Sunday, August 26, 2012

Make Breakfast Fun....

For some moms the end of August means that you need to get back into the school routine, getting the kids up early and feeding them breakfast at an early hour so they are not starving in the middle of the day. This is where I think most working moms have this down and almost never get out of habit (with the exception of vacation). For us (atleast me, anyway) it's a school morning every morning. The girls are in daycare which is what we call school here in this house. So we try to make breakfast fun. One of my favorite things is homemade pancakes. I make 4x batch and then freeze them, for quick easy breakfasts. Recipe coming soon.
 
I whipped up a batch of pancakes and decided to add alittle bit of purple food coloring (the girls favorite color). They loved it.
 


Oh in case you are wondering, yes they are chocolate chip purple pancakes! 



Sunday, June 24, 2012

Well, you know how they say when it rains it pours.... Well it's been pouring for my family since the end of March. Hence, my absense after my big announcement. Both DD have been diagnosised with chronic medical illnesses, one is medical, the other is a mental health issue. Well needless to say its been a whirlwind of doctors, discussions, decisions, and more disscussions, and then even more decisions. There have been many nights that have been spent crying but I keep trusting in the Lord my God. I recent song has really hit home for me in the last couple of months has been Blessing by Laura Story.

"'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it take to know You're near?
What if the trails in this life
Are Your mercies in disguise?"


I promise you that I will be back it may take me a couple more weeks to get everything together to be able to pick up this project. But God has really put it on my heart to do this and be a voice for moms and women like me.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I'm BACKKKK!!!

Well after a LONG LONG vacation, and a new outlook on life and blogging, I'm back. I'm back with a renewed spirit and dedicaton to showing you me and my families lifestyle. We will be talking about working outside the home, the kids, the hubby, crafts, saving money and whatever else should spark my interest. I will have lots of things coming up over the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Shopping


As some of you have been reading, I was in charge of purchasing all of the food to feed 11 people 5 meals and snacks over the course of 3 days. Here is how I did. Also head over to the Grocery Cart Challenge and see how Gayle and the others did this week.

Pathmark
2 Utz Pretzels 6.00 (sale -$1.00) 5.00
2 Hunts Ketchup 3.38 (sale -$1.84) 1.54
2 Mustards 3.00 (sale -$1.46) 1.54
Lays Chips 3.99 (sale -$1.49) 2.50
2 Large Lipton Ice Tea Mix 16.00 (-$6.04 sale -$1.00 MFR coupon) 8.96
2 Country Time Lemonade Mix 6.00 (-$2.00 sale) 4.00
8pk Bounty Basic Paper Towels 7.50 (-$1.62 sale -$1.00 MFR coupon) 4.88
Aluminum Foil 1.39 (-$0.62 sale) 0.77
2 Trash Bags 2.00 (-$0.46 sale) 1.54
3 Softsoap 8.40 (-$6.09 sale -$1.00 MFR coupon) 1.31
3 Strip Steaks 38.66 (-$19.68 sale) 18.98
Total before Savings 96.32
Total OOP 51.02

Target
2 Jet Puffed Marshmallows 2.04 ( 2 -$1 Target coupon 1/1) 0.04
2 Graham Crackers 6.58 (-$1.58 sale) 5.00
Total before Savings 8.62
Employee Discount -10% = 0.50
Total OOP 4.54

Target Trip 2
4 - 6pk Hershey's Chocolate Bars 12.76
2 Graham Crackers 5.08 -$2 MFR = 3.08
Wheat Thins 2.04
Wheat Thins 2.04 - $1 MFR -$1 Target 1/2= 0.54
Triscuits 2.04
Triscuits 2.04
2 Kraft Dressing 3.98 -(2) $1 MFR 1/1 -$1 Target 1/2 = 0.98
Hellmans 1.99
3 Jet Puff Marshmallow 3.06
3 Folgers Coffee 12.57 -5.07 sale = 7.50
Total before Saving 47.60
Employee Discount -10% = 3.61
Total OOP 32.43

Weis
2 -12pk Hamburger Rolls 2.70 -0.20 sale = 2.50
1 - 12pk Hot Dog Rolls 1.35 -0.10 = 1.25
Glad Gallon Bags 2.89
Glad Sandwich Bags 1.79
Hefty Gallon Bags 3.49 -$1 MFR = 2.49
4pk Angel Soft Toliet Paper 2.85
Baked Lays Potato Chips 3.49 -$1MFR = 2.49
1 Cantaloupe 2.99 -0.49 sale = 2.50
1 Honeydew 2.00
2 # Carrots 1.99
2 Coffee Creamers 3.00
2 Hatfield Hotdogs 6.58 BOGO = 3.29
2-2# Hatfield Bacon 9.98 BOGO = 4.99
Total Savings 11.07
Total OOP 34.03

Wegmans
Mini Whole Wheat Pitas 1.79
4 Block Cheese 7.96
5 OJ Concentrate 7.45
Case Water 3.99
20 Hamburger Patties 12.76
20 slice of Ham 5.03
6 slices of Provolone Cheese 0.95
24 slices of Turkey 8.09
Bananas 1.26
Pineapple 5.99
Romanie Lettuce 3.69
Tomato on the Vine 3.52
Onion 1.98
Honeydew 3.99
Apples 3.69
Celery 2.49
Grapes 2.99
2 Strawberries 3.00
TOTAL OOP 80.46

Giant

3 FF Gallon Milk 8.46
1 Whole Gallon Milk 3.09
2 18 ct Eggs 3.18
2 Club Rolls 5.98 -1.98 sale = 4.00
Tissues .99
Relish 1.39 -0.39 sale = 1.00
Bread .99
Total OOP 21.71



TOTAL FOOD COST FOR WEEKEND 224.19!!!

THIS IS A COST OF $20 PER PERSON FOR THE WEEKEND!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Weekly Shopping 5/25


So we are back from our fabulous family vacation. Have you ever come home from vacation and needed one to rest from it. That's how I feel. I did some shopping before we left and then picked up some other things when I got back. Also check out HERE to see how I did buying all the food for 11 people. Then head over to the Grocery Cart Challenge and see how Gayle and the others did this week.

Giant
9 Box of Jello 6.75 -0.36 sale -(3) $1 MFR -(3) $1 doubler = 0.39
6 Pk of ready Jello 16.14 - 1.14 -(3) $1MFR -(1) $1 doubler = 11.00
10 Powerade 10.90 - 0.90 sale = 10.00
Organic Hummus 3.59 - 1.00 MFR =2.59 - should have rang up 2.50 to start So refunded my total cost (So FREE!! plus $1)
Hummus 2.99- 0.49 sale - 1.00 MFR= 1.50
2 Breyers Ice Cream 8.98 - 3.80 sale -$1 MFR = 4.18
-5/50 coupon (bought stuff in this trip for vacation)
TOTAL OOP 21.07

Target
22 pk Frito Lay Snack Packs 6.99
3 Quaker Granola Bars 6.00
15 pk Gatorade 8.99
Jif PB 4.54
Gallon Whole Milk 3.34
Gallon 1% Milk 3.09
Creamer 2.69
Trash Bags 4.88
-10% Employee Discount
Total OOP 36.47

Total OOP 57.54

Monday, May 18, 2009

Weekly Grocery Shopping 5-16-09





I didn't do to bad this week. Really didn't need a whole lot since we are leaving for vacation on Friday. I am in charge of gathering all of the food this week to feed 11 people (2 teen boys and 3 grown men that eat like teenagers!) So check back next week and see how I do.

Target
2 Flat Earth Chips 5.38 -$1 MFR 1/1 -$1 MFR 1/1 = 3.38
Smartfood Popcorn 3.33 -$1MFR -$1 Target = 1.33
Smartfood Popcorn 3.33 -$1 Target = 2.33
5 Quaker Rice Cakes 8.35 -(5) $1 Target 1/1 = 3.35
100 Calorie Snacks 2.04 -$1 MRF -$1 Target = 0.04
100 Calorie Snacks 2.04 -$1MFR -$1 Target = 0.04
3 Crystal Light 11.97 -$1 MFR -$2 MFR 1/2 -(3)$1 Target = 2.97
Whole Grain Goldfish 6.49
4 Lean Cuisines 10.66 -$2.66 sale = 8.00 (not pictured)
4 Kraft Natural Cheese 7.96 -(2) $1 MFR 1/2 -(2) $1 Target 1/2 = 3.96 (not pictured)
Triscuits 2.04 -$1 MFR -$1 Target 1/2 = 0.04
Wheat Thins 2.04 -$1 MFR = 1.04
2 Kraft Dressings 3.98 -(2)$1 MFR 1/1 -$1 Target 1/2 = 0.98
Total before coupons 69.61
Employee Discount -10% = 3.40

Total OOP 30.56
Total Savings 39.05

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Meal Plan - Memorial Day Weekend Edition


This is our meal plan for our family vacation. We are going with a total of 11 people. Thank god there is not anymore, because I am not sure I could handle it. I have agreed to do all the planning and all of the shopping for the major food. With everyone else pitching in and bringing personal food and snacks to share. To check out what other ladies are making for the holiday weekend, head over the Organizing Junkie. Check back next week, to see how the weekend went and how much I spent to feed all of these people.

Friday - Dinner is on your own.
(We and my parents will be eating steaks on the grill, potatoes & Salad.)

Saturday
Breakfast – Fruit cup, muffins, OJ, coffee, milk
Lunch – Sandwiches, chips, pretzels, snacks & drinks
Dinner – Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Rolls, Fruit, Snack and S’mores

Sunday
Breakfast - Eggs, Bacon, Toast, OJ, Coffee, milk
Lunch – on your own
Dinner – In Town

Monday
Breakfast – Cinnamon Buns, Cereal, OJ, Coffee, milk

My Shopping List for the weekend:
Fruit Cup – 2 lb Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Bananas, Honeydew, Pineapple
24 - Muffins - I am making one set and my mom is baking the other.
5 concentrate OJ (No Pulp)
Ruby Red - someone else bringing
3 cans of coffee (French Roast)
3 gallon of milk Fat Free
1 gallon of milk Whole

Sandwiches - 12 Hoagie Rolls, 20 slices Turkey, 24 slices Ham, 10 slices American Cheese, 6 slices Provolone, 6 slices Swiss, Mayo & Mustard
2 – Chips (Baked – 1), 2 Pretzels, 1 case bottled water

Salad – 3 pk of Romaine Lettuce, 2 lbs of carrots, 2 onion, radishes, lg stalk of celery, Tomatoes
13 hamburgers,hamburger rolls, hot dogs, hotdog rolls, Ketshup, Relish, Salad Dressing
Smores- 5 bags Marshmallows, Graham Crackers, Chocolate Bars

2 – 18ct eggs, 2 lbs bacon low sodium, 2 loaves of bread, pound butter, Grape Jelly, Salt & Pepper, Peanut Butter, Extra loaf plain white bread

Monday Breakfast
2 – Dutch Oven Cinnamon Buns 1 with nuts 1 without nuts
Cereal – Bring your own

Miscellaneous
Iced Tea, Raspberry Tea, Lemonade, Paper Towels – 6pk, Toilet Paper – 2, Hand soap -3, Dish soap, Hand towels, Aluminum Foil

Snacks - Divided among all the families
Pretzels 4, BBQ chips 2, Sun chips 2, Baked Chips 2, Tortilla Chips 2, Salsa 2, Sour Cream, Mix for Veggie Dip, Peanut Butter Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Brownies, Raspberry bars