Knit Hand Towel

Knit Dish Towel



Nate and I needed a new hand towel.  Instead of going to the store to buy one we thought it would be fun for me to make one.  So, I searched online and I found a hand towel that I liked.  I created the hand towel exactly the way Cathy from Wishing I Was Knitting told me to I love the way ours turned out.  If you want to make the same thing go to her site and get started!

Happy Knitting!


Easy Homemade Jambalaya

Not quite sure what jambalaya is, don’t worry, I’m really not sure if what I made was jambalaya… but last night Nate said he wanted to have some so I made up this recipe.



  • Any boxed rice mix that you want to use (we used butter and herb)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can Rotel, drained
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 Hillshire Farm beef polska kielbasa, sliced
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • Spices, to taste (I used black pepper, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper)

You don’t want to put cold ingredients into the rice mix so before the rice comes to a boil, in a separate skillet over medium heat cook the kielbasa until warm. If this was just for me I’d cook the onion in with the kielbasa however Nate hates onions so I cook them in a separate pan and top my jambalaya with the onions.  Once the kielbasa (and onion, if you are using onion) is warm, add the corn until warm.

Make the boxed rice mix according to the package.  Generally they will tell you to bring the rice to a boil and then turn to low and cover, once you get to this step add all the ingredients to the rice saucepan.  Once the rice is cooked and everything is hot you are ready to eat!

You can top your jambalaya with sour cream, cheese, guacamole or whatever sounds good to you!

How do you coupon???

I have been a coupon’er for a very long time now, and I’ve figured out a way to make it pretty easy.  It does take a little bit of time (probably about 2 hours every week) but any hobby that will save me money I’m all about!  Most weeks Nate and I are saving between $30-50 off our bill, which if you consider that a salary I’m doing pretty good.

I’ve had quite a few people ask me how I coupon (heck, I used to hold a class at one of my previous jobs to teach people how I coupon) so I figured I would share all my secrets right here…

Before you start, make sure you have the savers card / club card for your supermarkets (I have City Market and Safeway somewhat close to my home) and then go online and register your card.  Most supermarkets will give you coupons or personal deals online so save your username and password because you’ll be coming back here weekly.

  1. When my store changes their ads (Wednesday for me) I’ll go online and check their ads and write down what is on sale that I need to purchase.
  2. After I’ve checked their ads I’ll check their coupons to add to my cards.   One thing I love about Safeway is that they have personalized deals for things I shop for all the time.  I tend to get fruits and veggies even cheaper than the sale ad!
  3. Finally, I go to, under the Store tab, and look at her coupon match-ups for my supermarkets and any other shop that I may try to go to (like Target, BBB, etc).  If I have time later in the week I like to check back in to the main blog page and see if there are other fun things that I can get for free or super cheep.  Using this site I’ve also got many magazine for free as well as samples and such.

Things I think about when deciding how many to purchase:

  • How often does something go on sale?  I’ve found that things like coffee or other packaged goods will go on sale about once every 3 months so when I’ve found a good sale I’ll stock up for 3 months worth. If you can I freeze some and save it for later then do that too!
  • How great is the deal?  If I’m getting a box of granola bars for $.50 a box I’ll buy as many as I can.  Its something that we will use up before they go bad and I’m not going to get a better deal.  If I find a package of Nate’s pepper jack cheese for $3 I’ll only buy one because I know that’s a pretty typical deal but if I could get it for $1.50 I’ll buy a few.

Happy coupon’ing!!

Additional information:  if you have a cell phone you’ll be able to get coupons and deals that I don’t have. One of the joys of living at 8,000 is that there is no cell service here which means no cell phone deals for me. However, tells you how to use your cell phone to get you deals.

If you have any additional questions on how to coupon shop, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to get you an answer!

Starting Back Up

I want to have a place again to write to. I used to have several of these and I love to post different things to them… I’m quite crafty so I’ll be posting some of that… I like food so I’ll be posting some of that too. I also am learning to adjust to life at 8,000 feet so I’m sure there will be some of that adjustment posted here too.