January 2011

Vegetarian Meatloaf


Being vegetarian, I am constantly trying to find or create recipes that will satisfy my meat-eating family.  Husband flat-out refuses to eat tofu, and we won't even talk about the ill-fated polenta incident.  The food I make has to look "normal" and taste good.  Chili, tacos, spaghetti...unadventurous as they may be, the closer my meals come [...]

Warehouse vs. Coupon Shopping

  This morning I looked out my hotel window and was amazed to see SNOW on the ground!  I never thought of Nashville as being "north," but I guess when you live in Florida everywhere is north.  Besides a storm delay and getting lost trying to find the hotel, my trip so far has been relatively [...]

When Life Hands You Lemons….Make Lemonade!

In the fall of 2009 we moved back to Florida after living in Seattle for 3 years.  We were returning "home," but to 3 year old Princess, who didn't remember the house she left behind, the whole moving process was a little scary.  To ease her fears, we told her about all the wonderful things [...]

How to Find FREE Sunday Coupon Inserts


First of all, I just want to thank all of you for your super-kind comments yesterday.  It was actually a very hard day, and when I sat down at my computer I was overwhelmed by all the sweet things you had to say.  You may not know this, but your comments mean the world to [...]

The Snowball Effect


Remember this? It is the armoire I planned to organize as one of my monthly goals, way back in September. And then again in October.  And November.  And December.  Until finally  in January I just stopped making monthly goals. It used to be our "home office" and it looked like this inside: Then we started [...]

Pimiento Cheese


I am not a true Southern gal.  In fact, I was born about as far north as you can get within the continental United States, in the northwest corner of Washington State, only a few miles from the Canadian border.  But I've always dreamed of being a Southerner. As a little girl, I watched Gone [...]

Thursday Shopping 1-13-11 (and Weekly Shopping Linky)

Whew, what a day!  After posting a video just yesterday about how little time I spend organizing and sorting my coupons, I feel a little sheepish today telling you that today's shopping trip took a LOT more time than usual to prepare for. If you've been following my shopping results for a while you know [...]

Quick and Easy Coupon Organization


Whenever people find out that I use coupons--either from reading this blog, or just seeing me in action at the grocery store, there is one comment I hear more than anything else: I would LOVE to use coupons, but I just don't have time for all that clipping and sorting." But today I'm going to [...]

Life Lessons


It has been a rough week for sleep here in the Soukup household. This past weekend we went on a retreat with several families from our church.  Knowing all too well just how poorly our youngest daughter travels, we were hesitant to commit.  The plan was for all the families to stay in separate rooms [...]

Sunday Shopping 1-9-11

Today I made my first real venture into CVS since Black Friday.  To be perfectly honest, I felt like I was a little off my game. I generally try to do my multi-transaction drugstore trips on Sunday evenings after the kids are in bed.  That way I'm not in a hurry and I don't have [...]

Chocolate Coconut Dream Cake


Some dear friends hosted a small get-together on New Year's Eve. I volunteered to bring a dessert because a.) I love any excuse to bake something fabulous and b.) I try to stock up on baking staples whenever I see them on sale so my baking cupboard is always ready to go. I had seen [...]

Thursday Shopping 1-6-11 (and Weekly Shopping Linky)

Today's shopping adventure is a bit of a saga.  I apologize.  If you are in a hurry, feel free to skip to just the bottom line (very far) below. Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right?  Today was that day, or at least, started out that way.  Trouble refused to [...]

Quality Time

A few days ago I mentioned that my biggest resolution for the new year is to do less and enjoy more.  This is not an easy concept for me.  But I'm trying, I really am.  Yesterday, for the first time in far too long, I set aside my to-do list for the afternoon and sat [...]

A Birthday Wish

The blogging community is an interesting place.  We share some of the most intimate details of our personal lives with strangers, and as a result, come to feel as though we have "friends" all over.  There are a handful of special blogs that I read fairly regularly, all written by inspiring women.  A few are [...]

New Year Resolutions

I love making new year resolutions.  I may not always be so great at keeping them, but I love the promise that a new year brings.  A fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning.  It feels so optimistic.  And to be perfectly honest, I could use a little optimism right now. This year I [...]