Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Have you heard fo NoTakeOut?

NoTakeOut Plans Your Dinner Menu So You Don't Have To

Are you resolving to eat better and save money in 2010 by cutting down on carry-out? Put down the takeout menu and step away from the telephone. Meal-planning web site NoTakeOut has your back.

Introducing Dried Beans Into Your Diet

Beans, Beans They’re Good For Your…Wallet! | Frugal Dad

2010 is as good a year as any to get the finances back on track and start eating better for you. One food that has been around forever in many forms are beans. There are tons of types and almost all are like little pockets of low fat protein, perfect for your healthy eating plan. The other great news is that they are also extremely cheap, especially if purchased dried. I know the idea of preparing beans from dried may sound like hard work but it really is not.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I Won! I Won!

Here's the message I found in my Inbox yesterday morning:

Congratulations! You won the Treat Bag Download from Elle's Studio. I hope you enjoy! Thanks so much for reading my blog! -- Cindy www.skiptomylou.org

And here's what I won:


Monday, December 21, 2009

Junior Church

Birthday Party for Jesus.
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Supermarkets & Grocery Store AD's

Weekly ads and circulars for supermarket sunday ads comparison in the grocery store.

Check the sale ads and weekly circular before you do your grocery store shopping use weekly ads to check the supermarket prices to do comparisons.
Also, before you do your supermarket shopping look for new weekly ads in your area to add before you go to the grocery store

GroceryWiz Is a Full-Featured, Grocery-List-Making Webapp

GroceryWiz Is a Full-Featured, Grocery-List-Making Webapp - Shopping - Lifehacker
It's easy to forget things grocery shopping once you're bumping elbows with the masses. GroceryWiz is an easy to use, fully customizable webapp that keeps your weekly grocery needs in check.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blue Cheese Muffins

Welcome to Weight Watchers

Muffin Week kicks off with this cheesy number. Not a fan of blue cheese? Try shredded parmesan, provolone, gruyere or extra-sharp cheddar instead.

1 Week Till Christmas: Prepare to be a Guest in Someone Else’s Home

Travel Tips for the Holidays

With Christmas Day a mere seven days away, many of you might be heading out of town soon. Your weekend plans may be laundry, packing, and closing up the home for the next few days.

Chuck Roast Recipe

Stuff The Freezer: Chuck Roast | OAMC from Once A Month Mom
When you think of making a roast, what is the first thing that comes to mind? It is probably a traditional pot roast with potatoes and carrots. I love that, but a roast is a very versatile meat that I think is often overlooked. My favorite type of roast is a chuck roast, which is probably the juiciest and most flavorful of all. It is also very economical, which is important to me. I always buy my meat in large quantities when it is on sale, so it is important to have some things in mind of what I am going to do with it before I buy. That way I know how much to purchase. If I only make pot roast I won’t stock up too much, and then I will have to wait for the next sale to buy more.

Mini Calendar Magnets

This is an awesome last minute stocking stuffer or basket filler!

Little Birdie Secrets: mini calendar magnets

Thursday, December 17, 2009

From List Plan It: List of Fun Things To Do With Your Kids During the Holiday Break

List of Fun Things to Do with your Kids during the Holiday Break | ListPlanIt
As our kids finish up the last days of school before the holiday break, we may find ourselves wondering how we will make it through the next 2 weeks with such lively, wound-up children. It is winter so in many places in the U.S., it is cold. Sure, the kids may go outside for an hour or so each day to play in the snow, but what about the rest of the day? Here are some activities both in the home and out of the home that you may want to schedule or keep in mind for some fun.

B1G1 Free Special K Cereal

Printable Coupon: B1G1 Free Special K Cereal
Register here and you’ll be able to print a B1G1 Free coupon for Special K cereal! This coupon will make for a great deal when Special K is on sale.

From Skip to My Lou: Goody Bag Giveaway

Goody Bag Giveaway

Wouldn't you love to win a free download for these adorable gift bags?


From ListPlanIt: List of Fun Things to Do with your Kids during the Holiday Break

List of Fun Things to Do with your Kids during the Holiday Break | ListPlanIt
As our kids finish up the last days of school before the holiday break, we may find ourselves wondering how we will make it through the next 2 weeks with such lively, wound-up children. It is winter so in many places in the U.S., it is cold. Sure, the kids may go outside for an hour or so each day to play in the snow, but what about the rest of the day? Here are some activities both in the home and out of the home that you may want to schedule or keep in mind for some fun.

Kindle for PC? Cool!

Kindle for PC

Have you ever used Kindle? Want to "try before you buy?" Here's your chance to download the popular software that imports books to a handheld reader. There is also a download of the Kindle software for iPhone/iPod Touch, available in the App Store. I have 11 books in my account they were all available for free.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Once A Month Mom No Cook Recipes | OAMC from Once A Month Mom

Once A Month Mom No Cook Recipes | OAMC from Once A Month Mom

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tea Infused Hot Chocolate? Not sure about this one. . .

Definitely Try This! Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
Want to add a little twist to your mug of cocoa tonight? Since it started getting chilly outside, we've been experimenting with steeping various teas in our hot chocolate and getting surprisingly delicious results. Peppermint and sweet vanilla teas are only the beginning!

Google Year-End Countdown Easter Egg

Google Year-End Countdown Easter Egg | Smarterware

Just found out about a neat Google Easter Egg for the New Year: on the Google homepage, click on the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button with nothing in the search box, to see a live countdown of seconds left in 2009. They should have linked the seconds number to a “seconds in days” calculator search to let people know what it is. Time marches on. Thanks, Nom de Guerre!

Five Ways to Make Giving Meaningful for Kids

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Five Ways to Make Giving Meaningful for Kids
from daveramsey.com on 15 Dec 2009

Christmas can easily get way too materialistic for you and the kids if all you do is buy stuff. Here are some ways to teach your children (or nieces and nephews) valuable lessons about the non-material things that really matter.

Christmas Cruch Treat Recipe--So Cute for Gifts!

Christmas Crunch Treat Recipe | Blissfully Domestic

This Christmas treat is quick-and-easy to make.  Make double the recipe because it will disappear quickly!

Fish Mama's Cocoa Brownies--Yummy!

This is a delicious and versatile recipe from Fish Mama over at Good Cheap Eats! Enjoy!

Good (&CHEAP) Eats

I love brownies. But, frankly I consider it ridiculous what they charge for a box of brownie mix. I rarely even find it worth the price with a coupon. Instead I make my own mixes. I make several at once to stash in the pantry. But, this recipe is just as delicious mixed fresh, too. You get to choose.

We tried it this week with marshmellows and chocolate chips stirred in. I wasn't sure what would happen. I can now safely report that it's not a great idea. They kind of melt and don't give it that rocky road texture I was hoping for.

Quick Chicken Cutlets

Quick Chicken Cutlets Recipe | Quick Meals | Family Fun
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts -- sometimes called cutlets -- are a boon to family chefs, a perennial kid favorite, and easy for a parent and child to prepare together. They taste great served fresh from the pan and dipped in our homemade honey mustard sauce.

Turkey and Vegetable Chili from the Biggest Loser Website!

The Biggest Loser | NBC Official Site
Serves 4


For the chili:
1-½ tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, medium diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small red chili, seeded and small diced
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 large carrot, peeled and small diced
1 large celery stalk, medium diced
1 small yellow bell pepper, seeded and medium dice
12 ounces 1% lean ground turkey
4 medium size ripe tomatoes, medium diced
8 oz cooked white or black beans
4 cups baby spinach
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup plain fat free Greek style yogurt
Micro cilantro to garnish, (can substitute with chopped chives or chopped cilantro)


* Place a large saute pan over medium high heat, then drizzle with the oil.
* Add the onion, garlic, and red chili and sauté for 2 minutes, or until tender.
* Sprinkle the cumin over the onion mix and stir well, then add the carrot, celery, and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the vegetables begin to get tender.
* In a separate saute pan, brown the turkey in the remaining oil over medium high heat, then transfer to the vegetable mix.
* Add the tomatoes and the beans and cook for a further 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the tomatoes have broken down and most of the liquid has evaporated.
* Stir in the spinach and remove from the heat.
* Season the chili to taste with freshly ground black pepper
* Spoon the chili into serving dishes
* Spoon a tablespoon of the yogurt onto each garnish with the micro cilantro and serve.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 280
Total Fat 7g
Sat Fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 35mg
Sodium 120mg
Total Carb 28g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugar 7g
Protein 29g

Chef Curtis Stone's Turkey Chili Recipe. . .from the Biggest Loser

Chef Curtis Stone's Biggest Loser turkey chili recipe
Chef Curtis Stone whipped up turkey chili for Danny and his family.

On the second-to-last episode of season 8's Biggest Loser, celebrity chef Curtis Stone visited Danny's house while he was back in Oklahoma for 60 days, and there Curtis made the family turkey chili, which he served in baked potatoes topped with nonfat yogurt.

The New Rules of Thank You Card Writing

Giving Thanks: The New Rules of Thank You Note Writing - DivineCaroline
Giving Thanks: The New Rules of Thank You Note Writing
By: Vicki Santillano (View Profile)

In the age of emails and texts, receiving something in the mail that isn’t a credit card offer or bill is a rare but welcome occurrence. Handwritten notes sent via snail mail have the ability to brighten up anyone’s day—even more so when they’re sent in appreciation or gratitude. Yet even though thank you notes are almost always met with joy, they seem to be a dying art.

The truth is, etiquette just isn’t what it used to be. These days, we’re lucky if we get a phone call or email acknowledging a given gift, let alone an actual note card. But with the advent of technology making snail mail seem obsolete, have the rules concerning thank you notes changed?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Get more out of your moblie number with Google Voice!

Salty Snow Prints--Crafty!

Salty SnowFun Crafts for Kids: How to Make Salty Snow Prints | Blissfully Domestic
There's not a whole lot of snow here in Texas, but I'm of the mindset that if you have lemons you should make lemonade! No snow you say? That's no reason not to have a White Christmas as long as you have some salt on hand. Our Advent Art Activity for the 9th day of December was making salty snow prints. I got the idea from an amazing "friend" and fellow crafty Momma, Val from Frugal Family Fun Blog

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chocolate Crinkles

Chocolate Crinkles | Blissfully Domestic
Chocolate Crinkles

By Malia on December 12, 2009

12 days of Christmas cookies, chocolate crinklesThis is a fairly recent favorite holiday cookie for our family. They are really simple chocolate cookies but, they taste amazing. They're so easy and impressive that they kind of remind me of that old Rice Krispies Treats commercial where the mom hangs out in the kitchen after making the treats and then finally takes them to her family only after dusting herself with flour and making herself "look" exhausted.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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Add your child's photo for a video with Santa

Discover Who Made Santa's List | Disney Family.com

Santa's Personalized Video Message

Give your child a thrill this Christmas— put them on Santa's Nice List! Just upload his or her name and photo and receive a personalized video message from Santa! Create your video now!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women

The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women : Girls Gone Wise
Forbes recently published their list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. In assembling the list, they looked for women who run countries, big companies or influential nonprofits. Their rankings are a combination of two scores: visiblity (by number of press mentions), and the size of the organization of country these women lead.

At number 1, for the fourth consecutive year, is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair, who remains in the No. 2 spot, has presided over the orderly takeover of 77 banks so far this year. Chief Executives Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, (No. 3), Cynthia Carroll of Anglo American, (No. 4) and Irene Rosenfeld of Kraft Foods (No. 6) rank among the world’s most powerful businesswomen and are tasked with steering their companies through unusually challenging times. Queen Rania of Jordan, at number 76, is the perhaps the most listened-to woman in the Middle East.

Trying to come up with a list of the world’s most powerful women begs the question of what “power” is all about. Forbes asked nine female leaders in big business and influential nonprofits to share their reflections on “power.” Here’s what they had to say:

* “Confidence is Power” - Lauie Ann Goldman, CEO, Spanx
* “Power is the ability to create change in the world” - Tensie Whelan, Executive Director, Rainforest Alliance
* Power is not being tied to any person or any thing. “If a deal or a relationship does not make sense, I can walk.” - Lynn Tilton, CEO, Patriarch Partners
* “Power is one’s ability to inspire positive change…to impact the global village.” - Tina Sharkey, Chariman and Global President, BabyCenter
* Power is confronting “the demons that prevent us as human beings from living up to our full potential.” - Cheryl Dorsey, MD, President, Echoing Green
* Power is about having choices. - Karen Wickre, Senior Manager of Global Communications & Public Affairs, Google.
* “I feel powerful by being able to influence others in a positive way.” - Missy Robbins, Executive Chef, A Voce Madison and A Voce Columbus
* “I do consider myself to be a powerful woman…having [a] person believe in you is very empowering.” - Deanna Kangas, CEO of Stila Cosmetics
* Power is having “the ability to change the world in powerful ways through collaborative and collective efforts.” - Linda Avey, Co[Founder and Co-President, 23and ME

Reading through the Forbes list, and the reflections of these nine “powerful” women made me think how very differently things work in the economy of God. For the Christian woman, “power” has an entirely different meaning. “Power” is not about chipping our way to the top of Forbes list. It’s all about the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ is “the power of God.” Paul proclaimed that he would never shrink away from proclaiming that fact. (Romans 1:16)

So what does power look like in a Christian woman’s life? It looks very, very different than the world’s idea of power. For the Christian woman, power is knowing Christ and the power of his resurrection and sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. (Philippians 3:10) Power is not about attaining confidence, prominence, influence, having choices, being the head of a government or having a CEO position in a company. Power is living a cross-centered life. Power is dying to sin and living to righteousness. Power is laying down our lives for the sake of the gospel. Power is humility, and service, and self-sacrifice, and often involves suffering and shame. It’s “sharing in Christ’s sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” That’s a radical thought.

So if I were to put together a list of the world’s 100 most powerful women, my list would look very different than Forbes. At the top would be my mom, who at age 81 still invites “those young folks without families” over for Sunday dinner, and who spends hours each day praying for every family member, church and government leaders, and a whole host of other things too.

Number 2 might be Ann Gill, who has been so faithful distributing her tasty homemade apple pies to those who need encouragement. She is the “Aaron” holding up the arms of many a Moses.

Number 3 could possibly be my friend Vanessa, who at age 21, quit college to stay at home to care for a mom with a brain tumor and a firefighter dad with lung cancer.

Number 4 might be the woman whose name I can’t remember right now who volunteers countless hours running the children’s Sunday school program.

Number 5 might be Carol, working with the women at the pregnancy counseling center, or Linda, who faithfully carts bag lunches downtown to feed the homeless. And then there’s Kelly, who is struggling so hard in her marriage, who refuses to do the easy thing, but is resolved to hang in there and be faithful.

Those are some of my heroes.

I wonder who would be on God’s list of “The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World?” I suspect we wouldn’t recognize many of the names. And that few, if any, would be in visible positions of “power.” After all, who is more influential–the woman in the forefront, who runs a country? Or the woman in the background, who changes its entire course by petitioning the Lord on her knees? (See Proverbs 21:1)

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that visibility and influence are, in and of themselves, negative. It’s just that we have such a skewed idea of what power is all about. And it often makes us value and aim for the totally wrong thing. I, for one, would far rather have the power of Christ’s resurrection coursing through my veins than to occupy the number one spot on Forbes list. There is far greater glory in bearing the nails of Christ’s cross than in a having a fancy title nailed to my door. Do I want power? Yes. But not the kind the world exalts. I want to exult in the power of Christ–the power of His cross. “The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved IT is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) To me, living a cross-centered life is what it means to be a powerful woman.

© Mary A. Kassian, Girls Gone Wise. Visit Mary’s Website at: GirlsGoneWise.com

Personal Purity starts at age Seven. . .

Sexual Purity Starts at Seven : Girls Gone Wise
By the time she is sixteen, a Christian girl has a 50/50 chance of surviving life without the experiences of sexual sin, eating disorders and depression. Parents who “did everything right” can’t understand how it happened when their daughter falls on the wrong side of the stats. What they don’t know is that they may have done everything right, but started too late. The foundation for building an emotionally healthy teen girl-who stands free from the norms of an at-risk culture-is built between the ages of 8-12.

Handmade Teacher Gifts

Teacher Gifts « Skip To My Lou
Teacher Gifts
posted by cindylouh on December 2nd, 2009 | gifts for teachers, handmade gifts |

The creative Whitney of Whisker Graphics is sharing her amazing talents with us today with some beautiful printable bookplates for teachers. These bookplates will make awesome little teacher gifts-- include a popular book store gift card to make it even better.

Complimentary Photo with Santa THIS WEEKEND!

Oranizing a Successful Holiday Event

Old Fashioned Tips: Checklist for Organizing a Successful Holiday Event
Checklist for Organizing a Successful Holiday Event

Any event worth doing is worth doing well. And the biggest inside secret to organizing is.... PLANNING.

Easy Fringe Fleece Scarf Tutorial

Easy Fringe Fleece Scarf Tutorial | Make and Takes
Easy Fringe Fleece Scarf Tutorial

by Marie on September 29, 2009

This fleece scarf is as fun to make as it is to wear. It’s a great first-time-sewing project and perfect for the upcoming winter season. I made these with Halloween colors to help keep us warm as we trick-or-treat!

Sandwich Style Homemade Bread

NorPro Loaf Pan | The Happy Housewife™
My long loaf pans, how I love them. I initially bought them for sandwich loaves but now I use them for everything. I purchased mine at a Farmer’s Market, but since not all of you live near Harrisonburg, VA, I finally found a link.

25 Days of FREE Holiday Songs

Many thanks to Deal Seeking Mom for this gem! ~Andrea

Amazon: 25 Days of FREE Holiday Songs
Every day in December leading up to Christmas, you’ll be able to download a new holiday song from Amazon. That’s 25 days of free music!

A peek at this year’s free tunes include:

* Tori Amos’ “Snow Angel”
* Lady Gaga’s “Christmas Tree”
* Casting Crowns’ “Joy to the World”

Check back each day to download your free songs!

How to Cook Perfect Scrambled Eggs Every Time!

How to Cook Perfect Scrambled Eggs Every Time :: Five J's
Science has always fascinated me, and the science of food is no exception. That's why two of my favorite cookbooks are Alton Brown's I'm Just Here for the Food (about cooking) and I'm Just Here for More Food (about baking).

His books aren't just cookbooks though; they're chock full of great information about the 'how' and 'why' of cooking. They make an excellent curriuculm for a home ec class, so I'm using them both to help me teach my kids a little cooking this month during our 'lightly-scheduled' December term.

Leftover Mashed Potato Soup

Leftover Mashed Potato Soup — Kingdom First Mom
I was craving soup tonight after a wet and chilly day in North Texas. Wanting something simple yet hearty, creamy potato soup is always a favorite in my home.

However, I was not in the mood to peel and boil potatoes. With a fridge still full of leftovers, I decided to do the lazy frugal thing and utilize my Thanksgiving mashed potatoes! Reducing waste is a key factor in a frugal lifestyle. So why not repurpose those leftovers?

Ribbon Wreath Plates

Pile Treats on these Ribbon Wreath Plates | Make and Takes
During the Holidays, our neighbors and friends tend to be the recipients of our baking and candy making. Here’s a fun way to share your Holiday treats with these Ribbon Wreath Plates, because we all know the Holidays are a little more special with yummy treats.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Back to the Basics of Christmas

Personal Finance Newsletter - Dave Ramsey's December 2009 Newsletter
No matter what your budget is this Christmas, remember to be thankful. Take a deep breath in the middle of all this craziness.

You might have a lot. You might have a little. If you are driving a beater, be thankful for that beater. You would rather drive that than walk, wouldn't you? There is always something to be thankful for.

Christmas Eve Shortcut Cinnamon Buns

Don't remember where I got this one, but they are YUMMY!


Christmas Eve Shortcut Cinnamon Buns

Makes 20 buns

These are made the night before and popped in the oven Christmas morning when the kids are attacking their stockings!

  • 20 unbaked frozen dinner rolls (Bridgeport is a brand I have used)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding m
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Lightly grease a 10 inch bundt cake pan. Place frozen rolls into the pan and sprinkle with brown sugar, the pudding mix, and cinnamon. Pour melted butter over the top. If you don't have a bundt pan, you can use a muffin tin, but they turn out better in a bundt pan.

Cover with a clean, damp cloth and leave overnight at room temperature to rise.

In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls for 25 minutes, until golden brown. Turn rolls out onto a serving plate and dig in!

Five Ways to Tackle Holiday Stress

Five Ways to Tackle Holiday Stress | Blissfully Domestic
We're full swing into the holidays now, and while it is a wondrous time of year, it can also bring with it a heap of stress. Here are some tried and true ways to keep the problems at a minimum so you can enjoy the season to the max!

With parents involved, overweight kids can keep weight off

Spend More Time With the Kids and Less Money This Christmas

As the stores fill with toys and more and more holiday catalogues arrive daily in the mail, many parents find themselves inundated with outrageous holiday gift requests from their kids.

Focus on What Matters This Holiday | Parenting | Disney Family.com

NEWSFLASH: $35, Best Seats to See 'Phantom' in Durham, 40% OFF

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Available ticket levels:
- Front Balcony ... $35 (reg. $57-$62)
- Orchestra/Grand Tier ... $50 (reg. $77-$82)

Orchestra/Grand Tier seats are $35 for Thursday matinee

"The Phantom of the Opera" has won seven Tony Awards
including Best Musical and holds the title as the longest-
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