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.