Angie Gets Organized

This is why I'm trying to get organized...for my family. I am a strong believer in family meal time, but I know that without a little planning, it will be hard to keep us all together. It will also be easier to spend money foolishly on prepared foods or fast food. I love trying out new recipes, so this is my site to pass on recipes, while also organizing them into a meal plan. I hope it helps you to keep your family together. I would love to hear what others are having for dinner, or see a new recipe or two! Feel free to leave me some feedback in the comments section...at least then I would know someone is reading this!

It's not gourmet...just good food!






Saturday, November 27, 2010

xmas 2010

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas is coming...

I can hardley believe that Christmas is just around the corner! It's time to start thinking about gifts, Christmas cards, and cookie exchanges! I LOVE cookie exchanges! No doubt you've started thinking about some of these things...a walk into any store will tell you that Halloween items are on the clearance rack and Christmas things are on the frontlines! It's a call to action...a call to get organized and ready. Black Friday will be here in just a week and a half. The sales flyers will help you get organized for store purchases, but where can you go to get ready for the daunting task of dum dum dum dum (dramatic music)....Christmas cards?? Have you taken a look at Shutterfly's selection this year?? http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery They have some really cool designs. I was looking through them the other day and I was really impressed! First of all, there are so many designs that you most likely won't be picking out the same one as someone else...and even if you do, the pictures make them so personalized that it hardly makes a difference! I love the new "story" cards that they are offering, as well. These cards give you plenty of room for lots of pictures and even short little snippets from the past year...I think it would be cool to make one of these for relatives and friends that don't get to see my kids very often. They give a "newsletter" feel to your Christmas card. http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-cards
So, Shutterfly has you covered for Christmas and Holiday cards, but what about helping you out with gifts? They have plenty of personalized gifts too! I love making Calendars for the grandparents (http://www.shutterfly.com/calendars/wall-calendars ). It's so much fun looking at all the pics throughout the following year. And the picture quality is so much nicer than the calendars you get at WalMart or drug stores. They also have lots of other options to put your kids' faces on to show off to the world...everyone loves a personalized gift!
Using Shutterfly couldn't be any easier. I've tried other sites, and Shutterfly's quality and selection is by far the best I've seen. Plus, they are always running a sale on something! What could be better?.........well, maybe a cookie exchange!

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

And this is why I use coupons...

Allow me to brag a bit...
Wow! What an incredible shopping trip I had today! I don't usually get this excited about spending my money on consumables, but I DO get excited when I can save a lot of money for things I would have had to spend that money on otherwise! I went to two stores today for the good sales and coupon match-ups...and let me tell ya, it was certainly worth it. It definitely confirmed the importance of coupons and a little planning. If you've been collecting your coupons from Sunday papers, including this weekend's...this is definitely a good week to go. I went to Rite-Aid and Giant. At Giant, I saved $84 off my bill, $30 just in coupons! And at Rite Aid, I saved with $10 in coupons, $3.99 in roll-over +UP rewards, and earned $17 in +UP rewards for my next trip! Here are just a few of the good deals that are awaiting you this week...GO AND GET 'EM!!

Rite Aid
Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner, or Stylers.......$2.99-$2.00 (+UP)-$1.00 (MFG)=FREE!
General Mills Cereal.....2/$4.00-$1.00 (+UP)=2/$3.00
8 ct. Bounty Basic Paper Towels or 12 ct. Charmin Toilet Paper.....$4.99-$1.00 (+UP)=$3.99
Huggies Diapers............$8.99-$3.00 (+UP)-$1.50 to $3.00 (MFG)=$4.49 to $2.99
There were lots of Huggies coupons in my stash...so I used 3! Yes, you can repeat the +UP bargains more than one time in a shopping trip (unless the flyer states one offer only)!
M&M's and Hershey's Kisses........2/$5.00-$1.00 (+UP)-$1.00 (MFG)=2/$3.00
Luvs Diapers (family pack).........$16.99-$4.00 (+UP)=$12.99
Some misc food items (check flyer)..........4/$5.00-$1.00 (+UP)-$0.50 (MFG)=4/$3.50. I bought 2 boxes Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, a six pack of Sun Maid Raisins, and a 24 oz. jar of Mott's Applesauce. The $0.50 coupon was for two boxes of Swiss Miss.

I'm planning on going back this week to use my $17 in +UP rewards on the Magic Gravity Ball (on sale for $19.99) for Luke for Christmas...but Ssshhh, don't tell him that!

So, all in all, I was most pleased with my diaper sale...I got three packages of name brand diapers for $12 (unfortunately, Cara's butt prefers name brand so I have to take advantage of these deals)! And I got 4 boxes of name brand cereal for $6.00. I realized later that I should have looked for a $5.00/$25.00 coupon for Rite Aid...but I forgot. So if you're thinking about spending that much, I would recommend it, to sweeten your deals even more! Look for them on sites like www.iheartsavingmoney.com.

Giant
I got a ton of Tic Tacs and Mento's Gum for the kids' Christmas stockings...I had a bunch of $1.00 coupons for them, thanks to my new babysitter!
Gerber Graduates Preschoolers Snacks.....2/$5.00-$1.00 (MFG)=2/$4.00
48 oz Wesson Oil.....$2.50-$0.40(MFG) (doubled to $0.80)=$1.70 (cheaper than Walmart's store brand!)
Keebler Crackers.....2/$5.00-$1.00 (MFG)=2/$4.00
Keebler Cookies.....on sale for $2.00 (that doesn't happen very often!)
Hershey's Baking Chips.....2/$4.00-$1.00 (MFG)=2/$3.00
Kleenex Tissues.....$1.00/box-$0.50 (MFG)/3 boxes (which is then doubled) or $1.00 (MFG)/4 boxes=$0.66/box to $0.75/box (depending on which coupon you used. I used both, so that I could send some to school.
Lipton Tea Bags..........2/$5.00-$1.00 (MFG)=2/$4.00
Lipton Cup of Soups........2/$2.00-$1.00 (MFG)=$1.00/2 boxes!
Progresso Soup............$1.33/can-$1.00 (MFG)/4 cans=$4.32 (or $1.08/can)
Combo's Snacks......$1.00/bag-$0.50/2 bags (doubled to $1.00)=$0.50/bag
Giant Italian Bread.........on sale for $1.00/loaf
Gibbles Family Pack Chips...........on sale for BOGO (2 bags for $3.49)
Marcal Napkins............$2.99-$0.50 (MFG) (doubled to $1.00)=$1.99 for 400 ct. package!
Ritz Munchables Crackers............on sale for $2.50-$1.00 (MFG)=$1.50
Friskies Cat Food................on sale for BOGO (2 bags for $3.53-$1.00 (MFG)=$2.53 for both!!)
Uncle Ben's Wild Rice..........$1.67-$1.00 (MFG)=$0.67
Pam Flour Baking Spray......$2.49-$0.50 (MFG) (doubled to $1.00)=$1.49
Herr's Tortilla Chips..........on sale for BOGO (2 bags for $3.79)
Giant Brand Oatmeal............on sale for BOGO (2 boxes for $1.99)
Bird's Eye Frozen Vegetables, Frozen Pasta/Veggie Blend (in a box), or Steamables.....$0.79!!!
***I had a $1.00 (MFG)/3 and a coupon for a Free "Lightly Sauced" with purchase of regular steamed vegetable.
Breakstone Sour Cream.....$1.29 ($1.00 MFG/2=$0.79 ea.)
Helluva Good Chip Dip....2/$3.00-$1.00 (MFG)=2/$2.00!!

Giant also had their coupon doublers this week, so I saved another $4.00 on top of these bargains. I also earned a $3.50 coupon and a $3.00 coupon for my next visit! I have to say, I am very proud of myself...I couldn't stop smiling all the way home! I had "coupon glow"! Ha Ha!
Get clipping folks...there will be plenty of bargains on food between now and New Years. This is my favorite time of year to stock up because there are such good sales.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sausage, Potato and Cheese Waffles

Sausage, Potato and Cheese Waffles

1 link sweet Italian Sausage (about 3 ounces), casing discarded
1 baking potato, grated and excess water squeezed out
4 tablespoons butter
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking power
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 teaspoons pepper
2 cups milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1) In a medium skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a fork, for 5 minutes. Add the potato and butter, lower the heat and simmer until the butter is melted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool, about 10 minutes.

2) In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir in the milk and eggs until smooth. Stir in the sausage-potato mixture.

3) Using a waffle maker, cook the waffles according to the manufacturer's directions.

SERVES 10 PREP 20 MIN COOK 30 MIN

recipe from: rachaelraymag.com/september

Friday, November 5, 2010

Creamed Chicken and Biscuits

Creamed Chicken and Biscuits (adapted from a Southern Living recipe)

1/2 c. each diced onion, celery, and sliced mushrooms (I will omit the mushrooms)
1. Saute in a teaspoon of butter or oil until tender. Meanwhile, add 1 bag of frozen peas and carrots to a pot of boiling water (can use mixed veggies, instead, if desired).
1 Can Cream of Chicken soup, 1/2 c. milk, 1/4 tsp. tarragon (I'll use thyme and poulty seasoning, instead)
2. Add to the onion and celery. Mix well, simmer for a few minutes.
1 c. cheddar cheese, 2 1/2 c. cooked chicken (leftovers or rotisserie work well), salt and pepper.
3. Stir into simmering soup mix. Pour into lightly greased casserole dish.
1 can jumbo biscuits
4. Top with biscuits and bake in preheated oven (use temperature on side of biscuit can). Bake until biscuits are done (10-15 min). Biscuits will bake better when starting with hot soup mix (in other words, if making the soup mixture ahead, it should be heated before baking).