I haven’t done much couponing in a while. So much of what I used to buy nobody eats any more. But, with Super Doubles this weekend and a box full of coupons I decided to give it a go again. I’m pretty happy with what I got. I spent $26.80 (coupons tendered equalled $78.79). I […]

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deviled egg tulips video

Whether for Easter or just for spring, these deviled eggs that look like tulips are sure to be a hit. Everyone loves deviled eggs, and they are particularly inexpensive to make (especially around Easter when eggs are on sale). In the following video I show my technique for my spring-time deviled eggs. I developed it […]

frozen turkey? no problem

Have you checked your turkey? Is it still frozen? Don’t fret, there is still time to defrost it and brine it at the same time. My 16lb frozen turkey was purchased and popped in the fridge last THURSDAY. According to the ‘experts’ one should allow 1 day per every 4 pounds to defrost in the […]

how to cut a pineapple

How to cut a pineapple I’m a gadget addict, I fully admit it. I rarely buy my gadgets new, though. Hubby and I find them at garage sales. Sometimes they are keepers, sometimes not. The below demo of a pineapple cutter, shows one of my favorites and shows how to cut a pineapple. I needed […]

4th of july celebration on a budget

With Independence Day just a few weeks away, many people are making plans to celebrate. The trick is being able to have a great time, and not stress out over the costs. My favorite way to celebrate is with a party. Even if it’s just with one other family. Regardless of the number of guests, […]

Print Baked Ziti Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Yield: 8 Fabulous, easy & delicioius Ingredients 16 oz Pasta, Ziti 1 lb Beef, Ground, 75% lean 1/2 cup Onions — chopped 2 cloves Garlic — minced 6 cup Marinara or Spaghetti Sauce — divided 8 oz Water — from […]

chicken keeping eggs

I started keeping chickens (hens) about a year ago. I wanted the fresh eggs and I love being self-sufficient. I’ve been keeping detailed records about what I’ve spent and how many eggs my 4 chickens have provided me with. Things to consider: cost of a coop (hen house and run), cost of food (feed and […]

It’s a gorgeous pre-spring day, just over 70 degrees here in Chesapeake, Virginia. I took to the opportunity to get some seeds in the ground for fast-growing cool weather crops. Realistically some of these could have been planted a few weeks ago, but I really don’t like working outside in the cold. I cleared out […]


Since I know y’all like contests, and FREE stuff, I thought I’d share a giveaway on my garagesalefinder.com site. I really want to get the word out about our new Garage Sale Finder iApp. If you’re an iPhone user you can have the same great garage sale listings right in the palm of your hand. […]