February 2011

sunday shopping 2-27-11

I didn't do a lot of shopping this weekend.  A dear friend is turning 40 later this week, so another girlfriend and I threw her a surprise birthday party yesterday.  It was a blast, and she was completely shocked, which made it even more fun.  It feels so good to finally be able to talk [...]

stockpile meals: roasted shrimp & broccoli garlic pasta

If you pay close attention to my shopping results, you have probably noticed that I buy a LOT of pasta.  A ridiculous amount, really.  Enough to make you envision a whole room of my house filled from floor to ceiling with nothing but (practically free) noodles. Sadly, that is not the case. My kids love [...]

thursday shopping 2-24-11 (& weekly shopping linky)

I am ashamed to admit it, but sometimes I feel a little sorry for myself when I see all those fantastic Mega Event deals at Kroger or the Super Doubles at Harris Teeter, or realize that most other areas of the country have at least 5 or 6 grocery chains to choose from (and compete.) [...]

7 Ways to Save on Produce


"How do I save money on produce?" This is one of my most common reader questions. As a vegetarian and as a mom, it is a question that I face every week.  I save an incredible amount of money on my groceries with coupons, but I will readily admit that much of what I buy [...]

how to make a pillowcase dress

I did a little sewing this weekend, something I haven't done in a very long time.  It was cathartic in so many ways, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy it. I bought some fabric a few weeks ago to make a table runner.  Princess saw it & asked if I was going to [...]

sunday shopping 2-20-11

I broke up my shopping trip yesterday into two separate trips.  I first ran to Publix to fill a prescription and to pick up a few things.  I stopped at home to drop off the groceries, planning to head right back out, but was hoodwinked by a very sweet-talking Princess into bringing the girls along. [...]

How to Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs


My husband is normally the breakfast maker in our house, but there are a couple of things that only I can make.  One is Dutch Babies.  The other is really, really, really good scrambled eggs. I mean really good. Make-you-want-to-cry good. Okay, maybe you won't cry, but still.  They're good.  I promise. Scrambled eggs are [...]

thursday shopping 2-17-11 (& weekly shopping linky)

Am I the only one who is completely psyched over Italian Days at Publix? I promised a friend I would babysit her 2 year old daughter today, (returning part of the favor I owed her for watching Trouble for 2 full days while I was at Blissdom a few weeks ago), but I couldn't bear [...]

10 Tips for Getting More Done Every Single Day


I have a confession. The list of things I want and need to do is always much longer than the list of things I actually accomplish.  I can't do it all.  I wish I could.  I am constantly striving.  But at the end of the day, I'm usually just a girl who drops more balls [...]

Valentine’s Day Brunch


A Sunday brunch just might be my very favorite type of party to throw. The mood is relaxed, the food is divine, and it is a great time to just sit and catch up with friends over a cup of coffee, mimosa, or bloody mary. Our little gathering was slightly impromptu--invitations were emailed only a [...]

sunday shopping 2-13-11 (valentine’s day edition)

I don't know about you, but we had a very busy weekend filled with Valentine's day fun. Friday night our very brave friends  hosted a sleepover for 10 kids under the age of 6, giving Husband and I (and 2 other couples) a very rare and precious night alone.  It was perhaps the most thoughtful [...]

“Meaty” Vegetarian Lasagna {Recipe}


I love lasagna. Growing up, my mom never made it.  I guess probably because we're Dutch, not Italian.  We ate things like Hutspot and Pannekoek and Boerenkool.    In any case, I never even tried it until I was 14 or so and babysitting for one of the few non-Dutch families in my small town. [...]

thursday shopping 2-10-11 (& weekly shopping linky)

Before I start, I have a BIG favor to ask of ALL of you! I have created a short little survey to find out a little more about my readers.  This is your chance to tell me what you like (and don't like) about LWSL, and your participation would mean the world to me. You can [...]

coupons 101: how to create a stockpile

Husband makes fun of me sometimes because I use the word "stockpile" so often. But I can't emphasize enough the importance of having a well-stocked pantry for successful couponing.  Extreme couponing without a stockpile just doesn't work. What is a stockpile? For couponing purposes, a stockpile is your personal collection of food, toiletries, drugstore items, [...]

valentine’s day craft-a-palooza

Yesterday we sat down to do some Valentine's Day crafts. You should know by now, I'm not very crafty. I'm just a wannabe crafter. But my kids don't seem to care. We covered the table with brown kraft paper and had ourselves a craft-a-palooza all afternoon. I wanted to make some of these adorable heart [...]

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