Still Using the Old Style Holiday Lights?

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Style: "Neutral"That’s a shame, because it’s costing you a lot more than energy-saving LED’s. LED holiday lights can save you money, since they use up to 80% less energy than those old bulbs.

And they are so economical, it just makes good frugal sense to upgrade to them. With energy savings, you’ll Continue reading

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Tips on Buying, Defrosting or Cooking a Turkey, Poultry Dressing & Cooking Pumpkin

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If you’re planning on having a turkey dinner, there are ways to save money buying a turkey.

There’s also three different ways to safely defrost a turkey.  Find out more about defrosting a turkey, how long it generally takes and learn some turkey tips and how to cook one – read more… Turkey Talk – From Freezer to Table

Consider making slow cooker poultry dressing instead of stuffing the bird. It’s a time saver and tastes wonderful.  See my Poultry Dressing Recipe which can be adapted for the slow cooker.

And if you’re planning on making a pumpkin pie from scratch, check my tips on cooking/steaming pumpkin. Fresh pumpkin is so much more tasteful in a pie than canned. Read more in What to do With Pumpkin

Find helpful tips on buying a roaster in my: Best Roasters, Roasting Pans

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How to Buy a Roaster
There are Various Options

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Calphalon LRS1805P Open RoasterA roaster or roasting pan is a kitchen essential and most have more than one size.  Besides capacity, there are various styles and cover options to chose from.

How you pick a roaster depends mostly on what you intend to use it for. Because it would be cumbersome and add to clean-up if you were to use a large turkey roaster for a 3-lb roast, size really matters when it comes to roasters. This is the reason a kitchen usually has more than one roaster.

Learn the in’s and out’s of roasters, the styles available and various price ranges…read more in my: How to Buy a Roaster

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There are Various Options

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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For those 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 2013:

  • Spring 2013: Spring forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. on March 10, 2013

Fall 2013: Fall back one hour at 2:00 a.m. on November 3, 2013

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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Harvesting the Garden – Canning & Preserving

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For those of you who followed my Seeds to Garden Series which began in the Spring, it’s now harvest time. And the bounty has been tremendous for a garden plot that is roughly 10′ x 12′, which I consider rather small.

To take you back a bit, planting this year did have its challenges.  String beans needed to be replanted due to excess Spring rains and I also had to plant more cucumbers from seeds in the garden, since some seedlings did not do well after planting them.

But then the warmth came and things took off. I had also started some perennial and annual flower seeds, some of which were slow out the gate, but eventually Continue reading

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Save Your Geraniums for Next Year

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For those living in cold climates, did you know that you can save money on plants next year by bringing certain plants indoors in the Fall, especially those that are not hardy specimens? Let them winter inside and bring them back out next Spring.

Not all plants are prone to wintering well indoors, but many do and bulb varieties should also be brought in. Bulbs such as gladiolas can be dug up, dried and placed in peat moss in a cool, dark place. You can then replant them in the Spring for another season’s enjoyment.

Geraniums do very well wintering inside too.  I usually leave them right in their hanging or small pots, but Continue reading

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Read the Fine Print Before You Sign

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There are exceptions, but generally, there’s a reason fine print on documents, contracts and policies is so tiny and difficult to read. There’s an assumption that most will either skim through, or omit reading that section altogether.

And it often has some worthwhile information, that you really should know about. Information that more than likely is beneficial to the other party. Continue reading

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PRECIOSA-Ornela Beads – Simple Elegance

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earrings2As a way to save money in the accessories department, I started crafting beaded jewelry.

My daughter first introduced me to this art form and to PRECIOSA® Traditional Czech Beads, and it was love at first sight.

The fire-polished nature of Continue reading

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Popcorn – An Affordable Treat

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Popcorn has never lost its appeal with old and young alike and the popping aroma using starts a stampede to the kitchen.

And it doesn’t really matter how you pop it, but serve it up often – it’s an affordable treat that’s perfect for family games or movie nights.

There are Several Ways to Pop Corn: Continue reading

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