Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Here is a picture of some of the items that I have purchased from infomercials over the years or purchased at a store from the "As Seen On TV" aisle.
In the picture above you will see:
A Bravetti Deep Fryer. It claims to fry food so fast the grease doesn't have time to soak in. I have used it. It does a nice job with deep frying. It's just a pain to clean.
The Turbo Cooker. It promised to take food from frozen to fabulously cooked in 15 minutes and make it healthy too. I used it quite a bit for a while. You can cook your meat on the bottom and your veggies on the rack all at the same time and cleanup is a snap. I just pulled it out of a cabinet. I forgot I had it. oops
Hip Hop Abs dvd's.... hahhhahhhaaaaahhhhhaaaaahhaaaa. Ohhhh, my abs hurt from laughing so hard at myself. I'm sure they would work, if I would do them.
The Listen Up. I did not buy this item. Buster thought it would be funny to buy this for me. No, I don't listen in on people's conversation at the park or over the fence. But if I ever need it I know I have one. I'm mad because now they came out with one that hooks on the ear and looks like a headset from a cell phone. I want that one!
The Scunci Steamer. It promises to steam all the germs, gunk, mildew and stains from your belongings and home. I've used it a few times. It's OK. I'll give it that.
The Ped Egg. This is the only one I wish I hadn't bought. It will take your feet from Bad to Worse in no time. I'm not a fan of this product. Use with caution and have a tourniquet handy.
The Swivel Sweeper. With little effort you can sweep under furniture and between hard to reach places. Those rotating blades do all the work for you. It has a rechargeable battery. This was purchased for me as well. My Mom has one and liked hers so she got me one. I like it and use it all the time.
So you can see I loves me some infomercials. But, I'm living more frugally this year. So I'll keep surfing on to the next channel when I see an infomercial, but that Shamwow is really looking tempting.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I've checked out several books from the library (reading the frugal way - no buying - just borrowing).
These are the books I've checked out and mostly read/skimmed/glanced over....
Living Rich for Less by Ellie Kay
Frugal Luxuries by Tracy McBride
The Frugal Woman's Guide to a Rich Life. Edited by Stacia Ragolia
The one I found the most helpful is The Frugal Woman's Guide to a Rich Life.
I read this idea and have used it now for a couple of weeks. It works. So I'm sharing it with you...
* Purchase a small bottle of generic liquid fabric softener.
* Put one cup of the softener in a container
with one cup of water.
* Place the lid back on and give it a little shake.
* Cut a 4x6" sponge into four squares.
* Soak the sponge(s) in the mixture.
* Throw an unsqueezed sponge in the dryer
with your clothes.
* Placed the dried sponge back in the mixture.
I realize this is such inspiring photography. Sponges floating in fabric softener sitting on top of my dryer. Sorry, I just like having a picture with my post. Breaks up all those words. [and for the visual learners among us....I need pictures. :)]I know I've posted about fabric softener before, but I read this and like this idea so much better than the vinegar one.
Check out my other Blurbs:
How to save on your electric bill:
Blurb from the Burbs III
How to save on lunch meat:
Blurb from the Burbs II
If you have a frugal idea, let me know. I'd love to read it.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Meet Amanda Tapley. Amanda is the current Miss Alabama. Right now she is in Las Vegas, NV competing in the Miss America pageant.
When we lived in Alabama, Amanda's Aunt Karen was my neighbor. I got to know and admire this family and treasure their friendship.
Amanda is truly a beautiful young woman inside and out. I wish you all could meet her.
Tomorrow night on TLC (Friday 1/23/09) the final show of Countdown to the Crown is airing. During this show America will be able to help vote in 15 finalist into the Miss America Pageant. The Pageant is on Saturday Night.
Amanda did her talent competition yesterday and came in 2nd place. You should hear her play the piano. She has also been selected in the top 3 for a community service award.
If you will, I would appreciate you voting for Amanda tomorrow night. If you can take one minute and do that. I know this post is targeted at bloggers here in the states. But if you live in another country, please say a prayer for Amanda and I know God has big plans for her life no matter what happens on Saturday.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Yesterday Betty at Keeper of the Skies posted a recipe for Lumpia. I have never heard of Lumpia, much less made it. I decided to give it a try for our dinner last night.
My little family loved it. Leah helped me roll them. They are full of chopped vegetables. My kids did not even notice the veggies!!! You can probably put any kind of veggie you want in there. Buster won't eat onions so I didn't put those in and I didn't put the spouts in mine. I put green bell pepper and cabbage in along with the other ingredients Betty had listed. Go to Betty's blog. She has step-by-step pictures posted along with the recipe for Lumpia.
So Betty I'm awarding you this Happy Pig Award for your Lumpia Recipe.
I would also like to award the Happy Pig to TracyP for leading us all into temptation during Christmas. Her Christmas Cookie Exchange was lots of fun. I tried a couple of the recipes listed on there. We loved them and my neighbors did too.
Thanks Betty and TracyP.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17 (NIV)
How are you with World Geography? I just did this drag and drop map of the Middle East to see if I could place the countries in the correct place. Let's just say....I need to study before I take this one again. It doesn't keep score, but I figured out pretty quick how unknowledgeable (dumb) I am in trying to place some of these countries.
Go check it out and let me know how you did.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I'm stretching my little blogger brain and branching out. I've had blogger envy since the first day I stepped into this world of blogging, but haven't mustered up the courage to do anything about it.
In my mind I'm thinking.....○○○What a great segue. The construction looking art post followed up with this blog renovation post. I didn't even plan this.
Sorry, back to the post....
TracyP revealed one of her online haunts where she does digital scrapbooking and makes incredible pages. So I got to thinking maybe I could create a new header on scrapblog.com. So this is what I came up with.
Then, Allison the Displaced Texan in Germany has sweetly offered to help some lost blogger souls with some sprucing up and new headers. She is very creative as you can see from her blog. Anyway, we are collaborating on a new background.
So stay tuned and excuse the mess.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Remember that word 'DEEPER' that I'm using this year. Well this is part of it. I want to memorize more scripture.
Another Beth at Be Still Beth is hosting an accountability group. Since Beth Moore's blog has more than 3000 people listed as participants she decided to make a smaller, more intimate group that could be accountable to each other.
This is late, but I'm posting it and will post again on the 15th of the month. But the scripture I'm working on right now is:
Psalm 119:1-2 NIV
Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are they who keep His statutes
and seek Him with all their heart.
Join us at Be Still Beth's blog and challenge yourself to memorize scripture this year. It will be fun to do it together.
Friday, January 9, 2009
This is a book you need to read this year.
A friend suggested I read it. She didn't really give an explanation of the book. Just said "you need to read it".
So on her recommendation I went to the Library. It was checked out. I reserved it. I finally got the notice it was my turn to read the book.
What I didn't realize it was my turn to share in the personal life of an actual Texas family and a homeless man. This book is written very honest and straight forward. There are two authors and each writes a chapter to tell the same true story from their perspective.
This is definitely a book that I had to read with a box of tissues. But I promise if you read it you will not regret it. It has opened my eyes to see things more compassionately. It has changed my views on some issues. It is a challenging book.
The book title is:
Same kind of different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
Publisher Thomas Nelson
If you read it, come back and let me know your thoughts.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Last evening as I was putting the finishing touches on our home cooked supper, Buster was standing in the kitchen pouring himself a glass of Diet Pepsi.
He "sweetly" asked...
"You been bloggin all day?".
I promptly said "NO"
As he was lifting his glass to take the first swallow... I continued....
"I started a Facebook account today".
He proceeded to choke on the first swallow.
I know what he was thinking....
GREAT! NOW I'M COMPLETELY SURE I WILL NEVER HAVE ANY CLEAN UNDERWEAR!
Don't worry Buster, I'll throw in a load now and then. I promise.
So what do you think about Facebook. Do you have an account?
Do you use it a lot? What do you like or not like about it?
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
YES, today JANUARY 4TH is my MY BIRTHDAY. I am forty thr thr thr three. There I said it.
WAKE UP THERE'S MORE GARDENS TO SEE - WE'RE ONLY ON ACRE ONE! Let's go:
I'll give you a quick background on Miss Ima Hogg (1882-1975) if you aren't familiar with her. Her home was built in 1927. She was the only daughter of James Hogg. He was governor of the State of Texas in 1881. She never married, but was known as a collector and philanthropist during her life and she was just flat out stinkin rich!
Here are some pictures of Miss Ima Hogg's beautiful gardens. Keep in mind it is January and in just a couple of months these pictures would be exploding with color, but it is a beautiful place to see no matter what time of year.
[why did I forget to suck in my stomach???] dadgummit
The camellias were blooming and some azaleas:
Paige and Leah finally got Buster up. I'll only post a couple of more pictures....Hang in there with me. Remember it's MY birthday!
One of the corners of Miss Ima's house:
Our tour had come to an end - time to cross that bridge, get back to the car and have lunch:
So we headed off to California Pizza Kitchen where I enjoyed a scrumptious pizza covered in Goat Cheese/Roasted Red Pepper/Grilled Eggplant and caramelized onions. Needless to say I didn't have to share with anyone. hehehe.
THEN, on the way home (No we don't live next door to Miss Ima) we're pretty close to our house when we stop at a red light; then start to go when it turned green and something did not sound right or feel right. WE HAD A FLAT TIRE.
Thankfully we were off the busy interstate and on a street in our community close to a grocery store parking lot. We limped in. While Buster took care of our tire problem, the girls and I went into the grocery store. Paige and Leah snuck into the bakery and bought me the cake that you see at the top of this post. I was off looking at goat cheese or something.
I know this is a long post, but I only turn 43 once. [unless I decide to turn it again a few more times. That is a woman's prerogative] So thanks for hangin in there with me as I chronicled my special day.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
We went to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at our Church.
Plenty of Love and Hugs for everyone (including Libby).
Paige got a Sock Monkey for Christmas...Buster got socks for Christmas. This is his imitation of Sock Monkey using his new black socks.
We feel so blessed to have a loving family and so happy that both sets of grandparents came to spend Christmas with us. We had a great time together.