Thursday, July 21

Lemonade for a CURE!

UPDATE: The girls actually held the Lemonade stand for a few hours the following day and made another $31! So the grand total for selling lemonade and cookies was $95.09!!! We also had 4 family members match the girls' earnings up to $50! The girls were able to give $295!!! Isn't that amazing? Thanks so much to all who helped a great cause!

We met up w Audrey at the Porter Co. fair to give her the money :)
On Wednesday my 3 favorite girls held a  PINK lemonade stand to raise money for a cure for breast cancer. They sold PINK lemonade for a whooping .25 cents and inside out cookies for .50 cents a piece. For days they've been working on their signs, baking cookies and planning everything down to the last detail. I posted on facebook for quick prayers. I was worried only a few people would come. God answered your prayers-

They raised an astonishing $64.09 two family members are matching their earns up to $50 so in total $164.09 was raised with 100 % going towards a cure! I was so proud of how friendly, well manured and aggressive (with their sales skills only) they were. It was HOT, high 90's with a heat index of over 100! Every so often one would run in the sprinkler or go cool off in the AC for 5 minutes. They endured the heat from 11- 5:30! I thought they'd be out there for like 2 hours. Ha, not these girls- they were on a mission to help find a cure. It was a fun day with a great lesson.

Inside for lunch-Mae got into the Inside Out cookies!

Mae & B bored with selling lemonade

Mae ran the calculator....Maybe that's how we raised $64!!! :)
".25 cent?!?! NO! You give me more MONEY!!"

Wednesday, July 20

Sweet N Sour Pork Chops Wins!

Here's a great meal from the crock pot. It was nice to use my c.p. on Monday---It was like 98 degrees out! PHEWWWW

Sweet N Sour Pork chops- Makes 6 servings
6 pork chops (I used thin ones bc they were on sale)
S & P
1 can pineapple in its own juice, undrained
1/3 c. vinegar
2 Tbsp soy sauce, low sodium
3 Tbsp corn starch
1 tsp. parsley
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 can water chestnuts
1/2 c. green onions, chopped
2 c. cooked brown rice

1. Place pork chops in the bottom of crock pot and season with salt and pepper.
2. In a small mixing bowl combine: pineapple juice, vinegar, soy sauce, corn starch and parsley. Pour over porck chops.
3. Add bell pepper. Cook on high for 6 hours.
4. The last 30 minutes add water chestnuts and pineapple.
5. Serve over brown rice!

Nutritional Information: 7 WW pts per serving! (Recipe makes 6 servings)
cal: 296
fat: 7
carbs: 34
protein: 21
fiber: 2.5

Tuesday, July 12

Fruit Pizza, Julified

Perfect summer treat~I changed up the traditional fruit pizza. Instead of a sugar cookie crust I used whole wheat flour and a butter substitute.  It only requires the oven on for 10 minutes at 350!  Swap whatever fruit is in season or on sale! I usually use blueberries but they were $2.95 for a pint yesterday! Ouch! Hopefully in a few weeks I'll have lots of blueberries from my MIL:)

Fruit Pizza
1/2 c. Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 c. AP flour
1/4 c. Confectioners Sugar
1/2 c. Butter (I use Best Life butter substitute)
8 oz Cream Cheese Light, at room temperature
1/4 c. Sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
zest from 1 lemon
1 c. Strawberries, chopped
1 Mango, peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 can (11oz) Mandarin Oranges
1/4 c. pecans or almonds
1/4 c. coconut

1. In a large bowl combine flours and confectioner's sugar. Cut in butter.
2. Press into a ungreased pie plate.
3. Bake at 350 for 10-12minutes. Allow to cool
4. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl- beat cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla until creamy.
5. Spread cream cheese mixture over cooled crust.
6. Top w fruit of your choice, nuts and coconut
(Makes 12 servings. 4 WW points per serving)

Monday, July 11

My Mailbox Monday

Here is samples from 2 weeks worth of mail! I love signing up for samples not only for the Free trial sample but also b/c they almost always come w/ coupons! Today, I got a coupon for FREE peanut butter on the go! I'm so excited to go get that from Target :)
Happy Couponing!

P.S. Fruit Pizza, Julified won this past week! Recipe coming tomorrow-It was just way to hot to turn my oven on today!

Thursday, July 7

"My covenant with you"

Thursday when we arrived in Valpo it was raining a little bit. When it cleared up the sky was adorned with a double rainbow. The pictures don't capture the 2nd rainbow but it was definitely there! I was reminded of this scripture, good thing too, otherwise, I might have been worried Friday morning during the 4 inches of rain we got in just a few short hours ;)

Genesis 9:11-13 "I now establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the water of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth. This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come. I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth"

Wednesday, July 6

Catching Up

I haven't posted in over a week!!! Last week, I was busy w my two nephews who came to stay a week w me. I had no time to blog--I was busy at the zoo, waterpark, baseball game, running through the sprinkler and making Oreo milkshakes :) It was a blast having them around, they are such well mannered young guys. So content and easy going. It was great spending one on one time w them. I couldn't brag 'em up enough to their parents. I'd have them back Any Day!

(At the zoo, checking out the lions. Can you see him on the rock?)
Because they are so well mannered I did manage to still coupon some what and  do a little bit of shopping while having them here. This is what I got FREEEE in 2 weeks:
1 Vitamin Water= $1.00
Bread= $1.49
Strawberries= $1.79
Yogurt= $1
Plates= $3.39
2 liter of Pop= $1.89
2 Lipton Iced teas= $2.78
Candy= $5
============================ $18.34 Not as high as normal but good considering....

Sweet N Sour crock pot chicken won the poll--what was that 2 weeks ago? I have no pictures and hardly remember how I made it. Oooops! I'm back in the game--So be sure to VOTE this week!