HOW TO HOST A FRUGAL HOLIDAY MEAL

HOW TO HOST A FRUGAL HOLIDAY MEAL With the holidays fast approaching you may be in a panic about how you can afford to host your traditional holiday meal. Use our tricks for How To Host A Frugal Holiday Meal and enjoy a great day with your family and friends at half the cost. Not only can you have all the foods you expect and desire, but you can do so without spending more than you can afford to. HOW TO HOST A FRUGAL HOLIDAY MEAL Go Potluck: One of

Handprint Snowman Christmas Ornaments

Handprint Snowman Christmas Ornaments Gather your supplies: Plain ornaments (I used red, plastic) White acrylic craft paint (I used Tempra paint because we did this as a craft with many children, but acrylic lasts much longer) Paint brush Black and orange acrylic paint Towel for drying ornaments Get to work: You can use plastic or glass ornaments. Paint sticks better on glass, but I love plastic for durability. Paint your child’s hand with white paint of choice. Carefully, set the ornament in your child’s hand and have them gently hold

Thrifty DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Each one of these handmade gifts cost less than $5 to make and have so much more meaning than purchasing something from the store. If you collect jars and scraps; some of these gifts won’t cost you a dime to make! I have made each of these and each of them are easy enough for my children who are 14, 9, & 7, to help me create!   I hope you enjoy making these as much as we did.  I will be continually adding new projects to this list throughout

Super Simple Orange Marmalade

This is SO EASY and tastes GREAT!  You can use this on biscuits, toast, crackers, or anything else you would use preserves on 🙂  This makes a great gift idea and if you live in south Louisiana; you should be able to gather oranges for free!  The oranges fresh off the tree are the best because they have a thin skin.  This is how we made ours: Gather your supplies: 2 oranges (the thinner the skin, the better) 1 cup of sugar 4 Tablespoons water A sprinkle of cinnamon 3

Gift Brownies & Cookie Cutters

Here’s another super easy and fun Christmas craft that can be easily converted into a super cute gift idea!  These are simply brownies poured into cookie cutters, then baked and decorated!  You can give as many as you want!  This is a great way to give someone a new set of cookie cutters 😀  THAT’S IT!  Here’s how we did it: Gather your supplies: 15-30 metal cookie cutters (depending on the size) Prepared brownie mix of your choice Christmas edible decorations of your choice (M&M minis and Christmas sprinkles work

Hot Chocolate Snowman :)

Hot Chocolate Snowman These were so much fun and easy peasy to make! This one will require the use of a hot glue gun. If you don’t have a hot glue gun, you can get one for $5 or less at most retail or craft stores, I use a very small one. Here are the super easy instructions to this fun gift craft: Gather your supplies: 3 ~ 4 oz baby food jars with lids 4 oz hot cocoa mix (I use the pre-packaged kind. They’re on sale everywhere this

Edible Peppermint Serving Tray/Bowl

Edible Peppermint Serving Tray/Bowl This is one of the easiest projects I have done for Christmas. It is very easy! You can make any design you like with the peppermints (you can use other hard candies for other occasions). Line a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper or non-stick foil and arrange the candies in your preferred design, leaving about 1/4 inch space between each candy to allow for spreading. I love using non-stick foil, plus there were some great coupons out last month! Place the sheet with

Thrifty Personalized Gift Plate

This is a VERY EASY and fun project to do with your kids! You can tell by looking at mine that my kids did, indeed help me with this project. Just about every project I do, they help me with 🙂 This project can be as inexpensive as you want it to be. I used a mismatched plate that I had in my cabinet, but you can use plates from anywhere. You can get them at thrift stores, yard sales, or if you want to go the expensive route, you