December 29, 2011

Save on Popcorn and Soda at Regal Cinema!

Regal Cinema has a mobile coupon for a $2.00 small popcorn and $2.00 small soda, December 26th through January 1st.  Visit Regal Cinemas Facebook page by clicking here.  Type in your mobile number and they will text you the coupon.  When you order your popcorn, show the clerk your mobile coupon and she will take the code off your phone to get your discount.  The coupon is also valid for UA and Edwards Theatre.

Don't let your eyes be bigger then your stomach.  Actually a small popcorn and small soda is plenty for a movie.  I couldn't finish my small popcorn and soda the last time we went to the movies.

Make sure you "LIKE" Regals Facebook pages so you can get the weekly mobile coupons.

**We did have one issue with the mobile coupon.  We had it sent to both our phones so we could each get popcorn and soda.  They could only use my coupon, because you need the data package on your cell phone to pull up the coupon code link and my husband doesn't have the data package.

(Image Credit Regal Cinema)


A New Years Eve snack they will love!

Bring your guests in from the cold and serve them Hot Pocket Snackers.  You can't go wrong with the Snackers.  Quick, easy and crowd pleasing, what else could you ask for.  Oh yeah, you could ask for a coupon but you don't have to because you can click right here and get one.  Save $1.00 when you buy two (2) Hot Pockets brand Snackers any size. 

(Image Credit - Hot Pockets)



December 27, 2011


Lowe's is offering 2 new Build and Grow Clinics in January.  January 14th is the Castle and January 28th is the Build-a-saurus. The clinics are FREE to attend and a lot of fun for your children. The first 50 kids to register and be present at the store at 10am will receive a kit, aprons and goggles. Recommended ages for the project is Grades 1st - 5th. Make sure you click here to register your child today.



December 22, 2011

Save a lot of $$$ using Target Coupons!

Target is offering $244.75 in available printable savings coupons on their website. Everything from food, toys, household, personal care and clothing. Click on the Target bullseye, go to coupons and print what you would like.

Happy Shopping,


Homemade Pie is the best!

Give your Holiday pies a little extra love this year.  Forget those frozen pie crusts, it's time you dust off your Joys of Cooking cookbook and make them from scratch.  Gold Medal Flour is offering a $.25 coupon to help you purchase the flour.  Click here for the coupon.  If you shop at Target you can save another $.50 using Target's coupons.

This year you will be able to take full credit for making the whole pie, that's if it tastes good.  If it doesn't taste good, you can alway blame it on being store bought! (that's our little secret)

Happy Baking,


December 21, 2011

Santa's On His Way!

Have those cookies ready and don't forget to leave water for the reindeers because...Santa is coming! 

You can track Santa using these fun sites.


You and the kiddos can track Santas whereabouts using the Official Santa Tracker.

Google Maps

This year you can also use NORAD to track Santa's flight from your phone. On December 24th, open Google Maps for mobile and do a search for "Santa" to see his latest location.

Santa App

Yes, there is an app for that...Santa that is! You can download the Santa Tracker HD app HERE. For $1.99 you can count down the days until Christmas with daily messages from Santa Claus and his elves and then track his flight around the world from the North Pole to your town on Christmas Eve!

Santa Update

Gives out pre-launch updates and the latest headlines from the North Pole. Click HERE.  This is a fun website!

I want to thank Swanky Baby for sharing these fun sites.  This is a great site for your swanky baby, toddler and kids!

Have fun tracking Santa.  Don't feed him to many cookies.  I want him to be able to fit down my chimney.


December 20, 2011

Wishing Beautiful Holiday images
Christmas Cards Graphics

I hope you have a safe and wonderful Holiday! Thank you for following my blog. I appreciate all your comments and the new friendships I have made.   I am looking forward to sharing more savings, giveaways and freebies in the new year. 

Happy Holidays,


It's time to make your grocery list.

As we all start making our grocery list for this weekends festivities, I thought I would send a few coupons your way.

Coupons to help you set your table:

Vanity Fair Napkins - Save $1.00 on 2  - Click here 

Chinet Tablecovers - Save $1.00 on 2 - Click here 

Coupons to help you put food on the table:

Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls - Save $.50 on 2 - Click here

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter - Save $1.00 OFF - Click here

Pillsbury Refrigerator Grands - Save $.30 on 2 - Click here

Armour Meatballs - Save $1.00 of 2 - Click here

Coupons in case your mother-in-laws holiday cooking is doing crazy things to your stomach (hahaha):

Maalox Advanced - Save $1.50 - Click here

Gas-X - Save $1.00 - Click here

Have fun shopping!


Mom I signed you up to bring in cookies.

Don't be unprepared when your child comes home from school the day before his/her holiday party this week and says, "Mom I signed you up to bring in cookies tomorrow".  Let Pillsbury come to your rescue.  I suggest you stock up today on Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough.  Making Pillsbury cookies is quick and easy and right now you can save $1.00 on two.  Click here to get your coupon.

Happy Baking!


December 19, 2011

Make Ahead Monday Dinner Review!

Sorry I am posting this after 8 pm.   This was one of those nights where I was on the go and ate late!  Tonight we had Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Dinner.  There was only 3 of us tonight.  The meal had nice flavor and the house smelled great when we walked in.  The chicken was a little on the dry side, but the vegetable were very good.  The small pearl onions really added to the flavor.  When I asked my 6 year old how he liked it, he said the chicken was dry and he didn't like the vegetables.  So I guess tonight only the adults in the house like dinner.  My husband and I rate this meal a 7.

Today my husband took the picture for me because I wasn't home when they started eating.  So this was the best picture of the two.  I am still laughing at the second picture.  I asked him to take one of the crock pot and one with the food on the plate.  Let's just say he tried and I love him for helping me out with my blog.

If you have a recipe you would like us to try, let me know. We would love to try it!

The recipe for this was posted yesterday if you would like to try it.



One more last minute gift idea for him!

You can give the him the gift of a clean shave and soft face!  Don't let razor stubble drive you crazy any more.  The both of you will love his new Philips Norelco Bodygroomer, Hair Clippers or Multigroom Pro.  The best part of getting him this gift is that you can save $5.00 OFF.  Click here to print your coupon.

Here to a little more cheek to cheek time bringing in the New Year!


Bring Beethoven home for Christmas!

You can bring Beethoven's Christmas Adventure home for Christmas and save money doing it!  Click here for your $3.00 OFF coupon.

This is the best way to bring home a dog for Christmas and not have the mess and stress!



There is still time to save!

You can save $10.00 OFF when you purchase one (1) Fisher-Price Little Mommy Doll (available at Walmart).  Click here to get your coupon.


I am sure every little girl would love to have one of these Little Mommy Dolls.  Get yours now before they are gone.


Save $52.49 using coupons from January's Issue!

The January issue of ALL YOU has $52.49 worth of coupons inside. Next time you are at Walmart make sure you pick up your copy of ALL YOU magazine. Each month they offer many great coupons and money saving tips. I love this magazine!

You can also visit their website and sign up for daily freebie alerts.  Click here to visit there website.

Happy Clipping,


December 18, 2011

Make Ahead Monday Recipe!

I will be making Chicken and Roasted Vegetables Dinner in my crock pot on Monday. After dinner my family will give a review of how they liked or disliked it. Below is the recipe.  

Chicken and Roasted Vegetables Dinner

1 lb. unpeeled small potatoes (6-8)
2 cups ready-to-eat baby carrots
1 cup frozen small whole onions (from 1 lb. bag) thawed
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/2 teas. salt
1/8 teas. pepper
1 jar (12 oz) chicken gravy
1 1/2 cups Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers frozen sweet peas, thawed

Spray 3-4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.  Place vegetables, except peas in the bottom.  Sprinkle chicken thighs with salt and pepper and place over vegetables.  Pour gravy over top.

Cover, cook on low heat setting for 8-10 hours.  Stir in peas.  Increase heat setting to HIGH.  Cover; cook 15 minutes longer or until peas are tender.

I invite all of you to join me on MAKE AHEAD MONDAY and make this crock pot meal and have your family review and rate it. Then post your review in the comments of my review post. My family loves rating the meal.  Get your family involved they will love reviewing it with you.

I am always looking for a new recipe to try. So, any of my followers who join in the fun, post a review with a photo of the meal can send me a recipe to try. When we try your recipe I will mentioned your blog, a brief description of your blog and a link to your blog.  If you don't have a blog and you join in on the fun, I will just post your first name and last initial.

Hope to see you in the kitchen tomorrow!


December 17, 2011

Day 5 - Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011!

I received details from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark about the Betty 10 - Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011! Today is Day 5 of posting the 10 hottest trends. 

Trend #9 - D-I-Y for D-O-G

Man’s best friend deserves man’s best effort.

Dog Bark

Click here for the Dog Bark recipe.

Trend #10 - Food Craft

The kitchen is the new craft room.

Chocolate Coal Lumps

Click here for the Chocolate Coal Lumps recipe.

These new trends look so yummy. Thank you Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark for sharing with me.

I hope you enjoyed the 10 Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011 and try making some for your family, friends and pets.

(Images from Betty Crocker)

More deals to help you shop for that special man!

Men's Wearhouse is having a Weekend Sale for 3 days only.  There are many great deals.  Here are a few:

All Men's Slippers are 50% OFF (reg. price $14.99 - 89.99).  Use online code SLIPPERW.

Buy One Get One FREE on Everything (**Excludes shoes and Weekend Deals)  *See website for more details.

There is FREE ground shipping on orders until December 19th.

Click here to hop over to their site.  I am sure he would love a new pair of comfy slippers.


Do you still need a gift for the man in your life?

You might want to consider going to your local ACE Hardware Store.  Online they have over $165.00 in E-Rebates and Mail-In rebates for different items he would love.  Click here to see what items have rebates.  Each month they post new rebates.  So make sure you check each month.  You could save on his Birthday and Father's Day presents also.
This Stanley Retractable Knife is one of the items with a rebate.  This knife is regularly $ 11.49.  The rebate is $ 5.00 making the gift only costing you $6.49 plus tax.  What a great deal!  Not only will he love the gift, but he will love the fact that you saved money!

Have fun shopping!


December 16, 2011

It never hurts to ask!

Are you planning a holiday party?  Will you be serving cocktails?  Wouldn't it be nice if you could save money on the ingredients for those cocktails.  Well you just might, if you ask!  Before you check out, make sure you ask if any of the bottles you are purchasing has a mail in rebate.  Or maybe there is something comparable that does have a rebate.  The store near my home has a little basket on the end of the counter with all the rebates in it.  Your store probably has them also, just ask!

I hope you enjoy these savings, but please remember to drink responsibly.  I love having you as part of my blog family.  It wouldn't be the same without you here!

Have a safe and fun holiday!


Day 4 - Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011!

I received details from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark about the Betty 10 - Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011! Today is Day 4 of posting the 10 hottest trends. Each day I will post 2 more trends.

Trend #7 - Veggie Love

Once just tolerated, vegetables are now celebrated.

Sweet Potato Hummus

Click here for the Sweet Potato Hummus recipe.

Trend #8 - Shareworthy & Allergen-Friendly

Allergen-friendly foods may be free from things like nuts, dairy and eggs, but shouldn’t be free from flavor.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

Click here for the Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread recipe.

These new trends look so yummy. Thank you Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark for sharing with me.

Check back tomorrow for Trends #9 and #10.

(Images from Betty Crocker)

Your Bleachable Moments!

Did you ever think your Bleachable Moments would earn you a $.50 coupon or possibly even $25,000.  Well it can!  Visit Clorox's Facebook page, click like and share your moments.  You instantly get the coupon and will be entered in for a chance at $25,000.  If Clorox chooses your story as one of their daily Awkward Moments you will also have a chance to win a $100 Gift Card.  So start thinking about those Bleachable Moments you have had and hop over to Clorox's Facebook page and start sharing!  Click here to hop over to their page.

I can wait to read your Bleachable Moments!

Good luck,


BK's new Fries - Like or Dislike?

You could tell that is was FREE Fries day at Burger King.  The line was longer then I have ever seen there.  It was kind of funny listening to these young high school boys in line talking to each other about how to ask for their free fries.  It must have been the first time they ever got free stuff with out the help of their parents.  Well you are waiting for my response regarding if I liked or disliked the new fries recipe so I'll stop talking about people waiting in line.  I actually LIKED the new fries.  I don't feel like they were a lot different, but they did seem lighter and crispier.  My friend also thought they were good and were crispier.  So that is two (2) LIKES.

Did you get your FREE fries?  Did you like or dislike them?  Post a comment and let me know.  I love reading your comments.



Dont' forget to stop over at Burger King today and get your FREE Fries!  If you stop and try them I would love to hear what you thought of their new recipe.  I am going to BK for lunch today and will let you know my thoughts later.

Hope you are having a good day!


December 15, 2011

Something new and she actually liked it!

Tonight we tried Old El Paso Mexican Rice.  When I pulled it out of the pantry I thought I was going to be the only one eating it.  It was something new and my kids are usually picky. It was the easiest thing I have ever cooked.  You cut a one (1) inch opening in the top of the pack for venting, place it in the microwave and cook for 60 seconds.  When I pulled it out of the microwave my 16 year old daughter said, "boy that smells spice".  So I didn't think she would even try it .  But I was wrong.  She actually liked it and said it had good flavor.  Can you believe it, she liked it, something new!  My husband and I also liked it, my son wouldn't try it though.  Next time I am at the store I am going to see if they have other flavors.  You should try it!  

Easy cooking and a happy family, that's what I love!


Day 3 - Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011!

I received details from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark about the Betty 10 - Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011! Today is Day 3 of posting the 10 hottest trends. Each day I will post 2 more trends.

Trend #5 - Skinny Cocktails

Here’s the skinny! Drinking high-calorie cocktails is so last year.

Skinny Clementine Martini

Click here for the Skinny Clementine Martini Recipe.

Trend #6 - Better Then Bought

From canning to candy making, there’s a renewed interest in handcrafted foods.

Cajeta Caramel Fudge

Click here for the Cajeta Caramel Fudge recipe.

These new trends look so yummy. Thank you Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark for sharing with me.

Check back tomorrow for Trends #7 and #8.

(Images from Betty Crocker)

Get your Savings and Solutions!

Arm & Hammer want you to save money, give you answers to your everyday household questions and allow you the chance to win $5,000 in their Secret Sweeps!  You can get over $10.50 worth of coupons in there Saving Center.  Don't just hop over to their site, you should fly over there and start saving now!  Click here to fly over to Arm & Hammer!

Hope you enjoy the trip.  Come back and see me some time again for more savings!


Save with Hood coupons!

Savings you can count on from products you can trust!  Hood is offering $6.50 worth of different coupons on their website.  Click here to hop over to Hood and get your coupons.  Limit 2 prints per coupon.

(Image from Hood)

Happy Clipping,


December 14, 2011

Day 2 - Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011!

I received details from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark about the Betty 10 - Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011!  Today is Day 2 of posting the 10 hottest trends.  Each day I will post 2 more trends.

Trend #3 - Color.  Flavor.  Fun.

Traditional baked goods are being transformed with bright colors and playful flavors.

Cake Batter Cookie Stackers

Click here for the Cake Batter Cookie Stackers recipe.

Trend #4 - From Cave to Kitchen

Forget the man cave. Today guys are in the kitchen making (or at least appreciating) really good food.

Mantastic Fried Chicken 'n' Waffle Sandwich

Click here for the Mantastic Fried Chicken 'n' Waffle Sandwich.

These new trends look so yummy. Thank you Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark for sharing with me.
Check back tomorrow for Trends #5 and #6.
(Images from Betty Crocker)

Save with Karo Syrup!

Karo Syrup is offering a $.35 coupon on their website. Every year Karo Corn Syrup looks for new and exciting reasons for you to bake or cook your favorite recipe or to find new ones! Click here for the coupon.

Join Karo Corn Syrup in the fight to end breast cancer forever. For the second year Karo is partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help find the cure against Breast Cancer.

(Image from Karo Syrup)

Happy Baking,


Save the Fry Date!

Burger King has all new fries. They’re hot. They’re perfectly salted. And for one day only, they’re free. Get over to a Burger King near you December 16th to experience them. You don’t want to be the one who wasn’t there.  No purchase necessary. One free value size French Fry per person, per visit. At participating restaurants. Offer good December 16, 2011 only. While supplies last.



December 13, 2011

Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011!

I received details from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark about the Betty 10 - Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011!  I am going to share two (2) trends a day.  By the end of the week you will have a bunch of new recipes that you can try and use for your holiday parties and dinners.

Trend #1 - Double Desserts

Taking two desserts and mixing and mashing them together is one of our favorite trends.

Pumpkin Pie Cookies

Click here for the Pumpkin Pie Cookies Recipe.

Trend #2 - Boozy Baking

From booze cakes to cocktail pies, bakers everywhere are bringing the bar into the kitchen.

Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes

Click here for the Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe.

These new trends look so yummy.  Thank you Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark for sharing with me.

Check back tomorrow for Trends #3 and #4.

(Images from Betty Crocker)

Entertain with Pepperidge Farm!

Don't worry if you haven't had time to bake Christmas cookies this year.  Pepperidge Farms is here for you and to help you even more they are offering a $1.00 OFF any two (2) packages of cookies on their website.  Get your cookies now to have on hand.  You never know who may stop by for a little Holiday cheer.  Santa loves Pepperidge Farms Cookies! 

Pepperidge Farms is also offering two (2) other coupons for $1.00 OFF their Crackers and $1.00 OFF their Puff Pastry.

Click here to get your coupons.



Little Debbie Christmas Giveaway!

You could win a $1,500 bundle of today's hottest gadgets!  Little Debbie is sharing the tradition and giving away awesome gifts on their Facebook page.  Grand Prize is a Super Stocking stuffed with a Mobile GPS Navigator, Digital Camera, Hand-Held Gaming System, Portable Blu-Ray Player, Balanced Audio Player and E-reader.  They are also giving away weekly prizes.  Don't miss your chance to win.  Click here to hop over to their Facebook page to enter.

My family loves Little Debbie!

Good luck!


December 12, 2011

Scotch Holiday Wrap-Up Giveaway!

Don't miss out on entering the Scotch Holiday Wrap-Up Giveaway.  10 lucky winners will win a Scotch Brand prize pack (each prize pack has a $50 value).  Click here to hop over to Scotch Facebook page to enter.  Click "LIKE" and fill out the form.  Good luck, I hope one of my followers win!


Tide is offering a $2.00 coupon.

Doing laundry is so much more fun when you have saved a little money buying the detergent.  Tide has over 300,000 coupons for $2.00 OFF to giveaway this week on their Facebook page (while supplies last).  Click here to hop over to their page, click on 6X coupon, fill out the form and your coupon will arrive by mail in 4-6 weeks. 

Happy clipping,


Make Ahead Monday Dinner Review!

Tonight we had Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes.  There was only three of us eating tonight.  We all really liked it.  This was the first time I cooked sweet potatoes for dinner other then on a holiday.  It was a nice change.  Everything was cooked perfect.  The roast was very moist and and easy to cut.  The potatoes were tender and not to mushy.  My husband and I both gave this a 9.  My 6 year old son doesn't like sweet potatoes, but he gave the pork a 10.  I will definitely make this meal again in the future and I recommend that you make it for your family to try sometime.

If you have a recipe you would like us to try, let me know. We would love to try it!

The recipe for this was posted yesterday if you would like to try it.



December 11, 2011

Santa just made my son's night!

He just received a video from Santa in my email inbox.  We were so surprised that Santa knew my email address.  He loved the video so much we had to watch it a couple of times.  Santa knew so much about him and even had pictures of him, his sister and us.  He knew his favorite color, the special toy he wants, what he has accomplished last year and what he would like him to work hard on this coming year.

Your child can also receive a video from Santa.  It is very easy to make and it's FREE!  It took me about 5 minutes.  You fill out the magical form with a few questions about your child, upload a few pictures and you are done.  Within a few minutes you have the video in your inbox.  It is that easy.  Click here to hop over to Magic Santa by

I would like to thank Freebies 4 Mom for sharing this on her Facebook page.  Freebies 4 Mom is one of my favorite blogs.

I hope you enjoy the video!


Calgon Take Me Away!

Is Holiday shopping stressing you and your body?  Do you need Calgon to take you away?  If you answered YES then you need to hop over to their website and print the $1.00 OFF any product coupon they are offering.  Click here to hop over to their site.

I hope you take some time to relax!


Make Ahead Monday Recipe!

I will be making Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes in my crock pot on Monday. After dinner my family will give a review of how they liked or disliked it. Below is the recipe. If you would like to make the same Make Ahead Monday meal, you can also write your families review of it in the comment section of my post. Come and join the fun! My family likes being involved in the review process.

Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (2 pound) boneless pork roast
salt and pepper to taste
4 sweet potatoes, quartered
1 onion, quartered
6 cloves of garlic
1 (14.5) ounce can chicken broth

Heat oil in large heavy skillet.  Season meat with salt and pepper, and brown in oil.  In a slow cooker, layer sweet potatoes, onion and garlic.  Place browned roast on top of vegetables and pour in chicken broth. 

Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours.

Happy Cooking,


December 10, 2011

Christmas Challenge!

We all get a lot of pleasure in saving time and money.  This Holiday season you can also get a lot of pleasure out of giving that time and money you have saved.  Now there are only 14 days left until Christmas and I am challenging everyone to give a little of what you have save whether it is time or money back to your local community.  A lot of families are struggling this year due to various reasons across our country.  If you have saved some time in your life, then take your family and volunteer to help at your local food bank or soup kitchen.  If you have saved money using coupons this week, take the money and donate it to one of your local charities who is helping families during the holidays.  Whether you saved $.50 or $100.00, it all can make a difference for someone. 

This Holiday season show your family the pleasures of giving a little of what you saved.  It not only will make a difference for the family you help, but will make a difference for your family.


I would love to hear your comments if your family takes on this challenge or you are going to share it with your followers.  Please share this challenge with your family, friends and followers and get them involved in giving.

Happy Holidays,


December 9, 2011

Date Night!

My husband and I had a great Date Night at the movies last night.  I love being a cheap date!  We used the Fandango tickets I got for 50% OFF from and got $2.00 soda and $2.00 popcorn using the mobil coupons from Regal Cinemas Facebook page. 

You can save on a date night also.  Check Saveology's National and Local deals daily.  The last two months they have offered the Fandango tickets at 50% OFF.  Also visit Regal Cinemas Facebook page click LIKE and you will start receiving their weekly deals.



We have a WINNER!

The winner of the Thirty-One Little's Carry-All Bag is....



You will be receiving an email from me to confirm!  You have 2 days to confirm you are the winner or another winner will be chosen.

Have it your way!

I am going to have it my way and go to Burger King and buy one Whopper and get one Whopper free.  That is the way I like it.  I love getting something FREE!  Burger King is offering a Buy One Whopper and Get One Free December 9, 10 and 11 (at participation restaurants).  Take a friend or co-worker out to lunch today for Whoppers.  They will be so surprised you asked and you will save money buying their lunch.



Excedrin to the rescue!

Don't let your headache bring you down this Holiday season!  Excedrin is offering (3) three coupons on their website to help you save money so you can get rid of your headache fast.  Click here to get your coupons.

December 5, 2011

Save $2.00 with Reynolds Coupons!

Reynolds is offering 2 coupons on their website.  Save $1.00 on (1) one Reynolds Wrap product (excludes 18, 20, 25 and 30 sq.ft. and wrappers) and save $1.00 on Reynold's Parchment Paper.  Click here to get your coupons.  Reynolds makes cleaning easier and also saves you time!

Happy clipping,


Make Ahead Monday Dinner Review!

Tonight we had Chicken Bacon & Swiss Melts.  My family had different views of this meal.  My husband gave this dinner an 8 out of 10, I gave it a 5 and the kids gave it 1.  If I make this again, I would definitely prepare it a little different.  The chicken was very moist, however I felt cooking it on low for 8 hours was to long.  The stuffing was over cooked and really not edible.   Next time I would put the stuffing on top with a little more liquid.

If you have a recipe you would like us to try, let me know. We would love to try it!



December 4, 2011

Make Ahead Monday Recipe

I will be making Chicken Bacon & Swiss Melts in my crockpot this Monday.  After dinner my family will give a review of how they liked or disliked it.  Below is the recipe.   If you would like to make the same Make Ahead Monday meal, you can also write your families review of it in the comment section of my post.  Come and join the fun!  My family likes being involved in the review process.

Chicken Bacon & Swiss Melts

1 box stuffing mix
4 tablespoons water
6 boneless skinless chicken breast (frozen)
12 slices raw bacon
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
6 slices Swiss Cheese

Spray crockpot with cooking spray.  Place the stuffing mix on the bottom, add flavor packet.  Sprinkle with water.  Wrap each frozen breast with 2 slices of bacon.  Place on top of the stuffing mix.  Pour can of soup over top of chicken.  Cook on LOW for 7-10 hours or on HIGH for 5-7 hours.

Place cheese slices on top to melt 15 minutes before serving.

Happy Cooking,


December 3, 2011

FREE Small Popcorn at Regal Cinemas.

If you are going to Regal Cinema this weekend make sure you click here to visit their Facebook page click LIKE and get your mobile coupon for a free small bag of popcorn! Just show your mobile coupon at the ticket booth when you get there. It's that easy!

Make Ahead Monday!

Make Ahead Monday is coming back Monday, December 5th.  We were so busy over the last 3 months that even making a meal ahead didn’t work because we didn’t have time to eat it.  By the time we got home, we only had a chance to change, gather up everyone and head out the door to youth football and cheerleading.  Needless to say, we frequented McDonald’s and Subway a lot during this time or ate later in the evening when we got home.  I have missed Make Ahead Monday’s and sharing my families reviews on the meals.  I would like you to have the opportunity to cook the same meal as I am on Monday and comment on how your family liked or disliked the meal also.  So I am going to post the ingredients for Monday’s meal on Sunday morning so you can shop for the items you don’t have in your pantry.  On Monday morning I will post the recipe.  In the evening on Monday, I will post my families review.  Feel free to post your families reviews of the meal in the comment section of that post.  My family also gives the meal a number of 1 – 10.  1 meaning…Please don’t make that again!  5 meaning…That was ok we can try it again!   10 meaning…That was so AWESOME can we have it again!

As a busy mom on the go having all or part of dinner ready when we get home is a huge time saver.  I hope you join me in making a new crockpot meal every Monday.  If you have a crockpot recipe you would like my family to try, please share it with me.

See you in the kitchen,

Going shopping at Target?

Don't forget to print off your Target coupons before you go shopping. Right now they are offering $291.35 worth of coupons on their website.  Click here to visit there website and search for coupons.  While you are on their website check out the great online sales in every department.

Happy Shopping,


December 2, 2011

Name the Penguins!

Hostess is looking for the perfect names for their Holiday Penguins and they are asking for your help.  Come up with the perfect set of names and you could win.  You can only enter onces, so make it good!  Get your kids involved in helping you think of names for the Penguins.  You could win $2,500 and FREE Donettes for at year.  Click here to visit their Facebook page, click LIKE and enter.

Good luck!


Subway shows appreciation with $2.00 Subs!

December is Customer Appreciation Month at Subway and they are offering $2.00 subs (Cold Cut Combo or Meatball) all month long at participating stores.  I am doing the Happy Dance! I go to Subway at least once a week and get a Cold Cut Combo. Now I can save money each week. I love Customer Appreciation Month!

Save $1.00 on Herr's Chips!

My family really likes Herr's Chips.  My favorite is the Sour Cream & Onion.  I recently found a great coupon from Herr's for $1.00 OFF a bag of chips.  Visit their Facebook page by clicking here.  Click "LIKE" and you will see an icon for the coupon, click and print.  It is that easy!

Happy clipping,


I always love the beginning of the month!

Why you ask?  Because that is when the new coupons come out.  Make sure you hop over to and get the coupons you will use.  Maybe there are coupons you won't use but a friend  will.  It's always nice to share the savings with your family and friends.  You can get to the  site right here on my site.

I hope you save a lot of money this month using coupons!



December 1, 2011

Today is the last day left to enter my Thirty-One Little's Carry-All Bag Giveaway!

Do you love Thirty-One Purses, Totes and Bags? So do I and I am going to share one of my favorite little bags with one of my followers. I am giving away one new Thirty-One Little's Carry-All Bag. This giveaway is powered by Rafflecopter. See below for contest details. You can get up to 6 enteries into the giveaway.  The giveaway starts December 1st and ends December 8th.  If you have any questions, please post a comment.

Good Luck!

Save money with Nestle Coffee-Mate coupon!

Oh the choices!  There are so many flavors to choose from.  My all time favorite is Hazelnut.  But right now they have so many holiday flavors I don't know which to choose, Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread Latte or Warm Cinnamon Sugar Cookie just to mention a few.  If you are having the same problem choosing what flavor to try, then you better click here and print off a $.75 coupon from their website.  The coupon offer is for $.75 off when you buy any two (2) 15 oz. or larger liquid or powder.  When you buy your creamer and try it, let me know what flavor you liked the most.



Cracker Barrel Holiday Sweeps!

Cracker Barrel is one of my favorite restaurants.  I could say I love it because of the food, which I do like, but I love it more for the store.  As soon as I walk in I always check out the clearance corner.  After the holidays, they have the greatest sales.  They have unique products you don't see in every store.  Make sure you stop in after Christmas and see for yourself.  I am sure you will leave with a bag!

Now back to what I was blogging about.  Don't miss your chance to get into the "Great Gifts" Gift Basket Holiday Sweepstakes they are holding.  Click here to get to their sweepstakes page.  You could win one of three Holiday baskets with toys and treats for boys and girls, plus a Cracker Barrel $250 Gift Card.  You could also win 1 of 50 instant prizes.

Good luck!


November 30, 2011


REMINDER: Get your FREE fresh brewed cup of coffee on the 1st of every month at Xtramart. Visit their website for more monthly specials by clicking here.



You could WIN the Ultimate At-Home Game Day Party!

Click here to visit Reese's website to enter the contest!  Enter for your chance to win instantly a Reese's Leather Orange Recliner and one of thousands of Premium Stadium Cushions.  You'll also be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for the Ultimate At-Home Game Day Party.  No purchase necessary!

Good luck!


November 29, 2011

Do you know how to choose the PERFECT Christmas Tree?

A friend of mine owns Morgan Hillside Tree Farm in Windsor, NY.  I asked her, how do you pick out the perfect Christmas Tree?  This is her reply.

How to pick a perfect Christmas tree

Decide when the right time is to place your tree, then gather your family to go visit a tree farm. Make sure you are dressed appropriate for the weather. And bring a camera, this is a perfect time for great pictures!
Before you leave home, measure the height of the ceiling in the room where you will display your tree, remember to leave about a foot of space, for your tree topper as well as the tree stand.
Decide what kind of tree you prefer, Balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Noble fir and Scotch pine hold their needles well. When selecting a tree, run your fingers along the needles and give the tree a shake. If the tree is fresh, the needles should be pliable. Some will fall off, this is a natural shedding, especially with the warmer weather we are experiencing this year. Make sure the base of the tree is straight and long enough to fit easily into the tree stand.

If you buy a pre-cut tree, have about an inch cut off the base to make it easier for the tree to take in water. If you don’t plan to put the tree up right away, place it in a bucket of warm water and stand it in an unheated garage or porch away from the wind and cold.

How to maintain your Christmas Tree
Make sure your stand holds an adequate amount of water, usually at least a gallon. Keep your tree well watered. The first day it may drink up to a gallon of water, then several quarts a day, so check often to prevent the cut from sealing over, which will prevent water intake. There is no need to add anything to the water, plenty of fresh warm, water is best.

Do not place your tree near a heat source. If you have pets or small children, trim lower branches to prevent eye injuries. And hang all fragile ornaments, as well as those with small parts on higher branches, if you prefer with florist wire. Secure your tree to the ceiling, wall or floor to prevent it from tipping over, by itself or aided by children or pets.
After you checked the lights to make sure they work, and have no frayed wires, make sure you place them so you can secure the wires out of sight if possible, to prevent pets from chewing on them. Turn lights off when you go to bed or leave the house.

When it is time to take down your tree, you can wrap it in an old sheet, to help catch shedding needles, or before you place the tree put a tree bag you can easily pull over tree when the time has come.

Please check with your local government for tree recycling.  Broome County website for more info:

If you live in Broome or Delaware County  and would like to cut down your own tree, stop by Morgan Hillside Tree Farm, 2135 Old Rt. 17, Windsor, NY.  For more information visit their facebook page Morgan Hillside Tree Farm or call 607-467-3297.

Great Savings at Jo-Ann Store!

Today I stopped into the local Jo-Ann Store and found many items at 50% OFF.  Everything from Christmas florals, fabrics, decorations, ornament and accessories.  The sale ends on December 3rd.  Make sure you stop into your local Jo-Ann Store and get some savings for yourself.  Check online before you go to see if their website has any in-store coupons. 

Happy Shopping!


Holiday Exclusives from Folgers!

Folgers Wakin' Up Club is giving away eight weeks of wonderful holiday prizes! Become a Wakin' Up Club member today and enter for your chance to win this week’s exclusive prize.  Click here to visit Folgers and enter the giveaway!

You are able to put in one entry per person, per day!  They have a lot of great prizes don't miss out on your chance to win.

Good luck!


Recycle Trash to Treasures!

I found a great blog to share with all of you. If you are crafty and want to save money by turning your trash into treasures, click here.   I love her creativity! I hope you learn new ways to recycle and create beautiful items for yourself and your home.



November 28, 2011

Pampered Chef Cyber Deal!

Pampered Chef is offering a Cyber Monday FREE Shipping deal with a $75.00 online purchase. They have great gift items for everyone on your shopping list.  Click here to see all the products.

Partylite Cyber Monday Deal!

Don't miss out on the Partylite Cyber Monday deals. Save 30% off the Online Outlet.  If you are a waxaholic now is the time to get your wax.  Click here to see the Online Outlet.

My Cyber Monday wish for you!

I wish your coffee cups is always full of hot coffee or tea, your inbox full of awesome Cyber deals, your wallet full of money to spend and your chair comfortable to sit in all day while you shop!

Hope you have fun shopping!


November 27, 2011

Get great deals on name brand items!

I am excited to be a member of Ideeli. Ideeli offers limited-time sales that feature incredible brands at exceptional prices. Every day at 12 Noon EST, more than a dozen new sales showcase fashion for men, women and children, home d├ęcor and travel, offering the thrill of discovery and the satisfaction of a deal. Sign up to become a member and you too can receive notification of all the daily sales. It's FREE to join, make sure you click on the link below to visit their site and see for yourself all the great deals on name brand items. Invite your friends and receive a $25.00 credit when they make a purchase.

Thanks to Style n' Decor Deals for sharing this deal.

Click here to sign up for your FREE membership.

Followers - Join this site!

I originally didn't have the Followers listed on my blog.  I just recently added this to my blog.  Please feel free to click on Join and start following my blog.  I hope you get some money and time saving tips from being a follower. 

Don't forget to click "LIKE" for my Facebook page as well.  If you have a money or time saving tips you would like to share, I would love to share it with my Facebook friends!

I look forward to hearing from you!


Save money with a Knoebels Gift Certificate!

Knoebels Amusement Park is offering discounted Gift Certificates for ride tickets and food vouchers for next years season!  If you love Knoebels like my family does, then don't miss out on the savings.  Get your gift certificates now.  Click here to visit Knoebels website to learn more.  They offer 3 great ways to get the Gift Certificates.  You can stop by the park, call in your order or print off the form below and mail it in with your payment.

I am sure they will scream like they are on a roller coaster when they receive a gift certificate from Knoebels.

Enjoy the savings,


Don't forget Cyber Monday!

Cyber Monday is tomorrow, November 28th.  Are you ready to get those Cyber deals?  Here are a few tips I found to help us all with shopping on Cyber Monday.

I found these recommendations and tips on

Best Overall:

Amazon and Zappos

Amazon really pioneered online-only shopping and they continue to do so. We connected with the company and they'll have a range of offers throughout the day along with "Lightning Deals." They show you the percentage off, which is a nice way to really get your head around how good a deal something is. Amazon Prime makes checking out incredibly fast, because you'll have a one-click buying option and free shipping on most items. Once people join Amazon Prime, Amazon tends to become their shopping default, meaning they'll check there before trying anywhere else.

You've got to hand it to Zappos. They offer free shipping both ways 365 days a year. I've never had an issue with them, and that includes returning several big boot boxes this fall. I should point out, they're known for shoes, but they now sell apparel, too, and offer free two-way shipping offer holds.

Best Electronics:

Walmart and Best Buy

Walmart's whole mantra is "everyday low prices" and that holds true online. This year they're reporting they'll have 250 online-only Cyber Week specials. actually has tons of items you won't find in their stores.

Best Buy is pulling out all the stops online this year. Their stores are known for having really helpful guys and girls in blue shirts to answer all your tech questions, and this year online, the site is pretty well organized to give gift giving suggestions. Electronics is such a hot category, so it's an area where people really do want to know what's hot for men, women, teens and kids. They've even got a tech gifts section for sports fans - win-win.

Best Jewelry Deal:

LivingSocial with Blue Nile

Living Social and Groupon are known for providing local deals. Watch for Living Social to really break out with some national deals. For instance, it's already been announced that BlueNile - the online jeweler - will be partnering with Living Social to offer $200 worth of merchandise for $100. So, right off the bat, you'd DOUBLE your buying power if you go this route. Then, using the $200 voucher on Blue Nile means you'll get more bling - and we're talking the real thing - for your buck. This is a Cyber Monday power move!

Best Creative Gift:
GetMaineLobster and Restoration Hardware

What's the point of having millions of items to select from online, if you don't get a little creative. This idea will really get the recipients attention! You can deliver live lobsters or give a gift certificate to order live lobsters - and to be clear - they arrive moving in the box. The only issue is you need to be sure the recipient is around to receive the order and that the dog - having learned from experience - doesn't discover the package first. I like the idea of giving this gift and then enjoying it on New Year's. If you order on Cyber Monday, they're offering 40 percent off their Surf & Turf special. Good stuff.

Every year the Restoration Hardware stocking stuffers get better and better. They're not always cheap, but they're really unique - and there are hundreds of them - everything from Slinkys to survival kits in sardine cans.

Best Free Gift Wrapping:

Neiman Marcus

This is one of the best-kept secrets, especially if there's someone on your list you're trying to impress - a boss or an in-law perhaps - you can order an item on and they'll gift wrap it for free. They don't even offer that in the store. And, trust me, the gift will look like a million bucks. So, if you purchase an ornament that's $25, by the time Neiman's does their thing and it arrives, it'll look like the Royal Family sent it.



One of the things people get burned on is not understanding that it's not enough to have an item in your virtual shopping cart. Usually it's not yours until you actually complete the checkout process. In the case of "flash" or "lightning sales" - a limited quantity of a certain item being offered for a limited time at a certain price - minutes can matter. Amazon even has a ticker to show you how much time left you have to make final decision before you let go of the item. Here's what you can do to get ready: Consider registering with your favorite online shopping sites if you haven't already, because it makes the checkout process a lot quicker. Amazon even has one-click buying - it doesn't get faster than that. Of course, keep in mind, the whole "flash" concept is designed to create a sense of urgency. I am not suggesting you fall for that, but if you need a certain size in a particularly popular color and you find it at a price you like, hustle. Some of the best deals can go in a matter of minutes.


Not to ruin it for everyone, but even though online shopping feels like "magic" sometimes, there's no "magical" way to pay for the items. So, think ahead to what "currency" you want to use. You may have airline points or rewards points that can be used to increase your shopping budget or offset the cost. If you go this route, consider buying gift cards for yourself and then using them to shop, as the redemption rate is better -- sometimes twice as good -- as it is if you buy merchandise directly using points. Another power move that's even more popular this year is to make sure you're using a card that's earning cash-back rewards. In the case of Bank of America's BankAmericard, you can actually have the cash back deposited directly into your checking or savings account, so there's no change in behavior -- just shop as you normally would and then when you go to pay your bills, the cash-back you've earned will be there to draw on.


Coupon codes use to have an element of "secrecy." Now, they're widely available and can mean up to 15 to 40 percent off your entire purchase or be the difference between getting free shipping or not. Sometimes you have to seek them out. If you also get catalogs in the mail, check the catalog inserts for codes. Here's an insider tip: If you are not usually a real bargain bee or have not insisted on free shipping in the past, don't expect your catalog to be sprinkled with stickers offering the very best incentives. Offers are based on your shopping behavior to date and the incentives are calibrated accordingly. You can call the retailer or email their customer service to check if you have the "best" available code. Bottom line: If there is a box for a "promo code" as part of the checkout process that means it exists.

Many sites gather coupon codes or by googling the "name of retailer + coupon code." Some sources are, CouponSherpa, CouponMountain, FatWallet, BradsDeals. There have been some scams in this arena. Remember: you should never have to pay for coupon codes.

It's also smart to sign up for email newsletters from your favorite retailers or "follow" them on Twitter and "friend" them on Facebook. Sometimes they'll reveal coupon codes there and you may have first-mover advantage on special offers revealed on the fly. You can always unsubscribe after the holidays. 

I hope you find many great deals that save you a lot of money!  Thank you for all the great information.

Happy Shopping!


November 26, 2011

Saving money can sometimes be exhausting!

You don't realize how exhausting saving money can be until you can't keep your eyes open any longer.  After long hours shopping late on Thanksgiving night and Black Friday then shopping again later Friday, 8 hours of sleep just doesn't seem like enough.  Then I have to ask myself, what did I really save?  Yes, I did get a few of the sales I wanted.  However, I also bought a few other sales items that I didn't need because I couldn't pass up the deal!  I know those other items will be used as gifts so I guess I shouldn't beat myself up over it!  I really didn't even see a lot of items I just had to have.  The best part was continuing the tradition of shopping on Black Friday with my sister in law.  Now our teenage daughters also join us!  The hustle and bustle of Black Friday is exhausting, but really makes for some great memories and we did save a bunch of money!



November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.  If you are traveling, I wish you a safe trip and no backed up traffic.

If you are going Black Friday shopping I hope you find many great money saving deals and don't have to wait in long lines to check out.

See you in the check out line!


November 23, 2011

Don't miss out on the Klondike coupon!

On Klondike's Facebook page they are offering a $1.00 off your next purchase of any two multipacks.  If you are ready for a Klondike bar click here to go to their Facebook page.  "LIKE" their page and print your coupon.



November 22, 2011

Wegman's bakery is the best by far!

I have to admit I have become addicted to Wegman's cinnamon swirls.  Yes, I do enjoy something sweet with my coffee at work.  I used to stop at our local donut chain store on my way to work and would get frustrated because the drive thru line as well as the indoor line would be so long.  Then after waiting so long in line they wouldn't have the donut that I really wanted.  I can't say that I have ever had that problem at Wegman's.  When I stop on my way to work, I always get a great parking spot and never wait to get my donut because it is self serve.  The donuts, pastries and muffins are baked fresh daily, there is a large variation and the price is reasonable as well.  I usually don't have to wait in the check out line either.  I am in and out of there quick.  If you like to have that sweet treat with your coffee at work and drive by or near Wegman's it's well worth it to stop.  Especially when you take that first bite of your donut and it just melts in your mouth!

I am sure they are calorie FREE also!  :)



November 21, 2011

Save $91.47 with ALL YOU Magazine!

The December issue has $91.47 worth of coupons inside. Next time you are at Walmart make sure you pick up your copy of ALL YOU magazine. Each month they offer many great coupons and money saving tips. I love this magazine!

You can also visit their website and sign up for daily freebie alerts. Click here to go to their website.



November 19, 2011


Lowe's is offering 2 new Build and Grow Clinics in December. December 3rd is the Caboose and December 10th is the Coal Car.  The clinics are FREE to attend and a lot of fun for your children. The first 50 kids to register and be present at the store at 10am will receive a kit, aprons and goggles. Recommended ages for the project is Grades 1st - 5th.   Make sure you click here to register you child today.

Are you working on Black Friday?

If you are working on Black Friday, Seattle's Best Coffee thinks you deserve a FREE coffee.  Visit Seattle's Best Coffee facebook page by clicking here.  Make sure you click "LIKE" on the page.  Click "YES" that you are working on Black Friday, fill out your name and address for your FREE sample to be mailed to you, then print a $2.00 coupon for a 12 oz. bag of Seattle's Best Coffee.

Gotta love Black Friday!



November 18, 2011

Walmart Black Friday Flyer!

You can start making your Black Friday shopping list early. 

Click here for the Walmart Black Friday flyer.

Happy Shopping!


November 17, 2011

Your child can get free Chuck E. Cheese tokens!

Chuck E. Cheese is offering FREE Thanksgiving activities for your children.  You can print off the "10 THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR" page, fill it out, take it to Chuck E. Cheese and celebrate what your children are thankful for with 10 FREE tokens.  You can also print off I'm Thankful Cards they can fill out and a Thanksgiving coloring page.

Click here to visit the Chuck E. Cheese activities page.


Starbucks has a great holiday special.  Buy one holiday drink and get one free.  This special is valid at participating stores November 17th - 20th from 2 - 5 pm.  Stop in and enjoy the flavors of the holidays!



November 3, 2011

Using a layaway can help you budget your holiday money!

When money is tight using a layaway for your holiday gift shopping can prove to be a huge help with budgeting your holiday money.  Below are a few store who are offering holiday layaways in the Southern Tier of New York.

Boscov's - Offers a 30 day layaway on clothing and a 60 day layaway on household items.

Walmart - Holiday layaway on Toy's and Electronics only.  Item must be $15.00 or more.  There is a $5.00 service charge, 10% down, $50.00 minimum, $10.00 cancellation policy.

K-Mart - Offers an 8 week layaway over $150.00.  You musts put 10% down and make a 25% payment every 2 weeks.

Sears - Offers an 8 weeks layaway.  There is a $5.00 initiation fee and you must make a payment every 2 weeks.

Burlington Coat Factory - Offers an 8 week layaway.  There is a $5.00 fee and 20% down.

These are a few that I know about.  If you know about another store layaway, please share it with our blog family by posting a comment.

Happy Shopping!


October 31, 2011


REMINDER: Get your FREE fresh brewed cup of coffee on the 1st of every month at Xtramart. Visit their website for more monthly specials by clicking here.

Gardening with Mr. C. - Save money with DIY gardening.

Karen P. responded to my 09/18 - 09/25 survey with the question "Is there something I should do to my garden before winter? (see archive item g and comments). " I gave her a short response and promised to write more in my next article. Even though the snow came before I got to write this (the snow has melted and the sun shines again) there are still things you can do with your gardens (vegetable, herb, and flower), as well as lawns, young trees, berry bushes, and garden log. Because of the number of topics, I did not include the pictures I planned to use.  However, I will if you comment back that you want me to expand on any of these subjects.

Vegetable gardens:  The more you can do now, the less you will have to do in the spring and the better your garden will do next season. I start by removing my tomato cages, bending the bottom tines so they stack easier. I pull up and  dispose of tomato and squash vines to prevent spread of blight and borers. If there are any corn stalks that were too small for decorating, I trash them also for the same reason. Because the beds don't get walked on, the soil is not packed down. If needed, I loosen the soil (I don't turn it over as that upsets the structure the earthworms have developed - let the top-soil remain on top). I insert my spading fork into the soil, move the handle back and forth. This makes it easier to pull any weeds that remain. Corn stalk roots and some weeds with long roots require more aggressive digging to remove (more of a lift and shake). Then I apply about a half inch layer of compost (Agway has a supply if you don't). The snow and rain will leach nutrients into the loose soil.

I still have garlic growing that was missed during harvest because I waited so long to pull them that the tops were gone. Since they have already multiplied, I will divide and transplant them (or they will crowd each other and be stunted) as a start on next years' crop. I'll plant more as soon as I finish cleaning up (for more on garlic, see archive 7/31 - 8/07).  I also have green peppers, which I cover on cold nights because I still have peppers too small to pick. The leaves only freeze where the weed cloth/tarp touches them. The swiss chard, cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, which are all quite hardy and are still ok. Pole beans that have dried before the freeze will be picked and planted next year.

Herb gardens: Pick and dehydrate remaining leaves (see archive 09/25 - 10/02). Loosen the soil and pull weeds. If  you have second year parsley or dill with dried seeds, save and/or scatter them for next year (they will survive the winter and grow when the soil warms). Cover with a thin layer of compost/soil mix.

Flower beds: If you have annuals which are going to seed, pick off the seed clusters. Spread enough seeds to crowd out any potential weeds and save or give away the extra seeds. Cut down any dead stalks. I wait till the very end of the growing season to mow down anything that is still green (iris, lilies, etc) to allow the tops to feed the roots.  Don't forget to dig up your gladiola bulbs and dahlia tubers (ref. archive 8/14 - 8/21).

Lawns: You should gradually lower the mower blade to about two inches before winter. Not only will that benefit the spring growth, but if your neighbors leaves land on your grass, they will blow on by (your other neighbors may not be pleased ).  Personally I want leaves for next seasons' compost so I have developed an art of collecting them from my dozen 40-50 foot high deciduous trees.  I blow and mow them (including the ones that blow over onto my neighbor yard) into an open area where I mow them again to reduce the volume. I then rake them up thoroughly (so as not to leave pieces that would choke the grass) and store them in a large bin. I also found and retrieved more chopped leaves from piles that my neighbors have dumped (in a no-mans wooded area). For more on composting, see archive  7/17 - 7/24

Trees: If you have young trees, wrap them with the expandable plastic guards that usually come with nursery trees (and that you should have removed in the spring to prevent mold from growing on the trunk) or with roll tree wrap. That will keep rabbits from chewing the bark and killing the trees that you have invested in.

Berry bushes: Prune away any dead (gray in color and no leaves), and this years producing plants (to get a better yield from the second year shoots). If you have seedlings or suckers that are growing outside their beds, transplant them, else they will spread and take over your entire garden. (ref. archive 7/10 - 7/17.)

Log book: Be sure to map this years' crop locations and plan next years layout. Record successes and failures.

I hope I have contributed to your successes and that you are looking forward to next year.

Mr. C.