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Been a while…

Wow, I came to my blog and realized how long it has been since I’ve posted.  I was totally into blogging and getting my blog ‘just right’, that I took a hiatus from all the time I’d spent on it.  4 months is a bit too long, though!

I’ve just updated my 2010 Savings total – $1862.64!  That was since March, and while it is no where near as high as some others, it was pretty amazing to me.  How can I NOT coupon?  If I am willing to put in the effort, it will truly benefit my family.

We are currently vacationing in Florida, and I cannot coupon like I did in back home.  I feel the urge to go buy things at a great price, but have to be careful to not add too much weight to our trailer.  So, I will stick with the needs, and see how that goes!

I have returned, once again, to Weight Watchers, and will try to focus my shopping on those items that will help me be successful – rather than all the low cost candy bars I’d been buying!  If I buy them, I will try and maintain my willpower to give them to others!!  Since we will be vacationing several months, this will be a great time for me to organize my shopping needs, so that I can hit it hard when I get home.

Looking forward to a great year…

Yummy Mexican Chicken

My buddy, Char, had me over this week to make some Pico de Gallo using fresh veggies from her garden. It was SO good and fresh – we had to have some with tortilla chips, just to verify it was good enough for anyone to eat!
Fresh Celery and Peppers
Some Tomatoes
Fresh Pico de Gallo!

While I was there, she started her chicken dinner using some of her Pico de Gallo and it looked like it would taste good.  So, never one to be imaginative *grin*, I made a very similar dinner the next night using MY Pico de Gallo!  It was awesome.

I browned some chicken with Goya seasoning, threw the fresh veggies (with the juices) on it and let it simmer for a while.  Then I just broke the chicken apart and put in some rice to let it cook in the juices…so good and easy.  Add a little cheese on the top and refried beans on the side – and it made a quick, great tasting meal!

When life gives you brown bananas…

Lately, our bananas seem to turn brown very quickly.  I asked several other people and they have had the same issue.   Hmmm, is there a banana epidemic, I wonder?!?

Well, we have been just throwing them out; but I saw this recipe at $5 Dollar Dinners, so I had to try it.

Since my hubby is diabetic, I modified the recipe by using Splenda Sugar Blend in place of sugar.  The banana cake was delish!  It was still a little sweet for him, so next time I am going to try only Splenda and see how it turns out. 

So, when life gives you brown bananas, make Banana Cake!

Gotta love spray paint!

Yep, I admit it; I’m a big spray paint fan!

When I want to (re)decorate a room, I love to see if there is something I can spray paint rather than having to go out and by a new item.

Last year I began a project to redo our bedroom.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I first moved into this house about 8 years ago.  We have a solid oak bed and dresser and I was convinced some day my hubby would let me paint it all white – so, I decorated around an entire white theme; lamps, end tables, accessories.  Years later, friends told me I would be crazy to paint solid wood (this was after my hubby nixed the idea).

Well, I was willing to ignore him, but I trusted my friend’s input.  So, once again, I began redecorating our room.  I hated to go out and buy new decorative items, so I scanned the room to see what I could repaint.

Following are some pictures of the “new” items.

This shelf was all white – love how it looks now!

My biggest joy was the wicker chair.  I was afraid that it would not look right, but took the plunge since I did not want to buy a new chair and we did not need white wicker.  It turned out awesome!  It took just over 1 can of paint, but looks just like a brown wicker chair from the store.

Even close up it looks good!
I love my room / bathroom so much better now – and am ready to finish my last 2 items to make it complete.
Bathroom shelf – use to be cream!

As good as mom’s

Ahhh, the aroma of the dinner wafts through the air!  Tasting so much better because you have smelled it for over an hour (you know how that is)!

This week I made one of my hubby’s favorite meals – boiled dinner; very similar to corned beef and cabbage, but made with ham.

We’ve been married 21 years and I just started making this meal about 10 years ago.  Every time we would go up ‘north’ to see my in-laws, my mother-in-law would come greet us and say “Guess what I am making?”  With a inward groan, but a happy voice, I would say “Boiled Dinner?!?”

You see, I am not a ham eater, nor did I care for carrots too much, so this meal was absolutely not on MY list of favorites.  But, after several years, it grew on me.  And after several more years, I tried making it; wow, so easy!  For the most part, this is a pretty frugal  meal too, which is always a plus!

So, we enjoyed our boiled dinner this week, which turned out to be as good as mom’s!

Christmas decorations…

I was playing with my camera, trying to improve my ‘night’ shots. Still haven’t mastered it yet, but I really like how some of the pictures turned out. Here is my ‘white’ tree:

I had wanted a tall, thin tree to put white lights on. When Niki was pregnant with Julia she found this tree after Christmas for $11 – what a deal! She had to race to get the last one from a woman that was eying it; but, pregnant and all she got it – and I was thrilled!!
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Here are some of the decorations:

I had such a blast shopping for these ornaments after I knew I was going to finally be able to decorate a tree in white lights. We have enough now, but I still love looking at burgundy and gold ornaments at the stores….

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Our Mickey/Minnie tree skirt



Our IKEA lights – love these (copied the idea from Niki)

I love all the lights at Christmas and always think that it would be so cool to see them all year. I suppose, though, they would become common, then they would not be so special…