Monthly Archives: September 2011

Coupons, Freebies, and Savings! OH MY!

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I finally took the time to share all my couponing, saving, and finding freebies knowledge on to you. This page is where you can find everything. I will keep trying to add to it, but I am sure this will keep you busy for a while.  Enjoy!

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This week’s 3 things…

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Well I am a slacker. Guilty. I didn’t do this list last week and I am a day late this week. My apologies.

A wish bone…

 

 

This is one that won’t happen but I sure would have loved to have met Grace Kelly. She is my all time favorite actress. There are just some people I am convinced God even takes and extra look and think “yep, good job.” 😉 To me she was just the epitome of grace, elegance and style. I even had a hard time picking out a picturing they all looked so good to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A backbone…

 

 

The last few Facebook changes have made me want to get rid of it all together. Funny how I have a public forum but I want it to be uber private. I am just afraid I will miss out on something though. One of these days it will be adios Facebook.

 

 

A funny bone…

I know that there has been some debate on whether or not this video is real, but regardless it is hysterical.

The “Other” Woman

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Have you ever had to deal with the “other” woman? One thing Pat and I love to do is cook together. Last year when I moved up here I looking for a job for about 3 months and had a lot of downtime. I started getting hooked on to cooking shows. It was getting so bad I could literally schedule my day based on what cooking show was on.

I have several favorites that I make a point to either watch or record for later. I love love love anything with Michael Symon. I found out about this old 70s show, the Galloping Gourmet, which is totally cheesy but still good.  The link I just gave to you is a clip from one of his shows. Seriously, watch it and you will see how goofy it gets.

I started catching reruns of Julia Child’s cooking show. How can you not love this woman? She is probably one of the most ungraceful people (besides myself) but that is why I love her. She is real. She made mistakes and moved not. Her shows were rarely edited cause it was just “her.”

And then we come to Paula Deen…Miss “Throw Another Stick of Butter and/ or a Cup of Mayo” with it. This woman has created an absolute empire around Southern drawls and comfort food cuisine. My parents went and ate at her restaurant a couple months ago and they both ordered pot pies. Mom said when they came out they were literally pie sized versions of the dish.I do have to say I do like the fact when she is cooking she uses Publix products. So shout out to Publix and if you don’t know what that is…sigh.

I had started scrolling through my TV guide regularly and making sure I was recording recipes Paula was doing that interested me. Okay, the woman frys just about everything so I recorded a lot. I remember the first time Pat came home from work and I was watching an episode of Paula cooking. Holy moly! All of sudden Pat was imitating the way she spoke, her mannerisms and anything else he could think of. He is OBSESSED with her. Calls her a Silver Haired Fox. There are times you almost feel like you need to leave the room when she is on.  Have you ever paid attention to some of the things she will say when cooking?  Next time if you see her on watch her and tell me there are moments you are going “Really, Paula? Did you really just go there?”

Thus, why I refer to her at the “other” woman. I guess there could be worse people Pat could be obsessed with. She does give me good cooking recipes that Pat is all to willing to test out for me, great one liners and a whole bunch of laughs from Pat. So in the end, just add another cup of mayo and smile 🙂

I plan on making this for dinner tonight Paula Deen’s – Baked Spaghetti recipe.

He married me for my slow cooker.

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This is a common joke you will hear Pat and I say. He married me only for my slow cooker and my big screen tv. I then retort well I only married him for the use of the Commissary and his other military discounts.

This tends to be said in public areas (like standing in line for our marriage license) in which we then get these horrified looks. Of course this in NOT TRUE. Notice the emphasis here, people. Last thing I need is someone misinterpreting this.So one more time this is a joke. Pat and I love each other dearly and these are just perks 😉

Well, with Fall upon us it is time for me to dust off the crock pot and pull out some of my cooler weather approved recipes. One of my favorite recipes is Ham & Bean Soup.

Prep Time: 15 Min
Cook Time: 10 Hrs – I know this seems a bit much but it is totally worth the wait.
Ready In: 16 Hrs 15 Min
Ingredients
  • 1 pound dry navy beans
  • 3 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots – I add this from my mother’s recipe
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups cubed cooked ham – I normally just by a ham hock and cube it up and throw the bone in with it for
Directions
  1. Place the beans in a slow cooker with enough water to cover, and soak 6 to 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Drain the beans, and return to the slow cooker. Cover with water, and mix in the carrots, potatoes, celery, onion, and ham.
  3. Cover slow cooker, and cook soup on High for 3 1/2 hours. Switch to Low, and continue cooking at least 6 1/2 hours. The longer it cooks the more flavorful it becomes.
**It is pretty much mandatory to have cornbread with this meal. And I mean cornbread not “cake.” True cornbread does not contain sugar and should suck all the moisture out of your mouth when consumed.This next recipe I happened across by accident, but I am dying to try.

Apple Butter is a HUGE family favorite. Since moving to North Carolina I have noticed it a lot easier to find my favorite apples which are Pink Ladys. If I were an apple I would be pretty happy with that name.

Prep Time : 30 Min
Cook Time : 11 Hrs
Ready In : 11 Hrs 30 Min
Ingredients
  • 5 1/2 pounds apples – peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well.
  2. Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
  4. Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. Stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness.
  5. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze.

Is it REALLY the most wonderful time of the year?

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I am sure everyone has different views of the holiday season. Over the last couple of years though I have started to realize the older I get the less enjoyable and more stressful this season gets.  You are probably sitting there wondering why the heck is she talking about December 25th and it is September 20th? Well, let me break it down this way. I only have 8 more paychecks till this blessed holiday arrives and I need start shopping NOW!

For the most part I am a pretty good gift giver. I really live to give something that is specific to each person. I have already come up with a couple good ideas but then there are those people who for the life of me I don’t know what to give them. Then there is me. Pat loathes this time of year in regards to me. I am the worst person to buy gifts for. If you ask me what I want for Christmas this is the reaction you will see…

I never have a clue and then when I do give an answer it sounds like the most boring gift ever. Last year I asked for a steam mop. You know why? Because it was something that I really wanted and would never go out and buy for myself. Pat fought me tooth and nail on that stupid steam mop but I finally got it.

This year though I think things should be a little easier. Why? Two words…wedding registry. I just figure I will divert everyone to those. Makes sense to me. I have taken the time to point and click on things I would like for the house. Frankly, I would rather someone buy me something nice for the house then for me specifically. Sheesh, I sound old.

I am also making an effort to decorate the house this year for the different seasons. Last year was kind of sad. Pat was so involved with stuff at work and wasn’t given block leave over the holidays I didn’t even decorate the house. Trying to get some nice ideas for the house. I also need to make a trek down to Florida to get my ornaments and items for the tree. Course I am petrified with any breakable items and Urban being in the same room.

I have a mantle this year to decorate to that is kind of exciting. I do need stockings though for our family. I came across these in last year’s Family Circle magazine and this is what I want to do.

If you click here they have so many ways to use felt over the holidays and I am ready to go. I may have to tone the colors down a bit for Pat’s stocking but I still think these are super cute.

Rental Woes

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There are defiantly some hurdles when tied to the military life. You always hear “home is where the army sends us.” (side note they have some really cute signs that say this then you add each post you have been too) Well, this is true in more ways than one. Of course there is the obvious when it comes to this statement. You really don’t know where you could be going next and for how long. This is what brings us to our second point. Pat and I have decided we will probably not buy a home till he is out of the military. Since he is planning on making this a career that will be awhile.

There are some serious ups to owning a home and I know it can be a great investment. But with the ups are the downs. The biggest “down” is I don’t want to have to deal with renting out our home if we end up leaving. It just seems like such an unnecessary burden. So what do we do? We rent.

Thankfully the home we are in now is owned by a buddy that Pat served with. (Makes things a little easier) All in all the home is perfect for our family. Has a large fenced in backyard for the dog. Enough room for all of Pat’s gear. Trust me, it looks like someone threw up camo in 2 rooms. As perfect as this home is for us, it still isn’t “our home.” Well, at least it doesn’t feel that way to me.

Something is very strange about renting. I had been in this house for almost year before I actually started putting stuff on the walls. Couple reasons for the delay but mainly I just didn’t want to deal with holes to patch. Then there are just some areas of the home that are presenting a challenge. One wall has the thermostat, light switch, door bell-ringer and the alarm detector. Who does that? I knew I was going to have to start getting creative since I just wasn’t feeling “home.” Pat and I had planned to paint the kitchen earlier this year.

If you saw the kitchen you would want to paint it too. The guy who owns the house went on this “sponge painting rampage” and decided red with burnt orange sponged over top was the latest and greatest idea. Did I mention the counter tops are mauve with a black and white tile back splash. If you are trying to get a mental picture in your head but trying to be nice about it…don’t be. It is just about as awful as it sounds. But due to monetary issues painting is just not any option at this time.

So what is a girl to do? Do the only thing she can, check out what Better Homes & Gardens has to say. To find out some awesome ideas click here. The picture below is from that list and I think it’s a great idea. All it is are strips of wallpaper that have been weighted down by dowel rods and balanced by tiny eye hooks. I could do this….

Image from online Better Homes & Gardens

“Forgetting” Your Spouse.

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As much as I like to keep things “light” and fun on this blog, this issue has weighed heavily on my heart for two days.

Yesterday, I logged on to Facebook to see that one of my friends had posted a story that frankly I had a hard time believing to be true. To view the story I saw yesterday click here. Rarely will you see me discussing things religious people say on TV or in print. There are several reasons but mainly I just am not the biggest fan of televangelism. But like I said, that is just my take on it and doesn’t mean everyone agrees.

Over the years, Pat Robertson has been known for saying some pretty “out there things.” Just last year he was cited for saying that the “Haitians made a pact with the Devil thus being cursed thru the earthquake.” Look, everyone has a right to free speech and I get that. The problem with this kind of “free speech” is that because it is so visible it makes Christians as a whole look like a bunch of nut balls. On his September 13th show Pat Robertson had this to say and it has really caused a ruckus in the secular and Christian world alike.

The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. -1 Corinthians 7:4

If you didn’t view any of the links I attached so far the gist of Pat Robertson’s latest issue is that he was telling a viewer not to “guilt someone for wanting to divorce their spouse who has Alzheimer’s and that is would be understandable to divorce someone with the disease.” Alright, Pat you and I need to have a pow wow.

First off, this issue is VERY personal to me. My grandmother suffered from dementia. Sorry if you are reading this, Mom. Not trying to upset you but I have some points to make and you know how I like to argue. (Side note: she is always telling me I should have been an attorney.) I watched for several years as my mother took care of her. I saw how hard it was when Grandma started to not remember us. It started off with me first. She would call me “Ruby” which was a cousin of hers. I just think she would see my red hair and associate the two. On a happier note, anytime my mother brought my dog to visit she knew Sadie Rose right away. All in all it was very hard on my mother, but my grandmother was one very lucky lady to have her child care so much about her welfare. So, Mr. Robertson are you saying a child can “divorce” their parent if it is them in this situation?

After I started getting over my initial shock and awe of what Pat Robertson had said I started to think about this from more of a Christian’s point of view. Try and follow me here.

I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord. (Hosea 2:19-20, God speaking to his people)

In this verse, the Lord is speaking about us being betrothed to Him. Now, for those who have grown up in the church this isn’t a new concept. You hear quite frequently about the Church being the Bride of Christ especially in Revelation. Ask yourself and be honest, how often have you “forgotten” Christ? If we were to be very honest I think most of us could say that this is a daily struggle. Our own spiritual “Alzheimer’s” if you will. I can’t tell you the countless times I have heard Christians say how easy it was to “forget” Christ when everything in their life was going well. It wasn’t till things went downhill did they “remember” their Savior. And I can put myself right in that boat. I am not any better.

HALLELUJAH!  That our Savior doesn’t “divorce” us after He has taken such good care of us even when we have forgotten Him. I can not fathom the struggles He goes through with us on a daily basis. The earthly years he has invested in each one of us. Constantly making sure each one of our needs are met. The days where He walks into a room and us not even realize He is there. He has never given up on us. In fact, He fights for us on a daily basis.

So tell me, Mr. Robertson would you condone Christ divorcing us based on our “Alzheimer’s”? It was almost like Robertson was condoning to giving up on the person that you promised before God to love for better or worse. So here is a “worse” time and all of a sudden it is acceptable to cut and run? I had mentioned earlier today on Facebook that I would be FURIOUS at one of my parents if they did this. What kind of lesson is that to your children? In a world where “cutting and running” is so highly acceptable these days don’t you think we should make a stand even stronger to the promises that we made before God?

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  – Romans 8:38-39

If this is the love we know we can count on from our Lord then why can’t we offer the same love to our God-given spouse?