looking at some ice cream ideas for the Bistro

Sarah, Stephanie, Baille and i went to Cedar Rapids today to look at McCormicks Ice Cream and Yougut machines, zI am going to expand the restaurant into a ice cream parlor and have bought the case for hard packed Ice cream but want to carry a soft serve ice cream or yogurt.  It is just so expensive and not sure whick thing I want to start with.  There is some much you can do with the soft serve like cakes and pie.  i will keep you posted, do you have any ideas. spoonswhiskspatulas.blogspot.com...more

Thank you Priceline and Free Shipping at my Shop all weekend :)

So just a quick shout out to Priceline and their Name Your Own Price feature - you totally made my day!!!...more

What Does it Mean to be Financially Secure?

Every year the usual articles hit the headlines: "Best Jobs for the Year Ahead!" and "Most Secure Jobs for [Insert Year]!". And, year after year, I have to resist the urge to scream -- stop lying to everyone, will you? Why do I feel the spin on these articles is a lie? Because one size does not fit all and security has nothing to do with a job, a particular industry, or the state of the economy. ...more
Great post! One thing to remember about earning more vs. minimizing financial obligations. When ...more

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Pay equity for women to be repealed?

Minnesota proposes to end ‘equal pay for women’ policy for public employees.  Do we really want to go back? NORTHFIELD, MN (February 21, 2011) – In the United States, women make 77 cents per each dollar men make (Census, 2010). It used to be even worse. Governments in Minnesota have been operating under a pay equity for women policy to insure fairness.  Now the policy is under scrutiny with repeal being proposed. Minnesota was the first state to pass pay equity laws....more

When I Was 10, I Paid the Bills

It started when we -- my mother, brother, and I -- moved into an apartment. Up until that point we'd been living with my grandmother, and my mother hadn't had to be financially responsible for nearly ten years. (In truth, she'd never had to be financially responsible. In truth, she'd never had to be responsible.) She'd divorced my father and come to live with her mother, and there we'd stayed, through weeks that unnoticed and unmarked turned into months, then years. ...more
Wow, what an amazing article. I didn't deal with handling the money at a young age, and I ...more

The Eleventh Commandment: Thou Shalt Have Health Insurance

Growing up, the first commandment in my family was “thou shalt have health insurance.” This sacred precept was invoked whenever I became itchy at a job or felt the urge to strike out on my own. “Consider what would happen if, God forbid, you got into an accident,” my parents would say. “We would have to sell the house.”...more

Unions Under Attack Across the US

Unions across the United States have been under attack this week as states like Ohio and Wisconsin are working to pass bills that would end collective bargaining -- among other things. The tension has been high in the state capitols of Columbus and Madison, with thousands of supporters and opponents verbally clashing and raising the volume to that of a chainsaw... or twelve. ...more
I heard this morning that the post offices are having problems. Then, they said their contract ...more

It's Friday

... and this is a duck. ...more

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