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Buy a Friend a Book Week Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1 is the beginning of Buy a Friend a Book Week. Check out for more information. Anyone can participate, and there are normally several blogs who celebrate by giving books away!


June 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Deals This Week: 6/28-7/4

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CVS at

Kmart at

Rite-Aid at

Walgreens at

Walmart at

June 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm 1 comment

Food on Friday

Happy Friday! This week I tried my hand at drying cherries. I just love dried cherries, but they are so expensive, usually around $10 per pound! My son and I picked cherries this week, with my mom at a local orchard. Since we’ve had a lot of rain recently, it seems that cherry season will be rather short here, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to pick again this year. We’ve been eating fresh cherries at meals, but I wanted to dry some. My friend found a brand new food dehydrator at a garage sale for me earlier this year for only $6! What a deal! I made strawberry fruit leather the other week from my freshly picked strawberries. I made 3 batches, and I preferred the last batch, since it was thicker. So yesterday, I dried cherries and made some cherry leather. The cherries turned out well, although I didn’t make many, since I wasn’t sure if they would be good. And since they shrink, you have to dry a lot of them to get a decent amount. The cherry leather got too dry, so I had to throw that out. Oh well, I am still learning. Since I still have cherries, I may dry some more, as well as freeze some.

Yesterday, I picked my first zucchini from my zucchini plant. It’s a bit funny looking, but I’m sure it’ll taste fine. I have two zucchini plants and two yellow squash plants. Both plants have small vegetables coming, so hopefully they’ll yield more. The squash plant had some larger ones, but they rotted. Since I am not a gardening expert, I don’t know what the problem was. Hopefully that won’t continue to happen.

My two regular tomato plants (in the ground are doing well), and I have two cherry tomato plants that also seem to be growing well, the latter were started from seeds, to it’s neat to see how big they are now. The four tomato plants I planted in pots, upside-down are not doing as well. One plant died. Although the other three are much smaller than the ones in the ground, they do have small green tomatoes on them, which is encouraging!

I have several bush pickle plants in containers on my deck and they have small cucumbers on them. I am hoping that they can be used for pickles, since it’s called a bush pickle. I have three of those, and one regular cucumber, although they all look the same…

If I have time, I’ll try to take some pictures of my garden and post them today.

Here is a list of links I want to share this week:

Strawberry Bread at

Salad Dressing Recipes at

What’s On My Food at

Healthy Summer Recipes and Menus at

The Simple Dollar Podcast on Food at

Healthy Summer Potluck Side Dishes and Desserts at

Protect Your Freedom to Eat Nourishing Food and Support Small Farmers Against HR 875 at

Whole Grain Bread with soaking instructions at

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal at (This sounds great! I’ll probably wait to try it when fresh fruit is not in season though.)

Buttermilk Syrup at

Nutrition in a Nutshell at

Simple Affordable Bread at

Frugal Sweetener: Organic Raisins (thanks to The Nourishing Gourmet for this link. I have a chocolate cookbook where many recipes call for prune puree, but since prunes are so expensive, I haven’t tried any of these recipes yet. I think I will give them a try using a raisin puree.)

June 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Booking Through Thursday – Hot


Now that summer is here (in the northern hemisphere, anyway), what is the most “Summery” book you can think of? The one that captures the essence of summer for you?
(I’m not asking for you to list your ideal “beach reading,” you understand, but the book that you can read at any time of year but that evokes “summer.”)

I am going to list a few books, even though I know the question just asks for one…

Anne of Green Gables is both a classic and a “summery” read. So many of scenes take place outside – falling off the roof, sinking in a canoe, and her imagination seems to normally take place out of doors. And I think it would be wonderful to visit Green Gables and Avonlea in the summer!

Flabbergasted and A Delirious Summer, both by Ray Blackston also seem to embody summer, with rides in a convertible and trips to the beach.

Read more responses to this question or participate at Booking Through Thursday.

June 25, 2009 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Works for Me Wednesday – Organic Peanut Butter


Some time last year, I decided to switch from regular peanut butter (Skippy, Peter Pan, or generic) to Richfood’s Organic Peanut Butter. The latter is available at Costco and only has two ingredients, peanuts and salt. It took me a little while to get used to the taste, but now I prefer it. It doesn’t contain any partially hydrogenated oils. Even though there is supposedly such a small amount of partially hydrogenated oils in regular peanut butter that it’s considered trans fat free, I will do what I can do avoid foods with trans fat.

I have also tried other natural peanut butters, but haven’t found any that come close to the Richfood peanut butter from Costco.

Check out more things that Work for Me Wednesday at

June 24, 2009 at 1:40 pm 1 comment

Tuesday’s Tip Jar – Sneaky Carrots


Macaroni and cheese was the meal I scheduled for this evenings supper. As I was blending the mostly thawed tomatoes, I remembered that I had some leftover cooked carrots from our dinner last night. There were not many carrots, probably 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup. I decided to add them to my stewed tomatoes. They blended right in, and no one noticed!

So if you have some leftover vegetables, consider sneaking them into a sauce or some other way into your dinner. It uses up leftover items, and adds nutrition to your meal.

Check out more tips at

June 23, 2009 at 8:32 pm 1 comment

Food on Friday

Oops, I almost forgot about posting today. And I am not sure why, but I did not accumulate a list of food/recipe links…so here are some websites that one can easily get lost in. I just spent a while at There are a lot of tips, info, and recipes at this site. And it’s easy to spend a great deal of time there.

And here are some other food related websites I’ve been enjoying lately:

Cherry season is here, or almost here, depending on where you live. Be sure to check out these cherry recipes.

What are some of your favorite food/recipe websites or blogs?

June 19, 2009 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment

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