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It seems that everyone in the internet world has their opinions these days and is happy to share it. I am sure I have shared mine many times myself. This year I noticed so many people had something against Black Friday. They wanted everyone to know those who participate are crazy, stupid, some even going to far as to say things about how they would rather be with their family. I am all for spending time with family but I think were all granted some shopping time weather it be Black Friday or Tuesday.
So why does one go Black Friday shopping? I think everyone has their own reasons but most fall under two reasons if not both.
1. To get an awesome deal.
2. The thrill of it.
I go for both reasons.
It’s nice to get a good deal and sure I could get deals all year round but who the hell wants to attempt to try and hide Christmas gifts for more than a month from kids? It can be done, but I actually prefer not to. Tastes change as well I would rather be as close as possible to what my kids want at the time.
Then we have the thrill of it. For once this year my kids don’t really know what they want. Why is that? We haven’t spoiled them over the years. They have always appreciated everything we have given them no matter how little it was. We are finally able to give them more and they don’t ask for much compared to alot of kids. This is the first year I didn’t have to dart for the electronics counter to get a place in line and secure that DSI or whatever item of choice.
There were other things I did get for them and a few things for myself. I went for the thrill of it. This is the first year I went in alone. Chris hates shopping on a regular day but Black Friday forget it. He sits in the car. Usually I have my sister with me or a friend.
So how did this year go?
I started at home by doing my ritual of looking through the ads in the paper. I had been looking at them for weeks on the computer but there is something about going through them after stuffing yourself with dinner on Thanskgiving on the couch.
I made my list by store and told Chris what time we would be leaving. He went off to bed to get some sleep while I gazed over the ads some more and watched tv.
This year I purchased a Tshirt from Bfads where I get the ads early. Make sure to bookmark them for next year! The tshirt was only $10 including shipping and all proceeds went to charity. I put it on anxiously awaiting time to go faster. I was growing tired awake all by myself. There wasn’t anyone online anymore I am guessing they were already out shopping or in a turkey coma.
It was pouring down raining outside not that the weather is ever nice on Black Friday. Last year it snowed and we froze in line. The year before I believe it was there was freezing rain and my sister and I almost got side swiped by a mac truck. But pouring rain and standing in line didn’t sound like fun especially since I didn’t need one of the must have’s you better be one of the first so many people in line to get. So I started waking Chris up at 3am. He was a bit pissy this year about it as many stores were opening earlier than ever and that meant earlier for him.
We arrived at Target, my first stop, at 3:55 am. The line wrapped all the way around the back of the store. I got out of the truck and walked to the back of the line. A nice older gentleman offered to share his umbrella with me. We talked until it was our turn to enter the store where we wished each other good luck. There were no carts left so I started going around adding things in my arms. There got to be a point where I couldn’t carry anymore so I stacked it all up on the ground and started pushing it around the isles. I pushed until I reached the line for the cash register.
I was in and out of Target in 20 minutes. Chris never thought it would be that short. He parked in Home Depot parking lot as Target was over full. It didn’t take much time for him to arrive and pick me up. We went onto our next destination.
My next stop was Walmart. I was a bit put off by their idea to put most items on sale starting at 12:01 am and the electronics at 5:00 am. I was expecting the earlier items to not be available and was worried that I was arriving right before the electronic madness. I have done Walmart on Black Friday when they started before, it wasn’t pretty. To my surprise all the items I had went for were available ! There were no carts here either buy hubby saw one in parking lot and brought it to me, then retired back to the vehicle. As I am putting stuff in the cart my phone starts to vibrate. Was it Chris? Who else would it be? It said Mom on the screen. It was 5am what the hell! Apparently my cell phone called her from my coat pocket and I wasn’t answering her saying hello. She hung up and called back. I felt so bad for that! She worked so hard on Thanksgiving dinner and I woke her up at 5am!
I ran into my daughters friends mom. She was in line for 7 hours to get a ticket to get into another line to pay for the item. A $200 laptop. She said I should get out soon as she over heard they didn’t have enough laptops for as many tickets they handed out. I was done anyway and got in line.
As I was walking away from the cashier the lights went out. I am in Walmart, On Black Friday, and the Lights Went Out! Walmart. Black Friday. No Lights! For the first time on Black Friday I was worried. The crowds didn’t worry me. The people who wanted to fight over stuff didn’t worry me as I wouldn’t fight back it’s not worth it. But in Walmart, in the dark, on Black Friday worried me. I imagined people running for the doors with stuff they didn’t pay for. The lights came back on long enough for me to call Chris and get past the security guard checking receipts as you left the store (also new this year). He met me at the front of the store and there was no stampede that I had been made aware of. The lights were out in the parking lot as well as other stores in the area. I saw a transformer in the distance spark like fireworks. I was just thankful to be out of there.
So all that excitement was enough for me and I went to Kohls. I putted around. I was in no rush but was getting low on my Black Friday spending money. I probably looked at every item in the store at least once. The line was only half of what it was when I first went in after at least an hour so I figured it was my time to go.
We stopped in Sams Club for breakfast. They had coffee, juice, water, muffins and danishes. This year they hid it in the back of the store but we found it! Smell out the coffee. Smart they are for making you walk through the store cause you know people only went there for the free breakfast not to buy anything. I spend enough money there so I justified my stopping for nothing more than my freebie.
Well that was my day of adventure. For a mom who’s only adventure is what to make for dinner most days I enjoyed it and can’t wait for next year! Who is going with me?
Mini Donut Maker. Who dreams up this stuff? Obviously people like me buy this stuff. Is it just me or is it women in general that like kitchen gadgets, do-dads, and neato makers? I have loads of those that I barely use.
Waffle Maker: probably used twice, many years ago. I would bet both times were in the same month and only because hubby bought it for me. It pains me even more to say I hate the one he bought. It makes 4 square waffles that look like the frozen ones. I hate to be picky but I want a circle one.
Pizzelle Press: I use it at xmas time. I don’t know any other way to make these. The batter recipe from my mom makes like 100. The link is the one my mother bought me I guess so she can stop making them every year and I could take it up instead.
Cookie Press: I could use this year round as it makes cookies pretty damn easliy, but I don’t. I typically only use it at xmas time. My mom bought me the Wilton one for xmas one year, again probably to get me to start making them instead of her. Couple years later she still makes this stuff. I think she secretly loves it.
Rosette Iron: I love it and actually have two. They make crispy little cookies though I think they are similar to funnel cakes. It’s most likely been 4 or 5 years since I last made them but summer of 2009 I purchased another one at a school carnival garage sale. This was something else my mom made, though I don’t think she has made them since we were kids. She gave me my first set that looks exactly like the ones pictured in the link.
So anyway back to the mini donuts. I was shopping at Target this past weekend and had nothing better to do than spend money. I’m actually being serious. It’s not like a I have tons of money to spend all the time but this particular weekend we had a bit of extra and some saved. I started buying lots of things for the house. Then I saw it…. the Mini Donut Maker. It was right next to -the Mini Cupcake Maker which I had to resist even though it was a pretty pink cupcake that made cupcakes!
What makes it worth buying is hubby and I have been talking about making mini donuts. I have searched recipes and have discussed with each other what we wanted. I’m trying to eat healthier but frying was the only option I knew. We can now easily put our plan into action. For the first test run tho I made plain everyday donuts.
The batter recipe they gave was very easy to make. I used a 4 cup bowl and everything was mixed right inside it. All items in the recipe I had at home.
Now that the little buggers are done it’s time to take them out.
- The donut maker itself gets Very hot! Be careful and don’t let small kids do this themselves.
- You need something non metal like to help get them out such as the mini spatula I have pictured. You can use your fingers but it will burn.
What you have are yummy cake donuts that aren’t fried and full of grease.
The recipe in the book said it made 10. For me it made 15.
We made the icing in the book. For someone who has made many cookies I should have known better. The icing is a cookie icing and way to sweet. It was milk and powdered sugar. I do need to find a glaze recipe. Aren’t they adorable? Go ahead, eat one… Heck eat a couple they are mini!
This past Saturday I was very happy to be able to take another trip down the Strip District to shop in the new Pittsburgh Public Market since my last visit during the preview. This trip I planned on making some purchases and brought my own bags for that purpose. I find the concept of the public market wonderful. It will especially come in handy when the Burgh is freezing and outdoor farmers markets won’t be possible. This trip I had hubby by my side to get him excited about shopping there. Why do I want him excited? I want to go as often as I can and since I don’t drive I kind of need his assistance
We started by walking around to see what vendors had and grabbed a cup of coffee from La Prima Espresso. They have very strong but very good coffee. I wanted to buy many of the products I saw but I had to be realistic about what I could purchase. It is pretty overwhelming as there are so many different items available. Besides food there are handmade items. This trip my focus was on food.
My first purchase was from Goose Creek Gardens. Not only do they have fresh herbs and greens they have honey from their own hives. It’s getting colder out and this is the time of year I love to have a cup of warm tea at night to which I add honey to it. The herbs and greens looked wonderful. I will have to try them another time as I had already purchased those items and didn’t need any.
Considering we have a new puppy in the house I had to hit up the Four Paws Bakery. They don’t have a website that I can locate but they provide all natural homemade treats as well as Steelers gear for your puppy. They had so many different types of treats. I glared over them all many times thinking what on earth my Baby would enjoy. Hubby suggested we get the plain biscuits since they were tiny enough for our tiny puppy to eat. If she likes those we can get something else next time. I think the price was pretty deacent too at $2.75 for the bag. Hubby later told me a few of the cheese ones had mold on it so please keep your eye out. He said the guy did remove them when he pointed it out.
European Desserts also does not have a website but they are on Urbanspoon. Apparently they have a store in Bridgeville. Hubby was engrossed in the strudels. I was engrossed in the tiny little mice.
We went home with an Apple Strudel. Warming it up in the microwave led to a yummy dessert to share. Well, I got about two bites he ate the rest.
After looking at and buying food we were both starving. There was a place called Sito’s, a Mediterranean cafe, handing out free samples of a wrap they serve. After one bite I was in love. I stared at the menu for awhile and after looking at the ingredients I wasn’t too sure I wanted to brave it. Could it really be that good? I told the girl I wanted the wrap they were offering as a sample. She was already making one and asked what I wanted on it. I told her whatever was in the sample just don’t tell me what’s in it! Hubby liked it but said it was just too much for him to eat as a meal. It was delicious. I couldn’t eat all of it so I wrapped it up to take home. Unfortunately the amount of oil they put on it made it pretty soggy later so it’s defiantly something to eat there or share.
We couldn’t let hubby starve now could we? Last stop Gosia’s Pierogies. The man would eat pierogies any day if I let him. That and cereal. He stood in line and ordered 6 pierogies for himself. I could barely get a bite from him he hoarded them all like he wouldn’t eat again. He said he knew when they didn’t speak very good english they would taste great. Next time we are getting some frozen to take home. I do regret not doing that.
If you have not been to the Pittsburgh Public Market you really should go at least once! There is great food, the vendors are very friendly and once you go you will want to return.
Sometimes when I go shopping I find something different or unusual. The past week I have found a few items.
Silly Bandz are all the rage with kids. My daughter has so many she couldn’t possibly wear them all and rarely even wears them anymore. She put them into plastic protector sheets like you use for sports cards and does trade them. Some are apparently more rare than others. A package my daughter has are Carolina Girls which have South Carolina themed shapes. You can’t buy that here so they may be considered rare by other children.
I am now waiting for Pittsburgh themed ones that say “Yinz” and other fine Pittsburgese wording. If someone didn’t think it up they did now. I want credit if you got the idea from me! LOL Hopefully an honest soul out there read this and does just that.
Here are our silly bandz finds recently…..
Pittsburgh Penguins These were $4.99 for a pack of 20 I believe. I normally don’t pay that much but I had never seen them anywhere else before. We found these at a vendor on the sidewalk in the Strip District on a Saturday.
Hot Topic sells them for $6.00 a pack of 24. Yeah, expensive. Right now they are Buy 1, get 1 half off. We found two that have not been seen in any other store. They also have many different styles of the rings if your looking for them.
You can purchase the Carolina Girl ones online if you look for them. Have you found any neat or different silly bandz?
I have been busy finalizing plans for vacation. You can tell where my mind is by today’s shirt choice ……………