Archive for November 2011

Are ‘tweens too cool to recycle? Not with this idea!

November 30, 2011

What’s that you say? Your ‘tweens are a bit too old to make that gift wrap so beloved of grandparents, the “hand prints on paper bags” idea? They wouldn’t be caught dead doing things with tempera paint and grocery sacks? Well here’s something I (almost) guarantee a bunch of ‘tweens will enjoy: Read the rest of this entry »


Resale makes my heart RACE!

November 29, 2011

Resale makes my heart raceResale, thrift, and consignment shops are my retail suppliers of choice. I would no sooner go first to a “real” store before checking out the secondhand possibilities, than I would rip up 20-dollar bills.

And not really only for budgetary reasons. Sure, a major perk of latching onto Read the rest of this entry »

Non-cook on your gift list? Everyone eats…

November 28, 2011

Just add water… the sweetest words any non-cook could hear. When you have some non-cooks on your gift list, how about something that will be truly welcome in their kitchen.

Home-concocted food mixes range from Read the rest of this entry »

Deck the Halls, Nostalgia-wise

November 27, 2011

Vintage ornaments are a great find at consignment, resale & thrift shops!My favorite treasure to hunt for, year-round, in resale shops is vintage decorations.

There’s so much you can do with them, and not just at the holidays.

A village of tiny buildings, originally nestled in cotton snow under the tree now Read the rest of this entry »

Give a child the ultimate gift: Your attention

November 26, 2011

There's nothing a child wants more than time with youWhich option do you think just about any child on your holiday gift list like:

  • Another plastic toy made in China that they’ll play with for 20 minutes and forget (imagine the earth’s resources…not to mention yours…that brought that “toy” all the way just to bore your beloved child, nephew, granddaughter…)
  • Or an hour and an activity with you that makes a memory they carry for the rest of their lives?

I think we all know Read the rest of this entry »

How to shop responsibly

November 25, 2011

Choose holiday gifts and trimmings with your heart in your hand,

not their hand in your wallet. Or their supertankers in our harbors.

Keep the light in Christmas from

Happy Thanksgiving.

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from

How to keep kids happy while the turkey’s in the oven

November 23, 2011

Kids can be poets tooIt’s a fact of life that kids get bored… especially on Thanksgiving, when they’re thrown Read the rest of this entry »

Lucky you, with no frozen fowl to face.

November 22, 2011

There’s no one luckier than the guest at Thanksgiving dinner.

No wrestling with a giant frozen fowl. No worries over whether you have the right serving dishes. (Although that’s easily solved by a quick visit to your local home decor consignment shop or NFP thrift shop!) No having to keep the kids from messing with your clean guest bath.

The request “Why don’t you just bring a nibble, dear?” used to be satisfied, when I was in college, with a grocery chain tray of raw carrots and celery. Now that I am grown-up, though, more is expected of me.

It’s got to be something easy to make. Easy to transport (it’s a family joke, the year I slammed on the brakes and 3 dozen deviled eggs ended up upside down on the floor mat.) Pretty to present. Easy for guests to nibble, and most of all, easy on the budget.

Oh, and it has to go with turkey. Enter

Mini Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Potato Quiches

Don’t they sound yummy? Here’s the recipe. I’d go these in a mini-muffin pan. You don’t want to ruin the guests’ appetites.

Photo from here, which has a fun turkey trivia quiz. Gobble it up.

Spread the news gently, if you’d rather BE than GET

November 21, 2011

Want to break the cycle of meaningless material giftsShe didn't need that silly statuette for her desk. She needed some FUN, so that's what you gave her!

and actually have fun doing something, even if it’s just a walk in the snow together, with your family and friends this Christmas? If you have gatherings planned for Thanksgiving, you could bring up the subject then.  But there is another, gentle way to say

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