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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Their Installing the Furnace

Furnace Pictures, Images and Photos
Tonight we should have a brand new working furnace. I can't wait!! It's coming just in time, the temperatures at night are dropping down to 10 or below and it's so hard to keep the house warm with little ceramic heaters. I never want to have to go without another furnace again!! I just continue to thank God that we had the money to get it replaced.

Eat from Pantry Challenge Day 2

Yesterday was another successful day!!! We might be able to make it through the rest of this week but next week will surely be harder. I have given myself $60 a week to spend and now that Tinleigh is taking formula that will take $20 of it. I'm not giving up though. I am determined to save as much money as we can to get our Emergency Fund back up. On to what we had to eat yesterday:

Breakfast: Bagels and cereal

Lunch: Leftover Taco Soup

Dinner: Enchiladas

Money Making Round Up 12.31.09

Mindfield~ 1 screener

Toluna~ 1.00 survey

Opinion Outpost~ 2.50 survey

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Four Christmas' DVD

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I won the Worst Mom of the Year Award

Sometimes I wonder about myself. I just feel terrible, my 6 month old Tinleigh has had a rash around her mouth. I kept saying it's from the dry air and all the drooling that she is doing. So I try to keep up with all her drool and keep it as dry as possible. With is nearly impossible. Her being fussy I just wrote that off as teething.

Oh but it gets better. She has been acting like she hasn't been getting enough to eat so I tried supplementing formula and low and behold she has an allergic reaction to the formula. I try Enfamil and Similac. I call the Dr, she says try a Soy based formula. So I do, she loves it. After she drinks it, it appears like she isn't going to have a reaction. But the next morning I go in her room and her face is as red as a strawberry. Call the Dr back, she says she has a milk allergy give her a hypoallergenic formula and that should take care of it.

So after a week she isn't really improving and eczema is getting worse. So yesterday I am researching on the internet and what slaps me in the face. THE PROBLEM!!! I have been eating Strawberry Peanut Butter M&Ms. Oh they are a little piece of heaven, they make my mouth water.

As of this morning I have been giving her formula and her face is improving already. So come to find out she most likely has a peanut allergy and a milk allergy. I don't drink milk myself but I do eat things with milk product in them. I might just make the switch to formula and then I know for now that she isn't going to come into contact with any allergens until she is old enough to eat table food.

So needless to say I have been hurting her for the past two weeks while I have been enjoying my M&Ms. I sure hope she will outgrow her milk allergy, there are so many foods with milk in them. Who knew Spaghetti sauce had milk in it? Looks like I will be making most everything from scratch if she can't tolerate it.

Money Making Round Up 12.30.09

Mindfield~ 1 screener~ 1 market study invite for 25.00

Valued Opinions~ 1 survey 1.50

Rewardport~ 2064pts (I need 4500pts for a 10.00 Amazon Gift Card)

Mypoints~ 728pts ( I need 3750pts for a 25.00 Amazon Gift Card)

BeRuby~4.00 ( I need 10.00 to cash out)

Challenge Update

Yesterday was the first day of our No Spend/Eat from our Pantry Challenge. No money was spent and we ate from out pantry. Day 1 down, only 32 left.

Breakfast~ Bagels with butter
Snacks~ Puffin Muffins
Lunch~Leftover Pizza
Dinner~ Taco Soup

I posted here that I will be reducing my grocery budget for the month. There is no way I can stay out of the store for the whole month. We have been eating from out pantry for almost two weeks now.

For my No Spend Challenge update there was NO money spent yesterday. We are having a no spend month to help put some of the money we have to take out from our savings for the furnace replacement back in. The way Hubby talked acouple days ago we might be having a few no spend months back to back. It will be really tough but I know right now we are only in for January right now.

Check back tomorrow to see what we ate today and for another No Spend Update.

How are you doing with your Challenges?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Starting Today!

Earlier this morning I post that I would be joining the Eating from the Pantry Challenge. After reading some others that have linked to the challenge I have decided that I will be starting this challenge TODAY.
We are really stressing about taking the $5800 out of our savings account to pay for our new furnace. I know it will take us awhile to get it back but why not just start the challenge now. We will be eating for out pantry and freezer. I will have to still go to the store for things but am hoping to not go over $60.00 a week. Right now we are budgeting $400-$450 a month, which is way to much for a family of 4. At least I think. Please check back daily to see what we are eating and what I will be getting at the store.

Money Making Round Up 12.29.09

Here are my up to date lists for my earnings.

Rewardport~2,042pts ( I am saving points for a $10 Amazon Gift Card)

Memolinks~1,331pts (I need 19,200pts for cash out)

Mypoints~718pts (I am saving for a $25 Amazon Gift Card)

BeRuby~ $3.92 Thank you Tina for signing up! (I need $10 to cash out)

Mindfield~$4.00 (I need $5.00 to cash out) Thank you for the referrals. This is be far one of my favorite survey sites. They have sent me the most products to review. Sign up here.

Opinion Outpost~ $9.00 ( I am building up my account for Amazon gift card to purchase Christmas next year. You only need $5.00 to cash out. This is my favorite survey site, they pay you one you complete the survey. You can also request a earning for a Amazon Gift Card and get the code right away)


Search & Win

I will be starting the 2010 with around 200 Swagbucks. I will be saving them throughout the year to using for Amazon Gift Cards to buy Christmas next year. Sign up to earn your own Swagbucks to help pay for your Christmas next year. There is nothing like getting paid to search the internet. It's as simple as that.

Eat From the Pantry Challenge

I am sure you have heard all the buzz about MoneySavingMom and LifeasMom using January to eat from their pantry. This challenge couldn't come at a better time for our family. As some of you may know we have been without a working furnace for 2 weeks now. Nothing is fixing it so yesterday we got some estimates to replace it. The damage $5800.00. YUCK!!
While we will not be able to go without spending any money I will try to reduce my weekly budget. My original plan was to keep my budget at $400 for the month and lower it $25 in February and so on. But then the furnace had a mind of it's own. Here are my goals for the month:
1. Spend the first part of the month eating up the pantry
2. Spend as little as possible. ( I don't have a set amount because I haven't went shopping for the past two weeks and I know I can't make it through the whole month).
3. No eating out.
4.Search the internet for recipes.
I am also doing a no spend month for January. Check back for my goals for that challenge.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Spending Freeze Countdown

Only 4 more days till our Spending Freeze starts. I will be posting more about the rules that we will go by before January 1. We are going to have to replace our furnace so we need to try and put back as much money as possible to replenish our Emergency Fund. We are going on week 2 without heat. I hope that you will join me, I would love to see how everyone is doing.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Our Christmas

My little family

Tinleigh opening her first present on her First Christmas

Ainsleigh opening her games

Tinleigh eating her first present

Her favorite gift

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

christmas Pictures, Images and Photos

May you all have a happy, safe and blessed Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Chili and Cheddar Potatoes

1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
6 medium baking potatoes
1 tbsp. chili powder
Salt and pepper
One 15oz can hot chili beans
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sliced scallions

Pierce potatoes with fork. Microwave on High 11 to 13 minutes or until tender, rotating 1/4 turn after 6 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, brown ground beef in a large skillet for 6 to 8 minutes, or until no longer pink, breaking it up into crumbles. Pour off drippings. Stir in chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, beans and 1 cup cheese; cook and stir until heated through.

Cut a slit lengthwise in potatoes; fluff pulp with fork. Season potatoes with salt and pepper, if desired. Spoon beef mixture over each potato. Top with remaining cheese and scallions. Makes 6 servings.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Taking a Break

I will be taking a break from blogging until after Christmas. My little ones are really sick and n one is getting in sleep. Lastnight I got a total of about one hour. So I will be breaking to take care of the sickness and cleaning my house for Christmas Eve. Please pray they are better before Christmas so they will be able to go celebrate at our other stops on Christmas Day.

Have a Merry Christmas and God Bless!!

Peanut Butter Buckeyes

1 1/2 cups peanut butter
6 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
6 whole graham crackers, pulverized into crumbs (optional)
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper; set it aside. Using a wooden spoon, mix together the peanut butter, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and graham crackers, if desired, in a large bowl. (The dough will look dry.)

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Set them on the prepared cookie sheet and insert a toothpick into each ball. Chill them in the freezer until hard, about 30 minutes.

Melt the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl set atop a pot of simmering water over medium-high heat. Stir continuously until smooth. Remove the pan from the heat. Using the toothpick as a handle, dip the balls into the melted chocolate, leaving a small circle at the top uncovered. Place the dipped candies back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 2 hours. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Peanut Orange Balls

1 cup chopped roasted peanuts
1 package (12 oz.) orange candy slices, diced
1 package (14 oz.) flaked coconut
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup confectioner's sugar

Combine peanuts, orange slices and coconut in large mixing bowl. Add sweetened condensed milk, mixing well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in confectioner's sugar. Yields about 6 dozen


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Chocolate Mint Brownies

1/2 cup butter
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup softened butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 to 3 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
Green food coloring

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Heat the oven to 350 and grease a 9-inch square baking pan. For the brownies, place the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, and microwave for 1 minute more. Stir until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs. Stir in the chocolate and the vanilla extract. Finally, stir in the flour and salt until thoroughly combined. Pour into the prepared pan, then bake for 25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool for at least 1 hour.

To make the mint frosting, cream the butter and confectioners' sugar. Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until it is smooth and spreadable. Beat in the peppermint extract and tint to the desired shade with green food coloring. Frost the cooled brownies, cover, and chill for 1 hour.
To make the chocolate topping, pour the chips into a microwave-safe bowl, add the butter, and microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes or until the chocolate melts. Stir until smooth. Pour the chocolate over the brownies and smooth it with a knife. Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until the coating hardens.

Bring the brownies to room temperature, then cut into 16 to 32 pieces. Layer them on a piece of cellophane (place waxed paper between the layers to prevent sticking), wrap up the brownie package, and tie with a red ribbon. Makes 16 to 32 brownies.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Chocolate Cookie Bark

20 creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (about half of an 18-ounce package)
2 2/3 cups white chocolate chips or 2 2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract (use with semisweet chips only)

Line a 9-inch-square baking pan with waxed paper. Coat the paper with nonstick spray; set it aside. Pour the cookies into a large bowl and break them into small pieces by hand or with the back of a wooden spoon, a job kids will love.

Melt the white chocolate chips -- or the semisweet chips -- in a large microwave-safe bowl according to the package directions (add the extract after the chips have melted). Remove from the microwave and quickly fold in the cookie pieces with a spatula. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and spread to about a 1/2-inch thickness. Refrigerate until solid, about 1 hour.
Remove the bark from the pan and carefully peel off the waxed paper. Set the bark on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut the bark into 12 bars for wrapping or 24 triangles for boxing as shown above. Store in an airtight container.


Friday, December 18, 2009

Money Making Round Up 12.18.09

Toluna~ 3 screeners ~1 survey $3.00

Mindfield~1 screener

ClickIQ~ 25pts~ This is a new company that I have signed up with I currently have 225pts you need 2500 to cash out. If you are interested in joining please contact me and I will send you an invitation.

Opinion Outpost~2 screeners

BeRuby~ .24

Rewardport~ 94pts for clicking emails

Mypoints~ 25pts for clicking emails

Memolinks~18pts for clicking emails

Piaaz Pocket Wreath

30 square wonton wrappers
Pepperoni slices
1/3 cup pizza sauce, plus extra for dipping
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 large green pepper, cut into thin strips
Small bowl of water
Vegetable oil

Lay the wonton wrappers on a dry work surface. In the center of each wrapper, place a slice of pepperoni, 1/2 teaspoon of pizza sauce, 1/2 tablespoon of cheese, and 1 pepper strip.

Dip your finger in water and moisten all 4 edges of the wonton, then fold it in half, pressing along the edges to seal it.

Heat one teaspoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook the pockets until brown, about 2 minutes on each side, adding more oil as needed.

Remove the wontons from the pan and place them on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Arrange them in a wreath shape, and serve with extra sauce for dipping.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Money Making Round Up 12.17.09

Toluna~ 1 Product Review Survey $5.00
Survey $1.00
Survey $3.00
Survey $1.50

(If you are intested in joining Toluna please email me and I will send you a referral)

Mindfield~ 2 screeners~ I just requested an $8.00 check. If you are interested please sign up. I have done several product tests and I am still waiting to be credited for those. This is a great site!

Valued Opinions~ 1 screener

Opinion Outpost~ This is also another great company to sign up with. After you qualify and take the survey you get paid right away. You need 50pts for cash out for a $5 check or $5 Amazon Gift Card. I will be working on saving all my points for Christmas shopping on Amazon next year. Just click the link above to sign up, you have nothing to lose!

Happy Holidays!!

Mini Crab Cakes

1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
2 tbsp finely chopped scallions
3 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs (available in the ethnic foods section of large supermarkets)
1 pound lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed
2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus more as needed
Lemon wedges

Mix the bell pepper, parsley, scallions, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper in a large bowl. Add the bread crumbs and crabmeat, and toss gently to mix.
Divide the crab mixture into 12 equal portions (about 1/4 cup each) and shape each into a 1-inch-thick patty.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the crab cakes to the skillet and cook until they're golden on both sides, adding more oil as needed. Cook about 3 minutes per side. Serve warm with lemon wedges. Makes 12.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Pretzel Treats

Bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels
Hershey's Kiss or Hershey's Hug
M&M's candy

Heat the oven to 170F. Set a number of bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels (one for each treat) in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, then top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hershey's Kiss or Hershey's Hug.

Bake for 4 to 6 minutes (the white chocolate will melt more quickly), until the chocolates feel soft when touched with a wooden spoon. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and quickly press an M&M's candy into the center of each Kiss.

Allow the treats to cool for a few minutes, then place them in the refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes. Place handfuls of the candies in clear plastic bags and tie on colorful ribbons.


Chili Con Queso

1 medium tomato
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 can (4oz) chopped mild green chilies
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon mild chili powder
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
3 cups (about 12oz) grated sharp Cheddar (for a milder flavor, substitute up to half Monterey Jack)
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Tortilla chips, for serving

Slice the tomato in half crosswise and squeeze each half to force out the seeds or simply push out the seeds with a clean finger. Coarsely chop the tomato and set it aside.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the onion, green chilies, garlic, chili powder, and tomato. Saute the vegetables over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

The next step requires constant stirring as each ingredient is added, to ensure a smooth, thick sauce with no lumps. First, stir in the cornstarch, then the milk or half-and-half. Cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid is barely simmering, about 2 minutes; it will thicken slightly. Stir in half of the cheese and continue to stir until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes; do not let the mixture boil. Add the remaining cheese and continue to stir until the cheese is melted and heated through, about 2 minutes. Taste, and add a little salt and pepper, if necessary.
Pour the dip into a heated serving dish or a small, heated slow-cooker. Serve hot, with tortilla chips. Serves 10 as an appetizer.

65 Degrees and Dropping

To some of you frugal people 65 might be what your thermostat is set on, but not me! I think 69 is the lowest I can go, especially with a baby in the house. Yesterday I noticed the furnace running a long time so I went to look at the thermostat to see it reading 65 degrees. I pushed the see what I had it set on and it was on 71! So, needless to say I had to call someone to look at it.

Well the verdict is.... we will have no furnace until at least friday! A circuit board went out on the ourdoor unit and no one keeps them in stock. Go figure! We survived our first night lastnight, now only 2 more to go! Last night it got down to 12 degrees and tonight it's supose to be 17. I am thankful that we have to money to get it fixed all because of an Emergency Fund. Thank you Lord! If this would have happened a couple years ago we would be sunk.

Please pray the part will be here in time to get it fixed friday. We are expecting snow Friday and Saturday.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Goals for 2010

I have been thinking about goals that we need to set for 2010. I can't believe that 2009 will soon be behind us. I think time passes faster as you have kids. I just can't believe 6 months ago I was pregnant. Crazy! Here is what we are working for in 2010.

1. Save half of the down payment for a bigger house. Right now we are at 6.8%

2. Continue to add to our other savings accounts.

3. Get grocery budget under control!!!

4. Lower our electric bill.

5. Loose 15 pounds.

What are your goals for 2010?

Money Making Round Up 12.15.09

Opinion Outpost~ Follow up survey $1.50

Mindfield~ Follow up survey $2.00

Rewardport~ 30 pts for clicking emails

Mypoints~ 5 pts for clicking an email

BeRuby~ .34 for clicking websites that I regularly visit.

Grocery Round Up for 12.14.09

I've gotta stop letting Hubby going to the store. Really need to work on this one.


Baked Lays (2) 3.38 each!
Burritos (2) 2.98 each
Protein Bars (3 boxes) 6.97 each
Food Coloring 2.98
Canola Oil 2.28

Total: 41.61


Milk 1.40
Cantalope 1.50
Salsa (4) 1.00 each


Total for the week: 48.99
Total for the month so far: 375.16

Monday, December 14, 2009

Money Making round Up 12.14.09

Opinion Outpost~ 1 screener

Valued Opinions~ 1 screener

Mindfield~1 survey $1.00

Rewardport~ 88pts for clicking emails

Mypoints~ 20pts for clicking emails

Memolinks~ 24pts for clicking emails

Toys R Us and PayPal

tru bru toysrus Pictures, Images and Photos

PAYPAL Pictures, Images and Photos

Toys R Us and PayPal have teamed up over at Toys R Us and are offering $20.00 off of a $75.00 order when you check out using you paypal account. Not a bad deal!!

Amazon Deals

This Melissa and Doug Easel is $30.00 off!!

Melissa and Doung 100 piece block set sells for $19.99 at Toys R Us. Not a huge discount but a better price.

Elmo Tickle Hands are $20.00 off!

This is an awesome toy is you have a little one. My 2 1/2 year old still loves it, has kept her busy for hours. It sells for $19.99 at Toys R Us. So you save $5.00.

Orginal price is $36.99, that's over $20.00 off!

The original price is $44.99. Awesome deal!

All deals listed in this post are eligible for free shipping when you spend $25.00. If you are interested in any of the deals I have listed please click on the images and it will take you to the product! Thank you for supporting Love Peace and Saving.

Happy shopping!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Walmart Gift Card is:

Penny T (ptackett4@)

I sent you an email, you have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked.

Thanks for entering everyone. Check back as I will be having another giveaway soon.

Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Money Making Round Up 12.11.09

Sorry I didn't get this posted yesterday I have been working on Christmas cards. It's a lot of work!!

Mindfield~1 survey 2.00~2 screeners

Opinion Outpost~ 1 survey 4.50~1 survey 2.50~1 screener

Valued Opinions~1 screener

Toluna~1 survey 5.00~2 screeners

Springboard America~1 survey 1.00


Rewardport~60 pts from clicking emails

Mypoints~45 pts from clicking emails

Amazon Deal

This is regularly $17.99 marked down to $1.99!!! There are only 2 left.


1 quart milk
12 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups to 2 cups milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, divided
1 quart whipping cream

Heat milk in a large saucepan over medium heat. (Do not boil.)

Beat eggs and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer until thick and pale; gradually add sugar, beating well. Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot milk into egg mixture; add to remaining hot milk, stirring constantly.

Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, 25 to 30 minutes or until milk mixture thickens and reaches 160F.

Stir in milk, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Remove from heat, and cool. Cover and chill up to 2 days.

Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into milk mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg before serving.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Creamy Peppermint Punch

1 quart eggnog
1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
1/2 gallon peppermint ice cream, softened
Hard peppermint candies, crushed

Stir together first 3 ingredients in a punch bowl or large bowl; sprinkle with peppermint candy, and serve immediately.

Note: Punch may be made ahead, without crushed peppermint candies, and chilled 2 hours. Stir well, and sprinkle with candies just before serving.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Money Making Round Up 12.9.09

My Survey~ 1 survey 5 pts

Banner Ad

Toluna~1 survey $2.00

Focus Forward~ 1 screener ~ applied for an online study for $125.00

Mindfield~ 2 screeners

BeRuby~ .06

Rewardport~ 13pts for clicking emails

Mypoints~ 15pts for clicking emails

Memolinks~ 6 pts for clicking emails

Swagbucks~ 3 swagbucks~ If you haven't signed up with them yet. Just click here to do so, you earn swagbucks for searching the internet. Nothing like getting paid to do something you do everyday.

Struggling Before a Mom Part 2

If you haven't read my first installment please click here.

I left off last week that I reached out for help from my Mother in Law hoping that show could help us get our house payment current. Luckily she did. We were safe for now. My Husband's work was kinda steady at this point. I kept looking for another job and we were trying to look for a stable job for Hubby. Nothing happened, we applied for jobs but no one was calling.

Then in the beginning of August my Husband's Aunt called me to see if I was interested in babysitting her grandson. I agreed, it was money and money was what we needed. So I started watching him. Little did we know that we would get the shock of a lifetime with I found out I was PREGNANT! On Halloween I finally took the test after being sick for more than a week. Wow, what were we going to do?

When I told my Husband we didn't take it very well. "What are we going to do, we can't even take care of our selves right now?" I cried for a couple days because he put all the blame on me for getting pregnant. I was devastated! Finally he came around quicker than I did and was telling family everyone like he was never upset in the first place.

We scraped by for quite awhile until I got a settlement from my car accident in December. We payed off some bills and could finally pay our regular bills on time. But we weren't out of the clear yet. If you know anyone who works construction, you know most of the time your laid off in the winter. Here we were in December with me only bringing in my one hundred dollars week. We had to be as frugal as possible if we were going to save as much of the money that we got from the car accident.


Gift Ideas

I ordered this for my 6 month old for Christmas. It's a new toy that came out this year and ToysRUs is selling it for $ 49.99.

This Dump Truck is a Gold Box item today. Click on the box above and on the right side of the page click View Gold Box offer to get it for $9.45.

Amazon's Deal of the Day

Check out Amazon's Deal of the Day. This is a great price for a GPS. We have had ours for a little over a year and it's fabulous!

Eggnog Cheesecake

12 oz gingersnaps (about 48 cookies), finely ground
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
32 oz 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
4 large eggs
2 cups refrigerated or canned eggnog, divided
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup whipping cream
Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg

Stir together first 3 ingredients; press mixture onto bottom of a 10-inch springform pan.
Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add 1 1/2 cups eggnog, and beat until blended. Fold in 2 cups powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp. flour; carefully pour cream cheese mixture into prepared pan.

Bake at 325F for 1 hour. Turn off oven. Let cheesecake stand in oven, with door closed, 1 hour. Remove to wire rack, and let cool completely. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.

Beat whipping cream at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold in remaining 1/2 cup eggnog. Spread mixture evenly over top of chilled cheesecake, and garnish, if desired.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Money Making Round Up 12.8.09

SurveyHead~ 1 survey 1.00 ~ 2 screeners

Opinion Outpost~ 1 follow up survey for testing a product

BeRuby~ .06

Mypoints~ 15 pts

Rewardport~ 11 pts

Coupon Chief invited me to peruse their vast coupons this month and was I glad I did. Coupon Chief is a online coupon website featuring thousands of stores. If you are wanting to save money shopping online check them out, they have any store you can think of. Who doesn't like free shipping or discount promotional codes when you are shopping online. With Coupon Chief you just search for the store you want to shop through and up pops a list of coupon codes that you can use when you check out.

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Eggnog Fudge

2 cups sugar
1 cup refrigerated eggnog
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted and chopped
1/2 cup chopped red candied cherries
1 tsp vanilla extract

Line an 8"X4" loafpan with aluminum foil; butter foil, and set aside.

Combine first 4 ingredients ina 4-quart heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Wash down crystals from sides of pan, using a pastry brush dipped in hot water. Insert a candy thermometer into eggnog mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thermometer registers 238F. Remove from heat and cool, undisturbed, until temperature drops to 190F (15 to 18 minutes).

Stir in pecans and remaining 3 ingredients; beat with a wooden spoon until fudge thickens and just begins to lose its gloss (5 to 8 minutes). Pour candy into prepared pan. Cool completely; cut into squares.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Money Making Round Up 12.7.09

Mindfield~ 1 screener and 2 follow up surveys for testing products

Toluna~ 1 screener

Rewardport~42pts for reading emails

Mypoints~ 10pts for reading emails

Memolinks~ 12pts for reading emails

Grocery Round Up for 12.7.09

I wish I could say I don't have a picture because we didn't buy anything. But I am happy that we bought very little.

Protein bars 17.90 (Hubby takes these for his lunch)
Mouth rinse 4.97
Milk 1.77
Burritos 2.98 ( Hubby's breakfast)
Beef Roll Up 5.38

Total: 35.31

Total for December so far: 326.17

I foresee we will be over budge this month. This only gives us 23.83 for the rest of the month. I will be happy if we don't go over 400.00 because I still have a few things to buy for Christmas Eve.

Money Saving Monday

There are only 3 more Monday's till 2010. This year has went by so fast, it's like once you have kids everything goes by in warp speed. This brings me to this weeks tip.

Have a spending freeze, day, week, or month.

This is in the works for our family. We have never done one before so this should be fun. Especially when you are in a routine of spending for the holidays. So in January we are going to have a spending freeze month. You set your own rules. Say you like to by magazines, but for your freeze you won't. Or maybe you will be have an eat from your pantry month to save your grocery money. No eating out. No Starbucks. It's whatever you mostly spend your money on besides your normal bills every month that you can cut out. Try it, we are. I have heard it can do wonders!

I will be posting about our spending freeze daily once January arrives. Until then thank you for stopping by, hope you check back often.

Happy Holidays!!

Praline Pecans

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp corn syrup
5 cups toasted pecan halves

Stir together first 5 ingredients in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, 7 to 8 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 234F.

Remove from heat, and vigorously stir in pecans. Spoon pecan mixture onto wax paper, spreading in an even layer. Let stand 20 minutes or until firm. Break praline-coated pecans apart into pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week. Freeze in an airtight container or zip-top plastic freezer bag up to 1 month.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup (1/2 lb.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips (12 oz.)
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped

In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.

In another bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir or beat into butter mixture until well incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips, oats, and peanuts.

Drop dough in rounded 2-tablespoon portions, 3 inches apart, onto buttered or cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets. With a lightly floured fork, flatten slightly into 2 1/2-inch rounds about 1/2 inch thick.

Bake in a 350F oven until cookies are golden and tops feel set when lightly pressed, 12 to 14 minutes (they will feel underdone but will firm up as they cool); if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking.

Let stand 5 minutes on sheets, then, with a wide spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool. If hot cookies start to break, slide a thin spatula under them to release; let stand on pan to firm up, 2 to 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Money Making Round Up 12.5.09

Another slow day in survey world. :(

Toluna~ 1 survey 2.00

BeRuby~ .06

Mocha Almond Fudge

1 pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 tbsp instant espresso powder
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
2 cups chopped toasted almonds

Line a 9- by 13-in. pan with foil, letting foil hang over edges. Set aside. In a bowl, combine chocolate, butter, and espresso.

In an 8- to 10-qt. pan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and milk, then bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon to prevent boiling over, until mixture reaches 235F on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes.

Remove pan from heat and pour chocolate mixture into hot milk. Stir until smooth. Add almonds, stir just until combined, then pour fudge into prepared pan, smoothing top with spoon. Chill at least 2 hours.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Being a Stay at Home Mom

I wanted to start posting a little bit more about my life so everyone can get to know myself a little better. So I am will start off with some installments about how I left my job to stay home.

This July marked my 3 year anniversary for not working. Can I just say, I don't miss the work life drama. AT ALL! I was in a serious car accident back in 2002 and shattered the left side of my pelvis. After about 4 years of surgeries my work place decided that I had missed to much work and behind my back were trying to get rid of me. When I found out I was upset, I couldn't help that I needed to surgeries. So I decided to just let it be and I quite.

My hubby and I were in no shape for me to be without a job. He was working construction at the time and would going days to weeks without work. Meaning no money. We I quite we had no saving, no stockpile, and worst of all no plan. I tried my hardest to get a job, I applied everywhere. Nothing.

We had no money to pay our house payments, regular bills, food, etc. Our mortgage was an adjustable rate and was really high, it was hard to keep up with when I was working. If I had known all that I know today we could of had a really good savings account and being living really well. But that was then and we all learn from our mistakes. Right?

It finally got to the post that our house was going to go into foreclosure. At that point I reached out to my Mother in-law. We should have reached out sooner for help but we were scared. She agreed to loan us the money to stop our house from going into the foreclosure process. What a relief.


Money Making Round Up 12.4.09

Toluna~ 1 screener ~ 1 survey 1.00

Mindfield~ 1 screener ~ 1 survey 1.00

Valued Opinions~ 1 screener

Rewardport~20 pts

Mypoints~ 30 pts

Memolinks~ 18pts

Can I tell you how much I love I have had several packages delivered to my door this week to review. What's not to like about free items to try, review, and earn alittle cash. Check out HERE.

If you are taking surveys for a company that I have not mentioned please leave a comment and let me know what the company is. I am always looking for new ways to make alittle money. As I know most of you are to.

White Chocolate Peppermint Candy

2 (16oz) packages vanilla bark coating
1 (12oz) package white chocolate morsels
1 (6oz) package white chocolate baking squares
3 tbsp shortening
1 (16oz) package pretzel nuggets
1 (8oz) package animal-shaped crackers (3 cups)
1 cup coarsely crushed hard peppermint candies

Combine first 4 ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cook, covered, on LOW 1 hour and 30 minutes or until vanilla bark and chocolate look very soft. Uncover and stir until smooth. Stir in pretzels, crackers, and crushed peppermint candies.

Drop candy by heaping tablespoonfuls onto wax paper. Let stand 1 hour or until firm.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Money Making Round Up 12.3.09

Springboard America~ 1 survey 1.00

Toluna~ 1 survey 1.00

Rewardport~ 60pts

Classic Chicken Soup

1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken
6 carrots, peeled
4 celery stalks
1 large yellow onion, quartered
2 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp whole black peppercorns

Rinse the chicken inside and out and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the chicken in a large pot. Cut 3 of the carrots and 2 of the celery stalks into 1-inch pieces. Quarter the onion. Add the cut vegetables to the pot with the salt, peppercorns, and enough cold water to cover (about 8 cups). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, skimming any foam that rises to the top, until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a bowl and let cool. Strain the broth, discarding the vegetables. Return the broth to the pot. Thinly slice the remaining carrots and celery. Add them to the broth and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred the meat and add it to the soup.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Money making Round UP 12.2.09

I haven't checked all my mail yet today but this what I got so far.

Opinion Outpost~ 2 surveys .80+2.00

Surveyhead~ 1.00

I'm off to go take a nap. What lovely weather to cuddle up in bed a rest. Hope I feel better when I wake. :)

Spicey Chicken Stew

2 baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 (10 oz.) package frozen sweet corn
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks (1 cup)
1 onion, thickly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (12.5 oz.) jar salsa
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chile powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast, halved (about 1 lb.)
4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 10.5 oz.)
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
4 (6 inch) fresh corn tortillas, cut into strips

Place potatoes, corn, celery, carrots, onion and garlic in slow cooker. Stir in salsa, salt, cumin, chile powder and pepper. Distribute chicken evenly on top of vegetables and pour chicken broth over chicken. Cover slow cooker and cook stew on high for 4 hours.

Transfer chicken to a plate and shred with two forks into bite-size chunks; return to slow cooker. Mix tortilla strips into stew. Serve warm.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Another Giveaway

Walmart logo Pictures, Images and Photos

Today is starting a new giveaway. I will be giving away a $20.00 Walmart Gift Card. The giveaway will be open till Friday December 11, 2009 and the winner will be annouced Saturday December 12, 2009.

To enter you may leave a comment with your contact information. If you are not already a follower, add yourself as a follower and you may enter twice. If you have a blog, post a entry about the giveaway on your blog and you may enter the giveaway again. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. LovePeaceandSaving @

*Walmart is not affliated with this giveaway.

Chicken Pot Pie

1/2 cup butter
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 (14oz) can low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tspn freshly ground pepper
1 tspn Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 cups frozen baby corn blend
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill, divided
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/2 (15oz) refrigerated piecrust
1 large egg yolk
1 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 400F. Melt butter over medium heat. Sautee onions. Sprinkle flour over onions. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Whisk in chicken broth and next 3 ingredients; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add peas, corn blend, parsley, 2 teaspoons dill, and chicken. Mix well. Pour into a greased 9-inch deep pie dish.

Whisk together egg yolk and 1 tablespoon water, and brush underside of crust edge with egg wash. Place crust, brushed side down, over pie; crimp or use back of fork to seal rim of crust around dish. Cut 4 to 5 vents in the pastry. Brush top with egg wash, and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon dill. Bake at 400F for 30 to 35 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and mixture is bubbling.


Money Making Round Up 12.1.09

I alittle sad today with what I have to post. Nothing big!

Rewardport~ 84 pts

Mypoints~ 10pts

Memolinks~ 13 pts

Toluna~ 1 screener

Grocery Round Up for 12.1.09

This picture does not justice for what I bought yesterday. This is just a taste. It wasn't gonna fit on my table so I just put some stuff from all four stores. Last month I bought the bulk at the begining of the month and then bought sale items and whatever else was needed throughout the rest of the month and it work out so I am gonna try it this month again. Remember I am budgeting $350.00 for the month and this includes food, household items, baby food and diapers.


String Cheese 7.98
Pizza Rolls 8.98 ( hubby likes to eat these on his days off) :(
Apple juice 3.98
Magic Erasers 9.58 (I cleaner's best friend)
Northern TP 16.88

Total: 50.72


2 Swaddlers Pks 8.99 each

17.48-1.50q-2.00q-2.00ecb= 12.48+tax



Sour Cream 1.00
2 Cool Whips 1.00 each
2 Kroger Cereals 1.67 each
Bread .49
Grands Biscuits 1.67
Tomato 1.33
3 Kroger Flours 1.66 each
2 Kroger Brown Sugars 1.27 each
Powdered sugar 1.27
2 PillsburyCinnamon Rolls 1.66-.40 q
Bagels 2.49
Ice cream 2.99
Ground beef 5lbs 8.23
Ground beef 6lbs 9.79
Beef Patties 5.10
Beef Patties 5.31
3 Ravioli 1.00 each
4 Kroger Cheese 1.50 each
Wheat Thin Chips 2.99
Kroger Sugar 1.80
2 Cookie Dough 2.00 each - .55q
2 Ritz Crackers 1.99 each
2 Milks 1.50 each

Total: $83.47


4 Taco Seasoning Pks .42 each
Wheat Thin Chips 2.98
2 Organic Cereal 2.68each -1.00q
2 1lb Strawberries 3.48 each
2 Cottage Cheese 2.57 each
4 HB Helper 1.50 each
4 Mac and Cheese .74 each
2 Chex cereal 2.00 each
2 Flip Side Crackers 2.77 each- 1.00 q
pie crust 1.50
OJ 2.42
Kix 2.92- 1.00q
3 small bags different choc chips 1.78 each
36 oz Choc Chips 5.98
Pasta 1.54-.75q
3 Tortilla pks 1.88 each
2 Baked Lays Chips 3.38 each
2 Boxes Pasta 1.00 each
Fruit .98
eggs 1.46
11-yogurts .58each
Frozen Pizza 4.98
2 Burrito 2.98 each
2 protein bars 1.98 each
vitamins 5.00
syrup 1.88
Diapers 8.97-3.00q
24 2pks baby food .97 each
baby cereal 3.12

Total: 143.32

Grand 290.86 WOW!!!! That means I have 59.14 left for the month. This is going to be a challenge!!!

Money Saving Monday

Here it is Tuesday again and I have not even gotten this post up. With the hoildays and my little sickly ones I don't know where the time has gone. On to my tip:

Use Coupons!! (No brainer) :)

I know, I know. You are reading this and thinking why is she even writing it, I already know this. This is the way I use coupons. I try most of the time to match coupons up with sales but if for some reason there is something that I need right now and I have a coupon for it. I use that coupon now and if it's a really good one I will just order more. It's better to atleast save alittle right now and by the item that's needed with the coupon then to pay full price. Right?

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you will come back next Monday!

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Money Making Round Up 11.28.09

Today I am listening to Christmas music and checking my inbox while my little ones are sleeping.

Valued Opinions~ 1 screener
Mindfield~1 survey $2.00~ 1 Study invite for $25.00-starts next week.
Rewardport~29 pts for reading emails
If you have any questions about any of the companies above please feel free to contact me. Also if you are taking surveys for another company that I have not mentioned please let me know. I am always looking to add to my list. :)

Grocery Round Up

I totally didn't post my grocery shopping at the begining of the week! I am so behind, I guess that's what the Holidays do to ya. I only got a few things:

Protein bars
cottage cheese

Total: 21.74

Total for November: 304.56 I wanted to stay under 360.00 and I did!!!

For December I will say I want to stay under 350.00, I have Christmas Eve at my house so I need to buy quite a few things for that. I hope I can do it!

Today's Postings

Forgive me if I am not around much today or the next few days. Both my little ones are sick my two year old throw up in the car last night on the way home from Kohls and my 5 month old has a stuffy nose and cough.

I plan on writing up posts for the next few days while they take a nap today but I might need one myself. :)

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!!


If you haven't got you copy of UP. Here's a really good deal! If you click on the Gold Box offer you can get it for $12.35 with free shipping. Not bad when most stores have raised the price to $19.99.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Shop At Home

Check out Shop at Home today is you want to do any online shopping. I put in an order to Old Navy to get some of their doorbusters this morning and will get 20% of my order back! How great is that?

Here are what some other stores are offering today:

Sears 8% cash back

Vistaprint 12% cash back

Red Envelope 20% cash back

Kohls 6% cash back

FinishLine 14% cash back

Gap 20% cash back

Old Navy 20% cash back

If you have not already signed up with Shop At Home theres no better time to do so, Their extra cash back event ends Monday. Sign up here.

Money Making Round Up 11.27.09

Today I have been sitting at the computer checking out all the good deals online. No better way to let all of yesterday and today's food digest. :)

Opinion Outpost'~1 Survey $3.50

Mindfield~2 screeners~Awesome company, if you haven't signed up already they are great. Right now I am doing 2 different purfume reviews.

Toluna~1 screener~1 survey 3000pts

Valued Opinions~1 survey $2.00

MyPoints~ 15 pts

Rewardport~202 pts

SwagBucks~4 Bucks~Today is Mega Swagbucks Day. I have already won 4 bucks! If you haven't joined yet, you are really missing out. Join here, it's completely free and you earn bucks for free!

All You Winner

The winner of the one yr subscription to All You is:

Annie (ms_alee)

She had until Sunday at midnight to reply to my email, if she has not then I will be drawing someone else.

Thank you all for entering and please check back often as I have more giveaways coming.

Happy Holidays!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I hope you all have a safe and yummy Thankgiving. I know I will be so stuffed from all the great food. I will be drawing my winner tonight and annoucing them tomorrow. Good Luck to all who have entered!!

pumpkin Oat Bread

2/3 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 small can 100% pure pumpkin
2/3 cup white sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, divided

Preheat an oven to 350F, and lightly grease 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2x4 1/2-inch size.

Stir together the oil, eggs, and pumpkin in a large bowl. Stir in the white and brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and stir to combine well. Beat in the flour and 1 1/2 cups of oats.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans, and sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/4 cup of oats. Press the oats lightly into the top of the batter.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a loaf comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What are you Thankful For?

Thanksgiving Pictures, Images and Photos

Today I am think of all the things I am thankful for and there are some many things. That I have a healthy family, we have a roof over our head, food in the pantry, etc. The holidays roll around every year and all the sudden people are thankful. I admit I tend to forget. We need to be thankful everyday not just on Thanksgiving!!!!

What are you thankful for?

God Bless and have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Amazon Lightning Deals

Check out Today's Lightning Deals.

Also this LG Blue-ray Player is the Deal of the Day. Click on the picture above to check out it's awesome price. It can't be beat!!!!!

Hurry Vistaprint Limited Time Offer

75% Off All Photo Holiday Cards!  WOW!

Starting today until November 30th. This is their Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale. 75% off all photo hoilday cards.

Sweet Potato Bake

3 cups cold mashed sweet potatoes (without added milk and butter)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 eggs
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp cold butter or margarine

In a mixing bowl, beat sweet potatoes, sugar, milk, butter, eggs, salt and vanilla until smooth. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, pecans and flour; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over potato mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.


Savings for Our Future

I said I would post about how much I was deposting into savings after Hubby got paid over a week ago. Well nothing from his check was deposited because we have been buying Christmas with it, instead of taking it from the savings account. He will get paid this friday and I will transfer a small amount but nothing to big because we have to renew our registrations for our cars. I will be posting about when I do so.

After the first of the year there will be a spending freeze!!!! So looking forward to it.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Search & Win

If you haven't signed up with Swagbucks, there's no better time than now. Starting friday they will be lowering the amount of Swagbucks you need to get certain giftcards from the SwagStore. I am storing mine for Amazon as I was just introduced a couple months ago and LOVE IT!!!!

Sign up now so you can start earning for searching, you have nothing to loose. It's free!!!!

Shop At Home

If you haven't signed up for Shop at Home. Today you can get 28% back for shopping with Proflowers.

Check the site out daily as they feature a different store everyday with double rewards back.


If you want a great Christmas movie at a low price check out one of Amazon's Lighting Deals going on right now.

Just click this button above and on the right hand side of the page click View Lightning Deal.

It will come up as $3.99


Did you get your Wall-E DVD off Amazon? I got it just in the nick of time. I have some Amazon money in my account so I only paid 1.76. My little girl has so many movies that she is getting for Christmas this year.

Check out Amazon all this week as they are having Black Friday sales everyday.

Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potatos

6 sweet potatoes
6 large apples - peeled, cored and sliced
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cups salt
2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp ground nutmeg
2 1/2 cups water
1 Tbsp butter

Preheat an oven to 350F.

Place the sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two. Peel and cut into 1/2-inch slices; layer the sweet potatoes and apples into a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Meanwhile, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a saucepan. Stir in the water and butter and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook and stir until thickened and no longer cloudy, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour over the sweet potatoes.

Bake in the preheated oven until the apples are very tender and the sweet potatoes are golden on top, about 1 hour.


Money Making Round Up 11.24.09

So I have been MIA for a couple days. This is what I have finished so far from my inbox. I have more that I will add on to tomorrows post.

Survey Head~1 screener

Toluna~4 screeners

Mindfield~5 screeners~1 survey $10.00

Valued Opinions~3 screeners

Focus Forward~1 screener~2 phone interview screeners

Opinion Outpost~1 screener

Springboard America~1 survey $1.00




BeRuby~ .24

YouData~ .10

Today's Update

My inbox is overflowing and I have many posts that I will be posting for this week. I also will be heading to Toys R Us this morning to get some movie deals. Some posts might not be up until the afternoon.

If you haven't already entered my giveaway please go here and enter. The deadline is Thanksgiving and the winner will be annouced on Black Friday.

Money Saving Monday

Sorry I'm late on posting. This weekend has been a busy one. We have been trying to get everything ready for Thanksgiving.

Our Money Saving Tip today is:

Buy it on sale!!

What ever it is that you are looking for, whether bit be a new washer and dryer, a shirt or a toy. Look for it to go on sale. This is the first year that we are putting up Christmas lights on our house. We bought lights to hang on the house that offered a rebate. So for a box of 300 we got them for 2.99 after rebate. We also bought lighted Christmas trees, all those we bought on sale and were $10 off each. I spent about $150.00 but it would have cost us over $200.00 if we didn't buy them when they weren't on sale.

Most stores you can preview ads before they drop in the store. Google the store name and the date you are looking for and see if something comes up. If you are interested in seeing Black Friday ads for certain stores check out Black Friday Info. I hope that is you are going out on Black Friday that you all have a safe shopping day.

Thank you for stopping by, hope you will come back and join us next Monday.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Money Making Round Up 11.20.09

Today is another slow day here in the survey world. Lots of screeners but no bits.

Focus Forward~1 screener (this screener is for a focus group for 75.00)

Opinion Outpost~1 screener~ 1 survey 2.00

Toluna~2 screeners

Mindfield~ 2 screeners .07

If you are taking surveys with a company I have not mentioned please let me know.

Vistaprint and Shop at Home

25% to 75% Off All Products at Vistaprint!

If you are in need of some business cards, Vistaprint had 250 cards for free. You only pay shipping. That's a great deal!!!

Check them out, they have some good deals. Some better then others but they are updated often.

Also if you are going to place and order go through Shop at Home and you get 6% back off your total order. If you haven't registered with Shop at Home yet do so, especially for the holiday season. Every day they have a featured company that doubles their cash back percentage. a week ago it was Barnes and Noble and I got 14% back off my order.

Also if you use this link to sign up you and I both get 5.00 in your account for signing up and ordering your first order. I am using Shop at Home to do some Christmas shopping so I don't have to get out with my little ones.


I am so excited to be doing my first Giveaway!!!!! It's the giving season so why not give away?

Starting today you can sign up for a one year subscription for All You. That's right, as most of you know it's the best magazine ever for anyone who uses coupons. The giveaway will be ending on Thanksgiving with the winner announced on Black Friday.

All you need to do for this giveaway is add yourself as a follower of my blog and leave a comment. In the comment please leave a way for me to contact you and one money saving tip you use.

It's as easy as that!!!

Happy Holidays!!!

Apple Pie Sandwiches

2 cups diced peeled tart apples
1 cup water
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
5 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp lemon juice
12 slices day-old bread
3 eggs
2/3 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
Confectioners' sugar, optional

In a large saucepan, cook apples and water over medium heat for 10 minutes or until apples are tender. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into apple mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice.

Spread six slices of bread with 1/3 cup filling each; top with remaining bread. In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining sugar.

Dip sandwiches in egg mixture. Cook on a lightly greased hot griddle until golden brown on both sides. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar if desired.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Amazon Vidoe Games Deals

Buy $80 worth of particapating video games and get $20 off. I ordered these 2 games.

For the Hubby. It sells for 59.99 at Walmart and Toys R Us.

This one for myself. It sells for 39.99 at Toys R Us.

With the $20 off and 6.40 from my Opinion Outpost $62.55.

Money Make Round Up 11.19.09

Today is pretty slow..... Blah!!!

Not much in the inbox today. Here's the list for today:

Toluna~ 1 survey 1.00

MyPoints~1 email~5 pts

BeRuby~.07~Balance 1.40

I am also putting together my rebates for the Toys R Us board games and Menards Christmas lights. Total for both of those is $18.00.

Sweet Potato Salad

2 potatoes
1 sweet potato
4 eggs
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp prepared mustard
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 30 minutes. Drain, cool, peel and chop.

Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water; cool, peel and chop.

Combine the potatoes, eggs, celery and onion.

Whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Add to potato mixture, toss well to coat. Refrigerate and serve chilled.


Black Friday 2009

HURRY run over and click fast!!!! Walmart has their black friday ad up and there are tons of great deals!!!!!!!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sweet Potato Pie

1 pie crust
3 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsps cinnamon

Combine hot potatoes and butter in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Add sugar and eggs; blend with mixer on low speed until smooth. Add milk and spices. Blend well and pour unbaked pie crust.

Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes, or until firm. If desired, top with miniature marshmallows the last 8 to 10 minutes of baking time and bake sweet potato pie until golden brown.


Money Making Round Up for 11.18.09

To my mail box was full of surveys. I spent my morning before the girls woke up doing them.

Here's the break down:

Survey Head~ 5 screeners~Balance 22.50

Mindfield~1 screener~1 survey 1.00~Balance 2.00
(I do have 5 dollars pending)

Opinion Outpost~1 screener~Balance 6.40

Valued Opinions~1 screener~1 survey 2.50 1.32

YouData~.20~Balance .20

Total for today: 3 .76

Check back for an update daily. If you have a comapany that you are working for and I have not mentioned please feel free to tell me about them.

Savings for Our Future

An update on our saving goals. I made this deposit last Friday. My Hubby also got paid last week so I will be paying bills in the next few days and making another deposit. If you missed my first post it is here.

Christmas~19.5%(up from 8.9%)

House~ 6.8%(up from 3.75%)

Vacation~ 9%(up from 4%)

Misc~ 8%(up from 3%)

Slow strides but from where we were a few years ago, this is fantastic!!!

Check back often to follow my progress.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Money Making Round Up 11/17/09

Starting today I will be posting how I am making extra money. This includes anything from a rebate received in the mail, surveys, mystery shops and so on. If you have are doing something that I have not mentioned please let me know. I am always looking for new ways to bring in extra money or to save what we have.

Focus Forward~ 1 screener

Toluna~2 screeners. 1 survey 3000 pts. I currently have 45200 pts, you need 60000 to get $10.00

Survey Head~ 5 screeners. I currently have $22.50 I need $25.00 cash out.

Reward Port~ 7 emails, 3 pts each.

I did sign up for Springboard America today. Once I hear from them I will let you know.

That's all I have done today. I will be reporting back tomorrow!

Sweet Potato Muffins

6 TBSP butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup evaporated or regular milk
1 1/2 cups peeled finely shredded sweet potato
2/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

In a large mixing bowl with hand-held electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until well blended.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir into the butter mixture alternately with milk, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in sweet potato and chopped nuts. Spoon batter into greased muffin cups, filling about 2/3 full.

Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until centers spring back when pressed with fingertip. Cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and serve muffins warm. Makes about 1 dozen sweet potato muffins.


Grocery Round Up

We only went to Walmart this week. Hubby was the one to go in and it was pretty much winged. Since the whole scare of the swine flu on Saturday we are just trying to keep our immune systems up.

2-Cottage Cheese 2.57 each
Tomatoes 1.09lb 1.68
Cauliflower 2.78
Apples .92lb 1.17
Oranges 2.00
Broccoli 1.13
2-1lb strawberries 3.48 each
Burritos 2.98
Cream cheese 1.25
vitamins 7.83
2-6pk yogurts 1.86 each
2-OJ 2.42 each

Total: 44.38

Black Friday 2009

True Value

Menards~ I'm not very impressed with this ad!! :(


JC Penney

Pumpkin Roll

1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
6 TBSP butter or margarine, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
Powdered sugar (optional for decoration)

For Cake: Preheat oven to 375F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts.

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. (If using a dark-colored pan, begin checking for doneness at 11 minutes.) Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

For Filling: Beat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Money Saving Monday

Here we are again. I think Monday's keep coming faster and faster!

5. Stay home.

It's as easy as that. The more places you go the more chances you have to spend more money. I do admit that I like to go places but, I can go to stores and not spend money. That's the key.

My problem is the more grocery stores I go to the more money I spend. I am trying to work on this and really go by my list. If I forgot to put something on the list then it has to wait.

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next Monday.

Pumpkin Apple Dessert Pizza

1 (18oz) pkg sugar cookie dough
1 C pumpkin
1 (3oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
3 TBSP sugar - divided
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 C small, peeled, cored, thinly slice green apple
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 C chopped walnuts
Caramel flavored ice cream topping

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 12-inch pizza pan or large baking sheet.

Press cookie dough onto prepared pizza pan to measure an 8-inch circle.

Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven; prick with fork. Cool on pan on wire rack.

Combine pumpkin, cream cheese, 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon in small mixer bowl; mix until smooth. Spread over pizza crust to 3/4 inch from edge. Mix apple slices with remaining sugar and dash cinnamon in small bowl; place on pizza. Sprinkle with nuts.

Bake for 7 to 9 minutes; remove from oven. Drizzle with caramel topping. Cut into wedges; serve warm.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Black Friday 2009

Radio Shack

Babies R Us~ Awesome Deals. The Crane Humidifier-Great deal!!! 50% 0ff. This is the best humidifier I have ever had!!!

Toys R Us~ So many deals!!!

Pumpkin Dip

1 (15oz) can pumpkin
2 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger

Beat cream cheese and pumpkin in large mixer bowl until smooth.

Add powdered sugar, cinnamon and ginger; mix thoroughly.

Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve as a dip or spread.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Prayers Needed!!

Ok, so I have tried to not let the whole swine flu thing consume me. BUT, today my dear Hubby was exposed!!!! I am so stressing when I have a 2yr old and a 4 month old at home.

I need losts of prayers!!! Please!!!!!

Famous 7-Layer Dip

1 (16oz) can refried beans
1 (15.5oz) can black beans, drained
1 pkge taco seasoning mix
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup salsa, any variety
1 (4oz) can diced green chiles
2 to 3 TBSP diced jalapeƱos
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 large green onions, sliced
1 pkge tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Combine refried beans, black beans and seasoning mix in medium bowl. Spread bean mixture in ungreased 8-inch-square baking dish.

Spread sour cream over bean mixture. Top with salsa, chiles, jalapeƱos and cheese; cover.

Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and dip is bubbly. Garnish with green onions.

Serve with chips.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Black Friday 2009

Home Depot

Best Buy~ How I wish we had a Best Buy closer than an hour away!!! Great Deals!!

Check back for more ads as they are posted.

LeapFrog Tag Junior Book Pal

Amazon has this Leapfrog Tag Junior Book Pal for 22.62. I have not seen it this low, Walmart has it for 34.99.

Get 20% off using this code LPTJH900 at checkout.

I have been looking at this for my little one, if you have this please leave me a comment on what you think about it.

Happy Shopping!

If you want to earn alittle change then go sign up at It's a new site out that pays you to check your Facebook account, e-mail, Craigslist, Google. That is just a few places. BeRuby also pays to you register with certain companies and to shop. It's not alot of money but everything adds up. Go check it out, you have nothing to loose by doing it.

Black Friday 2009

Northern Tool


Office Depot

I'm alittle sad I don't have any of these stores in my area. :(

Broccoli Dip

1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cups shredded mozzarella - divided
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 (10oz) package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and well drained
1 small jar diced pimientos, drained

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, broccoli and pimientos.

Spread into 9-inch pie plate.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Continue baking 5 minutes or until mozzarella cheese is melted.

Serve with crackers or bread.


Thursday, November 12, 2009


Check out right now if you interested in buy Blueray movies, they are having a great sale. As you know they can be pretty expensive.

I great one to have for the Holidays!

My daughter's favorite!

A Classic!!

And everyone needs alittle Will Smith! Excellent movie!!!!

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