June 23, 2020

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A coffee cup in front of a campfire.

Frugal Camping TipsCamping is a great way for families and friends to gather in the great outdoors. It's easy to spend a mint on fancy supplies but that is not necessary. Planning and smart shopping can make camping the most frugal vacation for a strapped budget.


A bowl of summer gazpacho.

Summer Soup RecipesSummer soups generally take advantage the bounty of the season, using ingredients like tomatoes, peppers and fresh herbs. Some like gazpacho are served cold, a perfect light meal for a hot summer night.



Completed strawberry cheese pandesal

Strawberry Cheese PandesalPandesal is a popular morning breakfast in the Philippines. It is best paired with black coffee. Pandesal got even more famous for its newly discovered varieties. It used to be plain. Then someone added flavor to it which made it more appealing. The new flavors are ube, strawberry, and chocolate.


A baked breaded cod filet.

Baked Cod with Parmesan Bread CrumbsThis is my first attempt with baked cod and I'm really happy with how it turned out. It may not look appealing but it was very delicious, flavorful and not dry. It would have been better with some more butter, but I didn't have any on hand. Quick with simple ingredients and a meal ready in less than 20 minutes.



Poppin' with Color (Poppy) - closeup of a beautiful red poppy

Poppin' with Color (Poppy)While visiting my brother in the rural area of central Utah, we had a drive through historic Spring City and came across these beautiful poppies growing alongside the road.


Carmine (German Shepherd) - lying in the grass

Carmine (German Shepherd)I adopted him when I married my husband, but my husband got him when he was a pup. He adopted him from a farm right after he finished basic training.


Nature Collection Bracelets - tape on wrist covered with flowers and leaves

Nature Collection BraceletsThis is a fun way to collect items outside, especially if you are out on a walk. First wrap a piece of masking tape loosely around your wrist, sticky side out.


Ramen noodles and seasoning packets.

Mock Chicken GravyI haven't bought a stewing hen since the middle of the last century. It goes without saying, I don't have a reserve of chicken stock for making gravy. I don't even have a stock pot. I do have a window, though...and I make do (that's Southern talk for improvising).


DeKay's Snake - small brown snake in a man's hands

DeKay's SnakeWhen you are digging in your flowers and grassy areas, you may run into this little fellow. It is a DeKay snake and quite harmless and appears to not mind being held, although, I don't want to hold it. I just take pictures.


A small boy in a tent overlooking a valley.

Frugal Camping TipsMany plans for vacation travel and events have been cancelled this summer, causing a renewed interest in camping trips. Camping is seen as a cheap way to vacation but the costs can really add up if you are not careful and wind up buying forgotten items. Here are some tips to keep your camping trip affordable and enjoyable for all.



A three part panel with mirror in center and fruit painted on the other two

Value of Vintage Bassett Mirrored Panel?Is this a rare find? My husband and I received this piece from his dad. It's almost 4 feet in length and has beautiful fruit painted on it. I can't seem to find anything like it, but I know it's a Bassett. Any ideas on its value?


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Value of Ashton Drake Fairy Tale Dolls?I have 2 Ashton Drake dolls from the Heroines from the Fairy Tales Forest Collection. I have Goldie Locks #9280 Q and Little red Riding hood 8044 E. Both are in mint condition along with the boxes. Neither have been removed from the box.


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Determining the Value of Silver Jewelry?Mom always said, give some away and sell the rest. My mom passed away and we gave most of her sentimental jewelry pieces to family and friends. We have a few pieces left that are .925 silver (primarily necklaces). What is the best next step?


A doll standing holding a hunting spear

Information on a Small Eskimo Doll with a Spear?Would you possibly have any info on this little guy?


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Craftsman LTD 1500 Keeps Dying?I have a Craftsman LTD 1500 riding mower that dies while cutting as if you shut it off, but will crank right back up to repeat itself. What can I do to fix it? It is getting fuel; I checked.


A kneeling porcelain doll in green.

Identifying a Porcelain DollI would like to find out who the creator of this doll is and if it has any value. I could only find a number on the head. The clothing has metal snaps, so I presume it's not as old as I thought.


An oval black bug on a red background.

Identifying an Oval Shaped Black Bug?I found this on my comforter this morning and am not sure what kind of bug this is and whether this is harmful or just a normal bug due to the summer. Any suggestions would be helpful.


Value and Maker of Cute African American DollsI would like to find out who made these three little cuties and how much they might be worth. I bought them in central Florida. They have soft bodies and porcelain heads.


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