Rewarding Moments: September 29, 2022

This week’s Rewarding Moment comes from Gerry Baker who joined MyPoints in December 2013.

Their favorite way to earn is “buying things.”

This is their story:

“I earned enough Points to get a Visa card.

My grandson wanted books of Dogman. Never heard of them. He hated to read.

So when I got the Visa card I went on eBay and bought him the whole set. He has read them all and on his second time reading them.

His reading in school has improved. He reads to me every night before bed. So I get a rewarding memory every night. So he learns to read great and enjoys the stories so much. Thank you for the Visa card.

He is now reading other books too. He wants more books. I’m working on more Visa cards to get more books. So now when he helps on surveys he feels like he is earning the books.”

Thanks for sharing your story, Gerry and for being such a good grandparent! In appreciation, we’ve added 1,500 Points to your account.

Got a Rewarding Moment made possible by MyPoints? Submit it via this form for a chance to be awarded 1,500 Points if selected!

Recipe of the Week: Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cinnamon Rolls

It’s officially Fall which means it’s Pumpkin Spice season! This recipe will satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings and earn you up to 533 Points.

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 1 pkg (8 g) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup 3.25% homogenized milk (earn 3 Points)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, at room temperature (earn 17 Points)
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten (earn 3 Points)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin purée
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Assembly

Icing

  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Dough: Combine 1/4 cup warm water, 1 tsp sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes or until foamy.
  2. Meanwhile, in saucepan set over medium heat, warm milk and butter until butter just melts and milk is warm to touch (temperature should be no higher than 110˚F; if too hot, let stand for a few minutes to cool slightly).
  3. Using electric mixer with dough hook, beat together yeast mixture, warm milk mixture, sour cream, remaining sugar, egg yolks and vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin purée. Add flour and salt; beat on low speed until dough gathers into a ball, and smooth, soft dough starts to form.
  4. Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface; knead a few times. Transfer to greased bowl; cover and let stand for 45 to 60 minutes or until doubled in size.
  5. Assembly: Grease 13- x 9-inch baking pan; set aside. Return dough to lightly floured work surface. Roll out dough into 15- x 11-inch (38 x 28 cm) rectangle, about 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick. Spread butter over dough, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border. Sprinkle brown sugar and pumpkin spice over top. Sprinkle with chopped Pumpkin Spice Caramels.
  6. Starting from one long end, roll up tightly into log. Pinch ends to seal seams. Cut into 12 slices. Space buns evenly in prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand for 15 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Remove plastic wrap. Bake rolls for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling. Let cool for 5 minutes; invert onto serving plate.
  8. Icing: Whisk together icing sugar, sour cream and vanilla until blended. Drizzle over cinnamon buns. Serve warm.
  9. Tip: Add chopped pecans or raisins to our pumpkin cinnamon rolls if desired.

See full recipe here.

Rewarding Moments: September 22, 2022

This week’s Rewarding Moment comes from Ann Mones who joined MyPoints in September 1999 via a referral from her older sister.

Her favorite ways to earn? “Reading emails, buying gift cards, and shopping are my favorite ways to earn Points.”

This is her story:

“MyPoints has helped create so many rewarding moments for me!

My Lifetime points so far is: 303,924 Points. That equals a lot of gift cards and PayPal payments!

When my children were young, I cashed in Points for gift cards to buy sneakers and clothing for back to school.

Since then, I redeem Points for so many different reasons. I love to redeem Points for gift cards I can then give as gifts. I also redeem Points for gift cards I use, especially for places I can buy gardening supplies and seeds.

I owe a lot of my gardening successes to MyPoints for making it possible with gift cards I have gotten. Some of that results in great homegrown food I eat and share with friends and neighbors.

MyPoints is a lot of fun to use, and the rewards are amazing!”

Thanks for sharing your story, Ann and for sticking with MyPoints for over 23 years now! In appreciation, we’ve added 1,500 Points to your account.

Got a Rewarding Moment made possible by MyPoints? Submit it via this form for a chance to be awarded 1,500 Points if selected!

Recipe of the Week: Cheesy Chicken and Potato Soup

As the weather starts to cool down, this recipe offers up rib-sticking comfort food and can earn you up to 859 Points!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced (earn 3 Points)
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 lb Blushing Belle Little Potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces (earn up to 850 Points)
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk, light cream, or heavy cream (earn 3 Points)
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 lb cooked chicken, shredded or chopped (earn 3 Points)
  • 1 cup frozen peas or mixed vegetables, thawed
  • To taste: kosher salt or pepper, freshly ground
  • For garnish: parsley, chopped

Preparation

  •  Step 1: In a Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat, add the onion, garlic, and thyme and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
  •  Step 2: Stir in the potatoes and the chicken or vegetable broth.
  •  Step 3: Bring to a boil and simmer with the lid on until the potatoes are tender but not mushy, 10 to 15 minutes.
  •  Step 4: While the potatoes are cooking, shake together the flour and milk or cream in a jar to mix it up.
  •  Step 5: Grate the cheese and thaw the frozen peas (or mixed veggies) under some running water.
  •  Step 6: Once the potatoes are cooked, add the flour and cream mixture to the Dutch oven. Stir for 3 to 4 minutes, allowing it to thicken.
  •  Step 7: Stir in the shredded cheese, chicken, and thawed vegetables and cook until the cheese is melted and the chicken is heated through. Adjust the seasoning to your tastes.
  •  Step 8: Garnish with parsley and serve with a crusty bun or bread.

See full recipe here.

Boogie Down with MyPoints BINGO and earn up to $15!

Here’s your chance for US members to earn up to 2,250 Points and Canadian members to earn up to a 750 Point Bonus!

Pre-registration starts at 8 am PT on Friday, September 16th and the Board starts at 8 am PT on Monday, September 19th. You can join the fun anytime before the submission deadline at 11:59 pm PT on Monday, September 26th but only activities completed after joining will mark off your squares.

This board’s activities include:

Rewarding Moments: September 15, 2022

This week’s Rewarding Moment comes from Lauren Jonik who joined MyPoints in July 2000 after a friend suggested it.

Her favorite way to earn is Surveys.

This is her story:

“I make it a habit to fill out surveys on a frequent, ongoing basis.

A few months ago, a stray cat gave birth to a beautiful calico kitten near where I live. The kitten reminded me of my childhood cat, so I decided to care for her until she could be adopted. Within hours, I realized that I couldn’t part with her– I hadn’t expected to become a “cat mom” just months after our older cat had passed away, but fate had another plan.

I was thrilled to begin taking care of my new kitten, but dismayed to realize how many initial expenses were involved. I cashed in my MyPoints Points for Amazon gift cards and was able to purchase the things I needed– a litter box, food and much to my kitten’s delight– many cat toys that we now spend time playing with daily!”

Thanks for sharing your story, Lauren–and the pic of your adorable kitten! In appreciation, we’ve added 1,500 Points to your account.

Got a Rewarding Moment made possible by MyPoints? Submit it via this form for a chance to be awarded 1,500 Points if selected!

Recipe of the Week: Cinnaberry Seltzer Splash

As we move into Fall, it’s time to move away from Margarita and get into drinks that are more Autumn-inspired.

This easy seltzer recipe takes 10 minutes to make and can earn you up to 2,160 Points.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 oz. Truly Wild Berry (earn up to 2,040 Points)
  • 1 oz. Vodka (earn 117 Points)
  • 1/2 oz. cinnamon simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. orange juice (earn 3 Points)
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • Cranberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a cocktail shaker add cinnamon syrup, Vodka, orange juice and cranberry juice.
  2. Add ice and shake.
  3. Add Truly Wild Berry to the cocktail shaker.
  4. In a highball glass, add ice and strain.
  5. Garnish with fresh cranberries.

See full recipe here.

Kick Off Fall with BIG Point Offers!

Fall doesn’t officially start for another week or so, but we’re ready for cooler temps and pumpkin spice at MyPoints.

Our Kick Off to Fall Sale features popular favorites and new finds with increased Points to make your autumn preparations more rewarding.

Speaking of new finds, Groupon is a great way to find new products and services at deeply discounted rates and now you can earn 20 Points per dollar!

Stock up on vitamin C, space heaters and beauty and personal care products at CVS and also earn up to 20 Points per dollar.

Adidas and QVC are also 20 (or up to) Points per dollar during our Kick Off to Fall Sale, so shop now and earn big!

Earn 8 Points per dollar at JCPenney, Jane, Belk and Lands’ End.

There are dozens more offers to choose from so shop soon while the deals are hot!

Rewarding Moments: September 8, 2022

This week’s Rewarding Moment comes from Courtney Morse who joined MyPoints in June 2015 via a referral email.

Her favorite ways to earn are taking surveys and playing games.

This is her story:

“I use all MyPoints gift cards for gifts! I love telling my kids or whoever I’m shopping for to pick whatever you want!

I lost my job because of Covid, so Mypoints gift cards are have been supplying me with the things for me and my family. We just had my daughter’s birthday and Mypoints paid for everything!

My last Mypoints redemption paid for a new comforter that was desperately needed and clothes for my daughter that she desperately needed!

I really do love MyPoints; it’s good to have!I’m so happy I signed up for MyPoints! It is helping me a lot through these hard time. Thank you MyPoints for always being there!!”

Thank you, Courtney for sharing your story. In appreciation, we’ve added 1,500 Points to your account.

Got a Rewarding Moment made possible by MyPoints? Submit it via this form for a chance to be awarded 1,500 Points if selected!

Recipe of the Week: Chilaquiles Verde with Crisp Apple Salsa

This week’s recipe takes under an hour and can earn up to 1,233 Points!

Ingredients

  • 1 can (12 fl. oz) Angry Orchard Crisp Cider (earn up to 680 Points)
  • ½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt or Sour cream (earn 17 Points)
  • 2 cups Salsa Verde or Tomatillo Salsa
  • ½ cup diced red onion (earn 3 Points)
  • ½ cup diced bell pepper
  • ½ cup diced apple (such as Honeycrisp, Fuji or Green) (earn 3 Points)
  • 1 bag (about 5-6 cups) corn tortilla chips (earn 17 Points)
  • 1 cup shredded Chihuahua or Cheddar cheese
  • Angry Crema, for garnish; chopped cilantro, for garnish; lime wedge, for garnish (earn 3 Points)

Suggested Garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 F

For the Angry Crema:

In a small bowl, whisk together 1 Tablespoon of the cider with the yogurt or sour cream.

For the Chilaquiles:

Combine the remaining cider with the salsa verde, red onion, bell pepper and diced apple. Toss with the tortillas and place inside a 12” skillet topped with the shredded cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.

To Serve:

Top with the Angry crema, fresh cilantro, fresh lime plus any other desired garnishes and serve immediately.

See full recipe here.