Thursday, February 25, 2010
Couponing and bargain shopping have always appealed to me, but lately they've become quite an addiction. Every pay I try to best myself just how cheap we can ring up our cart of groceries. I spend hours each weeks searching ads and the internet for the best deal. Currently, I am averaging about $80 for two weeks of groceries, and as you can see with my posted recipes - we eat quite well. This include all the ingredients for our twelve homemade dinner, breakfast and lunch foods, beverages, four homemade desserts, snacks, baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and any other odd or end we might need. All my couponing is free to me (besides the cost of paper and ink). I don't even buy a newspaper since I can find more than enough coupons in the mail or online.
This new hobby of mine is not only a thrill but also very, very beneficial to our financial situation since Greg is still underemployed and we are still just not making enough to cover what needs to go out. It's too bad I can't find a way to price match and coupon our utility bills, or we would be set!
If you are interested in saving as well, go ahead and take a perusal of my favorite money saving sites.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Chicken Artichoke Casserole
4 tablespoons butter
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can chicken broth
1 (15 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained
dash of salt
1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
Cook chicken breasts in simmering chicken broth over low heat for about 30 minutes. (I always bake or pan fry my chicken since I don't like the texture of boiled chicken.) Drain broth, reserving 3/4 cup. Cut chicken into cubes and place in greased 9x9 inch pan. Lightly salt and set aside. In saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Add cream and reserved chicken broth. Stir over medium heat until thickened. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese and rosemary. Pour over chicken and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve over hot white rice.
This dessert is especially easy. In fact, one of the simplest and quickest in my recipe collection. I made them for a Valentine party we had where everyone brought a potluck item that represented their love life. Such a comparison made for some wild and funny analogies. We said that we could never get enough of each other and always wanted "s'more." This comment received a nauseated groan from the group, but what can I say... it's true!
1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups milk chocolate chips
4 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
In large bowl mix cookie mix and cracker crumbs. Stir in melted butter until soft dough forms. In ungreased 13 x 9 pan, press dough evenly. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until set. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Let stand 3-5 minutes and then spread chocolate evenly over crust. Set oven to broil. Sprinkle marshmallows over chocolate. Broil for about 30 seconds or until marshmallows are toasted.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Palmer also slipped on the wood floor in the kitchen last night and busted his lip open. Poor kid; he was gushing blood. He got over it quickly once he had a little love from Mom and Dad and a few popsicles to try and reduce the swelling.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Greg is such a sweetheart and spent some of the money he'd received on his birthday to buy me these lovelies.
I made this mini-album for him and filled it in with 10 reasons why I loved him.
Valentines day often gets a bad wrap, but I have to admit that I actually love it. After Christmas, it is my favorite holiday. I thoroughly enjoy any reason I get to acknowledge those I love most. I think we did right by Saint Valentine this past weekend. For sure there were lots celebratory snuggles, hugs and kisses shared between me and my three studly valentines: Greg, Palmer and Brody.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I struggle for words to find a way to appease you, and at the same time stand up against you. It is a tricky balancing act, and often I am too clumsy. I know that no matter what, no matter how angry you blow or how loudly you wail, I must not give in to your demands. For I know, you will just return again, only bigger and badder.
Until Next Time,
Monday, February 8, 2010
- You love me unconditionally
- Your fabulous sense of humor makes my life so enjoyable
- You play with the children
- You change diapers
- You smile often and easily
- You look sexy in a pair of jeans
- You work hard
- You honor your priesthood
- You pray
- You serve
- You are a good son and brother
- You are easygoing
- You listen to me
- You are intelligent
- You massage out my leg cramps
- You are friendly and sociable
- You don't let your hobbies take away from family time
- You are a talented musician
- You are insightful
- You have a strong testimony of the gospel
- You miss us when you are at work
- You cuddle up to me before we go to sleep at night
- You kill spiders
- You willingly run errands
- You spend our money wisely
- You tuck in the children at night
- You don't get angry and you never yell (except at video games. haha.)
- You try to keep Heavenly Father's commandments
We celebrated Greg's 28th birthday last week in grand style, as us Nichols girls always do. We had both sides of the family over for cake and icecream Sunday evening. Greg's sister Andrea decorated a super cute and delicious Schmidt's cake. He received a date night (from Sariah), money (from the rest of the family) and an ipod Nano (from me and the boys). Monday night we went to dinner at Rodizio Grill, one of his favorite eats, and Tuesday night we went to the theater to see his movie of choice, Avatar. It was all great fun, and he deserved every moment of it!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
The other night Palmer ate a piece of pizza and five breadsticks. He then went out with his aunt Rie and ate a Happy Meal from McDonalds. He has been eating two dinner most every night and two breakfasts most mornings.
Brody has started eating rice cereal and likes it a lot. He is now going 3 1/2 hours between feedings instead of 3, but often finishes the night with a feeding that goes beyond an hour long.
Greg has told me stories of how he ate as a teenager (i.e. eating an entire bag of Doritos and an entire box of Zingers as an after school snack). I've also seen pictures of him at this stage and he was one very skinny guy. Both of our boys have his long and lean build and both seem to have extremely healthy appetites. I can not fathom how I will feed them when they reach the teenage years!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
His stats: weight - 13 lb. 6 oz. (21%), height - 26.5 in (93%)He has learned: to take a bottle well for me (still working on other people), to grab at toys and to spoon feed
He likes: getting dressed, tickles, cuddling, the bouncer, peek-a-boo and being held
He dislikes: the bottle, being alone, the pacifier, tummy time and loud noises
Things about him/he does that makes us laugh: his baby rolls and round belly, sing-songy coos, and huge smiles and hearty laughs