Check out these Illustrated Literary Quote Posters by Evan Robertson. $24 each. Here are few I liked:
I don’t like Miley Cyrus’s bland music or the crass way she chooses to promote that music, but this Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball Ornament is pretty funny.
And you can make it yourself. Just print out the Miley Cyrus template and tape to an ornament. 2013! Yeah!
Food makes a great Christmas present.
Here’s what I’m considering this year:
Homemade Vinegar. I have a giant jar of homemade vinegar in my cupboard that will make great gifts. It’s frugal too.
Homemade Limoncello. Limoncello is so expensive in the stores and so easy to make–especially if you have a lemon tree like I do.
Speaking of lemons, I was impressed with this recipe for Meyer Lemon Champagne Preserves. I don’t usually like marmalade, but this recipe is a great blend of sweet and tart.
Dehydrated Fruits. The dried fruit I made in my food dehydrator was a big hit over Thanksgiving, so making more is a no-brainer present.
This Pepper Jam is sweet with a spicy kick that is pretty delicious.
Finally, any whiskey drinker would like a small batch of Pumpkin Spice Bourbon for the holidays.
What foods are you giving this year for Christmas?
I love this adorable cat bed, and–good news–you can crochet one yourself with this free pattern. Scroll down to get it in English.
This would make a great Christmas present for your favorite pet lover… or just your favorite pet.
[Image via Swap It Oakland]
As the name suggests, food swapping is when friends and neighbors get together and swap food like garden produce or baked goods. In some areas groups have formed devoted to food swaps. Some people are calling it the future of grocery shopping.
I’ve been doing more food swapping this year. On Facebook, I joined a local group where people swap food. Being in California, we all have overabundant persimmon, lemon, and apple trees, and many people have eggs from their chickens, honeycomb from their bees, and extra baked goods to get rid of. Swapping just makes sense and the group seems to be thriving.
In addition to the Facebook group, I’ve been swapping with friends and neighbors. I swapped squash for apples, lemons for pears. Mr. Savvy swapped beer for homemade wine and homemade bacon for smoked salmon.
I’m trying to get my friends who make cheese to swap chicken eggs with me. I even have my eye on my next door neighbor’s persimmon tree and have been working up the nerve to ask if we can trade produce. I’m shy, so this is hard.
There’s something exhilarating about getting food without exchanging money. Since you’re usually giving away something you don’t want, you feel like you are getting food for free. And if you’re doing food swapping the right way, the other person should have the same experience. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Tell me about your food swapping experiences. What do you swap? How did you get it started? What’s your best score?
Thanksgiving is almost here.
Here’s the 2013 Thanksgiving Round-up of helpful posts:
Here’s a cool Thanksgiving activity: when the guest arrive, they write down what they are thankful for and put it in the “thankful jar.” Later in the night, you read the slips of paper out loud.
It sounds like a great way to celebrate and share in being grateful.
It’s Brussels Sprouts season! Here are five Brussels Sprouts recipes that would make a good side at Thanksgiving:
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