Thursday, June 30, 2011
So the kids and I took a trip to Fry’s last night. I did pretty good. All of this for $43.46. I missed out on some of the freebies but that's ok, I’ll just check back. My total savings for this trip was $129.47. I’m quite happy about it.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Chef and I have been craving Asian food lately. I finally decided to make some since we aren’t aware of many places here. We sure miss our hot spot back in Cali, Noah’s Hof Brau (yes, it’s Asian food) it was the best. Eh, homemade is better.
Call what you want but it’s chicken with a side of my own version of fried rice (RAMEN). Yes, Ramen. Don’t knock it till you try it. This is something that I’ve made for years now, it’s easy to make and good. The chicken on the other hand is something new. I decided to use some of my favorite Asian sauces as a marinade. To add a special treat, we tried some of our Pickled Radishes we made a while back. (I’ll post about that a little later)
Dinner was a hit! My Chef who said, “I wasn’t even that hungry,” had two large servings and so did the kids. This was quite the tasty dish. I’ll definitely be making it again.
For the chicken marinade I used:
Oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, a splash of fish sauce, Asian Toasted Sesame salad dressing, honey, Sriracha (I love this stuff), garlic, salt, and pepper.
I marinated the chicken with half the sauce. Then I made a reduction with the rest to top it with.
For the Fried Ramen I use:
RAMEN (of course), diced carrots, onion, peas, soy sauce, a little oyster sauce, egg, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
This was the Pickled Radishes. (Post soon to come) They went well with my dish.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Here are some pictures I thought I’d share of what things looked like before. I will keep you all posted of my progress.
Before and Current:
Living room and Kitchen
One huge wall in the living room was this blue/gray textured wall paper. It met up with the multi-colored one. As you could see we’ve are just getting started here.
Boy’s room… Yeah that can’t stay.
As I’ve mentioned, we are moving. It is soooo much work. Still finishing up the last minute things at the old house. Tomorrow I touch up nail holes, clean counters, sweep, mop and DONE. I hope. I have a few things are unmentioned, I’m sure of it. It seems like the last minute touches at any house drag out. On the bright side, I get to start at the new house. Of course we’ve started the unpacking but it’s still ciaos. The new house needs a little work I will fill you in on the new projects to come.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I thank GOD everyday He brought us together. I love you beyond words. Thank you for being the best husband, friend and Dad in the whole world. Happy Father's Day!!!
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
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Creatively avoiding your creative urgesIn the latest post on Creative Spiritual Women I ask, what are you putting off creating because it feels too big for you?
Thank you Belle
I really enjoyed this post, it hit home for me. My hubby tells me all the time that I just need to create. He sees what I do. I will have a great idea and for whatever reason, it won't get done. It will sit on a TO DO list forever. I also keep an idea journal. When I'm really feeling creative I love to go back and check out ideas that I'd completely forgotten about. My hubby suggested I start writing down every idea that I've ever had. In the beginning I was on overload. I had to keep that thing at my bedside. It has proven to be an awesome tool for me.
Friday, June 10, 2011
The big question is… “Where will my work station go?” Anyone have ideas on how to stay organized in a small area?
Thursday, June 2, 2011
End result: I paid $57.92 according to my receipt I saved $28
Big plus: I did get the 2 - $5 gift cards I was due back
Something wasn't right, I obviously didn't do a good job this trip. Since I had the family with me, I couldn't figure this out until I got home. On the way home I'm discussing this with my hubby. First thing he says to me, "why did you go to that cashier?" (This guy could concentrate on anything under any circumstance. He's secretly a monk. Just kidding.)
I found that I was not charged for three items. This cashier just wasn't paying attention. She didn't scan the toothpaste. (My coupon was going to make it free) And no, some coupons didn't scan. Not being charged for items can sound nice but in the end it will mess up your transaction and just isn't the right thing to do. During this trip I found some things on clearance that I didn't have coupons for so I did expect to pay a bit more. It wasn't to far off though.
Should have paid: $49.23
This mistake cost me: $8.69 (Not that bad)
Plus I did get my $10 in gift cards
Always have an idea of how much you are going to spend.
Know how many coupons you have and what they total.
Keep a running tally throughout the store (even if it's just in your head) this way you know what to expect.
Always profile your cashier.
Pay attention to your cashier very carefully they make mistakes too. Their computers more so.