Ask A TEACHER

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Ask A Teacher In the interest of keeping our website as one that addresses the needs of our readers we are starting a weekly topic. We are calling it ask A Teacher. Renae and myself are both teachers. I am a certified Regular and Special Education teacher.  Renae is certified in Adult Education. We are also both moms, wives, and friends. We will answer a question from one of our readers each week. If you are going to ask about your child please, use a fake name. I get requests all the time ...

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Rachel RAY goes gourmet on a budget: Sausage-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Marsala and Cranberry-Orange Polenta

Sausage-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Marsala and Cranberry-Orange Polenta YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY I have chicken coming out of my ears. I am learning to stockpile which we encourage you to do I bought the chicken last week for $.99 LB. What I do not have coming out of my ears is new recipes. I have to look to the goddess of the kitchen for those. I love fancy food with layered flavors. What I do not love is the price of these dishes. I try to make something new and exciting each week. I am not ...

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Fashion Friday Children's consignment

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This week $20.00 or less fashion trip features gorgeous grabs for the kids. I am a huge fan of Polo, Gap, and Gymboree. I rarely ever buy any other brand of clothing for my children. I love these brands for their quality, fit, and durability. They also have fantastic resale value. This week I embarked on a place in our town that sells children's clothes, toys, and maternity wear. The Goodie Bag is a wonderful place to earn a little cash for  your children's outgrown clothes or to spend a little ...

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Eating Gourmet on a Budget

I wanted to share my families dinner with you. Many times people think that buying frugal or buying groceries on the cheap equals low quality meals. However, we ate gourmet tonight! Amee and I went shopping together at Harris Teeter yesterday. As we shared, the Tuna Steak was an e-VIC special. Unsure of how to prepare fresh tuna, I told Amee I was going to pass on the deal. Amee encouraged me to try it on the grill. I figured why not? It ended up being $1.75 for just under a pound. Normally it ...

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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It wasn't that long ago that I thought a toilet paper holder just held the toilet paper. The dish soap bottle's only job was to make my hands gorgeous as I attempted to scrap food off dishes. The milk jug was only used to hold the milk... and then came the kids. The brightly colored mass distributed toys are not nearly as fun as the ones we can make using household castoffs. The creativity and environmental impact are invaluable to my children. I suggest you grab your trash and create an ...

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Rachel Ray recipe using the sales flyer: Sauteed Pork Chops with Sherry-Berry Pan Gravy and Rhubarb Chutney

What for dinner Wednesday Sauteed Pork Chops with Sherry-Berry Pan Gravy and Rhubarb Chutney Serves 4 6 tablespoons butter, divided 3 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from a wedge of lemon) 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2-3 stalks rhubarb, trimmed and chopped (about 1/2 pound) A handful of golden raisins 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) 4 boneless, center-cut pork loin chops (8 ounces each) At KROGER just  $3.79 Salt and pepper 1 tablespoon all-purpose ...

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Coupons for Overseas Troops

We mailed the first packages containing unwanted and expired coupons to the Navy Base in Sicily. It took two 81/2x11 envelopes to hold all of the coupons and the envelopes weighed 3.5 pounds! That is a lot of coupons! Thank you for all of you who dropped off coupons at Mail Boxes Express and Child Connections. There were many of you who personally handed us your coupons too and we so appreciate you! We will continue to collect unwanted and expired coupons for the troops. Please remember that ...

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Buying Organic on a Budget

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Today we would like to bring you a guest post from Shannon at For The Mommas. Shannon lives in the middle of farm country and knows all about buying organic.  She has generously offered to guest post for us to answer your questions about buying organic on a budget. Just a few short years ago, buying Organic food was not only very expensive, but you had to go to specialty stores to buy it.  In the past few years, organic food has become more main stream. With this, has come decreased pricing and ...

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Rachel Ray COOKS: Chicken Cutlets Brasciole

What's for dinner Wednesday So, I think the only difference between myself and Rachel Ray is, she enjoys cooking and I just cook to live. I decided to embrace who I am and march into the kitchen with my game face on and get busy. I then grabbed the sales flyers and my Rachel Ray cookbook and the search began. I am determined to cook something special in  under 30 minutes and within the budget. Chicken Cutlets Brasciole (if all else fails emulate the above photo.. no need to cook ...

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Helpful Heather

Needed: Kitchen Assistant, able to work odd hours, on demand, and do many things at once! This was an ad that I was contemplating posting somewhere, anywhere, in hopes of gaining an extra hand (or four) when preparing my meal the other night. Let's face it, during the five o'clock "witching hour" as I call it at our house, it is difficult to try to get all the things you need to get done, finished, and dinner on the table...all before the kids need to be in bed. So, as I was lamenting my plight ...

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