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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 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

Borrowed from five Js

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




Kitchen tip teusday over at Tammy's recipes

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


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

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

talking about what Works for me Easy fudge recipes

Today I want to talk about Fudge. Here are 2 favorite fudge recipes that we make nearly every year They are easy so whatever is going on they can still be done. We have made the PB one allready but soon will make the chocolate one as well.

Peanut Butter Fudge
2 c sugar Boil first the first 2 ingredients for one minute. Remove from
1/2 c milk heat. Mix Pour in greased pan Cool Cut
1 t vanilla
3/4 c Peanut butter

Chocolate Fudge
3 c sugar Mix sugar, milnot, butter in pan. Bring to boil and boil for 5 minute
7 oz. mallowcream Remove heat. Add rest Pour in 9x13 pan
1 c milnot
chocolate chips
stick butter

chore time

Do you have trouble with your kids remembering what they are supposed to do? Well check out this flipbook to keep your kids in line it is available at trigger memory systems but you can win one from the nerd family at their blog so go check it out. It may just help you battle that frustraion war over chores.

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.

childrens first aid kits

Have you seen these I had not until I visited the blog frugal mommy of 2 girls like I say she can find the best things. Anyways these items are especialy for children and they even have one for pets if you consider that your child (I have friends that do). Check them out at me4kidz and a chance to win at frugal mommy of 2 girls.

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

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

my daughter the purse lover

My daughter would love the give away available at frugal mom of 2 girls they are giving away a handbag from Mabel handbags they have several different kinds so if you are like my daughter the purse lover you should go enter.

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

DO you love cheese

We love cheese in fact when I had spaghetti tonight and no cheese they just about had a fit. We eat cheese on everything. Cheese is also one thing that I have trouble finding good coupons on. I try to find it on sale but do not like to pay over $2 for bag of 2 cups shredded or 24 slices. Better than that would be free which is what they are giving away over at common sense with money they have a give away for free coupons of sargento cheese check it out

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.

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

walgreens today

I went to walgreens during our small ice storm so I mad it quick but I picked up
2 peanut butters
1 welches jelly
1 white rain shampoo
used $5. rr and .64 oops

that is good and my husband is bragging

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
http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/


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