Category Archives: Couponing

Meal Planning Monday 6/4

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Meal Planning Monday 6/4

Had some awesome dinners last week.  Some of those are on our must make again list. That salsa was amazing, I’ve been eating it for lunch almost everyday. The chicken was phenomenal as well.

This Week:

Monday

Cilantro Chili Turkey Burgers

Parmesan Baked Potatoes

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Tuesday

Ribs

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Wednesday

Skillet Lasagna

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Thursday

Dijon/Maple Rosemary Chicken

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Friday

Soup and Salad

haven’t exactly decided what soup.. but i’ll figure it out!

Saturday & Sunday

These are our cheat days or simply leftover days.

I’ll have links added to the ones that I’m using other people’s recipes, and then update with pictures most days and give you my recipe if its necessary.

I also filled out a sheet for you!  filled out the days of the week, not the grocery list, I have no idea what you have in your fridge.  I’ll try to get recipe cards out soon as well! So that you can use them and cook with me!

Please comment and let me know if you use any of the recipe cards or planning sheets!

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Super Kids – Derby Race

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Super Kids – Derby Race

Yesterday was probably one of the best and coolest day I’ve had in a really long time.  I’ve know that my parents have been involved in this charity for a long time, but have never been able to go.  Since being unemployed (yes it sucks) I’ve been spending a lot more time helping them out with their endeavors and being able to do stuff with them.

The Super Kids Classic is a race that is held at the National Derby Race Course in Akron. They are a bunch of volunteers that get together fix or even make new derby cars for two kids.  They have drivers who are younger kids 8-15 ish sorry don’t have all the details in front of me.  The passenger is a kid with special needs.  These kids get to ride down the hill a few times with the drivers.  They are so excited and enjoy this so much.  It was such an awesome experience to be at the bottom of the hill where they finish and see how excited they were.

My parents are part of the group that runs to bottom of the hill.  It is a bunch of bikers who are doing such a good thing to make sure the cars stop and help get the kids out of the car.  They are there to hug them, clap for them, tell them what a great job they did, and to make sure if they are scared someone is there to hold their hands.  This is an amazing site to see, a bunch of bikers smiling and picking up kids that are usually in wheelchairs or who normally wouldn’t be considered for an activity like this.  What is even cooler, is that some of the kids will actually get to run in the National Race on July 20th.  The top three finishers will get to run their race in the national spotlight.  What an amazing experience.

I actually got to help my dad work on the cars, and meet all of the people behind the scenes.  These people are wonderful, most of them have kids that actually participate in the race or have children that are drivers.  They spend several full weekends and lots of money or connections to make sure this race get put on.  These people aren’t the ones who donate all the money, most of them have normal everyday jobs, some of them didn’t even have jobs or were laid off at the time. But they put all they can into making sure this race goes perfectly.

Overall it was an amazing day, I got to meet some spectacular kids who have lived longer than they were supposed to or have some of the biggest personalities I’ve ever met.  I was kind of sad, that such an amazing cause gets such little press, and that there were no people in the stands cheering for them.  I love watching this, and really am going to work harder on making every effort to get people there.  It is free to watch, which kills me that we couldn’t get more supporters.

I will do more for this event, because it definitely becoming more and more of something that gets to me.  If anyone wants to help or needs more information please e-mail me MandaMakesBlog@Gmail.com.  I’d love all the help I can get.

Today we are going to celebrate, we are having a picnic to celebrate those kids and all of the volunteers.  I even got to help with this, I used my coupons to get the hot dogs, relish, and a few other things for a lot cheaper.

This has been such a great weekend.

I do have picture, but they are on someone else’s camera.  I’ll post them as soon as I get to go through them.

Hope your weekend was a great as mine, and try to do something nice for someone else today!

Meal Planning Monday 5/28

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Meal Planning Monday 5/28

I did much better last week, sticking to the menu, and taking pictures! You’d never believe I did photography for a living for awhile.  Sorry they pictures aren’t better sold my DSLR camera (tough times 😦 ), but hopefully I’ll get better at taking pictures while cooking with my other camera. Really looking forward to the recipes this week, and grilling out a little more!

This Week:

Monday

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Tomatillo Salsa

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Tuesday

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with a Spicy Apple Glaze

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Wednesday

Coffee Rubbed Pork Tacos

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Thursday

Pasta Sausage Bake

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Friday

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Skillet

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Saturday & Sunday

I’m actually making dinner Saturday for the BF so here is what I’m making since I can actually use real veggies!

Eggplant & Zucchini Parmesan Casserole

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These are our cheat days or simply leftover days.

I’ll have links added to the ones that I’m using other people’s recipes, and then update with pictures most days and give you my recipe if its necessary.

I also filled out a sheet for you!  filled out the days of the week, not the grocery list, I have no idea what you have in your fridge.  I’ll try to get recipe cards out soon as well! So that you can use them and cook with me!

Please comment and let me know if you use any of the recipe cards or planning sheets!

Meal Planning Monday 5/21

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Meal Planning Monday 5/21

So last week was a little crazy around the house, and mom ended up cooking, which meant, nothing I planned lol.  Luckily we had enough to make.  Plus we had what I planned to make last week for this week.  This will make it an easy week to prepare.

This Week:

Monday

Potato Kielbasa Skillet

Tuesday

Dean Bro.’s Lasagna Soup

(actually going to make it this time!)

Wednesday

Burgers & Fresh Veggies

Thursday

Tortilla Roll-ups Inspired by Pioneer Woman

Friday

Blackened Chicken Pasta

Saturday & Sunday

These are our cheat days or simply leftover days.

I’ll have links added to the ones that I’m using other people’s recipes, and then update with pictures most days and give you my recipe if its necessary.

Meal Planning Monday 5/14

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This Week:

Monday

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches  

Tuesday

Copy Cat Skyline Chili

We had some left over chili in the freezer, and threw it over pasta! quick and easy.

Wednesday

Gnocchi

Thursday

Keilbasa & Rice

Friday

Pepperoni Rolls

Saturday & Sunday

These are our cheat days or simply leftover days.

I’ll have links added to the ones that I’m using other people’s recipes, and then update with pictures most days and give you my recipe if its necessary.

Sorry Been Running behind this week, lots to do!

Meal Planning Monday

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One of the things that I love to do each week is to plan our meals ahead of time, and have the recipes out where anyone can grab them.  I usually do this Sunday night, finalizing them Monday morning, with grocery shopping. This saves us a lot of time figuring it out during the week, and defrosting meat.  We also end up saving a ton of money with knowing exactly what we will eat that week, and being able to use up stuff we already have from our stockpile.

This Week:

Monday

Cilantro Lime Crusted Chicken Tacos

Used Kraft Fresh Takes with the Cilantro Lime, and crusted Chicken Breasts and cut them up and put them in whole wheat wraps with desired toppings.  Quick, Easy, & Cheap

Tuesday

Dean Bro.’s Lasagna Soup

Wednesday

Steak Salads

Thursday

Chili Rubbed Pork Loin with Apple Salsa

Friday

Chicken Parm

Saturday & Sunday

These are our cheat days or simply leftover days.

I’ll have links added to the ones that I’m using other people’s recipes, and then update with pictures most days and give you my recipe if its necessary.

Welcome All!

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Hello all! I’m Amanda (Manda) and I’m going to share my life and its adventures with you. I’m a crafter by nature, a photographer at heart, and frugal as possible. I make everything I can, clip coupons, and really enjoying making things for other people. I follow tons of blogs, and love reading about everyone else’s ups, downs, and wonderful masterpieces, so I thought I’d start to share mine as well.

If you want to know more about me please ask, I’m really looking forward to meeting and enjoying all of my new friends that could come out of this.