10 Things Restaurants Aren’t Telling You

Filed under: Money — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:30 am on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This article 10 Things Restaurants Aren’t Telling You from the perspective of “restaurant staffers” is pretty interesting.

For example, did you know that the second cheapest bottle of wine is marked up the most?

According to the article, “testaurants realize that many people won’t order the least expensive wine (no one wants to look like a cheapskate!) so they often go for the second cheapest. That’s exactly why it’s often the most marked-up bottle on the list.”

Also, #6: “Ordering coffee at night? It’s probably decaf.”


“It’s time-consuming to start and wait for a pot of coffee, so staffers pour what’s available. Since many restaurants only brew decaf in the evening, it’s even more likely that you’ll get the switch.”

Read the rest of the article here.

5 More Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:16 am on Monday, December 9, 2013

I wrote 7 Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas, and then I kept finding more cool possibilities for my 2014 kitchen remodel. Here are 5 More Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas:

My mom told me that it was annoying for her to lift her heavy mixer out of sight in her kitchen, but this lift-up shelf might solve that problem.

Here’s a simple way to hide your trash and your recycling.

Put your microwave behind a cupboard and no one knows it’s there.

Hang your pots instead of stacking them.

Keep the cat food and water out of sight with this adorable cat-friendly addition to the kitchen.

Illustrated Literary Quote Posters

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:42 am on Friday, December 6, 2013

Check out these Illustrated Literary Quote Posters by Evan Robertson. $24 each. Here are few I liked:

See the rest here.

Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball Ornament

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:13 am on Thursday, December 5, 2013

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!

My Christmas Food Gifts

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:10 am on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Food makes a great Christmas present.

In past years I’ve given away vanilla and smoked salmon and homemade herb mixes.

Here’s what I’m considering this year:

savvyhousekeeping christmas food gifts vinegar

Homemade Vinegar. I have a giant jar of homemade vinegar in my cupboard that will make great gifts. It’s frugal too.

savvyhousekeeping christmas food gifts limoncello

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.

savvyhousekeeping christmas food gifts dehydrated fruit

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.

savvyhousekeeping christmas food gifts pepper jam

This Pepper Jam is sweet with a spicy kick that is pretty delicious.

savvyhousekeeping christmas food gifts pumpkin spice bourbon

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?

Crochet This Awesome Cat Bed

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:24 am on Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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.

Food Swapping

Filed under: Money — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:18 am on Monday, December 2, 2013

[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?

Happy Thanksgiving 2013!

Filed under: News — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:12 am on Thursday, November 28, 2013

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2013 Round-Up

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:00 am on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving is almost here.

Here’s the 2013 Thanksgiving Round-up of helpful posts:

savvyhousekeeping thanksigivng round-up how to smoke a turkey

How To Smoke A Turkey

savvyhousekeeping thanksgiving round-up cranberry margarita

Cranberry Margarita

savvyhousekeeping easy peasy pie crust thanksgiving

Perfect-Every-Time Pie Crust

savvyhousekeeping butternut squash pie thanksigiving round-up

Butternut Squash Pie

savvyhousekeeping thanksgiving turkey confit

Turkey Confit

savvyhousekeeping thanksgiving round-up 5 brussels sprouts recipes

5 Brussels Sprouts Recipes

savvyhousekeeping thanksgiving thankful jar

Make A Thanksgiving Thankful Jar

savvyhousekeeping multi tier oven rack thanksgiving

Multi-Tier Oven Rack

savvyhouskeeeping thanksgiving pumpkin candles centerpiece

DIY Pumpkin Candles

See EVEN MORE Thanksgiving posts here.

Make A Thanksgiving Thankful Jar

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:53 am on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

[Image via LittleDiddy]

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.

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