Saturday, May 31, 2008
Now, when it came to coupons I very seldom used them. In my area we have no store that doubles them and most coupons tended to be for items I seldom used. But, after researching the internet I found several web pages and blogs that talked about saving money by using coupons. My favorite blog, that offers the most information, is Money Saving Mom.
I have always been a bargain shopper and I have always stocked up on good deals in order to save money. Learning to use coupons has been a very fun and rewarding venture. I do not get 25-dollars in groceries and pay less than 1-dollar but I am saving money on items we would normally buy.
On Wednesday I received an e-mail from Walgreen’s. Included in the e-mail was a coupon for 10-dollars off your purchase of 30-dollars or more. Here is what I bought;
12 pack Mountain Dew on sale 3 for $10 plus an in-store credit of $2
2 Walgreen’s dandruff shampoo $4.99 each on sale for buy-one-get-one-free
3 Chexs Mix on sale for .99 each
1 Gardetto on sale for .99 each
4 Walgreen’s allergy elixir $3.99, not on sale but I needed this for Elizabeth
I used a $1 coupon on the Mountain Dew, 3 $1 coupons on each bag of Chexs and my Walgreen’s $10 coupon. Before coupons my total was $39.90; after the coupons my total was $20.83
My next stop was Wal-Mart; along with other items I purchased 4-cans Old El Paso enchilada sauce, 1 bottle French’s mustard, 1 bottle Cattleman’s barbeque sauce and 1 bottle Kraft salad dressing.
I had a coupon for $1 off when you buy any two Old El Paso products; each can cost 96-cents so after coupons I paid 46-cents per can. I also had a 50-cent coupon for the mustard; the mustard was 83-cents so I paid 33-cents for the bottle. The salad dressing was $1.58 and my coupon was for a free bottle. The Cattleman’s barbeque sauce sold for $1.68 and my coupon was for 75-cents off so I paid 93-cents for the bottle. Plus, the barbeque sauce came with a mail in rebate for the total purchase price which means it will be free after I send in the rebate form and the 75-cents I saved with the coupon more than covers the cost of a stamp needed for the rebate.
Using coupons has turned out to be great fun. I have really enjoyed learning about them and I am getting better each time I use them.
Friday, May 30, 2008
This year I decided to see how potatoes would grow in containers. I planted several containers and so far they are looking pretty good.Our tomatoes almost died when we moved them outdoors. I pretty much gave up on them until one day I noticed a new leaf on one. The tops of the plants are dead and dry but new stems and leaves are coming up wonderfully from the bottom.
I still need to plant my green beans, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe and peppers but I am in no hurry. The very first garden I ever planted was in the middle of July and it did very well.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
This evening, after the sun went down, I got busy and tried out my new toy. Elizabeth loves to use her play dishes when I cook so we made two miniature loaves just for her.
Yummy, the house smells so good. Breakfast will be homemade bread with homemade grape jelly.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
He was buried slightly under grass and dirt and if not for a slight movement I don’t think I would have noticed him at all.
Each time I come across small creatures like this it makes my day!
Monday, May 26, 2008
I begin with an old aluminum pot and add oil, margarine, popcorn kernels and season salt.
Next I cover the pot with a cooking guard. I like using this guard because it lets the steam out and the popcorn isn’t as chewy. I also like watching the kernels as they pop.
While the kernels are heating up I like to continuously shake the pot so nothing burns.
Because the salt and margarine is added in the beginning all flavors are distributed evenly. Now make a nice cold drink and your set for a movie or a good book.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
We started our project with two discount store trampoline frames. We took the two top rails and one set of legs to create the outside structure.
Next we took 2-ft. tall chicken wire, 50-feet of wire in all, and encircled the outside of the frame. Each section between the legs is secured with wire.
Once the wire was attached we were able to release the chickens so they could experience their new environment.
We now had to stand guard to keep the cats out and the dogs from digging under the pen.
This flap is held in place with rings and thin straps tied to the bottom of the frame.
Now the chickens will have many happy days playing outside while staying safe from the dogs and cats.
Hally, short for Halloween, is very interested in the chicks.
Hopefully he wont find an area we overlooked.
Each year it gets harder and harder to surprise him with a gift.
The birthday menu consists of Pizza and a Movie!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
It all began with the icing wanting to droop on the sides of two tiers. No matter what I did I couldn’t get it to work out the way it needed to be. So in the end I had to deliver the cakes just the way they were.
Thankfully once the fresh flowers were added all attention was focused on them instead of the droops.
Everything went well with the groom’s cake, which was such a nice relief.
I am so happy for the newlyweds and so thankful I don’t have to worry about the cakes anymore.
Friday, May 23, 2008
A lot of planning goes into cakes.
As well as a lot of ingredients.
My baking began on Thursday evening and continued until around 1:30 AM
Then bright and early this morning I was back to baking. My day will not end until later this evening and then it will be time to deliver and set up the cakes bright and early Saturday morning.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The chicks did not arrive until today, and boy were we all excited!
The chicks are so cute and very loud!
The kids jumped out of bed as soon as I arrived home from the post office. We all had to touch and hold the cute little fuzz balls.
They have been drinking a lot of water and eating food and Elizabeth pulled weeds for them to play with.
The last time we had chickens was several years ago and at that time the coyotes came once a day to feast on them for lunch. Hopefully we will be able to prevent that this time.
I love how chickens make a home feel so cozy and alive with life.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The next step was to add a pocket to the back of the book bags.
To each pocket I added an appliquéd alphabet using the red and green fabrics and also trimmed the top of the pocket in the same fabric. My appliquéd alphabets came from Embroider RN Designs.
For the finishing touch I lined each bag in the red and green fabrics.
Even though I was not able to get the quilts finished I am still pleased with my last minute gifts.
After dinner Jonathan had a childhood friend, Andrew, come over to spend the night and at the same time another family friend was in town and dropped by to say hello. All in all we could not have asked for a better day or a nicer celebration.
This is Andrew and Jonathan at the reception that followed the graduation.As part of the graduation each graduate sets up a table with memorabilia from their childhood as well as items from their current interest. The tables were set up in the gymnasium at the church where the ceremony took place. The guests really enjoy looking at the tables and visiting.
Graduations are a good place to catch up with old friends.