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Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Welcome all Ultimate Blog Party hoppers! It is so nice to have you and so nice to be participating for the first time! So now on to the introductions!

My name is Amanda and I have been blogging for just a couple of months so far. I love to read blogs and thought, why not start my own? So I did! :) The focus of my blog is being frugal (we live on a very tight income), food (recipes), working on bringing our family closer to God, and anything to do with my family. I have just started so I'd love it if you'd come back and visit often!

Here is the family (my mother-in-law took us to Disney last summer). My husband Mike, me, DD8, DS5, and DS3.

I participate in $5 Dinners Bargain Meal of the Week. My store is Food Lion and you can find my meal ideas for their sales ad here.
Bargain Meal of the Week

Click on the image to go find your Bargain Meal of the Week!

I love to try new recipes like this Vegetable Lo Mein one.

and make comfort classics like yummy blondies

or delicious beef pot roast

I also like to have fun with food. For example these cute little clover kiwi for St. Patrick's Day.

We're also working on doing daily devotions as a family. We haven't done them every day but we're getting there.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please come back soon! I'd love for you to show me some comment love as well. It's so encouraging for us newbies. :)

God bless,

P.S. Wanted to add my prize picks. :)
My number one prize that I’d like to win is USC 58 — Handmade Retro Apron of your choice! I love aprons, actually I collect them! I had looked at this shop before and would love to win this!
Provided by: Kati @ Country Girl, City Life and BoojiBoo!!

Next would be 41 — Simply Precious Photo Tile Necklace
Provide by: Elemental Memories

68 – $30 gift certificate to Christian Book Distributors
Provided by: A High And Noble Calling

If they are already taken I would like 19, 21, 22, 26, 32, 58, 72, 91, 103, 113 or 114. But really any prize for mommy or any of my kids (ages 8, 5 and 3) would be awesome! It's just fun to win something!


Hannah said…
Those clover kiwis are too cute! And the veggie lo-mein sounds YUM!

Happy partying!
Tarasview said…
I'm party hopping- I love those clover kiwi's too!
Ohana Mama said…
Love those clover kiwis! So smart!

Great to meet you Amanda! Thanks for stopping by Ohana Mama!
Glad you decided to participate this year! Have fun visiting all the blogs this week!
Love the clover kiwis too! Thanks for stopping by my blog :-).
Sherry said…
Great to meet you! :D You have a beautiful family!
Love the kiwis!

Have a great week!
My girls would have loved the kiwi shamrocks...I'll have to remember for next time. Swing by my site, The IE Mommy, to check out my Ultimate Blog Party Post.
Phoebe said…
Love the clover kiwis, the lo mein and boy do those brownies look good (not in the new diet, tho!).

Nice to meet you, Amanda--you have a beautiful family.
HI! Nice to meet you. Those clovers are adorable!
Vera said…
Thanks so much for stopping by! I LOVE the kiwi clovers and the veggie lo mein looks yummy. I'll have to poke around and write down some of your recipes.
Linda said…
Loved the kiwi's... you have a very nice blog... I followed you from my blog... glad we got to party together!

Linda from
Sharon said…
Nice to meet you!! Looks like good stuff is happening here!

When you get the chance stop by and say hi. I'm writing about living an abundant life (on a budget).

Enjoy the Party!

Kate said…
Hi Amanda - Thanks for stopping by my blog party. I love blogs with cool recipes. What's the recipe for that pot roast? That looks good.
Megan said…
Oh my, those clover kiwi are just too cute! I need to get my creative juices flowing in the kitchen. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Charlene said…
Hello, nice to "meet" you! Love those kiwis and brownies!
Snow White said…
those kiwis are so cute!
Susie said…
That all looks really yummy!! I contribute to the Bargain of the Week too!! I have a lot of fun with it:-)

Happy UBP!!! I am a professional blog hopper:-) Nice to meet you!
Robyn said…
Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my party...glad you started blogging and I love that kiwi clover idea! So cute!!

If you ever want a custom blogger ground or header let me know. I only charge a max of $30 for everything, but for just a header and backround it's just $15.00. Good deal! :)

Mom All Day
Tamara B. said…
Great party and the food was excellent, loved the Kiwi shapes! I also subscribed to you blog : )
Hello, just swinging by. Food looks good here. Come party with me at Brimful Curiosities!
Candace said…
Hi Amanda,

I'm loving checking out other Christian blogs!! Nice to meet you!

Can I eat that pic of the roast?? It looks so yummy. :)

Hello! So nice to meet you. :)
You had me at "Blondies". OH, YUM!

I hope you're enjoying the Par-Tay!!
Baba said…
Very cute and inventive! Party On!
Upstatemomof3 said…
Hey there!! What a nice blog you have. I need all the frugal help I can get so I will be back. :) This is a really fun! And thanks for stopping by
my party
. See ya again soon!! :)
Nice to "party" with you! I am new to blogging, too, and love to find deals! come stop by my party anytime! :)
momstheword said…
I popped over from the 5M4M blog party.

Welcome to the blogging world. I am sort of new too as I've been doing it since October.

Loved the picture at Disneyland. We love going there and are currently saving up for a trip in a few years.

Loved what you did with the kiwi. So cute!!!!
Michelle said…
Just dropping by from the UBP! The recipes look delicious! Have fun and god bless ;)
~Chel~ said…
it's my 1st too! i think i tried to participate in another one, but it didn't work out so well! LOL nice to meet you! sorry--my son fell asleep in my asrms!
StacieinAtlanta said…
Hi Amanda-

This is my first blog party too!

I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to check your blog out. What a great week we are in for!

Check out my place for your chance to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System. :)

The Divine Miss Mommy
Oh gosh! You totally made me soo hungry! I am going to come back here to get some of those recipes you have! Nice to meet you mama!!!
Clover cute!

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

Corie said…
Yum. The food looks delicious.
I especially love the St. Patty's kiwi. Too cute.

Happy 1st UBP!
Tracey said…
Mmmmm - your food looks yummy!! I'm also experiencing my first blog party and am so enjoying finding all these great new blogs! Nice to "meet" you!
Jena said…
Love to party! It's especially fun partying with friends. Looks like you are getting lots of hits and comments. That's great!!!! Have fun and hope you meet lots of new bloggers (there are tons of them out there - I am so surprised).
auntrene said…
I would like to issue the invitation that anytime you want to come by my home and cook dinner you can.. Wow the roast, and blondies everything looked yummy.
I also like to cook, I try to live frugal. I work at home, and cook at least one large meal a day. I try to make my meals to be yummy, nutritous, and frugal.
I am becoming a great coupon shopper and have found a lot of helpful hints on blogs.
I am Aunt Rene from
if you have the time stop by my blog and leave a comment for a chance at my Surprise Door Prize, trust me its a Surprise I don't even know what it is yet..
Have Fun!!!
kristi_runwatch said…
Nice to meet you, Amanda! I love the clover kiwi! My kids would love those!
You might enjoy stopping by my blog - I have a lot of Bible studies and devotionals on there, along with other random things about motherhood and womanhood from a Biblical perspective. I'd love to have you join the discussion! :)
Enjoy the UBP!
Brea's Mommy said…
I am a newbie too! Nice to meet you!
would also like to invite you to link up to Show off your blog Saturday! I would love to read your favorite post!
what cute kiwis!! love the recipes! I'm working on daily devotions with my family as well--the word of God is so important for them to learn at a young age. However, it's a little challenging with all three of them under three years old!!
Super Fun Mama said…
Hi, stopping by all the blogs in the party that I can get to. It's very nice to meet you and your blog! With how many blogs in the party right now, that is 254 blogs per day for 4 days! Wow!
Jay said…
Nice to meet you, come stop by my blog during the party and say hi! Will come back again for sure. :)
PamperingBeki said…
Nice to meet you!

We loooove Disney too.
And those lo mein noodles look delish!

If you haven't already, please pop over to my blog as I'm having a necklace giveaway. :)
Happy Blog Partying!
Pamela said…
nice to meet you now I am hungry those are some cute kiwi clovers,
Happy UBP I am hopping along trying to get to everyone
Kati said…
You are making me hungry!!

happy UBP!!
Becky said…
I'm totally stealing your clover kiwis for my classroom next year!
Nadine said…
Hi. I came by for the party. What a nice blog you have.

Have fun at the parties and come by when you get a chance.
Melanieshea said…
Over from the UBP!!! Nice blog. Love the clover cute.
happy partying and nice meeting u here. i have a blog for lil check it out.
Holly said…
It's great to meet you! What a wonderful blog. Hope you have a wonderful bloggy party!
look at all the good food over here!!!! party hopping
coliebear said…
Love the St.Patrick's day Kiwis So cute!!
JamericanSpice said…
Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!
Stephanie said…
I love the Bargain meal of the week feature. So cool that you are part of it. I don't have a Food Lion around here though! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Hope to keep in touch even after the party :)
LOVE those kiwi shamrocks! What a clever idea! Looks like a good time here. Thanks for the great food. :)

Drop on by anytime. I write a humor blog, homeschool my teens, and teach high school Sunday school. I try to find the funny in everything. And you know what? Sometimes it just ain't there.

Found you through UBP09. Blessings!
Over from the party...

Love your frugal ideas for cooking...I need some!

Blessings and peace to you~elaine
Mike said…
Hello there. Knocking on your door from the blog party. Hope you don’t mind.

Nice to meet you. Happy blog partying!
Wendy said…
Hi from the Blog Party! Love your site! You have some amazing posts. And the food looks yummy!
I'd like a lo mein, just about now. :-)

You're invited to my party, in Dubai!
Chel said…
Hi there! I love the purpose of your blog!!! I found you through the par-tay!!! We are also on a tight budget and love the cheap meals ideas!! I'll be back! Chel
Kim said…
Still enjoying your blog and thougt I would comment on the UBP! See you again soon. Stop by when you get a chance. I blog mostly about my kids and follow some other sites too.
Sarah said…
Hi, Nice to meet you! I just wanted to stop by and say hi, feel free to come by my blog and check things out. I am also a mom working towards the goal of doing daily devotions with the kids. I also homeschool and play with recipes as well. Have a great day! Enjoy the party this week! :)
Cindy Swanson said…
What a terrific blog this have so many practical and interesting things here! I think I gained 5 pounds just looking at the yummy recipes.

Hope you'll stop by and visit my blog! :)
Colleen said…
Hi Amanda!
Just blog hopping in through the party link list.
Stop in on my party if you've got a minute!
Simply Sara said…
Oh my!
Those kiwi's are so adorable!

Looks like you had a great trip to Disneyland! I so want to take our kids there, but we will probably wait until they are a bit older :)

Have a great week!
NateAndJakesMom said…
I am thrilled to be here! I am totally hungry now though...

Party ON!!

You can visit my party HERE!

Sharon said…
Nice blog but now I am hungry....Sharon
Giggles said…
I'm party hopping and plan to mark your blog. I can always use new ways to feed my family for less!
I am enjoying all these blogs. Yours is one of the best especially your graphics.
I am enjoying all these blogs. Yours is one of the best especially your graphics.
Happy blog party! I enjoy very much these blogs especially yours!
Happy blog party! I enjoy very much these blogs especially yours!
your blog is very helpful. I am really having fun looking at all these blogs
Kristina said…
This is also my first! Good luck!
mom2anutball said…
Stopping by from the UBP! Nice to meet ya! This is my first time also!
Becky :) said…
Nice to meet you! I found you on the UBP! I love your site. The lo mein looks delicious! Nice to meet you.
Welcome to the Blogosphere! Your food pics look yummy!
Kelly said…
Nice to meet you! I'm party hopping from the UBP. Your recipes sound soo good!
TwinHappyJen said…
Oh I just love those kiwi clovers! I'll have to do that next St. Patty's Day...

I'll definitely have to check out your blog more later... (I'm just bookmarking everyone right now, while I blog-hop my way through the party :-p)

Feel free to check out my blog, too! While I found the party too late to be part of the official prize giveaways, I do have a door prize at my blog: I'm giving away a free print copy of my book, "Two Snowflakes." Here's my address:

It was nice to meet you!
Maria said…
hola!! just hopping by from the party!! great blog!! we are headed to DISNEY next month for my son's MAKE-A-WISH !!! i bet it will be a BLAST!!!
suzannah said…
nice to "meet" another christian foodie:) blessings
Pamela Kramer said…
Congratulations! You are a prize winner. Stay tuned...
Julie said…
I love the kiwi idea!!!

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