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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

gratituesday reflection on 2008

Looking back on 2008 I would like to list the great things that happened and thank God for carrying us through the times when it wasnt that great. I became a grandmother in September but also lost our business in October. I saw my son play football and love it going to the playoffs but also saw them loose and the seniors to look defeated. I believe that for every valley God will provide a mountian and it is for this reason that I dream of 2009 where God will carry us through the goods and the bads and be there when we are full of joy or feel lonely. It is 2009 where things will come to an end where my daughter will graduate highschool, my son will graduate from jr college and move on to university, where my middle son will play his last year of highschool sports and where new begginings will happen as well such as my nephew begins kindergarten, my daughter will find herself going back to school or work, where my middle daughter will begin college and where my grandbaby will turn a year old. Thank God that no matter where or what we do he will be there for us all.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

give away: software of family tree

Have you ever thought about a great way to share your family information with your future generations? Will they remember grandmas and grandpas and what their first and last names were? What about those that have passed on allready? You can win some cool software that will make a document of your family tree at Grammy Janets Place. Go check it out

give away : beautiful earrings

The Blessing Abound Blog is giving away a pair of earrings to 3 lucky readers I want to win this one for my daughters Birthday in February but since theres a chance for 3 lucky readers to win go sign up and see how lucky you are.

give away : great bag

Blessings abound sure do put on great give aways and this one is for a great bag from Bumble Bags. Bumble Bags make great bags for parents of babies. The diaperbags of today look so different from those of yesterday. My daughter would love this bag if we happened to win.

give away: eco friendly gift bags

Have you ever thought about all that wrapping paper that gets trashed at christmas time? WOuld you like to make the earth greener by doing away with all that needless mess? If so make your way over to The Write Girl Blog and enter the give away to win some.

monday menu plan





This week we have been playing clean out fridge, cabinets in order to make meals and make room for first of year cooking. I am learning lots of new tips from the blogs I visit.

Wednsday will be buffet of sorts
cocktail wieners
cocktail meatballs
moz sticks
peppermint bark
cookie tray
rice bark treats
crackers with cheese
soda pop (treat since we only have on birthdays and holidays)

Thursday New Years Day
ham
ham and beans
potatoes
cornbread
slaw
desserts not sure what yet

Friday
ham and eggs (make use of leftover ham)
ham sandwiches
ham scallop potato casserole

Saturday
snowy trail mix
leftovers if any (you know me I will find some)
chilli cheese casserole and cornbread

Sunday
pizza rolls
shepherds pie, salad and brownies

Then we get to start all over again. We are on diets here and trying to loose weight me for diabetic and health reasons, my husband because of heart/ weight problems. YOu know were once fit young and now if you look at us you could not see that we need to get back to that.

Monday, December 29, 2008

winter giveaway

A Pondering Heart will be having a give away for several days that you are going to have to check out. It looks like lots of fun and if you go to the blog here you can see the list of items. Come on enter a giveaway have a chance to win.

The blog Speaking from the Heart has started a new meme. One that I believe I will love. This is what she wrote about the new meme that she is starting up

Over Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have heard so many wonderful
stories about my ancestors. There were also stories about my childhood, which I
totally had forgotten. I have made a mental note of each story and have every
intentions of documenting it. In order to help me in this area, I have decided
to blog a weekly story about my ancestors,and about my childhood. I want to have
these stories written down, before my memory escapes from me, and to leave a
legacy for my children and for future generations.

I wanted to share with you about my Grandmothers christmas tree. This tree was always special to me. You see my grandmother lived in the country and would go out and cut down her own christmas tree. Because she did it herself this tree was always a bit small. It stood about 3 feet tall at the most and boy did she decorate it with lights and ornaments. After my grandfathers death things changed and these little trees changed into an artificial tree that was still quite cute and neat but not the same. My grandmother seemed to change little things in her life never making a broad change but ones that always fit together somehow. I loved her because she was so frugal but never let on. My parents have often said that I am alot like her and I consider that a compliment knowing what type of lady she was. I loved her and I am sure you will being hearing lots more about her.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

give away: skip hop

Have you ever visited the skip hop website. If so you would see that they have lots of great items. Please check out their site if you have not and Design Baby is giving away hare brush and comb set to a lucky reader so go see if you can win.

give away: 6th grade workbook

Do you have a 6th grader or need a workbook for them to do? THis is a great book being given away over at Once upon a qpon

give away: tantastic tangrams

Once upon a Qpon is offering a give away for tantastic tangrams. These things are so cool and if you homeschool you can surely use this book so go check it out.

give away: candles

Do you love candles? I know my girls do. One of the first things that my daughter was made aware of when she married her husband is the safety of candles. YOu see she married a fireman. But if you love candles as much as my girls do then you can win a candle from scent sations mia bella candles made by kelly wissinik by signing up for the give away at momstart

Give Away: tasty granola

Some say that we should try to eat healthy in the new year. If you are going to try here is a give away for you. It is for a tasty granola treat from bear naked and it is being given away at frugal mom of 2 girls.

I knew there was something in that stuff

For years I worked at a nursing home and would use peppermints to stop early morning stomache aches, head aches, and pop up colds. Now they have found that there is something in peppermint that helps to make you feel better and stay healthier check it out here.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Give away: baby personalized shirt

This is cool to give your child something that is just theirs you need to check the magabys etsy website out to see such cute items. Now peanut Butter and Pickles is giving a lucky person a chance to win one. So go check it out.

Give Away: baby play travel mat

A current giveaway over at Blessings abound fro a baby play travel mat from Cricket and Monkey so go check it out for a chance to win.

Reflection Saturday

This week went so fast and the weather was a variety of flavors. Monday we stayed home as ice was all over the place and no one wanted to get out but there was shopping still to be done. The water froze and there was little to be done so we hung out and had alot of fun family time. The kids are all getting older and at times that is exactly what we need
Tuesday we went and visited his sister for the first time in quite a while. She just lives on the other side of town but things just sort of get in the way of getting together. But it was still cold and icy so we did not stay out long
Wednsday the long awaited cookie dough that my son sold was in and now needs to be delivered.. Still no water in the house so we needed to go get showers and water at his sisters house. We felt revived after those showeres. It was a little bit warmer and we decided we needed to finish up buying christmas presents. We decided that we would cut the list down a bit. The kids all had their shopping left to do as well. It went lat in the day and we arriaved home 15 minutes before church so i went to church with my sister and daughter and enjoyed the christmas eve service. When I arrived home my husband had the supper on the table. What a good husband I have. We ate and talked and wrapped gifts and went to bed.
Thursday, CHristmas day, what a fun day we had we went to his step dads and sisters opened gifts at our house, read the christmas story made monkey bread and biscuts and gravy for breakfast and all had a great time. That night was quiet as some of our kids stayed at other houses since they had family in. Our children just keep growing up.
Friday we fixed the water lines they were all shattered so it took 1/2 day but the temps were nice and warm almost as if God planned it that way. We ate leftovers and rested some. We started cleaning since with no water little cleaning gets done and today we are finishing that right after I quit blogging thanks for reading and getting a glimpse into our life.

Cafe Chat

What is one thing you will commit to do in 2009 that will draw you closer to Jesus? (This is not a New Year’s Resolution)
I will choose to shout it from the mountian tops to share with all I know about everything I know about him. I sometimes stay quiet afraid of what someone will say. I will stand up and not be afraid any more

Saturday Special

~Words Ending in END ~
1. Did Not Spend...as much money on christmas this year as last but enjoyed it as much
2. Year End...resolution will be to save money and more time with family
3. Did Not Attend...my sunday school christmas party because did not know where it was located
4. Extend...I hope to extend the christmas spirit all year long
You can read more Saturday Specials here

Friday, December 26, 2008

Katelynn

This is a picture of my little granddaughter (3 months old) however this is not just my granddaughter but a miracle baby. This is a grandchild that has a guardian angel watching over here and I feel one that God has a great mission in life for. To start with this little girl was not to happen if the doctors had their way. This little girls parents were told that they could not have a baby. My daughter this little angels mother prayed and cried and all that she knew is that she wanted a baby. Her husband and her made the decision to save money for adoption of a baby that they would love as their own. This decision was taken to the alter many times and you can not even understand the suprise and praise that went up when they found out that God had blessed them with a pregnancy. At birth everything seemed to go wrong until we saw this little angel 20 inches long and nearly 10 lbs she was healthy and looked huge compared to the other babies in the nursery. At 2 months old though this baby was diagnosed carrying the virus that caused meningitis yet again prayers went up and we set in for the long haul they predicted a month with the outcome of either brain dead, blindness, deafness, or mental problems were possible. We waited and prayed and when they took the spinal tap once again the test turned up no signs of illness. Well all said that the first test was wrong we said no this was GOd and God is love and he protected her. The prayers that were said were like music to GOds ears. Praise God!! Well that is why this picture out of all that I have would be the one I would want because you see she played baby Jesus in the christmas play at church and is not afraid of Santa instead chooses to chew on his finger. Thank God for all that he has done and will do for Katelynn

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Aloha Friday

An Island Life holds Aloha Friday and I decided to join in this time.
" In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. "
So we are to ask a question that is simple enough to answer.
Here is my question
My question is now that it is the day after Christmas did you rest or go shopping?


Check out this song it will give you a real flashback before my time in fact but I love Tennessee Ernie Ford because of my Dad. We had a game where he would whistle a song and me and my sisters would have to guess what it was. Here is the link and thanks for helping me put song on my site. Hopefully you will get a kick out of the children as I did.

Favorite Song

I was asked about my favorite song tonight and I started thinking about my dad. My dad used to play a game with me and my sister where he would whistle a tune and we would try to guess it. Well he whistled alot of Tennessee Ernie Ford and now we know those songs even if others do not. Anyways this video of Children Go where I Send Thee is one to watch and listen too.



After Christmas Shopping

Did you go shopping today, the 26th of December. I had a friend from England who loved this day and called it boxing day. I believe she told me that this was the day that all the servents etc.. had the day off and celebrated christmas I believe I will look this up. Anyways the news shoes those who went shopping made great deals. We spent the day fixing busted water pipes but all I can say is YES!!!! After 3 days of no running water it feels good to have it again. My girls are spending the day at their aunt and uncle and just came home to pick up gift cards and yes I believe they may do a bit of shopping tonight. You know its good when your kids learn how to save.

Good and Cheap supper tonight



Tonight for supper I used a bit of the left over ham from Christmas Eve and 2 boxes of scalloped potatoes that I spent a whole .98 cents for both of them. Made all these into a great casserole and spent a whole. 98 on the whole casserole. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I saw this somewhere on a blog and have learned to use thrifty and frugal steps. I also prepared a salad that did not get made on christmas eve so those ingredients were left over. Man I love you guys that blog keep it up I love to learn and suprise my husband.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

give away: cool bowl that keeps food from spilling

I love this idea and you will not believe it when you see it. You wee the Loopa bowl was designed by a mom like us who was tired of picking up spilled cereal. You know that one little snack that we all give our children because it is healthy for them, the one little snack that gets all over the place but now more now cereal will stay in the loofa bowl. If you head over to Go Graham Go! you can enter into a give away with a chance to win one. While there check out the other cool posts Go Graham Go! is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Give Away: entrance to sci fi game

My husband is not only the gamer here but also the sci fir he would love the game freaky creatures and right now the give away has early entrance passes for the game to win in a give away. This would be so fun you have to check it out

give away: baby shoes

There is a cute give away going on over at the Give Away for a pair of baby modern wee squeek shoes. Check it out.

give away: storage for shoes

Jolly Mom has found another extreme useful tool for the home with lots of children it is the Rakku shoe wheel go check it out and enter for chance to win.

give away: teaching tools

Over at Go Graham they are giving away write way to learn cards which will teach your children to reconize and spell several different items. Check it out.

Monday, December 22, 2008

give away: bloomers

No these are not your grandmas bloomers but really cute bloomers for little girls. They are so cute from rufflebuts online store and mod moms are giving you a chance to enter and win a pair. Check out rufflebuts for other items as well. I loved the limegreen tee because my granddaughters mother loves monkeys. Go check it out and good luck

give away: money to shop on

Do you need money to shop on or would you like to buy a present for yourself? Petit Elefant is giving away a $2o gift certificate to do whatever you want with it. SO check it out and sign up for a chance to win.

Give Away: clothes for kids

In this kind of weather the one thing that we want is to make sure our little ones have warm clothes on. Now Peanut Butter and Pickle review blog is giving readers a chance to win redfish kid clothing so go over and sign up. Not only are they cute clothes but you also have a chance to win.

monday meme

Being creative is one that I sometimes struggle with at times it seems that I may be a ordinary person and then something will flash in my mind. This week we are struggling a bit in the department of menu and food planning so I have set my creativity in that direction. First of all my children are all home from school so we have extra mouths to feed 3 times a day. OH MY!!!!!!!!!!! Well anyways I have stretched several different meals very creativly making casseroles and one dish supper meals. I love it when I have to go exploring because sometimes we make up meals that we would never have thought of before

Monday menu

This weeks menu also includes the holiday meal with one day that I only have to fit breakfast for the family because we will eat at a relatives house. I did buy a big enough ham that should make a good 2 leftover meal days (thats what we are pushing for however with 3 teenage boys in the house never know).

M: B fruit cup
L scrambled eggs
S spaghetti

T: B fruit cup
L leftovers (hopefully) or tomato soup)
S cornflake chicken

W: B biscuts and gravy
L will be light because Supper will be served early
Ham
Potatoes
greenbeans
corn
rolls
gravy
pea salad
Birthday cake for Baby Jesus

Th: B breakfast casserole, fried ham, eggs
we will eat over at father in laws house pray for us because this will be first christmas without my husband mom who passed August 14

F: B apple slices
L ham sandwiches
S scallop ham potato casserole

S; B scramble eggs with ham
L hopefully leftovers?
S ham/beans and cornbread

S: breakfast at church
Lunch chicken casserole, potatoes,
supper hot pockets

we are stretching a bit but with Gods help we will make it

Simple womans day book

FOR TODAY December 22
Outside my window... I can see a quite sort of day very cold here and little is moving
I am thinking... of the peacefulness that the cold brings less hustle and bustle but also that I must go out and get something for kids to drink if water stays frozen
I am thankful for... everything in life all has its purpose and we must find the goodness in all
From the kitchen... little is going on today but the kitchen is warm and we will make meals today but no planned baking yet we may if the mood strikes
I am wearing... sweat suit the only thing that will keep us warm since it is 7 degrees and feels like -10 degrees
I am creating... a plan for the week if it stays cold like it is
I am going... nowhere unless it is to the store on quick errand to get water
I am reading... the devotional book my kids and I are woking on
I am hoping... that all have a merry christmas and the water unfreezes
I am hearing... sounds of my children playing
Around the house... little straigtning to do, no water so no laundry
One of my favorite things... my family all of them
A few plans for the rest of the week: Christmas Eve services and supper at my house and christmas dinners at in laws

Its cold good time for hamburger pie


It is very cold this morning in Southern Illinois. Thank goodness it was not so cold the other night when the kids went christmas caroling with the youth group. That night they came in super hungry and I had prepared them hamburger pie. They devoured it.

Hamburger Pie Casserole
1 lb hamburger or sausage
1 can corn
2 c cheese
2 c instant potatoes

Brown hamburger Drain and then layer in order given Bake 400 degrees for 20 minutes It is so good

Husband was ready to eat before it went back into oven to bake but I still heated it probably for 1/2 time and everyone at it quicker than I do not know what.

Monday Musings



Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; Teach us to be patient and always to be kind. - Helen Steiner Rice


I love this after yesterdays church sermon on the differences between Mary and Martha and the importance of being quite. Sometimes we get to busy and forget what it is all about. I think this cold weather has forced us to look at what this season is about. We can not shop, all out of ingredients to cook but we still have each other and the bible stories to tell. We should all be quite and reflect in the season just take a short break and pause upon the season

Sunday, December 21, 2008

give away: cute stuff for little ones

Over at feisty, frugal and fabulas have a give away for some really cute knitwear from nana knits. You have to check them out and enter to win

giveaway the shrunks

Do you know what the shrunks are? I have to say that I did not. No it is not the shrinky dinks of years ago or shrunken heads. They are a company that actually makes young childrens fear disappear. Whether through pillows and linens or through special designed flashlights you have to check this out. They are giving away over at Mom blogs at mom.com so go win something
1 Shrunks’ Plush: Pillowman ($20)
1 4″ Sunny ($20)
1 Fear Bust’r Tool Kit ($30)
1 Tuckaire Toddl’r Bed ($79)

apron giveaway

Do you need a cute apron to make you look good while you cook? If so they are given an apron from Carolyns Kitchen Vintage Aprons over at mom.com check it out

Give away: Flowers

Know any one who would like to get a bouquet of flowers? I know one very special and important person who has a birthday coming up. Infact this blogger would not be here if it were not for this special person. Thats right my mom has a birthday next month. She loves flowers and would love to recieve a bouquet I know. So I have entered this give away over at Just a Moms take on things for flowers from flora2000.com Go check it out for a chance to win

Popcorn Flavor Giveaway

One of our favorite winter snacks is popcorn. Now they have so many different flavors over at kernal seasons. I think there may even be one there you like there are lots that we love and want to try. So check them out and then head over to Frugal Mommy of 2 to enter in a chance to win.

just what you need to ward off diaper rash in a give away

Once again there is a product out that we needed years ago. Go Graham Go! offers this product in a giveaway. The product is called Bummas and if you have was not aware of this product you should check it out by following this link. You may want to pick some up for yourself but definetly enter into the give away.

house giveaway

Well, a childs house anyways. It is like christmas and a child ask for a car and you give them a hotwheel. Anyways they are giving away cool play house and rocket from Color Me House and you can win it over at Jolly mom Blog So check it out and see if you can win your child one of these great give aways.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Chefdruck Musings: Friends Forever Dolls Giveaway

Chefdruck Musings: Friends Forever Dolls Giveaway
You have to check these out they are just perfect for the little girl in your life and best yet you can win her one

been a while since I have a had a little one

It has been a little while since I have had a baby and so many things have changed. The first one i blogged about was the bumbo seat. It was so different and now you can check out some other great looking items for the little one over at Mhome Inglesina baby home collection They have some cool looking items. You can win the highchair over at The Giveaway

Give away and charity help

I recently visited an island review and read a post about how the site share something sweet is helping to stomp out hunger. From a low income family I know how hunger can affect a family. The children are the ones that I worry about most. Many people believe that we are doing well but the truth be known we are just praising Jesus and counting our pennies in a different budgeting way. But you should visit both blogs to help hunger and also enter to win Ferrero choclates. Ferrero is teaming up to donate $1 for the cause for anyone who visits their facebook site. SO this is truely to good to pass up. Enter to win but also to help out.

I won and recieved the prize today

I won this super cute toot n tunes toothbrush form savvy housewife this was so cool to win and goes to one special little girl, my ganddaughter katelynn. She is not old enough yet but will be soon.

video game give away

The blog mommies with cents is giving away a copy of the princess bride video game. So go over sign up and try to win. I have a few girls in the family that would be so happy to get this.

Friday, December 19, 2008

give away

There is a give away over at Jolly moms for a toothtunes toothbrush. THis is too cute and I can just see my grandchild and her mommy using it. I love it it should make brushing easier.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I am thankful for my Lord


I am thankful for some many things in my life


1. I am thankful for my Lord that is always right where I need him right here with me, I do not need to be afraid because the Lord can beat all that I am afraid of



2. For my son getting and retaining a job (it is so funny that during family prayer time one of my children praised God for this)


3. For the food that I recieved today it was to be enough to cover 6 days and I made a meal plan out of it to cover 10 days.



4. For the fellow bloggers and friends I am making that are teaching me economical ways of stretching my money, food and how to make my self, home etc look better and me feel better



5. For friends at church that taught me how to love and act as a christian and accept me for who I am



6. For God who has planned my life, allready knows the path of my life but allows me free will to make my own choice


7. For the grace and forgivness I recieve from the Lord if I mess up

8. For the school district we live in that respects me not fears me
9. For my children getting older gaining respect for themselves
10. For my husband who helps me with every aspect of my life
11. For my daughter who does not need designer clothes but looks nice anyways
12. For my sons girlfriend who respects my son and wants to do things for him
13. For my father in law who lost his wife in august but is taking on the christmas gathering in order to hold his own respect


This week seems to be about self respect, respect for others, and respecting others

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1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars (while at camp on the last night of the week we always slept under the stars.)
3. Played in a band (played clarinet )
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower (while working as CNA on midnight shift)
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain (gives real sense of accomplishment)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (while in school went to several contest)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (cooking and baking if considered art)
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (I’ve never even been to New York)
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (while working as nurses aide and extremly worn out)
24. Built a snow fort (with neighborhood friends in the 70s)
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse (when I was a young child stayed)
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (both)
31. Hit a home run (one of my best memories of being a child)
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community (I’m fascinated by the Amish. I visited both in Illinois and Kentucky have may friends that are either amish or menonite.)
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (living simply nearly always satisfied)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing (beatiful southern Illinois)
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (homeless man who needed something to eat)
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (snorkeling)
52. Kissed in the rain (most memoriable New years eve 1987)
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater (wish they still had these)
55. Been in a movie (home movies, church movies etcc... )
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (antique consignment shop business)
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (loved this but mother gave all credit to sister)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma )
65. Gone sky diving (no way!)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check (not on purpose, of course)
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (several toys saved by both me and my mom)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial (several visits including with the girl scouts)
71. Eaten Caviar (I don’t do fish eggs.)
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square (Still haven’t been to New York)
74. Toured the Everglades (
75. Been fired from a job (argued with a nurse of care of patient)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (Not a single one. Never been hospitalized other than for childbirth. )
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (and drove it too )
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person 80. Published a book (does an ebook count?)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car (Ummm. Not gonna happen.)
83. Walked in Jerusalem (
84. Had your picture in the newspaper (several different time from sports to life)
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life (my sons during asthma attack, patient at nursing home while choking)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous —)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one — (mother in law, father, grandparents)
94. Had a baby — (4 births of my own)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

kroger card giveaway

Who could not use free groceries in these days, especially at christmas time? I could for sure. Well over at stretching a buck that is exactly what she is giving away. She is offering a give away for $25 gift card for Krogers. I know I could do lots with this How about you don't you thinkyou should sign up ? Go check it out.

hamburger pie



Hamburger Pie is one of the easiest recipes that can be made. I remember having it in elementary school lunch room many years ago and my family still loves it. I made it up not knowing what else to make one day and the family devoured it.

Hamburger Pie
1 lb hamburger, browned $2
2 c shredded cheese $2
1 can corn, drained .50
2 c instant or regular mashed potatoes allready prepared .99

Layer hamburger, corn, cheese top with potatoes bake in oven 375 degrees for 30 minutes oooh soo good

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mashed potato candy

Tight Wad tuesday
I know I am a bit behind been trying to keep up with all going on. But when I started to think I suddenly thought about this candy that my mother grew up on and introduced us to last year

Mashed Potato Candy


2 c mashed potatoes (leftover or instant prepared)
1 c powder sugar (may use less depending on moistness of potatoes)
3/4 c peanut butter

Mix first 2 into a stiff dough not so dry it falls apart but stiff. Roll dough out and spread peanut butter over all. Roll up and slice Dry out and enjoy

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

thankfulness



I am thankful for several things today.



I am thankful for my grandma who taught me lots of things even if I didn't know at the time I was learning. It seemed that she was strict on me but now that I look back on it she was teaching me things that I would use in the future and I do. I can remember my dad telling me that I was alot like my grandmother because of how I took care of my house, my children and gave all the praise to God. My mother has often commented on things that I do that my grandmother used to do that. SO today I would like to list the things I am grateful my grandmother taught me



cooking, she always loved to cook and so do I
saving, I never knew that she was so thrifty my mother pointed this out that both me and her knew how to save money
cleaning, she was always tidy and i have had people to comment that they could not believe how nice my house was kept with all the children that I have
serving, she was always serving others and I desire to do for others as well whether family, church, community or other
praising God, I will never forget how she sang in church I loved it even if it was not always on key she praised God regardless

those are a few of the things that I am thankful that my grandmother taught me

Super give away

Fiesta dishes, my grandparents had the old type but the new type are beautiful as well and now you can enter to win a set ($200 value) wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go to ravings of a mad house wife to enter the give away.

homemade primitives and crafts

For a while I ran a consignment shop and lots of beautiful things come in. There were all kinds and the shop boomed because of them. There is a giveaway going on for such an item and you can win it over at the daisy chain just go there and enter. This is a beautiful box painted it is a treat box of sorts so go check it out.

the lonely sock

Do you use your kids socks easily? What about little things that go with their athletic uniform? What ever it is that needs laundered for all those little needs look to the sock sacs Frugal mommy of 2 girls is having a give away for one. I am telling you she can find some of the niftiest items to give away. Love this blog so go check it out.

wordless wednsday


Husband meme

HUSBAND MEME


1. He’s sitting in front of the TV: what is on the screen?

Sci Fi or criminal show

2. You’re out to eat. What kind of dressing does he get on his salad?

does not eat salad.

3. What is one food he doesn’t like?

green vegetables

.4. You go out to the bar. What does he order?

We never go to any bars but if he drinks at home beer or purple passion

5. Where did he go to high school?

Chester Illinios

6. What size shoe does he wear?

9 1/2

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be?

Dragons,coins, pocket knives, hot wheel cars

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?

likes ham but I would say his favorite is either bacon or fried bologna

9. What would the Husband eat every day if he could?

bologna sandwiches

10. What is his favorite cereal?

corn pops

11. What would he never wear?

sweater or flannel shirt

12. What is his favorite sports team?

Dallas cowboys football

13. Who is his best friend?

Ronnie

14. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do?

cry over little things

15. How many states has he lived in?

1

16. What is his heritage?

German, Mexican, Irish, Indian

17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind?

red velvet with black icing

18. Did he play sports in high school?

football

19. What could he spend hours doing?

watching crime stories

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Check this out

They have invented a set that allows your kids to play with their food in a good way. A give away for this item is located over at mom giveaways go check it out

fiskar scissors giveaway

there is a fiskar scissors give away over at Kaths blog

Another giveaway

There is a blog giving away scrapbook items can you imagine what I could do with those and the baby pictures? This would be such a treat to win. You can enter as well over at Jills Scrappy Daze

juice give away

over at frugal mommy of 2 girls they are giving away samples of a new juice called first juice that is very nutritional for your child so check it out to enter the give away and maybe win some juice

friday family foto fun


FamilyFotoFunFriday





This was the bunch at the gathering allthough you can not see alot of christmas decorations you can see the stockings in the background and the top of the nativity scene on the table.

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teacher gifts

Tackle It Tuesday Meme


My children who are all very close to their teachers decided that they would like to give a special gift to each of them. Well, we are a bit low on money this year and I was not sure what to do so this is what we did.
I prepared peppermint bark and snickerdoodles, wrapped them both in wrap and placed them in a coffee cup with a nativity scene ornament. I cant wait to see what the teachers think. As far as gifts for ladies in my sunday school I am making each of them a stocking out of felt sewed together and placing a candy cane in each one.
I wish I had a camera so I could show you all.

little ones cute clothes

Dana over at Dana's Daily Ramblings has a great give away going on it is so cute clothes for your kids. I love these the ones I like the best are the paper doll infant girl style. Check these out at coco bonbons.

Monday, December 15, 2008

free stuff

Thes items are free
free recipes and sample benefiber
stayfree sample

christmas recipes

Make Something Monday

Cornflake Wreath
20 large marshmallows Micro first 2 for 1 minute. Add color. Mix. Stir in Cereal. Shape in
2 T butter wreaths but work quickly. Press red hots in spots for berries.
green color
3 c cornflakes
redhots

Candy Cane Cookies
3/4 c butter Preheat oven 375 cream the first 2 ingredients Add egg Beat
1 c sugar Mix in flavors and flour. Split the dough in half. Color 1/2 red
1 egg Roll out into 2 balls one red and one white. Make balls into many
1 t peppermint flavor small snakes about 6 inches in length. Braid and seal ends. Bake
1/2 t vanilla 10 minutes
2 1/4 c flour
red color

Easy PB Cookies
1 c sugar Mix the first 2 Add PB Mix Roll into balls Flatten and Bake 10
1 egg minutes at 375 degrees
1 c PB

These are a couple of goodies we are making

menu plan december 15-21

We are getting closer and closer to christmas:
Monday: eggs and biscuts
L we will be gone
D tacos, (all in one veg, meat, bread) cornflake wreath cookies

Teusday: granola bar
L leftovers (hopefully) or soup
D spaghetti, garlic biscuts, fudge

Wednsday: hashbrowns
L leftovers or soup
D pigs in blankets (no dessert church night)

Thursday: hashbrowns
L soup
D chicken casserole , vegetable, peanut butter fudge

Friday: granola bar
L soup
D grill cheese and chips, divinity

not for sure what we will do on weekend yet

Garlic Biscuts
3 can (10-count size) refrigerated biscuits
Garlic powder
Butter or margarine
Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Separate the biscuits and place into an 8- or 9-inch round baking pan in a single layer. Put a pat of butter or margarine on top of each biscuit. Sprinkle the garlic powder on top to taste, and lightly dust with grated Parmesan cheese. Bake according to the directions on the biscuit can until the biscuits are golden brown.

recipe from
http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/499/Easy-Garlic-Bread73168.shtml?scale=18&mid=43952

cornflake cookie recipe is found below

Cornflake Wreaths borrowed from another blog but not sure where so if yours sorry
20 large mallows
2 T butter
green color
3 c cornflakes
redhots
Micro first 2 for 1 miute Add color Mix Stir in cereal Shape in wreaths Press redhots in place
I will double this recipe

Fudge
3 c sugar
7 oz mallow cream
1 c milnot
choc chips
stick butter
Mix sugar, milnot, butter Bring boil for 5 minutes remove heat and add rest Pour in 9x13 Cool

PB Fudge
2 c sugar
1/2 c milk
1 t vanilla
3/4 c PB
Boil first 2 for 1 minute. Remove heat Add rest Mix Pour in greased pan cool

Divinity
1/2 c water
2 c sugar
salt
7 oz mallow cream
mix first 3 boil 2 min mallow Place mallow cream in bowl and pour syrup over top Stir til gloss is gone Drop on wax paper


we normally get a basket from the church because we work so hard and we will pick that up on Wednsday so we will have that to look forward to
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FOR TODAY December 15...
Outside my window... rain they say turning to freezing rain winter weather is here
I am thinking... I need to go shopping and finish up the christmas list as well as get this weeks groceries
I am thankful for... everything that God has given us. My family, my church, my friends
From the learning rooms...(if this applies) we are taking a bit of time off of regular work but we are working on christmas projects so cornflake wreaths and wreath projects are on the list of things to do tonight
From the kitchen... supper will be tacos and then will make cornflake wreaths
I am wearing... tshirt and sweats with thick socks it is a bit cool
I am creating... working on christmas ornaments for the tree. We will make foam wreaths tonight
I am going... to the store tonight lastnight was the christmas program and supper
I am reading... still have not found a good book (any suggestions)
I am hoping... we do not have an ice storm
I am hearing... the news
Around the house... need to clean took 2 days primarily off so have laundry and tidying to do
One of my favorite things... bubble gum candy canes
A few plans for the rest of the week: church on wednsday, muscial on sunda and sunday school party saturday

a great playful give away

Have you seen the giant tinker toys that can be found at http://www.toobeez.com/ check them out and then enter to win at http://akblessingsabound.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-blessings14-toobeez.html#comment-form

potty training is not always easy

I have 6 children and all of them were different. My oldest was trained around 2 but my next was a boy and did not train til around 4. The second child was the hardest the others were all trained around or before 2 Now if you need one you can win one at http://lyricandariasmom.blogspot.com/2008/12/potty-caddy.html check it out

cornflake wreaths


I am also listing this under making a happy home monday over at As for me and my house we wil serve the lord
We will be making cornflake wreaths tonight after supper. They are so easy yet so fun to make. Here is the recipe if interested.

1/2 cup butter
4 cups miniature marshmallows
1 teaspoon green food coloring
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups cornflakes cereal
1 (2.25 ounce) package cinnamon red hot candies

Microwave marshmallows and butter on High for 2 minutes. Stir, then microwave on High for 2 minutes more. Stir. (This can be done in a double boiler if one doesn't have a microwave.)
Add and mix quickly the coloring, extracts, then cornflakes. Drop by spoonfuls in clumps on greased wax paper and decorate with 3 red hots each.
Once cool, transfer to lightly greased serving/storage tray with lightly greased fingers.

recipe located at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Christmas-Cornflake-Wreath-Cookies/Detail.aspx

freebies if anyone is interested

Over at http://www.momadvice.com/blog/ a list of freebies is often given this week the ones i was interested in were
http://www.lancasterus.com/365-Cellular-Elixirs/365-Cellular-Elixir.aspx get free sample of perfume
http://www.myoralcare.com/ free sampleof toothpaste
https://pgpromotions.archway.com/headandshoulders_leverage/ free sample head and shoulders

there are more lots more over there but these are the three that I was interested in at this time

Sunday, December 14, 2008

making money at CVS

I am going to make my first profit from CVS. I completed the $20 choclate profit and recieved $10 ECB This week I will do the $20 Excedrin and use 4 $2 coupons and the $10 ECB I recieved last week and recieve another $10 ECB but pay $2 out of pocket I still make $8. THis is cool I can handle it.

Finally figured it out. This is what I will buy today:
CVS deal listed above I will also pick up werthers B1G1 I have 2 coupons so this deal will be .19 for both bags
Walgreens has a couple of good deals going on so I will pickup
Skippy pb 3 jars for $1.50 (need for snacks, and cookies),
coffeemate 2.49 b1g1 have .55 coupon so will be 1.94 for both
de mets turtles (I am thinking stocking stuffers) .99 x 3 2.97
welches jelly 2 jars for $1.50 3.00 total
Lays chips (for quick meals) 3.79 for both bags
royal jello ( quick desserts and snacks) 5 for $1
miracle whip 2.99 (this is usually $4)
christmas candy (I know a few little ones for these) .39x5 total 1.95
white rain shampoo ( boys dont care) $1 x 2 total $2

I will pay $26.49 for mostly items needed and christmas will end up with $10 ECB and $7 RR so will be like paying $9.49 for all That to me is good deal

snack give away

There is a great give away over at http://frugalmommyof2girls.blogspot.com/ for a great snack from snacktrition http://www.snacktrition.com/Default.aspx so if you need a snack enter to get one

a cute giveaway

Has your child reached the age where they don't request little toys yet still love to play around with items such as these? http://www.allstarbuddies.com/?page_id=6 these are super cute sport shaped doll like items that any teen would play with buy not let their friends know. They are given one away to a lucky person at http://frugalmommyof2girls.blogspot.com/2008/12/all-star-buddies-giveaway.html so go check it out

Thursday, December 11, 2008

cold feet

Being a diabetic and living in southern illinois does not always go together. The winters here can be colder than cold and warm socks are a must. The site http://www.commonsensewithmoney.com/2008/12/fun-giveaway-two-pairs-of-alpaca-socks.html is giving you a chance to win warm socks so go check it out

Have you seen the kodak digital frame?

I was introduced to the Kodak digital frame at a christmas party last year. You know these are so cool it is like looking through a picture album. Anyways now you can win one over at http://www.5minutesforgiveaways.com/24/win-a-kodak-digital-frame/ SO go check it out it is too cool

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Family pictures


We had party time a bit early because my daughters family lives away from here the top is my granddaughter in her new bumbo seat that her grandma, (me) bought her. The next picture is all my kids and my daughters husband. There is one missing my son he had started a new job and came a bit later

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Charm House: Christmas Giveaway...

The Charm House: Christmas Giveaway...

They are giving a nativity scene away and all you have to do is tell them your favorite song. I love this idea because I love nativity scenes. I have a few throughout the house but could always make room for more.

My Art, My So Called Life: 18...A Giveaway & My Christmas Giveaway

My Art, My So Called Life: 18...A Giveaway & My Christmas Giveaway

give away for nice purse and other items check it out


Zero would have to be my alltime favorite candy bar









Carmel and chocolate chews I have loved since I was knee high




Gumdrops I have ate from a very young age as well. I can remember my mother having a gumdrop tree that would come out at christmas time.
How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! [Ps. 19:10; Prov. 8:11.]
Is Gods love not wonderful? It is to me you see although candy may fill our earthly sweet tooth God and his words in the bible fill our longing for eternity.


















gratituesday

I find myself more and more grateful for the Heavenly Lord who watches out for each of us. I am thankful for my daughter and her family and a great visit that we just had together. Although we only see each other about 1 time a month that little baby Katelynn Casidy still knows that I am her mama and I am so proud of her for everything that she is. I am thankful for my son in law who works his tail off so that my daughter can stay home with her daughter.
I am thankful that My son started his first job and a good job on Saturday. He is looking forward to his first paycheck but I am happy that he feels the need to help his family out financially.
I am thankful that my middle son although not terribly athletic takes it upon himself to participate in sports and urges those on when ever his coplayers have an off day.
Most of all I guess you can say I am thankful for what God made me, a mom.

Monday, December 8, 2008

monday menu

I only have 4 or 5 days to cook this week YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
monday: cinnamon toast squares
lunchmeat sandwich
chilli

tuesday: granola bar snack
lunchmeat sandwich
chillidog casserole

wednsday: granola bar snack
ramen noodles
baked chicken, salad, roll (youth pary not sure if kids are eating or not)

thursday: bagel
ramen noodle
pizza with friend light parade

friday: bagel
soup
shepherds pie, roll

saturday: monkey bread
ramen noodle
hamburger gravy with potatos

sunday: breakfast at church
will be a quick lunch maybe just sandwiches
church supper for christmas

I also plan to make simple drop cookies, cornflake christmas wreaths, peppermint almond bark, peanut butter blossoms and possibly peanut butter no bake cookies

the extras will be dessert and snacks

monday miracle our granddaughter

There is a blog which has a spot called mondays miracles. can i share with you about a little princes, my granddaughter that i love can be called her own miracle. You see she is a miracle (1) because my daughter and son in law had been told they could never have a baby please be careful when you say never when God is around because God never has a never in his vocabulary. (2) about a month ago she had the virus that causes meningitis they said she would be dead or loose mentality. First the virus was there and then it was no where to be found guess God does work in ways if prayer abounds. Praise God for this little girl for I know that He has plans for her. She will potray the baby Jesus in the church Christmas play allready he is working with her.

Two of a kind, working on a full house: HotWyre Jewelry Review And Giveaway

Two of a kind, working on a full house: HotWyre Jewelry Review And Giveaway

check out this give away it cool and jewelry so it could be something for us moms

Jolly Mom: The Perfect Stocking Stuffer-Pak Nak Review & Giveaway!

Jolly Mom: The Perfect Stocking Stuffer-Pak Nak Review & Giveaway!

there are some real cute items over at http://www.paknak.com/paknaks.html and the best thing is someone could win one

Simple Womans Day Book

For Today December 8, 2008

Outside my window:
The weather is a bit warmber but promises to get cold again. The sun has peeked aout a few times but does not promise to be out for long I can see the empty field which promises to be covered with snow this winter but at the present time looks like a fall day
I am thinking:
I am thinking about what a wonderful season christmas and what lessons I have learned from so many fellow bloggers. I have learned to save money, ideas to decorate, and the tips I have recieved have been used
I am thankful for:
Family, all of them , I have 6 children and each of them at this time are pleasing me. I am thankful my oldest son landed a great job. My son in law has also landed a terrific job. I am also thankful he was hurt no more than he was when he fell. I am thankful that I saved $21 dollars and the tips I have learned through blogs
From the learning rooms:
We are working on a few different things and incorporating lesson on themes. I have found some wonderful exercises to help stress handwashing and of course christmas
From the kitchen:
cooking up large pot of chilli and peanut butter plossoms to go with them
I am wearing:
comfortable yet not stylish sweatsuit but i do have santa on my sweatshirt
I am creating:
working on simple ornaments
I am reading:
looking for a great book at the present time have any recommendations?
I am hoping:
I can save a bunch of money on the holiday meal
I am hearing:
christmas carols from the card I recieved from fellow blogger recently
Around the house:
its beggining to look alot like christmas everywhere you look
One of my favorite things:
my only granddaughter Katelynn I love her so much
Plans for rest of week:
busy week christmas parade thursday and christmas church supper sunday

Read what others are doing over at http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/

Nerd Family Things: Polliwalks Review and Giveaway!!!

Nerd Family Things: Polliwalks Review and Giveaway!!!

There is such a cool giveaway going on here. It is for shoes> Wow these blogs giving shoes away it is cool so go and check it out winner wins a pair of shoes Here is a link to the poliwalk shoes
http://www.polliwalks.com/index.html

felt ornaments

Tonight we will be making felt ornaments. They are very simple to make and I will post pictures after they are done.
To make ornament you simply trace christmas cookie cutter onto a piece of felt. We will then decorate the felt ornament with beads, ribbon and such that we have had left over from other projects.
We will also decorate the christmas tree. Although it is up and with lights we had not decorated it yet so tonight will be the night. I am also going to prepare a big pot of chilli.

Chilli (we cheat just a bit but family recipe)
4 cans meaty chilli
3 lbs brown hamburger
1 large can stewed tomatoes
2 can chilli beans
onion, chopped
can tomato juice
spices to taste

This is how I make my chilli. His grandmother always used a chilli block and chilliman chilli but my mom always made homemade chilli using homecanned tomato juice and she would cook it all day. You can say that I went in the middle and made my own.

Well that is what I have going on today that I know about will post pictures later.

Friday, December 5, 2008

more decoration give away

There is a snowman ornament and a cool onesie being given away over at http://mommaneedsatimeout.blogspot.com/ there is a second give away for a sled ornament teamed up with a cute tag go over and check it out

decorating

I have just put up the tree and sorrounded the living room with lights I love this season. last year was just awful but this year is great. My kids keep saying how little I did last year

A great give away for decorations is over at http://tolentreasures.blogspot.com/ go check it out

Cookie exchange Mexican Wedding cakes

As a 16 year old mom. I needed christmas recipes that were not only cheap to make but easy. This is one of my favorite cookies to make since that time. My mothr in law ofcourse thought they were a bit dry but I loved them and so do the kids.

Mexican Wedding Cakes

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-pupose flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 teaspoon saltpowdered sugar

Pre-heat oven to 325 F. In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla. Blend well. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. Cool slightly and roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely and reroll in powdered sugar.

Over at http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/a-holiday-cookie-exchange-and-giveaway/
there are tons of christmas cookies to try out. Looks like lots of fun.

crockpot cheese dip

I created this recipe (sort of ) based on other great recipes that my children loved and what I thought went in it. It tasted great

2 lb hamburger, brown
1 can rotel tomatoes
2 lb velvetta
2 c shredded cheese

melt last 3 together and mix n meat. You may add salsa if you wish but because my entire family does not like spices we meet somewhere in the middle. Anyways, dip tortilla chips in it and it taste great

my thankful thursday top 10

Allthough it is friday I am gooing to list what I was and am thankful for. I ran out of time with doctor appointments etc... yesterday but here goes

1. I am happy that all of my presents for my daughters family are wrapped
2. I am thankful for my entire family
3. I am thankful that God gives me the strength at times to deal with an extended family with emotional problems
4. I am thankful for my son landing his first job and a good one at that
5. I am thankful that my middle son loves to play sports, has a great girlfriend, and still makes the grade in school
6. I am thankful that my middle daughter is graduating from highschool this year (believe me there were a few times in junior high I wondered if she would ever get here)
7. I am thankful for a husband that has helped me battle through the years in good times and bad
8. I am thankful for my sunday school class where we can all talk and share about whatever is on our minds
9. I am thankful for the Christmas season and the fun that is in the air
10. After yesterday I am happy we have the ability to go to the doctor and get medicine so the sick ones can get better

that is my first top 10 and next week will leave another top 10

Thursday, December 4, 2008

who doesnt love the poppin fresh boy

I know and those who know me no I am not refering to my husband. But the pillsbury products that seem to keep growing. Over at http://frugalfinds.blogspot.com/2008/12/pillsbury-home-is-calling-give-away.html they are giving a basket of sorts away. In this basket there was a free coupon for pillsbury product so go over and check it out

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

free digital flip camera

They are giving a free digital flip camera away over at http://www.commonsensewithmoney.com/ you should check it out and try to win they are telling about their favorite holiday. I can remember one I was about 6 years old and just recieved all these wonderful toys from santa. but that was not just the best part the best part was playing with my new toys with my dad. I can remember this as if it was yesterday. He is gone now and I miss him terribly. I wish he was here with us at this time of year he just loved christmas and always made it special. Another one I can remember is when I was a teen mom and my dad took it upon himself to make my babys christmas special you would not believe how much he bought her. I could not believe it. He made it special by not only doting her with tons of gifts but also going to my tiny trailer where we lived and placed a basket of vegetable and fruit there knowing we had little to nothing. I love him for that and will never forget it.

Christmas shoe

It was almost Christmas timeThere I stood in another lineTrying to buy that last gift or twoNot really in the Christmas mood.Standing right in front of meWas a little boy waiting anxiouslyPacing around like little boys doAnd in his hands he had a pair of shoes. And his clothes were worn and oldHe was dirty from head to toeAnd when it came his time to payI couldn't believe what I heard him say.Sir, I want to buy these shoes, for my Momma pleaseIt's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her styleCould you hurry Sir? Daddy says there's not much timeYou see, she's been sick for quite a while.I know these shoes will make her smileAnd I want her to look beautifulIf Momma meets Jesus tonight.They counted pennies for what seemed like yearsAnd the cashier said, Son there's not enough hereHe searched his pockets franticlyThen he turned and he looked at me.He said, Momma made Christmas good at our houseThough most years she just did withoutTell me Sir, what am I gonna do?Some how I gotta buy her these Christmas shoes. So I laid the money down, I just had to help him outAnd I'll never forget the look on his faceWhen he said, "Momma's gonna look so great."Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Momma pleaseIt's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her styleCould you hurry Sir? Daddy says there's not much timeYou see, she's been sick for quite a while.And I know these shoes will make her smileI want her to look beautifulIf Momma meets Jesus tonight.I knew I caught a breathe of heaven's loveAs he thanked me and ran outI knew that God had sent that little boy to remind meWhat Christmas is all about.Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Momma pleaseIt's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her styleCould you hurry Sir? Daddy says there's not much timeYou see, she's been sick for quite a while.And I know these shoes will make her smileAnd I want her to look beautifulIf Momma meets Jesus tonight.I want her to look beautifulIf Momma meets Jesus tonight.

Love this song. I cry every time I hear it. But over at http://threepsinapod.blogspot.com/2008/12/i-am-decidedly-keen-on-keen-review.html
they are giving free shoes away. What a cool thing to do go check it out
Another giveaway that is for the young ones. I love these because it shows what I am in store for buying lots of gifts for that little girl I call princess. That little princess is driving her momma a bit crazy because she is teething but head on over there and check the giveaway out at http://babiesgottahaveit.com/?p=118#comment-1032


There is a give away going on over at give away. Is that not catchy or what? However, this give away if for a terrific $100 gift certificate at Targets. Once again it is over at http://giveawaytoday.blogspot.com/2008/12/today-we-are-giving-away.html

looking for christmas stocking give aways or softer skin

there is a terrific give away over at http://frugalfinds.blogspot.com/2008/12/avon-give-away.html go there to enter the giveaway that is being offered. You can either use the items for stockings or keep them yourself and treat your skin against this winter weather

wordless wednsday





Here are a couple of mamas and papas cuties. We truely love these two.


Come join in on the stocking swap located over at http://www.thewell-roundedwoman.com/
It is so true that mothers nearly always either fill their own stockings or it doesnt get filled at all. Promises lots of fun. Come over and join

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Talking about babies

Talking about babies and the things they can use you should check out this cute give away over at http://4littlemen.blogspot.com/ This looks so cool bet I could impress a baby that I know with thids wwhat do you think? Check it out and enter to win.

baby items what are they

I purchased a bumbo seat for my 3 month old granddaughter last night. Her mother believes that she needs one but I remember how I helped her mother learn to sit up. It was via the use of pillows that sorrounded her. Man the way things change if anyone has any info that can help me would love to hear it.

candy cane almond bark

When I first made this recipe it was out of neccesity we were not doing well and the children still expected to make christmas candy. In order not to dissapoint them I had some almond bark that i had bought some where probably on sale and I had some extra candy canes that we did not put on the treet and made candy cane almond bark. Now it is loved by everyone and sold for high prices it is very easy you just have to break up your candy cane in tiny bits and mix into your melted almond bark. Spread out on greased or wax paper lined coookie sheet Allow to dry and break into pieces. This is so fab. I am going to add it to the Tempt my tummy blog over at http://blessedwithgrace.blogspot.com/2008/12/tempt-my-tummy-tuesdaymaking-list-and.html so you go visit as well and see what good things are there

Monday, December 1, 2008

Love this giveaway

This giveaway is for a book but I especially liked the way that she posed the question to write about what are we thankful for this season. I have had such a great life that there are so many things to be thankful for. The giveaway is a book I have not read but sounds interesting so ofcourse I would love to win it is A PaperBag Christmas so go over to http://frugal101.blogspot.com/2008/11/my-first-giveaway.html and enter for your chance to not only win but to put down what you are most interested in.

another great give away

I can feed my family of 8 at Subway for about $20 and they will feel as if they are full. I love the fact that subway is so economical and healthy for my family. Their is a giveaway going on at http://thecentsiblesawyer.blogspot.com/2008/12/subway-give-away.html for subway coupons go there to enter.

great giveaway

”Lucky
I just found this site and the fun of entering giveaways like the one over at Lucky Lady bug http://luckyladybug.wordpress.com/ you could actually win a coupon for a free velvetta better yet is the book she is also given away terrific. Stick around and check her site out for great information that we all can use.

December 1-7 menu plan

Monday Menu Plan over at http://orgjunkie.com/ is a regualar feature of listing the weeks menu plan. I have loved this group for a long time but this time decided to join it. You all should take a look and get some ideas for your self. But here is my menu for this week:

This week will be stretching the budget because of Christmas however Saturday will find us eating out with my daughters family as a treat.

Monday
will not be at home til supper
S: polish sausage crock pot (new recipe will post later)

Tuesday
B: oatmeal
L: leftovers (only me and dh home)
S: hash, salad, jello (easy old recipes)

Wednesday
B: granola bars
L: ramen noodles
S: hotdogs, fries, cookies (will start christmas cookie list here) kids will be at church

Thursday
B:granola bars
L: ramen noodles (lunches around here are often quick if at all)
S:swiss chicken, biscut, salad, cookies

Friday
B: cinamon toast
L: hotdog on bun
S: tatertot casserole, salad, candy cane candy treats

Saturday
B: cereal
we will be gone most of the day

Sunday
B at church
L southern steak w/ milk gravy, potatoes, biscut, cookies or candy or both (sunday dinner always a nice affair)
S hotdogs on bun this is often quick and let us relax from the week

well that is this weeks menu cant wait to see what you all post

todays shopping plan

Like the name says shopping annies I love to shop but there is a talent to shopping. Here is my list that i planned

Walgreens:
hanes underwear/bra $15 get $5 RR (christmas gift for daughter)
russel stover candy tin 5.99 x 2 get %10 rebate (once again christmas probably for grandma)
wriggley gums with coupon and store add get 2 for .60 (stockings)
All detergent on sale and $1 coupon get for .79 great buy
holiday pencils 6/$1 (stockings)
window decals 1.99 get 1 for .01 so pretty windows

CVS:
energy shot 4.99 and get 4.99 ECB (so free)
Dawn b1g1 $1.49
Progresso soup $1.49 B1G1 and have $1.10 off 1 coupon
pajama pants for all 5 of the younger ones 2/$10 (christmas)
color workshop makeup $8.99 (want to see what these look like)
Betty crocker Brownies (maybe $1 ECB)

Walmart:
video games $20 each (christmas for 2 youngest)
monopoly game (christmas request item)
chicken breast $6.00
wheat thins $1 off 2 coupon so 2 boxes for $2
butter cookie tin $2.50
candy canes .88 (don't know how many boxes yet)
dial wash $3.00
old spice deoderant 3pack $5 (christmas stocking boys)

Kroger:
hormel chilli $1 ( I do have armor coupon though so see which one is better)
hamburger $1.99 lb x 4
duncan hines cake mix (stock up time) have .50 shortcut coupon + 2 .75 off 3 coupons and 1 .50 coupon so we will end up with 7 cake mixes for about $4.00 (g00d buy)
almond bark 2/$5
pillsbury fridge biscuts 1.99 but with .50 coupon that doubles to $1 get them for .99 (these are good)
can vegies 2/$1 (remember when these used to be 4/$1)
buy 3 cokes for $12 get free pizza (not sure on this one)
progresso (shortcuts and $1.10 coupon off 1)
steamers .50 coupon

Now to what i need: (goals)
milk $3
granola bars 2 boxes $4
5 hotdogs $5
5 hotdog buns $5
swiss slices $2
meatballs $6
cheese sticks $6
pizza rolls $6 did find coupon .35 off 1
salad dressing $3
tots $2
room soup $1
fries $2
cube steak $8
can milk 4/$2 hopefully do have coupon

well that is plan will give results later

Saturday, November 29, 2008