Archive for November, 2011

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Anybody else turned off by the consumerism that has overtaken Christmas? The last couple of years I have made a conscious effort to slow down and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season.  I’d like to share some of the resources I have used and loved.

Please note that I am sharing these resources to help you and not to stress you out.  Keep things simple.  With the exception of the last one, these things were designed to start at the beginning of December and end on Christmas. If you can’t start December 1st, that is OK!  Don’t let that stop you. Either do two lessons a day or skip a few of the lessons. I assure you the kids won’t mind. Remember the idea is to keep the focus on Christ. Don’t let it stress you out if you are “behind” or not doing it right. There is no right way to celebrate advent.

Photo Credit Dale Gillard


Free Printable Thanksgiving Day Parade Bingo Cards

Looking for something to entertain the kids while you make last minute Thanksgiving preparations?  Family Fun has  free printable Thanksgiving Day parade bingo cards.  My kids are already talking about the parade so this will be a fun addition.  Is football more your style?  They also have a football bingo game.  Between making gum drop turkeys and parade bingo, my kids are going to have a blast before the guests arrive!

Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Just $104.99 on Black Friday

Looking for a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer this Christmas?  Hop over to Passionate Penny Pincher and she’ll tell you how to score one for just $104.99 on Friday!

How to Freeze Sweet Potatoes

Did you know many consider sweet potatoes to be one of the most nutritious vegetables we eat? They are high in numerous vitamins and minerals, specifically antioxidants Vitamin A and C.  These nutrients are best absorbed with a little healthy fat.  You can read more about the nutritional content of sweet potatoes here.

Now is the time to stock up on sweet potatoes.  They are normally $.98/lb at Wal-Mart but they are currently $.28 per pound at Wal-Mart and $.25 per pound at Meijer.  In the past, Wal-Mart has kept that pricing through the holidays, so it’s not too late to get in on the deal.  I like to buy large quantities, cook them and freeze them for later.  In fact, I just picked up about 22 pounds for $6.


Free Salad Cookbook

Download your free copy of the Salads for Every Season: 25 Salads from Earthbound Farm: A Workman Short Cookbook on Amazon to your Kindle.  Not all of the recipes are allergy-friendly but they are easily adaptable.  Don’t have a Kindle? You can also dowload Kindle books to your IphonePCMac, or Blackberry.

Thanks Passionate Penny Pincher!

4 Fun Edible Crafts for Thanksgiving

Check out these fun edible turkeys!  I can’t wait to make these with my kids.

1. Gobble up Some Fruit

Fun and healthy!  This is my kind of snack.  We will definitely be making this fruit turkey this week.  You can find the instructions at Kitchen with my 3 Sons.  I love this blog!



How to Make Powdered Sucanat or Rapadura

Making powdered sucanat is easy!  Just dump a cup or so into a blender and blend for a few seconds.  Be careful not to blend it too long or your blender will get hot and the sugar will start to melt.

You can use the powdered sucanat in your favorite frosting recipe.  It works great in chocolate frosting and turns vanilla frosting into something more like yummy caramel frosting.  You will definitely want to try it in this apple cider glaze poured over gluten-free 2 ingredient pumpkin bread.

You may also enjoy this allergy-friendly Hot Fudge Cake and Dairy-Free Caramel Dip/Sauce.

Two Ingredient Pumpkin Bread with Apple Cider Glaze

After seeing a two ingredient pumpkin cake recipe using only a box of cake mix and a small can of pumpkin puree on pinterest,  I remembered that somebody mainstream makes a gluten-free cake mix now.  My wheels started spinning.  I decided to give it a try.


Whole Chickens $1.29/lb at Whole Foods One Day Sale

At Whole Foods Market, this Friday (Nov. 11, 2011), you can get whole chickens for just $1.29/lb! There’s a 10 whole chickens per person limit.  Get there early before they sell out.

Need a recipe for your whole chicken?  Try one of these:

Free Nature’s Path Product

Sign up for an account at EcoBalance and earn a coupon for a FREE Nature’s Path Product up to $5!  Nature’s Path carries quite a few Gluten-Free products including our favorite Organic Whole O’s.

Here’s how the deal works:

  1. Sign up for a free EcoBonus account and get 15 points.
  2. Fill out your profile to get another 10 points.
  3. Click on the “Like” button on the EcoBonus Facebook Page and click “Fan Rewards” on the left side bar to get a code for 25 additional points.  Redeem the code at EcoBonus by clicking “Enter Codes” at the top of the page.
  4. Your points will be “pending” but when they are available, redeem your 50 points for a free Nature’s Path product coupon.

Thanks Money Saving Mom!