Thursday, December 29, 2011

End of the Year Total

I ended up with $19.78 in the Mom jar.

The 2011 total is: $308.28

$691.72 off from where I wanted to be. But, for mostly passive money collection and the fact that this year has not been easy I will take it.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Durkee Chocolate Cinnamon Snowballs

This is not my recipe. I clipped this from a coupon insert today and decided to make them since I had all the ingredients. These are pretty easy to make and taste a bit like yummy Mexican hot chocolate.
Hope you like them too.

Chocolate Cinnamon Snowballs

1 cup butter (no substitutions), softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all purpose flour
Extra powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 400.
Beat butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon with a mixer until light. Gradually add flour, mixing until just blended.
Shape dough into 1 inch ball. Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer from baking pan to wire racks. Cool slightly. Roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely. Roll in sugar again.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Year of Cans

Since I decided way back in January to save $1000 to put towards our mortgage, I've been saving aluminum cans. All year. All the cans.
I think we had seven or eight bags living rent free in our garage. Truth be told, I thought we'd have more cans since we tend to drink a lot of soda. Anyway, I don't know how much money I expected to make from my little can hoard but I know it was more than $7.70.
Oh well, at least now I know to just recycle them from now on and save the space.

I haven't tallied up my current savings amount yet because I have a Mom's found money jar that I've been collecting in for months. Anytime I find money laying around the house I put it in my jar. In fact I know there's a nickel on the living room floor that I need to go get. At his point I could have been giving my kids the same allowance money over and over. I was hoping someone would notice all the missing money but no one has. Maybe my goals for next year should be teaching my children to be better stewards of their money and quit the soda habit.
Oh well, off my can to go retrieve that nickel.