Monday, October 20, 2014

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 20, 2014

Organizing Junkie

This week's menu is inspired from 2 of my cookbooks. It's important to keep the menu plan fresh and delicious. And now that it's just the 2 of us I can splurge on items, like steak and shrimp, in the same week!

My husband is celebrating his 52nd birthday this week so I'll be making him Linguine with Shrimp Scampi. I'm also taking him to see Da Vinci The Exhibition, at The Venetian. Later, we'll enjoy some birthday cake, on the weekend, with the family! Happy Birthday Baby!

Sharon's Chicken and Rice Casserole ~ Fix-It and Forget-It Diabetic Cookbook

Country Fried Steak, Rice, Spinach

T-bone Steaks, Macaroni and Cheese, Salad

Parmesan Chicken ~ Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Mixed Spring Greens

Fish and Chips

Linguine with Shrimp Scampi~Hubby's Birthday Dinner ~ Barefoot Contessa Family Style

Grilled Ham and Cheese on Sourdough

Do You Still Mail Greeting Cards?

One of my chronic pain support groups has decided a pen pal project. You can mail a letter, a note or a greeting card to any participant. In return, you'll receive a response in the mail.

What a wonderful way to brighten up a person's day with something other than junk mail.

These gorgeous greeting cards were purchased from Deluce Designs at Etsy! I sure hope that the recipients enjoy them as much as I do!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

25 Frugal or Free Date Ideas for You & Your Husband

25 Frugal or Free Date Ideas for You & Your Husband 

My husband and I love spending time together. And just for fun, sometimes, we look for inexpensive ways to do things together.

From taking a walk through the park to making a special dinner together, it's all good to us. Remember, it's about the quality not the quantity!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I Won A Full Year's of McCafe Coffee! #McCafeGrind

I participated in the #McCafeGrind selfie contest and won!

Recently I FedEX dropped off an envelope with all of these free McCafe coffee coupons! Thank you so much to Jai Stone and McCafe for this wonderful prize.

October 2014: Love With Food

Love with Food donates a free meal for every box they sell. (I really like that) You can purchase a monthly box for only $10! Each month, you'll receive a selection of organic and all-natural snacks!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Greeting Card Tree 2014

I've seen Halloween theme trees on Pinterest and blogs and secretly wanted to give the project a try. So when I saw a few branches on the ground, while I was taking a walk today, I pulled out my scrapbook supplies and got to it!

I trimmed and cleaned the branch so it would fit in the glass vase. I had a big bag of brown rice which works well for anchoring the branch. The Halloween greeting cards, ribbon and twine make perfect ornaments for our tree.

This project was zero cost by using the items that I already had.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Macy's To Kick Off Black Friday Earlier!

The war on Thanksgiving has officially begun. Macy's confirmed to The Huffington Post Tuesday that it will open stores to Black Friday shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving day -- two hours earlier than it opened last year.

My husband is usually working on the holidays so I've gotten into starting my holiday shopping online. But as far as hitting the stores, I learned from my experience of being in Big Lots, on Black Friday. Man was it busy!

Would a store opening a couple hours earlier, on Black Friday, get you in the shopping mood?

It's A Beautiful Fall Day For A Cup Of Tea On The Balcony

Just Received "Independent Ed" by Ed Burns and Todd Gold

Just when I was pondering what book to read next, I received an email informing me that I had won an advance copy of "Independent Ed: Inside a Career of Big Dreams, Little Movies, and the Twelve Best Days of My Life" by Edward Burns and Todd Gold.

I've always found Mr. Burns interesting. He's an actor, director, writer, that made his first movie at 25 years old, for just $25,000. The Brothers McMullen went on to win awards and establish him in the Indie movie field.

He's gone on to act in Entourage and Mob City, as well as promote online distribution for movies and TV shows.

I'm always interested in reading about people who chose a different route to take. It's not always easy but when you decide to not to follow the pack, it be the most rewarding!