Slim Wallet, Rich Heart: Not Your Average Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The season of giving doesn’t have to mean the season of spending—much as retailers will hate to hear that. This year, I will be reverting to my practice from my younger, bare bones budget days, when the gifts were inexpensive, but full of heart. It was a lot of fun then; it should be a lot of fun now, and will reduce the urge—and pressure—to overspend during the holiday season. 1. Create a master gift list. ...more

Grandparents and Their Truckloads of Gifts

Ah, the holidays. They've arrived, and along with them come all the grandparents with large plastic toys and gadgets and clothes and more toys and where the heck are you going to put all that STUFF?Not to mention -- are your kids getting a wee bit spoiled?...more

I really try hard to abide by my daughter and son-in-laws wishes when it comes to gift ...more

how to save money and make money with gift cards

Christmas is fast approaching (it's less than two weeks away- eek!).  In the past few years, gift cards have been a thoughtful and welcome addition to give and receive as Christmas presents.  In Canada, now gift cards "won't go bad".  The retailers were making big bucks on them because they had tiny fineprint that said they could deduct $3 every month or year as an "inactivity fee".  Now they banned that and your $50 gift card will still be worth $50 five years down the road... unless ofcourse that company goes bankrupt, that is.  But I digress....more

Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more

How to Make Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

Here’s a quick and easy gift idea for neighbors or co-workers.  It’s Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread.  I received this bread as a gift from a co-worker about 10 years ago… and looooved it.  I think I actually begged for the recipe.  I’ve been making this bread every Holiday season since. Here’s the recipe: Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread ...more

Creamy mushroom soup

My need for deeply warming comfort-food continues unabated, to the point where I am now dreaming about mushroom soup. I know that I must dream in tastes, because this one was so delicious that I positively *had* to make it the very next day. ...more

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I am vegan but tend not to label my recipes as such, so as not to make ...more

Deer Delicacies

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Thanksgiving Recipes and Gratitude Lists

by Billie BrownThis week, many or most Americans will sit down to a traditional or not-so-traditional meal of turkey – alternatively, on both ends of the spectrum, turducken or tofurkey – and many other holiday dishes, as a way of giving thanks for the blessings of daily life....more

Newbie blogger talks about 400 hits in a few weeks. What's your secret to increasing traffic?

 Can you visit my newbie blog? I need comments from experts such as yourselves. I'm trying to write excellent content....more