CVS is awesome!

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So I have been shopping the deals at CVS for awhile now, and I have to say that I am just as addicted as ever!

Today’s trip was a good one. I was able to get:

  1. 4 boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats for $10 ($2.50/ea.) – These are Hubbs’ all-time favorite, & I always wait until they go on special before picking them up as they are usually over $3 a box! Unfortunately I didn’t have any coupons, as that would have made this a real steal! Now the trick is getting Hubbs to ration them out so he doesn’t eat them all in two weeks!
  2. Box of 6 Soy Joy Bars ($6.00 & get $6.00 ECB = FREE!) – Again, I could have made this better with some coupons, but I didn’t see them in the Sunday ad this morning & I had thought they were going to be a part of next week’s deals. (it seems that my CVS is a week ahead!) They are not my favorites, but for free, they will make great filler for my carrel. So when I realize that I am starving & I forgot my lunch again, I can subsist on these until the end of the day.

Subtotal = $16.00

I used  a $3/$15 CVS coupon & two ECBs worth $5.98, & $5.99.  (from previous Christmas freebie spree!) for a Grand Total of = $1.03

Yeah! These are the trips that make me so happy 🙂 . Sure, I did have to burn alot of ECBs, but for something like cereal that I know we will definately use & get alot of enjoyment out of, it’s worth it. Plus, with the Soy Joy deal at a limit of 5, there is some opportunity for re-building the stash.

Now I just have to go back tomorrow for more Soy Joy’s ($6.00 ECB) as well as a Kleenex 3-pk. ($1.00 ECB + coupon) & Fructis Shampoo ($2.00 ECB)

Want to learn more about CVS-ing? Visit I Heart CVS, a great resource to see upcoming CVS ads & available coupons. It’s my go-to site for all things CVS.

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Published in: on January 4, 2009 at 7:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Yes Man!

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So Hubbs & I went to see Yes Man this weekend and I have to say that it was pretty funny. Jim Carrey is one of my favorite actors, although for some reason I often end up not enjoying his movies. Anyways, this one was funny, although not over the top hilarious, a la Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. Danny Masterson is also in this & I always find him to be hilarious as well.

The “inspirational guru” reminds me of the guy they have on PBS sometimes. I wonder if that was intentional or if “gurus” just have a certain look. If it was intentional, it’s a pretty subtle joke. Hubbs had no idea who I was talking about & I’m guessing most people wouldn’t get it. 🙂

Overall, I’m glad we saw this one using our Christmas gift card. Otherwise, it probably would be just as good as a rental. (so save your $$!)

Movies I still want to see: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 7 Pounds, & Valkyrie

Published in: on January 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Black-Eyed Peas

So, being a good southern girl, I know that you have to eat Black-Eyed Peas on New Year’s day in order to bring you luck for the whole year to come. And this year I decided that I would attempt to make them myself.

I was so lucky to receive How to Cook Everything, 10th Anniversary Edition, by Mark Bittman, for Christmas. So I busted Mr. Bittman out and started flipping through his “Beans” section. And low & behold, he has a recipe for “Black Beans, Southern Style.” Yeah!

So, I would like to tell you how good this recipe was….but I can’t. Because the store was out of dried Black Eyed-Peas. Guess that’s what I get for trying to buy them on New Year’s Eve! Oh well. Lesson learned – planning ahead is good.

Instead, after a quick re-arranging of our meal plan at the store, I settled on Whole Roasted Chicken with Potatoes & canned Black Eyed Peas. The can is alot smaller than a whole pound of beans would have been, thus our luck for the New Year has already been severely diminished. Sigh. Guess I will just have to hope for something more than luck.

Anyways, as you can see, here is what we ended up eating. Not too bad, if I do say so myself. The chicken & potatoes were also by Bittman.

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This can barely be called a recipe. But here’s what Bittman calls for:

Roast Chicken with New Potatoes, How To Cook Everything, 10th Anniversary Ed.

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, rosemary , marjoram, oregano, or sage leaves or a combination, plus more for garnish (I chose rosemary – it’s my favorite!)
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 whole chicken, 3 to 4 pounds, trimmed of excess fat
1 1/2 to 2 pounds red or white waxy potatoes, the smaller the better, or larger potatoes cut into 1/2-to 1-inch chunks. (2 pounds may seem like alot, but these go fast! We used the whole amount & ended up devouring almost all of them, with just enough for a leftover lunch. Yummy!)

Directions:
1. Heat the oven to 450°F. Mix together the olive oil, herb(s), and some salt and pepper. Put the chicken, breast side up, in a roasting pan (on a rack if you prefer). Toss half of the herb mixture with the potatoes and scatter them in the pan, then put the pan in the oven. After the chicken has roasted for about 20 minutes, spoon some of the herb mixture over it and the potatoes. Shake the pan so the potatoes turn and cook evenly.

2. Shake the pan and baste the chicken again after another 10 minutes; at this point the breast should be beginning to brown (if it isn’t, roast for a few more minutes.) Turn the heat down to 325°F; baste again with the remaining herb mixture, and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 155-165°F. Total roasting time will be 50 to 70 minutes.

3. Remove the chicken and taste a potato; if it isn’t quite done, raise the heat to 425°F and roast while you rest and carve the chicken; it won’t be long. Serve the chicken, garnished with herbs, with the potatoes scattered around it, hot or warm.

Overall, I really liked this dish. Unlike other times when we have roasted chicken, this recipe didn’t fill our whole apartment with smoke. I’m not sure if that is because of the potatoes, or the lower temperature, or what, but I appreciate it! The chicken was super juicy (we let it rest about 10 minutes) and the potatoes were so good. The skin was pretty crispy and a pretty golden color (although we usually don’t eat the skin…kitty seemed to like it though).

Finally, this was super-easy to do & cooked up quickly. I could totally see doing this on a weeknight. Of course, the variations on this are endless, but I think next time I will try putting some spices under the skin (paprika is one of our favorites). This dish will definitely be made again.

Published in: on January 2, 2009 at 10:01 am  Comments (1)  
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What I’m Reading Now

Ahh, Christmas Vacation. The biggest perk about still being in school is the Vacation. Consequently, I have been getting to read alot more books lately. Here’s a quick run-down on what I currently have on my nightstand…

Getting Things Done

1. Getting Things Done, by David Allen
I have read about 2/3 of this book & I am already a total convert. I want to drink the Kool-Aid! Haha, but really, I wish I would have discovered this book sooner. His idea of getting everything out of your head & on to paper is great. I generally have all my stuff together in my head, so I didn’t really think that I needed this. I am generally able to keep it all together pretty well. But I have also seen the offices of several attorneys whom I have worked with & so I know how bad it can get. Hopefully, using these skills I can avoid that outcome. Plus, it appeals to the inner-geek in me who loves getting new office supplies! Filing, weee!

new-moon2 2. New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer
The second book in the Twilight Series, I’ve just started this one. Yes, I know, these books are for pre-teen girls. But one of my good friends insisted I read the first book Twilight and it was pretty good so I decided to give this one a go as well. Not sure how I am going to feel about this one yet…

tr33. Theodore Rex, by Edmund Morris
I got this one off of Paperback Swap, one of my all-time favorite web sites. I didn’t know at the time that this same author had written a previous biography about TR prior to his becoming President, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, I think that this one stands alone pretty well, though. Picking up right at the assassination of President McKinley, this book has been a great read so far. It is amazing how much history can relate to present day. For instance, I was struck by the part of the book where TR has to deal with controversy in the Philippines over “water torture.” The more things change, the more they stay the same…

bwd4. Black & White, and Dead All Over, John Darnton
I picked this one up at the library on a whim. Another one that I’ve just started, although so far its been a nice, easy read. Also, this one must be pretty new because its on check-out for 7 days only. So I better get on it, although its not too long, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Well, I guess that’s it for now. Maybe I’ll post more when I’ve actually finished one!

Published in: on January 1, 2009 at 1:01 pm  Comments (1)  
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Happy New Years 2009!

So, I have finally caved and signed up for a blog. I have resisted thus far because I thought, “why blog, when there are already so many other great blogs out there?” Well,  in my drunken, New Year’s Eve reverie, I though “why not blog?” Plus, I am hoping to distract myself during my last semester of law school. I am told 3Ls are not suppose to study, so I am going to do my best to live up to that command!

So welcome! Come on in & take a look around. I hope that you will join me on this journey called blogging.

Published in: on January 1, 2009 at 10:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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