June 25, 2011

Couponing is Crazy Fun!!

It has been one week since I started couponing. I am so excited for the newspaper to go on sale tomorrow so I can get my next batch of Sunday coupons. I think it is the weird part of me that likes organization that totally freaks out with excitement in this process.
Here is my couponing album. I blocked out my cell number. I thought if I ever left it behind that someone might call me and let me know...it's nice to live in a smallish town.

Here is what it looks like on the inside. On the left I have my CVS card and Green Tag which I will use when I am in the store. I also made an envelope and taped it in to hold coupons from the current store I am in. Whenever I choose a product I double check the expiration date on the coupon then place the coupon in the envelope. Once I get to the check out line, all my coupons are in that front pocket. I used this system today and it was SO easy.

I marked each section...manufacturers coupons and had them separated generally in sections...dairy, cereal...then I have each store separated for specific store coupons within a selected store...i.e. Target, CVS...

My sister, Becky, had hers when she was here visiting and I thought it was a great way to keep all the coupons organized and easy to find. She was smooth enough to get her album for free with a coupon, I paid $5 for mine at Walmart. It is just a regular photo album that I trimmed the outside page edges off for easy access to the coupons.

I took this picture of Rob on the sly today. Well he knew I had just taken a pic of him, and he was laughing at me so I grabbed this one, too. I love that smile.

In my couponing craziness this week I bought uncooked ribs for the first time EVER. They were buy one get one free from Albertsons. I am thinking the meat deals at Albertsons are not any cheaper than just buying meat from Sam's. But I was there, and had already planned to buy them, so I chose two packages of country style pork ribs. I made them tonight. I combined a several recipes to make this...

Tammy's Delightfully Sweet and Salty Slow Cooked Ribs

1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Salt
2 Tbls. Paprika

Mix these three ingredients for the rub.

Press each rib into mixture to cover on all sides. If you are like me and don't like to touch raw meet, go to your happy place... mine's the beach and imagine you are tickling your toe's in the frothy ocean water, that works for the first two, then just pretend that you are not really there at all, you are watching someone else touch the raw meat and being glad that it is not you. I also have great peripheral vision, I don't really even need to look at the meat directly.

Place ribs in a large baking dish with tall sides.

Pour apple juice into the baking dish to about half way up each rib.

Bake uncovered at 250 degrees for an hour. Turn the ribs and bake another hour at 250.
Remove ribs from baking dish and put them on a medium to medium low heat on the grill. Grill for about 10 minutes per side, then baste with barbque sauce and cook an additional 5 minutes on each side. This grill time can be adjusted to the size of you ribs. Ours were huge and meaty so they held up well to the extra time on the grill. If they are smaller you might reduce the first 10 minutes on each side to 5.

We served these with Texas Toast, corn, beans and fresh strawberries.

I loved that these ribs had a sweet and salty bite from the rub. I mentioned the sweet/saltiness several times while eating my rib. I told Rob I was going to write this recipe on my blog and he said to be sure and mention how you could taste the saltiness and sweetness together and it was delicious. He was being funny.

And I would like to announce to the world that after a long week and wonderful mission trip Derek came home and slept 15 hours. I woke him up at almost 3pm today. I went to the store just after lunch and assumed he would awake soon. I normally would not let him sleep that late, but he was exhausted from a week of house building, vbs-ing, and general crazy fun. So at 2:45 I woke him up. Much to my surprise, I think he grew several inches last night. When he woke up today he was taller than Rob. Here is a pic of Derek I took to show my sister we received her wonderful gift of Fluxx. It was his pensive look ; )

And one more picture...I took this phone pic of Jack last week and I love it.

Have a blessed day!!