If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......
Photo was taken around Christmas 1962 when I had just turned 5. That is my pretty mom behind me. She made the cross stitched clock on the buffet. The stocking with my name on it was made her mother and delivered to me before my first Christmas even though I was not even a week old. My apron was made by great grandmother. I come from a long line of homemakers who did stuff and got lots done.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

some grow, some don't

another picture of another batch of celery and romaine ends- trying to be regrown in saucers of water
there were all started within a few days of each other.  
One Romaine took off growing and looks great,  it has been planted outdoors and continues to grow. 
But the other 4 didn't grow a bit

the celery is trying to grow in the center- but I have no guess on whether or not it will

in the background,  I was making  a big salad for Saturday supper.   
Yes, I saved those romaine ends too

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thrift store dining room table found ........

Our dining room has the strangest shape but it still needs to seat a big group.


See how the window wall is on an angle and the back wall closes off the space with a curve, I would change both of those if I could. 


I got this old heavy handmade trestle table at my favorite thrift store this morning.

Before I found this one, i thought I wanted a longer table than this 6 footer. 
But once I got it home and set up, I could see our 9 dining chairs fit around it just right. A longer table would just take up more room than we really have to spare anyway. 

The price of this one was really good too - $70

I would prefer a different table cloth but none of mine were long enough so I will be on the lookout for a pretty floral length of fabric to sew one up. 

I am really thankful for good thrift stores! 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Swagbucks - how I do them

I have been a member of Swagbucks for years and I used to do just a few searches and their dailies and that was it. But Swagbucks has added so many ways to earn, it looks complicated but is usually pretty easy.

First let me say, this probably looks like lunacy to people who have never done online earning programs. If you think this is crazy,   fine,    just come back later when I blog about something else. 
But I like doing Swagbucks and I like what I earn from them.   Some of you sweet readers have asked for advice on them.  

So here goes! 


Swagbucks can be earned on a PC or iPad or tablet or smart phone or Kindle Fire. It is ok with Swagbucks to use multiple devices simultaneously.  I mostly use a laptop and Kindle Fire.

This is how I start my day. In the kitchen, while I fix my husbands lunch, unload yesterday's clean dishes, and get ready for the day - I start Swagbucks.  See the 2 devices on the right? 

There are 2 apps for the Kindle Fire that pretty much run un-attended. They do take a couple hours to do them all the way but the SwagBucksTV apps will earn 50 and the EntertaiNow will do 30 every day. 


On the laptop, I start out by going to Swagbucks and looking at the homepage. Sometimes there are new quick offers there.  If nothing looks quick and easy, I click at the top on Discover and then Encrave on the drop down menu. 
Encraves changes a little every so often. I like to do the auto run ones, they have an arrow in a circle in each one. I click on an auto run square and wait for the screen to come up. Then on the new screen, in the top left, click on the X until to switches to a green check and discovery mode. Now, you can go about your other business but keep an eye on the screen. When the cycle finishes, a pop up box in the right corner will announce your earnings. Now, click on another video, be sure to check the discovery mode and just do as many as you want to. 
They may change around during the day and go away if you play a lot of them. 

Back to the homepage, 
In the top left you will see a box with your daily goal. If you make goal for a week straight or the entire month, you will earn a bonus that will be paid on the 5th day of the next month. 
They will also give you a second bonus after you complete the first and second goals. 
The goal sizes depend on your past scores. Mine are about 100 for the first and 250 for the second. I try to make both goals everyday but if I am really busy or won't be home much, I just concentrate on getting the first one. 

Under the goals are the To Do List
Toolbar - if you put this on your PC, you will get 1 SB for logging on everyday - I don't use the toolbar 
Poll- I do this everyday, 
NOSO - I do this everyday 

Searches - search wins are random and you can search anytime you want but the winnings seem to spaced out though the day. I hope to get 3 wins a day but have gotten more than. Searches may award 6 up to 50, but 7 or 10 or 14 is most common. 

Sign ups - there are a thousand or so of these but I don't do many of them. 

 Contests - I will enter these when SBs are rewarded 

Coupons - I do look at their coupons and use ones that help us. Each one you use at a store will earn 10 SBs sometime in the future. 

Shop and Earn - when you make purchases at merchants through Swagbucks, you will earn so much per dollar spent. It takes about 6 weeks or more to get credit but it can be really. I have used it a few times when I bought things at our local Walmart and Bestbuy. I shopped online but then picked up the items at local stores and earned SBs for doing so. 
Swagbucks has dozens of stores in their network. 

There are many other ways to earn but I mainly play videos on the Kindle Fire apps and Encrave videos. 

I look on the Swagbucks Facebook  page and see want others are talking about. I've got good hints about easy opportunities and snags here. 

Special days- Swagbucks has special days when they offer lots of codes and contests and giveaways. I do pay attention to these and check often on Facebook on those days, especially for codes. 

Codes - short phrases with time limits offered randomly and on special days.  At the top right on a Swagbucks page is a circle that kind of looks like a wheel. When you click on it, a drop down box appears and that is where the codes are entered. When I find a code, I cut and paste it as spelling counts and they be odd. 

iPad - I do have a swagbucks app there and use  it mainly for special offers. They offer a lot of game apps but once I get credit for them, I usually delete them afterward. 

Surveys- you can earn a lot of SBs at once doing surveys and I have friends that do well with them but I rarely do them unless Swagbucks send me an email asking me to take one and I have time to sit- surveys can take 5 minutes to an hour I think. 

Smart phones-  I've read that SBTV can be watched on a smart phone but I've never done it. 

Swagbucks TV on about any device- you can earn a lot from and their are lots of video catagories,  I don't do it much because it requires to viewer to click after each video to advance to the next one.

there are even more ways than to this to earn but what I listed are the ways to score.  But if you want to really put a lot of time into it,  you can find more.  


Yesterday was a special day at Swagbucks with everyone divided into 4 teams and the higher your team scored , the bigger the bonus.  I earned about 300 SBs and contributed 172 points to my team. If you look just under that, you can see the high point earners on my team, they REALLy earned a lot. 
So with Swagbucks, if you have time and multiple devices, you can earn about as much as you want to Swagbucks. 


If you have read this far and want to try earning with Swagbucks,  I hope you will sign up with my referral link
referrals are another way to earn Swagbucks. 

Comment if you have any questions or if you do Swagbucks and have any advice or anything to add. 


this link will take you to a site if you have a Kindle Fire and want to try the EntertaiNow app. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Asian Noodle Stirfry

I made this delicious and thrifty recipe Friday night, again!
The original recipe is here at Heavenly Homemaker

It is flexible - I started by looking in our fridge for vegetables that especially needed  cooking. The big head of broccoli is what I started with. I also added onion, celery, and carrots and a little fresh garlic.
This is big batch- I wanted to have leftovers.
So, there is a big pot of water coming to a boil on the right, out of the picture. It will cook that pound bag of penne pasta.

I sauté the veggies, in Olive oil, one or two at a time, just cooking them a little and leaving a little crunch.
The veggies usually finish cooking about the same time as the pasta.

Drain the pasta when done, then the cooked veggies and soy sauce and pepper to taste are added. Stir a little and feed to your family.  I add salt to the pasta water and use low salt soy sauce - for our taste buds, it is plenty salty without adding more salt.

I've made this with spaghetti noodles and with frozen stirfry noodles. 
Cabbage and water chestnuts are good too. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

CVS deals this week

I stocked up this week on laundry detergent and diapers. 
The 6 packs of CVS diapers were $5 each. I used a $3 scanner coupon and got back a $10 ECB. I think 6 packs of diapers for $17 is a super bargain. 
I used a $2 scanner coupon on any Kleenex item to get the 2 tissues free. 
All detergent was $3.50 each. I used 2 $2/2 coupons on this deal. I also got diet Pepsi for my guests with this deal.  All, Pepsi and some other products were in a deal where you spend $20, you earn a $5 ECB.
Venus razor - used a $4 coupon and a $3 scanner coupon, and got back a $5 ECB. 

I won't be buying anymore diapers or detergent soon, I already had 10 packs of mostly Huggies from previous CVS deals. In the laundry room, there are 15 bags of laundry tabs and 12 assorted bottles of liquid. 
But I will use the $20 in ECBs on other bargains in the weeks to come. 

Can you all tell I am a CVS fan? I have built up some great stockpiles with CVS deals with not much effort. 

Jeff and Rhonda

Jeff and Rhonda