Welcome New Baby: Get a $10 Grocery Gift Certificate From Oakhurst Dairy

As part of their Welcome New Baby program, Oakhurst Dairy sends parents of newborns a note of congratulations along with a $10 gift certificate to use on groceries of their choice. 

To receive the $10 gift certificate, go here, scroll down to the Welcome New Baby section and click on "contact us".  Under Reason for Contacting select "General Inquiry" and fill in your information along with a message explaining that you are a parent of a newborn.

This offer is available to residents of Maine and New Hampshire and is redeemable at AG Food Stores, Amato's, Big Apple Convenience Stores, Bozzuto's, C&S, Circle K, Dead River Convenience Stores, Hannaford Supermarkets, IGA, Maritime Farms, Market Basket, Shaw's Supermarkets, and Stop & Shop.

A Homemade Christmas: Easy Felt Christmas Decorations

I received a FREE copy of the December issue of Family Circle magazine this week and noticed these felt Christmas decorations.  Even though Christmas is almost here, I am planning on making some of these and saving them for next year!

You can get all the instructions and download the templates for FREE on the Family Circle website.

A Homemade Christmas: Recycle Old Christmas Cards

Every year after the Christmas tree is taken down and the Christmas decorations are put away, I always come face to face with a dilemma.  What to do with all those Christmas cards?  It seems like such a waste to throw away all those beautiful cards that people so thoughtfully sent to us.

In anticipation of this problem this year, I decided to do a little research and I was able to find some fun and easy ways to reuse Christmas cards.

Since I like to crochet, I liked this idea from favecrafts.com.  Make a crochet border around old Christmas cards in order to make Christmas ornaments or to decorate photo albums.

NoBiggie.net shows how to make Christmas tags out of old Christmas cards.

There are many great ideas on eHow.com including, donating them to the St. Jude's Ranch Recycled Card Program, using old cards as postcards, using several old cards to make your own card, making placemats, and saving them for crafts to do with children.

Homemade Dough Ornaments: A Fun Christmas Craft for Kids

My oldest son and I had such a wonderful time making these homemade ornaments!  Not only are these fun to make, but they are very inexpensive too. 

I've included all the directions to make these ornaments below:

What you need:
2 cups flour
2/3 cup salt
3/4 cup water
Rolling pin
Cookie cutters
Metal spatula
Baking sheet

Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.  Gradually stir in water until mixture forms a ball {in both batches that I made I needed to add a little more water than what the recipe recommended}.  Turn out onto lightly floured surface.  Knead for 3 to 5 minutes. 

Roll out to approx. 1/4 inch thick.  Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.  Using a metal spatula, carefully lift dough shapes and place on a baking sheet.  Use the straw to cut out a small hole for the ribbon.  Bake at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes to an hour.  Cool completely.  Remove from pan and decorate!

Decorating supplies:

I was able to find a paint/paintbrush kit and the glitter at the Dollar Tree.  The ribbon I found at a craft supply store for $.25 and I was able to get the glue at Walmart this past summer for $.15. 

The $2.40 that I spent to decorate these ornaments was well worth the money.....

Dough recipe from Company's Coming: Gifts from the Kitchen by Jean Pare

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Save $10 off $20 In-Store Purchase at Sears

Spend $20 or more in apparel and accessories and save $10 with this coupon.  Coupon is valid in-store December 15 and December 16 only.  Please read the bottom of the coupon before printing as some restrictions do apply.

Homemade Glitter Snowflake Ornament

In the past, my idea of decorating for Christmas was putting ornaments on a tree and lights in a window.  But this holiday season I've been on a mission to find inexpensive, easy decorating ideas that even the most uncreative person {that's me} can do!  Read about some ideas that I've discovered here.

This gorgeous snowflake idea is from Christine & Co.  All you need is self-adhesive chipboard shapes and glitter.  That's it!  Be sure to go to Christine's website to get all the details.

While you are there you can also check out her recipe for chocolate covered peanut butter balls....YUM!

Homemade Holiday Cone Trees

Make these cute holiday trees with styrofoam cones {these are between $3 - $4 at Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts}, wrapping paper and ribbon.

Skechers For The Whole Family--Up To 80% Off

6pm.com has a great selection of Skechers for the whole family for up to 80% off.  Order by December 14 and get flat rate shipping of $6.95.  If you shop through Ebates, you can also get 2.5% cash back on your order.

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Homemade Paper Ornaments

I just love these ornaments!  All you need is Christmas paper, brads, and ribbon to make these cheap and easy Christmas ornaments.  Go to Crafters Anonymous to find out how!

Thanks to A Vision to Remember for
sharing this great idea!

Meal Plan Monday

Here's what's cooking in my kitchen:

Cold Cereal w/Milk & Raisins
Blueberry Cream Muffins {I thought I would try this recipe as I have some sour cream that I need to use up!}

Trix Cereal {Sometimes I will buy the sugary cereals and give them as a snack}
Graham Crackers

Grilled Cheese w/Tomato Soup
Ham Sandwiches
Rice w/Veggies

Mon:      English Muffin Pizzas
Tues:     Marinated Chicken
Wed:     Chicken Quesadillas & Brown Rice w/Carmelized Onions & Peas
Thurs:    Tuna Noodle Casserole
Fri:        Chunky Potato Soup {see recipe below}
Sat:       Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta
Sun:      Leftovers

Chunky Potato Soup
This creamy soup is perfect for cold, winter nights.  I usually double this recipe as the leftovers taste even better!  This soup is wonderful with homemade biscuits.

What you need:
3 med. red potatoes
2 cups water
1 small onion
3 tbs. butter
3 tbs. flour
crushed red pepper flakes {optional}
ground black pepper
dash of garlic powder
1 chicken bouillon cube
3 cups milk
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup cubed cooked ham  {I sometimes use cooked, chopped bacon}

  1. Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan.  Add potatoes and cook until tender.  Drain, reserving liquid.  Set aside potatoes.  Measure 1 cup of cooking liquid, adding water if necessary; set aside.
  3. Peel and finely chop onion.  Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion to saucepan; cook, stirring frequently until onion is translucent and tender, but not brown.
  4. Add flour to saucepan; season with pepper flakes, black pepper and garlic powder to taste.  Stir until well combined.
  5. Gradually add reserved cooking liquid, milk, sugar and bouillon cube to onion mixture and stir well.  Add cheese and ham or bacon.  Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes stirring frequently.  Add potatoes and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes longer or until heated through.

$5 Dinners has a wonderful grocery shopping list with meal plan form and a few other printable planners that you might find helpful in meal planning.

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