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Guilt-Free Brownie Delicious-ness!

Guilt-Free Brownie Delicious-ness!

Before I realized that these brownies I made were not only healthy and spectacularly delicious, but also thrifty and therefore blog-able, they were gone.  So sorry, no picture. But you HAVE TO MAKE THEM! This is a bit of a funny story… I was very excited for my brownies and...

When in College…

When in College…

I do not understand why people think I should be poor because I am a college student. I actually live quite lavishly. In fact, I went to the theater twice in the last week and saw both When in Rome and Sherlock Holmes. Both weekend-evening showings. My treat.  My treat...

Enjoying “Quality” in Greater “Quanities”

Enjoying “Quality” in Greater “Quanities”

I’m a big believer in saving your dining dollars for “fork-eating” places instead of frequenting fast-food joints.  This means I can enjoy more quality than quantity. To stretch my quality pasta dish from last night’s date, and to enjoy a little more quantity I: Ate only half of the pasta...

10-Minute Retro Tote 10-Step Tutorial

10-Minute Retro Tote 10-Step Tutorial

I wish I could tell you that my blog has been a little skimpy lately because I have been slaving away over this tutorial.  But that would be lying, because this over-sized totes takes very little time to make.  10 minutes and a vintage pillowcase will give you this adorable...

Meatless Friday~ Tasty TVP Chili

Meatless Friday~ Tasty TVP Chili

My goal in making this chili was for Spencer to think he was eating hamburger.  Alas, he is a conscious Catholic and asked first so I had to admit it was TVP, not ground beef.  But I swear, you totally can’t tell.  I would feed this stuff to my dad!...

Spending for March, Goals for April

Spending for March, Goals for April

Could it really be April already?! Totals for the Month of March, 2010 Rent, $250 (Goal, $250) Car Payment, $0 (Goal, $350) So technically, I did not miss a car payment.  I just let it auto-pay out of my checking account.  So no income this month was spent on my...

Knitting Washcloths for Self-Help International

Knitting Washcloths for Self-Help International

Wondering what I have been doing since Friday when you last heard from me? Um, knitting of course! Quite an exaggeration.  This weekend I went to Spencer’s house on Friday after a field trip to Des Moines, made a wonderful meatless meal that I forgot to take a picture of,...

No, I Did NOT Break Compact…

No, I Did NOT Break Compact…

I did not buy these business cards. But I did pay shipping. Really, though.  Who gets used business cards? I “bought” 250 business cards and paid only shipping which was about $8, from VistaPrint.  I was very impressed!  I typed in my information, chose a (super cute) template, and hit...

Frugal Fashion FCCLA

Frugal Fashion FCCLA

This Monday I had the opportunity to be an evaluator for the State FCCLA competition.  It was a wonderful experience.  I am so happy to learn more about FCCLA, but at the same time am very jealous my school did not have a chapter! This is certainly something I will...

Meal Plan Monday, or, Meal Ideas Monday

Meal Plan Monday, or, Meal Ideas Monday

Meal Plan Monday.  HA! More like… “Let’s make a grocery list and see what happens instead.” So last week went something like this… Monday: The weather was GORGEOUS!  We went for a long walk at our favorite park and relaxed at our favorite Mexican place, Las Margaritas. (Where I saved...