Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jason & Kerby's Bon Voyage Tour and A Trip to the 'Burgh

My brother Jason and his wife Kerby stopped at our house for a brief visit last week on their bon voyage family tour. Then on Saturday we met up with them in Pittsburgh. We went to the Strip District and ate at Primanti Brothers. Then we headed over to the Pirates game and sat through a 1 1/2 hour rain delay, (this was before the rain really drenched us) but it was still lots of fun anyway. (Mike won 2 free tickets - wahoo! So, we are looking forward to at least one more trip to Pittsburgh this summer.) We'll be heading to Greenville this weekend to see Jason and Kerby one more time before they head to Costa Rica on June 1 to work with the Abraham Project there. More information about them can be found here on their blog. The Lord has been blessing them and preparing them for their work in Costa Rica for several months now. It's an exciting time for them as they trust God will provide the necessary prayer and financial support as well as continue to work out all of the details involved in moving to Costa Rica indefinitely in just a few days for full-time mission work.

Meal Planner Monday: Paula Deen's Coleslaw

I found this recipe last summer...I thought I'd post it (a little early since it's only Thursday in case you are planning a Memorial Day picnic) to kick off the summer barbecue season ...I wish I had a picture...yum!
Go to recipe at Food Network

Frugal Friday: Recent Deals & Recycled Ink Cartridges

I'm working on a few's seems like there is always something else to do here's a Frugal Friday post covering the last 3 weeks...
How did I get all of this for free at CVS - including the Noxema that was $4.99 (not on sale and no coupon)?
I started with $11 ECB...
U by Kotex $4.99 - $1 manufacturer printable coupon - $1 CVS printable coupon
(2) Crest Pro $3.50 - (2) $.75 manufacturer coupons from newspaper
- $4 ECB
- $4 ECB
= $.49 paid and $7 and $4.99 in ECB from this purchase = $3.50 profit in ECB
Schick Razor $8.99 - $5 manufacturer coupon from newspaper
(2) Right Guard Deodorant $2.49 - $3 off 2 printable coupon
Noxema $4.99
- $7 ECB
- $1 ECB
- $2 ECB
= $1.02 paid and $4 and $4 in ECB from this purchase
Final Total = I gained $1.99 in ECB and spent $1.51 in cash, so that's a $.48 profit and I came home with free Noxema (& other stuff)!!
Links to the printable coupons can be found here
Then, I got some Huggies diapers for $3.49 at CVS, these Rayovac 9V batteries made especially for smoke detectors for $.97 at Walmart, and free Bic pens at Walmart with this coupon.
Staples has been running deals on printer paper for around $1-$1.49 and one week had a 20-pack of AA batteries free after rebate again.
Last week at Aldi's I got a 12 pack of double roll recycled toilet paper marked down to $2.99.
This week the deals were slow...except for the CVS moneymaker Gillette Body Wash (which is advertised as Free after ECB but there is a BOGO coupon so it is a $4 moneymaker). Of course they were out, but no problem because I have a raincheck for it. By the way, I was told CVS rainchecks never expire.
Finally, on the topic of the "reduce, reuse, recycle," I am collecting our used ink cartridges for Staples rebates. Staples normally offers $3 for each recycled ink cartridge you bring in but I am waiting on the $6 rebate which they occassionally offer.

Biblical Womanhood

Earlier this month I had the privilege of spending some time with my sister Julie - just the 2 of us (and her family later in the day) while Mike was at a magic convention. We attended a women's seminar at her church Saturday morning. It was such a blessing and encouragement to me and I wanted to post this link so that maybe other women could be blessed as well... Thanks again for the time that we could spend together, others said that day, you are an example of a woman following these principles of biblical womanhood...and I thank God for you!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Meal Planner Monday: Mexican - Chicken Fajitas

With Cinco de Mayo later this week, I had to post one of my favorite "Mexican" recipes (not sure if this is truly authentic or not since it is from my Betty Crocker cookbook)... Fajita Marinade
1/4 cup vegetable (or olive) oil
1/4 red wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Mix all ingredients in shallow glass dish and add 1-2 lbs boneless chicken cut into strips (beef or pork will work also but I like the chicken the best). Cover and refrigerate 6-24 hours. Cook chicken and add onions and peppers halfway through cooking.