We have a wooden crate near the hearth of our fireplace where we store all of our most favorite Christmas movies. Steve just went over and pulled a bunch out and created this list of the ones we love the most. Some are deep, some are moving and some are just plain silly and fun. Here are our top 19 favorites in no particular order - it was just how they came to mind.
HOW’S YOUR ATTITUDE?
We are bombarded with messages that say we must have the latest and greatest “WhatChaMaCallIt” out there. And that we’ve got to dress or look like everyone else or we’ll miss something great. Stop looking at what everyone else appears to have — the truth is, much of it is on payments and those payments are crushing the life out of them.
It's usually when were going through a tough time . . . like a few years ago when one of our kids had four knee surgeries. Oh my, we were all so discouraged. It was really hard to watch her pain and try to see the bright side.
But we were able to get through that tough year with the help of friends, family and our faith in God, and we saw many blessings as a result of this struggle too.
Our daughter met her husband as she was recovering from her last surgery. We've also met some awesome people (doctors, nurses and new friends) who have come along side our daughter and us to encourage and support. The bright side is that we have a great network of friends and family.
To help us remember the good in life we've made lists of things we're grateful for, and honestly, making the lists was such a wonderful prescription for perspective that Annette started a Thankful Book that we write in a couple of times each week during dinner.
This page contains 5 of our all time favorite Thanksgiving pie recipes. Hope your family enjoys them too!
This scrumptious Apple Pie recipe was created by Annette’s Aunt Grace and has been passed down for three generations. It shows up every Thanksgiving, and some of our kids (and Steve too) request it for their birthday dessert. There is nothing more American than apple pie!
Before cutting apples, prepare bottom crust and place in pie plate. Take one egg and beat until foamy. With pastry brush, brush egg on to pie crust and let dry while preparing apples. This is a very important step to prevent the crust from becoming soggy.
In a large bowl toss apples and lemon juice.
In a second bowl mix the remainder of the ingredient list.
With Christmas right around the corner it’s time to put our gift planning into high gear. One great way to do that is to make your list and then check the websites that advertise the super low Black Friday Ads prior to Thanksgiving weekend. Many of them even allow you to simply click and select to build a customized shopping list.
Remember to do your online shopping through Swagbucks and get SBs along with great deals. If you want to know more about getting gift cards with Swagbucks read this blog (and get an exclusive MoneySmartFamily.com bonus code)
7 Secret Strategies that helped us score Big Savings:
It's time to stock your pantry and freezer!
Grocery retailers will be featuring loss-leaders on many of the trimmings for your Thanksgiving meal, so keep your eyes peeled and when the price drops, stock up.
If you don't have a stand alone freezer, this might be a good time to buy one. Our freezer has been one of the greatest money-saving tools we've ever bought. When our family was small (just one child) we bought our first 9-cubic-foot freezer, used, from a friend. We now have a 27-cubic-foot freezer that we use like a bank vault to store our valuable food deals in.
Look for discount pricing on the following item—it may be time to stock-up.