Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes show coming Oct.16-19 to The Palace

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Scaling down: Cook Books

In an attempt to scale down at my house I decided that the huge shelf of cookbooks in my kitchen should probably go since I rarely pull more than two of them off the shelf.   

So my procedure has gone like this: 
1. Go through a cookbook and put sticky notes on the pages of any recipes I really want to try. 
2. Add those recipes to my weekly menu plan (no more than 2 per week per category so as not to drive my family crazy). 
3. Transfer any loved recipes to index cards and place in my new to me vintage recipe box which will sit simply on top of my stove rather than taking up the huge shelf in the kitchen. 

4. Sell the cookbooks or add to my yard sale pile as I finish with them.

I obviously have a LONG way to go with this pile and I did keep my grandmother's Betty Crocker book and a copy of the Joy of cooking on my shelf. I even got a new to me pair of bookends (they are peacocks!)

Happy Monday! 


Sunday, June 29, 2014

How to: Vacuum Sealing Dry Goods

So I walked into our basement the other day and found our freezer dripping water from the door - opening the door reveled that the interior was no warmer than our fridge. After some frantic rearranging to accommodate our meats in our fridge freezer I was left with a turkey, two trash bags full of unsalvageable foods, a few bags of corn that I immediately tossed into the dehydrator and a lot of chocolate. I usually store our chocolate in the freezer since it lasts longer but with no more space I had to come up with another option. So I washed up some canning jars and loaded them with the candy. If you've ever been curios about the process of sealing up dry goods in canning jar's here is the process.

Put food into jars ;) 
 Gather supplies, you will need your filled jar, foodsaver machine with port and preferably a dry option button mine has certainly paid for itself and it's been going strong for 7 years now and it's not extremely expensive. You will also need jar lids and the proper jar sealing attachment either the standard mouth or wide mouth as well as the attachment hose if your foodsaver didn't come with one.  
 Place the lid on your jar, attach the hose to the port in your machine and to the jar sealer.
 Place the jar sealer on top of the canning lid making sure to push down so that it is all the way on (some of the smaller jars and older jars have a large wide bottom ring these don't work with the jar sealer).
 Lock down the side latch as if you were putting a bag into the machine to seal, choose the dry option and press the canister button. You should hear the motor come on, you may have to press down slightly on the top of the jar attachment to get a good seal. You will hear the difference in the motor as the foodsaver does it's thing. 
 Either unlock the machine's lock or unhook one end of the hose and then carefully remove the jar sealer attachment, your lid should be attached and the center "button" in the down position. Label your jar and your done! 
 Unsealed jar on the left, sealed on the right. 
*Hint: If your having trouble getting your lids to seal, try putting them in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds before placing them on your jar. Just be sure to dry the lid thoroughly before placing it on the jar. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

CVS 5/25-5/31 ($5.27)

My trip to CVS this week:

2 Crest Pro-Health 1L Mouth Wash $4.99/e - used 2 $1 mfc's
2 Tide (had a raincheck) $2.94/e - used $2/2 mfc and 1 $2 CVS Coupon (the register and cashier would not accept the second $2 CVS coupon)
2 CVS Ibuprofen on sale B1G1 Free $2.99 - used $1 CVS Coupon
2L 7 Up $0.99 plus $0.10 bottle deposit - used $0.30 CVS Coupon
2 M and M's $0.75/e - used BOGO mfc (took off $1.19)

Paid $14.02 on GC

Got Back $8 ecb from Crest and $0.75 ecb from the candy

Total: $5.27

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rite Aid 5/25 - 5/31 ($6.12)

My Rite Aid trip this week I had $9 in expiring +up rewards:

Bic Flame Disk $3.99 - used $1 Rite Aid Coupon
3 Chopped Onion $0.50/e (on clearance)
Bigelow Green Tea $1.74 (on clearance)
2 Scripto Lighter Packs $1.94/e (on clearance)

Used $9 in +up rewards

Paid $1.11

Will be submitting for the Try Me Free Rebate on the Flame Disk for $3.99 back.

Total: $6.12

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Meal Plan Monday

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! My mind can't wrap itself around the fact that it's Tuesday yet. Here is our meal plan for the week:

Monday: Burgers on the grill
Tuesday: Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken, Rice and Veggie
Wednesday: Steak, Mashed Potato, Veggie
Thursday: Crock Pot Lasagna
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Chicken Fried Rice
Sunday: Burgers, Edamame Quinoa Salad

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Walgreens week of 5/18-5/24 ($6.94)

For the first time in a long time I stopped at Walgreens for one of their deals. I bought:

2 Sunny D freezer Pops (on clearance) $1.28 each
6 Gauze pad's $0.89/e
3 First Aid Bags $4.99/s - free with purchase of 2 participating first aid items.

Total: $6.94