A Special Offer – Just In Time For The Holidays…

… Thanksgiving and Christmas are just a few short weeks away. Are you ready for the big meals and parties?

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the perfect time to get family and friends together around the dinner table. We prepare special dishes, a huge turkey, ham or roast and we want everything to be perfect. Throwing a Holiday dinner can be quite the production, even if you are doing your best to keep things simple. To make it easy, we put some of our best tips and ideas into a Thanksgiving Planning guide and a Christmas Planning guide that will each:

• Allow you to get as much as possible done ahead of time.

• Provide you with healthy recipes for traditional favorites.

• Give you a “To-Do” List to make sure nothing is forgotten.
With everything you need to plan a memorable Thanksgiving and Christmas at your fingertips, you don’t have to worry if there’s something you forgot to buy or do ahead of time, resulting in a mad “last-minute” dash to the grocery store.

Don’t Let Planning for The Holidays Stress You Out
You’ve heard all about the benefits of meal planning, the time it saves you, the money it saves you and that you are much more likely to stick with eating healthy if you already have everything for a healthy meal in the house. But let’s face it, we can all think of more fun things to do then to plan a weekly menu. That’s where we come in.

We’ll take care of the tedious and time consuming part of planning healthy meals for your family.

Here’s what you will get with the Thanksgiving Planning Guide…

•The Thanksgiving Planning Guide with organizing and planning tips.

•A Complete Thanksgiving Menu with detailed recipes.

•A Shopping List with everything you need to prepare the recipes of the menu.

•A second Shopping List of non-perishable items you can buy ahead of time.

•Our original “To-Do” List to make sure you’re not forgetting anything.

Here’s what you will get with the Christmas Planning Guide…

•The Christmas Planning Guide with organizing and planning tips, decorating ideas, craft suggestions for the kids and more. This guide alone is 55 pages long.

•A Complete Christmas Menu with detailed recipes.

•A Shopping List with everything you need to prepare the recipes of the menu.

•Our original “To-Do” List to make sure you’re not forgetting anything.

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Fall is here!! Check this out!!

Are you ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving & Fall Baking? I
just grabbed a resource from my friend Christine Steendahl – “The Menu Mom” and I can’t wait to tell you about it!

She has created a special Fall Product Bundle that I know you are going to
love! (I promise you’ll love the price too!) Included are TWELVE great

Special Fall Bundle

Included in the bundle are the following:

All About Apples (Valued at $5.97)
Who doesn’t love a fresh crisp apple this time of year! This e-book walks
you through the various apples and their uses, the best way to buy apples,
what to do if you end up with a ton of apples, delicious yummy apple
recipes and much more.

All About Pumpkins (Valued at $5.97)
Pumpkins are great for both decorating and eating! Learn how to choose and
store pumpkins, fun uses for pumpkins and of course delicious pumpkin

Delicious Fall Recipes (Valued at $8.97)
This resource includes 29 super fun and creative fall & Halloween recipes
the whole family is sure to love – everything from Halloween Party Fondue,
to Vampire Bat Stew, to Ghosts on a stick.

Eat Whole Foods – For the Health of It (Valued at 12.97)
Our family is working on cutting out a lot of processed foods. In this
ebook I share what whole foods are, why they are important, info. on
organics, how to eat whole foods on a budget and much more. If you are
interested in learning more about whole foods – this is a great guide!

Halloween Week Menu (Valued at $6.97)
Halloween is often one of kids favorite holidays! How about making the
entire week super fun! We have created a Halloween week dinner menu (with
a grocery shopping list of course) to make it a fun food week your kids
will never forget! (Don’t worry – these are super easy recipes that the
entire family will enjoy!)

Halloween Fun Recipes & Party Games (Valued at $5.97)
Even more Halloween recipes and some great games to play at your Halloween
Party. With this bundle you certainly won’t be at a loss for creative
Halloween ideas!

School Lunches Made Easy (Valued at $8.97)
If you have school lunches to pack each day, this guide will be your new
best friend! We’ll share quick easy lunch ideas, organization tips, and
even printable charts to help you out!

It’s Sleepover Party Time (Valued at $6.97)
Sleepovers – so much fun for the kids, but sometimes a lot of work for the
parents! This illustrated recipe resource takes you through a few of our
very favorite sleepover recipes – step by step! Now feeding all those kids
is taken care of!

Slow Cooker Recipe Book (Valued at $14.97)
I absolutely love using my slow cooker in the fall – the aroma of dinner
drifts through the house all day, and feeding the family is a cinch come
supper time! I have gathered up 54 pages of my favorite slow cooker
recipes to share with you.

Spooky & Fun Halloween Recipes (Valued at $5.97)
Okay, maybe I went a little overboard on the Halloween Recipes – what can I
say! There are so many yummy ideas!

Seven Simple Steps to a Super Halloween Party (Valued at $7.97)
Would you like to host a simple Halloween Party but you’re just not sure
where to start? We’ve got you covered! We’ll walk you through 7 easy
steps – Invitations, Decorations, Music, Food, Games & Activities, Crafts &
Goodie Bags. With this resource the Halloween Party Stress will be gone!

Thanksgiving Planned for You (Valued at $12.97)
Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? If so, we’ve done the work for
you! We have prepared the menu, the shopping list, and the to-do list.
Take a deep breath, follow our guide and know that this year you can
actually enjoy the holiday!

Total Value: $104.64
How does 90% off sound?
Everything listed above is included in the Fall Bundle for one low price of
(I absolutely LOVE my copy! My favorite is the Halloween Week
Menu! I can’t wait to use that with my family!)

This special price is only available through Oct. 3rd. Grab your bundle
NOW while you can!

P.S. After October 3, 2011 the price will go up to $24.97

Special Fall Bundle

Basic Thanksgiving Recipes

by Jill Cooper

For those of you just need just the basic side dishes and desserts for your Thanksgiving dinner, here they all are in one spot:

Mashed Potatoes

5 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk

In a large saucepan, place potatoes and enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender (about 10-15 minutes depending on your altitude). Drain. Transfer potatoes to a mixing bowl and mash. I use a hand mixer for this but you can use a potato masher. Add butter, milk, sugar and salt. Beat until smooth. Serves 5-6.

Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup pecans
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup butter, melted

Mix all the ingredients and put in a buttered 9×9 casserole dish. Sprinkle on topping. Bake uncovered at 350° for 20 minutes. This is a great dish for holiday dinners and potlucks because it can be made the day before and then baked the next day. Serves 8-9.

Grandma Tatum’s Stuffing

I have hesitated about including our stuffing recipe because it is one of those recipes where it is hard to give exact measurements. This year, I have finally decided to try. You can adjust any of these ingredients to suit your taste and if you want, you can add different things to the dish. For example, you can replace some of the bread with cornbread or you can add mushrooms, celery, apples, or giblets and many other things according to your own taste. This is one of those recipes that looks complicated but is really easy once you make it.

Here is the basic recipe:
8-10 cups dried bread, cubed or torn (You can use anything including hot dog buns, dinner rolls or French bread.)
1/2-1 lb. pork sausage
1/2-1 onion (or onion powder to taste)
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups broth*
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/4-1/2 cup margarine
3 heaping tsp. ground sage
1 small bag or box of seasoned croutons
Salt and pepper

Cube and tear bread in a very large mixing bowl and let set out overnight if not dry enough. Fry sausage and onion. I don’t like celery in my dressing but if you do you can add it at this time. Drain and add to the bowl of bread. Pour broth into a large measuring cup. Add margarine and bouillon cube and heat in the microwave to melt margarine and bouillon cubes. Pour this mixture and eggs over bread. Add sage, salt, pepper and onion powder if not using onions and croutons. Using your hands, mush it all together until well mixed. Place in a well greased casserole dish or pan. Cover. Bake at 350° for 30-45 minutes.
If you like your stuffing soft on the inside with a crispy crust, just remove the cover for the last 15 minutes. If your dressing seems too dry, add a little milk for more moisture.
*For broth, I simmer the neck and giblets in a pan of water for an hour or two as soon as I take them out of the turkey. Then I use this water and some broth from my turkey, which has been cooking, to make my 1 1/2 cups.

Turkey Gravy

3-4 cups turkey juices/drippings
1/4 cup flour
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Pour turkey juices/drippings into a sauce pan. Whisk in flour. Add salt and pepper. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring once in a while until it is the right consistency.
If the gravy is too strong or you need to stretch it just a little, you can add a small amount of water.
Another way I used to make the gravy (either way works) is to dissolve the flour into a half cup of cold water and then whisk it into the turkey juices.

Pie Crust

3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/4 cups shortening, cold
1 egg, cold
1 Tbsp. vinegar, cold
5 Tbsp. water, cold

Mix flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives (I use my fingers). Add egg, vinegar and 3 tablespoons water. Mix lightly. If dough is too dry, add more water. Mix with hands. Don’t over mix. Mix just until the dough sticks together.
Divide into thirds. Roll out to make 3 pies crusts. When using the crust for the top of the pie, sprinkle sugar on top and poke with a few steam holes. Crust can be frozen in balls and then defrosted and rolled out when ready to use. Makes 3 crusts.

Pumpkin Pie

1 pie crust
2 eggs
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk

Bake pie crust at 350° for 1-2 minutes until crust starts to puff with small bubbles. Watch carefully. Then remove from oven. Blend all ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into pie crust and bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 350° for 45 minutes. When a knife is inserted into the center of the pie and comes out clean, it is done. Makes one pie.

Pecan Pie

1 stick butter
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt
1 1/4 cups pecans, chopped
1 (8-9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Brown butter in a pan until golden brown. Do not burn. Cool. Add other ingredients in order given in a separate bowl. Mix well. Blend in cooled butter well. Pour into pie crust. Bake 10 minutes at 425° and then 40 minutes at 325°. Makes one pie.

Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam are frugal living experts and the authors of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Dining On A Dime will help you save money on groceries and get out of debt, by cooking quick and simple homemade meals. For free tips & recipes visit http://www.LivingOnADime.com

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