CYBER MONDAY

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Today is the day to stay in your pajamas and take advantage of the bargains available online!  There are literally tons of deals out there, so no matter what you are shopping for, there is surely a bargain waiting for you to find it.

15239340_1849686458609149_912808752_nLucinda is a talented poet and contributes regularly to my blog.  Her book “Coffee with Jesus” has been my go-to devotional for many years.  Every week I read a poem and companion Scriptures.  Her words inspire and encourage my spirit to do the things that God has called me to do.15218701_1849714758606319_1672215540_n

Her poem “The Napkin” is particularly inspiring – and mine serves as a reminder of the sacrifice that Christ made to save me for eternity.  I could imagine a table setting with these napkins being so lovely at Christmas.  What a unique touch for a family gathering!

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I cherish mine and keep it displayed year around.

15175485_1849714205273041_1937375671_nThere’s just something about having a journal to jot down thoughts as you have devotionals.  Sometimes the Lord speaks and inspires us and it’s great to have this companion to “Coffee with Jesus” close by when God inspires us – right?  When you buy the book today, this wonderful journal (a $6 value) can be yours for free!

And wow – upgrading to hard cover – how great is that???  Since this is a devotional book and will be used time and again, year after year…  I mean – when it’s a paperback, it will begin to show wear so much sooner than the hard cover would!  That’s a fantastic bonus, isn’t it?

Today’s the day to buy “Coffee with Jesus” and choose a bonus!  Decisions…  decisions!

When you finally decide which bonus you want to choose, go to www.lucindaspoetry.webs.com

Although not part of the Cyber Monday special…  Lucinda’s book, “A Second Cup with Jesus” is a must-have!  I’m a little biased and like this book in particular because, well…  I got to help with it!  When Lucinda asked if I would like to write prayers to go with her poems, I was so excited and anxious to do that!  We hope and pray that this book will be a blessing to you.  It also makes a great gift.  ❤15211774_1849714728606322_459068675_n

Everyone needs a great devotional book – and I can’t think of a better one!  These poems & prayers will be a blessing.  It’s our prayer that God will speak to your spirit through them.  🙂

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NOVEMBER IS SWEET POTATO AWARENESS MONTH

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Yes I know there’s just one day left in this month – thank you.  But this is important and can’t wait until next year – LOL!!!

Did you see the video that went viral – the one about Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie???  They could not keep them in stock at any Walmart in the U.S., which means that Ms. LaBelle will probably have a very Merry Christmas, I’m guessing.  She will be rolling in even more dough for gift buying.  Good for her!

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The video got everyone wondering about this pie – and my husband and I wondered about it too.  We were bored one day in Kansas City and decided to go into a Walmart.  For fun, I looked on the display table to see if there might be one of these pies.  I didn’t expect to see one – but there was ONE.  Just one setting there!  It looked lonely – so we rescued it.  We took it back to our hotel room and ate it.

Did we look at the label?  NOOOO…  but I sort of wish we would have.  Let’s just say it was not a healthy version of sweet potato pie.  I rationalized – saying we will probably never do it again.  I knew it tasted sweet, but the amount of calories from fat is what really got my attention.  Yes – back on the bike I went!  But – it was close to Thanksgiving and we were really so bored.  It was a life experience, right?

In the weeks that followed, the pie became so popular that our local newspaper printed the recipe straight from her 1999 cookbook “LaBelle Cuisine.”  As I always do, I perused the recipe, looking for ways to make it more diabetic-friendly.  Patti LaBelle has diabetes, so I’m quite sure she not only understands, but would encourage it.

I made the pie for our Thanksgiving meal – and I’m very happy to report it was delicious!  I used this recipe, but tweaked it with Splenda Brown and a ready-made pie crust.

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 Using a ready-made pie shell helped cut down on some of the fat grams, and substituting Splenda Brown Sugar for regular made the filling more diabetic-friendly.  We live and learn as we go, don’t we?  The substitutions we make in cooking go a long way in helping us stay more healthy in the long run.

I’m very happy to have run across one of the “real” pies though – it was yummy.

Am I crazy for writing a poem about a sweet potato pie?  Um…  yeah, just a little.  Wink!  😉

 

 

IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

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My group on facebook, A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith – https://www.facebook.com/groups/asecondhelpingofwellness/ has come through again!  Last Monday I asked them to share their best shopping tips with my blog readers.  In this economy we all need help – at least I know I do!

  •  Coupons! Always coupons! And if you have a coupon that doesn’t have a specific size and it’s not on sale, always get the smallest one. It saves you more per ounce.
  • Beware of freebie sites on the internet.  Once I joined one of those and requested a few things and my computer ended up with all sorts of problems.  Is getting a virus on the computer worth getting a few freebies sent to my door?  No.
  • Be cautious about where you get coupons online for the same reason.  Some sites are notorious for either swamping your computer with spam or sending viruses.  Again, weigh your options and you’ll find it’s not worth the grief.
  • Keep in mind that Walmart has price matching.  If you see an item advertised elsewhere for less money, clip the ad and take it in to Walmart.  When you check out, show the cashier the ad and they will honor that price.
  • Try RedLaser to scan bar codes while you shop.  It compares prices at nearby stores so you can find the best deals.
  • Do you make several trips to the pharmacy?  Next time take a look around while waiting for the medicine.  Often the prices on nonperishables like crackers are lower than grocery stores.
  • Staple items like cereals, flour, rice and coffee are often less expensive at Supercenters like Target or Walmart.
  • There are cooking websites that allow you to type in the ingredients you have on hand.  The sites generate recipe ideas using only those foods so they don’t go to waste and you don’t have to make an extra trip to the store.

Allrecipes.com

Myrecipes.com

Delish.com

  • Remember that frozen foods are just as nutritious as fresh.  When your favorite vegetables and fruits are out of season, you can find them at the frozen food aisle.
  • If you go to a farmer’s market just before it closes, the sellers might be willing to negotiate prices on items they don’t want to haul back home.
  • Sales run in six or eight-week cycles.  Scan circulars for deals on foods that won’t expire, and buy enough to last a month or two until the next sale.
  • A lot of times, I see something I really like in store, but can’t afford. I go on Ebay and often find it for a fraction of the cost, even with bidding wars. Eg: Lacoste polo shirts usually $90+ in store ~ I can find them for around $15 including shipping for like new, pre-owned on Ebay.

So you see, it really is possible to save at the store if you can wind your way around all the hype and see your way clear to the common sense ways of saving at the grocery store.  🙂