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Can’t Cook? Even You Can Serve a Yummy Thanksgiving Dinner!

November 23, 2020

If you are like me, “Culinary Expert” is not apart of your repertoire and just thinking the phrase “Thanksgiving Dinner” makes you anxious. What if I told you that it doesn’t have to be that way? Since this Thanksgiving will be different due to the Pandemic. Instead of feeding 15 people, you might find yourself feeding 4 people or less with close friends and immediate family.

There are many options for culinary novices out there that some only require having an oven and a microwave. There are even some restaurant chains and grocery store chains that are offering different catering and take out meals options.


Let’s start with the most important dish, the Turkey! At your local grocery stores you can find pre made Turkey Breast with Gravy from Hormel. You can get “Family Size” or “Personal Size.” All you need is a microwave to have the taste of a delicious Thanksgiving turkey.

If you are like me, you are mostly enthusiastic of side dishes. There are a plethora of options for side dishes that do not require you to go crazy in your kitchen.

Bob Evans sells microwaveable Mashed Potatoes and Macaroni and Cheese. If you are looking for Mashed Sweet Potatoes, they are available too from Hormel.

If you are looking to include some healthier side dishes as well, you cannot forget your steamable veggies and cranberry sauce!

Missing your carbs? A staple to any Thanksgiving feast is Pillsbury’s Biscuits. All you need to do is put them in the oven and you have savory and delicious biscuits. Make sure you do not forget to dunk them in gravy.

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Last but not least, do not forget the pumpkin pie! You could purchase the frozen pie or you could go to your local supermarket and pick up a fresh one.

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To make things even easier, you can have your groceries delivered right to your door if you utilize services such as InstaCart, Shipt and Wal-Mart Grocery Delivery.

Take Out

If you do not want the headache of heating up multiple foods and grocery shopping, why not try something easier than pre-made. Take out. Franchise Restaurants are offering to go Thanksgiving meals for you and your entire family to eat and enjoy.

Boston Market

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Cracker Barrel

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Buca De Beppo

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Are you wanting spaghetti and meatballs as a side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner? Then Buca de Beppo has you covered. This meal includes all of your classic favorites including spaghetti and meatballs.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

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Uber Eats is offering a “Churkey” for anyone that is not a fan of Turkey can order a Thanksgiving dinner through Uber Eats Delivery from Popeye’s.


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Make your Thanksgiving easy this year! Gobble, Gobble.

Your Stress Free Holiday Shopping Guide for 2020!

November 19, 2020

I know what you are probably thinking, how is it November already? Didn’t this year just start? For a year that feels like it has been going on for an eternity, we still always feel that the holidays are constantly creeping up behind us!


Counting Those Blessings: Thanksgiving Edition

November 17, 2020

2020 is not like any ordinary year. With a historical event that is the COVID-19 Pandemic, there were many things that changed our mindsets on what is to come.

It definitely has not been easy for us, but imagine how children are doing? How are they feeling about all of this? A lot of their events, school activities, sports are postponed or cancelled. With video conferencing becoming the new normal, kids are not having their usual socialization like they did in school.


Smart & Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween in 2020!

October 26, 2020

No one would have predicted last year that this Halloween, we would be in the middle of a pandemic. A lot of vacations, gatherings and concerts have been cancelled and or postponed due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Black Friday…Is it worth going?

December 10, 2018

Since 1952, Black Friday has been the beginning of the Holiday shopping season. Black Friday falls the day after Thanksgiving and has become a shopping tradition for all.

When you think of the term “Black Friday”, many Americans think of crowds, long lines and stress. A lot of retailers are starting Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving, the Wednesday before and the Monday after. Retailers even resorted to having sales on Monday dubbing it as “Cyber Monday.” READ MORE

Uh-Oh! How to Prepare for Halloween at the very Last Minute

October 30, 2018

Halloween creeped (no pun intended) on you and is tomorrow. Are you prepared? Halloween requires a lot of supplies to ensure a ghoulish time such as candy, costumes and decorations. I am going to teach you how to do this all last minute. (No pressure)



How to Talk to Your Children About Money

October 8, 2018


Not sure how or when to have the “money talk” with your kids? Come hear our team from Money Masters, Inc. and Walter the Vault speak about the importance of children’s financial literacy.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Freeport Memorial Library

114 W. Merrick Road | Freeport, NY, 11520


Free admission!

Time to Enjoy the Fruits of Your Lemonade Stand

August 15, 2018

Time to Enjoy the Fruits of Your Lemonade Stand


When the work is done [How to operate a lemonade stand] and your child’s lemonade stand has closed for the day, there is still another life lesson [lessons from a lemonade stand] for them to learn. No doubt your child is excited to have made some money and wants to run to the store to buy a new toy, but this is the time to teach children about what to do with the money they earned.


Don’t spend it all. Learning to save and manage money is crucial to building wealth and a secure financial foundation and it is never too early to teach your kids this lesson. A piggy bank is a great way to start. Have your children put some of the money they earned (as well as other money they get) into a piggy bank. Explain that the objective is to fill the piggy bank with dollars and coins and save this money for the future. You can discuss saving for short- and long-term goals, so they understand how they can afford to buy things and how long it takes to save for something they really want. It’s all about understanding the value of money.


When Life Gives You Bad Lemons…

August 15, 2018

When Life Gives You Bad Lemons

Your children want to set up a lemonade stand. You think it’s a great idea because it can teach them many life and money skills (link to first post). But sometimes, it may not go as smoothly as you thought. Here’s a few hurdles your kids may encounter and how to help your kids through it:



When Life Gives You Lemons … Make Money!

August 10, 2018

Let’s talk lemonade stands. National Lemonade Day is August 20th, and we’re here to bring awareness to one of the most fun and creative ways your children can make some pocket change. It’s their first dollar earned, their first “business” and possibly, their first experience with success/failure.

To your kids, it’s just another summer activity. To you, it’s an opportunity to introduce them to important life skills they will need- and ultimately, thank you for. Here are some of the skills children both learn and obtain from running a lemonade stand:


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