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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Month of December!

GARDENING


Technically in Sacramento, you can still plant right now in December, although with these frosts we’re having I don’t recommend it. However, if you want to try, you can plant lettuce, broccoli, onion sets, mustard, pea, radish and spinach.

Be prepared to place straw or plastic over soil to help keep warm, and always check a good gardening book for wisdom.

FRUGAL LIVING

If you want to buy fresh and day-old bread at fantastic prices, check out the Entenmann’s-Oroweat Outlet on Fruitridge Blvd.! I’ve been going there for years, and have found you can’t beat the savings anywhere else. Flour and corn tortillas, hamburger buns, biscuit mix, pretzels, donuts, loaves of wheat bread, English muffins and more, all for fantastic, unbeatable prices that are well worth the trip.

For each $7 you spend you get an item for free. In my case, I bought $14 worth so I got TWO items for free.

Try stopping by when you’re on your way back from the temple or downtown Sacramento. It’s off of Hwy 99 and Fruitridge Blvd. West.

Entenmann’s-Oroweat, 2475 Fruitridge Rd., Sac, CA

916-731-7138

STUMPED FOR GREAT INEXPENSIVE CHRISTMAS GIFTS? TRY THESE!


• Layered dry beans in a canning jar w/pretty ribbon top

• Child's artwork, framed

• Journal with special inscription

• Mug with chocolate milk packets

• Yard or two of pretty material and a simple pattern

• Home baked bread, and/or home canned jam

• Basket of Dollar Store stuff

• Decorative napkins and napkin rings

• Gardening gloves with seeds

• Photo album or picture frame

• Food storage items, like a can of wheat or nonfat dry milk

• Homemade cookie or brownie mix

• Different pretty yarn skeins

• Popcorn with jar of cheddar topping

• Barbeque sauce with basting brush

• Pancake mix and a bottle of real maple syrup

• Movie theater tickets

• Board games

• Jar of honey with biscuit mix

• Note cards and book of stamps

• Picture frames, buy them on sale!

• Specialty cookbook

• Pretty glass jar filled with candy’

• Muffin mix with muffin pan

• Books (look for sales)

• Set of dish towels and dish cloths

• $10 “credit” cards for restaurants

• Baking pans and supplies

• $15 I-Tunes gift card

• 72 Hour kit supplies

• Christmas ornaments

• Puzzles

• Flashlight

• Solar Oven (CookIt)

• Calendars

• Special soaps and bath puff

(above from the www.betterbudgetiing.com web page with some additions)

SAFETY WITH TURKEY FRYERS

As a former fire official, I’d like to caution against turkey fryers. They are extremely dangerous. If you plan on frying your turkey for Christmas this year, please note:

• Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot.

• If the cooking pot has too much oil, it may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.

• Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. This too may result in an extensive fire.

• With no thermostat controls, the units also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.

• The lid and handles on the sides of the cooking pot get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.

May I suggest that you see this online video. Go to YouTube and type in the search: “Underwriters Laboratories Turkey Fryer Demonstration”

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