Tuesday, March 17, 2009

K-Mart Doubles again!

How did I miss the announcment that K-Mart was doubling coupons again? The catch, it was for 2 days only. Thank goodness I caught it in time.

Here is what I got:

Want to know how much I paid? $7.03!

Clip you coupons!! It is worth the effort!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I'm about to be sick

I let $19.00 worth of ECB's expire.

How does one do that????

I really want to cry!!! WAHH!!!

I've got to get better organized!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My Lord Spot

Not to long ago, Tabitha over at Roots and Wings questioned her blog readers about thier "inner room".

Our house is an older starter "ranch style" house. We don't have big closets. But, the more I read on Tabitha's blog, the more I found that you don't actually have to have a "closet" or a whole room in order to have my inner room, prayer closet or Lord Spot. You need a space. So I've dubed my space "My Lord Spot" And here it is:

It's bare. I know. The first time I used this space, I realized a "Lord Spot" is just what I needed. A place with purpose. I have to admit, I'm a bit energy challenged (okay, LAZY). I'm not one to take out things, put them up, only to take them out again the next day. It just seems like too much. So this spot has everything I need for my time with the Lord. I have my chair, my bible, post-it's, pens, highlighters, the book I am reading and my journal. I even have a candle. Not that the candle has any significance other than I think it smells pretty. I told my Aunt Michele that I wanted the Lord to feel at home when He and I were together ;)

Here are the items I have available:

I really love my Lord Spot. I think it will be key in keeping me in prayer and studying His word daily.

Do you have a Lord Spot or a prayer closet?

Pray without ceasing ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Who says dog's don't smile? Bread and Po'boys..OH MY!

That's my boy dog Hook. He is a wonderful, packed with energy chocolate lab. I just love him. I swear he is smiling!

Over the weekend I was a DOMESTIC DIVA!! I made homemade bread. I was so proud of myself. My first attempt at homemade bread was just bad. It came out like a hard brick that you could use for the beginning of a foundation for a house. That was many, many moons ago and I just thought that bread making was not for me.

I decided to give it another chance when I cam across this recipe over at Tammy's Recipes. It was easy to follow and the bread came out great!

Here is my yeast a'risen: Here is my final product: Not to shabby, eh?

I also made shrimp po'boys for dinner. And this is how they turned out: What you will need:

40-50 medium shrimp

all purpose flour

oil (for frying)

2 eggs

garlic powder, salt and pepper to season flour

Heat oil to 360 degrees. Beat eggs together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, garlic and pepper in the flour. Cover each shrimp in the eggs, then cover in flour. Place each in the hot oil. Fry them for approximately 4 minutes. Do not over cook. Drain well on a paper towel lined plate.

We used hoagie rolls for the bun. We also had lettuce, tomato and onions. For our condiment we made a "shrimp paste" but I didn't particularly care for it. Next time, I will go for a garlic and herb type mayo or something like that. Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think.

Next time I'm going to try to grill or skillet the shrimp instead of frying to save on some calories.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My best trip ever??

ALL THIS FOR $30.20!! My receipt says my savings at Publix was $69.24!!

Here is how I did it:
~Raisin Bran (rain check 2/$4.19) $8.38 -$2.10 in coupons (3 @$.70)=$6.28 or $1.57 per box!

~Juice=BOGO ($3.49) = $1.75 each x's 9 = $15.75 - (9)$1.00 off coupons = $6.75 or $.75 cents ea!

~Yogurt $.50 per cup x's 18 cups =$9.00 - $4 in coupons = $5.00 or $.28 cents each!

~Cheerios=BOGO ($4.30) = $2.15 ea x's 5 = $10.75 - $4.55 in coupons = $6.20 or $1.24 each box

~Granola Bars= 2/$4.00 - $.65 coupon = $3.35 or $1.68 per box

~BBQ sauce = BOGO $2.29 or $1.15 each

~ Gum = $.99 each x’s 7 = $6.93 - (7) $1.00 off coupons = FREE!!!

Keep your coupons, and USE them. Publix always has AWESOME deals. Give it a try! You'll thank me for it!!


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Meet Tracie

Meet Tracie:

Tracie has been my cousin since she was born. HA! I have jokes! We have a HUGE family and for whatever reason, we were never really close or talked all that much. Maybe it was the slight age difference or reasons out of our control. Who knows! Through a series of events, we connected again. It's so funny to say that because we live like 15 minutes from each other. I just cannot thank the Lord enough for our "reunion".

Things have been a little stressful for me lately. Tracie and I email frequently, okay scratch that. We email ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. Except for Sunday's when we see each other at church (when I manage to get up and make it). Anyway...Tracie has become a huge confidant for me. She's a great listener, a great motivator, a huge source of support and just very caring. I talked to her about some things and a week or so later I came home and found this: Through our conversations, she managed to put together a gift from her heart to cheer me up. Scrapbook paper so I can scrapbook and glue to put the pictures on the scrapbook paper. Cinnamon disks because I'm addicted to them. Sharpie's because I'm addicted to those too. A prayer journal, and a candle. Last but not least the WW cakes so I could "have my cake and eat it too". I read the card, and cried and read the card again, and cried (you get the picture). Through many things that happened that week, I was humbled. I know that I am a lucky girl.

I'm so lucky to know that even when I'm beating myself up, or stressed beyond all get out, there are people that love me and support me. There are people who want nothing but the best for me. I have a wonderful support system starting with my savior Jesus, an amazing husband, then Tracie, other aunts and cousins and other friends. WHY AM I SO SAD? Sure, I may not have everything that I want right at this moment, but I think God is trying to make me see a bigger picture.

I've tried a 90 day challenge before and I got no where. But, I really feel like I'm in a different place now. I'm ready to move on and let go of all the unnecessary baggage. Over the next six months, I am really going to surrender to God and seek His face, and get myself healthy. Emotionally and physically. I want to drown myself in His word and really delight myself in Him.
I'm humbled that the Lord has brought me to a place of surrender, and allowing me to acknowledge all of His blessings in my life. I'm a lucky girl!!!

Thank You Tracie! I love you!

Publix 03/04/09. Last weeks Publix and KMart double coupons

It looks like Publix is going to have a pretty good sale this week. Here is what I am planning on getting:

-Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice - BOGO ($3.59) -$1.00 off coupon = .79 cents each

-Smuckers Uncrustables 3/$6.00 or $2.00 each - $.55 off coupon = $1.45 per box ($.36 per sandwich). These will be 5 WW points, and paired with some carrots it should make good low cost lunches.

-Frosted Cheerios - BOGO ($4.59) -$.50 off coupons (they double at Publix) = $1.29 per box. Will make for a great snack!

-Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce - BOGO ($2.29) = $1.15 each. The Vidalia Onion sauce is GREAT!!!

- Yoplait Yogurt- 20/$10.00. I will get 18 cups. I have various coupons for these and will end up spending around $.32 per cup.

-Publix Milk - 2/$5.00. It has been a long time since milk was this low!!!

That pretty much sums my trip up. Unless...Can anyone tell me if you can freeze the pre-made cookie dough from the refrigerator section?

Be sure to check out:
Sarah (this girl has skills)
And, my new favorite (and I'm so lucky that I actually KNOW her) Trisha at Spend Freely Mama

What will you be getting this week?

Before I forget. Here is what I got at Publix last week for $22.30:

And I got all 7, yes SEVEN deoderants for $2.25