Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Out of a catalog holiday decor on a budget

When I was at Target the other day I couldn't help but notice some familiar holiday decor. I looked in my Potterbarn and Crate and Barrel catalog and noticed a lot of similar items found at Target. So here are some ways to get the out of the catalog holiday decor look without breaking the budget.

P.S. Sorry I couldn't figure out how to copy images from Crate and Barrel so I provided links.

Crate and Barrel Reindeer stocking hook $22.95 each

Target Deer Stocking hangers set of 3 $9.99

Crate and Barrel Glitter Trees $19.95

Target Glitter Trees $19.99 (same price as Crate and Barrel)

Potterybarn Mercury candle holders $29

Target Mercury candle holder $17.99

Potterybarn twig reindeer $14-$29

Target Twig Reindeer (out of stock online, check your local store)

Potterybarn reindeer oranment $10

Target reindeer ornaments $3.99

Target Mercury Tree $29.99

Potterybarn Mercury Tree $79
(sorry no image available)

Target Cutout Tree $12.74
Crate and Barrel Cutout Tree $39.95

Monday, November 24, 2008

Check it out 11/24

*Make this adorable snowflake
*Make your own glitter words
*Great way to use your pumpkins for winter
*Make your own personalized Thanksgiving tablecloth
*Cute advent calendar
*Turn a closet into a mudroom
*I want to try these rolls
*Cute and simple leaf to hold your silverware
*Some great homemade gift ideas
*How to make a clock out of a table
*Cooking up the trash go check it out!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Check it out 11/17

This is what I found this week that is worth checking out:

*This is a super cute star
*Love this sweet little ruffled skirt
*Great way to jazz up your brownies out of a box
*Great article on freezer meals
*A wreath made from Christmas cards
*Another great option to hold hair clips
*I want to try these mint brownies!
*Also want to try this pumpkin bread, bring on the holiday treats!
*Love this framed monogram
*Great dresser redo
*This would make a fantastic baby gift
*A fun advent calendar
*Easy and green gift tags
*Not your average hook
*Want a sneak peek at Black Friday ads? Check it out here
*How to paint laminate countertops
*I so want to make these pillows!
*Cute patchwork apron

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Grocery Deals 11/12-11/18


-red seedless grapes .88/lb
-Milk 2.00 a gallon
-Barilla pasta 10 for $10
-Campbell's soup at hand 10 for $10
*would be great item for 72 hour kits
-Duncan Hines cake mix 10 for $10
-Carnations evaporated milk 10 for $10
*click here for coupons
-Nestle morsels $2.00
*click here for coupons
-Pictsweet Steamer veggies 10 for $10
-Sara Lee Pies buy one get one free + get two 1.5 qts Breyer's icecream free!
-Baby Basics diapers jumbo 7.99
*click here for $2.00 coupon!
-Complete Multisolution buy one get one free= $5.25 each
-Select Post cereal $1.99 each, buy 5 get $5 off a gift card
*click here for Just Bunches coupons make it free!
-Spend $20 on select items, get $10 off your next shopping trip!
*Check your ad or click here for a list of participating items


-sweet potatoes .99/lb
-broccoli .89/lb
-Smart Taste pasta 4/$5
-Coffee Mate $1.66
*click here for $1.00 off coupon, I like to add this to my hot chocolate

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

These are a few of my favorite things,oops I mean favorite sites

So, if you look to the right hand side of my blog you will notice a few new things. I have compiled links to some of my favorite sites by category. I thought I would ask you guys what are some of your favorite sites? I would love to add more to my list, please share!

Chicken Alfredo Pizza and Spinach Salad

Here is a recipe that I made using some things that I had on hand. It actually turned out pretty good so I thought I would share with you.

Chicken Alfredo Pizza

11/2-2 lbs chicken cooked and cubed
1 lb bacon cooked, crumbled
1 zucchini cubed
½ medium onion chopped
½ pkg. pre-sliced fresh mushrooms
1 c. grated mozzarella cheese
½ c. grated Parmesan cheese

Alfredo Sauce:
2 Tbsp. butter
2 oz. cream cheese
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ c. milk
1/8 c. grated Parmesan cheese
Pepper to taste

Roll out frozen and thawed loaf of bread dough. Cook crust until just barely browned. To make sauce melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring until smooth. Add milk a little at a time then stir in cheese and pepper. Saute zuchinni, onion and mushrooms with butter until tender. Spread sauce on lightly browned crust, then layer with chicken, bacon, and vegetables. Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 350 until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.

-try using more garlic, maybe fresh instead of garlic powder in sauce or saute veggies with minced garlic or sprinkle crust with garlic powder.
-could add spinach leaves to pizza and red bell pepper
-could use shrimp in place of chicken
-next time saute veggies in bacon grease

We ate the pizza with this yummy spinach salad:

Yummy Spinach Salad

¾ lb. spinach
½ head lettuce (can use all spinach)
½ c. swiss or mozzarella cheese, grated
1 lb. bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces
½ c. cottage cheese (opt.)
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 purple onion, sliced (opt.)

1 c. oil
½ c. white vinegar
½ tsp. dry mustard
½ c. sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 T. poppy seeds
1 T. grated purple onion

Monday, November 10, 2008

All I want for Christmas are my two brass deer!

So, I took my usual trip to the DI, but returned home with disappointment. Let me explain I have been on the lookout for a pair of brass deer. A few years ago I had seen a set of shiny silver deer in the potterybarn catalog and was in love, so I thought I can make those out of the old brass deer, I can just spray paint them silver. So, as I walk up to the check out counter at the DI (I usually try not to look at other people's carts) but I couldn't help but spot a pair of brass deer (just like these)in this lady's cart. I asked the lady if there were anymore and she responded "no, I'm sorry" I responded politely but lying through my teeth "that's okay" I wanted to say that's okay I have only been looking for some for over a year now. I shouldn't be hostile towards her she was nice, but she found my deer that I have been looking for! So, I guess I'll keep looking. I guess I could splurge and buy the ones off ebay, but I can't bring myself to pay that much when I know I can get them at the DI for $2! Here is what I did find at the DI:

Shoes $1 a pair, napkin holder $1.50, toilet paper holder $1.50

I'm not sure what I am going to do with this, but I know its got potential $2.00.

$1.50 Yoplait yogurt coupon!

Head over to money saving mom and she'll link you to get a $1.50 off yoplait kids cup yogurt!

Check it out 11/10

Here is what I found on blogland lately:

*Whip up has some great simple crafts, check it out here, here, here and here
*Check out thrifty decor chicks laundry room makeover
*Halloween is over but restyled home has a fun idea for witch decor
*Project Domestic Bliss has a super simple and super cute project
*I have books stashed away for this project from the nesting place
*I love making it lovely's studio!
*I want to make these blocks for Mylee's room (and would make a super cute baby shower gift)
*Need some ideas for ribbon organization? Check out little birdie secrets
*This room makes me want to finish Mylee's room
*I LOVE this coffee table! Also check out this door project
*Another project for Mylee's room (could do this with books)
*Check out this fun patchwork notebook, a great way to use scrap fabric and scrap scrapbook paper
*Great way to organize your necklaces
*More belated Halloween decor inspiration
*Did you guys get your super cheap ouchless ponytail holders?
*Are you sick of my belated Halloween projects, yet? Sorry I'll try to get them out earlier next year.
*Another amazing craft room
*Another project on my list
*I love projects made from "junk"
*Apron patterns for my vintage fabric
* Just a girl is hosting a party, check it out
*You have to check out one pretty thing, its my new favorite blog, all about DIY projects!

Sorry that was a long one but definitely worth checking out!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Creamy grape salad

Here is a recipe to use the grapes that are on sale this week:

Creamy Grape Salad

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 c. sour cream
1/3 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 lbs. green seedless grapes
2 lbs. red seedless grapes
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
3 Tbsp. Chopped pecans

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla until blended. Add grapes and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans just before serving. Yields: 21 servings

Crock pot roast

Here is recipe for the Lipton dry onion soup mixes that are on sale this week:

Easy crock pot Roast
2-3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 packet of dry onion soup mix
¼ -1/3 c. water

Poke roast several times with a sharp knife and insert sliced garlic cloves into the slits. Season roast with salt and pepper and brown all sides in a lightly oiled pan. (about a min per side) Place slightly browned roast into crockpot. Add packet of dry onion soup mix and water. Cover and cook on low for about 6-8 hours or until roast is done.

For yummy gravy: pour roast drippings into a large pan. Make a roux (flour and water) and add to drippings. Bring to boil and let simmer until thickened. Serve over roast.

London Broil Marinade and Steak Fajitas

Steak Marinade

¼ c. vegetable oil
¼ c. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. white vinegar
2 Tbsp. ketchup
2 Tbsp. crushed garlic
1 ½ lb. London broil

Marinade steak for about 6 to 8 hours. Broil or grill steak to desired doneness. Let rest for about 15 mins., and slice on the bias.

I love to use the leftovers from the london broil to make this recipe: (so yummy!)

Steak Fajitas with fresh Guacamole

¼ c. soy sauce
¼ c. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
½ tsp. hot sauce or more to taste (opt.)
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
12 ounces leftover flank steak slices
1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
8 tortillas

Fresh Guacamole:

2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. torn or chopped cilantro leaves
lime juice optional

In a shallow dish, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, corn syrup, hot sauce, and pepper. Add steak, bell peppers and onion and toss to coat. Cook immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
Set a large nonstick skillet or stove top grill pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and add steak and vegetables, with the marinade. Saute 5 to 7 mins, until vegetables are tender-crisp. Transfer mixture to a serving platter.
To make guacamole mash avocado lightly, garlic, lime juice, and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve fajitas with guacamole.

*Suggested sides: cilantro lime coleslaw, fresh corn

Zucchini Casserole

Here is a recipe for the chicken, zucchini and onions that are on sale this week:

Zucchini Casserole:

6 c. cubed zucchini
1 c. grated carrots
¼ c. diced onion
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 c. sour cream
2 (6 oz.) pkgs. Stove top stuffing mix
1 cube butter
1 ½ lb. browned ground beef or cooked chicken

Boil together squash, carrots and onion for 10 mins. Drain and salt and pepper to taste. Add meat, undiluted soup and sour cream. Prepare stuffing mix as directed on box. Grease a cake pan. Spoon ½ of dressing mix into bottom of pan, add squash mixture and spoon ½ of dressing mix on top. Bake at 350 for 30 mins.

Grocery Deals 11/5-11/11


Mix and Match spend $30 in participating items earn $15 towards your next shopping trip!

-Lipton dry coup mixes 10 for $10
-Betty crocker potatoes 10 for $10
*click here for coupons
-Green Giant frozen boxed veggies 10 for $10
*click here for coupons
-Betty crocker cookie mixes 3 for $5
*click here for coupons
-Progresso broth 3 for $5
*click here and here for coupons
-Progresso soup 3 for $5
*click here for coupons
-Betty crocker premium brownie mixes 2 for $5
*click here for coupons
-Betty crocker muffin mixes 2 for $5
*click here for coupons
-Yoplait multi pack yogurt 2 for $5
*click here for coupons
-Chex cereal 2 for $5
*click here and here for coupons
-Chex mix 2 for $5
*click here and here for coupons
-Pillsbury cookie dough 2 for $5
*click here and here for coupons
-All laundry detergent 3 for $10
*click here to register for a coupon
-Totinos pizza rolls 3 for $10
*click here for coupons

-Nestle morsels $2.29
*click here for coupons
-Albertson's chocolate chip cookies $2.99
-Dial liquid hand soap .99
-boneless skinless chicken breast or tenders 1.67/lb
-Fresh express salad 1.47
-Avocados .99 each with in ad coupon
-Mushrooms 1.69 each with in ad coupon


-London broil 1.99/lb
-Grapes .99/lb
-WF cake mixes .69 each
-WF corn syrup 2 for $3
-C &H powdered or brown sugar 2 1b 2 for $3
-WF cooking oil 48 oz. $2.88
-yellow onions .79/lb
-zuchinni .79/lb
-WF frozen potatoes 3 for $5

Fall decor inspiration

I was going to post my Halloween inspiration but October came and went by too fast for me to get it up in time, so I thought I would share with you some fall decor inspiration:

Images found via better homes and garden, Martha Stewart, Country living, and Country Home.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Some good deals at coupon cravings

You have to go check out coupon cravings for some great deals! You can get a $2.00 off coupon for goody hair products. You can get a 2 year free subscription to wonder time magazine ( I also got a free subscription to family fun as well). You can also sign up to get a free holiday gift pack. Have fun and enjoy your freebies!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Food Storage for November

Where did October go? Sorry I haven't kept up with the posts lately it seems like life has been so busy. Just wait until the holidays really get rolling. Anyway here is the food storage plan for November:

Food Storage Month by Month

“Members of the Church have been instructed to personally store a year's supply of food, clothing, and, where possible, fuel. By following this counsel, most members will be prepared and able to care for themselves and their family members, and be able to share with others as may be needed.” (Elder Ezra Taft Benson as quoted in We Believe, by Rulon T. Burton)

Basic Storage:
· Quick oats 12 lbs per person
· Powdered milk 6 lbs per person

Expanded Storage:
· Baking soda and baking powder

Nonperishable item:
· Candles
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