Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy Holidays from us.....

Happy Holidays from my family to yours. We have been on a super busy tour of life these last few months. I have thought long and hard about what to do with the blog. Part of me was ready to throw int he towel. I just do not think I am ready for that yet. I have so many things to share with you still. I am gearing up to start blogging on a regular basis again. Look for new posts starting Monday, January 4th. Until then, I hope you have a happy and safe holiday season!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

2 Free Yankkee Candles......

Yankee Candle Company - use this printable coupon and get 2 free Yankee candles when you buy 2. What a deal!!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Monday Freebies

Christmas Light Trade-In - Home Depot has an offer to trade in Christmas Lights for $3 per strand for credit toward new LED lights. This offer is good Nov 5 -15. The LED lights are $5.97, so after the trade-in, they will be $2.97 per strand. You can trade up to 5 sets per customer. LED lights use 80% less energy. They will even take broken strands for the $3 credit.

Build a Bear - $5 off $25 at Build a Bear with this printable coupon

You can save up to a total of $15 on a Honey Baked Ham. First sign up at Honey Baked Ham to receive a coupon for $10 off an 8lb+ ham. Then submit for the Real Simple $5 refund. Note that the refund expires 11/19 so you'd need to get your ham early for Thanksgiving.

Walmart.com - DenTek Floss Picks - free sample

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Where have I been?

I have been busy coaching these girls to 2 first place victories!! Congrats girls!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Natural Ways to Fight the Flu.....

I am a firm believer in immunizations and wish all kids would be immunized. I do respect others opinions though. I do have a child that can not take over the counter cold medicine so over the years we have learned a few "natural" ways to help when he gets sick. I share a few with you here.

Himalayan Institute Original Neti Pot this is great for cleaning out sinuses

Cold-Eeze Homeopathic, Cold Drop Lozenges,18 ea - PARENT we love these and take them regularly

Safety 1st Hospital's Choice 8 Second Digital Thermometer I am always monitoring temperatures on a sick one

Vicks VapoRub-Cough Suppressant, 6oz (170g) put put it on the bottom of feet as well as on the chest when a little one is congested.

Johnsons Baby Soothing Vapor Baby Bath - 15 Oz - great to add to a very warm bath. These vapors and the hot steam work wonders.

Gatorade-Sport Drink, 24/20oz Orange helps fight dehydration.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Heirloom Vegetable Harvest Part #1

Above is a picture of some of our heirloom vegetables that we've harvested this year. This particular picture shows a type of Dry Bean called "Cherokee Trail of Tears" beans. These beans were carried with the Cherokee Tribes when they were relocated on a march that left some 4000 deaths from Kentucky to Oklahoma. Thus the name "Trail of Tears". An interesting story and a great vegetable. The beans, when left to fully dry on the vine, are shiny and black.

We had a very wet year this year thus some of our crops, particularly our tomatoes, did not do well. Some of the beans have a brown tint and that is due to our local wildlife. Funny Story.....sort of. You see, the raccoons (probably) decided that they needed the Oxacan Green Dent Corn (another heirloom vegetable that has been planted in Mexico for centuries) that was growing and was being used as a support pole for the Beans more than we did. The raccoons (probably) knocked the corn down and ate the kernels right off the cob. Never bothered the beans, but the corn crop was destroyed and the beans laid in the drenched garden for weeks on end. We picked some early and dried them inside for fear of them rotting (thus some are more brown than black). Of 75 corn stalks we "harvested" 1 cob. And yes, we have our entire garden fenced in to a height of 4'. Keeps the deer out (we think) but not the other critters. Oh well, it's a funny story (at least that is what we keep telling ourselves).

As I've said before, we do not use pesticides and we only plant heirloom seeds that we recycle year after year. An initial purchase provides fresh vegetables that have an interesting history for years to come. For more information on other heirloom vegetables that we've planted / harvested this year, stay tuned. Up next, Hinkelhatz Peppers a Pennsylvania Dutch Heirloom Pepper.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cyber Christmas Shopping.....

Time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. I like to start early and do a little at a time so it does not hit me all at once. Here are some early suggestions. More to come in the upcoming weeks.

Connect 4 x 4 - cool spin on a classic game

Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Mr. Squiggles - Light Brown - hot new toys for this Holiday season

Bakugan Battle Pack (Styles and Colors May Vary) - another hot toy for this Holiday season

LEGO Pirates Brickbeard's Bounty - this is such a cool set. I would love to get it for my son!

iCarly Sam's Remote - any iCarly fan would love this!!

Fisher Price Elmo's Tickle Hands this is so cute for any little Elmo fan

Scene It? Twilight Deluxe Edition great for Twilight fans!

Apple iPod nano 8 GB Purple (4th Generation) OLD MODEL - great for any age

Apple iPod touch 8 GB (3rd Generation) NEWEST MODEL upgrade to the hottest model

Snuggie Fleece Blanket As Seen On TV - a cult sensation!! Everyone loves a snuggie! It is all about freedom for the hands!

Shoes Under Space Saving Shoe Organizer I want this!!!

Note: I do get a small compensation from Amazon for anyone buying items through my links.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Home Made Fire Starters....

This is a reprint from last October. It is time for me to make these again this year.........

Every year, I make my own fire starters. I use all recycled items and turn them into something I use almost everyday. I start with shredded paper. I use the paper I get from the fax I receive from my work at home job each morning.

I ball the shredded paper up and place it into cardboard egg cartons and then top each section with old dryer lint.

I melt the old wax I save from my tart burner all year long.

I pour the melted wax on top of the filled egg cartons.

I let them sit to cool and harden.....

.....then I break them up and store them in this basket.

I use one each day to help me start the fire in the fireplace.

They are made from 100% recycled material and FREE!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wordless Wednesday....

Enter your Wordless WEdnesday here and be sure to link here from your blog too.....

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I have been spending a lot of time with these girls doing this.......
This weekend, we did find some time to pick apples at a local orchard. What a nice family trip that was!

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Thursday, October 08, 2009


Life has been getting in the way of blogging for me this week. Sorry for not being here everyday right now.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Frugal Dried Herbs

This is fresh parsley cut from our herb garden. We dry it in the dehumidifier, crush it and place it in saved container. It should last til next year at this time.

For more Tuesday happenings, go here.....
Tackle It Tuesday — A Very Late Start at Back To School

BlessedwithGrace: Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.. Pear Pie - Oh ME, Oh MY!!!

Gratituesday: Pajama Day : Heavenly Homemakers

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Deals and Meals.........

Give Moms a Snack Break Promotions Smucker's - Go now!!! submit an after school tip and get a free box of Uncrustable!! Limited quantities.

http://www.allyou.com/static/promo/freesamples/kotex/splash.html Free sample of Kotex and a free trial of All You magazine

Frugal Finds from your Frugal Friend Give-Aways and Reviews!: Yoplait Thick and Creamy Give Away..... enter to win a free Yogurt Gift Basket. Entering is simple!!

This weeks meals........

Monday - Spaghetti, bread, apples with caramel

Tuesday - hot dogs, mac and cheese

Wednesday - Soup night - Tastefully Simple Potato soup for DH and I and kids pick their favorite canned soup, with yogurt, fruit and butter bread

Thursday - pork roast, mashed potatoes, peas

Friday - night out

Saturday - steak and shrimp on the grill

For more Menu Monday, go here.... I’m an Organizing Junkie » Teaching the world how to enjoy life one pile of clutter at a time.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Freebie Friendzy.....

ELLE Extra :: Matrix - free sample of shampoo

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Printed 3D Postcard by Snapily 3D post card

Dove Hair Care - Free Sample - free sample

Signup Form - Gourmet popcorn sample

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Sign Up for a Free Sample of Honey Nut Cheerios - free sample

Blue Box Gift Take the Special K Challenge! - free sample

Free Uncrustables....

Log onto www.uncrustables.com, on Monday 9/28, the first 80,000 people and give an after-school organizational tips will receive a coupon for a free four-pack of Uncrustables.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Yoplait Thick and Creamy Give Away....

Frugal Finds from your Frugal Friend Give-Aways and Reviews!: Yoplait Thick and Creamy Give Away..... - go here to enter... 2 lucky winners will be selected on Friday, October 2nd. Each will receive a free item coupon and the above gift basket. Good luck to all that enter!!

Free Fire Truck.....

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics - sign up on line for a free Build and Grow Clinic. They are held at your local Lowe's store. This weeks project is a firetruck. Make sure you sign up ahead of time. My experience has been that the Lowe's employees are less than thrilled with you if you just show up. This is a great FREE activity to do with your kids!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thrifty Thursday......

This bottle stops my DD from wanting to buy bottles of water at the grocery store. This bottle is Earth friendly, saves me money and is cute too!!! The little things all add up to big savings!

Did you do something Thrifty this week? Link up and share with us!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Crockpot Lasagna......

I am doing a pretty good job of following my menu plan from Monday but, I decided to move my Crockpot Lasagna to Wednesday instead of Thursday so that I can participate in Crockpot Wednesday!!!

I bought these inexpensive products.......

I put a pot on the stove with 3 cans of the cheap sauce, browned hamburger and a pack of this. I added a small amount of sauce to the bottom of the crock pot, then layered noodles and sauce, with a layer of ricotta cheese mixture thrown in the middle, until I reached the top of the crock pot.

I had one noodle left over when I got to the top so I broke it up and threw it on top. I will turn the crockpot on at 11am so that it slow cooks on low for 5 hours. I will add some shredded cheese for the last 15 minutes, before serving. I will add a picture of the finished product later today.

The fininished product....


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Free Offer for Field & Stream - free subscription

http://www.mariespasta.com/promise.pdf - printable form to make this Marie Callender's pasta free after mail in rebate

Try the all natural cereal that goes against the grain! - printable Kashi cereal coupon

Print Your Coupon $1.60 off Granola Nut Clusters - check out my review here

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What to do with garden carrots.......

Last week I showed you this bucket of carrots from the garden. We estimate that we had a harvest of about 25 pounds of carrots. What did we do with all of them?

We cleaned them and cut them up in small pieces, along with and zucchini, garlic, onions and green peppers we could find from the garden.

We steam this mixture..........

Then, I puree it in a food processor until it looks like this.....

I put them in small bags and freeze them. I will use these mixtures throughout the year to make jarred spaghetti sauce taste a little better. It also helps me get a few more veggies into the kids without them noticing. I have even added a mix, similar to this, into a boxed brownie mix. My family loves the added flavor and moisture!

We could probably even cook this down a little more and call it carrot soup.

To see what other people have tackled this week, go here......


Tackle It Tuesday — I think I own too much pink!

Heavenly Homemakers

Monday, September 14, 2009

Free American Girl Craft Event....

Michael's Craft Store is hosting a FREE American Girl craft event on Saturday , September 19th from 10:AM to 2:PM. What a great FREE activity to do with your favorite little girl(s).

Monday Freebies....

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LavAzza International Coffee Organization - Free Coffee Spoon - free spoon

Get A Free Sample - TreatPeople.com - free pet treat

http://www.johnsonville.com/docroot/johnsonville/pdf/tailgateville_form.pdf... - free tshirt with upc's

Menu Monday...

Monday.... Sheppard's pie and apples

Tuesday..... Take out pizza (at my DS's request - he wants to try cold leftover pizza to see if he can pack it for his school lunch)

Wednesday..... crock pot lasagna, salad, pears

Thursday.... baked chicken, eggplant, broccoli and cauliflower

Friday.... Quick dinner out - getting ready for yard sale

Saturday.... Adult grill night

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Weekend Update.........

Another 26 cents into the FOUND MONEY JAR. Brings the total to $2.49.

Frugal Finds from your Frugal Friend Give-Aways and Reviews! - enter to win a $25 gift card to Sam's club and a 1 day pass.

Dandy-Lyon Bites - free sample

Shine To Go - Try Now - free sample

KRAFT Bagel-fuls _ 1 off printable coupon

http://www.simpleanddelicious.com/downloads/reddi_rebate.pdf - Reddi Wip rebate form

http://links.mkt227.com/servlet/SignUpForm?f=215912 - free sample of Slim Fast 100 calorie snack

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thrifty Thursday....

Another batch of HOT peppers for the garden. Preserved in oil. A very frugal way to stock the pantry!

This is just half of the 25 pounds of carrots we pulled from the garden. Next Tuesday, I will show you what I do with them.
Have you done something frugal lately that you want to share? Link up here....

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