Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Our Favorite Cookie

I'm trying to cook more things homemade, starting with cookies. I adapted this recipes from the back of a chocolate chip bag to make it healthier. Try this first

Oatmeal Squash Cookies

1 c. all purpose flour

1 1/4 c. oats (I use the instant kind)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 stick butter, softened

1/2 c. pureed squash ( I make my own, but you can use baby food or applesauce)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. M n M candies

Preheat oven to 350. Grease cookie sheets. Mix flour, oats, salt & baking soda, then fold in remaining ingrediants. Drop by tablespoon fulls on cookie sheet and bake 10- 15 minutes. Yields 3 dozen.

This is just one variation. Try chocolate chips, raisins, peanut butter, white chocolate chips & nuts, cranberries, or just plain. My kids love them and never know they have a vegetable in them! My next homemade tackle will be bread. If you know a good, easy starter recipe, let me know.
I have got exactly $100 to spend on groceries, household products, and diapers for the month of October. Talk about a scary month (ha ha) I will be gone to Mexico for 1 week though on a mission trip so Rocky will be eating out of the pantry and freezer, & the girls will be with my mom. We have enough groceries to make it until the 20th I think so we should be good. We'll see!

Free Pert Plus Shampoo

Pert Plus in on sale at Walgreens for $3.49. In the October Easy Saver is a coupon for $2.50 off a bottle. Then use the $1.00 off coupon from recent inserts to get it FREE!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Menu Planning Monday

Sunday-Taco Soup (made from leftover beans), Tortillas, Cheese

Monday- Eat at DH grandmas for his Bday

Tuesday-Chicken & Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Wednesday- Eat at church before services

Thursday- Porcupine Meatballs, Brown Rice, Peas

Friday-Meatball Subs (from Thursday's meal), chips, pickles, cinnamon rolls

Saturday-Homemade Macaroni & Cheese & BBQ Weiners

Dessert for DH birthday

These are so yummy, I just had to share the recipe. I add chocolate chips to the filling in mine. DH can't wait to eat them tomorrow!

Just thought that I'd share the book I'm reading for my Wednesday night class.

Friday, September 26, 2008

$91.49 @ Country Mart & Walmart. Set for 2 weeks

Wow, this looks like lots of groceries, and it is because it will last us 2 weeks, but somehow I feel there should be more. I did splurge on a few things & bought things I don't normally buy (more on that later) First here are the good deals I got

2 South Beach Diet Frozen Pizzas $2.67 -2/$2 coupons = .67 each
24 pk Nestle Bottled Water $3.88 -1/$1 coupon=$2.88
Coalgate toothbrush .88 -1/$1 coupon =FREE
3 Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls $1.46 -3/$1 coupons= .46 each
3 Green Giant Steamer Frozen Veggies $1.87 each -3/$1 coupon= .87 each ( I could have gotten the plain ones cheaper, but I really wanted to try the cheesy varieties.)

Country Mart-
Farmland Bacon $2.50 -$1 doubled=.50
Farmland Sausage $2.99 -$1 doubled=.99
Farmland Lunchmeat $2.89 -$1 doubled =.89
2 Ronzoni Pasta Meals $2.67 each -2/$1 doubled =.67 each
2 Easy Mac Cups .95 each -2/$1 doubled =FREE
4 Quaker Oatmeal boxes $2.50 each -4/$1 doubled = .50 each!
2 Kotex $2.84 each -2/$1 doubled = .84 each

Now for the things I don't usually/rarely buy that spiked my bill

Cat Litter -$7.46
Stuff to fix Guacamole & salsa for church sunday night-$8.30
New cash organizer -$5.88
Fixings for Hubby's birthday dessert & razors for gift-$8.30

Total of Extras-$38.93 -ugh that kills me! But the cats & kid need to pee, got to bring food for church, and the hubby wants dessert for his bday.

Monday, September 22, 2008

This is m first time participating in Menu planning Monday sponsered by http://orgjunkie.com/ . I keep a monthly calendar on my fridge with a list of what I have to fix on the back.

Breakfast-I leave at 7:00 am to go to school so I either take cereal or a breakfst bar with me. Youngest DD eats at the babysitters & DH & oldest DD are on their own since they don't wake up till 7:30. He usually gives her cereal or frozen waffles for breakfast.

Lunch-Rocky eats a sandwich every day, I either take Lean Cuisines, leftovers, or eat at school, Oldest DD takes a sandwich or Lunchable, and Youngest DD eats at the babysitters

Dinner- Sunday-Leftovers & Clean Freezer
Monday-Spaghetti, Sauce, Garlic Crescent Rolls
Tuesday-Shepards Pie ( I h ave to work a football game so this will be in the fridge for DH to heat up. It's not my favorite so I don't mind missing it)
Wednesday-Eat at church (It's my week to cook & I'm fixing Pigs-in-blanket, hasbrown casserole, salad, & Sopapilla cheesecake for about 50 ppl.)
Thursday-Pinto beans, fried potatoes, cornbread
Friday & Saturday- Will be going out of town

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday's Verse

I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, [and set me] in a large place. The Lord [is] on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?Psalm 118:5-6

Saturday, September 20, 2008

$22 left for the month in groceries :(

I didn't do so hot shopping yesterday. I had to buy diapers & cat food which was $13 at Walmart. And we were out of ground beef and pop so I spent $11 at Country Mart including Vlasic pepper rings for .29 & 2 pkgs hot dogs for .59. I'm taking the girls to have pictures made at Walmart today so that will be $4.99 plus tax. Here's our menu for today

Breakfast-Scrambled Egg Sandwiches
Lunch-Bierocks, Cheese, & Steamed Peas
Dinner- Leftovers (meaning we need to clean out the freezer)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Walgreens for September 14th-19th

2 Coalgate Maxfresh toothpaste on sale 2.99 each - $2.00 off each Walgreens coupon stacked with 1/$1 & 1/.75 coupons = .25 for both!

Glade scented candle $1.99 -1/$1 coupon -$1 rebate =FREE

Glade Scented Oil Warmer $3.99 -1/$4 coupon -$1 rebate = FREE

2 Glade Classics Warmer $1.99 each -B1G1 coupon -$2 rebate = FREE

2 Glade Scented refills $1.99 each -B1G1 coupon -$2 rebate = FREE

Twin pack Lady Speed Stick $3.75 -$2 Wal coupon -1/$1 MC = .75 for both!

Hannah Montana Water Mix In- $2.00-not on sale

Total OOP after rebates =$3.00! for all this stuff.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

$9 @ Country Mart & Walgreens! WOW!

All of this for $9.00! I'm so excited!

2 boxes South Beach Snack Bars-on sale 2/$5 used 2/$2 coupons

Total-$1.45 (and I paid with a gift card)

2nd- Country Mart

Hot Dog Buns-on sale $1.05
2 pkgs Country Gravy- on sale 2/.79
2 Bertolli Pasta Sauce-on sale 2.29 each used 2/$1 coupons-doubled
Old El Paso Dinner Kit-on sale $2.00
Old El Paso Refried Beans-on sale $1.00-used $1/2 coupon-doubled
4 Crescent Rolls-on sale 2/$4-used 4/$1 coupons-doubled
Lean Cuisines-B1G1 free-used 2/$1 coupons-doubled

Total- $7.51
My receipt said I saved $18.00 or 74%. Wow! That still leaves us $92.49 for the rest of the month & we've got enough groceries still for about 12 days. Thanks to moneysavingmom.com for the tips!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

$4 groceries at Country Mart!

We have a local grocery store that doubles up to $1.00. Most of my internet coupons say DO NOT DOUBLE so I wasn't sure if they would. I decided it was worth a try and guess what? It WORKED!

3 Diet Dr Pepper 2 Liters- on sale .79 each
3 Birds Eye Frozen Peas-on sale .88 each used $1/3 doubled
3 Betty Crocker Muffin Mixes- on sale .79 each used 3 .45 off coupons that were doubled
1 Yoplait Yogurt- on sale $2 used $1 coupon that was doubled
1 Fast Fixins Chicken Patties on sale $2 used $1 off coupon doubled (I would have got more but they were out)

Grand Total was $4.06! Wow! I can't wait to go back with my BC Potato coupons & the Pillsbury coupons.

$7 at Walgreens

This trip didn't turn out quite as good as I expected (I was hoping to make money off it) but it is still good for $7.00.

4 bags Chex Mix on sale for .99 had 2/$1 coupons & 2/.50 coupons
Aluminum Foil 2 for $1 on sale
Robittusun Cough Syrup on sale $3.99 had $3 off 1 coupon
Crest Pro Health Mouth wash $4.49 - $4.49 RR = FREE!
Simple Sleep Tylenol $3.49 had $1 off Wal coupon stacked w/ $2 off MC
Dora Lunch box reg. $9.99 marked down to $2.49.

I plan on going back to get more cough syrup even though it's not free it's a good deal at .99 a bottle. And the Progressi soup is 3/$4 + I have a $1.10/1 coupon. Will post this transaction later. And I may get more aluminum foil