Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Day Cookie Recipe: Cupid's Rasberry Jell-O Cookies

Cupid's Raspberry Jell-O Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1 (3 ounce) box raspberry Jell-O
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Using electric mixer and large bowl, combine shortening, butter or margarine, sugar, Jell-O, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until very creamy, then add flour, baking powder and salt. Dough will be extra thick, but mix thoroughly. Roll dough into small balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass covered with sugar. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes. Do not over-bake. Cookies should not be brown on edges.

Makes 4 dozen.

Cellfire Helps Me Save Money: That Works For Me!

Cellfire is getting coupons by cellphone....I thought that was the only way to use this service...but not...you can use it to download coupons to your savings cards. Now I can handle that!

First let me explain about Cellfire a bit. They are like the many other e-coupon sites that you can load to your shoppers card (Kroger for me) and those e-coupons will be taken off at the register to reduce your grocery shopping totals. You can stack the e-coupons with a manufacturer coupon to get things even cheaper, or FREE (of course). But, some report that only one e-coupon will be be taken off at the register (so not both a Cellfire e-coupon and a Shortcuts e-coupon). I haven't used it yet but when I do, I'll share what my receipt shows.

So, back to the cell phone issue. While you don't have to have a cell phone it does recognize the cell phone number you enter as your account #. Here is what you will need to do if you want to create an account without a cell phone or a phone with texting:

  1. Click here to go to Cellfire.

  2. Complete the registration information, but instead of using a cell phone you can enter your home number. If for some reason, it tells you that number is not a recognized cell number then you can give them a different number. Or, you can use a cell phone number that doesn't have texting capabilities.

  3. Once you press "Send Now," you will be taken to a screen that says "Enter the 5-digit code that has been texted to you." If you did use a cell phone with texting, you can enter this code. If NOT, just ignore the message and continue with the steps below.

If you are like me and did NOT get that 5-digit code since I used a phone without text to register, you will need to follow the remaining steps to get your account active. NOTE: the previous steps still MUST be taken in order for the next steps to work:
  1. Click the "Deals" link at the top.

  2. Scroll down the page until you see the blue "Share Cellfire" button on the right, and don't click on that button but instead click on the "Sign Up for Grocery Updates" link.

  3. Enter your information and be sure to enter the number that you registered above and the birth year you used too since your login information is your number and birth year (kinda weird, I know).

  4. To see all available e-coupons, click on "Deals" again and go to the grocery coupons.

  5. Hover your mouse over each coupon image (don't click on the coupon image) and you will see the option to "Save to Card."

  6. Click on "Save to Card" and that will open up a box to enter your Kroger (or other shopper's) card. Once you've entered your card number for the first e-coupon, it has saved in your account, so will not get that prompt again. And, if you do click on the coupon, a box will open providing complete details and expiration dates.

That's it! It was pretty painless as I really understood how to load the e-coupons without a phone that has texting! I hope this helps and gives you another way to save at the grocery!!

Noblesse Oblige Award!

In American English especially, the term noblesse obige has also been applied more broadly to those who are capable of simple acts to help another, usually one who is less fortunate.

Thanks so much to Christy over At The Creek for selecting me as a blogger for this award! Here are the conditions:

1. The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervades amongst different cultures and beliefs.
2. The Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage and offers solutions.
3. There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Culture and Sciences and Beliefs.
4. The Blog is refreshing and creative.
5. The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking.
With that in mind...I have to nominate the following people: Clara over at Coming Back To Life, Rebecca over at Freaky Frugalite, and Karen over at Zemeks
Here are the rules:

1. Create a Post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award.
2. The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post.
3. Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved – preferably citing one or more older Post to support.
4. The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award conditions.
5. The Blogger must display the Award at any location at the Blog.

Tackling Taxes

I am tackling my taxes. I am trying to get everything together so when i meet with our CPA next week I can just hand it over and forget it....whew!

I need some help from all you experts out there....lol. I need some organization tips.
How do you record or save all your information through the year. I know there must be a better way than what I am doing cause it just takes forever at the end of the year to get it all together.

I need suggestions.
We have our regular income, then we have a small business.

Just leave comments and feel free to email me personally...donicampbell@hotmail.com

Thanks and God Bless
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