Kelly’s Thrifty Tips for November 15, 2012


Now this is not your typical thrifty tip, but there are several community Thanksgiving celebrations that I found out about here in Arizona that I wanted to share with you.  This is by no means every place, but these are the ones I have located.  If I find more, I will definitely list them here:

Queen  Creek – November 17

Central Christian Church’s Queen Creek campus and Canyon State Academy are offering an annual community Thanksgiving dinner to the Queen Creek area on Saturday, November 17th from 3 to 5 pm at Canyon State Academy located at 20061 East Rittenhouse Road.  This dinner is free.

Chino Valley – November 20

Chino Valley Word of Life Assembly will host a free community Thanksgiving on Tuesday, November 20th from 4 to 7 pm.  Chino Valley Word of Life Church is located at 490 West Road 1 North in Chino Valley.  


Mayer – November 20th

Fourth annual free Thanksgiving dinner at Mayer High School located at 17300 E. Mule Deer Drive from 5pm-6:30 pm.

Tucson – November 21

Thanksgiving dinner and Community Blood Drive at Picture Rocks Community Center at 3:30 pm located at 5615 North Sanders Road. The blood drive will run from 1 to 4 pm.

Payson – November 22

Free Community Thanksgiving at 1206 North Beeline Hwy in Payson.  There will be three seating times:  11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm.  Dinner is free but tickets can be picked up so they can better prepare for how many will be attending.  Volunteers can help out by calling 928-476-2151. Volunteers will also deliver a Thanksgiving meal to the homebound.  Call by November 19th to arrange that delivery by calling 928-474-2151

Prescott – November 22

Community Thanksgiving meal – Salvation Army held from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at Prescott Mile High Middle School located at 300 South Granite Street in Prescott

Prescott – November 22

Thanksgiving outreach including a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a time of fellowship and ministry at Washington Traditional School located at 300 East Gurley.  In addition to the dinner and fellowship, blankets and coats and jackets will be given.  Anyone who would like to donate  blankets and coats can drop them off at the church office located at 302 West Willis Suite 203 in Prescott.

Sedona – November 22

Sedona Elks Lodge at 110 Airport road will host their annual free community Thanksgiving dinner with live music.  Dinner will be served from 11 am to 3:00 pm.  Volunteers are welcome call 928-282-7571.  They served 1086 meals last year!

Tucson – November 22

St. Demetrios Greek Orthdox Church will host the Salvation Army Thanksgiving Community Dinner from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  St. Demetrios is located at 1145 East Fort Lowell Rd in Tucson.


Because I love all things beauty related and because I have lots of canning jars, I thought that it would be fun to make a yummy sugar scrub.  You can make a sugar scrub with just about anything you have on hand.  I happened to have some lemon on hand so the choice was easy.  Here is a recipe for a simple, pretty sugar scrub.  Homemade sugar scrub, homemade bath salts (yes we’ll probably go there too), some nice bath scrunchies or sponges and maybe a towel or bath pillow can make a nice gift basket this Christmas.  Here is the ridiculously simple recipe.

1 Cup of sugar
1/2 Cup of oil (I used coconut oil. You can use extra virgin olive oil, but I find it can overpower your scents)
3 teaspoons lemon juice
Zest of one lemon 


Combine sugar, oil, lemon juice to make a sugary paste (feel free to add more sugar or oil depending on desired consistency). 


 Add in lemon zest and stir well.

No joke…that is it!  Easy as can be and usually there is enough left over to add to any little container you may have at home for you.  Make batches however you like by just doubling up. 

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Livvie’s Song (River of Hope Series) by Sharlene MacLaren (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM)

Circle of Friends 25 Breakfast and Brunch Recipes by Gooseberry Patch (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)


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Do you like to read Christian books and are you willing to share about the books you read?  If so, think about blogging for books.  There are a few publishers you can start out with who will be happy to share books with you for your reviews and buzz.  What you do is read the book and review it on your blog as well as sites like,, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads and the like.  It is really easy to set up a blog.  A good way to get started too is by reviewing books you already have.  Here are some links to check out:  Bethany House, Book Sneeze, and Blogging for Books.  

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