Frugality in The Modern World

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Money.  It is both loved and hated by all.  In the modern world, money is a necessity for survival.  Paying bills, buying medicine, clothes, food, rent….money, money, and more money.  If you are like me, money doesn’t flow freely into the palm of my hand.

Here are a few ways you can save some $$$.

  • Grow your own food.
  • Adjust your thermostat for the times when you aren’t home
  • Cook at home.  Don’t eat out.
  • Hang your clothes out to dry rather than using the dryer
  • Use a washable cleaning cloth rather than paper towels.

Daily Observances Around the World

World Standards Day

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World Standards Day is sponsored annually by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
The goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide.

Other Observances

Be Bald and Be Free Day

National Chocolate-Covered Insect Day
National Dessert Day
National FRUMP Day
National lowercase day
Pastor Appreciation Day
halloween treats Candy-Covered Apples

Candy Coated Apples

[Courtesy of Womansday]

12 very small Red Delicious apples (from bagged apples)
12 clean twigs
2 c. sugar
1 c. each light corn syrup and hot water
1/2 c. red cinnamon candies (like Red Hots)
1/4 tsp. liquid red food color


  1. Line a large baking sheet with nonstick foil or parchment paper.
  2. Wash and thoroughly dry apples; remove stems. Insert twigs firmly into stem ends.
  3. Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; stir until sugar dissolves. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Continue to cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 250°F (wipe down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush occasionally to prevent crystallization).
  4. When mixture reaches 250°F, add cinnamon candies and stir just to blend. Continue to cook until 300°F, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove syrup from heat and swirl in food color, tilting saucepan, until blended. Let mixture settle for a minute until bubbles slow down.
  5. Holding an apple by the twig and tilting pan, dip and swirl apple until coated. Lift apple and gently twirl over the saucepan, letting excess drip back into the pan. Place on prepared baking sheet, twig up. Repeat with remaining apples.
  6. Allow apples to stand at room temperature until candy coating hardens, about 1 hour. Candy apples can be made up to 1 day ahead and stored at room temperature.

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Cynthia’s first exploration took her to the world of Sanctoria, a place full of magic and mystery.  After falling in love and leading an army to war, Cynthia left Sanctoria and continued on her journey.

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Author: Cynthia Brandel

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