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Open your heart and your home to others this Thanksgiving.

22, 2010

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Ideas From Around the Web
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
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A Look Back at the November 2009 Digest


Photo Treasures--Don't you love to look back on those memories?

With today's digital camera capabilities, we have awesome opportunities to snap those perfect shots of our own families, and often we do--only to have them sit for years, unused or lost somewhere in computer limbo.

It's time to do something about it!

Smile BIG now . . .

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Family Photography

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Don't wait until the last minute! Use this planner to prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas without all the rush. This planner lets you focus on the meaning of the season without being overwhelmed by the stress of it.

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Our daily lives often seem to run on overdrive. Too frequently a healthy, home-cooked meal is one of the things sacrificed. If only you had  more time! Okay, maybe you really like to cook and it's worth all the effort it takes. But every day, day in and day out, perhaps two or even three meals a day. . .  14 to 20 meals a week, whew! A homemaker needs a reprieve!


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Who will you invite to dinner this Thanksgiving? Family members, friends, or co-workers? Do you have the same people join you each year?

If  so, you might add a little spice to your life and be a blessing to someone else by inviting someone new to join you in your Thanksgiving meal.

Our family has invited two elderly neighbors over for dinner this year. I have watched the last two years as no cars pull into their driveway and no one comes to visit.  I have finally been convicted enough to make them a blessed part of our Thanksgiving fellowship this year. I only wish I had done so sooner!

I want to encourage you to remember that one of the best ways we can give thanks is to open our hearts and your homes to others, especially those less fortunate than we are. Be a blessing this Thanksgiving!
From the Blog

Here is what I shared last week on the blog, just in case you missed a post or two.

  • Need a few basic Thanksgiving recipes? Jill from Living on a Dime shares her favorites in this post.
  • Home Depot has a new Iphone App! It looks really neat.
  • Looking for Black Friday deals? Check out this cool resource!
  • Are you traveling this Thanksgiving? Print out this neat activity book for the kids.
  • What do you think hospitality looks like? I share ten scenarios of true hospitality in this post.

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Thankful Tree
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Adorn your table this year with this beautiful homemade centerpiece. Have each person in your family write down on a leaf what they are thankful for and then hang it on the limbs. Invite your new guest to do the same!

Our church just hosted a church service for a local nursing home and we used similar leaves (and writing our blessings on them) as a way to interact and visit with the residents. It was a wonderful way to connect.

You can find this tutorial at Family Fun.

Ideas From Around the Web

Most of these links have nothing to do with hospitality, but they all fit well with Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

In the Kitchen

One of my newest recipes this year is homemade cranberry sauce. My husband likes the jellied canned kind, but I have been dying to try homemade, so he is having canned, but I am also fixing homemade!

I have been playing around with recipe for a couple of weeks now, and I am finally satisfied with the flavor!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (12 ounce bag) fresh cranberries


  1. In a saucepan, bring sugar, water, and salt to a boil stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Stir in the cranberries and reduce heat to a simmer. Stir until sauce is thickened and cranberries begin to break open, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Cool for about an hour and allow cranberry sauce to thicken.


Is overspending something you hope to under-do this year?

Are you always prepared with an impromptu meal for unexpected guests?

Need help with a successful holiday approach?

Steer clear of festive flops and dinner disasters and remember the reason for the season as Molly's Money-Saving Digest for November 2010 helps you stay focused and fulfilled during the often hectic holidays!

This month's special feature is

Preparing Our Hearts and Homes for the Holidays

This may be a time of year when energy is low and temptations are high to just pull out the credit card-but wait just a second. By keeping a few perspectives in mind and tackling some preparation projects now, you can enjoy the holidays and avoid throwing your frugal lifestyle out the window!   

This month's feature will help you prepare for the holidays-physically, spiritually, and mentally. A little preparation, forethought, and planning can make it a time of peace and joy as it was intended to be. Molly and her special guests will inspire you with many low- or no-cost ideas and remind you that holiday preparation really begins in your heart. 

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