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Friday, February 26, 2010

Afternoon Coffee: It's Still Mega Swag Bucks Friday

Search & WinSwag Bucks celebrated its second birthday yesterday with lots of Swag Codes, and I don't think they were fully prepared for all of the traffic they got because the site went down quite a bit yesterday, at least early on. If you had trouble registering yesterday, it should be much easier today - and, the bonus code I posted yesterday is good through March 6. So if you sign up using my referral link, you'll get 60 bonus Swag Bucks to get you started (and I'll get bonus bucks too, so thank you!).

One of the things they didn't mention yesterday was whether Mega Swag Bucks Friday would continue - and it turns out it is! Swag Bucks promises to give out 400,000 Swag Bucks every Friday, up to 1,000 Swag Bucks per search.

Amazon currently has the Motorola DROIDphone for just $49.99 with a Verizon Wireless plan. I've avoided getting a smart phone for a while now because I haven't wanted to spend the money. But now I actually need a new phone because the camera on my current phone is dead and I keep missing opportunities to take cute photos of the boys. The data plan that goes with the DROID starts at $29.99 per month, so now I just have to decide if I'll get my money's worth out of $30 per month. At least the phone will be free with my Swag Bucks if I buy it through Amazon!

I highly recommend this sardine and avocado sandwich recipe at Cheap Healthy Good. I know it sounds odd, but it's a great combination. I made a few modifications, such as using olive oil and an orange champagne vinegar, and serving it on artisan bread, but any version of this would probably be delicious.

Speaking of artisan bread, I've been making small loaves in my toaster oven - partly out of necessity because my oven died, but also because I've been trying to make only what we'll eat that night unless I want leftovers. The funny thing is that the loaves come out in all kinds of funny shapes - I think it's maybe because this week's dough was on the wet side, but I think it's also because of how little dough I'm using.

And speaking of dough, making artisan bread every day has meant I'm using way more flour than I used to and I keep running out. I discovered that 5 pound bags of Gold Medal flour are on sale this week at Vons/Pavilions (Safeway for non-locals) for just $1.69 per bag. That's the lowest price I've seen since the holiday baking season, and of course, I didn't stock up that much then since I hadn't started baking bread every day yet.

Finally, a quick update on the oven situation: I've decided that I'm going to try to make do with my current toaster oven for a while, and see how it goes. Someone had recommended looking for the part we need, but honestly, the oven is so old that even if we could find it, I'd be really skeptical of it. I don't think they've made ovens like this for decades at this point.

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  • At 2/26/10, 2:46 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    Seriously, you need to check ebay for the part. My sister in law has a 40 - 50 year old GE stove that she refuses to give up. It's not standard width and has a separate broiling oven that is vertical.
    An eye went out on the range and she was able to find a replacement for a reasonable price.
    If your going to wait to replace it, what's the harm of checking around for parts.
    Are you working your way through the Artisan Bread book? After your review I checked it out from the library, loved it, then bought it from Amazon. Thanks for recommending such a great book!


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