Archive | January, 2012

Weekend Wedding

30 Jan

This past weekend Jarrod and I made our way to Memphis to celebrate sweet Eboone and Ben’s wedding day! We had the best time not only celebrating the Wheeler’s wedding, but also catching up with old friends. I came home tired, full of barbeque, and missing my babies. The Wheeler’s should be arriving in Mexico at any moment, and although I’m envious of their fabulous honeymoon getaway,  I’m glad to be home. I’m spending today trying to get my house and life in order. (I need a nap.)

Day 1 BBQ Omlette at Cockadoos

Manis and Mimosas with The Bride

Cheers to the Bride and Groom

Kendall’s BBQ Nacho snack… Of course she shared

The Shag. French Toast with Peanut Butter and Bananas. Cockadoos day 2.

Kendall, Colleen, Kristen, and I at the rehearsal

Me, Kendall, and Kristen on our way to the Rehearsal Dinner

The Cake.

(I stole this and the next two pictures from Kristen. I can’t believe I didn’t take ANY at the actual wedding!)

The newlyweds arrive. Isn’t this place cute?!

Elizabeth looked stunning. BW and EW’s first dance!

Love coming home.

A Steward is Ready…

24 Jan

Steward Home Rotator

Since I was living it up with Honey and Papa this weekend, I missed church, and therefore I missed week 3 of our study on being a Steward. Lloyd taught the lesson, and it’s my joy to invite you to watch with me as we learn of God’ s intention in our lives as stewards.

Fellowship Bible Church. Week 3. A Steward is Ready.

My Publix trip, and a couple of couponing tips…(prices end today 1/24)

24 Jan

Last week I went to Publix and snagged these deals…

When I go to the store I take my…

  • Coupon binder
  • My plastic envelope that contains my coupons that I am “for sure” going to use on that trip. I keep my store coupons and manufacturer’s coupons for each item grouped together to ensure that I use the maximum amount of coupons for each item.
  •  An index card or notebook with all of my deals written on it.

This is the notebook that I took with me on this particular trip.

As you can see, I list the item, the *sale price*, the coupons I will use, and what each item will cost me.

***I always check the price of an item before I buy. If the sale price is different than what I expect, sometimes I will hold off on buying that item, because the deal isn’t what I thought it would be.

Deals:

Huggies slip on diapers $10.99. On sale for $9.99. I used (1) $3/1 Publix Baby Club Coupon and  (1) $2/1 mc coupon. My total cost was only $4.99

Cascadian Farms granola bars– $3.99 per box. I used a store coupon for Buy 2 boxes get $3 off. My total was $2.49 per box! (One box costs $4.99 at Whole Foods)

Kashi Cereal- $2.99. I used (1) $1/1 mc and (1) $1/1 Whole Foods Coupon. My total was $0.99

Method Dish Liquid Soap- On sale for 2/$5. I used (2) $1/1 mc’s and (2) $1/1 Whole Foods Coupons. Making them $0.50 each!

Tom’s mouthwash 16 oz.-  Regularly Priced at $1.80…Whole Foods sells it for $5.99. WOW what a huge discrepency!

Publix paper towels-  PENNY ITEM $0.01

Jason’s Body wash- $8.99. (I can’t remember but I think this was on sale for either $7.99 or $6.99.  I had a $3/1 mc coupon making this either $3.99 or $4.99. But either way thats great because it costs upwards of $12 at Whole Foods!

A deal I didn’t get but accidentally left my coupon at home…

Newman’s Own Salsa- On sale for $2. I had (1) $1/1 coupon (printable). It would have cost me only $1

One of my great loves…

24 Jan

This past weekend Jarrod and I dropped the girls off with my in-laws and cruised on down to Birmingham.  We spent the weekend visiting my sweet grandparents, who happen to be two of my most favorite people in the entire world. Jarrod and I had the best time visiting them and had a lovely weekend away from the babies.

My mom says that when I was a little girl, I would literally cry the entire way from Birmingham back to our house. I still can’t leave my Honey and Papa without getting teary. It always makes me so sad that we live so far away from each other (albeit two and a half hours…)

Honey. Even at 83 years old she looks amazing! She was on her way to decorate the church with flowers.

I’ve only made two Valentine Hearts, I have one and Honey has the other…

We’re bananas for Yo-nanas

24 Jan

 

Yonanas™ Ice Cream Treat Maker

Although I’m not the infomercial type, and I ‘m slightly embarrassed to admit it, I’ve been dying for a Yonana’s machine for months! I was a little skeptical that this $50 product from a late night infomercial could turn frozen fruit into frozen yogurt in mere minutes,I mean really.  My skepticism was quickly shot down after my sweet mother-in-law gave me one for  Christmas.

The Boyds now have a healthy alternative to our usual Sweet Cece’s run (and trust me,we go a lot. To make a sweet treat, all you have to do is toss bananas, fruit, nuts, chocolate, etc.  into the machine, and let Yonanas do the work. This is a cheap and healthy way to keep your sweet tooth satisfied without feeling guilty about it later.

My latest Yonanas treat containing frozen strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries topped with dark chocolate chips.

When using bananas, the texture turns out to be just like frozen yogurt, and when using other frozen fruits, the texture turns out more like a sorbet. No matter what fruit you use, it turns out super rich (dense) and is very filling. The bowl above was way too big of a serving for me to actually finish.

Deal Seekers: Bed Bath and Beyond sells Yonana machines for $49.99.

Use one of their 20% off coupons to make your total cost (before tax) only $40.00!

A Steward is FREE from worry…

18 Jan

I worry, a lot. Just in general, I worry. I can’t let things go, and like a lot of people, I find myself worrying all the time … It used to be about friends, then grades, then graduating, then money, then marriage, then money, then babies, then money…

This past Sunday, our church, continued our study on stewardship. We’re only on week two, and my assumptions about this study have been completely thrown out the window… I thought being a steward was just about taking care of the things God gives you.

Last Sunday, Bill Wellons, who some of you may remember married Jarrod and me, gave a powerful lesson on a steward’s freedom.

As children of God we are made in His image. We are broken, and separated from God, but by grace we are saved through Jesus. When worry creeps into our minds, that’s a result of our doubting God. When we worry, our faith is lacking.  Bill said something on Sunday that really put things in perspective; worrying allows us to make  ourselves false prophets. Our worry is essentially  an act of predicting the future, what could happen, what will happen. Instead of trusting God’s plan for us, we are lacking faith.

I want to invite you to watch the service from this past Sunday (1/15)

 Click here to watch Week 1 and/or Week 2 online. I promise you will love it.

“And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but the Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Do not be afraid little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12 29-34

Love is in the air…

14 Jan

I don’t know what it is about me, but I LOVE Valentine’s day! There’s just something about all pinks and reds, the love, and the chocolate that make me in such a great mood!   Also, my birthday is right before Valentine’s day, so I think I am predisposed to loving everything about February!

This was the inspiration for my front door…

This is what it turned in to… I didn’t use the Martha Stewart patterns, I just used it loosely as a guide…

While Jarrod was working out of town this week, Hen and I got a little crazy with the glitter and we decorated the dining room…

Henley’s Valentines for her grandparents and teachers…

 

Home Made Baked Oatmeal (Reminds me of Vita Muffins!)

11 Jan

I saw this recipe on MoneySavingMom.com the other day, and tweaked a few things to make it my own.

Things I did differently…

  • I made 24 muffins instead of 18. My babies eat small portions and I dont like to waste. I cooked them for 5 minutes less that the recipe called for.
  • I used dried cranberries instead of frozen fruit or chocolate chips. Hoke literally could live of of cranberries! After testing one of the muffins, it really reminded me of the Cranberry Vitatops that cost  $14.45 for a box of 12!
  • I used 1 cup of brown sugar and eliminated the stevia and sucanat

 

Here is the recipe for Portion Sized, Freezer Friendly Baked Oatmeal (the way I made it!) To view the original recipe look here.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 5 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup flax seed, ground
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cup 1% milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix eggs, vanilla, and applesauce until combined.
  3. Add brown sugar, banana, and craisens
  4. In another bowl, mix oats, salt, baking powder, flax seed, and cinnamon.
  5. Dump dry ingredients into wet ingredients; mix well.
  6. Pour in milk and stir until combined.
  7. Spray one 12 and one 6 cup muffin tin with cooking spray or use cupcake liners.
  8. Scoop mixture evenly into muffin cups.
  9. Bake 35-40 minutes or until the center of each muffin is set.
  10. Cool and enjoy — or freeze them in gallon freezer bags.

Nutrition Info with Fruit: Servings: 18* Serving size: 1* Calories: 155.7* Fat: 3g* Fiber: 3.7g* Carbs: 25.2g* Protein: 5.7g* Points+: 4* Old Points: 3*

 

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