Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tip #15

First and foremost: Happy Birthday Caleb! My little boy turns 5 today.

This tip is going to be the first of a series that will continue for a few weeks. The topic is how to keep food fresher for longer. And in some cases what to do with food that's gotten a little stale. Some, obviously, you'll have to dump. But for others there are alternatives to the trash can. Like with the following...

Stale bread can be turned into tasty bread crumbs. I bake them at 250 F until crunchy. Then grind them in a food processor and voila. Homemade breadcrumbs! You can also add seasonings (such as oregano, dried onion, etc.) if you'd like. Rye breadcrumbs are especially yummy to coat pork chops with.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tip #14

For some reason I can't find the color button anymore to change the color of the font. Hmm.

Here is an update on the manuscript stuff. I've heard back from over half the 10 agents that I queried. They all said no, but I'm not disheartened at all. I actually expected that all 10 would say no. And that the next 10 would say no. I have a feeling that agent #33 would show interest.

From my research, agents take on 1 client out of 1000 queries per year. That means my chances are very slim. But I have a good feeling and I'm determined to keep trying.

Now for today's tip. Be very vigilant for prices at stores. In the last couple weeks I've caught mistakes. One cashier didn't give me enough change back. And at another store the cashier charged me twice for the same product. They are only human and I'm hoping that they aren't doing it on purpose. But it can get costly if you don't double check the math.

Another mistake that stores sometimes make are that they don't always give you the sale price from the flyer when it's rung up at the register.

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tip #13

Okay this is going to sound super cheap (and not even in the good way, if that's possible).

I've decided to send out Christmas cards every other year. If I send them out every year it gets awfully pricey since almost half my mailing list is out of the country. If I send them out every 2+ years the gap is too wide and some folks will get a little miffed and delete us from their mailing lists.

Every other year is smack dab in the middle of the perfect amount. I'll save money but still stay in everyone's good graces.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Tip #12

On rainy days, when you and your kids are housebound, fun recipes can really liven things up.

Put some music on and try this one. I found it on

Kool-Aid Playdough

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 TBSP oil (this prevents it from hardening)
  • 1 package of unsweetened Kool-Aid
  • 2 TBSP cream of tartar
  • Medium sized mixing bowl
  • Spoon
How to make it:

Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot. Add water and oil. Stir over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove. Knead until smooth. Put in plastic bag and refrigerate.