Saturday, January 31, 2009
I still went under by about $30-$40, so that is not too bad. Going under instead of going over is nice, no matter what the amount is! Also, I did a bit of shopping at Walgreen's and got a $2 in register reward (actually $3, but I used $1 of it for a second shopping trip a couple days after earning the $1 RR). And, I also bought a printer ink refill, which was on sale for $5 but has a $5 rebate-so that is free and I should get the $5 in a few weeks or so since it is my 1st time doing a rebete through Walgreen's.
So, all in all, not too bad :) Eric was impressed when I told him how much I had saved at Walgreen's and also when he learned I would be getting the printer ink refill for free.
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Banana Muffins II
SUBMITTED BY: ABI_GODFREY PHOTO BY: Allrecipes
"These delicious banana muffins are easy for kids to make."
PREP TIME 10 Min
COOK TIME 25 Min
READY IN 35 Min
Original recipe yield 12 muffins, or 48 mini muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.
Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I decided to follow advice I had seen on another blog. I kneaded the dough until I could make a nice ball and flatten/stretch it without tearing. This meant I had to add more flour as I went along...My bread was tough that night! I could hardly eat it and I LOVE Grandmother Bread!! So, from now on, atleast with Grandmother Bread the way I have been doing it-kneading until I can feel the elasticity. I check this by pushing (not poking the bread) two fingers into the dough and seeing if it 'bounces' back. This lets me know it has good elasticity and is ready to start the rising process :)
I made some waffles last night before I started dinner. I was able to get two good batches made and this will give the kids breakfast for two days. Waffles take awhile, so next time I will definitely start them earlier and triple or quadruple my recipe to make enough to throw in the freezer :) Today, I hope to make some banana muffins to stick in the freezer for later in the week.
I would post pics, but I have lost my camera...need to find it. It is probably lost on the desk somewhere...another reason I need to clean it off!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Our turkey from Thanksgiving was a tad over 15lbs and the leftover meat from that has lasted us awhile by using it for soups, chilis, and other add ins for dishes that I would use shredded or cubed chicken. I imagine the turkey from my big guy now will last me through to late Spring or Summer-lol! If i had a freezer, separate from the one on my fridge, I would have tried to get another turkey to save for Thanksgiving, but Im thrilled with just this one and can't wait to stock my freezer with lots of turkey :)
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I also plan to make a big batch of waffles and pancakes. I am going to search for a good muffin recipe and hopefully will throw out a big batch of muffins. My freezer has quite a few nanners stored in it, so I can use probably half of those up.
We are stocked up nicely for any major ice storm that might be coming our way. We might be headed out to get more wood this afternoon as our supply went a bit when the furnace was out. And, our flashlights need batteries-lol! So, I will need to get some, just in case. I don't want this to be like the ice storm we had Dec 2007 and when we needed batteries, candles, etc, there were none to be found :( Sometimes it was hard to find water! Our well pump ran on electricity, so without electric, we had no water...11 days...ok, I can feel the panic attacks starting-lol!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I usually shop 4 different stores..they are not too much out of my way and I know I save alot, even with the gas I spend. One of those stores is the bread store and I can usually find terrific deals on english muffins, tortillas, and bread.
But, I got to thinking the other day on ways to reduce even more! I usually buy 2 bags of cereal for the kids...depending on the type of cereal, this can last my kids anywhere from 5-8 days (sometimes more). So, two bags costs us about $6 (they are $3 each for the store brand bagged cereal). I thought, I could buy a whole bag of flour, plus maybe eggs, for the price of one bag. I could make the kids a much healthier breakfast-something like some nice healthy pancakes (we add whole wheat, oats and ground flax seed to our recipe), some good muffins, etc...
It will mean planning on my behalf. Many things I thought of I can make ahead of time and keep in the freezer :) I can make a good stash of muffins, pancakes, waffles, homemade breakfast bars/cookies, etc... and the kids can pull them out that morning, or I can place them in the fridge the night before to thaw a bit. I think pulling them out to thaw will also allow me to keep track of what we have used and what we have left :)
So, after talking with the kids, we are going to start this new challenge :) This will be my goal for next week too, making big batches of breakfast items for the nest two weeks. There are mornings my oldest two can provide breakfast because they enjoy making muffins. Also, Josh has started to enjoy making eggs and toast for everyone, so I am sure he can take a morning of breakfast duties as well :)
I will let everyone know how our challenge goes in a couple of weeks. Im hoping the kids enjoy it and maybe we can do away with cereal altogether--maybe buying some for special occassions :)
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
They have a 1 day sale going Saturday, Jan. 24-
Libby's canned veggies-42 cents, limit 6
CapriSun juice packs-$1.75 limit 2
Ozarka Water 24pk. $2.99 limit 2
Hot House Tomatoes-$1.29/lb
Regular sale items for the rest of the week:
Pork Steak, Country style ribs, or Pork Should Butt (how can the should be on the butt?) roast-$1.19/lb
Apples-Gala or another which I can't read but want to say fuji?- 99 cents/lb
Charmin Big Squeeze 9pk-3.99
Hiland Cottage Cheese 24 oz-$1.89 and this Sunday there was a $.45 off coupon-doubled makes this $.99
Hiland Orange Juice-gallon-$2.89-$.55 off coupon from Sunday paper-won't be doubled-$2.34
Make sure you grab an ad if you didn't get one in the mail because these first few items are on sale with the coupons in the ad:
Pepsi 2 liter-98 cents
American Beauty Pasta 24 oz, select varieties-99 cents
4 lb bag naval oranges-$1.67
Swanson Dinners-77 cents
Swanson Pot Pies-2/88 cents
Crystal Farms Block Cheese-16 oz-$3.39
These prices may not be the same for your local store's so check online before you go, or check your ads :) These prices are for Tulsa area :)
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Oh! It's not like it is right in front of me or anything---ahem---my desk! Oh, it needs it badly. Add to it that right now the one side of my computer tower is off (the processor fan is acting up-pray it stops acting up and acting right as we cannot get a new one right now). There are also two boxes -oh-three boxes right next to my desk that I need to go through. They are things found in the garage that I thought I might need for school, so I need to go through them and either pack them up or put them in my room to be used :)
I will say the cabinet my printer sets on is nice and clean :) Josh did that a couple weeks ago and it has stayed organized ever since...hmmm--wonder if he will clean the desk for me too?! Yea, I bet it would cost me a couple dollars-well, then again, that might be worth it? LOL!
So, Desk and boxes by the desk...
Oh, and my goal last week-what was it? Coupons! Yes, I remember now. I went through my shopping notebook and found all the coupons I had shoved into the front and back pockets with every intention to file them later on...that was happening over the past few months, so there were lots of coupons-lol! I threw out the expired ones. I went through my coupon envelopes, threw out the expired coupons and then put all the coupons I had found into the correct envelopes.
I also went ahead and started my shopping list for next paycheck. I pulled out any coupons I thought I would need and placed them into the envelope that says "This Trip's Coupons". This stays clipped on the page my current list is on.
I used the Fleischmann's master bread dough recipe, cut in half. As I was doing the half recipe, I was wishing I had just made the full recipe because if nothing else, I could have froze half the dough in the freezer (the recipe gives good instructions on how to do it, but basically, after you knead, you put the dough into a baggie and place in the freezer. They suggest making it into a disc which is a good idea to save freezer space. It also gives good directions for thawing). I kneaded, and kneaded, and...well, you get the idea :) I saw on another blog that I plan to add later on, that you know when you are done kneading by taking a golf-ball sized piece of dough and sort of stretch it out. It sort of reminded me of stretching a pizza dough. If it doesn't tear, your dough has good elasticity and it done. I used this technique yesterday and it really worked. I realized I probably had not been kneading my doughs long enough by the look of the pretty dough I had made yesterday. It was lovely-smooth, elastic-y, lovely :) I was going to take a pic, but my batteries we not ready yet, but I promise, it was gorgeous!!
So, I let my dough rise. Now, I always put my dough on the back of my stove. It is warm back there and it always rises nicely. Well, I have to tell you, I have a new bowl. I got it after Christmas marked half off. Just a plastic bowl, really big, with snowmen decorating the outside egde :) I guess it has a thinner bottom than my other plastic bowls. When my dough had risen (and it looked weird, but I didn't know why at first) I realized it was crusty at the bottom. Hmmm--Im thinking "I know I put a nice layer of oil all over this thing to prevent crust-this happened last time. What is going on?".....Ha! My bread has slowly started to bake! So, I had to throw out that dough :( I guess I am glad I did not waste all those ingredients by doing the whole recipe :)
I might bake more today-we will see. Today they are going to put in the furnace, which I won't be needed to help I don't think, so I might make bread-use it for breakfast in the morning with some eggs :) I am charging the batteries right now for my camera, so hopefully I can post pics as I go along this time.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
So, my next venture will be trying new bread recipes. As you saw a couple weeks ago, I made bagels. I will try those again-perhaps tomorrow :) Today, I plan to try the master bread dough recipe from www.breadworld.com (this is Fleischmann's Yeast site). I will scale it down to use just one envelope of yeast and make some rolls for dinner to go with our chicken tonight :) I want to make it a point to try a new bread recipe each week-whether it be yeast bread or a quick bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls, or breakfast items-like muffins and the like :)
I will try to remember to include pics as I go along. Some weeks it might be me making the recipes, or it might be my kids :)
Friday, January 16, 2009
But, another problem was found with our furnace. I am Praising God as I think the part that went out was a blessing now. There is a crack somewhere in the furnace that when the blower comes on, it cause a downdraft to the flames on the coils. This causes them to dance a bit wildly, and it could be dangerous. Thankfully, two different repairmen both comfirmed this and said it would need to be changed out this weekend-no later...the furnace would need to be changed out. So, Eric and our landlord will fix it Saturday, when it is also a bit warmer ;)
Just when you think something is so frustrating and wondering why it happened, God lets you know, He really does have it all under control ;)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
And, I am forcing myself to make a goal...no, I don't have a cannon pointed at myself...Hmmm-I noticed, and I also posted this the other day, my coupons are out of hand in my accordion file. But, they are also not organized in my shopping notebook. It was no fun when I went shopping yesterday with coupons falling all over the place-plus, my stomach was hurting...So, my goal this week is to organize my coupons again and also to clean out the expried ones. This will be easily done and make room for new ones I will get from today's paper.
Check your coupons...are they organized? Do you know where your coupons are (play spooky music here)?
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
http://www.mypyramidonline.com/weeklyads.php -Food Pyramid
*8 lb bag of Red Delicious Apples or Navel Oranges-$3.99
*Hunts Spaghetti Sauce 26 oz-.87
*Martha Gooch Pasta-.87
*General Mills Cereal, Select Varieties 9-14.25 oz (showing Cheerios in ad)-$1.87 printable qpon here-www.coupons.com $1.00 off 2 boxes-making them $1.37 each (also a qpon in Sunday paper for $1/3)
*Cambell's Tomato or Chicken Noodle-3/$2-about .66 each, but you can save more if you can find a coupon-FP doubles up to 50 cents.
*3 lb bag of frozen BL/SL chicken breasts-$4.99
*Midwestern Gold Ground Round -$1.99/lb
*Tyson Fresh Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast-$1.99/lb
*Old South Sausage-.99/16 oz
Reasors- Havng a big 10 for $10 sale -Yippee!!
* 10 4 $10-
1 dz med. eggs
Dole Classic Romaine Salad 10 oz bag
Pepsi 2 Liters
Fresh French Bread
Tostinos Pizzas 9.8-11.5 oz
Royal Gala Apples/ lb
Hostess Single Serve snack cakes
Borden Dip or Sour Creams 16 oz
Best Choice Ketchup 36 oz
Bar-S Lunch meat 1lb
*Cambell's Tomato or Chicken Noodle-3/$2
Reminder-Go through your coupon stashes from previous months and clean out old, expired coupons :) I went through my Oct coupons and found about 2 that were not expired, so I need to get to cleaning these out :)
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
But, I did get my baseboard cleaning goal done as I posted already :) And, I got most of my tree taken down--packed all the ornaments into new boxes, and organized those boxes. I have bad light sets in one box with some bad Christmas decorations-ones I really do not want to throw away in case I can come up with something to do with them (yes, I am a bit of a pack rat). Then, I put all the nice decors into another box and the good lights/new lights into another.
This week's goal is to get the tree put away and to ask DH to help me put the boxes away :0) My goal will be easy, but we are starting back to school this week and I just want to focus on that. Plus, my laundry is growing again and I need to get that down. I will be able to tackle quite a bit of that today when I get the fire going and can hang clothes near the fireplace to dry ( and put some moisture into the air ;)
Have a great week everyone! I would love to hear from others on what their goals might be this week! Feel free to share :)
Did they taste good-well, yes, they actually did-they were VERY chewy right out of the oven and slathered with butter :) Today, after being in a baggie all night, they are nice and soft and ready to be toasted. So, they are getting eaten-the kids love them. IF--IF-I use this reacipe again, I will watch the flour at about 4 cups-maybe 5. I know when using flour in making bread, you have to watch it due to humidity-you may need more or less flour in certain situatins. Also, I will saute some onions to add into the mix-I did add in onion powder and garlic powder, but I love onion bagels and these needed something. Also, I will be sure to buy some poppy seeds too :) I love them in bagels!! So, these were not a total failure!!
Now, I got a special treat the other day :) It made me very happy! I could not wait to use it but didn't know what to use it on until I went shopping....From Right @ Home I got the new Ziploc Vacuum Starter Kit. It removes air from special baggies you use with it so you won't get freezer burn. I have wanted one for a long time-going back and forth between this one (because it cost less) and the Reynold's one which my sister and mom have (they love it). Well, my decision delima was over when I got this. Every so often, you can go to http://www.rightathome.com/ and sign up to get gift packs-it is limited to a certian number, so you have to be fast-this is the first time I have ever won in probably 2 years-lol! But, if you do not win, they send out a nice coupon pack to the others, so it is still nice :)
I got in quick enough last time and got the Ziploc kit--I used it yesterday on my pancakes-it came with 3 qt size baggies (which I must add do not fit alot of pancakes in them, but that's ok-lol). I put some pancakes in a regular baggie (note here-not a freezer baggie but it is all I had on hand) and some in the Ziploc vacuum baggie....here are my results after one night of freezing:
Not the best pic but you can sort of see the ice crystals starting to form inside the regular baggie-also you can see there is air back in the baggie-this is not the Ziploc one but a regular gallon sized Great Value brand baggie.
Here is the Ziploc Vacuum baggie-no air and no ice crystals formed. It held up through the night and Im very pleased. I will try to remember to post the price of this Starter System when I go to Walmart next and also the price of the baggies-hopefully vs the price of the Reynold's system. The Ziploc System uses no batteries, so that is a plus. It only took a few pumps to get the air out. Others have reported being able to reuse the baggies after washing and drying.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Instead, I will tell you I am now in a baking mood. Perhaps this will help my bad mood--unless the things I am making don't turn out and then, my bad mood will be exasperated-uhoh!
I am going to make bagels (looking for a recipe right now) and that will take care of breakfast for the kids tomorrow (though, I can somewhat imagine them not lasting until tomorrow, so I will throw in a quick batch of waffles or pancakes while I am letting the bagels rise).
Then, I am going to make these: Marble Squares
I will let you know how it all turns out-and perhaps post a pic or two-that is if I can beat my kids to the food before they eat it all! LOL!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Here is a picture of one of them before:
Problem with that was, I had a hard time just using a cloth to wipe it down. I went to softly scrubbing with a scrub brush--new problem:
Here is an area away from the tub that needing cleaning, but I could just use the damp towel due to no caulk-crevices :) It looks much nicer!
This is what my kids did yesterday :