Sister Hazel, one of the mainstay acts of alt rock, rolls into the Windy City, ready to show everyone — fans and newcomers alike — how it’s done down south. Since 1993, the band has released a string of albums that have managed to please both critics and “Hazelnuts,” the name adopted by their fiercely devoted fan base. In fact, 2009′s Release charted higher than the platinum-selling Somewhere More Familiar, which featured, “All for You,” one of the catchiest singles of the ’90s. Sister Hazel’s legacy continues with their latest effort, Heartland Highway, an album designed to be played straight from beginning to end. Now the pride of Gainesville, Florida heads north to play their signature pop hooks and country rock harmonies at the House of Blues.
NERF® N-Strike Elite Centurion Blaster Toy is on a big price drop, from $44.89 to $29.99 (when put in cart). AND Target has a B!G1 1/2 price Nerf promotion going on.
Groupon in Roscoe Village: $99 for 30-Minute Photo-Shoot Package with Print for Up to Four Subjects with Birkenheuer Photography ($550 Value). I can’t see a photo like this being used by JCP or Target studios. not that there’s anything wrong with that…
Between vampire and zombie books I’ve been squeezing in more artisan-style bread cookbooks, learning why most people give up when they learn that the 12-step program refers to bread making!
Previous dough rose in the refrigerator at least overnight. I also used a pan of water in the oven to create steam and baked on a hot pizza stone. Very pleased with the results, but wanted to try something a trifle different. Made the same basic dough (which I’ve been using for English muffins a lot!) but left it out on the counter over night, didn’t refrigerate it. I dumped the entire container on a floured board and very lightly kneaded it to basically just form a nice round loaf shape; then I lightly floured the top and covered with a slightly damp towel (not terry ’cause gross things will stick). Left it for a few hours to rise again. About 30 minutes before baking, I turned the oven to 500º and put a clean Dutch oven on a rack about 1/3 from the bottom.
Told you cast iron rocks! Flopped the loaf in the pot, scored the top to allow steam to escape, the put the lid back on and put in the oven, reducing the heat to 450º. After about 20 minutes, I checked and the top was all pale and shiny, which is just what it was supposed to look like (gah). Bake uncovered for another 20-25 minutes, until it’s a nice dark brown and you’ll end up with a loaf that looks like this.
The taste is incredible: PITA has already had two slices and DH, after first asking why I’d make such a large loaf of bread, has already finished his first slice with more to come.
Next time (and there will be one), I’ll “try” to wait a little longer before taking it out of the oven, so the crust is even darker.
Groupon has this Chicago Tribune offer. Last Groupon/Trib deal I remember was back oh, almost two years ago! Limit one Groupon per person; one additional as gift (both Fluffy and Fido need their own subscriptions in apt. 1A and B, right? Or that cute little house in the rear you rent out). I currently get 8 Sunday papers…who are they kidding?
Expires Jan 8th, 2014. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per household. Not valid for renewals; valid only for new subscribers or those who have not received home delivery in the past 30 days. Must provide name, phone number, email, and shipping address at checkout, which Groupon will provide to the Chicago Tribune to facilitate redemption. Valid only within listed zip codes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. See the rules that apply to all deals.
Choice of three options:
- $19.99 for a one-year Sunday subscription ($103.48 value)
- $37.99 for a two-year Sunday subscription ($206.96 value)
- $37.99 for a one-year Sunday subscription with daily Digital Plus subscription ($128.96 value)
Disney Sofia The First Talking Sofia and Animal Friends is only $26.24 on Amazon. Qualifies for FREE shipping with PRIME. This doll retails for $39.99 and it’s selling for $31.99 on Target. Amazon ranks both Sophia the First and her magical talking castle as top toys for 2013.
- Based on the hit new animated series from Disney Junior, Sofia the First
- Talk with animals just like in the Disney Jr. series
- This Sofia doll can recognize and talk with three of her best animal friends: Clover the Rabbit, Robin the Robin and Mia the Bluebird
- Bring each animal close to Sofia’s amulet and watch as Sofia can recognize and talk to each beloved friend with unique response in return
- Includes 10-inch talking Sofia doll and three talking animal friends
Still haven’t opened the last ream from Staples, much less the case upstairs (no more basement paper storage, thankyouverymuch), but I’ll grab free paper any time it’s offered! This week Staples is offering a FREE ream of their multipurpose paper after coupon and easy rebate. I paid $3.75 and submitted the easy rebate for $3.50 online – check comes in the mail and can be deposited into your bank account, leaving you to pay only tax.
Designed for co-op play, four players must work together to finish each stage of the game, lending each other artillery support, sharing ammo and rescuing each other when zombies are on top of them. Get Left 4 Dead for only $14.99 on Target.com – same price as Amazon.
Down in the bayou of Louisiana, all hell has broken loose in this second entry of the multiplayer zombie-fest. Players assume the role of four new survivors, each with their own personality and new dialog. The game leads them through the southeastern region of the US — from Savannah, Georgia through the bayou country, and climaxing in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Target is selling Left 4 Dead 2 for $14.99 – Amazon is selling it for $19.36.
All You 2-for-1 Holiday Sale! Buy a subscription to ALL YOU and give one to a friend for FREE. This brings the price per issue down to 83¢! Of course, if you give a subscription to a non-couponing friend, he or she can still read the articles – and they might as well turn over those high-value coupons to you! Win-win!!
Toy coupons usually hit print limit fast, so if there’s any coupon that appeals, don’t wait. Magic Jinn is on sale for $13.98 at Wamart It’s $19.99 at Target, but there’s a 30% off Cartwheel coupon, so if you price match the Walmart price and use the Cartwheel coupon and the $4 printable … well, now it’s getting interesting. fyi, the $4 coupon on the Target coupon page is a manufacturer’s coupon, not a store coupon.
Also, if you only see one coupon you want, print at least two, because coupons.com tends to fill up that empty space with LARGE ads, which use up way more ink than the coupon will. ink-saving tip of the day…