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In honor of Pancake Tuesday and Lent (and maybe blogging again?) I’m reposting my Top Ten (Tuesday) from last year…

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I’m linking up to ohamanda for Top Ten (Tuesday)!  What is your Top Ten today?

Have you ever heard of Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday?  It is the Tuesday before Lent begins (on Ash Wednesday).  Here are 10 things to learn about the tradition of Shrove Tuesday.

1. Shrove is the past tense of shrive which means ‘to go to or make a confession’. Historically, Christians would go to confession to prepare themselves for the season of Lent.

2. Shrove Tuesday began in the Middle Ages.  It was noted in history dating back to 1000 AD.

3. In many countries, especially the United Kingdom, Shrove Tuesday is known as Pancake Tuesday.  It became known as Pancake Tuesday because people had to use up all the food that was ‘forbidden’ during Lent which included eggs and dairy products.  Pancakes became the popular choice to use up all these ingredients.

4. The Pancake Day tradition tells the story of a housewife getting ready for Shrove Tuesday. She was cooking up all her pancakes and lost track of time when she heard the ‘shriving bell’ ringing, calling her to church.  She raced to church in her apron with her frying pan still in her hand.

5. Pancake Races are held all over the world on Shrove Tuesday especially in England. Women dress up in their aprons with their frying pans and a pancake and race through the town to church when the bell rings, all the while flipping their pancakes.

6. The most famous Pancake Day Race is held in Olney, England. This is where the original housewife ran to church with her frying pan in 1445.  The race happens each year on Shrove Tuesday and begins at 11:55am and participants run 415 yards dressed in the traditional costume of a housewife with a skirt, apron, head covering, and frying pan.  Participants must have lived in Olney for at least 3 months.

Olney pancake Race 2007

7. Here are some traditional pancake recipes.

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8. Shrove Tuesday has become a day of indulgence and revelry.  Although it originally began as a day of confession to prepare yourself for Lent it has become a day of overindulgence and partying … ‘getting it all in’ before you deprive yourself during Lent.

9. Other traditions for Shrove Tuesday are Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Carnival, Malasada Day,  and Fasnacht.

10.  Shrove Tuesday is 47 days before Easter. The Lenten season is 40 days before Easter, however they don’t count Sundays because those are considered ‘mini-resurrection days’ to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

We’re having pancakes for dinner tonight… anyone else?

 

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This is week 5 of the Losing It challenge.  Head over to Giving Up On Perfect to see how everyone is doing!

Goals:

  • Track: so far, so good
  • Run: yeah, baby!  I have run 4 times since last Friday… a total of 8 miles!  I’m gearing up to do a 3mi run some time this weekend.
  • Drink: yup!

So, this week sticking to my goals has been something that I have been able to do.  I’m not sure that I’m seeing the results on the scale… but we’ll see.  Earlier this week, I weighed in at WW and lost 1lb.  That brings my total weight loss percentage for this challenge to 3.8% (if I did my math correctly).

My college roommate posted one of my favorite weight loss sayings in her FB status today.  This is what she wrote:

“They say ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’.  I don’t know, I’ve been skinny and I’ve eaten great food…they’re both pretty awesome.”

What do you think?  Does “nothing taste as good as being skinny feels”?

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In light of the Easter season, I’ve decided to re-post this post from last year!  Here are 10 Easter traditions that we have…

10. The Miracle Maker – great movie!

9. Cadbury eggs – yum!

8. Palm Sunday Baptisms – our church has a traditions of doing baptisms on Palm Sunday.  It is one of the most powerful services we have every year.

7. Easter Baskets – my mom always used to hide our Easter baskets in the house and we would get up and search for them before church.

6. Easter Breakfast – another tradition our church has is a free community breakfast before our combinded Easter service at our local high school (we usually have 3 services every Sunday).  It is a great time for our entire church to come together once a year.

5. New Easter Outfit – I always get a new outfit for Easter Sunday… do you?

4. Easter Bunny cake – my mom has a great (easy) recipe/instructions for making an Easter Bunny cake… it looks something like this:

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3.  Decorating eggs – its been a few years since I have done this but I know it will be something that I do again once I have kids that are older.

2. Family Dinner – always a big part of our Easter Sunday…

1. Special Easter Church Events – over the last several years we have participated in special events at our church during Easter.  The picture below was taken from something that we did last year called Experiencing Jesus’ Passion – an interactive experience of the Easter story involving art and drama.  This year we are planning on attending a combined Good Friday service and then celebrating Easter Sunday with our traditional Easter Breakfast and combined campus Easter Service at the local high school.

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Want to see some more Top Ten Tuesday lists?  Hop over to ohamanda.com and visit the other Top Ten Tuesday links.  There are some great posts out there!

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We are back to our normal grocery budget this month and I must say it was kind of nice to go shopping today.  After a month of Eating from the Pantry (and freezer) we did pretty well and only spent $116 on food during February.  And after my adventures this past weekend, our pantry is looking quite full again.

Menu
Monday- Spaghetti and Meatballs w/garlic bread
Tuesday – Chicken in the Crockpot meal (I can’t remember the name of the recipe)
Wednesday – Meatloaf w/pot and veg
Thursday – Home Group Potluck – Breakfast Night (what am I going to make???)
Friday – Pizza

Deals
Market Basket had some sweet deals that I took advantage of!  They have a promotion this week that if you buy 5 of the designated products (which included Hunts tomatoes, Manwich, and Healthy Choice Frozen Entrees just to name a few) you could get $2 off ground beef or ground turkey. I have been told by my local MB manager in the past that you don’t have to buy the designated items in order to get the coupon (state law for NH?) but, the canned tomatoes were a great deal and I needed to stock up on them anyway.
Hunts Diced/Crushed Tomatoes – $.99 per can (MB brand was $1.19)
Ground Turkey – reg. price $2.99 w/$2 coupon = $.99!
Healthy Choice Frozen Entrees – 3/$5

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yes, there are 45 cans of soup

This past weekend I had my first experience with Extreme Couponing.  We had a speaker come to MOPS recently who shared with us how to get lots of food for just pennies.  There were some skeptics among us, but several of us were very intrigued and ready to jump in.  After reading blogs like this and this and this, I was fairly confident that extreme savings was possible.  The particular couponing techniques that she shared with us uses a combination of sale items, coupons in bulk, doubling coupons, and generating Catalina (CAT) check-out coupons (money off your next purchase) then ‘rolling’ these Catalina deals over and over again.  Confused yet?  Yeah, I know. 

So, Shaw’s was running a CAT special on General Mills products this week.  Buy $20 of these certain products, that were on sale, and you would receive a $7 CAT (check-out coupon).  But keep in mind, it was $20 of products based on their shelf price, not the current sale price, plus you could use coupons on top of the sale prices.  The goal was to find items that had a significant difference in their sale price and shelf price and then try to find coupons for those items.  Once you figure out a scenario or plan you do as many transactions as you wish in ‘$20’ chunks and apply the $7 CAT to your next ‘$20’ transaction. 

I found my Shaw’s info at the forum on A Full Cup and purchased some coupons in bulk here.  After crunching some numbers with hubby’s graphing calculator, chatting with my gals, and visiting our local coupon yahoo group I had my plans ready to go.  My goal was to stock up on items from the sale that we will eat (there is no point in me getting stuff that I don’t want in the house, or that we won’t user or eat, just because it is a great deal) and that happened to be Progresso Soup, brownies, cake mix, and frosting.(Yes, I know I am in the midst of Losing It, but cake mix lasts forever, right?)  Since the soup was a ‘money maker’ (my out-of-pocket cost was less than the $7 CAT I was going to get back and use toward the next transaction), I added some of our weekly grocery items to my purchases like produce and yogurt so that it would add up to over $7 since you can’t get money back on your check-out coupon. 

Here are the stats for my extreme couponing adventure: 

  • I had a total of 9 transactions over the course of 3 visits to Shaw’s
  • I got 45 cans of Progresso Soup, 6 boxes of Betty Crocker Brownies, 11 boxes of Betty Crocker Cake Mix, 10 tubs of Betty Crocker Frosting, yogurt, 2lbs of apples, 3lbs of pears, bag of lettuce, 3 boxes of Cheerios, 3lbs of oranges, and 3 Lean Cuisine meals.
  • Grocery total: $212.79 before sales and coupons
  • I paid $16.22 for the groceries and $3.94 for the coupons I got in bulk – total: $20.16!  That’s like 90% off!  YAY!

Things I learned: 

  • Extreme Couponing takes time to learn!  Start small, do your research, and try not to get frustrated with yourself if you make a mistake – you are probably still saving money!
  • Be polite to the store clerks!
  • Try not to come up with a negative balance because it makes it hard on the cashier since they can’t give you cash back – throw in some extra groceries to bring your balance up.  I didn’t intend to, but due to a couponing error on my part, I came up -.08 and the manager had to come over to fix it… and I still had one more transaction to do-oops!
  • If there is a good CAT deal, but you know you don’t need 200 cans of soup, consider giving it away to a family in need or a local food pantry.
  • Be creative and have fun with it.  But don’t become obsessed or your husband might call you the ‘crazy soup lady’. (ahem.)

Have you had a positive Extreme Couponing experience?

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This week I’m starting a month long challenge with my menu and grocery shopping.  It is based off a challenge that Money Saving Mom did in January called Eat From the Pantry Challenge.  I am going to get creative and use up some of my pantry stockpile and freezer meals and try not to spend as much money on food this month .  My goal is to spend only $100 on food this month which is about half of my food budget. 

Want to join me?  Maybe you would like to try it for just one week, or two.  You can adjust your goals to what would work best for your family.  Let me know if you are going to try it too! (Thank you Money Saving Mom for the inspiration!)

This week’s menu:
Turkey Dinner (turkey from the freezer from a t-day sale)
Cheesy Chicken & Rice Bake
Turkey Soup
Stuffed Shells (freezer item)
Pizza

Market Basket Deals (there are lots, but I’m just doing a few):
General Mills Cereals – Save $6 when you buy 4
(I got Cheerios coupons here and here and here– I’ll let you know if I can use them! – update: can only use the in-store coupon ($6 off 4), can’t mix them)
Ocean Spray Craisins – 2/$3 (there are lots of Ocean Spray Deals)

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i’m back…i think

So, it has been about eight months since I have posted. 

I think I’m ready to jump back into blogging.

Balancing being a new mom, working part time, and trying to sleep has kept me away…

but I’m back… I think.

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