Strawberry Picking at The Fruit & Berry Patch

I missed strawberry season last year so I was determined to pick some this year. I gave myself a pep talk, put my one year old on my back in the baby Ergo and took the boys to pick strawberries.

We spent a beautiful  morning at The Fruit and Berry Patch. I was pleasantly surprised at how many strawberries there were.

At first the kids had a hard time understanding why we had to put them in our buckets and not just eat them. After we got over that hurdle, they had a great time.  I will say at three and five they are much better pickers than they were at two and three.

We picked nearly 9  pounds of strawberries!

The berries are very sweet and juicy.  Fresh produce is just always taste so much better to me than what you buy in the store.

I am planning to make some yummy strawberry shortcake and strawberry waffles to freeze for breakfasts. I will  just keep some around to eat and the rest of the strawberries will be frozen.

Has anyone else been to a local farm to pick some strawberries this season? Where did you go.

Does anyone have a great strawberry shortcake recipe they want to share? I am in love with the shortcake at Calhoun’s, but just can’t seem to make mine taste the same.

The Fruit and Berry Patch is located at 4407 McCloud Rd. Knoxville, TN 37938, just a few minutes “outside town.”

Coupon Katie's WBIR Best Deals of The Week

Here are all the deals I shared on WBIR’s 10 News at Five this evening.


This is week two of their Mega Event Sale.

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest, San Giorgio or Smart Taste Pasta-$.49
$1/2 Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta
$1/2 Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta
$1/2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest
-$1/2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest
Final cost=Free(remember there is a limit of 2 of the same internet printable coupons per transaction.)

Boulder Canyon Natural Chips (5oz)-$.99
-$1/1 Boulder Canyon coupon (some zips showing $1/2)
Final cost=Free

Mom’s Best Naturals Cereal (12-16.5 oz)-$.99
$0.75/1 Mom’s Best Naturals Produc
Final cost=$.24 (definite stock up price)

Land O Lakes Butter-$1.29
$0.50/1 Land O’ Lakes Spreadable Butter Product (IE) Printable (FF)
Final cost = $.29

Dear Park Water (3L)-$.49 Great to donate to the tornado relief efforts

You can see all the Kroger deals here.

Food City

Powerade (34 oz)-$.49

Coca-Cola 2 Liter-$.69

Hot Dog Buns-$.99

Keebler Crackers-$1.99
$1/2 printable Keebler coupon
Final cost=$1.49

You can check out all the Food City deals here.


Aquafresh Infant Training Toothbrush (1 ct)-$1.99
-$1/1 Aquafresh kids toothbrush from 4/17 RP
stack with $1/1 Aquafresh Kids’ Training Toothpaste or Toothbrush TARGET coupon
Final cost=Free

Tums (24ct, 3 roll pk)- $1.57
$1/1 TUMS Product coupon
Stack with the $1/1 Tums Target store coupon
Final cost=Free

Market Pantry Frozen Vegetables (10-16oz)-$.99
$1/4  Market Pantry Frozen Vegetables  TARGET coupon
Final cost=$.74 ea

Zantac Max Strength (24ct 150 mg) Or (30ct 75 mg)- $7.74
$2/1 Target store coupon
Stack with the $5 off Zantac coupon here.
Final cost=$.74

Free Stuff!

Blockbuster Free one night DVD rental codeMONDAYFUNDAY

Redbox-Free one night DVD rental on Thursday May 12 when you “Like” Redbox on Facebook.

Free South of France Bar Soap at Earth Fare

Tennessee Tornado Relief Donation Ideas

Thanks to a reader, Kristen, for her great idea for getting bottled water to donate to the tornado relief efforts around town.

Kroger has 3 liter bottles of Deer Park Water included in their Mega Event sale.
So when you buy 10 you will get them each for only $.49. That is a great price and these would be great to donate at any of the drives this week.
Walgreens has great deals on toothbrushes and pampers this week.

If you have any other ideas for great deals this week leave a comment and share! Here are a few places to take your donations:
Faith United Methodist Church
You can drop donations at Faith United Methodist Church, located at 1120 Dry Gap Pike, Knoxville TN 37918. The church is on the corner of Rifle Range Road and Dry Gap Pike across from Sterchi Park. You can bring donations to the church on Wednesday night from 5:30pm-7:30pm now through May 13th. You can get all the details here. Requested items: Household cleaning supplies, Bottled water,New underwear,Infant supplies, such as formula, diapers, and baby wipes, Towels and wash cloths, Toiletries – preferably in trial sizes, Batteries, Flashlights, Tarps

107.7 WIVK is holding a Charity Drive to help out Tennessee Storm Victims  at the Turkey Creek Walmart in Knoxville on Monday, May 9th from 6-10 AM. They are requesting water, new blankets and new pillows as well as “comfort care items” ( toothpaste toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, lotions, deodorant, germ x, new towels, wet wipes, and diapers.

UT Knoxville and UT Athletics will team up to help residents of the East Tennessee counties that suffered massive damage during last week’s severe weather.
From 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, the UT Volunteers football truck will be parked at the Regal Soccer Stadium on Stephenson Drive, off Neyland Drive. UT staff and students will be on-hand to accept donations, sort, and load the truck which will driven to a Salvation Army distribution center on Wednesday. Items will be provided to people in need from Bradley, Greene, Hamilton, and Washington counties.
Items specifically requested include: Household cleaning supplies, Bottled water,New underwear,Infant supplies, such as formula, diapers, and baby wipes, Towels and wash cloths, Toiletries – preferably in trial sizes, Batteries, Flashlights, Tarps

Tell Your Time: The Plan That Has Changed My Days

A few months ago I was looking in a “planning meeting” with THE HUSBAND. We quickly looked  over our Google Calendars and ran through the week so we are on the same page. Then we started talking about what was coming up for us overall, big picture stuff.

I started to cry.

There is caring for our family of five (three of which are 5 and under), caring for our home, being an active member of our church, blogging, teaching coupon classes, planning and then starting homeschool for our two oldest this fall, exercise, quiet time  and the list went on and on.

I felt anxiety welling up. How was I going to get it all done? [Read more…]

Whole Foods Market Coming to Knoxville!

Woo-Hoo! According to WBIR a Whole Foods grocery store is coming to Knoxville in 2013.

Whole Foods Market will be located in West Knoxville’s Papermill Plaza. (That is Papermill Drive at Kingston Pike.) Reportedly the store will be about 35,000 square feet. That is a big store!

Is everyone excited about this? Don’t worry I am already on researching the store coupon policy. :0) Now if only we could get a Publix.

Coupon Katie’s Best Deals of the Week 4/25/11

Here are all the deals and freebies I shared tonight on WBIR’s 10 News at Five.


Scotties Facial Tissue-on sale Buy One Get One Free,$.64 each
$0.50/1 Scotties Facial Tissue printable
Final cost=Free

Weber Marinades-on sale Buy One Get One Free, $.49 each
-$1/2 coupon from the 3/27 SS
Final cost= 2 for Free

Rayovac Alkaline Batteries-$1
-$1/1 Rayovac Alkaline Batteries or $1/1 Rayovac Alkaline Batteries
Final cost = Free


4×6 Photo Prints-$.10 each
$2 off purchase of 20 4×6 photos Target coupon (click on “photos” on sidebar to find it quickly)
Final cost=20 photos for free!

Nivea Body Wash-$3.04
-$3/1 coupon from the 4/17 RP
Final cost=$.04

Reach Dental Floss-$.97
$1/1 Reach Floss
Final cost=Free


Crest Toothpaste-$1
-$1 off Crest toothpaste from the 4/03 P&G
–$1 off Crest toothpaste from the Proctor & Gamble $110 booklet
-$.50/1 Crest toothpaste from the 3/13 RP
Final cost=Free

Tony’s Crispy Crust Pizza (9.7-10.4oz)- $1
-$.50/1 from the 2/13 SS
Final cost=Free

Athenos Hummus-$1
B1G1 Athenos Hummus Product ( Facebook coupon)
Final cost=$.50

Blockbuster Express free one night DVD rental- MONDAYDVD (not good on new releases)

Coupon Katie Answers: Is It OK to Photocopy Coupons?

Thanks to Kaitlyn for sending in a  great reader question today. There are a lot of things to figure out when you start couponing- and it is always best to ask!

My name is Kaitlyn, and I was wondering that after you have printed the number allowed from a website such as can you just copy them? This may be confusing so I will tell you my experience: On I have already printed 3 of the cereal coupons and now it says that that I have printed it all that is allowed. So I was wondering if I take the one I print and put it in a copying machine if that would still work at a register, or if this is even allowed. I’m not sure, that’s why I wanted to ask.

The answer:

You should not make photocopies of printable coupons. It is never O.K.
There are several marks on printable coupons that can identify specific users. Also, most have security features such as unique security bar codes and watermarks to prevent people from using photocopied printable coupons.

Using photocopied coupons damages relationships with stores-who do not get reimbursed for them. This is one of the reasons Kroger has changed their printable coupon policy to  state:Only accepts two (2) Internet coupons per manufacturer, per product, per visit, per day.
It also makes manufacturer’s reluctant to release printable coupons-think Procter and Gamble.

You can usually print two of the same coupon per computer. If you need more than that consider asking a friend or family member to print some for you.

*I love reader questions, so if you have one feel free to send it along. Someone else is probably wondering the same thing.