October 17, 2017

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Creamy Vegetable Soup in a bowl

Homemade Creamy Vegetable SoupToday I had to shop for vegetables for this soup because I am on a liquid/soft diet due to jaw surgery. So my goal has been to eat healthy. So I picked up all produce, came home and decided to start a potato soup. Wait until you see what I put in this soup? It is so nutritious and full of vitamins.


Banana Coconut Ball Cookies on plate

Banana Coconut Ball CookiesThese are tasty bite sized banana coconut ball cookies. They are extremely quick, easy and healthy to make!


Crispy Grilled Caramel Puffs on plate

Crispy Grilled Caramel Puffs (Karumeyaki)This is my mother's childhood recipe for a traditional Japanese grilled caramel called Karumeyaki. It is said this recipe is over 400 years old. It's mostly sugar but with a little help and the high heat from a copper ladle, it turns into this beautiful meringue-like cookie. It's actually quite the edible science experiment!


Whole Wheat Bread slices

Whole Wheat BreadThis recipe makes the best sandwich bread! It's made with a combination of wheat germ, whole wheat, and all-purpose flour. The blend of flours create a soft texture for easy slicing.



Using a disposable razor to remove lint and pills from your clothing.

Remove Lint From Your ClothesWe all hate the little fuzz balls that end up on our clothes after washing and drying them. They make our clothes look old and grungy. One option many people use to combat this is by using a battery operated fabric shaver. There are a few disadvantages to these.


Narrow white IKEA recycle bins in a doorway.

IKEA Recycle BinsI found these IKEA recycle bins for just $3.33 each at my local thrift store. Being a rabid recycler, I needed something for the narrow entryway in my apartment. These are just what I needed.


Crocheted Candy Corn Butterfly Magnet - finished magnet

Crocheted Candy Corn Butterfly MagnetWith a little yarn and a hook, you can make this cute candy corn butterfly magnet.


Bosley (Beagle/Boston Terrier) - dogs on a chair

Bosley (Beagle/Boston Terrier)We got him at a pound three years ago. He likes to run what we call, doggie laps.


My Miracle Rose (Pristine) - lovely white rose with a blush of pink

My Miracle Rose (Pristine)At the risk of being admonished by the editors for submitting too many rose pictures, I give my fellow members my best picture of my most perfect rose of the year.


A brand new looking computer keyboard after cleaning.

Cleaning a Keyboard with Isopropyl AlcoholWhen I have guests over, I often get questioned on how I keep my keyboard so new and white. The truth is that my keyboard is NOT always clean. I clean my keyboard bi-weekly with Q-tips and isopropyl alcohol. Try this and your keyboard will be brand new again!


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Freeze Extra PancakesWhen you are making pancakes next time, make extra ones. Put wax paper in between them and put them into an airtight container. Throw into the freezer. The kids can just pop them in the toaster next time you're in a hurry.


A spread out paper towel, drying on the counter.

Reuse Paper Towels and NapkinsIn our household, if you opt to use paper towels/napkins to dry your hands after washing then the paper towel/napkin should be used for at least another 2 times.


A bag that contains a head of cauliflower from the grocery store, cut in quarters

Cut Up Cauliflower Without the MessIf you are like me, you process your food when you get it home. There's cleaning, chopping, bagging, etc. Well I find that cauliflower has the most "mess factor" of them all. Every time I cut it up, I end up chasing little pieces all over the cutting board. So today I got smart.


Packets of honey to be used as a hair treatment.

Honey Hair TreatmentI have coarse naturally curly hair. The only thing that really makes it feel soft and look healthy is honey. We go to Popeye's Chicken and always get extra packets of honey for the biscuits and they eventually accumulate in my pantry. I decided to put the packets in a container and put it in the bathroom where I need it for my hair.


Shark Costume - front view of costume showing teeth and white felt belly

Shark CostumeIt could be cold while trick or treating or going to the pumpkin patch. With this shark costume, you're essentially using any gray sweater your child owns and some felt - very inexpensive and perhaps even using items you may already own at home! Preferably use a sweater that your child is about to outgrow.


A muffin tin holding taco shells for filling.

Muffin Tins To Hold Taco ShellsWhen I make tacos, I have to hold with one hand and fill with the other. If you stand the taco shell on a muffin tray turned upside down, it holds the taco in place while you fill it.


An apple variety called Sweet Tango, with a couple of bites out of the apple.

Sweet Tango ApplesIt seems every fall we have new varieties of apples to choose from. Some are very good, and some are OK. I think the Gala apple is the best to be marketed in a long time.


A large cicada being carefully held by a finger and thumb, outside.

A Bug Named Katy (Cicada)When I was a child, I lived in a small village. All the houses were alike except some were three rooms, some four, and some five. Small and very small homes. Large and very large families. There were two or three homes without children, but for the most part, there were more children than you could shake a stick at. One lady bore seventeen children, and would you believe, there was only one girl in the whole lot.


A store-bought pizza crust after prebaking.

Preheat Store-Bought Pizza CrustIf you are using a store-bought crust, do pre-heat your crust until lightly brown. By pre-heating your crust, it will prevent the pizza from being soggy once you add your sauces and toppings to be baked again.


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Baking Soda and Peroxide for Cleaning GroutI have always used baking soda and peroxide in the spray bottle with some warm water and a scrub brush and it works wonders! Spray it and scrub it. It gets the grout very clean, the white will be very very white.


A package of Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice.

Product Review: Minute Ready to Serve Brown RiceI generally make enough rice for several servings, and freeze them in meal-sized portions. If I have a coupon or see this product in the Dollar Store, I will buy it. It is healthy and only takes two minutes to heat up. It tastes good, too. The way I see it, any way you don't have to get takeout or eat out is a money saver.


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