From the monthly archives:

November 2009

Menu Plan: 11/28 – 12/4

by Karen on November 30, 2009

After a weekend filled with not enough family and way too much food, the last thing I wanted to do was menu plan and grocery shop today. But our house full of guests this weekend seriously depleted our pantry reserves, so we had no choice. Luckily, we have enough food leftover to get us through […]

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Save instead of spending this Black Friday

by Karen on November 27, 2009

Open an ING checking account today, and you’ll get a $121 bonus! If you’ve been thinking about trying this great online bank, now is the best time. I’ve written before about just how happy I am using ING as my primary bank. They offer some of the best interest rates out there, and the customer […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

by Karen on November 26, 2009

I’m spending the holiday with my extended family cooking, drinking wine, and enjoying their company. I’ll be back next week with lots of pictures to share. Until then I’m wishing you a happy holiday filled with good food, good company, and many blessings. Photo by piero

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Reasons to be thankful this year

by Karen on November 25, 2009

Because it’s good to remind yourself, right? The continued well being of my family and friends. My commitment to a healthier life and body. A steady job that allows us to live comfortably and save for the future. Health insurance. The will power and know-how to live frugally, save for our goals, and live the […]

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Digital broadcast TV is impressive

by Karen on November 24, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on life without cable TV. It’s been absolutely fantastic. We’re more productive, happier, and more active without the constant draw of TV. We still watch a handful for television shows, but they’re all available online the next day at the network’s website. This means we’re more purposeful […]

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Thanksgiving menu 2009

by Karen on November 23, 2009

I know I’ve bragged about him before, but it bears repeating: my husband is a fantastic cook, and Thanksgiving is his specialty. For the past two years, he’s whipped up some of the best Thanksgiving dishes I’ve ever tasted. Last year, we spent Thanksgiving Day at a friend’s house for a potluck meal, but he […]

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A relaxing weekend at home

by Karen on November 22, 2009

Most of this weekend was spent preparing for visitors next week. We cleaned, we shopped, and most importantly, we tried to rest up. It was a pretty uneventful weekend, but I do have some photos of Tony and Howie rough housing and some shots of the trees behind our apartment that have finally changed colors. […]

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Simplify your holiday season

by Karen on November 19, 2009

With Thanksgiving only one week away, I can’t deny it anymore: the holiday season is upon us. And like every other year, I’m feeling a little unprepared. I know the holidays are coming. They happen every year at the same time. And yet, the holiday season always manages to sneak up on me somehow. To […]

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November is half over. I should be halfway through my novel. Many of you might have assumed this was coming, but I’m nowhere near halfway through a novel. In fact, I haven’t made it past 5,000 words. When I started the National Novel Writing Month project, I said it was an experiment. Unfortunately, it hasn’t […]

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