Thrifty Tip: Make a poly mailer out of an Under Armour bag

HI from Susan! Those who know me, know I am thrifty. Being thrifty is one of my hobbies, honed over the years. Do you ever need to ship something and don’t have a mailer? I bet you do have one of those “too-good-to-throw-out” bags like the ones that come from the Under Armour store. Here’s […]

Grape Juice Recipe – for canning

To make the juice: In clean, sterile hot jars, place 1 Cup cleaned, de-stemmed grapes 1/2 – 1 Cup sugar Hot-boiling water to within 1/2 inch of top Put on lids and rings, and process for 10 minutes.   To use, strain, into a pitcher. It’s been a while since I made this, but I […]

My new favorite measuring spoons

Lately, I’ve been enjoying using adjustable measuring spoons. I’ve had two of them in my kitchen implement drawer for a long time, but had forgotten to use them. I am realizing cleaning one’s kitchen drawers can unearth treasures. They’ve  got markings, and you slide a little “dam” to the marked lines for the amount needed. (The […]

Party Decorations ~ home made

From our recent graduation party ~~ thought you might enjoy some inspiration from some simple decor we came up with. Here are the table decorations: Candle is in a holder, but any pedestal dish should work.  Tissue paper (Purchased for the occasion), gold tinselly stuff (around $2/bag, 1 bag for 8 tables, color- coordinated candy […]

Sloppy Joe Recipe, by Susan Karsten

I just had a graduation party. One of the foods I served was Sloppy Joes (this sandwich is called other things in other regions). People thought they were so good, so I am giving out the recipe here.  (Just use any brand of quick oats.) Here is the cover of the cookbook it’s from.  If […]

Thrifty Tip with Ice for Parties! by Susan Karsten

You may be able to save about $10-20 this way. As I led up to my daughter’s graduation party, I started bagging ice cubes for about a week. I had enough for two pop coolers (if you have the pop chilled, just dump some ice on top to keep it cool), and for a couple […]

Thrifty tip for Chocolate Chips, by Susan Karsten

Who hasn’t had the experience of running out of chocolate chips? No matter how many packages/bags you seem to buy, they are gone in a flash. My tip is that you can use half as many chips in most recipes if you use mini-chips. Same product, just smaller, and they seem to go further – […]

Lower Your Water Bills, by Susan Karsten

The price of water has gone up. We all know that. I have been thinking of some simple ways to reduce them. Even a small reduction is good, right? When I was growing up, there was a jingle “Electricity is penny cheap,…” (no more), and I assume water was cheap, too. My parents never brought […]