Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

by Nindo Mom on May 4, 2014

Cupcakes (makes 24) 2 c. flour 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1 tbsp. baking powder 1 c. and 2 tbsp. cocoa powder 1/8 tsp salt 1/4 c. plus 1 tsp. butter, softened 2-1/4 c.  white sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp. raspberry extract 1.5 c. whole milk 24 large frozen raspberries Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a [...]

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How an Otter Saved My Kindle Fire

by Nindo Mom on July 4, 2012

I was excited to finally get a Kindle last April, and doubly-so that it was the awesome Kindle Fire–Amazon’s newest entry into the e-reader market. It had a full-color screen, and was a sexy black (compared to the silver hue of the older Kindle models), and was reputed to be better for browsing the web [...]

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I recently decided to buy a tiller / cultivator because I wanted to re-seed my lawn faster. A couple of years of severe water shortages had killed A LOT of my grass, and weeds to grow in its place. A few weeks ago, I begun what turned out to be quite a daunting task: tilling [...]

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Best Buy announced March 29 that it will be closing 50 of its 1,100 U.S. stores in 2012. Is your Best Buy one of those to be shut down? Best Buy spokesperson Sue Busch Nehring says the retailer isn’t yet prepared to announce the details of which stores will be closed–but that specifics will be [...]

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In today’s difficult economy, we’re all trying to save money wherever we can. If you’re already a Target shopper, you probably already know that Target has some excellent prices. Like all stores, their pricing can vary on particular items–but overall, their prices tend to be lower than many other retail stores. But there’s a way [...]

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This past Valentine’s Day, a friend sent me Fannie May chocolate tower–a full two pounds of chocolate–as a gift. He mailed the chocolate right to my house–a nice service Fannie May offers for no more than the standard shipping fee. I was really grateful for the gift–a pile of chocolate is a great surprise to [...]

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Choosing Great Valentines Day Gifts for Kids

by Nindo Mom on February 12, 2012

My son, who’s in fifth grade this year, does enjoy getting a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. But I always get him a gift or two, as well. Because Valentine’s Day falls so near to Christmas a time–when some other high-dollar bills may still be coming in–it can be a good time for frugality. [...]

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When, at the beginning of the school year, I heard that my child’s class would be attending an all-day outdoor field trip, it sounded like it could be a lot of fun. But then I  found out the field trip would be held in FEBRUARY–one of the coldest months of the year here on the [...]

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