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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thrifty Tips for December 27, 2012



The weather is officially on the cold side which means it is a perfect time to start making lots and lots of soup!  I think my husband looks forward to winter just for the opportunity to eat lots of chili.  Soups can be a huge saver on so many levels.  Soup can save money because you can totally utilize leftovers.  They save time because you can toss almost all the ingredients in a crock pot and just go.  Oh and back to saving cash, a crock pot uses much less energy than cooking on the stove.  With ground beef on sale this week at Albertsons, chili in the crock pot is a great cooking option.  Make tacos the night before and use the left over already seasoned taco meat in your chili.  I stretch the protein with beans and add just about any veggie I can think of. This recipe is more of a chili soup.

Chili Soup
1 lb ground beef 
1 bunch celery chopped 
6 cups of water
1 large can of whole peeled tomatoes (I'm not sure of the size just make it big you know the kind that look almost like a coffee can)
1 can of tomato soup (any brand)
1 green bell pepper chopped (or buy a bag of Kroger frozen chopped bell pepper)
1 yellow onion chopped (or half a bag of Kroger frozen chopped onions)
1 large can of red kidney beans (rinse and drain)
1 large can of pink beans or pinto beans (rinse and drain)
1 regular sized can of black beans (rinse and drain)
2 Tbs chili powder
1 Tbs cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic
1/4 cup of corn flour (will mix with water to use as a thickener)

Chop celery and add it and about 4 cups of water to the crock pot, follow with beans, tomatoes, tomato soup and all spices.  In a frying pan, fry onions and peppers for about five minutes before adding ground beef.  Brown ground beef and add spices.  Once the meat is fully browned, add it to the crock pot mixture.  Set on low and let it go.  Six hours later or more mix corn flower with water to create a thickening mixture.  You will want it to look thick like a gravy, not watery.  Mix this well into your chili and add it to the crock pot.  Let cook about 25 more minutes. 


Christmas is behind us, but the shopping is still going strong as well as the return to the mall for...well... returns.  Keep in mind that you don't have to return everything though.  Sometimes we get gift cards that we can't use or we simply forget to use gift cards that we receive for Christmas.  Rather than letting those cards be placeholders in your dresser or wallet, consider selling them at or  Oh!  And don't forget  All three sites are great places to sell your unwanted gift cards or buy gift cards at a discount.  

Another thing you might not want to return right away is that kind of homely Christmas sweater.  If somehow you got saddled with a less than darling Christmas sweater, save it.  Maybe you can cash in next year with an ebay sale of    Check out for some inspiration.  

If the whole Instagram fiasco of whether or not your photos will be sold has got you still a bit unnerved, check out another free photo app that has lots of great filters that you might like to try.  It is called Streamzoo.  It was the winner of Best Android Photo Sharing App on 2011 Best App Ever Awards.  It is also available for your iPhones and iPads. 

FREE EBOOKS (These books were free at the time of my posting. Prices can change quickly so be sure to check the price before you download)

Where Is God When It Hurts by Phillip Yancy (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (AMAZON.COM)

Reinventing Rachel by Alison Strobel (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (BARNES & NOBLE)

Code Blue by Richard Mabry (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (BARNES & NOBLE)


ALBERTSONS (Don't forget that if you were saving up Cuisinart stamps, they need to be redeemed by January 8th)
Pork Loin Back Ribs Previously Frozen Buy 1 Get 2  Free (Reg $7.99)
Super Lean Ground Beef 93% Lean 3 lbs or more $2.77 lb
Broccoli Crowns 39 cents lb
Atlantic Salmon Fillets Farm Raised $4.99 lb
Extra Large Fuji or Braeburn Apples $1.00 lb
Jumbo Size Hass Avocados 2/$3.00
Roma Tomatoes 99 cents lb
Radishes/Green Onions/Cilantro 2/$1.00
Large Navel Oranges 99 cents lb
Fresh Greens -Collard, Kale, Mustard or Turnip 88 cents each

Rancher's Reserve Beef Loin New York Strip Steak Bone-In $4.99 lb
Boneless Beef Bottom Round Roast $3.89 lb
Johnsonville Bratwurst or Italian Sausage 19 oz Select Varieties $3.99 each
Red Delicious, Braeburn or Fuji Apples 98 cents lb
Sweet Yellow Onions 99 cents lb
Hot House Cucumbers 2/$3.00
Chicken of the Sea Solid White Tuna 5 oz 2/$3.00
Progresso  Vegetable Classics Soup 18.5-19 oz Selected Varieties 99 cents
Daisy Sour Cream 16 oz Regular or Light $1.99
Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta 7.25 to 15 oz Selected Varieties 5/$5.00

Boneless Half Pork Loin Whole in Bag Sliced &  Wrapped Free $1.77 lb (limit 2)
Kroger Corned Beef Brisket Boneless Flat Cut $3.49 lb
Blueberries or  Blackberries 4.4 to 6 oz 2/$5.00
Fry's Milk Whole, 2% Reduced Fat, 1% Lowfat or Nonfat or Mountain Dairy Chocolate Milk Gallon 2/$3.00 (limit 2)
Lay's Potato Chips Select Varieties 10-10.5 oz $1.87 (limit 2)
Lean Cuisine Entrees  Select Varieties 5-12 oz 6 for $12
Cooked Cocktail or Raw Shrimp Previously Frozen $4.99 lb (cooked 71-90 ct, Raw 41-50 ct)
Tyson Bacon Select Varieties 16 oz 2/$6.00

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thrifty Tips for December 20, 2012


Today I have some foodie related crafty gifts to share.

Cookie Jar Recipe - Cherry Hooty Creeks

I got this recipe from, but I changed it from cranberry to cherries, because that is what I had on hand.  Cranberries add a nice red color to the cookie recipe.  In addition to some pics, check out this link for the recipe and instructions to be printed out with the gift.

What you need:  1 quart sized jar, measuring cups and funnel (makes it easier to direct the ingredients as you pour them into the jar)

INGREDIENTS (layer the ingredients in this order)
-5/8 cup flour
-1/2 cup rolled oats
-1/2 cup of flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/3 cup packed brown sugar
-1/3 cup white sugar
-1/2 cup dried cherries
-1/2 cup white chocolate chips
-1/2 cup chopped pecans
Using a funnel can really help get all the ingredients to layer nicely.  You can use the spout kind of like a hose.

It gets really pretty quickly.  I  used the funnel for all the powders and the white sugar.  I spooned out the brown sugar.
The cherries make a good substitute for cranberries.
The recipe calls for chopped pecans. I just broke them up by hand.
Easy as can be.  Of course you can doll it up more, but really it is just a great treat.
Spices & Rubs

Another great gift is a gift of spices and rubs.  You can make batches as large or small as you would like.  Here are the recipes that I used but modified as the recipes were for large batches.  This link takes you to the originals.  I picked up two from  Real Simple.

Some of the spices I had on hand already.  The rest were extremely inexpensive and left me with extras.  Now I just need a few more jars for the spares.


BBQ Rub-
-6 tablespoons of light brown sugar
-7 tablespoons of paprika
-5 tablespoons of oregano
-3 teaspooons of instant coffee (I don't buy instant coffee, but I save my free samples for recipes)
-2 teaspoons of kosher salt
-1 teaspoon of garlic
-1 teaspoon of black pepper

Combine in container, stir with knife and seal.

Mediterranean Herb Rub
-8 tablespoons of oregano
-3 tablespoons of dried thyme
-1 tablespoon dried sage
-1 tablespoon fennel seeds
-1 tablespoon kosher salt
-1 tablespoon black pepper

Combine in container, stir with knife and seal.

Cajun Blackening Spices (Recipe from

- 2 tablespoons paprika 
- 1 tablespoon ground dried oregano 
- 1 tablespoon ground dried thyme 
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 
- 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper 
- 1 teaspoon finely ground white pepper 
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine in container, stir with knife and seal.

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USDA Choice Holiday New York Strip  Roast Bone-in, Beef Loin, Hand Trimmed Oven Ready (limit 1) $3.77 lb
Cook's Spiral Sliced Ham Bone-In, Fully Cooked (limit 1) $1.27 lb
Blueberries or Blackberries 4.4 to 6 oz 2/$3
Kroger Butter Select Varieties 16 oz $1.99
California Holiday Box Navels 13 lb Box $4.99
Philadelphia Cream Cheese Select Varieties Select Varieties 8 oz Bar10 for $10
Lay's Potato Chi9ps Select Varieties 10-10.5 oz $1.87 (limit 4)
Russet Potatoes 10 lb bag $1.99
Asian Pears 88 centws 
Golden or Red Yams or Sweet Potatoes 89 cents lb
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast or Boneless Pork Sirloin Chops $1.77 lb
Extra Large Raw Shrimp 26-30 ct or Cooked Shrimp 51-60 ct Previously Frozen $4.99 lb
Prok Loin Roast Boneless Sold in Bag $1.99 lb
Simply Potatoes Hashbrowns 20 oz 2/$3
Green Giant Cut Green Beans 12 oz 2/$5
Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals or Essential Everyday Apple Juice 64 oz $1.49
Libby's Vegetables 14.5 to 15.25 oz canned Select Varieties 2/$1
Campbell's Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Chicken Soup 10.75 oz 88 cents
Fresh Celery 89 cents each
Broccoli Crowns or Cauliflower 99 cents lb

Safeway Smoked Whole or Shank Half Ham Bone-In or Rump Half Ham (limit 1) 99 cents lb
Clementines 5 lb bag $3.99 
Farmer John Breakfast Sausage Links 8 oz Selected varieties 10 for $10
Progresso Rich & Hearty Soup 3/$4 18.5 to 19 oz Select Varieties
Nabisco Snack Crackers or Toasted Chips 5.5 to 10 oz Snack Crackers or 8.1 oz Toasted Chips Select Varieties $1.88
Lucerne Egg Nog 64 oz Selected Varieties $2.99
Bar S Jumbo Meat Franks 16 oz Select Varieties 4/$5
Jennie-O Turkey STore Extra Lean Turkey Bacon 12 oz 2/$5
Safeway Kitchens Brown n' Serve Rolls 12 oz Selected Varieties 2/$3
Carnation Evaporated Milk 12 oz 2/$3

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thrifty Tips for December 13, 2012


Make a tie key chain.  This is a super simple craft that is really so easy, the kids can do it.  So easy I can do it.  :)  I started this tie key chain with one tie and then made some more.

What you need:

Key rings
Old ties

 1 -Take the narrow end of your tie and pull it through the key ring with the tie's seam facing down.

2 -Fold the tail of the tie (the narrow end) under so you can see the seam.

3 -Wrap the tail over the top of the tie covering the key ring.

4 -Wrap the tie around to the other side so you again see the seam and it looks like a tie's knot.

5 -Push the tail through the ring and then under and through the tie knot.

6 -Tighten the tie.

7 -Snip the end of the larger part of the tie.  You can now glue it to keep it from fraying and can also pin it with an earring stud to make a tie tack.  


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Get some great free printables for kids at Mr. Printables.  This link will take you to some fun Christmas printables.

Get some great free printable gift tags from Kelli Murray's Blog.  They are sooo sweet!

(Remember that these were free at the time of my posting.  Always check the price before downloading.  The prices can change fast)

The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM)

Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM)


FreeCCM has 9 free downloads including Sara Groves' "Silent Night." has a free download of "Jesus Will Save" by Uncommon Ground.

New Release Tuesday has 6 free downloads for you too!



Safeway Smoked Whole or Shank Half Ham Bone-in, or Rump Half  Ham 99 cents lb
Rancher's  Reserve Boneless Beef Bottom Round Roast $2.99 lb
Tomatoes on the Vine $1.68 lb
Sweet Navel Oranges 2 lbs $1
Marie Callender's or Healthy Choice Meals 8.75 to 196 oz Selected Varieties $1.99 each
Pantry Essentials Milk Gallon, Whole, 2%, 1% or Fat Free $1.67 (limit 2)
Safeway Pasta 12-16oz 10 for $10
Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey 20 oz $3.99 each
Jennie-O Extra Lean Turkey Bacon 12 oz 2/$5
Fresh Whole Pork Shoulder Blade Roast Bone-in Sold Whole in the bag $1.87 lb


USDA Whole Standing Rib Roast Hand Trimmed Bone-in $4.77 lb
Dole Bananas 39 cents lb
Pork Loin Chops boneless Buy 1 Get 2 Free (Regular price $6.99 lb)
Hormel Black Label Bacon 12-16 oz Select Variety Buy 1 Get 1 Free (save $7.99 on two)
Albertsons Large Eggs 12 ct Grade AA Limit 4 2/$3
Kellogg's Cereal 10.8 to 18 oz Select Varieties 4/$10 and if you buy four Participating Kellogg's Cereals you get 1 Albertsons 1 Gallon Milk Free (one reward per transaction)
Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Peppers $1 each
Fresh Roma Tomatoes $1 lb
Romaine, Green Leaf, Red Leaf Lettuce or Spinach $1
Fresh Green Beans $1 lb


USDA Choice Holiday New York Strip Roast - Bone-in, Beef Loin, Hand trimmed, Oven Ready $3.77 lb
Foster Farms Boneless Chicken Breasts Fresh USDA Grade A Buy 1 Get 2 Free
Coca-Cola or 7-Up Select 12 pk, 12 oz Cans, 4/$9 (limit 4 - Must make additional $25 purchase)
Kroger Vegetables Select Varieties 11-15.25 oz Can 2/$1
Starbucks Coffee  Select Varieties 12 oz or 10 ct K Cups $6.99
Kroger Butter Select Varieties 16 oz 2/$5
Hass Avocados 88 cents lb
Golden or Red Yams or Sweet Potatoes 99 cents lb
Russet Potatoes 10 lb Bag $1.99
Shelled Almonds Select Varieties $2.99
Kroger Frozen Turkey 10-20 lb 79 cents lb
Gold Medal Flour Select Varieties 5 lb 2/$5


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kelly's Thrifty Tips for December 6, 2012

It took me FOREVER to figure out a decent guy crafty gift.  I have a few planned now, but we'll start with a duct tape wallet.  :) 

 I have never made one of these before so truly anyone, yes anyone can do it.  Here's what you need:

Roll of duct tape.  I used Duck brand.
Clean surface that the tape wont get stuck to.  I used a wooden TV tray.

Explaining this can be a bit difficult.  I am going to do my best but also include a link to the WikiHow page I found in order to make my wallet.

1 - Pull off a strip of tape about 8 inches long and lay it face up.

2 - Pull another strip off and place it face down along the strip covering roughly half of the strip.

3 - Fold the sticky part of the bottom strip over the top and flip the strip over.

4 - Add another strip face down covering the sticky half of the bottom strip and repeat process several times. 

5 - When you have a large enough rectangle fold remaining sticky tape over the shiny side and fold lengthwise.  At this point you can determine your wallet size.  If it is too large you can cut it down and refold until it looks good.  The tutorial says to not go beyond 6 inches by 8 inches.  Tape the ends together to make a pocket.

6 - Make another rectangle by following the steps 1 to 4.  Go about half the size as your last one.  Cut this in half to make two squares.  Tape these squares into the inside of the wallet and secure by taping to the inside pocket and outsides of the wallet while leaving open pockets facing the inside fold of the wallet.

7 - Make credit card holders by following steps 1 to 4.  This time make a long strip.  Cut this strip in half and use it to make credit card holders by staggering inside the wallet and taping the sides and bottom areas.  Use a credit card or driver's license as a guide so you make sure it fits right.

8 - TADA!!!!!

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FREE EBOOKS (Be sure to check the price before you download.  They are free as I post this.  That can change.)

Thicker Than Blood by CJ Darlington (AMAZON) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM)

Living Rich by Spending Smart: How to Get More of What You Really Want by Gregory Karp (AMAZON) (BARNES&NOBLE)


FreeCCM has 8 free music downloads (of course I had to count twice and I could have messed up, but I'm pretty sure it was 8) including "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" from MercyMe.

New Release Tuesday has six Christmas songs to download for free including "Joy to the World" from Lincoln Brewster.


Get $5 off a $25 Amazon purchase by sharing what is at the top of your Christmas list via Facebook.  I found this from  That purchase needs to be made by December 9th.  You have to shop for items that come from Amazon, and it needs to be over $25 for the deal.


Fresh Whole Boneless Pork Loin Roast $1.99 lb
Rancher's Reserve  Boneless Beef Chuck Cross Rib Roast $2.99 lb
Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Links or Patties 12 oz $2.99 each Select Varieties
Safeway Sugar 4 lb Bag Granulated $1.97
2 Liter Coca Cola Select Varieties 99 cents
Del Monte 14.5 to 15.25 oz Selected Varieties 79 cents


Sanderson Farms Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast buy 1 get 2 free (reg $4.99 lb)
USDA Choice Petite Sirloin Steak buy 1 get 2 Free (reg $8.99 lb)
Super Lean Ground Beef 93% Lean 2 lbs or more $2.77 lb
Hormel Cure 81 S[iral Half Ham Bone-in $1.37 lb
Broccoli Crowns or Cauliflower 88 cents lb
Bock Choy or Happa Cabbage 79 cents lb
Yukon Gold or Red Potatoes 69 cents lb
Jif Peanut Butter 28 oz $3.99
Green Bell Peppers or cucumbers 2/$1.00
Pillsbury Flour 5 lbs Select  Varieties 2/$5


Fry's Medium Eggs Grade AA 30 ct $2.99
Kroger Vegetables 11 to 15.25 oz C an 50 cents
Hunt's Pasta Sauce 24 oz Can 91 cents
Powerade or Powerade Zero Select Varieties 32 oz 50 cents
Maruchan Noodles 3 oz 18 cents
Pork Loin  Back Ribs or St. Louis Style Ribs Previously Frozen Buy 1 Get 2 Free (Save up to $15.98 with card)
USDA Choice T-Bone Steaks Bone-in, Beef Loin, Family Pack $4.97 lb (limit 2)
Del Monte Golden Pineapple $1.00
Quaker Oatmeal Select Varieties 16 oz $2.08

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thrifty Tips for November 29, 2012



I am on the hunt for a good gift to make a of yet, nothing is screaming out to me.  But I loved making these epsom salt bottles and votive holders.  They are super easy too!

What you need:

Glass jars and bottles  (I used an old relish jar, two Snapple bottles and a Christmas tree candy jar that I got for cheap at Walmart.  I save up jars all the time, because you never know what you can use them for. Mason jars would work well for this too.
Modge Podge
Epsom salts
Food coloring (not necessary but it can make a nice effect)
Paint brush
Spray Gloss

1-  Take clean jar and paint on a thick coat of Modge Podge (not so thick that it is drippy).

2- Pour epsom salts onto a plate or wax paper and roll Modge Podge coated glass into the salts or pour salts over the jar.

2A- If you want you can add food coloring to the salts to make a sea glass effect.  Just add a few drops and stir.

3 - Set coated glass to dry for a few hours. Follow drying with spraying the coated glass with spray gloss (I used Krylon).  Spray and let rest for 20 minutes before respraying 3 to 4 times.

4 - Put votive candle or LED votive inside for a pretty effect.

(Remember that these were free at the time of my posting. That can change. Always look at the price before you download in case it has gone up.)

Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (AMAZON

66 Amish Recipes by Luke Wren (AMAZON)


Nice!  FreeCCM has 7 free music downloads including "Christmas Time" by Phil Wickham. has two free downloads including "Christmas Time Again" by Steven Curtis Chapman.

New Release Tuesday has six free downloads this week including "Joy To The World" by Jason Gray.

Hear it First will send you a free download a week when you join their newsletter, and on December 3 they will kick off a 12 Days of Christmas contest.  Totally worth signing up considering it is ALL free.  :)


While supplies last sign up for a free sample of Aveeno Nourish Hair Care.

Give your pup a free sample of Beneful Tuscan Style Medley (yep fancy dog food) while supplies last at their Facebook page.


Emily has some awesome Christmas printables at her blog Toad's Treasures.  You will love the gift tags and stickers! 

World Label also has a great variety of sweet Christmas printables.  Cute little Christmas penguins and more!

Like Design Dazzle on Facebook and you can download and print the sweetest little Nativity set!



Fresh Chicken Breast Boneless, Skinless $1.77 lb
Pork Sirloin Chops Boneless $1.77 lb
Fresh Lean Ground Beef 80% Lean 3 lbs or more $1.99 lb
Clementine Tangerines 3 lb bag 2/$5
Bartlett Pears $1 lb
Large Eggplant $1 each
Romaine, Green Leaf, Red Leaf Lettuce or Spinach $1 each
Large Fuji or Braeburn Apples $1 lb
Barbasol Shave Cream 10 oz Select Varieties $1 (remember great for cleaning mirrors!)
Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix 8.5 oz 2/$1
Coffee-mate Flavored Creamer 32 oz Select Varieties $2.99


Fresh Whole Pork Shoulder Blade Roast Bone-in, Sold Whole in the bag $1.49 lb
Fresh Atlantic Salmon Fillets Extreme Value Pack Farm Raised $4.99 lb
Pantry Essentials Milk $1.57 gallon (limit 2)
Chobani Greek Yogurt 6 oz Selected Varieties 10/$10
Barilla Pasta 12-16 oz Selected varieties 5/$5
8 lb Bag Navel Oranges $3.88 each
Red, Bartlett or Bosc Pears 99 cents lb
Ripe Bananas 57 cents lb


Kroger Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.67 lb
Entire Selection of Fresh Pork buy one get one of euql or lesser value of like item FREE
Progresso Soup 8/$10
Powerade or Powerade Zero 32 oz Select Varieties 59 cents
Kroger Vegetables Selectr Varieties 11-15.25 oz Can 5/$3
Romaine, Boston, Red or Green Leaf Lettuce 99 cents
Blackberries 6 oz 1/1 free (save $2.99 with card)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thrifty Tips for November 15, 2012

Now this is not your typical thrifty tip, but there are several community Thanksgiving celebrations that I found out about here in Arizona that I wanted to share with you.  This is by no means every place, but these are the ones I have located.  If I find more, I will definitely list them here:

Queen  Creek - November 17
Central Christian Church's Queen Creek campus and Canyon State Academy are offering an annual community Thanksgiving dinner to the Queen Creek area on Saturday, November 17th from 3 to 5 pm at Canyon State Academy located at 20061 East Rittenhouse Road.  This dinner is free.

Chino Valley - November 20
Chino Valley Word of Life Assembly Church will host a free community Thanksgiving on Tuesday, November 20th from 4 to 7 pm.  Chino Valley Word of Life Church is located at 490 West Road 1 North in Chino Valley.  

Tucson - November 21
Thanksgiving dinner and Community Blood Drive at Picture Rocks Community Center at 3:30 pm located at 5615 North Sanders Road. The blood drive will run from 1 to 4 pm.

Payson - November 22
Free Community Thanksgiving at 1206 North Beeline Hwy in Payson.  There will be three seating times:  11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm.  Dinner is free but tickets can be picked up so they can better prepare for how many will be attending.  Volunteers can help out by calling 928-476-2151. Volunteers will also deliver a Thanksgiving meal to the homebound.  Call by November 19th to arrange that delivery by calling 928-474-2151

Prescott - November 22
Community Thanksgiving meal - Salvation Army held from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at Prescott Mile High Middle School located at 300 South Granite Street in Prescott

Sedona - November 22
Sedona Elks Lodge at 110 Airport road will host their annual free community Thanksgiving dinner with live music.  Dinner will be served from 11 am to 3:00 pm.  Volunteers are welcome call 928-282-7571.  They served 1086 meals last year!

Tucson - November 22
St. Demetrios Greek Orthdox Church will host the Salvation Army Thanksgiving Community Dinner from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  St. Demetrios is located at 1145 East Fort Lowell Rd in Tucson.

Because I love all things beauty related and because I have lots of canning jars, I thought that it would be fun to make a yummy sugar scrub.  You can make a sugar scrub with just about anything you have on hand.  I happened to have some lemon on hand so the choice was easy.  Here is a recipe for a simple, pretty sugar scrub.  Homemade sugar scrub, homemade bath salts (yes we'll probably go there too), some nice bath scrunchies or sponges and maybe a towel or bath pillow can make a nice gift basket this Christmas.  Here is the ridiculously simple recipe.

1 Cup of sugar
1/2 Cup of oil (I used coconut oil. You can use extra virgin olive oil, but I find it can overpower your scents)
3 teaspoons lemon juice
Zest of one lemon

Combine sugar, oil, lemon juice to make a sugary paste (feel free to add more sugar or oil depending on desired consistency). 
 Add in lemon zest and stir well.

No joke...that is it!  Easy as can be and usually there is enough left over to add to any little container you may have at home for you.  Make batches however you like by just doubling up. 

FREE EBOOKS (These books were free at the time of my posting.  ALWAYS check the price before you download)

Seal of God by Chad Williams (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM)

Livvie's Song (River of Hope Series) by Sharlene MacLaren (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM)

Circle of Friends 25 Breakfast and Brunch Recipes by Gooseberry Patch (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)


FreeCCM has ten free music downloads including "O God Save Us All" by Disciple

Do you like to read Christian books and are you willing to share about the books you read?  If so, think about blogging for books.  There are a few publishers you can start out with who will be happy to share books with you for your reviews and buzz.  What you do is read the book and review it on your blog as well as sites like,, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads and the like.  It is really easy to set up a blog.  A good way to get started too is by reviewing books you already have.  Here are some links to check out:  Bethany House, Book Sneeze, and Blogging for Books

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USDA Choice Holiday Strip roast or super Value Pack Steaks Bone-in, Beef Loin $4.77 lb (limit 2)
Kroger Frozen Turkey 10-20 lbs 79 cents lb (limit 1 with $25 purchase)
Cook's Fully Cooked Half Ham Bone-in $1.47 lb (Limit 1 with $20 purchase)
Philadelphia Cream Cheese 4 for $5
Kroger Butter Select Variety 16 oz 2/$5
Russet Potatoes 10 lb bag 88 cents (limit 2)
First of the Season California Navel Oranges 77 cents lb
Broccoli or Cauliflower 99 cents lb
Golden or Red Yams 79 cents lb
Fuji, Rome, Cameo &  Granny Smith Apples 99 cents lb

Honeysuckle White Frozen Turkey 10-20 lbs 79 cents lb (limit 1 per transaction with $25 purchase)
Russet Potatoes 10 lb Bag 88 cents each (limit 1)
Coke 12 pack 12 oz Select Varieties 4/$9 (When you  Buy 4 - Limit $25 purchase)
Sara Lee Oven Fresh Pies 27-37 oz 2/$5
Albertsons Large Eggs 18 ct Grade AA 2/$3 (limit 2)
Farmer John Bacon 12 oz Regular, Thick or Maple $1.99
Coffee-mate Flavored Creamer 32 oz Select Varieties $2.99
Albertsons Half & Half 32 oz Select Varieties $1.99
Powerade Sports Drink 321 oz or Fuze Drinks 16.9 oz Select Varieties 10/$10
Delicious Red or Golden Yams 79 cents

Safeway Turkey 79 cents lb ($25 purchase required)
Ranchers Reserve Whole Beef Ribeye Roast $4.99 lb
Dreyer's Ice Cream 1 Quart Selected varieties 2/$6
Simply Orange Juice 59 oz chilled Selected Varieties 2/$6
Pantry Essentials Milk Gallon, Whole, 2%, 1%, or Fat Free $1.77 (limit 2)
Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites 8.5-11.5 oz 5/$10
Nabisco Snack Crackers 5.5-10 oz $1.79
American Beauty Dry Pasta 16 oz Select varieties 5/$5
Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail Drinks 64 oz 2/$4
Mission  Estilo  Casero Tortillas $2.69