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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Uh Oh, Spaghettios! For Grown-ups!

I had a culinary epiphany earlier today, as I dined again at my desk, where I am usually found dining on weekdays.  I keep a selection of nonperishable foods around for these occasions, naughty processed things that they are.  Today, I had a microwaveable Spaghettios, made with whole wheat and semolina ring pasta, and tomato sauce with cheese.  Under $1, microwaveable, and still tasty after all these years.

Then, the epiphany tickled my taste buds. How to dress it up? Well, how easy it would be to carry a slice of fresh mozzarella, or a sprinkle of goat's cheese to add before it's "nuked!"  Then, along with the cheese, to add a leaf or two of fresh basil, or a spring of fresh rosemary would be divine.

One could even chop up tiny cocktail weinies that come in a can, and add them before microwaving. Tiny canned or fresh shrimp would make instant shrimp marinara.

Voila!  Health meets processed, and it's lo cal.

Add a small baguette from Panera or your local baker, and we have lunch.  Bon apetit!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bargains! Bargains! Bargains! I knew it all the time! :)

15 Things to Buy at the Dollar Store
By Maryalene LaPonsie

Dollar stores lure us in with rock-bottom prices. Sometimes you get what you pay for, but often the things they sell are good products at a tremendous discount -- a real bargain.

Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson talked to a savings expert to find out what types of items you should definitely buy at a dollar store. Watch the video, and then keep reading for more dollar store deals.

1. Greeting cards. There is no reason to spend $4 to $5 or more on a greeting card when dollar stores typically have a wide selection available for a buck or less. You might not get textured paper or fancy extras such as ribbon, but the heartfelt message you write will be the same regardless of how expensive the card looks.

2. Party supplies. By some estimates, you can save up to 70 percent by using party supplies from a dollar store. Get plastic tablecloths, paper plates and cups, streamers and favors from the dollar store and save a bundle. Don't forget to look for Mylar/foil balloons, too. These are an absolute bargain and can easily sell for five times as much elsewhere.

3. Gift bags, boxes and wrapping paper. While you're getting your party supplies, look for gift bags and wrapping paper, too. You could end up paying two or three times more for gift bags and boxes at other stores. In addition, wrapping paper can be a steal. You might not get the same thickness of expensive paper, but for something that's going to end up in the trash, why pay more?


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4. Seasonal decor. From extra ornaments for your Christmas tree to a scarecrow to stake in your front yard for the fall, dollar stores can have a surprisingly robust selection of seasonal decor. Pick up some bargain-priced items to decorate your house for less. But stay away from holiday lights; they have a poor track record of safety at discount stores.

5. Reading glasses. As we age, we often lose elasticity in our eyes and that makes it more difficult to focus on close objects. In many cases, a simple pair of reading glasses is all you need, and the reading glasses at dollar stores are as good as those found in other stores. However, if you have trouble seeing at a distance, it may be time to schedule an eye exam and see about getting a prescription pair.

6. Hair accessories. From elastic bands to bobby pins to headbands, you can find hair accessories at a fraction of the price at dollar stores. Combs and brushes can be a bargain, too.

7. Pregnancy tests. Grocery store pregnancy tests will set you back $10 to $15, but you can find them at some dollar stores for only a buck. You might be wondering whether a $1 pregnancy test is going to be accurate. That's a good question and, according to this news report, the answer is yes.

8. Vases and decorative bowls. Don't bother with other stores for vases and decorative bowls. The dollar store probably carries a number of styles at a price that can't be beat. You can use vases to skip the florist and make your own, much cheaper arrangements. Or spruce up decorative glass bowls to make inexpensive gifts for family or friends.

9. Mugs and glasses. Like vases and bowls, mugs and glasses are also a good buy at dollar stores. The quality is comparable to what you might get at Walmart or other mass merchandisers. As a bonus, you can typically buy only the items you need rather than being forced to purchase a set.

10. Dishware. Dollar stores also often have a nice selection of open-stock dishware. This isn't going to be top-of-the-line quality, but they're perfectly serviceable pieces. For those with little kids, dollar store dishes can be just what you need to get you through that phase of life when something seems to get broken in the kitchen on a weekly basis.

11. Storage containers. Plastic storage containers also get a thumbs up when it comes to great dollar store buys. In the grocery store, you can easily pay up to $5 for disposable containers. Get them for a buck at the dollar store instead. You can also find some great deals on storage bags, but be wary of off-brands that may not seal correctly.

12. Picture frames. If you're crafty, dollar store picture frames are an excellent buy. With a little paint or other decoration, bargain frames can look as nice on your walls as their more expensive counterparts. However, quality can vary widely. Check the joints to make sure they are secure and look for stray glue that may be difficult to remove.

13. Bagged or boxed candy. Checkout lane candy will likely be just as cheap, if not cheaper, at the grocery store, but movie theater-style boxed candy and bagged candy can be a bargain at the dollar store. Next Halloween, head there for your treats rather than paying supermarket prices.

14. Socks. Much of the clothing you find at dollar stores is of an inferior quality and not worth the money. One exception may be socks. Dollar store socks can be as good as department store varieties if you buy the right type. Look for ones made with acrylic or spandex for a comfy fit.

15. Washcloths and dish towels. Finally, the price of washcloths and dishtowels at the dollar store can't be beat. You need to be careful with some towels that won't be absorbent enough to dry dishes. However, even those work great as cleaning rags.

Did we miss anything? Leave a comment below or go to our Facebook page to tell us what you think are the best buys at the dollar store.

Compost

At about.com Home, there are great tips for what should not go into compost.  If you are like me, you have already started buying seeds and are itchy for spring.  There are great ideas at Logee's and at about.com for gardeners and plant lovers with cabin fever~

Saturday, January 24, 2015

From school: Green Driving Tips

These are fun, simple, and practical ideas. Practice them, and you may all have some extra holiday money!

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DRIVING GREEN….and we don’t mean golf Reduce your carbon footprint and save your wallet with these seven simple green driving tips.

Clear the clutter: the greater the load, the higher the fuel consumption. Every 100-200 extra pounds lower a car's fuel economy by 1-2%, so clean out that trunk! Mind your maintenance. A well-tuned car is safer and more efficient, so check tire pressure, oil, and filters regularly. Properly inflating and aligning tires can improve gas mileage by 6-10%, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Fuel economy decreases 1% for every 3 pounds below recommended pressure. Tires can lose 1 pound of pressure per month, so check the air pressure monthly (when the tires are cold before driving). Underinflated tires also detract from safe handling and the tires' durability. Accelerate and decelerate gently. Fast, aggressive, or "jack rabbit" driving is a big fuel waster, increases pollution, and is hard on the engine. One second of high-powered driving can emit as much carbon monoxide as a half hour of normal driving. Avoid engine revs of more than 3,000 rpm by shifting up as soon as possible and using overdrive if you have it. Driving in higher gears decreases rpm, decreases fuel use, and decreases engine wear. Lower your speed and abide by the speed limits. Even small decreases in speed can lead to 10% better fuel efficiency. For example, in Consumer Reports studies slowing from 75 to 65 mph resulted in a 5 mpg performance increase, and slowing from 75 to 55 mph saved 10 mpg. Use engine braking by anticipating the traffic in front of you, lifting your foot off the accelerator, and downshifting if possible. Most cars reach peak efficiency while cruising between 55 and 60 mph, so try to maintain a constant speed. Use electrical accessories only when necessary. For example, AC (air conditioning) results in 10-25% more fuel consumption. Use the AC only if you are driving faster than 40 mph because engine power at high speeds goes to reducing drag. When driving at lower speeds, it is more efficient to roll down your windows. Do not idle. Restarting the engine burst the same amount of fuel as idling for one minute. If you will be waiting for longer than one minute, turn off the engine to save gas and money. Think differently. Plan your trips and choose routes with fewer lights and less congestion. Warmed-up engines and catalysts are more efficient and generate much fewer emissions, so combine several errands into one trip to make a big difference. You may even be able to park in one central spot and walk between some of your errands rather than

Black Dahlias, Columbines, and other Black Flowers

Ever since I became interested in The Black Dahlia murder case, I've been fascinated with black flowers. I saw a really nice black columbine on Etsy. Will try to get some seeds. I've also seen black pansies around September grown locally. I can't wait for the flowers to start blooming!

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Miss Charlotte Bronte meets Miss Barbara Pym: PG Tips; A Pymian Tea

Miss Charlotte Bronte meets Miss Barbara Pym: PG Tips; A Pymian Tea: At our local health food grocery store, we found PG Tips Tea, "England's No.1 Tea since 1930."  This is a relic of Pym' ti...



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Dennis the Menace and Dolls

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Dennis the Menace and Dolls: Today, dolls and voodoo dolls in particular, appeared on "Dennis the Menace."  In this show, Mr. Wilson, played by Gale Gordon of ...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lots of Eagles Soaring

Every day, I see at least 2 dozen bald eagles perched on the trees near our bridge, or soaring over us.  Many of them fly over our downtown, now, and hawks and other birds of prey join them. They are not afraid of us, and as we have city deer, we now have neighborhood eagles.

Much frustration this terrible month of January, with holidays still on my mind, and many family issues fracturing my brain.  Snow to deal with, older people who are fiercely independent, but nor always realistic.  I am slowly growing into this category myself, I must confess.

My advice to others; set tiny goals, and take each day one at a time.  My goal for today; try to make it through, deal with this awful earache, and make it to watch "Stalker" tonight.  I find it cathartic.

Another way I enjoy dealing with stress is to look for bargains, especially for things we need.  But, I mention now is a good time to look for Christmas decorations, often at 90% off and more at places like Dillards.  JCP has good, unadvertised clothes sales, too, and I was able to buy shorts and summer slacks for, yes $.97, thats cents, each!

Another way to deal with harsh winters; count the days till spring.  Look for garden displays and seed catalogs. If you are into it, build a snowman, and look at my articles and photo gallery on them at collectdolls.about.com.

Happy Hump Day; let's make it to the weekend :)

Friday, January 2, 2015

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