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Make A Difference Comment #71

By: palmettobug53, 1:07 AM GMT on November 22, 2010

Before I put up my last entry, we were talking a bit about one pot meals. I had decided my next entry would be on the internet shopping but that we'd do the recipe blog next.

Well, here it is.

We can share recipes for skillet meals, soups and main dish casseroles. The only criteria is that they be easy and keep the dirty pots and pans to a minimum.

I've put up most of my favorites over the past few years in other recipe blogs, so I'm not going to repeat myself in this one. If you are interested, they're in my archives. The recipe blogs are easy enough to find just by the titles.

Since Thanksgiving is this week and Christmas will be here soon, if you want to share some one dish ideas on how to use the leftover turkey, roasts and ham, go right ahead. I'm sure there are plenty of you that would like to try something new. I know I would!

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Updated: 12:55 PM GMT on December 04, 2010


An Internet Christmas

By: palmettobug53, 1:05 PM GMT on November 06, 2010

I'm hearing from more and more people that they do a lot of their Christmas shopping online these days. I don't do it, as my list is very short and I don't buy much 'stuff' for the ones that are on my list. Plus, I prefer to use my credit card for emergencies, rather than 'shopping', unless it's the only place I can get the best price on the item, or the item, itself.

I can see the appeal, though. Most of us work and don't have a lot of time to shop. Many of us don't like the headaches of dealing with the crowds and the traffic, with what little bit of time we DO have.

Online shopping can offer a range of unusual gifts, as well as the ordinary, and in a range of prices. Many sites offer specials that are not available in their stores, so you can find some good deals.

It goes without saying, though, that you should make sure the site you are shopping on is a reputable one. Also, check the site's privacy rules and see how much their shipping and handling charges are. It's not a deal, if you wind up paying almost as much for S&H as the item costs!

I found a great selection of sites in the current issue of The Saturday Evening Post, which gave me this idea. I also am going to list some that I've browsed and/or bought items from. Some of them may have more expensive items than others, but they are fun to check out. You never know what you'll find. It's called virtual window shopping!

If you know of online websites that have great gifts, share your favourites with us.

Please note that I have purchased items from very few of the following sites and can only vouch for those. You'll need to make your own decisions regarding whether or not to order from any of these listings.

*NEW* Arcadia Publishing I've not ordered from the publisher before. I have found locally themed books by them in the local library and at Barnes & Noble. (I bought the volume on Clemson University at B&N last year for part of Dad's Christmas.) If you like taking a look back in time, they are fascinating!

Sue Gray Sea Glass Jewelry

Green Products and Gifts

United States Made, LLC

The Vermont Country Store

L.L. Bean


Weber's Mustard

Maple Landmark Woodcraft

Smithsonian Store


J.R. Watkins


National Geographic Store

Land's End


USA Coffee

Preserve Products

Whittle Wooden Train

Fortnum and Mason


Norman Rockwell Moments

Shop The Post

Shop PBS (Free shipping until Dec. 15!)

BBC Shop

Both Fortnum & Mason and Harrod's ship overseas. I'm not sure about the other sites. You may have to peruse their shipping info or inquire. Links for those are usually found at the bottom of the home page.

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