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Hello world!

Well, here it is… my very first blog post ever.  I have been toying around with starting a blog for years.  I guess you could technically call this a lifestyle blog.  I plan to show you my favorite things in life: food (both eating and cooking mostly Keto diet food), travel (my favorite means of travel is cruising) and saving (avid couponer here! I love getting things I’ll use for next to nothing) and reviews of new products I try.

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So, what’s with the name?  You already know by now I love to save money. I think this stems from my past a bit.  My mom was always a bargain shopper. I learned at an early age to NEVER pay full price for anything! Several years ago, I got into “Extreme” couponing and have been able to stock up on products we use everyday for free and very cheap! I can’t wait to share with you some of the deals I find.

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So why Snickerdoodle?  I love food.  I love making food. I really love eating food!  And apparently, I love talking about food.  A couple of years ago, I took a trip to New Orleans with my friends for my birthday. The entire trip, anytime I would talk, my friends would yell out “Snickerdoodle!”  I didn’t find out until the end of the trip that they were yelling it out everytime I made any comment about food.  It was pretty funny and I have no shame!  So became Savvy Snickerdoodle!  I cannot wait to share these parts of my life with you.

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Amazon Prime Day!!

You guys know I love a deal!  I shop on Amazon a lot because prices are great and most things I can get shipped to me quick for free with Prime.  Today is their annual Prime Day where they offer great deals all day long!  I have already found tons of awesome deals on gift cards, a crockpot and more!  Be sure to check it out throughout the day, as they will usually add more products all day long!

Below are some of my favorite deals I’ve found already (The prices shown under the picture are regular prices. You have to click the item to pull up the Prime Day deal):

 

You can shop through my link to help the blog going and get the great deals!  Amazon Prime Day

 

$2 Tank Tops!

By now you know I work from home. I also live in Florida where for at least 7 months of the year, it is hella hot! So I basically live in tank tops, leggings and flip-flops. If I can find a good deal on these things, I am ecstatic! I just purchased 9 comfy tanks at Walmart for less than $22! And now, I pass the savings on to you. 

The picture links to the $4 2 pack and you should be able to find the others by scrolling down to “Customers also considered.” Hope you all get a great deal too!

This post includes affiate links that earn me a tiny bit of commission to help keep the blog online. 

Mississippi Pot Roast and I need a new Crockpot.

I work from home. In many ways, this is a blessing. In many others, it makes me want to pull all of my hair out and get out of the house every chance I get.  I think the BF has this vision in his head of me sitting at home all day, lounging around, eating chocolate and catching up on my shows. 

Don’t mind my makeup free face and headset fixed with duck tape!

Instead, I am stuck in a tiny guest bedroom (storage room) with my desk in a closet, making 100+ calls to clients a day. My hours are weird, so I usually work until 7 or 8pm every night. Yes, the kitchen is 10 steps away. But that doesn’t mean I have time to go into the kitchen and make an elaborate dinner every day. And don’t get me started on the dishes! If I don’t get a dishwasher soon, I might lose it!

So, slow cooker meals are a gift from the gods and goddesses!  Take 5-10 minutes to prep. Don’t forget to turn your crockpot on and dinner is done 6-8 hours later!  It is a little hard to concentrate about an hour or so in when I inevitably start salivating from the smell, but it is all worth it when dinner is done with very little effort.

I got about 4 pounds of beef tip roast from the little grocery store in Samson, AL – Howell’s – that we trek the 45 minutes to once in a while to fill up the deep freezer.  We live in a tiny country town 40 minutes from a Publix or Whole Foods, with only Walmart, Winn Dixie and a very expensive Piggly Wiggly Express to choose from. So about once a month, I go to Howell’s and stock up on their awesome meat and produce deals.  Last time I got eggs for $.53 a dozen and 10 pounds of country bacon for $16! And I always find a bunch of meat at great prices. Finding a place like Howell’s is worth its weight in gold!

So, back to the pot roast. I kept seeing the Mississippi Pot Roast recipes on Pinterest. The easiest, most delicious looking one was from The Country Cook. In true Snickerdoodle form, I had to make it even easier!  You’ll see I use crockpot liners (because dishes) and my crockpot is an old beast of a cooker. I think it was passed down to the BF from his mom when she got a new one and I have been using it since the day he moved in.  It has a very heavy ceramic insert and gets SUPER hot, even on low. I can’t even think about cooking chicken in there unless I am checking it every 30 minutes unless I want paper dry chick, that is. I think it might be time to invest in a new one. . .

Mississippi Pot Roast
Serves 4
A slow cooker pot roast recipe that is super easy and super tasty!
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs beef roast (I used Beef Tip Roast cause I got it cheap!)
  2. 1/2 packet Ranch Seasoning
  3. 1/2 packet Italian dressing seasoning
  4. 1/2-1 stick salted butter
  5. 5-8 banana peppers
  6. 1 tbsp. dried onions
Instructions
  1. Plug in your crockpot and turn on low. If you are like me and despise cleaning your crockpot, insert crockpot liner now. Put 1/2 your butter on bottom. Lay meat on top. Put the rest of the butter on top of the meat. Sprinkle seasonings and onions over top and place the banana peppers on top.
  2. Cook on low for 6 hours or until the meat easily pulls apart.
Notes
  1. My crockpot is the BF's mom's old one that has been passed down. It has a heavy ceramic insert and it gets super hot, even on low. My roast was done in about 5 hours. So time will vary, depending on the temperature of your crockpot.
Adapted from The Country Cook
Adapted from The Country Cook
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Simple Chef® Vegetable Spiralizer Review

Zoodles are a staple on my Keto diet. A lot of people like to use those miracle noodles made from tofu and other weird ingredients. While that is great for those that truly miss pasta, I don’t really like them and don’t really miss pasta.  But I love zoodles!  

Before I got the nifty Simple Chef® Vegetable Spiralizer to make my zoodles, I was using my high-end mandolin thingy the BF got me off QVC late one night. While it works great, it is just more fun to have curly cue “noodles!”

So I was given the opportunity to review this Simple Chef® Vegetable Spiralizer at a discount in exchange for my review. I went and bought 2 decent sized zucchini, beought them home and unpacked the Spiralizer.  It pretty much comes out of the box ready to go. Pick which slicing blade you need, insert it, cut the end off your zucchini and GO! There are no real instructions but some pictures and guidelines on the box pretty much walk you through it. 

At first I didnt have the zucchini centered on tbe device, ao I got some short pieces. But once I got the hamg of it, out came the zoodles! If you do it right, they come out in one long continuous strand.  You can cut them, I guess. And I’m sure some people don’t use the middle cylinder but I say why waste it! I broke it into pieces and threw it in with the zoodles. 

I throw the zoodles into the microwave for a few minutea, just to get hot. I dont like them soggy, so a few minutes is enough to heat them and then they are more pasta-like. 

I used the zoodles for a low carb beef stroganoff meatball (don’t mind my fine china) recipe I got inspiration for from I Breathe, I’m Hungry. I’ll be posting that recipe soon, too!

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Stitch Fix #1 Review

I have never been a person of style. I’ve always been a bigger girl and never felt I looked the same in the new styles as all my friends.  I’m a jeans and cute (but comfy) top kind of girl.  The dresses I wear are usually soft, stretchy and comfy!  Working from home, sometimes I don’t get out of pajamas, yoga pants and tank tops all week!  Living in Florida, I wear flip-flops everyday.

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When Stitch Fix first surfaced, I noticed some of my trendier friends posting pictures of the items their “designer” picked for them.  I would think, “Well, that’s cute on them, but would look stupid on me.” The more I saw people posting their new looks on Pinterest, the more my interest was perked. Some of these pieces are pretty cute! I decided to give it a try. What do I have to lose? $20 bucks if I don’t like anything.

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I didn’t want to like it.  I didn’t want to spend the money on clothes.  I was sure this “designer” would get it all wrong. Well, dammit, this designer is good!  I got my first Stitch Fix today and tried every piece on, sure that they weren’t going to fit or would look terrible on me.  The only piece that didn’t fit perfectly still looked great!

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Yes, the top is a bit tight around the bust. What can I say? I have a nice rack! 😉  But I am actively losing weight and the top doesn’t look bad.  It should fit perfectly soon and even being a bit tight, it isn’t uncomfortable.  I say it’s a keeper!

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The next shirt was my favorite one I got.  If you haven’t figured it out already, my favorite color is purple. I get excited and happy when I see the perfect purple.  It became a problem for a while so I had to let some other colors in.  So, this shirt was right up my alley!  A little pink, a little blue – that makes purple!  And it is sooo soft and comfy!  The length is perfect to cover that “fupa.”  It is stretchy but not clingy, which is important for a thick girl like me. This will easily become my new favorite shirt!

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Do you see those jeans?  Aren’t they cute?  And comfy, too!  I don’t know if these are jeans or leggings or jeggings or what, but they feel great! And fit perfectly!  Did I mention I am actively losing weight?  I have been on the Keto diet for almost 5 months.  I have not lost as much weight as some, but I am obviously healing from the inside out.  My scalp issues have cleared up and my face is thinning.  I’ll take it as a win.  That being said, I have been in a size 16. >:-o  Stitch Fix goes up to size 14 but also asks for weight, height and measurements. The jeans are a size 14 and fit perfectly! Woo!

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These earrings, though!  I used to be very sensitive to metal jewelry.  I couldn’t wear anything that wasn’t real silver or gold without my ears getting irritated.  So when I saw earrings in my Fix, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to wear them.  The more I looked at them, though, the more I liked them.  So I decided to keep them. I have been wearing them for hours and forgot I had them on.  They are not too heavy and no irritation! Aren’t they cute?

I also received a really cute hi-lo maxi dress.  This was my least favorite piece, but it was still not bad.  It is soft and comfy and really pretty with the block of turquoise on navy.  The waist is elastic so it can be high, which is good for my body type. I actually wasn’t going to keep the dress, just to save some money since i rarely have a chance to dress up. But when I took it off the list, I lost my “Buy 5” discount ( Stitch Fix gives you an additional 25% off if you buy all 5 pieces) and the total of 4 was only  couple dollars less than the total of 5.  You all know how I feel about a bargain! So I bought all 5 pieces!

If you want to try Stitch Fix and you like me and my blog so far, please use my referral link to get your fix!