One-of-a-Kind Pencil/Paintbrush Holder


  • 2 clear-glass flea market apothecary jars (2 sizes) or you can substitute for 2 graduated sizes of glass containers
  • Black-and-white snapshots


  1. Create a one-of-a-kind pencil or paintbrush holder. Carefully place the smaller jar. Simply slip black-and-white family snapshots between the two jar.
  2. Once you have placed your choice(s) of snapshots in between the two jars, place on your workspace and fill with pens and pencils or your dry paintbrushes.

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie


  • 2-1/4 c whipping cream
  • 1-1/4 c creamy or chunky peanut butter
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (about 15) bite-size chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 1 purchased chocolate cookie crumb pie shell
  • 6 chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, halved (I prefer Reese’s but if you are really strapped on cash store brand works)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of the cream, the peanut butter, and 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the remaining 2 cups cream and the remaining 3/4 cup powdered sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).
  3. Fold peanut butter mixture into whipped cream. Fold in the chopped peanut butter cups. Spoon mixture into pie shell. Top with halved peanut butter cups. Freeze about 3 hours or until nearly firm.

Makes 12 servings

Veggie Sail Boats


Ingredients/Supplies You’ll Need

  • Veggies (peppers, cucumbers, etc.)
  • Spreads (hummus, etc.)
  • toothpicks
  • Cheese slices
  • knife
  • spoon (to hollow veggies)


  1. Cut the vegetables in half and hollow out the vegetables.
  2. Cut a little off the bottoms so that they can lay flat.
  3. Fill the veggies with your choice of spread.
  4. Assemble the sails with the toothpicks (optional) and cheese.
  5. Now set sail! ūüėČ

Free eBooks

If you are a Kindle fan, then I have wonderful news for you!

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Now as I was saying… Amazon has a TON of great books to download for you Kindle (or app) for FREE! They are not completely easy to find but others have made it easy to download FREE and/or CHEAP by providing links to Amazon.

My favorite is Pixel of Ink! But it is ultimately up to you which one to use. ūüėČ

*Please note: ¬†Prices are subject to change without notice. Please verify that the “Kindle Price” is $0.00. If you see a price for “Prime Members” then the book is no longer free.

Chewy Granola Bar


  • 3 c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. melted butter
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. oil


  1. Combine ingredients until mixed, then add: 1 c. chopped nuts, 1/2 c. raisins and 1 c. chocolate chips
  2. Press into a 9×13 greased pan.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. If you don’t they’ll fall apart‚Äďyou’ve been warned! ūüėČ

Warm Grapefruit Tea


  • 2 cups ruby red grapefruit juice (squeezed from 2 grapefruits)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice berries


  1. In a medium pot, combine juice, honey, cinnamon, allspice, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil over high heat; strain and discard solids. Serve with a grapefruit segment or strip of zest.

Surprising, Thrifty and Green Household Hints

  1. Pour hot salt water down your sink and tub drains once or twice a week to keep them free of grease and odors.
  2. Sharpen scissors by cutting a piece of sandpaper once or twice with them.
  3. Chill candles in the fridge for 24-hours before using them so they will burn evenly and not drip.
  4. Clean varnished surfaces with a cloth dipped in cool, weak tea or coffee.
  5. Pour a cup of vinegar into the tank of the toilet to keep the bowl fresh.
  6. In a spray bottle mix one part vinegar with two parts water and use to clean windows, countertops, mirrors, etc. Add a drop or two of lemon juice to add a touch of scent.
  7. Use the shredded paper from the paper shredder ask stuffing and/or packing material.
  8. As lightbulbs burn out switch your lightbulbs to CFLs (or switch them all at once).
  9. Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.
  10. Turn off lights when you leave the room.
  11. Support you local economy and shop at your farmer’s market.
  12. Completely shut down your computer at night.
  13. Pay your bills online. Not only is it greener, it’s a sanity saver.
  14. Reuse scrap paper. Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.
  15. Before buying anything new, first check your local Craigslist, Freecycle, Thrift Store, or my favorite Half Price Books.
  16. Fix leaky faucets.
  17. Use household cleaners. I have a few up my sleeves.
  18. Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.
  19. Unplug unused chargers and appliances.
  20. Switch to cloth diapers – or at least do a combination with disposables. Even one cloth diaper per day means 365 few disposables in the landfill each year.
  21. Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage, especially in the kitchen. I use mine to keep trinkets and collect change.
  22. Donate to – and shop at – thrift stores. You’ll be recycling perfectly usable items. you’ll be supporting your local economy (or a good cause), and you’ll be saving money.