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Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry

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To some people, canning may look like an old-fashioned activity. It has gone out of fashion for quite a while, until the soaring food prices and ‘back to nature’ attitude of people changed all this. Nowadays, more and more people choose to (and enjoy) making their own jams, chutneys etc. If you have a large garden brimming with fruit and vegetables, canning is a fantastic way of having delicious jams all year round. If you don’t have enough fruit in your backyard, then buying fresh fruit from your local farmers markets is a great alternative.

Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry’ is a lovely recipe book by Liana Krissoff. The book is divided into seasons and season-appropriate recipes. The recipes cover more traditional products, such as Classic Peach Jam, Grapefruit Marmalade, Kosher Dill Pickles and Pickled Beets. However, you’ll find other more different and ‘exotic’ recipes, like the Creole-Spiced Pickled Okra, Pear, Clementine and Pecan Preserve to Quince and Plum Jelly or Middle Eastern Pickled Turnips. If you are a bit adventurous, you’ll love the more than 150 different recipes this book has to offer. The recipes also include pickled, dried and frozen food ideas. And in case you are a complete canning novice, the book covers canning techniques and information to get you started.

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I would certainly recommend this absolutely mouth-watering canning book for the modern man or woman. In addition, you’ll never run out of gift ideas anymore, as I am sure everybody would love to receive a home-made preserve, made from local food. Grab your copy of this cool book here and get started on discovering the joys and benefits of canning for your family.

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Free “Shop Small” Flyers for Small Business Owners

(reprinted from Samantha English at Retail Marketing Academy Support)

The six week holiday season, starting just before Thanksgiving, likely accounts for 20-30% of your annual revenue, according to the National Retail Federation. So you’ve got to be prepared and on top of your game to ensure you finish strong in 2015.

We want to help you sell the benefits of shopping small this holiday season, starting right now! So we’ve put together a document you can customize with your logo, contact information and even a discount to encourage consumers to shop with you this holiday season.

Click the links below to access your customizable flyer. (This is a 100% free resource. No catch. When you click the relevant link below, you will have immediate access to the Word document.)

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Shop Small United States

Shop Small Australia

Shop Small Canada

Shop Small United Kingdom

So how can you use this document in your business?

  1. Click the relevant link above and open the Word document.
  2. Customize the bottom section with your logo, contact information and discount (entering a discount is optional…if you don’t want to offer one, simply highlight that section and Delete!)
  3. Print or send the file to a local printer.
  4. Use the flyers as bag stuffers and encourage customers to keep one for themselves and share one with a friend. (The discount area at the bottom will encourage return shoppers!)
  5. Post it on social media. This is great shareable content that really illustrates the impact $100 has on our local economy when spent with a small, independent business rather than a big box store.
  6. Send the graphic out via email to encourage your customers to shop small this holiday season and forward the email to their friends to boost the local economy.
  7. If you don’t own a retail or product-based business (say you’re a realtor, insurance agent or B2B service provider), customize the flyer with your information and provide it to local businesses to give to their customers. Replace the discount with an alternative message: “We’ll support our local businesses this holiday season, and we hope you will, too!” This goodwill gesture is a great way to help local businesses, and get your name out in the community!

Civic Economics has conducted significant research on the impact of shopping with small, independent merchants versus shopping with big box stores. One of its studies found that if residents shift 10% of their spending from chains to local businesses, it would generate an additional $235 million in ONE local community in ONE year.

Shopping small impacts everyone…not just our businesses: our kids’ schools, the quality of healthcare in our communities, the number of jobs, support for non-profits, and the availability of police/fire/rescue services.

Shopping small just makes sense, and we’re on a mission to help spread the word.

Much success to you this holiday season!

Sam

Low on Money? Resources and Tips for Saving and Making Money!

Ever looked in your pocketbook, and thought…”CRAP! I’ve been robbed!!”

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Interesting factoid (and unrelated sidenote), did you know that, to my Aussie friends, “purse” and “pocketbook” are two TOTALLY different things. In fact a purse IS a pocketbook in Australia. When I think pocketbook, I think small. There’s nothing small about the Volkswagen on a strap purse that I carry. Anyhooo…I digress.

I am sure I am not alone when I talk about opening my wallet-purse-money-carrying-thingamabob and find myself wondering what mysterious “sucking device” vacuumed out all my cash. “Too much month at the end of the money” is a pretty dandy re-occurring theme in my world. But, I deal and it IS getting better.

One day I was doing a little Blog Surfin’ and I came across a Very Nice Blog. In this Very Nice Blog was written by a Frustrated Mom and was mainly about Lack-O-Money (with a side order of intense whining and boo-hooing). Her plight was somewhat moving, but I was left truly wondering is she was leveraging her drama for a little extra infusion of cash (if you get my drift.)

Instead of buying into her pity-party, or worse yet-belittling her for it, my response instead was this: “Sista, I hear ya. Most parents…most human beings….struggle with tight budgets and “I need more jing” syndrome. All I can tell you is, get creative. Get pissed. Get mad enough to take action. Look for creative streams of revenue for your family. Clean houses, dog sit, make a craft to sell, tutor a child.  Basically take some time to make a list of possible income streams (legal ones) that will benefit your bottom line financially….then implement.

Don’t rule out selling your outgrown or unwanted person items either. When I took a hard look at the contents in my house, after reading an article that stated that “the average household has $1500 worth of sell-able merchandise in it” I discovered that was TRUE. In fact, I’m sure my house has more than that and yours might too. Have a garage sale. Sell on eBay. Check into consigning clothes, baby gear, and antiques so you can make extra money from your outgrown or un-needed stuff. It’s possible. Don’t give up. Frugality is like a muscle; a muscle that needs to flexed and challenged daily. If there’s a will, there a way.”

Granted, this is not the magic bullet and won’t work in every situation..but I am thinking it could apply to most.

That being said, let’s all brainstorm together and come up with some ideas on how we cal all trim the budgets, flex the frugality muscle and make some extra bucks for our lives.  Maybe together we can get some unique ideas cookin!

In the meantime- here are some Resources and Tips for Saving and Making Money!

The book below is the best.book.EVER on getting creative with household budgets. Amy Dacyczn is about as clever as they come with cutting corners, recycling, and re-purposing. I swear this book is in about it’s 20th Edition because it was HOT back in the 90’s when I was reading it. Good stuff. Check it out at your local library, I promise it will be worth it!

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How about some Money Making Resources? I just so happen to have a few here.

Needs some ideas on SAVING money…well…wouldntchaknow…I have some of those too. Ba-BAM!

Have you seen my series on my other blog Franticmommy about How to Make a STEADY Income as a WAHM (Part One and Part Two).

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Then there’s this book written my buddy Becky Mansfield from Your Modern Family . She always has amazing blog posts crammed with solid info, and lately I’ve discovered the joy and bounty of the many ebooks that she has written. One in particular really caught my eye because I know many moms doubting that they can be a STAHM & get by on ONE Income.

The Moms Guide to Saving Money was one that caught my eye. As a self-employed individual, I am always curious about creative ways to cut costs, stretch the budget and hacks and shortcuts that can save money. SO…I bought Becky’s book.
A Mom's Guide to Saving Money

“My goal, for writing this book, is to share ideas with you about how you can save money for your family, make money from home, and make it easier plus more affordable to reach your goal, whatever that may be. I will share with you tips to prepare your family for your journey to be a stay-at-home parent or to teach your family how to save money.”Becky Mansfield

I truly think e-book will be helpful to far more people then stay-at-home-moms or work-from-home-moms. This ebook is for anyone who wants to start saving now in hopes of working less in the future. It would be helpful to ANYONE who is just looking for ways to supplement their income. It’s perfect anyone who loves to make their dollars stretch as far as possible.

Within the pages of this ebook, readers will learn so many tips, ideas & secrets to help them save more money & live easier! The stress of money can be a big one if you let it; but a work-around is to learn to take control of your money NOW. Spend less & save more, live below your means (not above it) and do so the easy way!

This book was previously called You Can Be a Stay at Home Mom on One Income, but because it is filled with money-saving ideas Becky opted to changed the title to The Moms Guide to Saving Money.

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Whatever the title, the info inside is worth it’s weight in gold. SERIOUSLY

What you can expect from Money Saving Tips for the Stay At Home Mom:

– Make money from home

– Save money at the grocery store

– Save money on clothes

– Save on household items and decor

– Get discounts on schools (private school, preschool…)

– Get discounts on gym memberships and club memberships

– Learn the secret to getting items for FREE with coupons, the easy way!

– Get prescription medications for free
Make money selling items online

– Learn the best websites for the best deals

– Save money on diapers

– Get free toys for your kids

– Alternatives to preschool (or saving money on tuition)

– Eat out for over 70% off the regular price
and so much more!

Good info…and so much more. And for less than the price of a pizza! Consider the affordable $9.99 cost an investment in your future. Let’s git ‘er done.

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Nutty Lemon Peel Shortbread Cookies

Nutty Lemon Peel Shortbread Cookies
Yield: About 2 dozen cookies

Shortbread brings back memories of holidays of old, but the nutty lemon flavor of these will bring something new. For everyone on your list and in your family who loves shortbread, these will be a winner that they’ll beg for year after year.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
1/2 cup butter
Lemon sugar (optional – ingredient and instructions below)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chop the pecans and shred the lemon peel. Place in a medium mixing bowl. To this bowl, add the flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, and the lemon peel. Add the butter, cutting it in until the fine crumbs begin to cling together.

Knead the crumbly dough until it is smooth. Form into a ball.

Lightly flour the surface where you plan to work. Roll out the dough into a single layer that is about 1/2 inch thick.

Using cookie cutters that are about 1 1/2 inches but no larger than 3 inches wide, cut out your desired shapes.

On an ungreased cookie sheet, place your cookies 1 inch apart.

Sprinkle lemon sugar on cookie tops to decorate and to add an extra lemony flavor (optional).

Bake for about 18 minutes for small cookies or about 22 minutes for large cookies. Watch the cookies closely. When the edges of the cookies start to brown and the centers are set, the cookies should be ready.

Once out of the oven, transfer the hot cookies from the cookie sheet to a wire cooling rack.

Note: Although you can purchase lemon sugar, you may prefer to make your own so that you always have a supply on hand when it’s needed.

Lemon-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Sugar Ingredients

2 cups granulated sugar
1-2 fresh lemons

Lemon Sugar Instructions

In a medium mixing bowl, add 2 cups of sugar. Set aside.

Using a fine grater or zester, grate the yellow peel from the lemon into the mixing bowl with the sugar. Make sure that you only grate the yellow peel, not the white part or pith. For a stronger lemon flavor, add the zest of an additional lemon to the sugar and mix well.

Place the lemon sugar mixture in an airtight container. Allow the sugar to sit for several days, stirring occasionally to break up any lumps. As a rule of thumb, the longer you allow the mixture to sit before using it, the more lemony it tastes.

After using the lemon sugar for the first time, make any adjustments needed just by adding more sugar or more lemon zest according to your taste.

Adapted from: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/lemon-pecan-shortbread-cookies/

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