Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MYO Pumpkin Puree

Making your own pumpkin puree is so very easy! Well, here are a few pics While making my puree:

My 3 pumpkins on my well used pan!
                                                Stabbing the pumpkins several times each!
Going into my well used oven!
     After baking too long(I forgot the time) but they still came out ok!
Let the pumpkins cool off and then slice them in 1/2 and carefully scoop out the seeds and the stringy part. 

Baking time should only be 1 1/2 hours. Mine baked closer to 2 but the pumpkin seperated from the skin so easily this way.  I was able to just use a tablespoon for this. When you get it all out of the shell, puree it in a food processor or do what I did since I do not own one--mash with a fork.

And here you have it.......pure pumpkin puree.  Looks so pretty and easy peasy!  I'll never buy canned pumpkin again.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MYO Faux Mrs. Dash

  Many people are suffering from high blood pressure and are trying to reduce their sodium intake--myself included.  I love salt.  I mean I really love salt to the point that if the food isn't salted it isn't worth eating.  Did I tell you I LOVE salt. Did I also tell you I have high blood pressure? Really high blood pressure so I am trying to cut back on my salt intake but it is so hard.  I am trying to season my food with herbs and spices to give it more flavor so I discovered this recipe for a homemade herbal salt substitute--no, lets call it a homemade flavor enhancer! Yes, I like that much better--won't have to say the "S" word. So, here is the recipe:

Herbal Flavor Enhancer
  • 1 Tbsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp dried savory
  • 1 tsp ground mace
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp ground dried grated lemon peel
  • 1 tsp paprika
Just mix the above and store in a mason jar or reused spice shaker.
I know this won't be the same as using the "s" word but maybe we'll learn to appreciate the real flavors of  food and lower our blood pressure at the same time!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MYO Spiced Drink Mix

    This all-purpose mix is wonderful to have on hand for all types of drinks—hot tea, hot apple cider, coffee, or warm juice drinks!  All taste amazing with this versatile mix added! 

2 lb. Sucanet or brown sugar
5 ½ Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice

Mix in a food processor and store in a mason jar or baggie. Remember if you use the brown sugar, it may harden up but it is still useable.

Use 1 T mix to one cup of drink or 1/4 cup mix to 4 cups drink.



Monday, October 13, 2014

Stock Up Alert!

  Image of Michigan Apples

This week's Stock Up Alert is at Meijer's.  They still have the Michigan apples on sale for just 54 cents per lb.  This is such a wonderful price.  Make applesauce, fresh apple pies, apple butter and much more!

Stock up and save!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Spooktacular Camping Event

AJ Jolly Park’s Final Camping Weekend 2014y October
24 Saturday October 25 Sunday October 26

Spooktacular Halloween Event 


Enter to win Best Decorated Campsite!

Wear your Halloween Costume! Children 12 & Under Can

Trick or Treat Along a Friendly Trail from 2–6 pm.

Costume Contests – Infants to Adults – 6–8 pm.

Bring your decorated or carved Pumpkin - enter to win prizes!

Hayrides – Pony Rides – Petting Zoo – Bounce Houses – Mums

Pumpkin Patch – Vendors – Food – Drinks – Fall Crafts


Plenty of campsites still available!


$15/night Primitive

$20/night Improved

$35/night RV/Equestrian

For more information call Campbell County Parks and

Recreation at (859) 5473681 or





Friday, October 10, 2014

AJ Jolly Halloween Spooktacular

AJ Jolly Park’s Halloween Event

Saturday – October 25, 2014 – 2 pm to 9 pm

Hosted by Campbell County Parks and Recreation

  Wear your Halloween Costume!

Children 12 & Under can Trick or Treat

along a Friendly Trail from 2–6 pm.


  Costume Contests – Infants to Adults – 6–8 pm.


   Bring your decorated or carved Pumpkin - enter to win prizes

(entries accepted 2-5 pm, judging at 5:30 pm)


Hayrides – Pony Rides – Petting Zoo – Bounce Houses – Mums

Pumpkin Patch – Vendors – Food – Drinks – Fall Crafts

 Parking $5 per vehicle


For more information call Campbell County Parks and Recreation

at (859) 547‐3681 or

Sounds like a good time!



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MYO Hot Cocoa Mix

  With cooler weather coming, families love hot cocoa!  This is a great, inexpensive mix to keep on hand for a warm fall or winter treat.  

3 cups milk powder
3 cups powdered coffee creamer
3 cups sugar or splenda
1 2/3 cups cocoa powder

  Place the above ingredients in a blender and mix well.  Store in a mason jar or baggie.  Use 4-5 teaspoons per cup of hot water.   Use a peppermint stick to add minty flavor or add cinnamon to give it a little Mexican spice!  Don’t forget the marshmallows --Yummy!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MYO Vanilla Extract

Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans wrapped in a vanilla orchid

     If you have never tried to make homemade vanilla extract, you need to do it ASAP!  It is so aromatic and just as easy as it is good!  Only 2 ingredients are required—alcohol and vanilla beans.  That is it!  Vodka is the most neutral of the alcohol choices, but you can use rum or bourbon if you like.  I do prefer the vodka though.  Vanilla beans can be ordered from Olive Nation and they usually ship the vanilla beans free which is a great perk!  Go to  to order your beans!

   All you need to do is slit each bean almost in half and add to the jar of alcohol in a ratio of 5 beans to 8 oz. alcohol.  Make sure jar is sealed and store in a dark place for 5-6 weeks at least.  Shake it several times a week.  Remember, patience is a virtue—the longer it sits, the better the flavor!  

  If you want you can top off the extract with more alcohol several times before the beans loose their flavor.  Enjoy!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MYO Pumpkin Pie Spice

   With the holidays coming, this may save you a little money! Instead of buying the expensive containers of Pumpkin Pie Spice, just make your own! 

1/4 cup ground cinnamon
1/8 cup ground ginger
1 Tablespoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground cloves

½ teaspoon Allspice—optional

Mix all of the above and store in a mason jar or baggie.

Easy peasy!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Alexandria Asset -NKU Theater

  Have you attended one of the NKU Theater productions yet?  If not, you must take advantage of the cultural experience available to those of us living close to NKU!  We are truly blessed to be able to attend such wonderful theater productions at such a reasonable price!   This season’s productions include:

The Bacchae
Dance '15 oro M

For more information about the 2014-2015 NKU Theater Season go to:

This is such a great, inexpensive way to enjoy the arts close to our fair city!







Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MYO Taco Seasoning

This is installment 1 of the Make Your Own series to help save you money in the kitchen!  I hope you decide to make your own to know exactly what your family is getting in their food and to also save a bundle on those expensive mixes!

Taco Seasoning

6 Tsp. Chili Powder
5 Tsp. Paprika
5 Tsp. Cumin
31/2 Tsp. Onion Powder
2 1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1/8 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper 

Mix all of the above and store in a mason jar or baggie.  7 Tsp. = one packet.  This has a 6month shelf life!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Alexandria Asset--Calvin A.Perry Community Center

     Do you  want to continue your walking this Fall and Winter? Then join the Alexandria Community Center! The hours are as follows:
      Office and Walking Hours
Monday through Friday – 8:00am to 12:00 noon
Monday through Thursday – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

    For just $20 per year ($12 Senior Rate) you can continue your walking in a warm, safe place. Take advantage of this Alexandria asset and get fit Alexandria!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Coffee With The Mayor

Coffee with the Mayor is September 6th 10am-noon at the Alexandria City Building.  Stop by and chat with our Mayor!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Free Fun Activities Around Alexandria

Living in Alexandria, we are very fortunate to have NKU so very close and accessible.  One asset for the area is the Haile Digital Planetarium.  Did you know they offer free shows on Friday evenings?  What a fun, educational thing to do with your children or an interesting date with your special someone! And did I tell you it's free?  Doesn't get much better than that!  Here is the link to find out show dates and order tickets! 
Take advantage of what our local University offers!



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Free Fun Activities Around Alexandria--The Fair Parade

The Alexandria Fair Parade is Wednesday August 27th at 6:45 pm.  It will start at the Campbell County Middle School and end at the Alexandria Fairgrounds and will kick off the 158th Annual Alexandria Fair!  Kids love the parade and all of the candy and treats thrown from the floats, politicians and businesses that participate in the parade.  Bring a bag for all of the booty your children will be getting!  This is a wonderful celebration of life in our fair city so come out and enjoy this free fun activity!



Monday, August 25, 2014

The Great Alexandria World Fair is This Week!


 Are you ready for the Great Alexandria World Fair?  Go  here for the website for the Fair Activities this week! 



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Riley Rd Water Main Installation Update

Installation of the water main on Riley Road is still in progress. There are lane closures still happening and traffic is being directed by Alexandria Police.  Please use caution around  Apple Blossom lane and the rear gate of the Alexandria Fairgrounds as that is the area they are working in.


Stock Up Alert!

The stock up alert this week is at Meijer!  They have Grapes on sale for  97 cents per poundImage of California Red, Black or Green Seedless Grapes or Red Seeded Grapes
and they also have seedless watermelons on sale for just $2.99 each!

Image of Locally Grown Large Whole Seedless Watermelon
Great prices on wonderful fruit! Take advantage while the sale lasts!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Stock Up Alert!

Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna

The stock up alert is at Kroger this week.  They have the Chicken of the Sea Tuna 2/$1. This is a great deal so be sure to stock up!



Use Caution on Riley Rd This Morning

FYI-As you may know, crews have been installing a water main along Riley Road.  Please be careful when driving on the hill this morning.  With the rain, the mud on the road has made it very slippery.  Go Slow!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Don't Miss the Meteor Shower!

    Between 2 and 4 am Saturday morning, a meteor shower should be visible in the northern section of the sky.  Be sure to set your clock to go out and take a look.  They say there may be as many as 100 streaks per hour!  So don't miss it--make a memory!



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Stock Up Alert!!

Image of Florida Bi-Color Sweet Corn

   This week's Stock Up Alert is at Meijer again.  They have Florida bi-color sweet corn 8 ears for $1.00! What an amazing price!  Just  12.5 cents per ear!  I plan on buying a bunch and freezing it!
Hurry and get this week's bargain--Stock up quick!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Memorial Day Parade

     The Alexandria Memorial Day Parade will be on May 25th starting at the South lot of Campbell County Middle School at 2pm.  It will end at the Alexandria VFW.  Please plan travel in Alexandria accordingly!  There will be long closures around the parade route.
 Hope to see everyone at the parade!



Friday, May 16, 2014

The Farmer's Market was Open for Business!

I am so excited! The Farmers Market was open for business today!  The Farmer's Market is held every Friday from 3-6pm at the bowling alley in Alexandria.  Here are pics from today's Farmer's Market.

Megan Oldiges was working at the Neltner's Farm stand.
Mrs. Claire Neltner was hiding from the camera on the left side of the truck!
Their produce looked amazing!  I  just had to have some of
the lettuce and the tomatoes!
Marty's Waffle Truck was there also!

According to the person I spoke with in the truck, Marty's Waffles will be back next week!
The Nutella Waffle has my name on it next Friday!
Please stop out and support these local businesses.  Just joining the Farmer's Market has a hefty fee and the vendors pay to set up weekly.  
Hope to see more people taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity to
Eat Local and Eat Fresh!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Stock Up Alert!

Image of Barilla Spaghetti, Penne, Rotini, Bow Tie or Elbow Pasta

This week's stock up alert is at Meijer.  The 2 DAY SALE  this Friday and Saturday has the Barilla Pasta for just $.69!  Think lots of cold, refreshing pasta salad this summer and stock up on this great bargain!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Alexandria City Council Meeting Cancelled

Per the Alexandria City website, the Alexandria City Council meeting scheduled on May 15th has been cancelled.  Any questions should be directed to the City Clerk's Office at 635-4125.



CCHS Greenhouse is Open for Business

Did you know the CCHS FFA Greenhouse is open for business?  They are open M-F 2:30-4:30 and Saturdays from 8am-4pm.  Stop out and support your local FFA students!


Contstruction on Riley Rd.

Construction has started on the dangerous curvy part of Riley Rd.  Traffic may be stopped for short periods of time.  Please use caution when using Riley Rd.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive


    Saturday May 10th, is the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive carried out by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Please help Stamp Out Hunger in our area!  Collect and bag non-perishable foods like peanut butter, canned meats, vegetables, pasta, and rice and place by your mailbox Saturday morning. All food gathered stays in the area collected and will help feed the needy in our community. Please remember not to place glass jars, or expired items in the bag.   Imagine, if every family donated just one food item, just how much food would be collected to feed the hungry. Help Stamp Out Hunger!



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Water Main Installation on Riley Rd

Alexandria Police announced that the installation of the water main on Riley Rd. is going to cause possible long delays during the day time and they recommend using another route.  The installation is beginning to come up the winding, curvy part of the road so please use caution when travelling on Riley Rd.



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Water Main Installation on Riley Rd.

Just a reminder-Riley Rd. is being taken down to one lane for the installation of a water main from the AA highway to Main Street.  The construction, already underway, is getting closer to the curvy hill part of Riley Rd. so please use caution in that area.  Be safe Alexandria!


Greenup Street Road Closure

FYI- ROAD CLOSURE: West end of Greenup St. at E. Main St. beginning at 7 AM tomorrow, until Monday morning May 5. No thru traffic the entire time, including evening/night hours. A large crane will be parked on the street for repairs to the water tower at that location. Residents of Greenup St. will need to access Main St. via Jefferson St. or Washington St.



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CCHS Drama Club Fundraiser


Print out the flyer and support the CCHS Drama Club!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Need To Get Your Event Publicized?

Have an event coming up in or around Alexandria? Church activities, yard sales, and fundraisers all qualify!  Drop us a line at and we will get the word out about your event or happening in our fair City of Alexandria!


Celebration of Life for Greg Rose

For those of you that wish to show your respects for Greg Rose and his family:

A Celebration of Life
Bob Miller Stadium-Campbell Co. Middle School
3:00-7:00 Visitation at First Baptist of Cold Spring.
7:00-8:00 Funeral Service at First Baptist of Cold Spring.
8:15-8:35 Funeral procession from First Baptist to Bob Miller Stadium.
8:35-8:45 Parking will begin in North lot, then over flow to South Lot. The hearse will stage/park on track at the center of the bleachers.
8:45-8:50 Flag raised by CCHS Athletes. National Anthem sang by Melissa Conway.
8:50-8:55 Hearse takes lap around the track while Dave Sandlin speaks about Greg and his life accomplishments. The hearse will be escorted by two CCHS Band of Pride Gators.
8:55-9:00 Prayer led by Jason Ballard.
9:00-9:05 CCHS Fight Song played by the CCHS Band of Pride.
9:05-9:10 Closing remarks and invitation read about refreshments served in the CCMS Cafeteria

Please keep the Rose Family in your thoughts and prayers. 



Our Garden is started--What about Yours?

Our garden is started.  We planted 8 cabbage plants, one large tomato plant, spinach, lettuce, basil, mint, sage, and  rosemary.  Herbs, lettuce, and spinach are in pots on the front porch.  Cabbage and tomato plant are in a raised bed in the back yard.   It's not too late to set up a raised bed, or lasagna garden!  Come on, Let's Grow Alexandria!



Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Beautiful Day to Play

Jessica Adams's photo.

 It was a beautiful day to play at the Alexandria Community Park!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Let's Grow Alexandria!

  I don’t know about you, but making ends meet is getting much harder these days!    After the Polar Vortex, and with the drought in California, the cost of food is going to skyrocket!  Can you afford to keep buying all of your food at the grocery? 

  What happens if the SH#& hits the fan?  What happens if the power goes out and there is no ATM to get cash from to buy food? What happens if there is no food in the grocery store?  What happens if you lose your job?  Do I have your attention yet?

  I hope so!  What would it hurt to grow your own food?  Fresh homegrown produce is so much better for you than produce that is a week old, grown who knows how!  Every bit of food grown is money saved.

    I know a lot of the soil in Alexandria is nasty old clay; hence the nick name of our Garden Club “Claybusters”!  But you can amend your soil.  Add compost, try Lasagna Gardening or raised bed gardens.   

    You can plant blueberries in your landscaping.  Plant a dwarf fruit tree in the yard every year.  Plant grapes along a fence line.   Plant zucchini in your flower beds.  Grow a Meyer lemon tree in your home.  Grow herbs on a windowsill.  Grow sprouts on your kitchen counter.  Whatever you are able to do….just DO it!  Become more self-sufficient.  How accomplished would you feel being able to grow all of your produce for the summer?  How much money would you save? 

   The Dervais Family( in California  is growing 6000 lbs. per year on the 1/10th acre garden space in downtown Pasadena.  6000lbs!!! Most lots and homes in Alexandria have way more than 1/10 of an acre yard.  We have the capability of producing at least half of that (due to the length of our growing season).  How cool would that be…growing over a ton of food for our families!  So what would you do with a ton of food?  Eat it fresh and preserve it!  Preserving the harvest is not hard to learn these days with the internet and Ball Canning Books.  I taught myself to can and to dry foods and you can too!  

  I feel we need to get back to the basics and eat a healthier diet!  Preservatives and additives in your food that you cannot pronounce cannot be good for you.  Eating less processed food is healthier and more nutritious.   Read the labels on the food in your pantry.  I dare you!  Even the simplest of items have additives.   I guarantee that foods you grow and preserve are better for you than the additive laden food we buy in the supermarket.

   So I challenge the good citizens of Alexandria to grow your own food this summer!  Start out small and go from there.  You will NOT regret it!  Your and your family’s health will thank you for it.  And, oh yeah, your wallet will thank you as well!

“Let’s  Grow Alexandria”!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CCHS Presents Beauty and the Beast

This weekend CCHS will be presenting it's adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.  Over 70 students are involved with the production making this one of the largest musical production ever by CCHS!  The show times are Friday April 25th and Saturday April 26th at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday April 27th.  The musical takes place in the CCHS Auditorium; tickets are $10 per person. For more info go to :  Come on out and show your support for the talent students of our community!


Alexandria Night at the Florence Freedom

              Have you heard about the Alexandria Night At Florence Freedom?  That’s right, folks from Alexandria are being offered a discount on tickets for the Florence Freedom game Tuesday May 20th at 6:35 pm!  Go here for ticket info and remember the coupon code is Campbell!  Let’s show our support for Alexandria!  Hope to see you there!





Thursday, April 17, 2014

Free popcorn seed sample! Grow your own popcorn!


Go here to order your free sample of Popcorn seed so you can grow your own popcorn!
Grow Alexandria, grow!

Stock Up Alert!!

Image of Meijer Naturals Salsa

This week's stock up alert is at Meijer--the Meijer Naturals Salsa is on sale for $1 each!  This is a great price so stock up on salsa for your pantry stash!

Enjoy the savings,


Monday, April 14, 2014

Candy and Cones Coming to Sparetime?

Have you heard?  Candy and Cones is coming to Sparetime!  That's right!  Won't it be great to have life back in the old Sparetime building!  Cannot wait!

April Showers

April showers bring May flowers!  If this is the case, we should have a gorgeous flower filled May!
Stay dry out there!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Alexandria Easter Egg Hunt!

Are you ready for the HUNT?  What hunt, you ask--the Alexandria Easter Egg Hunt of course!  It is at the Alexandria Community Park!  Be there at 11am Saturday April 12th to participate in this local activity!  Another thing that makes living in Alexandria awesome!  See you there!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Free Easter Cookbook

Go here to get your free Easter cookbook! Hurry, these freebies do not last long!