Thanks to all who participated! Stay posted for next month's giveaway!
Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I'm addicted to coupons and every penny counts. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your success stories with me as well.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
|Before the organization|
|I took everything out to see what I had, group them together for particular needs, and throw out expired medicine.|
|The Final Results! Containers are grouped into categories such as pain relievers, vitamins, first aid, antacids, etc.|
- Charmin 12 pack double Basic toilet paper
- Pantene Shampoo
- Pantene Conditioner
- Tide Laundry Detergent
- Tone Body Wash
- Cover Girl Mascara
- Colgate Total toothpaste
- Excedrin migraine
Some of the best sales this week were:
Tide laundry detergent on sale for $5.97 and receive $1 in ECB. Use $1 coupon in Sunday's paper and final cost is $3.97.
Pantene products on sale for 2/$6.97 and receive $2 in ECB. Use $3 coupon in Sunday's paper and final cost is 2/$1.97.
Tone Body wash on sale for $3.88 and receive $3 in ECB. Final cost is 88 cents.
Charmin toilet paper on sale for $4.99 and receive $1 ECB. I had a $1 coupon so my final cost was $2.99 for 12 double rolls which equal 24 rolls.
Colgate Toothpaste on sale for $2.99 and receive $2 ECB. I had $1 coupon from ALL You magazine so my final cost was FREE!
Monday, December 27, 2010
|I love how Sasha is smacking Zoey in the face with her tail!|
Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
- A medium orange has 3 grams of fiber, a day's worth of Vitamin C and other nutrients
- Pick oranges that feel firm and heavy for their size. They don't have to be all orange, a little green on the peel will be ok.
- Navel oranges are best for snacking and juicing
- Blood oranges are beautiful in salads with their dramatic red interior
- Clementines oranges are small and easy to peel
- Mandarin oranges are just right for an after lunch treat
I spent $44.31 for 39 items and saved $42.97 with a total yearly savings of $897.00.
Some of the best deals at Ingles I picked up at Ingles this week were:
Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables on sale for $1.00 - use 50 cents coupon and they are free after coupon.
College Inn Broth BOGO - use $1.00/2 coupon to make it 89 cents each.
Swanson Chicken Broth on sale for 60 cents - use 50 cents/5 coupon to make them 40 cents each.
Green Giant Box vegetables on sale for $1.00 - use 50 cents/2 to get each box for 50 cents.
Bisquick on sale for $1.50 - use 50 cents coupon to get box for 50 cents.
Welch's grape juice on sale for $3.50 - use $1.00 coupon to get it for $2.50
General Mills Cereal on sale 3 for $6 - use $1/2 to get it for $1.50 each.
Herbal Essences Products on sale for $2.50 - Use $1.00 coupon to get it for $1.50
Aussie Products on sale for $2.50 - Use $1.00 coupon to get it for $1.50
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
One 10 ounce package of frozen spinach
1 lb Velveeta
1/4 cup of chopped jalapenos
1/2 cup milk
2 ounce diced pimento, drained
1 medium tomato
Dry spinach between paper towels. Combine cheese, milk, jalapenos, and pimento in double boiler. When melted add spinach and tomato.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Chicken Bacon Wraps
Meatballs with an amazing homemade sauce that I whipped together at the last minute
Spinach and Bacon Quiches (I cheated and bought those from Costco)
Super Sausage Dip
Spinach Cheese Dip
French Onion Dip
Spicy Ranch Dip
Ham Cheese Ball and Crackers
Peppermint Oreo Cookies
Coconut and Cherry Bonbons
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Everything was a hit and it's a huge compliment when people go up for 2nd's and 3'rds and then ask for your recipe. I was completely exhausted by the end and I'm still recovering from all that work but overall, it was a lot of fun trying new recipes. I'll post the spinach cheese dip recipe tomorrow along with the coconut and cherry bonbons.
This is an awesome dip that is very simple to make and soooo yummy! Perfect at your next party!
- 1 pound pork sausage
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped green or red pepper
- 3 medium tomatoes
- 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
- 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
- In a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion, and pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
- Stir in tomatoes and chilies. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add cream cheese; stir until melted. Stir in sour cream. Transfer to a fondue pot and keep warm. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 5 cups
This food drive for Harvest Hope is for Maggie Moo's on Augusta Street in Greenville, SC but it won't hurt to check with your local store to see if they are offering the same event.
For instance my card would say:
1. I ran away from home when I was in 5th grade.
2. I have had a nose job.
3. I fell off a fire truck one summer.
#2 is a lie and #1 and #3 are both truths.
This is a lot of fun especially if you are trying to get to know each other better. This would be a great game this Christmas if you are getting together with relatives you haven't seen in awhile. A great way to catch up on the latest news. You could change the rules so they have to write two truths and one lie of something that happened to them in the past year.
1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 breasts)
1 (1 pound) package sliced bacon
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Stir brown sugar and chili powder together.
Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes.
Cut each bacon slice into thirds. Wrap each chicken cube with bacon. Roll chicken and bacon into brown sugar and chili powder mixture and secure with a wooden toothpick.
Coat a broiler pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken on broiler pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until bacon is crisp.
Makes 12-15 appetizer servings. For more flavor, roll chicken into mixture first and then wrap with bacon and roll in mixture again.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
3 sticks of butter, softened
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; beat into creamed mixture until blended.
Pour into a greased and floured 10 inch fluted tube or Bundt pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1-1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Garnish with confectioners' sugar, berries of your choice, and whipped cream if desired. Yield: 16 servings
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
I'm so excited because tomorrow I'm getting together with Bridgette from Blessings Multiplied and we are going to have a huge baking party! We both put together Christmas goodies for our neighbors so this year we decided to bake all of these goodies together. So tomorrow afternoon my kitchen will be filled with lots of yummy smells! Here's our list of what we are going to try and accomplish tomorrow:
Homemade peppermint oreos
Chocolate Crackle Tops
Super Chocolate Cookies
Peanut Butter and Candy Cane Cookie Cups
Orange Dreamsicle Cookies
Berry Shortbread Dreams
Cheerio Christmas Trees
I'll post pictures on Monday!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Good luck! Winner will be announced on Friday, December 31st.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
2 boxes of Devil's Food cake mix
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine the cake mix, eggs, and oil. The batter will be very stiff. Roll batter into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Flatten balls slightly with fingers. Bake 12 minutes. Let cool slightly on cookie sheet before removing to wire rack to finish cooling.
In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter until completely blended. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and peppermint extract and mix until the icing is smooth.
Spread one cookie with icing and top with another cookie.
Ideas: You can add red or green food coloring to frosting. You can roll the edges of the cookie in sprinkles or crushed candy cane.
Monday, December 6, 2010
There are so many different thoughts going through my head about all of this. I'm very excited to see what the baby will look like and there's something special knowing that this baby will always be ours. But it doesn't change anything about the way I feel about all of our foster children. God gives each one of us a calling for some sort of mission in life. Whether your calling is on the mission field, in the Service defending our Country, Pastor or Priesthood, school teacher, or so many other occupations, Foster parenting is my mission in life. God obviously placed the calling in Mike's heart also and brought us together. I understand the majority of people will never understand the love we have for all of our children or how we feel like each one of them was our own whether it was for one week or one year. Just like I'll never understand how someone would give up his or her life fighting for our freedom. I'll never understand why a teacher would want to surround herself in a room full of little germ factories. Why would a surgeon want to cut people open and look at blood and organs all day? There are so many things in life we will never understand but it's ok because God gives each person a different understanding and calling.
As excited as we are about our new baby coming into our life in June 2011, it won't change the way we feel about our other children. We will continue to foster and continue to love each one of these children the same way. They have all been a part in each chapter of our lives and without them our life wouldn't be what it is today.
Friday, December 3, 2010
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon corn syrup
14 ounce bag of sweetened shredded coconut
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small saucepan, bring sugar, cold water, and corn syrup to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. In a medium bowl, combine the syrup with the coconut and let cool. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg whites and vanilla until foamy and thick. Stir into the coconut mixture. Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto each of the 2 parchment lined baking sheets. Bake until golden, switching pans halfway through, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on racks.
Here's the recipe:
One 10-ounce package of peanut butter chips, such as Reese's
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound roasted, salted peanuts (one quarter coarsely chopped)
1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Melt peanut butter chips, corn syrup, and butter over medium heat. Once melted, stir in 3/4 of whole peanuts. Let cool slightly.
2. Shape the mixture into a log and roll the candy logs into the chopped nuts. Let sit to harden.
Other tips: You can also microwave the mixture for 1 minute instead of melting it on the stove. Try rolling the logs into other dry ingredients such as toasted coconut, Rice Krispies, or rainbow sprinkles.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
So does anyone want to help me out with a yummy Belgian Waffle recipe? I really want to put my new waffle maker to use!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I have three widowed ladies that live across and beside me. Each of these sweet ladies get very lonely and need someone to talk to. I will admit, there are times the last thing on my mind is to stand there and just listen to them talk about all their aches and pains. But I need to remind myself, they were my age at one time and one day I will be their age and I'm pretty sure I'll be telling someone about my own aches and pains.
Last night I made a huge pot of chicken and dumplings. So I decided to make each one of them their own bowl of mashed potatoes, chicken and dumplings, and a thick slice of homemade sourdough bread. I got Ty all bundled up and put him in the infant carrier on my back and we took a little walk over to each one of their homes to deliver the food. It completely made my night to see them all excited to get this bowl of food. One of the ladies says that she hardly ever cooks anymore because it's so time consuming and not worth the effort to just feed herself. The other lady was so excited because it was enough food that would last her both supper and lunch today. She cuddled with Ty for awhile and didn't want me to leave. I think she was ready to get out blankets and pillows for me to spend the night there with her. LOL It made me stop and realize how important it is to take care of our neighbors. So one of my goals for 2011 will be to take at least one meal each month over to these sweet ladies.
What about you? Is there something you do on a regular basis for your neighbors?