Monday, October 24, 2011

Attempting to grow garlic and herbs...

So with this tough economy and my current need to do something, I have decided to give my green thumb a try. It's mid-October in the New England area (and really everywhere else in the world;) which means its cold, and only going to get colder. So, to feed my desire to plant, and plant now (I'm not very good at waiting when I get an idea) I have decided to plant in pots.

I love basil, and garlic, so that's what I'm going with. I had seeds for basil, from a Triscuit box, and all you need is to pick up a clove of garlic from your local farmers market or grocery store. So, all I needed was to invest in some pots and potting soil. Easy, peasy! ( I say that now but let's actually see if they grow first).

So, below is my garlic planting experience. I'll try and update with pictures once a month until they are ready to harvest in the summer.

The cloves. I have a combination of Elephant Garlic and Regular Garlic. Can you tell which is which?!

The Elephant Garlic.

Just to put it in perspective for you...

Regular garlic

To really put it in perspective!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Midnight Madness...Let's get baking!

My husband has been coaching college basketball now for 8 years and we have NEVER had a midnight madness celebration. Not like the big schools. Both schools (we've been fortunate not to have to move around - yet) have always had a fall break during the week of October 15th. Which means no students, which means no celebration for the players;(.

Well, this year, things are going to be a little different. That is, if the wives have anything to do with it!

Keeping with the theme of keeping my daughter involved in her daddy's super hectic career, I decided to put together a cupcake treat for the guys. I figured it would be a fun way to start a new tradition, while also getting to be a part of the team and helping the guys get excited.

Mini Blueberry Lemon Muffins
Well, what started as making 'midnight madness' cupcakes turned into a slightly larger affair. I thought, 'why not take this idea a little further?! Let's get the other girls involved!'. So I contacted Tina Brown, our head coach's wife, and asked if she would like to bring over her two daughters to help join in. She thought it was a great idea and then took it another step further. She suggested "why not make something healthy too?!", valid point - you know since they are training and getting ready for the season. She then went another step further, not only should the guys get baked treats, they should also get a dinner. What a wonderful idea! So, after practice on Friday, she's going to have a pasta dinner ready for them, along with bags of all of the food.

Unfortunately, I am not going to be here for midnight madness. Before this idea came to me, we booked a flight to visit my parents in Atlanta. We leave Wednesday, three days before the 1st practice. Which in baking terms, means not a whole lot of time to get all of this stuff together before we leave or before the items go bad or lose their freshness!
So, I got to baking. I had to plan it just right. I couldn't give the guys cupcakes that had been baked a week before hand, they could go bad or not be as fresh. So I changed the 'menu'.
Getting ready to bake:)
I went from cupcakes for 20 guys too, banana bread, cookies, mini muffins and a spicy snack mix. Apparently, I went a little crazy because in three days, I made 20 mini loaves of banana bread, 2 lbs of spicy ranch crackers, 110+ mini blueberry lemon muffins, 100+ chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies.

Who would have thought, with just a simple cupcake it would turn into so much more!.

I hope we do this again next year and all of the years to follow. I definitely want my daughter, and the other coach's daughters, to be excited for the season to start and not to dread it. This is my way of helping this happen.
Best of luck to all of you this season! Good luck and I hope you can find ways to enjoy the season with your guys!!
Ranch Spicy Oyster Crackers - resting.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Raisin Cookie Dough - Yum!

20 mini loaves of banana bread

Friday, September 9, 2011

Del Monte Coupon Savings

Go Register at vocalpoint (if you haven't already) and receive a Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon next Tuesday for a Del Monte Fruit Cup. I love vocalpoint.  I have gotten so many awesome samples and coupons and I don't have to do a thing. They email me with coupons or sample registrations.

Go Register if you aren't a member and come back here next Tuesday for the link!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Shaw's Supermarket Deal 9/9-9/15

Shaw's is having some pretty good B1G1 free deals, add coupons and you've got even more extra savings!

Make sure to sign up for Shaw's weekly emails. Not only will you get your weekly deals ahead of time, but they also send weekly coupons!

B1G1 Deals:

Fage Greek Yogurt - B1G1
Use the $2 off for 5 ($2/5) printable coupon
Approximately $3 for 5 or use two coupons and get 10 for $6

Reser's Deli Salads
Use the $1/2 printable coupon

Cains Pickles
Use the $1/2 printable coupon

Campbell's Select Harvest
Use the $1.50/3 printable coupon

There are other great deals, like Arm & Hammer Softener Sheets or Xtra Laundry Detergent. Just no available coupons (that I'm aware of) for these products.

Regular Sales:

Clorox Wipes for 2.99
Use the $.25/1 from the 8/21 SS (SmartSource)
Equals $2.45

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks for $1.88
Use the $.50/2 printable coupon
Get 2 for $2.76

Chef Boyardee 10/$10 (do not have to purchase 10)
Use the $.35/3 or $1/5 (depending on what your area received) 8/7 SS
As low as 3 for $2.30 or 5 for $4

Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup $.79
Use the upcoming $.40/4 9/11 SS
As low as 4 for $2.36

Emerald Breakfast on the Go! 2 for $5
Use 2 of the $1/1 printable
Equals 2 for $3 or 1 for $1.50

Leggo My Eggo - Eggo Waffles for 2/$4
Use the $1/2 8/7 RP (Red Plum) coupon
Equals 2 for $3

Shedd's Country Crock Spread for $4.99
Use the $.40/1 Facebook coupon ('Like' them on facebook to receive)
or the$1/1 All You Magazine Coupon
As low as $3.99

Perdue Whole Grain Chicken Nuggets for 2/$7
Use 2 of the $1/1 8/7 RP coupon
As low as 2 for $5 or 1 for $2.50

Hatfield Bacon for $3.99
Use the $2/1 printable coupon
As low as $1.99

Brawny 8 Roll Paper Towels for $5.99
Use the 8/14 RP $.50/1
or use the  $1/2 8/14 RP
As low as $4.99

Tropicana Pure Premium O.J. for 2 for $6
Use the $1/1 All You Magazine Sept issue coupon
Equals 1 for $2

Classico Pasta Sauce for 2/$3
Use the $1/2 from the 5/15 SS
Equals 2 for $2

Prince or Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta is on sale for $.88
No coupons that I am aware of, but still a really good deal!

Best of luck and let me know about your shopping experience!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Shaw's Supermarket Deals 9/2 - 9/8

Hey Everyone, it's that time again. Shaw's weekly deals. If you haven't already, make sure to subscribe to their emails, as each week they send out e-mail coupons! Plus, they will send you monthly coupons in the mail.

Good Deals without Coupons:

Maine Wild Live Chicken Lobsters - $5.99 lb

Buy One Get One Free Fresh Cantaloupe

10 Ears of Sweet Corn for $1.99 ($.1 cheaper here then Stop & Shop;)

Coupon Deals:

B1G1 Free Pepperidge Farm Goldfish
-Use 8/21 SS (SmartSource) $.50/1 (I didn't have this one, I had $1/2 Goldfish Bread)

Yoplait Yogurt (excludes Greek) - 10/$6
- Use $.40/6 printable SmartSource coupon
-use $1/10 from GM (General Mills SmartSource) 8/7
= $5.20 for 6 or use 2 printables and get 12 for $10.40 or $9 for 10

Progresso Soup 33% off (sorry can't give you price)
- Use the 8/7 GM $1/4 and get $1 off
Good for stocking up for the winter

Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt - 10 for $10
- Use the 8/21 SS $1/3 coupon
- Use the Parade magazine from 8/21 coupon 1 Free coupon
- 'Like' Dannon Oikos on Facebook and get a 1 Free coupon
= As low as 5 for $2

Chobani Greek Yogurt Champions  2/$5
- Use the(2) $1/1 printable
= 2 four packs for $3

Land O' Lake Eggs for $3.35
- Use $1/2 8/7 SS
= $5.70 for 2 dozen eggs

Marie Callendar's Bakes for $4.99
- Use the $1/1 printable coupon
= $3.99

Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Dinner Kits for $1.79
-Use the 8/21 SS $1/1 coupon
= $.79

Planter's Peanut Butter for 2/$4
-Use the $1/2 from 8/21 SS
= 2 for $3

Kashi Frozen Entrees for $3.49
- Use the $.75/1 frozen entree printable coupon from
= $1.99

Kashi Pizza for $4.99
-Use the $.75/1 printable coupon from
= $3.49

Kleenex Hand Towels for 2/$5
-Use the 7/17 SS $1/2 or (depending on your area) (2)$.75/1
= 2 for as low as $3

Arm & Hammer Fresh 'n Soft Softener Sheets for $.99
- Use the 7/24 SS $2/2
= 2 for Free!!

Boost Nutritional Drink for $7.49
- Use the $1.50/1 7/31 RP (RedPlum)
=  $5.99

Huggies Jumbo Pack or Pull-Ups for $9.99
- Use the $1/1 8/14 SS
= $8.99

Best of luck on your shopping adventures! Let me know if you score better deals. I'll be going by later this week and will let you know if I see anything!

Monday, August 29, 2011

'A New School Year, A New Season'

Even though the first day of official team practice isn't for 2 1/2 months, even though the 1st game isn't for another 3, the basketball season has begun. The first day back to school is in three days, and with that means untold hours in the gym, quiet nights at home and excitement in the air.

Excitement for the incoming freshmen, excitement to be back at school, excitement to get back in the gym and excitement for the upcoming season. What the new school year means for the kid's parents and the coach's family is a little different.

Parents are torn with emotion, excitement to see their children growing up but sadness because they are leaving. Like seeing their child off to their first day of pre-school. They beam with pride but cry tears of sadness. Their babies are all grown up.

Coaches wives and their families also have a wide range emotions. August is usually the longest month a family gets with their coach, that is, without having to compete against players, recruits and other coaches. Then September comes and our husbands are gone again. Back to the grind, back to the endless hours in the gym, back on the road to visit other children, back to planning for this years season. This can bring about a lot of different emotions, not only for Mom and Dad but for the children as well.

How do you manage? How do you explain to your children that they won't see daddy until morning? That's assuming daddy doesn't leave before they get up. How do you help them cope?  Being a coach's wife is tough, harder then most people realize. Being a child of a coach, I would imagine, is even tougher.

So, as a mother and a coach's wife, how do you utilize your time with your family and keep your children close to their father? Involved in the day to day activities? Everyone does it differently but my way is through the kitchen. I bake.

Every year, at the beginning of the school year (starting with this year), I bake the guys cookies. The freshmen come in first so they get the most. Days later when the upper class men arrive they get the next batch. This is my way of keeping close to the team and making sure the guys don't miss home too much. When Nikki gets big enough, she will help too. And for her, it will be connecting with what daddy does and why he is gone.

Baking, for me, has always been a way to stay close with my family. As a child, I would spend my summers baking with my grandmother. Every Christmas, I would watch my mom bake giant amounts of cookies and sweets to give to friends and family. Every time I bake, these are the things that I remember. And these are the things that I want my daughter to remember. It will be tough enough on her later in life knowing that basketball season is approaching and daddy will be around less. I hope this, the baking, will allow her to get excited for the upcoming season and not dwell on the bad things that can come with it.

I love being a coach's wife, but more importantly, I want my daughter and future kids to love being a coach's kid.

Friday, August 26, 2011


Today's mail call:

Free iPhone plug/charger perfect timing before the hurricane!