The happy life of a happy wife…

{August 31, 2010}   A Good Cause…

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted anything recently.  I have a couple of really good recipes that I can’t wait to share with you, but I have to wait until I pull the pictures off my camera  🙂  In the meantime, I’m going to ask you take a few minutes of your time and vote for this worthy cause.

I went to elementary school with Mike Pizzurro, and when I came across this story on Yahoo it really touched my heart to see his childhood picture.  The story is here.

But the bottom line is that they are in the running (currently #1) to win $250,000 that will be spend to fund a clinical trial for the treatment of GAN.  I saw firsthand his struggle, and so I would greatly appreciate your votes for this cause.  Please click here to visit the Pepsi Refresh Project and vote for Hannah’s Hope.  Let’s keep them #1 and get them the $250k!

Some info on GAN:  Giant Axonal Neuropathy is one of many neurodegenerative disorders caused by a defective gene. GAN patients lose the ability to speak and swallow and become quadriplegics and die in their 20’s.


{August 27, 2010}   Five Question Friday

1. How many pets do you have?  Five.  I have two dogs and three fish.




2. If you could switch places with anyone in the world for one day, who would it be?  Hmm.  Not sure about this one.  How about Audrey Hepburn or Ginger Rogers back in the day..

3. What is your favorite money saving tip?  Using coupons for what I need and not buying things I don’t.  When I was browsing through Pier 1 last weekend, I was talking to the sales associate about how I don’t use baskets because I can only buy what I can carry  🙂  It’s a good way to limit how much I spend on extras, although I am learning the best way to stack things up arms. lol

4. What do you want your kids to be when they grow up?  I’m not one of those people that will say I want them to do whatever will make them happy.  I want them to be successful without being miserable hahaha  But maybe I’ll change my mind once I actually have kids 😉

5. What is your favorite quote?  Don’t be too hard on yourself.  Even a clock that isn’t working is right twice a day.

{August 24, 2010}   Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

How To: Simply posted this recipe for doughnut muffins on 8/3.  I thought it was posted before that, but maybe it just felt like a long time because I couldn’t wait to make them as soon as I saw it!

But… I don’t know.  Maybe I did something wrong.  They just weren’t what I was expecting.

They’re very pretty… but here are my honest thoughts on them:

When I heard “doughnut muffins” I was expecting almost a glazed doughnut consistency, maybe something like what you’d get at Krispy Kreme.  I don’t know why, but that’s what I had stuck in my head and that’s what I was thinking they were going to be.  I won’t make them again to satisfy a doughnut craving, but I do think they would be perfect for a ‘Christmas morning’ dish.  They have that wonderful, warm comfort feeling that makes you want to curl up by a fire with a cup of hot chocolate and read a good book.

Also, when I make them again, I think I will just sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the muffins.  It was a bit heavy on the coating for my personal tastes.  Plus, once you have done a few of them the sugar coating starts to clump from the butter, so you end up with some sugar clumps on your muffins.

But with a sprinkled on topping and a new name (something like, say, Cinnamon Sugar Muffins) then I think these would be a hit.

Ingredients for the muffins:

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk

Ingredients for the coating:

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees & grease a muffin tin.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine the oil, sugar, egg and milk in another bowl.  Add the dry ingredients and stir only enough to combine.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes.  While they are baking, prepare your coating:
  5. Melt the butter in a small bowl
  6. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in another small bowl.
  7. Shake the muffins out of the tin while they are still hot.
  8. Dip in the melted butter and then into the sugar mixture.
  9. Place on a wire rack and let cool.

I know I’ve mentioned her before, but my friends runs The CoupoNinja.  It is a great place to go to save TONS of money on your grocery bill.  I went to Publix last night, and apart from the fact that it was pouring and all my groceries (and myself) got soaked, I did a pretty good job!

I only use the printable coupons, although since one of my coworkers now gives me her coupon inserts from her paper I might be able to start doing even better.  But here’s what I got last night:

Wanchai Ferry (frozen) Beef & Broccoli  {These are great btw.  You should try them.}
Macaroni Grill (frozen) some sort of shrimp pasta thing for Shane
2 Lysol air fresheners
2 big boxes of Hefty garbage bags (90 bags I think)
Chewy Chips Ahoy
Reduce Fat Chips Ahoy
2 2-L of Pepsi
2 boxes of Pepperidge Farm Cheese Crisps
2 Taco Bell taco dinner kits

If I hadn’t used her site, all of that would have cost me $62.06… but I only paid $23.86.  (it could have been $1 less than that, but I didn’t print the pasta coupon because I wasn’t planning on buying it).  Take into consideration that those two frozen meals normally cost $7.99 each, and I think I did pretty good 🙂

Shane:  Are you sure you want to do this?
Me:        Sure it’s a truck stop, but come on… it’s Denny’s.  How bad can it be?

We live in *sort of* the middle of nowhere.  There is a grocery store, a couple of gas stations, a Chinese take out place, and a Papa John’s.  And a Denny’s.  A Denny’s that is attached to a truck stop.

Some people may be repulsed by Denny’s to begin with, but I’m not one of them.  I love breakfast, and I’ll take it anyway I can get it.  Denny’s, IHOP, Village Inn.  One of my favorite things at Denny’s is the heart attack sandwich, aka the Grand Slamwich.  Two scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, mayo, cheese, and a maple syrup spread on grilled bread.  Served with a side of hash browns.  Sounds GREAT to me!

“Two Grand Slamwiches please.”  “Coming right up.”

So I’ve taken a couple bites out of mine when I see Shane pick something off his sandwich and set it on the side of his plate.

Me:       What was that?
Shane:  Don’t worry about it.
Me:       No.  What was that?
Shane:  I’m not going to tell you.  You don’t want to know.
Me:        I’m not going to eat another bite until you tell me what that is!
Shane:  Oooook.  *hands it over to me*
Me:       Oh my gosh!!  Is that… mold?!?!?!

Sure enough was.  They served us a Grand Slamwich on moldy bread!  I’m not the type to make a scene, so I just set it down on top of my sandwich and put my fork down.

Waitress:  Is everything ok?  Can I get you a box or anything?
Me:             I’m really sorry but I just can’t eat it anymore.
Waitress:  What is that?
Me:             It looks like mold to me.
Waitress:  It looks like mold to me too.

She cleared my plate and then the manager came over.  I will give them one thing: They were honest.  The manager came over and said that it was actually mold and that he was very, very sorry.  He didn’t try to deny it or lie and say it was something else.  He wasn’t going to charge us for anything, but I told him we wanted to pay for one of the sandwiches because we wanted to leave the waitress a tip (it wasn’t her fault after all).  They were so embarrassed (rightly so) but I still felt bad for them.  I’m sure the waitress wasn’t expecting any sort of tip, so hopefully it was a nice surprise and she knew we were good people.

Even though the mold came off Shane’s plate, they assumed it was from mine since I had put the piece back down on my plate.  But still, when the waitress came back to clear our table she asked Shane if she could “remove that for us”   That kind of make me chuckle.  “That”  And she said it with almost a tone of disgust.  Like, “Can I remove that offensive piece of crap from your table”  LOL

As we took our check to the front to pay, the cashier said, “How was your meal tonight?” and I couldn’t hold the laughter inside.  The cashier never got an answer to his question, as I laughed my way straight out the door.

I didn’t hold the mold against them, but I don’t think I’ll be able to go back.  I know I won’t go back.

et cetera
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