Act 344

Start a new tradition

The excitement of the holidays is all about tradition and rituals. If you want to jazz things up a bit without spending a ton of money, try a new tradition.

My young friend and I (I tutor her “en francais” once a week) decided to make sugar cookies. Cooking is a great way to practice a language. Last week we made the “buiscuits” and this week we put on “les decors”. ¬†Our cookies are in the shape of a “sapin de noel”.

I think it’s the beginning of a lovely tradition and what it cost me in ingredients doesn’t compare to what it gained me in yummy fun.


Act 44

Saving tradition

My son loves doughnuts. When I told him my grandmother used to make her own doughnuts he was shocked that you could make them at home and they didn’t just come from a store.

So I got the recipe from my mom and tonight we spent the evening making home made doughnuts. Delicious – a fraction of the cost – and more fun than any drive-thru I’ve been in.

So thanks Grand Maman, decades later, your frugal ways and ability to make the ordinary extraordinary pays off yet again.