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 hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
4 eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup jam or jelly, stirred well
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting, sifted
Whipped Cream, optional
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl beat egg whites until stiff but not dry and set aside. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks until light. Gradually add the sugar, vanilla, and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the sifted flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture. Fold in the egg whites into the egg mixture and pour the batter into a 15x10x1 inch jelly roll pan lined with waxed or parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cake is golden brown.
Loosen edges of cake, invert cake onto a towel dusted with confectioners' sugar. Gently peel wax paper off cake. Begin with the narrow side and roll the cake and towel up together. Cool cake on rack, seam side down, for 10-15 minutes.
Once cake has cooled, gently unroll and spread cake with jam or jelly and re-roll without towel. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar or cover with whipped cream.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Chicken Teriyaki and Rice with steamed veggies
BBQ Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes, and Glazed Carrots
Baked Chicken and Stuffing
|This is my favorite one of the entire weekend!|
|There's nothing like a sunset on the beach!|
|Ready to hit the beach!|
|First time touching sand|
|Ty loved the ocean!|
|Completely exhausted from a exciting weekend!|
Domino Sugar 4 lb bag - on sale for $2.50 and I used 50 cent manufacturer's coupon which doubled to make my final cost $1.50.
Era Laundry Detergent - on sale for $2.99. I used 50 cent manufacturer's coupon which doubled to make my final cost $1.99.
International Delight Coffee Creamer - on sale for $1.66 and I used a 55 cent manufacturer's coupon which doubled to make my final cost 56 cents.
Ball Park Franks - on sale for $1.79 and I used $1 manufacturer's coupon to make my final cost 79 cents.
EarthBound Farm Organic baby carrots - on sale for 99 cents and I used $1 manufacturer's coupon to make my final cost FREE.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
They have some really, really adorable fall outfits! And you can earn Gymbucks right now so you will even have more fun shopping while earning!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Deerfield Farms Shredded Cheese and Sliced Cheese - on sale 2/$3 with in-ad coupon
StayFree Maxi Pads - on sale BOGO and I used a BOGO manufacturer's coupon to make both packages FREE.
One Gallon of Whole Milk - $3.59
Herbal Essence Hair Spray - on sale for $3.00 with $1 back in Register Rewards. I used a FREE Herbal Essence product coupon so they paid me $1 to purchase this item.
My total out of pocket cost was $5.18 with a savings of $22.15. I also received $1 back in Register Rewards to be used on my next purchase.
Five Gatorade G Series Fit - on sale for $1 each. Buy 5 and receive $5 back in ECB's so my final cost was Free!
One Revlon Clear Nail Polish - on sale for $4.99 with $3 back in Register Rewards. I used $1 manufacturer's coupon to make my final cost 99 cents.
One Caramello Candy Bar - Free with CVS coupon from kiosk
One Tranquil Body Wash - Free with CVS Facebook Minute Clinic Coupon
My final out of pocket cost was $2.33 with a total savings of $15.54. I also received $8 back in ECB's to be used on my next purchase.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Monday - Roast Beef, Carrots, and Potatoes
Tuesday - Teriyaki Chicken, Rice, Zucchini, Squash and Onions
Wednesday - Crunchy Tacos
Thursday - Leftovers
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
|One of my jars of Blueberry Jam! Yay for success!|
Monday, August 8, 2011
Skintimate Shaving Cream is on sale for $1.99 and I used $1.50 manufacturer's coupon to make my final cost 49 cents.
Renuzit air fresheners are 2/$1.76. I bought 3 and used Buy 2 Get 1 Free coupon to make my final cost 58 cents each.
Lipton Green Tea (12 pack) is on sale for $5.99 with $2 back in ECB's. These will be perfect to put back for our road trip to Iowa next month.
My total cost for all these items was $5.42 with a total savings of $23.15. I also received $6 in ECB's to be used on my next purchase.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Monday - Steak, Baked Potato, Broccoli
Tuesday - Spaghetti, Garlic Bread
Wednesday - Blueberry Waffles and Sausage
Thursday - DATE NIGHT (we are using a gift certificate for Brioso Fresh Pasta)
Friday - Chicken & Dumplings, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Veggies
Saturday - Cookout at a friend's house (we are bringing potato salad & chips)
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday - Chicken (organic whole chicken that I bought at Ingles for $4.75), rice, and corn on the cob
Tuesday - Tuna Pasta Salad, Celery with peanut butter, and Toast
Wednesday - Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Carrots
Thursday - Soft Tacos with ground turkey
Friday - Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy
Saturday - leftovers
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/ cup finely chopped almonds
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving at least 1 inch overhang on all sides.
- In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in brown sugar until moistened. Let cool slightly. Off heat, whisk in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in almonds.
- Scrape batter into baking pan, smoothing top with spatula. Scatter raspberries over batter. Bake until blondies are set in center, about 30-40 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
- Grasping overhanging foil on opposite sides of pan, lift out blondies and place on cutting board. Cut into 16 squares and serve.
Monday, August 1, 2011
|Our old tires sold for $50.|
First, be willing to negotiate with two companies. We recently had a Firestone open up and they had their Grand Opening this weekend where they were offering $100 off 4 new tires. We got a quote from them on what it would cost for 4 tires with a 70,000 mile warranty. Then we took that quote across the street to Discount Tire where they gave us a lower quote for comparable tires. The boys were getting cranky so Mike brought us home and then went back to Firestone just to see if they would match what Discount Tire gave us. Not only did they match the price, they even took another $50 off!
Secondly, ask for your tires to be put in your trunk and you will dispose of them. This will save you anywhere from $8-$10 depending on their disposal fee.
Thirdly, sell those used tires. We listed our used tires on Craig's List and within 15 minutes we had a buyer. He gave us $50 for all 4 tires. Even if your tires aren't in great condition, ours were 3 years old with moderate wear on them, they are still worth something to someone.
My freebie of the day was Goody's hair clips for $2 with $2 back in Register Rewards.
My total was $10.65 with a savings of $27.96 and I received $8 back in Register Rewards!
|One can of Mandarin oranges on sale 2/$1 is missing since Ty inhaled almost the entire can!|
Two Gillette Men's Body Wash - on sale $3.49 and I used a BOGO coupon to make my final cost $1.74 each.
Christophe Styling Gel - on clearance for $4.99 and I used a $3 CVS kiosk coupon to make my final cost $1.99. This normally retails at $9.79.
One Gillette Fusion Power Razor - on sale $9.99 with $5 back in ECB's. I used $4 manufacturer's coupon to make my final cost 99 cents.
Two Covergirl Face Powder - on sale Buy one get on 50% off. One was $7.99 and the other was $3.99. I used a $3/$10 CVS kiosk coupon combined with $2.50/2 manufacturer's coupon to make my final cost $3.24 each.
My total before sales and coupons was $49.40 but I paid $11.61 for a total savings of $37.79! I also received $5 back in ECB's to be used on my next purchase.
There were a couple other items I really wanted they were already out of stock on so maybe later in the week I'll try to stop by again.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Best deal were the hairbands on sale 2/$3 with $3 back in Register Rewards making these FREE!. The Huggies wipes came up on sale for $1.15 (unadvertised on the shelf) and I had 50 cents manufacturer's coupon and $1 Walgreens coupon so the wipes came out to be FREE also! Butterball Chicken broth was 2/$1 with in-ad coupon. Bounty Paper Towels were on sale for $5.49 with $1 back in Register Rewards. I also used $1 manufacturer's coupon to make my final cost $4.49 for a 6-pack.
My biggest expense on this trip were the breast milk freezer storage bags. They were $6.99 and I used $2 Walgreens coupon to make final cost $4.99 for 25 bags. I'm thinking it might just be cheaper to use Ziploc freezer bags for storing breast milk. Any ideas from those who have stored breast milk in the freezer before?
Did you find any great deals at Walgreens this week? Feel free to add the link to your blog in the comments section!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
This code expires on August 31, 2011 and is only valid for one-time redemption per member per household. Taxes, shipping, and handling will apply.
I used Shutterfly for Bradley's birth announcements and for thank you cards for Ty's birthday party. They did an excellent job!
|One of three laundry baskets in our house|
Ok, so I'm not a huge country music fan but the song Just Another Day in Paradise by Phil Vassar was in my mind all day yesterday. I could go on and on about everything that didn't go as planned yesterday but the biggest problem was my dryer went out. You know the lint dryer vent that is supposed to be cleaned out like every other load? I guess it would help if I actually remembered that step and didn't break the heating element every 6 months. I remembered as I went to pull out the damp clothes from the dryer and realized they didn't dry. You don't even want to know how thick the lint was in that dryer vent. So until my wonderful husband can fix it, looks like my laundry will be piling up...very quickly!
|What my laundry room looks like now.|
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
These items are selling quickly, the one item I had my eye on sold within an hour.
Use code FAMILY10 for an additional 10% off your order!
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
This was one of my best CVS shopping trips in a long time! I spent a whopping 24 cents for all of these items and saved $33.99. I also received $7 ECB's to be used on my next purchase. Total year to date I've saved $783.42 at CVS.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Ingredients for Tomato Pie:
Sour Cream Pastry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Sour Cream Pastry Ingredients and Directions:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sour cream
Stir together first 3 ingredients in a bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas. Add sour cream; stir with fork until combined. Gently gather dough and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 1 to 24 hours.
Directions for Tomato Pie:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare Sour Cream Pastry.
Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle with salt. Let stand 30 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels. Stir together next mayonnaise, basil, and 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
Roll Sour Cream Pastry into a 13-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate, fold edges under and crimp.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese over bottom of crust. Arrange tomato slices over cheese in crust; spread mayonnaise mixture over tomatoes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 34-37 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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You can also save $15 off your purchase of $60 or more with coupon code 12GP46DG5T92294. This coupon expires on August 7, 2011
I'm so glad I don't have a girl because I would spend all of our money buying their cute outfits.
I love this ruffled shirt! It would be adorable paired up with a white skirt.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
This code expires on July 22, 2011.
Don't forget as you shop online, always checkout through Ebates.com in order to receive additional cash back. At Lane Bryant, you will receive 3.0% cash back. Every little bit helps and adds up in the end!
- 4 cups peeled, sliced peaches
- 2 cups sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup water
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- Ground cinnamon, optional
Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt.
Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir. Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using. Batter will rise to top during baking. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
To serve, scoop onto a plate and serve with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Friday, July 15, 2011
I came across this cute diaper bag for a girl for only $23.99 after coupon. This offer expires on July 21, 2011.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Use coupon code FREEMVC for free shipping and code SAVENSUMMER for 30% off your purchase. These codes expire on July 20th. Let me know if you are able to find any other great deals!
Click here to print a coupon for a free portrait package and 40% off at your local Olan Mills Studio. The portrait package includes 1 8x10, 2 5x7's and 8 wallets. The 40% applies to purchases $69.99 or more. I don't think we will be buying that many pictures but I'm definitely going to schedule an appointment for the free package. Ty needs his one year old pictures so this comes at the perfect timing!
Old Bread, any type - I actually used Hot Dog buns that were leftover from Ty's birthday party.
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut bread into cubes.
In a large bowl, toss bread cubes with enough olive oil to lightly coat. I used approximately 1/4 cup for 6 hot dog buns.
Add Kosher salt and black pepper and toss until cubes are coated.
Put bread on baking pan that is lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
Bake bread in oven for 20-30 minutes until bread is golden brown and crunchy.
Homemade croutons can last up to two weeks stored in a plastic container or bag, unrefrigerated.
You can also add your own spices to add a variety of flavor to these croutons. I'm going to try basil and Parmesan cheese on my next batch!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
My friend Serah from Honeysuckle and Cupcakes emailed me a picture the other day of these adorable shoes for our boys. Both of us have husbands who are HUGE Red Sox fans and we have been converted into fans ourselves. Parents magazine also advertised these in this months issue along with a 15% off code. To receive 15% off at Skidders.com use code SKID15. I'm thinking these would make great Christmas gifts for the boys......