Welcome to the first ever Remember When Linky!!
Remember When… You Got Married?
Enjoy my wedding then scroll down to the bottom and add your name and the link to your wedding post (not your main blog). If you are linking a new post include a link back here so your friends can show off their weddings too. The linky will be open all week so be sure to check back to see the latest wedding flashbacks!
My hair had fresh flowers…
We really wanted the ceremony to be short and simple. It rains a lot here in February… it poured every other weekend in the WHOLE month. The week before, at the rehearsal, it was pouring… I mean sheets of rain. We were knee deep in mud and water. We had no “plan B.” We must have been blinded by love… ha!
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I am the mommy to four little boys. Ages 7 years, 6 years, 17 months and 3 months.
I started Penny Pinching Diva as a way for me to blog about my family and share with other people my experiences of “pinching pennies”. I am a stay at home mom, so I had to learn how to take care of my family of six on one income. So here I was, surfing the Internet one day and I came across all of these websites on how to save money and how to use coupons. I decided to combine my blog into a little bit of everything. So I post about my family as well as money saving tips, couponing, shopping at CVS, recipes, crafts and frugal living.
If you only had 3 quick Penny Pinching hints to someone who wanted to save money they would be…
- Always use coupons
- Shop off season
- Learn how to play the CVS game
What inspires you?
My family inspires me. Everything that I do, I do it for them.
Thanks Shynea for Hosting this giveaway!!
Reminder: Don’t forget to post about your wedding or link up to a previously written wedding post tomorrow for Eli’s Lids first ever Remember When Linky… Remember When You Got Married?
… an awesome post about our friendship here.
Only 5 days left to do your wedding post for the first ever Eli’s Lids Linky…
Remember When you got married?
Did you have a big princess wedding? An elegant beach wedding? A shotgun wedding? Elope? Did you get wasted and wed in Vegas?
Share your unique day with me…. because I want to know… really!! I love this stuff.
It will be so much fun to show off what a hottie you were in your wedding dress and those perfect centerpieces and that family member that got a bit too wild and the first dance and…
Just to get your juices flowing… below is one picture from my wedding… I love that the breeze is blowing my veil off my face. We are listening to our vows and Brad is thinking “I can’t wait for tonight!!” (btw – I did have a chocolate fountain at my wedding… it broke… so we turned it into chocolate fondue!!)
Rules for the Linky (simple but read them anyway!)…
- The post has to be about a wedding… if you haven’t had one or are too embarrassed to share yours, post some vintage pix of your grandma’s big day. (I’m thinking I’ll do my mom’s and my Granmom’s too!!)
- It should have pictures
- When you add your link, do it for that specific post only. NOT your blog
- It doesn’t have to be a new post… so if you posted about your wedding 3 years ago and you don’t want to write a new one, just link to the one you already did!
- Link your post back to the my post on the 27th so your blog visitors can join the wedding-show-off-fun too!
- Comment on the weddings you visit… cuz we all LOVE comments!!
(If you don’t know how to do a linky then just email me and I’ll walk you through it!! That’s how bad I want to see your wedding mania!)
Those are the 2 reasons I breast fed my kiddos.
In honor of this special occasion I got new PJs and I’m going to get all new bras this weekend (thanks to Hot Hubby’s $50 visa gift card, an award for being awesome at work… you go babe!!).
*Now don’t go showing me cute nursing bras, I know they exist. They are too expensive and I wasn’t about to spend non-necessity moo-la till the magic one-year-switch-to-whole-milk-milestone.
Every once in a while one of our pop-up books is a little roughed up and gets ripped apart (I’m sure this never happens at your house). I had been taping them… which lasts about 2.5 seconds before it is back into the fix-it pile.
So I came up with this solution…
The first Eli’s Lids Linky “Remember When You Got Married?”will be on January 27th. So get those photos scanned in, and that post written so you can show off your day as a bride (or anti-bride!)!!!
This post was written by Cheri…
~1/2 of a 17.3 oz package Pepperidge Farm Pastery Sheet (1 sheet)
~1 tbsp. water
~1/2 cup apricot preserves OR seedless raspberry jam
~1/3 cup dried cranberry, softened*
~1/4 cup toasted sliced almond
~1 (13.2 ounces) Brie cheese round~1 pkg. crackers
Thaw the pastry sheet at room temperature for 40 minutes or until it’s easy to handle. Heat the oven to 400°F. Mix the egg and water in a small bowl. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 14-inch square. Cut off the corners to make a circle. Spread the preserves on the pastry circle to within 1-inch of the edge. Sprinkle the cranberries and almonds over the preserves. Place the cheese in the center of the pastry circle. Brush the edge of the pastry circle with the egg mixture. Fold 2 opposite sides over the cheese. Trim the remaining 2 sides to 2-inches from the edge of the cheese and fold them up onto the cheese. Press the edges to seal. Place seam-side down on a baking sheet. Decorate the top with the pastry scraps, if desired. Brush with the egg mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden. Let stand for 1 hour. Serve with the crackers.
*To soften the cranberries, mix the cranberries and 1/2 cup hot water in a small bowl. Let stand for 1 minute. Drain and pat the cranberries dry.
1 pkg McCormick Sauce Mix (beef stroganoff)
2 tbsp. oil
1 1/2 lbs. boneless beef sirloin, trimmed and cut into thin strips
1 cup water
1 cup sour cream
Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add beef; cook and stir 2 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir in Sauce Mix and water. Bring to boil; cover. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream. Serve over noodles or rice.
I like to make quick easy meals sometimes because my kids are so young and need my attention. This was a new one for me and I really liked it (my husband especially). To jazz it up a bit you can add 2 tbsp white wine or sherry and 1 pkg (8oz) sliced fresh mushrooms with the sauce mix and water. I may try that next time I make this.
1 1/2 sticks of butter softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 cup of chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, white, peanut butter, whatever you please)
Stir softened butter, egg, sugars, and vanilla together. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. Blend the flour mixture into the sugar mixture and add chocolate chips. Form balls ( I use ice cream scooper) Bake at 375 10 minutes.
These really are my favorite cookie. When I try other peoples I just wish they had my recipe! I used half peanut butter chips and half milk chocolate chips. My youngest son Nash loves them and gets very upset if he sees them and they aren’t in his mouth. So I hid them from everyone in the family but me. Selfish, maybe, but I’m just watching out for their health….I promise!