Friday, April 22, 2011

Burlap contest

I just recently entered my Burlap Rosette Wreath project into the Canvas Corp Burlap Contest!
If you have a burlap project you want to enter, click here!

Here's a picture of the most recent one that I made:

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Grocery bill update

I posted earlier about my efforts to lower our grocery bill. My first attempt yielded a savings of $14.36. It's definitely a learning process, but I'm glad to say I'm making progress!
Last week, we only bought a grand total of $16 worth of groceries. We simply just didn't have the money to buy any extra until our paychecks came in. We ate from the pantry, and also had several dinners with my parents this past week. Needless to say, I was SO EXCITED to go grocery shopping this week!! I saved up 2 weeks worth of coupon inserts, just waiting for a chance to get to the store!

I saw some HUGE savings this week! Woo hoo!!

Here's the entire haul this week:

I'm not going to list everything I got. Here are some close up shots:

The following items were on sale:
Crystal Light (x2)
Oscar Meyer smoked ham
Oscar Meyer turkey bacon
Market Pantry graham crackers
Del Monte canned pineapple
Gold Medal whole wheat flour
Market Pantry marshmallows
Driscoll's strawberries
Eggo whole grain low fat waffles
Dr. Pepper 2-liter bottles (x4) - my husband is from Texas :)
Market Pantry eggs
Simply Orange juice
Coffee Mate creamer
Market Pantry butter
Contadina pizza sauce

Before coupons & discounts, this week's total came to $125.80.

Then add these coupons:
$1.50/2 Breyers ice creams = $4.48 for 2
$2/1 manufacturer coupon + $2/1 Target coupon Purina One Beyond cat food = $3.49
$1/2 Crystal Light = $4.18 for 2
$1.50/2 NYC nail polish = $0.44 for 2
$0.50/1 Driscoll's strawberries = $1.49
$1/2 Market Pantry block cheddar cheese = $4.48 for 2
$1/1 manufacturer coupon (x2) + $1/1 Target coupon Degree women's deoderant = $0.79

Coupon items:

Then to top it off, add:
$10 off a purchase of $75 or more
$7 off a grocery purchase of $75 or more
$0.05 for each reusable grocery bag (x8)
AND my 5% off with my Target debit card..........

That brings the total to $80.53, which translates to.......

a total savings of $45.27!!!

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Piano Bench Upholstery

This weekend, I tackled a project that has been sitting around for a while. I upholstered my piano bench! I had all of the materials that I needed, I just never got around to finishing it. Honestly, I don't know why I waited so long to do this. I guess it seemed like it would be a more difficult and daunting task. In reality, it was the easiest project and only took me about 45 minutes to finish.

Here's my piano bench with no upholstery. See the price sticker was still on it? I knew it was going to get covered up, so I didn't bother with trying to wrestle it off.

My husband removed the seat from the bench, and I laid out my foam on top of it on the floor. I then cut the foam down to size. I bought 2" thick foam - the cheapest stuff I could find. I wanted it to be thick and cushy, but it didn't need to be the expensive stuff because I knew it would be covered up.

Then I flipped the foam and seat upside down and took some organic cotton quilter's batting to cover it up. This stuff was So. Soft.
Seriously. I could rub it on my face all day. Anyway, then I used my mom's staple gun to staple one side to the underside of the seat.

I kept stapling on all sides, being careful to avoid the parts where the hinges would need to be screwed back on. It is important to keep the fabric taught during this process. If you don't, you'll end up with lumps and bumps. Then I trimmed off the extra. Here's what it looked like after this step.

Then I repeated the process with the fabric, pulling it taught during the whole process. My husband reattached the seat for me, and here's the finished product!

I just LOVE how it turned out! And I love love love the fabric!

Here's the finished product next to the piano:

This is seriously such an easy project. I'd love to see what you've been upholstering lately! Send me a link in a comment!

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Scrumptious Saturday {No. 4} - Fried Rice

This is a really easy recipe that's perfect for Sundays after church. I used to ask my mom to make it every Sunday for about 6 months. I love it!
I've altered it a little since learning how to create this simple dish.

1 packet of 10-minute brown rice
1 chicken breast, defrosted & cut into small pieces
Any other meat you want to add - I add 5 slices of chopped turkey bacon
4-5 green onions, sliced
garlic powder
ginger powder
canola oil
sesame oil
4 eggs
low sodium soy sauce

Cook rice according to package directions. Chop chicken & other meat of your choice. I was out of turkey bacon, so I used turkey lunch meat. The only types of meat that I've tried that does NOT work are hot dogs (my mom tried this once - don't do it).
In an electric skillet, add some canola oil & a few teaspoons of sesame oil. Add chicken to the pan & brown. Season with garlic & ginger. Add other meat & scallions. (I didn't have any this time, so I added a little onion powder.)

Pour rice over the mixture & mix.

Create one big "pocket" in the rice or 4 little pockets and add eggs, scramble until cooked. Try not to mix with the rice to make sure all of the eggs cook thoroughly.

Mix together and add soy sauce one cap-full at a time until you reach the desired flavor. Enjoy!

Makes 2 servings.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Medicine organization

A few weeks ago, I was inspired by this post on IHeart Organizing. Did you know that medicine cabinets are not for medicines?? Keeping medicines in the bathroom actually causes the medicines to expire sooner (due to high temperatures). So this week, I moved the medicines to the kitchen (into a cupboard not above the oven).

First, I took the messy basket from the bathroom.

Then, I organized everything. I threw out expired medications.
(Yes, I have Twilight band-aids. They came in my Christmas stocking. Be jealous.)

Finally, I put the items in some tupperware & stashed them in the cupboard! I organized it by soonest-expiring medication.

This was a simple project that literally took me 5 minutes.
We do have other medicine-cabinet like things in another basket, but these are the ones we need to have readily available. I only went searching for the Icy Hot after restarting P90X! You can read about my experience with that on my other blog - the fit wife!

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Cleaning - fridge & freezer

This week, I finally had the time to organize & deep clean our fridge and freezer! I'm so excited because now we can see everything. Plus, it looks brand new!! But I'll let the pictures do the talking. :)

Freezer before:

Before deep cleaning:

After deep cleaning:

Freezer after:

We now have our frozen fruits in those green baskets from the dollar store. The door holds coffee & vegetables.

Now for the fridge!

Fridge before:

Before deep cleaning:

After deep cleaning:

Fridge after:

The door holds mostly condiments. We have SO many of them! I threw a lot out.

The small green basket on the left holds yogurt. The larger green basket holds cheeses. Top drawer is lunch meats. Bottom right drawer is veggies, and bottom left drawer is fruit.

I had my husband adjust some of the shelves, since our previous arrangement left a couple of spots almost unusable.

I love how the fridge looks BRAND NEW!!! Well, it was brand new 9 months ago. Now it looks like it again! Yay!

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