Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday: Apple Pie Bread

I love the combination of cinnamon and apples, it's just such a cozy flavor, and reminds me of sweaters and fire places.  It also brings to mind apple pie, which is more of a summer thing, especially topped with vanilla ice cream - yum-o!  Well, with this bread, you can have the taste of apple pie without the trouble of rolling out pie crusts, or worrying about your ice cream melting too quickly.  This bread requires a few more ingredients than I like to have in one recipe, but they are all things that I keep in my pantry on a regular basis, so it came together quickly, and was delicious.  I will tell you that it can dry out a little faster than other sweet breads, so you'll need to eat it quickly or freeze the second loaf for later use (which works beautifully).  I'm thinking about adding some applesauce to the batter next time and see if that helps.  So, here's how to whip up a wonderful loaf of Apple Pie bread,,,

3 c Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves

3 Eggs
1 c Oil (I use Sunflower)
1 1/4 c Brown Sugar (I use Raw)
1 c Sugar (I use Unrefined)
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
2 c Chopped Apples (I used 2 Gala Apples)
3/4 c Chopped Pecans (Optional, I did not add these this time around, and it was still delicious)

1.) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Sift together the first set of ingredients (Dry); set aside.
2.) Beat eggs, oil, sugars, and vanilla until well combined.  Add flour (dry) mixture, to wet ingredients and beat well.
3.) Stir in apples (and pecans, if using), until well mixed.  Pour batter into 2 greased loaf pans.  
4.) Baked in preheated oven for approximately an hour (oven temperatures do vary so make sure to check for doneness along the way).  Remove from oven and allow bread to cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing loaf to wire rack to cool completely.  Recipe makes 2 large loaves or 4-6 mini loaves (which bake in about 30-40 minutes)

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

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

For more AWESOME Menu Plans, visit Org Junkie!

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!

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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)

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

For more AWESOME Menu Plans, visit Org Junkie!

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+

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Weekly Spending Report: 04/06-12/2014

This week was another heavy spending week, since Baby Rogers is late and hasn't made an apperance yet.  I am so bored, and anxious for the baby to get here.  I look forward to my errand running days to just get out of the house.  Hopefully Baby Rogers will make an appearance this week, and I can take the rest of the month off.  Here's what we ended up with this week...
  • Tuesday's CVS Trip: $4.32 oop, Earned $16 ECB's
  • Tuesday's ALDI Trip: $16.89 oop
  • Tuesday's Target Trip (no picture, 3 baby shower presents, and 3 bottles Suave shampoo, used coupons, and $10 gift card to pay): $3.33 oop, Earned $5 Target Gift Card (for Suave Shampoo)
  • Tuesday's Staples Trip (no picture, just a ream of Multi-purpose paper): $4.03 oop, Earned $3.80 Easy Rebate
  • Tuesday's Giant Trip: $42.51 oop, Earned Free Land O Lakes Butter Spread Coupon MIR
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip (no picture, just 4 cards and 2 newspapers): $4.24 oop
  • Earned $5 Amazon Gift Card from Swag Bucks
  • Earned $14.05 from Amazon
Total OOP: $75.32
Total Earned: $43.85, plus a coupon for free butter spread
Total Remaining for April: $112.22

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

40 bags in 40 days Update #3

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 #3 went...

Day #11: Cleaned the house today, as well as cleaning out the silverware drawer.  Items removed: Misc papers and inserts from around the house - 7

 Day #12: Cleaned the microwave and stove today.  Also worked on the desk.  Items removed: Misc paper clutter - 10

Day #13:  Did a quick clean of the bathroom as well as the top of the fridge, as well as the office desk. - 23

Day #14:  Wiped down the mirrors today and cleaned out the utensil drawers - 7

Day #15:  I cleaned all of our computer screens today, as well as worked hard in the nursery and removed a huge box of trash - 100+

Day #16: Today I worked in the Nursery and managed to find another box of junk that can go - wahoo! - 25


Tuesday's Giant Trip

After CVS Tuesday, we also stopped into Giant to pick up some fresh fruit for me, and some other great deals.  I had to do 2 transactions to use all of my Dawn coupons, because Giant only will double up to 4 like coupons in a transaction, but since we self check-out anyway, it was no biggie.  Here's what we ended up with...

1 tub Turkey Hill Ice Cream (not pictured) $3.59 - $1.59 Sale = $2
4 boxes Eggo Waffles (not pictured) $2.79 ea - $0.29 ea Sale - $1/2 MC x 2 = 4/$8
2 boxes Land O Lakes Butter Half Sticks $4.89 ea - $1.89 ea Sale - $0.50/1 MC doubled to $1 x 2 = 2/$4 + Earned Free Land O Lakes Spread Coupon from MIR
1 Smart Balance Olive Oil Spread $2.89 - $0.89 Sale - $0.50/1 MC doubled to $1 = $1
Bananas $1.37
Watermelon from the Salad Bar $6.77
2 Honey Crisp Apples $1.32
Red Grapes $0.95
2-100 ct Boxes Giant Tagless Tea Bags $1.25 ea = 2/$2.50
2 jars Kraft Mayo $4.99 ea - $2 ea Sale - $0.50/1 MC doubled to $1 x 2 = $1.99 ea or 2/$3.98
1 jar Newman's Own Salsa $2.79 - $0.50/1 MC doubled to $1 = $1.79
1 Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce $2.39
8 bottles Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Soap $1.39 ea - $0.50/1 MC doubled to $1 x 8 = $0.39 ea or 8/$3.12
2 boxes Lucky Charms Cereal $1.89 on clearance - $0.60/1 MC doubled to $1.20 (should have been 2 of these - ugh!) = 2/$2.58 or $1.29 ea
+ $0.84 Tax
- $0.10 Reusable Bag Credit 
Total OOP: $71.94 - $30.27 Savings/Coupons = $42.51 -- Savings of 42%!!!

Tuesday's CVS Trip

Tuesday, after my Dr's appointment, Joe and I went to CVS to roll my ECB's and do the diaper deal!  We were able to get quite a few items for very little out of pocket, and I still $18.50 in ECB's for next week!  Here's what we ended up with...

2 Jumbo pks Huggies Newborn Diapers $11.99 ea - $2.99 ea Sale - $3/1 MC x 2 +
2 Refill pks Huggies Natural Care Wipes $8.29 ea - $2.29 ea Sale - $1/2 MC - $2/1 diaper + 1 wipe CVS coupon x 2 - $5/$20 Huggies CVS Coupon - $10 ECB's wyb $30 = 2 Diapers + 2 Wipes/$4 - $1 per pkg!!!!
2 Tom's Deodorants $5.99 ea - $1.99 ea Sale - $2/2 MC - $2 ECB wyb 2 = 2/$4
2 Crest Pro-Health Toothpastes $3.79 ea - $0.80 ea Sale - $1/2 MC - $2 ECB x 2 = 2/$0.98
1 CVS Hand Soap $2.37 - $2/1 CVS coupon = $0.37
1 A&W Root beer 2 lt $2.09 - $1.10 Sale - $0.30/1 CVS Coupon = $0.69 
2 boxes Pop Secret Popcorn $3.99 ea - $1.49 ea Sale - $1/1 MC x 2 = 2/$3
3 canisters Sun-Maid Raisins $4.49 ea - $2.50 ea Sale - $2/1 MC x 3 = 3 FREE + $0.03 Money-maker!
+ $2.76 Tax
- $27.45 ECB's used to Pay
Total OOP: $4.32, Earned $16 ECB's for next time!

Linked to Simply CVS!

ALDI Deals, Starting 04/09/2014

Here are some of the AWESOME deals this week at ALDI...
  • Weds. 04/09 ONLY: Tyson Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs $1.49/lb
  • Multi-peppers 3 pk $1.99 ea
  • Sweet Potatoes 3 lbs $1.19 ea
  • Asparagus 16 oz $1.69 ea
  • Baby Carrots 16 oz $0.49 ea
  • Strawberries 1 lb $1.49 ea
  • Pineapple $1.39 ea
  • Season's Choice Chopped Spinach 10 oz $0.99 ea
  • Season's Choice Steamable Cheesy Broccoli Florets or California Medley with Cheese 12 oz $1.49 ea
  • Season's Choice Steamable Asparagus Spears 8 oz $2.29 ea
  • Season's Choice Steamable Broccoli Florets or California Medley 12 oz $1.09 ea
  • SimplyNature Organic Spring Mix or Baby Spinach 5 oz $2.49 ea
  • SimplyNature Organic Dressing Peppercorn Ranch or Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette 8 oz $1.99 ea
  • Tuscan Garden Croutons Caesar, Cheese Garlic, or Seasoned 5 oz $0.89 ea
  • Happy Harvest Cut Green Beans or Whole Kernel Corn 14.5-15.25 oz $0.49 ea
  • L'oven Fresh Brown and Serve Rolls 12 oz $0.99 ea
  • L'oven Fresh Hawaiian Sweet Rolls 12 oz $1.99 ea
  • L'oven Fresh Cinnamon Crumb Cake 26 oz $3.99 ea
  • L'oven Fresh Cheesecake Sampler 40 oz $8.99 ea 
  • Baker's Corner Canned Pumpkin 15 oz $0.99 ea
  • Baker's Corner Granulated Sugar 4 lb bag $1.69 ea
  • Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour 5 lb bag $1.49 ea
  • Happy Farms or Fit and Active Cream Cheese 8 oz  $0.99 ea
  • Bake House Creations Crescent Rolls 8 oz $0.99 ea
  • Bake House Creations Pie Crusts 15 oz $1.49 ea
  • Countryside Creamery Butter Quarters Salted or Unsalted 16 oz $2.19 ea
  • Gardenline Gazebo with Netting 10x10' $119 ea
  • Gardenline 5 piece Patio Set $79.99 ea
  • Gardenline String Light Assortment 10 ct $7.99 ea
  • Gardenline 9' Wood Market or Aluminum Umbrella $29.99 ea
  • Gardenline Umbrella Stand 30 lb Assorted Styles $16.99 ea
  • Gardenline Umbrella Light $7.99 ea
  • Gardenline Clematis Flowering Vine Assorted Varieties $4.99 ea
  • Gardenline Spring Bulbs and Perennials Assorted Varieties $1.69 ea
For more information about shopping at ALDI, visit their Homepage!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday: No Bake Cookies

Cookies are definitely my husband's favorite food, and these are probably the easiest ones that I make.  They are especially nice for when the weather is warmer, since you don't even have to turn on the oven.  I love that they come together quick, and only take simple ingredients that I always have in my pantry, and then there is the fact that they have chocolate and PB in them, which is always a hit!  So, if you'd like to make some for yourself, which you will, here's how...

1/4 c Butter or Margarine
1/2 c Milk
1/2 c Peanut Butter
2 c Sugar (I use raw sugar)
1/2 c Cocoa
3 c Quick Oats
2 tsp Vanilla Extract 

1.) Mix the sugar and cocoa in a heavy saucepan, add the milk and butter.  Bring this to a boil and let boil for about 2 minutes.  
2.) Remove from heat, add the oats to the sauce pan, stir to combine.  Add the peanut butter, and the vanilla and then mix well.
3.) Drop the mixture by the teaspoon onto wax paper, and let cool.  Store the cookies in an airtight container, they also freeze really well.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Menu Plan Monday: 04/07/2014

This is the week for Baby Rogers to amek his/her appearance!  Hopefully anyway.  The baby is due Thursday, but very rarely does a baby actually come on time.  My doctor will give me another week before she induces me, so I'm hoping the baby comes sooner as opposed to later.  Since the baby can come any time now, I kept our menu super simple this week.  If the baby comes, probably some of it will go out the window in favor of sandwiches, salads, and take-out.  But, we'll just have to wait and see!  Here's what we're planning on eating this week...

Breakfasts: Apple Pie Bread for Joe (new recipe), Cold Cereal for Me

Lunches: Leftovers or Ham and Cheese Bagel Sandwiches

Sunday - Out :-)
Monday - Crock-pot Pork Chops and Baked Potatoes
Tuesday - Spaghetti, Sausage, Garlic Bread
Wednesday - Orange Chicken, Jasmine Rice
Thursday - Baked Fish Sticks, Baked French Fries
Friday - French Toast, Bacon
Saturday - Homemade Pizza

Extras: Ice Cream, maybe Brownies

For more AWESOME Menu Plans, visit Org Junkie!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review: NEUTROGENA® Nourishing Long Wear Makeup

I was given a chance to try out the new Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Make-up through BzzAgent.  I don't usually wear lot of make-up, mostly because it can feel cakey or greasy after a few hours of wear.  However, the Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Make-up not only went on smooth, but was also breathable and did not cake up or get greasy.  I liked that this make-up had the added A, C, and E vitamins to help nourish my skin, as well as brighten my skin tone. I always appreciate it when my make-up can do double or triple duty.  The Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Make-up does just that, it not only functions as a concealer, but a foundation that improves your skin over time, and has a SPF 20 sunscreen as well.  Over the course of my time using Neutrogena's Nourishing Long Wear Make-up (about 1 month), I have noticed my skin to have a more even tone, and is very smooth.  Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Make-up also comes in a variety of shades, making it super simple to match to your skin color, even if you are super pale like me.  :)  Overall I give Neutrogena's Nourishing Long Wear Make-up an A+, and highly recommend that you go try it for yourself!

I am a BzzAgent, and received this item for free to try, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

March Goals Update

Another good month with lots of progress made.  Some of my goals won't get crossed off until December, but that's okay, I really want to work on perfecting those.  Here's how March went down...

  1. Prepare a Nursery! - Almost done.  With only 5 days left until Baby Rogers is due, this is at the top on my to-do list daily.  I'm hoping to be done by the end of the week, so I can finally post some pictures!  We were able to clean out a LOT of junk, purchase a dresser, and get it completely organized.  We also have all the clothes and cloth diapers washed and folded.  It feels so good to have this almost finished!  :-)
  2. Do a Deep-Spring, and Deep-Fall Clean in March and November.  As well as keep up with my weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly cleaning chores. - Joe and I altered the way we normally do our Spring cleaning.  I followed the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home Challenge on Money Saving Mom, and the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge at White House Black Shutters.  I feel good about all that got cleaned, and all the junk that got removed.  I'm continuing the 40 Bags challenge into April, so the result post will be coming next month. 
  1. Give birth to baby Rogers, and be the best mom I can be! - Not there yet.
  2. Try every day to be a loving wife.  Some days this is harder than others. :-) - I continued to try and do something to make Joe happy every day.  Some days were easy, others were hard.  Overall, I'm making progress, and it is getting easier. 
  3. Take a trip to Maine in June with the hubby, and the baby. - Not there yet.
  4. Get together with family at least once a month.  (probably for dinner) - We got together with our families on the 8th for my baby shower.  It was lovely!  My sister and niece also came over for dinner one night to visit, and brought me a wonderful used glider another night from my niece's boyfriend's grandmother, and stayed to visit then too.  It will be so nice for when the baby arrives!
  1. Have 2 Freezer/Pantry Challenges (January and July), post updates on the blog, and defrost the chest freezer - One down, one to go!
  2. Post my Menu Plan, Aldi Deals, and Weekly Spending Report every week, along with at least 1 other post per week.  This may be an update, a reveal, a recipe, a shopping trip, or a frugal find. - I did really good with this one.  I did my regular posts every week, plus I posted a Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday recipe post every week, and posted several shopping trips throughout the month.  I joined Crystal's 4 Weeks to a more Organized Home challenge, and posted the monthly update here.  I also joined in the 40 bags in 40 days challenge, and blogged about it, the results post will be done in April since the challenge doesn't end until then.
  3. Plan and execute a 31 days post for October. - Not there yet.
  1. Lose at least 20 lbs (I did accomplish losing 20 lbs in 2013 as well, so it seems doable) - Not even starting this until after the baby is born in April
  2. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy, and do exercise of some kind everyday. - I drank plenty of water, ate a LOT of veggies, and fruit, and did my hip physical therapy exercises everyday.
  1. Do at least 6 Flea Markets throughout the year, and list at least monthly on Amazon. - Joe set up at a tool show with some other guys, and without me on the 15th.  He was able to move some inventory and made enough to cover my contacts for the year.  I did another large listing of books on Amazon. 
  2. Earn Swagbucks everyday by completing the daily poll, toolbar log-in, and NOSO offers daily. - did this every day, plus I used the SBTV feature and the offers on the homepage to earn additional Swagbucks.  I earned 4 - $5 Amazon Gift Cards.
  3. Set a monthly budget, and coupon and deal shop as needed to stay within our budget. - It was nice to start the month out $49 ahead.  I still ended up going over by $1.23, but that might have been in coins, since I don't keep them separated between the different budgets.  I'm still pleased with all that I was able to purchase, and I feel stocked-up and prepared for the baby's arrival.  I posted the totals for the month here.
  4. Pay off my credit card by June, and start putting extra onto Joe's credit card every month.  We won't have his paid off this year, but we'll be on the right track to have it paid off within the next year or two.  :) - Still working on this.
  1. Catch up my scrapbook.  I'm only about 8 years behind, but I think once I get rolling on it, I should be able to push through and get it done by the end of the year. ;) I also want to start one for the baby, and work on it monthly. - Haven't started this one yet, and probably won't until we get the nursery finished, first thing's first.
  2. Try something new at least twice a month and blog about it.  I have a LOT of new recipes and crafts I want to try, and this is the year! - I tried several new recipes this month, and blogged about them here, here, here, and here.
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4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Monthly Recap

Over the course of March I participated in Money Saving Mom's 4 Weeks to a more Organized Home Challenge.  Each day there was one or two cleaning tasks, as well as the goal of removing at least 7 items of clutter per day.  Being 8 months pregnant I decided to forgo my heavy Spring deep clean in favor of this challenge's simplicity.  I am pleased with the cleaning I was able to accomplish as well as all of the items that got decluttered, and are now out of my life forever - so freeing!  Here's a summary and links to how the month went...
  • Day #1: Quick House Pick-up and Purse Clean-out - 7
  • Day #2: Quick Kitchen Pick-up and Refrigerator Clean-out - 7
  • Day #3: Quick Bedroom Pick-up and Freezer Clean-out - 7
  • Day #4: Quick Bathroom Pick-up and Cleaning under the Bed - 7
  • Day #5: Cleaning the Couch - 7+
  • Day #6: Quick House Pick-up and Car Clean-out - 14
  • Day #7: Baseboards and a Dresser Drawer - 8
  • Day #8: Door Handles and Dresser Drawer #2 - 22
  • Day #9: Quick Bathroom Pick-up and Light Switch Plates - 7
  • Day #10: Ceiling Fans, Light Fixtures and Burnt-out Bulbs - 7
  • Day #11: Quick House Pick-up and the Silverware Drawer - 7+
  • Day #12: Microwave and Stove Top - 10
  • Day #13: Quick Bedroom Pick-up and the top of the fridge - 23
  • Day #14: Mirrors and Utensil Drawers - 7
  • Day #15: Computer Screens - 100+
  • Day #16: Quick House Pick-up and Vacuuming the Air Vents - 50
  • Day #17: Quick Bathroom Pick-up and Cleaning the Kitchen Cupboards - 9
  • Day #18: Vacuuming and Cleaning the Closets - 7
  • Day #19: Cleaning the Windows, curtains, and Sills -50+
  • Day #20: Cleaning out the Medicine and First Aid Drawers - 38
Total Items Decluttered: Over 394 items -- Wow!

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Day 20

Today's challenge included cleaning out the medicine and first aid cabinets/drawers.  That was easy enough, but definitely needed to be done.  I found a bunch of expired stuff, and now have a list of things that needed to be replaced.  Here's the after of the medicine drawer,
 and the first aide drawer.
I also managed to purge 38 items.

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Day 19

Today's challenge involved cleaning the windows, blinds, and curtains as well as the window sills and trim.  
I also worked in the nursery again, removing 50+ items for the garbage!

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