Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tips: What not to buy in bulk!

I recently read an article that said not to buy these items in bulk:

You can actually save more money on these items searching ads and downloading or clipping coupons from your local grocery store than shopping in bulk at a warehouse store.

1. Soda
2. Snack chips
3. Sports drinks
4. Office paper
5. Toilet Paper
6. Cleaning supplies
7. Produce (who knew grapes are great to freeze for a snack)

I always thought that buying in bulk was saving my family money... not knowing you can actually search local grocery store ads and download coupons from that local store to save more money than paying for a membership and buying in bulk.

If you have any tips on saving money please post or send to

Sunday, June 19, 2011

For Fathers Day!...

Found this on you tube and thought it was perfect for Fathers Day! Happy Fathers Day.

And Julie this is for you...  (I just sobbed honestly!)

Hope everyone has a happy Fathers Day! Mothers do a lot but Dads make the difference!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Funny things kids say...

We were eating dinner as a family and my husband tried to make a funny joke, In which I laughed and said "You are a dork". That's when my daughter said "Daddy you are adorable" Of course I said she translated for me that is what I meant to say! Thank you Izzie!! Sorry honey you are adorable!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Recipes of the week...

Just in time for summer!

These recipes are great with steaks or burgers cooked on the grill!

Summer Vegetable kabobs with homemade pesto sauce:

2 eggplants, cut into chunks
2 zucchini, cut into chunks
2-3 bell peppers, stalks removed, seeded, and cut into chunks
12-16 cherry tomatoes
4 red onions, cut into quarters

For marinade:

4 tblspns. olive oil
freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tspn. salt

For pesto sauce:

3-4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
leaves from a large bunch of fresh basil (30-40 leaves)
1/2 tspn. sea salt
2-3 tblspns. pine nuts
extra virgin olive oil, as required
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

4-6 metal skewers of 4-6 wooden skewers, soaked in water before use

To make pesto sauce, use a mortar and pestle to pound the garlic with the basil leaves and salt-the salt will act as an abrasive ad help to grind. Add the pine nuts and pound them to a paste. Slowly drizzle in some olive oil and bind with grated Parmesan. Continue to pound and grind with the pestle, adding in enough oil to make a smooth sauce. Set aside.

Put all the prepared vegetables in a bowl. Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt and pour it over the vegetables. Using your hands, toss the vegetables gently in the marinade, then thread them onto the skewers.

Prepare the grill. Cook the kabobs for 2-3 minutes on each side, until the vegetables are nicely browned. Serve the kabobs with the pesto sauce on the side for drizzling.

Roasted sweet potato with garlic and ginger:

2-3 good-size sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
a thumb size piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips
4-6 garlic cloves, smashed
3-4 tblspns. olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400
Place the sweet potatoes in an ovenproof dish with the ginger and garlic. Pour in the olive oil, toss well, to coat the sweet potatoes and place them in the preheated oven for about 40 min., until the sweet potato is tender and slightly caramelized. Season to taste.
Serve the potato wedges as an accompaniment to kabobs or enjoy them on their own.

And a drink to cool off from all of the grilling:

Cos-Mocktail Spritzer:

4 limes
2 medium juice oranges
12 oz. (1 1/2 cup) refrigerated lemonade, divided
4 oz. (1/2 cup) cranberry juice cocktail, chilled, divided
crushed ice or ice cubes
16 oz. (2 cups) lemon lime soda

From 3 limes, squeeze 1/3 cup juice into small pitcher, thinly slice remaining lime. from oranges, squeeze 3/4 cup juice. Into pitcher with lime juice, stir in orange juice, lemonade and cranberry juice.
Fill glasses with ice, then fill glasses half-full with lemonade mixture. Top with lemon lime soda and garnish with lime slices to serve.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day....

Our family went to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery yesterday to put flowers on a dear friends grave.  My girls and I visit our dear friends grave site a lot and they always say that the cemetery is where Jack (our friend) lives. (Which makes sense from a child's eyes) When we visited yesterday we placed the flowers in front of the headstone and one of my girls said "Jack, we picked these out for you." My other child said, as she was tapping the top of the headstone "Bye, Bye Jack Happy Memorial Day we will see you soon." How sweet to think of the innocence of kids and how special these moments are to teach our children about Veterans and Soldiers and how much they have done for us and our children's future especially on Memorial Day!

We honor our veterans and troops on Memorial Day!
Thank you for our freedom and the sacrifices you have made!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Appetizer Recipes...

We found 3 great recipes for appetizers that you could make for memorial day!

Bean Dip:

2 15oz. cans Black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can corn, drained
1/2 c. finely chopped red onion
1/2 c. coarsley chopped green peppers
1/4 c. finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 or 2 med. coarsley shopped tomatoes
1/2 tspn ground cumin
1/2 tspn salt
1 or 2 cloves of garlic chopped
6 tblspns olive oil
6 tblspns lime juice

Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Great with chips, in tacos or with chicken.

Hot Corn Dip:

1 (15oz.) can white corn, drained
1 (15oz.) can yellow corn, drained
1 (10oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chile, drained
1 (8oz.) pckg. cream cheese, diced softened
1/2 tspn chili powder
1/2 tspn garlic powder
chopped fresh cilantro to taste

Preheat oven to 350
In a medium baking dish, mix white corn, yellow corn, and diced tomatoes with green chili peppers, cream cheese, chili powder, garlic powder and cilantro.
Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Black Bean Salsa:

3 (15oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (11oz.) can mexican style corn, drained
2 (10 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, partially drained
2 tomatoes, diced
2 bunches green onions, chopped
cilantro leaves for garnish

In a large bowl, mix together black beans, mexican style corn, diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, tomatoes and green onion stalks. Garnish with desired amount of cilantro leaves.
Chill in refrigerator at least 8 hours.

Enjoy these recipes with chips, in tacos or with chicken!
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Joplin, MO Tornado...

To our fellow Missourians, our prayers and thoughts are with you during this unfortunate time.

If you would like to help the victims of Joplins tornado please go to
You can also help by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.