7 Things Your Librarian Wants You to Know

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This has to be one of my most favorite “7 Things”.  The amount of money you can save alone is amazing! We offer Freebies.  Branches often have complimentary or discounted admission passes to local museums, science centers and zoos.  And most library’s will also provide free Wi-Fi and access to foreign language databases, car-repair manuals […]

5 Things You Need to Know About Mice

5 Things you need to know about ….Mice.  Yes those pesky little creatures that could invade at any time. They don’t come in unless you let them.  Most mice only show up when there’s an open invitation, such as the day you leave the garage open with a bag of grass seed inside (you may […]

5 Clever uses for Paper Clips

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5 Clever uses for Paper clips: Help Fix a Hem:  No straight pins?  No problem.  Use a paper clip to keep folded-over fabric in place when sewing a simple hem.  Just slide it along the material as you work. Repair Sunglasses: Replace the missing screw in your favorite pair of shades by sticking a small, […]

7 Things Cruise Director’s Want You to Know.

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Looking to go on a Cruise? We have 7 things cruise director’s want you to know: Fall is the cheapest time to cruise.  September to mid-December and the first two weeks of January are generally the least expensive, says Paul Motter, editor of CruiseMates.com and a former cruise ship staff member.  Last-minute deals pop up […]

5 Things to do with Spaghetti

5 Things you can do with Spaghetti, from decorating to cleaning: Make a Knife Block: Rid your utensil drawer of sharp blades.  Cut dry spaghetti so it’s the same height as a straight-sided, wide-mouthed jar or container that’s taller than your longest blade.  Loosely pack the pasta inside then slide the knives in point-side down. […]

The MVP of your Cupboard.

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Distilled White Vinegar is the MVP of your cupboard.  It’s safe and effective cleaning agent that’s affordable and chemical-free.  Here are just a few things that you can do with White Vinegar: Freshen up the fridge.  Clean the shelves and walls with a solution of half water and half vinegar. Brighten coffee cups and teacups.  […]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday, Lemon Basil Cake

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Perfect dessert for summer: Lemon Basil Cake 1 Package Trader Joe’s Vanilla Cake & Baking Mix (requires 2 eggs, 1 stick melted butter or 1/2 cup oil, and 1 cup cold milk) Zest of 2 lemons, about 2 Tbsp (use a lemon zester to make it easy) 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil Preheat oven […]

7 Inexpensive plants to repel insects and pest.

Summer is approaching and we have 7 plants to repel, insects and pest.  You will be amazed at the simple plants you can put around the house to repel some of those nasty creatures: Mint and Bay Leaves: Not only does it smell nice, but it keeps away ants and mice.  Crush some to release […]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday, Balsamic Strawberries

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Strawberry picking is just around the corner and this would be a tasty snack for all those tasty strawberries: Balsamic Strawberries 8 oz (half pkg) strawberries, or about 2 cups 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp sugar 1/4 cup red wine Place balsamic vinegar, sugar, and wine into a saucepan. Heat until boiling, then reduce […]

Timing is Everything When it comes to Saving Money

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It’s not just about where you shop, but when.  We have listed a few products and the best time to buy them.  Good luck! Large Home Appliances (washing machines, dryers or refrigerators): October to January or on national holidays like Memorial Day. Cars: The absolute best time is at the end of October, but otherwise […]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday, Ham and Cheese Croissants

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This recipe is easy and the kids will love it: Ham and Cheese Croissants 1 (8-oz) pkg refrigerated Crescent Rolls 4 slices Rosemary Ham 4 slices Swiss cheese Preheat oven to 375° F. Preheat oven to 375° F and very gently separate the crescent dough into 8 triangles.  Using the crescent triangles as a pattern cut the […]

5 Things to do with Lemons

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Just a few ideas of how you can use Lemons (other then cooking): Improve flavor: Add to green tea to reduce the bitterness and help increase your body’s absorption of antioxidants. Get fresh: Cut a lemon and use as an all-natural deodorant for your armpits and feet. Soothe Sunburn: Mix lemon juice and cool water […]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday, Blueberry Hand Pies

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This recipe is a little bit of work, but worth it: Blueberry Hand Pies 2 rolls (1 box) TJ’s Pie Crust, defrosted in fridge overnight 1 bag (1 1/2 cups) TJ’s Frozen Wild Boreal Blueberries 2 TJ’s Lemons, zested 4 Tbsp TJ’s Lemon Curd 1 tsp TJ’s Unbleached All Purpose Flour, plus more for rolling […]

5 Things to do with Flour

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5 Things to do with flour, save a few bucks and even safe for the kids: Clean Playing Cards: Put them in a plastic bag with a half-cup of flour.  Shake for a minute then remove cards and shuffle the deck a few times over the sink. Unstick a Lid: Have a plastic lid that […]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday, Corned Beef Hash

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This is for all our Corned Beef Hash fans! Easy As Crispy Corned Beef Hash 1 bag TJ’s Roasted Potatoes with Fire Roasted Peppers & Onions 1 lb. Pocino Fully Cooked Uncured Corned Beef Brisket, cubed to potato size (seasonal) 2 Tbsp TJ’s Olive Oil 1 Tbsp TJ’s Clarified Butter 1/3 cup Water Heat olive […]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday, Lettuce Wraps

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Looking to eat a little less carbs?  Tasty Lettuce Wrap recipe from Trader Joe’s: Lettuce Wraps 1 package TJ’s Fresh Rice Noodles 1 Tbsp TJ’s Reduced Fat Cilantro Salad Dressing 4 large TJ’s Organic Romaine Lettuce Leaves 2 cups diced TJ’s Grilled Chicken Strips 1 cup diced TJ’s Organic Cut & Peeled Carrots Prepare rice […]

5 Things to do with Toothpicks

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So I have this problem with finding new tricks for things you may only think of using for one thing.  I think I will start to share those fun tips with you all.  They may save you a few bucks along the way: 5 Things to do with Toothpicks Temporarily save your glasses: Lose an […]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday, Pizza Bagels

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And Trader Joe’s Tuesday is back by popular demand:)  Here is a quick recipe for those busy nights: Pizza Bagels 3 TJ’s Bagels cut in half (for a total of 6) 1 jar TJ’s Pizza sauce 1 package TJ’s Shredded Mozzarella 9 pieces TJ’s Pepperoni 4 pieces TJ’s Fully Cooked Bacon, chopped Place all bagel […]

How to Organize for Taxes

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Major Mom wants to make sure you are ready to file your taxes when April 15th rolls around.  Here is some great advice to get your records organized. Do you get stressed out every year just before April 15th? Take some of the pain away simply by getting prepared. Here are some tips to help […]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday

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Good morning and Happy New Year!!!  Here is a great appetizer that is perfect for a New Years Eve Party: Sweet Potato Frites & Dip   Ingredients: 1 package TJ’s Frozen Sweet Potato Frites 5 Tbsp TJ’s Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce Method: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread frozen sweet potato frites evenly on a […]