5 Tips For Better Freezing

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Revisiting these five tips in Cooking Light's March 2014 issue was refreshing. If you are buying in bulk and freezing items that you have purchased, you may want to review these notes too. Sometimes experience is the best teacher but learning from the pros and/or friends (even blogging friends), we can maximize both our time and our money. What freezes well: The most freezer friend foods are saucy dishes, soups and stews, and individual food items like dumplings and pizzas. Pasta and rice … [Read More...]

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Puzzles For All Ages

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Are you looking for a gift that families can enjoy together!?! Don't forget about puzzles. Puzzles are the perfect gift for little ones---and for children of all ages. When the snow and ice settle around us all this winter, it would be great to have a set of new puzzles to work together around the fireplace indoors and/or at the kitchen table! Here are a few Amazon Ravensburger Puzzle favorites that can be shipped free with Amazon Prime: Ravensburger Disney Cars: Cars Everywhere … [Read More...]

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This Dog's Afterlife

Calling all dog owner's! Have you ever wondered what your dogs are thinking and feeling? How about what happens to them when they pass on? My friend David Shockley is the author of the book This Dog's Afterlife and his book will make you laugh and cry as it takes you through the afterlife of a beloved dog. It is heartwarming to read; especially if you have lost a pet. Our beloved dog Clemens left us about a year ago and I can picture him just like Tucker - the main character in this book. I have … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Dehydrating Pineapple

I don’t often see pineapples go on sale at our local grocery store. Sometimes I’ll locate them as loss leaders but finding them at $0.75 a piece is unheard of! Therefore, when I saw that two pineapples were tagged with […]

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Seasonal Snack: Apple Slices

Any time I’m (Litsa) at our local grocery store, apples are always on sale! Thus, I’m always looking for easy apple snacks and recipes to enjoy the one seasonal fruit that always greets me and follows me back to my […]

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Tis the season for all things PUMPKIN & if you’re like me you like to try as many recipes as you can find the time to cook or bake. Be sure to put this recipe on the list—its thick—New York […]

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Health & Wellness

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Dehydrating Pineapple

I don’t often see pineapples go on sale at our local grocery store. Sometimes I’ll locate them as loss leaders but finding them at $0.75 a piece is unheard of! Therefore, when I saw that two pineapples were tagged with […]

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Seasonal Gratitude

Are you enveloped in seasonal gratitude this season!?! There a millions of reasons to feel grateful: Healthy children Another day Beautiful fall leaves A pantry full of goods Time to cuddle on the couch Outdoor time, walking Something to read […]

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Cultured Combos: Probiotics + Prebiotics

We here a lot about probiotics but did you know that prebiotics are important too? Let’s first define what probiotics and prebiotics are. Probiotics help our bodies fend off harmful bacteria, supports our immune and digestive systems, produces vitamins B12 […]

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Coupons

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Checkout51: New Offers for Thursday, November 20th

Whether you shop at Kroger, Wal-Mart—-Sam’s or Aldi….have a smartphone or not, you will want to give Checkout51 a try this week! If you have already shopped this week, you’ll want to note that Checkout51 offers START today on 11.10.14 […]

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Ibotta: Friendsgiving

Calling ALL ibotta users and those NEW to money saving apps–have you seen the MILK offer!?! It has been a forgotten side dish lately. It is BACK this week—redeem it now! Don’t miss the “Friendsgiving” giveaway….all new this week!  Scroll […]

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SavingStar Healthy Offer: 20% off Loose Apples

Did you see this week’s SavingStar Healthy Offer? Get 20% cash back on the purchase of loose apples! I love saving and earning cash back on fresh produce! Grab apples and make healthy snack choices and decadent desserts this week […]

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Retail Therapy

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Puzzles For All Ages

Are you looking for a gift that families can enjoy together!?! Don’t forget about puzzles. Puzzles are the perfect gift for little ones—and for children of all ages. When the snow and ice settle around us all this winter, it […]

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Foodsaver Black Friday Deal | 53% Off

If you have been looking for a good deal on a Foodsaver, their Black Friday deals are now live! That’s a whole week early! The Foodsaver v3461 Vacuum System is 53% off. I love using my Foodsaver for bulk purchase […]

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Gymboree: Everything up to 50% off + VISA Savings

If you have young kids to buy for, checkout another great sale going on over at Gymboree! Right now new arrivals are an extra 30% off – including markdowns that are discounted up to 60% off! This means that items […]

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Country Life

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Country Life: Alternative Feed for Chickens

We currently have 14 hens and one rooster which is the biggest flock of chickens we have ever kept. They are eating a lot of chicken feed too! Since our puppies still like to chase the chickens, we no longer […]

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Country Life: Pet Chicken

I never thought I would say that I have a soft spot for a chicken – but I do! One of our chicks that hatched in June has become the sweetest chicken we have ever owned. She is calm and […]

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Country Life: New Egg Layers

About a week ago our mama hen, Brown Town, started laying eggs again! I was a bit surprised that she started laying eggs since the baby chicks are just 7 weeks old. The last time she raised a chick, it […]

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Home Management

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5 Tips For Better Freezing

Revisiting these five tips in Cooking Light‘s March 2014 issue was refreshing. If you are buying in bulk and freezing items that you have purchased, you may want to review these notes too. Sometimes experience is the best teacher but […]

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File it Friday: Toffee Pretzel Bark, Fabric Album + More

During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I don’t […]

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Heartfelt Holidays: Felt Finger Puppets

Young children love finger puppets! They are so easy to transport and they tell a story. With felt you can make your own finger puppets! This Simple Home made adorable 3 Little Pigs finger puppets. I can just see kiddos […]

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Ways to Save

This Dog's Afterlife

This Dog’s Afterlife Free Kindle Book

Calling all dog owner’s! Have you ever wondered what your dogs are thinking and feeling? How about what happens to them when they pass on? My friend David Shockley is the author of the book This Dog’s Afterlife and his […]

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Checkout51: New Offers for Thursday, November 20th

Whether you shop at Kroger, Wal-Mart—-Sam’s or Aldi….have a smartphone or not, you will want to give Checkout51 a try this week! If you have already shopped this week, you’ll want to note that Checkout51 offers START today on 11.10.14 […]

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Save on Lawn & Garden Off Seasonal Purchases

It seems like our family always has a NEED list….a WANT list….and a list that titter-totters between the two!?! A grill is on that list. WE have had our current grill for seven years and have used it weekly. Many […]

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Gardening

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Fall Foliage: Ornamental Kale

Among the pots and pots of fall mum’s, small pots of Ornamental Kale were hiding at our local grocery store today. I (Litsa) was unaware of Ornamental Kale as a seasonal annual plant. In the south—-at least in our southern, […]

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Gardening: Weather Watch for Frost

It’s that time of year wear the weather really plays a role with vegetable gardens. We have yet to have frost here in central Virginia but it will probably happen soon. We still have tomatoes, peppers, kale and herbs growing […]

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Tip on Growing Bell Peppers

We have grown bell peppers in our vegetable garden for the last few years. It takes awhile for bell peppers to mature and that is the reason that they are so costly in the store. The longer you leave the […]

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