Rather than be inconsistent in my posting schedule, I have decided to take a small break from the blog. I am aiming to be back in October, just need to take some time away for now.

I will still be posting to Twitter, and you can find me at: www.twitter.com/myadorableblog.

I made some cinnamon buns on the weekend (find the recipe here), and I think they'll make a great placeholder while the blog is on a break.




Posted by Jen B On Monday, September 08, 2014 4 comments
I got my first zero out of pocket coupon deal last night, although having said that, zero out of pocket in Canada is plus tax. So I actually spent $0.12, but that is as close to zero out of pocket as we get.


These pens were retail $1.87, but I price matched them to a sale price of $0.99. I had a coupon for $1.00 off, so all I had to pay was the tax. And because it was $1 off and I only paid $0.99, that extra cent came off my bill too. A fun deal for fun pens.


Posted by Jen B On Wednesday, September 03, 2014 2 comments
We have a had a lovely long weekend here, sunny, hot, and a little humid. I needed some cookies to take to a friend's house on Saturday and there was no way I could use the oven, so a no-bake treat was needed. I have posted about this no-bake cookie before, but I have since found my favourite recipe for them, which I am posting here today.

**Note About The Photos: I'm still getting used to my new camera and my kitchen photos came out very yellow. I need to tweak the settings some more and possibly use the flash more often than I did with my old camera. Learning as I go!!

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

Ingredients:
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup margarine
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
3.5 cups rolled oats

Method:

1. Combine sugar, milk, and margarine in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until blended. Stir occasionally and bring to a boil.


2. Once boiling, continue to boil without stirring for 4-5 minutes.


3. Remove from heat. Whisk in cocoa powder until blended (be careful when stirring as liquid is very hot). Add peanut butter and vanilla and mix until smooth.


4. Stir in rolled oats.


5. Drop by spoonfuls onto lined cookie sheet (shaping them if desired). Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.


Enjoy!!!

Posted by Jen B On Monday, September 01, 2014 5 comments
I had lunch with Mom earlier this week and she treated me to Crabfest at Red Lobster. As a seafood lover this lunch was over the top and really hit the spot. It was messy to eat, but that is half the fun.

What I ordered was called the Crab and Roasted-Garlic Seafood Bake. It contained: crab legs, shrimp, bay scallops, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Everything was roasted in a garlic and white wine broth, which was excellent for dipping the signature rolls into. This lunch was a mega hit and I remained happy and full all day.



Posted by Jen B On Friday, August 29, 2014 10 comments
I recently got a new (to me) camera. Hand me down from my brother to my Mom, and then re-gifted from Mom to me. My digital camera has become increasingly unreliable, shutting off randomly, freezing with the shutter open, corrupting files. It could be a battery issue, but replacing the battery is at least $30, and because the camera is over seven years old, I'd rather put that money towards a new camera (probably an SLR). Until I take the plunge and buy a new camera, I'm playing around with my hand me down one and it's pretty great. It's a point and shoot like my old one (same brand as well), a few years newer than mine. I'm taking lots of pictures and having fun with the new functions.

I did some practice shooting on a bouquet of flowers and I think they turned out pretty well. Going to keep practicing until I figure out all the best settings. I love this bouquet - just gorgeous.






Posted by Jen B On Thursday, August 28, 2014 9 comments
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