"The Monthly" Periodical

Because sometimes we just need light-hearted fare to nourish the soul.


What do you call it when a snowman throws a temper tantrum?

A meltdown.

Lemon Bundt Cake


1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter

3 eggs

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup poppy seeds

2 tbsp lemon peel, grated

2 tbsp lemon juice


2 cups icing sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 tbsp grated lemon peel

1/4 cup lemon juice


Cream sugar, butter and eggs.  Mix flour, baking soda and salt.  Add alternately with milk to creamed mixture.  Mix in poppy seeds, lemon peel and lemon juice.  Bake in greased and floured bundt pan at 325 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

When cake is removed from oven, immediately poke holes in top with long-tined fork.  Pour about 2/3 of the lemon glaze over top.  Cool 20 minutes.  Turn pan  upside down onto serving plate, remove pan, drizzle with remaining glaze.

Fun Fact

Snowflakes fall at speeds of one to six feet per second.

DIY Herbal Tea

Why spend money on expensive herbal teas when you can have unlimited options by growing your own? Keep pots of mint, basil, thyme, fennel, or any other herb you like, on a sunny windowsill and just pinch off some herb whenever you want to steep a cup.

Life Hacks

Making things easier.

Drying Laundry

Put a clean dry towel in the dryer when you put your clothes in to dry. It helps dry the clothes faster and fluffs them as well.

Phone Scams

Tired of phone scams? Keep a whistle nearby and the next time a scammer phones and starts their threatening spiel, just blow the whistle as loud as you can into the phone, then hang up. I only had to do this twice, and I haven't received a phone scam call since. I guess they didn't like injured eardrums, so they dropped me from their lists. :D

Product Recommendations

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Brondell GoSpa Travel Bidet

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The easiest way to take clean wherever you go. I currently own three of these. One for each bathroom, and one in my travel bag. So easy and discreet. I pair them with cloth wipes. Did you know it takes 37 gallons of water to make just ONE roll of toilet paper?

Sun Oven

Do I use it myself?

Not yet, but I plan to.

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The world's most widely used solar oven. I haven't purchased one of these yet but will be doing so this summer. Cooking using only the sun is something I've wanted to try for quite some time now and this will be perfect to take camping!