52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Project 15

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The last clutter spot in the hallway turned out to be the easiest and it made such a difference to the look of our hallway.

the hallway bookshelfThis bookshelf use to hold the kids school books down in the old school room area off the kitchen. We renovated that area last summer into a 4th bedroom for our oldest son. I then moved it up here thinking that is would hold my daughter’s school books since she doesn’t have room in her room for them, however what it ended up holding was junk.

In fact one of the reasons it took me so little time to clean this area is that most of it just went straight to the recycling area or to the garbage.

school booksSince no one fits well in the study nook I cleaned out last week I decided to put it to work. I bought two laundry baskets one holds my daughters school books  and is stored on the bench and one is slipped under the bench and is holding the stuff to go to the thrift store.

When the thrift store bin is full I will empty it out into a cardboard box and take it to the thrift store. By giving the give away box a home I am hoping the kids can be trained to put their no longer wanted items in it instead of just stuffing them in the area.

hallway doneDoesn’t it look so much better? Now to keep it this way! For now the book case is in my son’s room but I don’t think we will keep it. I am thinking of posting a photo of it on my personal Facebook page and seeing if anyone needs one. It will be free to the first person who hauls it away.

 What area did you declutter this week?

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10 Free Spring Cleaning Printables

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I know a lot of people start their spring cleaning in March, but I prefer waiting until I can open up the windows and let the fresh air in as I clean, and around here you are not guaranteed those warm days until mid April or early May. Sure you might get a day here or there of warm weather before then but nothing with regularity, at least not usually.

10 free spring cleaning printables

I will admit I am not much of a spring cleaning zealot. I much prefer to work at removing the clutter and dust from my house one inch at a time. I also do a big clean of my home just before Christmas so that it looks great for the holidays.  However, there are certain areas of my house such as our front porch, back porch, basement and attic, that I like giving a good cleaning before the warm weather hits.

The porches I deep clean in spring because I want to have them ready to enjoy when the hot days of summer hit. The attic and  the basement I deep clean in spring because they don’t have heating or cooling systems in them so the temperature is finally right to be in them long enough to clean.

Even though I am not a huge spring cleaner, I do believe that each person should work with their own personal cleaning personality to obtain the best results, and so today’s article is to help you spring cleaners do just that.  I rounded up 10 different free resources for spring cleaning lovers to check out and print the one that works best with their cleaning personality.

Go for it! and when you done if you have energy left perhaps you can come over and help me lift the patio furniture out of the basement and onto the front and back porch :) .

10 Free Spring Cleaning Printables

1. Cornerstone Confessions: Deep Cleaning Checklist

2. Make Lemonade: Spring Cleanings Calendar

3. Family Balance Sheet: 20 Spring Cleaning Tasks To Freshen Your Home

4. Pop Sugar: 30 Day Cleaning Challenge

5. Going Home To Roast: Spring Cleaning Printable

6. Freebie Finding Mom: All Inclusive Room By Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

7.  Frugal Living Mom: Spring Cleaning Check List

8. Ask Anna: Declutter Your Home Printable Checklist

9. Organize and Decorate Everything: 30 Day Spring Cleaning Schedule

10. Living Well Spending Less: The Big Clean

All of these pins are pinned to my Spring Cleaning Printables Board on Pinterest

Follow Victoria @Snail Pace Transformations’s board Spring Cleaning Printables on Pinterest.

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The One Reason Why I Think Survey Companies Are Worth It

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Survey taking is time consuming, and it seems like you earn just pennies for your effort. True most survey companies seem to create very long surveys however here is the one reason why I think Survey taking isn’t a complete waste of time.How to find survey companies that are worth your time and why filling out surveys is worth it.

Filling out Surveys is a Flexible At Home Job

The flexibility of survey taking is what makes the whole time consuming thing worth while. You can choose if you have time today to fill out a survey, or this week or this month.

I do recommend setting up a separate email just for the survey companies you join because some do send quite a bit of email and if you don’t have time seeing them mixed in with your other emails can get aggravating.

Sure you are not going to earn $1000’s of dollars each month, in fact many don’t make $100’s  of dollars, but I have read reports of people making $50 to $100 from combining Survey filling with point programs (more on those below), and  that can make wiggle room in a tight budget. Best part, you make it in downtime that was earning you nothing before.

Two Prefect Daily Down Times For Survey Filling

TV Watching time in the evening. I know a woman who fills out surveys every night while cuddling up beside her hubby who like to watch sports.

Afternoon nap time for the kids when you want to just relax but feel like you should at least do something (this is when I use to do a lot of surveys).

Brainstorm about your daily life, when during the day are you just kind of sitting there but you could do something  that would add to your families income.

A Great Resource For Scouting Out The Best Survey Companies

When cashing out at my current favorite survey site Paid Viewpoint I noticed a note saying “please leave a review at Survey Police”. I went over and checked out the site. I was very impressed. Survey Police has reviews on 100’s of different survey sites. You just type in the name of the survey company you are interested in joining and it will give you a review that contains general information such as what you can cash out for and where the company is based. Below the description you can read reviews from actually users both positive and negative.

If you can’t find an official review from Survey Police chances are you can find out something about the company by entering their forum .

A Survey Company I Currently Use

Paid Viewpoint is the only survey company I currently use. I like them because their surveys are fast and you get paid for each one, which means your time is never wasted. You won’t earn a lot month per month when you first get started but once you reach a trait score of 1000 Paid Viewpoint will start sending you higher earning surveys. These are first come first serve and you are notified by email about them.

A Survey Company I Used For Years And Really Liked


I used MySurvey for years when the children were little and I had only smaller windows of time here and there to do a work at home gig in. I was usually able to earn 1 to 2 $10 gift cards each month through MySurvey.

A Few Survey Companies Worth Checking Out

I spent sometime reading on Survey Police as well as a few other sites that often talk about surveys and found a few sites mentioned over and over again as being worth peoples time. Of course as with many things in life there were people who didn’t like these companies but with these companies there seemed to be more who liked them then didn’t like them.

Opinion Post: Offers both online and mobile surveys. Amazon gift cards and payment via Paypal are both listed as cash out options as well as a few other options.

Survey Spot: You have the option of cashing out for Amazon gift cards or Paypal as well as a few other choices. It was reported on Survey Police that on average the surveys from Survey Spot take 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Toluna: Toluna offers gift cards for cash out and currently has 35 different ones available, including Amazon and Paypal. Not only can you fill out surveys but Toluna also offers chances to test out free products for purpose of filling out a survey about how you felt about the product.

Sites That Offer Both Surveys & Other Point Earning Options

Want a bit more bang for your survey buck? Consider doing surveys that are offered as part of point programs. These programs often have several different ways to earn (with Swagbucks offering more than 20 ways to earn). By doing surveys within point programs you can get to cash out minimum higher by doing a few other activities besides surveys . Sometimes these activities are things you are already doing online anyways.

Here are a list of point rewards program I have reviewed and like.

1. Swagbucks: Read how simple it is to earn though Swagbucks here.

2. InstaGC: Read some of my favorite ways to earn with InstGC here.

3. MyPoints: Read all the different ways you can earn Mypoints here.

4. Superpoints: Read my review here.

5. Inbox Dollars: Read my review here.

Have you tried and like a survey company not on my list?

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Snapshot Thursdays: Sunday

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Snapshot Thursdays 3 pictures from my week to give you a peek into my daily lifeWelcome to Snapshot Thursdays. Please join me on  Instagram  to see more pictures I share all week long.

my napping messThe Sunday before Easter I had the most awesome afternoon nap. So good I had to snap a picture of my cocoon and tell you all about it. Sunday is the one day of the week that I don’t even try a tiny bit to avoid a nap. All it takes is one yawn on Sunday after church and I say “nap time”.

I also try not to do more than absolutely essential blog work only on Sundays so that it really does feel like a day off to me.

What do you do with your Sundays ?

sunday spot that I loveBefore I take my Sunday afternoon nap you will find me sitting in this chair rocking toddlers and reading book after book to them.  My husband and I serve in the 2 year old Sunday school at church together and I seriously look forward to it each week. I love toddler cuddles.

yurbudsOkay so this last picture sort of fits  in with my Sunday theme because I do often plug my pink yurbuds into my iPod and listen to a podcast or two on blogging while taking a walk if the weather is just right. But, mostly I am sharing this picture because I am so impressed with yurbuds. If you are sick and tired of your ear buds falling out of your ears get yurbuds, they don’t fall out and they have great sound quality.  I loved my pink pair that I got at Christmas so much that I got my daughter a purple pair in my last Amazon order that I paid for with gift cards earn from  Swagbucks & InstaGC .

What did you get up to this last week?

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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These peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars are a favorite of my son Aiden. He loves anything peanut butter and he is also pretty fond of chocolate.

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookie barsThese peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars are really simple to make and don’t even use flour.

ingredients for peanut butter chocolate chip cookie barsHere is the list of ingredients you will need

peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars sugar mixingFirst you mix the peanut butter and sugar together. I like to crack the eggs in a separate bowl with the vanilla and then lightly beat the eggs. I then add that mixture to the peanut butter and sugar. When that is all mixed together I add in the chocolate chips.

peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars putting in panI then place the mixture in a lightly greased 9 by 13 pan and place it in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. It really depends on how chewy you like your cookie bars and how hot your oven cooks.

(smaller image) healthier peanut butter ballsIf you want a peanut butter treat without sugar try my peanut butter balls.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. mix together the peanut butter and sugar.
  2. combine eggs and vanilla in separate bowl and whisk lightly.
  3. add egg mixture to peanut butter and sugar and combine well.
  4. place the mixture in a lightly greased 9 by 13 pan and press down lightly.
  5. place in a pre-heated oven of 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes depending on how firm you like your cookie bars and how hot your oven cooks.
  6. should be golden brown around the edges when done.

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52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Project 14

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Since I did the linen closet last week I thought I best just continue down the hot spots in our upstairs hallway until it is done. Considering it is such a short hallway it is surprising that it has 3 clutter hot spots. I will do the last next week.

I almost don’t want to include the before picture for this post because this weeks spot is really bad!

hallway cubbyThe picture actually makes the mess look better than it is . Sad…..

When we first bought this home we did some extensive renovations due to its poor shape (when you get a home for just under ten thousand dollars you expect that).

When smashing down the walls in the hallway my husband found all this wasted space under the stairs to the attic. Our children were much smaller then and he and I thought it would make a great study nook, and it did for many years. Now our kids are all really too big for it and all it seems to do is collect junk from their rooms. It seems that when ever they are cleaning their rooms  and  find things  they don’t know what to do with they throw it here.

It really didn’t take long for me to clear it out. Most of the things were either recycling, giveaway items, laundry, or pure trash.

cubby all doneThe pillow on the floor is for the dog. She likes to hide in this space when there is a thunderstorm going on. The boxes I kept here for now because they are going to be used on next week’s project which is a bookshelf that has made its home in the hallway for 6 or so months now and it just not working out as I had hoped. Next week that bookshelf is going bye bye.

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10 Bible Verses On The Power Of Our Words

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10 bible verses on the power of our wordsThe saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is dead wrong. Words do hurt.

As a child I was a victim of verbal abuse. Every word ill spoken to me by a loved one was like a stone thrown at my heart. It took me years and years as an adult to heal the wounds ill spoken words caused.

Yet, even though I personal know the damage words can do, I am far from perfect in my speech to others. I too have slung words that I wish I could retrieve.

I reread the book of Proverbs just recently and verse upon verse about the power of our words kept jumping off the page.

Later while I was scrolling through pictures for backgrounds for these 10 verses on words I am sharing with you below I came across the picture I had taken of  stones at a gift shop, and knew  immediately it had to be the background for these verses on words.

Our words are stones. We are nothing but stone throwers with each word we speak.

If our words contain beauty people treasure them.

If our words contain pain people toss them aside, but not until after they have had to deal with the wound they caused.

Like the stones in these pictures are hand selected by buyers, we get to choose our words. Which ones will you choose?

10 Bible Verses On The Power Of  Our Words

Evil words destroy one's friends; wise discernment rescues the godly (Proverbs 11:9)Proverbs 11:9 “Evil words destroy one’s friends; wise discernment rescues the godly.”

It is foolish to belittle a nieghbor; a person with good sense remains silent (Proverbs 11:12)Proverbs 11:12 “It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent”

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel. (Proverbs 11:17)Proverbs 11:17 “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.”

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)Proverbs 15: 1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but hard words stir up anger.”

Gentle words bring life and health; a decietful tongue crushes the spirit (Proverbs 15:4)Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit”

Kind words are like honey-sweet to the soul and healthy for the body (Proverbs 1624)Proverbs 16:24 “Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”

A person's words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook (proverbs 18:4) Proverbs 18:4 “A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.

"Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person's lips bring satisfaction." (Proverbs 18:20)Proverbs 18:20 “Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person’s lips bring satisfaction.”

Proverbs 20 verse 15 wordsProverbs 20:15 “Wise speech is rarer and more valuable than gold and rubies.”

Proverbs 25 vrse 18Proverbs 25:18 “Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.”

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Want to take the study the power of your words further? Read Speak Love: Make Your Words Matter by annie f. downs. “Because when your speak love, you speak life. And that’s what matters.”

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10 Ways Thrifty Bloggers Save Money On Blogging

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I blog on a very tight budget. Currently I invest just 10 percent of my earnings back into my blog and right now that money is being saved to help create an ebook.

10 Ways Thrifty People Blog Blogging on a shoestring budget

One of the reason I keep the percentage I put back into the blog at such a low level is right now our family budget needs most of my after tax earnings. My husband quit his second job  and the goal is to have the blog completely replace that lost income.

Here are 10 ways I Save Money On Blogging Expenses

1. I set a blog budget

You will notice I said that this year I am investing 10% of my gross earnings.  Having a percentage limit for reinvestment  gives me a budget for my blog to work with. With so many tools out there to help bloggers that are just $5 or $10 a month setting a spending limit helps me not nickel and dime my  earnings away.

You will also notice I   have a goal set for the amount of money I want to add to the families monthly budget. Once I meet it I plan to start investing a greater percentage of my earnings.

2. I use free photo editing software

I use the free version of Pic Monkey almost daily for my images. I have also used Canava from time to time and Be Funky.

3. I rarely use stock photos but when I do they are free ones.

Currently over 90 percent of the photos on this site are once I took myself. I have just recently found some great sources of free stock photos but am just really starting to dive into using them.

The rest of the blog photos I have taken myself. Some turn out great others need work but I really do like taking photos. My favorite way to come up with blog photo ideas is to look at the list of what I want to write about this week and then  head out for a run. While I run I think about what images pop into my head when I think about a topic and how I can recreate that image.

4. I don’t pay for scheduling tools

I pin all my pins to group boards on Pinterest live and with my own hands. I use the free Facebook scheduling available right on my blogs Facebook page. I am not actively tweeting on twitter much but when I do it is live.

I have thought of scheduling Pinterest several times and as income grows I might.

5. I take advantage of free exposure

I link my blog posts up weekly to a handful of popular blog link ups.  When I can find the time (which isn’t as often as I would like) I will pitch and write a guest post for a blog that is larger than mine. I comment on other blogs and on other blogs social media sites, and I of course am active on most social media platforms.

6. I take part in free networking opportunities

I have only ever gone to one blog conference but I do talk with other bloggers online on an almost daily basis. I have joined several blogging groups on Facebook and add to the conversations there when I feel I have something to offer. I email bloggers not to just promote but with just because messages that share friendship building conversations.

I also attend local free blogging events when I can find them.

My favorite social media platform for free networking is Instagram. The pictures give me something to relate to and comment on and it lets me peek at the life of the person beyond the blog like no other social media platform does.

7. I use free help sources but I am not against paying for help

I often tell my children mom is in car school, as I listen to several podcasts a week on how to blog better while driving to do errands or take children here or there. I also listen to these podcasts as I cook, clean or go for a walk.

When I am stuck on something that has to do with the technical side of blogging   I  go to You Tube for help first, or one of the bloggers Facebook groups I am in.

If I think the fix is beyond me then I hire it out. It is cheaper to fix the problem right the first time than mess it up and have to pay someone hours of labor costs to fix it.

8. I enter blog contests for blogging conferences and products

I have not won yet but whenever I see a blogger offering a contest for a free blogging conference ticket or a free blog design I enter. You never know.

9.  I use windfalls from sources beyond my blog wisely to boost my blog

About a year into blogging I received an inheritance from one of my grandmothers. I used a portion to buy a good quality DSL camera, and a Macbook pro. These two tools have made all the difference in the word for how efficiently I can blog.

I also invested a portion of the money to go to a blogging conference where I met bloggers who I still chat online with today.

10. I prioritize the money I do have for reinvestment 

Even though I am only investing 10 percent of my gross earnings right now I think long and hard about every penny I spend.

For right now I decided the best use was to save up for someone to edit my ebook, as well as someone to do a cover for it and someone to get it on Kindle for me.

I don’t currently have a product of my own and my car schooling research as well as the blog review I invested in last year both tell me that a product of your own is a great way to build readership, community and revenue for your blog.

As you can see I am not against investing in my blog, I just believe it has to balance what I bring in. I started my blog to help my family financially. The family needs my income now, not further down the road when the blog is bigger and earning more.

I know some of these things above only cost a few dollars a month but a few dollars a month here and there adds up quickly.

How do you balance spending money on your blog verse earning an income from it?

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Snapshot Thursdays: Wild Hair

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Snapshot Thursdays 3 pictures from my week to give you a peek into my daily lifeWelcome to Snapshot Thursdays. Please join me on  Instagram  to see more pictures I share all week long.

book quoteLast week the book “In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day: How To Survive & Thrive When Opportunity Roars” arrived from paperbackswap. Look at the quote on the back cover! It made me want to stop and read it right then. I am on the second chapter right now and this is already turning into a book I want all my friends to borrow and read.

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My daughter saw a friends hair with these Hot Huez colors in it and decided to use some of her spending money from chores to buy herself two sets.

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Here is what her first try with Hot Huez looked like. We quickly learned that if you are going to put it that close to your face you need to set it with hairspray as the instructions tell you too. The pink ended up on her face like a blush.  The strands she did further from her face however didn’t seem to come off on her face.

Later on in the week I did pick her up a can of hairspray (this is the brand I bought max hold and aerosol)  while I was out and she tried it again and it did stop the color from getting on her face.

The great part about Hot Huez is it lets kids experiment with crazy hair colors without it being permanent as it washes out in your next shower. These would be a great addition to an Easter basket for a teenager.

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A Sunday Dinner That Practically Cooks Itself

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I grew up with frequent Sunday dinners. You know the ones with roasted vegetables, fresh bread and roast beef or chicken.

Who in this day in age has time to cook like that?All of us.

A delicious Sunday dinner that practically cooks itself Less than 1 hour of prep for fresh bread, roasted chicken and moist and tender vegetables

Yes all of us with a little help from a few kitchen appliances can bring back Sunday dinner.

For several months now our family has enjoyed a home cooked meal of chicken, veggies and fresh baked bread and honestly it is one of the simplest hands off dinners I make.

It starts with our 2 crock pots and our 2 bread machines. If you don’t have two of each don’t worry the plan can be altered to make due with just one of each.

A Simple Sunday Dinner That Practically Makes Itself

Simple Sunday dinner chicken cooking in the crock potIt starts with the meat

The first thing I do is get our largest crock pot out and then grab the chicken out of the fridge. After unwrapping and rinsing off the chicken I place it in the crock pot breast up and pour 1 generous cup of water with a teaspoon of better than bullion chicken stalk mixed in.

I then generously sprinkle to top of the chicken with black pepper, garlic and poultry seasoning. With the chicken seasoned I turn the crock pot on high for about 4 hours.

simple sunday dinner bread machineNext Comes The Bread Machine

Once the chicken has been cooking for about 1 hour I drag my nose out of whatever book I am reading (reading is a favorite Sunday activity of mine)  and put the ingredients for Jack’s White Bread in both our bread machines and put them on .

I then go back to cuddling up with a blanket and a good book.

simple sunday dinner vegetablesFinally It Is Time To Put On The Veggies

At the time the chicken has been in the crock pot for 2 1/2 hours I get my nose out of my book again and wander in the kitchen to fill our small crock pot up with veggies. Usually red potatoes cut into bite sized pieces and carrots cut into 1 inch long pieces.

If you don’t have another crock pot I suppose you could just throw them down the sides and end of the chicken and allow them all to cook together…..but we do so this is what I do.

simple sunday dinners vegetablesI get out the smaller crock pot we use for hot cheese dip and other sauces and fill it with the freshly cut veggies I then put a teaspoon of better than bullion chicken mix in a cup of water and stir it in with some minced garlic and pepper. I then pour that mixture over the vegetables and place it on high for 2 hours.

simple sunday dinner it is cookingAt this point I can walk away and let it all cook for another 2 hours. Which is time enough to enjoy a good portion of whatever book I have on the go, or take one of those Sunday afternoon naps I cherish.

A Sunday Dinner That Practically Cooks Itself2 hours later, I grab the finished loaves of bread out of our bread machines and slice it while my husband takes the meat of the chicken. The children set the table and we place the yummy dinner out for everyone to enjoy.

My total time spent in the kitchen is well under an hour and the food is amazing. Best part we normally have enough leftover chicken for another family meal such as chicken & stuffing bake  or chicken pot pie. We also have bread left, although it tends to go missing by bed time.

 Couponing Tips Where to find coupons, how to organize coupons, how to use coupons (small)Check out my couponing tips page for ideas of how to save money on the ingredients for Sunday dinner.

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