• Budget Smart Girl's Guide

    Five Quick Appertizer Favorites

    I thought I’d use my last post of the year to share with you five of my favorite quick appetizers that are perfect for holiday entertaining, the New Year’s Day buffet, and perfect when you’ve eaten too much and lighter fare is all you crave- Mediterranean Herbal Cream Cheese Spread I use this recipe on crackers and sometimes cucumber slices too- (Makes ½ cup) •4 oz. cream cheese, regular or low fat •2 tablespoons chopped sundried tomatoes in oil •1 tablespoon chopped oregano •1 tablespoon chopped thyme *Remove the cream cheese from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before you plan to make this spread. Place the cream cheese in a…

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    Easy Entertaining and A Sweet Treat

    One thing I hate is trying to cook everything in one day, so over the years I’ve relied on things I can make or bake ahead of time and freeze. A favorite fall back of mine is mini quiches. They’re simple to make and you can keep them in the freezer until you throw a party or even pull out a few at a time, defrost them and they’re still perfect. This time around I used cheese and chives, dried from my herb garden. Sheet of pastry Filling 2 eggs 2/3 cup half and half Good sprinkling of salt and pepper 1/4 cup shredded cheese handful of chopped dried chives…

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    Appetizers and Quick Gift Ideas

    One thing I really dislike is serving the same appetizers every year. Deviled eggs are always a strand by but last week I thought of something a little different. Curried Veggie Eggs. 6 eggs, hard-boiled and shelled 3 tablespoons mayonnaise Sprinkling of salt and pepper 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced ½ small onion, peeled and finely diced 1 stalk celery, finely diced 2 teaspoons curry powder, more if you like more heat 1 tablespoon oil Heat the oil over medium heat in a skillet and sauté the onion, carrot and celery until lightly golden brown and soft. Add these to a bowl. Cut the eggs in half and scoop…

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    Georgine Saves In December

      Here are some tips for saving in December from Georgine- December means The Holidays. In addition to the gifts and menu items on your list, here is what will typically be on sale this festive, hustle-bustle month: Of course, you’ll find specials on toys and electronics. Be sure to check your store’s policies. If you purchase something at a higher price you may be able to return it for a price comparison if you show proof of another store’s sale price. If you see a must-have item, buy it, you can always exchange or return it at a later date (a bird in hand…). Appliances such as dishwashers, stoves, refrigerators,…

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    Two Goodies for the Holidays

    Here are a couple of recipes I rely on every Holiday season. The first one I use for gifts and also as something to snack on while I’m wrapping gifts.  (Warning, not for those on a diet!) Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread Makes about 30 cookies 2 cups all purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 2 sticks butter (at room temperature) 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped 12 squares (1 ounce each) dark chocolate, melted In a medium size bowl, stir together flour and salt. In a large bowl, use a mixer on medium speed to blend together the butter, slowly add the sugar and then the vanilla until…

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    More Gift Ideas

    Just a quick post about more gift ideas- The first three are from Partylite www.partylite.com Scent 4Me™ USB Port Diffuser and Refill Plug it in to your USB port .Available in six seasonal scents: Mulberry, Iced Snowberries™, Cinnamon & Bayberry, Vanilla Citron, Ginger Pumpkin and Spruce in the Snow™.  Includes a 2-pack diffuser fragrance, also sold separately.  $20 – includes 2-pack refill in choice of scent; 2-pack refill: $10 And I thought this was one of the cutest gifts I’ve seen this year. Great for someone who’s a new mom this year or will be next year.New Mother’s Love Tealight Holder – Mom is going to adore these hand-painted porcelain…