Recipe Corner: Pretzel Reindeer

Need some goodies to take to Christmas dinner? I have a recipe for you today that’s super easy and quick to make but that everyone will gobble up – pretzel reindeer! My mom made these with my nephews the other day, and I’m hoping there will be time when we get to their house tomorrow for her to make a bath with Lucy.

You only need three ingredients for this – twisty pretzels, Hershey Kisses and red M&Ms. Heat your oven to 190 or 200 degrees. Put some wax paper on a cookie sheet and then put your pretzels down. Stick a Hershey Kiss in the middle of each and stick them in the oven just long enough for the chocolate to stick to the pretzel (about 2 minutes). Put an M&M in the chocolate and then stick them in the fridge to harden. That’s it!

These look SO cute. The next time we have a holiday party to go to, these will be what I bring. I know they’ll be a huge hit!

Craft Corner: Handprint Reindeer

Want a super easy Christmas craft? This handprint reindeer is right up your alley! We spent about five minutes making one this morning for my parents. I need to make one for us now. It will go great with a handprint menorah, like the one we made Joe’s parents.

We set Lucy up in the kitchen and went to work. Just like the menorah, this was super easy to make and barely took us five minutes. I’m all about the super easy crafts, especially when it comes to paint.

We painted both of her hands and put them down one at a time so that the thumbs were touching in a line.

I painted a half circle at the bottom for the face and left it to dry. When it was done, I cut a circle out of red scrapbook paper (since I didn’t have red paint) to attach for the nose and then drew two eyes with a Sharpie. And, the finished product:

So stinkin’ cute! I can’t wait to give it to them tomorrow!

Publix Trip – 89% Savings!

I had high hopes to spend only $2 total between my two Publix runs this week. But, when I got to my store for my first trip, I discovered it didn’t carry the Libby’s single-serve fruit cups that  I needed to add almost $5 to my pre-coupon total while only requiring me to spend $0.79 OOP for four 4-packs.

So, I had to change my plans. It’s all about rolling with the punches when you coupon. Things don’t always go as you plan and you sometimes have to make adjustments on the fly. I also had to get a 20 oz. bottle of Coke because I was getting really light-headed from low blood sugar, and SOMEONE (I won’t name any names) requested a Beech Nut applesauce pouch in the Tigger package. I’m glad those suckers  are only $0.99!

On my second trip, I had planned to double up on everything I bought but only was able to get one set of coupons, so that threw me off. I would have gotten everything for free, but I added on a bottle of Juicy Juice, some chili seasoning and a couple more applesauce pouches for the munchkin. But, really, I can’t be upset when I only spent $2.76 OOP.

All that being said, I spent $15.25 for $132.76 worth of groceries this week so, while it wasn’t as good as the $2 total I was aiming for, I’m pretty thrilled. I got the mayo and condensed soup for my parents (and spent a grand total of $1 on all of that), and the butter and sour cream I will donate as we have TONS of butter and don’t eat sour cream.

Trip 1
What I got:
(2) Mott’s Apple Juice, $3.19
(4) Publix Frozen Vegetables, $6.36
(4) Wishbone Salad Dressing, $5.30
(10) Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, $6.65
(2) Nestle Cookie Dough, $2.73
(1) Eggo Wafflers, $2.37
(1) Beech Nut Applesauce Pouch, $0.99
(3) Smart Balance Buttery Spread, $4.50
(1) 20 oz. Coke, $1.69

Coupons Used:
(4) $1/1 Wishbone Publix Coupon (Best Meals Happen at Home email)
(2) $2/4 Campbell’s Condensed Soup Publix Coupon (Best Meals Happen at Home email)
(2) $1/5 Campell’s Condensed Soup
(1) $1.25/2 Nestle Cookie Dough
(1) $3/3 Smart Balance Product
(1) $1/1 Smart Balance Publix Coupon (All the Trimmings Booklet)
(1) $5/$30 Purchase Target Coupon

Trip 2
What I got:
(2) Kraft Mayo, $4.36
(1) Yucatan Guacamole, $5.49
(1) Juicy Juice, $1.58
(8) Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, $5.32
(2) Breakstone Sour Cream, $2.59
(4) Del Monte Tomatoes, $3.18
(2) Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, $2.79
(6) Idahoan Mashed Poatoes, $3.99
(2) Publix Chili Seasoning, $1.18
(1) Beech Nut Applesauce Pouch, $0.99
(8) Knorr Sides, $5.16
(2) Chinet Napkins, $2.19
(2) Gerber Fruit and Yogurt Pouches, $3
(2) Whiskas Cat Treats, $1.65
(1) Publix Pasta Sauce, $1.15

Coupons Used:
(1) Free Yucatan Guacamole – NLA
(1) Penny Item Coupon (Publix Pasta Sauce) – from the newspaper
(2) $2/4 Campbell’s Condensed Soup Publix Coupon (Best Meals Happen at Home email)
(2) $2/1 Kraft Mayo MQ
(2) $0.75/1 Kraft Mayo PQ (Stocking Spree Booklet)
(2) $1/1 Breakstone Sour Cream
(2) $1/2 Del Monte Tomatoes
(2) $1/3 Idahoan Mashed Potatoes
(4) $1/2 Knorr Sides PQ (Best Meals Happen at Home email)
(2) $1/1 Chinet Product
(2) Gerber Graduates Products – not sure if still available
(2) $1/1 Whiskas Cat Treats PQ
(2) $0.50/1 Whiskas Cat Treats MQ
(1) $5/$30 Purchase Target Coupon

Total retail: $132.76
Total OOP: $15.25
Savings: 89%

Christmas Cards 2012

Yes, you read that right – this year, we got multiple styles of Christmas cards. I needed to order enough for our family and friends but didn’t want to pay anything, so I used several promotions to order from three websites for free! I am nothing if not frugal.

I love sending and receiving cards. Since I can’t send one to all of you, they’re being delivered right here for all of you to enjoy!

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The One in Which I Complain About My Neighbors

So. Neighbors. We’ve been through quite a few in the five years that we’ve lived here. Next door to us, there was the guy who just got out of prison who fled from the cops through the backyard and the partiers who trashed the house when they moved out.

A nice guy lived across the street until about a month ago when he moved to Tennessee. A large family moved in (and when I say large, I mean a minimum of eight people in a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house). They rubbed me the wrong way at first when they took over the driveway of the house between us (the new owner is supposedly fixing it up to rent but hasn’t been by in a while) and started leaving their toys in the middle of our driveway and in our yard.

But, I let it go because two of the kids liked to play with Lucy and were really good with her. Until last week.

I came home after covering a meeting and saw Lucy’s toy lawnmower in the yard across the street. I figured the kids had come over and gotten it (from our carport, mind you) to play, so I went over to retrieve it. That’s when I discovered it was broken. The plastic on the front was broken and all the balls were taken out of it.

So, I knocked on the door to let the parents know what had happened and hopefully get the toy replaced. This is how that went down:

Neighbor (who is the kids’ grandmother): What?
Me: Hi. I’m Cady. I live across the street.
Neighbor: Yeah?
Me: Well, I came home to find my daughter’s lawnmower in your yard, and it’s broken.
Neighbor: Oh. I’ll tell the kids not to do that again.
Me: That’s great and all, but we’d like it replaced.
Neighbor: How much was it?
Me: I’m not sure right offhand. It was a gift.
Neighbor: Guess I can’t, then.

At that point, I sighed out of exasperation, and got the lawnmower to take back home.

Neighbor: (Shouting at me) What’s your problem?
Me: My problem is your kids broke my 3-year-old’s toy
Neighbor: That’s what kids do.
Me: No, it’s not. Not when they’re taught right from wrong. My daughter doesn’t break things.
Neighbor and her grown daughter: GO ON! BE A CHILD! GO ON! BE A CHILD!

I am not even joking. Joe went over the next day, but they acted like they weren’t home. So, needless to say, Lucy’s toy has not been replaced and likely will not be. But, we won’t forget this. The couple caddy corner to us (next door to these people) have put “No Trespassing” signs up on the tree separating their properties and in front of their swing set. And, the next time the kids take one of Lucy’s toys, we’ll be calling the cops. I know they’re kids, but we’re not going to put up with the adults condoning trespassing, stealing and damage to property. I don’t want to be “that person”, but after their reaction to this, I’ve had it. What do you think? Are we being too “mean”?

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