Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Just an Everyday Pantry?

Sexy Nerd recently had a birthday and graduated from a fancy-pants program at work, all on the same day. Clearly, this called for something special.

See that pretty white door? It's just your typical, everyday pantry. Go ahead and open the door. Grab yourself a box of Multigrain Cheerios.

***SURPRISE!!!***
(Ahem. The banner is the surprise, not the mess.)


Banner worthy is pretty darn impressive. How do you top something like this? And next year he'll be 30! Geez, perhaps I should've stashed my banner away for another 12 months.

Who am I kidding? Sexy Nerd is such an old man now that he'll have forgotten all about this banner by next year!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pay Attention! Otherwise You Might Be Eaten

At the ripe ol' age of 27, I figure it's time to place higher emphasis on staying in shape. I've been very good about getting up early the last few weeks and going for a walk before work. Yesterday, I walked further than I ever have on my own and, of course, was feeling quite impressive later when I told my coworker how far I'd gone.

She immediately stopped what she was doing. Her eyes grew enormous and she asked, "You walked there this morning?!"

I bragged about how the walk really wasn't very challenging and how you just have to make the time, even if it means setting your alarm for 5am. That wasn't why she was alarmed.

"Didn't you watch the news this morning? Did you hear all the sirens?"

Honestly, I had heard *something* when I started out on my walk, like the sound of a police officer talking on a megaphone the next street over, but I didn't give it much thought. My coworker asked my route again, then pointed out:

"There was a bear on the loose and they were warning all residents to stay inside!"

Oh...Oops.

Come to think of it, the sidewalks did seem oddly deserted. I'm a lucky, lazy duck. My original plan was to loop back to my house, which meant walking down the bear street, but once I'd neared the corner I opted to turn back the way I'd come (gotta save those extra 5 steps!)

Best of all, I was talking to my dad on my cell phone during my walk. He does watch the news and surely had seen the bear warning. Thanks, dad!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fallen Off the Face of the Earth?

Nope! We're still here, albeit semi-absent from the blogging world. Geez, I didn't even post the Not "Baaad" Sundays linky this weekend (tsk, tsk!) Sexy Nerd and I have been 100% distracted by something since last weekend. We are thinking...

...of buying a house!

And not just any old dumpy house either. Well, okay, the house at the top of our list right now is about as dumpy as they come (it's a foreclosure that would need everything redone, including repairing the damage from this winter when all the pipes burst). But it has potential! Over 5000 square feet of potential, actually, which is a bit nuts because we were originally hoping to downsize from our current 2700 sq ft house. We also have a few more reasonably sized homes to visit today and tomorrow.

We're dreading selling our first home, partly because it seems like such an overwhelming process. What if our buyer wants to purchase with a contingency, but then their buyer needs a contingency, and so on? I feel like we could be reliant on the sale of dozens of homes before we can close on ours!

Our current house is so perfect, with everything remodeled to be exactly what we're looking for. Still, there are some tempting homes on the market.

We're going to go check out this pretty house today. Fingers crossed that it's so wonderful we can scrap our silly 5000 sq ft fixer upper idea!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I Bought a Chayote. Now What?

I decided to try a chayote after seeing it on sale at my grocery store for only $0.50 each. I had no idea what to do with chayote (okay, I had no idea what a chayote even was!) and decided to cook it with another ingredient I never know what to do with, cauliflower.

It turned out to be delicious!

Kitchen Pig LOVES Sherry.

 
So healthy and pretty.

I have posted this original recipe on recipezaar.com, but without any ratings, no one sees it. Please rate my recipe!

Chayote with Cauliflower and Sherry
Serves 3; Time to Make: 30 minutes


This is such a yummy recipe. Don't omit the sherry - it's the best part!
  • 1 chayote squash, cut into bite-size pieces, none more than 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 C hot water
  • 2 Tbsp italian seasoning
  • Pinch of curry powder
  • 1/8 C sherry
  1. Heat oil and butter in a large pan, preferably a wok with a lid
  2. Saute onion
  3. Add chayote and cauliflower
  4. Sprinkle generously with italian seasoning
  5. Stir
  6. Add water and cover pan with lid. Reduce heat
  7. Let sit 10 minutes, stir, then let sit another 10 minutes
  8. Add curry powder and sherry
  9. Cover and let sit another 10 minutes, or until chayote is tender
Enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Great Deals at Walgreens & World Market Coupon

Inspired by Passionate Penny Pincher, I decided to maximize my Walgreens deals this week, sans the diapers she had purchased. They are a great price and I'm sure one day I'll wish I'd bought them, but for now, baby-free, it just seemed too weird to buy a package of Huggies! Several drafts and alternate spending scenarios were required for this. You can't just walk into Walgreens willy nilly - that's how they get you!

Here was my plan of attack, factoring in the annoying Walgreens rule that requires an equal or greater amount of items purchased to number of coupons:

To Buy
Omega Smart (cost: $10; Get a $10 register reward) (2 bottles)
Speed Stick 24/7 (cost: 2/$5; Get a $3 register reward)
Revlon Nail Polish (cost: $3.99; Get a $3 register reward)
Pert Shampoo & Conditioner (cost: $3.99; Get a $3 register reward)
Twizzlers (cost: 3/$4)

Existing Register Rewards from Last Week
1 for $1
1 for $2

Transaction #1
Buy 2 Speed Sticks
Use both existing coupons (-$3)
Pay $2
Get $3 reward

Transaction #2
Buy Omega Smart
Use Omega Coupon HERE (-$2)
Pay $8
Get $10 reward

Transaction #3
Buy Pert
Use $1 coupon from 8/14/11 newspaper ads
Buy Revlon Nail Polish
Use $1 coupon from 8/14/11 newspaper ads
Buy Twizzlers (3/$4)
Use $.50 coupon from 8/7/11 (?) newspaper ads
Total So Far: $9.48 (Need to Buy $.52 more to use $10 reward)
Get 2 $3 rewards (now have 3 $3 rewards)

Transaction #4 (different cashier)
Buy 2nd Omega Smart
Buy 3 cheap, miscellaneous items
Use 3 $3 rewards
Use 2nd Omega coupon (-$2)
Get $10 reward (and start this whole crazy process again next week!)

The Omega Smart is an especially good deal. You get 60 pills and the regular price listed on the shelf is about $30! Altogether, I spent $10.75 out of pocket for the 9 items purchased. Not too shabby!

FYI, Sexy Nerd whined the entire 10 minutes we spent at Walgreens. Guys just don't understand the fun of extreme couponing, I guess. Next up, Cost Plus World Market! I never go without a coupon. Click here for a $10 off a $30 purchase coupon.

Here is what I bought and their post-coupon totals:

Set of 4 Condiment Spoons: $3.43

Rice Vinegar: $2.05

World Market EVOO, 2L: $4.80 (Cost Plus also sells a 2L plastic bottle of olive oil that sometimes goes on sale for just slightly more, but the past 2 bottles I've bought have gone rancid before we've been able to use them.)

Chili Oil: $1.71

Organic Miso Hoisin Sauce: $1.72

Plastic Squeeze Bottle (so handy!): $0.68

Sesame Oil: $2.74

Yes, that is a giant Sexy Nerd on the chalkboard. Whyever do you ask?

 
Measure & Pour Glass: $1.37
(I can't believe I've gone all these years without one of these helpful glasses!)

 
Treble & Clef Fork and Spoon: $3.41

Cost Plus also had the cutest cheese serving set ever (did you click the link? Isn't it so cute?!) but I decided to save it for my next $10 off coupon.

So, who else out there scored some snazzy deals over the weekend? Did you buy 40 boxes of pasta? 20 pounds of spaghetti sauce that you've never tried before? Thrifty minds want to know!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Baby Time?

On Saturday, Sexy Nerd and I rode our state money pit, the Rail Runner, from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. It was standing room only for most of the 1 1/2 hour ride, so we were relieved to find two seats at the back of the train. Even better, we found two seats side by side!

I read in the Albuquerque Journal a few weeks ago that New Mexico actually lost so much money on the Rail Runner last year that they could have purchased a Toyota Prius for each and every passenger from 2010 and still come out ahead.

But, I digress.


At the Rail Runner's first stop, a family with a baby boarded. There were many people around, including other families with children, but they asked us if we minded keeping an eye on their stroller.

Easy enough.


So here Sexy Nerd and I were, riding to Santa Fe with a stroller. Another family hopped onto the train. Again, there were plenty of people they could have asked to watch their car seat.


This is how a sign works, isn't it?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Watching Nascar Does This to Me Too

Bloggy friends, who else has come downstairs to find their husband asleep...

on the couch...

with the remote control for the speakers on top of his head?

Be honest.
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