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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Ideas for Making Your Home a Refuge from the Hard Times Outside

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2009-(MCT)-We are living, you might say, in the Age of the Slash. Everywhere we turn, it's all about slashing. Slash jobs. Slash profits. Slash budgets. So much slashing we're starting to shake. ...


The Recipe For Recession Savings? Eating at Home

RISMEDIA, March 2, 2009-(MCT)-Melissa Farrell's three kids might not know the word "recession," but they notice there are fewer snacks around the house these days and that a trip to McDonald's has been replaced with hamburgers at home. ...


Getaways – An Ideal Winter Getaway

RISMEDIA, February 27, 2009- (MCT)-Leaving our house in Seattle on a Wednesday afternoon with just carry-on suitcases and a day pack stuffed with food and wine, I had a hard time grasping that without getting in a car or boarding ...


Perfect Pancakes – Strategies to Make the Hottest Hot Cakes

RISMEDIA, February 26, 2009-(MCT)-The secret to making perfect pancakes is obvious, according to Carla Connett: "The very simple way to put it is that they're not made from a box or a mix," explained Connett, owner of Hotcakes Cafe in ...


How to Host a Chocolate Tasting

RISMEDIA, February 25, 2009-A chocolate tasting is much like a wine tasting minus the hangover. Or more honestly, the hangover is the kind that leaves you wide awake at 2 a.m. trying to remember just how many pieces of dark ...


How to Break a Sweat without Breaking the Bank in 2009

RISMEDIA, February 24, 2009-More than 80 million Americans go on diets each year, taking a pledge to lose weight, but getting in gear and joining a gym can add up during these tough economic times. But you don't have to ...


How to Take a Bite Out of Your Food Bill

RISMEDIA, February 23, 2009-Put your grocery budget on a diet and still eat well-it can be done. "On Wednesday, I look for the ads and plan my weekend shopping and clip coupons," said Tara Gidus, a spokeswoman for the American ...


It’s Time for An Emotional Stimulus Plan

RISMEDIA, February 21, 2009-(MCT)-Maybe it hits you only once in a while, whenever, say, you hear rumblings in the office that pink slips are coming, and suddenly there's that pang in your heart, the quickening of the thump-thump that are your pulse and your blood pressure rising like flames in a ...


Getaways – Google Earth Takes Web Surfers to Explore Sea Life

RISMEDIA, February 20, 2009-(MCT)-For years, Google Earth users could zoom in on their houses, take in the view from Ventura's Two Trees or scale the cliffs above Sespe Creek while clicking away on their home computers. ...


Economists Trace ‘Happiness Gap’

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2009-(MCT)-Polls show that Americans' sense of well-being went downhill last year right along with the stock market. But according to two University of Pennsylvania economists taking the long view, at least we're all in it together. ...


Tips for Cold and Flu Season

RISMEDIA, February 18, 2009-According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the common cold is one of the largest contributors to missed work and school every year. There are more than 200 documented viruses that can cause cold symptoms of varying severity, and no known cures, therefore, more emphasis ...


Liquidation Sales – What to Know Before You Go

RISMEDIA, February 17, 2009-(MCT)-At a time when the retail industry is experiencing an unprecedented number of bankruptcies, there's one related business that's undergoing a boom. ...


Food Can Play Big Role in Maintaining, Restoring Health

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2009- (MCT)-When you get a cold, do you spend hours at the drugstore trying to find a remedy that will stop the sneezing and dull the headache? ...


Mandolin Proves to Be More than Just a Family Heirloom

RISMEDIA, February 13, 2009-(MCT)-For years, an old mandolin that was passed down as a family heirloom held a secret from two sisters. ...


Former White House Chef Dishes on First Families and Famous Guests

RISMEDIA, February 12, 2009-(MCT)-Let's be honest: Americans are obsessed with life in the White House - from what presidents eat to behind-the-scenes gossip about events. And who better to share such stories than Roland Mesnier, the White House executive pastry ...


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