Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
- Spend less than $100 on groceries for January ($30 goes to Angel Food)
- Put the remainder in the savings!
- Go to the store only for milk and eggs (WIC)
At the end of each week in January, there will be a post with a Mr. Linky for you to share about what you ate from your pantry the past week and how the Challenge is going for you. HERE
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Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
28 chicken corn chowder in bread bowls
30 enchiladas (if I get to the store to get enchilada sauce)
31 OUT (I hope!)
1 leftovers (enchiladas) (if I get to the store to get enchilada sauce)
2 chicken and rice
You can find 100s of other menu plans at Meal Plan Monday.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
- wrap presents (all the kids are done, but extended families need done)
- clean up the living room
Hopefully I'll get done everything today but if not I'm not really worried about it... well except the presents. Off to play dinosaurs with the boys.... and hopefully get some work done. :)
I also won a Tastefully Simple Dessert Pack from Amy's Finer Things. Talk about awesome!! I was SOOOO excited about this prize. I ended up giving it to my mamma for Christmas. I know she'll love it as much as I would have.
If you have some extra time (because we all have tons of that right?!) go check out these sites. Amy's has TONS of yummy recipes and Housewife Hacks has all kinds of good ways to save money!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
- kitchen is DONE!!(except the floor. That will get done Thursday)
- figured out what's for dinner Christmas Eve
- completed my Grandpa's basket
- Finished MIL's present
- took most of the boy's toys upstairs
- and everything HERE.
Now I'm off to wrap presents...
- attended Big Man's holiday program
- bought the rest of the things for my grandparent's baskets (need to make the rest)
- put away dishes
- wrapped Edward's present
- payed bills and figured out how much $ we have (always a good thing right?)
Hmmm... not so much done... off to wrap a few more presents and clean!!
Monday, December 21, 2009
- Clean the house top to bottom (or at least the kitchen, living room, hallways and the bathroom. I'd like to do the back porch but I doubt it gets done) This includes dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, scrubbing and picking up.
- Figure out what's being served for Christmas Eve dinner.
- Wrap presents
- Finish shopping!
- Deliver cookies to neighbors
- Grocery Shop (just a few things, I'm out of eggs already!)
- Pay Bills (so I know how much $ I have to spend on after Christmas sales!)
- Get all of the boy's toy's upstairs into their rooms/the toy rooms.
I know there is so much more I need to do but I can't remember it right now. I know number 1 will take me at least 4 hours. Wish me luck! And Merry Christmas!!
1/3 bar of Fels Naptha soap
1/2 cup Borax powder
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
a bucket (I use an old 35lb cat litter bucket)
Grate 1/3 of the soap and put it into a saucepan. Add 6 cups of water and heat until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and borax. Stir until it is dissolved. Pour 4 cups hot tap water into the bucket. Add soap mixture and stir it together. Add 22 cups of water and stir to combine. Let the soap cool for 12-24 hours. The finished product jells up. Part of it will be jello like and part will remain liquid. It all dissolves in the laundry tub.
I use about 1/2 cup of laundry soap per load.
I've been able to find the Arm and Hammer Washing Soda and the Borax powder the cheapest on Alice.com and there's always free shipping!! I got the Fels Naptha at Giant for $1.03.
German Apple Pancake (serves 2-3 people)
2 large eggs
1/2 can of Carnation Evaporated Milk
3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons butter
2 medium apples peeled, cored and chopped ( I used 1 and didn't peel it)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.First, mix together the eggs, milk, flour and vanilla. Beat until there are no lumps and set aside.In a 10″ or 12″ nonstick pan that’s oven safe, melt the butter. Saute the apples slices until soft. Mix in the brown sugar and the cinnamon. Remove pan from the heat and pour batter over the apple mixture in the pan. Place pan in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until pancake is puffy and golden. Remove from oven and let sit for a couple of minutes. Then place a large plate over the pan and flip the pancake onto the plate.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Sunday - [as always] pizza
22 steak (using steak from Angel Food)
24 not sure yet... we were supposed to have company but who knows?
26 spaghetti (or leftovers!)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Then we came inside for hot cocoa and snacks.
They're looking forward to heading out again in the morning!
I made waffles, chocolate covered pretzels, vanilla trail mix, peanut butter blossoms, peanut butter temptations, hot chocolate and 2 loaves of bread.
Little Man loves to cook! He usually is such a big help. He loved making chocolate covered pretzels with me.
I wanted to make pizza dough and some more bread but maybe tomorrow. We're snowed in and what's better to do than bake?! (and play in the snow!)
Friday, December 18, 2009
Mix all waffle ingredients in bowl. Mix. Pour into waffle maker and cook until steam stops.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This is my all time favorite cookie:
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter (most of the time I add close to a cup, I love peanut butter!!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Hershey kisses/Reese's cups (optional)
Beat butter, sugars, peanut butter, egg and vanilla until fluffy. Stir together flour baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture. Place dough on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes or until done.
OK, Well I was going to have you link up to Mister Linky but I can't figure it out. SO. Leave your wonderful dessert recipes in the comments! (And a link to your blog so I can come visit).
Monday, December 14, 2009
(he's putting the helmet back on...)
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Monday - Salisbury steak and veggies
Tuesday - BBQ pork roast and veggies
Wednesday - chicken fajitas
Thursday Edward's cheeseburgers
Friday - Bourbon chicken
Saturday - Christmas party
Check out more menu plans at orgjunkie.com!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Target: Transaction One:
Motts for Tots
3 Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate
2 Cheez-it crackers
3 Fudge Shoppe cookies
OOP - $8.41
3 Fudge Shoppe cookies
OOP- $1.15 (used GC from transaction 1)
5 loaves wheat bread ($.99 each)
4 powdered sugars
3 dozen eggs (not pictured)
OOP - $23.04
TOTAL FOR THE MONTH: $80.35
(I still need to go to get 3 things that Aldi didn't have but there should be no reason to go over $100 for the month. That would equal out to $25 a week!)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
When we installed my dishwasher I lost two cabinets and two drawers. The drawer I lost that mattered the most (the other was a junk drawer) was the drawer that held all my kitchen utensils, spatulas, spoons, etc. Instead of buying a "kitchen utensil holder" for $10 I went to our local thrift store and bought this vase for 75 cents. And it does the same exact thing the holder would have done. For a lot less. Works for me!!
Share what works for you and find out what works for others HERE.
8 packages Kotex pads
5 strips yeast
1 box Little Debbie cupcakes
1 chocolate syrup
1 veggie oil spray
2 packs shoe laces
2 cans evaporated milk
(not pictured) Christmas present for Aiden
Total OOP: $21.44
1 command hooks
1 Belgium waffle maker (merry Christmas to me!)
5 boxes Cheez-it crackers (yes, I did buy 5, the boys have stolen the other already)
Total OOP - $14.81 + $5 GC from Cheez-its
Save - A - Lot:
1 loaf white bread
3.43 lbs bananas
2 rawhide bones (Christmas gifts for my 4 legged babies)
Total OOP: $3.96
5 cases soda (hubby's lunch)
4 boxes Kellogg's Special K
4 cans Progresso Cream of Mushroom
3 packages shredded cheese
smart balance sour cream
1 yeast strip
1 can rotel tomatoes
1 Hershey's cocoa
1 country crock butter
24 hamburger rolls
1 loaf wheat bread
super washing soda
Total So Far - $69.75
If I decide to deduct the Christmas presents from the grocery budget (which I should, right?!) then my total so far would be $47.75. Which would mean I'm under budget for this week!! I still need to go to Aldi but only for a few things.... I'm liking this so far. :)
This post is linked to the Grocery Cart Challenge.
Monday, December 7, 2009
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Sunday, December 6, 2009
If you order online, there are coupon codes you can use!
The coupon code DECSIG5 is good for 5% off a "Signature Box" of Angel Food Ministries. The other online coupon code CHRISTMAS5 is good for 5% off a "Senior/Convenience Box". Both Online Coupon Codes expire on December 31st, 2009 and are good for the first 2000 users.
Also, giftcards are avaliable:
Angel Food gift cards can be purchased for $30 for the Signature Box, $28 for the Senior/Convenience Box and $22 for the Produce Box! Gift cards can be used for online orders or through the local host site. These gift cards make a great gift for family or friends. To purchase gift cards email Katrina@angelfoodministries.com.
Friday, December 4, 2009
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 cups butter, softened
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup ground pecans (optional)
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
In a large bowl, cream together the brown sugar, white sugar, and butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one. Stir in the vanilla, salt, and baking soda until well blended, then mix in the ground pecans and flour. Stir in the chocolate chips last. Try not to over mix once you add the flour.
Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto ungreased baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the cookies are just starting to brown at the edges.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday - living room / laundry / pay bills
Tuesday - dining room / office / put away laundry
Wednesday - boys room / toy room
Thursday - our room / bathroom
Friday - kitchen / hallways
Saturday - back porch / catch up
Sunday- relax / plan for next week
I am really hoping this will help keep me on track and help keep my house clean! (And I guess I'll have to do Monday and Tuesday next week since I didn't really do what I should this week. ;) )
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Sunday - I went to see my grandpa who is in the hospital, so we ended up eating out, me at the hospital and the boys got pizza.
Monday - homemade pizza
Tuesday- Ultimate Chicken Fingers & veggie
Wednesday - Shepard's Pie (using leftovers!)
Thursday - Grilled Cheeseburgers
Friday- Beef Nacho Casserole ( I do mine a little differently but this is similar)
Saturday- [hopefully] leftovers
Check out other great mealplans at orgjunkie.com
1. Decorate the Christmas tree
2. Christmas video with popcorn & hot chocolate
3. Make pine cone Christmas ornaments
4. Write letters to Santa
5. Christmas in our town (gingerbread house contest and all kinds of other goodies)
6. Crystal Snowflakes
7. Make magic reindeer food
8. Holiday Tabletop Christmas Tree (Kraft magazine Holiday '07)
9. Hand & foot print reindeer craft
10. Christmas bingo night
11. Christmas party at story time
12. Go see Santa & have pictures taken
13. Christmas cookies!
14. Make Christmas Trees
15. Dinner & a Christmas movie
16. Candy making day - fudge, and chocolate covered pretzels
17. Christmas party at school
18. PJ Day! Lots of Christmas worksheets, games, etc while mommy gets ready for the party!
19. Family Christmas party (extended family)
20. Wrap presents (Mom), Christmas "lacings" (kids)
21.Make Gingerbread house
22.Watch The Polar Express, Red and Green Dinner (everything is red/green!)
23. Drive around town to see all the lights & decorations (we used to do this as a kid and I loved it)
24. Christmas dinner
25. Merry Christmas! Spending all day with family.
There will also be lots of Christmas stories, online Christmas games, and Christmas songs! My hope is to create a fun memorable way to count down to Christmas and add some new traditions to our holiday season!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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2 packages hamburger meat - $17.42
1 Little Debbie cupcakes $2.50
Total before coupons - $ 31.92
Total OOP - $24.42
Total for the week: $38.96
Under budget this week by $1.04 (I had to change the budget to $40 because of some bills that came up)
Monday, November 23, 2009
2 - 17.6 lb bags of dog food
Sunday, November 22, 2009
As for this week... We had our Thanksgiving dinner at home tonight. Even though we go to our families houses for dinner on Thursday, I like to cook one for us at our house. I chose tonight to do so because Edward was home to watch the boys while I was in the kitchen. And he carved and deboned the turkey and even helped me clean up! I love when all four of us are in the kitchen together. :)
Since we had our 21 lb turkey tonight, and there is a LOT of turkey leftover (and that's even with feeding almost all the dark meat to my dogs) there is a few turkey recipes on the menu. Come back later in the week for recipes and meal costs or email me. :)
Sunday - 21 lb Turkey, stuffing, peas, broccoli casserole, mashed potatoes, Pillsbury Grands! biscuits, homemade gravy - $3.46 - I kid you not. We used our free turkey from Giant, coupons, and veggies from the garden. I also have 6 cups of turkey broth(plus a stock pot full of more that needs to be bagged and frozen). Plus all the leftover turkey.
Monday - Smothered Turkey Sandwiches (come back tomorrow for the recipe!)
Tuesday - Turkey-Green Chile Enchiladas
Wednesday - steamers, french fries and a veggie
Thursday - Thanksgiving!
Friday - probably dinner out or at my parents as most likely we will still be with family out of town with our families.
Saturday - Turkey Quesadillas
Check out orgjunkie.com for more menu plans!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Chicken Corn Chowder
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup cubed peeled potato
1 can of corn
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cup 2% milk
1 cup cubed cooked chicken breast
In a large saucepan, combine the broth, potato, corn, garlic, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Combine flour and milk until smooth; gradually add to vegetable mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Reduce heat. Add the chicken; heat through. Serve in bread bowls.
8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups thawed Cool Whip
1 Oreo Pie Crust
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Sunday - Red Robin for lunch, eggs for dinner
Monday - lasanga and salad
Tuesday - porkchops and scalloped potatoes
Wednesday - chicken corn chowder in bread bowls
Thursday - steak, mashed potatoes, corn and salad
Friday - meatloaf
Saturday - possibly sister in law's house for dinner or fish if at home
Check out MPM for more great menu plans.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I also cleaned out my inside freezer.
I also need to clean out the fridge....