Archives for June 2013

The Benefits of Couple Friendships

Do you and your husband have “couple friends” (i.e., couples you and your spouse socialize with as a couple)? When was the last time you spent time with them? I’ve always appreciated the couple friendships my husband and I have. We enjoy hanging out with our couple friends and we share … [Read more...]

Sloppy Joe Macaroni & Cheese

No, you’re not experiencing déjà vu. This is indeed another variation of homemade macaroni and cheese! Unlike the Italian and Mexican varieties I’ve already shared, this version contains meat. Like the other varieties, this version is delicious, easy to prepare, and affordable. Ingredients 3 … [Read more...]

Frugal TIPbits: Ways to Salvage Bruised Fruit

Sometimes it’s a rogue apple that rolls off the counter onto the tile floor. Sometimes it’s a carefully selected peach that is carelessly bagged by a supermarket cashier. Sometimes it’s a forgotten plum that becomes squashed in the back of the produce drawer. Whatever the cause, bruised pieces of … [Read more...]

It’s the Little Things About Summer

Summer 2013 officially begins today! It’s the little things about summer that gladden my heart and put a smile on my face. Going barefoot. I’ve set my feet free from their shoes. I can feel cool grass tickle them and moist soil give way to their prints. Not only does this feel great, but there’s … [Read more...]

Easy Tortellini Tomato Soup

All of us need a few quick, easy-to-prepare recipes in our repertoires. This is one of those recipes. I came up with it several weeks ago when we were low on groceries and I needed to quickly prepare a meal. Surprisingly, we enjoyed the result so much that I put it on our menu for this … [Read more...]

Common Housekeeping Conundrums: Rust in Bathtubs and Sinks

My husband and I purchased our house last year. A new bathtub was installed by the previous owner right before we made the purchase. Unfortunately, during the short time the house stood vacant before we moved in, a spot of rust developed in the tub where some water had pooled around the … [Read more...]

Countering TV Commercials’ Portrayal of Dads as Incompetent

It’s common to see TV commercials portray dads as blundering and inept. The following commercials for Eggo Waffles and T-Mobile are examples. Though an uncritical perusal of these ads may provoke laughter, are they all in good fun or could they be harmful? Let’s consider this question in … [Read more...]

Mexican Tomato Macaroni & Cheese

After the Italian Tomato Macaroni & Cheese I made last spring turned out so well, I decided to tweak the recipe to create a Mexican version. The result was just as hearty and just as tasty. Ingredients 3 cups macaroni pasta (uncooked measure) 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup sour … [Read more...]

Rampant Reusing: Books

I would not arbitrarily encourage someone to destroy books (you can read here about various ways to get rid of books you no longer want or need). However, if you’ve decided to get rid of some books and you want to create something new with them, there are some really awesome options. These would be … [Read more...]

Shedding Light on Sunscreens

In our area, winter took its time transitioning into spring. Now it’s finally warmed up and we are spending more time outdoors. Subsequently, we need to take steps to protect our skin from the sun. What harm can the sun do to skin? Ultraviolet rays from the sun, as well as from sunlamps and … [Read more...]