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make it from scratch! – September 15, 2009

Welcome to the September 15, 2009 edition of make it from scratch! We’ve got some great submissions this week in both the food and crafting sections. My favourites in each category have been highlighted.

Rest assured I will be trying some of these recipes and crafts in the near future!


bestofkidsites presents Chocolate Pumpkin Eaters – Fall Rice Krispy Treats posted at The best of kids sites on the web.

Britnee presents Moist Meat Balls!!!!! posted at Britnee Timberlake’s Institute of Home Cooking Blog.

Kristia presents Make It Yourself Monday – Blueberry Ice Cream posted at Family Balance Sheet.

The Homemaking Helper presents Zucchini Casserole posted at The Homemaking Helper, saying, “Here’s one more zucchini recipe to add to your collection. This is a traditional zucchini casserole that I’ve tweaked to give it more flavor.”

*Editor’s Pick* Frugal Kiwi presents Chocolate Marshmallow Raspberry Cookie Delights posted at The Frugal Kiwi, saying, “DIY Raspberry Jam Centered Mallomar-type cookies.”

Katie presents Soaked 100% Whole Grain Pancakes (Camping Variation) posted at Kitchen Stewardship, saying, “Healthier and cheaper than a pancake mix and even a step above most homemade pancakes. These are so fluffy and easy, we even took them camping!”

Annette Berlin presents Spaghetti And Eggs posted at Craft Stew, saying, “A couple of nights ago, I wanted pasta for dinner. After brainstorming for a while, Spaghetti And Eggs is the dish I came up with. This recipe is so good, I made it again this afternoon.”

Mrs. Accountability presents Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream posted at Out of Debt Again, saying, “I made some delicious vanilla bean ice cream with free cream from my son’s job. Yummy!”

Julie Artz presents Make it From Scratch – Home-Canned Bloody Mary Mix posted at Terminal Verbosity.

knitting. crafts. other

*Editor’s Pick* Make it from Scratch presents Sweet Sleep! posted at Make It From Scratch.

Abi presents Make your own TO DO list…. posted at lighter side, saying, “Make your own Note pad …”

Cyndi presents CopprClay ammonite pendant posted at Beading Arts, saying, “Here’s a simple way to create a necklace to showcase a special pendant!”

Condo Blues presents How to Make Nontoxic Blowing Bubble Mix posted at Condo Blues.

Elizabeth presents Fun Fall Wreath posted at Glue Gun Crafts.

Cindy presents Recycled Scrubber & Dishcloth posted at My Recycled, saying, “Crochet this scrubbie with cotton yarn and some recycled produce netting which creates a wonderful scrubber. I added a star dishcloth to complete this MIFS kitchen set.”

Darcy presents Picture Perfect Switchplate posted at Smart-Bottom Enterprises, saying, “Hi! I made a really cool switchplate cover using my son’s picture.”


That concludes this edition of the make it from scratch! carnival. Submit your blog article to the next edition of make it from scratch! using our carnival submission form.

Next week’s edition is being hosted over at It’s Frugal Being Green – get those submissions in!

Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Upcoming: Make it from Scratch Carnival!

The Make It From Scratch blog carnival is the place to share your posts on your creative endeavours– anything you have done from scratch! This can be cooking, crafts, DIY, anything!

I love this carnival because there are always some amazing recipes or ideas submitted by all the fabulous bloggers out there.

If you would like to participate, please send in your submissions by Sunday, September 20th. The carnival will go up here on Tuesday morning.

To submit your post, you can do so via the Blog Carnival website.

***WIN a custom-made silver ring!***
Click here for contest details & to enter! I am accepting submissions until Sunday, September 13, so hurry up!

Carnival of Twenty Something Finances

Welcome to the July 20, 2009 edition of twenty something finances.

This is my first time hosting this carnival, and boy were there a lot of submissions! There are some fantastic articles in here that are sure to educate you in one way or another. Keep your eyes peeled for my Editor’s Picks!

Please take a read through and remember to submit your article for the next carnival!

Chris presents Dealing with debt: an interview with Christopher Zinn from Choice posted at Home I Own, saying, “Debt patterns explained”

Brian McKay presents Student Loan Repayments Linked to Income posted at, saying, “Starting July 1st, 2009, student loan repayments will be limited to 15 percent of a borrower’s discretionary income or 15 percent of the amount that a borrower’s (and spouse’s if applicable) adjusted gross income exceeds 150 percent of the poverty line, divided by 12.”

PT presents Cash for Clunkers Bill posted at Prime Time Money presents Detecting Bad Offers Especially if You Have Bad CreditCredit Card Assist. posted at

Billeater presents Dorm Life – Cheap College Living Tips posted at Billeater.

Ben presents Happy Financial Independence Day posted at Money Smart Life.

David presents Rent VS. Buying a Home posted at Personal Finance Ology, saying, “A guide to helping you decide: Rent or Buy a House.”

The Dough Roller presents Versus–Where to get your free credit report posted at The Dough Roller, saying, “Free credit reports are not always free.”

Saj Karsan presents Screening For Value posted at Barel Karsan.

Handy Saputra presents How To Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster posted at Home Loan | Mortgage Resources, saying, “For most people a mortgage loan of 30 years is the only way for them to affordably own a home. The monthly payments are all they feel they can afford. If they were to be told they could pay their mortgage off faster and not have to come up with more money or make changes to their budgets do you think they would go for it?”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Best High Interest Savings Accounts In Online BankingThe Digerati Life posted at

Mr Credit Card presents My Minimum Payment is raised from 2% to 5% ? What to Do?Ask Mr Credit Card. posted at

The Smarter Wallet presents Trend Analysis For The US Dollar Index and Crude Oil MarketThe Smarter Wallet posted at

**Editor’s Pick** Matt Jabs presents Emergency Fund Is For Emergencies ONLY – 6 Ways To Leave It Alone posted at Debt Free Adventure!, saying, “We hear a lot about saving for an Emergency Fund these days, but rarely here ways to help those who are struggling with periodic dips into their EF for non-emergency reasons! If that is what you need… today is your lucky day! Here are 6 strategies to help you save your Emergency Fund for the true emergencies”

Banker Saver presents How Safe Is Your Retirement Fund? posted at Banker Saver, saying, “is your retirement account safe? I explore this here.”

Manshu presents PEG Ratio posted at OneMint, saying, “Price Earning Growth Ratio takes the concept of Price / Earning Ratio (P/E Ratio) and adds in the element of Growth in it. The P/E Ratio is calculated by dividing Price of the Share with its Earning Per Share.”

Bank Savings Review presents Highest CD Rates – July 2009 posted at Bank Savings Review, saying, “These CDs have the most reliable and highest rates.”

Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents Debit Card Versus Credit Card – Which Is Better?Cash Money Life, saying, “Which is better – using credit cards or debit cards? Credit cards offer better protections and cash rewards, but also come with the temptation to overspend.” posted at

Madison presents Learn the Financial Impact of Your Everyday Purchases posted at My Dollar Plan.

nickel presents Insurance Needs for a Couple with No Kids posted at

Sam presents New !! How to Pay for College posted at Surfer Sam and Friends

asgreen presents Is a Master’s Degree Worth It? posted at Always the Planner….

Handy Saputra presents Tips To Get Good Mortgage Rates. posted at Home Loan | Mortgage Resources, saying, “From a past few years many people have made their way towards the mortgage companies to purchase their properties because of the easy installment facilities and Least Mortgage Rates. People have understood the word mortgage very well and this is the reason why the mortgage companies are thriving year by year or in fact day by day. Buying the property, taking the assistance from the mortgage companies is a simple method without burdening ourselves with the bulky amounts.”

Jack Schmidt presents 3 Credit Cards That Could Change Your Life posted at SectorMatic Money Journal, saying, “SectorMatic Money Site – Personal Finance | Everything for the Big Spender on a Budget. Now you can live like a fat cat, even if you’re on a money diet. Laugh all the way to the bank with Jack Schmidt and SectorMatic. It’s for you!”

Martha Jackson presents 25 Social Media Sites for Financial Professionals posted at Online Accounting Colleges.

Barry presents Saving Money With Do It Yourself Projects posted at Associate Money.

MoneyNing presents How to Buy a Used Car posted at Money Ning, saying, “Knowing how to buy a used car can not only save you thousands but sometimes tens of thousands.”

My Life ROI presents Top Interview Blunders posted at My Life ROI, Getting the Best Return On Life, saying, “Top interview blunders you NEED to avoid!”

Tyler Tervooren presents Cash in on the Cash for Clunkers Program posted at Frugally Green, saying, “If your old, gas-guzzling auto is about to take a dirt nap, you may be interested to know that the US Government will soon be offering an incentive up to $4,500 to buy a new, more efficient vehicle. Read this article to find out more about program and what you’ll need to know to take advantage of it.”

Ted Reimers presents Average Starting Salary by Major for 2009 posted at CampusGrotto.

Carlos Sera presents A Coffee Tale posted at Financial Tales, saying, “In December of 2006 my two oldest children came home from college for their winter break. My son, Carl, was a senior and my daughter, Veronica, was a sophomore. For those parents out there that don’t know this yet, college-age children are not early-risers.”

Four Pillars presents Keep Your Emergency Fund In A High Interest Savings Account posted at Quest For Four Pillars, saying, “Some suggestions on the best places to store your emergency fund.”

Chris McClelland presents Here’s how paying off your student loans can be a little less painless posted at Lucrative Investing.

Darwin presents Median vs. Mean: Know the Difference or Risk Being Manipulated posted at Darwin’s Finance, saying, “This article takes aim at politicians, college professors and others who selectively cite means, medians and other statistics in an attempt to fool you and advance their agenda. By mastering literacy on these topics, you can discern their motives and decide if what they’re saying is legitimate.”

Dan at Everydayfinance presents How to Get a Mortgage Rate Under 4% posted at Everyday Finance, saying, “This article highlights means by which home buyers can attain a sub-4% mortgage rate by playing their cards right.”

Credit Shout presents When should you cut up your credit cards? posted at CreditShout.

Handy Saputra presents Obama Mortgage Refinance Plan – Will It Help You? posted at Home Loan | Mortgage Resources, saying, “The Obama Mortgage Refinance Plan has been given an extra boost recently. In the original refinance plan, home owners with a 105% loan-to-value on their mortgage were able to refinance at lower mortgage rates. Now that the economy remains in a recession and the housing market has yet to see a bottom, Obama has extended that loan-to-value ratio to 125%. This means that home owners that are 25% underwater are capable of applying for a refinance.”

**Editor’s Pick** 2 Pennies Earned presents How to Nicely Furnish and Decorate Your Apartment for Under $1,000 posted at Two Pennies Earned, saying, “Here are some strategies for keeping the costs of furniture, decorations, and other housewares within your budget while avoiding the bachelor-pad look.”

Jeff Rose presents What Kind of Investor Are You Right Now? posted at Jeff Rose.

J. Savings presents Borrow From Yourself First. posted at Budgets are Sexy., saying, “We have savings accounts, rainy day accounts, and emergency funds set up for a reason!”

Tom Drake presents Library Card posted at The Canadian Finance Blog, saying, “If you like to read, but don’t often read the same book twice, then you should look into getting a library card.”

Len Penzo presents Ten Essential Negotiating Tactics Everyone Should Know posted at Len Penzo . Com, saying, “One of the most important life skills that should be mastered by everyone is the art of negotiating. Here are ten essential tactics to help you master the art.”

ChristianPF presents Know well the condition of your flocks posted at Money in the Bible | Christian Personal Finance Blog, saying, “According to the Bible, we have a responsibility to know where our money is going and to handle it wisely…”

Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents Pros and Cons of Secured Credit Cards posted at Cash Money Life, saying, “Secured credit cards are a great way for people with no credit or bad credit to establish or improve their credit history and credit score.”

Patrick @ Military Money presents Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps posted at Military Finance Network, saying, “Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps is to provide a step by step guide to help people get out of debt and achieve financial freedom.”

Ray @ Financial Highway presents Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) Ideas posted at Financial Highway, saying, “How to use the TFSA”

PT presents Tips for Keeping Wedding Costs Down posted at Prime Time Money.

Wren Caulfield presents Moving? Save time and money with these great tips. posted at True Adventures in Money Hacking.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of twenty something finances using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Upcoming: Carnival of 20-Something Finances

On Monday July 20th it will be my turn to host!

The carnival of Twenty Something Finances runs every Monday at a different blog and highlights things that everyone should know but that Twenty Something Year Olds usually need to focus on.

I’ve already got lots of submissions pouring in, but if you haven’t had a chance to submit yours yet you can mosey on over to the carnival homepage and do it!

Make It From Scratch!

It is my pleasure to be hosting the Make It From Scratch! carnival today!

Here are this week’s submissions. Happy reading!


Dora Renee talks about egg experiments with her son, and making yogurt from scratch at home!

Flea educates us on how to make a simple survival knife for 50 cents or less with items from the local hardware store. Perfect for hikers and campers!

Rani shares with us their recipe for Beer Bread. Sounds yummy!

RecycleCindy gives us a cool way of reusing our t-shirts by turning them into cool totebags. She even offers the crochet pattern for free!

With summer coming more and more people are entertaining with seasonal fruits and vegetables. What better way to compliment your summer strawberries than with Lucky’s recipe and step by step instructions for Heavenly Angel Food Cake?

Oh my gosh, I love pickles! Frills In The Hills shows us how she makes pickles the way her grandfather used to. I am definitely going to try this recipe out!

Ever tried 5-minute mug brownies? I have! Learn how with the Make it from Scratch recipe. Try adding chocolate chips for that extra kick!

Oh yum, more of my favourite food! Jim shares his method of making the perfect pizza dough from scratch!

Have you gotten a card for your dad yet? Alex reminds us that you can easily print your own Father’s Day card.

Myscha Theriault from WiseBread asks us “Why buy frosting from a can when you can whip it up cheaply from scratch?”

Do you like to clip and keep a lot of coupons, but don’t really have anywhere central to store them? Maybe a homemade coupon box like Rachel’s is the answer. Check it out!

Delicious and ridiculously easy caramel rolls from no-knead bread. These rolls are no more prep than refrigerated rolls, but taste better and are cheaper. –Thanks Margit!

If you want the tast of BBQ but don’t have one of your own, Carrie shares a great recipe for Oven BBQ’d Chicken. Follow it with the angel food cake and you’ll be golden!

Viviana reminds us that during these hard times it is even more important to make do and mend our own clothes. Her article provides a bit of history on the subject as well as some resources for those who would like to learn how to mend their clothes.

Rina shares her delectable Rhubarb Crumb Bars recipe with us. Hurry out to your local farmer’s market and get some rhubarb while it’s still in season!

Katie lists another option for preparing your meat with a lovely Jamaican Meat Marinade and a quick lesson on peppers!

Local Nourishment finds the perfect recipe for soaked grain pancakes!

Stacy shares another fantastic Rhubarb Buckle recipe with us. Oooh I can taste the tartness from here!

Pete tells us why a fruit tree is a great thing to have in your backyard. I couldn’t agree more! Think of all the things you could do with the fruit!


Thank you to everyone who submitted an article, I had a great time reading them all and I will probably even try some of the suggestions!

If you would like to host the next Make It From Scratch! carnival, please click here.

Coming Soon: The Make It From Scratch Carnival!

A lot of you folks are pretty familiar with this great carnival, and I am happy to report that I will be hosting the next edition!

The Make It From Scratch blog carnival is the place to share your posts on your creative endeavours– anything you have done from scratch! This can be cooking, crafts, DIY, anything!

I love this carnival because there are always some amazing recipes or ideas submitted by all the fabulous bloggers out there.

If you would like to participate, please send in your submissions by Sunday, May 24th. The carnival will go up here on Tuesday morning.

To submit your post, you can do so via the Blog Carnival website.

Carnival of Accomplishments – April 22, 2009

Welcome to the April 22, 2009 edition of The Carnival of Accomplishments! This carnival was designed as a forum to share your life experiences and accomplishments. What have you accomplished (big or small) that you are proud of? Give yourself a pat on the back and share it with us!

This is a great way to remind yourself and others that even if it sometimes feels as though you haven’t done much yet, everyone can take a look into their life and find something to celebrate. It’s a self-esteem booster!

Many submissions were received for this carnival, and the ones that best reflected the true spirit of the carnival are featured immediately below. Following those submissions are others that were interesting and mainly dealt with ways that you can boost your self-esteem, overcome obstacles in your life, and advice to generally help you achieve some great things in your life!

A big THANKS to everyone who participated and please remember that we are looking for another blog to host the next session.



P.L. Frederick presents I Got An Award Today posted at Small and Big, saying, “‘Tis nearly true. (A humorous post to lighten your day.)”

Amy presents Blog Carnival: Accomplishments posted at Rainy Saturday, in which she shares one of her great accomplishments: finishing school with no student debt.

Vanessa Wolf presents I wrote a f-cking book, mother f-ckers! posted at Wide Awake in Wonderland. Good work, Vanessa!

*Editor’s Favourite* Shannon presents Thankful Thursday – Who do you appreciate? Have you told them? | The Daily Balance posted at The Daily Balance, saying, “The importance of employee recognition — a great employee review provides motivation” in which Shannon receives an excellent performance review.

Khan presents Start Me Up posted at Higher Education and Career Blog, in which Khan goes from minimal working credentials to landing a great job with a little perseverance!

Clair Schwan presents Mental Toughness – your power to succeed posted at Frugal Living Freedom, saying, “Regardless of what you intend to accomplish, you’ll need a bit of mental toughness to help see you through. Here is a discussion of mental toughness and how it helped me get through some difficult times.”

Joshua Seth presents Hypnosis for Pain posted at Joshua Seth Blog, saying, “I just had a laser surgery enhancement done on my right eye. Using only very light Self Hypnosis I was able to go through the entire process with no painkillers or Valium. I’m still amazed.”

Raymond presents Best Motivational Personal Finance Books posted at Money Blue Book Finance, in which he is proud of his creation of a great personal finance book list for his readers.

Great Advice!

Burak Bilgin presents How to Resolve Conflicts Effectively posted at Distiller’s Corner, saying, “We usually choose between two options when we try to solve conflicts: the aggressive and the lazy option. However there is a third option beyond these, considered by few people, but much more effective than the previous two.”

MoneyNing presents The Secret Power of Positive Attitude posted at Money Ning, saying, “Positive Attitude is key to a better life.”

Leave Debt Behind presents Quick and Easy Ways Your Teen Can Make Money posted at Leave Debt Behind.

*Editor’s Favourite* Jacob Duchaine presents The Nonverbal Language of Power – Part 1 posted at Blogging Guy.

Travis presents Understanding and Overcoming Jealousy | posted at Personal Web Guide.

Sam presents Building Self Esteem. Skills for Self Improvement and Self Help ! Surfer Sam posted at Surfer Sam and Friends, saying, “Do you truly know yourself? Do you like the person you see? Would you like to become a better person? Self-esteem is the value you place on yourself. It is your sense of personal worth, along with your confidence and your respect for yourself.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of accomplishments using our carnival submission form.
Past posts and future hosts can be found on our

blog carnival index page

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