Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Got a bouquet of flowers? Keep it looking fresh. First, cut the stems at a 45 degree angle, and get them in water as quickly as you can. Remove all leaves that are below the water level. Replace water before it becomes cloudy and recut the flowers every third or fourth day. Add something to it to delay the growth of bacteria: A copper penny, an aspirin or a few drops of vinegar.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Now (just before Thanksgiving) is the time to stock up on flour and spices and other baking things. Most stores will be having sales on those as well as good deals on turkey and ham, too. Watch the other things though... you could lose all your savings by paying too much for fruit and nuts.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
If you're having the traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving, you'll be needing ideas for leftovers soon! But don't try to eat it all up right after Thanksgiving. Around February, turkey starts looking good again. Pull the meat off the bone and freeze it until later, then boil the carcass until it falls apart. Take out the bones, strain the broth and pick out the smaller pieces of meat that stuck to the bones. Freeze these small pieces covered with some of the broth and you'll have excellent starter for turkey and noodles or turkey and rice or turkey and vegetable soup.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Over the river and through the woods... maybe not. But surely down the street or over the land in an airplane. Traveling with kids over the holidays can add to the stress. Don't let it; let your kids take along a favorite toy or book for comfort. Don't buy anything new for the occasion, the kids need something familiar and you don't need to add more stress to your budget.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Wow, has it been that long? How time flies when you're having fun. Or busy. Or not. Old age... anyway. You did save your Halloween pumpkins? Now's the time to bake them, puree them and use the pulp just like you would canned pumpkin. Cheaper. Better. More frugal. :)