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TODAY ONLY: Save Over 60% on Norton Security ($29.99 For 5 Devices)

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TODAY ONLY: Amazon has a special daily deal offer ~ get Norton Security for $29.99 and protect up to 5 Devices including PCs, Macs, Smartphones and tablets  (retail is $79.99).  Norton Security gives you the their most comprehensive protection for the many ways you connect online. Along with proactive web and privacy protection, Norton Security even includes a special feature that helps you easily locate lost or stolen smartphones and tablets.

:: Go here to get Norton Security for $29.99 ~ price valid today only.  

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How to Make Snow Ice Cream — a.k.a. Winter Bliss in a Bowl

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I hope you are enjoying our beautiful snow today!

We are not posting our weekly Fort Worth Free & Cheap Weekend Events (for Feb. 27 & 28) since most events are cancelled or postponed due to this lovely winter weather.  Instead, we decided to “dust off” and share this archived post/recipe from a few years ago —  How to Make Snow Ice Cream.

Have fun and stay warm! : )

Something New to Try
On this fluffy-white, beautiful snow day, I thought it would be fun to make snow   ice cream for the first time.  I remember my parents sharing memories about making the treat when they were kiddos (they grew up where snow was a more frequent occurrence than here in Fort Worth), and I always thought it sounded like the ultimate “fun food!”

I do believe this is just the thing to try on this wonderful winter day, and have already set my largest bowl outside to catch a container-full of winter bliss.

Following is the recipe I used, which comes with great reviews from allrecipes.com:

Bon Appetite, y’all!

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

1 gallon snow
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk (or half and half for a richer taste)

Directions

  1. When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes.
  2. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste, then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency.
  3. Serve at once.

Options:  Personally, we like this recipe best, as is, but you can also try mixing other favorite ingredients such as cocoa powder, cinnamon, coconut, or chocolate chips. Get creative and the kids (big and small) will have a blast making it.

Did you try this recipe? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments section.

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$15 OFF Coupon for Paint at Sherwin Williams

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If you have a D.I.Y. paint project on your to do list for 2015, be sure and check out this $15 OFF coupon from Pottery Barn & Sherwin Williams.  The coupon is valid through March 24, 2015 and is usable on any retail paint or supply purchase of $75 or more from Sherwin-Williams.

::  Go here to get the coupon and learn more about this offer.

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Over 200 FREE Pumpkin Carving Stencils, Jack-O-Lantern Patterns, Downloads and Creative Ideas

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200 Pumpkin carving ideas

Pick up a couple of inexpensive pumpkins and try you hand at a fun design with one of  these FREE pumpkin stencils — we’ve rounded up over 200 designs for just about every interest and level of difficulty:

  • The Texas Rangers fan club  has 4 FREE Texas Rangers and Texas themed FREE printable jack-o-lantern templates hereShow your support for our favorite baseball team!
  • Southern Living inspires with over 55 free pumpkin carving and decorating ideas – from elegant to jolly–to ready your house for the fall.
  • Better Homes and Gardens provides over 100  creative ideas and templates for decorating pumpkins hereThey even offer free customized stencils when you answer a short quiz based on your carving ability level, decorating desires, and project involvement needs.
  • Hesheys.com offers a wide variety of 30 different patterns from easy to advanced, with printable carving instructions.
  • DisneyFamily.com has over 30 templates including many Disney character patterns ~ Frozen’s Olaf, Mickey Mouse, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Toy Story, Ferb and Doc McStuffins.
  • Nick Jr. offers 31 favorite Nick Jr. TV show character patterns like Dora the Explorer, Paw Patrol, and many others.
  • Lowes has created 8 downloadable designs to add fall flair to your front entry.  If you want something less halloween themed and more decorative, the Ginkgo leaf design is fantastic.
  • Kraft.com has 6 different pumpkin face patterns as well as an easy-to-follow guide for carving pumpkins, here.
  • PumpkinLady.com provides a wide selection of clever design templates, most for less than $.99. Click around the site for some great ideas.  You’ll also find 12 designs for FREE  here.

I recommend a couple of great tools for making your pumpkin carving project easier:

Pumpkin Carving

  • For the more serious pumpkin carving project, I recommend the Messermeister Pumpkin Carving Kit which includes a chef quality Pumpkin/Melon knife, scoop and carving tools in a storage case.  The special blades are designed to carve intricate designs beautifully (not for the kiddos, though)!   They’ll give a great grip when cutting and carving pumpkins and thick melons, too.

Pumpkin Carving

  • If you want one really good tool, I recommend getting a special Pumpkin/Melon Carving knife. We really like the Warren Pro Pumpkin Carving knife. It is well made with a walnut handle and comes with several sturdy replacement blades that have a fine saw like cutting action ~ they will not bend or break as with the cheaper versions.  Again, this is not safe for kids.

 

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FREE Thanksgiving Printable Chalkboard Art

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Prepare your home and hearts for the upcoming Thanksgiving celebration with FREE printable art from fellow blogger, A Bird and a Bean.  This lovely chalkboard design prints on standard letter paper and then trims to fit a standard frame.

:: Download your FREE Thanksgiving printable here.

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10 Columbus Day Sale Coupons Worth Checking Out — 50% OFF at Michael’s, 25% OFF at World Market & More

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Here is a nice collection of savings coupons for Fort Worth and Dallas retailers, valid this week (and beyond in some cases)! 

Secret Sauce Savings Tip:  Note that you can print these out as many times as you need them, but typically you can only use one per store visit.  Read the “birdseed” for each coupon.

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Big Lots 20% OFF Entire Purchase This Weekend

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This weekend, Big Lots is offering a special 20% OFF your entire purchase deal. This is a great time to fill in the gap on your food pantry, personal care items, office/school supplies and other household items.

There are two different ways to get 20% Off at Big Lots this weekend:

  1. Saturday, October 4:  If you are a Buzz Club Rewards members you can get a head-start on saving 20%.  Show your rewards card at checkout after 2PM on Saturday to get the 20% OFF your entire purchase. You can easily  become a Buzz Club Member online for FREE, here.
  2.  Sunday, October 5:  Print out the 20% OFF coupon you’ll find here (no membership needed) and use it anytime during Big Lot’s Sunday store hours to get the 20% OFF your total purchase.

Find a Big Lots Store location near you, here.

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