Saturday, February 28, 2009
*Here are the award rules:
List 7 things that you love and then pass the award on to 7 bloggers you love.Be sure to tag them and let them know they have won!You can copy the picture of the award and put it on your sideboard letting the whole world know.....you are KREATIV!
7 Things I Love
1. Jesus Christ
2. My hubby and kids
3. Sleeping in on Saturday mornings
4. The smell of fresh cut grass
5. listening to Christian Radio
6. an empty laundry basket
7. hearing my kids laugh
7 of my Favorite Blogs I'd like to pass this award on to:
1. Queen of Good Intentions
2. All things Southern
3. The Dynamic Duo
4. Little Wonders
5. Putting God First Place
6. So Lovely Creations
7. The Nifty Thrifty Homemaker
Don't forget to either e-mail your favorite bloggers or comment them to let them know they have won!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
First is http://www.colorasmile.org/ Kids can color pictures and mail them in to be given to nursing homes and meals on wheels.
Second is http://www.makeachildsmile.org/ Kids can color pictures and email children that are sick. Some of these children are terminally ill.
Third is http://www.letssaythanks.com/Home1024.html Kids can pick a picture, a message and email them to our troops overseas.
Take the time to check these sites out..... Put someone else first. You will be glad you did. :)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I have days like these every now and them.... makes me want to ship them off down the road to the public school...then... the Lord gently reminds me why I am doing this and that he will never leave me to do it by myself. Here is the big reason why I home school.....
Monday, February 23, 2009
Here's the ingredients......
Italian Vegetable Soup
2 regular cans Fire Roasted Tomatoes (I used Muir Glenn)
2-3 whole Squash, quartered
2-3 whole Zucchini, quartered(more or less of each for your taste)
1 lb. Italian sausage (I used Jimmy Dean)
Brown Italian Sausage, drain ( I rinsed it under warm water to remove more fat)
Add both cans of Tomatoes, squash and zucchini. Add salt and Pepper to taste.
After our meal we went to Publix for a few deals. My hubby was really impressed and doesn't think I am so obsessed now. He actually found a few deals that I didn't notice!
Overall, we had a great weekend.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thank goodness it is finally Friday..... in more ways than one I look so forward to Fridays. For one, my husband is in such a better mood on the weekends. I would love for them to last longer!!
My honey asked me out on a date tomorrow night! We are going out for a late Valentine dinner. With us being at my parents house last weekend, we were not able to celebrate like we would have liked. We have not been out to eat by ourselves in over 2 years. Hopefully we won't just sit and stare at each other!!!!
I hope you are excited about your weekend!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Go to http://www.jillsavage.org/ and scroll down until you see Wednesday's words of encouragement.
I hope you will receive a blessing from reading it!
Anyway,,,,,,, I am getting my shopping list together for tomorrow! I plan to hit CVS for the Neutragena (sp) deal and then to Publix for their BOGOs.
This coupon thing has really become a way of life now.... I can hardly stand to buy anything with out a coupon! My kiddos even find them in the store for me. I walk right by them and they find them! Just the other day my DS found some..... they beam with pride when they bring them to me!
Enough rambling.... hope you have a glorious day!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
My daughters favorite was the FSU Marine Biologist booth. Four FSU students had a water tank set up with all kinds of different "sea animals" for the kids to touch and hold. My daughter played in that tank for almost 1 hour..... she was shrivelled when I made her let some other kids have their turn. She was not afraid at all.... she held starfish, sea cucumbers, fiddler crabs, sea urchins and a horseshoe crab. My son, being the brave sole that he is, would not touch any of them! His dad was so proud! Sorry honey, I wouldn't touch the sea cucumber with a 10 foot pole either.
It was great to see my parents and have a little break. Here are a few pictures from the weekend.....
Here is the gang waiting on the parade to start....
Here is my baby girl playing with a star fish.... notice my baby boy in the background having nothing to do with it!!
Go to http://www.starbucksstore.com/ to request your free sample. I am not a instant coffee fan but Starbucks is really talking this up so I thought I would give it a try. I can't pass up a free sample.....can you?
Friday, February 13, 2009
My family and I will be taking a much needed break this weekend. I will not have access to a computer at all! How will I survive? I know that my husband will be pleased! That is enough of a Valentine for him!
I wanted to go ahead and post my Happy Valentine to you! I hope that you will take the time to show your Valentines that you really do love them and appreciate them. Candy and cards are nice but the gifts that mean the most to me are gifts that cannot be bought. Just a "I love you, Mom" or my husband holding my hand. That is enough for me! I don't need the candy anyway.... it goes straight to my hips!!!!! Always remember, time goes by so fast and life can change in an instance. Your kids will not be kids forever. I know that I have taken so much for granted in my life, and I plan to take more notice of what God has blessed me with. Everything I have is a blessing from him.
I plan on doing a few things this Valentines Day... I was excited when I realized it was on a Saturday . I get to spend Valentines with my husband, son, daughter and my Momma and Daddy! All day with my Valentines!!!! How great is that! We are planning on going to a Valentines Day Parade... it is so much fun to see the kids get so excited to grab candy off of the road! Their little eyes just light up!
I hope that you will take the time to tell your loved ones how much you love and appreciate them. Time goes my so fast and life can change in an instance.
Here are a few things I plan to do with my Valentines:
1. Tell them I love them.
2. Hug them tight.
3. Go out of my way to make their day special.
4. Tell them one reason why I love them so much.
5. Thank God for the blessing of having them in my life.
So, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I hope it is special!!!!!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Here is the breakdown....
1 gallon Publix milk- 2.99
1 jello Chocolate pudding - 1.00
1 Keebler pie crust - 1.09
.36/lb Plum tomato - 1.49/lb- .54
6 rolls Viva Paper towels - 1.89ea./11.34/6- used 6/$1 off PC , 2/ .75/MC, .40/IC off 2, and .75/2 MC= = 2.26 for 6 rolls!
2 6pk Cottonelle bath tissue- 3.99 ea/7.98/2- used 2/.75 PC and 2/.50 MC = 4.23/2 -(I usually get Cottonelle free.... but I used this to go toward my /$10 Publix gift card)
Lipton Decaf. tea bags BOGO/ 3.99/2 = 2.00 ea.
Goodnight pants/Jumbo Pack- 16.99- used $2.00/PC and $1.00/IC- 13.99
1 jar Publix spaghetti sauce- 1.79ea
I also used $7.99 CVS ECB on this transaction!
Total before savings: $55.16
Total savings in coupons/store savings: $27.69
Total OOP: $27.47
A little high for my taste but... I will get a $10.00 Publix gift card from buying $35.00 worth of Kimberly Clark products! That way I can stomach it better. The Goodnights alone are almost $17!
This was a confusing trip for me.... the check out lady did not know Publix's policies on coupons and was totally confused! Thankfully the Manager was bagging groceries right beside where I was checking out. He was very nice,,,, unfortunately, I can not say the same about the check out lady.... she must have been having a bad day!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Last week I found a great deal on some ground beef and decided to make up some mini meat loaves, meatballs, and a few pounds of ground beef to put in the freezer. I already used part of the mini meat loaves when my dear husband came home late Sat. night wanting something for supper. I took them out of the freezer, defrosted them, put them in the oven, and TAADAA.... a nice home cooked meal waiting on him when he walked in the door.
I found the mini meatloaf recipe in the Feb. 2009 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. I thought I would share it because my kiddos loved it also. It is really easy and very yummy and my kids actually ate it! The next time I make this up to freeze, I am going to throw in some shredded carrots...... just to get some extra veggies in hidden under the kids noses!!!
Mini Meat Loafs
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup Pasta Sauce - I used Ragu spagetti sauce - it was yummy
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs - I used instant oatmeal
1 teaspoon tried basil
1/4 teaspooon salt
1 lb. ground beef
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese (4 0z.)
Preheat oven to 450*. In a large bowl combine egg, 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce, bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon basil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add beef and 1/2 cup of the cheese: mix well. Divide beef mixture into four equal parts. Shape each into a small oval. Place in a 9x13 baking pan. Spoon on remaining pasta sauce and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 15 minutes or until internal temperature registers 160*.
Leave me a comment it you decide to try it..... I would love to hear from you!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
It is kinda hard to see but here goes...... (click on the picture to make it larger)
2 bags wise cheese doodles BOGO 2.99/2 - $1.50ea. - used 2 $1.00/IC - .50ea.
4 Betty Crocker fruit snacks BOGO 2.59/2 - $1.30ea-used 2 .75/2 IC - .82ea.
Uncle Ben's wild rice BOGO 1.49/2-.75ea-used 2/$1.00 IC - profit of .25ea.
Farm Rich French Toast BOGO 3.29/2 -1.64ea.- used 1 $1.00 MC - $1.14ea.
Frank's hot sauce - $1.50 - used .50 MC - .50ea.
6 Idahoan Instant Potatoes-.50 ea used 2/.75 off 3 IC - .25ea.
4 Yoplait YoPlus- $2.00ea- used 4/1.50 off .50ea.
1 gallon milk - $2.99 ( haven't seen it this cheap in a while!)
1 5lb.publix charcoal $2.79
1 Publix Tater Bites $2.00
1 pk. beef for stew- $4.87
1 publix premium ice cream - $3.00
Total Vendor Coupons= $ 12.50
Total store coupons= $1.50
Advertised savings= $20.99
Total before coupons= $64.92
Total savings= $34.99
Total OOP= $29.93
A little higher than I like,,,, I am spoiled I guess!
Go visit http://fiddledeedeeblog.blogspot.com/ for great Publix Coupon match ups. Thanks Sarah!