Thursday, March 25, 2010

Confessions of a FabuLESS Lady!

I have a confession.....but it was not a sin, and I don't need forgiveness!
I am not the least bit embarrassed to tell you this story.  Who should be embarrassed?
I will tell you!
Mc Donalds!!

I took the girls to get milkshakes as a special treat a few days ago.  I went through the drive-through at McDonalds and ordered 2 small vanillla milkshakes and pulled up to the window the pay.
The story goes something like this.



"Hi" I say to the friendly employee at the drive up window.

"Hey Hon," she says. 

So far so good!

"That'll be $5.18," friendly employee says.

"Oh, that's not my order.  I only ordered 2 small milkshakes," I say. 
(it happens. sometimes orders get mixed up, I was understanding of the situation, no biggie)

"That is for the 2 milkshakes."

"How much are they?" Now I am starting to get confused.

"They are $2.59 each," friendly employee explains.

"For 2 SMALL milkshakes?!"  I seriously couldn't believe my ears.

THIS IS THE PART THAT I AM NOT EMBARRASSED ABOUT!!

"I don't want them then," I say. 

Surprised friendly employee says, "You don't want them?"

"No thank you," I say.  I was polite as I refused to pay that price.

 And then I drove away. 

My little girl says, "Mama, where are our milkshakes?"

Don't worry people! 
I still got my little ones milkshakes!!  I'm not a monster!  Just frugal!  

I drove across the street to the Burger King where I ordered 2 small vanilla shakes off thier Value Menu for $1.49 a piece.  Now that is more like it!!! 



Everyone was happy! 
The girls had thier shakes....and I had $2.20 extra in my pocket!!

You know what they say about a penny saved......



I am not ashamed!  I am proud! 
My daughters got thier special treat...and a little lesson about saving money!
Pretty FabuLESS if you ask me!!!




Tuesday, March 23, 2010

FabuLESS Vino!


It's time!!!  Don't miss out!!!
Grocery Outlet is having thier bi-annual wine sale starting on
Tuesday, March 30th through Saturday, April 3. 

20% off ALL WINE!!  EVERY BOTTLE IS ON SALE!!


If the LAST place you'd ever think about buying wine is at the GO....take a look at this post...stop being so snooty and save your money!  Read this......
The Oregon Wine Blog

Here is a post from Mary Cooks blog where she is reviewing wine she purchased from the GO with a $50 gift card they gave her.  She got 9 bottles of wine for $50ish!  Her first review is on a Malbec.

 Take a look at Colin Blogs too.  He is reviewing wine that he got from Grocery Outlet as well, a group of 6 Rose's.

Not every bottle you will buy is the best you've ever had, but at a average price of about $4.99, it's worth trying.  Often I have been VERY surprised when I've opened the bottle and taken that first sip.  The GO has a great selection and it is really fun and affordable to try out lots of different wines on a budget. 

Call your local GO and find out if they are doing tastings prior to the sale so you can try before you buy. 
 
I plan to be there when they open next Tuesday...with the back of my Tahoe cleared out!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

FabuLESS Stuff!

Our house has had a virus running through it for over a week now!  I am so sick of sickness!  I need a few fabuLESS things to look at today that will make me smile....cause I need it! 

I hope they make you smile too!

The Almafi Coast in Italy.  I have been here before, stayed in a hotel that overlooked this very spot in a wonderful little town called Ravello.  This pictures makes me smile because I remember my wonderful adventure with my beautiful sister.

Really, does this need explanation?....I only wish I had a HUGE plate of these warm out of the oven. 


Can you say comfort food???? 


Hello friend.  See you in a few hours!!!!


Just the thought of holding this cup makes my heart smile.  What is it that makes coffee so wonderful?

One of my favorite flowers!!!

Ahh...I already feel better!!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Something I Love!!!!

I want this table....
I NEED this table. 
I am honestly thinking about trying to make my current dining room table look like this. 
Has anyone ever taken a perfectly good table and made it look like it was 100 years old.? 
Suggestions?  Ideas?
I see all different types of old, odd and quirky chairs around this table....maybe a long bench on one side.

Dear old chippy farm table,
I LOVE YOU!! 
I want to marry you!!!

Love,
Alena

Sunday, March 7, 2010

What's For Dinner???

I have to start with today because I am pretty impressed with what I made tonight and how much it DIDN'T cost.  My friend Shannon recommended this one and I tried it tonight.  I bought the pork loin last week at Albertson's....price was $8.  It had an instant coupon on it for $3 off because it was a quick sale, I ALSO had a manufacturer coupon for a $1 off AND a double value coupon from Albertsons for up to $1. 

I got it for THREE DOLLARS!!! 

I know...how fabuLESS is that???!  I was so excited I called the Big Guy as soon I left the store...he was very proud of me too!  Even more fabuLESS....I split it in half and only used half for tonight's dinner and will use the other half for dinner later this week.  Dinner tonight for our family cost about $2!

Sunday
Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwiches with fresh veggies.  This was really good! 

Monday
Grilled Cheese sammies with apples.  Bunko night for mommy so dinner is gonna be easy peasy!

Tuesday
Spaghetti with ground turkey and green salad

Wednesday
Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry (I will use the other half of pork loin instead of beef)

Thursday
Homemade Pizza

Friday
Burritos and Tacos

Saturday
Whatever the Big Guy can rustle up...I am outa here for a night away with a gal pal!  I will probaby be having wine and tapas for dinner!!! 

I hope you have some yummy stuff planned for dinner this week!  If you don't, take some time and make a plan...you'll save money, time and energy trying to figure out every day...
"What's For Dinner?"




Blogging blahs!!

I AM HERE!!!
I'm sorry!!! 

I've been busy with lots of family stuff recently....and haven't made time for you!

I almost couldn't remember how to log in to my account. 
I am ashamed.

I will get back to it this week. 
What's for Dinner will be posted later tonight!!!  What have you poor people been eating in the last few weeks without my guidance and direction?  No inspiration....no ideas.  You must be empty! 
 Are you lost without me!!??
Please accept my apology! 


Thursday, February 18, 2010

"Mommy, What's That Bright Light Outside?"

We are having a stretch of sunny dry weather and I am grateful!!!

Enjoy!
Here Comes The Sun


Here comes the sun, doo da doo doo

Here comes the sun, and I say
It's alright
Little darling
It's been a long, cold, lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's alright
Little darling
The smiles returning to the faces
Little darling
It seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's alright

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Little darling
I see the ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since it's been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and i say,

It's alright
It's alright