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Finance Fridays

I am thrilled to introduce a segment of the blog called Finance Fridays. I will cover financial tips that have not only helped me but also those around me.

As someone in the finance industry for several years, I have learned so much that I would like to share all of it with you. There is a wide variety of self-help business books, finance gurus (such as Suze Orman), and unlicensed finance professionals handing out advice. What all this tells me is that only YOU can fix your fnance woes. And, believe me, you can do it with no sweat.

Now, my history with finance dates back to when I turned 18 - when I received my first credit card during my first week in college. Debt sounds like such an ugly word today, but it sounded great back then. I could buy now and pay later - much later.

Fast forward to the end of college, when I had several accounts in collections. I couldn't even open a bank account! Through all this time, I was working at least 25 hours a week while going to college full ti…

Easy BBQ Chicken

Being at home sick has its rewards, like catching up on my reading and ownership of the remote. Then, it has its pitfalls, like the need to clean and cook before my family comes home. I threw together simple ingredients into the crock pot this morning so dinner will be ready in time of their arrival.


Easy BBQ Chicken Ingredients: 3-4 lbs. chicken drumsticks or thighs  1 pkg. McCormick Slow Cookers BBQ Pulled Pork or McCormick Slow Cookers Southern BBQ Ribs mix 1/2 c. packed light brown sugar 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar 1/2 c. ketchup Directions: Place rinsed chicken sections in slow cooker. Mix seasoning mix, brown sugar, vinegar and ketchup in separate bowl. Pour mixture over chicken. Set cooker on high for 4 hours. I'll bake some potatoes and veggies for side dishes, and we're good to go. What is your easy chicken recipe? Please share.

Diana

Easy Potato Soup and Slow-cooker Short Ribs

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I am a good cook in my heart, but my hands do something else. I MUST follow recipes in order to produce good food. Bless those of you who can whip up something without a recipe. I want to be you when I grow up.

My husband was out of the country for a week, living on restaurant food and room service. For the country he was working in, it was for the best. Still, he craved low-sodium home cooking. So, I have to share these winning recipes with you. Follow or adjust and let me know how it turned out. Photos encouraged.
Easy Potato Soup Quick and easy potato soup with a kick, thanks to red pepper flakes.


Ingredients: 6 to 8 red potatoes, peeled and quartered2 to 3 Tbsp. butter [substitute 3 Tbsp. canola oil] 2 small carrots, diced or shredded1/4 c. finely chopped onion2 Tbsp. flour4 c. milk2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley [substitute 1 Tbsp. parsley flakes]1 Ttbsp. salt1/2 tsp. seasoned salt [substitute 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper]1/4 tsp. red …

New Year Goals

With the start of every year, you feel rejuvinated and anxious. This is the best time to set new, attainable goals.


Step 1: Name goals Step 2: Set deadlines Step 3: Strategize Step 4: Celebrate each milestone
My blog goals for the year include: Invest in professional grade camera (other than tablet and phone cameras)Create crafting space in homeMake storage and organization a priorityConsider advertisingCommit one hour per day What are your goals? Can I help you attain any of them?
Diana