Saturday, April 16, 2011

Weekly Recipe

So I made only one new recipe this week....and it was not good! It was just ok! And I will never post a recipe that I consider to be just ok! It needs to be fantastically YUMMY! So I am sorry to say that there will be no recipe posting this week. I know, I failed you all again, but I refuse to post something that is just not up to my standards! I hope to post a recipe next week, but next week is crazy!

Matias' birthday is on April 25th. So we are celebrating his birthday over Easter weekend. My parents fly in on Thursday night and will be here until Monday evening. I am busy planning a party for Saturday and Easter dinner for Sunday. Needless to say, I am very busy! But I will do my best to post a recipe. And I will definitely post birthday party pictures!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Coupon Crazy

So I'm not an "Extreme" Couponer by any means, but I do like to save money as much as possible. I have always used coupons. The Commissary in Okinawa would allow you to use coupons 6 months past their expiration date, so I took advantage of that. However, the Commissary never doubles coupons, so you can sometimes get better deals at other grocery stores that will double coupons. I now know what is cheaper at the Commissary and what I can get cheaper at other grocery stores. For example, frozen pizza is always cheaper at the Commissary. I have yet to find it cheaper at other stores. Anyway, I just wanted to share my recent coupon purchase with you. Bloom is the best grocery store to use coupons at in our area, so that is where I do most of my coupon shopping. They will double coupons up to $.99. They also offer coupons to you at the front of the store. You just have to scan your Breeze card. Every week there is a coupon for a free item (usually costing between $10-$20) if you spend over $50 (before coupons). They sometimes have a $10 off a $40 purchase coupon in their ad. So when you combine all of that, you can get great deals! 

Here is the breakdown for my shopping trip this week:
Paid $22.42
Saved $63.94
$38.40 of that was Breeze card savings
$25.54 of that was coupon savings

Some things I bought:
2 containers of Organic Salad
4 bags of Doritos
4 Wishbone Salad Dressings ($.56 EACH!)
4 Blue Bunny Ice Creams
Bag of Raw Shrimp (Free Item-Originally $15.00)
Tortilla Chips
3 Cucumbers

The Shrimp and 2 bags of Doritos would have cost me $22 alone! So basically I got the rest of the stuff for free!

I know that this might not be exciting for some of you...but I get so excited when I find great deals like this!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

3 Weird Things Matias Does

My child does some really weird things! He does them so often that I have just gotten used to them. However, I am sure that other people think these things are weird. I don't know, maybe all (or some) babies do this. Maybe it's not just my child. Either way, these things are just weird!

1. Matias thinks that everything (including clothes, paper, toys, books, Mommy's hair) should be torn in half or into little bitty pieces. He attempts to tear apart anything he can get his hands on! It's quite funny to watch. For some reason he thinks that he needs to put it behind his head and try to tear it apart. Weird...I know.

Trying to tear his pants apart!
2. When he is not wearing pants (which is quite often), he crawls on his hands and feet, not knees! So he crawls around with his butt sticking up in the air! He actually has learned to crawl very fast like this. It is also quite amusing to watch.

3. Even though he will not eat breakfast, he will crawl around on the floor and find a non-edible item and proceed to eat it! This list includes the following: wood, plastic, mud, dirt from an indoor plant, toilet paper, crumbs, leaves, dust bunnies, etc. It is virtually impossible for me to keep him from putting these things in his mouth! My house really isn't that dirty! He just finds the one lone piece of dirt on the floor and eats it! I have literally watched him crawl all the way across the kitchen floor just to pick up one crumb that he saw! I have learned that a little dirt won't hurt him!
The Plant eat or not to eat?
Good enough to EAT!

Removing the piece of dirt is always fun! He fights until the end!

This list could be longer, but for now I will end it. I'm sure I will be posting more weird and crazy things of Matias in the future!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Weekly Recipe

I am so glad I am back to cooking and posting recipes! This week I made Arugula, Bacon & Mushroom Pizza! I love home made pizza and I make it often! I always make my pizza dough in the bread maker, so it is kind of made from scratch. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know what you think!