Or what we had for dinner last night. It seems like the whole country is in the grips of a heatwave. The last thing I feel like doing when the weather is like that is cooking. It's even too hot to grill out which is my go to method of cooking in the summer. My first thought is : 'let's go out'. Well, most of our budgets can only handle that so long and going out to eat just isn't a good thing every night. My husband is not big on salads for dinner since he eats them for lunch a lot so that idea was out for me. When I was doing my meal planning I knew it would be hot this week so when I saw 'Manwich' on sale I came up with the idea for sloppy joes one night. I bet we haven't had sloppy joes in 5 years, maybe longer. Since they just cook up on the stove top it really keeps the kitchen cool.
And when you cook your corn on the cob in the microwave it still stays cool. I just cook the corn in the husks for about 6-8 minutes for 3 pieces. Adjust time if needed. I take most of the silks off before cooking but they will cook fine if you don't take the silks off until after. No boiling water to steam up the house!
Round out the meal with some fresh fruit and you have a yummy meal. The house stays cool and so do you.
What are your favorite meals for the dog days of summer?
It's not quite last minute but when I was shopping this weekend I noticed things are really picked over (I'm talking to you Christmas sweaters at Target.) And if you are truly a last minute shopper, many of the toys, electronics and clothing that are the HOT gifts this year will have been snapped up by the early birds. But that doesn't mean that it's gift cards for everyone on your list. In fact, this is about some fun, thoughtful and quick gift ideas to help you avoid the gift card abyss.
Photo Gifts and Books- There's still time to download your photos and make cute gifts for everyone on your list. Walmart.com offers a few same day gifts: prints on canvas, calendars and photo books to name a few. Download your photos online and pick up your personalized gifts today. Snapfish also offers store pick up on some gifts at Walgreens. Photo gifts look like you put much thought into what the recipient likes yet most sites are very user friendly and offer preset tem…
I have a confession: I loathe 'dollar stores'. As luck would have it, I believe we live in the town with the most dollar stores per capita. We have a Dollar Tree, Dollar General, TWO Family Dollar's and a 99 cents only (where everything is really $1) in a town of about 50,000. That's 1 dollar store for every 10,000 residents if you're into statistics.
Dollar stores are big business. In 2011 Family Dollar stores reported net sales of $8.55 billion. Dollar General's 2011 FY sales were $14.81 billion. That's a lot of stuff! Dollar General positions itself in rural areas, some of which are too small for a Walmart, which makes it the go-to store for all things bargain-y.
Dollar stores have even made it into the blogosphere. Blogs like Dollar Store Crafts, & Dollar Store Mom feature really neat crafts using supplies from dollar stores. Many are kid friendly which I know I like. Many of the crafts are so amazing you would never know they were so inexp…
I have opened a shop at Society 6. I am super excited to share some of these fun holiday items with you! There are pillows and prints and canvas and travel mugs. Even clocks! Head over and take a look. I'd love to hear your feedback too.
I'm also open to your ideas - I have a bunch swirling around in my head but I love to hear what other people think and would like to see. I can do custom items too. Or just switch out colors to match your decor.
These items make really fun and unique gifts. And did I mention the free shipping?
I've ordered a few things from Society 6 in the past and have been happy with the quality and I'm sure you will be too.