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Cozy Corners free Thanksgiving Dinner is Nov. 25

November 18th, 2014

Cozy Corner, 2020 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Mich., will host a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless and needy starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 25. This is the 36th annual dinner, and is organized by the Steve, Sue and Peter Stylianou family in memory of Sue’s son, Michael Asley. More than 600 people attend every year, […]

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Can you make Christmas cookies without busting the grocery budget?

November 18th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News If your grocery budget is tight, you might be about to panic over the cost of ingredients needed to make Christmas cookies, candies and cakes. Some of the ingredients I noticed when […]

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Free Thanksgiving Eve Dinner Nov. 26 in Monroe MI

November 17th, 2014

The Monroe International Association of Fire Fighters Local 326 will serve its Annual Thanksgiving Eve Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 26 at St. Joseph Catholic Church hall, 937 E. Third St., Monroe, Mich. Last year, more than 750 meals were served and organizers expect the need has increased this year. Santa will […]

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10 Budget-friendly Recipes for Christmas Cookies and Treats

November 16th, 2014

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget If your family’s grocery budget is tight, the holiday season adds even more stress. There are certain to be bake sale donation requests, classroom or office party invitations, or just a desire to make Christmas treats with the kids like many families do this time of year. […]

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Kitchen economics: Converting grocery packages to recipe quantities

November 14th, 2014

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Are you perplexed on calculating the quantities of pantry ingredients you need to purchase for recipes you plan to make during the holiday dinner and baking season? Here’s a handy chart that I created after wondering just that detail myself. This chart was calculated with the package […]

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Is homemade applesauce worth the effort?

November 14th, 2014

I’ve been doing a lot of baking and home cooking this week, mostly because I had the time to do that with a couple of personal days off work. One of the dishes I made was homemade applesauce. I wasn’t planning to make applesauce, but I realized that a 5 pound bag of apples was […]

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Did baby boomers ruin parenting for budget-strapped families?

November 12th, 2014

This article is a heck of a read, not just for the parenting angles, but also for those who interested in issues affecting middle class / poverty / financially strapped families. How baby boomers ruined parenting forever at Quartz. A snippet: In America, todays parents have inherited expectations they can no longer afford.The vigilant standards […]

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Bedford Goodfellows announce Christmas food basket 2014 project

November 11th, 2014

This post is for residents of Temperance and Lambertville, Mich.: The Bedford Goodfellows will take applications from Nov. 24-Dec. 12 for its Thanksgiving Food Basket program. This assistance is limited to Bedford Township residents. Applications must be filled out Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m.; or Fridays from […]

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Go the practical route when picking Christmas gifts for job seekers

November 11th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News When it comes to picking a holiday gift for a friend or family member who is jobless, skip the cute stocking stuffers and go straight to the practical ones. That’s the lesson […]

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Great deals still on the shelves at Crafts 2000 closeout

November 08th, 2014

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget The Crafts 2000 store, which is part of the Pat Cataan’s chain, 15311 S. Dixie Hwy. in Monroe, Mich., is closing. But Monroe crafters are actually happy as to how this is working out, and I’ll explain. C2K, as the locals have long called the Monroe store, […]

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Republican Masquerade

November 06th, 2014

It appears that the Republican strategy of obstruction has finally paid off. The media narrative prior to the elections was all about Obamas historically low approval ratings. There were only two other presidents in recent history with lower approval ratings at this point in their Presidency Reagan and Bush II. Both of them also […]

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Frosty temperatures can enhance lettuce taste

November 05th, 2014

Our recent frosts have put an end to all of the warm season vegetable crops like tomatoes, peppers and squash. The cool weather crops on the other hand are still hanging in there, even though the colder temperatures have slowed down their growth rate. The flavor of leafy vegetables, like lettuce, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale […]

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Shorts Tap Takeover at 129 Lounge

November 04th, 2014

Short’s Tap Takeover November 8, 2014 @ 9pm 129 Lounge Monroe, MI 6 beers on tap $10 per person I would love to see some Ohioans up for this event. The MSU/OSU game is that night. Since I’m a Michigan fan I don’t have a dog in that race but it would be fun watching […]

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Crazy Train 2014

October 28th, 2014

We are witnessing the inevitable consequences of making science optional. Exhibit 1 – Ebola Ebola is a virus that was originally identified in 1976. Fruit bats may be the carrier. They arent affected. Humans are. There have been approximately 10 outbreaks of the disease, all in Africa, over the last 40 years. The most recent […]

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Driving south to Florida this month? Stop at Imaginary Worlds in Atlanta

October 23rd, 2014

If you are planning to drive south this month to escape the winter, you might want to think about adding a stop at the Atlanta, GA Botanical Gardensto experience theImaginary Worldsexhibition.   Thousands of annuals are growing on metal forms covered with netting and growing medium to bring to life fanciful sculptures. The gardeners/artists of […]

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Monarch butterflies with wing tags

September 25th, 2014

Monarch butterflies are on the move heading south on their annual migration. Look closely next time you spot a Monarch and you might see a flash of white against the orange and black pattern of their wings, it very well could be a marked butterfly. We spotted one last week near Ann Arbor. It was […]

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Chronicling Life: Saturday morning

September 20th, 2014

Come birthdays, Christmas, dance recitals, weddings or any other special event, I am behind the camera capturing memories. But what about the ordinary days of our lives? The messy hair, dirt under the fingernails, ordinary kind of day? I’m trying toget better about capturing our everyday life. My youngest brother has always been awesome about […]

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Fix the Roads

September 12th, 2014

The elder Mayor Daleys political credo was that as long as you picked up the garbage, plowed the snow, and fixed the roads, Chicago voters wouldnt care what other political shenanigans went on. He was a practical politician in a city that famously worked. The same cant be said for the current state of Michigan. […]

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Cool weather crops for winter harvest

September 09th, 2014

My seeds are plantedfor my winter vegetable crop. Wehave a small, unheated greenhouse — sometimes called a high tunnel — that I built last year out of salvaged parts. That’s where I sowed my seeds. In our climate, most winters are too harsh for plants to survive without some kind of protection. In years past […]

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This is Life

September 06th, 2014

We survived our first week of school. We have a second grader and one girl who started kindergarten. I’m in year thirteen of teaching. How did that happen? A new school year is an adjustment for everyone. An earlier bedtime and actually having to set my alarm is a change from our summer routine. This […]

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