SWEET TREATS FOR SCHOOL!
Cupcakes can be made in a heart shape — just fill your cupcake liners with the batter and then slip a marble down along side the liner, between it and the pan. The marble bends in the liner and shapes the top part of the cake into a heart! Cheap, and it works. I made these for all three of my kids for treats.
Or, let the kids make up some scrapbooks of pretty pictures and take them to a hospital children’s ward.
Or, glue the bigger pictures onto some poster board and cover with clear sticky plastic covering. They will last a long time for just a few cents each.
GIFT CERTIFICATE SAVINGS
A friend of mine gets clothing certificates every year for Christmas and waits until the stores put all the winter items on sale for at least 50% to 75% off. Then she goes shopping. Her gift money goes a lot further and she gets a pretty good lift to her wardrobe this way.
DON’T DO AND SAVE
Don’t buy convenience foods when you can make it yourself. Sure it’s easy to stop and buy a frozen pizza for $6 to $8, but you can make it yourself for about $3. With money so tight, you need to stretch those dollars any way you can.
I use the crockpot a lot this time of year for stews, soups and casseroles. Some are finished off with noodles or dumplings — or I may bake a batch of biscuits as part of the dish. They all are good stretchers.
When I do make a meat dish like stir fry, I always double or triple the vegetables and then serve it over hot rice. Any extra’s go in the freezer in individual servings for other meals.
SPEAKING OF EGG CARTONS…
As always, if you have tips or ideas to share, email them to me at [email protected]. Please be sure to mention the Farm And Livestock Directory.
VALENTINE from VALENTINE
They will get a valentine from VALENTINE, Nebraska!
Note from Pennywise:
As always, if you have tips or ideas to share, send them to me at Pennywise, Box 518, Kadoka, SD 57543 or better yet, email me at [email protected].
P.S.: Please be sure to mention the "Farm And Livestock Directory" when you respond!