Monday, December 27, 2010
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Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Thank you for all of your amazing Thrifty Tips! I will be doing some posts in the future to share those amazing tips from all of you! What brilliant readers and friends!
Here are the winners...randomly picked by Cody who threw out some numbers:
Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday morning, the kids were up bright and early.
Well, 8:30 felt bright and early.
My body was hoping for 9:00, but I'll take it!
I actually took it quite cheerfully because I had one thing in mind: BLUEBERRY PANCAKES! Don't they just say HAPPY SATURDAY MORNING!?!
I found a great new recipe from epicurious awhile back. I loved its light fluffy pancakes, but hated to give up our usual healthy whole-wheat pancakes. So, I substituted half of the flour with whole wheat flour, and we think they actually turned out even better! Give them a try! You'll be sure to have a Happy Saturday Morning!
1 c. cake flour + 2 Tablespoons (I substituted 1 c. unbleached flour + 2 T. cornstarch)
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 c. sugar (agave nectar, applesauce or honey work great as substitutes)
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
2 c. milk
2 large eggs
3 T. melted butter
Whisk dry ingredients together in large bowl. Whisk milk and eggs together in another bowl.
Gradually add milk and egg mixture to dry ingredients. Mix in 3 T. melted butter.
Blueberries can be gently added to the batter now or sprinkled on pancakes while cooking.
Friday, December 17, 2010
I have several friends who are just amazing at repurposing, upcycling, and reusing items to become beautiful fashion pieces or home accessories.
Me...not so much.
I love what they do.
I see the beautiful results.
But I don't have the vision.
At best, on an extraordinarily good day with my crafty mom in town, I might be a wimpy copycat.
I love the talent that ends people up on blogs and Etsy with a screen full of amazing creations.
Now, give me something foody, spark an idea for recreation, and I'm all over that like white on rice. (Cody's most favorite phrase)
A sweet gal at church thrust a box of leftover salted nut rolls toward me and said, "I've heard these are great cut up and dipped in chocolate."
Was that a challenge?
A dare to try it?
Okay. Game on.
Unfortunately, while the culinary lightbulb flicked on in my mind, the small babe in my belly did a nauseous turn and dared me to try them without losing my lunch.
So, these treats, my friends, were a pure labor of love. There was absolutely no way one would be making it's way to my lips.
I didn't think just plain chocolate was too very exciting, so I decided to mix equal parts of chocolate and butterscotch chips for a Scotcheroo effect.
They must have been tasty...almost 90 little nutty dippers were consumed!
Upcycled candy bar success!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Thrifty Tip #52: In honor of one year of finding and sharing ways to live a more thrifty, frugal life with great bargains and deals, a giveaway is in order!
However, since this little blog generates no income, and I'm on a pretty thrifty budget, it's going to be a few little giveaways. Okay?
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
We combined all the ingredients in a large bowl and then measured out 1/3 c. into our bags. To make them look more crisp and pretty, we slipped the bag into another bag and topped it with marshmallows. A label for directions finished our little project.
We filled tin pails with the cocoa and attached a Christmas card (Thanks to Vistaprint for the free Christmas postcards which we had printed blank on the backside!).
Monday, December 13, 2010
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Sunday, December 12, 2010
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Thursday, December 9, 2010
Thrifty Tip #51: Skip the holiday shopping frenzy, and make homemade Christmas gifts.
Whether you're a crafter or a baker, boundless ideas exist for gifts that will suit all your friends and family!
This creative friend has been turning out the cutest little homemade gifts! What I wouldn't give to be her niece...that owl purse! Too cute!
This sweet friend made the most yummy assortment of goodies to be delivered and shared. Her chocolate mint brownie pops are going to earn her major brownie points!
As always, Martha Stewart as some great ideas in her Santa's Workshop.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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Friday, December 3, 2010
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Thrifty Tip #50: With the news reporting that food prices could spike more than 20% in next year, you'll want to check out these ways to save on your grocery budget:
*Use coupons. Coupons are like free money! Don't be afraid to check out mobile coupons that load right up on your phone. The average person that uses coupons saves around $500 a year!
*Buy generic store brands. 70% of people who try the store brand become loyalists to the store brand. We love Target's Market Pantry at our house!
*Loyalty Cards have store savings automatically loaded on them--many times personalized savings are added as well or mailed to you. Unfortunately, I do not know of any stores in the Des Moines area that offer loyalty cards. Do you?
*Shop your pantry first. Don't go to the store without making a list first. Check what you have at home and use it. Only buy what you need.
*Beware of impulse shopping. Americans buy 2/3 of all purchases based on impulse. (Isn't that crazy!)
*Avoid samples. (Can't believe I'm using this one!) Research shows trying samples gets your mouth salivating and increases your desire to purchase more things in general at the grocery store.
*These tips are courtesy of the Today Show. Thanks Ann Curry and Jean Chatzky!
Monday, November 29, 2010
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Sunday, November 21, 2010
Cody shared the following hymn story from the Worship Matters blog in church this morning. I thought it was particularly meaningful as many of us do lead ordinary, simple lives as stay-at-home moms. We're not seeking great fame, nor will we probably ever achieve monumental things (although, potty training three kids feels close to monumental). Yet, God in His greatness, can use the faithfulness of simple, ordinary people to bring great glory to Himself and produce fruit that we could never imagine....Simple Faith in a Faithful God.
The story behind Great is Thy Faithfulness should encourage every Christian who thinks of their life as ordinary. There’s no tragic story (like “It Is Well” by Horatio Spafford) associated with this hymn. It’s just the fruit of a faithful man with a simple faith in a faithful God.
Thomas Chisholm, who sometimes described himself as “just an old shoe,” was born in a Kentucky log cabin in 1866. He was converted when he was 27, became a pastor at 36, but had to retire one year later due to poor health. He spent the majority of the rest of his life as a life insurance agent in New Jersey. He died in 1960 at the age of 93. During his life he wrote over 1200 poems, most of which no one will ever hear.
But back in 1923, at the “beyond his prime” age of 57, Thomas Chisholm sent a few of his poems to William Runyan at the Hope Publishing Company. One of them was Great is Thy Faithfulness, based on Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Runyan was particularly moved by Great is Thy Faithfulness and sought to set it to a melody that would reflect the response of wonder and gratefulness to God’s faithfulness conveyed in the lyrics. Apparently, he succeeded.
The song quickly became a favorite at Moody Bible Institute, and later George Beverly Shea sang it at Billy Graham Crusades. Now it’s known all over the world and has been used to encourage millions of Christians to trust in a faithful God.
Pretty impressive spiritual fruit from a life insurance agent.
When Chisholm was 75, he wrote in a letter:
“My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”
The hymn has three verses and a chorus. Verse 1 speaks of God’s faithfulness revealed in his Word, and is adapted from James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Verse 2 tells us of God’s faithfulness revealed in creation. The seasons,the sun, moon, and stars all continue on their courses perfectly, orderly, quietly - guided by God’s faithful hand, without any help from us.
Verse 3 reminds us of God’s faithfulness revealed in our lives. He pardons all our sins, fills us with his peace, assures of his presence, gives us strength, hope, and blessings too numerous to count!
Whatever challenges, trials, or disappointments you might be facing right now, this hymn reminds us that God’s promises are true, that he never changes, that his compassions never fail, and that his faithfulness to us in Christ Jesus is more than good—it’s GREAT!
God doesn’t need incredibly gifted or wildly famous people to proclaim those truths from his Word.
Just faithful ones.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Thrifty Tip #49: Don't throw away those broken crayons! Save them for a fun, rainy day craft!
I found this idea from Homemade by Jill. She's pretty much the most creative, crafty gal I've never met! Her tutorial and crayons are much cooler looking than mine...but we try hard here! You'll want to check out her whole blog for more super wonderful ideas!
(Get nervous that it's going to tip over and hold on tight with your toast tongues.)
(This was the brilliant part! These molds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes! Perfect for any occasion!)
5. Not pictured...when it comes to the melting the next color: Don't get confident and shaky at the same time. You may end of dropping the green wax all over your counter top and stove. Then you'll need to spend the next 30 minutes working and praying it all comes off before your husband gets home. Not that it happened to me or anything...
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