Monthly Archives: July 2012


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My kids LOVE chocolate milk.     Come to think of it, so do I.     Of course, I’m on a less processed food kick lately (which is a very GOOD thing), and besides, it seems like EVERYTHING in this doggone’ world has gluten in it, so I’ve decided no more commercial crap.  (Now, I’m not saying chocolate syrup has gluten in it.  Frankly, I don’t know.  I didn’t feel like spending ten minutes in the grocery store aisle […]

Homemade Chocolate Syrup


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I’ve been on a bit of a cooking spree lately.  Not sure why.  Maybe it’s the freedom of the summer, the promise of things new, the excitement that long, sunny days provide.   Maybe it’s because I can’t stop eating lately.   And yet, even with all the cooking, the kids still cannot find ANYTHING to eat!!  Poor little spoiled munchkins.:)   Lots of food experimenting going on here.  It has not all turned out good.  But that’s okay, because […]

Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Granola (Gluten Free)



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I’ve posted quite a few times in the past about my change jar.   I know the idea isn’t a new one, and so I won’t go into many details explaining it, but I just wondered:  Do very many people keep those anymore? I got thinking that with debit cards, smartphone payment apps, online bank transfers, and the like, maybe people don’t carry much cash around, and therefore they may not have a lot of change.  But I really don’t […]

Change Jars – Do You Have One?


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Wow, I can’t believe it’s already July 30!  Practically the end of the month.  I can think of only one thing I will likely need to buy before the month ends, cause it ran out a week ago.  I need my hair “food”!   Anyway, last week’s shopping looked like this: Reams 1 whole chicken ($0.99/lb) 2 lb bacon ($1.99/lb) 1 seedless watermelon (4 lbs/$1) 3 watermelon licorice twists (3/$1) 1 pint strawberry milk ($0.50) 1 can Pillsbury Grand biscuits […]

July Grocery Spending Update



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Last week was pretty uneventful.  I can’t even think of anything clever or witty (or terribly boring) to say…so I’m just gonna share my 5 Things list:   Run a couple of 5Ks. – Dang it, NO.  Pulled hamstring…gotta love ’em! Get Munchkin and Buddy Boy to all their events this week:  YES Balance the budget for August. – YES Work on redecorating Munchkin’s room with stuff we have on hand.  – YES Declutter bookshelves. –NO Munchkin and I had […]

5 Things 07/29


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(photo) For attractive lips, Speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, Seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, Share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, Let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, Walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; Never throw out anybody. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll […]

Thoughtful Thursday – Beauty Tips by Audrey Hepburn




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How was your week?   If you’re like many, you are still reeling from the tragic shooting in Aurora, CO.  I hope that instead of letting these events get us down, and get us mad and arguing about gun control and other things, that we will instead hug our loved ones a little tighter, say “I love you” a little more often, and smile a little brighter, grateful for the life we’ve been given.   Just my two cents, and […]

5 Things 7/22