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Friday, May 20, 2011

Coupon trip 2

I was armed with all my coupons, hoping to find some good deals, and I think I did.  It wasn't as GREAT as some of the deals I've seen, but it's a start.

Basically I had a lot of Target Printables, as well as some manufacturer coupons.  By having both these coupons I can "stack" them and save even more by using two coupons on one item.  I also was pleasantly surprised once I got to Target and found out certain purchases of deoderant, huggies, papertowels, and some other items, resulted in a $5 gift card!   Which was perfect because I had coupons for Degree deoderant, Huggies diapers, and Viva papertowels!  

My total savings this trip were $35.61, with $10 in gift cards (GC's), and out of pocket cost of $73.96 ( I used a $5 GC I'd previously earned)!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mr. Potato Head Cake Pops!

Okay, so Monkey is completely obsessed with Mr. Potato Head (and Toy Story really)! In my search for birthday party stuff, I came across these Mr. Potato Head cake pops. I'm not a baker, I literally NEVER bake, but I decided to give it a shot! And I am very proud of how these turned out. I was pretty nervous, but it really was not all that hard.

I used a box cake mix.


Then mixed it with frosting and formed little balls. I let these sit in the fridge over night, then formed them into more "pear" shapes and dipped them in chocolate.

I think the hardest part was quickly inserting the ears, arms, nose and hat before the chocolate started hardening.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Birthday Party!

Just wanted to share a little on my plans for the boys' big birthday bash! It's all planned for the 17th. We wanted to do a party in the week between W's birthday (4/16) and O's (5/1), but that day ended up being Easter, so we decide on the 17th. We are doing the party at a bounce-house/open gym play type place. It's going to be really neat (plus no worrying about clean up before/after the party at home)!!!
We are doing a Toy Story theme- since W is obsessed! I did a test run for the cupcakes- I'd like to make them a little greener for the party, and will be adding sour straws for the little antennas on the alien's heads, and some green candy for ears.
I am also going to try and make these Mr. Potato Head cake pops--- I've got just about everything I need and am going to do a test batch Thursday. Wish me luck! I've never done anything like this- actually haven't baked cupcakes in years either! But, the cupcakes (from a box) were pretty easy, I'm not sure about these...
And I'm going to try and make a slinky dog banner similar to this-
And I got these awesome treat bags from Etsy-So, everything is really coming together! I'm so excited!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dinner =)



I know I was going to make enchilada casserole, but ended up not feeling like cooking. So, split some soup (2P+) with Dh & W, and made a sandwich thin w/ deli turkey (2 slices), tsp (or less) of mayo, WW cheese, and tomatoes (total 7P+). So, yummy!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cooking & New Recipes!

I've been really making an effort to try out new recipes & since I'm cooking all our meals I'm looking for quick and easy ideas to start with. Last week I made a turkey enchilada casserole- really yummy (& super easy)! I also did a sort of chili recipe in the crock-pot BUT I forgot to brown the ground beef first :/ I ended up taking it out and cooking it on the stove-top- it actually came out alright. I also did a breakfast scramble- kind of came up with on my own, but I did scrambled eggs, salsa and LF shredded cheese. It was pretty yummy too.

One of my favorite (& easy) dinners is what we had last night- boca burgers and sweet potato fries. We also had black beans, I'll usually do a different veggie with this dinner. It's really scrumptious and all & all (including black beans, cheese, bun, everything) 13 P+ which is high, but for a burger and fries I don't think it's awful. It really satisfies my cravings- burger and fries is probably my FAVORITE food :)



Today I'm trying out this recipe from WW-
Creamy Italian Chicken

Course: main meals
PointsPlus Value: 8
Servings: 4

Preparation Time: 0 min
Cooking Time: 0 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

1 envelope(s) Good Seasons Italian Dressing
2 cup(s) Campbell's Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup
8 oz fat-free cream cheese
1 pound(s) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 cup(s) cooked brown rice

Instructions

Put chicken breasts in crock pot. Sprinkle with dry Italian dressing mix. Mix cream cheese and soup in separate bowl. Pour over chicken. Cook on low all day ( 8 hours). Serve over rice or noodles. (Add milk if needed to thin sauce out)

It is in the crockpot now! =)

Nook Color LOVE!

I also wanted to mention how much I'm loving my Christmas present- the Nook Color! It's getting me back into reading more---which I love! It makes it easy because I can just carry it in my purse and read whenever I get a chance. I just finished The Hunger Games Series (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) and am starting The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo- however I've got a good list of other books I really want to read too!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's snowing!

Looks like we are going to be getting quite the accumulation tonight. It's coming down pretty heavy and by tomorrow morning should be about 4-7 inches total. THANKFULLY I don't have to work tomorrow. =) Have no where I have to be, so it'll be an inside day with the boys. My throat is still pretty sore, but feeling WAY better than yesterday.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Whoa!

These boys have been keeping me busy! And I'm back on the wagon- with Weight Watchers that is. I got some great deals on SmartOnes, on sale for $1.77 each, plus I had a coupon for $5, and $1 off. So far the New Year has been awesome, well mostly. O is still not consistently sleeping, so it's exhausting at times, but I really wouldn't change a thing! Except I'm going to try and update more! =)

My Weight Loss Journey!

My Boys!