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Teens and expenses

Teens and expenses: how we do it

The winner of last week's book giveaway Tokens of Affection is commenter #1 Stefani. ~~~~~ I thought it might be interesting to some of you to hear how we work all the 'extra' expenses that teens tend to have.  We have a moderate budget which allows us to supply all of our kids' needs, but it doesn't always allow us to fund the 'wants'.  So that's where they come … [Read More...]

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Spicy BBQ'd Shrimp

Recipe: Spicy Grilled Shrimp

For our 4th of July party several years running we've done spicy grilled shrimp on the barbecue.  Here's the recipe we used this year, and I thought it was really yummy. Since I forgot to get a picture either year, though, the photocredit belongs to … [Read More...]

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Our family place

Down by the river side

This past weekend we took some of the kids camping in the mountains. 'Some' because with three teens working and one taking a summer class, it's becoming just about impossible to find a time everyone can get away. This weekend we left two teens home … [Read More...]

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