If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......
Photo was taken around Christmas 1962 when I had just turned 5. That is my pretty mom behind me. She made the cross stitched clock on the buffet. The stocking with my name on it was made her mother and delivered to me before my first Christmas even though I was not even a week old. My apron was made by great grandmother. I come from a long line of homemakers who did stuff and got lots done.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The cheapest in years.....

We went to the Oklahoma City area today. I took these gas sign photos in Edmond, OKCity, and Midwest City. 
I don't know for sure where the lowest gas prices in the world are but they sure are low in Oklahoma City.

We filled up here for $2.27 a gallon, the giant roof over all the gas pumps was also a plus on this soggy, rainy Saturday.

What are you paying for a gallon of gasoline?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Busy Friday

hello everyone!
Today was just a busy day!   I had to do several errands and I did a little cooking.
I made this Dream Bars recipe 2 weeks ago to take to an event at my husbands job.  They were delicious and simple to stir up so I made another batch this afternoon to have for desserts this weekend.  I made the recipe exactly as posted except I used pecans instead of almonds. 
They seem like a fancier cookie but are really very easy. 
One of my appointments this morning was for a dental cleaning- I had a good checkup and I always like the goody bag of samples.  The tiny tubes of toothpaste and mini floss are perfect to put in my travel makeup bag. 
I also got a flu shot- I know these are controversial but we choose to get them. I've been getting them for about 10 years but I didn't get one last winter and I ended up suffering through 7 colds.  So,  hopefully I will be healthier this winter. 

I said I wasn't going to CVS this week but they sent me 2 emails in the last 2 days.  One was a coupon for $5 off $15 and the other was $3 off $15 of beauty products.  I saw on Youtube about the Tresemme deal- it is on sale for $4 a bottle,  I had $2 manufacturer coupons for each one and a scanner coupon for $2.50 off $10 of Tresemme.  
I needed some hair color as the gray hairs on the top of my head are way more noticeable than I prefer so I got this Clairol that was on sale for $6 each and I had $3 coupons for each one.  
after all the coupons were subtracted,  I paid $2.91 for 2 hair colors and 3 large shampoo-conditioners.   That was too good a deal to pass up. 

All of these products count toward the CVS beauty club program.  For every $50 in beauty products purchased,  you earn a $5 Extra Care Bucks.  

My CVS tips are to be sure to use a CVS loyalty card, link it to your email and pay attention to emails from them (I got $8 from this week) and to always scan your card at the red scanner in CVS for more store coupons.  Also,  go online and register your card to the Beauty Club at CVS.com.
I know it sounds complicated but once you get used to it, it is easier and very much worth the effort

 I picked up my grandson after morning nursery school.  After he had lunch and a good nap,  we facetimed with my parents.  Facetime is so nice and almost as good as a real face to face visit. 

I also got a manicure with a very festive red polish.  

Hope you all have a nice weekend! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday to do list and muffins

Good Monday to everyone! The first snowfall of the season came yesterday.  Thankfully our roads did not get bad and today's sunshine is melting that 2 inches of snow so fast.

I wrote out such a long list for the week last Monday that I didn't get it finished until Sunday.
So,  I wrote out a much shorter list week and I've already finished it, except to hem those pants. 
With my list done,  whatever will I find to do to stay busy?  Ha!  Even if my list is done,  I've always got a craft project going or some cooking to do or something
I've never bored at home,  are you? 

In the kitchen, a carton of sour cream needed to be used up so I baked a batch of Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Muffins (I first posted this recipe on my first blog, so long ago!)
There were also 2 very ripe bananas so I used them in  my banana bread recipe and  baked that dough in muffin pans too. That recipe calls for 3-4 bananas but it worked just fine with 2.
 Both recipes made a dozen regular size muffins and 10-12 mini muffins. I know my grands will enjoy snacking on these mini muffins. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

CheeseBurger Soup recipe review

Julie, a non-blogging internet friend, said she had just made this soup. It sounded good and I had all the ingredients so I made a batch for our lunch today.

Julie was right - cheeseburger soup is delicious and perfect for a chilly day like today. 

Soup recipes are flexible and I made a few changes. I used 3 cans of beef broth instead of the chicken broth, Decreased the herbs to just one quarter teaspoon each and used Gouda cheese instead of Velveeta,  oh, and I didn't add the sour cream at the end either.

And obviously I am not a professional photographer,, but trust me, cheeseburger soup tastes way better than it looks in this photo��

Friday, November 14, 2014

another multi topic post

first,  I'll show the CVS deal I did this week- we won't run out of toilet paper anytime soon :)
The Kleenex and Scott were on sale and when you purchase $30 of it, you get back a $10 CVS gift card.  The paper towels were free with a coupon from the red coupon scanner box and is one that will print one time for every card holder.

I only had 1 manufacturer coupon ( I think I could of found more if I had looked harder but I didn't have time) but even still,  I got everything for $21.83 and got back another $10 gift card.  

To plan out  my CVS shopping,  I scan over the future ads posted at Slick Deals.Net in the Forums.   this site usually has the next 3-4 future weeks ads.
I don't plan to shop at CVS next week but I am going Thanksgiving week as CVS has lots of items that week that end up free with the extra care bucks refund.  So I will save that $10 gift card to roll on to those free deals.

that is our hall bathroom.  It had a 24 inch wide door on it which made it hard to get into if a person was using a walker or a wheelchair.  Our son is just an amazing handyman and he changed out the 24 inch door for a 36 inch wide door.
My husband changed out the toilet for a chair height toilet with grab bars.
it is really nice having family members that can do stuff like change doors and toilets and that happily do it!
about this bathroom,  the walls are pale yellow but I don't like the yellow rugs on the floor.  We had black ones in the past but they always looked lint-y.  We had white ones and they just got dirty fast.
Any decorating advice on what color or design of rugs would look good with yellow walls and black-white toile?

Grand daughter Andie was here with her handyman extraordinaire daddy. She like playing in the backyard dirt pit as much as her cousins.

Grand daughter Elizabeth was here that windy day too. She liked making bouquets out of catalpa tree leaves.  

Our weather has turned COLD and grandson JJ needed some long sleeve shirts.  I needed to drop some donations off at the thrift store so I shopped a little while I was there.  
I found lots of little boy long sleeve shirts and some comfy wind pants.

Notice the 5 tiny baby onesies on the top 2 rows?  They were just 10 cents each and since we are expecting 2 more grand babies,  I couldn't resist.  We don't know yet if these 2 new cousins are boys or girls and they won't be here until late spring.  
The waiting is hard but I am sure we will be so busy and the time will go fast. 

Jeff and Rhonda

Jeff and Rhonda