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Initial post: Jun 17, 2014 12:04:19 AM PDT
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╰❈╮Link to the FB&C Group Cookbook thread:


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Old News.. AKA Yesterdays Thread..

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 12:04:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 17, 2014 12:17:00 AM PDT

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(¸.*´(¸.*´ (¸.*¨¯`* ♥ FB&C Start Schedule:

We have a lot of open dates.....

Snowlady Sandy- Friday, June 20... also about the time...
Susan - Saturday June 21 and Sunday June 22, start time - 10 pm or 6 am EDT
Snowlady Sandy-Tuesday, June 24
Snowlady Sandy-Friday, June 27
Susan - Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29, start time - 10 pm or 6 am EDT

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Wednesday, June 18
Thursday, June 19
Monday, June 23
Wednesday, June 25
Thursday, June 26
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Posted on Jun 17, 2014 12:06:35 AM PDT

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(¸.*´(¸.*´ (¸.*¨¯`* ♥ Book Discussion....

We take the summer off so we will post a nomination thread in Sept. to decide the book for Oct....

A good book can take you anywhere, anytime... Ann Key

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 12:07:59 AM PDT
First a touching story...

A little morning inspiration from my inbox:
"Hi Robyn,
I only offer this story as an idea to share with others. I ran to Walmart on Mon evening, as the weather was getting nasty. On my way out of the store, I noticed it had started to rain heavily while I was in the store. I didn't have an umbrella and was preparing to make my mad dash to my car. As I was heading out the door, it was crowded with umbrella-less people like myself, trying to figure out their next move. Had the crowd of people not slowed me, I wouldn't have noticed an elderly woman sitting to the side, on her motorized shopping cart. When I looked over at her, it was a look of sadness on her face. (I was) compelled to walk over and just ask, "Are you waiting on someone that's getting your car for you ma'am?" Sounding so defeated, she just replied, "No." I have no idea how long she'd been sitting there, or how long she would've, waiting for the rain to stop. I said, "Will you give me your keys and please let me pull your car up to the front door for you?" Thankfully, she only hesitated for an instant. As I very carefully walked to her car in the rain, I couldn't help but just be thankful. So thankful she hadn't attempted the walk with her cane and possibly fallen. So thankful that I was healthy and able to make that walk on my own. Thankful that I was able to help her. Thankful that because I was in "sweats" and a ponytail, I cared nothing about getting soaked in the rain. When I pulled up with her car and helped her load her groceries, she just kept saying over and over, "Thank you so much. Thank you so much. God bless you." All I told her was that she was very welcome and that I only hope if someone saw my grandmother in need, they would stop to help her. We get so caught up and in a hurry, as I was when I started out the door, that we don't see what's happening right around us. Thanks to you and The Birthday Project, I try harder to be more aware!"

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 12:08:56 AM PDT
Who Knew???


1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

5. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

6. For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

7. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

8. Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

9. Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

10. Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

11. Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

12. Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

13. Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

14. Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

15. No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

16. Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

17. Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

18. Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... guess what! ... static is gone.

19. Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. (Or spray the measuring cup or spoon with Pam before using)

20. Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

21. Re-opening envelopes
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

22. Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.

23. Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

24. Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

25. Dryer Filter
Even if you are very diligent about cleaning the lint filter in your dryer it still may be causing you a problem. If you use dryer sheets a waxy build up could be accumulating on the filter causing your dryer to over heat. The solution to this is to clean your filter with with a toothbrush and hot soapy water every 6 months.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 2:23:48 AM PDT
Hmmm. I am covered in welts from mosquitoes which bit me despite generous applications of Backwoods Cutter and DeepWoods Off!, so I will have to try the dryer-sheet solution today. If it works, I might have to figure out how to stick dryer sheets on the horses. I was stunned, when I first got my horse, that equine fly spray does not deter horse flies and doesn't do much to deter mosquitoes -- unless they are sprayed directly instead of the horse.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 6:58:03 AM PDT
robb says:
Thanks Sandy
There a few of those tips that I am going to try. Though why people would have left over snicker bars is a mystery as is putting pancakes or muffins in the refrigerator.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 7:04:11 AM PDT
robb says:
DF means casein free. You can substitute, at least in the States, easily with coconut, hemp, soy, rice or almond "milk". Coconut milk that comes in cans and is used in Thai foods can be substitutes for evaporated milk and you can make whipped cream from it. Not the same as the "real" stuff but close enough.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 7:22:29 AM PDT
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start Sandy. My mother should have told me about the bananas, for sure!

Some book picks this morning:
The Storms That Fated Us - JP Summers - Romantic Mystery
Aachen - Gary Ludlam - Historical Fiction
Eclipse - John Banville - Contemporary Fiction
Whisper - D Haltinner - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 7:59:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 17, 2014 8:00:39 AM PDT
Dianna says:
Just taking a moment to say hey. Love the how to clean a cat (and toilet at the same time) Will have to try some of the tips. Cucumber and dryer sheets!! Leonora I hope you find the blessing my mom did when her hair grew was the most beautiful salt and pepper I have ever seen and shiny too. Sending hugs. Red I love your jokes....

GS and I are enjoying life...just got thru V.B.S. and he danced and sang...quite the fun time. He was in ths tribe of Judah and said he was a lion. (Did a wilderness journey with the Israelites in time of Moses:)

Highs to all. Hope to read n post more soon

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 8:47:55 AM PDT
Just so you know: It is a huge confidence boost at 54-years-old when you go to the grocery store in an oversized T-shirt over shorts and without a lick of make-up on your face and find yourself the obvious object of attention of a group of firefighters who are young enough to be your sons and who start talking louder, accidentally-on-purpose shove their cart in your path, suddenly decide that they do need something on the aisle you just turned (despite the protests of one of the others) and do other silly things to try to get your attention. I wasn't as generous as they were, as I did not let on that I noticed them noticing me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2014 8:50:52 AM PDT
Re: #13, newspapers to keep weeds away. Wet newspapers dry into very hard material. It's what we use to create papier mache for crafts.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2014 9:58:59 AM PDT
That's what I thought about the snickers..
Just one or more that I hadn't eaten yet..

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 10:33:04 AM PDT
robb says:
This Day in History: On this day in 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty arrived in New York. It took a year to completely assemble the statue on Bedloe's Island, now called Liberty Island

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 11:55:22 AM PDT
JoJoPNW says:
Thx for the start and the handy tips. Funny, the other day I was pondering how many bumps the sweeter pepper has - seriously! I knew this but had forgotten.

This one is for Plays:
Welcome to My Farm!

Wishing all a safe and fulfilling day. ♥ Mum and I are feeling a bit better.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2014 12:32:26 PM PDT
dharts says:
So glad you posted this, NewDiane. I've seen that wet newspapers gardening tip for years and it doesn't work. Unless your goal is to have an area where nothing grows, or unless you live in a swamp where the newspapers will compost quickly, don't do it. Been there and done that and boy does it not work.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2014 12:38:51 PM PDT
That's adorable! I love it, and I thank you for thinking of me. Glad you and your mum are healing. Hugs.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 1:44:15 PM PDT
Sandy, thanks for the start and the "tips."

Snickers bars are unlikely to be laying around this household, but I would like to try that idea sometime

As for newspapers as weed block, I actually found them effective but they broke down too quickly in my vegetable garden. Perhaps recycled newspaper is not as durable since I did use multiple layers and I know the local paper is printed on recycled paper. I guess the amount of precipitation and watering you do would also effect the breakdown of the newspaper too. Note: the shiny newspaper insets should never be used for this purpose. I recently read a blog that recommended utilizing cardboard from shipping boxes as a more durable, eco-friendly solution as weed block.

Dianna, I am so glad you found the cat and toilet cleaning tip helpful! My mother and her friends are still giggling over that one, I couldn't resist sending it back to her since she sent it to me quite some time ago

Plays, sorry to hear of the welts they sound very uncomfortable. I got sun poisoning yesterday, a first for me at 44 and I am quite itchy and uncomfortable too. I hope you are feeling better, the attention must not have hurt either ;-)

JoJo, glad to hear you and your mom are on the mend. I hope you both are feeling much better soon. My daughter was kind enough to share a "bug" with me that she picked up late last week. She is now better and is having to help me out a bit since I cannot be around the aromas of food while it is cooking or being served.

Robb, thanks for sharing all of the fudge recipes yesterday.

Waving "hi" to all, hope you enjoy the rest of your day. I am off to rest once again.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 1:57:00 PM PDT
Susan says:
Extraordinary Retribution
"STARTLINGLY DARK" -San Francisco/Sacramento Book Reviews

Sometimes evil is not born of madness, but madness of evil.

A rogue CIA agent partners with the brother of a slain colleague to uncover a conspiracy deep in the intelligence community. But a shadow follows them: a killer bent on a revenge so terrible, it is only matched by the crimes committed against him. In the end, no one escapes unscathed, no beliefs will go unchallenged, and no wrong will escape the terrible, final, and extraordinary retribution.



In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2014 2:29:33 PM PDT
You do know that Snickers bars are gluten-free? The regular, original variety. Some of the new ones aren't. They will not be found lying around my house, not without a guard. Hey, they're gluten-free so they are obviously meant for me. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2014 2:31:32 PM PDT
My red-tailed hawk buddy caught some breakfast this morning -- a fresh, wriggling squirrel who had been eating my flowers instead of the many, many foods available. I took the hawk's side in that contest. I did get to see where he hangs out, which explains why he circles over my little pool. He always comes out now when I am outside working, or relaxing, or walking.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2014 2:44:36 PM PDT
Susan says:
Aww, the poor squirrel :)
I've run out to stop a hawk from eating it's....lunch
And then thought, shoot. I just scared a hawk away :)

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 3:55:30 PM PDT
Mieko* says:
Much too quiet here today! My Mom would have said, 'Someone is up to something .'

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 4:03:36 PM PDT
robb says:
I just thought they were all watching the soccer games - well except Red.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2014 4:16:50 PM PDT
Lucky Tip says:
Hi Sandy, thanks for the start and the inspiring story! What is the birthday project?
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