Monday, August 08, 2016

Menu Planning Monday - 8/8/16

It feels good getting our dinners planned again and starting to get back on routine.  Using Mealboard, I have successfully entered a few new breakfast and lunch recipes to try next week including a few freezer meal recipes for the hectic school year.   I am hoping to get a few made this week prior to returning to school this upcoming week.

My Weekly Dinner Menu Plan:

Monday: Hamburgers, Baked Beans, & Chips
Tuesday: Sante Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Wednesday: Leftover Buffet
Thursday: Leftover Buffet
Friday: Dining Out
Saturday: Dining Out
Sunday: Steaks, Crock Pot Baked Potatoes, with Vegetables

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Sending Expired Coupons to Overseas Navy Base


During the summer months, I enjoy spending the little extra time to send my expired coupons overseas.  Did you know you can send expired coupons to overseas military bases?  The program is called the Overseas Coupon Program (OCP) and serves the military and their families.  They can use the coupons up to six months expired so it is important not to send anything more than two months expired.

I am sending out over $44 worth of expired groceries coupons and over $157 expired household coupons for $1.14 to Atsugi, Japan.  There is a Navy base there and it was where my brother was stationed for quite some time when he first joined.  It is inexpensive to send via First Class Mail as long as you keep the ounces lower.

Here's how you can participate:

  1. Pick a base and then adopt the base (so they know you plan to send coupons)
  2. Sort expired coupons by Food and Non-Food
  3. Total (estimate) the batch by dollar amount
  4. Place each batch in a separate envelope
  5. Send a report to OCP
If you would like to learn how to do the same, visit the Overseas Coupon Program website.

Unplanned CVS Trip this Evening


Ashlyn took a fall this afternoon while playing with a small inflatable beach ball inside the house.  She was counting to see how many times she could keep it up in the air without letting it hit the floor and she slipped and landed onto the fireplace bricks. :(  Thankfully, she only had a minor scratch and currently has a slight bump.  She is feeling much better and we are extremely thankful it was not any worse.  But, of course, she has Kindergarten Camp at her school though tomorrow.


Ashlyn and I sat on the couch together watching television with the ice pack on her head after her fall.  Once Ashlyn was feeling better I began looking in our medicine cabinet for Neosporin and not having any luck, I found coupons after checking the CVS ad from Southern Savers.  Overall, I spent $18.44 and received $1.00 back for my next trip!  I normally do one transaction now of days and save the ECB for my next trip, but completely forgot to pick up milk for Jeff.

Transaction #1
$2 ECB wyb (2) participating Household Storage
(2) Hefty Sliders $3
-$1/2 Hefty Slider Bags, 12-ct. +, RP 06/26
FREE CVS First Aid Kit wyb $15 of First Aid Items
Neosporin Wound Spray $4.99
Neosporin Cream $9.79
Johnson & Johnson Bandaids $4.99
-$2/3 any (3) Neosporin or Band Aid Products
Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit $4.99
-$4.99 Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit wyb $15 of First Aid Items
-$5.00 ECB
-$1.00 ECB
=$16.95
Received back $2.00 ECB

Transaction #2 (I totally forgot to pick up milk for Jeff)
Milk $3.49
-$2.00 ECB
=$1.49
Received back $1.00 ECB

Monday, August 01, 2016

Menu Plan Monday - 8/1/16

I have been using an app on my iPad for quite some time called Mealboard.  However, we are out of routine a bit and feel like I'm in a slump with menu planning.  I am hoping with the combination  Orgjunkie and her weekly menu planning and working on completing freezer meals with Once a Month Meals, I'll get back in routine prior to school starting up!  Here's this week's menu plan.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Pinto Beans and Corn Bread
Tuesday: Hot Dogs, Chips, & Fruit
Wednesday: Chicken Nuggets served with Vegetables
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner
Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night! served with Salad
Saturday: Dining Out
Sunday: Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Epic Fail - Plum/Pluot Jam


About a week ago, I received plums and pluots from Bountiful Baskets.  Yesterday evening, I decided to make some plum and pluot jam because my plums and pluots were extremely ripe.  Rather than throwing them out, I figured I could make a small batch of jam.  It was my first attempt to make plum and pluot jam.  I have only attempted strawberry jam one other time.

Last night,  I suspected I had over-heated it because it was hardening quickly and was extremely thick getting it into the jar.  I was a little worried about getting the remaining mixture out of my pan.  Reflecting back on my strawberry jam, I remembered using my meat thermometer to watch the temperature rather than the sheet method.

This morning, I placed the jar in the refrigerator to get it cold and after church figured I would open it and see how it turned out.   Sure enough, I opened the jar and the "jam" was a rock solid!!  Instead of jam, it appears I made hard candy.  However, my hard candy was stuck inside of a Ball jar! OOPS!


Recently, Chris Shade stated in a recent TED Talk, "If failure is not an option, then neither is success. If you've never failed, you've never tried anything new."

Looking forward to trying again!

Jakob's 2nd Swim Meet



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A year ago, Jakob started swimming at Emler Swim School in Frisco, TX.  At that time, he understood the concept of freestyle, but struggled putting it all together.  He also would bring his head up to breathe rather than side breathing.  Through weekly swim lessons with Emler Swim School, he not only has improved on his freestyle swimming, but also learned backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.  He also participates with Boy Scouts, and through all the swimming practice he passed his swimming test for this summer's Boy Scout Camp at Kia Kima.

This past summer, Jakob participated with Swim 380.  It is a recreational swim team in our community.  He swam three times a week practicing all of the strokes.  Jakob also learned how to dive into the water and flip turns.

Yesterday, he competed in his second swim meet with Swim 380.  I am so pleased with him for beating all of his times!  Jakob is scheduled to swim weekly with Emler Swim School this fall and he will go to the Denton Natatorium with either Jeff or me to continue to build his endurance.  I love we have a starting point and goals for him.

7/16/20167/30/2016
50 Freestyle0:58.650:57.57
100 Freestyle2:28.032:03.43
50 Backstroke1:11.841:02.75
50 Breaststroke1:21.431:15.65
25 Butterfly0:48.18-
100 IM2:27.53


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Last round of CVS Shopping this Week

While running around today, I had a few more items I wanted to pick up from CVS.  Overall, I spent $10.50 out of pocket for everything above and have $1.00 remaining for my next trip!

Check out Southern Savers for the current ads and coupon match ups!!

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