Lynn D'Avolio
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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 12/9/2014

Holiday hosting can be fun but it can also wreak havoc on your bank account. Some studies have shown that holiday revelers plan to spend an average of $1,100 on food, gifts, and entertainment during the season. There are ways to scale back the costs of holiday entertaining without losing any of the cheer: • Have a plan – Decide what events you will be hosting and attending. Once you have figured this out make a list of exactly what you will need to provide. To get an idea of how much things will cost look through your old bank statements to get a rough figure on how much you spent in the past. • Create a budget – Create a budget for what you can realistically afford and don't forget to include incidentals like host/hostess gifts. If you're hosting the holiday party this year, understanding the true cost of things will help you decide whether to throw a smaller intimate dinner party or a big soiree. • Be creative in cutting costs – Hosting doesn't have to break the bank, consider having a potluck dinner. If you are a guest and searching for a gift to bring the host, consider making a gift or bringing an inexpensive addition to the party table. • Start saving now – Every bit counts so if you don't have a lot of money to save, start small, and it will add up. Check the store flyers for deals and coupons and don't forget to use your grocery store savings cards.

Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 7/16/2013

There is a science to making the perfect hard boiled egg. Whether it is for Easter or egg salad, or a protein packed breakfast a hard boiled egg makes a great meal. 1. Put the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan, covered by an inch of cold water. 2. Gently bring the eggs to a boil will help keep them from cracking. 3. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the water to keep the egg whites from running out of any eggs that happen to crack while cooking, 4. Add a half teaspoon of salt to help both with the preventing of cracking and making the eggs easier to peel. 5. When the water starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat for a few seconds. 6. Remove the pan from the heat. 7. Cover the pan and let sit for 12 minutes. 8. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place them into a bowl of ice water. 9. Eat within 5 days. 10. Enjoy!