Happy Easter!

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Easter basket.I always perk up at this time of year, simply because Spring signals a renewal of sorts. And it won’t be long before planting and harvest time. Of course, this holiday also has significant spiritual meaning too.

Take a moment today to be thankful for your family, home and where you live. And enjoy making memories with family and friends. Have a very happy Easter celebration.

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Make a Homemade Pizza

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Save money and make a homemade pizza starting with the dough in your bread machine and finishing it with your choice of toppings and baking it in your oven.

Alternatively, you can make a pizza dough manually – no bread maker required.  It just requires kneading of ingredients and allowing it to rest/rise for about an hour. Then proceed as below.

There’s lots of reasons to make homemade pizza besides saving money:

  • Eliminate preservatives altogether
  • It’s dairy-free; egg-free
  • You can make it sugar-free
  • Add toppings that are fresh
  • Customize pizza toppings to make everyone happy
  • Homemade freshness and taste
  • Make it a family fun event

Once the dough is ready, spread it on the baking sheet, let it rise and add toppings.  For full instructions and pizza dough recipe, continue reading.

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Seed to Garden Planting: Step 1 – Start Seeds Indoors

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If you are planning a garden plot or just want to make use of empty spaces in your flower beds for a few vegetables, you can save some money by starting seeds indoors, rather than having to buy seedlings to plant.

Growing flowers, vegetables and herbs is not difficult, though you do have to watch to grow only those deemed hardy enough to grow in your area.

You can often go by what your neighbors or family are successfully harvesting, but there are hardiness zones to help you Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Declutter Your Home

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Why declutter your home? The pack rat syndrome is not all that bad; sometimes it even pays off in way of spare parts that come in handy. And it’s so convenient to just reach out and touch that paper, craft, magazine, book or favorite egadget.

That sounds good and seems to make practical sense, until you reach the breaking point. Actually, minimalism is now in. 

And that can happen when all that clutter becomes overwhelming or you have a sense of malaise or feel depressed, yet can’t figure out why. Though rare, clutter Continue reading

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DIY – Pull Out for those Plastics

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DIYplasticsstorageWhen it comes to aggravation in the kitchen, the culprit is often trying to retrieve the right food storage container (and lid), without creating an avalanche of plastics, every time you open that cabinet.

And trying to find things in a bottom cupboard is virtually impossible for many. We know some seniors who have stopped using any of their bottom cabinets, simply because they Continue reading

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On Time Change? Get ready to fall back one hour

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Ready or not, the time changes this weekend. You’ll now get that hour back that you lost in the Spring. The time changes early tomorrow morning, so set back your clock one hour before going to bed tonight.

Here’s the Daylight Saving Time Schedule for 2021:

  • Spring 2021: Spring forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. on March 14th, 2021
  • Fall 2021: Fall back one hour at 2:00 a.m. on

    November 7th, 2021


You won’t have entirely lost that hour in March; you’ll get it back in the Fall, so just make sure to set your clock an hour back before you retire for the night.

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Pasta – Budget Family Meals

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Pasta is not only the most versatile food, it’s tops when it comes to budget family meals. That’s because pasta is reasonably cheap, you can make the sauce with or without meat for a further budget saving, and you can serve it in a variety of ways.

pastaYou can make a very nice pasta sauce with a pound or two of ground meat, sauce, celery, onions and seasonings, for a family of four for around $10 or less.

When it comes to the variety of pastas available, meal possibilities are endless. You can serve pasta as a main dish or couple it with a salad, or with a chicken or meat entrée.

Left-over cooked pasta noodles will keep well (covered)  for a couple of days in the refrigerator.  They can then be reintroduced Continue reading

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6 Resume Essentials to Land That Job

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Times have become very challenging and jobs are harder to find. Once the economy picks up, this will improve.

In the meantime, your resume can open the door of opportunity for you, so it’s imperative that it includes the essentials and presents you in such a way, that you can move on to the next round – the interview.

Typical resume words that once grabbed attention such as dependable, conscientious and trustworthy have been largely overused and for the most part, have lost their shine.

Employers no longer look specifically for these, but want a resume that gives them a more realistic picture of who you are and what they can expect from you as an employee. Basically, what can YOU bring to their asset team?

And if you’re thinking of sending out 500 (same) copies of your resume, think again. Where a generic resume might have landed that job years ago, the market is Continue reading

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Definitely a soup day today!

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I tend to make at least one pot of homemade soup a week and more during cold winter months.  Contrary to popular belief, homemade soup is not difficult but very easy to make and you don’t really have to follow any special recipes, unless you want to.

There are basics though for making homemade soup, some of which can be varied for certain types of soups or to enhance a special flavor.  The rest of the ingredients depend on either your preferences or what you have in your pantry. Continue reading

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Save Water With Lower Washer Levels

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washersstub1500Conserving water is not only an environmentally friendly practice, it’s a must in some areas. And using less water translates into saving money.

When you have small laundry loads to wash, use the lowest water level in your top load washer to save on water use. You can shave gallons of water off your water bill.

Front load (or top load) high efficiency washers use less water to wash even large loads, but time cycles are adjusted accordingly.  You may not be able Continue reading

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