Saturday, September 27, 2008

Got My Bra!

I finally got my bra. Went to target while waiting for my pizza and wings that I ordered for dinner. There was a lot of stuff on clearance that I wanted to get but thought twice about it. I can not get anything that I am not going to use or gift. Yeah, I know common sense. But you don't know me and impulse buying. Here are some of the noteable things I found.

  • Backpacks and lunch type bags. 75% off.
  • Cute wood frame for the digital frames. 75% off was $2.49 (got 2 of these because I gave these digital frames last Christmas to my mom and MIL)
  • Brita Pure Flavor options .75% off was 2.49
  • Barilla Pasta .59
  • Candle holders (set of 3 that say Live. Laugh, Love) 75% off at 4.95 (got 1 of these for SIL)
  • Lots of Live, Laugh, Love type of stuff at 50% off (picture frames, and photo books)

Friday, September 26, 2008


I went to Walmart this morning. I was intending to buy a new bra. So I decided to go and get a few things priced matched that were really low from stores I would not normally go to.

I am very embarrassed to say that I spent more then I thought I was going to ($36) and still ended up with no new bra.

I got some.....

Carrots (1lb bag 3/.99)Just happened that the only 1lb bag they had was organic YEAH!
Pears (3lb/.99)
Celery (.50)
Tomatoes (.69lb)
Cabbage (5lb/.99)
Onions (6lb/.99)
Cucumbers (3/.99)
Pork loin chops- boneless (2.69lb) not the best price but I need some meat
Boneless lean stew meat (2.99)
Boneless bottom round steak (2.99)
90pk corn tortillas (1.99)

Now you say what are you going to do with all those tortillas? Well let me tell you. Corn tortillas are as good as bread and they are so versatile.

To make tortillas pliable and easy to manipulate you want to warm them up in a skillet with a little butter or oil (tbs or so). I usually butter when I am eating them plain or topped. But if I am using them for a recipe or going to cook them more do it in oil. Then you top them with all sorts of stuff.

peanut butter and honey
cinnamon and sugar
PB and Jelly
Refried beans
refried beans and cheese
Honey and powdered sugar
salsa and cheese

Use them to make...
homemade tortilla chips
toasted or raw tortilla pieces for salads, soups and such
Mexican Pizzas in the oven
Cook crispy in oil for tostadas

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Yummy Pumpkin

Well, it is officially Fall. And it is that time of year to start with the great fall produce (or canned as this applies). I love pumpkin and want to offer some of my families favorite recipes. So here is the first of many to come.

Pumpkin Quick Bread
A Nestle recipe!


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (we recommend Land O Lakes®), softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 9x5-inch loaf pan.

COMBINE flour, pumpkin, brown sugar, butter, eggs, spice, baking soda, salt and baking powder in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often for 1 to 2 minutes until well mixed. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

BAKE for 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.

*Substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and ground cloves for pumpkin pie spice.

Banana Bread: Prepare quick bread as directed above, substituting 3/4 cup sugar for brown sugar and 1 cup mashed bananas for pumpkin; omit pumpkin pie spice.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread: Prepare quick bread as directed above. Stir 3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels and 1 cup mashed banana into batter.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread: Prepare quick bread as directed above. Stir in 3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels into batter.

TIP: Wrap bread in plastic food wrap or aluminum foil. Refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Flylady....The Commercial Project

I am so unorganized! Maybe I have a lot to do and put it off. Or maybe I am just unmodivated (we don't say lazy around here). But stuff just doesn't get done. I have tried just about every theory or program you can think of that is out there to no avail.

But after many failed attempts at doing Flylady (I am sure you know the program) I have come to the conclusion that "I NEED BABY STEPS". So what do I do? I watch my shows (I know a real change of pace). But as soon as a those commercials come on I am up. Just those 4 minutes between is enough to get something done. I get up and take charge of my project. For example..

Commercial # 1: Unload the dishwasher
#2: Load half the dishwasher
#3: load the other half of the dishwasher
#4: Go throught a pile of papers by the front door (stand by garbage and through out the trash, put the bills and important stuff in my to-do pile.
#5: Finish cleaning of the stuff from the table by the door and wipe the dust.

Woohoo.....At the end of my show I have done the dishes and cleaned a table off.

I know. It does not sound like much but after a few days I have a much cleaner house. What used to be riddled with bags, piles, boxes and just stuff laying around is a clean and neat area. I am so much happier and it was no big deal. If you are watching a show, why sit and watch commercials? It is just going to be a waste of time. You don't need to see that herpes commercial again, or what about that pizza commercial? Come on your on a diet. Get off you bum and throw something away!

I am going to call this my Commercial Project! I think I will make a nice button or something. So I can relate to you what I did during my commercials.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Missed it.

I know its Wednesday (another word I hate to spell). But I just found this and want to start doing it. Maybe I will stay on track or maybe not.

Tonight- McDonalds (school thing)

Thursday- Stuffed cabbage w/rice (thanks Erin for the recipe)

Friday- Pizza and wings take out!

Breakfast: Pancakes
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Hamburger Helper, biscuts, Salad

Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Soup and grilled cheese
Dinner: crockpot roast w/ carrots and potatoes

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Another Great Homecooked Meal

Yep, another one on the cheap.

Dinner. $6.10 for 6 servings

6 Cube steaks (egged and floured) $4.00 on clearance a little while ago.
mashed potatoes (real ones this time. I was trying to recreate the new Ore Ida Steam n' Mash a success) $2.00
White gravy (just flour, milk, salt and pepper) $.50
Corn (2 cans on sale this week) $.60

You can either cook the steaks in the oven or fried in a skillet with oil. We like the oil plus they cook faster.

Fake Steam and Mash
6- medium potatoes
2- glad or ziplock steam bags

Cut the potatoes in small cubes. Divide between the 2 steam bags. Microwave on high for 15-20 minutes. Poor in a bowl and mash your way.

Garlic Potatoes- Add 2 cloves or 2 tsp of fresh chopped garlic to bag before steaming

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Massive Sunday Shopping...

Frys (broken up into smaller groups but added together here)

12- BC pouch potatoes @ 1.00 - .40/1Q= $2.40
12- Cottonelle TP 4pks @ 1.00 - .50/1 = FREE
24- Powerade Zero @ .50= $24.00
36- campbells soups @ .50= $18.00
3- buns (hotdog and hamburger) @ 1.29= $3.87
2- Toaster Strudel @ 1.99 - $1.00 printable= $1.98
2- Dole salads (on clearance) @ .99 - .50/1 Q= FREE
= $50.25
- $12 (4/$3 instantly)
- $16 (4/ $4 OYNSO from Powerade)
Total OOP = $22.25 (any a $4 OYNSO)

4- Mighty dog @ .80 - .99 (free coupon)= -$.76 Overage
2- head of lettuce @ .49= $.98
1- Oreos= $ 1.88
5- lb Gala Apples @ .88= $4.40
1- daisy sour cream= $2.50
= $9.00 (more then I would normaly spend. But we will not use anything other then daisy and I could not find any coupons.)

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