Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Notable December Music Releases

Our winter issue was so packed with great holiday tips, ideas, shopping information and more, we just didn't have room to fit everything! We'd planned to include a feature on upcoming album release dates, so we thought we'd post it here for our blog followers to enjoy.

Big December Releases:

Dec. 1
Best of Chess: Original Versions of Songs in Cadillac Records (BLUES)
#13.98 on Amazon
Music from various original artist, including Etta James, Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry

Dec. 2
Cadillac Records Movie Soundtrack (BLUES)
$15.98 on Amazon
Remakes of various Cadillac Records’ by artists including Beyonce, MosDef, and more.

Live Albums Releasing in Dec.:

Three Days Grace, Live at The Palace (ROCK)

Panic at the Disco, Live in Chicago (ROCK / POP)

Santana, The Best of the Fillmore Years (Rock)

Dec. 2:
Carly Simon & Lucy Simon Sing Songs for Children

Dec. 8:
Collective Soul: Afterwords (ROCK) *They just played at Feather Falls Casino I think

Dec. 8:
Maroon 5, Call and Response: The Remix Album, *A remix album

Dec. 8
Anya Marina, Slow and Steady Seduction, Phase II

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Apple Butter- yum!

This is the season for pumpkin patches and trips to the orchard, so why not whip up a batch of delicious apple butter? One of my family's favorite fall treats, apple butter can be enjoyed as a spread on toast, crackers or fruit slices. Essentially, apple butter is just spiced and seasoned applesauce, but oh, is it tasty!!
Make a trip to a local farm or farmer's market to pick up some fresh organic apples, then get ready to can! Here are a few sites we've found with great apple butter recipes and instructions:
While you're at the pumpkin patch, grab a few extra pumpkins and make some pumpkin butter as well!
...isn't your mouth watering just thinking about it??? Yum!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

YARD SALE!! A follow-up to Jan Holman's fall article

After reading Jan Holman's helpful article full of hints and tips for holding a successful yard sale, Todd & Kelly McGregor of Chico were inspired to hold a yard sale of their own! They arranged for two other families to come over to their house on a Saturday in late September for a multi-family sale. The fact that they live in a central location in Chico was helpful, but Jan's tips are what really made the day run seamlessly. Using stickers for pricing items in a simple way, grouping like-items, being ready for early-birds and laying things out to keep things un-cluttered lead to a easy and fun yard sale. The McGregors and their friends cleaned things up and priced items the night before and held their sale on just one day. Although they were exhausted at the end of the day, they had rid their garage of lots of old "stuff" while diverting it all from the landfill and raised over $600!! What a great way to clean up and be green while earning some "green" at the same time!!