Thursday, December 31, 2009

It is an area which we call "THE TWILIGHT ZONE"! Awesome!

It's okay, call me a Super Geek, but the SyFy Channel is playing back to back episodes of "The Twilight Zone" on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! From the second Darren (If you loved "Bewitched", then you know what I mean) to William Shatner, before Captain Kirk, with visions of "Gremlins" on the wing of his plane, this is great acting with a twist at every end. Kudos to Rod Serling!

Tex Mex Takes a Leap of Faith on the Verge of A New Year!!!

Thank you Tex Mex for your astounding pictures from Katy, Texas!

To view More of Tex Mex's experience, click the link below!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Checklist!

Moments we catch our breath and think about the meaning of Christmas and those who have touched our lives;

Cozy PJ's, socks, a good book...

A tree to be near!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Easy Corn Fritters!

Tender, crispy and tasty! Hot Corn Fritters on a cold day!
1 1/2 cup Canola Oil
1 1/2 cup Flour
1 Can Cream of Corn
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
Place a frying pan with Canola Oil on the stove top, set to Medium-High heat. While that's heating up, mix the Flour, Cream of Corn and Baking Powder. The Fritter batter should be the consistency of a very sticky dough. Test your oil with a tiny bit of flour. If the flour starts to simmer then your oil is ready. Use a Tablespoon to measure out dollops of the batter into the frying pan. Leave about 2 inches between each fritter. Check the underside and when it is golden brown, turn over and allow to cook to the same color. Remove and place onto a plate lined with paper towel.
Simple and yummy. They melt in your mouth!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Let It Be

With all the Christmas whispers of Rock Band and Guitar Hero presents under the tree, sometimes we can forget that rather than pressing buttons on a fake guitar, it is actually about the real thing. It is enjoyable to emulate the musicians that have impacted our lives, although what about the music itself? Try giving the gift of actual music.
A "Pocket Pal" harmonica goes for about $9.00, at your local music store and who does not want a pal in their pocket? It is the gift that keeps on giving.
For the "big" spenders, check out the Best of The Beatles, which is an accumulation of 80, or so, sheet music of Beatles songs, and comes in just about any instrument you can think of from $12.95, at your local music store. Rock On!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom!

A Wonderful Mother
God made a wonderful mother,
A mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And He molded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks, fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother,
And He gave that dear mother to me.
-Pat O'Reilly

Thrifty Christmas Tree Decorating Tip!

Head to the dollar store and buy a few bouqets of your favorite artificial flowers. De-flower the bouquets and decorate your tree throughout with the pretty "blossoms". They can also be used to add that special touch to gifts!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Almosta Gingerbread House

An inexpensive and fun way to share with your kids holiday fun!
1 10" x 10" Clean Piece of Cardboard
1 Box Graham Crackers
1 Can of White Frosting
1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
Candies of Your Choice: Red Hots, Peppermint, Gummy Bears
Place your cardboard on the counter. Break some of your Graham Crackers in half and set aside. Grab your White Frosting and in a bowl mix half of it with 1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar. Use your mixture, and creativity, as glue to hold together Graham Crackers in the shape of a house. Decorate your winter getaway with the candy of your choice. Tasty to make!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

-7 Degrees

It's warming up! Yesterday at this time it was -10!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mushroom Stuffed Shrimp in a Butter Tomatillo Sauce

This is a great way to make shrimp an elegant showpiece of your meal or appetizer!
One Small Can of Mushrooms
1/2 Cup Unflavored Bread Crumbs
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
1 Egg White
12 Medium Uncooked Shrimp
1 Tomatillo
1 Fresh Garlic Clove
1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 Teaspoon Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Dice Tomatillo and blend with 1 Garlic Clove, Worcestershire and Sugar. Pour mixture onto the bottom of a baking dish. Melt 1/2 cup butter in the microwave and pour that onto the bottom of the baking dish as well. Clean, devein and butterfly your Shrimp, laying them on top of the sauce in the baking dish. On a cutting board, drain and finely chop the canned Mushrooms. Place into a bowl and mix with Bread Crumbs, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Parmesan Cheese and Egg White. Gently add about a teaspoon of the filling to the center of each Shrimp. Place into the oven and allow to bake for 18-22 minutes. Garnish with Cilantro or Green Onion.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Perfect Marriage- Honey and Cinnamon**Submitted By "smiliesings"

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon
It is found that a mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures many diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases.

From Weekly World News:

HEART DISEASE: Make a paste of Honey and Cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that, as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibilityand get clogged; Honey and Cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritic patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of Honey and one small teaspoon of Cinnamon powder. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, within a week, out of 200 people treated, 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, many patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis, started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of Cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of luke-warm water and drink it.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of Honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm Honey with 1/4 spoon Cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure many chronic cough and cold, and clear the sinus.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with Cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if Honey is taken with Cinnamon powder, the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of Honey and Cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that Honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of Honey taken before food relieves acidity and helps to digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that Honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with Honey and Cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey,one spoon of Cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of Honey and one teaspoon of Cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from theroot.

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying Honey and Cinnamon powder in equal portions to the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink Honey and Cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces weight.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should take one tablespoon of Honey with one teaspoon of Cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of Honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and Cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible.

BAD BREATH: Some people of South America , first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and Cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night Honey and Cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts may help to restore hearing.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday Decor on the Thrift!

The vase was an anniversary present, although the rose candle holder was a 50 cent find!

I found the large Styrofoam balls covered with dried flowers priced $1 each. They were meant to be hung as ornaments, although I created a "topiary" by inserting a wooden skewer into both and tying a ribbon in the middle! I have seen these ornaments sell at craft fairs at $6 a piece!

Friday, December 4, 2009

River-Rose Hips!

Handy and Healthy Rose Hips!

Last year I started the tradition of picking Rose Hips after the first frost. They are the fruit which comes from rose bushes and are typically red, orange or a deep purple.

They have many culinary uses such as syrups, jellies and in teas. One great thing is that they are packed with Vitamin C and full of antioxidants. So much so, Great Britain harvested their Rose Hips and turned them into a dietary supplement when their importing of citrus products where limited during World War II.
I dry them for tea. They are picked, washed and cleaned up. To hasten the drying process they are then spread onto a broiler pan and put into the oven at 250 degrees for two hours. Remove and place onto paper towel or cheese cloth and allowed to continue drying, on a sunny window sill, for another couple days.

I then place the dried berries into the blender to chop them up. About one teaspoon and a bit of honey makes a cup of delicious, soothing, and healthy tea!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Goodwill Hunting- Rustic Accents

Wish I could say I made this bird house myself, but instead bought it at the thrift store for $1.50. I love the bleached color of the wood and will actually keep it indoors. Sorry, birdies!

Basket: 50 Cents. Pine Cones: FREE!