Walmart Deals 1/30/16


Here are the deals I picked up at Walmart yesterday.  There is still time to get these great deals so go through your coupons and start shopping !


Birds Eye Protein Blends, 12.7 oz $1.97, regular price ($15.76)
Use $1.00/1 – Birds Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends Variety from SS 1/10

And submit $0.50/1 – Birds Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends, 10.4 oz or larger, via rebate app (
Pay $0.97, Submit for $0.50 Ibotta Credit

Final Price: .47¢ – .97¢ ($7.26)

Birds Eye Steamfresh Flavor Full Vegetables $1.84, regular price ($14.72)
Use $1.50/1 – Birds Eye Steamfresh Flavor Full Variety from SS 1/10

Final Price: .34¢ ($2.72)


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Chip and Joanna Gaines and kids on the farm HGTV

It’s only been about a year since Fixer Upper debuted on HGTv , but viewers across the country have already fallen hard for husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines. He’s a real estate and construction pro who knows how to turn an affordable but “blah” house into a sparkling gem, and she’s a designer with an eye for shabby chic flea-market finds.

Here is a look at their farmhouse that they spent around 1 1/2 years renovating.  Hope you enjoy the tour it as much as I do.

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Beef Stroganoff

I love Beef Stroganoff.  It’s one of the easy-to-throw-together comfort food.  I usually combine it with egg noodles, rice, or as a stand-alone meat dish. I would love to know of some other ways that this mixture could be used….any suggestions?

This  recipe is similar to my Swedish Meatballs except I’m starting with ground beef instead of frozen meatballs.  If you like Beef Stroganoff, check it out and let me now what you think.


This is what happens when your chicken…….

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This is what happens when your chicken gets into thing they shouldn’t.  Now I just hope our water doesn’t freeze tonight since it no longer has a cover.


sweedish meatballs SSB

A coworker made these Swedish Meatballs at an event our park hosted several years ago.  They were such a hit that we continue to make this meatballs at all of our events and we always carry home an empty dish.

They are so easy to make and are perfect for a quick meal or if you are looking for something to throw in a crock pot.

You can eat them as a stand-alone meal or add to past or rice.  It’s also the perfect dish if you are looking for something to carry to a potluck.  Be ready to give out the recipe because someone will ask for it.

HOT FUDGE CAKE (aka. Chocolate Cobbler)


I can’t tell you how good this Hot Fudge Cake taste.  The soft moist chocolaty cake with this creamy, delicious fudge sauce.  I have seen this cake called Chocolate Cobbler but I always think of cobbler as having a pie-like crust and I just can’t associate this piece of chocolate heaven with a cobbler.

If  you follow my blog, you will notice that I make a lot of my cakes & cupcakes using a cake mix and then adding wonderful extras to take it to the next level and make it taste like homemade.  In this recipe, everything is made from scratch.  I just don’t think you could achieve the same taste using a cake mix.  It’s so easy to make and can be easily made by items in your pantry.


Here is what you will need:


  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup sour cream *


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl using a  mixer, combine the ¾ cup of the granulated sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk, melted butter, and vanilla; mix until smooth.
  3. Spread the batter into a lightly greased 2-quart dish.

*NOTE:  If you don’t have the sour cream, you can leave it out and the cake will turn out fine.  The sour cream takes the taste of the cake to the next level so use it if you have any in  your fridge.

Once you have you cake batter in the bottom of your dish, it’s time to start making the good stuff – the fudge.  


Chickens enjoying Christmas treat

Here are my babies checking out their Christmas treat.

Chickens enjoying Christmas treat

Of course, after a couple of minutes of inspection, they dive right into the cake.

Chickens enjoying Christmas treat

Here is my little frizzle running off with part of the marshmallow snowman.  Those pretzel arms sure came in handy.


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A lady at my church made these little Christmas trees and snowmen for the kids to decorate.  It was such a cute and easy idea that I thought I would share it with you.

The  Christmas is made like a giant, tree-shaped cake pop.  I found this video that will show you how to make the Christmas Tree Cakes..  The snow man is two large marshmallows held together by frosting and the gift is a brownie covered in red frosting.  You can find food markers at any store that carries baking supplies.  I purchased mine at Walmart.

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Give the kids a variety of candies to decorate with and let them create their own sweet treats.  I had m&m’s, gummy life savers, jelly beans, and a variety of Christmas sprinkles on hand.  I also found a bag of pretzels for the snowman arms.


And if  you don’t have kids, do it anyway !  It was so much fun decorating the tree and snowman.  I wish I would have had some Twizzlers so I could have made a scarf for the snowman.  I think this would even be fun for girl’s night.


By the way…chickens love these little Christmas cakes too !

Photographing Babies for Christmas

Photographing babies for Christmas

I have to admit that this is the first time I have photographed a baby for Christmas but as a first time grandma I knew I had to give it a try.

I looked on Pinterest for inspiration.  I liked the look of lights behind a white sheet so I got up early in the morning and taped lights up on a cabinet door and then taped a sheet over it.  After going to all of that work, you can’t even see all of the lights in the picture.

I decided I wanted a little greenery so I pulled the wreath off of my front door and set it to the side of the bouncer.

Photographing babies for Christmas

I handed Baby Santa a small strand of lights and just let him play with them.  Since he is only 3 months old, he can’t sit up by himself so I used his vibrating baby bouncer covered in a blanket.

Photographing babies for Christmas

Of course, I had to get some with him laying on the floor with his new sheep pillow I got him.

I have had several people as about his Santa suit:  I purchased it at KMart for under $12.  


Updates from the Chicken Coop….

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It was a pretty day after yesterday’s storm so I decided to get out take some pictures of my chickens.  If you have read some of my past post, you know that a friend gave me 65 baby chicks this summer.  They are now several months old and I can tell if most of them are roosters or hen though I am still trying to identify some of the breeds.

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One of my adorable Millie Fleurs

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Here is one of my Partridge Cochins.



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