Friday, December 6, 2013

Buy Ritz Crackers, Get $10 Walmart Photo Gift Card

I just saw this and wanted to share.  If you buy one of any size of Ritz Crackers (10 oz. or larger) between Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 at Walmart, then text or email a picture of your receipt by December 17th, you will receive a $10 Walmart Photo Center eGift Card!  Go to this link to see more details.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Using Chalk Finish Paint on Wallpaper - Yes You Can!

My 19-year-old son, Ben, lives and works away from home during the week, but comes home on the weekends.  I wish I could say it was because he misses his momma, but I think it is a different, much younger, blond female he comes to see. Sigh.

Anyway, I wanted to redo his bedroom last week as a surprise.  It was looking like a tired version of a 14-year-old boy's room, and I thought it was time for it to grow up.

I started with a trip to Ikea (my favorite go-to store) where I bought bedding: a twin-sized duvet for $24.99 and a pretty, but still masculine, brown and white checked duvet cover and matching sham for $9.99 (yes, $9.99!). Unfortunately there wasn't a dust ruffle there, but a quick trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond (with a 20% off coupon) took care of that for around $15.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Decorating Doesn't Have to Be Scary

Do not hate me, but I don't love Halloween.  It is not that I am against dressing up, having parties, or giving out (and eating!) candy; I don't like all the goriness or scariness that many others love.  To me, it feels as if we are glorifying death and I would rather celebrate life.  Don't get me wrong:  I don't judge those who like skeletons and ghosts, it is just my preference to go in a different direction.
From Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss
Because of this, I like to concentrate instead on fall colors, fall produce, and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday season when it comes to fall decorating. Much of that can work for Halloween decorating also, without the blood or bones.
From Jane at Cottage at the Crossroads

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Bed, Bath & Beyond Beats Amazon. Who Knew?!

Have you seen this report? It has really taken me by surprise today. I have always thought of Amazon as a "low-price leader" and it has been my go-to, more often than not, when buying anything costing over a certain amount (usually $20). My perception was it was the best place for low prices and, because we were Amazon Prime members, there was typically no shipping cost. The one drawback was waiting for my purchases to arrive. If I needed a product immediately, I headed to Walmart.

According to the report, Bed, Bath & Beyond's prices average 6.5% lower than Amazon's, and that is without the 20% off coupon that comes in the mail pretty regularly.  Throw in the coupon and the savings is that much greater!

Bed, Bath & Beyond does not carry everything we need, but when it comes to wedding gifts, appliances, kitchen tools, gadgets, linens, etc..., I will be going online, checking Amazon's prices, as well as Walmarts, then comparing them to B, B & B's prices. Hopefully, I will be heading to the B, B & B store 5 minutes from my home to then make my purchase!  I love saving money, don't you?

**Bed, Bath & Beyond in no way sponsored this post, but if they'd like to send me a gift card, I'd be glad to spend it:)   

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Peach Pie or Cobbler in a Jar

Cobbler is one of those desserts that is tasty in the summer and (to me, at least) even better in the winter. Put some ice cream on it, and it is warm and cool all at the same time. Who doesn't like that warm, sweet, gooey deliciousness? Well, my friend Karra, for one. She makes it because her husband loves it and she loves him. Isn't that sweet, too?

When Karra and I finished canning the peach jam last week and still had plenty of peaches left from our 50 lb. load, we decided to make something else rather than more jam. Karra had made "Apple Pie in a Jar" last fall, so why not make peach pie or cobbler in a jar?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

An Easy Way to Can

I did it.  I really did it:  I actually canned something.

To be honest, my friend Karra helped me can something - peach jam and peach cobbler. My head didn't explode; the house did not burn down. It was really very painless and quite rewarding.

Karra called me last week and said that "local" peaches (really from Georgia, not North Carolina where we live, as we were amused to discover) were on sale for $0.79 that day and asked if I would like to make peach jam with her. What I didn't know was that she was planning on buying 50 (that is five-oh) pounds of peaches.  Yikes! Did she know they have to be peeled??

I jumped right in, though, so I could learn the mystical art of canning.  Best thing I learned, however, is that it is not so mystical after all.  It was really pretty easy and Karra has a great way of doing it with no canner needed. Would you believe it involves the dishwasher and beach towels??

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Good Sites for Learning How to Can

  1943 Poster. Artist: Parker, Alfred, 1906-1985.
 United States. Office of War Information.

It used to be that when I needed to know something, I looked it up in The World Book Encyclopedia, went to the library to find a book on the subject, or called someone I knew who was an expert.  Yeah, I am that old. Now, it is right at my fingertips online.  Convenient and faster, for sure, but for some reason I felt smarter in the end when I did it the old fashioned way.

Even though I didn't go to the library this week, I have been learning much on the web about canning.  As I shared with you in my last post, the thought of canning has always intimidated me a bit, but I am determined to tackle it this summer.  It is amazing how much is written on the subject, and how many people are doing it.  Where have I been??  The grocery store, I guess.