Friday, December 31, 2010

WAGS Dirt-Cheap

I don't like paying full price on anything, but *especially* on cleaning products and toiletries.  My son has to use Head and Shoulders shampoo; it is usually very expensive.  Here is the deal I snagged at Walgreens todsay:

Buy 2 for $7.  I had a $2 coupon and $2.14 on a gift card (from a register reward deal gone bad earlier in the week; the manager insisted on putting the RR on a gift card when it wouldn't print).  That brought the 2 Head and Shoulders down to $2.86 plus tax.  I paid $3.36 (tax on the $7).  Then, it printed out the $2 RR, so I got 2 Head and Shoulders for $1.36, or .68 each!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

More Than Free at CVS

Pantene:          for $6.97
Colgate:                 2.99 
Tone Body Wash:  3.88
Total:                   13.84 before ECBs and coupon
After:                     7.40
ECBS Back:        12.00

I had ECBs and a coupon that brought it down to $7.40.  Then, I got back in ECBs $3 for the Tone, $2 for the Colgate, and $2 for the Pantene, PLUS $5 for buying $50 in beauty products over the course of the year I guess.  That was a surpise to me.....So, I paid OOP $7.40 and got back $12 in ECBS.  That's my kind of CVS trip!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Turkey Stroup


We had a LOT of leftover turkey this year, so I headed to Rachael Ray's site to get ideas.   Now, Rachael is the one I believe coined the word stroup.   It is a cross between a soup and a stew.   I modified a recipe of hers, leaving out celery and ravioli (of all things).  Here it is:
  • 1 quart of chicken stock
  • shredded turkey
  • onion
  • carrots
  • bay leaf
  • chopped up broccoli stalk (in lieu of celery)
  • noodle shells
  • poultry seasoning
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
I sauteed the onions, carrots, and broccoli stalks in 5 Tblsp. olive oil.  Then I added the stock, turkey, crushed tomatoes, bay leaf, seasoning, and noodle shells.  I cooked it for 30 minutes on low once it came to a boil.  There is enough for 4 or 5 meals.  (remove bay leaf before eating)

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Cats on Tuesday

For more cat stories, go to Gattina's.  Thumper has been to the vet twice in the last two weeks for urinating issues.  When he first came back after spending a night, his brother Humpty Dumpty would not have anything to do with him.  After about 3 days, he came around. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cats on Tuesday

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3 Felines plus me.  You can't see me, but Snowflake is against my leg.  Right after I took this picture, she decided Thumper was too close, and she chased him down.  Later she came back, of course.

I am now having to close my computer when I don't use it because Snowflake has decided it is warmer than the printer.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Publix:$106 for $63

The above is $106.27 worth of groceries for $63.47.  I had $16.10 in coupons and $26.70 in Special Price Savings.  My greatest steal was 10 boxes of Mueller's pasta.  They were 2for$1.29 and I used 10 .55 coupons, making them .19 each!

10 Mueller's pasta
bag of Idaho potatoes
bag of sweet potatoes
2 boxes Orville Reddenbacher popcorn
Greenwise Organic Milk and Eggs
2 boxes Ritz crackers
1 carton sour cream
2 pkgs. cream cheese
pack of 2 sponges
1 bag Pedigree dog food
1 container Comet cleanser
1 bag coffee filters
1 bag Pedigree snacks
1 bag Splenda
1 container Publix lunchmeat
2 cans Swanson beef broth
3 cans Glory vegetables
1 box Minute Rice
1 bottle Draino

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


My baby Thumper is in the hospital overnight.  He has had trouble urinating, so we are waiting on the results of the urinalysis.

Update:  Thumper came home after a night in the hospital.  He had feline urinary syndrome (or some such thing).  He and all the others are now on a special (i.e., expensive) vet food for bladder health.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cats on Tuesday

The boys Thumper and Humpty Dumpty helping with wrapping gifts for the Angel Tree.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Cats on Tuesday

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Above:  Thumper

Below:  Minnie

Below:  Snowflake

Above:  Lovey in his Christmas collar

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cats on Tuesday

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Lovey checking out the dishes BEFORE they are washed~~

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday CVS Steals: $.01

I do not do Black Friday; I have no one to buy for except my son and my parents.  I can not stand crowds.  However, I will go out to CVS to take advantage of their deals.  Above represents $30.95 worth of products after my coupons.  I got back $30.94 in ECBs.  I promptly went back in and, using some of those ECBs, got this for $.65:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cats on Tuesday

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My sweet boys, Humpty Dumpty and Thumper

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cats on Tuesday

Cats on Tuesday are cat lovers who write about their cats once a week.  For more, go to Gattina's

Above, Humpty Dumpty and Thumper, my blood brothers.  Notice the difference in their paws. On the left, ordinary paw; on the right, massive paw!

Here's a close-up if you need it.  Can you believe they were from the same litter???

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Typical Saturday

When my son has his guitar lesson on Saturday mornings, I retreat to my bedroom to work on lesson plans for the upcoming week.  This is pretty typical of what happens.  From top left:  Minnie, Snowflake, Humpty Dumpty, Thumper, and Lovey in the forefront.  The only one missing is Miles; he was on the floor on his pillow.  What can I say?  They LOVE MOMMA

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans' Day

Today in the United States we celebrate Veterans' Day in honor of all those who have protected, served, and those who have given their lives to keep America free.  I am remembering my close family members who served:

  • My dad, Staff Sgt. Holland R. Williams (USAF RET)
  • My brother, Lt. Col. Myron E. Willliams (USAF RET)
  • My uncle, Lt. Commander James E. Williams (USN Deceased)
  • My cousin Lt. Col. Michael E. Williams (USMC RET/VIETNAM VET helicopter pilot)
  • My cousin, Lt. Commader Cynthia E. Williams (USN RET)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cats on Tuesday

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Here, Miles thinks he is King of my bed.  He's in my spot. 

Here he and his MORTAL enemy, Thumper, are a bit too close.  I will never understand how they can spit and fight one minute and have a truce the next.  Make no mistakes, they are NOT friendly towards each other at all.  It's more of a tolerance.

Happy Birthday!

Today my dad is 83 years young!  Happy Birthday, Dad!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cats on Tuesday

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Above:  Humpty Dumpty and Minnie--This is very rare for Minnie to get up here. 

Above:  Minnie in the freshly laundered dog bed--

Above:  This is one of my favorite pictures of Thumper.  He is such a sweetie!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cats on Tuesday

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I haven't posted the brothers together recently, so here are some pictures I took over the weekend of Humpty Dumpty and Thumper on my bed.  Humpty makes a good pillow, I suppose.

I love the one below here where Thumper's head is squished into Humpty's stomach.  So sweet!

See his little thumb sticking up in the above picture?

                                      Lovey lovin' on Matthew's shoes----He says they make a good headrest.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cats on Tuesday

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Lovey shaving with Matthew.  In reality, Lovey has this water obsession, so he was waiting for water to be turned on.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cats on Tuesday

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I think this says it all:  I was trying to take a nap Sunday afternoon and this happened:

From left:  Thumper and Lovey, Humpty Dumpty on my legs, and Miles and Snowflake at the top.  Minnie was nowhere to be seen. I think this is precious!