How Much Should You Spend on Christmas?

Black Friday is less than a week away, and if you're planning a big shopping day, you may be wondering just how much you should spend this year on Christmas gifts....more

Foster Care to Adoption: A Journey


Crispy Crock Pot Chicken

I love to use my crock pots!  I've tried many times to make chicken in my crock pot, but I was not happy with the texture of the chicken after it had rested for hours in the juices in the bottom of the crock pot.A few months ago, my friend told me about her new method of making chicken in the crock pot.  She used balls of foil to suspend the chicken pieces in the crock pot, and the result was tender, juicy chicken that was nearly as crispy as oven cooked chicken.  I had to try it!...more

My Winter Weather Predictions

It's fall here in Pennsylvania, the time when we hear predictions about what winter weather is coming our way.  Most people like to predict harsh winters.  I actually like winter, so predictions of freezing temps and mile high snow drifts don't scare me.  Bring it on, I say!This year, I've decided to throw my hat into the ring and make my own winter weather prediction.  I have a particular method in mind for drawing my winter weather conclusions....more

Happy Jack-o'-Lantern Liquid Soap

Isn't this happy jack-o'-lantern liquid soap bottle just about the cutest fall craft idea you've ever seen?...more

Operation Christmas Child: an Opportunity to Give

What could be better than giving the one gift this Christmas that would bring a smile to child's face?  In our land of plenty, it's a joy to know that many children are not just satisfied but elated over one small shoe box filled with small gifts....more

Favorite Sweet and Salty Autumn Treat

I first heard about this easy sweet and salty snack from one of my online frugal friends. When she shared the "recipe" with our online frugal community ten or so years ago, I had never before heard of this combination. Can you guess what this treat might be? It has only two ingredients, and it's possible to whip up a batch in less than a minute. The two ingredients are candy corn and salted peanuts. Dump both ingredients in a bowl or container, mix, and enjoy!...more

Countdown to Election Day 2012

 Forty days from today is Election Day 2012 in America.  You know what that means.  Just forty more days of TV ads, phone calls, and candidate-promoting Facebook status updates.  It means all of that and so much more....more

MYO Cabinet Handles

On Monday I told you about the "new" cabinets  I got for my sewing room when my friend remodeled her kitchen.  All I needed to add was the hardware for opening and closing the cabinet doors.Grandpa and I had priced cabinet knobs at Walmart, and we could have just purchased one of the cheaper kinds of knobs for $1.60 each.  We decided to give the matter some thought before rushing out to buy knobs....more
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