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    Mini Newsletter and another recipe

    It’s been another busy week so thought as it’s leading up to a holiday weekend I’d combine this week’s recipe and article together. This time it’s sites and information I’ve had stored and bookmarked but never seem to find room in the newsletters to share it with you. New Items at Target A PR company sent with some information about the new products Target is offering called Kitchen Basics with Giada De Laurentiis. It’s a selection of items like Basil Pesto and Herb and Lemon Dipping Oil, these two items cost just $2.99 and sound perfect for summer grilling season. I haven’t tried them yet but I’m guessing they’ll make great…

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    The Blog-Create Your Own Sandwich

    I love to cook and create my own recipes and I noticed this contest sponsored by Mezzetta where creating your own sandwich recipe could net you $25,000. Here’s the link if you want to enter www.makethatsandwich.com.  Even if you don’t check out some of the recipes on the site. Some great ideas for meals during hot summer days. Some articles I found interesting on the Web this week- Five Money Rules to Break- http://finance.yahoo.com/news/5-money-rules-meant-broken-creditcards-2778398742.html?x=0 Dollar Store Beauty Finds- http://shopping.yahoo.com/articles/yshoppingarticles/629/how-to-score-amazing-dollar-store-beauty-steals/ Great Summer Clothes for under $50 http://shopping.yahoo.com/articles/yshoppingarticles/625/15-styles-under-50-well-be-wearing-all-summer-long/ Money related…sort of, and an interesting read- http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/113018/job-juggles-tightrope-nytimes This week on Budget Smart Girl-Another recipe to try and some odds and ends of things I…

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    Recipe…sort of…Chicken Parmigiana

    This week I thought I’d share one of my favorite desperation dinners with you. For those of you who run your own business or freelance, you know most days are spent marketing trying to bring in more work. Wednesday was that day for me. Most of the afternoon I tackled the task of sending out pitch ideas to editors and before I knew it, yep, it was dinnertime. I hate to even call this a recipe because it’s so easy to put together. One of my favorite treats at a local Italian restaurant is their eggplant parmigiana but it’s sometimes too time consuming for me to make at home, so this…

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    Ways to Squeeze Organic and Natural Products into Your Budget

    I have to admit I’m sold on organic products. They’re not as expensive as they once were but still can take a bit out your budget. However, I have found some ways to buy organic for less than you’d think- Grow Your Own, Farmer’s Markets etc. You’ve heard me say it many times but an easy way to eat organic foods is to grow your own. Another idea is to head to the local farmer’s market. They’re the best places to strike a deal if you buy in bulk and split the items with friends. And now that growing season is in full swing another option is to head to a farm where…

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    The Blog-Saving the Foods of Summer

    One item on my list of things to do this summer is buy extra produce and can or preserve it. Last week while I was shopping I found something to give me a gentle reminder, a book/magazine titled Canning and Preserving. Here’s a link if you want to check it out http://www.hobbyfarms.com/popular-kitchen-series/canning-preserving.aspx It costs $10.99 and if you’re new to canning or all the other methods of perserving foods (even if you’re not), it’s a great resource. After browsing through it I got the incentive to dry four pounds of strawberries and three pounds of nectarines which I hope to enjoy during winter. Next up for me, making strawberry and raspberry jams.…

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    Recipe-Carmelized Onion, Cheese and Bacon Quiche

    Here’s a recipe I created just this week from items I had in the fridge and freezer. A package of pie crusts that had been in the freezer since the holidays when I stocked up while they were on sale. Carmelized onions that I’d made from the five pound bag of Vadilla onions I bought a few weeks ago. The sweetness of the onions, the bite of the sharp cheese, plus the smokiness of the bacon combines together for a quick meal that’s easy on the budget too. It serves 4-6 and is ideal with a tossed green salad 1 ready made pie crust 4 eggs 1 cup milk (you can also use half and half too)…

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    Ten Sites Offering Freebies

    They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch but I’ve found these ten sites offering things just about anyone can use- Weight Loss If you’re trying to get in shape this summer and don’t have the money to join a weight loss program check out this site www.sparkpeople.com In Case the Computer Crashes It’s a nightmare when it happens and if you lose everything on your computer this site lets you back up all your work www.dropbox.com Just Where Did I Put That? Don’t know about you but I forget something each and every day and this site acts like your social secretary www.evernote.com Take a Class I…

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    The Blog-Save Those Receipts and Don’t Be Bashful

    When it comes to watching your pennies and getting value for your money, I couldn’t have wished for a better mentor than my late father. If he’d bought something that had a defect or didn’t live up to the hype, he had no problem returning it or phoning the company to tell them how disappointed he was with their product.  I’d often think if only I could be more like that. These days with things costing more I think it’s a necessary skill and one I put to use at the weekend. On Friday evening I bought five rolls of sod for the front yard. Yes, I should have unrolled them and checked…

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    Recipe-Gazpacho (with grilled shrimp)

    I started making this soup many years ago and I’ve gradually changed it to suit my own taste. Many recipes for this soup say you should add bread but I’ve found this one works just as well without.  I know lots of people don’t like the thought of a cold soup but this one is very refreshing on a hot summer’s day. The great thing is you get s good supply of vegetables and by adding items like tortilla chips and grilled shimp, you can turn it into a meal. It also relies on items that are in abundance and therefore lower in price during the summer months. The original…

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    Staying Cool in the Kitchen

    You’ve heard the  saying if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen? I think I know how this one got started. So far this week we’ve broken two records for high temperatures. Yesterday was officially 102 degrees with some energy sapping humidity thrown in there too. I love cooking, but on these types of days, the kitchen is the last place I want to be. It’s very tempting to just head to the nearest restaurant, but there are ways to stay cool and still enjoy a great meal in your own home. The best thing about trying to stay cool is you often save money too. Select Your…