Saturday, October 24, 2015

$50.12 and some pumpkins baking

I woke up this morning with plans to make some money.  I saw a flyer for a local TD bank that was offering $50 for anyone opening up a checking account with $500.  I walked there this morning.  On the way, I found some buried treasure.

As I arrived to the bank, they were having a festival for the bank opening.  They had a balloon maker, free food, caricature drawings, and lots of music.  I signed up for my account and deposited a check.  They gave me my $50 gift card.  Come to find out, I only have to wait for my money to be deposited before taking it out and I can still keep the money.  That's a pretty easy $50.  The money should show up in my account on Tuesday.  Also, as long as I keep $100 in an account there, they have free change counting.  That is worth the money for now.  To add to the benefits, the new branch is on my walk home from work.

On the way back from the bank, I found another shiny nickel and two more pennies. That is a pretty nice investment for a short walk and a quick money transfer for no money.

Two blocks from my house, the local Health Department was having a community fair.  I stopped in and picked up a bag full of freebies.  Some of them will end up being Christmas gifts for my nieces and nephews, while others (the hand sanitizer and pens) will come in handy for me.  

My fiancé and I picked up baking pumpkins (different from those you carve).  I put them in the oven to bake while watching Philomena.  The movie was really touching and definitely worth watching on Netflix.  I recommend it highly.  

Now that the pumpkins have cooled off, I'm about to make pumpkin muffins from one of my mom's recipes. 

Pumpkin Muffins
1 cup cooking oil
1 cup water
1 small can pumpkin (16 oz?)
4 eggs

2 2/3 cups flour
3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine wet ingredients and stir until smooth. Add dry ingredients. pour into a greased muffin pan. Each cup should be about 1/2 full. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

On this chilly Autumn day, may your kitchen smell as good as mine does and you find some buried treasure.  

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