Giveaway: Hillshire Farms and Sara Lee Bakery – NOW CLOSED


CONGRATS TO MommyDevan, Cocoa Lover, Nancy, and Sarah! I have no recollection of eating “pigs in blankets” when I was a child. But, Lil’ Smokies were a regular part of our Christmas morning, nonetheless. My dad is a huge fan! Huge! And every Christmas morning without fail, he fries up a panful of lil’ smokies […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: $50 Will Get Ya $170


Safeway recently sent me a $50 gift card to see how far I could make it stretch at my local Safeway affiliate, Vons. The card arrived yesterday so after some internet research and some clever coupon clipping, I devised a plan and headed out bright and early this morning with FishBoy5 in tow. Savvy coupon […]

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Make a Memory with Christmas Tree Scones


I’m kinda goofy in that (among other reasons) I love to make fanciful food for my kids. Fun cakes at their birthdays, star-shaped cake pops (sort of) at the 4th of July, turkey-shaped cinnamon rolls at Thanksgiving, and this week: Christmas Tree Scones. Pop over to Good (& Cheap) Eats and see what we’ve got […]

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Omaha Steaks: A Review and Giveaway – NOW CLOSED


CONGRATS to Sue D! The fun never ends around here. Giveaways galore this week: Frito-Lay Party Pack, Family Feasts for $75/Week, a super cute apron from D-Lux 57, and now Omaha Steaks! (And I’m not done for the week yet!) Photo source: Omaha Steaks I had never ordered from Omaha Steaks before, but I’d heard […]

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There’s Still a Way to Ship Amazon Orders By Christmas and For FREE


I did the bulk of my Christmas shopping this year online, mostly by ordering through Amazon. I scrambled to get my orders in last week so that everything would arrive prior to Christmas, using free Super Saver Shipping. That window has closed, but Amazon still has another way to get your packages to you before […]

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Frugal Christmas: Save Money by Staying Home


This month on Frugal Fridays, I’ve told you about Fun $10 Gifts, Budget Stocking Stuffers, and Savvy Shopping Ideas. In my last Frugal Friday of 2009, I present an earth-shattering way to save money: Stay Home Photo Source: jo-h Some may not understand what I mean. So, let me explain. If you stay home and […]

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Ultimate Recipe Swap: Holiday Food Fest Edition – Holiday Desserts


GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED – Congrats to mystrix@ ! Today’s edition of URS is also the final episode of the Holiday Food Fest that I’ve been participating in with some great bloggers. It’s been great to get a glimpse into other kitchens, particularly those that are sugar and/or gluten-free. Wow! There’s a whole world of eating […]

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Christmas For Those Who Grieve or Struggle

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My mother-in-law passed away a year ago today. Needless to say, it was a rough Christmas. And in many ways, it’s been a rough year. There are many precious memories to remember as well as many memories left unmade. The following was originally posted December 23, 2009. I offer it up as a reminder to […]

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