Leftovers? Make a Plate

“Cooking Light” had some impressive ways of using up leftovers from Thanksgiving. I was the most impressed with making ice cream out of leftover pumpkin pie!

Many times, there is only one serving left and there is not enough from which to create another dish. If you save them in teeny, tiny containers, they get lost in the refrigerator only to reappear when you need the space for a Christmas dinner.

Before cleaning up from the great feast, why not make a plate or two complete with all of the dishes. You could give the plate to your elderly next door neighbor, drop it off at a friend who is recovering from surgery, a college student, or as a lunch for a new mother.

Wrap the plate in foil and put in a freezer bag. That gives them, or you, the option of just placing it in the freezer to be enjoyed at a later date.

My TV room set up for Thanksgiving dinner.

My TV room set up for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Best Holiday Photos

It was actually a sad day because my friends were moving away. I wanted to take as many photos of them as I could, but I didn’t want to spend all of my time being the photographer.

We were at a farewell potluck for them, and I brought two pies. The kids were all playing soccer and the adults gathered around the table to visit. I moved to sit opposite of my friends and attached my new flexible legs tripod to the handle of the basket I brought the pies in.

Before I attached the camera, I shut off the flash. The room was well lit and I knew I wouldn’t need it. As we talked, joked and told stories for an hour, I occasionally snapped a series of pictures.

The camera was on automatic focus and I got several of them laughing with us. You could mount a small camera during Thanksgiving dinner and get several candid shots.

I like to use the x3 option for posed shots. It snaps 3 pictures with 10 seconds in between. We do one smiling, one crazy, and by the third shot we are usually laughing at each others antics!

Flexible legs tripod attached to the handle of a basket.

Flexible legs tripod attached to the handle of a basket.

Chocolate Raspberry Breakfast

The Christmas countdown has started with the showing of Christmas movies. They are also advertising holiday food. One of my favorites combines the flavors of chocolate and raspberries.

This week, as I was scooping up some Chocolate Malto Meal, I had an idea. Why not cool it down a bit with frozen raspberries! They are so small that they thaw quickly and I got that wonderful chocolate/raspberry flavor in every bite.

Here are two more ideas for Malto Meal.

  1. Banana Split for Breakfast, http://wp.me/pKNzn-gP
  2. Have a Hankering for Rocky Road Ice Cream? http://wp.me/pKNzn-54
Chocolate Malto Meal cooled with frozen raspberries.

Chocolate Malto Meal cooled with frozen raspberries.

Substitute Guitar Picks

Guitar #7 just entered the frugalfish household. Two moved out with my oldest son and one was donated to a mission in Africa. Why would we need another guitar? This one is electric.

When you live with guitar players you will find picks all over. It is not unusual wash them quite regularly.

When my youngest could not find a pick one day, he cut up an old ID card from college into squares. It worked great as a substitute pick.

A substitute guitar pick.

A substitute guitar pick.

Best Magazine Storage

As you can see by the first magazine, the October issue of Better Homes and Gardens, I am a little behind on my reading. I have been fighting an infection for weeks and I am a little behind on everything!

I keep my magazines in a rack in the bathroom. When new ones arrive I put them in the back of the magazine rack. Over the last year I realized I didn’t have time to read all of them each month. I am letting two subscriptions expire.

I am saving money by only ordering the ones I have time to read and I am storing none of them. The best magazine storage is to pass them on.

I made a deal with my mom because we were buying the same magazines and sharing them when we finished. I am paying the subscription for one of the duplicates and she is paying for the second.

After we both have read them, I donate them to a local nursing home. I have also donated to my favorite beauty shop and a preschool. (Call first to see if they need donations.)

I save money by purchasing only the magazines I have time to read and sharing them with my mom.

My only magazine storage.

My only magazine storage.

Proof Conditioner Cleans

The first time I washed my hair with conditioner was an accident and I was surprised that my hair did suds up.

Conditioner has some detergent in it, but it is gentle. A few weeks ago, I was having trouble rinsing some hair product out of my hair. Instead of letting the water run over it for a long time, I decided to plug the sink.

I was amazed how quickly my hair rinsed out. I started plugging the sink every time I washed my hair. The running water rinses the back and the sides while the standing water rinses the top and the ends, using less water. Saving water, saves money.

It also let me see the suds rinsed out of my hair, giving me proof that washing my hair with conditioner does clean my hair without stripping it.

The sudsy water left in my sink after I washed my hair with conditioner.

The sudsy water left in my sink after I washed my hair with conditioner.

 

No Wasted Cream

It all started when I noticed butter forming on the lip of the carton of cream. At the same time, I noticed what looked like drops of melted butter in my coffee cup. The cream was starting to separate.

There was a half a carton left and it was not near the expiration date. I got online and googled how to make butter. There were several sites with instructions.

I ended up making butter, using a clean knee-high panty hose to strain it. Later I picked up cheesecloth to use.

Homemade butter, ready to freeze.

Homemade butter, ready to freeze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t want to toss the buttermilk that was left over. I got a recipe from debtproofliving.com to make homemade buttermilk ranch dressing.

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I stored the extra dry ingredients for buttermilk ranch dressing in the freezer.

Dry ingredients for Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

Dry ingredients for Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That butter was so good, I wanted to eat it with a spoon!

Keep Planning Ahead

I had the best of intentions. I meant to decorate with apples in September and I had an elaborate October scheme based on the colors cobalt blue, pumpkin and cranberry.

I didn’t plan on spending two weeks fighting a bacterial infection and I missed October. Halloween is tomorrow!

I am not daunted because I came up with a brainstorm for my Thanksgiving decorating.

Remember that old song, “Over the River and Through the Woods?” It is actually a song about Thanksgiving. Instead of waiting for Christmas to put out my “Christmas Village,” I am going to set it out for Thanksgiving. I will not put out the figures carrying presents. The rest of it is just a winter landscape. (If it weren’t for the dust, I would leave it up until Valentine’s Day. lol)

We need to look at our finances in the same way I plan ahead for my decorating. We may miss an opportunity, but we shouldn’t stop because of it. We need to just keep plugging away and planning ahead for our next goal.

And yes…I have chosen my theme for my Christmas decorating this year! And I will have a head start on my decorating!

Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the river and thru the wood,

To grandfather’s house we go;

The horse knows the way

To carry the sleigh,

Thru the white and drifted snow, oh!

Over the river and thru the wood,

Oh, how the wind does blow!

It stings the toes,

And bites the nose,

As over the ground we go.

Over the river and thru the wood,

To have a first-rate play;

Oh, hear the bell ring,

“Ting-a-ling-ling!”

Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day-ay!

Over the river and thru the wood,

Trot fast my dappled gray!

Spring over the ground,

Like a hunting hound!

For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Apple Centerpiece.

Apple Centerpiece.

 

“No Poo?” Not For This Poodle!

2014 Birthday Card

2014 Birthday Card

 

Yesterday was my birthday and this was my favorite card!

Sometimes, with my naturally curly hair, I do feel like a poodle!

I also decided that old dogs could be taught new tricks and I tried the new “No Poo” method of washing my hair. You use 1 T. of baking soda dissolved in a cup of water to wash your hair and rinse it with apple cider vinegar.

I was less than thrilled with the results. My curly hair is dry and I decided I needed to stick with my current method of washing with conditioner, see “Once a Year ‘Wash and Wear’ Haircut”  @ http://wp.me/pKNzn-ii.

I don’t mind curls, but I hate frizz.