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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CVS, Cooking, Our Pantry and Rocking

Hello.
Below is this week's CVS purchases.  I did go earlier in the month but didn't blog about it.  
CVS nuts were $3/15 with a $1.50 App coupon and I got back $5ECB
Shakes were $2.50 for both and gave back $2 ECB
Hair color was $8.49 each.  I used a $8/2 newspaper coupon and got back $5 ECB
Lady Speed Sticks were $3 each.  I used 2 B1G1F coupons from Sunday's paper and got back $6 ECB.

After coupons and ECBs from earlier, I spent $1.75 from a gift card I earned from MyPoints.com and got back $18 ECBs for next week.  


For CVS deals info - I look on Facebook at some of the big couponing pages called IHeartCvs, Couponing ar CVS and 

On YouTube, I watch LASavings8 and SavingWithJanandShirl The Coupon Queens. 

To see CVS ads early, I look at IHeartCVS.com 

Also, I have a CVS card that I got at my local store.  I always scan it at the red coupon scanner before I shop at CVS.  I went online and signed up  my CVS card at CVS.com for their Beauty Bucks program and for their pharmacy rewards.  
And I get more coupons with the CVS app.  

I know this all sounds complicated but CVS is the only store I regularly do deals at and I don't spend massive amounts of time at the above deal sites.  I do watch the weekly videos which are short and I just scan over the Facebook pages when I have time, only looking at posts that really interest me.



This week's cooking so far 
Monday- I cooked 5 pounds of ground beef and seasoned it all with homemade taco seasoning.  I froze 5 containers for future meals.  We also had tacos and tacos salad for supper Monday and Tuesday. 
Wednesday morning, I cooked a pot full of homemade pasta sauce.  I put 5 containers in the freezer for future meals and we will have pasta for supper Thursday with a big salad.  
Wednesday afternoon- I repeated our New Years Day meal of black eyed peas cooked with ham, rice and sautéed cabbage.  I also baked a pecan pie.  Some of these leftovers will go to my parents tomorrow.  I know they will be especially happy to get Pecan Pie, made with Mom's recipe. 



Our Pantry 
I've showed our pantry before, but since I spent several hours this week straightening and organizing it, I'm going to show it again.
It is tricky to photograph because it is narrow.  


The shelves are about a foot deep and go from floor to ceiling.  
Cereal, tea, chips, crackers, some baking things, oils, a giant smoked sausage we didn't eat Christmas....
Paper goods in the corner, extra bags and wraps on the top end 
Ramen type noodles in the corner, jars of salsa and drink mix, lots of past and panko bread crumbs.m
The jars are 3 deep so you can't see what's in all of them - they hold rice, dried beans, dry milk, cocoa, oatmeal, popcorn, salt....
The glass containers mostly hold snacks like nuts, bars and some candy 

Lots of condiments and spices, peanut butter, vinegar, jelly, molasses
Canned goods 
Mostly canned goods on the bottom
On the tray is where we keep opened snack chips and bread products 
On the floor - the crocks hold fresh onions and potatoes
The pink tub holds bags of sugars and baking chips
The dark red basket holds prepackaged snacks for the grands
The clear tub holds flour and the other pink tubs holds cartons of shelf stable milk and broth.

Several years ago I used red checked vinyl shelf paper and strips of lace-look vinyl tablecloth material from Walmart to cover all the shelves.  Because it is vinyl, it has held up all these years and I still enjoy it.  



And in case it sounds like I've just cooked, organized and shopped all week,  below is what I did Tuesday.

We had this little guy who is almost 8 months old and not much of a daytime sleeper.  So, I held him for both of his naps. 
Rocking babies is one of my favorite grandma activities.  

34 comments:

  1. The little guy is so cute. That would be my favorite thing to do too.

    You pantry looks so huge and organized. Love it.

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  2. I enjoyed my peek into your pantry. It like a well stocked pantry. :) Rocking babies is one of the things I miss about not providing in home childcare.

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    1. rocking sleeping babies is wonderful. But then there are times they cry for no reason we can figure out and that is hard.
      I expect there may be other babies to rock in you future sometime

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  3. Love your new topper. I need to make some Grandpas bread. LOL! About the only one I make since you shared it many years ago.

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    1. Hi Lana, Grandpas bread is about the only bread I bake and we love it too! Im glad you and your family enjoy it

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  4. I envy your pantry. I have a small one but it has wire shelves which I hate. I want good sturdy wooden ones.

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    1. I guess I should roll up my sleeves and make it happen rather than whining about it

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    2. hi Anne, you made me laugh! I am sure you figure out a solution. I like my pantry but I wish it was bigger too.

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  5. I envy your pantry space. When Jess and the kids moved in, I emptied a shelf above the washer and dryer and now store extra pantry goods there. It doesn't hold much, but is a little extra space.
    Your little man looks like he enjoys the rocking with his Gram. My Layla is not a snuggler, so I don't get to do that much any more.

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    1. there is never enough space, is there Tammy?
      I saw a homebuilders TV commercial and it had a deluxe laundry room- I think it was almost as big our bedroom with marble countertops, wow!

      your Layla doesn't know what she's missing by not cuddling :)

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  6. Your pantry is amazingly stocked. I love the crocks. LOVE THEM!!!!

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    1. thank you Mrs. Chrissy, we got crocks from 3 of our grandmothers and i have them scattered through our home

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  7. Hi Rhonda!
    Your pantry looks great. I need to get on the ball and do some cooking to stash in the freezer. It's a real time saver when I have the grandson all day! Pecan pie ~ yum!
    Beautiful photo of your grandbaby.

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    1. thank you Laurie! that cooked food in the freezer is so handy, I joke that it is better than money in the bank.

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  8. I love to get my deals at CVS too. Thanks for the You Tube info. Did know about that, but I use the other sites you mentioned. I got 2 of the hair colors last week free, after coupons!

    Love your pantry! Its amazing.

    I envy you being able to rock the baby. If new grandbabies are still arriving after I retire, maybe I'll get a chance to do more rocking too.

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    1. Hi Debbie, I am so grateful for the CVS deals. And rocking babies is the best, I hope you get to rock all you want.

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  9. Good Morning Mrs. Rhonda,

    Your pantry seems stocked pretty well and an organized pantry, like yours, is an important key to staying within one's grocery budget.

    So glad you had a day to rock a grand baby - it's one of the best things in life.

    Blessings,
    Mrs.B

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    1. thank you Mrs. B, babies are one of the best things :)

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  10. Rhonda...glad I found your site. Well done! A pantry. Oh yes!! I use the little spot under the stair to store extras that can't find a spot in the kitchen, and am hoping to carve out a little walk-in upstairs soon. D from http://homeandharvest-deedy-blogspot.com

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  11. Your pantry looks great. I have been making plans to do some cooking for the freezer as well. I always appreciate having those meals stashed away.

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  12. Looks like a nice well-stocked pantry! I love the lace on the shelves! You should be well prepared for the big storm that's hitting most of the country! Have a nice weekend!

    Hugs
    Jane

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    1. hi Jane, I try to stay prepared for whatever. In Oklahoma, we did not get one single snowflake during the recent huge one. My grandchildren saw the snow and TV and wished it was snowing here too but its OK with me that it missed us

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  13. I love your pantry Rhonda! The lining and the edging is lovely too. I love pantries! Also the bread and the pyrex? dishes you baked it in. Just lovely.
    Your cooking is wonderful and I really enjoyed seeing your pantry! With love Annabel.xxx

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    1. thank you Annabel. I have several pieces of vintage Pyrex, it looks so good and I really need to make a point to use and photograph it, right?

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  14. It looks like you had a good week with Tuesday as the highlight! Your pantry is so pretty with the lace edging. I had to smile at your jars of beans and pasta since I have several of those myself and find strange comfort in seeing them on the shelves.

    I've missed my cooking and crafting and "normal" domestic pursuits while we've been in home improvement mode but the progress has been satisfying, too, and has saved us a lot vs. hiring the work out.

    Have a lovely week! Blessings, Leigh

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    1. I know just what you mean Leigh. I like to cook and craft and have normalcy so much, I feel out of whack when I can't do it. But sometimes other stuff is what we need to do!
      I am sure your remodeling will be so nice when done

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  15. You have been a busy lady! Your pantry looks so pretty and organized. My favorite thing to do is also snuggle my grandbabies. :) Be blessed!

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  16. You have been a busy lady! Your pantry looks so pretty and organized. My favorite thing to do is also snuggle my grandbabies. :) Be blessed!

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  17. Dear Rhonda, It was lovely to see your pantry. I love to see well stocked pantries, and yours also looks so homely with the edging and red checked lining. The crocks used to store potatoes and onions are wonderful, must look out for some at thrift stores. You have given me some ideas through this post, so thank you! Kaye xoxo

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    1. thank you KayeB and your welcome :)

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  18. Dear Rhonda,

    I have serious pantry envy after reading this post. I am always trying to make mine better but not necessarily successfully. Yours looks fantastic!

    I love how you have organised everything and made it look all pretty too.

    Thank you for the tour of your pantry, I have plenty to think about now.

    xTania

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Jeff and Rhonda

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