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COUNTDOWN.
Thursday, July 01, 2010 | By bentcrazy39

14 more days until the event and it seems like my body is totally telling me ya right you're going . Chrons day today. Belly hurts. Having stress pains but hey I'm used to that. Tired took a nap and feeling kinda better. Didn't go to my Thursday night group. Just not feeling good.

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Frugal Family Fun: Indian Mounds
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | By begonia

There are literally thousands of Indian mounds in southern Wisconsin. The mounds where built long ago by indigenous people in many shapes and sizes. Some are linear or look like small round hills, while others are shaped like turtles, buffalo, jaguars, and eagles. There is even a man-shaped mound! (http://saukcountyhistory.org/manmoundpark.html )

Many state, county, and city parks and historic sites in southern Wisconsin contain mounds. If you go to see one, keep in mind that they are Native American sacred places and many were burials. Don’t walk on the mounds or dig in them. Respect them as you would a grave.

When we visit mounds as a family, we usually bring a picnic lunch and dress for hiking with stout shoes; a walking stick; and depending on the time of year, a hat and/or a jacket and sun and/or bug protection.

Some mounds are near parking areas and some require a hike. Viewing mounds in city and county parks in southern Wisconsin is free. If you want to see mounds situated in state parks, you will need to buy a day pass or an annual sticker depending on your state. Be sure that you obtain permission first if you want to see a mound that is on private land.

We recently visited one set of mounds and another that are reproductions as art near the Wisconsin River. We saw linear mounds in a wooded area (where we were nearly carried off by bloodthirsty mosquitoes) near the Battle of Wisconsin Heights site. The reproduced set of mounds are located in August Derleth Park between the small cities of Prairie du Sac and Sauk City along the Wisconsin River. (This area is also known for the number of Bald Eagles that can be viewed here year round.) We had a nice walk on paved trails along the river, interspersed with prairie restorations and lovely river views.

There are Indian Mounds in at least 34 states. Check out this website and see if there are some near you! (http://www.greatdreams.com/mounds.htm )  Begonia

  

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Frugal Family Fun: Compliments of Your Local Historical Society
Monday, May 31, 2010 | By begonia

I check the events section of my local newspaper every week for frugal things to do as a family. Subscribing to your local newspaper is a good idea. The money saved on even one or two frugal outings can more than pay for the cost of the subscription.

One of our local historical societies offers free lectures and activities regularly. (One that we attended a year or so ago was about cave drawings!)

Last weekend we attended a reenactment and rededication of a local historical site: Fort Blue Mounds. It was built during the time of the Blackhawk War when this area of the state was just being settled. It was abandoned, rediscovered, bought by the state and dedicate, forgotten again, and finally excavated and rededicated (Whew!).

We sat on a beautiful little piece of what was once prairie on a sunny day with a nice breeze and listened to stories of pioneer times told by a historian and reenactors and learned what life was like then. One of the local TV stations filmed the event, and we got to watch them work, too. It was both interesting and entertaining. Keep an eye on your local paper and have some frugal fun. Begonia

 

    

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Frugal Family Fun: Canoeing!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | By begonia

We threw the canoe on top of the van and visited a local park with a shallow lake and lots of fish and wildlife late Sunday afternoon. The lake is in a county park with prairie, woods, and lots of hiking trails within a 20-minute drive of our town.

We haven’t had the canoe for long. Both my husband and I have had childhood and young adult experience with canoeing—nothing extensive, just dabbling in paddling (I know—groan!). I started watching for an affordable aluminum canoe at garage sales in my area a couple of years ago. We decided that we didn’t want to pay more than $300. I ran across 3 or 4 canoes a year, but they were always too beat, too cheaply made (plastic!!!!), too expensive, or too SOLD.  I finally found a craft that fit all our criteria last fall at the end of the garage saling season. We took it out once, and then it spent the winter perched upside down on our wood and garden storage box.

Many parks in Wisconsin feature water. We have been to almost every park in our area and hiked all the trails, but we’ve only been able to stand on the shore and squint through binoculars at the life on or across the water. We now have 20-50% more park to explore! The canoe allows us to see a new side to these familiar parks: different sights, sounds, plants, and animals. For example, Turtles—I’ve seen them sunning themselves on logs or slipping back into the water from shore. During our last outing, we could see them in mid-lake sticking just their pointy striped snouts up above the water to take a breath and look us over. We were also able to get a closer look at the water birds: Canadian geese, mallard ducks, and even an osprey fishing.

We will be vacationing close to home this year as we continue to pay down debt. We have a lot to appreciate locally for just the price of gas and a snack in most cases. We don’t have the expense of eating out or finding someone to take care of the “livestock.” We are usually home in plenty of time to close up the chicken coop and make supper! Begonia

  

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Dis & Dast for October 13, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | By DustiRose

October 13, 2009

 

  

 

Recipe 

 

Five Layer Bars

 
Ingredients

1/3 cup butter
1 cup gramb cracker crumb mix
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup coconut or toffee chips
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

Directions

Melt 1/3 cup butter in Rock ‘N Serve Large Container for 45 sec. Add 1 cup graham cracker crumb; mix, flatten and microwave 1 ½ minutes.

Then add the following:
¾ cups milk chocolate chips or whatever
¾ cups coconut or toffee chips or whatever
2/3 cups sweetened Condensed milk (about ½ of the can)
Cover and microwave for 4-5 minutes. Cool completely, cut and serve.

 

Green Tip

Disposable Diapers

 
What is better for the environment: Cloth diapers or disposble diapers?

Some will say that the water used to wash cloth diapers takes away any environmental savings that come from using cloth rather than disposable. However, here are some important facts to consider.

1. It has been estimated that roughly 5 million tons of untreated waste and a total of 2 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic and paper are added to landfills each year.

2. It takes around 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to manufacture the disposable diapers used in the United States alone.

3. So-called biodegradable disposable diapers need to be exposed to the air and sun to biodegrade. Since this is unlikely to happen with a 'dirty' diaper, it can take hundreds of years for them to decompose.

4. The waste from these diapers are in our landfills that are not designed to treat this type of waste. This can cause possible contanmination to our water supply.

5. Some suggest diapers can be burned. However, incineration causes other problems such as the clorin bleach being converted to dioxin.

The decision to use cloth or disposable is totally up to you, the consumer. Hopefully, the above points will help you decide to use diapers that would help preserve our environment for future generations.

Today's Quote

Law of Window Cleaning: It's on the other side

 

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Dis & Das for October 12, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009 | By DustiRose

October 12, 2009

Today's Quote

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
Phyllis Diller

Today's Recipe

 

Old Fashioned Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

2 9-inch pie crusts (one for the top crust, one for the bottom crust)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Dash of salt

2 tablespoons butter

6 cups thinly sliced and cored apple

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425F.

2. Mix sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, and salt. Stir in the apples.

3. Place into pie crust, dot with butter. Cover with top crust, and slit evenly to let steam escape. Seal the top crust to the bottom by pinching the edges together.

3. Cover edge of the crust with a three inch strip of aluminum foil.

4. Bake 40-50 minutes, until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through top.

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Hmmmm....
Monday, October 05, 2009 | By DustiRose

Hi!

I'm Lisa a.k.a. DustiRose, WildFire or Sccntrybumpkin to my friends. I thought I would just create a blog where I can post recipes, tips, hints or little tidbits of "Dis & Dat".

You don't have to read my blog but ya never know I'm gonna post. please feel free to post any comments you may have about my post.

Thanks Bunches,

Dusti

   

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Hello Frugal Life Readers! So Great To Be Here!
Friday, September 25, 2009 | By angelsolutions

I've been a huge fan of Thrifty Fun for absolutely years & can remember corresponding with Susan about  using TF's RSS feeds on some of my Squidoo pages.  She  was so sweet and wonderful. 

I can't believe I've waited this  long to make my blog here, but here I finally am!  I love all things thrifty, frugal, crafty and about organizing.  Recycling, reducing and reusing are especially  fun to me.  Just knowing I can reduce the amount of trash that goes to the landfills by recycling & reusing, makes me feel so much better.  And being frugal, there's not that much I buy that's brand new either.  LOL

As my about  me says, I also love gardening ~ so hopefully I'll be able to share some helpful tips there.  I know I always love reading my Thrifty Fun Happy Garden digest.

Better keep this short and sweet ~ just wanted to introduce myself to get started with.  Blessings to you & see you again soon!

Sylvia

 

 

 

   

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Playing Event Planner, sortta
Monday, June 29, 2009 | By pamphyila

 A dear friend planned a celebration to honor the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall - with a Celtic Communion Service conducted by an Archbishop who was there - I was singing, but I got involved in setting up the event, too.  There were pretty organized, but the outdoor plastic tables & chairs had to be washed OFF.  Luckily my boy scout husband had some soap in the car, which I put in a bucket I found & I used that to clean off everything.

I "fluffed" by taping colored tissue paper to the white plastic tabletops - and for the really dingy tables, I put pieces of the tissue paper under some sheer fabric (old sheer curtains).  It's amazing how elegant that looked! We also had some signs I could put on the tables to decorate them.  I also filled the top of the dry fountain behind where we served with colored tissue to make it "pop" a bit.

Instead of brewing hot tea for the ice tea, as I had been told, I just put the teabags in the urns we had, added water and put them in the sun to make "sun tea."  Worked fine, and as it was a not day, there was no need for any more heat....Ice tea and lemonade are really nice and economical beverages for the summer.  Our lemons came from the tree of one of our circle of friends, too. Fresh real lemonade is so good.  Ditto fresh ice tea.  (I have also made it and put it in punchbowls.) A spring of mint, also from the garden, adds a bit of class.

I wore a linen Donna Karan blouse I had picked up somewhere - which I had had to treat for spots with bleach, and mend the collar slightly - but great for the heat!  And I added a nylon scarf I had gotten at the 99 Cent Store. (Nylon can be great in the heat, as it refuses to WILT.) And I just had to spray my crinkly rayon pants with wrinkle spray - no ironing required and even better for the crinkles as ironing flattens them out too much.  Rayon is a fabric which really suits the D.A. climate.  I put my hair up and added a metallic Dollar Tree headband and wore my thrift shop silver vintage bracelet and my Goodwill black satin ballet flats.  (And again, who knew but me- and now, YOU.) Outfit total = $5 pants/shirt $5??/Scarf $1/headband $1/bracelet $2/shoes $5 = total of @ less than $20.  Not bad.

I also discovered they were having a bookseller at the library where we held the event, and being a book addict, scanned the shelves, and brought home 10 very nice paperbacks for $.50 each!

There also was a raffle associated with the event, and as the odds looked good, I entered and WON a package with a dress,earrings, and a nice bracelet!  - I learned from a woman's magazine years ago that you should always enter "local" contests as the odds are better - and sure, enough, as soon as I put that principle into practice, I, who had never won anything, started to win prizes.  I even won new TV once at the opening of a fancy drugstore!

After the event we broke down, and I saved some flowers from the arrangements that they had had - which otherwise would have ended up in the trash.  I love fresh flowers and greenery and try to get them whenever they are a good deal - and free is always good.  I find that if I take them home and re-cut and re-arrange them, I can make nice arrangements that will often last a week afterwards.

I am known among my friends for not being able to throw anything away - One buddy said, "Watch her, she will take home everything."  Not quite, but I did recycle some tissue paper besides the flowers and some leftovers.  And we pored the excess cold tea into a jug and took that home, too.

I have also helped out over the years with other events my friend has organized - putting final touches on the flower arrangements and so on. That event was quite posh and in the back garden of a Beverly Hills home built on the model of the Petit Transom palace! (and I ended up with skin care samples and pens and a magazine subscription!) Who knew that self-taught flower arranging would turn out to be such a useful skill?

I also sometimes can cut the roses from our little garden plots here at the apartment.  We have a bed of mint, too!

I was really there as part of the choir for the Celtic Service they had.  I have really gotten so much pleasure out of all my music over the years.  I hadn't  sung for a while in a choral group, and it was really nice to get back into - and with such an accomplished bunch, too!  Now that's a frugal pleasure.  Sometimes they even pay YOU.

And home in the evening, I realized from the reaction from my muscles that an added benefit had been a bit of a WORKOUT. (I recently saw an article entitled "Is your housecleaned making you fat?") Let's remember that any activity, housecleaning included,can get you moving...And I was in a lovely shaded garden area, which made it quite nice - and cool...

Lots of freebies and deals and frugalista goings on!

 

 

   

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Inexpensive, close fun!
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 | By horseXtreme

As said in the information, I really want to be entertained, but do not know what to do for fun. I need to find inexpensive, close fun that is easily accessed from Arapahoe County/Douglas County. Thank you!

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