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Cabbage Patch Soup

Monday, Oct, 19 2015

1 pound ground beef
Chopped onions - 2 or 3 onions
5 stalks celery, sliced
5 large carrots, sliced
4 cups water
2 cans (16 oz.) kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 large can stewed tomatoes
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 medium sized head of cabbage, shredded

Brown ground beef; drain.  Add onion and celery; cook under tender.  Add water, beans, tomatoes, carrots, chili powder, salt and cabbage.  Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat. At this point, add more water or tomato juice if necessary.  Cover and simmer for 30  minutes until cabbage is tender.

(Delicious when reheated the next day.  Can add a mixture of water and tomato juice when reheating.)

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What do you buy when you go to the dollar store?

Tuesday, Aug, 25 2015

According to, there are five categories to get the most of your dollar:

1. Cleaning supplies
2. Gift wrap
3. Snacks
4. Shampoos
5. Kitchen accessories

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12 Amazing Uses for WD-40

Monday, Aug, 24 2015

Find out what this garage staple can do to make your life easier.

1.  Protect a bird feeder, squirrels will slide right off.
2.  Separate stuck glassware.
3.  Get off that stuck ring.
4.  Exterminate roaches and repel insects.
5.  Remove chewing gun from hair.
6.  Remove touch scuff marks.
7.  Wipe away tea stains.
8.  Clean toilet bowls.
9.  Winterproof boots and shoes.
10. Clean and restore license plate.
11. Prevent snow buildup on windows.
12. Keep wasps from building nests.

posted by: Kathy Keene 9 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

What Teachers Wish Parents Knew

Friday, Aug, 21 2015

Back to school is right around the corner, so what is the most effective way parents can help their children do their best in school?  Offer continual support and encouragement of leaning.  How can you do this?  Dr. Diane Sekeres, Assistant Professor of Education at The University of Alabama, offers the following:

1.  Pay attention every day to the information that comes home in your child's backpack. If anything needs to be returned or forms need to be completed, be sure to do that promptly.

2.  Check daily to make sure yiour child has completed the assignments.  Make sure homework and other assignments are in the backpack so they are handed in on time.

3.  Work with your child to plan ahead for projects so they can be done well without the stress of too-little time.  This will help your child lean to organize time and tasks.

4.  Offer occasional encouragement to your child's teacher, letting him or her know what you've noticed about your child's learning and growth. Do what you can to  help the lines of communication stay open between  you and the teacher.

5.  If your child tells  you something that happened in the classromm that concerns you, first check with the teacher for information before you register a complaint.

6.  Come visit the classroom.  Take a day when you can eat lunch with your child, volunteer to help out or teach the children about something  you know well.

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12 Foods that Sabotage Sleep

Thursday, Aug, 20 2015

The foods you eat for dinner or shortly before bed can prevent you from getting some much-needed zzz's. Here's what to shun for up to several hours before turning in if you want to sleep better and wake rested — from tomatoes and chocolate to cheddar cheese.

Steer clear of celery just before bed. Celery and other foods with a high water content (cucumbers, watermelon, radishes and such) are natural diuretics that may cause you to wake in the middle of the night with a full bladder.
Countdown to bedtime: 90 minutes

Tomatoes are rich in tyramine, an amino acid that triggers the brain to release norepinephrine, a stimulant that boosts brain activity and delays sleep. Other tyramine-rich foods include eggplant, soy sauce, red wine and aged cheeses, such as brie and Stilton.
Countdown to bedtime: Not after dinner

Cheese Pizza
Foods high in fat and fried foods take longer to digest and can cause discomfort that interferes with sleep. They can also reduce the effectiveness of some medications taken at night. Countdown to bedtime: 3 hours

Although a nightcap or a glass of wine before bed may help you doze off quicker, it disrupts sleep later in the night and robs you of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Lack of REM sleep harms concentration, memory and motor skills. Countdown to bedtime: 2 to 4 hours

Black-bean chili
This dish could be a disaster if you eat it close to bedtime. The body has a hard time digesting beans, so stomach-rumbling gas pains will keep you from a good night's sleep, says Helen Rasmussen, a research nutritionist at Tufts University.  Countdown to bedtime: Have it for lunch

Dark chocolate
A small piece of dark chocolate each day helps keep your heart healthy — but don't nibble it right before you go to bed. Dark chocolate (though not white chocolate), hot cocoa and tea all contain caffeine, and if you're caffeine-sensitive, you may find yourself staring at the ceiling instead of snoozing.
Countdown to bedtime: 4 to 6 hours

A handful of gumdrops (or any candy) may cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then fall rapidly as the body releases insulin to bring them under control. You may fall asleep easily, but these fluctuations make it difficult to stay asleep. Countdown to bedtime: 2 to 3 hours

A taco liberally sprinkled with hot sauce may set your taste buds tingling, but eating it within a few hours of lights-out can set you up for a bad case of heartburn and a restless night. Ditto for other spicy foods.
Countdown to bedtime: 3 hours

Save the leftover slice of steak for lunch tomorrow. Foods high in protein and marbled fats, such as steak and roast beef, are slow to digest. If your body is busy digesting food, there's more of a chance that you'll have a restless night. Countdown to bedtime: 3 hours

Carbonated soft drinks
Caffeine, that sneak thief of sleep, can turn up in unexpected places, including root beer and lemon-lime soda. Added to a food or beverage, caffeine must be listed as an ingredient; if it occurs naturally (coffee, tea, chocolate), it doesn't. Check the label. Countdown to bedtime: 4 hours

Dagwood sandwich
A heavy meal just before bed can rob you of the shut-eye you need. Allow at least three hours post-meal before you turn in so your body has a chance to digest the food and you don't feel too uncomfortable to sleep. Countdown to bedtime: 3 to 4 hours

Broccoli is a nutrition powerhouse, but its slow-to-digest fiber will keep your body working hard into the night. Broccoli and its relatives cauliflower and brussels sprouts also contain an indigestible sugar that will produce large amounts of gas. Countdown to bedtime: Have it for lunch instead

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