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In CategoryKnitting

I started it last year and it was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law.

But then she left town for 6 months before I could give it to her, and I sort of….forgot about finishing it.

And she’s coming to visit on Friday.

Like, tomorrow Friday.

So that is what I will be doing today.

Think kind thoughts.

It’ll be fine.


Random Monday

In CategoryRandom Monday

• I LOVE PINTEREST. I cannot get enough. CAN. NOT. It’s like internet crack! It’s so much better than clipping stuff out of magazines! A virtual magazine clip organizer! Whoever created it is a genius. Check out stuff I find neato at Not Inadequate Deb. You know, or not. Is that narcissistic? I’ll follow you back! It’s fun!

(and then later, you can recommend a 12-step program for the overuse of exclamation marks)

• That one mean girl on The Next Food Network Star needs to realize that we can all see her. I will not watch a cooking show with a mean girl. Surely Food Network knows that.

• The other day in Target, I overheard a woman talking to her pregnant sister, trying to convince her to name the baby Laney because that’s what Eminem named his daughter. I mean, Laney is a really pretty name. But the reason? Who does that?

• Also the other day in Target, they cheated me not once, but TWICE and I am still bugged about it. They overcharged me by $4 on toilet paper and then took $3 worth of coupons for something else, but didn’t scan them properly. I went to customer service and got my four dollars back (after an eternity), but didn’t notice the coupon problem until I was in the car. Dadgum it.

• I am tired of being so moody all the damn time and tried Googling “menopause grouchiness.” The only links that came up were articles on MALE menopause. Seriously?


Amazing Book Sale

In CategoryHome Schooling

A few weeks ago, one of my favorite places to buy books for the kids – Library and Educational Services – had a gigantic sale: buy $100 in books, get another $100 in books for FREE.

FREE, people.

Free is the way into my little tightwad heart.

Yesterday, the books came in the mail. I still can’t believe how many I was able to buy with my hundred bucks.


This morning, I got another newsletter from Library and Ed announcing they were going to do it again. I was thrilled with my haul from the first sale, so I emailed them to ask if I could give out the coupon codes to my readers.

You’re Welcome.

There is only one small catch – they are a book wholesaler. They sell to educators, churches, libraries, and schools. Homeschoolers qualify as educators and can take advantage of the wholesale prices. If you aren’t a homeschooler….I’m sorry, but you’re outta luck.

What you want to do is register at Library and Ed, then after you have created an account, click this link to see the list of eligible books. They even take Paypal – a feature I truly love.

And now, for the coupon codes!

Choose $100 in books from this list. Then shop for another $100 in merchandise and get it FREE. The coupon code is $100BOOKS.

Alternatively, choose $200 in books from the same list, and get $200 in merchandise FREE. The coupon code is $200BOOKS.

If you have any trouble, email and I’m sure he will be able to help you. But the offer expires at midnight on Thursday, June 23rd, so act fast if this is tempting.

As per usual, I received no compensation or incentive to write about this. I like this company and think this deal is just too good not to share. Because I am super awesome that way.

Random Monday

In CategoryRandom Monday

• I would like my children to stop rubbing their dirt encrusted bodies all over my walls. The other day they were playing outside while I was in my office with the window open, and I heard them talking about how delightful it is to make mud out of dirt and spit. 


When they came in, I took one look at this magical muddy elixir caked all over their backsides and told them to strip. Naturally, they leaned against the wall (because if it’s there, my children will lean on it), and smeared the vile spit-mud all over it.

• Coupon savings update: I went shopping last week to pick up a few things from Target. Last week there was a coupon in the paper for a $5 Target gift card if you bought 2 packages of paper towels or toilet paper. So I headed over there to buy handsoap, paper towels, and t.p. Total coupon savings = $11 or 15%. Eleven dollars is real money, and it’s money I would never have saved before using coupons. This is ridiculously exciting for me.

Probably I should get out more.

• My husband loves cheesecake, so when I saw a recipe for Cheesecake Cookies, I knew the kids and I would make them for Father’s Day. I just found this recipe recently, and for the life of me, I cannot remember where I got it from. If anyone has seen it out there somewhere, let me know so I can give proper credit. They were voted delicious.

Cheesecake Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons lemon peel, shredded
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
1/3 cup crushed graham crackers

In a medium-size mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese. Add sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice, and vanilla; beat again. Mix in flour with a spoon.

Refrigerate cookie dough for 30 minutes to make it easier to work with.

Spread half of the pecan/graham cracker mixture on a piece of wax paper. Lay half the chilled dough on top of it. Shape and roll cookie log (approx 2″ in diameter), coating in crushed nut-crumb mixture. Repeat with second half of dough. Transfer rolled, coated logs to fresh sheets of waxed paper and wrap.

Chill for about two hours in the fridge, or about 30 minutes in the freezer then slice into 1/4″ thick lovely little cheesecake rounds.

Place cookies on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375-degrees for 8-10 minutes. You only want to barely brown the bottoms. Don’t overbake.

*Makes about 4 dozen. These cookies do not need to be refrigerated.

Note: I found spreading the cold cheesecake mixture over the graham cracker crumbs to be rather difficult. It kept sliding around. For the second batch, I formed a log first by wrapping the cheesecake in plastic wrap, then I rolled it in the graham cracker. That worked much better.

Sorry there is not an After picture. The were gobbled up pretty quick.