Now that we’re past Thanksgiving and headed for Christmas, we’re also headed for cooler weather! And just like we here in Florida make sure we have our air conditioners serviced before we hit the dog days of summer, anyone who has any kind of heating unit in their home is probably taking stock of it at this point. Better make sure all will work before the deep freezes arrive!
But in the middle of making sure everything will run smoothly, well…what if you could SAVE money on your heating bill, as well? Ask pretty much anyone if they want their bills to be lower, and I’m pretty sure you’ll get a resounding YES! So when Georgia from Cast Iron Radiators 4 U contacted me with this infographic, I thought it was a great way to kick off “Winter”! See what you think…
OH! And for those of you who are in the U.S., the current exchange rate is $1.51 for every British pound!
Well, hey, y’all! Are you still in a turkey-induced coma? Are you already out shopping those Black Friday sales? I hope you and your family and friends enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!
Where will you find ME today? I’m home, folks! You could not pay me enough to be out there in the craziness, I’m sorry! I’m home taking down all my Fall decor and putting up Christmas. My house looks like Christmas vomited all over it, but it’s okay – it’ll be so pretty when I’m all done!
But you know what? Before I get all the way into Christmas, I’ve got to say: we have TONS of Thanksgiving leftovers stacked in our refrigerator right now. And while I HATE to waste food, I also HATE eating the same thing over and over again. Are you with me?
So I’m thrilled that the fine folks at Subb’s BBQ have offered up some suggestions to help us use our leftovers…but in different ways every time!
I mean, THAT is what we SHOULD have done, right? We totally should have barbecued our turkey! I will need to remember that for next year…
How about we start out with a new twist to an old favorite: Turkey Pot Pie
Okay, so it’s the day before Thanksgiving, and I know we’re all running around with our last-minute preparations, so today’s post is QUICK! No worries!
A couple years back, I was be-bopping around one of my favorite blogs, the world of Jenn over at iHeartOrganizing. (LOVE HER!) She was talking about something called a Fridge Coaster. What?!
Fast forward to present day, and I am the proud owner of several sets of Fridge Coasters!
Fridge Coasters are natural liners for your shelves in your refrigerator. Because don’t we all just HATE when someone spills something in the fridge and then it dries or sticks or crusts, and then we’re stuck scrubbing our lives away to clean up the mess?! UGH!
Now, Fridge Coasters don’t just solve the issue of spills – they pretty much obliterate it! They will actually absorb 4 – 5x their weight within 30 seconds after a spill! I mean, I can’t even CLEAN UP a spill within 30 seconds of it happening! Amazing! They are made of food industry-grade, quick-drying, hard-pressed wood pulp coaster board (2 mm thick), and they are also 100% biodegradable and recyclable. If you have a spill? You just pull out the Fridge Coaster and wipe it off. If it gets pretty wet? Just let it dry out, and pop it right back in your refrigerator.
Yep – it’s that easy! And they look like this:
Chances are that wherever you are right now, it’s cooling down. Except where I am in Florida, of course, since it will NEVER cool off here! (At least that’s what it feels like! The high on Thanksgiving is supposed to be 78 degrees! AGH!!!) But I digress…
When it cools off I always like to make warm, filling foods. Foods that fill the entire house with amazing smells. Foods that get in your belly and settle in so nicely that you don’t even care how cold it is outside. Foods that you think of when you think of the perfect Fall recipe. Like soup.
Except, if you ate soup all the time, you’d get bored with it rather quickly. So, instead…allow me to present:
Squash & Sausage Bake (Scroll down if you’d like a printable version!)
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 and a half cups)
2 apples, sliced
1 cup seedless red grapes
1 small red onion, chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon caraway
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
6 bratwursts or Italian sausages
It’s really not that many ingredients! (Yay for a budget-friendly meal, too!)
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
2. Combine squash, apples, grapes and onion. (Don’t you love how colorful it is?!)
Just under a week until Thanksgiving, my FAVORITE holiday! Are you ready?!
I’m hitting the “excited” stretch now. I’ve been looking down the barrel of “I have WAY too much to get done before Thanksgiving” for a few weeks now, but at this point, I think I’m fairly set! And I’m here to share a few helps with you so you can be fairly set, too!
My parents are in town for a week and a half, so of course, I needed to make sure my house was ready for them!
Here’s how to make sure YOU are ready for house guests, too!