Thursday, December 31, 2009
1/2 can frozen OJ concentrate
1 c milk
1 T vanilla
The measurements are estimates...I rarely actually measure anything when I cook.
You can toy around with different juices...coconut, pineapple, whatever!
3 c fresh spinach
1 c strawberries, I like frzn, but fresh is fine
1 c orange juice
water if needed, but usually don't
Put it all in a blender until smooth, enjoy!
I would recommend adding some ground flax to increase your Omega intake, and if you are trying to repace a meal you could add a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder.
2 c quick oats
2/3 c nuts, chopped
1/3 c wheat germ
1/3 c ground flax
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c honey
1 t vanilla
1/3 c raisins
1/3 c coconut
1/4 c oil
Heat oats in baking dish 3-5 minutes.
Add the other ingredients, except for raisins or other fruit.
Heat on high 3-5 minutes, stirring once or twice.
Cool on cookie sheets. This can take awhile..it won't hurt it to sit out all day. Stir or crumble throughout the cooling process.
Store in airtight container.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Mix 1 cup cooled water
1 tsp baby oil
1 tsp baby wash or shampoo.
I make double this amount and fill a spray bottle, then I just spray onto cloths as needed. I use soft washcloths, or cut squares from old flannel or fleece blankets or scraps...fleece seems to work the best. Some moms will use an empty wipes tub, cut a roll of thick paper towels in half, remove the cardboard roll, then pour the solution over the towels. That seems like a good method if you use disposable diapers and want to save on wipes.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Alot of times, the deals I see are posted on plenty of other blogs so I don't feel I need to do it also!
What I will attempt to do in January is to post some recipes, homemade goodness & inexpensive! That is another great way to save money! You can search my recent posts for recipes for homemade yogurt & cheesecake, and peanut butter fudge. I'll get some more things going soon!
Another reason my deal posting may stay slow is that I need to work down some of my stockpile. This doesn't mean I won't buy some basics that are free or cheap, but that I won't run out as easily to shop for groceries! I do plan to get to Target soon to use the produce & ham coupons they have available on their website, and I think I'll keep my eyes peeled for some good prices on beef & chicken, but my cabinets & freezers are full...I am so blessed!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
These were so easy! I actually took this recipe, split the can of sweetened condensed milk into 2 parts, and used 2 different 10 oz bags to make 2 different types of truffle...1 one mint chocolate coated with cocoa, the other white chocolate coated with coconut, which I dyed red & green..pretty!
3 cups (18 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips or whatever flavor you like
1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract or whatever flavor you like
Finely chopped toasted nuts, flaked coconut, chocolate sprinkles, colored sprinkles, unsweetened cocoa, powdered sugar or colored sugars
MELT chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk in large saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
POUR into medium bowl. Cover and chill 2 to 3 hours or until firm.
SHAPE into 1-inch balls; roll in desired coating and/or decorate with frosting and candies. Chill 1 hour or until firm.
Monday, December 21, 2009
2/3 c butter
2/3 c peanut butter
6 c powdered sugar
1/3 c milk
1 T vanilla
Place butter & pb in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high 2 min or until butter melts; stir well.
Add the remaining ingredients; stir until smooth.
Microwave on high about 1.5 minutes until smooth but not bubbly; stir. Pour into buttered square baking pan.
Cover & refrigerate at least 1 hour; Cut into 1 inch squares; store in fridge.
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The contest ends January 20, so go now and enter for your chance to win..good luck!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I 'met' Bev on a local coupon site, 918CouponQueen. We started chatting because she was looking for coupons to buy some items to donate to local veterans, and although I didn't have the coupons left to share, I did have some items to donate.
Bev has been serving those who proudly served our country. During the Holiday season, this means collecting gifts for hospitalized veterans to choose to give their loved ones. These gifts are 'paid in full', a thanks to the veteran...complete with wrapping paper. The Tulsa World did a recent story on Bev's project which you can read more about here.
But the need is great all year, at every Veterans Hospital around the country. They are constantly treating new patients, many of whom are admitted without personal items, clothing, or the means to obtain any.
I asked Bev if she would share some of her recent experiences while volunteering, and if I could share them with others. I will share a few stories over time, but here is one now, recounting her first visit to Muskogee VA Hospital:
My aunt had donated a robe....not a new one for Dot's Christmas Store, but for the "clothes closet" (for patients who come in with nothing and need things, so they accept used clothes for the clothes closet). It was a nice robe but my aunt didn't wear it much, as she didn't like the way it fit her.
We asked the patients who they wanted a gift for. Most said their wife. We had jewelry and some bath salts, some candles, jewelry boxes and lots of other things to choose from.
When I went to this one man's room he said he wanted a robe. I told him that I didn't have that but offered other ideas......It was like he wasn't going to hear me....He didn't seem to have a hearing problem...just selective hearing. He simply didn't want to hear me say that.
He said, "She is a small woman."...
Me: "I don't have a robe."
He said, "Yes, she needs a nice robe."
Me: "I don't have a robe."....
Him: Can I get it for under $20?
Me: after I explained he had already paid in full "...but I don't have a robe".
He was very sweet and patient just telling me what he wanted, like I wasn't understanding the request.
Finally I gave up and said "I have one but it is used. You don't want a used gift for a Christmas gift, do you?"
He smiled like he knew I had it all along and said, "Yes, that will be fine." I told Brenda that I just hated for him to have something to give that had been worn. She and I looked it over and thought maybe it was actually new because it looked so good. It was pretty and very soft.
I took it to him. He had a big smile when he saw it, took my hand and shut his eyes real tight and was very quiet like he was praying, then he opened them, smiled and said joyfully, "I love you! I love everyone."
He told me he had been a chaplain for 19 years.
This was the first time I had been to the Muskogee VA hospital. I usually put things on the VA van to take down to get there and in the past 2 years I think we only had one other robe.
My aunt had missed the story in the paper and didn't know about our latest project until a couple of days ago. My aunt and uncle came by the house the day before I went and dropped it off with some other gifts.
I had planned to be there early enough to give the items for the "clothes closet" to the Chief of Voluntary services before we got started. I had items to take with me on the dining room table. One of those items was a pack of gum. My darling husband is always picking up and putting everything away behind me. He thought it was something I had left out and had put my gum out of sight, and I left without it. I stopped at the store, which caused me to be too late to see the chief before his meeting; that meant I had to keep the clothes and robe with me until later in the day when the chief was out of his meetings.
I was not too happy with my husband until I realized how even that fit perfectly in with God's timing to answer a prayer.
I think Bev's account goes to show how things do happen for a reason...
Why else would I have had extra lotion coupons to give to anyone who wanted them, and why did Bev join the coupon forum just today, and comment, wanting those coupons? She didn't have to explain why she wanted them...we would have offered them up...but I am so grateful she spoke up...I feel I have another cause I'd love to be involved in, to share information with others about the great need. I am fortunate to have learned some awesome couponing skills this year, which allows me to have an abundance of personal care items to share with friends & strangers alike. I'll admit, I have been blind to the need. I have taken servicemen & women for granted...crazy since my parents both served in the AirForce during Vietnam. These men & women have given us so much, and I will make a point to give back from now on.
Please, wherever you are, find even 1 item you can donate this week, or 1 hour you can spend talking & listening to someone who needs a friend. If you knew it took so little to make someone happy, wouldn't you do it?
Here is information on donating to the Oklahoma American Veterans, please seek out a center near you!
EVERYDAY CARE ITEMS NEEDED:
• socks, both male and female
• shaving items, such as Bic disposable razors
• shampoo (trial sizes)
• baby powder (trial size is a good size)
• magazines (specifically those about cars, hunting, fishing, boating, mechanics, computers, etc.)
• no soap--the hospital no longer accepts soap
• Ziplock bags for packaging the items
• gas cards for VA vans to take patients to the hospital
• playing cards
• DVD players (to be checked out for use by patients, while in the hospital)
• nail clippers
• hand and body lotions
• tee shirts (all sizes)
• briefs (underwear both men's and women's--all sizes)
• lip balm
• small tubes of denture adhesive
• hair brushes for men and women
• pocket combs
• emery boards
• puzzle books
The Sunday newspaper usually has coupons in with the ads that
allow us to stretch our money further to buy needed items. We
greatly appreciate them.
Items that aren't necessities, but Vets are so appreciative when receiving them:
•IPODS (younger patients really enjoy being able to use an IPOD during their stay)
•CDs (could "check out" during their stay)
•hand held games (could "check out" during their stay)
•wheel chair cups
The Target coupons will give you 2 prints per computer profile!
I am going on a self-imposed break from shopping for a bit...partly because I am busy getting ready for the Holidays, and partly because there aren't great deals this week so far, and partly because all my cabinets are overflowing! We could probably live off of our stockpile for several months, save for a coupe of trips for milk or fresh produce. Lord knows we don't need any toiletries for ages! I'm not sure how long my shopping ban will last...I have to go to Walgreens by the 30th bevause of expiring register rewards, but other than that, I may just wait until another great deal emerges!
I've tried doing this before, but then someone has a massive sale and I can't justify missing it!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
First, you need to go here and make yogurt(you can use store bought, but I've only made this using my own). After it chills, you can start!
Basic Yogurt Cheesecake:
32 ounces plain nonfat yogurt
1 c sugar
1 t vanilla extract
whatever crust you want to use...graham, cookie, whatever...for the cupcake size cheesecakes I use a whole cookie as the crust
Place a cheesecloth or sturdy paper towel in a colander. Place colander over a bowl to catch the draining iquid. Pour your 32 oz yogurt onto the cloth. Drain in fridge for 12-24 hours(mine only took 12 hours).
Prepare your crusts either in muffin tins or pie plate or springform pan.
Mix drained yogurt with sugar, eggs, vanilla. Pour over crust.
Bake at 325 for about 70 minutes, or until batter looks firm. Let cool 12-24 hours before serving. To prevent cracks, do not let it get exposed to air...it's okay to leave the cheesecake in the oven, after you turn the heat off, for a little while before placing in the fridge.
See, wasn't that easy? And...almost fat free(the eggs, and the crust)
Please excuse my instructions here, as I don't usually measure this...I just eyeball it, and somehow it works!
For mocha cheesecake:
to your mix, add about 1/4 cup baking cocoa and 1-2 T dry instant coffee granules
For pumpkin cheesecake:
to your mix, add canned pumpkin(1 can) and 1 t each clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, or use pumpkin pie spice
For the pretty swirled versions:
Separate about 1/2-1/3 of your plain mix. To your 1/3 part, add your extras. Fill your cheescake crust(s) about 1/2-2/3 full with the plain mix, then gently pour or spoon the variation on top. Use a knife to gently 'cut' or swirl the 2 mixes together. If you end up with more of the variation than the plain, you could do some the pposite way: variation first, then swirl with plain.
I'd show you a pic of my swirled mocha mini-cheesecakes, but I can't find it...
The equipment: large stock pot, stainless steel bowl that fits inside the pot, candy thermometer, glass jars with lids, heating pad
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Another couponer turned me on to the John Freida coupons on Smartsource.com, and I was out the door without makeup!
I spent $12 oop and got all this:
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I have a ton of deals in the works this week, not because they have great deals, but because I have Register Rewards to use up! Here's what I have from shopping Tuesday & Wednesday:
3 6pks Viva paper towels
5 Olay Quench lotion
5 Olay body wash
1 Biotene toothpaste
10 Thermacare arthritis wraps
1 Fusion Razor
4 bags Ghiradelli Squares!
about 2 dozen votive candles
I received 6 $5 Holiday Dollars Rewards, $3RR for Biotene, $2 RR for Ghiradelli, 6 $2 RR for Huggies, & $4RR for Fusion. I also have 2 buyers for the Thermacare wraps(sold some on ebay before and both buyers requested more!). I can submit for $4.50 rebate for the Huggies at Caregivers Marketplace. I can submit for the Olay Quench lotion rebate to get another $49.95 back! That is over $80 back, so profit of $60 so far this week!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Just quickly saying I am still busy--3 mystery shops last week took alot of time. I just got one tonight that is due in 2 days..I am inclined to turn it down, but it is an apartment tour and pays $25 for about 60 minutes total of my time! Can't beat that...$25 will pay for 2 weeks or more of my Walgreens habit!
Monday: meeting some girls to swap coupons quickly, and 2 shopping trips. Trying to reach my mystery shop 'target' and completing the shop if possible!
Tuesday: finishing mystery shop if not done onMonday, meeting some mommies for coffee then Target shopping.
Wednesday: Walgreens, guess I better get prepared on Mon/Tues!
who knows what else this week...
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Not as much fun without a picture, but here's my list of what I bought today in 6 transactions:
9 Phazyme (-10/3 MQ & 2 IVC)
2 Triaminic (-3MQ & 2MQ & 2 IVC)
8 gift sacks
20 postage stamps
5 Comtrex (-1.50MQ & 3IVC & 2IVC)
4 A&H detergent (-1.00/2 MQ)
2 Stayfree pads (-1MQ)
2 8.4 oz Olay Quench lotion (-3MQ & free MQ)
1 Olay body wash
1 20.2 oz Olay Quench lotion
2 Milky Way (-bogo Q)
3 Revlon Emery Board (-1MQ & 1IVC)
1 bx Baby Mum Mum rice husks (-IVC)
I spent more than usual oop because of the postage.
I used 16 in RR
I spent 8.05 plus tax so 19.24
I have 29 in new RRs plus the Quench lotion will get me 21.97 back in MIR
Looks like $31 profit!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Join me here and comment with your favorite cookie recipe and a pic. You could even have your own Exchange and post pics of your party! Bake some cookies and share with neighbors, or take some to a nearby retirement home. Or, just make some cookies for your family and share the recipe! You can do this anytime from now until the end of the month...I encourage you to use some of Hershey's delicious products: kisses, hugs, baking cocoa, whatever!
Monday, December 7, 2009
I had 53 ebay auctions ending yesterday, and about half sold! Several buyers are combining so I feel like a warehouse employee pulling orders to ship!
I am trading coupons with 4 people right now, so I've been printing, clipping, sorting...
I am transitioning to a coupon binder so my Qs are a mess(and my binder pages just arrived in the mail, yay!)
I haven't started addressing Christmas cards yet, however I do have pictures ready to send.
I did a mystery shop job on Sunday and completed my report, but I have 2 more assignments to complete by Wednesday. These 2 involve one to one interaction, and I am super shy so it's hard to get motivated for them. Nevertheless, I have 1 set up for Wedenesday, and I am placing a all for the other appt. later today.
I haven't started wrapping any gifts for the boys...heck, I haven't finished shopping for them!
I need to get finished with much of this so that I can get to Walgreens and Target before Saturday...
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I went into the store for the first time today, and the staff was incredible! I had plans to only get my free gift, but the girl that greeted us changed my mind! They had cute, cute panties in all colors an plaids on sale for 5/$15, plus today only they were offering 30% off plus a free tote bag with any purchase. The panties were too cute and a great deal! I split my transaction: 5 panties in each, so I could get 2 free tote bags and paid 22.78 including tax for 10 pr!!! I am just sad I didn't start going last month when their freebie was a full size bottle of perfume...
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
raincheck on Kashi crackers 1.66, used $1 Q
coffeemate 2.39, used $1 Q
2 Dole salad mix 1.98 each, used $1/2 Q
2 bx Ronzoni smart taste 1.39 each, used $1/2 Q
2 bx Ronzoni Healthy Harvest 1.39 each, used $1/2 Q
total was $4 & some change, which is alot more than I typically pay, but it's hard to not use those Ronzoni Qs, and $1/bag on salad is great!
kitty litter 5.00, used $3 IP=2.00
Natrol Acai 4.00, used $3 pdf=1.00
Goody hair elastics 2.00
paid with $5 RR=0+tax=0.94, got 4RR & 2RR back
same as 1
paid with $5 RR=0+tax=0.94, got 4RR & 2RR back
Natrol Acai as in 1&2
Goody hair elastic as in 1& 2
Yes to Carrots lip balm 0.99 at beauty counter
3 clearanced knit hats 0.49 each
paid with $5 RR=0.46+tax=1.18, got 4RR & 2RR back
total for 3 transactions= 0.46+tax=3.06, got $18 in RR back, profit of 14.94
Monday, November 30, 2009
stamp A 3 sheets, stamp B 2 sheets
used code cutekid12 for free shipping
used code tenoff for 10% off
ued the 3 codes I bought at Walgreens, which takes of the full 22.00 for each code even though each sheet was less than that since I ordered multiples;
final total $2.02 for 100 stamps! My husband would insert here that I spent $30 more since I paid with RR, but to get those 4 RRs that I used, I only paid tax on the items; but, yes, somewhere way back in the long history of myWalgreens shopping I spent money somewhere to get my original RRs!
The plan was 4 zooth or Oral B stages toothbrushes minus 4 $1 MQs & WQ=2.00, get $5 RR; 2 boxes bandaids minus WQ=free, get $1 RR; 2 glade products minus appropriate MQs=1.00, get $1 RR; 8 xmas pencils minus in ad Q=1.00; pay with $4 RR from last week...I was able to do this once, and then a couple more times without the bandaids...won't complain too much, though---ran into a Q trading buddy at one store, then met a new Q friend at another store!
Looking forward to the sale that starts Dec 2: Natrol Acai(ah-sigh-ee)...this has properties of healthy fats & antioxidants...it's good for you, go get some, plus with the $3 MQ, you'll pay $1, & get $4RR!
If you wear contacts, solution is free after RR. There is a Northern tp RR deal also. And Goody hair accessories are free after RR. I will be getting the hair elastics and some Acai, and also I ordered MQs for the Ecotrin on sale, and ordered MQs for Toblerone candy(sale 2/3.00 til 12/26, use $1MQ and the IVC in the December book to get these free...I ordered 40 Qs, not that I really need that many, but surely I can use them in a recipe somehow...ummmm, yeah, just Googled Toblerone recipes---I'm good to go!)
The Ecotrin deal is good if you or someone you know is on an aspirin regimen for your heart...my dad is and I should start since my dad has a history of heart attacks, my gma has a history of strokes, and my Qs make them free with overage!
Another great find yesterday: I did a whole transaction without getting RR back--I know, strange of me to do that, but I really wanted these items: found 3 boxes Photostamps codes(more on that in later post!) clearanced to 9.99, and yoga pants clearanced to 1.69...woohoo! You might check out your store...I am trying to find more Photostamp boxes!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
That right there, friends, is a view of cheap stocking stuffers! My 12 yr old loves body spray(even though he won't admit he likes girls yet, lol), and giving makeup and lotion to my mom, plus we use the fragrance free lotion for the Little One...definitely stocked up for awhile!
See you at Wags bright and shining Friday!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
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Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
There isn't much I can use at Walgreen's this week that involves RR, and I'm not going to buy stuff just to roll the RR...maybe next week's ad will be better! I went ahead and decided to get in on the baking items on sale and a couple of the bogo items, using 1 set of Almay RR.
I got: 4 bags of Gold Medal Flour, used 4 0.50 MQs & in ad Q 9 holiday gift bags, used in ad Q Nestle morsels, used 0.50 MQ & in ad Q 4 Wet n Wild eye/lip liner pencils 0.99 each, bogo plus used 2 $1peelies 4 Clearasil face wash 4.79 each, bogo plus used 4 $2 MQs 2 Borden sweetened condensed milk(think fudge!), used $1/2 MQ & in ad Q 2 Carnation evap. milk, used $1/2 MQ & in ad Q 3 cans Libby pumpkin, used in ad Q used $10 RR from Almay and $5 RR from Almay total was 0.01+ tax= 2.48oop...yay!