Monday, February 28, 2011

Dinner: Shrimp Scampi

Tonight for dinner I made Shrimp Scampi

The best part is.... it took 2 minutes in the Pressure Cooker!

If you have a Pressure Cooker, you really MUST purchase this cookbook. 
The recipes are delicious and very easy to make.

THE FEEDBACK: 10 out of 10
Even Kid-Mo ate it....yes, shrimp and all!  
(Okay.. I told him they were Bubble Guppies from

Improvements: I think next time I would add some heavy cream at the end to make the sauce a little thicker and creamier

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mom with a Camera: Preemie Feet

This week MoMomma is taking a look back to November when sweet "BabyMo" was born.

He was born 6 weeks early at a tiny 3 lbs 15 oz
(but not as small as "KidMo" who was born 10 wks early at 1 lb 3 oz)

Look at these adorable wrinkley feet!

I've shared this photo on this week's I Heart Faces page and hope you will check out their page to view the other fantastic photos there.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

ThredUp (again)

Have you tried Thred UP yet??

Here is "Kid-Mo" showing his lastest box of ThredUp finds...

We LOVE it!

Here is what I got in this week's Thred Up Box:

1 Nike Jacket
5 Polo Shirts
1 Suit with vest, shirt and tie
2 T-shirts
1 Pair of Pajamas

For $5 plus shipping, just pick any box of gently used clothing and it is shipped straight to you. After a spin in the washing machine at home, they are good as new.

Go HERE to my referral site for Thred Up.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Happy Baby = Happy Mommy

"I'm Baby-Mo The Sailor Man... Toot Toot!"

A good smile always starts the week off well :)

I love waking up to the smiley face of this baby.  Today I entered this photo at the I Heart Faces photo site!

Click HERE to see all of this week's entries!  My entry is #49.

Seven Slings Baby Carrier Review- FREE- Just pay shipping

A couple weeks ago I scored this deal that was posted on Saving With Amy's website for a FREE baby sling.

I couldn't pass up a deal for the free baby sling.  Well, free is a relative word.  It is "free" when using code COLORADO and paying $11.95 shipping.

Go to the Seven Slings website HERE

I would love to say that the photo below is of me and Baby-Mo but I'm too busy loosing handfulls of my hair and fighting my post- baby weight to be this cute right now.... maybe next year folks. 
(This is a paid model, not Mrs Mo Momma)
Back to reality...

My cute little 3 month old baby boy just loves to be held. Every night around 5 or 6pm he is fussy and it's hard for me to make dinner.  I figured a baby sling would be a great way to keep him happy while being able to move around the house. 

The REVIEW:  The product isn't too bad.  It is very basic.  It is actually just a thick piece of fabric sewed together.  Baby-Mo even fell asleep once in it!  SCORE!  On the negative side, my shoulder hurt for the rest of the night from the weight of the baby.

The GOOD:  The product is made well and I'm not worried about it ripping apart.  They are also made out of stylish material and look cute.

The BAD:  Not very comfortable for long term use. Also, It takes a while to get the baby situated correctly. And, if the baby is angry, I've learned it is impossible to get him in the sling correctly. And it just made Baby-Mo even more angry.  That is NOT a good thing.

Overall, I think it's a good buy.  I think Baby-Mo will do well with it once he is old enough to sit and can just hang on my hip a bit.

Do you have a favorite baby sling? Have you tried Seven Slings?  Post below with your comments please!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Valentine's Day Wreath... Update

Did you all see that great Valentine's Day Wreath that I made? 
You know, the one you voted on and picked out for me?

No? You didn't see that wreath?

Ummm ya.  That's because it never got made.
Mo Momma had to go out of town for work for a week and the first two weeks of February just flew by!

I promise to make it up to you!
How does a step by step QUILT tutorial sound?

Yeah? YEAH! 
Okay... deal.

One quilt coming up.
Sometime soon....

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Alcohol Cooking Substitutions

If you are "Mo" (aka Mormon) like me, the idea of cooking with Alcohol isn't that favorable. I completely understand that the alcohol cooks out during the cooking process. And, I'm okay with that.

But, what's a girl to do when she doesn't OWN any alcohol to cook with! That is the problem my dear friends!

I found THIS website today that lists Alcohol Cooking Substitutions.

I used this website tonight as my recipe called for Brandy.  A quick substitution of Apple Juice did the trick.
Fantastic!!! Be sure to check it out!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fry's Grocery Deals 2/4 & Couponing Tips

Another GREAT shopping trip at Fry's Grocery Store: $114 saved

Here's what we got!
4 12 packs Pepsi
12 Sobe Drinks
2 Fry's Tortilla Chips
1 Lays BBQ Chips
1 Lays Potato Chips
2 bags Purina One Cat food
3 Hunts Tomato Sauce
1 Reynold's Wrap
2 Cilantro
8 Roma tomato
1 Package Baby Carrots
3 Steamfresh Veggies
1 Bag Frozen peas
1 Frozen pkg Spinach
1 Pie Crust
1 Bag Ore Ida Hashbrowns
2 Kraft Cheese singles
1 Feta Cheese
1 Always Pads
1 Always Tampons (I'm not too proud to share that with you!)
1 Sauve body wash
2 Wheat Thins
2 Frenches
1 Mayo
1 lb ground beef
1 All Detergent
2 Uncle Bens Rice
2 Sunny Delight
2 Apple Juices

Spent: $55.81 / Saved $114.38 / That's .96 cents an item!

And here's how to do it:

First step- Let someone else do the work for you! One of my favorite blogs that matches Fry's deals each week is Saving Cents with Sense.

Second step- Make a list of the deals YOU want. Only go after the stuff you need and will use.

Third- Clip coupons for the items that are on sale that week. Remember, items go on sale about every 3 months, so stock up for a while until the item goes on sale again.

Fourth (IMPORTANT) -Get your competitor coupons ready! This week I used Fresh and Easy's $10 off $50 - find it HERE:

So, here are the items I went after this week at Fry's. This list is via Saving Cents with Sense. Click HERE

Fresh Roma Tomatoes $1 lb
Fresh Cilantro $.50
Kroger Mini Carrots, 1 lb bag, $1.00

Sunny D $1.00 -$0.25/1 Sunny D Product, exp. 4-30-11 (SS 01/16/11) =FREE after coupon
Lay’s or Kettle Chips $1.77
Dove Deodorant $2.00 -$2/1 Dove Deodorant or Body Mist, exp. 2-27-11 (RP 01/30/11) =FREE after coupon

Game Day Greats: Buy 10, save $5: Mix or Match
*prices assume 10 items in a transaction
Rotel Tomatoes $.49 -$.30/1 coupon in (1/23 SS) = as low as FREE after coupon
=FREE after coupon
Uncle Bens Rice $.99 -$1/1 coupon in (1/9 RP) =FREE after coupon
Hunt’s Tomatoes or Tomato Sauce (10.5-14.5 oz.), $0.49 $0.45/3 Hunts Canned Tomatoes, exp. 3-13-11 (SS 01/23/11) =as low as $.16 each after coupon
Birds Eye Steamfresh or C&W Vegetables $1.49 -$0.50/2 Birds Eye Vegetables, exp. 1-31-11 (SS 12/12/10) -$.35/1 coupon in (12/12 SS) -$1/3 coupon in (1/23 SS) =as low as $.49 after coupon
Kraft Singles $1.49 -$1/1 Kraft 2% Singles =$.49 after coupon
French’s Yellow Mustard, Spicy Brown or Honey Mustard $1.49 =$.49 after coupon
Sobe Juice or Lifewater $.49
Philadelphia Cream Cheese $.99
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers $.99
Reynolds Aluminum Foil $2.49 -$.55/1 coupon in (12/5 SS) =$1.49 after coupon
All Laundry Detergent (32-63 oz.) $2.99 $1/1 All Laundry Detergent, exp. 2-27-11 (SS 01/16/11) =$1.99 after coupon
Always Pads or Tampax $2.99 -$1/1 Select Always Products, exp. 1-31-11 (P&G 12/26/10) -$1/1 Tampax Product, exp. 1-31-11 (P&G 12/26/10) =$1.99 after coupon

Dinner: Ground Beef Stroganoff - Pressure Cooker

We have found another NEW favorite dish for our Pressure Cooker!

Ground Beef Stroganoff!

This recipe comes from the cookbook: Slow Food Fast, by Bob Warden.

You can purchase it online here:

Bob Warden's Slow Food Fast

I can't say enough good things about this cookbook! It's amazing and the recipes are easy too!

Ingredients Needed:

1 tablespoon butter

1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 onion, diced

2 celery stalks chopped

4 ounces mushrooms, sliced

1 teaspoon beef base mixed into 1/2 cup water (or 1/2 cup beef broth)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1 1/2 cups sour cream

salt & pepper to taste

egg noodles, cooked separately

1. Heat butter in the pressure cooker on the brown setting until it sizzles. Add ground beef. (If your pressure cooker doesn't have this setting, just Brown the meat on the stove top)

2. Once beef is browned, try to drain the fat from the pot. Then add onion and celery. (Note- I substituted onion powder in this step so my 4 year old would eat it since he doesn't like onion)

3. Stir for 2 minutes until onion and celery soften

4. Add remaining ingredients except for sour cream and egg noodles.

5. Lock pressure cooker, set to high and cook for 6 minutes. (During this step, boil water and cook egg noodles on stove top)

6. Let the pressure cooker release naturally for 10 minutes and then quick release for any remaining pressure. Stir in Sour Cream, salt and pepper and serve immediately over egg noodles.

This photo does not do it justice - it was really good!

Served over egg noodles:

THE FEEDBACK: 10 out of 10!

This is for SURE a new family favorite. KID-Mo gobbled it up as well. We added some pre-made red marinara sauce to his and he really loved that.

SUGGESTIONS: You could easily make this recipe on a stove top if you don't have a pressure cooker! Give it a try!
Tip Junkie handmade projects

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ThredUP - A great idea for Kids Clothing & Toys

I've stumbled across the COOLEST website! If you have kids, you MUST check it out.

It is called thredUP

Here is what it is all about:

You post a box of your own unwanted kids clothing or toys, and in exchange you pick a box that someone else has posted. It is like an online clothing exchange!
You pay $5 plus shipping when you select the box you want.
I joined last week and immediately found a lot of boxes I would be interested in.
I also earned my first box for FREE! I thought, what do I have to loose. I'll give it a try.

I selected a box with a boy's suit, tie, pair of church pants, button down shirt and ski jacket!

Did you catch all of that clothing for $5 ?

Here is a photo of what I received....

The "seller" also included a cute set of lego blocks for free. KID-Mo just loved the box of clothes and the extra toy for him. Everything was in perfect condition. I plan to get the suit dry-cleaned of course, but I'm super excited by my new finds!

You can search their website by size and gender or by specific item if there is something you are looking for. They also send you a set of USPS shipping boxes for the clothing that you post. When it is time ship the items you put them in the free box they sent, print out the shipping label and wait for the post man to come pick it up. (remember- the person who picks the box, pays for the shipping- no cost to you!) It is easy!

So, I'm going to send you to MY ThredUP site as a referral HERE. Go on, check it out! I promise you will love it!

PS- Let me know what you think! Leave a comment below

Kid's Dinner: Corn Dogs

The Mo-Momma family is not always fancy for dinner.
I thought I'd share with you a new Kid-Friendly dinner that we had this week.

Break out your favorite sandwich maker.
Then, mix up a package of cornbread mix. Our favorite is Marie Calendar's.
Pour the cornbread mix into the sandwich maker, drop half of a hot dog inside, and bake for 10 minutes.

THE FEEDBACK: 10 out of 10

Kid-Mo was especially pleased with this meal. He devoured it - leaving tiny cornbread crumbs everywhere on the table and floor. This meant that Dog-Mo also had a yummy snack later that night as she helped clean up his mess.