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“I need to remove an old bumper sticker from my car’s rear window.” —April Thompson, via Facebook

THE FIX: Aim a hair dryer set on high straight at the sticker for 60 seconds to loosen the adhesive, says Geralynn Kottschade, the vice president of operations at Jerry’s Body Shop, in Mankato, Minnesota. Then spray warm, soapy water on the sticker and around its edges. Lift one corner to wedge a single-edge razor blade underneath (the soapy water lessens the risk of scratching the glass), then gently scrape in one direction (from top to bottom or left to right) until the sticker comes off. If there is any residue, or if you’re nervous about putting blade to glass, peel off as much of the sticker as you can with your fingers, then have at it with a cotton ball soaked in adhesive remover (such as Goo Gone Stain Remover; $5). Let it sit for several minutes. Wipe the area with window cleaner and a rag. Repeat the process to eliminate lingering glue.

“There’s sticky tree sap on your car.”

THE FIX: Apply a tree-sap remover, such as Renew RX Bug & Tar Remover. Wash and dry the area to loosen the sap. Spray the remover on the spot; let it sit for at least two to three minutes. Use a soft rag to gently rub it away, says Amy Mattinat, the owner of Auto Craftsmen, an auto-repair shop in Montpelier, Vermont. If residue remains, saturate the corner of a rag with WD-40 and carefully wipe. Don’t scrub, as hard pressure can damage paint. After the sap comes off, the area needs to be cleaned. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 2 cups of warm water, dip a clean microfiber cloth into the solution, and wipe. Regular waxing will render your car (at least somewhat) sap-repellent.

“Kids’ bikes scratched my car.”

THE FIX: First run your fingers over the marks. If they’re relatively smooth to the touch, they can be buffed away with ordinary car wax. Do the scratches feel sharp when you touch them? That means they’ve penetrated the clear topcoat. To cover these, Allan Wodtke, an automotive engineering specialist at Minnesota State University, in Mankato, recommends Quixx Paint Scratch Remover, a rubbing compound that dilutes the surrounding paint molecules so that they fill the scratch. Rub it on the abrasions with a microfiber cloth. For nicks more than a quarter-inch wide, go to drcolorchip.com to order a repair kit in your car’s paint color (from $40). And consider applying a paint sealant at least once a year to help prevent future scuffs.

“The car leaked oil and possibly transmission fluid on a brick-paved driveway, leaving a stain.”

THE FIX: Cover the mess completely with a thick layer of powdered laundry detergent (any brand will do). Dribble warm water on top until the soap turns to paste. Next, with a stiff nylon brush, scrub the solution into the stain for about two minutes, then let it sit for 15 minutes. Scrub for another minute, then rinse with warm water. Repeat if necessary. For best results, attack the stain within a few days of the leak. The longer oil sits, the harder it is to remove.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: It’s real cute how pedestrians confuse ‘right of way’ with immortality.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Marty Stewart 57, Eric Stoltz 54, Ezra Miller 23, Johnny Mathis 80, Fran Drescher 58, Barry Williams 61, Monica Bellucci 51, Jenna Elfman 44, Kieren Culkin 33, Marilyn McCoo 72, Crystal Bernard 54, and Cissy Houston 82, Angie Dickinson 84, Buddy Rich (1917-1987), and Truman Capote (1924-1984).

29 Sep 2015
September 29, 2015

Make This Working Chalkboard Pumpkin Clock

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  • make this working chalkboard pumpkin clock, chalkboard paint, crafts
Take a plain styrofoam pumpkin and coat it with chalkboard paint.
  • make this working chalkboard pumpkin clock, chalkboard paint, crafts
Using a pumpkin carving knife, cut a hole in the bottom.
  • make this working chalkboard pumpkin clock, chalkboard paint, crafts
Decide where you want the clock face to be centered and then using a small drill bit, drill a hole into the pumpkin.
  • make this working chalkboard pumpkin clock, chalkboard paint, crafts
You can pick up these inexpensive clock kits at practically every craft store.
  • make this working chalkboard pumpkin clock, chalkboard paint, crafts
Insert the clock pack with battery into the pumpkin and put the clock hand holder (the little part that sticks out of the front) into the hole you drilled.
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Following the directions on the clock kit package, attach the hands to the front of the pumpkin.
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Have fun personalizing the clock to make it your own

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 JOKE OF THE DAY: It’s called Karma, but it’s pronounced Ha Ha Ha.
HAPPY NATIONAL COFFEE DAY
HAPPY SEPTEMBER 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Jerry Lee Lewis 80, Calvin Johnson 30, Mackenzie Crook 44, Ian McShane 43, Russell Peters 45, Alexis Cruz 41, Bryant Gumble 67, Anita Ekberg (1931-2015), Gene Autry (1907-1998), Larry Linville (1939-2000), and Horatio Nelson (1758-1805).
28 Sep 2015
September 28, 2015

The 8 Commandments of Fighting Fairly

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Quarreling with your partner doesn’t have to wreck the relationship—in fact, it can actually help. Just follow these expert ground rules.

Whether you’ve been in a relationship for a few months, a few years, or a few decades, you’re bound to fight with your partner at some point. But what constitutes “fighting” is different for every couple: Some only admit to having disagreements; others say they occasionally bicker; some seethe in silence, while others don’t believe they’ve had a real fight until someone yells. “There are negative and unhealthy ways to fight, but disagreeing is not unhealthy,” says Laurie Mintz, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Florida and author of Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex. Since you’re going to squabble, try these eight ways to stay in fighting form without going down for the count.

Keep the goal of the fight in mind.
“The goal of the fight is to get closer, to understand each other better, to resolve an issue so you don’t have to face it over and over again,” says Mintz. Take a deep breath during the fight and think to yourself, “This is a person I love and respect and they probably have a valid point. I need to listen and to find a grain of truth in what they’re saying.” Nothing de-escalates an argument more than someone acknowledging the truth in what the other person is saying, even if they’re not in complete agreement.

Voice grievances the right way.
Before the fight even begins, couples should ideally share a culture of appreciation and respect so that they don’t resort to defamation of character, says Carrie Cole, M.Ed., LPC-S, Certified Gottman Master Trainer, Center For Relationship Wellness. If you want to have a difficult discussion before it becomes a fight, Mintz suggests saying, “There’s something I want to talk about, is this a good time?” Then start the conversation in a gentle way and take ownership of your issue, saying, “I have a problem with…[fill in the blank],” suggests Cole. Allow yourself to accept input from your partner and try to see things from their point of view. Remember, part of the reason you’re with this person is that your value systems are aligned.

Know when it’s okay to go to bed mad.
You probably heard that “you should never go to bed angry,” but experts say there are times when you might need to sleep on the issue. If you or your partner is exhausted—or one of you drank alcohol that escalated the fight—it’s okay to say, “I love you, let’s talk about it in the morning.” By then, hopefully the intensity will have dissipated, and one of you might realize you were just tired or feeling sensitive. “You have to judge the situation,” says Mintz. “If you’re too exhausted to resolve a fight, stop it before it goes downhill fast.” Just be sure to address it within 24 to 48 hours, before you get wrapped up in life again. Because if you just “move on” but aren’t emotionally connected, the next argument that comes up will likely include this fight in it as well and be too overwhelming to deal with, says Cole.

Don’t have a “kitchen sink” fight.
If you and your partner are arguing about finances, don’t throw in “everything and the kitchen sink,” meaning other grievances you have about parenting, in-laws, sex, or anything else that isn’t immediately relevant. Keep the fight focused on what you’re fighting about. Resolve one issue at a time and don’t bring everything into it. If there’s an issue from the past that keeps resurfacing when you argue, set aside time to deal with it when you’re not mad, or consider addressing it in couples counseling.

Be a master communicator.
While you might be tempted to unleash fury on your husband when he’s late picking you up, it’s better to start with “I” statements and own your feelings. We know it’s not easy to speak calmly and share your emotions when you’re fired up about something, but yelling, “You left me waiting for 20 minutes and are so inconsiderate!” will elicit a different response from your partner than, “I was left waiting for 20 minutes and it made me feel uncared for and hurt.” Describe yourself rather than your partner. “Instead of calling your partner a liar, say something like, ‘I need transparency and honesty,’” says Cole.

Put yourself in timeout.
If things are getting heated and the fight isn’t going well, take a break. When you get very upset, your heart rate goes up and stress hormones are released, says Cole. Not only that but the brain’s frontal lobes, which handle logic and communication skills, shut down. What is activated in the brain is the “flight or fight response” that our cavewoman ancestors used to deal with life-threatening situations. The bottom line: When you’re angry, you might be in danger of engaging your mouth before your brain and saying something hurtful, so tell your partner that you need a timeout to think it through, suggestsMintz.

Remain emotionally trustworthy.
Avoid saying things like “I’m done,” “Let’s end this,” or “I want a divorce” when you’re in a fight.  “Someone might say this because they want to grab their partner’s attention,” says Cole. “But it makes their partner feel unsafe and insecure in the relationship.” If those kinds of things get said often, then the partner either stops believing them, or feels that sharing feelings will “end” the relationship. “Bad words are like bullets—you can’t take them back once they’re out,” says Mintz. Fighting fairly is about slowing yourself down and asking yourself if you’re arguing to get closer or to hurt your partner. If you did say something that hurt your loved one, stop and say, “I messed up, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean that.”

Pick and choose your battles.
When you’re living with someone, it’s safe to assume they’re going to do things that you don’t agree with or that get under your skin.  While you shouldn’t complain about every annoying thing your partner does, if one of them truly hurts or upsets you and you can’t let it go, make sure you address the issue so it doesn’t appear in other fights, suggests Mintz. And be willing to “give in” on some things. Decide what you are willing to be flexible with (perhaps not griping out loud about dirty socks left on the floor) and work to resolve things you feel more strongly about (like if your partner makes fun of you in front of friends).

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Never blame anyone in your life. Good people give you happiness. Bad people give you experience. Worst people give you a lesson. The best people give you memories.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Frankie’ Bonus’ Jonas 15, Bam Margera 365, Hillary Duff 28, Naomi Watts 47, Mira Sorvino 48, Moon Unit Zappa 47, Dita Von Teese 42, Bridgitte Bardot 81, Ed Sullivan (1901-1974), Ben E. King (1938-2015), and Al Capp (1909-1979).

27 Sep 2015
September 27, 2015

How To Organize Tools With PVC Pipe

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Stop fighting with an unwieldy collection of shovels, rakes, and other garden tools. Slipped into their own PVC tubes, tall tools neatly stand in place on a garage wall, and shorter tools hang on the wall just waiting for you to grab them with ease.

Organizing Garden Tools with PVC: If there is a sea of tool chaos in your garage or tool shed, if the floor is piled deep with tarps, garden stakes and tools that have no home…then it is time to start organizing. There may be many tools you just can’t find anymore or forget you even have. Start by emptying out the entire tool shed and organize it all on the driveway. Job number one is purging; trashing what is beyond repair and donating any tool that is still in decent shape but is of no further use.

 Then start by giving the space a good cleaning, measuring that space, planning, arranging where all the tools will be placed. It will help to add additional shelving for storing items that cannot be hung on the wall. Plastic bins will hold garden stakes and various other bits that need to be organized. Label the bins and no more clutter.
Most sheds and garages do not have interior walls so a 3/4″ plywood sheet provides a new wall surface to store tools and gives the project a clean, finished look.
Next, cut PVC pieces to about a 6″ length and at an angle (approx. 30º) on the band saw. After cutting, sand off the plastic shreds. The reason for cutting the pipe at an angle is to have clear access to a drill hole for attaching these to the wall. Then drill holes into each end. Find a height on the wall where the rakes, shovels etc. stay upright but there is still enough height to pull the tool out easily. Mount PVC pieces at the mid point and bottom of the shed wall. Save the short end pieces to use for smaller tools. Start arranging the tools by most to least needed and go from there.
Spaces only stay organized if everything has a home and it is labeled. This is particularly helpful if there are several family members using the tools. Label each piece of PVC pipe with duct tape and permanent marker.
Now for the smaller hand tools. This is where the short end pieces of PVC pipe are useful. Organize the hand tools and arrange them in order of usefulness and wall space. Decide on how many pieces of pipe that you’ll need and cut them, on an angle. Sand off the plastic shreds and drill holes in the pipe and screw them into the wall. Label the pipes and put the tools in their proper place.
While all the tools are out in the open, give them a once over and if they need sharpening, rust removal or any other little repair; get that done as soon as possible…you’ll be glad you did.
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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: I make time for people who make time for me.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1968 The musical HAIR opened in London, with scenes of nudity, drug use and flag desecration.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 27 BIRTHDAY TO: Randy Bachman 72, Avril Lavigne 31, Meatloaf 68, Gwyneth Paltrow 43, Anna Camp 33, Shawn Cassidy 57, Brad Arnold 37, Tamara Taylor 45, Sofia Milos 50, Arielle Vandenberg 29, Wilford Brimley 81, and Jayne Meadows (1919-2015).

26 Sep 2015
September 26, 2015

Fall Lantern Centerpiece

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Found this blog on the internet. All credits go to a lady in Virginia Beach, VA # confessionsofaserialdiyer.com. Thank you. What a great project. This can easily be changed into a Christmas theme. If you do not have a lantern like this, I saw some at Pier One in Saskatoon yesterday and we will be getting some in at Charter House very shortly.
Would you believe that lantern once looked like this??
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I almost threw it away! Now it has a whole new life! I did spray paint it once to go with my Summer porch, but it got another paint job in Rustoleum’s heirloom white for this centerpiece.
Making this was pretty simple. I found all of my floral stems at Michaels. Here’s everything I used:
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I started by adding a layer of floral foam to the bottom. Then I hot glued moss to the top to hide the green.
  • fall lantern centerpiece, crafts, home decor, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
I cut apart the feathery stems…
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and added them evenly into the foam:
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I did the same with the white flowers…
  • fall lantern centerpiece, crafts, home decor, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
and the green ones…
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Adding the gold pumpkin, also from Michael’s, finishes it off.

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 JOKE OF THE DAY: I don’t mean to brag but…I finished my 14 day diet in 3 hours and 12 minutes.
THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1962 – CBS premieres the comedy show “The Beverly Hillbillies”.
HAPPY SEPTEMBER 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Carlele Carter 60, Serena Williams 34, Christina Milian 34, Linda Hamilton 59, Shawn Stockman 43, Kent McCord 73, Mellissa Sue Anderson 53, Olivia Newton John 67, James Caviezel 47, Johnathan Goldsmith (the most interesting man in the world) 77, Donna Douglas (1932-2015), George Gershwin (1898-1937), Jack Lalanne (1914-2011), and Marty Robbins (1925-1982).
25 Sep 2015
September 25, 2015

Bacon-Wrapped Baked Apples

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package thick-cut bacon
  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  2. Cut the bacon in half, so each strip is half as long. Set aside.
  3. Cut apples into wedges (about 8 per apple). Dip in lemon juice to keep them from browning.
  4. Wrap each apple slice with a piece of bacon and place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet with the edge—or seam—of the bacon facing down. That way the bacon won’t unfurl as it cooks.
  5. Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the bacon is no longer translucent. Flip the apples halfway through cooking so the bacon cooks evenly. Serve warm.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I don’t understand how some people have to ‘get ready’ for bed. I’m ALWAYS ready for bed.

SEPTEMBER 25TH IS: National Punctuation Day

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Mark Hamill 64, Will Smith 47, Catherine Zeta Jones 46, Michael Douglas 71, Cheryl Tiegs 68, Barbara Walters 86, Heather Locklear 54, Jamie Hyneman 59, Lee Norris 33, Anson Williams 66, Michael Madsen 58, Aida Turturro 53, Ian Tyson 82, Phil Rizzuto (1917-2007), and Christopher Reeves (1952-2004).

24 Sep 2015
September 24, 2015

Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes

Ingredients…
1 can (20 oz) sliced pineapple, drained, juice reserved
1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
12 maraschino cherries, cut in half

Directions
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 24 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray.
Cut each pineapple slice into 4 pieces; set aside. In large bowl, beat cake mix, oil, eggs and reserved pineapple juice with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
In small bowl, stir together melted butter and brown sugar. Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoons butter mixture into each muffin cup. Top each with 2 pineapple pieces. Place cherry half, cut side up, in center of pineapple pieces. Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each cup.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Run knife around edge of cupcakes to loosen; invert onto cookie sheet. Serve warm.
from Betty Crocker

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Last night I left my dentures under my pillow. The tooth fairy must have come because she left me a pile of Monopoly money with a note saying, “Nice try.”

CHARTER HOUSE HAS HIT A MILESTONE: 200,000 hits on this website. Many thanks and so much appreciation to Kevin at Lime Communications who set up a totally user friendly website. Thanks to our staff who have contributed so much and all the folks who have clicked onto the website. Much appreciated.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Kevin Sorbo 57, Robert Irvine 51, Raphael Paleirmo 51, Nia Vardalos 53, Ben Platt 23, Ross Matthews 36, Brit Morgan 28, Phil Hartman (1948-1998), Jim Henson (1936-1990), and Linda McCartney (1941-1998).

 

23 Sep 2015
September 23, 2015

11 Surprising Uses for Kitchen Sponges

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Sponges might be the best at cleaning spills and soaping up dishes, but if you confine them to your kitchen, you’re missing out on their other hidden skills. These clever uses will have you stocking up next time you hit the cleaning aisle:

1. Remove pills from sweaters.
Textured scrub sponges (like these) make quick work of tidying up a worn sweater. Gently run it across the garment to banish fuzz.

2. Keep houseplants well-watered.
If you sneak a sponge into the bottom of a planter, it will soak up excess water when you give your plant a drink. This can prevent roots from rotting in too much moisture, and offers back-up sustenance if you forget to water your greenery.

3. Lift pet hair off carpeting.
A damp sponge is just the tool you need to pull pesky hair out of your carpet’s fibers.

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4. Make a no-drip ice pack.
Carole at My Kitchen Escapades likes freezing saturated kitchen sponges in plastic zip-top bags. As the ice melts, the moisture stays sopped up the sponge, minimizing mess.

5. Cushion breakables.
If you’re storing, say, a ceramic bowl or collection of figurines, strategically place sponge pieces near any fragile parts or sharp corners that could easily damage.

6. Sop up rain.
Place a sponge at the bottom of an umbrella stand to protect the bottom from getting moist and mildewy. It’s much easier to toss and replace the sponge when necessary than to give the canister a regular deep cleaning.

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7. Make a nail-polish remover jar.
Jilllee at One Good Thing found a clever way to ditch the cotton-ball technique for removing nail polish. Instead, she made her own dip-and-twist jar by sticking a sponge soaked in remover inside a mason jar.

8. Protect surfaces from scratches.
Before you place a vase on your vintage coffee table, glue a few pieces of a sponge to the bottom to curtail any bumps and bruises.

9. Plug a drafty window.
If your window air-conditioning unit doesn’t fit snuggly, press a sponge into any leaky holes to keep the chilly air inside.

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10. Entertain kids.
Surprisingly, when cut and tied into different shapes, sponges make for safe outdoor fun (like these water bombs) and extra-quiet games (like these building blocks that won’t give you headache when they come crashing down).

11. Give yourself an at-home pedicure.
Place pieces of a cut-up sponge between your toes so you don’t smudge your polish before it dries.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m a huge fan of saying “You’re Welcome” really loud when people don’t say thank you.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Chi McBride 53, Bruce Springsteen 64, Jason Alexander 56, Julio Iglesias 72, Paul Petersen 70, Kaylee Defer 30, Anthony Mackie 37, Chris Miller 38, Mickey Rooney (1920-2014), Ray Charles (1930-2004), and John Coltrane (1926-1967).

22 Sep 2015
September 22, 2015

Crock Pot Cooking Tips

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Crock-Pot-Tips

Crock Pot Tips: How to Make Recipes with Short Cooking Times Work For You

1. My first suggestion is to invest in a Programmable Slow Cooker. This type of slow cooker lets you set the cooking temperature (HIGH or LOW) and cooking time. When the cooking time is up, the cooker automatically switches to “warm” setting that will keep your meal hot until you are ready to serve it.

When using a programmable cooker, set your crock pot to cook for the lower number when a range of cooking times is suggested. If the recipe says to cook for 5 to 7 hours, set the cooker to cook for 5 hours and then let it automatically flip to “warm” until you get home. There’s less chance your food will be overdone that way.

I know they’re pricey, but I think it’s a worthwhile investment when you consider all the money you save cooking at home compared to eating out and/or grabbing takeout.

2. Try to choose recipes with long cooking times on your especially long days. Many soup, stew, chili, roast, bean and lentil recipes will hold up well to long cooking.

3. Cook ahead on the weekends. Often, I’ll have 2 or 3 slow cookers all simmering away on the counter on Saturday and Sunday. When the food is done I pack it up and place it in the fridge for quick and easy weeknight meals that can be easily reheated in the microwave.

4. Cook tomorrow’s meal after work tonight. There are many recipes that will cook in the few hours you have between getting home and going to bed. Get the crock pot going as soon as you get home. When the food is done, remove the crock from the cooker, transfer the food to a storage container and let it cool as long as you can. Then pop it in the fridge. Your dinner will ready and waiting for you to quickly reheat when you get home from work the following day.

5. Begin with cold food in a cold crock pot. This should extend the cooking time by at least 1 hour. Get everything prepped and into the slow cooker before you go to bed. And then place it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, pull it out, set it in your slow cooker and switch the flip to cook, last thing before heading out the door. Or use your lunch hour to come home and turn on the cooker. Or ask a friend, neighbor, or family member to do it for you.

6. If you have kids who are old enough to take the ready-to-go crock of food out of the refrigerator, place it in the cooker and flip it on when they get home from school, ask them to do it

I hope these crock pot tips help. I know what a challenge it can be to eat well when faced with long days filled with working and commuting.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: They asked me why I don’t have tattoos. So I told them, “Do you see a Ferrari with bumper stickers?”

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 2011 – Fears of a double dip recession cause stock markets around the world to drop.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Joan Jett 57, Tom Felton 28, Debbie Boone 58, Scott Baio 55, Andrea Bocelli 57, Tommy Lasorda 87, Shari Belafonte 61, Bob Sapp 42, Mark Johnson 58, and Paul LeMat 70.

 

21 Sep 2015
September 21, 2015

Best Baked Chicken!

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Best Baked Chicken!

Thank you blogger: Connie Brumley Sutton

This is the recipe that went viral on my personal page that is responsible for me creating this page. Clean chicken, put in roasting pan, drizzle a little olive oil, season liberally with my dry rub. My rub consists of: 1 package of dry ranch, 1 package of dry Italian salad dressing (zesty or regular), 1 package of dry brown gravy mix, course black pepper and red pepper flakes! I have a large batch already made in a jar that I keep on hand. Add about 1 to 2 cups of water to the bottom of your pan (don’t pour on the chicken and wash off the seasoning) and bake covered at 375 about an 1 1/2 hours. I uncover the last minutes to brown! If I’m in a hurry, after an hour, I broil on low for about 15 minutes to brown. Just watch it under the broiler not to burn it. YOU NEED rolls for sopping! The gravy it makes is WONDERFUL! Serve this over rice or potatoes… Will make your tongue slap your jaw! As always, my recipes are a guide. Be creative…make it your own!

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Your cell phone has already replaced your camera, your calendar, your alarm clock…don’t let it replace your family.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1970 – Monday Night Football is started with the legendary Howard Cosell in the broadcast booth.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Steven King 68, Jerry Bruckheimer 70, Anne Burrell 46, Cheryl Hines 50, Bill Murray 65, Dave Coulier 56, Faith Hill 48, Nicole Ritchie 34, Alphonso Ribeiro 44, Luke Wilson 44, Ricki Lake 47, Maggie Grace 32, Leonard Cohen 81, Angus MacFadyen 52, David James Elliott 55, Christian Serratos 25, Larry Hagman (1931-2012).