Tasty Tuesday: Blue Angels

This is a quick, easy recipe– great for carry-ins, cookouts, or just something special to have around.  We will make a pan of this and just use it for dessert or snacks through the week.

Blue Angels
1 box Angel food cake mix
1 can blueberry pie filling

Mix the cake mix and pie filling together.  Spread into a sprayed 13 x 9 baking dish.  Bake according to the Angel food cake directions.  Let cool and slice into squares.

Yep… that’s it.  Super easy, right?  

And yummy.

Messy Desk

As I was trying to catch up at work from when I was gone in Chicago, I needed to get into my desk drawer… I opened it and this is what I saw.

Oh my.
This will never do.
So, I stopped working and dumped out all the contents on my desk.
I found all sorts of things.
My iPod cord.
Even a button I had lost.
Too bad I donated the sweater to Goodwill.  Think I could donate the button?
I worked on organizing my desk for over an hour.
Finally, I had it all put back and organized.
Too bad, I now won’t be able to find a damn thing.
Guess, I’ve procrastinated enough for one day.
Back to work.

Simple Sunday: Couponing-How I do it…

Let me start by saying… I am not an extreme couponer, by any means.  I’m not one to stock pile anything or have a basement full of multiple items.  We just recently started couponing about 4 months ago.  We’ve been saving, on average, about $35-40 a week– which includes using coupons and our shoppers card.  The store we shop at (Kroger) doubles coupons up to a $1.00 total (i.e. a .75 cent coupon is worth $1.00).  

Because I am accountant… and this is my blog… I get to run the numbers for you.  If you figure we save $35 a week on groceries using coupons, a shopper card, and planning our menu around the sale ad…

In a four week month, that is $140

In a year, that is $1820

What could you do with $1820 more a year?  That’s almost TWO of my house payments.

So, here’s what I do.

First, I gather my sales ad, coupon book, paper, and pen.

I go through the sales ad and make a list of everything that we eat/like that’s on sale.  I also include the price for reference.

Next, I go through my coupons and look for any coupons that match up to what is on sale.

Based on what’s on sale matched up with coupons and what else I have coupons for, I make my grocery list.

I send my husband to the grocery, with the coupons we are using, the list, the ad, and the coupon book for anything else he decides to buy.

The goal is to basically create your menu heavily based on what you have on sale at your local grocery AND what you have coupons for– then, fill in with either what is only on sale or what you have coupons for that you need.

For coupons, I buy the Sunday paper when there are ads (there are never coupon inserts the week of a holiday). You can find a schedule online.  I go through these and only cut what I know we will use/eat and recycle the rest.  I also go to Red Plum, Coupons.com, and Smart Source online and print coupons from there.  Same thing– only what we will use/eat.  

I also frequent Hot Coupon World for tips and coupon swaps.  Hot Coupon World has a page on their site that lists all the printable coupon websites– this is where I usually hit first to get my printable coupons.  They also have an email service that will send out updates with the newest coupons and deals.

It takes me about 20 minutes to go through the coupon circulars on Sunday, cut them out and file them in the coupon book.  I spend about 30 minutes a week scouring the coupon sites online and printing, cutting them out and filing them.  My grocery list/menu planning above takes about 20 minutes.  I usually do these during my lunch hours at work for something to do.

So, there you have it.  How we coupon.  

If you have any tips or ideas to share, please comment below!

Masculine Birthday Card

This is my newest card creation.  I used this for a masculine birthday card for a friend here at work that rides bikes.
In hindsight, I think I should have used Staz-On because the ink turned a little “muddy” on the card stock.
Paper cutter
Light brown card stock, cut to 5.5″ x 8″
Scrap piece of paper (I used a scrap from a Tim Holtz paper stack)
Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Clear Stamps: Playful Journey
Black Ink (I recommend Staz-On)
2 gems or rhinestones
Sizzix or die cut machine
Stampin’ Up’s Labels Collection Framelits (2 sizes to fit card)
Stampin’ Ups Adorning Accents Edgelits Die
Bone folder
  1. Use the Adorning Accent Edgelit on the “short” side of the light brown card stock.  At the edge of both ends of the card, you want about an inch removed.
  2. Fold the card stock in half and use the bone folder to make a good crease
  3. Cut an 1 ½” x 5.5″ strip of your printed scrap paper.  Adhere this to the inside right edge of your card.
  4.  Stamp your bicycle image on the second your remaining piece of card stock.  Use the smaller of the two Framelit dies to cut out the image.  Ink the edges.  Set aside to dry.
  5. Cut the printed scrap using the larger Framelit.  Ink the edges.
  6. Adhere the printed piece to the back of the stamped card stock shape.
  7.  Ink all edges of your card—include the inside
  8. Adhere the bicycle piece to the front of your card.
  9. Place the rhinestones in the center of both wheels.
  10. Stamp “Enjoy the Journey” on a scrap piece of cardstock.  Tear the words out by hand.
  11.  Ink the torn edges.
  12. Adhere to front of card.
  13. Stamp sentiment inside.
I am not a Tim Holtz fanatic or a Stampin’ Up demonstrator—this is just what I had on hand to make this card.  Feel free to change it around or use whatever supplies you have on hand. 
This could easily be changed up for a more feminine card using flowered paper, prettier colors, etc.
Now… go be creative!