Thursday, January 15, 2009

Can I add this to my resume... (oh and Slow Cooking Thursday, too)

...multi-tasker. OR at least I like to think that what I'm doing could be classified as such.

Right now I'm facebooking, looking for a facebook addicts support group via google, writing this blog post, watching Craig Ferguson, watching Emeril Live, eating Skittles (my tongue is still raw from them yesterday), responding to emails from hilarious friends, doing laundry (well, the washer is really 'doing' the laundry at this very moment), searching Amazon for some fab deals, browsin' the web for other fab deals....

Does *thinking* about putting away the clean dishes count? If it does, I'm going to add that to the list and eating chips...I'm thinking about switching from Skittles to Lays chips right now.

Seriously, what is up with my junk food cravings lately. Uggghhh

Of course, the hubby and baby are knocked out cold in bed. I wonder if I'll ever out grow this night owl phase.

On with the show...

Tiffany gave me the heads up on some of the deals she found tonight. (See her, she's over there to the left...pretty, huh?) She'll be your personal shopper for the day. Thanks, Tiff!

Bandolino Blu Women's Brady Denim Skimmer (size 6-14) and size 16W - 24W FOR 80% OFF!!! WOW! Under $9 and eligible for FREE shipping.

Gloria Vanderbilt Women's Michaela City Short for $6.80 - 80% off and eligible for FREE shipping.

OK, way too cute jackets and coats..
--Please Mum Striped Fleece Lined Girls Hoody $10.99 - 68% off!
--So cute I can barely stand it...Paul Frank Pink Jacket $14.95 - 76% off!
--Pepe Jeans Girls Salai Plaid Anorak Reg $120 Sale: $30.00 - 75% off!
--So we don't leave out the little boys...Tiffany has 3 girls so pink is usually on her brain. ;-) Boy's Please Mum Printed French Terry Boys Hoody 71% off for $7.99!
--Boy's Please Mum Flannel Plaid Hooded Jacket 70% off for $8.99!
--Dogwood - Boys Long Sleeve Zip Up Jacket, Olive, Purple 82% off for $9.90!

Perfect for new baby boys in the spring/summer...Newborn Boys' Lullaby Club® Plaid Shortalls 2-pc. Set - Blue 75% off for $3.74!!

Lots of fab deals on kids' shirts...Greendog Brand Shirts

Under $2! It only comes in a large, but look at the price! Cherokee Squire Green Boys' Ultimate Polo - L 75% off for $1.74!!!

Thank you again, Tiffany for helpin' a bargain shopper out!!

Here are a few things I found...

Like junk food, I'm also craving handbags.

Mmmmmmm Red Prada
Prada Red Leather Tote Handbag
50% off ... nice!

Love this in white...
MAXX NEW YORK Washington Medium Cutout Clutch
Reg $125.00
SALE $37.50 - 70% off
FREE shipping!

Oh and here's some nice boots...
Dv By Dolce Vita Women's Cass Mid-Calf Boot
Reg $149.95
SALE $44.99 - 69% off and FREE shipping!

I'm beat from all this shopping! Let's move on to the food portion of the show...

Vegan (or not) Slow Cooker Potato Soup

I found this yummy makes-you-feel-good recipe at

I am making this with whole milk (because I'm not a Vegan).
Another variation is to use sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes, and use apple juice instead of broth.

4 Russet Potatoes (or equivalent of other kind of potato)
2 cups veggie broth (I use chicken broth)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 spring fresh rosemary, whole (remove stem before serving)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or unsweetened soy or rice milk or if you're like me whole milk)
salt and pepper
*I add chopped celery and parsley*

Peel the potatoes and cut into medium sized cubes. Place potato and broth into slow cooker and set on low. Add rosemary, 1 tsp salt, and fresh ground pepper. If the potatoes aren’t covered by the broth add a little more.

Cook all day on low (6 - 10 hours). Use an immersion blender to puree everything. You can also use a blender, but make sure not to fill it all the way or you’ll have a hot mess on your hands!

Add milk and puree some more. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Serve topped with fresh chopped thyme and chives.

*I grade monterey jack cheese and sprinkle it on top.*

Head over to Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for more Slow Cooking recipes and to participate in Slow Cooking Thursday!

Question of the Day
Do you like shopping with a buddy or do you shop solo?


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout out Mel!! As for your question of the day..... I love to shop with a pal, but also enjoy some browsing on my own. After being home with the kiddos all day.... sometimes Mommy needs a mental break, and looking through the racks gives me that much need break.

Mari said...

I'm a night owl too and haven't outgrown it!
The soup looks good - I like the idea of the rosemary in it!
I shop with a buddy or alone, doesn't matter.
PS - I looked for you on Facebook, but couldn't find you. Maybe I spelled your name wrong.

The Blonde Duck said...

That potato soup looks fabulous! I get up early, but I'm the last one to go to bed!

I like to shop alone. I get in, get out. :)

lynette355 said...

I finally managed to get my sleep schedule back to normal. SO no up at 3 am blogging. And I hate to go anywhere alone. Shopping with a friend always!

Kristen said...

Have I told you recently how much I love your slow cooker Thursdays? Such yummy and simple meals. Perfect.

Huse Yo Mama said...

I love how you totally didn't put the price of the Prada after the 50% off. :-)

Facebook - I'm an addict as well.

How have you been?

Oh, and your question of the day...I don't really like shopping that much at all. So, with a friend is always better! Okay, I just realized that the last few posts on my blog have been about shopping. Thrift shopping is so different, though.

Shell in your Pocket said...

Shopping with a buddy is the best for me!
-sandy toe

angie said...

Potato soup - yummm.

I actually don't just 'go shopping,' there's usually something specific that I'm looking for, so I'm ok going alone.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the Prada bag!! Yummy soup! I think I'm going to try it this weekend.

QotD: I like shopping alone because I rarely get alone time.


Jenny said...

I like the idea of shopping with others, but I usually find more deals when I'm alone.

Michelle said...

That soup sounds really good. Might have to give it a go!

I tend to like to shop alone. I'm a get in a get it done kind of girl and that doesn't happen when you shop with friends.

Anonymous said...

With friends if I have time and without if I need to tackle a list of items. I agree with Jenny, I find more deals when I'm alone.

The potato soup sounds so good! Thanks for sharing! Oh and I really want that clutch bag. Great price! Cute boots, too. I love the prada, but it would have to be 90% off for me. hehe

FROGGITY! said...

mmmmm yummy soup idea! brrr, it's cold here and soup sounds awesome.

answer to the Q: i like to solo shop unless it's with my mom and sister. they are the solo shopping trump cards!

Anna Molly said...

That Prada bag was a great deal. Too bad I would have to go without food for a month if I bought it... ;) Thanks for the recipy, too. I don't own a slow cooker but your post made me go out and get one. :)

Anna Molly said...

PS I like to shop alone. This way I take my time and don't let other people's tastes influence what I'm considering purchasing.

Brooke said...

Depends. Sometimes I like to go alone. If I am just browsing. I need a second opinion if I am seriously shopping, however.

Stephanie said...

Hello lady! I loveeee crockpot cooking! OH and I am also very addiccccttteedd to Facebook! I even have it attached to my blackberry! lol Facebook anonymous!


Great finds...and so cheap! Score!!

Jess said...

Must shop with the sister. Only her, the husband, while I love the husband, he's such a whiny baby its no fun. :)

I'm addicted to FB too, dang it.

"The Queen in Residence" said...

I did all my Christmas shopping with my Mom and it was so much fun. I have to be in the mood to go to the mall and shop. After shopping on-line in the pj's at 2am the mall is a hard thing to take.:> But I love people watching, what a show!!!

love said...

HI I found your wonderful site via "A duck in Her Pond" via the Muse. soup sounds good at this hour. Are you back in the wedding biz yet? I'm photographing them and loving it. It's new this last year for me from international journalism to weddings wheeeeeeeeeee!
By the way glad you have a washing machine too.

threesidesofcrazy said...

I love potato soup, but I usually add a bit of ham - I'm not vegan either.

Fifi Flowers said...

I love to shop alone!

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