This week, we will be having our first ever Pennywise Platter Thursday Carnival! I am looking forward to it and hope that you all join in. And I thought it was time to give some details.
The Spirit of the Carnival
For many of us, these are not the easiest of times. Budgets are tight, but we still want to eat well. And many of us have children that we want to nourish in these important growing years. So many of the books and blogs and websites out there devoted to eating frugally center on cheap, unhealthy food and buying regular grocery store items on sale. I recently picked up a book with “Five Dollar Meals” in it, hoping to get some ideas for my family. But I quickly realized that I wasn’t going to find anything “usable” for my family because almost every single recipe started with canned and packaged products. I promise you, this isn’t the only way to eat on a budget! There is a better way!
Balancing a tight budget with nourishing food isn’t always easy, but it’s possible. I hope that this carnival will be a chance for all of us to share what works for us in this area. Possible topics include:
- Nourishing frugal recipes
- Shopping and gardening tips
- Canning and other food preservation recipes and tips
- Homemade Kitchen and Household Cleaners
- And whatever other topic you come up with that helps us know how to better afford nourishing food!
The recent comments and discussion that happened on my post, Single Gal on a Budget is an example of how extremely delightful and helpful it is for us to band together to share our ideas! I just loved everyone’s comments and hope to see more of that in the future. And I hope to see that same spirit conveyed through the Pennywise Platter Carnival.
How it will work (Guidelines)
Each and every Thursday I will host a “carnival” for you to share your frugal and nourishing recipes, tips and ideas. If you don’t have a blog, leave your comments in the comment section.
For Fellow Bloggers: Write a post devoted to the general topic of the carnival, linking to the carnival post of the week. Then come here and using the Mr. Linky * leave a link to your post following the simple instructions that will be posted there.
Because the idea of this carnival is for everyone to share their ideas with everyone, I will “enforce” two of the guidelines. The first being that you need to link to the carnival in your post, the second, that you don’t use an old post for the carnival (posting the day before is just fine, I mean linking to a post that is really old).
The reason why is this, when you link to the carnival in a new post, you are sharing with your readers not only your ideas, but also everyone else’s helpful tips. If your post is old, or you don’t have a link to the carnival, then your readers won’t get that benefit. Let’s stay in the spirit of the carnival by sharing the carnival with everyone!
However, if you have old posts have you would like to direct people to, simply do a new post (with a link to the carnival) with links to whatever old posts you think would be helpful.
And as always, these tips should and must be family friendly.
I hope that makes sense to everyone! Please feel free to ask any questions that you have. I will be making some images for the carnival this week, and you are welcome to use them on your site too.
I can’t wait to see what recipes and tips you all have! See you Thursday!
* Please note that there have been some issues with the “Mr. Linky” function. I believe it will be ready to use this Thursday, but if not I have a plan B to get everyone’s links up! Thanks!