Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Calendar Days to Celebrate in February

February 2011 Days to Add to your Calendar

February Celebrations
February is:

American Heart Month
Grapefruit Month
Library Lovers Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Black History Month
National Cherry Month - Make this easy Cherry Top Cake recipe


February Weekly Celebrations

Jell-o Week Feb. 6 - 12
National Secondhand Wardrobe Week Feb. 13 - 19


Celebrate These Days in February

2 - Groundhog Day
4 - Bubble Gum Day
4 - Wear Red Day
6 - Super Bowl XLV - Spinach Dip Recipe and How to Make Hot wings Video
12 - Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
14 - Clean Out Your Computer Day
14 - Valentine's Day - Lots of articles, crafts and recipes
15 - National Gum Drop Day
19 - Chocolate Mint Day
20 - Clam Chowder Day
21 - Presdidents Day
22 - George Washington's Birthday
24 - National Chili Day
28 - National Tooth Fairy Day

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Life

Life Poem by Anne Campbell




Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Vintage Cards, Quotes and Bible Verses

I love old cards and graphics and thought I would use both these today to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving along with some quotes and Bible Verse.




"Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude." 
~ E.P. Powell~

"He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart."
~J.A. Shedd~

"Without Thy sunshine and Thy rain
We could not have the golden grain;
Without Thy love we'd not be fed;
We thank Thee for our daily bread."
~Anonymous~

Ah! on Thanksgiving day....
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?
~John Greenleaf Whittier~

On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. 
~William Jennings Bryan~

It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for.  He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire.  Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient.  But a thankful heart hath a continual feast. 
 ~W.J. Cameron~

Forever on Thanksgiving Day
The heart will find the pathway home.
~Wilbur D. Nesbit~

O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
~William Shakespeare

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. 
~Author Unknown~

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
~Author Unknown~

But whether we have less or more,
Always thank we God therefor.
~Author Unknown~

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. 
~Melody Beattie~

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. 
~W.T. Purkiser ~

Psalm 100
"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."

1 Chronicles 29:11-13
Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How to Cook a Thrifty Thanksgiving Dinner


Here are a few tips and ideas for making your Thanksgiving dinner tasty but thrifty. Lots of families are having financial hard times in this economy and get depressed or just saddened by not being able to put out a spread of food and decorations like they see in magazines, television cooking shows and even blogs. But in reality all you need is a thankful heart for what you do have. But we all still want a nice dinner for our family and friends and here are some tips for you. I will do a price low down at the end of the post.

1. Chicken instead of turkey - Who says you have to eat turkey for Thanksgiving I have had chicken lots of times on Thanksgiving day. You can buy a whole chicken and roast it.
2. Easy Mashed potatoes - If you have potatoes just peel and quarter them up and add to water to boil until tender. Then add salt and pepper to taste, butter and milk ( I have used water) and mash them with a masher or the back of a fork. Ready to serve. You can even buy a can of potatoes and use those for mashed if you need to.
3. Canned vegetables such as green beans and corn. You don’t have to make a green bean casserole.
4. For sweet potatoes you can buy a can of yams and bake them with a little brown sugar over the top and if you have any you can sprinkle some marshmallows on top and brown them in the oven.
5. Cranberry Sauce - Yes, I am going to suggest the canned type, this is the only kind my dad will eat.
6. Bread - For bread you can make your own rolls, biscuits or cornbread. You can always buy a pack of the brown and serve rolls if you are not good at bread baking.
7. Desserts - This is where a lot of the expense comes in for large dinners and most of the time it is not all eaten anyway where so much is cooked at the same time. Pick 1 or 2 desserts your family likes and make it. You can use store bought cake mix and icing for a cake and you can use a store bought pie crust and filling for a pie.

For decorations have the kids make paper turkeys or hand print turkeys. Put a pretty table cloth out, a clean sheet also works fine for a table cloth, I have a curtain panel I use sometimes as my table cloth. I don’t use a center piece during dinner because we like to have room to eat so I don’t worry about that or name tags we just sit where we want, but you could make simple place setting name tags from paper cut in leaf shapes and write the name on it.


The main thing on the decorating is to have your home clean. Clean and simple are better for the family and allow people to enjoy themselves without worrying about lots of decorations that they are afraid to touch.


The price for the dinner - These are based on the grocery store in my area in 2010.
1 whole chicken - about 4.00
1 canned corn .39
1 canned green beans .39
1 can yams - 1.29
1 cranberry sauce canned - .99
1 pack brown and serve rolls - .99
1 Cake Mix - .89
1 cake icing - .99
1 pie crust - .99
1 can pie filling - 1.49



How do you have a thrifty Thanksgiving?


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The Homemaker's Creed from Betty Crocker

I found this vintage Homemaker's Creed from Betty Crocker on the Vintage Apron Strings blog and wanted to share it with you. It is in one of the vintage cookbooks. I will have to look through my collection but I don't think I have this one. What do you think about it? I think it is a keeper to print out and put in your homemaking notebooks.


I believe homemaking is a noble and challenging career.

I believe homemaking is an art requiring many different skills.

I believe homemaking requires the best of my efforts, my abilities and my thinking.

I believe home reflects the spirit of the homemaker.

I believe home should be a place of peace, joy and contentment.

I believe no task is too humble that contributes to the cleanliness, the order, the health, the well being of the household.

I believe a homemaker must be true to the highest ideals of love, loyalty, service and religion.

I believe home must be an influence for good in the neighborhood, the community, the country.

Click on the image and it will come out to full size and you can print it out.
 
 

For lots of great recipes and tips about scratch cooking and frugal living, take a look at the Dining On A Dime Cookbook here! You'll find almost 500 pages of very helpful information to help you learn to work all kinds of magic in the kitchen!

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Video Clip

A little clip from Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving

Tips for Cooking Turkeys

I have put together a few links to some great information on cooking your turkey for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Lots of helpful information such as thawing turkeys, how long to cook them, brining a turkey and lots more.




Savory Herb Rub Roasted Turkey
Get answers to questions on preparation methods, cooking time and turkey alternatives.

Turkey Cooking Tips

How To Roast Turkey - Turkey Roasting Hints and Tips

Lots of Turkey Cooking Tips

Let's Talk Turkey—A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey

It would be helpful to put the cooking times and information such as that in a homekeeping notebook or recipe binder so you will not have to look it up each year.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe

This is the recipe we use for making homemade playdough

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons oil
2 cups boiling water

I mix the flour, salt, pie spice and cream of tartar together and then add the boiling water and stir and then add the oil. Mix good and let it cool before letting the kids play with it. Store in a plastic bag sealed or anthing that will keep the air out so the dough will not dry out.

To make just regular homemade play dough somply leave out the pie spice.

Fun with the Kids

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts and Snacks for Kids

These are links and ideas to some of the Thanksgiving things we have made this week.

Make a Turkey with Leaves

Indian Corn Wall Hanging - We really liked this one, if you don't have paint to use you can use markers or crayons.

Oreo Turkey Snack - You could use any brand of sandwich cookie for these.

Mini Indian Corn Snack - You could use a coffee filter cut down for the corn shuck.

How to Make a Simple Teepee Village

We also made a teepee village by turning sugar cones upside down and spreading icing on them and putting candies on them to look like little teepees.

We made our Thankful Chain by simply cutting construction paper strips in fall colors and writing something we are thankful for and adding it to the chain.

My daughter decorated a small Christmas tree for a Fall tree with a strand of artificial leaves and pumpkin pie scented ornaments made from pumpkin pie scented play dough that she cut into acorn and leaf shapes and let them dry.

We also made weaved placemats from construction paper.

I made a Happy Fall banner by just cutting circles out of orange construction paper and printing the letters in a pretty font and cutting them out and gluing to the construction paper and simply taped them up over the window. It is pretty but nothing fancy.

If you see a craft that you would like to make and don't have all the fancy papers or things that the crafter used just look around your home and see what you have that can be used instead. That is one of the skills that a homemaker needs and that that is to be able to use what you have.

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Video on How to Roast a Turkey

This is a great video on how to roast a turkey.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thanksgiving Ideas for Sunday School

Preschool Sunday School Thanksgiving Craft Ideas By Denise Oliveri

Making Thanksgiving crafts is a great way to bring your preschool Sunday school class together and teach the values that Thanksgiving stands for. You can choose to make beautiful color pages to display on the wall, or make pilgrims from tissue paper rolls. There are tons of fun crafts available. Consider that any project you choose for a preschool class should not include small parts or require sharp objects. There are many categories of Thanksgiving crafts as well. You can choose from decorations for the wall or window, table decorations, or just crafts to display throughout the house.

If you want to focus on table decorations, you might use place setting cards, napkin rings, or even place mats. You could choose to make a different craft each week so students would have a complete setting by the big day. Some great crafts used in years past were the photo napkin ring and the turkey place mat. These items can be laminated and saved as keepsakes or used for a few years. It is always fun to pull out crafts from years back and show kids what they did.

Another fun idea is to make a life size Pilgrim. Let the children trace themselves on paper and then decorate the cutout with construction paper to be Indians or Pilgrims. You can make hats, clothes, belts, and even moccasins out of different color construction paper for a true Thanksgiving effect. Make a whole village on the wall for decoration with the children's look alike. Include a tee pee and you have a mural of Thanksgiving fun.

Turkey crafts are probably the most popular, for this holiday season. There are turkeys made from paper plate, leaves, and even toilet paper rolls. You can use leaves to make the feathers of this fun animal or use multicolor feathers you can find at the local craft store. One fun craft idea is to use children's hands for a cut out template. In this fun craft, you can trace and cut out the child's hand to use as the turkey body, draw in eyes, and add feet to make the turkey complete.

There are many other fun crafts for kids to enjoy as well. Consider making a Thanksgiving wreath for the front door. You can use a paper plate and cover it with leaves; real or fake it does not matter. Or make a pretty tissue box for the bathroom covered in colored thanksgiving pictures.

Search the Internet or crafts books, and you are sure to find fun for children for all ages. There are even books to buy that list hundreds of fun Sunday school Thanksgiving crafts. Whichever craft you choose, you are sure to have fun and find plenty to be thankful for.

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Thanksgiving Recipes

Basic Thanksgiving Recipes
by Jill Cooper
http://www.livingonadime.com/

For those of you just need just the basic side dishes and desserts for your Thanksgiving dinner, here they all are in one spot:



Mashed Potatoes

5 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk

In a large saucepan, place potatoes and enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender (about 10-15 minutes depending on your altitude). Drain. Transfer potatoes to a mixing bowl and mash. I use a hand mixer for this but you can use a potato masher. Add butter, milk, sugar and salt. Beat until smooth. Serves 5-6.



Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla

Topping
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup pecans
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup butter, melted

Mix all the ingredients and put in a buttered 9x9 casserole dish. Sprinkle on topping. Bake uncovered at 350° for 20 minutes. This is a great dish for holiday dinners and potlucks because it can be made the day before and then baked the next day. Serves 8-9.

Grandma Tatum's Stuffing

I have hesitated about including our stuffing recipe because it is one of those recipes where it is hard to give exact measurements. This year, I have finally decided to try. You can adjust any of these ingredients to suit your taste and if you want, you can add different things to the dish. For example, you can replace some of the bread with cornbread or you can add mushrooms, celery, apples, or giblets and many other things according to your own taste. This is one of those recipes that looks complicated but is really easy once you make it.

Here is the basic recipe:


8-10 cups dried bread, cubed or torn (You can use anything including hot dog buns, dinner rolls or French bread.)
1/2-1 lb. pork sausage
1/2-1 onion (or onion powder to taste)
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups broth*
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/4-1/2 cup margarine
3 heaping tsp. ground sage
1 small bag or box of seasoned croutons
Salt and pepper

Cube and tear bread in a very large mixing bowl and let set out overnight if not dry enough. Fry sausage and onion. I don't like celery in my dressing but if you do you can add it at this time. Drain and add to the bowl of bread. Pour broth into a large measuring cup. Add margarine and bouillon cube and heat in the microwave to melt margarine and bouillon cubes. Pour this mixture and eggs over bread. Add sage, salt, pepper and onion powder if not using onions and croutons. Using your hands, mush it all together until well mixed. Place in a well greased casserole dish or pan. Cover. Bake at 350° for 30-45 minutes.


If you like your stuffing soft on the inside with a crispy crust, just remove the cover for the last 15 minutes. If your dressing seems too dry, add a little milk for more moisture.

*For broth, I simmer the neck and giblets in a pan of water for an hour or two as soon as I take them out of the turkey. Then I use this water and some broth from my turkey, which has been cooking, to make my 1 1/2 cups.



Turkey Gravy

3-4 cups turkey juices/drippings
1/4 cup flour
Salt and pepper (to taste)

Pour turkey juices/drippings into a sauce pan. Whisk in flour. Add salt and pepper. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring once in a while until it is the right consistency.

If the gravy is too strong or you need to stretch it just a little, you can add a small amount of water.

Another way I used to make the gravy (either way works) is to dissolve the flour into a half cup of cold water and then whisk it into the turkey juices.



Pie Crust

3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/4 cups shortening, cold
1 egg, cold
1 Tbsp. vinegar, cold
5 Tbsp. water, cold
sugar

Mix flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives (I use my fingers). Add egg, vinegar and 3 tablespoons water. Mix lightly. If dough is too dry, add more water. Mix with hands. Don't over mix. Mix just until the dough sticks together.

Divide into thirds. Roll out to make 3 pies crusts. When using the crust for the top of the pie, sprinkle sugar on top and poke with a few steam holes. Crust can be frozen in balls and then defrosted and rolled out when ready to use. Makes 3 crusts.



Pumpkin Pie

1 pie crust
2 eggs
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk

Bake pie crust at 350° for 1-2 minutes until crust starts to puff with small bubbles. Watch carefully. Then remove from oven. Blend all ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into pie crust and bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 350° for 45 minutes. When a knife is inserted into the center of the pie and comes out clean, it is done. Makes one pie.



Pecan Pie

1 stick butter
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt
1 1/4 cups pecans, chopped
1 (8-9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Brown butter in a pan until golden brown. Do not burn. Cool. Add other ingredients in order given in a separate bowl. Mix well. Blend in cooled butter well. Pour into pie crust. Bake 10 minutes at 425° and then 40 minutes at 325°. Makes one pie.



Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam are frugal living experts and the authors of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Dining On A Dime will help you save money on groceries and get out of debt, by cooking quick and simple homemade meals. For free tips and recipes visit http://www.livingonadime.com/

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How to Make Gobble Good Casserole Recipe and Craft

Turkey Recipe Craft
By: Monica Resinger
http://homemakersjournal.com/

This would make a cute hostess gift. It's also a fun and easy craft for kids to
do.

Materials:
small brown paper bag
orange and yellow construction paper
6" piece of tan yarn index card
magazine page with dark brown colors on it
1 cup rice
brown acrylic paint
small piece of sponge
stapler or glue
black marker
hole punch
newspaper

For the body, cut off the top half of the small brown paper bag and save for use
later. Put the 1 cup rice in the bottom half then bring the top of the bag
together and to a point then staple at that point. The bag should now be stapled
closed so the rice will not come out. Put a small puddle of brown paint on a few
layers of newspaper. Dip the small sponge into the puddle of paint then pat on
the newspaper to take off excess paint. Now, dab the sponge all over the bag
with the rice in it.

For the wings, take the top half of the bag and cut it at each side so you end
up with two pieces the same size. Dab these pieces with the sponge and brown
paint on one side as you did for the bag with the rice in it. Let dry. Fold
these two pieces accordion style then staple one end together so you have a
small fan. Now staple or glue one fan to each side of the 'body'.

For the legs, cut two 1/2" X 8" pieces of construction paper. For the feet, draw
two 2" cup shapes with three 1/2" toes and cut them out. Staple one foot to one
end of each leg, then glue top of the legs to the bottom of the `body'. For the
tail, cut the brown colored magazine page to a 5" X 7" rectangle then fold into
a fan and staple as you did for the wings. Glue or staple the tail to the back
of the `body'.

For the head, cut out a 4" light bulb shape from the orange construction paper.
The head is the bigger part of the light bulb and the neck is the smaller part.
Cut a 1" X 2" diamond from the yellow construction paper and fold in half the
long way for the beak. Glue the back of one folded side to the head in the
middle in beak position.

With the marker, draw on two eyes above and on the sides of the beak. You can
also color in a red tongue with a red marker or crayon inside the beak if you'd
like.

Now your turkey should be finished all that's left to do is attach the recipe.
On the index card, write the following recipe:

Gobble-Good Turkey Casserole

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 package onion soup mix
1 cup rice
1 1/2 cups milk
2 or 3 cups leftover turkey

Combine all ingredients in a large casserole dish. Bake covered 45 minutes at
350*. Punch a hole in the left corner of the recipe with right side facing.
Thread the tan yarn through the hole, then tie around the neck of the turkey and
secure with a knot. This turkey looks really cute sitting on a shelf with legs
dangling in the kitchen.

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Thanksgiving Journal Printable Free

This is a simple Thanksgiving Journal you can print out for the kids to do.


Print this free pdf printable Thanksgiving Journal




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How to Make Pumpkin Cupcakes Video

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tips for a Thrifty Thanksgiving from Jill Cooper



Thanksgiving for Less
by Jill Cooper
http://www.livingonadime.com/

It's really hard to find ways to save on your Thanksgiving dinner
because, let's face it -- It doesn't get a whole lot cheaper than a
turkey dinner! Still, I have found some ways that you can save and
today I'll pass them on to you! ;-)


For starters, the larger turkeys are usually cheaper, so buy the
largest one you can. I hear some of you groaning now about what to
do with all those leftovers because you really don't need a 22 lb.
turkey for 6 people. Not to worry -- just don't bake the whole
thing.

I discovered one year by accident that my butcher (at a regular
national chain grocery store) would cut it in half for me. Even if
it is frozen he can still do it. This discovery really changed my
life. (That sounds dramatic, but I was really having a problem
becoming "one" with my turkeys.) I suddenly had the revelation that
I didn't have to deal with mounds of leftover turkey that haunted
my post Thanksgiving menu for years. I had just enough for a good
old turkey sandwich and some soup. I mean Thanksgiving really isn't
Thanksgiving without a few leftovers, is it?

It was so much easier to handle and prepare an 11 lb. turkey rather
than to man handle a 22 lb. one. Getting it cleaned and into the
pan was a breeze and in and out of the oven was just plain simple.

Just wrap the other half and freeze it to use for Christmas. I've
often made ham for Christmas just because by Christmas we are so
sick of turkey that we don't want to think of preparing another one
-- ever! By not creating so many leftovers, your family might not
mind having turkey again. That's also potentially one less thing to
buy for Christmas dinner.

Another way to save is by making your own pies instead of buying
the expensive pre-made ones. If you are daunted by the thought of
making pie crust, just buy a ready made one. They are usually on
sale for very little around Thanksgiving. It really isn't that hard
to make the filling for most pies. Often they are easier to make
than a cake or cookies. If you like the traditional pumpkin pie,
most cans have the recipe on the back.

If your family and friends aren't fussy about having the
traditional, then you can make banana cream, chocolate, or
butterscotch pie. Just take a box of banana pudding, mix it up and
pour it into a baked pie crust. Cover with sliced bananas and
whipped topping. For the chocolate pie use chocolate pudding with
chocolate chips in it and cover it with whipped topping. For the
butterscotch use butterscotch pudding, whipped topping and sprinkle
with butterscotch chips. My mouth is watering just thinking about
it!

You also don't have to make so many pies that you could open a
bakery. I have found that most kids are just as happy with a
platter of cookies. Don't overdo it. You'll just wear yourself out!
If you have time, make the cookies in the shapes of pumpkins and
turkeys.

Save on your relish dish. Buying ingredients for a relish dish can
get expensive, especially where we live. One year I paid more for
my relish dish items than my turkey. If you're having this problem,
only use 3-4 veggies on it instead of 10 and cut out on the more
expensive veggies. For example broccoli and cauliflower are very
high priced for us so I would probably use carrots and celery. I
fill the celery with cheese or peanut butter or cut them into fancy
shapes. On this occasion, the turkey is the star and most people
won't even notice that you cut back on the relish dish.

Don't make so many side dishes-- Like I said the turkey, gravy and
mashed potatoes are above all else. By the time everyone stuffs
themselves on those, they only eat a token amount of the side
dishes. Why? ---Because of course everyone wants to save room for
dessert!!!!!

Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam are frugal living experts and the
authors of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Dining On A Dime will
help you save money on groceries and get out of debt, by cooking
quick and simple homemade meals. For free tips & recipes visit
http://www.livingonadime.com/