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Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Yesterday had me gushing over blogger Beth at Budget Bytes (have you checked her out yet? doesn’t she look like Mena Suvari?)

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Anyhoo, I made Beth’s stuffed poblano peppers last night for Eric and he loved them. We had a big lunch of chinese takeout leftovers so I only made two stuffed peppers, which was perfect for us. I didn’t photograph my peppers because they weren’t very pretty. Here are Beth’s stuffed peppers. Just pretend mine looked like this.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Photo courtesy of Budget Bytes

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Saving Money Can Be Fun!

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I have been on a crusade to save money recently. And I bet you might be, too. Let’s help each other, shall we?

There are more than a few websites and blogs that specialize in just this thing. One site I found recently that I have fallen in love with is “Budget Bytes” written by an adorable blogger named Beth. So it is “Beth’s Budget Bytes”! She dissects each recipe and tells you how much each ingredient costs and it all looks mouthwatering. I am making one of her dishes tonight but I am surprising Eric so I will share it with you tomorrow.

My sweet friend Aimee is the author of the blog “The Coupon Diva“, another amazing way to watch your pennies. She works very hard to bring you the best deals, so go check her out.

For flat out fun and all out hilarity, visit my friend Susan at her blog “The Frugal Hostess” – she is a hoot and has some wonderful ideas to boot. Hey, that rhymes!

What am I doing to save? Well, I am certainly throwing more interactive parties. We really debated over having a Super Bowl party, and decided to invite everyone over to share their favorite football watching snack, bring their own beverages and we will rev up the Pop Corn Machine (did I tell you about the POP CORN MACHINE? We bought it for a song at a yard sale. In fact, when they told us the price, Eric and I just howled because it was exactly the amount of money we brought to the yard sale. To the penny. And it is the big kind – like at the movie theatre. So now my house always smells like pop corn. But that’s not a bad thing.) We will whip up another snack or two to share and we will open our home. Because that’s what matters – having everyone together. Not how much you spend. If you treat each guest like royalty and greet them with a huge smile and a hug, they will always be happy to contribute.

And if they don’t  – well, you don’t want them in your home anyway, now do you?

Please share your money saving tips with me!

xoxo, Patti

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