Monday, August 31, 2009

Big Thanks and a Menu Monday

I recently won a giveaway from Kelly over at The Merry Martini! The prize? My choice of Lilly Pulitzer item from the new fall line! I chose the thermal mug in the Private Property pattern {and it is absolutely fabulous}. Be sure to visit Kelly's amazing online boutique, The Merry Martini.
Summer rocks! And I'm not talking about the season either {in fact, I'm so over summer, yet it has reached a sweltering 107 degrees this past week in the Valley}! I'm talking about Summer from b is for brown, of course! Look at this sweet little print she sent me for placing in her blog bake-off. Thanks Summer!!! It looks great hanging up in my new kitchen.

On another note, I have recently gotten into clipping coupons. I never minded using coupons, but was usually too lazy to go through the clipping process. But I've recently joined in on The Grocery Game and last night was my first try at purposely saving money. I'm happy to say that we bought over $110 worth of groceries for only $56. I had so many coupons and it also helps to just be aware of the sales the grocery store is doing. I've even planned out a menu for the week because I was shopping with purpose, not just to buy the things with a coupon. So I'm excited about that. We are having a lot of pasta, but it was only 59 cents a package so I can't really complain.

Here's my tentative menu for the week:

Shrimp Scampi Bake - DONE and Delicious!
Baked Chicken and Perfect Crispy Potatoes - DONE and my first attempt at the potatoes resulted in the fire alarm going off...oops!
Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina
Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream
Grilled Hamburgers - DONE!

I promise to take some pictures of my new place so I can post them this week!


Kassie said...

I really need to get into the menu planning and coupon cutting--it saves SO much money!

Tracy-Girl said...

I love using coupons and saving money... good for you! :)

Laura Trevey said...

Shrimp Scampi ~~ Yummmmm !!

Michelle said...

Coupons are awesome...gotta check out that link.

Oh, and I'm totally coming over for dinner this week. Well, by the time I get there it will be leftovers, but still!!!

Taryn said...

Congrats on the win...the mug is so cute!! And, I definitely agree, Summer ROCKS!

P.S. Want to come cook for me? Your menu this week sounds yummy!

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

Love the Lilly mug - I have a blouse in that print!

The menu for this week sounds delish!

Jules said...

I love the Lilly mug. I just ordered one from preppy paper girl in vintage patch and love it. The print from Summer is also adorable.

I have been getting into coupons too and thanks for passing along that website. I never heard of it before.

Your menu for the week sounds delicious!

Irwin Esq said...

Wow great savings w the coupons, think I'm going to have to start clipping myself!

Sweet Simplicity said...

I love the cupcake print!
Thanks for the link to the coupon site. I can't wait to check it out!

Mrs. Watermelon's Kitchen said...

I use coupons all the time! I saved $70.00 yesterday!

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Ooh, your menu looks great! And nice job on the coupons...I always mean to do that, but then forget or lose the things, boo!

I also wanted to say that I got my basket from your giveaway and am THRILLED with it! It's the best thing, ever. Seriously, ever. Thank you!

A Little Pink... said...

Wow! I'm going to check out that coupon website!

Katie said...

How cute is that mug and that cupcakes print? Adorable!

Doesn't saving money just give you such a sense of accomplishment?? I love it!

Lucky in Love said...

That print is awesome! I love me some cupcakes :)

ae said...

Yummy...can I eat at your house this week?!

zentmrs said...

I just LOVE! I've been using that site for a couple of years and have saved so much!

It did take a while to get into the right mindset (stockpiling certain types of items) and remembering that there is only so much of certain items that one can really use (for a while, there were many nearly free air freshener sprays... I bought all of them, and now have TONS of air freshener... which we actually rarely use).

Once I got through those "growing pains" the site has been a real benefit!

~ Donna ~ said...

LOVE the mug!!!

Phoenix said...

Mug is adorable...and your week's menu made me drool!