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A Free Thanksgiving Planner For You!

I am giving away my Free Thanksgiving Planner to everyone who comes here to get it. Its 44 pages long and contains: tgplanner

Brief History of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Games
4-Week Thanksgiving Planner and Devotionals
Article: “The Danger of Unmet Expectations”
Devotional: “Renew My Strength, Lord”
Devotional: “Holy Living”
Sylvia’s Turkey Tips
Instructions for Brining a Turkey
Recipes ~ both Family Favorite Recipes and Whole Food, Allergy-Friendly Recipes
Harvest Crafts and Home Decor Ideas

Its free til the end of November. Next year I’ll have a new Planner with new recipes and info for you.

Here is the link:  Free Thanksgiving Planner

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Thanksgiving Is Coming Up!

Hey, guess what? Its nearly Thanksgiving. And my life is SO busy right now that I am not going to be making very many new posts, but I WILL be using all my own Thanksgiving helps and recipes.

You can use them too.

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First there is my Thanksgiving Planner. Check it out if you need a map for getting Thanksgiving together. My 44 page Thanksgiving Planner includes……..

  • Brief History of Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Games
  • 4-Week Thanksgiving Planner and Devotionals
  • Article: “The Danger of Unmet Expectations”
  • Devotional: “Renew My Strength, Lord”
  • Devotional: “Holy Living”
  • Sylvia’s Turkey Tips
  • Instructions for Brining a Turkey
  • Recipes ~ both Family Favorite Recipes and Whole Food, Allergy-Friendly Recipes
  • Harvest Crafts and Home Decor Ideas

 

 

 

 

Here is my personal planning list from last Thanksgiving, it might help you get started:

Sylvia’s Personal Thanksgiving Planning List 2013

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Then …..cleaning and decluttering and getting the house ready:

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Fast And Furious Fall Cleaning in the …..

Living Room

Master Bed Room

Bathroom

Kitchen

 

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A little simple, easy, tasteful decorating, perhaps?

Little Pumpkin Votive Holders

Easiest Decorating Idea Ever

 

 

 

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Now, about that TURKEY…  here are all my Turkey Tips in one place. Brining, defrosting, stuffing, roasting its all here:

Turkey Tips

 

You might want….

….my Homemade Disinfectants and Cleaner Recipes

….Mamaw’s Homemade Pue Crust Recipe

Homemade Cranberry Relish

Aunt Eura’s Yeast Rolls

 

 

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Mammy’s Pumpkin Pie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All my pie recipes…..

Chocolate Pecan

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Buttermilk

Mammy’s Pumpkin

 

I will try to add more recipes and helps as I can. Have a lovely Thanksgiving! 

 

 

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Do You Need Some Christmas Help?

I’ve updated my Christmas Planner and if you need help getting it all together….. I really think my planner can help you.

The 2013 Planner is 28 pages long and  contains:   christmas-planner-screenshot

 

  • Christmas Devotionals – to encourage you and keep your mind on what Christmas is really about: JESUS!
  • Weekly lists of what to do that you can add to or take away from to personalize
  • Ideas for Christmas Traditions – how to start some,how to choose them, what to expect
  • How to Host a Cookie Exchange -simple directions, loads of FUN!
  • Many Recipes – including fast and easy meals for busy days
  • Crafts and Decorating Ideas – inexpensive, beautiful, easy
  • Gift Ideas – for every member of the family but especially those who enjoy vintage goodies.

I have used scripture and quotes about Christmas from one of my favorite authors, Charles Dickens, to help get your mind focused on the important aspects of this beautiful holiday.  The Christmas Story is included in the planner so that you can read it again or use it to read to your family!

My goal for the Christmas Planner is to help you decide what you must do this season, when to do it and how to get it all done without exhausting yourself or your resources.  I suggest you print off the lists and keep them either in a notebook or just anywhere you can see them frequently.  The devotionals are short, applicable to the weekly plans and each one ends with a prayer.

Go ahead and check it out, I think you’ll be very glad you did!

2013 Christmas Planner

 

 

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Frugal Christmas Blessings For YOU!

Over at the Christian Homekeeper FaceBook Group we’ve been putting together all kinds of frugal ideas for Christmas. You can find ALL the ideas here. There are a LOT of great ideas on that page!red-bird small

Here is a sample of the ideas:

* If you have well treated house plants like aloe vera, spider plants, or various herbs, why not do up potted plants for gifts?

*Look at thrift stores for nice coffee cups and run through the dishwasher and then use as a base for homemade gifts. I like to fill mine with hot coco mix, or tea bags.And a few pretzels dipped in chocolate and rolled in sprinkles. A gift I often give to teachers.
* Sharing your canned up foods can be a great gift too!
 *http://www.purlbee.com/… A friend shared how you can make an apron from an old pair of jeans! Looks easy. She used this pattern for the apron and a leg of a pair of jeans, opened up for the main part of the apron.
Molly’s Sketchbook: Adjustable Unisex Apron – The Purl Bee – Knitting Crochet Sewing Embroidery…
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* http://beingfrugalsally.blogspot.com/…
I’m thinking of making these super cute gift boxes for my nieces this year. Looks like a great way to reuse soda bottles.
Being Frugal Sally: Recycled 2 liter Bottle Penquin Gift Boxes
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Go on over to the Frugal Christmas Blessings page and see what you can find………..

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Using That Planner

This week I am using my own Thanksgiving Planner and getting busy cleaning, organizing my thoughts and menus and buying a few supplies for the big feast.  thanksgiving_dinner

My focus this week is on getting my cabinets organized so I can find stuff and stocking up on items like nuts, butter and canned foods that I use to prepare the meal.

I also plan my Thanksgiving Menu this week though I can tweak it as I go along right up until Thanksgiving week.

Here’s my rough draft menu:

Roast turkey (brined beforehand)
Dressing
Gravy
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potato casserole
7-Layer Salad
Cranberry Relish
Yeast rolls
Green beans
Apple Caramel pie
Pumpkin pie
Iced tea, coffee and lemonade
 

 

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Have You Been Keeping Up?

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We’ve been busy offering lots of Frugal Christmas Blessings over at the CHK Facebook page. Here are today’s ideas…..

From Nada ~ If you have well treated house plants like aloe vera, spider plants, or various herbs, why not do up potted plants for gifts?

From Cherylynn ~ Sharing your canned up foods can be a great gift too.

From Sylvia ~ A friend shared how you can make an apron from an old pair of jeans! Looks easy. She used this pattern for the apron and a leg of a pair of jeans, opened up for the main part of the apron. http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2011/8/11/mollys-sketchbook-adjustable-unisex-apron.html

From Sarah ~ I’m thinking of making these super cute gift boxes for my nieces this year. Looks like a great way to reuse soda bottles. http://beingfrugalsally.blogspot.com/2012/08/recycled-2-liter-bottle-penquin-gift.html?m=1

From Jennifer ~ Cocoa snowmen. Use 3 jars stacked on top of each other. Put peppermint candies in the bottom, cocoa mix in the middle one and marshmallows on the top one and decorate.

All previous Frugal Christmas Blessings can be found here: http://christianhomekeeper.org/all-the-frugal-christmas-ideas/

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Day 7 ~ Frugal Christmas Blessings

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From Marg and Cindy ~
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From Sylvia ~ http://christianhomekeeper.org/simplify-gift-giving/ Some simple gift ideas from last year Save pretty glass jars and lids to put Christmas gifts in. Bean Soup, brownies in a jar, cookies in a jar, etc. , all look nice if they’re in decorative jars.

From Jennifer ~ For a young couple or someone who has recently gotten married, I one took a plastic recipe box and filled it with some of my favorite recipes. She loves is and still uses it now.

From Lori ~ To celebrate Christmas with our closest friends, we have a potluck each year. I generally host it, and as host I provide hot beverages and a hot main dish…..everyone else can bring whatever they like. Some bring appetizers, some bring desserts, some bring soda and wine…..and it changes year to year. But to celebrate Christmas with our friends we have enjoyed this tradition for over a decade….and we generally have around 20 people here, and I never have more than $20 out of pocket.

From Jennifer ~ My kids used to give my mom home made ornaments. It usually was either foam paper or construction paper with a picture of the child on it with a loop made of ribbon.

From Pam ~ Last year in October I bought a large leather crafting kit. The kids made bookmarks, key fobs, luggage tags, belts, and wallets. We learned the art of leather crafting and we gave their creations as Christmas gifts.

 

From Marg – Make snowflakes with puzzle pieces and a piece of ribbon. This would be even prettier with glitter.
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Find all the 2013 Frugal Christmas Blessings HERE

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Day 6 ~ Frugal Christmas Blessings

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From Sylvia –
When the children were little we strung Kix cereal and pop corn on string for the tree. I used plastic tapestry needles I found at walmart. We also made handprints using plaster of paris and little aluminum tart pans and before we poured the plaster, I stood a straw up in the pan where I wanted a hole for a ribbon to hang the ornament. I left the straw til the plaster was dry.

From Lori –
I know that this sounds very simple and like a no-brainer, but when I talk to other adults about this, more times than not they don’t do this.

Make a Christmas budget and stick to it! Whether you set up a special savings account through your bank (holiday savings account) or you know that every year you get a $300 Christmas Bonus from an employer that you use for Christmas or you simply budget for it in other ways, figure out how much you can reasonably spend without sacrificing your family living and giving and stick to it! Commit to NOT USING CREDIT for Christmas…..in my opinion, this is not honoring to the reason for celebrating Christmas. We are celebrating the birth of the Savior, and then become slaves to debt to celebrate it? I personally don’t think that that is a good idea!

Once you have made your budget decide how you want that to break down…..for instance, this year our budget is $350. We are spending $30-35 each on each family member (in our home) for their primary gift ($180-210)….a maximum of $20 each for each of 6 stockings…..and the remaining $$ goes to baskets/boxes/containers for the gifts for our extended family and friends (which is always homebaked goods and homecanned jams/jellies). I also budget $20 out of our grocery budget each month from June or July through December to pay for the ingredients for our Christmas baking and special meals. If we have extra parties that aren’t in the budget, I will not sacrifice our family’s meals and bills for that $….I either work for it (through extra babysitting or extra baking), or it doesn’t happen.

From Amber –
For Christmas dinner I make everyone’s favorite dish. I have a loose menu and they get to choose the sides. So if one requests mac n cheese they’ve got it. If the little one wants a dish of M&M’s that’s good too. Its about making the day special, not about what you receive. And if everyone gets a little comfort/favorite food well happy tummies equal happy times

Find all the 2013 Frugal Christmas Blessings HERE