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Last Minute Gift that Gives All Year Long

One of my most favorite gifts that my mother-in-law ever gave me was several years’ subscription to Fine Cooking. I have kept — and used — all the back issues over the years. They have proven to be an invaluable resource to me in the kitchen. A good magazine can do that —  help in […]

10 Books that Are Necessary to Life

Photo source: takomabibelot / CC BY 2.0 This time of year has me thinking about resetting the clock, getting a fresh start. With the new year beginning in just a few weeks, my mind moves toward new ideas, new habbits, and new resolutions for my mind. Part of that process for me is reading or […]

FishBoys’ Gift Guide for Boys Ages 5-12

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Wondering what to buy the young boys in your life this Christmas? Stumped by the difference between a Lego and a Playmobil? Can’t understand all the hooplah over a video game? You are not alone. I am one of those rare beings to be a prissy girl only to become the mother of four boys […]

Frugal Friday: Gifts for $10 or Less

Overwhelmed by the high cost of gifts this year? Wondering how you can eke out a few nice presents for little money? Is a gift possible for $10 or less? Yes, Virginia, there is a way. Many moons ago when FishPapa and I were earning two incomes and had no children, we often spared no […]

Fun Kids Gift: Muffin-Tin Crayons

Muffin tin crayons are so easy to make, even a kid can do it. In fact, FishChick3 and FishBoy9 were my assistants on this project last week, though I think they¬†could have done it themselves. These are great crayons for toddlers to grab hold of, but even my big boys thought they were cool and […]

Cranberry Orange Granola (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Food Gifts)

I love browsing in chi-chi food boutiques. I don’t like the prices they charge. So, instead, I’ve chosen to make my own delicious gifts to give to friends and family. I’ve shared the muffin kit with you. Today’s gift of good taste is one the boys and I experimented with just this morning. We took […]

Frugal Friday: Savvy Shopping on Black Friday

So, today’s the day. The biggest sales day for retailers across the country. The day after Thanksgiving, traditionally known as Black Friday, is the day that merchants hope to find themselves “in the black.” They want your money. It’s Christmas, anyway. Why not? Go spend. It’ll help the economy, stupid. Well, before you do, I […]

Shop Wisely! Black Friday Deals

Shopping from home last Christmas. I think I’ll do it again! I have always loved the day after Thanksgiving — for the leftovers and the great deals to be had. In years’ past I’ve often hit the stores on Black Friday without a clue as to where I was going or what I was getting. […]