Friday, October 17, 2014

savings catcher

I recently began using Wal-Mart Savings Catcher
After signing up you just enter your receipt number and the
webpage searches for the same items sold for less at other stores.

Wal-Mart then credits the difference on a gift card for you to use in their store.
Here are a couple of samples of  my recent receipts . . .

{photo credit:}

Purchase Summary from October 07, 2014: Lower price found 3 items
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail  Qty: 1.00
$2.98 Wal-Mart
$2.50 Kmart
$0.48 You get back

Centrum Silver Vitamins  Qty: 1.00
$9.97 Wal-Mart
$5.99 Tops Friendly
$3.98 You get back

Swiffer Max Dry Refills  Qty: 1.00
$8.47 Wal-Mart
$4.49 CVS
$3.98 You get back

Purchase Summary from September 03, 2014: Lower price found 2 items 
Club Crackers Multigrain  Qty: 1.00
$2.88 Wal-Mart
$2.50 Kmart
$0.38 You get back

Lays Wavy Regular  Qty: 1.00
$2.88 Wal-Mart
$1.99 Walgreens
$0.89 You get back

Purchase Summary from October 12, 2014: Lower price found 2 items 
Sam Adams Seasonal 12 pack Qty: 1.00
$14.47 Walmart
$13.00 Kmart
$1.47 You get back

Diet Coke 2 liter  Qty: 1.00
$1.38 Wal-Mart
$0.99 Tops
$0.48 You get back

Total Reward Dollars I've redeemed in the past two months: $11.57

Check it out here:

{I do it on my laptop as I am not very cell phone savoy}

Friday, October 10, 2014

lime-chicken rice bowl with cashews

Lime-Chicken Rice Bowl with Cashews

1 ½ cup uncooked brown rice
grated lime rind from 1 lime
2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
       {or 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger}
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 chicken breasts halves cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cups broccoli florets cut into pieces
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
14 oz fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
fresh lime juice from one line
1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
½ cup unsalted cashews, chopped
1 ½ cup torn baby spinach leaves

1. Cook rice according to package directions.
2. Combine chicken, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper in a bowl; toss to coat.
3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken mixture to pan; cook 6 minutes or until chicken begins to brown, stirring frequently. Remove chicken from pan.
4. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add broccoli and bell pepper to pan; cook 4 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
5. Combine remaining 2 tablespoon soy sauce, chicken broth, and cornstarch in a bowl.
6. Add chicken mixture to pan with vegetables. Add broth mixture and bring to a simmer; cook 3 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken, stirring occasionally.
7. Stir in lime juice, sesame seeds and chopped cashews. Add 1 cup baby spinach to pan, stirring until spinach wilts. Remove pan from heat.
8. Fluff rice. Stir in lime rind.
9. Spoon rice mixture into each of 4 bowls; top each serving with chicken mixture.

Friday, October 3, 2014

uncommon philosophy

"Keep only what you use, 
make peace with imperfection, 
and (seriously) help those in need."
{Real Simple Magazine April 2012}

I need this to be my mantra for one more month . . .

Friday, September 26, 2014

autumn arrives at summer hill

In our move this month to Summer Hill Drive
Mr. Corners still provided a bit of Autumn 
to welcome us and make it feel a bit more like home . . . 

Friday, September 19, 2014

why are you looking a me

Acquiring things is what I do . . . 

{story of our lives}
pickles free online by Brian Crane

Friday, September 12, 2014

old-fashioned tomato pie

This week my friend Terry dropped off tomatoes from her garden
so we made this delicious recipe . . .

{photo credit: Southern Living magazine}

Old-Fashioned Tomato Pie
     {Serves 4-6}

1 Pillsbury Pie Crust
2 ¼ pounds assorted tomatoes sliced
coarse salt
freshly ground pepper
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 Tbls olive oil
½ tsp basil
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp celery salt
½ tsp parsley
     (or ½ cup assorted chopped fresh herbs such as chives, parsley, and basil)
3/4 cup freshly grated Gruyère cheese
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

1. Preheat oven to 425°. Press dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Fold overhanging dough under itself along rim of pie plate. Prick with fork over bottom and sides.
2. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until browned. Cool completely on baking sheet on a wire rack.  Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
3. Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle with salt. Let stand 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, sauté onion and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper in hot oil in a skillet over medium heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender.
5. Mix herbs together in a small bowl.
6. Pat tomatoes dry with a paper towel. Layer tomatoes, onion, and herbs in prepared crust.
7. Stir together cheeses and mayonnaise; spread over pie.
8. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned, shielding edges with foil to prevent excessive browning.

Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Adapted from a recipe in Southern Living Magazine July 2012

Monday, September 8, 2014

women peacemakers

[the view from their porch in Phnom Penh as a thunderstorm rolls in ]

For the past six years my daughter and her family
lived in Cambodia. 
Women Peacemakers is the organization she 
supported and advised.

We are so very proud of her 
and feel blessed to have had
two different month long visits with her in Cambodia.

Watching this takes me back both
in spirit and with cherished memories.

The Khmer language is music to my ears
but the suffering we saw breaks my heart.

Women Peacemakers

RISC is the organization her husband 
supported and advised.
The Returnee Integration Support Center exists to support
deported Cambodian-Americans; to ease their transition to a new life in Cambodia.


Monday, September 1, 2014

crochet headband with rosette flower

I made these headbands for 
my daughter and daughter-in-laws
and have since made several more to
give away this fall.

The directions can be found here:

Thank you Kris for the inspiration to make "ear-warmers".

Monday, August 25, 2014

ebay {attic treasures}

A first for me 
selling items on ebay
{with the help of a seasoned seller - Amanda}

Antique Tindeco Peter Rabbit Tin Candy Lunch Box 1925
sold for $36

Vintage 1973 Adam 12 Aladdin Metal Lunchbox (no thermos)
sold : $33.88

Vintage Fisher Price Smooshees Cuddlers Balloon Adventure Complete Set {unopened}
Sold for: $56.99

Up next . . . 
Rare Cardboard Barbie Dream house #816 1962 {with bonus furniture}

and . . . 
Vintage Ideal Patti Playpal Auburn Hair Q35

President Reagan's daughter
Patty Davis had Patti Playpal - did you?

Monday, August 18, 2014

pepperoni caprese pita pockets

This recipe was actually a for a main dish
 {see link below}
but I adapted it to be an 
hors d'oeuvre

Pepperoni Caprese Pita Pockets

1/2 cup grape or cherry tomatoes quartered
1/2 cup  mini fresh mozzarella balls quartered
1/2 cup mini pepperoni slices
3/4 cup english cucumber cut in small pieces
2 tsp Italian or Greek dressing
12 mini pita breads cut in half
½ tsp Cavender's Greek Seasoning
Dash of salt and pepper
Basil leaves (optional)

1. Place tomatoes, cheese, pepperoni, and cucumbers in a medium-size bowl. Stir to combine.
2. Add dressing and seasoning. Stir gently.
3. Place in a small bowl for serving.
4. Cut mini pita breads in half.
5. Serve pita pockets along side the pepperoni mixture
6. Garnish with basil 

recipe adapted from: pepperoni-pizza-pockets {Family Circle Magazine}