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Friday, December 04, 2009

Morning Coffee: Make pasta like a risotto

I read about cooking pasta the way you prepare risotto recently on a blog, but I can't remember where. Since I already knew about it, I almost glossed over Mark Bittman's recent column, but I was curious what he'd say about the method. The most important thing I got out of it was that you don't need to keep the broth warm. I imagine this is true for rice risottos as well, reducing the number of pots that need to be cleaned. I'm all for that!

Amazon has Bakugan Booster Packson sale for $1.99 (regularly $9.99). I don't know how long this price will last, so act fast! Note: It appears you can only order a max of 3. (Hat tip: Coupon Geek.)

Also at Amazon, they have a daily Holiday Video Game dealgoing on. Today's deal is for Lego Rock Band and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga on the different platforms - I picked up Lego Star Wars: The Complete Sagafor the Wii for $12.98 (normally $19.98). If you're more comfortable using the joystick, control pad and buttons, you can switch to that setting. Alex has been playing an old demo that we have on the original Xbox, so I think he'll get a huge kick out of this - plus, it teaches him problem-solving while improving his hand-eye coordination. Disclosure: I'm an Amazon affiliate, so any purchase you make after entering Amazon through a link on Chief Family Officer supports this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

Make and Takes has a brilliant idea for an inexpensive yet pretty way to give treats. I'm totally doing this! (Via Like Merchant Ships.)

Moneywise Moms has a unique gift guide filled with "good values." Here's the Toy Guide - how fabulous are those capes?

Dealicious Mom is giving away Dora and Diego DVDs. Ends 12/8.

Bargain Briana is giving away 50 free prints at Snapfish. Ends 12/7.

Michael Ruhlman has a sandwich bread recipe. Relatedly, The Happy Housewife posted about long loaf pans for making sandwich bread.

The Surburban Jungle (ends 12/20), Shop with me Mama (ends 12/17), and Lucky Canuck (ends 12/16) are giving away a $25 American Express gift card.

Barking Mad is giving away a $300 Target gift card. Ends 12/14. is giving away a Sony Playstation 3. Ends 12/30.

LookWhatMomFound...and Dad too! is giving away a $100 Borders gift card. Ends 12/8.

If you placed an order with Fannie May on Wednesday using a code for $25 off, read this post at Common Sense with Money for details about the possibility that Fannie Mae has removed the $25 code credit and charged your credit card for the full amount of your purchase. I don't understand why they think they can do that, since it must violate the terms of their contract with the credit card companies. I could understand canceling the order a little better – the consumer will be disappointed and may never come back, but the company hasn't violated any contracts. Heck, Target and Amazon have gone the cancellation route within recent memory. No wonder companies are struggling so much in this economy.

The Not-So-Blog is giving away a $110 Visa Gift Card from Kodak. Ends 12/15.

She Scribes (ends 12/9) and The Full Mommy (ends 12/7) are giving away $50 American Express Gift Cards.

Metropolitan Mama is giving away a $100 Visa gift card. Ends 12/7.

Sense to Save has a great point about the true cost of buying and owning a home: You need to take expenses like property taxes into account to know what you can truly afford.

Moolanomy has a practical post on things to consider when giving gift cards.

I hope none of you need this, but just in case, here's the official site for Food Stamps in California.

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