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Salsa and Sausages

Salsa and Sausages

  The last few weeks have been fun in world-of-Anne.  If you follow me on twitter, which you absolutely should, you will know that I got a fancy new phone this week. I'm still figuring out how to use it, and how to type without a million errors, but hey, it's pretty slick. I also made a ton of mango salsa, my spouse made some delicious sausages from scratch, we made bacon (from scratch, so yummy!), we had friends come to visit and this long weekend my parent's are coming to visit. … [Read More...]

Easy Meals to Take to Families

Easy Meals to Take to Families

  Awhile back, I wrote a rather long post on Tips for Taking Meals to Grieving and Celebrating Families.  It has a LOT of good info in it, if I don’t say so myself.  That said, coming up with meal ideas that are a good fit can be tricky, especially if you don’t want to [...]

Grocery Costs in North American Infographic and Cash Giveaway

Comparing Grocery Costs Coast to Coast & CASH #Giveaway

    Have you ever wondered how your grocery costs compare to grocery costs in other places? Well, over at Money Propeller, I have an infographic showing the cost of the same basket of goods in 12 different locales across North America!  It’s very interesting stuff. Head over there to check out the infographic AND [...]

A Fun and Simple Gift Idea

A Fun and Simple Food Gift

  One of my coworkers was munching on a ziploc bag full of goldfish the other day, which led to a conversation about how it has been forever since I ate goldfish. (It also made me think of C.J. from the West Wing.) It turns out that his partner was going away for two weeks [...]

Inglorious Vegetables and Infants

Inglorious Vegetables and Infants

Happy Friday, y’all! Stop by Debt Free Guys to read my interview as part of their Money Masters series! This week I watched this awesome video by the French supermarket Intermarché. It tells the story of how they repurposed not-pretty vegetables that used to be discarded by wholesalers, reducing food waste. Yay! Tonight I am [...]

Bingo Board with Photos as a Gift

Bingo Board with Photos as a Gift

Bingo Board With Photos As A Gift Bingo is a great fun hobby, whether played in a hall, online or with your own game at home. If you know a bingo-head, why not make them a fun, personalised bingo board as a gift? To do this, you’ll need plenty of photos of your gift receiver, [...]

The Many Types of Pearls

The Many Types of Pearls

The Many Types of Pearls Akoya pearls are prized for their stunning rich color and luster, and are typically a symbol of beauty and elegance. Akoya pearls — which come from Japan’s akoya oysters –are on of the most popular pearl types on the market. They grow between 3 to 10mm, and naturally come in [...]

7 Gift Ideas for Little Gardeners

7 Gift Ideas for Little Gardeners

Little minds need nurturing for optimal growth.  Curiosities grow into lifelong hobbies and careers with a bit of help and guidance.  Kids who like to work with the earth become farmers, rural workers, and home gardeners. If you know a little person who likes to work in the dirt, consider the following seven gift ideas [...]

A Pampering Gift  Basket for Busy Moms

Pampering Gift Basket for a Busy Mom

When spoiling the busy moms in your life for Mothers’ Day, one of the easiest ways to make a big impression, on a not-so-big budget,  is to put together a bespoke gift basket. Since you can customize the contents to your gift recipient’s tastes, it will feel more special and thoughtful than more traditional options [...]