Sisters’ Countdown to Christmas: Our weekly guide to holiday organization, savings, and fun!

Countdown to Christmas

Can you believe that Christmas is just three months from today?  In just thirteen short weeks, Sisters and Misters, Santa Claus will be comin' to town...but if you stick with us, he won't be bringing chaos, anxiety, or tons of debt to your house this year! In the next 13 weeks, we'll share our … [Read more...]

Make your own Applesauce!

Applesauce 1

Today was applesauce day at our house!  It’s something we do every year, and I always look forward to a big bowl of warm applesauce made with freshly-picked apples.  Then I fill the freezer with the rest, and we have it for the rest of the year.  It’s an easy little something special to go with a … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Apple Strudel Recipe

apple strudel

My Grandma Roth knew a thing or two about feeding a family on a Shoestring Budget.  She was the mother of eight kids, and famously scolded my mom once for paying full-price for bananas for Grandpa while she was in the hospital ("but Patty, they were 29¢ a pound at Save-a-Lot!"). I learned a lot … [Read more...]

How to Blanch Tomatoes


How to Blanch Tomatoes  Before canning or making sauces or salsa, you may want to blanch tomatoes first.  Blanching is really simple. Have a large pot of boiling water, a colander scoop, and a large bowl or clean sink filled with iced water.  You'll also need a container to throw your tomato cores … [Read more...]

Patriotic Table Setting Ideas

Patriotic Table

Patriotic Table Setting Ideas With school in session and Labor Day  and Veterans Day right around the corner, it's time to bring a little patriotic flair to the table.  I'm not one to go out and spend a ton of money on something used so infrequently.  So I headed to the Goodwill and was able to … [Read more...]