The Almighty Budget

I cannot stress how very important it it to have a monthly budget. When you’ve got about half an hour of time gather all your bills and your bank statement, a calendar and sit down with a pad of paper.  Write out all your bills and the dates they are due. Once you have that…

As Ye Sow Shall You Reap

“For your long winter needs you just plant a few seeds. You must get up and work, not sleep. Dig and Hoe, watch them grow, as ye sow so shall ye Reap” Porky ‘s Bear Facts. I always loved this cartoon, but more importantly when preparing for the long winter ahead it’s important to remember…

New Hampshire Weather

I’ll start with a quote; “What New England is, is a state of mind, a place where dry humor and perpetual disappointment blend to produce an ironic pessimism that folks from away find most perplexing” ― Willem Lange Where is away you ask, anywhere else of course. As the quote suggests we are used to…

Groceries without coupons

I take a somewhat different approach when grocery shopping.  I do coupon but very little.  It’s not that I don’t want to save money, I am pretty frugal after all; it’s just that the items I buy are generally not something that you would find a coupon for.  I like to make a lot of…

Spring in New Hampshire

There is still a foot of snow on the ground from our little Blizzard we had which is an improvement because we had over two not very long ago.  To look around you’d think it was still winter but there are signs of spring even if ever so slight.  I always know things are coming…

Saving Money on Insurance

I have to admit the process of getting quotes for insurance can be extremely time consuming.  I have spent a great deal of time in the last two days doing this and it was not as easy as one might hope however the pay off can be well worth it.  If you have not done…

T-Shirt Up-cycle Grocery Bag

I have a confession to make, I don’t actually consider myself “GREEN”.  I mean I recycle and I up-cycle and I use a great many organic methods in my gardening but I don’t do it because I want to save the environment (I should mind you but don’t).  The reason I do these things is…

Blizzard 2013

Nemo got us! I happen to have a picture of the house above when we had a very small snowfall. Note you can barely see the second story window and the first story bay window has snow to right under it. What a difference a day makes!

Time vs. Money

You will hear a lot of people tell you that time is money and it is, sort of. See, here is the thing: If you have a job to go to it doesn’t make much sense to take a day off unpaid to make bread, rework some of your kids clothes, clip coupons etc.  IF…

Garlic Chicken Meatball Soup

I saw a variation of this in a magazine when I recently visited the doctor’s. I don’t think this is exactly the recipe but I think it’s close enough. 1/2 pound ground chicken 1/2 pound groung pork 3 cloves fresh garlic chopped small 1 tablespoon ginger 4 carrots 2 stalks celery 2 onions 1 small…

Blizzard?

Hopefully some of the meteorologists are wrong but it looks very possible that we will be hit with blizzard like conditions here in New England on Friday of this week and it’s time to start preparing if you have not done so already.  We’ve been doing it a long time around here I know but…