Bluebonnets To Peaches


Publix Deals
December 23, 2008, 12:40 pm
Filed under: Publix Deals

I went to Publix today and got some great deals!  I spent a bit more than normal, but I needed to get a few convience items for our upcoming road trip and a few pounds of meat!

Here’s what I got:

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  • 5 packages Ziploc Freezer Bags ($2.29 each) = $14.95, less ($3 coupons), less ($5 Publix coupon, good for any 5 SC Johnson products) = .69 each (WOW – and I was in need of some freezer bags!)
  • 2 packages Croutons BOGOF = $1.49, less (2 coupons for .55 each) = .20 each
  • 3 boxes Bisquick BOGOF = $4.95, less (3 coupons for .60 each) = $1.05 each (another item I was in need of!)
  • 4 Del Monte Canned Veggies BOGOF = $2.60, less (.50, doubled) = .40 each
  • 4 Campbel’s Creamed Soups 4/$3, less (.25, doubled) = .63 each
  • Bertolli Pasta Sauce 2/$4, less (.60 coupon) = $1.40 (not the best price, but I was in need of pasta sauce)
  • 2 boxes Betty Crocker Potatoes BOGOF = $1.60, less (.25, doubled) and (.35, doubled) = .20 each
  • 2 boxes Keebler Crackers BOGOF = $3.79, less ($1 coupon) = $1.40 each
  • Betty Crocker Brownie Mix BOGOF = $1.35, less (.50, doubled) = .35
  • Hormel Bacon $2.50
  • Celery .89
  • Trash Bags $7.99, less ($1 coupon) = $6.99 (again, not the best deal, but we needed them)
  • Apple slices $3.29
  • Grapes $1.49/lb
  • Ground Beef $2.99/lb
  • Cubed Steak $5.24
  • Bread $2.59
  • Deli Turkey Meat $4.32
  • Domino Sugar $1.99
  • Coles Garlic Bread BOGOF = $1.40

Total Before Savings $109.55

  • Less Ad savings $32.41
  • Less Coupons $17.20
  • Total Savings $49.61

Total Spent $59.94



First Grade Christmas Party
December 22, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: Craft Ideas

On Friday, Brad had his Christmas Party at school.  Being the room mom, it was my responsibility to plan the party. 

The teacher asked for a birthday cake for Jesus.  I was so happy that she asked for this, we normally have a birthday party for Jesus at my friend Angie’s house every year in Texas.  But this year I had been wondering what we would do here in Georgia, I realize that we could have done the birthday party at our house with just our family, but it was fun to do it with Brad’s friends at his school!

The kids all brought a wrapped book to do a book exchange.  This was fun and everyone got to go home with a new book!

I used this idea from Family Fun to create these snowman ornaments. 

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These were easy for the kids to do.  I had pre-assembled the actual snowmen and the kids added the buttons, nose, mouth, eyes and scarf.  The kids also wrote their names and year on the back.  I found some awesome glue pens at Hobby Lobby that were super easy for the kids to use and did not create a huge glue mess!  The glue pens were on the foam aisle at our local Hobby Lobby and they are glue pens that you simply squeeze to get the glue to come out and the glue dries clear!

We also played a game similar to musical chairs, but instead of the kids moving around, they passed a box around.  I wrapped a small shoe box in Christmas paper and added a pretty bow.  I filled the box with enough candy canes for each child in the class.  The kids all sat in a circle and passed the box around while we played Christmas music.  When the music stopped, whoever was holding the box got to open it up and take a candy cane out!  We played until all the kids had received a candy cane!

It was a fun day and everyone is super excited to be out of school for Christmas!



Adorable Cookies
December 21, 2008, 12:30 pm
Filed under: Craft Ideas

One day last week when the kids and I pulled into our driveway, we were greeted by our neighbor and her 2 children.  They had come over to bring some of these adorable cookies! 

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Aren’t they cute?! 

The “cookie” part is actually a graham cracker with icing on top, m&m’s for the eyes, a gum drop for the nose and marshmellows for the beard.  I’m going to save this idea for next year, it would be a fun cookie to make with the kids!



Cookies, Cookies Everywhere!
December 20, 2008, 2:21 pm
Filed under: Recipes

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I’ve spent much of this past week baking cookies, A LOT of cookies!  In an effort to keep our Christmas gift budget in check this year, I chose to bake cookies and mini bread loafs for teachers, the school secretary, a few neighbors and all of hubby’s employees!

Leigh Ann hosted a cookie exchange a couple of weeks ago and all of the recipes sounded so good, that I decided to try a few of them. 

I made these Chocolate Mountains and they were awesome!  These were Nick’s favorite, although he called them “chocolate rocks.”  I could eat a few dozen of these all by myself!  

I also made these White Chocolate Dipped Gingersnaps these were delicious but I preferred them without the white chocolate. 

I’ve been waiting for a chance to make Leigh Ann’s Almond Sugar Cookie Recipe (I love a good sugar cookie) and then I stumbled upon this icing for the sugar cookies.  These are amazing sugar cookies, especially when they are still warm!  So easy to make, these are the cookies I’m going to make when my neighbor comes over to decorate cookies next week!

What kind of cookies have you been baking?



Fun Preschool Gifts
December 16, 2008, 12:37 pm
Filed under: Craft Ideas, Preschool

This morning we enjoyed the Christmas performance by all the preschool kids at Nick’s school!  After the performance we enjoyed a little party in Nick’s classroom and I have to say, he has an awesome teacher!  Ms Nancy showered the kids with tons of fun gifts, you know the kind that all the parents will keep forever!

Here’s a picture of all the stuff Nick made and received:

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Nick wrote his own name inside the wreath card!  The fabric on the bottom is a pillowcase that Ms. Nancy made!  She shared that when her own son (who is graduating high school this year) was in preschool, he received a Christmas pillow and still puts it on his pillow every Christmas!  The card attached to the pillowcase said the following:

“After you set out the cookies for Santa and the carrots for Rudolph, it will be time to go to bed.  It’s going to be so hard to fall asleep. Put this special pillowcase on your favorite pillow and you will fall fast asleep and have sweet dreams.  When you wake in the morning you will see that Santa has been to your house.  Have sweet dreams! Love, Ms. Nancy”

The green page at the bottom of the picture is a laminated place mat that reads:

“Dear Santa:  Here’s some milk and cookies that I left for you.  There is enough for Rudolph, I hope he likes them too.  I hope you know I love you, I would tell you if I could.  Please leave me a little something because I’ve been really good.”

The picture in the back is one of the whole class dressed as a manger scene, here’s a closeup:

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Super Cute!



Another “Quick to the Table” Idea
December 13, 2008, 8:33 pm
Filed under: Recipes

I declared today “baking day.”  I knew I would be spending most of the day baking up our Christmas treats to share with others and that means that at 5:00pm the last thing I would want to do is prepare dinner. I also knew that I probably couldn’t do the pizza thing again tonight, although I’m sure the kids wouldn’t mind!

Of course the most logically thing to do in this case is to pull out the crock pot! While I baked cookies all day, the crock pot was cooking our dinner.

I used the following recipe that I originally got from Sheri at The Loopy Ewe. This is one of those great recipes that has great flavor, uses simple ingredients that you probably have on hand all the time and since the chicken can be put in the crock pot frozen, it requires no pre planning!

Ingredients:

  • 6 Chicken Breasts (can be thawed or frozen)
  • 1 package of onion soup mix
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup

Dump all ingredients into the crock pot.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Serve over rice or noodles.  Enjoy!



A “Lessen Your Stress” Idea
December 12, 2008, 12:40 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I thought that I had been doing pretty well about keeping the holiday activities in check and not overdoing our family . . . until today. I am trying to prepare for all the kids activities at school next week, bake all my holiday cookies, finish the Christmas shopping (I’m almost done) and I invited my neighbor and her kiddos over to decorate cookies next week . . . cookies that I still have to bake!

Because of all this activity, I made a Home Executive decision this morning – hubby will be picking up a pizza on his way home from work AND we will be eating the pizza on PAPER PLATES! Isn’t it amazing how a simple thing like picking up a pizza and not having to do dishes can ease your stress load AND give you more time in the day?!