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Volunteering your time is a great way to give to others. When you give someone your time, it will help them save money. And doesn’t it feel good to help others?

Many non-profit organizations rely on volunteers to stay in business. Look around your town for somewhere you can help out.

If you are not sure where to start, here are some ideas:
your local library
nursing home
homeless shelter
United Way
Red Cross
pregnancy center
fire station

Some websites that may help are:

Volunteering benefits you and the person or organization you are helping. You have the chance to meet new people and try things you may have never tried before. And it can take as much time as you want. Start out by volunteering once a month for a few hours and then see what happens. Ask a friend to volunteer with you. It’s a great way to spend time together and help the world around us.


October 31, 2008 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Fall Recipes

Seasonal cooking is something I am trying to do more of – cooking and baking with ingredients during when they are being harvested. Normally items are cheaper and freshest when you use them during their season.

Here are some links to some seasonal recipes:

Apple Recipes:
Washington Apples
Nancy’s Kitchen
Apple Recipes
NY Apple Country

Pumpkin Recipes:
Pumpkin Nook
Pumpkin Recipes

Fall Recipes:

What are some of your favorite fall recipes? I love pumpkin muffins and pumpkin bread. I am looking for a better pumpkin muffin recipe – if you have a great pumpkin muffin recipe, please share it with me!

October 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment

Works for Me Wednesday – Dish Cloths/Towels

Earlier this year I started hanging two dish towels from my oven – one for drying our hands and drying off the counter, the other (which is folded in half, so it’s easy to make the distinction which is which) is for drying dishes. Ideally when I used just one towel, it should have been clean, since it was drying “clean” things, but sometimes I have my doubts how well people actually wash their hands… So, in hopes of being more sanitary, I decided to have a separate towel for drying dishes. (I have been thinking about adding a third towel that will be used only for drying off the counter, since I am guessing the counter is not the cleanest…but my husband already thinks having two towels and two cloths is a little much. Hmmm.)

We do use our dishwasher, but usually items are still wet when I unload the dishwasher. I like to try them off a little bit before putting them away.

At our sink, I keep two dish cloths out – one for washing dishes and one for wiping off the counter/table. I do not wash a lot of dishes, normally just the large one that take up too much space in the dishwasher or the ones that are not dishwasher-safe.

And I try to get out new dish cloths and towels every day, since they seem to get dirty quickly.

Check out more tips and ideas at Rocks in My Dryer.

October 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm 1 comment

Tuesday’s Tip Jar – Paper Towels

A few years ago I was given a paper towel holder, so I would have something to keep my paper towels in on my counter. I noticed that we used considerably more paper towels by keeping them so easily accessible.

I took the paper towel roll off the holder and put the paper towels in my pantry. It’s much easier to grab a washcloth on the counter than look for the paper towels in the pantry. By keeping them “hidden”, we do not use as many.

I am going to also bring some rags from my bathroom closet down to the kitchen, so if I am tempted to use paper towels, I know I have a more “green” alternative in the same room. Most of the time, it just doesn’t seem worth it to run to the other end of the house just to use a rag – even I know I should…

October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm 2 comments

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival – updated 10/28

Giveaways are wonderful! This year I have won two giveaways (online), both were book giveaways, allowing me to add 3 books to my bookshelf. Check out for the complete and growing list of blogs having giveaways this week. You will probably want to check back often, since new giveaways are being added frequently.

Here are some I signed up for:

2 $10 iTunes giftcards at

$50 Etsy Shopping Spree at Queen of the Marginally Bright

3 Children’s Books at The Irish Tigers

Kidijamz Keyboard at Steals and Deals

Book and Stuffed Animal at Creative Writings 101

$10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card at Reading with Monie

$20 at Cozy Moments (Etsy store) at All That Blooms

Think Sport Stainless Steel Bottle at The Soft Landing

Choice of $10 Gift Card (Kroger, Publix, CVS or Walgreens) at Full of Boys

Janine King Market Tote at Fab Food Friday

The Midwife of St. Petersburg (book) at Under the Boardwalk

$25 Amazon Gift Card at Many Little Blessings

$15 iTunes Gift Card at Dandelion Dayz

Janine King Tote Bag at Iowa Geek

Gift Mixes book at Tips and Tidbits

Thomas Game at I’m No Supermom

Dr. Suess book at Honour and Love Your Husband

Toddler Gift Pack and Stampin Up items at Mommy Wizdom

October 27, 2008 at 11:42 pm 1 comment

Menu Plan Monday

Yay – I am able to post my menu on Monday again!

Tuesday: loaded baked potatoes, fish (for my husband and son), and steamed veggies

Wednesday: creamed chicken with peas over rice (More-With-Less, page 186) (I keep wanting to try this recipe, but it continues to call through the cracks…hopefully it will really happen this week!)

Thursday: cream of broccoli soup (Farm Family Favorites of Lancaster DHIA, #955)

Friday: potato pizza* (Farm Family Favorites of Lancaster DHIA, #438), steamed veggies

Saturday: going to my sister-in-law’s for dinner – not sure what I’m taking yet

Sunday: whole wheat buttermilk pancakes (More-With-Less, page 73)

Monday: lasagna, steamed veggies (I use the lasagna recipe on the lasagna noodle box, but I use cottage cheese instead of ricotta cheese)



Potato Pizza

7 c cooked, sliced potatoes
1 lb ground beef, browned
white sauce (see below)
1 c milk
1 1/2 c pizza sauce
1/2 c chopped onion
1/2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 c shredded cheese
pizza toppings

White Sauce:
4 T butter
4 T flour
1 tsp salt
2 c milk

White Sauce: In saucepan, melt butter and add flour and salt; mix until smooth paste. Add milk and cook until thick.

Place potatoes in 9×13 inch pan and add hamburger. Mix white sauce and milk; pour over meat layer. Mix pizza sauce, onions, and oregano. Pour over mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Add cheese and pizza toppings. Bake an additional 15 minutes or until browned.

October 27, 2008 at 9:13 pm 1 comment

Deals This Week: 10/26-11/1

Check out some of these sales before you head out shopping this week. And if you would like me to link to additional stores, please let me know which ones.

Giant at Moms Need to Know

Target at Attention Target Shoppers Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

CVS at Mommy Snacks

Rite-Aid at Coupon Cravings

Walgreens at Moms by Heart

Wal-Mart at The Centsible Sawyer

October 27, 2008 at 4:01 pm 1 comment

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