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October 13, 2006
Happy Birthday Ethan
Today is Ethan's 4th birthday. He's my grandson and a happy little guy. He loves looking at the pet photos on ThriftyFun. It just goes to show you that there are some very good things about Friday the 13th.
Poll: How old is your computer?
Today's Poll Asks: How old is your computer?
Baking Soda in Your Clothes Hamper
Pour a little baking soda into the bottom of your hamper to help keep your dirty clothes smelling fresh. You can even keep a shaker with baking soda in it near your hamper to shake on top of your clothes when needed.
Don't Puncture Your Steak
When cooking a steak, use tongs or a spatula to turn the meat rather than a fork. It you puncture the meat it will let the juices out.
Using Solar Lights in the Garden
Now that the weather is getting cooler we spend less time outside. If you have solar lights, the ones that have a central solar panel and hook together with wires, put your central panel where it will get sun during the day.
Easy Witch Costume
This is a picture of my niece, Tehra (a few years back), in her homemade witch's costume. That particular year, she needed a Halloween costume, but money was tight, so my mom and I made her this costume at a cost of probably $2 or so!
Banana Pudding Dessert
Recipe for Banana Pudding Dessert. Melt butter. Pulse vanilla wafers in food processor. Combine crumbs with melted butter and press into 13 x 9 inch glass baking pan. Place in freezer.
Make Your Own and Save
Some products just aren't worth the money consumers pay for brand names and store packaging. Instead, make your own and save money. Here are a few recipes for common household items that can be made for less. In fact, ask the kids to help and make a family activity out of it as well.
Mary's Favorite Burrito Casserole
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook ground beef and onion over medium high heat until browned and drain if needed. Add garlic, chili powder, paprika, dried oregano, dried marjoram, salt, pepper, and cumin.
Uses for Eucalyptus Oil
Great Uses for Eucalyptus Oil. Dilute 50% with water in a spray bottle and use as a room freshener to mask unpleasant odors.
Florida Orange Meringue Pie
Combine orange juice, sections, grated rind, sugar and cornstarch. Cook on low heat until clear. Add a little hot mixture to beaten egg yolks.
Discount Sites for Tickets
Discount Sites for Tickets. Just got 2 tickets to a rock concert (with a famous old timer) for $10 a piece from a discount site and ALSO found out about FREE museum admission this Weekend!
Peanut Butter Cupcakes With Chocolate Icing
Recipe for Peanut Butter Cupcakes With Chocolate Icing. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper baking cups in muffin pan or spray with non stick cooking spray. In large bowl beat cake mix, eggs, water, oil and 3/4 cup peanut butter on low speed until well mixed.
Washable Art Contest
I was given about 20 mats of every imaginable size, shape, and color. These normally frame pictures under glass, but I plan to have a Neighborhood Art contest.
Molasses Raisin Bread
Recipe for Molasses Raisin Bread. Combine milk, shortening and molasses in mixing bowl and let cool till lukewarm. Add yeast and then allow to stand for about 5 minutes.
Sour Cream Cherry Pie
Combine sugar and flour. Add sour cream and cream cheese. Blend well. Put fruit in unbaked pie shell. Pour mixture over fruit. Top with crumbs.
Recipe for making Carrot Cupcakes. In a mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar and oil. Gradually add dry ingredients, then add carrots last.
Maybell's Molasses Creams
Recipe for Maybell's Molasses Creams. Cream sugar, shortening and molasses. Add egg and buttermilk and mix well... Then add the dry ingredients (enough flour to make a soft dough) sifted together and vinegar-soda mixture.
Dried Apple Stack Cake
Cream sugar, shortening, molasses, then add egg and buttermilk, mix well. Stir in dry ingredients together with vinegar-soda mixture.
Recipe for Blackberry Dumplin's. Place on stove and bring to a boil, and drop the dumpling batter, a spoonful at a time, into the boiling mixture. Cover with lid and cook for about 15-20 minutes.
Mya (Siamese) Photo. Mya is 1 year old Siamese Cat, her birthdate is 5/24/05 She's a snowshoe (we think maybe she's mixed with something else too).
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