Friday, November 28, 2008

CVS-Black Friday

The details...
  • three transactions
  • began with 23 extra care bucks
  • bought-5 quart crock pot, 3 G2 gatorades, 2 tubes of colgate, 1 Johnson's soft lotion, 1 aussie shampoo, 1 aussie conditioner, 1 king size kit kat, 4 hershey's dark chocolate, one colgate spin brush, 1 pair of Phillip's ear buds, 1 Magnavox universal remote.
  • after rolling extra bucks for three transactions spent $0.61 out of pocket
  • ended with 14.47 extra care bucks

If you have some extra bucks to spare, the sale on appliances is pretty nice. The choices include a waffle maker, coffee maker, popcorn popper, griddle, or 3 in 1 grill. They are on sale for 19.99, and you earn 10 ECB's, making the appliance 9.99 after ECB's. There are many items free after extra care bucks. Read all of them with coupon matches here. It would be worth the effort to get there! Read other savings stories at Money Saving Mom!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Menu Plan

*sweet potatoes (similar to this recipe)Mom's specialty
*mashed potatoes(I will use salt in place of Lawry's)
green beans
*lemon pound cake
*pumpkin pie (recipe on libby canned pumpkin)
whipped cream
soft drinks
dishes with a * will be made the day before
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Rose is 10 Months Old!

We will be celebrating this child's birthday before we know it! She is such a joy and so full of personality! I snapped these pictures one after another, it is so funny to look through them and see her personality. She only knows a few words, but these pictures say a lot!

fyi...she threw her fry and it landed on her head, I laughed so hard!!!

About me...
I love
apple juice
my exersaucer
chewing on Mama's keys
crawling army style
my people
my dogs
being carried
the piano (playing and listening)
my basket of toys
couch fuzz (don't ask)
I hate
having my nose wiped
being put down when i am sleeping
when they take away my couch fuzz (don't ask)
when Mama leaves the room

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Crock Pot Applebutter

I was inspired to make applebutter in my crock pot by this post from my cyber-twin Monica! And since I am all for cooking if it doesn't keep me in the kitchen all day, this was the perfect recipe for me! I had done this once before with some so-so applebutter that we had purchased and made the so-so applebutter into the best we had ever had...of course I did not write down how I came to that result. I am trying to take more notes on these little adventures in cooking, so when it turns out good I can actually reproduce it! This turned out really good, not perfect, but really good. Worth trying just to smell it cooking!

The ingredients:
2 large jars of no sugar added applesauce
(rinse out one of the jars to store the finished applebutter in)
1 1/2 cups organic sugar
4 tblsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 adorable 3 year old assistant (Lily)she loves and insists on helping me cook
Mix the ingredients in the crock. Cook on high for 12 hours and low for another four hours. Once it really started to simmer, I vented the lid with a butter knife placed across one end of the crock under the lid. This allows the sauce to reduce and thicken. I did stir it occasionally just to see how it was thickening, and to keep it from scorching around the edges. My crock pot gets pretty hot!
This is the finished sauce after I transferred it to a bowl, so we could have some warm and to let it cool before I put it in the jar. The two jars of applesauce made about one jar of applebutter.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cute Therapy

What? I'm playing dress up with my girlfriends....
picture credit==abby

Monday, November 3, 2008

Menu Plan

B-cereal, toast
L-tuna salad, saltines, or pb crackers, oranges
D-chilli, baked potatos, cheese, sour cream

Brunch-pancakes, turkey sausage, oranges
D-BBQ chicken thighs, macaroni and cheese, peas

B-oatmeal, nuts, raisins
L-strawberry and banana smoothie, turkey and cheese sandwices
D-potato soup, cornbread, peach cobbler

B-eggs, toast,applebutter oranges
L-baked sweet potatos, hot tea
D-baked chicken, mashed potatos, green beans

B-cereal, bananas
L-fried rice with veggies, fruit
D-homemade pizza, brownies

B-pumpkin muffins, boiled eggs
L-chicken noodle soup, corn bread

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Food Lion Mark Downs and K-Mart Super Double Q's

We did not do any CVS shopping this week, but our efforts to collect coupons for Food Lion and K mart really paid off! First at Food Lion, I bought 8 pounds of lean ground turkey, a 4 pound beef roast, and 3 five pound chickens that had been marked down. I bought ten pounds of frozen vegetables, 2 boxes of cheerios, 2 packs of wipes, two jars of whipped cream (very important), and two boxes of saltine crackers. I paid $39 and change for a lot of meat and vegetables! I came across a new site this week that gives great details on shopping at Kroger and Food Lion. Check out Southern Savers for all the details!
Next up was K-mart. I found K-mart to be overpriced much like CVS tends to be. I collected a lot of coupons that could have potentially been good after doubling up to $2. However, I set a goal of not using any coupon that did not make the item free or less than a dollar. I also wanted to try to get a total of $50 before coupons because I had a $5 off $50 K mart coupon. My purchases totaled $55 before coupons. After coupons my total was $12.77. A lot of items were free after coupons, some were more than a dollar, but it averaged to .57 per item. A good result considering these were all item we need or will use.
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