Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Eye Candy

Each spring I skirt the amazing Easter display at Fresh Market. I want to scoop twenty little chicks into my basket, but walk away, empty-handed.

This year, I found almost-identical German chocolates at Aldi for $1.29 a bag.

A small pleasure, made even sweeter.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Foil Pans For Freezer Meals & Deliveries

I feel like a chump for ever buying foil pans at the grocery.

GFS Market, a restaurant-style supply store, stocks every size from mini loaves to giant steam pans.

Sold individually, prices range from 19-cents to $1.50.

Pictured above, a dinner delivery that's easy on the budget:

Mexican lasagna (similar to this, but meatless) and sliced canteloupe, packaged in my thrifty new finds.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

How To Calm Down When Someone Paints On The Dining Room Table

Motherhood may be the most effective way to detach from material possessions...
...whether you want to or not!

Beauty isn't found only in the bargains. It's the people who color our lives.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Woman Inspired Conference

Today, Sandy (The Reluctant Entertainer) and I are sharing our secrets for "Entertaining On A Budget." We'll be talking about making the most of resources like time, money, and family--all while focusing on others, not image.

If you're visiting here from A Woman Inspired, welcome!

Click on the hospitality category to scroll through pages and pages of ideas related to entertaining, or use the search box for specific topics.

above, kids learn to prepare hot breakfast cups for the homeless

Thursday, January 07, 2010

The New Year, The First Snow

Even my jumbled pile of snow gear seems like a fresh challenge.

Since December, we have pinned together gloves, searched for the long lost boot, and grown out of snowsuits. I'm saving those, so little worn, to hand down year by year.

Just when the Lands End catalog starts tempting, a last-minute thrift stop turned up boots and snow bibs on clearance for $2.50.

Right on time for our half-inch blizzard!

(Above, pottery hen nests in a red berry wreath on the outdoor table.)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Shortbread Gifts

Current project: ginger shortbread using a yard sale Brown Bag mold.

Share your frugal baking tactics at Frugal Hacks today.