The Seedtastic bread is $3.99 at my Aldi and the Dave’s bread was $6.99 at my Sprouts.
These are not low cost breads by any means. And if seeds are a digestive problem for you, this bread is not for you either.
Only my husband and I are eating this and we really like it. It has 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per slice.
Eating 2 pieces for breakfast keeps us full until lunch.
This is a dense type bread- it may be fine for sandwiches but we’ve only had it toasted so far.
We toast it on the griddle that came on our gas stove we bought 4 years ago. I never used this griddle until our toaster oven broke. Now I use it several times a week and it makes the best toast and toasted sandwiches.
I have more counter room with the toaster oven gone too.
So it was a win-win situation but I feel a bit silly for not trying the griddle sooner.
We are retired and on days like today when we don’t have grandchildren here, we eat when we feel like it.
Hello everyone, first I want to thank everyone who read and signed up for Fetch Rewards. I almost have enough points to cash for a $50 gift certificate. I’ve done a number of points programs since the internet started and Fetch truly is the easiest.
I posted earlier that I put up a St. Patrick’s Day tree but I didn’t post a photo.
I had an emailed coupon code from Olive Garden so we tried their catering. We ordered 1/2 gallon each of 2 kinds of soup and salad for 6 and 12 breadsticks. It was packed so nice and everything was delicious. We enjoyed soup and salad every day for a week for about $40.
Sewing- I used scraps and remnants to cut out some baby bibs and burp cloths.
They are for our son’s college friend who is having her first baby soon.
Aren’t there so many cute baby fabric prints in stores?
I made a St. Patrick’s bracelet for my mom. Green has always been her favorite color too.
My to do list for this week- shortly after I made it Monday morning.
My manicure is Impress press on nails- they work best for me and I get compliments on them often,
The heritage of our new puppy is mystery and he is growing much bigger than we or the veterinarian expected him to. He outgrew his small food and water bowls. Instead of buying bigger ones, he is using some Pyrex bowls that are not part of any of my sets. Use what you have!
We all like pudding and gelatin cups. I use 5 ounce portion cups from Amazon because they are so convenient.
But when my budget was tighter, I made in reusable juice glasses or plastic containers.
We like the Aldi and Royal brand gelatin and puddings justvas much as the more expensive Jello brand.
I recently made a quadruple batch of freezer biscuits from the King Arthur site.
They are so delicious and we like being able to bake a few at a time and have fresh biscuits at breakfast.
Fetch Rewards is a new program, like Ibotta, but much simpler.
All you do is scan in your receipt from whatever store you shop at, within 2 weeks, and points are added to your account. You earn 200 points for every receipt. If you buy any of the 250 or so featured products. You’ll get even more points.
You can cash in with as few as 3000 points for things like Amazon cards, restaurant cards, etc.
I got the app on Sunday and then I rounded up my last 2 weeks of receipts.
Below you can see where I scanned in my receipts from the last 2 weeks when I got the Fetch app.
If you sign up under me, you will get 2000 points and I’ll get 2000 points.
You don’t have to join under me though.
My referral code is
I have my FetchRewards app on my iPad but it work on any smart phone or tablet as long it has a camera.
I’m feeling the need to get back to my organized habits so I made a pretty to do list for this week.
As always, it’s just notebook paper on a clipboard, decorated with rubber stamps. It hangs in my kitchen where it’s easy to keep track of and check off tasks as they get done.
For several reasons, we were finally able to celebrate Christmas with our family party. It was in our home Friday night, 15 adults and 8 children.
To make it easier, we tried having the meal catered. I ordered it from Chipotle and it turned out to be a great decision. I selected a meal for 20, which is the smallest size meal they cater, and I upgraded it to 3 meats instead of the standard 2.
It included everything we needed- rice, beans, meats, chips, tortillas and shells, so many toppings along with the warming stands, utensils, bowls, instructions.....they even included matches for the Sterno heaters.
The food was all delicious.
Clean up was easy and there were a few leftovers that we enjoyed for the next few days.
Yes it was more expensive to have takeout than scratch cooking but for the price, it was worth it to us to be able to enjoy our family party instead of being busy and tired with cooking. We won’t do it every family meal but for big events like this, we will have catering again.
It was busy, fun party and I took only a very few photos.
Here are our 3youngest grands enjoying the fresh fruit tray that my brother and his girlfriend brought.
RJ is 1, Charlie and Jackson are 2.
Eating fruit is fun, especially when you have a fork in each hand like Charlie or get to use the tongs like Jackson.
I had a good size stack of Christmas themed fabric, so for the last few weeks, I’ve been sewing up reusable, fabric gift sacks, to wrap future Christmas gifts in.
I used only fabric and trim I already had.
They are assorted sizes, since some of my fabric was scraps, I let the fabric decide what size each bag should big,
I think there are 27 finished bags, from small to extra large.
When I put gifts in them, I will tie them shut with ribbon or twine.
Tuesday morning, this is what our breakfast nook and..........
Living room looked like.
I started with these older Waverly Vintage rose tablecloths.
And by Wednesday evening, the rooms like this..........
I used the Vintage Rose to make curtains, a short table runner and 2 bench covers.
The new prints on the wall were free printables found via Pinterest.
The dining room got a new curtain, sewn with a huge length of sheer fabric. (Most of my fabric stash was gifted to me, either from my mom, from some friends and some from my Dad’s yardsale purchases. I’m guessing this sheer fabric was in a fabric lot my Dad bought)
It was kind of pain to sew with but it made such a full curtain that it is fairly private even though the fabric is sheer.
In the living Room, the big white tree was packed away. The heavy curtains were swapped out for the muslin ones that were hanging in the dining room.
I added a table top white tree with winter themed ornaments
We still have wrapped presents, because for several reasons, our big family Christmas will be here this weekend.
While I was swapping things around, I put these 2 pictures that my mother embroidered about 60 years ago in the Living room. The deer and horses are all satin stitch with embroidery floss and just beautiful.
Little Ducky is just fine. He’s grown a little but not much so I’m guessing he may be a small dog even when full grown.
He is very fond of his toys and amazes us that he already plays fetch with that big taggie ball.
My father in law thinks we should of named him “two socks”
I went to Dollar General today and did some super simple digital coupons deals. The coupons can be added to your account either on their webpage or the Dollar General app. When you check out, just put your cell phone number in the keypad and the coupons subtract, no paper or clipping needed.
We needed both vitamins and trash bags so I made sure to go this Saturday, when there was a $5/25 Coupon.
I found this deal, spelled out by Greg, the Coupon Dude (his blog is on my sidebar) and I did it just as he said.
My total cash spent was $13.71
And I submitted my receipt on the CheckOut51 app and got back $4 for the Centrum vitamins.
If you have a Dollar General near you and you need household supplies, I think DG is the best place to get good and easy deals.
Last night for supper, we had traditional crunchy tacos and a homemade chocolate pie.
I don’t normally make pie, let alone 2 pies in 1 week, but 2 pie-crazy grandsons were here that evening and I thought I’d just make second one.
This one approved! And the other one did too but I didn’t get his photo. Grandpa liked the pie too.
Ducky got a second fleece sweater, inspired by another grandson who is crazy about Captain America.
I’m not sure Ducky loves it. He seems to be saying “ are the kind of owner that is going to dress me up in silly costumes”
I also sewed up 4 pillow shams for my son from a quilt with a hole in it.
I’ve done very little baking this holiday season except for Christmas cookies.
My husband mentioned he would like some pie. There were still 6 Homemade crusts in the freezer made around Thanksgiving. So I thawed out 2 and used the last 2 cans of cherry pie filling in the pantry and baked 1 cherry pie.
I’m so glad I baked it on a foil covered cookie sheet. That bubbled over juice would of been a mess in the bottom of the oven.
Below are AFTER photos of the laundry room clean up.
All the cabinets were wiped down with wood cleaner and the appliances got spray cleaner and Majic Eraser as needed.
The clothespins were just loose in the black chicken rack on the wall. I had a few extra mugs so I filled them with clothespins and 3 of them just fit on that little shelf.
We have an assortment of lightbulbs, once I removed them from their packages, they all fit in one basket.
I laid down the spray cans which makes them easy to see what’s there and they are held in place with a heavy bag of craft rocks.
Baskets of candles for emergencies
Brown paper sacks and jigsaw puzzles
Cleaning rags and clothes hangers
This cabinet got some much needed new shelf paper
And so did the drawer-
I bought the Zote soap quite awhile ago. I don’t like homemade laundry detergent so I’m not sure what I’ll do it with it.
The other side for the laundry room- the clothespin bag on the wall is used as a trash can, I put a plastic store bag inside and put dryer lint, etc in there. There is no room on the floor for a regular trash can as this laundry room is narrow and a pass through from our garage into the rest of our home.
And that’s our laundry room, all 15 or so square feet of it. It’s not big but I’m very thankful to have it ❤️
It’s so cold here! Ducky needed a sweater so I sewed up a super quick and simple one with a fleece scrap. It’s just a tube, one seam on the underside that I finished off flat, and 2 slits for his front legs. The bag end is rounded off so it doesn’t get in his way when he’s doing his business.
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