September 25th from 5pm to 8pm Cold Stone Creamery is giving away free 3 oz. servings of ice cream. This is their annual support of The Make A Wish Foundation and is a very wonderful ting indeed!
The Make-A-Wish Foundation chose two children to create the flavors that are being given away. 10-year-old Emily's concoction is made from Nutter Butter ice cream mixed with yellow cake, Kit Kat and white chocolate chips. 9-year-old Jack's creation consists of Marshmallow ice cream mixed with Oreo cookies, chocolate chips and fudge. Both sound delicious.
Please come out and support The Make A Wish Foundation and enjoy truly delicious (and free!) icecream. Cold Stone Creamery is asking customers to make a donation to Make A Wish.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A few simple things you can do to help save gas when you drive!
The best way to save gas, according to The Auto Club of Southern California, is to drive smooth and even. Basically this means, leave your lead foot (if you have one, that is,) at home because that lead foot can waste 20% to 40% of your fuel economy.
Check your gas cap. About 17% of cars have missing, broken or loose-fitting gas caps. This can cause gas to evaporate.
Check Your Tires. Under inflated tires can cost a mile or two per gallon.
Check Your Spark Plugs. A dirty spark plug can cause misfiring, which wastes fuel.
Check Your Air Filter. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.
Slow Down. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60mph.
Avoid carrying unneeded heavy items. An extra 100 pounds can cut fuel efficiency by a percent or two.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Start a babysitting swap with neighbors or friends. Take turns watching the each other's kids on a Saturday night so you can have a date night. Even a date night at home can be fun especially if the kids are gone. A nice dinner with your favorite food, a walk by the beach or just around the neighborhood without kids can be relaxing and romantic, even a drive about town with a stop at an ice cream parlor can be fun when it's just the grown-ups. When it's your turn to watch the kids, keep the night inexpensive as well with homemade pizza and easy entertaining games like charades.
Monday, September 8, 2008
When it comes to insurance, whether it be life, home or car insurance, the best way to save money is to research, shop and compare. You want to get the best price for the specific insurance needs you have, such as Caravan Insurance if you enjoy camping and caravanning, or boating insurance if you love boating. Different people will have different needs and requirements when it comes to insurance, but by going online and shopping around, you can easily get quotes for the insurance coverage you need, and thus get the affordable coverage that fits your budget and lifestyle.
This delicious black bean casserole is inexpensive and can be prepared ahead and frozen for later.
1 pound dried black beans
1 tablespoon salt, plus more to taste
1 large onion, 1/2 roughly chopped and 1/2 thinly sliced
6 sprigs cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (approximately)
3 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
10 corn tortillas
frozen or canned corn (about 2 medium cans should be enough)
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1/2 bunch cilantro, stems removed, roughly chopped
freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 jalapeno peppers, sliced crosswise (optional--just adds extra spice if desired..with kids, maybe not a good idea)
Place beans, cilantro sprigs, salt, and chopped onion in a large pot and cover with plenty of water. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 1 1/2 -2 hours. Add water as necessary. For a shortcut, you can always use cans of black beans and add onion and salt and simmer for about 20 minutes or so to get flavors blended.
Place beans and some of the liquid from the pot into a blender and puree.
Heat oil in a skillet as beans are cooking. Saute sliced onion about 4-5 minutes until softened.
Layer a buttered casserole cooking dish with a layer of zucchini, corn tortillas, corn, sauteed onion, and bean puree,layer of cheese, and layer of chopped cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.
Continue layering this way until dish is full. Garbish top with cheese, jalapenos and black olives if desired.
Cook in preheated oven @ 350 degrees for one hour.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Consumer Reports has published it's list of 25 Simple Ways To Save Money..have you checked it yet? If not, it is worth taking a look at. Here are some of the money-saving tips they list:
Use the cold water wash when doing laundry and save about $60 a year;
Use the stand by or hibernating feature on your computer to save about $75 a year;
Plug electronics into a power strip so that you can turn them all off at once;
Don't overload the dryer. Clothes will take longer to dry, and they'll come out wrinkled. When the weather is warm, line dry.
Install a high-efficiency showerhead. It will reduce hot water use by up to 50 percent.
To read all 25 money-saving tips, click here.
It is hot hot hot where we live right now. But if we keep our air conditioning on all day, we will have a bill that will need a second mortgage to pay,lol. A solution to beat the heat and save some money and electricity is to get a bucket of cold water and soak your feet! This will not only cool your heels, but will cool off your whole body after a few minutes of soaking. Your air conditioner will thank-you for the time off, your electric bill will look better, and you really will feel cooler and refreshed. And when you start feeling hot again, just fill up the bucket and sit a bit. The kids can do this too--they'll love it!