Monday, January 26, 2009

January Stitch A Thon Progress

I was able to stitch 16 hours for the January Stitch A Thon and made a lot of progress on Easter Fairy. I am hoping to be able to complete it next month if I am able to find the time to stitch and have the beads and krenik that I need for this piece.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday - Baked Chicken with Sweet Mashed Potatoes and Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls

Monday - Chicken Parmesan with Spinach and Garlic Bread

Tuesday - Fish with Mac N Cheese and Vegetable

Wednesday - Chicken Helper with Vegetable

Thursday - Spaghetti and Meatballs with Vegetable and Garlic Bread

Friday - Sloppy Joe Supreme with Vegetable

Saturday - Chicken Alfredo with Vegetable and Garlic Bread

Dessert - Cheesecake

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kroger Round Up

I went to Kroger's for my weekly shopping and scored some great deals due to their Mega Sale that is going on this week.

16oz Cap N Crunch = .89
Coffee Mate = 1.25
2 Hormel Turkey Chili = .40 each
2 Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Brownies = 1.39 each
2 Little Debbie 100 Calorie Nutty Butter = 1.14 each
Heinz Ketchup 32oz = 1.39
2 Knorr Rice Sides = .62 each
Pam Baking Spray = .99
4 Glade Sprays = Free for all 4!
Armour Italian Meatballs = 1.3 4
2 Kraft 8oz Shredded Cheese = 1.39 each
Green Giant Valley Steamer = Free
Green Giant Valley Steamer = .29
2 Philadelpia Cream Cheese 8oz = .89 each
2 Tropican 64oz Pure Orange Juice = .97 each
1/2 Gallon Milk = 2.24
Gorton's Fish Fillet = 2.39
Total = $24.38

Overall I think I did pretty well and the great thing a lot of what I got is for next month's meals and snacks so I am ahead of the game and only over my budget by $9 and all I need for the next 2 weeks is milk! So I may be over a little but I have a lot stocked up to use next month.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

January Stitch A Thon

The January Stitch A Thon starts tomorrow and for the next week I will be devoting my time to the Easter Fairy that I started around this time last year. I haven't touched it in almost a year so I have some work to be done and I am hoping the stitch a thon this week is just what I need to get motivated. I am hoping by this time next week to have a really great updated picture to share with all of you.

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday - Roast and Potatoes with Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls

Monday - 15 Minute Chicken and Rice Dinner with Rolls

Tuesday - Leftover Buffett

Wednesday - Cheeseburger Pie with Vegetable

Thursday - Tacos, Mexican Rice, and Corn

Friday - Chicken Nuggets with Vegetable

Saturday - Turkey Club Pie with Vegetable

Dessert - Brownies

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Kroger Round Up

Went by Kroger's this evening to pick up some sale items and take advantage of coupons I have. I didn't take a picture but here is a list of what I got with prices after coupons and sales.

$1.64 - Bisquick
$4.00 - 2 100 Calorie Oreo Cakesters
$2.59 - Macaroni Grill Dinner Kit
.69 - Taco Seasoning
$1.25 - 1 Tuna Helper and 2 Hamburger Helpers
$1.00 - Country Crock Sides Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Clearance at $2 and used $1 coupon)
$3.99 - Country Crock Sides Broccoli, Rice, and Cheese
.52 - Betty Crocker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
$1.49 - Ragu Pouch Sauce
$4.4o - 9 Green Giant Boxed Vegetables (.49 each)
$4.18 - 2 Green Giant Bagged Vegetables (2.09 each)
$5.37 - 3 Green Giant Valley Fresh Streamers (1.79 each)
$2.00 - 2 Fast Fixin Breaded Chicken Breasts
$1.34 - Country Crock Omega3 Butter
$1.00 - Rice A Roni
$1.49 - Kroger Shredded Cheese 8oz
$11.96 -6lbs Angus Ground Beef (1.99lb)
$10.68 - 3lbs Boneless Chicken Breasts (3.56lb)
$3.00 - Baked Lay's Potato Chips
$2.00 - 1 Gallon of Skimmed Milk

Total: $64.59

I have to go to Target to pick up a few things and I am pretty much done for the month except for a few things. So far I am $35 short of my budget of $170 for a month and I think I might actually not go over this month!

Monday, January 12, 2009

I Am On A Roll!

(Scanned on printer)
Twelve days into the new year and I have a finish! This piece is Little House Needleworks Colonial Homes stitched on 28ct Jobelan Coffee using DMC threads. I started this around this time last year and I am thrilled that I finished quickly. I will be framing it and hanging it in my living to go with the Colonial theme I am slowly working on creating.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Cereal Bars

Lean Pockets
Lean Cuisine
100 Calorie Oreo Cakes

Sunday: Meatloaf with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Rolls
Monday: Chicken Helper with a Vegetable
Tuesday: Breakfast Skillet with Biscuits
Wednesday: Smoked Sausage with Vegetable and Bread
Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs with Garlic Bread
Friday: Turkey Pot Pie with Rolls
Saturday: Fish with Mac N Cheese and Peas

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Working On Me Year

This year I decided to be heathly and happier and I started working more on that this week. I started taking a multi vitamin and after a few days I am feeling great. Today I went back to the gym after avoiding it for way too long. I was only able to do 30 minutes but I figured that is a start and I will work up to an hour. I am going to go on the weekends only because the week just doesn't allow for any time at the gym but I will be still working out at home using my Dennis Austin tapes. I am also making sure I take a little time for myself each day to sit and stitch even if it's only 30 minutes. I am also back to reading, something I love to do but put aside for this reason and that reason. I started going to bed a little sooner to at least get in 3o minutes of reading at night. By doing just a little more for myself in the past couple weeks I have felt better and started feeling better about myself. This year I decided it's not about how much weight I want to lose or any other bad habit I may want to break, I just want to be healthier and happier.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Hoppin John with Corn Bread

Tuesday - Anything Goes Night (On my own Tuesday and Wednesday)

Wednesday - Anything Goes Night

Thursday - Eat Out

Friday - Steak with Vegetable and Rolls

Dessert - Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Thursday, January 1, 2009

January Stitching Goals

Ok here is what I would like to accomplish this month stitching wise.

1. Complete half of a page for Cirque des Circles. There are six pages total and my goal is to complete half a page each month to complete this piece in one year.

2. Complete Colonial Houses

3. Complete one santa from Old World Santas I

4. Participate in January Stitch A Thon

A New Year and A Finish!

I made my goal of finishing Country Cottage Needleworks The Bakery before midnight last night. This was stitched on 32ct Lugana Cocoa using DMC threads and blue beads for the muffins instead of French Knots. I started this at the end of the year 2006 and finished it on 12/31/08. I will be framing it in a black frame and hanging it in my kitchen. I have never been more glad to finish a piece and this was a simple piece but for some reason I just had a lot of hang ups on it.