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Picnic Cake

Wednesday, Oct, 15 2014



1 cup chopped dates
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup boiling water
Mix together and let cool.
Cake:
1 cup sugar
½ cup Crisco
2 eggs, beaten
1-1/4 cups plus 2 T. flour
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking soda
Cream together cake ingredients; add date mixture and blend well.  Our into a greased 9x13 pan.
Topping:
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup chopped walnuts
¾ cup chocolate chips
Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over batter.  Bake at 350º for 40 minutes.

posted by: Kathy Keene 6 days ago Comment On This Post


Beef Vegetable Soup

Wednesday, Oct, 15 2014



BEEF VEGETABLE SOUP

1 to 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef

1 onion, chopped

4-6 stalks celery, chopped

1 can stewed tomatoes

1 can kidney  beans, drained

1 large container Swanson’s chicken broth

Chili powder to taste

Bag of frozen mixed vegetables (1/2 bag or more)

1 to 2 cups chopped carrots

Salt and pepper to taste

1 small head cabbage, chopped



Ground beef browned with chopped onions.  Add celery, carrots, stewed  tomatoes, kidney beans and large container Swanson’s chicken broth, chili powder.  Simmer until vegetables are tender.  Add part of a bag of frozen mixed vegetables,  salt and pepper to taste.  Add chopped cabbage last 30 minutes.

Note:  For added flavor, add Knorr vegetable dip mix, about 1/2 env.  optional.

posted by: Kathy Keene 6 days ago Comment On This Post


Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Tuesday, Oct, 14 2014

TEN CLEVER USES FOR HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

Hydrogen peroxide is a non-toxic cleaner for many areas of your home Here are 10 ways you can use that brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your home's advantage.

In your kitchen:
1. Clean your cutting board and countertop.
Hydrogen peroxide bubbles away any nasties left after preparing meat or fish for dinner. Add hydrogen peroxide to an opaque spray bottle -- exposure to light kills its effectiveness -- and spray on your surfaces. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean.
2. Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher.
Because it's non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning places that store food and dishes. Just spray the appliance outside and in, let the solution sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean.
3. Clean your sponges.
Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.
4. Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans.
Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

In your bathroom:
5. Whiten bathtub grout.
If excess moisture has left your tub grout dingy, first dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit -- it may bubble slightly -- for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times, depending on how much mildew you have, but eventually your grout will be white again.
6. Clean the toilet bowl.
Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

In your laundry room:
7. Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths.
Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains -- just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It's a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.
Anywhere in your house:
8. Brighten dingy floors.
Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it's so mild, it's safe for any floor type, and there's no need to rinse.
9. Clean kids' toys and play areas.
Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it's not a lung irritant. Fill an opaque spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis. You could also soak a rag in peroxide to make a wipe.

Outside:
10. Help out your plants.
To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you're spritzing plants.

posted by: Kathy Keene 7 days ago Comment On This Post


Common Foods You Can Keep After The Expiration Date

Monday, Oct, 13 2014

Common Foods Many people think that as soon as the expiration date comes around, their food becomes toxic. While you should always proceed with caution, many of these foods are safe to consume for up to months after the date listed.

Milk
Some people throw out their milk the day after it expires, but in reality you have a little time before it completely spoils. Just smell the milk before you drink it -- if it smells sour, it should be thrown away. You can also tell it is expired if the milk seems chunky or otherwise discolored. If it smells and looks alright, then it is safe to drink. Most milk stays good up to a week after the sell-by date, as long as it's properly refrigerated.


Meat
While fresh meat shouldn't be eaten more than a day or two past the expiration date, frozen meat can actually keep for months. In fact, you can store frozen meat for a year or longer depending on its storage. So if you find a good deal on steaks or chicken, feel free to stock up, freeze, and enjoy throughout the year without worrying that it will go bad.

Canned Goods
Expiration dates on canned goods are often very wrong -- a properly stored canned good (kept in a dark, cooler area of the house) can keep for years past the expiration date. This is because there is no oxygen getting into the can, creating bacteria. This is why many people stock up on canned good in case of an emergency. Just don't forget a can opener!

Eggs
Fun fact: America is one of the only countries in the world where people refrigerate their eggs. The reasons for this are fairly complicated and involve regulations for and against washing the eggs. When it comes to spoiling, however, there is a very simply way to tell if your egg is good: if it sinks to the bottom it is fine to eat, if it floats throw it out. Most eggs will stay fresh for up to a month after the sell-by date.

Bread
People love going to bakery thrift stores to get great deals on day old bread. This means that the bread is about to go bad, right? Not necessarily. If a person freezes bread, it will keep for significantly longer than leaving it in the bread box or refrigerator. If your family eats a lot of sandwiches, it might make sense to stock on bread and freeze it.

Pasta
People may not realize it, but pasta actually keeps for much longer than the printed date. This is welcome news for smaller families who may only need half a box and wind up throwing the rest out. Because it's a dry good, pasta will keep much longer than the expiration date says. There is a relatively simply test for freshness: if it feels stale or has a funny smell, throw it away. Also, be sure to keep pasta in your pantry and not in the refrigerator.



Water
Despite having an expiration date, bottled water actually never goes bad. The date is printed on the bottled because most states require all food and beverages to carry an expiration date. The flavor of the water may change over time, but bottled water that is kept sealed will stay good indefinitely. There are certain studies that say that the plastic bottle itself may be detrimental to the quality of the water, as chemicals may leach in. But this is the case with fresh bottles of water as well.

Packaged Greens
Lettuce, spinach or other greens will sometimes look wilted if left in the fridge for too long. However, a cold water bath can revive these greens, making them perfectly edible. However, lettuce that is visibly decayed should be thrown away.


Potato Chips
Surprisingly, potato chips will stay fresh for months after their expiration date, with proper storage of course. This is because they are usually highly processed. If they smell or taste stale, then obviously they need to be thrown out.

Mayonnaise
As long as your store-bought mayonnaise jar has been stored at the correct temperate it can actually be used 3 to 4 months after the expiration date. So if you finally decide to clean out your fridge you can hold back on throwing out your Mayonnaise jar for a few months longer.


Hard Cheese
Cheese is another thing that tends to get lost in the fridge only to be found a few weeks later or when a hungry guest drops by unexpected. Along as the cheese is stored at the correct temperature, cheese can be eaten up to 4 weeks after the expiration date, even if the cheese has been opened.

posted by: Kathy Keene 8 days ago Comment On This Post


The Winter of Our Years

Wednesday, Oct, 8 2014

 
You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory!  Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so...now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!

But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this earth...it's NOT over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!

Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.
LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY! HAVE A GREAT DAY!

REMEMBER:

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
"LIVE HAPPY IN THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR!

LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE SO - ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.
~Your kids are becoming you...
~Going out is good. Coming home is better!
~You forget names... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything... especially golf.
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... "what?" . ???
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~Everybody whispers.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear.
~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!
It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.

posted by: Kathy Keene 13 days ago Comment On This Post


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