Happy Day After Christmas!

Our holiday celebrations were short, peaceful, and lovely. The Hubster didn’t get a lot of time off, but the time we had together as a family was fun and refreshing. Full of joy and laughter and fun. Just right.

1457483_10202799410771494_677698004_nHey, guess what – HUGE eBook sale going on over at www.99kindle.blogspot.com. Loads of books, only 99¢ each. Shrilugh is included in the sale, but there are so many other books there, too – and they all have several 4 & 5 star reviews. It’s like a treasure trove of great reads. You should definitely check it out. Make sure you do it by the 29th – the sale ends at midnight! 🙂

I’m off to enjoy the day with my kiddos. Hope your day-after-Christmas is lovely and fun.




Das Bug

The stomach flu. Say it with me:


#thriftythursday is nada this week because of this nasty little bug. I was SO stoked about Third Thursday #thriftaton, too! Oh, well – there’s always next month. If you were planning on getting your thrift on tonight, I hope you’ll still post with the #thriftathon hashtag! Otherwise, we’ll use the next thirty days or so to get super-pumped about next month’s outing.


Next week is Christmas. Can you even believe it? HOPEFULLY everybody in my house will be well before the weekend hits, with all the family parties and fun! 99% of my shopping is done, and almost all of the gifts have been wrapped, which means it’s perfectly acceptable for me to go curl into a ball on my bed and whimper while my tummy makes sounds no tummy should ever make.

Wishing you a healthy Thursday,


p.s. If you have any thrifting finds from this past week, post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #thriftythursday! Seeing your bargains will make me feel better. Kinda like laughter – bargains are good medicine. *grin*


Happy Hausfrau: Sweetened Condensed Milk

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It was a holiday emergency.

The Happy Hausfrau, preparing to make her hubby’s favorite Christmastime treat, realized she had forgotten one item at the store.  The store that, though open, was teeming with last minute shoppers jacked up on caffeine and misplaced holiday spirit.  She did not want to brave that storm.

“Sweetened condensed milk…sweetened condensed milk,” she muttered to herself while staring vainly in her pantry, wishing very much that she was Mrs. Weasley, who was sure to have a spell that could create sweetened condensed milk out of thin air.  She stomped her foot a little, thinking that being a Muggle definitely had some serious disadvantages.

The clock was ticking.  A mob of family members with zombie-like hunger for sweets and booze would soon be ringing the doorbell and storming the kitchen, leaving nothing in their wake but crumbs, dirty dishes, empty bottles, and creepy Uncle Joe passed out under the kitchen table.  The Happy Hausfrau knew she needed to find a substitute.  Fast.

After taking a brief, but oh-so-necessary moment to adjust her holiday apron and re-apply her devastatingly red lipstick, the Happy Hausfrau perched in front of her computer, fingers flying over the keyboard.  A small, sly smile crossed her face as she read.  She may not be Mrs. Weasley, but she had one thing Mrs. Weasley didn’t:


Okay, maybe two things:

Google and scotch.

She typed and clicked, sipped and searched until she found exactly what she needed:

How to Astonish Friends and Make Your Enemies Envious with this Simply Easy Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe.

Rejoice!  Christmas Eve, and the Happy Hausfrau’s husband’s favorite treat (the unfortunately named ‘Fudge Puddles’) were saved!

The Unfortunately-Named 'Fudge Puddles'

Recipe: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 Eggs

1 C. Brown Sugar

1 tsp. Vanilla

2 Tbsp. Flour

1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1/4 tsp. Salt

Mix all ingredients well; use as a substitute for sweetened condensed milk in recipes for pies, bars, and desserts.

Click here for the fabulous Fudge Puddles recipe.