Saving money starting in September👍

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Every year as sept comes around we start moving things around in our house. Tidying organizing replacing a few pieces of furniture trying to  give our home a fresh look.

We are not alone, since the holiday season is just around the corner and families visit and entertain more during this time of the year we also tend to do more around the house.

With the end of the year closing, in this is a good time to purchase broadway tickets ( less tourism  demand ) furniture such as TVs, mattresses, patio furniture, & cars. Anything that is not in sync with fast changing technology will see a price reduction.

So if you are the non procrastinator and can keep a secret, go shopping early for the holiday season. You can score a lot of points with a new car under the tree👍😆

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Steps to take when your purse or wallet are stolen🙁

Our car was broken into & of course the only item gone was the purse. So for the past two days we have been busy getting a driver license, credit cards, insurance cards, and taking the right steps to secure our identity.

our very first steps were:

Step 1- canceling credit cards

Step 2- calling the police so they can issue a report

Step 3- calling the US post office to alert them in case anyone tries to change our  address.

Step 4- placing a security alert on our identity by calling:

Xperion 1-888-397-3742

They also alert Equifax & Transunion

(If you think your identity is stolen call    1-877-438-4338)

Thieves are extremely knowledgeable these days and go to extreme measures to use your credit cards. While talking to the police officer we received a call from the purse thief, disguised as someone from our credit card co.

The person on the line told us our credit cards were being used and wanted to make sure the activity was normal, and if not he could cancel the cards & asked for our pin #.

Doubting the caller ( since we knew our cards were cancelled promptly ) and Knowing we should never give out our pin# we ended the call.

Next day we called the credit card fraud line and shared our story with them.

There are tracking devices that can locate lost keys or lost luggage in another state.  From the time we left our car with no purse on our shoulder, it took the thief less than ten minutes to break the car window grab the purse that was hidden away & disappear. If we had a tracking device in the purse the police would have been able to locate our stolen property.

With new GPS tools it would be possible to track a stolen purse or a wallet.

Trakdot, Waldo and Tile Slim available for  tracking a lost luggage or a wallet are already in the market and the cost is somewhere from $30-$50.

Maybe investing in one would be a good idea.👍

 

Tidying up

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Linen closet, closets, kitchen pantry, kitchen cabinets, book shelves, the garage…..

It all starts when we start going through all the paper, art work, school projects, summer camp crafts, that we have collected for months and they have no longer a shelf space to live on.

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Even our house plants got a spray of fresh water

 

Must have Tools for a new kitchen

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Cutting board,peeler,grater,spatula,tongs…

We are helping to organize a new kitchen.

For now we are only investing in kitchen tools for cooking & serving.

Here is the list of what we need:

Cutting board

Colander

Grader

Mandolins

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Spatula

Tongs

Paring knife

Wooden spoons

Whisks

Can opener

Blender

Oven mitt

Food storage container

Food processor

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Flatware, we can add ice tea spoons, demitasse spoons, appetizer forks later

Flatware

Plates

Bowls

Glasses

Mugs salad bowls

Serving bowls

Serving platter

Serving spoon

Dutch oven

Bakeware

Roasting pan

Mixing bowls

Sauce pan

Sauté pan

Skillet – cast iron ones go from stove to oven

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Serving spoon, cutting & paring knives, measuring cups & spoons..

This is a good start. You will be amazed how quickly you start adding to your kitchen tools as you start cooking, baking and entertaining.

Cool, light, easy to prepare meal for everyone

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Orzo with red bell pepper, side of cauliflower with eggs & caprese

Our family loves pasta. But to keep in mind a balance healthy diet once or twice a week we combine it with other meat or fish dishes.

Orzo with red bell pepper & cauliflower with eggs. Serve it warm or cold. We made a simple balsamic olive oil and black olive dressing to go with our orzo, and Parmesan cheese. You can use mozzarella or other favorite cheeses.

 

It is simple and delicious, and it really is a great meal that tastes better as leftovers. We served it with chicken, but you can have it as is as a vegetarian meal.

Ingredients:

orzo, diced red pepper, diced onions, diced black olives.

cauliflower with eggs sautéed.

 

 

 

Crumpets are yummy

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Happened to watch Bobby Flay making crumpets for brunch & we had to try it.

Hoping to have them ready for breakfast had to rush through the mixing but needed to let the dough sit for an hour. Before that added more flour to the mix since ours looked too watery & didn’t quite look like a smooth dough.

We let them cool before hvg them with butter & honey & served a couple after dinner toasted with cherry jam, butter & peanut butter. 

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Warm crumpets are delicious. We cut them in triangles & had them with salad & soup for lunch.

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Crumpet with scrambled eggs, turkey bacon side of cherry jam & fruits