Coupon categories

 Organizing your coupon binder can be a daunting task.  I needed some help with the categories so I asked Susan for her help.  CSP chimed in too.  I made a title page for the Food and Non Food pages and listed the categories so it would be easy to find a coupon in a flash.    I don’t know why my pages are showing up yellow, they are white.  Must be the lighting.   Anyway, CSP helped me kind of order the categories by the way the stores are normally laid out.  

Here are the categories I used:

Non Foods

  • Paper Goods
  • Laundry – Dish- Cleaning
  • Household
  • Medicines & Vitamins
  • Beauty
  • Hair
  • Bath & Body
  • Oral Care
  • Pugs

Food-

  • Dairy
  • Frozen
  • Condiments & Salad Dressing
  • Canned Veggies & Fruit
  • Pasta & Rice
  • Breakfast
  • Baking
  • Spices & Sauces
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Sandwich Stuff
  • Soup
  • Meat

Some of the categories are a little vague but it lets me put things in a broad category like Household where I put candles.  I am really liking this system!

Salmonella Cocktail

I was at my friend Christina’s house the other night for movie night when she asked me did I want some egg nog, that she could whip some up.  Wha?  Make egg nog?  I thought you just opened the carton!   Next thing I know Christina is rifling through her recipe box and pulling out a carton of eggs.  Ok, now I know egg nog is called egg nog but seriously?  Raw eggs?  I’m not Rocky!  I don’t have a big fight coming up!  I was very concerned about salmonella.  I mean, they don’t want you eating raw cookie dough because of the eggs but I’m supposed to drink raw eggs like a beverage?  I’m married to Cap’n Safety Pants after all!  Christina assured me that it was safe, cheffed up the egg nog and served it.  It sure did look pretty.  And there was alcohol in it.  Bourbon I think?  Brandy?  I don’t know my booze.  I said a prayer and drank it.  And it was good!  It didn’t taste like eggs at all!  It has now been a few days and I’m still living so I’m guessing the alcohol killed all the killer salmonella germs.  I came home and told CSP about it and he was like “Oh yeah, I’ve had homemade egg nog, what’s the big deal?”  Here I was worried he’d be at the ready with a hazmat suit!

Bayou Birthday

I love birthdays.  There’s no other day that only celebrates YOU.  I love other peoples’ birthdays and of course I love mine!  I stretch out the celebrations as long as I can!  My birthday  celebrations began Friday night when Christina and I got together for dinner and a movie.   I had reserved Hot Tub Time Machine online and it was waiting for us in the Redbox so we went and picked that up first.  Then we decided to try a relatively new deli for dinner.  Here’s where things got weird.

We walked into a big restaurant space that has been divided up into two different restaurants.  There’s the sit down restaurant called Frankie & Louie’s.  It’s a Cajun style place.  We walked through Frankie & Louie’s to get to the deli- Main St. Deli.  Once we got to the deli though, we thought maybe we should eat at the sit down restaurant.  It seemed pretty hopping!  There was no one in the deli but lots of people in the restaurant.  The restaurant is very interesting.  This space has changed hands many times.  It’s been a couple of Italian restaurants and even a steakhouse.  I hope this one sticks.

We walked back to the front of the restaurant and asked the hostess to seat us.  The decor has a very distinct bayou feel.  We were seated next to a couple of turtles and a hedgehog!  Real life animals!  It’s like eating in a zoo! We waited for a few minutes and a woman came over to welcome us to the restaurant, which has only been open a few months.  She chatted with us a moment then walked away.  We waited some more, then waited some more.  Finally, after over 15 minutes with no waitress appearing to take our drink orders we got fed up and went to the deli. The lack of server attention worried us as did the huge party of about 20 ladies who were seated in the restaurant.  We knew if we couldn’t even put in a drink order that fighting for the chef’s attention with 20 ladies was not going to be fun.

We were placing our orders in the deli when the deli man told us to hold on a second.  He was needing a moment to put Christina’s order into the computer so the shared kitchen could start working on it.  Aarrgh!  We were not happy to hear that even though we gave up our seats at Frankie & Louie’s that we’d STILL be in the same kitchen queue!  We explained our frustration to the deli man.  He said hold on and disappeared for a moment, returning with the dining room supervisor.  We then explained our situation to the dining room supervisor who offered up an apology, but only after doubting that we had been properly seated.  He thought we just went in and sat ourselves like a couple of nutjobs gone restaurant rogue!  Then he left.  With no offer of “hey, why don’t y’all have a seat in the restaurant and let us try again?”, no freebie, no coupon, no nothing.

We went back to waiting for our orders.  I had ordered sandwiches, a rueben for CSP for later and a turkey sandwich for me.  I also ordered two knishes, one for CSP and one for me.  Deli man heated up my knish while we waited for Christina’s pizza.  They had promised the pizza would be ready in about 12 minutes which was reasonable.  We certainly didn’t mind waiting 12 minutes or so for a fresh pizza.  But that 12 minutes turned into 30!!!  For a 9 inch pizza!  Insane. By the time her pizza was ready my knish was cold.  A knish is a pastry wrapped around a potato mixture.  It’s not something you can heat and reheat and reheat.  I wasn’t looking forward to eating it.  Deli man did comp us each a canned soda and a plate of 2 cannoli.  By the time we walked out of there we had been there for over AN HOUR and hadn’t even eaten a bite of food!  Insane!

We brought our food home and ate dinner.  Christina’s pizza was really good.  It wasn’t a 30 minute wait good, but it was nice and full of fresh ingredients.  My turkey sandwich was nice but I won’t be ordering their knish again.  I have yet to find one that can live up to Carnegie Deli.  When CSP got home from work he ate his knish and rueben.  He LOVED the rueben!  Said it wasn’t as good as Carnegie, but a very close second.  The cannoli were tiny and had cold, mushy shells.  Very ho hum.  Won’t be paying for those.

We had a big time watching Hot Tub Time Machine.  So funny!  Loved all the 80s references.  Plus I’ve had a long term crush on John Cusack.  If anything ever happens to CSP I’ll wait a respectable amount of time before I marry Mr. Cusack.  The pugs loved all over Christina.  In fact, Molly & Zoe got so lovey dovey on Christina’s lap she had to separate them.  They kiss each other sometimes, with tongue.  At first it’s cute but there was just too much girl on girl pug action that night!

High country, low key

When we are in the mountains we chill.  We might go check out some of the touristy stuff every now and then, but mostly we just hang out.  We watch movies, read books, play games, sit on the porch and watch the tourists at the store across the street.  I get a lot of knitting done in the mountains.

There are a few things we always do, no matter what, when we visit.

  • We go grocery shopping at Ingles.
  • We browse through the Mast General Store, usually a few times.
  • We have breakfast at the Mountain House restaurant.
  • We stop by the pet store so I can visit the birds.
  • We play games at least one night.

I like having this wonderful place to return to every year.  Even though we keep to a little bit of a routine, there’s always something to discover.  This time when we went grocery shopping I found this: Iced Tea from Beacon Drive In.  Found @ Ingles in Boone NC
I couldn’t believe it!  CSP & I first learned about the Beacon Drive In on the Food Network.  I think it was Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives.  We’ve been wanting to go there ever since.  I’ve never seen Beacon Iced Tea in a store in Charlotte (and CSP is a grocery store manager so he’d know) so we were surprised to see it in a grocery store up in the mountains!  I bought a bottle of the peach flavored tea and it was so yummy!  The Beacon is off hwy 85 on the way to Atlanta.  Ever since IKEA opened here we haven’t had a reason to go to ATL.  Maybe we’ll have to make a special trip!