A few weeks ago some friends and I threw a diaper shower for our friend Ellie, who is expecting a little baby girl. I baked The Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls, and they were quite a hit. I've never made homemade cinnamon rolls before, but these were very easy and so delicious!


We thought some pretty flowers for the nursery would be nice, so I made a felt flower bouquet using this tutorial.


We made a couple of banners, including a diaper banner since it was a diaper shower,

Lots of Diapers!

and for our gift, Beth and I made cloth diapers. Actually, Beth did all of the sewing, but I did some cutting! We got the PUL from these two shops, based them off this pocket diaper tutorial, and used butter suede fabric from Hancock for the stay-dry lining. They turned out really cute. Congratulations, Ellie! We're so excited for you!

What a fun week! I didn't find out until now that there were some mistakes in my transaction, but it's a little late now. I bought:
  • 1 Fiber One Bars box, $3.99 with $3 ECBs = $1
  • 1 Herbal Essences, $2.99 with one $0.50 newspaper coupon and $2 ECBs = $0.50
  • 3 Old Spice Red Zone deodorants, $4 each with two $1 newspaper coupons = $10
  • 6 Skippy Peanut Butter, $10 with two $0.60 newspaper coupons and $3 ECBs = $5.80
  • 4 Mentos, $0.99 each with four $1 newspaper coupons = free
  • 1 Freestyle Lite Blood Glucose Monitor, $14.99 with one $10 newspaper coupon that isn't on my receipt and $5 ECBs = $10, but should have been free
  • 1 Blistex chapstick, $2.49 (thought I got one that was $1.59) with one $0.55 newspaper coupon and $1.50 ECBs = $0.50
  • One $5 off a $25 purchase email coupon
  • One $4 ECBs when you spend $20 mailed CVS coupon
Net cost: $17.93. Ugh! I already donated the glucose monitor to my local food pantry, so I can't take it back. But what I should have had, a net cost of $7.93, is great, and I'm happy with that.

YTD OOP: $130.97
YTD Savings: $1911.12
YTD eBay sales: $31.59

Happy Thanksgiving Cupcake Toppers
image by AForestFrolic via Flickr Creative Commons
It was a lot of work, but Thanksgiving dinner turned out wonderfully. Here's a breakdown of what we thought of each recipe.

Turkey with Gravy: Loved the gravy. I didn't quite follow the recipe exactly, but it still turned out great.

Creamy Delicious Mashed Potatoes: I still haven't decided how I feel about these, and hubby didn't like them. I think we're stuck on our traditional mashed potatoes, and the cream cheese flavor was much stronger than I expected.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce: I didn't end up liking this either, but I think it was because I used orange juice instead of cranberry juice. Hubby loved it. I'll try this again next year with cranberry juice.

Mom's Green Bean Casserole and Mom's Stuffing: Perfect. Yum.

Skillet Cornbread: Ok, I can't figure out why I never can make cornbread that we like. We're big fans of the cornbread at Boston Market, and theirs is so much sweeter than any recipe I've tried. I think if we weren't so picky, this would have been good.

Bread Machine Buttery Rolls turned into Buttered Rosemary Rolls: A-ma-zing. So, so, so good. I will be using this pair of recipes again. I love that I can make rolls without having to do any work - the bread machine does it all for me. I should note, though, that my machine needed 2 hours for the dough setting, which was longer than I expected.

The Pie That'll Make You Cry (Pecan Pie): I didn't cry, but this was pretty good. I've never actually had pecan pie before, so now I'll probably be spoiled. It did need an extra 20 minutes to get the pie firm enough to remove from the oven. (The pie crust recipe referenced in here, Sylvia's Perfect Pie Crust, was in fact perfect, and is a keeper.)

Pumpkin Pie: Better than I expected. When this came out of the oven (30 minutes after the recipe stated - my pumpkin pies always take forever), it did not look like pumpkin pie. The top looked like a crumbly apple pie topping! I was very afraid to try it, but it actually tastes like traditional pumpkin pie. Impressive.

"Healthified" Apple Crisp: Delicious. Will definitely be making this again.

I baked the two pies, rolls, cornbread, and green bean casserole, and cooked the cranberry sauce on Wednesday, and left the mashed potatoes, stuffing, apple crisp for Thursday morning. Now we have enough leftovers to feed an army. I think next year I'll cut some of the recipes in half!

Last weekend some friends and I got together to do some crafting. I sewed as usual, and the first thing I got done was a new kennel liner for Chase. I waited a while to make this one because of what happened to the last one, and this time I used Jiffy Grip for the underside to prevent it from moving. The little dogs and bones on the flannel are adorable, and as you can see, Chase loves it (and most importantly, hasn't eaten it).

I also sewed up another reversible bag, this time using some Patricia Bravo prints I had left over. I love this pattern!

Happy Thanksgiving
image by John-Morgan via Flickr Creative Commons
Happy Thanksgiving! It's 80 degrees here today, so it doesn't really feel like Thanksgiving should be here already, but oh well. It'll be cold tomorrow.

Thanksgiving at the Trolls
image by floodlama via Flickr Creative Commons
I'm so excited for our meal tomorrow. For the first time ever, and without the help of my mom, I'm making everything from scratch. Aaaah! We looked at getting a meal from a restaurant/grocery store, but it was so expensive, and I knew I could make much better food for much less money. (I was right on the money part - I only spent $50 for everything!) Most of the recipes are from The Pioneer Woman, who has never let me down, so I'm confident that everything will turn out amazing. Here's what I'll be making today and tomorrow:

And for leftovers, I'm planning on Turkey Pot Pie and Mom's Turkey a la King (my absolute favorite, and a after-thanksgiving must).

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!

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Head over to DealSea to learn how to get 20% off + Free Shipping at The Container Store. I always love the stocking stuffers here, and last year I had to pay full price, so this is a great find!

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Sewcial 1

Some wonderful ladies and I got together on Saturday for another Sewcial. It’s always fun to sew with other people!

Purse, Side 1

I finally got around to sewing myself a new purse, and I am so glad I did! I am totally in love with this bag. I bought some of Amy Butler’s Love line without a specific plan for it, and I think this worked out perfectly. I used this tutorial by verypurpleperson, which was very easy to follow. And the best thing is…

Purse, Side 2

it’s reversible! I just realized that I put the print sideways on the blue side. Oops. Good think you only see one side at a time! I only had half a yard of the blue print, and I had to piece it together a bit to make it work, but I think I hid it pretty well. I have a feeling this is a pattern I’ll be coming back to in the future.

Christmas Card Holder    
I also nearly finished a Christmas card holder, made from a McCall’s pattern I bought a very long time ago and never got around to making. It’s pretty cute!


All I’m missing are the paperclips for the cards to hang from. Speaking of which, if anyone sees red, green, and white large paperclips that aren’t in a huge $10 mix, let me know! I only need 28, and I think it would be rather silly to spend $10 to get 28 paperclips. :) I’ve had trouble finding them, but I know they’re out there somewhere.

CVS, Week of 11-7

It’s the time of year when Christmas decorations are already in stores (whatever happened to Thanksgiving?), so I was able to get some yummy candles on sale today. I bought:

  • 1 Freestyle Lite Blood Glucose monitor, $14.99 with one $10 newspaper coupon and $5 ECBs = free
  • 8 Glade candle items, $2.50 each with four $1 newspaper coupons, one $1.50 off 2 mailer coupon, one $1.50 off 2 internet coupon, and $6 ECBs = $7
  • 2 Gain dish soap, $0.99 each with two $1 newspaper coupons = free
  • One $5 off a $30 purchase email coupon

Net cost: $1.99. I only paid a penny out of pocket! These candles make great stocking stuffers, too.

YTD OOP: $128.54
YTD Savings: $1841.96
YTD eBay sales: $31.59