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I have two kids - a girl and a boy - and live in north-central Minnesota, land of snow and ice. Well, for 9 months of the year, that is. I work full-time for a local government, and on my "free time" I enjoy cooking, baking, hanging out with my kiddos, and RELAXING.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

$1 or Less at Target

Some good deals at Target this week:

Stride single pack gum, $1.29, buy 2
Use $1/2 coupon from 4/3 SS (SmartSource)
Final price: $0.79 each

Fuze Slenderize, $1.00, buy 2
Use $1/2 coupon
Final price: $0.50 each

Yoplait Light 4-pack, sale price $1.73 ($0.43 each), buy 2
Use $0.50/2 coupon
Final price: $0.37 each

Nivea Body Wash, $3.14
Use $3/1 coupon from 4/17 RP (Red Plum)
Final price: $0.14

Schick Quattro for Women disposable razors, 3 pack, $5.24 ($1.75 each)
Use $2/1 Target coupon
Use $1/1 manufacturer coupon
Final price: $0.75 each

Colgate Total, sale price $2.49
Use $1/1 Target coupon from 4/17 SS
Use $1/1 manufacturer coupon from 4/10 SS
Final price: $0.49

Revlon Nail Clippers, $2.29
Use $2/1 Target coupon from 4/17 SS
Final price: $0.29

Up & Up 20 ct pantiliners, $0.89
Use $0.50 feminine care Target website printable
Final price: $0.39 ($0.0195 each)

Carefree 20ct pantiliners, $0.99
Use Target coupon from 4/17 SS to bring price to $0.01
Use $0.50/1 manufacturers coupon from 3/27 RP
Final price: $0.49 overage (better than free!)

Market Pantry frozen veggies, $1.04, buy 4
$1/4 Target website printable
Final price: $0.79 each

Always feminine products promotion:
-Always 100ct pads, $5.64
-Always 36 ct pads, $5.60
-Always 28 ct pantiliners, $5.60
Use $1/1 manufacturer coupon
Use $2/1 manufacturer coupon
Use $0.50/1 manufacturer coupon
Receive $5 gift card when you buy three participating products
Final price: $8.34 for all three, or about $0.05 per item

Monday, April 25, 2011

Target this week

Note: This post I originally tried to publish the beginning of April, but as I downloaded the new internet explorer, I am unable to publish posts to blogger. I did finally get this one published, but posts will be few and far between until these "technical difficulties" are figured out...

I got a couple great deals at Target this week:

Charmin Sensitive 18-packs, sale price $9.99, buy 2
Use $2/1 Target coupon
Use $1/1 Target coupon
Use 2 $1/1 manufacturer's coupons
Receive $5 gift card when you buy 2 select products
Final price: $4.99 each, or $0.28 per roll

Trident layers, $1.32, buy 2
Use $1/2 Target coupon
Final price: $0.82 each

Biore Pore Strips, $6.14 & Biore Cleanser, $6.14
Use "Buy 1 pore strips get cleanser free" coupon (up to $9.00 value)
Final price: $6.14 for both, or $3.07 each
I got this coupon in last Sunday's paper

Colgate Total toothpaste, $2.99
Use $1.50 manufacturer's coupon
Use $1/1 Target coupon
Final price: $0.49

Market Pantry Ice Cream, 48 oz, $2.19
Use $1/1 Target printable coupon
Final price: $1.19

Huggies diapers, size 1, 50 count, $8.99
Use $3/1 manufacturer's coupon
Use $2.50/1 Target coupon
Final price: $3.49, or $0.07 each
Now this one I KNOW is a good deal!

Remember, most of my deal ideas come from Couponing101.com or PocketYourDollars.com. These website provide links to the coupons (which I never do because I can't remember where I got half of them from) and make couponing really easy and less time-consuming.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Why I Love...

...chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.

My mom brought me back chocolate-covered macadamia nuts from Hawaii.

And let me tell you straight away, if they aren't from Hawaii they don't taste the same. Unless maybe you can find these boxes somewhere. I have tried buying the Mauna Loa brand at Target before (they come in bags) and it just isn't the same.

Eating chocolate-covered macadamia nuts reminds me of Hawaii. The sound of the ocean crashing on rocks, the smell of Banana Boat sunscreen and saltwater, and the burning sensation of the sun on my skin...

It's a good thing.

This was last week. I'm sad to report there are only about three left. So if anyone is going to Hawaii any time soon...you just let me know.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


We had our ultrasound Tuesday morning.

Best. Thing. Ever.

It was so much fun to watch the baby moving around. We got quite a few good ultrasound pictures. I had no idea how many they would give us, but we ended up with about ten or so.

Here is our favorite one of the baby's profile.
The tech looked and measured everything and then said she would try to get us some 3D pictures. She had a hard time at first because the umbilical cord was too close to the baby's face and was in the way. In the above picture you can see it (that diagonal line going from the baby's neck to the bottom-left).
She also had a hard time because baby kept hiding its face in its arm. We actually have another picture where its face is in its shoulder.

Baby's foot, which is really only a couple centimeters big. It was weird seeing the baby on the screen because it looked so normal, and then the tech would say stuff like, "Baby's head is two inches wide." It's crazy baby is so small still!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mom's homemade pizza

Darren and I love homemade pizza. It's quick and easy, and tastes so delicious. This is how my mom made it when I was growing up. Start with a loaf of frozen bread dough. My mom and I use this brand; it comes four loaves in a package. Sometimes when I forget to get the dough out I'll use the instant package stuff. It's a pretty good second. Place the dough on a plate sprayed with Pam and cover it with Pam-sprayed plastic wrap. It gets sticky.
It takes the dough 4-6 hours to rise (and thaw), so you have to plan ahead a bit. Roll the dough out once it's ready. I use my pizza stone, so I don't grease the pan. I'm not sure if you would have to grease a regular pan. Someone should try it and let me know. And yes, I realize I did a really poor roll job, here.

Bake the crust at 350 degrees for about ten minutes. It will poof up a bit.

I like Ragu pizza sauce.
Spread half the jar of pizza sauce over the baked crust.

Now add whatever toppings you want! We're pretty Plain Jane around here, and just like pepperoni.

Bake at 350 for another 12-15 minutes or so. Cut and enjoy!

Monday, April 4, 2011

a good price?

So I had some coupons for diapers the other day. And me, being me, stocked up. And I wondered, what's a good price for diapers? With my coupons I got a 152 count of Huggies size 1 for about the same price as generic brand, which worked out to $0.16 per diaper. I also got some size 2s (also Huggies) for $0.12 per diaper (I don't remember how this compared to generic). I wanted more 1s (obviously!) but they didn't have any in the kind/size I needed for my coupons, so I did get some 2s. I also got some Huggies wipes which were $0.02 each after my coupons. Are these good deals? What do you pay?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

clothes shopping

Several weeks ago I was up north for work, and Mom met me and we went shopping for maternity clothes. We scored some fabulous deals.

After taking coupons, item mark downs, and the yellow-dot clearance into account, these shirts were $3.59 each.

These shirts were $4.72 each.

These two are pretty much the same - one is solid gray and the other is black and white stripes - and were $5.10.

These four were $6.72 each...

...and these cute cargo capris were also $6.72.

The most expensive shirts we got were $7.20 each. The black one with the sequins on top is my favorite. I've worn it several times already.

I love great deals!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Verna's chocolate zucchini bread

There are no times like the hard times that bring out the true character of people. When my dad died my family was surrounded by loving support from our church. People came to spend time with us, to share in our heartache, and to bring food. They brought a lot of food. Of all the food that appeared at our house, there are two things I remember in particular. One was a delicious beef stew, and the other was this chocolate zucchini bread, brought by a woman named Verna. I'm not sure if this recipe originated with Verna or with someone else, but I will always think of this bread as Verna's Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

Some time later, I asked Verna for the recipe. Lo and behold, it was in the church cookbook. I don't have the church cookbook (it was my mom's), but I have the recipe written out. Here's how to make this delicious bread: You will need: 3 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil (can substitute applesauce) 2 cups sugar 1 tbsp vanilla 2 cups shredded, peeled zucchini (I freeze zucchini this way so I have it just for this bread) 2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup baking cocoa 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp baking powder 1 bag chocolate chips Beat eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla. Stir in zucchini. Combine dry ingredients and add to zucchini mixture. Mix well. Pour into 2 greased 8x4x2 loaf pans (this is a regular size loaf pan). Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until bread tests done. Store in fridge. Note: If you substitute applesauce for oil (which I have - it cuts A LOT of calories), turn down the oven temp to 300 degrees, and bake for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. This bread will be more moist than bread made with oil. Enjoy!