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Link Love – Home and Money

Sorry for not posting yesterday, I had hoped to, but ran out of time.
I am trying to post about “home” things on Saturdays. Here are some links that I found interesting:

Vampire Power Sucking Money From Your Wallet at Frugal Dad

Workers at Home: Thriving on One Income at Passionate Homemaking

Learning with Preschoolers: Activities to Try! at Keeper of the Home

Free Book Moms – Stay at Home Mom’s Guide to eBay selling at Sisterly Savings

Concepts in Frugality: Rethink Your Thinking at Almost Frugal

American Bailout: $1 Million A Day For 2,260 Years at Frugal Dad

Unorthodox Ways to Save Money at Debt Reduction Formula Thanks to Gather Little by Little for the link to this article.)

Some Thoughts On the Revised Edition of Your Money or Your Life at The Simple Dollar

Drastic Frugality: When There’s More Month Than Money at Almost Frugal

A Budget Provides Freedom at Being Frugal


January 31, 2009 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Booking Through Thursday – Electronic vs Paper


Todays Booking Through Thursday question is a little different.

First. Go read this great article from Time Magazine: Books Gone Wild: The Digital Age Reshapes Literature. (Well worth reading.)
Second. Stop and think about it for moment. Computers and digital media are changing everything we do these days, whether we realize it or not, and that includes our beloved books.

So head on over to participate in this interesting discussion.

January 29, 2009 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Works for Me Wednesday – Fruit in the Winter


Fruit in the wintertime is usually not the tastiest. And it’s typically more expensive during this time of year, since most of it (depending on where you live) is imported from California, Florida, or another country.

If you are looking for a wider variety of fruit to eat (besides bananas and grapes), you may want to try frozen, canned, or dried fruit.

Last summer, I froze quite a few blueberries, planning to use them in baking or smoothies. Recently, I started serving them at meals, allowing them some time to thaw at room temperature, and you know what, they are pretty good. And I’m not much of a blueberry fan; I just eat them because I know they are very nutritious.

A few years ago, we were introduced to Trader Joes by some relatives. Unfortunately, our closest Trader Joes is 45 minutes away, so we don’t get there very often. They sell 1.5 lb bags of frozen mangoes that are delicious! Again, these taste very good partially thawed.

Of course, canned fruit can be eaten any time of the year, I normally save ours for the winter time. I canned peaches and pears and we are now enjoying them. If you don’t can, you can buy canned fruit at the store, but it’s not as good as home canned fruit.

Applesauce is another fruit enjoyed this time of year. I freeze our applesauce, so I try to get it out of the freezer a day or two ahead of time, so it can thaw in our refrigerator.

Dried fruit is another option for fruit. At this point, we buy our dried fruit, but I am hoping to start looking for a food dehydrator at second hand shops, so I can make my own dried fruit.

Check out more Works for Me Wednesday ideas at Rocks in My Dryer.

January 28, 2009 at 8:52 am 5 comments

Free $10 Dillyeo Gift Card

Special thanks to Gather Little by Little for posting information about how to get a free $10 Dillyeo gift card! Check out his site for all of the info.

January 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

Tuesday’s Tip Jar – Pantry Organization


I don’t know why, but it seems to be such a struggle to keep my pantry organized. It probably has something to do with the fact that I am not the only one using our pantry, and other people don’t always put things back where they got them.

Although I am sure I could do more in organizing the pantry, the basics I do are to designate shelves for certain items. The top shelf is for snacks. Below that is my baking shelf. Under that are cooking/main dish ingredients. And the rest of the shelves are extra/bulk items.

I have also tried keeping a list of items in my pantry on the inside of my pantry door, so I know how many bags of flour I have. Unfortunately, I frequently forget to cross an item off the list, or add an item to the list when I am in the pantry. My goal this year is to organize my pantry soon, and try harder to keep track of its contents.

Do you have other suggestions on keeping a pantry organized?

Check out the comment section at BlogMommas for other tips.

January 27, 2009 at 10:23 am 1 comment

Menu Plan Monday

My menu plan this week is:

Tuesday: hamburger gravy with peas over mashed potatoes (Basics & More, page 137) – this was on last weeks menu, but I never had a chance to make it because I had lots of other leftovers

Wednesday: split pea & ham soup (Basics & More, page 103) – didn’t get to make this meal either, because of excess leftovers

Thursday: honeyed chicken (Feasting Naturally – green binding – page 79) with leftover fried rice and steamed veggies

Friday: pasta and steamed veggies or salad

Saturday: pizza pockets and steamed veggies or salad

Sunday: fish and leftovers

Monday: tacos and steamed veggies or salad

January 27, 2009 at 8:48 am Leave a comment


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Janine King Market Tote at Fab Food Friday

Contesting Monday (lots of giveaway links) at Making Monday, Keeping Money

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival at Bloggy Giveaways (there are over 500 giveaways listed, with many more to be added)

Questions from Little Hearts (children’s book) at Writing Canvas

More websites with giveaway links:
Mommy Giveaways
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A Blog of Giveaways
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January 26, 2009 at 11:05 am 1 comment

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