What I’ve been doing instead of posting on this blog:

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One Dog Paws Christmas Stocking done and one to sew together.  Are they not adorable?!

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Another Christmas gift I completed this week is for my best friend’s coffee table.  Open the book and

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Scripture Stones for her to write her favorite scriptures on!  Lovely bags of etched stones from Hobby Lobby for $4.99, minus my 40 % off coupon from the Hobby Lobby app.

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I also completed my own coffee table display of Scripture Stones

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Rotisserie Chicken Dinner from Pinterest was delicious and easy!

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with Banana Bars for desert as well as delivering a tray full of bars to Ben’s school for the teachers dinner.  Parent/Teacher conferences were Wednesday night.  A lady, Carolyn T., I use to work with gave me this recipe and I’ve never found a more delicious banana bar recipe.  The sour cream is the secret.

Frosted Banana Bars

Cream together in large bowl:  1/2 cup softened butter and 1 1/2 cup sugar.  Add 2 eggs, 1 cup sour cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  In separate bowl whisk together 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, and 1/4 tsp. salt.  Gradually add to butter mixture.  Stir in 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed. Spread into greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes.  Cool completely then frost with cream cheese frosting.  Store in refrigerator.

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I also tried a recipe from Pinterest for leftover mashed potato soup that was good!  I added bacon bits and 1/2 tsp. Celery Salt to this recipe.  It was soooo creamy and thick!

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And finally, Izzy has been in training to be a gift wrapper?

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Frugal Finds

Save on Groceries and other purchases:

Couponing 101

Ziplist allows you to add your recipes, make meal plans and print out your grocery list for those meals.  Being prepared means spending only what you need to spend.

Buy in bulk during seasonal sales and freeze for lean times.  A list of foods that you can freeze is hereWhat to buy and when:  (A monthly sales cycle).

Understanding the Grocery Store Sale Cycle

Free Printable Coupons:

Betty Crocker Coupons:  LOTS of coupons and more!

Coupons.com

SmartSource.com

Staples.com

E-coupons:

Savings.com

SavingStar

Hobby Lobby

Michael’s

JoAnns

Earn Cash back with:

Walmart Savings Catcher

Checkout 51 

Receipt Hog

Ibotta 

CardStar:  Consolidate all of your rewards and membership cards together on one cell phone app.

Check this out before you shop:

Favodo App:  compares prices for products at all stores surrounding you to give you the lowest prices.

Sarah Titus has a pdf list of when to stock up on grocery items (the lowest price you will find) that looks right to me.

Do a Google search to find free shipping or coupons before buying anything online!

Swagbucks is a search engine that rewards you with Swagbucks for searching. You can use it just like Google and you will be randomly awarded  5-10 Swagbucks a day. Swagbucks can then be redeemed for a variety of different free items, such as Amazon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, and more.  This article tells you how to earn even more Swagbucks.

Money Saving Mom has coupons, sales and deals, and just about everything you can want.

Other Ways to Save:

Amazon’s Subscribe and Save Deals

Best Birthday Freebies

Freetree.com  Ways to save on entertainment and activities.

Freegal Music:  Get 5 music mp3’s or music videos for free every week

Redbox Movie Rentals free by signing up for Get the Text at bottom of the page.

Freegal Movies:  get 3 free movies streamed or 48 hours of TV free every week

Once a year General Mills offers free Movie Admissions for Aug-Oct.  Check here

BookBuy:  Free or almost free e-books!  Great selection.

Free Magazines from RewardsGold.com

Christian Classics Ethereal:  Free classic Christian literature online.

Amazon Trade-In Program:  Trade your books, cds, and dvds in for Amazon Gift Cards.

This site states that she will give you weekly updated Photo Deals and Coupons

Save on Printer Ink by buying in bulk and changing the font setting from Times New Roman to Garamond.   “Garamond” is a strikingly similar font that uses less ink.

Still want more?  Try 101 Blogs Thrifty People Read  and Frugal Living 101 Series

Christmas Ideas

Free Christmas Fonts

Everything you need to hold a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

Free Christmas Printable Labels/Tags with optional auto fill

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Helping Hands

Because you’re so special,

the things inside these gift gloves

have a special meaning too!

Put them all together and they say,

We really appreciate

all that you do.

Lotion: Thanks for helping our day run smoothly!

Nail Polish: You help our students shine and add a sparkle to our day.

Emery board: Things would be rough without you.

Packet of Kleenex: You soften my load. Thanks for wiping tears and noses.

Disinfectant: Thanks for promoting a healthy attitude.

Gum: Thanks for “chew”sing to help us! We appreciate it more than you know.

Chap stick: Your help is soothing.

Life Savers: You are one!

Mentos: You are worth a mint!

Rollos: Thanks for rolling with us. You help to make things fun.

Chocolate Bar: You are so sweet, bar none!

Candle: Thanks for brightening our day and filling it with the warmth of your smile.

Bracelet: Love is sharing & caring like a circle without end. Thank you for being our classroom helping hand and friend.

Gloves: When you slip your hands inside feeling the soft cozy warmth that makes you smile, know that’s how you make us feel. We appreciate you and wish you a very Merry Christmas; filled with everything and everyone you love the most.

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Fun for Kids:

Lego Christmas Ornaments

Santa’s Reindeer Cam

Printable letters from the 9 reindeer, Santa’s Head Elf, Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus himself!

24 Christmas Jokes for Children Print Out

Just enough Elf on the Shelf

Build a Graham Cracker House

A Bit of Christmas Music:

Music Sheet Christmas Gift Bags

Free Printable Christmas Music Sheets

DIY Sheet Music Star

Stuffed Music Sheet Christmas Ornament

Jesus is the Reason:

Nativity Ornament

Printable Candy Cane Poem

25 Beautiful Advent Calendar Ideas!

Pregnant Woman Funny Story

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A woman goes to her doctor who verifies that she is pregnant. This is her first pregnancy. The doctor asks her if she has any questions.

She replies, “Well, I’m a little worried about the pain. How much will childbirth hurt?”

The doctor answered, “Well, that varies from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy and besides, it’s difficult to describe pain.”

“I know, but can’t you give me some idea?” she asks.
“Grab your upper lip and pull it out a little…”
“Like this?”
“A little more…”
“Like this?”
“No. A little more…”
“Like this?”
“Yes. Does that hurt?”
“A little bit.”
“Now stretch it over your head!”

Pumpkin. Pumpkin. Pumpkin.

Decorated my pumpkin for Halloween.  Since Ben is not so into holidays the past couple of years and my grandsons do not come over that often, I don’t decorate like I use to, but I really like the mice and pumpkin idea.  A bit like Cinderella instead of Halloween?  Oh well.

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I cleaned my baking cabnet out and found two boxes of cake mix that expired a month and two months ago so I made two cakes today.  Pumpkin Spice cake:

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Mix at medium speed one box Spice Cake Mix, 1 15 oz can pumpkin, and 3 eggs.  Pour into 13×9 baking dish and bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

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Pumpkin Angel Food Cake:

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Beat 1 package Angel Food Cake mix with 1 15 oz can pumpkin and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice on low speed until blended then for 1 minute on medium speed.  Pour into greased fluted pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes.  Immediately turn onto plate.  No glass bottle needed.  Cake will not rise as an Angel Food cake would.

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A Hamburger Helper

I use a potato masher to make my ground meats perfect for gravies, dips, and sauces.  Works great!

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Last days of warm weather here in Missouri so we are grilling a lot. Easy grilled chicken is just marinading frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast in Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (just enough to cover the chicken) overnight (or freeze the chicken in the dressing and it will marinade as it defrosts).

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Grill and it is perfect!  Great with pasta salad or baked potato and a green salad.

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My friend is decorating her spare bedroom in orange and hot pink.  Looks better than it sounds. I found these lamps at Hobby Lobby and Alice loved them!

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She has this gorgeous orange couch and love seat (very retro!) so I am working on an aghan shaped like a huge hot pink star to contrast with the rectangles and squares of the couch.  I think it will be a great Christmas present.

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Very simple pattern of shell stitches that can be found on Ravelry here.

 

Look What I Found! 2

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Find your perfect color here and get 50% off your first order

 How to do a reverse search and see if your photos are being used on another blog.

Wordmark.it  All you need to do is enter in the phrase you want to write and hit the “load fonts” button.  It will then show your phrase in every font you have loaded on your computer.  EVERY FONT.

An Antique Pattern Library that has some really awesome stuff for all needlework!

How to turn your Pinterest boards into PDF or JPEG image so that you can refer to them off line.  

Spice Jar Labels and Templates to print.  Lovely!

I’ve been using the Walmart Savings Catcher app since July and so far I’ve got $3.53 back in savings.  We probably spend $300 to $400 a month at Walmart on food, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, and odds and ends.

And finally:

 Get free prints for a year and more on the new Snapfish App!  It has to be a new email address to get the free prints for a year, but my daughter in law already got her free 100 prints for this month so it is worth it.

Apple  or Google