Monday, April 21, 2014

Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday: Chocolate Chip PB Muffins

Joe has loved having sweets in the house again, and I am glad to be feeling well enough to make them weekly.  For a while, I felt like being pregnant was misery, I'm finally getting to enjoy it.  These muffins whip up quick, and are very filling and delicious!  They also only use a few simple ingredients - always a plus!  They do dry out fairly quickly though (like in a couple of days), so I make the 24, and then freeze 12 to thaw later in the week.  This keeps everything nice and moist until it gets eaten.  Here's the DL on these wonderful muffins...

2 1/4 c Flour (I use unbleached)
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2/3 c Light Brown Sugar
6 tbsp melted and cooled Unsalted Butter
1/2 c Creamy Peanut Butter
2 Eggs 
1 c Milk
3/4 c Chocolate Chips (I used milk, next time I'm going to try white)

1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease and flour muffin pan cups.
2.) Mix together dry ingredients (except chocolate chips), set aside.
3.) Mix together wet ingredients.  Blend in dry ingredients until just moistened.  Stir in chocolate chips.
4.) Scoop batter into muffin cups so they are about 2/3's full.  Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes, rotate pan, and bake another 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  (this may vary based on your oven)
5.) Allow muffins to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then remove them to a wire rack to finish cooling.  Store in an airtight container, or freeze for later enjoyment!
6.) Eat - these are tasty by themselves, or with a smear of butter, jam, or peanut butter on top :)

Menu Plan Monday: 04/21/2014

Today marks 1 week and 4 days overdue for Baby Rogers, so I go into the hospital tonight to be induced.  I'm excited and nervous.  I'll just be happy to have Baby Rogers in my arms instead of my stomach!  As for meal planning, I made up a rough plan for the week, obviously subject to change based on how Monday night/Tuesday morning go.  If I end up having a C-section, I'll be in the hospital for most of the week, eating crapy hospital food.  If I get lucky, and can have a normal vaginal birth, I should be home Tuesday evening.  I'm hoping and praying for the latter.  If everything works out, here's what's on the menu for this week...

Breakfasts: Cold Cereal, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Fruit, and/or Waffles

Lunches: Leftovers, Sandwiches

Dinners:
Sunday - Dinner out with Joe's Family to celebrate Easter!
Monday - I go into the hospital at 8 pm to be inducedm so, last meal = ice cream sundaes!
Tuesday - @ the Hospital
Wednesday - @ the Hospital/Take-out (We'll have to wait and see...)
Thursday - Mac and Cheese, Hot Dogs
Friday - Frozen Pizza
Saturday - Dinner in the Hearth at the Museum (working)

Extras: Ice Cream, Brownies or No-bake Cookies for Joe

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weekly Spending Report: 04/13-19/2014

This week I was hoping to have a little one in my arms, but the baby had different plans, so I'm still pregnant, and was bored and anxious, so errand running it was.  We did pretty much all of our shopping in Monday, and we were able to stock up on some great deals.  Here's what we ended up with...
  • Sunday's Giant Trip (no picture, just Red Grapes): $4.77 oop
  • Monday's CVS Trip: $19.76 oop, Earned $9 ECB's
  • Monday's Giant Trip: $30.37 oop
  • Monday's Staples Trip (no picture, just 1 ream Printer Paper): $4.03 oop, Earned $3.80 Easy Rebate
  • Monday's ALDI Trip: $13.62 oop
  • Monday's Rite-Aid Trip (used a 20% and $0.50/2 Rite-Aid Coupons): $6.56 
  • Monday's Kohl's Trip (Saved $29.47, used a $10 and a 15% off coupon) : $1.63 oop
  • Friday's ALDI Trip (no picture, just red grapes, wheat thins, tortilla strip chips, corn chips, and pop-tarts): $10.10 oop
  • Earned $10 CVS Gift Card from MyPoints 
  • Earned $5 Amazon Gift Card from Swag Bucks
Total OOP: $90.84
Total Earned: $27.80
Total Remaining for April: $21.38

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Monday's CVS Trip

Our second stop Monday was to CVS.  I rolled my ECB's and picked up some needed items like toilet paper and peanut butter, as well as some great deals, like toothpaste.  I only did one transaction to make things go faster, so my oop was a little higher than I like it, but that's okay every once in a while.  Here's what we ended up with...

2-16 double roll pks Charmin Toilet Paper (not pictured) $15.79 ea - $5.80 ea Sale - $1/1 MC x 2 +
2 bottles Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Soap $1.67 ea - $0.68 ea Sale - $0.50/1 MC x 2 - $5 ECB's wyb $20 = 2 Toilet paper and 2 Dawn/$13.96!
3-24 pks Basics bottled H2O (not pictured) $3.99 ea - $1.55 ea Sale = $3/7.32 or $2.44 ea
2 jars Jif Peanut Butter $3.79 - $1.79 ea Sale = 2/$4
1 tube Colgate Total Toothpaste $3.79 - $2.50/1 CVS Coupon = $0.50
2-2 pks Colgate Total Toothpaste $6.79 ea - $2.58 CVS Coupon (20% off) - $2/10 Oral Care CVS Coupon - $2/1 MC x 2 - $2 ECB's x 2 = 2-2 pks/$1
+ $2.48 Tax
- $18.50 ECB's used to Pay
Total OOP: $19.76, Earned $9 ECB's for next time!

Linked to Simply CVS!

Monday's Giant Trip

I really thought I was going into labor Sunday night, contractions were 10 minutes apart, and strong for over two hours, and then nothing :-(  So I went ahead and cleaned the house for the week in between contractions, thinking it would be nice and clean for when we brought the baby home, however, the baby had other plans.  So, I'm still pregnant, and the house is clean.  So, since I didn't have to clean Monday (my regular cleaning day), I ran errands instead.  First stop was Giant for some fruit and a couple of great deals.  Here's what we ended up with...

2 Newman's Own Pizzas (not pictured) $6.69 ea - $1.69 ea Sale - $1/1 MC x 2 = 2/$9
3 bags Frozen Steam Fresh Broccoli with Cheese Sauce (not pictured) $2.50 ea - $0.50 ea Sale - $0.50/1 MC doubled to $1 x 3 = 3/$3
2 bags Frozen Bird's Eye Sliced Peppers and Onions (not pictured) $2.50 - $0.50 ea Sale - $0.75/1 MC doubled to $1.50 x 2 = 2/$1
0.93 lb Red Grapes $3.71 - $0.93 Sale = $2.78
1.73 lbs Apples $3.44
2.67 lbs Bananas $1.84
2-2 lb bags Domino Brown Sugar & 2-2 lb bags Domino Powdered Sugar $2.49 ea - $0.70 ea Sale - $0.65/2 MC doubled to $1.30 x 2 = 4/$4.56 or $1.14 ea (cheaper than ALDI)*
3 jars Newman's Own Salsa $2.79 ea - $0.29 ea Sale - $0.50/1 MC doubled to $1 x 3 = 3/$4.50*
2 cans Del Monte Green Beans $1.49 ea - $0.74 ea Sale - $0.50/1 MC doubled to $1 x 2 = 2 FREE + $0.50 Money-maker!
2 bottles Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Soap $1.39 ea - $0.50/1 MC doubled to $1 x 2 = 2/$0.78
+ $0.17 Tax
- $0.20 Reusable Bag Credit 
Total OOP: $59.13 - $28.76 Savings/Coupons = $30.37 oop!!!  Savings of 49%!!!! 
*We also earned an additional 30 cents of a gallon of gas for purchasing the sugars and salsas!

ALDI Deals, Starting 04/16/2014

Here are some of the AWESOME deals this week at ALDI...
  • Weds. 04/16 ONLY: Fresh USDA Choice Sirloin Tip Roast $3.49/lb
  • Weds. 04/16 ONLY: Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Parmesan Cutlets $4.99/lb
  • Multi-Peppers 3 pk $1.99 ea
  • Baby Carrots 16 oz $0.49 ea
  • Sweet Potatoes 3 lbs $1.19 ea
  • Asparagus 16 oz $1.79 ea 
  • Strawberries 1 lb $1.49 ea
  • Pineapple $1.39 ea 
  • Specially Selected Cheese Snack Sticks Gouda or Habanero Jack 9 oz $3.29 ea
  • Specially Selected Bite-sized Salami Original or Hot and Spicy 8 oz $2.99 ea
  • Specially Selected Gourmet Pasta Assorted Varieties 17.6 oz $1.69 ea
  • Specially Selected Naan Bread 8.8 oz $1.99 ea
  • Specially Selected Gourmet Vinaigrette Dressings Assorted Varieties 12 oz $1.99 ea
  • Specially Selected Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans 7 oz $2.49 ea
  • Specially Selected Gourmet Cookie Dough White Chocolate Macadamia Nut or Triple Chocolate Chunk 16 oz $2.49 ea
  • Fit and Active Fat Free Dressing French Style or Thousand Island 16 oz $1.39 ea
  • Kirkwood Garlic and Herb Frozen Chicken Breasts 40 oz $6.99 ea
  • Range Master 4 Burner Stainless Steel Gas Grill $149.99 ea
  • Range Master Fork, Tongs, Spatula, or Brush $1.99 ea
  • Range Master Porcelain Grill Topper $5.99 ea 
  • Range Master 69" Gas Grill Cover $12.99 ea 
  • Foldable Shopping Totes $1.49 ea
  • Gardenline Pruner Set, Shears, or 6-in-1 Tool $4.99 ea
  • Gardenline Rattan Style Tall Planter Assorted Styles $14.99 ea
  • Gardenline Rattan Style Square Planter 11x11x11" $9.99 ea
  • Suncast Multipurpose Cart $19.99 ea
  • No Float Cypress Mulch 2 cu ft $2.49 ea
  • 10 Stem Tulip Bouquet Assorted Colors $4.99 ea
  • Hyacinths, Lilies, or Tulips Assorted Colors $3.99 ea
For more information about shopping at ALDI, visit their Homepage!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday: Baked Potato Wedges

Joe and I LOVE Alexia frozen french fries and onion rings, but sometimes you just run out, which is a total bummer.  These homemade baked potato wedges are a wonderful substitute, and also a good way to use up extra cheap potatoes before they go bad.  We've had them with everything from pork chops to burgers, so they really can go with just about anything, even scrambled eggs.  Besides their versatility, the are also delicious, and easy!  Here's what you need...

Desired amount of potatoes, washed and cut into wedges
Spray Olive Oil (I use a Misto Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer)
Seasoning of your choice (Old Bay is good, Seasoned Salt, I use my own salt-free seasoning blend, or you can just use plain old salt and pepper)

1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  After potatoes are washed and wedged, place foil on baking sheet, and spray with olive oil.  Place potato wedges on tray so they are not touching.
2.) Spray wedges with olive oil, and sprinkle with seasoning of your choice*.  
3.) Bake in preheated oven 20-30 minutes depending on the size of your wedges (I keep mine thin, so they get crispy in about 20 minutes).
4.) Serve hot from the oven with the meal of your choice.  They are good plain, or with ketchup or BBQ sauce as well.  Enjoy!
* You can also toss the wedges in a bowl with seasonings and olive oil instead of spraying and sprinkling on the tray, but I like to not have the extra bowl and utensil to wash.*

Menu Plan Monday: 04/14/2014

Well, this is the week, if Baby Rogers doesn't make an appearance by Thursday, I'll be induced.  Because of that, I'm keeping the menu super simple, and hopefully Baby Rogers will decide to come before Thursday.  We'll just have to wait and see.  Here's what's (hopefully) cooking this week at the Rogers' house...

Breakfasts: Sweet Bread for Joe (from the freezer), Cold Cereal for Me

Lunches: Leftovers, or Sandwiches (with Chips, and Fruit)

Dinners:
Sunday - Spaghetti, Sausage, Garlic Bread
Monday - Leftover Pasta Bake, Garlic Bread, Steamed Broccoli
Tuesday - Baked Fish Fillets, Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese
Wednesday - Grilled Chicken Salad
Thursday - Chicken Fajitas, Mexican Rice
Friday - Out :-)
Saturday - Homemade Pizza

Extras: Ice Cream, maybe Brownies

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

40 bags in 40 days Update #5

I decided to join along in the 40 bags in 40 days challenge to help decrapify the house before baby Rogers arrives in April.  Here's how week #4 went...
Day #23: Today was another nursery working day.  I'm slowly, but surely working through my crafting stashes.  I found another box for the garbage.  So much packaging waste! - 83

Day #24: Still working through craft supplies.  More things to go.  - 37

Day #25:  Sill working my way through the nursery.  Another box of craft supplies, and just misc junk that probably didn't belong in that room to begin with. - 54

Day #26: Still working through craft supplies in the nursery.  Being 9 months pregnant, I get tired very easily, so I'm only do a drawer or so at a time.  This box of junk, although small, holds 136 pieces of ribbon, and misc embellishments that I will never use. - 136

Day #27: I decided to take a break from the crafting items and work on the nursery closet.  I found a few shirts of Joe's that were too small, so off they went. - 8

Day #28: Took the day off, and just rested and caught up my coupons before the baby is due.  I did get rid of quite a few paper/insert scraps. - 43
 

40 bags in 40 days Update #4

I decided to join along in the 40 bags in 40 days challenge to help decrapify the house before baby Rogers arrives in April.  Here's how week #4 went...

Day #17: Today I did a quick pick-up of the house before doing my weekly cleaning, and then I vacuumed the air vents throughout the house.  I also went through my craft stash and was able to get rid of another box of stuff!  - 50


Day #18:  Today I did a quick bathroom pick-up and cleaned out the kitchen cupboards.  I must be keeping up with our food supply better because there wasn't a whole lot to get rid of.  - 9

Day #19:  Today I cleaned out the hall and bedroom closet.  Needless to say, it didn't take long, since I'm pregnant, my wardrobe is pretty non-existent, and I don't really want to get rid of anything until after the baby comes, and I see what still fits and what doesn't.  I did manage to get rid of a few paper trash items from around the house though.  Here's the after of the closet... - 7

Day #20:  Today I worked on cleaning the windows, sills, and curtains.  I also worked in the nursery some more and was able to find quite the pile of crap to get rid of. - 50+
Day #21: Today I cleaned out the medicine and first aid drawers.  I don't how expired things pile up so much in those two little spaces, but they do.  Items removed - 38 
Day #22: Today was another nursery day.  More crap gone, and more baby stuff in!  YEAH!  - 50+