29. July 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: Recipes

Last weekend Sarah, Kelli, and I had the honor of throwing our friend Athene a baby shower. Kelli made oh-so-yummy quiches and fruit tarts (you definitely have to try these!).

We also made some yummy cupcakes. I wanted to write this post to let you all know about my new favorite site: Bake It Pretty. I L-O-V-E this store. I would buy one of everything if I could. Make that ten of everything. We used these cupcake liners and this icing tip (which didn't end up looking too bad even though my icing was not nearly thick enough and it flattened out. Next time, more powdered sugar!). Now you know where to go to get all of your cupcake baking needs. Check out Sarah's post on the shower to see the cute things she made for it.
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It's been a while since I've posted a real post due to proposing my Ph.D. research last week; I've got a backlog of things to show you! A few weeks back, hubby and I picked some peppers from the garden. We got a ton of banana peppers (which by the way turn orange and red just like bell peppers will when left on the plant), which we pickled. It's nearly time to try them out and see how the recipe turned out.

We also picked a bunch of jalapeños (which also turn red/purple the longer they are left on the plant). I don't tend to use pickled jalapeños very often, so instead,

we made jalapeño jelly! Note: next time, use gloves when seeding jalapeños. And maybe a face mask when boiling the jelly on the stove. Boy, that stuff burns. And I'm not the only one who thinks so. If only I had read this before I started. :) I tasted just a tiny bit as we were putting them in jars (we used the recipe inside the gel pectin box), and it was pretty stinking spicy. Hubby wants to make cornbread to put the jelly on. I'll probably bring a jar to our upcoming Sewcial, so if anyone has ideas other than cornbread to pair with the jelly, let me know!
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What a shopping trip! I wasn't able to get all of the free school supplies again (even though I went at 8 in the morning!), but I was still able to use the $10 off a $50 purchase coupon that the register gave me last week. Yay! I bought:
  • 2 reams copy paper, $5 each with $5 ECBs for buying two = $5
  • 2 composition books, $0.99 each with $0.99 ECBs each = free
  • 1 box CVS tampons, $1.89 with $1.89 ECBs = free
  • 3 bags M&M's and one Starburst, $0.66 each with four free mailer coupons = free
  • 1 Lady Speed Stick deo, $1.99 with one $1 CVS CRT coupon and one $1.50 internet coupon = profit of $0.50
  • 1 Colgate Total, $2.88 with one $1 newspaper coupon and $2 ECBs = profit of $0.12
  • 1 Chapstick, $2.99 with one free mailer coupon = free
  • 2 packs of push pins, $0.99 each with $0.99 ECBs each = free
  • 2 packs Pilot pens, $0.99 each with $0.99 ECBs each = free
  • 3 boxes Kashi cereal, 3/$10 with two $1.50 internet coupons and $5 ECBs = $2
  • 3 cans nuts, 3/$10
  • 2 newspapers
  • $10 off a $50 CVS CRT coupon
Net cost: $10.20. Pretty good, I'd say. :) I'm really liking these school supplies!

YTD OOP: $231.99
YTD Savings: $2325.02
YTD eBay sales: $86.73

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This week CVS has more school supplies that are free after ECBs. I didn't find them all, but here's what I got:
  • 2 filler paper packs, $2 each with $2 ECBs each = free
  • 1 CVS pantiliner pack, $0.89 with $0.89 ECBs = free
  • 2 Papermate pens 10-packs, $0.99 each with $0.99 ECBs each = free
  • 2 1" binders, $3 each with $3 ECBs each = free
  • 2 CVS allergy relief (Benadryl) 48ct with 48ct free each, $7.39 each
  • 2 newspapers
  • 1 peanut butter M&M's (hubby ate these in the car), free after Mars mailer coupon
  • $5 off a $30 CVS CRT coupon
Net cost: $13. Out of pocket was only $0.48. Not bad, considering that we got nearly 200 Benadryl tabs and two newspapers. And everything we got today we'll keep. We can always use more pens and paper! :)

YTD OOP: $218.80
YTD Savings: $2289.28
YTD eBay sales: $86.73

I'm done! I finally finished hand-sewing the back of the binding last night (week 7 of the quilt-along).

It turns out I did half of the hand-sewing wrong. I saw this tutorial on the ladder stitch and actually yelled out loud, "Oh!"

It went a lot faster once I figured out how to do it correctly. And it looked a lot nicer, too.

I didn't want to part with it, but I threw it in the wash today (after sleeping with it last night). Now it's super wrinkly and comfy. If only it wasn't 100 degrees outside. I'm tempted to crank on the air conditioning to 60 degrees to get to use my quilt, but I don't think my husband would be too keen on that. Or our electricity bill.

I love, love, love my quilt! The whole process was a lot easier than I expected, especially the stippling. When I finished last night, my husband asked me what I was going to do now that my quilt was done. Apparently a lot of the participants in the quilt-along wondered the same thing... so now we're going to do another quilt! YAY! (I think I'm hooked on quilting.) Amy from Park City Girl is going to lead us in sewing a zig-zag quilt. I've ordered my fat quarters and now I need to buy some solids and thread to finish it out. Stay tuned!
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13. July 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: Recipes

I got a chance to make these yummy whole wheat rolls last week, and boy were they good. We ate some straight from the oven, and used some as hamburger buns, and put the rest in the freezer for later. Let me know what you think if you try them out!

Wow. This week's sales include a lot of school supplies for free after ECBs. But, apparently, only if you show up before 9am on Sunday. Because just about everything was gone already. Now, it would help if the stores near me stocked more than 10 of each item that was on sale (which is still really annoying). But I did not expect to see these items gone so early in the morning. I managed to get a little, though:
  • 2 CVS notebooks, $0.99 with $0.99 ECBs = free
  • 2 CVS Scissors, $2.99 each with $2.99 ECBs = free
  • 1 Gillette Fusion razor, $7.99 with $4 ECBs and one $4 newspaper coupon = free
  • 3 Tylenol 24ct, $3.99 each with $3 ECBs each, one $1 mailed coupon and two $2 newspaper coupons = profit of $2
  • 1 Excedrin migraine, $2.49 with one $2.50 off a $10 pain relief CVS coupon = free
  • 2 newspapers
I had to buy the extra Excedrin to use my CVS coupon because I accidentally split the Tylenol into two purchases, otherwise I would have used the coupon on them. Overall, cost was $1.24, and my favorite part - I only spent 20 cents out of pocket. :)

YTD OOP: $218.32
YTD Savings: $1395.33 ($2240.65 if you include sale prices, as of 7/5)
YTD eBay sales: $86.73