31 Jan 2014
January 31, 2014

5 Uses For Coffee Grounds

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Don’t Raise Any Dust: Before you clean the ashes out of your fireplace, sprinkle them with wet coffee grounds. They’ll be easier to remove, and the ash and dust won’t pollute the atmosphere of the room.

Deodorize a Freezer: Get rid of the smell of spoiled food after a freezer failure. Fill a couple of bowls with used or fresh coffee grounds and place them in the freezer overnight. For a flavoured-coffee scent, add a couple of drops of vanilla to the grounds.

Fertilize Plants: Don’t throw out those old coffee grounds. They’re chock-full o’ nutrients that your acidic-loving plants crave. Save them to fertilize rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, and camellias. It’s better to use grounds from a drip coffeemaker than the boiled grounds from a percolator. The drip grounds are richer in nitrogen.

Keep Cats Out Of The Garden: Kitty won’t think of your garden as a latrine anymore if you spread a pungent mixture of orange peels and used coffee grounds around your plants. The mix acts as great fertilizer too.

Reduce Cellulite: The secret ingredient in high-priced cellulite cream is coffee. So save money and make your own. Mix 1/4 cup warm, used coffee grounds with 1 tablespoon of oil (olive, almond, walnut or massage oil will due). Stand on newspaper in the bathtub and apply the mixture over your cellulite zones. Then wrap yourself in plastic wrap and leave on for up to five minutes. Unwind the plastic wrap, then brush off the loose grounds. Remove the newspaper and take a warm shower using a exfoliating brush. Repeat twice a week.

Did You Know? Ground coffee loses its flavor immediately unless it is specially packaged or brewed.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: The 5 Stages Of Winter: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression… April

HAPPY JANUARY 31 BIRTHDAY TO: Justin Timberlake 33, Portia De Rossi 41, Nolan Ryan 67, Victor Ortiz 27. Minnie Driver 44, Kelly Lynch 55, Carol Channing 93, Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), Suzanne Pleshette (1937-2008), and Zane Gray (1872-1939).

It does make a difference in how your favorite dish turns out in the end by which onion you choose. Some turn sweet and lose a lot of the ‘onion’ flavor when sauteed in butter while others keep their pungent onion flavor.

  • Yellow onion is the best all-around cooking onion for roasts, stews, slow cooker recipes and my favorite…spaghetti sauce
  • Sweet onion is best where you do not need a strong onion in roasted vegetables, in between slits in a baked potato, deep fried onion rings and my favorite appetizer…saute in butter, about 5 pounds of sweet onions and bake in a pastry shell ball.
  • Red onion is the best for eating raw. It has a toned down flavor to let other flavors come through in guacamole salads and sandwiches. My favorite is in coleslaw, it adds crunch, flavor and color.
  • White onion is the crunchiest and has the sharpest zing. Use this one when you do want the strong onion flavor to come through in salsas, chutneys and stir fries. My favorite with white onion is in salsas with plum tomatoes, peppers and cilantro.
  • Shallot is a milder onion and best used in vinaigrette, as a garnish and in egg casseroles and quiches. Shallots are small and just the right size when you need a small amount.

TIP: Onions will absorb bacteria and are the most common cause of food poisoning in potato salad at room temperature. Mayonnaise has been branded the culprit in food poisoning for years but it is generally the onion so throw any unused onion away. They say putting an onion, peeled and cut in half beside your bed at night when you are ill will help cure you. The onion will turn black overnight, it is supposed to absorb bacteria and germs.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Having kids is the first of many bad parenting choices.

HAPPY JANUARY 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Phil Collins 63, Christian Bale 40, Gene Hackman 84, Vanessa Redgrave 77, Brett Butler 56, Dick Chaney 73, Boris Spassky 77, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), Dick Martin (1922-2008), and Payne Stewart (1957-1999).

Step outside of the furniture store for good-looking table substitutes. Rolling taborets, commonly used for office supplies, function as modern side tables (one of those drawers would be a great spot for all those electronic remotes), while a wicker trunk does double duty as a coffee table and storage spot for blankets and extra pillows.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: My girlfriend left a note on the frig. “It’s not working. I can’t take it anymore. I’m going to my mom’s place.” I opened the frig. The light came on. The beer was cold…What the hell is she talking about?

HAPPY JANUARY 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Tom Selleck 69, Oprah Winfrey 60, Sam Trammell 45, Adam Lambert 32, Heather Graham 44, Melissa Gilbert 39, Katherine Ross 73, Justin Hartley 37, Isabel Lucas 28, Greg Louganis 54, Ann Jillian 63, Edward Burns 45, Tommy Ramone 62, Nicholas Turturro 54, W. C. Fields (1880-1946), John Forsythe (1918-2010).

Most people would eat salad almost every night; except for dragging out bags of vegetables, washing, chopping and putting away all the bags again is a LOT of trouble. Add to that, varying tastes in salad dressing is a nightmare. What if you could use up all the vegetables while they are out on the counter and make enough salad for several days all at once? Would that make you want to eat more salad, especially since you can customize it? You can make any arrangement you want… you can add red onion, cucumbers, radishes or peppers. Always remember to put the dressing at the bottom and the lettuce at the top—a MUST!!! Not only does SALAD IN A JAR save space in your fridge, it also reduces food waste and gets non-salad eaters to mow down daily.

THE ARRANGEMENT: From BOTTOM to TOP

Dressing

Shredded carrots
Cherry tomatoes
Sunflower seeds
Baby spinach or lettuce

DIRECTIONS
1) Arrange ingredients in a large mason jar
2) Store in fridge for up to a week
3) When ready to eat: shake jar, place on a plate, and eat!

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Great wines improve with age, unfortunately non of my great friends do.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1986 – 25th Space Shuttle (51L) Challenger-10 explodes 73 seconds after liftoff.

HAPPY JANUARY 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Alan Alda 78, Elijah Wood 33, Nick Carter 34, Joey Fatone Jr. 37, Sarah McLachlan 46, Barbie Benton 64, Camilla Alves 32, Carlos Slim 74, Kathryn Morris 45, and John “Schultz” Banner (1910-1973) from Hogan’s Heroes.

 

Pepperjack Meatloaf Ingredients:

1 egg
1.5 pounds ground meat
1/4 cup fresh diced onion
meatloaf seasoning
(I use garlic powder, chili powder, tony’s, onion powder, and some italian seasoning)
1 cup pepperjack cheese

Preheat oven to 350
Combine egg, meat, onions and seasonings in a bowl.
press 1/2 of the meat into the bottom and sides of a loaf pan
put 3/4 cup of the cheese in the center, leaving about 1/2 away from the sides.
cover with remaining meat.

Bake for about 50-55 minutes
add remaining cheese on top
bake 5 more minutes

Nutrition information for 1 serving:
Calories: 187
fat: 9.9g
carbs: 1.6g
fiber: 0.1g
protein 20.3g This serves 8.

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FYI: The average length of a hug between two people is 3 seconds. But researchers have discovered something fantastic. When a hug lasts 20 seconds, there is a therapeutic effect on the body and mind. The reason is that a sincere hug produces a hormone called “oxytocin”, also known as the love hormone. This substance has many benefits in our physical and mental health, helps us, among other things, to relax, to feel safe and calm our fears and anxiety. This wonderful calming is offered free of charge every time we have a person in our arms, who cradled a child, we cherish a dog or cat, we’re dancing with our partner, the closer we get to someone or just hold the shoulders of a friend.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Justin Bieber reportedly caused $20,000 damage to his neighbor’s home by egging it. It’s been called the most pointless use of an egg since the fertilization of Justin Bieber. – Conan O’Brien

HAPPY JANUARY 27 BIRTHDAY TO: James Cromwell 74, Tracy Lawrence 46, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), Troy Donahue (1936-2001), Mikhail Baryshnikov 66, Mimi Rogers 58, Patton Oswalt 45, Nick Mason (drummer for Pink Floyd) turns 70, Bridget Fonda 50, Jake Pavelka 36, and Rupert Boneham 50.

Barbed Bells

Alexander Graham Bell received a (controversial) patent for the telephone in 1876. A year later, he’d form the Bell Telephone company (later AT&T), using the power of his patent to build a powerful, lucrative business. Bell Telephone — “Ma Bell,” as it was often called — would later become a government sanctioned, regulated monopoly through the 1940s andwas ultimately broken up in the 1980’s. But for decades, Bell controlled most of the local telephone service in the United States.

Around 1900, though, some rural Americans — specifically those who, at the time, were typically outside the coverage area of a telephone company — found a way to use the phone without going though Ma Bell. They simply used the wires around them — the barbed wire fences, that is.

As America settlers expanded westward throughout most of the 19th century, many cordoned off their land to keep their cattle in and trespassers out. The tool of choice was barbed wire, and one ranch’s fence would almost certainly meet up with another’s. Telephone service was slow to reach them, but when Alexander Graham Bell’s patent over the phone ran out in 1894, telephones themselves were suddenly available for purchase. A phone without the underlying infrastructure or the switchboard operator isn’t all that useful, though –until someone realized that the barbed wire fences could carry a signal just fine.

The system was free — there weren’t even long-distance charges — and made for an easy way to alert others (who were often not very close by) of emergencies or to request help. It also allowed for typically isolated families to be part of a larger community –one account talks about how people would commiserate when bad news came back from the war front during World War II, or how children would celebrate when news came over the wires that snow led to a school cancellation.  And of course, the novelty of the device and its promise of inter-connectivity made the phone the center of many households, just like it did for those on Ma Bell’s system.

There were some drawbacks, though. First, the barbed wire phone network acted as a party line — anyone with a connected phone could simply pick up the receiver and speak with everyone else. To get around this, according to one of the accounts linked-to above, some communities developed a system where each ranch had its own ring — a unique combination of short and long sounds. Due to the nature of the phone system, the ring would sound on every phone in the network, day or night. Also, while it was customary to only pick up if your ring was the one being sounded, anyone else could (and often did) eavesdrop.

Second, the barbed wire fences were only good transmitters if they stayed up. The bulls that the fences held in were not privy to this system and didn’t always cooperate, at times taking down the entire phone network as they made their escape. This had a silver lining, though.As the New York Times noted in a 1901 report on barbed wire phone systems, at least the ranchers now had a way of knowing that the cattle were escaping: the phone suddenly stopped working.

And finally — and, ultimately, this was the fatal problem for the do-it-yourselfers — the barbed wire network didn’t and couldn’t connect to the rest of the world. When “real” phone service reached the areas served by these makeshift solutions, the makeshift one yielded.

Bonus Fact: In 1880, Bell was the sole provider of phone service in Rochester, New York, charging residential customers $24 per year for service (about $600 today, accounting for inflation). But that changed in 1886. Bell, still a monopoly in the area, decided to end the flat-fee service and add a surcharge on all calls after the 500th. In protest, the people of Rochester took their phones off the hooks for the next 18 months. Bell, ultimately, caved.

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SAYING OF THE DAY: Sometimes I use words I don’t understand so I can sound more photosynthesis.

SIGN ON A DOOR: NO SOLICITING: We are too broke to buy anything. We know who we are voting for. We’ve already found Jesus. Seriously, unless you are giving away beer…GO AWAY.

SUNDAY MORNING THOUGHT: I don’t need to go to church in order to feel ashamed of my ways on a Sunday morning.

HAPPY JANUARY 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Ellen DeGeneres 56, Wayne Gretzky 53, Eddie Van Halen 59, Paul Newman (1925-2008), Anita Baker 56, Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), Cameron Bright 21, Bob Uecker 79, Scott Glenn 73, Gilles Marini 38, Ann Jeffreys 91, Roger Vadim (1928-2000), and Robert Cailliau 67 co-developer of the World Wide Web.

25 Jan 2014
January 25, 2014

How To Treat Cracked Heels

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Treating cracked heels. I have not tried this and cannot vouch for it but if it really works, great. If nothing else, you will have nice smelling feet.

Put shaving cream on your feet. In a bucket or sink, combine equal parts warm water and Listerine. Soak a small hand towel in the solution of water and Listerine. While the shaving cream is still on your feet wrap the wet hand towel around your feet and let it sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, use the towel to rub your feet. Some of the calloused and discolored skin will rub off. Apply a healthy amount of lotion to your feet. After your foot bath, is it a good idea to spend at least 5 minutes drying your feet. You want to make sure you do not put your socks and shoes on with your feet still wet or damp (this can cause bacteria growth and infection). Use a towel to pat your feet dry and be sure to get in between the toes.

Also, give your feet a break from sandals (don’t wear them every day) and apply lotion to your heels nightly to reduce cracking

Treating sore or smelly feet:

Soak your feet in 1 gallon of warm water and 1 cap-full of bleach. This takes the soreness out of your feet and kills bacteria that cause the smelly feet. You can only use this method three times a week.

In general, please pay attention to your feet. It is very easy to get a foot infection due to the fact that they get little air, they sweat, and they are in limited space in a shoe to move.

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SAYING OF THE DAY: There is a person out there for everyone. Your person may happen to be a dog (or cat).

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1970 Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H* premieres.

HAPPY JANUARY 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Robert Burns (1759-1796), Alicia Keys 33, Michael Trevino 29, dean Jones 83, Charlie Bewley 33, Dinah Manoff 58, Princess Charlene of Monaco 36, Leigh Taylor-Young 69.

The weekend is here and you may be required to bring something to a dinner…OMG bring Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries!!!!!

Ingredients:

1 lb large strawberries
-8 oz. cream cheese, softened (can use 1/3 less fat)
-3-4 tbsp powdered sugar (4 tbsp for a sweeter filling)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-graham cracker crumbs

Directions:

1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top and clean out with a paring knife, if necessary (some may already be hollow inside). Prep all strawberries and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or ziploc with the corner snipped off. Fill strawberries with cheesecake mixture. Once strawberries are filled, dip the top in graham cracker crumbs. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until serving.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Justin Bieber…’nuff said.

A BETTER JOKE OF THE DAY: Something about today makes me want to be hungover tomorrow.

HAPPY JANUARY 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Neil Diamond 74, Tatyana Ali 35,  Mary Lou Retton 46, Mischa Barton 28, Ed Helms 40, Aaron Neville 73, Johann Urb 37, Yakov Smirnov 63, Chad Hurley 37, Gennifer Flowers 64, Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012), John Belushi (1949-1982), and Sharon Tate (1943-1969).

traditional laundry room by ReStyle Group
These pullout baskets fit nicely into the shelving in this mudroom. With luck, kids and adults will shed their sports clothing and equipment and stow them in the appropriate caddy.The chalkboard tags, come in all shapes and sizes.
modern family room by Braswell Homes Inc
The large lidded baskets in this living room add texture to the sleek white surroundings. They probably contain the children’s toys (like the ones that go with that awesome dump truck).
Designer Bathrooms
The open shelf underneath the sinks here makes perfect storage sense, but the space below that is a bonus, providing room for a quartet of baskets where towels, shampoo or cleaning products can go.
traditional living room by A Beach Cottage
To hide coffee table clutter (books, magazines, mail, TV remotes), just position a catchall basket under the table. In this case the white painted exterior makes it almost disappear.
traditional kitchen by Wioleta Kelly
As a stand-in for drawers, especially in a simple kitchen like this one, baskets can provide easy access to items like potatoes, garlic and onions. As a bonus, keeping produce out will often make it last longer.
traditional bedroom by Francis Dzikowski Photography Inc.
Two large corner baskets provide much-needed storage in this bedroom nook. Stacked like this, they also serve as a handsome side table.
traditional laundry room by Oakwood Homes
Wicker baskets have long been associated with laundry. For years they were used to transport wet clothes outdoors to be hung on the line. This room continues that idea with its multiple baskets — some have even been hung on the wall as decoration.
beach style bedroom by Liz Williams Interiors
The narrow basket mounted on the wall, with its stenciled letters and numbers, is an antique French munitions carrier. It looks like it’s being used here as art, but you could easily slip in some reading material, like magazines or dreamworthy design catalogs.
contemporary home office by Key Piece
Tucking a home office into a closet is a nifty trick. (Imagine shutting the door on work whenever you like.) But a compact space like this can quickly become cluttered. Consider utilizing small square baskets to keep stuff sorted and out of the way, as this homeowner does.
Something Wicker This Way Comes
To house fabric samples and other offices supplies, a California interior designer uses labeled wicker baskets.
farmhouse entry by Crisp Architects
The open shelves in this entryway are great for storing shoes and outdoor gear. Assorted baskets serve as repositories for miscellaneous equipment — gloves and hats, paddleball racquets and even what appears to be a pair of ice skates. (Perhaps the basket protects the shelf from scratches?) No matter what the baskets are holding, their different styles, shapes and hues add a distinctive element of style.
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SAYING OF THE DAY: If you can’t handle me at my worst…you don’t deserve my best.
THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1957 the Wham-O toy company sell plastic dish that people play catch with – these toys are later named Frisbees.
HAPPY JANUARY 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Mariska Hargitay 50, Tiffani Thiessen 40, Richard Dean Anderson 64, Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger 63, Julia Jones 33, Princess Caroline of Monaco 57, Rutger Hauer 70, Brendan Shanahan 45, and Jack Raynor 22.
This blog comes to you today compliments of Houzz and it is based on information from the United States. If you are planning to upgrade to a tankless, do a great deal of research, ask lots of questions,  get the proper permits and pay the price for experts in the field. There are several reputable plumbing businesses in Saskatoon that install tankless water heaters.
As the American market is starting to come around to the idea of efficient tankless water heaters (a standard in Europe and Asia), there seem to be some growing pains in understanding how to switch from a conventional tank system. Properly installing a tankless system requires an understanding that goes beyond simply replacing your tank with a smaller heating unit. The results, however, can be quite rewarding. Here are some things to consider when deciding if it’s time for you to switch to a tankless system.
by TanklessKing
Project: Switching to a tankless water heater.Why: Comfort, cost and efficiency. A properly designed and well-installed tankless water heating system can provide you with constant access to hot water and lower monthly bills. There is no waiting for a rusty tank of standing water to heat up before the second person can shower. Instead, the water is heated on demand. It’s a more efficient way of heating water, without waste (and therefore for less cost).It’s a good project for you if: You want to invest in upgrading the efficiency of your home, or if you’re simply frustrated with the limitations of a tank. Many people are also apprehensive about the dangers of a hot-water tank, which if not maintained properly can be hazardous.
contemporary by Steele Consulting Group
Who to hire: It is highly recommended getting the opinion of a pro experienced in designing integrated residential tankless systems. It’s not as simple as calling the plumber to come take the tank out and replace it with the smaller tankless unit.You should hire an installer who asks you about your usage habits and considers how many points of use there are in the house. For example, it may be that several smaller units in each bathroom would work better than one whole-house unit. A professional can also give you insight on the benefits of gas versus electric for your specific design.Cost range: The initial cost of a tankless system can be fairly high, but you’ll maximize efficiency. In the U.S. the cost ranges from $2,000 to $4,500 for a completely new system installed; it can vary a lot depending on the amount of work required in the house and the number of individual units.To calculate the effect on your monthly bills, you’ll need to do some quick math based on the fuel source of your system.
modern by Mega Builders

Typical project length: While the actual installation of a tankless water heater itself takes only a day, other upgrades need to happen first. When you ask for a quote, you can get a more specific idea of the extent of the retrofit.Best time to do this project: There is no better time than the present to start saving. On the other hand, as tankless technology becomes more popular in North America, the costs are likely to decrease.Most conventional tank systems are designed to last around 10 years. How old is yours?

Things to consider: Tankless units can be used in collaboration with other systems in your house. For example, this floor is heated by a radiant system connected to a tankless heater. A booster could also be incorporated into a solar water heater to assist on cloudy days. You may also want to consider a system with drain-water heat recovery, which uses the heat from used water to decrease the need for heating new water.Hard water is tough on any water heating system, so in some homes it may be best to include a water softener to lengthen the life span of your water appliances.Another thing to consider is that tankless systems exhaust in a different way than conventional systems. Depending on where you live, be sure to follow norms about how to select an appropriate location inside or outside of your home.
First steps:Search for a professional in your area who has experience installing tankless water heaters. Ask for a written quote and be sure that the professional is familiar with your local codes.To get an idea of units to consider, look at the Energy Star database for certified water heaters.Houzz users have chimed in on a discussion about tankless water heaters, too. But I caution you that many of the negative reviews I have seen in the U.S. are really an unfortunate result of poor system designs. When one huge tankless system is simply inserted to replace an existing tank, the results can be disappointing. This effect is particularly noticeable in the U.S., where large house sizes exacerbate the limitations of one single tankless unit.Remember that for most green building solutions, a good understanding of how we use our systems is required. It’s sometimes difficult to find a quick fix.
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JOKE OF THE DAY: Women are like bacon. They look good, smell good, taste good and slowly kill men.

HAPPY JANUARY 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Guy Fieri 46, Steve Perry 65, Diane Lane 49, Linda Blair 55, Steven Adler 49, Carlos Ruiz 35, Christopher Masterson 34, Mike Bossy 57, Balthazar Getty 39, Beverly Mitchell 33, Piper Laurie 81, Sam Cooke (1931-1964), and Bill Bixby (1934-1993).