Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My 1st couponing experience!

At the beginning of the summer I had a class in my home about couponing.  How to do it, where to go, how to stack.  All that good stuff.  So we all purchased four papers, which means Wednesday-Sunday we get four papers a day.......that's a lot of papers.  20 a week!  But I made my coupon binder and labeled everything with dates, and we are just starting to get out and do it.  I consulted with couponersunited and went for it.  I was so excited today!  I went to CVS.  We had $8 in care bucks, which means I could use that as payment!  Whoohoo!

So I packed my coupons, had them in order, went to the store in the storm and stocked up.  Cept I thought my care bucks were on the card....no turns out you have to have a receipt with the care bucks amount on there.  Which you can get at the machine in the front of the store when you walk in.  So I got my 16 items and went up to pay.  Thinking I was only going to pay $6.  But I did not, but I can still use them next time, for maybe even a better purchase!

So here is the break down.

2 xtra detergents...$1.49 each (no coupon, just cvs card)
4 Palmolive soap....$.99 each (4/.25 off coupons used)
Hellman's mayo.....2/$6 (2/$1 off coupons used)
4 mitchum deodorants.....$1.99 each (4/$1 off  coupons used)
4 Bayer 20 ct. aspirin.....$3 each (4/$3 off coupons used)

Grand total $14.80
Amount saved $47.46
All Bayer aspirin FREE!!! 

So for my first trip that included a screw up I think I did pretty good!

Anyone else have the extreme couponing bug??


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Not your average cupcake

Hello!  So I just got back from vacation and feeling a little guilty that I left my daughter at home with my mom.  I know every parent needs time to themselves, but I really missed her.  So I am trying to make up for it. 

First, I made cupcake pancakes.

Sorry for the picture quality. 

These are super simple.  Just make pancakes how you usually make them (I just use pancake mix), but you add your syrup in there.  1/4c. of maple syrup in your pancake mix.  Pour into sprayed cupcake liners and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Easy peasy!  My daughter really enjoyed them and ate them up!

Next I made meatloaf cupcakes....
quick and easy!

for the meatloaf all I use is 1 lb ground turkey, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 BBQ sauce, 1 box stuffing ( I use cornbread stuffing) and one egg.  mix together form little balls and plop in a muffin tin! (don't forget to spray!) Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. (if using turkey, make sure temp is 165 degrees)
I made homemade mashed potatoes, stuck it in zip lock back, snipped off the corner and pipped it on.  They came out super cute and super yummy!  Good for portion control as well.

yeah these werent a big hit with the kiddo.  She wasnt buying the whole cupcake thing! haha.  She'd rather regular frosting, not mashed potato frosting!

Anyone have any not your average cupcake recipes?


A little bit of latelys.....


I figured since I haven't posted in awhile that I would do some latelys....

reading: Well a friend lent me a book on nook that I am gonna start reading tonight!  Cant wait!

obsessing: trying to organize our lives....trying new fun recipes.  I'm on the hunt for new stuff all the time!
listening to: I just downloaded a bunch of old songs on to my ipod.  Ive been having a lot of nostalgic feelings lately!  like early mid 90's.  I miss the music of those days!

baking/making: Lets see.  Blueberries were cheap the week before I left for vacay so we froze a bunch of them.  Made yummy lemon blueberry donuts. On the agenda is blueberry muffins, I am into cupcakes...but that I'll save for another post :)
looking forward to: spending lazy summer days with my baby!
want to accomplish: OPERATION ORGANIZATION!  I have only put a little chip in the iceberg of that one!!!
watching: well its summer time, so that means True Blood is back on!  I went a little crazy there for a hot minute and bought season 1 and 2, then read the 1st two books of the series again......just because the latest book sucked so bad!  I'm also watching pretty little liars and drop dead diva!!

missing: having no bills. I don't mind the normal ones, but these medical bills are killing me!!  I want my co-pay back!!!
What have you all been up to lately???
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