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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Get a Nintendo Wii for 179.99

Head on over here to get a Wii for 179.99, that's 20.00 off. I am not sure how long this is running but they are selling for 199.99 right now.

Just click on ON SALE NOW, CLICK TO SEE YOUR PRICE. It's located right underneath the starting price.

Pumpkin Pie

1 (15oz) can pumpkin
1 (140z) can sweetened condensed milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.


Coupon Train

do you have coupons that you are not using? Don't let them go to waste, that's like throwing away money!! I am getting back into the couponing world now that we have a routine going in the house with the baby now. So that means I have more time to plan out purchases.

I am looking for people to join my train. If you are not familiar with a coupon train it very simple. All you do is send coupons that you don't need to another rider, they take what they need or want and add from their coupon stash. Very simple!!

If you are interested in joining please email me at or you can leave a comment and I will contact you.

The train will be set to leave in the next week depending on the response.

Any questions please feel free to contact me.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkin Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin
2 teaspoons baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9 x 13 pans.

Mix all ingredients until well blended.

Bake for 25 minutes. Cool and frost bars with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Money Saving Ideas

Head on over to Life as Mom today for Frugal Friday. She is asking for money saving tips. There are already tons of tips and advice. Here I started Money Saving Monday so check back every Monday to get a money saving tip. Here are the first two tips:

Money Saving Monday Oct 19

Money Saving Monday Oct 26

Happy Saving!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pumpkin Cheesecake

2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.

Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.

Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.

Trying to Plan a Trip to Disney

Our family really wants to make a trip back to Disney World. The last time we were there was when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter in January of 2007. I stumbled onto a great blog called Couponing to Disney. If you haven't read it, you should check it out. She not only just talks about saving for her family's next trip to Disney but, also has a large variety of deals posted.

So she has inspired me. We are now in a place where we can save a pretty good amount a month due to our loan being approved for a modification. We are also trying to get our emergency fund back up and also saving for a down payment on a bigger house. I have savings accounts with INGDIRECT, I will be going over to their website in the next couple days to open two other savings accounts. One for the down payment for the house and the other for our vacation. Hubby gets paid every two weeks, so starting this Friday I will be posting what is being saved and how we are doing it.

Now some of you might be wondering why we would be saving for a Disney trip if you read this post. We have talked a lot about this issue and have decided that he will not be quiting. There is a pretty good chance that he will be able to buy his route and two others from his contractor after the first of the year.

So go check out Couponing to Disney, you won't be disappointed. :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Kroger Deals

Reminder: These prices do not start till tomorrow morning.

Kroger Bread .78

I Can't Believe it's Not Butter 1.49
-1.25/2 from RP 9/13

Kroger Sour Cream 1.00

Pillsbury Cookie Dough
-$1/2 from SS 10/4

Pillsbury Buscuits 1.69each
Buy 4 get $2 off next puchase
-1/2 Pillsbury Grands Shortcuts Coupon
-.35/1 Grands SS 7/12

Pillsbury Sweet Rolls
Buy 4 get $2 off next purchase
-$1/2 Shortcuts coupon
-.50/2 Sweet Rolls SS 9/13

Yoplait kids, Trix and Go-Gurts Yogurt
-.35/1 Yolaits Kids, Trix, or Go-Gurt SS 10/04, 9/13
-.75/2 Yoplait Kids, Trix or Go-Gurt SS 10/04, 9/13

Birds Eye Steamfresh 1.49
.35/1 Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables any SS 10/18
-$1/3 Birds Eye Steamfresh SS 10/18

Buy 10 items get $5 off purchase

Coca-Cola Soft Drinks, 2L .79

Gatorade Sports Drink .49

Dannon Yogurt 1.49
-$1 off Dannon Activia SS 10/04, 8/30, 8/09, 7/26
-$1 off Danactive SS 10/04, 8/30, 8/09, 7/26
-$1 off Danimals SS 10/4, 8/30, 8/09

Edy's Ice Cream 2.49
-$1 off Edy’s Grand Ice Cream RP 8/23 (exp 10/31)

Lean Cuisine Entree 1.49
-$1/2 Lean Cuisine RP 9/13

Quilted Northern Bath Tissue 5.49
-$1 off Quilted Northern 6 rolls RP 10/11

All Laundry Detergent 2.99
-$2 off All Detergent RP 10/04
-$1 off All Detergent RP 8/02

Del Monte Tomatoes .49
-$1/5 Del Monte canned Fruits or Vegetables RP 9/20

Duncan Hines Frosting 1.17
-.55/2 Duncan Hines Cake, Brownie Mix, or Frosting, SS 10/11
-$1/2 Duncan Hines Cake, Brownie Mix, or Frosting, SS 10/11
-$1/3 Duncan Hines Cake, Brownie Mix, or Frosting, SS 10/11

Kotex varieties 2.00
-$2/2 Kotex Pads SS 10/04
-$1.50/2 Kotex Liners or Tampons SS 10/04

The prices already reflect the $5 off. Also there are other items on this sale that I have not listed that do not have any coupons. You can check out the ad here.

Chocolate chip Pumpkin Cookies

What you need

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 (16oz) can pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (12oz) bag semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease two cookie sheets.

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice together in a mixing bowl.
Beat the butter and sugar together in a second mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth and well blended. Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually add the flour mixture, stirring to make a smooth batter. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoon-sized spoonfuls on prepared cookie sheets.

Bake in preheated oven until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool briefly on the cookie sheet before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Can you tell I love pumpkin anything. :)

Swine Flu

It's all the talk these days. People rushing to their doctor's office and emergency rooms scared they have it. But truly who wouldn't. It's scary!!! As I have had a few conversations with friends and family I just continue to think about it more. Yesterday I was talking to my Sister-in-law who is a nurse in ICU, she was saying how almost everyone coming into the hospital are so badly sick that they are being put on ventilators. Many are healthy people passing away.

Last week on Facebook this video was posted from Youtube. It's very sad and scary. I am not posting it telling you to not get the vaccine. I am just saying weigh all the options. Do you get the vaccine and have a severe side effect or do you take you chances and hope that you don't get the swine flu?

While we don't know what we are going to do about the vaccine. There are a few things we will be doing to try and reduce our risks.

Washing hands more (that's a no brainer)

Eating lots of fruits

Minimizing the trips that the kids make into the stores

The symptoms are much like the regular seasonal flu. Here are a list:


Coughing and/or sore throat

Runny nose

Head and/or body aches





Be sure to check out this site to get more information on the Swine Flu along with tips on caring for someone who has it.

I would love to know your opinion on this issue and what you are doing to stay healthy. Looking for to your comments.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Walk of Shame

I am embarrassed to post it but I have to. I am so angry with myself, I see something marked down and I get it. When will I ever learn? I guess it's the part of me that worries that something might happen and I will be left with no food for my family, the Hubby and I have been there before a couple years ago. I don't want to be in that place again. Those of you who have been there would understand.

As you would know it I lost my Sams receipt. We went there because my oldest daughter was wanting strawberries. Here where it begins

2lbs Strawberries 5.98 (Crazy)
2-5lb pkges of Ground beef 8.00 each
5lb ground beef patties 8.00 (estimated but I know they all cost at least 8.00

Total:33.61 according to bank account.


Burrittos (Hubby's breakfast) 2.98 x2
Lucky Charms 2.48
Protein Bars 10.94

Total: 20.74

Grand Total for the Week:59.50

Grand Total for the Month: 359.16 Not to bad!!!

Check out The Grocery Chart Challenge and MoneySavingMom for other grocery stories.

Worth Reading

Last week I touched alittle bit on Christmas Shopping and such here. Money Saving Mom has a good post on saving while shopping on the internet, you can read that here. Over at Couponing to Disney, Kristin is buying Christmas this year using Amazon gift cards.

Both very good posts on minimizing Christmas and saving at the same time. With all the sickness and the big outbreak of Swine Flu, our family has decided that we are not taking the kids out into the stores that much and are going to try to buy online. We will be using coupon codes and rebates to get the best bang for our buck. Stay tuned to see what we get.

Apple Pumpkin Muffins

What you need

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup canned or cooked pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups finely chopped peeled apples
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons cold butter or margarine

In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.

In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire rack.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Money Saving Monday


Our money saving tip this week is...........

2. Use less

Use less what? Less laundry soap, fabric softner, dishwashing soap, sugar in a recipe, etc. Manufacturers want you to buy their products. If you use how much they tell you to then you have to go back to the store sooner to get more. If you just use half of what they say then you are saving money because it is lasting longer. Say you use what is recommended on the back of your laundry soap it might last you two weeks depending on how many loads you do. If you use half of that it would last you a month. Saving is saving, no matter how big or small.

Have a great Monday!

Pumpkin Waffles

What you need

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 cups milk
4 eggs, separated
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat a waffle iron.

Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, salt, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the pumpkin, milk, and egg yolks. Whip the egg whites in a clean dry bowl until soft peaks form.

Stir the flour mixture and 1/4 cup melted butter to the pumpkin mixture, stirring just to combine. Use a whisk or rubber spatula to fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter, stirring gently until incorporated. Fold in the remaining egg whites.


Check out other breakfast recipes over at LIFEASMOM.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Bread

What you need

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together sugar, oil, eggs, and pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture alternately with water. Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans.

Bake in the preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. For best flavor, store wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for a full day before serving.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Amazon Deals

This mobile has been a lifesaver. (It is priced $49.99 at Babies R Us) I read tons of reviews on this mobile and they are true. My 4 month old will now lay down and go to sleep by herself with this. Plays for 20 minutes and even has a remote so you can turn it back on without going into the babies room. Perfect invention!!!! Check it out.

Mega Swagbucks Day

Be sure to use Swagbucks today, it's Mega Swagbucks day. Use them for all you searches, you could get 10,20,50 or 100 swagbucks from one search.

Search & Win

Be sure to sign up here if you haven't already.You have nothing to lose.

Happy searching!!!!

Kroger 10/22/09

Alittle late on the Kroger ad this week. As stated earlier this week I was only going to buy milk and produce, but with the price of the Tyson Chicken Breast I might have to buy a few.

Tyson Chicken Breast 1.77lb

Kroger Milk 4/$5

Vine Tomatoes .97lb

Kroger Cheese 4/$5

Charmin 12 pk 5.99-1.00 home mailer Coupon

Post Cereals 1.50 each when you buy 4

Kroger Vegatable oil 1.99

Kroger Sugar 4lb 1.99

Kroger Powdered and Brown Sugar 2lb 1.27

Kroger Sour Cream 1.00

Kroger Bread 1.00

CVS 10/25/09

Here are a few thing I will be getting at CVS next week.

Gillette Razor

Price 9.99
ECB 5.00
Coupon 4.00

Total Price .99

Crest Spin Brush

Price 6.99
ECB 2.00
Coupon 3.00

Total Price 1.99

Preparing For Christmas

As you may have read here we are still debating what we are going to do about Hubby's job. We have talked about it a lot lately and he has told me that he is not going to just quite. It's still up in the air but there is a possibility that we might be able to buy his route and a couple others. Nothing will really happen until after the holidays though.

Reading reports and news on the internet states that stores will not be going hog wild this year to really stock merchandise like years before. They feel this year sales will be down more than last year.

For us will usually spend a lot for Christmas but this includes giving also. We buy for ourselves, parents, and nieces and nephews. This year we have 6 nieces and nephews to buy for the allot twenty dollars each for them and buy things on sale. On our girls we will spend one hundred dollars each. Parents are fifty dollars.

I have already been searching the internet for deals, it's never to early. There are 63 days till the BIG day. As I am searching the internet and come across a good deal I will pass it on. So keep checking back often. If you have found a deal on something please feel free to let me know, I am always looking for new ideas!!

Happy Shopping!

Bananna Pumpkin Bread

What you need

2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cups canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, stir together the mashed banana, eggs, oil, pumpkin, honey and sugar. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pie spice and cinnamon, stir into the banana mixture until just combined. Fold in the raisins and walnuts if desired. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in the pan for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Toy deals

A few toys at Amazon that I am thinking about picking up for the girls for Christmas.

Check them out!! They both a good reviews.

Taking Surveys

Yesterday I posted that My Survery was looking for Mothers to take surveys. I have not been a member for along time but they are a great company. I have heard great reviews on them. I have been working with survey companies for awhile now and you can bring in alittle bit of extra income a month. Of course you would not be able to quit a job and rely on them but the extra cash is nice. I use this extra money to put in our savings account. Here are a list of the companies that I do surveys for. Feel free to sign up with any one of them, it never hurts to try and make some money.

Banner Ad

Mindfield Online Internet Panels

Focus Forward

Yesterday I signed up for Pinecone also. But it looks like they have all the clients they need for right now. They usually are looking for new people every few months or so. If you are taking surverys for another company that I do not have listed, feel free to send me a comment and let me know who you are taking surveys for.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Survey

My Survey is looking for Mothers to answer surveys. This is not a get rich site, but you can earn alittle bit of money from them.

Just click on the link at the bottom of this post and sign up.

Pumpkin Muffins

4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
6 eggs
1 can pumpkin
1 cup unsweetened applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease three 12 cup muffin pans, or line with paper muffin liners.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, pumpkin, and applesauce, until smooth. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly to make a smooth batter. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


Pumpkin Seeds

4 C. pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease cookie sheet and spread seeds out in an even layer. Lightly sprinkle with salt and cinnamon.

Bake for 5 minutes, then stir seeds. Season with salt and cinnamon again. Continue baking, stirring occasionally for a 20 mintues or until seeds are toasted.


Very bad for the budget! Grrrr

So this weekend I came down with the flu, all I have to say is BLAH!!!! So as you can imagine, without a list at the grocery store spells DISASTER! I had a few things in my head but the rest, not so much.

I have come to realize though that I don't think we will be able to get our grocery budget to the $50.00 a week unless my Husband is out of work. He takes two protein bars to eat everyday to work. While some would say take leftovers, that wouldn't work for him. I've tried!! He wants the protein bars because he can eat them while he drives and his hand don't have to touch the bar because of the wrapper. While we spend about $18.00 a week for those, it is better than him stopping to buy fast food everyday. So our budget would have to be $65.00-$70.00 a week. I know that is seems like I have an excuse every week, but it's all trial and error.

So with that all off my chest, here's the bad part. Drum roll!!!!!!!!........ We spent 122.15!!! Now the good part, we will only need to get produce, milk, and protein bars next week.

Check out The GroceryChart Challenge and MoneySavingMom for other grocery stories.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Menu Planning for Week October 19, 2009

Breakfast: waffles, cereal, fruits, yougurt, muffins, cinnamon rolls

Lunches: leftovers

Snacks: cheese and crackers, cottage cheese, fruits, muffins


Mon: Broccoli, Cheese and Rice

Tues: Creamy Chicken and Pasta Bake

Wed: Lasagna Toss

Thurs: Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta

Fri: Smothered Chicken and Green Bean Skillet

Sat: Velveeta Cheeseburger Mac

Sun. Breakfast for Dinner

I told you we eat a lot of meats, all dinners that contain chicken will come from one 2lb package of chicken.

Money Saving Monday

Money Saving Monday is going to be posted every Monday. These tips are some that we have tried and some that we are going to be trying. Some you will already know so of these, so bear with me and check back often.

1. Buy meat in bulk.

We buy ground beef in 5lb or larger packages marked down for quick sale. A couple times a month we go to Sams on Monday morning and look for the marked down packages. Once we get home I divide them up into individual packages.

Say the package is 5.40 or 5.50lbs, I will but make 6 packages of ground beef. This of course will stretch out make one more meal. We are meat eaters, we usually have some sort of meat with every dinner. So, this in turn stretches it a little bit further.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pumpkin Bread

3 C sugar ( I only use about 1/2-1 Cup)
4 eggs
1 C Oil
3/4 C water
2 C pumkin
3 1/2 C flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F. Beats eggs, sugar, oil, water and pumkin together. Sift together powdered ingredients and add to pumkin mixture. Place in greased pan. Bake for 1 hour.


Preparing for No Income

Some of you may know my dear Hubby works for Fedex. We were so happy when he got this job a year ago, thinking it's a steady income he will get a pay check every week. Unlike he previous job where he might have worked one day this week and be off for the next 2 weeks. It was hit and miss and very hard on the budget. We thought this new job was a blessing.

But things changed soon after starting, he was making more money but was getting paid salary and working 60+ hours a week. This company has been full of lies since he has started. They load him up with 50+ more stops than anyone else cause they know he will do the job. It has finally coming to a breaking point. His blood pressure is through the roof and refuses to be put on medicine, so some things need to change. As most of you know it is gonna be hard to get another job right, especially where we live. If he can find anything it will be a major pay cut.

So in order to keep him from having a heart attack he is faced with the choice to turn in his notice. Things are still trying to be worked out but I don't think anything will change. So to prepare here are a few things we will do now.

1. Cut down food budget. We are currently spending $100.00 a week for food and household products. We will need to make a major decrease to $60.00 or less a week. Today I will go through my pantry and see what we can use and then make a meal plan.

2. Make more foods from scratch. I am already doing this for most foods compared to a couple years ago, we were buying everything packaged. What a difference in the food budget it makes.

3. Change Auto Insurance Companies. I have searched different companies to get a lower rate and have found one with a savings of almost $40.00 a month. I just need to purchase the new one and cancel the old.

4. Lower our electric bill. I am afraid to know what the bills will be like this winter, we already have our furnace running and its mid-October. Scary!!! I know a lot of people are trying to hold off but have a 3 month old I can't do that. We will be unplugging items when not in use and trying to not run some electronics if possible, like the dishwasher. Limiting the dryer time, my husband can't stand line dried clothes. Clothes will be hung till damp then put in dryer, keep in mind that we have to turn on our dyer 3+ times to get a load of clothes completely dry. Not very energy efficient,

5. Gym Membership. My husband pays $265.00 a year for his membership. I know that is not a huge amount of money but it will be coming up for renewal soon.

6. No eating out. We currently eat out one meal a week, while this is a treat we will not be able to do this either unless it is free of course.

7. Lower Phone Bill. We currently only have our cell phones and get a good discount with Hubby working for Fedex. While we will loss this discount we can lower our minutes because he will not be using his phone as much for work. I know we could lower it at least $30.00 a month if not more.

8. No more UFC Paper views. These are very expensive at almost $50.00 a fight. We always have a big get together with friends as our treat. We usually only get one every few months.

9. Lower Cable Bill. Some would say why not cancel it now, but we wouldn't do this until we knew Hubby wasn't gonna be working. Then we could watch TV on the internet.

10. Lower Internet. I have already done this. I am not sure what the bill will be yet but should be a savings of $20.00 a month.

Have you been in this situation? If so, please share what you have done or are doing.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Creamy Chicken & Past Bake

What you need

1 1/2 C multi-grain rotini pasta, uncooked
1 small bunch broccoli, cut into small florets(about 3 cups)
1lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 C fat-free chicken broth
2 oz. neufchatel cheese, cubed
1 C shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, adding broccoli for the last 3 minutes.

Heat large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes or until no longer pink, stirring frequently. Stir in broth; simmer 3 minutes or until chicken is done. Add neufchatel cheese, cook and stir on low heat 1 minute or until melted. Stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.

Drain pasta and broccoli. Add the chicken mixture; mix lightly. Spoon into 8-in square baking dish; cover.

Bake 15 minutes or until heated throuogh. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake, uncovered 3 minutes or until melted. Let stand 5 minutes.


Just when you think all is good

She throws you a curve ball. Once again my dogs nose is bleeding. I will be taking her back to the vet today for bloodwork to see what is going on. I keep telling myself that everything is gonna be okay. But, I am fearing for the worst. She is getting old, she's had a good life. So I am preparing myself for the worst.

I will being posting till I leave this afternoon to take to the her appointment.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Taco Soup

This is what we will be having for dinner this evening along with some homemade breadsticks. Cold weather sure bring on soup season. Hmmmmm.......

What you need

1lb. extra lean ground beef
1 onion chopped
3 cans mild chili beans
1 can whole tomatoes, undrained
1 can corn, undrained
1 can tomato sauce
1 pkg of taco seasoning mix
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Brown beef with onions in large sausepan; drain.

Add all remaining ingredients except cheese; stir; breaking up tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Simmer on medium-low heat for 5 mintues., stirring occasionally.

Serve topped with cheese.

Kroger 10.15.09

Here are some deals going on at Kroger starting tomorrow. I didn't hit Kroger last week but am hopeful that I will get there this week.

Ground Chuck 1.67lb

Half Gallon Kroger Milk 4/$5

Campbells Chunky Soup .99

Strawberries 1.77lb

Pepsi 12 pks 3/$9

Kroger Salsa 1.00

Charmin 12Big Rolls 4.49-1.00 Q

General Mills Cereal 2.49-1.50 Q when you buy 3

As you may remember reading last week I said that I would not be buying anything from the buy 10 items get $5 off. We have cut out a lot of convience foods. But however we still get some when they are on sale to have just in case the day does get away from us and we need something to fall back on, verses going out to eat. Like yesterday! But I did it because my sister had to come to my house since she has a truck to help me get the dog in the back. So to thank her I bought her supper.

Anyway back to the Kroger post.

Buy 10 Get $5 off

El Monterey Burittos 2.49 (My Husband eats these for breakfast, soon I will be trying to make them myslf to freeze. They are usually 2.98 at Walmart)

Tyson Chicken 4.49-1.00 Q

Breyers Ice Cream 1.99

Pepperidge Farms Toast 1.49

Crazy Day!!

So, I didn't get everything posted that I would have like to yesterday. Yesterday morning my husband went to let out one of our Great Danes and when he got to her crate it looked as if a murder had happened. Blood was everywhere! Her nose was bleeding and we didn't know how to stop it. She has a pretty bad cut on the tip of her nose.

After waiting it out thinking we could help her here at home, late afternoon I rushed her to the vet. Luckily by the time we got there she wasn't bleeding but a few drops here and there. After spending $107.00 she now is on an antibiotic for a fever that she is running and blood pressure medicine to help control the bleeding. She took me for a ride as we were leaving, I lost my footing trying to make her stop so we could pay, when the next thing I knew I was on the floor. Luckily she only bruised my ego. Ha Ha. As of this morning she hasn't bled anymore.

Hoping and Praying that she is on the mend!!!!

So if everything is still going I will be posting regularly again

Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gluten Free Cupcakes

What you need:

2 Cups rice flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4Tbs unsalted butter
6Tbs sugar
2 Large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup low-fat milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 miffin cups with paper liners. Combine rice flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy for about 3minutes. Add eggs, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla, then add flour mixture alternately with milk until just blended.

Divide batter among prepared liners. Bake in the center of the oven 13 to 17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Transfer to wire rack and let cool completely.



2lb strawberries 3.98
3lb Grapes 4.98
3lb Bananas 1.48
Freezer Bags 9.97
6lbs Ground Beef 12.52
Beef Patties 10.14
Paper towels 16.98

Total: 64.25

Some would say why are you spending that much on papertowels. That pack will last us for a year or longer. I will need to go get some milk later this week but that is it.

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Please forgive me!!

I have been absent. We have had a very busy weekend and dealing with a sick dog. This morning I am watching my nephew so this afternoon I will be back to posting again. Thank you for bearing with me.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

10 Free Ovulation and Pregnancy Tests

Head on over to Sacred Heart Mission and sign up to receive Ovulation or Pregnancy tests. You can pick how many of each you would like totaling ten.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

An Answer to Prayer!!!

Yesterday we received news on something we have been waiting for, for some time. We have and adjustable rate mortgage, yeah I know don't ask. When we found out that we could apply for a loan modification we thought we would give it a try. So we got all the paperwork together and sent it off hoping for the best.

Yesterday we got a call and the lady said that we were not approved but wanted to go over what we had sent in. My heart dropped, I thought it was gonna be a lost cause. So we went over everything and since we paid off our car loan after the paperwork was sent in that is how we got approved. Thank you Lord!!!!

We are now going to be saving $820.00 dollars a month. Plus I am going to switch our auto insurance to get another savings of $36.00 dollars a month. What a blessing!!!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Kroger List for 10-8-09

Kroger Milk 4/$5

Red seedless Grapes .97lb

Kroger Eggs .77

Cascadian Farms Cereal 2.99 - 1.00 coupon found on boxes
Kroger Sour Cream 1.00

Bread 1.00

Kroger is having a buy 10 of advertised products and get $5.00 off, but they are freezer packages foods. We are trying to cut those out those kinds of foods. We do still eat chicken nuggets. I will be writing more on this in the future.

Puffin Muffins

As part of our baking day we baked some Puffin Muffins. They are very easy and most would have all ingredients on hand without making a trip to the store. We eat these for snacks and breakfast with some fruit.

What you need

1 1/2 Cup Flour

1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

1/3 Cup Butter

3/4 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup Milk

For Dipping

1/4 Cup Butter

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

1/2 Cup Sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Another bowl beat egg, butter,vanilla and sugar until well blended. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and beat in milk. Bake 20 minutes or until tootpick comes out clean. Let cool for 2 minutes remove from pan.


Melt butter. In separate bowl combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dip in butter then in mixture.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Over budget once again


Capri Sun drinks 7.42
Wipes 13.28
Grapes 3lb 4.98
2-2lb Strawberries 9.96
Gummies 5.00
3-120z Blackberries 11.94
Watermelon 2.98
String cheese 7.43

Total: 67.40


5pkgs of Chicken Breast @ 1.87lb 12.22
2 half gal milk 2.50
eggs 1.00



Parmesan Cheese 2.88
2 cans of chicken broth 1.56
2 cans whole tomates 1.84
sauce 1.66
rice 2.82
cereal bars 2.00
crackers 2.00
cotton balls .97
soap 3.98
water 3.98
burrito 5.96
cottage cheese 2.50
romaine lettuce 2.47
vanilla 2.16
baby food 2.38


Grand total for the week: 113.26

If I didn't need wipes I would have been perfect, but life happens!! :)

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Luvs Coupon

Sign up over at Luvs to get two coupons by mail to get $2.50 off a package of diapers. Simply check the box on the right side of the page that states "Two $2.50 off Coupons for registering with"

CVS 10/4/09

Not much going on in CVS land this week. The deals are alittle slim. Here are a few items, I am not sure if I will make a trip this week or not.

Huggies 8.99 a pk. (1.50 or 3.00 coupons from Home Mailer)

CVS 80z. hand sanitizer 0.50

Schick Quattro Razor BOGO 2/9.99 (use 2 4.00 off coupons) 2/1.99

Revlon Nail Polish 3.99-3.00 ecb. (1.00 of Relvon Cosmetic) Free .01 overage

Friday, October 2, 2009

Join Right @ Home

Sign up here to get great money saving offers and a subscription to their e-newsletter.

At the first of every month they have a gift pack giveaway to the first 10,000 people who register.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

What you need:

1 1/2 Cups multigrain pene pasta, uncooked
1 pkg. fresh spinach leaves
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
2 oz. neufchatel cheese, cubed
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 375. Cook pasta, adding spinach to boiling water for 1 min.

Cook and stir chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat for 3 min. Add sauce and tomatoes; bring to boil. Simmer 3 min or until chicken is done. Stir in neufchatel cheese.

Drain pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup of mozzarella. Spoon into 2 qt. baking dish

Bake 20 min. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 min.

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