Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

It's all fun and games until.............

How many times do we tell our kids not to jump on the bed, or run in the house, or horseplay.  Because "It's all fun and games until SOMEONE gets hurt."

What better way to prove your point than to show them first hand!

Yep that's right... I was the one that got hurt!

I was jumping on my bed, frog style just my legs going up, singing and playing with K.  And I jumped off the bed at the end of the bed legs first.. We recently got new a new bedroom set and I forgot we have a footboard... OUCH.

YEP, It's all fun and games until SOMEONE gets hurt!!!

I can't put pressure on my leg... it throbs.. I may have cracked something..

Have a great day,

Menu Plan Monday--Christmas week!

It's Christmas Week!!

Monday: Pasta Marinara with meat sauce and salad

Tuesday: Homemade Pizza, salad

Wednesday: Omaha Steak Burgers, French Fries and green beans  (my parents got us Omaha Steaks for Christmas BEST GIFT EVER!)

Thursday: Cod, rice and green

Friday: Omaha Steaks, Twice baked potatoes and veggie

Saturday: CHRISTMAS DINNER-- Smithfield ham, greenbean casserole, mashed potatoes/gravy, Stuffing, homemade bread, homemade cinnamon rolls and Birthday cake for Jesus :)

Sunday: Leftovers!

Happy Christmas Week!!!



Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Break Came 2 days early this year

We got a ton of snow yesterday and school was closed.  K was genuinely upset, as she was to have "Colonial Days" at school.  They were going to spend all afternoon having snacks and hot chocolate and learning about kids and how they played and learned in the Colonial days.

However, around 11:30 while we were still laying in bed in PJ's watching the 6th Harry Potter movie (I KNOW LAZY LOL) the doorbell rang and it was a classmate of K's.  There went my time with my little girl yesterday :(  she and her friend played outside all day, only coming in for a bit to warm up and have hot chocolate or snacks.

I did realize however, that I really need to cherish the time I spend with her because I really missed her yesterday and was super happy when she came back home (after playing at her classmates house for a few hours).

We had a feeling today was going to get cancelled as well, after all, snow on the ground/roads+freezing temps overnight=ICE on the roads.  We kept checking online and the phone last night hoping we would hear before we went to sleep so we can turn off alarms and SLEEP IN!  No such luck.  This morning at 6 am the phone rings.. OY...

I hope everyone has a great Christmas Break!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Commissary Freebies-Thanks Military Wives Savings

Everything listed is FREE or has an overage, as you know the commissary gives you the full value of the coupon even if the product is less.

Thanks again Military Wives Savings
Click HERE to see the match ups!

My Farm Fresh Trip 12/15

I spent more than I wanted but I NEEDED some things.  

Here are the deals I got!

Tall Starbucks brewed Coffee:
FREE- I had an empty coffee bag, if you take the empty bag back you get a free tall brewed coffee.

Tic Tac's: $1.29 each
$.75 off coupon
Final: FREE (I got 2-had 2 coupons)

Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate: 10/$10 or $1 each
$1 off 3 coupon
Final:  3/$1 or $.33 each

Success Brown Rice: $2.39
$1 off coupon (all you magazine)
Final: $.39 each

Hunts Canned Tomatoes: 10/$10 or $1 each
$1 off of 3 cans
Final: 3/$1 or $.33 each

Hertz Clean and Crunch Dog Biscuits: $3.99
$1 off coupon
Final: $1.99 

Sponge Bob Nabisco Cheese Nips: $2.19
$1 off 2 boxes
Final: 2/$2.38 or $1.19 each

PeterPan Peanut Butter: $1.69
$1 off 2 coupon
Final: 2/$1.38 or $.69 each

Domino Sugar: $3.99
$.40 off coupon
Final: $3.19 (too expensive, I should have bought store brand but I didn't realize this was so much since the price wasn't marked.. MAD about that!!)

Carnation Cocoa: $2.39
Kraft Mini Marshmallows: $1,49
Coupon for $1 off when you buy both
Final: $1.88 for both! or Marshmallows FREE and and cocoa for $1.88

Crest Toothpaste: $2.99
$1 off coupon
Final: $.99

Colgate toothpaste: $2.19
$1 off coupon
Final: $.19!!

Northland Cranberry Juice $2.99$1/2 Northland Dark Fruit Juice, exp. 12-31-10 (SS 09/26/10)
Final: 2/$3.98 

The Potatoes were BOGO or $1.99 each for 5lb bag

I also received 10% Military Discount on all of the store brand items including the potatoes!

Final OOP: $50.90
Total Saved: $25.89 or 34%

How did you do?

Wordless Wednesday--First real SNOW of the season

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I have found a new place to buy my bread!

5 loaves of Natures Pride bread
2 packages of Cherry Sweet Rolls
Total $5.07!


Monday's in Military Appreciation day so I'll be going on Monday's from now on.  ALl of this would have cost me $4.57ish!

We go through so much bread in our house and  I buy 3-5 loaves at a time usually and freeze it so it doesn't bother me that this breads date is a few days away!!! It's in the Freezer!!


"Keeping up with the Jones'"

Do you feel like you need to buy the best/newest electronics, car, or gadgets for your kids for Christmas?
Why do we have to get Suzie an IPOD touch just because Cindy and Jim are getting Bobby one?
How much do you really think you 7 year old will NEED a cell phone?  Yet you feel obligated to get him one because his cousins, or friends are getting one.

I say NO.. Just say NO!!!  My child doesn't need a TV in her room, or a cell phone (how often is she not with ME that she would need one?-never), she doesn't listen to music enough to actually have an IPOD let alone a touch, after all she would just play games and there are cheaper ways for her to play those games like on MY Touch, and she does not need a computer.  SO I say NO, I am NOT wasting money on those things just because "The Jones'" are getting them for their children.

Chances are your kids can not tell you what they got for Christmas last year anyway.

So this year I chose to LISTEN to her.  Ask her what she wants and only buy that stuff (she did ask for the electronics and phone, but we spoke to her and told her not yet she it too young).

Sometimes you can get caught up in Sibling rivalry, you feel you have to get Jimmy something because you got Andy that thing.  But Andy is older and Jimmy really doesn't need it but to stop fights you do it anyway.

Why oh Why is this time of year so commercialized?

Can't we just sit back, be still and quiet and remember the reason for the season?  JESUS

When my grandparents we kids they got fruit and maybe a piece of candy, and maybe ONE gift. and they cherished and appreciated it!
When my parents were kids they got a few toys, fruit and candy and they very much appreciated what they got
When I was a kid we got more presents than candy or fruit, we appreciated maybe a couple things we got.
Now our kids are getting the entire electronics section of Target  and they EXPECT it!

This year I chose NOT to "Keep up with the Jones'" and focus more on Family and Jesus!

How about you?
How do you feel about "the Jones'" :)

Have a great Week

Monday, December 13, 2010

Menu Plan Monday 12/13-12-19

My hubby is away for work this week so K and I are going to have a easy peasy dinner week :)

Monday:  Brinner (breakfast for dinner-it's a tradition K and I always do when daddy is TDY)

Tuesday: Leftover Salmon, sweet potato fries and edemame

Wednesday: Pasta Carbonara

Thursday: Leftover Pasta Carbonara

Friday: Chicken Schnitzle, rice and veggie

Saturday: Fish, rice, veggie

Sunday: Pasta Marinara

Have a great Week


Friday, December 10, 2010

Molasses Sugar Cookie Recipe--The taste of Christmas

Yesterday I could not decide if I wanted to bake Sugar Cookies or Gingerbread (men) cookies.  So I searched recipes and ran across Molasses Sugar Cookies.  I thought "Humm I do have that molasses I bought on accident  instead of maple syrup and we have only used for BBQ sauce"

These Cookies are soo yummy and to me are the epitome of the "taste of Christmas".

Enjoy... let me know if you end up making these and how you like them :)

FYI the ingredients are normally the "fatty bad for you" stuff I shy away from.  However these cookies are only 95 calories each so 1 or 2 with a warm cup of coffee or tea in the evening are perfect.  Besides the holidays aren't a time to be "dieting" anyway.  Right?!


  • 1 1/2 cups shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Melt the shortening in a large pan on the stove, and cool.
  2. Add sugar, eggs, and molasses, beat well.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan. Mix well and chill 3 hours or overnight.
  4. Form into walnut-size balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Store in an airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp. If they do lose their softness, an easy way to restore it is to place one slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours or overnight and they will be soft again!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I actually have my menu's planned for the next 2 weeks.  But I'll just post this weeks.

Last of the leftover roasted chicken/ potatoes and veggie

Crockpot roast with potatoes and onions and a veggie or salad

Leftover Roast

Roast Beef Sandwiches, apple slices and a veggie

Fish, Rice and veggie

Saturday: (K is having  a friend sleep over)
Pasta Marinara or we will make pizza

 Fish, sweet potato fries, veggie (we may change this one since hubby leaves for a few days for work)

Happy Menu Planning.. don't forget to enter my giveaway!  $20 Chili's gift card!!


Chili's Shout out to Eat out gift card giveaway(CLOSED)

The winner is

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AubreyLaine said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about your giveaway as Aubrey Fick.

While out shopping Saturday my daughter and I decided to swing into Chili's for lunch.  Since we were out Christmas shopping we really didn't want to spend a ton on lunch.  Luckily Chili's has a 2 for $20 deal.  You get one appetizer and 2 entree's for $20!

We Chose the Chips and Salsa for our appetizer (of course I am the one who drips salsa on me!)

For out entrees' she chose the bacon cheeseburger and I chose the Chicken Fajita's.. YUMM

We had more than enough food.  For $20 we were able to fill up on yummy food so we can finish a long shopping day.

(*note: We ordered water to drink, and the beans/rice were $.99 extra, so drinks and tax and any extras will be outside the $20)

Enter to win a $20 gift card from Chili's, a perfect stocking stuffer or for date night :)

-Give away ends at 7 PM EST Monday December 13th.
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Please leave a different comment for each qualifying entry.  I will be using to choose the winner.

How to Enter:

1. Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment with your twitter name and comment the following  I want to win a $20 Chili's gift card from @angela312 #win #giveaway #shoutouttoeatout

2. Enter Chili's Shout out to eat out for another chance to win (US residents only) go Here (leave me a comment telling me you entered and who you want to take with you)

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Good Luck..  You may do all or some of the above to enter.  I will contact the winner by email and twitter.

*disclaimer: Chili's provided me with a $20 gift card to use for myself along with one for this giveaway.  However all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fresh Air Fund--helping inner city kids

Whether you are looking for a charity to give to this holiday season or want to learn more about helping inner city children by donating to a program that helps them get participate in programs and camps they otherwise would not be able to attend.  

Help give kids a brighter tomorrow with Fresh Air Fund 

Please take a moment to click on the above link and pass it along if you believe all kids no matter their socioeconomic status deserves a brighter future.

Thanks :)


Wordless Wednesday -- Making Thanksgiving Dinner