Friday, January 15, 2010

Deal of the Day: Pediped Make-A-Wish Sale

Get some great shoes and support a great cause at the same time. Click here to see the Pediped styles included in this year's Make-A-Wish Foundation promotion.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Charity: Give a little, help a lot

When my husband and I lived in Washington DC, he worked for the woman who is now serving as the Executive Director of UNICEF. UNICEF is at the front lines of poverty and disaster relief around the world. Support their effort to bring some relief to the Haitian people. Click here to visit the website and donate. Every little bit helps.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful "Craft": No Cost Centerpieces

If my budget allowed, I would have vases of fresh flowers in every room of the house. Who doesn't love gerber daises in a bunch with a ribbon tied around the vase or some hydrangeas arranged in a low bowl? But since I don't really have a fresh flowers column in my current budget, I have to improvise. Currently, my fave no cost centerpiece is artfully arranged fruit. You've got beauty on your table and your three o'clock snack all in one. Ta da!

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: How do you add some color and texture to your house without spending any extra cash?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Cooking: Crock Pot Pulled Pork

My sister-in-law recently revealed this "secret recipe". Please feel free to "steal" it from me. You won't regret it. Unless you are a vegeterian, of course. (Sorry Dad!)

How to make perfect Crock Pot Pulled Pork:

1. Drive to the grocery store.

2. Find 3 lbs. of pork shoulder. (Around $4)

3. Pick up the McCormick Pulled Pork Slow Cooker spice packet. ($2)

4. Read the back. (In other words, if you don't have ketchup, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar at home, make sure to add those items to your cart.) Grab some nice soft hamburger buns and coleslaw items, too. (Maybe $10 more)

5. Pay for your items.

6. Return home.

7. Follow instructions on spice packet.

8. Enjoy aroma of tasty meat for four hours.

9. Eat your pulled pork sandwich and coleslaw. (It made three meals for us!)

10. Take a long winter's nap while someone else cleans the kitchen.

Perfection. Seriously, I am kind of a BBQ "snob" and this is one tasty sandwich.

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: What is your favorite Crock Pot meal?


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