Monday, September 29, 2014

7 Frugal Things I Did and Did Not Do in September

I’m taking my cue from other frugal bloggers and posting a list of the little things I did in September month to save money. Some of these things may be big. Most are small. They all add up.


7 Ways I Saved Money in September


1. Created my first eBay auction. I’m better at buying on eBay than going through with the idea of selling my extra stuff. I finally did it. Please check out my eBay auction here and let me know how I’m doing in this brave new world of selling things on eBay.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pumpkin Danish Kringle

 It has been a lousy week. First, I flooded the upstairs bathrooms, master bedroom, and kitchen when I turned the water back on after trying to fix a leaky shower faucet.
pumpkinkringle


Monday, September 22, 2014

Top 23 Tailgating Supplies for the Perfect Football Tailgate Party

Fall means football and football means it is time to tailgate before, during, and after the game!

Like in many parts of the country, tailgating in Columbus is an art form. It is always fun to walk the parking lots before an Ohio State game to people watch because Buckeye fans go all out. It isn’t unusual to see a motor home painted with an elaborate Ohio State paint job that people use just for tailgating. That's way Tailgater Magazine ranked Ohio State number 8 on its Top 20 Tailgate Colleges this year.




Especially when getting tickets to an OSU game is hard because the games sell out quickly and on the rare chance tickets are available they cost crazy money!

My Top 23 Tailgating Must Haves

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to Dehydrate Fresh Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a staple in my kitchen. So much so that I usually buy more than one container when I go grocery shopping.

Well wouldn't you know it, the one time I buy three containers of fresh mushrooms, we can't go through all of them before they take a turn toward iffy. And if you know your mushrooms, iffy turns into compost fodder real quick.




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

6 Frugal I Did and Did Not Do in August

When you write about budgeting and saving money as much as I do, sometimes people get this reputation for being an extreme cheapskate and not spending any money at all. 

So. Not. True.

My shoe closet is proof of that.

I’m taking my cue from other frugal bloggers and posting a list of ways we saved and spent extra money. Some of these things may be big. Most are small. They all add up.



Six Money Saving Things I Did In August

Monday, September 1, 2014

Ruben Eggrolls - Only in Cleveland

Earlier this month, I performed with my marching band in Cleveland.  It was one of the best experiences of my life!

Since I was staying in Pierogi Central, my plan was to stuff my face with delicious comfort food pierogi until I burst. When in Rome, right?

Well, the band changed all that.  Since we were putting together a field show in three days with band members from 19 states and three countries (some who never marched in a US marching band type show either) food breaks and restaurants were not always under my control. No biggie. I think. I'm sure I can start My Cleveland Pierogi Pig Out when we go to the band sponsored hors d'oeuvresy dinner after rehearsal.

Surely Cleveland pubs serve pierogi ?  Um, no. Not exactly. I was introduced to another crazy Cleveland food phenomenon: The Reuben Egg Roll.


The Reuben Egg Roll. Only in Cleveland folks. Only in Cleveland.


I grabbed a couple of egg rolls from the buffet figuring it was a safe lactose free food. Besides, I like egg rolls despite the fact I try to avoid deep fried food. Imagine my surprise of finding corned beef and sauerkraut in my egg roll instead of Asian vegetable goodness.  

It is awfully taste too. 

I wonder how I can make them at home. Do you know?

Update: 9/4/2014: Thanks to reader DocWyldeCard we have a link to a Ruben Egg Roll recipe, you can find it here.  





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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

22 Doctor Who Party Food and Beverages

It is better than New Year’s. Better than your birthday – almost. The day is right up there with Christmas (because we usually get a special episode) – it is Doctor Who Day!

22doctorwhofooddrinkrecipes


For those of you who don’t know your Who, Doctor Who is a British science fiction show about a Time Lord named The Doctor who travels through time and space in his ship the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) which looks like a Police Box and saves the universe from bug eyed monsters. Doctor Who ran from 1963 to 1989. The show  took a little break until they made a Doctor Who TV movie in 1996. The BBC brought Doctor Who back in 2005 and I celebrated it with the world every since.