Bluebonnets To Peaches


Pumpkin Candy Treats
October 31, 2008, 10:57 am
Filed under: Recipes

I’m the room mom for Brad’s class this year which means that I am in charge of the fall festival party today!  Here is the super easy pumpkin craft that we are doing today.  I originally saw this idea in Family Fun magazine a couple of years ago.  They used orange jelly beans but since I couldn’t find a good deal on jelly beans I used butterscotch candies ($1 a bag at Walmart)!

 

Step 1:  Place candy in center of orange tulle

Step 2: Gather orange tulle, pinching it at the top

Step 3: Secure top with a green pipe cleaner

Step 4: Wrap green pipe cleaner around the top of the orange tulle

Step 5: Cut off the excess orange tulle on top

Step 6: You now have a fun candy filled pumpkin!

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A Little Halloween Fun!
October 22, 2008, 4:37 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

When we first moved back to Texas from California, 6 years ago, we had just moved into our new home in October.  One day I opened up the front door to find a Halloween goody bag sitting on my front porch!  To this day I still don’t know who left it there, but inside I found a cute poem and lots of fun cute Halloween things.  It totally made my day in our new neighborhood!

Since that year, I’ve tried to do the Boo Treats every October.   Although I’ve missed a few years, I thought it would be fun to start it here in our new neighborhood! 

The idea behind the Boo Treats is that you make 2 gift bags and secretly leave them at 2 different neighbors doors with a poem inside and a friendly ghost picture.  The poem explains the gift and instructions to make 2 additional gifts and pass on the surprise, the friendly ghost picture gets taped to the front door to let the neighborhood know that you’ve been “Booed.”  It is so much fun to watch who gets “Booed” and to watch the neighbors sneaking around leaving treats at the front doors of neighbors. 

Remember the 2 FREE pumpkin pails I got at CVS?  Well, they will make the perfect containers for our Boo Treats this year!  (If you didn’t get your free pails at CVS, regular gift bags work great too!)  Last night after the kids were in their pj’s we walked over to neighbors houses and left the pumpkin pails with goodies inside on their doorstep!  The boys were so cute sneaking up their driveways!  This morning when we left for school we noticed that both neighbors already had the friendly ghost taped on their doors!  The boys were so excited!

Here’s the goodies that were in our bags:

Vist this site to print copies of the poem and the friendly ghost picture.



Welcome to the World Harper!
October 21, 2008, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Knitting

My Chiropractors, Jim Bob and Cyndi, welcomed their first son into the world on Monday morning!  I am so happy for them, they are going to make great parents!  I credit Jim Bob and Cyndi for getting rid of Nick’s asthma and they hold a special place in my heart!  Remember this post?  The blanket was for Harper, here is a picture of the completed blanket:

I know the picture isn’t showing up great on the blog, there is much more detail in the panels than you can see from the picture.  I knitted the center panel and knitting friend knitted the outer two and sewed them all together (I’m still pondering how I got out of sewing it all together)!

Welcome to the world Harper!  You are a lucky guy with very loving parents!



Perfect Soup Weather
October 21, 2008, 2:15 pm
Filed under: Recipes

The nights have turned very chilly here in Georgia, we have been getting lows in the 30’s!  This is the perfect weather for one of my favorite soup recipes.  When I was in high school, my dad had surgery and a family friend made this soup for us after my dad came home to recover.  It has been a family favorite ever since!  The original recipe called for rice instead of potatoes, but our family has always enjoyed it with potatoes.  This recipe makes A TON, I’ve tried to half it before and it just doesn’t taste the same so if you give it a try invite some friends over to enjoy or share with a neighbor (it’s good the next day too)!

CHICKEN CHEESE SOUP

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 14 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, diced
  • 2-3 cups cooked potatoes, chopped
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 2 lb. Velveeta Cheese, cubed

Cook chicken in water with salt, pepper, onion, celery and carrots for 1 hour.  Chop chicken and return to broth.  Add potatoes and bouillon cubes.  Cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours.  Add Velveeta cheese and stir until cheese melts.  Enjoy!



A Fun Day at CVS!
October 20, 2008, 9:20 am
Filed under: CVS Deals

I received a compliment from the cashier today at CVS, she told me that my receipt was the longest she had ever seen . . . and I only spent $11.41 out of pocket!

I was happy to see a decent week of ECB’s at CVS as last week there wasn’t much at all.  Here’s a breakdown of what I got:

  • 3 12-pk Coca Cola Products $10.00 (earned $2 in ECB’s)
  • GUM Toothbrush 2-pk $3.99, less .75 coupon (earned 3.99 in ECB’s)
  • 2 packages of Candy Corn $1.29 each (earned 2.58 in ECB’s)
  • Powerade Drink $1.69, less .75 coupon (earned 1.69 in ECB’s)
  • Bag of Smarties $1.99 (no ECB’s, but needed for preschool class)
  • 2 Pumpkin Pails .99 each (earned 1.98 in ECB’s)
  • 2 Funlight Glow Sticks .99 each (earned 1.98 in ECB’s)

Total $24.21, less $1.50 in coupons, less $11.79 in ECB’s spent, plus .49 tax = $11.41 out of pocket and I received $14.22 in ECB’s to use on my next purchase!

As you can see, most of my out of pocket expense were the Coca-Cola products and those were at hubby’s request as we were completely out of all drinks except tea and milk!  My boys already have pumpkin pails for Halloween, but I have plans for the 2 FREE ones I purchased . . . I will share my plan with you soon!



A Great Find!
October 13, 2008, 12:06 pm
Filed under: Knitting

I don’t believe in luck or in coincidence, but I do believe in being shown favor by the Lord.  On Thursday, both boys were at school and I had found a local yarn shop here in town online.  I decided it would be the perfect day to go check out my new local yarn store in person.

When I arrived, the owner was the only person in the store and the place was a mess.  I explained to her that I had just moved from Texas and she was my closest yarn store!  She replied “I’m so sorry you found us like this, we are closing!”  What?  Closing? But you are the closest store to me!  Then she said the words that every knitter dreams about . . . “but feel free to look around, everything in the store is 40% off!”

If I believed in luck, this is where I would say “It’s my lucky day!”  However, I choose to believe that the Lord knows how much I enjoy knitting (there is just something about creating beautiful pieces with a piece of string and a couple of sticks!) and He enjoys seeing my delight!  I was much like a kid in a candy store!  I’m sure I could have purchased more, but I had to leave to pick up the kids from school.  It is no coincidence that I have been here since July and I just now found the time to visit the store!  I am sad to learn that the store is closing, but I will gladly take the 40% off!

I can’t show you everything I purchased, a lot of what I got are for Christmas presents.  Here’s a picture of 2 of the items I purchased. 

The yarn is my favorite, alpaca, and the box includes everything you need to make a felted wreath.  I don’t plan on making the wreath for this year . . . but maybe next year 🙂



A CVS Trip
October 8, 2008, 5:01 pm
Filed under: CVS Deals

Today was my first trip to CVS in about a month!  Can you believe it?  I think that’s the longest period of time I’ve gone without visiting CVS since I started CVSing.  I had a $6 ECB that was expiring TODAY and I just wouldn’t be able to stand it if I “lost” $6 so I made a special trip today!

There is a brand new CVS not too far from our house so I thought I would give it a try.  The store has a little bit different set up but is very large, clean and well organized!

Here’s the deal I got (I know it doesn’t look like a lot, but I only had $6 in ECB’s to use):

Here’s the breakdown of my cost:

  • Vitamin Water $2.29, got $2.29 in ECB’s back
  • 2 Colgate Toothpaste $2.99 each, used 2 $1 off coupons, got $4 in ECB’s back
  • Bic Soleli Razor $5.99, used $2 off coupon, got $4 in ECB’s back

Total cost $14.26, less $4 coupons, less $6 ECB’s = Total Out of Pocket $4.26 Received $10.29 in ECB’s

What a beautiful shopping day!