Thursday, January 31, 2008


Little Sassy passed away today. My daughter is heartbroken. R.I.P Sassy.
Sassy 2005-2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway!

I have joined Rocks in my Dryer's Bloggy Giveaway, You have to check it out.. there are TONS of bloggers giving away tons of GREAT stuff!! I am giving away Pampered Chef's Stoneware's Inspirations cookbook. It is full of yummy recipes. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment and I will pick the winner Sunday Febuary 3rd. Make sure you leave your email addy so I can get in touch with you when you win!! Good luck and don't forget to head over to the Bloggy Giveaway to enter the other contests!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Laura is hosting Menu Plan Monday over at her site. Here is what is on my menu for the week:
Monday: Kielbasa Potato Skillet
Tuesday: Sunday Dinner Steaks with Broccoli and Instant Potatoes
Wednesday: Old Fashioned Bean Soup with Corn Bread
Thursday: Mexican Chili Mix and Fritos
Friday: Chicken and Rice Casserole with mixed vegies.
Anything sound good? If you'd like the recipes to anything just ask! Have a great menu planning Monday everyone!

Thrifty recipes

Gayle over at The Grocery Cart Challenge would like some Thrifty recipes. I scanned my recipe folder and come up with this one courtesy of

Neat Sloppy Joes

Prep Time: 20 MinutesCook Time: 30 Minutes

Ready In: 50 MinutesYields: 8 servings

This freezes and reheats well."

2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 (10.75 ounce) can
condensed tomato soup
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons
Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
8 hamburger buns
Place ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until evenly browned, stirring to crumble. I like to use a potato masher to even out the lumps. Add onion and celery, cover the pan, and cook until tender and transparent, about 5 minutes. Drain off any grease.
Stir the tomato soup (undiluted), ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce into the beef mixture. Season with salt and garlic powder. Heat to a simmer over low heat, and cook until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently to prevent it from burning on the bottom.
Spoon the hot beef mixture onto buns, which may be toasted first, and serve.

It is very yummy and the kids love it! Enjoy!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

An update on the balloon release.

My kiddos released a helium balloon back in October and a couple of months later we received this letter via email:

Greetings,> > I am Boatswain's Mate First Class Eric G . I am> the Executive Petty Officer onboard the United> States Coast Guard Cutter ALBACORE. The Albacore is> an 87 foot Marine Protector Class Coastal Patrol> Boat. While on patrol a number of miles outside of> the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, just prior to> engaging in a .50 Cal Gun shoot, we spotted an> object in the water. We altered course to> investigate and found your balloon with a note> attached asking to contact you with information> about where the balloon was found. We found the> balloon in position 37DEG 01.298 MIN North/075DEG> 42.875MIN West. If you have any questions, please do> not hesitate to contact me.> > Regards,> > BM1 Eric G> Executive Petty Officer> USCGC Albacore (WPB 87309)> USNAB Little Creek, West Annex> Norfolk, VA 23520>

How cool is that? I figure that is about 15 or so miles from our house. Not far, but still cool considering they took the time to retrieve it and email us back!!! We are looking forward to doing it again soon.. and maybe even a message in bottle too!

Are you tired of Disney pics yet?

Cinderella's wicked stepmom and her daughters.. they were so funny.

I think you know who this is with Brandon and Savannah

Looks like NYC, but nope.. its MGM studios

They were so cute!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Yummo and Wow!

Jody is having an awesome giveaway, you MUST-check-it-out! Run, don't walk!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A Giveaway! A Giveaway!

The owner of TheGreen3 blog is giving a copy of the Tightwad Gazette away! Go check it out.

Friday, January 18, 2008

More Disney World..

This is us with, of course, Cinderella. Isn't she pretty!

Arriving at Animal Kingdom. The kids loved Mt. Everest.. I on the other hand being the chicken I am.. and my sister I might add.. watched from afar... LOL.

Eeyore couldn't get his kite to fly! Poor Eeyore!

Savannah with the Fairy Godmother.. every girl should have one!

Dinner at Cinderalla's Royal Table. It was sooo much fun. The Fairy Godmother and Cinderella's mice danced and sang.. The food was so good!

This gingerbread house was at the Floridian. It was made of real gingerbread and was actually a little shop that you could walk up to and purchase what else.. buy gingerbread house to take home. It smelled heavenly!

Minnie house! I want a house just like this! :)

Going inside was so much fun, she had all the best! LOL! That is Savannah setting in her chair.

My hubby and Brandon checking out the fridge, typical men... what is that look on my hubby's face? LOL!

Checking out the sink.


Monday, January 7, 2008

Saving money

With a family of 5 I try to save as much as possible. I heard about Crystal's ebook about saving money at the grocery store at Amy's site and decided to check it out. I have saved alot of money at the store! First I checked out my local Food Lion store sale flyer and based my meals around what meats, vegies etc. they had on sale. I also went by the Grocery Game's method, its only $1 for an 8 week membership, I figured what did I have to lose right? My first trip was to Food Lion to stock up on TP, snacks i.e. cake mixes, cereal, paper plates, ect. My total before savings was $49.28 after I used my MVP and coupons my total was $21.07. I saved 59% on my grocery trip! My second trip to Food Lion I spent $31.13 on TP, great sale and we always need it right, LOL, cereal again we are stockpiling here and my hubby snuck in some cheese no coupon for that tho, my total after savings was $16.56 or a 49% savings. I never buy things I don't need, except when hubby sneaks things in the cart! LOL and the idea again is to stockpile the things you need when they are ON SALE, and they you save money later. Today was my big shoping day. I bought a weeks worth of food using the method of Crystals and the Grocery Game, my total was $233.09 before MVP and coupons and after $161.36, a 32% savings, not to bad. This metod of savings certainly helps, I don't buy food or items that I won't need which is soooo important LOL! Check it out and let me know how you do!