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Food on Friday

Here are some food links to check out:

Making Homemade Chocolate Chips at

Health Food Safety at

Italian Dressing/Seasoning Dry Mix at (thanks to Sense to Save)

Healthy Blueberry Recipes at

Chocolate Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins

Soaked Tortilla Tutorial at

Frugal Tip: Make Your Own Wine at

Garlic Croutons at

No Cook Freezer Jam Naturally Sweetened at

Preserving Summer’s Bounty Blanching Vegetables at

Healthy Zucchini Recipes at


July 31, 2009 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

Read it Forward

Normally, I answer the Booking Through Thursday question on Thursdays, but I didn’t think I had much of an answer this week.

I would like to share Read it Forward from Random House. You can request a book, read it, and then pass it on! I have not yet participated, but probably will, when I see a book that intrigues me, as well as when my to be read list is smaller…not sure when that’ll be. I am almost finished with a book (Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, and the next two in line are sure to be fast reads (Offworld and The Appeal.

July 30, 2009 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

30% Off Coupon for Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic

Yay for a great coupon!

Give & Get!
You’re Invited…You are one of our valued partners, so we want to offer you 30% off during our Friends & Family event. For every purchase you make, we give 5% of the amount you spend to Feeding America.

When: 4 Days, July 30 – August 2
Where: Gap, Gap Outlet, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Banana Republic Factory Stores
How: Click on the coupon link above, print out the coupon and use it as many times as you like at the above listed stores.

When I used this coupon before, I was able to use it on sale items too. Happy shopping!

July 30, 2009 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

Works for Me Wednesday – Freezer Organization


An easy way to help organize items in my freezer is to put similar or same items in a shoebox. It keeps them in one place, and they are easy to find.

I currently have two shoeboxes sitting in my garage, near my freezer, waiting to be put into the freezer. I just need to find time to defrost my freezer soon, so I can reorganize it, and hopefully find more space!

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July 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm 2 comments

Tuesday’s Tip Jar – Retractable Clothesline


For the last several months, or possibly a year, I have mentioned several times to my husband that I would like a clothesline in our backyard. Personally, I don’t like how they look, but I know it would be better for the environment, as well as our electric bill, if we had a clothesline to dry our clothes. My husband was not thrilled with the idea and tried to ignore it.

I decided to look online to see if there were options for something besides a regular clothesline. I was quite pleased to find retractable clotheslines. You attach them to the side of your house and they had between 1-5 lines to hang laundry from. Of course, after further research, it seemed that many of the retractable 4-5 line ones did not hold up well, according to various reviews. Many said the single line usually were sturdier.




After walking around my yard, I decided I wanted to get a single line, attach it to our deck, and hang the other end on a nearby tree. We went to our local hardware store and bought one, which was around $17. My husband found a bungee cord in our garage and wrapped it around a branch, so I won’t be scratching up the tree when I hang the clothesline on it.

So if you want to have a clothesline, but don’t want to have it up all of the time, look into getting a retractable clothesline.

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July 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm 1 comment

Booking Through Thursday – Preferences


Which do you prefer? (Quick answers–we’ll do more detail at some later date)
Reading something frivolous? Or something serious?
Paperbacks? Or hardcovers?
Fiction? Or Nonfiction?
Poetry? Or Prose?
Biographies? Or Autobiographies?
History? Or Historical Fiction?
Series? Or Stand-alones?
Classics? Or best-sellers?
Lurid, fruity prose? Or straight-forward, basic prose?
Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness?
Long books? Or Short?
Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated?
Borrowed? Or Owned?
New? Or Used?

Here are my answers:

Reading something frivolous? Or something serious? depends on my mood, probably frivolous
Paperbacks? Or hardcovers? hardcover
Fiction? Or Nonfiction? fiction
Poetry? Or Prose? prose
Biographies? Or Autobiographies? biographies
History? Or Historical Fiction? historical fiction
Series? Or Stand-alones? series
Classics? Or best-sellers? classics
Lurid, fruity prose? Or straight-forward, basic prose? straight-forward
Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness? plots
Long books? Or Short? long (but not too long…)
Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated? illustrated (I think more books should have maps and other illustrations)
Borrowed? Or Owned? owned
New? Or Used? new

July 23, 2009 at 2:07 pm 2 comments

Tuesday’s Tip Jar – Quick Facial


One way I save time with washing my face is by washing it in the shower. I obviously only use my cleanser and scrub in the shower, and then will use my toner and moisturizer out of the shower.

For a quick facial, use cleanser, scrub, and masque at the same time. I highly recommend the Spa Warming Trend Green Tea Masque. It warms up on your face and makes your face much softer. You can order this product on my BeautiPage. (This product will last a long time, I use it 2-3 times each week and still have not finished my first container, which I’ve had for 7 months.)

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July 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm 2 comments

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