this transaction: love the nail polish, tanning lotion, fire starter (great for camping) and of course the candy!

What kind of rebates did you submit today?

Un Poco Tranquila y De Vez En Cuando Impulsada

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¡Hola a todos! Me dijeron que un blog debería ser breve y directo al grano. Honestamente, eso pueda no suceder aquí, veremos con el tiempo.

Me preguntaron hace algún tiempo si consideraría compartir mis opiniones y experiencias sobre mis viajes de compras de cupón. Para pronto mi respuesta fue un NO. Hay muchos sitios y otras cosas por ahí que son mucho más útiles que lo que puedo ofrecer. Siento y veo que hay gente que está absolutamente ahorrando el 75-90 por ciento en viajes de compras. ¡Eso es impresionante! Afortunadamente estoy muy satisfecha con mis viajes de compras informales.

Mientras escribo esto, tengo que agradecer a mi esposo, ya que fue su hacer que me consiguió en tratar de ser una madre ahorradora (eso es lo que me gusta pensar en mí misma). Mi marido estaba en un viaje de compras… llegó a casa y dijo “me dieron una buena oferta y un cupón para la próxima visita”. Yo era escéptica… Leí, vi, escuché sobre el uso de cupones, eso no era para mí. Independientemente, mantuve el cupón bajo mi buzón. Varias semanas más tarde en la tienda de mascotas antes de la salida me dio un pánico “sólo tíralo, no vale la pena, ¿qué pasa si no funciona?, ¿se reirán de mí?” Ahhh. Dejé la tienda y todos los productos que tenía la intención de comprar. ¡Fui al supermercado más cercano y compré mi producto allí a precio completo! Historia verdadera; ‘Hasta este día, mi marido no ha oído mi calvario, shhhh.

Me tomó más de un mes para volver a la tienda de mascotas (juré que tenían una foto de mí corriendo) pero no era así. Uff. Ese día, entré en pánico de nuevo, pero no salí corriendo de la tienda. ¡Y, sí que usé el cupón! Los ahorros eran reales. ¡Ahorré $5.00! WOW, pensé, eso fue genial. Tan tonto como parece, fue mi comienzo: cuidadosa, tímida y esperanzada. Valga decir que me siento de la misma manera cada vez que compro excepto que soy un poco menos tímida pero ahora; ¡Soy conducida!