Friday, January 16, 2009

Frugal Side Dish: Sautéed Corn, Bacon, and Scallions

I strongly recommend keeping this recipe on hand. This side dish is a perfect option for mealtime, and it is a great dish to bring to a party or event. It is easy to make and very tasty. And best of all? It is inexpensive! The ingredients are corn, bacon, scallions, and red pepper flakes. I slightly modify the recipe because I use frozen corn.

{Photo from Martha}

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Children, Christmas, and Materialism

I enjoyed this blogger’s reflections on children, Christmas, and materialism. Although he doesn’t write from a Christian perspective, some of his ideas are worth pondering. He bemoans the happiness that is associated with consumer products, and he presents some ways to counteract it. He writes:

I won’t encourage my children to ask for anything for gifts. This discourages obsessing over Christmas lists and the like. Instead, I’ll just focus on paying attention to them – what are their interests? What are they passionate about? This requires more footwork, but it also stymies a focus on consumerism.

Interesting. I’d never thought about how Christmas lists might encourage consumerism.

{Photo from Martha}


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