Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pregnancy Update

I really can't believe how far along I am already. 20 weeks!! We're halfway there already! This has been by far my easiest pregnancy I've had. Most of the time, I don't even feel pregnant. (Maybe I'm just too busy to notice...lol) I've had no morning sickness whatsoever, just a few headaches here and there. I've been taking a lot of vitamins and I think that has been helping a lot with my energy level. All of this has been such a blessing.

Just in the past couple of weeks, I've started to feel the baby move. The movements have really gotten a lot stronger just this past week, though.

Today I had an ultrasound and we found out who that little person is in there. Not that I was surprised at all... it's another boy! That must be all we make around here. lol After a 20-minute ultrasound, measuring everything you can think of, they finally get around to checking if it's a boy or a girl. I think they should do that first! But we were also very glad to find out that everything looked good and the baby is healthy.

It will be nice to have two boys right close together (16 months apart)... they can share a room until they're grown... and hopefully will be very good friends. I have to admit, I was hoping for a girl, but the Lord knows what is best for our family, and we are thankful and blessed with what He has for us. We are happy that our family is growing and that we have this new little one to love. And my oldest is really glad, too-- he was hoping for another brother... of course.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

My New Favorite Blog

I have a new favorite blog. I came across it a few weeks ago. Heidi's blog, Mt. Hope Chronicles, is wonderful! I love her style, all the beautiful photography, lots of stuff about homeschooling and life in general... go check it out! I also added a list of links on the sidebar for some other photography blogs I've come across lately that I've enjoyed.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Free Beverage at Borders

Go here to print a coupon for a free 12-oz beverage from Seattle's Best, located inside Borders Bookstores. Coupon good until June 18th. Enjoy!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Works For Me: Free Spending Money

With the weather getting nicer and us getting busier, I haven't spent much time in the stores, taking advantage of any good deals and free offers lately. We've even canceled our newspaper subscription for a while. Instead, I have signed up with several free trial offers that I've received with my credit card statements. I've done these free offers several times over the years, and it is an easy way to make some spending money.

Just in the past two months, I've made $140 by doing only four free trials. They are:

  • Traveler's Advantage
  • Buyer's Advantage
  • AutoVantage
  • Complete Home

These offers are really easy to do. The main thing is you have to make sure you are diligent about canceling in time. Otherwise, you will be charged. Then it's not such a good deal anymore. So at the same time I am filling out the form, I write the info on my calendar. If it's a 30-day trial, your trial usually begins when you receive your membership packet in the mail. I write the info on my calendar for 30 days from the day I mail it in. Then I know I will for sure be canceling it in time.

I write: the name of the program, the phone number to cancel, what the free promotion is, and how much I will be charged if I forget to cancel. I'm really good at looking at my calendar each day, and especially on Sundays when I am planning out my week. But if you tend to forget to look at it, this probably isn't the way to go for you. But if you are good at remembering to cancel, I recommend you try these out if you come across them. I'm not sure if you can go to their websites to sign up or if you have to actually receive a sign-up form in the mail, but it would be worth looking into.

It's been nice to have a little extra spending money for things we otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford right now. I've gotten portraits done of my boys, printed regular 4x6 pictures, gotten occasional ice cream/espresso treats, bought myself a few summer clothes and this weekend, I am going to garage sales to look for summer clothes for the boys. None of these things are in our budget right now, so I am thankful that those free offers came my way.

Have a Works For Me Wednesday tip you'd like to share? Visit We Are That Family for more great links.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

This week, I am trying out several recipes that my friends have posted. I've included the links. At the end of the week, we're having a garage sale at a friend's house, so it will be nice to have a little break from cooking.

Monday: Hawaiian Chicken and Rice

Thursday: Ordering Pizza with friends after our garage sale

Friday: BBQ with friends after our garage sale

Saturday: Spaghetti & Meatballs, Salad, French Bread

For more meal plans and recipes, head over to OrgJunkie.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cornbread Recipes

I really like cornbread, so I thought I'd post three of my favorite cornbread recipes. They're all quite different from each other. You don't have to bake your cornbread in the oven. I make my cornbread in the bread maker sometimes and it works great. You can also just pour the batter on top of your chili in the crockpot and it will cook in there. So easy!

Golden Sweet Cornbread
My family told me this is the best cornbread they've ever had. (Christi- this is the cornbread we brought your family-- sorry it's taken me so long to post the recipe!) This is a recipe from allrecipes.com, but I've made some changes to it, based on the reviews.


1 cup flour (I used whole-wheat pastry flour)
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/3 cup (+ 1 tbsp) vegetable oil


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 or 9 inch baking pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Homesteader Cornbread
This cornbread is possibly my favorite. It is from allrecipes.com as well.

1 1/2 cups cornmeal
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups flour (I used whole-wheat pastry flour)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, combine cornmeal and milk; let stand for 5 minutes. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix in the cornmeal mixture, eggs and oil until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the cornbread comes out clean. Yield: 6 servings.

Rebeca's Cornbread
I got this recipe from my friend, Rebeca. It takes a little planning ahead, but is very light and fluffy.

Place in a blender:
1 cup buttermilk, sour milk or kefir
1/4 cup melted butter or oil (or 2 tbsp of each)
3 tbsp honey
2/3 cup cornmeal
2/3 cup brown rice

In blender, blend on high speed until the rice is ground fine. Let batter stand in blender overnight or at least 7 hours. Letting it stand longer is supposed to help make the whole grains more digestible.

2 eggs and blend

Mix in thoroughly, but briefly:
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Pour batter immediately into a greased 8 or 9 inch pan and bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I made this recipe last weekend and it was a change of pace from the usual soups and stews I tend to normally make in the slow cooker.
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp oil
10-oz can enchilada sauce
8-oz can tomato sauce
salt to taste
pepper to taste
6 corn tortillas
3 boneless chicken-breast halves, cooked & cubed
15-oz can beans (I used black beans)
15-oz can corn (I used frozen)
1/2 lb cheddar cheese, grated
2 1/4-oz can sliced black olives, drained

  • Saute onion and garlic in oil in saucepan. Stir in enchilada sauce and tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Place two tortillas in bottom of slow cooker. Layer one-third of each: chicken, sauce mixture, beans, corn, cheese, and olives. Repeat layers 2 more times.

  • Cover. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

Monday, May 11, 2009

What A Month!

This blog is way overdue in being updated, so this week I will attempt at catching you up on this past month. First of all... WE'RE PREGNANT!! We found out about a month ago. I'm about 12 weeks along now and due in November!

We were very surprised, considering how long it took to get pregnant last time (my boys are seven years apart). So with that combined with our ages, my irregular cycles, and the fact that I have endometriosis (can make it harder to get pregnant sometimes), we decided to let God be in control of our family planning this time. No more birth control for us.

We are super excited to have another baby join our family and it will be especially fun to have them closer together. The younger two will be about 16 months apart (my baby is 10 months old now). So... here I am still breastfeeding (planning to wean at one year) and growing a baby as well. Instead of eating for two, I'm actually eating for three! My doctor says that is fine as long as I'm getting enough calcium and other nutrients.

So this past month, I've been really trying to focus on eating enough and taking care of myself, while trying to keep up with all the regular stuff I have to do. I've had little time for much else. I was really tired for a few weeks, which makes everything hard, but I'm back up to speed now (mostly). I do have to take a daily nap, though, which I never used to do, but I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying them.

Soon after I went on those walks to the park, I got really sick with a bad cold. My husband is always joking with me that when I get sick, he can't even tell... I just go about life as usual. But this time, it hit me hard. I was down for several days, and then it still took a long time to get my energy back. So that was when I started thinking I might be pregnant. Even then, though, I REALLY didn't think I was... I was shocked when I saw that the test was positive... but in a really good way. We couldn't be happier and are feeling so blessed. God is so good and his timing is perfect.

My blog had to take a back seat, though, but I'm hoping to have more time for it now. There are so many things I want to post. Since life is so crazy right now, this blog is probably going to focus less on shopping/good deals (I rarely go shopping or read blogs anymore it seems) for now and more on my family and our busy life in general.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Menu Plan Monday Apr 6-10

Oops, I never got my menu posted yesterday. I had moms group in the morning, then we spent a spontaneous rest of the day with our good friends, and I was gone from the house from 9am until 10pm! Now I'm playing catch-up on everything...I'm so behind on laundry! But we had a blast, and the weather was probably the warmest we've had all year. So anyway, here is our menu for the week. I'm just posting dinners, as I have a ton of other things I should be doing. lol

Monday: BBQ with friends
Tuesday: Tuna Noodle Casserole
Wednesday: Salsa Chicken Black Bean Soup
Thursday: Beef Stir Fry & Fried Rice
Friday: Bacon Potato Egg Casserole

You can see more Menu Plan Monday posts over at Organizing Junkie.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Our Park Adventures- Day 2

Well, today the weather definitely wasn't as warm, but we had fun. The park we chose was great! It's a fairly new park and it's less than a mile away--- How did I not know about this one before?!! And another great bonus-- there was NO SAND!! After goofing around on the playground, we played frisbee and went for a walk. I'm really enjoying the exercise. I was given the jogging stroller last fall, and it's been really nice to have.... I think we'll make those walks a regular everyday thing this spring.

Banana Crumb Muffins

I made these muffins last week and they were incredible! Definitely the best banana muffins I've ever had. I had some bananas in the freezer that I needed to use up, so I looked on allrecipes.com and found
this recipe that was rated 4.78 out of 5 stars by 4562 people. I used whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose flour and it worked great.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 10 muffin cups (I did 12), or line with muffin papers.

2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

This recipe is linked to Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life As Mom.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Our Park Adventures- Day 1

Today was a beautiful day for the park. My hubby had just gotten back from an appointment, so he decided to join us.

We spent an hour there today, playing on the swings and the merry-go-round, and kicking the soccer ball around. After such a rainy weekend, we just soaked in the sun today. We also went for a 1/2 hour walk around the neighborhood there while my son rode his scooter. It was great for us all to spend some time together-- I was glad my hubby was able to join us today.

Here are a few pictures from our afternoon:

Menu Plan Monday Mar 30- Apr 3

Breakfast: Bagels & Cream Cheese
Lunch: Peanut Butter & Jelly
Dinner: Cheeseburger Soup

Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Tuna Sandwiches
Dinner: Chicken Enchiladas

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
Dinner: Steak, Baked Potatoes & Broccoli

Breakfast: Strawberries & Yogurt
Lunch: Mac & Cheese
Dinner: Calzones

Breakfast: French Toast
Lunch: Peanut Butter & Jelly
Dinner: Goulash

You can see more Menu Plan Monday posts over at Organizing Junkie.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Our Park Adventures

In my quest to spend more one-on-one "fun" time with my eight-year-old, I've decided to take the boys to a different park each day this week... after school, of course, haha. To keep me accountable, I will post about our adventures each evening. We'll hop in the car, drive to a little-known park within a few miles away, have some fun together, and probably go for a walk around the area with the jog stroller. It'll be fun to see different parks we've never been to. Check back each day to follow along with our adventures!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Free Samples

Eucerin lotion- sample here

Fed Ex Office- $10 Digital Photo Printing Gift Card here

Old Spice Body Wash- sample here

Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion- sample here

Emergen-C Blue- sample here

Jergens Natural Glow lotion- sample here

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Few Freebies

Seattle's Best (in Borders Bookstore)- buy one, get one free mocha or latte coupon here (expires 4/28/09)

Attune Probiotic Bar- free sample here

Build-A-Bear- print a coupon for $5 off any $10 animal purchase here --some are priced $10-$12 (expires 4/19/09)

Cottonelle- tp and wipes free sample from Wal-mart here

Monday, March 23, 2009


Here is a really great deal if you sign up for stamps.com through the cashbaq.com website. Money Saving Methods has a great post here with all the details.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Changeling- A Movie Recommendation

Have you seen the movie, Changeling, yet? My hubby & I watched it this weekend and it was very good. I would recommend it, if you like that type of movie. It was very intense. And it did have some language in it, but not very much. It's supposed to be based on a true story. You can find out more about it here.

Free Entertainment Book

Last year, we ordered the Entertainment Book, but this year we decided not to. Until I came across this great deal and ordered one this weekend! If you haven't ordered one yet, here is how you can get an Entertainment Book for free:

  • Join Cashbaq.com and get a $5 bonus for joining.
  • While at cashbaq.com, click on "Entertainment Book". You will get $6 cashback on your purchase.
  • Next to the 50% off coupon, click on "Use This Coupon"
  • Enter your zipcode
  • The price is 50% off, which is $12.50
  • Click on "Buy the Book"
  • Proceed to Checkout
  • Check the Box "Send Me This Every Year" and you will get an extra $5 off. Here is what Deal Seeking Mom says about this: "I have used this option before, and you’ll receive a postcard in the mail so you can cancel if you don’t want it. It states that you may be charged the $5 back, but I was not and others have had the same experience. Even if you decide against this option, the $5 for registering with Cashbaq makes up for it!"
  • Click "Continue"
  • Enter billing info
  • Standard Shipping is $2.79

You pay $10.29. You will get $11 put into your cashbaq account (they can either pay you by check or credit your Paypal account when you have at least $10 in your account. Just make sure you enter in your preferred method of payment under "My Account"). So you actually come out ahead $0.71. Not to mention your savings from USING your Entertainment Book!

Caregivers Marketplace

I was reading Money Saving Mom's post here about a rebate you can combine with the Huggies diaper deal from last week. Caregivers Marketplace has a rebate program for certain products- just click on "Eligible Products" on their site to see the whole list. Anyone can use their site (even parents) and you can get .75 back from each pack of those Huggies diapers! Just sign up and send in your receipts. Those Huggies diapers that I bought at Walgreens last week just became a moneymaker! Yay!!

100% Cuteness

A few of my favorite baby pics:

Monday, March 16, 2009

My Deals Last Week: Mar 7-14

I was sick the first part of last week, then the weather here became absolutely beautiful towards the end of the week, so my blog took a backseat. But I am back now. Although these deals were from last week, I was pretty excited about how much I spent on all of it, so I've decided to post it anyway.

Fred Meyer

Lysol Disinfectant Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner-- on sale for $0.99 in the discount bin (bought two)- What a nice surprise as I wasn't expecting this. But I was sure glad that I brought all my coupons with me, just in case!
Used two $0.50/1 coupon from Sunday paper & double coupons
*Total price: FREE

Free Dr. Pepper from coupon

Health Valley Soups (bought 4)-- on sale for $1.67
Used printable coupons here & double coupons
*Total price: $0.68

Mentos gum (bought 2)-- $1.49
Used two $1.00/1 coupons from Sunday paper & double coupons
*Total price: FREE

Quaker Quakes Rice Snacks (bought 3)-- $1.00
Used three .50/1 coupons from Sunday paper & coupons from free samples, & double coupons
*Total price: FREE

Total Paid at Fred Meyer: $0.68

Last week was a pretty exciting week for Walgreens shoppers who buy diapers and wipes. Coupons.com had $5.00/1 and $3.00/1 coupons for Huggies diapers and wipes. My mom printed off more coupons for me at her work, so I was able to do five transactions. Pictured is what I bought in the first two transactions. Here is what I spent:
Transaction #1:
Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers-- on sale for $10.00 each (bought two)
Huggies Baby Wipes (184 Pack)-- on sale for $6.00 each
Used three $5.00/1 printable coupons from coupons.com
Buy $25 of above products, receive $10.00 in Register Rewards at checkout.
*Total price: $1.00 (after Register Reward)
Transaction #2:
same as transaction #1 above
Total paid for everything pictured: $2.00 (after Register Rewards)
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In the Mail This Week

One thing I really like about requesting the free samples is that the companies usually send really great coupons along with the sample. A lot of times it's for $1.00 off with an expiration date 6-9 months away. So if you haven't taken advantage of any of the free samples yet, go ahead and give it a try, especially if it's a product you normally buy anyway. Here are some of the freebies we received in the mail this past week:

Diapers from Mom to Mom
Huggies Baby Wipes
Sample of 12 Shades Maybelline Make-up
Quaker True Delights Bar
Viva Paper Towels


Sun Crystals all-natural sweetener with stevia- free sample here

Redbook Magazine- two complimentary free issues here from Valuemags

Mary Kay Miracle Set- free sample here

Fleischmann's free bread recipe booklet here

Taco Del Mar- free taco on Tax Day, April 15th. Sign up here

Money Saving Mom has a great post here on how to get several freebies at Target this week.

Centsible Savings has a great post here on how to get several freebies at Wal-Mart this week.

Arby's- print coupon for a free Roast Burger with any Pepsi purchase here

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Freebies Galore!

Focus on the Family magazine subscription- Sign up here

Warm Delight Minis- free sample here when you sign up for the Betty Crocker Newsletter.

Jack in the Box- Free Fries & Drink- print coupon here (Only good on Tuesday, March 10)

Baskin Robbins- Buy one Sundae, Get one Free- print coupon here (expires March 28)

Arby's- Free Roastburger with drink purchase- print coupon here (expires March 14), or sign up with Arby's Extras & get the Roastburger for free with NO purchase necessary.

Rite Aid has released another $5/$25 coupon good on any purchase (expires TODAY!)- print coupon here. Albertson's will accept these coupons, too.

Earthbound Farms- free organic lettuce seeds

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My Deals This Week: Feb 28- Mar 7


Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Walgreens??? Here are all the deals I got this week. I actually made two transactions because it turns out "my" Walgreens doesn't refill ink. So I had to go to a different Walgreens store for that. But I was able to take advantage of several of the deals twice by doing two transactions.

3 Ink Cartridge Refills (two color & one black)-- $5 each with printable coupon.
Also used buy one, get one free in-ad coupon (now I can print more coupons! lol)
*Total price: $10.00 for 3 refills

Ensure 6-pack-- $6.99
Use two $3/1
printable coupon
Apply for full rebate
*Total price: FREE plus $6.00 in overage if buying two

Ritz Crackers-- Buy 1 at 1.99, Get 1 Free
Used 3 $2/2 coupons from Sunday paper
*Total price: Six boxes for FREE

Buy 1 Colgate Toothpaste at $3.29,

Get back $3.50 Register Rewards (made two separate purchases)
*Total price: Two tubes for FREE plus $.42 in overage

Fiber One snack bars-- $1.99
Used two $1.35/1
printable coupon
*Total price: $1.28 for 2 boxes

Sambucol Homeopathic Cold & Flu Relief-- $11.99
Used $10/1 coupon from EasySaver catalog
Used $4/1
printable coupon

*Total price: FREE plus $2.01 in overage

So I spent $23.83. I received $7.00 back in Register Rewards for the next time I shop, and I will get back $13.98 from both Ensure rebates, which brings my total to $2.85.

Safeway & Albertson's
Safeway had a $10 off coupon, if you spend $50. I used one for their meat sale-- Beef roasts were $1.89 per pound. After the $10 off coupon, it came out to about $1.55 per pound. We slice them up and use them for steaks-- hubby's a meat & potatoes man. I also discovered that Albertson's will take ANY coupon from ANY store, except clothing stores. They even take Rite Aid coupons. So I used another one of Safeway's $10 off $50 coupon at Albertson's & stocked up on their 85% ground beef, which was $1.99 per pound. After the $10 off coupon, this came out to $1.60 per pound!

The rest of our freebies from the past week:
3 free bottles of soda (Safeway coupons)
Smart Start cereal (free after rebate
All-Bran cereal (free after rebate
Free Cascade Rinse Agent (coupon from Home Made Simple booklet)
Free Total cereal sample (from mailbox)
Free Tide detergent (from mailbox)
Coupon for Free Dr. Pepper (from mailbox)
Two Free Quiznos Sandwiches (last week's promotion)
Free Birthday Meal at Red Robin
Free Birthday Ice Cream at Cold Stone Creamery
Two free tacos at Jack In The Box (last week's promotion)

Another Great Site for Birthday Freebies

Here is another really great site for finding birthday freebies. Thanks Money Saving Mom!

An extensive list of birthday freebies for adults, children, and even pets. You can do a search by entering in your state. Lots of other great birthday links, too (e-cards, fun facts, gift ideas, etc)!

Free Movie Wednesdays in March

Redbox will be offering a FREE MOVIE every Wednesday in March! Visit InsideRedbox each Wednesday for the free code. Today's free code is: 75EA16.

No Menu This Month

This month I feel like being spontaneous with our meals. I'm trying to use up some things in my freezer and pantry, and it's easiest for me to do this by just planning my menu a few days at a time. I'm also trying not to buy very many groceries this month other than produce and dairy. I just stocked up on meat, so we're good there. I like that you can go to a website like www.allrecipes.com and enter in the ingredients you have and it will search the recipes based on what you have. I've come across some great recipes by doing that. I'm hoping to post some of the recipes that our family likes this month as well.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Menu Plan Monday Feb 23-28

Breakfast: Bagels & Cream Cheese
Lunch: Tuna
Dinner: Pineapple Chicken & Rice, Veggie Sticks

Breakfast: Cereal, Smoothies

Lunch: Sandwiches
Dinner: Split Pea & Bacon Soup, Salad, Rolls

Wednesday (My son's 8th birthday!)
His menu request for the day:
Breakfast: Oven Pancakes
Lunch: Mac & Cheese
Dinner: Tacos

Breakfast: Bagels & Cream Cheese, Smoothies
Lunch: Homemade Pizza
Dinner: Tuna Noodle Casserole, Corn, Veggie Sticks

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Egg Sandwiches
Dinner: Lentils & Rice, Salad, Rolls

Breakfast: Crepes
Lunch: Chicken & Rice Soup
Dinner: Mexican-Style Goulash, Veggie Sticks

You can see more Menu Plan Monday posts over at Organizing Junkie.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

It must be winter as we've been having lots of soups and stews lately. This is a new one I added to our rotation last fall. I love that I can put it in the slow cooker in the morning and not have to think about dinner for the rest of the day.

2 pounds lean stew meat (cut into small pieces)
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 carrots, diced
16 oz canned or frozen corn
2/3 cup uncooked barley
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cans (14 1/2 oz each) beef broth
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce

Mix all ingredients in a 3 1/2 to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting 8 to 9 hours or until vegetables and barley are tender. For faster cooking, set on high and cook for 4 to 5 hours.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

So Very Blessed

I am so very blessed by these two...

It's been so great to see how well my oldest son has adjusted to his little brother. He loves him so much and just loves to make him smile. He literally can't wait until he'll be moving around and can play more with him. And baby's face just lights up when he sees his brother. It is so neat to see. I'm trying to enjoy each passing day as I know they grow way too fast. It's hard to believe my baby is seven months old already! But I am feeling very blessed...

Visit Laura's Gratituesday carnival to see what others are thankful for this week.

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