Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Potty training kit!


go to Being Frugal is Fabulous: for a great Pamper’s Potty Training Kit.
This includes a free sample of Easy Ups trainers, high value coupons, stickers and coloring pages, helpful tips and a Dora or Diego trophy."

Free Family Film Festival | Regal Theaters

Free Family Film Festival Regal Theaters
Check out this weeks movies. Great way to beat the heat.

Freebies at Arby's TODAY!

Don't forget today is free day at Arby's! You can get a FREE regular roast beef with any soft drink purchase. Plus, scroll down and print the free Roast Burger coupon that is still available.
EAT CHEAP!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Being Frugal is Fabulous


Check this out! Being Frugal is Fabulous has a great link to a Kraft Coupon book and calendar. The calendar includes (2) $20.00 rebates and $15.00 in coupons. Offer is limited so hurry and get yours today.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Easy BBQ Ribs recipe at Kraftfoods.com



Check these ribs out. It's not the ingredients, but how he makes them. Check out step 2.

Cookies & Creme Pudding Pops recipe at Kraftfoods.com



Check out these great summertime treats. Lots of great ideas to keep the kids from melting in the hot sun.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Confessions of a list maker.

Okay, so I have been searching for some grand idea to help me get to the chores that need done, but never quite make it to the top of my list.

So I decided to make (another) list. I called it the ONE A DAY list. This list is things that need done, but after the daily pick ups and surface cleaning, I never get to. Every day I take a few minutes and do at least one thing on my list. So far this week, I think its helping. Here is my list. Maybe you are struggling with the same problems, so I thought if it helps, I'd share. I'd love to hear from you if you have a great way to tackle the chores in your home.

Vacuum Stairs
Dust handrail
Clean front closet
Wipe down one wall
Take down and clean blinds in one room
Wash window in one room
Sweep front steps
Wipe out bathroom drawers
Vacuum out couches downstairs
Clean glass on picture frames
Sort Socks
Wipe down Kitchen chairs
Deliver borrowed stuff to owners
Sort out shelves in my closet

Eat Cheap! Wednesday Freebies at Arby's!

Below is a list of freebies offered by Arby's each Wednesday! Sorry we missed out this week, but keep it in mind for next week.

JULY1 - Free Regular Beef ‘n Cheddar with any soft drink purchase
8 - Free Orange Cream Swirl Shake with any sandwich purchase
15 - Free Regular Roast Beef with any soft drink purchase
22 - Free Roastburger with any soft drink purchase
29 - Free Iced FruiTea with any sandwich purchase

AUGUST5 - Free Regular Roast Beef with any soft drink purchase
12 - Free Roast Chicken Club with any soft drink purchase
19 - Free Iced FruiTea with any sandwich purchase
26 - Free Regular Beef ‘n Cheddar with any soft drink purchase

Monday, June 15, 2009

Grilled Chicken on stick.


Breaded chicken is a good bet for finicky eaters, and this variation, grilled and served on a skewer, makes it even more appealing to kids. Add your child's favorite dipping sauce, and there might not be any left for the adults!

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, pounded 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
Salt and pepper
24 (10-inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
3 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1 1/4 cups plain dried bread crumbs
Step 1 Cut each chicken breast lengthwise into 1/2-inch-wide strips and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold the chicken strips slightly and weave them onto the skewers.
Step 2 Prepare a charcoal fire or set a gas grill to medium-high, close the lid, and heat until hot -- about 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 3 In a small bowl, stir together the oil and the barbecue sauce. Spread the bread crumbs on a sheet of waxed paper. Lightly brush the sauce mixture over the chicken strips and then roll them in the bread crumbs.
Step 4 Grill the chicken fingers uncovered until they're no longer pink inside, about 2 to 4 minutes per side on a gas grill.
Step 5 Serve with the dipping sauce of your choice. Serves 6 to 8.

Kmart deals



Kmart has a pretty good sale this week on certain items like bath tissue, ziploc, laundry soap, etc. (Lots of choices)

Buy $20 get a $3 gift card back

Buy $35 get a $7 gift card back

Buy $50 get a $14 gift card back

Also, they have Pepsi products on sale 5 for $12.

I think I'm going to stock up on bath tissue and paper towels and turn around and use the gift cards to get the pepsi free. Just thought.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Free Chocolate Friday Again!


Get your free chocolate here.https://secure.realchocolate.com/ Much better than getting bills in the mail!

Monday, June 8, 2009

What's for Dinner

I found this receipe on a blog from Ririe Stake Enrichment, (I know that is not right so someone come back and correct me.) Anyway I took the receipe and tweeked it to what I had in the kitchen. Here goes.

Ham & Cheese bake.
2c cooked ham-cubed
1/2 c Swiss cheese, I only had slices so I cubed them small
1/2 c Monterey Jack cheese- cut small to match the swiss
1 green onion- sliced small
1/4 yellow pepper- cubed small
1 carrot- cubed small like other veggies.No favorits here.
1 tsp. dried mustard
1Tb fresh lemon juice
1/3 c water
1 pinch of oregano, nutmeg,and a sprinkle of Paparika for color.
1 can Chicken cream soup- wish I would have had Cream Celery soup - chicken will work
1 frozen pie shell
2 cups dried old bread, cut into cubes.

This reciepe was one they suggested to be made ahead and then frozen till assembly time.This is what I did.

I chopped my veggies and cooked in water till broken down but not mussy. Added the spices and water and cooked for a about 2 min till it got thick. added soup, lemon juice. Cooked till soup broke down. Poured all over top of the ham and cheese. Poured into pie shell. Let rest.

Take the bread cubes and toast in frying pan with a bit of butter and a little olive oil. Be patient with these. Let them toast. Pour on top of pie and sprinkle with a bit more Paparika and bake till bubbly hot and serve with salad.

Let me know if you try this and how you would change it.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Regal Free Family movies every week this summer



http://www.regmovies.com/

2707 South 25th EastAmmon ,ID 83406-5702 / 208-552-0698
06/16/2009-06/18/2009
Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Veggie Tale Movie (G)
Evan Almighty (PG)

06/23/2009-06/25/2009
Kit Kittredge: American Girl (G)
Nim's Island (PG)

06/30/2009-07/02/2009
Horton Hears A Who (G)
Inkheart (PG)

07/07/2009-07/09/2009
The Tale Of Despereaux (G)
Kung Fu Panda (PG)

07/14/2009-07/16/2009
Everyone's Hero (G)
Surf's Up (PG)

07/21/2009-07/23/2009
Doogal (G)
Journey To The Center Of The Earth (PG)

07/28/2009-07/30/2009
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)
Bee Movie (PG)

08/04/2009-08/06/2009
Mr. Bean's Holiday (G)
Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)

08/11/2009-08/13/2009
Space Chimps (G)
Madagascar 2: Escape To Africa (PG)

Thanks mom for a great motivator



Thanks mom for this great book. It is a great motivator. This author, Anitra Kerr, breaks the everyday mess of cleaning and organizing down into days, with cute little titles for each. Like "Making the most of Mondays and Wise Tip Wednesday" It's a good push I needed to get moving this summer.
You can find it at Deseret Book or let me know and I'll let you borrow it.

Rainy Day Reading



I'm going to buy this bok today. A friend read a small clip to me and I can't wait to read the whole thing. This guy is an awsome speaker and author.

When Times Are Tough: 5 Scriptures That Will Help You Get Through Almost Anything
by John Bytheway

Free Chocolate Friday Again!


I got my first one a few days ago. Better than getting bills in the mail

Go to http://r2.vidiemi.com/vemail7/GM/hosted/r9201.aspx?CampaignID=9201&TAGID=012&zjxj=01200004W11835132W9201W612&VEEF1=fordmetalparty@yahoo.com every Friday through September to get a Free* Real Chocolate coupon for your favorite Mars brand. If it’s Mars, you know it’s Real Chocolate.

* Limit: 250,000 Coupons per Friday (9:00:00AM ET to 11:59:59PM ET). See terms and conditions for details.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

T.G.I. Friday's - Buy one get one free



I found this at Being frugal is fabulous. She has a great site and always seems to know the best deals first. Buy one entree, get one free. Coupon expires June 22nd.

Check out her site at: http://www.beingfrugalisfabulous.com/

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Happiness: Some seek it, Some make it



We had a great night at Enrichment. We played the cutest game and had a speaker on happiness. It is just what I needed to hear. One of the things the speaker said is this: "Happiness, some seek it, some make it."

I hope I can apply this to my life. I need to stop seeking it and start making it. My sister Casie made this cute handout above. I'm thinking about having it made into a picture for my little girls room. It would fit perfect with her decor and I want her to grow up learning this from her earliest of ages.

In case you need a cute little game for anyone or anything here is what we did.

We put these candy bars in a bag and made everyone pick one out, without looking.
Then they had to tell the group the following, which coordinated with the candy bar.

Snickers - an embarrassing moment.
Almond Joy - something that really brings you joy.
Milky Way- tell what you wish for. your hopes and dreams.
Kit Kat (give me a break) - tell what you love to do in your spare time.

It was fun to hear every ones little stories. And we just had lite refreshments and then we did Highlights.

Highlights are where everyone in the group (or at our house we do this at the dinner table) tells something that happened to them that day that was the "Highlight" of their day. It can be whatever made them feel special, anything they were proud of doing, anything that made them stop and say - wow, that really made my day.

try these at your house, our kids love to do Highlights and we try to do them everynight at dinner time.

SUPER SONIC!

What a great treat! We went to sonic and got free FREE FREE Rootbeer floats. I just told the kids, "hurry, get your shoes, lets go!" They thought it was very cool and out of my normal self to run out at 10:00 at night to get a rootbeer float.

This may be my new hobby, find fun free things to do with the kids. I have been thinking, that maybe (knock on wood) that this down economy is just what we need to remind all of us to not be so greedy. We dont need to spend and do everything under the sun. Maybe it is helping all of us enjoy the little things for a change.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bath and Body Semi-Anual Sale


Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale begins today.

Here is a break down of the sale:

Signature Collection Classics: $5.00You can see all of the collections that are on sale for $5.00 {regular prices are $9.50-$10.50} here.

Cleansers and Moisturizers: buy 2 get 2 freeThrough June 7th Cleansers and Moisturizers are buy 2 get 2 free. You can see which are included here.

Foam Burst Collection: $4.00Through June 3rd, the Foam Burst Collection is on sale for $4.00 {regular price is $9.00}. View the collection here.

Home Made Simple Coupon Book




This is an awesome coupon book from the folks at Procter and Gamble with $30.0o in coupons which usually includes one coupon for a free item! Click here to request yours, it only takes about a minute to request yours and it is free. I recieved mine last week and its great!

Free RootBeer Float at Sonic!



From 8 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday June 3rd you can get a FREE Root Beer Float from Sonic! (That's a great freebie!)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Summer Vacation Idea

Regal Theaters FREE movie once a week check it out. http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/familyfilmfestivalschedule.aspx?state=ID

Also check out the FREE Frosty coupon from Wendy's
http://frosty.com/posse/landingB.jsp

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Awsome blog

http://alpineberry.blogspot.com/
Give it a try, and then challenge yourself.
Scroll down to the bottom and try the chocolate cake and bring me a piece.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What's for dinner? We'll give you 20 guesses!



The Ingredients
Don't like repeated trips to the grocery store? Stock up on these 20 ingredients, and you can make 20 delicious dinners.

1. Jarred spaghetti sauce
2. Milk
3. Cheddar cheese
4. White wine
5. Lemons
6. Dry bread crumbs
7. Canned tomatoes
8. Eggs
9. Parmesan Cheese
10. Sour cream
11. Mozzarella cheese
12. Boneless chicken breasts
13. Bacon
14. Ground beef
15. Assorted Pasta
16. Potatoes
17. Frozen Broccoli
18. Cream of chicken soup
19. Cream of mushroom soup
20. Frozen spinach

The Recipes

Friday, May 15, 2009

Smiles

FREE Chocolate - Right NOW!

Get over to the MARS Real Chocolate Releif Act quickly, and register for your free chocolate!

TODAY only they are giving out free chocolate to the first 500,000 who register (last two weeks have been only 250,000).

https://secure.realchocolate.com/default.aspx

Thursday, May 14, 2009

What a great idea! Book Sale


I have been in charge of the book fair for my elementary school this year, and let me just say Thank you first to anyone who has had to help or listen to me whine about this. DON'T get me wrong! I really like doing this. It's just a lot of work. And more yet, it is a little emotionally draining because of all the children that come to the book fair with $1.00 or $2.00 and never have enough money and leave very disappointed.
So I have come up with a great plan. And if anyone would like to try this or have suggestions for me please comment.
I am going to send notes to the parents of the school asking to donate any grade school aged books and then we will sale them at great low - everyone gets to buy something prices! I think it will be a great chance for ALOT of kids who otherwise get nothing. And a no cost to PTO but the money made can be used wisely for great stuff.
So what do you all think. Any questions or comments, PLEASE send to me. Any books, would also be helpful. Otherwise, think about trying this in your own schools. Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

CHORES CHORES - WHAT A BORE!


Lets chat about chores for a minute. I am constantly trying to decide how much is too much for my kids to do as chores. I search the web frequently, trying to find new charts or ideas to get my kids interested and excited about helping. But I want to know what real moms (like you and me) do to get the jobs done.
My biggest problem is waiting for the kids to get home to do the chores. I feel like if I wait all day to do it, I could have had the job done already. But I know this doesn't help learn responsibility and stuff.
So if you have any ideas about what to make them do for daily chores, or how much is too much, or whatever... I would love to here from you! Thanks

Monday, May 11, 2009

I'M GOING TO TARGET!

this is a post from being frugal is fabulous It's one of my very favorite site! She is awesome

More Kraft CouponsBy frugalisfab · May 11
If you didn’t already get enough Kraft coupons, I have great news for you! The coupons are also available here, but the best news is, these coupons do not expire until August 31st, giving you plenty of time to find a use for them.

I have also rounded up some great deals using these coupons:

Kraft BBQ Sauce:
You will find this priced between $.88-$99 at many places including Walmart, Target and Longs
Use $1.00 off coupon and it is free!

Velveeta Shells & Cheese: $1.50 at Target
Use $1.00 off coupon and it is $.50!

Nabisco 100 Calorie Pack: $1.93 at Target
Use $1.00 off coupon and $1.00 off Target Coupon an it is free!

Ritz Crackers: $2.50 at Target
Use $1.00 off coupon and $1.00 off Target Coupon and pay $.50!

Kraft Mayo: Price cut to $1.99 at some Target locations
Use $1.00 off coupon and $1/2 Target coupon and pay $.49 each

Buy One Get One Free!



Falls Valley Elemetary is having the last (thank goodness) Book Fair for the year! But this is a BUY ONE - GET ONE FREE!

I know each school does this, but if you're like me, I miss my schools every year. (not anymore since its now my job to host them)

So this week Tuesday May 12 - Thursday May 14, from 8:15 to 3:30

If you are interested and want directions, leave me a comment.

COUPON CRAZY!


For all of you that want to save a little money, this is a great way to do it. I have found a site that has Target Store coupons. It's almost like a little hidden treasure. Many of the Target coupons match up with the Kraft and Nabisco coupons.

Go To: http://www.hotcouponworld.com/ this is where you get the Target coupons. You may need to register, but its worth it. It will show a list of products or click on the "show Coupons" button and it will show a picture of the product instead. (this is the easiest). Then it will let you decide how many of each coupon you want to print. It's up to you, but I only print 4-5 and then only use 2 at a time. (One greedy couponer gives the rest of us a bad name)

Then go to: http://www.coupons.com/ and match up your target coupons with the Manufactures coupons for great savings!

Keep in mind that some Targets are Super Targets, so some of the products arent carried at every store. But it really is worth checking it out!

Also, you can check out http://www.beingfrugalisfabulous.com/ She has all the links to the Kraft and others. It's a great site. Happy couponing!


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Heart Felt sorrow

I would like to take a moment and wish my daughter Kelie and her husband Josh my heartfelt sorrow.
Saturday night around 8:30 Josh stopped by our house to pick up his pupper we had been babysitting. (oh the things you do as a grandma) He had just returned from visiting his grandfather Albertson who only two weeks ago had been told he had cancer of the throat and spine. We had a fun talk about his visit and encouraged him that all would be well. Around 11:00 Kelie called to let us know that Grandpa had passed away.

Cancer is mean and wicked on the body, and beliving that we all only come to this earth to get a body I have to say how lucky he is to be able to go home to our Loveing Heavenly Father. I still know the sting of death and hurt for those who are left here on earth.

How lucky for Josh to have been there in the last hours and in the presence of angles. I know they were in the wings just waiting till Josh and his brother left to take Grandpa home.

God Bless Josh and his family and his grandfather.

Friday, May 8, 2009

one more time

One more time the government will stick it to us.
Monday, May 13, the price of a postage stamp will increase to .44 up from .42.
Get you some now. Buy the Forever ones with the bell on them just in case they go up again.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Over The Top Nachos!



These Nachos looked so good, I had to share them. They would be great for a Saturday afternoon of weeknight quick and easy dinner. I found them on the Albertson's website. http://www.albertsons.com/ Enjoy!

Servings:
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, finely diced
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
1 (14.5 ounce) package tortilla chips
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced

In a large frying pan, brown ground beef with onion, salt and pepper over medium heat. Break the meat into very small pieces while it is cooking. After the meat is thoroughly cooked, drain off the grease.
Arrange chips on a microwavable platter. Spread beans over the chips. Layer with 1/2 of the cheese, the ground beef mixture, and remaining cheese. Arrange jalapeno peppers on top.
Microwave on medium-high until cheese has melted. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Free Meal for Moms at Johnny Carino's!




Johnny Carino's is giving moms a special deal this week! Buy any adult entree and mom will get a salad/soup, entree and a small dessert for FREE! Check your local store for details.

Get out those Crock Pots!

Here are a bunch of crock pot recipes I hope you will enjoy. I love crock potting, its the only way I can get dinner on the table before 9:00. Have a great day. If you have any crock pot recipes, please share them.

Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas

This looks like a great recipe. The only thing is, I would probably double it or use small corn or white flour tortillas.

2 chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 small can green chilies (optional)
1/3 c. salsa
1 chicken bullion cube

Put all ingredients into crockpot and cook for about 5 hours on low or 3 hours on high. Every crockpot is different. Mine was actually cooked on high in about 2 1/2 hours.
Make 1/2 c. Minute Rice (with a chicken bullion cube in the water)

When chicken in the crockpot is done, shred up. Mix 1/4 c. sauce with the rice. Leave remaining sauce to top enchiladas with. Get out 5-6 flour tortillas. Inside each tortilla, layer:
rice
chicken
cut olives
grated cheese
chopped green onions

Roll up each tortilla and put into baking dish. Top with remaining sauce and grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream if desired. Makes 5-6 enchiladas.
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Crock Pot Chicken Marinara

2-3 thawed chicken breasts
2 jars marinara/spaghetti sauce
salt,
pepper,
garlic powder
1/2 c. parmesan cheese (more or less)
1 c. mozzarella cheese (more or less)
seasoned breadcrumbs
cooked spaghetti or penne noodles (or whatever noodles you like)

Put marinara sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chicken breasts in a crockpot until chicken is cooked, about 6 hours on low. Then about 10-15 minutes before dinner, sprinkle a nice layer of bread crumbs, then parmesan cheese, then shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Serve when cheese is melted, put over noodles.

A longer version is to cook the chicken in the oven in a 9x13 pan with the sauce but not covering the chicken. Coat the chicken in breadcrumbs. Cook until chicken is cooked and a little crispy from the breadcrumbs---about 1 hour 20 minutes at 350 degrees then add cheeses at the end...
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Lazy Lasagna

This is so fast to make, and really good for a crockpot lasagna! It makes A LOT. I usually 1/2 the recipe for our family.
1 lb. ground beef
12 oz package egg noodles
32 oz jar spaghetti sauce, your choice of flavor
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
16 oz. cottage cheese

Brown ground beef - drain fat. While beef is browning, cook noodles in saucepan according to directions. Drain and return noodles to saucepan. Stir spaghetti sauce into browned and drained ground beef. Stir mozzarella and cottage cheeses into cooked noodles. Layer 1/3 of the sauce with ground beef into the bottom of the crockpot. Top with 1/2 of the noodles and cheeses. Layer in 1/2 of the remaining sauce with ground beef, followed by all the remaining noodles and cheeses. Top with the rest of the sauce. Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours.
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Easy Chicken Santa Fe

1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
2 cans corn, drained
2 c. salsa
5-6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves, abt 2 lbs (no fat)
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Mix together beans, corn, & 1/2 c. of the salsa in 4 qt. slow cooker. Top with chicken breasts, then pour the remaining salsa over them. Cover & cook on high 2 1/2-3 hours or until chicken is tender & white throughout, don't overcook or chicken will be tough. Sprinkle with cheese on top, cover & cook until cheese is melted, abt 5 minutes. Top with fresh cut tomatoes. Serve inside warm soft tortillas.
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Italian Crockpot Chicken

2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 small packet italian seasoning (with the ranch packets in the store. I got Good Seasons brand)
1 brick cream cheese (I use non-fat)
3 large chicken breasts, cubed

Combine and cook for 6-8 hours on low. Serve over rice or noodles.
This is so good! I also add a little water to mine to get it to the consistency I want it. Add more chicken or less depending on your taste. Also works with pre-cooked chicken, just cook less time.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Chicken Hurry!

Heres a new recipe to start you week out right. I may try putting it in the crock pot instead. Serve it over white rice with steamed carrots.



Chicken Hurry

Ingredients
2 1/2-3 lbs cut-up chicken
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 (2 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
Directions
1. Arrange chicken parts in a casserole dish.
2. In a small bowl combine the ketchup, water, sugar and soup mix.
3. Mix together well.
4. Spoon over chicken, making sure the sauce is on every piece.
5. Bake covered at 350F for one hour.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Baskin Robbins $.31 cent scoop night


Head to your local Baskin Robbins this Wednesday, the 29th, between 5 pm and 10 pm and receive a scoop of your favorite ice cream for just $.31. You can get up to 3 scoops per person at the $.31 price. Find your nearest store here. Icalled the Idaho Falls Store and they said it's true! My kids will be very excited.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Blessings

I know this post is to keep track of how to save money and help our lives become better. I want to take this chance to tell you there is something so much more valuable than a coupon or saving a dollar or even having that wonderful food storage all put away on the shelf. You all know what it is:

It is the beautiful family that each one of us has been blessed with. Our family has had a very sad thing happen this weekend. My brothers oldes son was killed in a roll over in Ririe. He was 39 had 3 beautiful teenage children. He was a good person in the heart and would do anything for anyone. Stranger or not. It sometimes take bad things to wake us up to so much good things in our lives.

I have four beautiful daughters with awsome husbands who treat my girls like china dolls and precious children. I have a husband who take his priesthood serious and those are more valuable to me than any coupon or shelf of food storage. I dont need to go into detail but I want my girls to know I love them. They are precious Daughters of our Heavenly Father and he loves you also. Dont ever forget that.
I just wonder why am I so blessed.

To my girls: Thank you for all you do for me even if I do pound on the car window and scare men.
mom

Friday, April 24, 2009

Free Lip Gloss For Spring





Bath & Body Works: Free Lip Item


Get any lip item, up to $12.00 free with any purchase. Just click here and print the coupon. The coupon expires this Sunday, April 26th.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Don't miss yours

Hey get yours
T.G.I. Friday’s
On April 15, diners receive a $5 gift card when they spend $15 to $25. They earn a $10 card for a purchase of more than $25.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I have to share Kinie's story-



So, my cute little boys got their mom and dad good for April fools. They started with the normal:

“hey mom, the puppy pooped on the pile of laundry.”

“hey mom, there’s a mouse under the sink.”

So when they got Kinslie out of the bathtub while I was busy in the other room, I was sure they were fooling when they came running with

“hey mom, you better come quick, Kinslie pooped on the rug in the laundry room.”

Yeah right, --- THEY WEREN’T KIDDING THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course!

So at the end of the night, looking forward to crawling into bed, - of course- why wouldn’t the little critters have short sheeted the bed!

And this morning when Shawn flipped on the shower, the temperature was turned down to cold, very cold.

The toilet paper had been wet down with water and dried into a paper mache project.

The toilet seat had lotion on the lid and the rest of the toilet paper had been conveniently miss placed.

But the kicker was when, Shawn and I decided to get revenge.

While Clayson was getting ready for school, I asked him if he remembered to brush his teeth.

When he answered yes, I said “Well, did your toothbrush taste a little like toilet water?” (HeHeHe) not that I really did that. But I wanted him to think I had.

Oh, he smiled and said,

“ I couldn’t find my toothbrush, so I just used mouth wash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s a good thing spring break is OVER!!!!!!!!!!


This is such a cute story I have to share it with all of you. Kinie is my #2 daughter. She has two very handsome boys, 12 & 6. Her daughter is almost 2 and her husband of at least 14 years is a Great son in law. ( I am not sure on the marriage it was a long time ago.) I hope you all enjoyed her story.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

April Fools Day

April Fools!

Tomorrow is the classic day of tricks and pranks. While your tricks may be a little more low-key, here are some all-time best April Fool’s Day pranks:
- Pasta on Trees:
In 1957, a well-respected BBC news show, Panorama, declared an abundance in an important Swiss crop: spaghetti noodles from spaghetti trees. After including footage of Swiss farmers pulling the fruit off the trees, many viewers called and asked how they might grow their own spaghetti trees.
- You Can Ring This Bell:
The Taco Bell Corporation announced to in 1996 that it would be purchasing the historic Liberty Bell and renaming it—as the Taco Liberty Bell. Outraged citizens were only assuaged when Taco Bell asserted it was a joke. When asked about it in a press meeting, White House Press secretary Mike McCurry dryly responded that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth be called the Lincoln Mercury Memorial.
- Extra Fun(nies):
In 1997, comic strip readers opened the funny section and saw that their favorite strips looked different. In a grand move, forty-six comic strip writers had swapped strips for the day. Garfield could be found in Blondie, eating Dagwood’s sandwich, and the Family Circus mother was found, with an oddly Dilbert-like hairdo, telling young Billy that he needed to “work cuter, not harder.”
Sources: museumofhoaxes.com

Monday, March 30, 2009

A litttle upset

Went to Smith with flyer in hand- the one I had printed this morning of the computer. The add showed Kroger Value Spaghetti and Elbow mac 16oz. size or $.84, NOPE!
It showed Quaker sale on Granola bars,and etc. NOPE!
The eggs were $1.00, So I will not scan Smith's ads for post because they dont honor them.
Just a FYI

April Fool's Day

Well, we made it home from Nauvoo and we are so happy we went, I hope all of you will take the oppertunity and some day take the trip.

Ok, this weeks specials:
Albertsons- Lots of 10 for 10. Act III popcornn, Barilla pasta or Spagetii Sauce and Bar S hot dogs, Albetsons Cool whip.
Post ceral 1.57 a box when you buy 2.
Pork chops 1.88 a lb.
**Chicken Breast 1.88 a lb.**

Fred Myers- Salad buy one get one
Tillamok Cheese 2lb loaf 4.99 a lb.
Bulk Carrots, onions, and cabbage .39 a lb.

***** Chicken Breast .99 a lb.********
Get there TODAY!!

April 1st is just around the corner and it would be fun to see if any one out there still does fun things. Comment back and we'll credit you.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Weekly Buys

This is what I found,
Albertsons- Kelloge ceral 1.50 each when you buy 10. Savings $1.00 each box.
Cup a noodle soup ( good for after school or even food storage, no cooking) 20/$10.00- thats .50 each,
Betty Crocker Corn muffin mix 20/$10.00. You can split this up.

Smith's Food King- Powerade Buy 10 and final price .49.
Quaker Oat single instant ceral .49 each when you buy 10.

Fred Myers- Chef Boyardee 10/$10
Tylenol $2.99 but with coupon $1.99. (get your coupon form Red Plum or Frugal is Fabulous.

I will be leaving for the next week for Nauvoo. I hope when I get back all is well and that you have left comments on your great finds.
Also it has been brought to my attention there are alot of gals out there who want to know more about saving money. Step up and share your ideas.


Bonus: Go to www.baskinrobbins.com/coupon get a bogo coupon and enjoy a Sunday.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Storms

My storm this week is a great one, I will be getting ready to leave for Nauvoo. I cant wait. I hoped to read all I can to know more so when I get there I will have a real sence of being there, then I get a call from the 2nd Councilor to speak in Sacarement next Sunday. What on you say? Temples. Is that strange or what.
So to conqure my storm for the week is read, read, read and read more.

I would like to ask some of your " What does going to the Temple do for you, or Why do you go now that you have recieved your own instruction?

I know that only a few of you will anserw this but I still want to know.
love to you all and if Your Storm becomes more than you can handle this week call and I will put on my snow boots and come bail you out.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Storms

What is your strom today? Lesson for Sunday? What to cook? Finacial worries because its the middle of the month and the end is way to far away?
What ever it is remember Someone loves you and is there to help if you just ask him.
Share with us and if we can help we will,

My storm today is finding some energy to get my ironing done so my husband will have clean shirts for next week and what to cook for Sunday dinner when all my sweet kids come home. Any ideas?

St Patricks day is just around the corner, Are you Irish? What special things will you do to make it a magical day for your kids. Or do we do that anymore?

Let us know,, I will even drop an Irish gift in the mail for those who share.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

How did you face your storm today


With all the talk of saving money, cutting back and generally just getting by. Lets share our ideas.
How did you cope today. Share with all of us. Weather it be a saving money tip or Spiritually coped. Share what you faced, let us go through it with you. You may never know we may have faced the same thing.
This is what we as Latter Day Saint women are for. My favorite song is "As Sisters in Zion". ( This mean sisters of all faith and social statis. )
As Sisters in Zion we'll all work together.

I hope all of you who stock this blog will leave a comment and share with us.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

For You

Each of you have a deep desire to creat or you would not be looking at this page.
Enjoy the clip and pass it on.
Love to you all.

Create

Monday, March 9, 2009

Free Lunch

Check out this website and print your coupon for a FREE Roast Burger at Arby's.


http://www.shop4freebies.com

I kept printing till I felt guilty.
Hope it works, I'll meet you for lunch.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Chapstick Jello

Okay, weird name, I know. However, I made this jello at Thanksgiving and my older sister said it had the consistency of chapstick. We all laughed, so hence the name. I don't think it really has that consistency, and I'll tell you that the kids LOVE it. What's even better is that it's ready in like an hour, no kidding. I hope you enjoy!

Recipe:
(3) 3 oz. pkgs. jello, any flavor
(3) 1/2 oz. pkgs. Knox unflavored gealatin
(3) cups boiling water
(1) cup or 1/2 pt. whipping cream (this is the kind that you pour out of a carton, not Cool Whip)

Boil your water. Stir in the knox gelatin and then the flavored jello, and stir well. Pour into a 9x13 sized pan. Add in whipping cream and stir well. Place in the fridge until set up. Cut into 1" cubes, and enjoy!

(My computer isn't reading my SD card, so I'll post pics as soon as I figure that out.)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

New web site

Just took my left over Pork roast and made an amazing dinner, I did use the Pork twice but I did it to see if I could. I went to www.allreciepe.com and found a recipe for Sweet and Sour Pork. I followed it pretty well, I added a dash and I mean a small dash of Cheyenne pepper. Oh, baby it is good. I made some Pork fried rice and used my dehydrated peas and carrots.

1 pound pork butt, cut into 1 inch cubes (I used left over roast)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 egg white
2 green onions, chopped
enough oil to coat the bottom of a fry pan
1/2 cup cornstarch

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 stalks celery, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
white sugar to taste
salt to taste

1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, undrained (I used 2 tbspoon of Apricot jam instead of opening a can I would waste half of. )
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water


DIRECTIONS
Place cubed pork in a medium bowl, and season with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Mix in the egg white and green onions. Cover, and place in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.
Heat 1 quart oil to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C) in a large, heavy saucepan or deep fryer.
Coat the pork with 1/2 cup cornstarch, and fry in the heated oil about 10 minutes, until evenly browned. Drain on paper towels.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok over medium heat. Stir in the celery, green bell pepper, and onion, and cook until tender. Season with salt and sugar. Remove from heat, and set aside.
In a large saucepan, mix 1 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup sugar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, and 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce. Bring to a boil, and stir in the cooked pork, celery mixture, and the pineapple chunks with juice. Return to boil, and mix in 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 1/4 cup water to thicken. Cook until well blended.
d carrots. Check it out the site and go for it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Good Meat Sale At Broadway Albertsons


Ground Beef is 1.99 per pound, and Chicken is 1.88 per pound. Also, if you call ahead, they'll package your meat in individual pounds and flash freeze it for you. They also have a few good Kraft deals, so grab an ad at the door, and be sure to ask for extra coupons. Hurry! You won't want to miss it!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

What's for Dinner????

Day 1

We are going to cook for 3 meals any cooked meat will store up to 1 week in refrigerator or freeze for upto 1 month.Drop 4-5 or even 6-8 chicken breast into Crock pot. Salt and Pepper and if frozen add NO water. I added carrots celery and onion. Now my Pot pie is ready to assemble. I also used dehydrated because it is winter and fresh is expensive. I buy my dehydrated from the Prepardness store but I am looking for a better source.
Cook till completly done, no pink about 6-8 hours. You want them very tender.
When completly cooked I take a pair of kitchen scissors and chop into bit size pieces.

Now for meal 1. Pull out 1 1/2 cups of meat and veggies. I make a gravy and usually I have left over mashed potatoes from Sunday. Serve with some carrots sticks or apple slices and left over rolls from Sunday. (How easy)

Day 2

Make a Jello- your favorite, I dont have one.
Fry 2-3 lbs of ground beef. season with salt and pepper and maybe a bit of onion.
Tonight we are going to make a Shepards pie with a twist. Instead of using your potatoes or Tater tots, We are going to top with Pie crust. Make fresh or use Pillsbury. ( I am not good at crust so I use easy Pillsbury. Not the most on the budget though. )

Day 3
Let's go Italian (use some of that hamburger you cooked yesterday)
On this blog in recieps there is a excellant reciep for Homemade Spagetti sauce. Now all you have to do is boil the noodles and fix a roll or even a cheap Pillsbury Pizza crust. Roll out and butter and sprinkle with Garlic salt and slice into sticks.

Day 4
Tonight we are going to pull out Reserve Chicken.
We are going to make Biscust Wraps.
Add 1 beaten egg, 1 Tb water, 1 green onion chopped, this is more for color. 1/2 c celery. If your family dosent like celery substitute with apple. 1 tsp salt & pepper. 2 tsp Miracle Whip or for you die hearts Mayonnaise.

Stir well. Using Biscut dough, cut biscut in half horizontally, flatten and fill with filling. Top with top half and seal edges.
Bake at 350 for 17--18 minutes. Until golden brown.

Serve with left over Jello, or a fresh salad.

On Monday or Tuesday you should have baked a cake or maybe cookies for Dessert. But stay out of them during the day.

I have left day 5 open as it is usually Friday. I suggest you make homemade Pizza and let the kids help. Stay in and watch a movie and save enough money for next weeks groceries. use your ground beef on the Pizza or do a Ranch Chicken with left over chicken and sprinkle with dry Ranch dressing before topping with cheese.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Holy Cow! I've Hit The Motherload!!!

Albertsons is having a General Mills Sale until Tuesday. For every 10 participating items you buy, they will give you a $10 coupon for your next order. In addition, for every 5 fruit snacks you buy, it gives you an additional $3.50 coupon + the $10 coupon, so $13.50 towards your next order. Here's the clincher: Broadway Albertsons will do these in individual transactions for you, to maximize your saving power!!!!

This is what I got this morning. Be prepared to wait in line. Jenna and I were in line for 2 hours to checkout. But well worth it, you want to know why?

Total Spent: $74.93 on everything you see here.
Total Saved: $302.45!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Plus, these little puppies are on sale to. I love love love the pizza you make with crescent rolls, and now they sale it in a sheet so it's even easier. And, Wayne at Albertsons probably has some coupons if you ask. Keep in mind, I used only 5 additional coupons for the crescent rolls, so I could have done much better had I taken my coupons with me. Just food for thought. Ha! Ha! Get it, food for...okay, sorry it's been a long day already.

Now I don't know about the rest of you, but that is awesome food storage!!!
Posted by The Hammers

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Featured On Local News 8

If any of you are insomniacs like me, you may have just seen the coupon queen on Newsline, and a girl I went to high school with was also commented, Kimber Towers. Anyways, they said to go to the news' website to get her blog name. Well, I did the hard work for you and it is called
http://stretchingyouridahodollars.blogspot.com
I also put a few more on there, so check out our sidebar links.

Happy Saving! Oh, and get to Albertsons! The sale is AWESOME!!!

Good to know someone cares

Just returned from Albertson's on Broadway in Idaho Falls. Great Deals!!!!Bone in Hams- big ones. $!.49 a lb. Great for Easter. Not to mention all the buy 10 and get $10.00 back. I spent less that $100.00 and came home with twice what I would have bought at Walmart. This is my take.
I only went in with the idea to buy 10 items for food storage. Did that, then I found the great buys on the hams and some great Pork Roast. Albertsons even had the coupon form the newspaper. (We'll talk later about them.)
I purchased my 10, the checkout person made sure that I bought all the items that would get me $10.00 BEFORE I purchased any other item, as to be able to use my $10.00in rewards money. They have a couple of Custome Service people who walk the iles and if you look confused will stop and walk you through how the program works. He even showed me that if I like Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate frosting in the tubs instead of the plain Chocolate there is an EXTRA $.25 OFF coupon on the tub. Hows that for service? You wont find that at Walmart. Ok, I still stop at Walmart but really ladies give Albertsons a try while they have these great sales. BUT- It is at Broadway only, but worth the drive.

While I was there I met 3 very nice ladies trying to makd sence of this whole coupon thing. I shared with them this post and if any of them check us out stop by and say Hello, by clicking on commets.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cute Idea about World peace cookies. Maybe I’ll try it.

I thought I’d share a cute idea we did the other night for Visiting Teaching.
We had a “very fond of you” get together.
My partner and I invited over the 3 ladies we visit teach to. We wanted to make a treat for them for Valentine’s day,

But thought it would be more fun to get them together and do chocolate fondue.

It was lots of fun to get together with people that we see each month, but don’t know each other very well.

My only thought was that maybe next time I will invite the ladies who visit teach me and my partner could do the same. Sort of as a thankyou for being there for us. So instead of just 5 of us, it could be more.

Or you could do it however. You wouldn’t have to do this just at Valentine’s day, either. Chocolate fondue is good anytime. J



Oaky, that’s all. Stick that in your cute blog and share it.



Love ya. Kinie

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

World Peace

I have been reading alot of blogs, mostly because I am bored. They keep talking about World Peace Cookies. I have an idea and a challenge.
Make a batch of cookies. I dont care what kind just a batch of cookies. Use Pillsbury if you want (Albertsons has them on sale) Make the cookies and then take them to someone in your neighborhood on a plate that you dont care if you get back or not. NOT A PAPER ONE. Write a note of that says. These cookies are to spread World Peace and I start with you. Please carry on the act of goodness.

Nothing else needs to be said. Then wait and see if you become the recipant of a plate of cookies. If not you have done your part to spread World Peace.

I woul hope all your that see this note will comment on your reciepe and share what happens as you share your cookies.

Pay it Forward

I have seen this on a few other blogs and I have decided to play along. I'm excited lets all get excited and start Paying it Forward!!

1. Be one of the first THREE bloggers to leave a comment on this post, which then entitles you to a handmade item from me (yeah for handmade!).

2. Winners must post this challenge on their own blog, meaning that you will pay it forward, creating a handmade gift -anything!- for the first THREE bloggers who leave a comment on YOUR post about this giveaway!

3. The gift that you send to your 3 friends can be from any price range and you have 365 days to make/ship your item. This means you should be willing to maintain your blog at least until you receive your gift and have shipped your gifts. And, remember it’s the spirit and the thought that count!

4. When you receive your gift, blog about it! If you are not one of the first three to comment on this post, you can still play along. Go ahead and start your own Pay It Forward chain, and encourage your blogging friends to do the same! It's all about paying it forward.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Valentine Challenge

Ok, Sunday is 7 days till that big day of saying "I love you" to all that we love.
So heres a challenge with chocolates to all that leave a comment.
Who will you tell? and why do you love them.

I'll start. I will tell Cody Hammer how much I love him, because he comes to grandpa's and watches any motor sport that happens to be on. Last week it was Minature Motorcycles with grown men. He walked through the room and noticed it on the tv and dropped right in his tracks and watched the rest of the show. Thank you Cody and that is why I love you.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Valentine Gift ideas

Money tight? Here are some fun and cute ideas to save money and still do something special for the ones you love

Romantic
Toothpick: Because I "picked out" the best fish in the sea.
Flower: In the garden of life, friendships are the flowers.
Lifesavers: Because sometimes we all need a little extra help.
Cotton Pad/Ball: To cushion rough roads we may be traveling.
Rubber Band: To remind us to be flexible.
Safety Pin: To bind us together.
Sweet & Sour Candy: To appreciate the yin & yang of our personalities.
Candle: Because you light up my life.
Hugs & Kisses Candy: Everyone could use a little hug and kiss.
Happy Face Sticker: Catch my smile, it's contagious!
Band-Aid: To help sooth hurt feelings.
Eraser: So we start every day with a clean slate.
Tissue: To dry any tears you may have.
Jewel: You are more valuable than a precious stone.
String: I'll be there for you when you're at the end of your rope.
Bubble Gum: Together we can stick through anything.
Lemon Drop: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Mirror: So you can see my most favorite thing in the world.
Popcorn: Because thoughts of you keep popping into my head.
Jolly Rancher: For all the times you make me laugh.
Sweet Escapes: For all the romantic times we spend together.
Nestle Treasures: I treasure you more than anything in the world.
Puzzle Piece: You complete me.
Sugar Packet: Because you are so sweet to me.
Permanent Marker: Because you've left a lasting impression.
Clay: We can mold our relationship to our own perfect ideals.
Match: Because we're the perfect match.
Silk Rose: I'll love you till this rose dies.
Pom Pom: Because you give me the warm fuzzies inside.
Balloon: Because together we can reach for the sky.
Measuring Tape: Because no one can measure the love I have for you.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Week Menu with new reciepes

Ok middle of the week and here we are finally, But I found some really good recipe's for the next three days. Thursday is one we have already used but it is worth repeating.




Wednesday

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
These meatballs are terrific appetizers. They work well for parties or for a dish to take. My family enjoys them at home as a special holiday treat!

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef or chuck
2 eggs
3/4 cups seasoned bread crumbs
1 onion, chopped, sauteed
salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Sauce:

1 bottle chile sauce
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 sm can of apple juice – 6oz.?

Procedure:

Chop and lightly saute the onion in a small amount of oil or butter. Plan to use the same pan for the meatballs. A large non-stick fry pan or covered skillet works well.

Combine chopped beef with bread crumbs, sauteed onion, and salt and pepper. Mix well. Form into small meatballs according to your preference. Brown the meatballs in the skillet (use oil if needed to prevent sticking). Pour off any fat.

Combine all sauce ingredients. Heat the sauce, add the meatballs, and simmer covered for 1/2 hour. I use a large, covered, non-stick skillet and use the same pan for the entire procedure.

You could serve these over Rice, or even over a Baked Potato.
Serve and enjoy!!


Thursday
Crispy Onion Dijon Chicken

1 can French-fried onions, crushed
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Coat chicken with mustard and then French fried onions. Put chicken on
cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.


Friday


Turkey Bacon Avocado Wrap

4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 lb turkey breast tenderloins, cut crosswise into 1-inch slices
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)
1 medium ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and mashed
2 cups shredded lettuce
1/2 cup drained roasted red or yellow bell peppers (from 7-oz jar), large pieces cut up
8 Old El Paso® flour tortillas (6 or 8 inch), heated

1.In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until almost crisp. Add turkey slices to skillet; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until turkey is brown on all sides.
2.Spray 3- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place turkey mixture in cooker. Top with barbecue sauce and taco seasoning mix; stir to mix well.
3.Cover; cook on Low heat setting 5 to 6 hours.
4.Remove turkey from cooker; place on cutting board. Use 2 forks to break up turkey; return turkey to cooker. Layer avocado, lettuce, turkey mixture and bell peppers on tortillas; roll up.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

How-To
To warm tortillas, wrap them in foil and heat in the oven at 325°F for about 7 minutes. Or place them on a microwavable plate, cover with microwavable waxed paper and microwave on High 45 to 60 seconds.
Success
Tender, low-fat meats, like the turkey tenderloins in this recipe, will get dry and tough if overcooked, so follow the cooking times carefully.

Note: you could use a Pork roast or tenderloin for this.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sweetie Contest

Where did last week go? We missed it completely and we are sorry for that.
First the winner of January Peek a boo is (drum roll please) GINA LEE. We had 6 visitors, I put all the names in a box and had my sweetie husband draw out a name. You are the winner and if you will call me or Casie we will get your cookbook to you. Congradulations.

Now we will start a Sweetheart contest. Who ever sends us a post with a Valentine treat- for your sweetie-mom or kids even what you do for teachers. I will pick my favorite, and send a special book called "Things to Do" . I will try and post a pic for you but who knows how that will work.

Good Luck to all.

Monday, January 26, 2009

CHALLENGE

I found this really cool web site. You have to register, but the info is great.
It's called www.stockupfood.com.
You go in and list how many in your family, decide if you want a 3,6 or 12 month goal. I did the 3. It will list the amount you should have on hand. I printed out the sheet, went to my cupboard, checked off what I did have, went back in and "added" what I had. I thought for 3 months I would be ok, Well, according to this worksheet I am only 49% good.

The challenge is to try it and see where you stand.
Let us know and Lets see if we can get all of us ready for a 3 months strethch.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Soup for thought

We all woke up to snow on the ground after yesterday was sunshine. I even took down my cute snow village and started to put up my Valentine stuff. With the snow I felt the need to do some Chicken noodle soup. It makes everything warm and cozy inside.

Start with a large pot of water and add 4 large chicken breast. I use what I have and I want it real meaty. You need a LARGE pot with lots of water to start. You are making the base. I added the last 2 small onions from my garden. I had a bag of carrots that were funny shape. I had no celery so I used my dehydrated ones and use about 2 Tablespoons. If you had fresh it would be about 4 stalks chopped into larger pieces. I added a shake of garlic powder, onion powder and a shake of Poultry seasoning. A good shake of salt and pepper to taste. Add 2 Chicken bouliion cubes. I had a small bunch of Basil that I had dried and crumbled it in. About 2 teaspoon's, I threw in 2 teaspoon's of Cilantro. If you cant tell this is clean the fridge soup.
Let this simmer about an hour till the chicken is cook through well, If you cook it to fast it will be tough. Soup is an all day thing, Enjoy it.Then let cool in broth.

Strain the broth and save the liquid. Throw out the veggies. Chop the chicken into nice bit size pieces. Taste the broth. You may need to salt it or add some Bouliion cubes or powder.

Enjoy the smell- It reminds me of a safe place, family enjoying a good meal and a crackling fire. The one thing I miss from living in the double wide.

Now that the chicken is cooked and the broth is to your taste. Let get down to business.

Depending on your favorite noodle. You can use Egg noodles. They dont need as long a cooking time. Homemade noodles ( never used) I like to use Grandma's Noodles. They are like homemade but are dry. You have to look for them. They come in a celaphane bag with Red lettering.

Now, Chicken chopped, you have fresh carrots and celery and onion. You have strained your broth and got all the nasty looking stuff out. Add all back into the pot and add the noodles. If you need to add more water you may need to adjust your chicken flavoring. It is a trial and error type of thing, but you have to have flavoring in the broth or all is lost.

Cook for 45- 50 minutes till your noodles are done to taste. Enjoy your soup and take time to enjoy the process.

Serve with good crust rolls, bread or make corn bread.
Good luck.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Dad's Spagetti - not from a package

Brown hamburger- We only used 2 lbs and split it in half.
1 Tbspoon Basil, we used fresh, if you use dried use 2 Tbspoon
2 Tbspoon Oregano
2 14 ounce cans of Tomato sauce
1 6 ounce can of Tomato Paste
2 Tbspoons Brown sugar
1 Tbspoon Butter
Salt & Pepper to your taste

Simmer 20 Min.
Enjoy

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Can Soup or Fresh Made update

I was going through my emails and came across the web address for the website that mom got the recipe for Homemade Cream Soups Here it is for everyone to enjoy http://everydayfoodstorage.blogspot.com/

Monday, January 19, 2009

Thanks for all the great menu ideas. I always have a hard time trying to decide what to make and your menu helps.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dinner in 30 min or less Menu

I have a rule that if I can't have dinner on the table in 30 min. or less we will not be making it. (exception is crockpot meals). I also work two nights late so I have to have fast meals for when I get home. With that said here is the menu for this week.

1.Chicken Alfrado
Cut Chicken into small pieces and brown, then add one to two cans of Cream of Mushroom soup to chicken with a large scoop of Sour Cream. Mix well with a little water (depending on how thin you want your soup) Heat till all is hot and serve over noodles (I use any kind that are round, usually not alfrado noodles because the kids can't eat them easily) Add brocolli or other veggies if you like.

2. Chili & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

3. Spagetti with French Bread or Grands Rolls

4. Baked Potatoes
We like to put chili and cheese on ours, add what your kids will eat

5. Bisquick Chicken and Mac & Cheese
Bread Chicken strips with egg and Bisquick mix, place on cookie sheet and pour melted butter over strips, cook for 20 min. at 350 degrees.
Make Mac & Cheese (Homemade):
16 oz. macaroni
4 Tbsp. flour
4 Tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. garlic salt (if you don't like garlic salt, just use regular)
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 C. milk
1 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I usually don't have sharp on hand, so I just use whatever I have)
2 oz. cream cheese
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle flour over butter and stir until smooth. Add garlic salt and pepper. Add milk, cheese and cream cheese. Stir until cheeses are melted. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally until macaroni is done. Drain macaroni and combine all. I usually add a little more salt and pepper to taste once it is all combined. (recipe courtesy of Frugal is Fab website)

Thursday, January 15, 2009


So today I thought its cold and dreary outside and maybe my Sweetie would like a good lunch.
You see my husband and I have had lunch together for about 15 years now. Not many days have we missed. I know this is a rare occasion for many of us.

I went surfing and came across Pillsbury Cook-off recipe from the early 1970's. See that is my day.
Superspeedway Taco Pie. I have changed it a bit because it calls for Taco Seasoning. Well, there is something in those packets that make Dell so sick. So I changed it and think it is much better. I made it in a smaller portion so as not to have left overs. It all depends on your family. Adjust as needed.
Speedway Taco Pie
smiller 2009
1-2 lbs lean ground beef
1 tsp Garlic & Onion powder
1 tsp Chili powder
1 tbs Ground Cumin
Dash of Salt & Pepper
1/2 cup black olives- chopped or sliced
1 Pie crust - your choice
1/2 c Sour Cream
1 cup grated Cheese- you can use American or Mexican
Shredded Lettuce
Avacado- sliced
Salsa
Brown beef well adding spices as it cooks.
After beef is brown add 2 Tbs of flour right on top and stir in.
Add 1/2 cup of black olives chopped- I used big ones and cut in half.
While that cooks Prepare a Pillsbury pie crust or make your own.
Crush one small bag (lunch size) of Corn chips. I used Fritos.
Lay Corn chips onto of pie crust and smash them in a bit.
Top with beef and olives.
Spread 1/2 Sour cream on top corn chips, and then layer with Shredded cheese and remaining Corn chips.
For pretty- sprinkle top of cheese with a little Chili powder- go easy
Bake for 20 min or until hot and cheese is melted.
Serve with Lettuce and Avocado and a Tbspoon of Salsa
Let me know if you try it and give a rating.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Week 2

Good Morning to all. We missed Monday and need to catch up.
This weeks menu will consists of 4 catagories.
1. New Reciepe
2. Childs Favorite
3. Crock Pot
4. Old Favorite
1. New Reciepe
Foil Pack Chicken Fajita Dinner
1 1/2c instant white rice, uncooked
1 1/2 cups HOT water
1 Tbsp.. Taco seasoning-packet kind
4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves-tenderloins will work
1 each green andred pepper, cut into strips optional but do give it color
1/2 onion
1/2 c Salsa
1/2c Mexican Style shredded cheese.

Heat oven to400 degrees, Fold up all sides of each four 18x12inch sheets of heavy foil to form 1 inch rim. Spray with cooking spray. combine rice, water and seasoning, spoon into center of foil. Top with remaining ingredients.
Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and ends to seal each packet. (these are just foil dinners) Place on cookie sheet.
Bake 30-35 min. or until chicken is cooked through. (165 degrees) Let stand 5 min. Carefully cut sides and release steam.

Top each portion with 1 Tb. Sour Cream.
Can be made andrefrigerate up to 24 hours.
Best part easy clean up.

2. Child Favorite
tater-topped casserole
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 sm onion, finely chopped
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup.( see Magic Mix, add one can of mushrooms finely chopped, liquid and all for liquid)
1/4 c milk
1 cup frozen veggies-or prepare your own.If you grate your carrots and onions and celery. The kids wont know they are eating them.
1/2 cup grated cheese.
1 sm bag of Tater tots.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Brown beef with onions ( celery, carrots)
in skillet till brown and veggies are soft.
Spoon into 8 inchsquare baking dish.
Mix soup ( Magic Mix) with milk pour over meat. top with frozen veggies, cheese and potatoes.
Bake 45 minor until potatoes are golden brown and casserole is heated through.
3. Crock Pot
Kinie's Stroganoff
2 lbs of stew meat- I have used cube steaks before
2 cans of Cream of Mushroom soup,
Place all in crockpot put lid on and cook for 3-4 hours
Pour over noodles or rice
Enjoy
4. Old Favorite
Breakfast
I love eggs, bacon and pancakes for dinner. There is something about finishing my day with a beginning.
Day 5
Should be CORN
clean out refrigerator night
Look in that freezer, what have you stashed away for a Rainy Day.
What left overs can you re-do.
I remember one night we had Red Macaroni and day two Dell sprinlked with cinnamon, covered with cheese. The girls had no idea it was last nights dinner.
Grocery List
Rice
Taco seasoning
Boneless chicken
Peppers
onion
Salsa
Mexican Cheese
Sour cream
Ground beef
4 can Mushroom soup
Frozen veggies
Cheese- you could just use what you have
Noodles
eggs
bacon

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Albertsons Sale!

Albertsons has some great coupons and sales going on this week.

1st: If you spend $30 or more on any combination of over 250 products they will give you $15 FREE for future purchase to be used when you would like. The list of items include Minute Maid Juices, Go-Gurts, General Mills Cereal, Hamburger Helpers, Betty Crocker Mixes and many other wonderful items. That is really cool and great for food storage.

2nd: On Albertsons add they have Two coupons that they call Twice the Value in Manufacturers Coupons (up to three). They will match the amount on your Manufactureres coupons. Max. value is up to $1. There is another way to save even more. Grab their add from Wednesday's paper or pick one up when you go in.

Happy Savin!!
Sally went shopping to do her weekly menu. This is how it turned out for her...



Groceries to do my weekly menu $6.51.
I purchased two white milk 1/2 gals for 2.00
I splurged and bought one chocolate milk for 1.00
and on Orange juice for 1.00. ( I never buy either )


I picked up some food storage.
Nine cans of Tomatoes for .49. 9x.49= 4.41
Five Hamburger Helpers for 1.00 each. but I had a coupon Buy 3 and get .80 off.


Had a coupon for $1.00 off for the magazine, which will be read by 4 women. So it cost me 2.99.


I then purchase a couple of items for my 72. hour kit. Rolaids reqular 3.89, with coupon 2.89.
Tylenol, 100 count was on sale for 5.99 and I had a 1.00 off coupon so I got them for $4.99.


A Few extras for Dell. Ocean Spray juice reg. 2.95 with coupon 1.95.

I stopped at the Day old bread store and bought a box of cupcakes, 1 loaf of bread and 1 pk of buns for Sloppy joes.

Total Spent $41.00. With coupons from the register I now have one for $3.00 off on Downey softner.
I shopped at Fred Myers because the 1/2 gallon milk was $1.00. So two 1/2 gal. cost me $2.00 and a gallon would have been 3.25. ?????
I could have saved more with out the few extras, but I felt that I had most things needed for my week menu and so I filled a few spots in Food storage and a few items for 72 hour kit.
Feeling Good about my choices.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Can soup or fresh made?

One of Casie's recieps calls for a can of Condensed Cream of Chicken soup. I was jumping from blog to blog and found this fantastic girl who makes her own Cream soups with a thing she calls Magic Mix. ( If you come forward I would love to give you credit, because your blog is awsome!)

Anyway I mixed my own and even learned a trick on my own. First the Magic Mix.
2 1/3 cups of Powdered Milk
1 cup All Purpose Flour
2 sticks of Real butter @ room temp.

Put in your mixer or food processor, what ever you have. Blend very well, till it looks like heavy cake mix powder.

Store in refrigerator.


To use your mix.
1 cup Magic Mix
**3/4 broth- this is where I learned a trick- you can use can or box. I made my own with water and boulion flavoring as directed on jar.
1 tsp Parsley
dash of onion salt,
dash of garlic salt- optional
Mix well together in sauce pan on low heat. When it is blended and looking like soup its ready to use.

I ran out of Boulion and went shopping. I found if you buy your spices in the Ethnic isle instead of the Spice isle it is cheaper and most of the time fresher.

Hope you try this and like it.

** Never throw out the water on your veggies, that is where the vitamins are and why waste that?

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Our First Menu - Jan 5 thru Jan 9th

Here is our first menu. Feel free to change them as needed to meet your families needs. I do a 5 day menu, because even as crazy as the economy is, we end up eating out or at mom's at least 2 days a week, so if you need to add 2 recipes to your menu, make sure you adjust your shopping list accordingly. My menus don't include a shopping list yet, but I will work on it for future menus. Also, I have these all in a binder, organized and scrapbooked. I would be happy to email you copies if you want. Just leave me your email in the comments link under this post and I'll send them out. They are in a Microsoft Word format so most everyone should be able to print them off. Enjoy your week!

Monday: Chimichangas or Enchiladas
Salad
Chips and Salsa

Recipe: Buy frozen chimichangas and top with enchilada sauce or deep fry. Or, use your favorite enchilada re1 cipe.

Tuesday: Crock Pot Spaghetti
French Bread

Recipe: 1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. italian sausage
1 (16 oz.) can tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (4 oz.) can mushrooms
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
4 Tbsp. tapioca - quick cook - optional
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
garlic powder to taste
salt and pepper

Cook meat, onion, and garlic powder and drain. Add rest of ingredients and cook in crock pot for 6 to 8 hours on low heat. Serve over hot spaghetti noodles.

Wednesday: Crispy Ranch Chicken
Baked French Fries

Recipe: 1 1/3 cups French's Onions
1/4 cup mayo - NOT MIRACLE WHIP
1/4 cup parmesan cheese or 1/2 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts

Crush onions in plastic bag. Combine mayo and cheese or dressing mix and dip raw chicken in this mixture and then into onions. Place on sprayed baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 30 minutes, or until no longer pink in the middle.

Thursday: Sloppy Joes
Potato Chips
Veggie of choice

Recipe: 2 to 3 lbs. ground beef
1 chopped onion
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
2 Tbsp. vinegar
4 Tbsp. Worchestershire
2 to 3 tsp. Chili Powder
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

Brown hamburger, onion, and pepper and drain. Combine with rest of ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Spoon over hamburger buns.
(This is a big recipe, but leftovers can be frozen and reheated easily.)

Friday: Swiss Cheese Chicken
Rice
Rolls

Recipe: 6 to 8 chicken breasts (can be frozen)
2 to 8 slices swiss cheese
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup sour cream

Place chicken in 9x13 pan that has been spayed with Pam. Place a slice of cheese on top to cover chicken. Mix together soup and sour cream and pour over top of cheese/chicken. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees or until chicken is done. Serve over rice.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year to everyone. Thanks for the all the work you are doing to help us prepare.