Books: The Flu, Family Dysfunction and Free Escape

 Daylight savings marks the beginning of winter hibernation. Instead of mourning the early sunset, we rejoice the beginning of our winter evening ritual. Like all great customs it has rules that must be obeyed: a big fire, a big red wine, a juicy book, a comfy chair and an early bedtime (snuggled in under our big down comforter)....more

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Poverty, Race, and Early Childhood Education Pt. I: Public Schools

 Let’s ponder what $1.4 billion will do to “drive education reform” and save jobs in Pennsylvania—from the perspective of a povertized, disabled, overeducated, Latina mestiza single mother of four....more

Turkey's at walmart.......

A little birdie called me last night and told me that turkeys were $.40 a lb at walmart....Now by the time I got there they were gone, I was told they were only getting 8-15 per store. But I knew that starting last night they also had $.60 a lb honeysuckle turkey's. They will be getting about 20-40 of these per store, I got a 22lb turkey for a little over $14 with tax, I so wish I had checked my coupons before this, but was so excited, Because I also have a printed $1.00 off honeysuckle turkey purchase. Anyway just wanted to pass this on, Happy turkey eating !!!!!!...more

7 Tips for Return to Work Moms

Save Money & the Planet With Baking Soda: How Many Uses Can You Think Of?

I hear people bemoaning the high cost of "going green." And while organic food does cost more than its chemical-laden counterpart, I'm here to tell you that it's easier to spend more for healthy food when you save money in other ways. We can skip many of the green cleaners, deodorizers, and personal care products, most of which are fairly expensive. Why? Because baking soda is our friend. What's so great about baking soda? ...more

I have been starting to "go green" with my housecleaning products. I mostly just use water in ...more

Puffy Pancake...journey through time!

How many of you have heard of the puffy pancake?  How about a German pancake?  Apple pancake?  The first time I had a puffy german pancake was at the Original Pancake House back in college in the 1990's.  I think my mother-in-law introduced me to it.  It quickly became a favorite of mine and of my mom.  It was light, puffy and so yummy with butter, powdered sugar and drizzled syrup!  I really never thought I'd be able to recreate it at home.  I mean the thought literally never entered my mind!  And I used to cook back then, but it just seemed to ...more

How to Make A Flower Pin Out of Fabric

A few weeks ago, I decided to wander through Dear Lizzie, a small boutique near my home, to look for Handmade Christmas gift ideas. Right as I walked in the door, I spotted the perfect project.  It was a darling fabric flower pin, and I knew it would be easy to make at home.  It’s a perfect gift for a friend, mother, sister, or even a teacher.  The flowers at Dear Lizzie sold for about $15 dollars, but it cost me less than a dollar to make these.  And it was a quick project that took me less than half an hour. Here’s what you need for the project:...more

Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette

Okay.....sorry to keep you all waiting!!  The consensus is that I need to write more and not worry about the "perfect" post, either recipe or photograph wise.  So in keeping with my new more relaxed posting style, I bring you an easy salad dressing I made for my salads last week.  And it was so was gone before I ever snapped a picture.  Oops!Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette3 1/2 T safflower oil (or other healthy oil like sunflower....just not canola....and evoo is too strong)1 1/2 T Balsamic Vinega...more

...for the recipe. 

I'll try it for my next salad dressing and let you know.  ...more

Christmas scaled back- Need ideas!!!

We have 4 year old twins with adhd, They were also born with trachial malaysia and had surgery, Our 2 year old was born with thyroglossal duct cyst, and is on and off of therapy to keep that at bay, until he is old enough for surgery. The last 3 were preemies, the twins 2 months preemie, and the baby was a month. I don't know why, and Im not sure if that was the reason that they had these congenital issues. Anyway, We have a ton of dr. bills. A ton....more

Skip To My Lou has great projects on it in general. I can't really sew (Deb Roby needs to ...more

Happy Election Day

Good Morning! I just got finished filling out my ballot, which spurred me to write this post, instead of running my pumpkin recycling ideas, but I can do that tomorrow... Today is election day. Although there are only two issues on our small town ballot, they are important ones; new elections for the school board, and a measure for our emergency response system. But, it doesn't really matter if there are only two, or twenty ballot measures, election day is a way to get your voice heard, and support our great country.   ...more