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Menu Plan Monday

Things did not go according to plan last week with my menu plan, so most of what I didn’t get to make last week is on the schedule for this week.

Tuesday: chicken and vegetables (Fix It and Forget It, page 169) over rice

Wednesday: cream of carrot-cheddar soup (More-With-Less, page 204) with salad

Thursday: we will be having pork and sauerkraut at my parent’s house for lunch, so I’ll just be making sandwiches for supper. I am taking some leftover desserts to my parent’s for lunch – truffles, peppermint bark, and peanut butter cups.

Friday: pasta w/ olive oil, herbs and spices, and steamed veggies

Saturday: homemade pizza and salad

Sunday: at lunch we are going to a family get together, which I am supposed to make a hot and a cold dish for. I think I’ll make deviled eggs maybe a fruit salad. For supper, we’ll have eggs or egg sandwiches.

Monday: glazed pork chops (Quick Cooking Jan/Feb 2001 magazine, page 8 ) and steamed veggies


December 29, 2008 at 10:28 pm 1 comment

Taking a Holiday Break

We have had two Christmas dinners so far and have two more this weekend. I really enjoy spreading out Christmas over several days!

It turns out the rolls I was going to make for this evening’s dinner needed to be made in a bread maker – well mine broke a few years ago, so we threw it out. I am glad I discovered this several days ago, so I was able to look for another recipe. I found an other recipe that sounded good, but it appears that my yeast is too old, because these rolls didn’t rise. I ended up making some easy pop-up rolls that worked.

I went shopping today for a few hours. I really wanted to get back to the Pfaltzgraff outlet since they are going out of business. Even though the lines were even longer than the last time I was there, I am glad I went. I got some new Cuisinart knives for around $5 each. I also purchased some plates and some more utensils. There were supposed to be good sales at Carter’s, but I didn’t see much. I briefly stopped by The Children’s Place, but $6.99 was the lowest price I saw there, and since I’ve gotten so many items there for $1.99, $7 just didn’t seem like a very good deal. When I was driving to the latter two outlets, I saw that the Geoffrey Beene outlet store was closing and that everything in the store was $4.99 or less. Geoffrey Beene is one of the few stores that I like to shop at, so I was disappointed to see them going out of business. I found three shirts for myself and one shirt for my husband, all $1.99 each. Our local store will be open until this Sunday, in case any locals want to check it out.

Since we are still celebrating the holidays with family, I will be taking some time off. Although, if I somehow have extra time to blog, I certainly will. If I don’t blog again before the new year begins, Happy New Year!!

December 26, 2008 at 10:37 pm Leave a comment

A Child is Born

The Birth of Jesus Christ

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.                                   Matthew 1:18-23


Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2008 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Growing up, it was a family tradition to open one gift on Christmas Eve. It was always exciting to open one gift, and have so many more waiting for us Christmas morning.

Another tradition was to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas right before bed. My parents did not promote Santa, nor did we believe in him, but it was a funny little thing to read before going to sleep.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave the lustre of midday to objects below,
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came,
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name:

“Now Dasher! Now Dancer!
Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid!
On, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch!
To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away!
Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky
so up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes–how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

December 24, 2008 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

Tuesday’s Tip Jar – Grocery List

I used to make my grocery lists on my scrap paper. But recently I have been picking up the grocery lists at my grocery store. Each aisle is listed by number and includes the main items in each aisle. So I either circle items I want in each aisle, or I write down in extra space what I want in a particular aisle.

This is helpful since the paper is free and it’s easier to get everything I need with it being listed in the order of one end of the store to the other.

For items I will be using a coupon for, I put a “C” next to the item, and then paperclip all of my coupons to my list.

I also keep my grocery ad with me, in case not all of the sale items are marked properly.

Do you have any grocery list or grocery shopping tips?

December 23, 2008 at 10:49 am 2 comments

Deals This Week: 12/21-12/27

You may want to check out some of these sales before you head out shopping this week:

CVS at Mummy Deals

Target at Attention Target Shoppers

Wal-Mart at The Centsible Sawyer

Walgreens at Mommy Snacks

Rite-Aid at It’s Hip to Save

Happy Shopping!

December 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Menu Plan Monday


We will be going to four Christmas dinners this week, so I will not have to do much cooking. I am looking forward to a bit of a break.

Tuesday: cream of carrot-cheddar soup (More-With-Less, page 204) and salad

Wednesday: chicken and vegetables (Fix It and Forget It, page 169) with rice

Thursday: we will be having lunch and supper with my husband’s family. I will be making an appetizer for for supper – cheese dip with veggies and crackers. I may also make deviled eggs.

Friday: dinner with my dad’s side of the family. I will be making rolls, unless I find some at bread day today. I want to try Golden Honey Pan-Rolls that I first heard about at

Saturday: dinner with my parents and siblings. My mom didn’t tell me what she wants me to bring yet.

Sunday: dinner with my mom’s side of the family. I can’t remember what I am supposed to bring, I should check on that.

Monday: pasta and steamed veggies

December 22, 2008 at 12:15 pm 2 comments

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