Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bargain Meal of the Week

I'm late I'm late.... but the good news is there's lots of time left to stop by Country Mart West and pick up these sale items to create a bargain dinner:
Chicken Mac N Cheese Skillet
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (.79 / box this week)
Split Chicken Breast (.99/ lb, buy enough for your family)
1 can Libby's whole kernel corn (.49/can)
1 vine-ripe tomato (.79/pound)
1/4 cup sour cream (.99/16 oz. tub)
pepper to taste
You'll need to cook and shred/chop the chicken ahead of time. My suggestion would be to buy extra chicken and cook it all in your crock pot and freeze the extra for another bargain meal ;)
Once you have done that, prepare the macaroni as directed on box. Stir in the corn, chopped tomato, sour cream, and pepper. Cook on low heat until heated through and serve! I suggest picking up a bag of dole special blend salad on sale buy 1 get 1 free to serve on the side ;)
And here's my scrappy show n tell for the day- birthday party invitations!!! Yes, the kids went a little bit crazy while I was making these yesterday but we all survived. I made the invites using photoshop and had them printed at wal-mart then matted them with coordinating cardstock. I mailed them out today! Now on to making decorations... and Katelynne's party dress...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

More Dresses, More Sick Kids

Every two weeks- EVERY TWO WEEKS- since the first of the year my family has been sick with something different! I actually whined the last time I went to the dr. because she said I just had a cold and I was SO SICK of hearing it. This time it's even worse.... Katelynne has been throwing up since Friday morning. I thought that it was all over on Sunday but then last night she threw up- all over me and our bed, she even got both of our pillows! I yelled for hubby to come help me because I was covered in chunks (sorry if that was too graphic! LOL!) and he helped bathe Katelynne while I solved the problem of what we would be sleeping on since all of our sheets were now in need of washing. We ended up sleeping on top of a snuggie (google it if you've never heard of them!) and using extra pillows off of the couch. It ended in a good way because we all kind of snuggled up (yeah yeah on the snuggie) and fell asleep together. It's been a long time since we have really taken the time to just slow down and sort of fall asleep together without really meaning to.

Sooooo.... that's my excuse for no menu plan this week- we've been too sick to even feel like cooking and have spent a fortune and a half going out to eat almost everyday! I'm one of those people who actually gets GRUMPY when my house is off schedule, not clean, and not organized. Add their birthday party coming up in two weeks and it's like the cherry on a big PMS sundae ;) Annnnnyyyywaaayyy....

Here's some photos of the dresses I made when I had a bit of free time and wanted to take a break from cleaning up after sick kids ;) I'm thinking I might try to make some of these for my Etsy shop, what do you think? I can't wait to get started on Katelynne's dress for her birthday party!

Tomorrow I am mailing birthday party invites, I made them using photoshop! I'll try to share a photo of them if I get time between all of my OCD cleaning and menu planning ;)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

I Finally Made a DRESS!!!!

Soooooo... it totally cost more time/money to make this than a purchased dress (well I guess that depends on where you shop...) but it was SOOOOOOO worth it!!! This is one of those projects that I have just wanted to make foooorrrreeevverrr but never had the time/reason/know how to do it. I am so freakin proud of this dress, I just can't quit looking at it!! Megan was the birthday girl yesterday and since her parents are having separate parties and this was daddy's party I was pretty sure that him being a typical man he wouldn't care about dressing her up, so I took Meggy out to lunch (she requested McDonald's of course!) and then took her to my house to get her all dolled up. She was so excited and said that the dress looked like a princess dress! I told her that was perfect because she IS a princess ;)

I am so thankful for the website where I found the ebook to learn how to make this dress-! It's an AMAZING site with ebooks on all different topics. So many things there to learn... This dress is called the "tana tutu" if you try to look it up.

So here's the details of the dress, I can't wait to get started on Katelynne's party dress (only two weeks away!!!) I can't believe that soon I'll have to start referring to my children as "my 1 year old" and "my four year old"!

So everyone send me good shopping vibes... I'm off to Tulsa for the day to find some goodies! I'm sneaking off by myself so I can mill around in Michael's and Joann's without anyone who is not-so-crafty getting extremely bored (pretty much everyone I know that would want to go shopping with me lol).
I'll be back later with the menu plan for this week!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

6x6 Waiting for Baby Album

Several months ago you all got to see the photos I took of my very pregnant and yet beautiful friend Ashley, and today I'm going to share the photos of the album I made for her using those photos and some I *borrowed* from her mom's myspace ;) Ashley would like to try scrapbooking someday so I hope this will give her a good start!

I used a cranberry 6x6 album I had leftover from my Close to my Heart consultant days and it is STUFFED full of pages! I also used a CTMH paper pack and stickers with added matching primas and say it in crystals. The last photo shows basically a 6x6 page that is just lined cardstock for her to journal on, I think it would be a great place to write down the birth story of baby Nolan. The charm on the spine of the album is a little pewter pacifier- too cute! And of course you won't be seeing any journaling in these photos- I left that part for Ashley :)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's, My Planner, and Menus

I was so excited this year when I was at Target and happened to find the $1 mini mailboxes! For the last two years I've been wanting to get one but never seemed to get to Target before they were sold out. I made two of them- one for Lucas' preschool teachers and one for home, but of course- I forgot to take a photo of the teacher box before I gave it away! So you'll all have to be satisfied with this mailbox....
Lucas was so excited to give this to his teacher, he carried it in as if it were made of gold ;) I filled it full of chocolate truffles and had lucas attempt to write his name on one of his spongebob valentine's- hopefully next year I can set aside enough time to actually make the valentines!

And here's my planner after it's makeover....I use my planner every single day and I just HAD to make it look pretty! I write our daily menu plans in here, birthdays, appointments, to do lists- everything! I'll probably be switching out the photos in it throughout the year.

and speaking of menu plans....

On my evergoing quest to save more money, be more of a supermom, and have a healthy family, here's my plan for this week- there's a few repeats from last week due to my being sick (feeling much better now!):

Clicky on the links for recipes!!!

Mini Blueberry Muffins (very healthy recipe!)

Italian Grilled Chicken Salad

Pizza Tuesday
Broccoli and Burger Pizza, Carrot Sticks
BBQ Rice and Beef Roundup, Salad
Crock Pot Thursday
Southwestern Bean Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings
Ham and Broccoli Macaroni Bake
Salmon Cakes, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
Sunday Special
Steak Fajitas, Homemade Mexican Rice, Avocado Salad

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bargain Meal of the Week

So when I started thinking about what idea I wanted to share for the Bargain Meal of the Week all I could think about was Valentine's Day! Wouldn't it be special to create a meal for your sweetie or your family that was less than $5? Then I started thinking, everyone expects a special dinner on Vday so how about a breakfast, that'll get you goin for a day with your sweetie(s)! Here's the plan:
This week Country Mart is having a special 3-day sale, so you'll need to get out there and pick up some eggs for .99 cents a dozen! Here's what else you'll need to pick up from this week's sale:
1 can Best Choise Texas Style Biscuits- .79 cents
1 roll Oldham's Pork Sausage- $1.99
You will also need some shredded cheddar cheese- there's some Kraft on sale this week but honestly you'd be better off buying some best choice choice and shredding it yourself ;)

Sausage n Cheese Breakfast Bake
1.Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Spray the bottom of a 13x9 inch glass baking dish. Separate the biscuits and then cut each biscuit into four pieces; arrange evenly in prepared dish.
2. Cook sausage in a skillet on the stove and drain off grease. Sprinkle over the biscuits in the baking dish.
3. In a large bowl, beat 10 of the eggs with 1 cup of milk and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and then pour over the biscuits and sausage.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until edges are golden brown and center is set. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.

And there's still enough money leftover to add a side of fresh seedless grapes that are only .99 cents a pound this week :) Enjoy!

Monday, February 9, 2009

My Girl and Her Quilt

I went to a 2-day crop at my LSS this weekend and I believe I accomplished more than I have ever before at a crop! I finished a 6x6 album for my friend, altered two of those adorable mail boxes from the one dollar bin at target, altered my day planner, and made this layout for Sketches by Tamara:

And of course I had to share the fruits of my new sewing machine! I was SO EXCITED to get a machine that could embroider words, I mean like I felt like I had bought the rocket ship of sewing machines! Here's the new rag quilt I made for Katelynne:

Now it's time for Lucas to get a new quilt, I'm thinking about doing one with squares cut from old rummage sale jeans and then adding in some fabric with a sports theme? We'll see!

Menu Plan Monday Feb. 9th

Sooo.... I'm sick again!!!! I think my sinus infection has come back, yuck yuck yuck! I'm pretty sure we'll be having chinese food for dinner tonight, but we'll see how the day goes. I have a plan for tonight if I feel like doing anything other than crashing on the couch. It's extra hard for me to have patience with the children when I don't feel well, so yeah- I think I see Hong Kong Delight in my near future! Anyways, here's the plan, and as always if you are looking for the lunches for the daycare kiddos clicky here to go to the daycare blog.

Scrambled Eggs with Cheese
Peanut Butter Toast
Pizza Roll, Salad
Chicken & Bowtie Alfredo, Steamed Broccoli and Cauliflower
Chicken Quesadillas, Spanish Rice, Tossed Salad
Tacos, Mexicorn, Fat-Free Refried Beans
Grilled Chicken Salad
Valentine's Day Dinner
Stuffed Shells, Ceasar Salad, Garlic Bread (hoping to make homemade bread!), and homemade Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake (hoping to share the recipe for this one!)
Oven Fried Chicken, Rice, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans
Also I wanted to share with ya'll that I have volunteered to participate in the "Bargain Meal of the Week" over at $5 dollar dinners. Each week I will be posting a dinner idea that you can make for $5 or less using items from the weekly sale at from Country Mart! I'll be posting it here on Wednesday evenings.
I've got something scrrraaaaappy to share...... I'll be back with that later ;)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

It's that time of the week again....
Last week my menu plan went out the window because I was miserable with a sinus infection! I am determined to make back the money we spent eating out by cooking everyday this week! here's the plan:

Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Ham, Egg, Cheese Breakfast Burritos

See my daycare blog for the lunch plan!

Mini Meatloaves, fried taters n onions, salad
Mediterranean Chicken Skillet, more salad
Ham n Beans, Cornbread
Cinncinatti Chili and Spaghetti- and more salad yet (I've been craving salad this week! what can I say?)
Pork Chops, Swee Potatoes, Corn on the Cob

And I was so proud of myself- I had to share my victory at the grocery store this week:

I've been reading a lot of blogs about using coupons and using them to the best advantage- but this is the first time I've ever really felt like I got a great deal! Here's what I got:

Lucky Charms- on sale 2/$3.00, I had a coupon for buy 3 save $1.00, so I got THREE boxes of lucky charms for $3.50

Total- on sale 2/$3.00, I had a coupon for .50 cents off of one, with Country Mart's double coupon I got two boxes of Total for $2.00, yeah that's right- ONE DOLLA a box :)

Pizza crust- not on sale but I got a coupon doubled so that it only cost me $1.60

Yo plus yogurt- double .50 coupon makes these only $1.58!

Progresso Soup- on sale .99 cents a piece, I had a buy 2/save .50 coupon which means that when it was doubled I got two cans of soup for .50 a piece!

Sorry I don't have anything scrappy to share today... but I'll be back with something soon! I'm sure it's fun for you all to see how "martha stewartish" I am anyways, a scrapper, crafter, gardener, and cooker :P