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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Easy Delicious Dessert

As a mother of 6 and grandma of 4 ,,, working outside of the home 30+ hours a week.... having my own business and my blog You can say I am quite busy so when it comes to meal prep I love those easy meals. This is a delicious cake recipe where all you have to do is dump it in the pan and the largest part of your work is done. Hopefully you will like it as well.

1 can Crushed Pineapple (not the tiny can, and do not drain it)
1 can Cherry Pie Filling
1 box Yellow Cake Mix
1 cup butter

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with Pam or other spray oil.
Pour in the crushed pineapple and juice and spread out on the bottom of the pan.
Pour the cherry pie filling on top (it will not spread out evenly).
Sprinkle cake mix over the cherries.
Melt butter and spoon over mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Watermelon Lemonade

4 cups watermelon, chopped
1 1/2 cups lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
6 cups cold water

Blend together chopped watermelon and lemon juice in blender until very smooth.
Pour into large pitcher. Add sugar and cold water and stir well.
Pour over ice and enjoy!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Fire Prevention

Safety in the house is very important. Some fire safety tips to protect you and your family are listed below.

When in the kitchen you should never leave the stove unattended When appliances are not in use make sure they are unplugged. When cooking make sure that you are wearing short or tight fitting sleeves. Finally if a fire does happen and a pot or pan is on fire never carry it out of the house rather keep it there and extinguish the fire

Electrical fires are sadly very common. Many times it begins where the power comes from in the circuit breakers and fuses. Ensure that they are not overloaded and that they are the correct size for the home. Extension cords are not meant to be used full time.

One danger belongs to smokers of the house. Individuals that smoke should never smoke in bed. Ensure that cigarettes are fully put out. Keep lighters and matches out of reach of youngsters.


Hot Cheese Potatoes #Recipe


Softened butter, for the baking dish
3 large unpeeled russet potatoes, scrubbed and thinly sliced
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon dried parsley

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with softened butter. Arrange the potato slices in the prepared baking dish. Drizzle with the melted butter and season with salt, pepper and thyme.

Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle with the cheese and parsley. Return the dish to the over. Bake, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes more or until the cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Schedule Physicals in Summer

Early summer is often a great time to schedule back to school physicals. The reason is that many times in late summer is busy with back to school shopping which may be financially binding. Another reason is that many times the doctors are super busy with the back to school physicals Yet, another reason is to ensure your child is healthy.

During a school physical the primary care provider will ensure all of your child's body systems are working with no apparent problems. If something seems wrong then they will help you get a lead on the problem and help find early intervention resources that will help in the new school year. In addition, the physician will ensure all immunizations are up to date.

A visit to the doctor may also offer valuable lessons as well. A talk about many summer activities may occur. Talks about making sure to wear a helmet while riding a bike or wearing a seatbelt in car are a few different conversations must take place. Perhaps, the physical is so your child can participate in athletics there are important steps in this procedure as well Student athletes need to be instructed on eating healthy, exercising safely, and managing physical conditions while playing sports.

NO matter the reason for the physical it is best to be prepared with a plan. Are there questions that you want to ask the doctor?? Have any concerns about your child's level or health?? Here are some things you may want to think about

  • Has your child complained of any pain, fatigue, dizziness or digestive problems?
  • Has your child reached important developmental milestones on time? Has your child experienced any learning difficulties or other classroom problems? 
  • Have your child’s eating habits changed?
  • Does your child seem anxious or depressed?H
  • How well does your child sleep?

Your child’s provider will likely address many of these points through the physical. However, there will be time for you to ask questions during the exam to ensure you are fully supported in your child’s overall health and well-being.

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Be Aware::: Lightning Storms are Dangerous

The old adage of summer storms is "when thunder roars, go indoors" The reason is because if there is thunder then you are more than likely within striking distance of the storm. I know it is awfully tempting to finish that outside event before retreating inside but there are many that have delayed their own retreat and never lived to regret it. Sadly, lightning has led to many deaths and injuries in the United States.

No one wants to be caught in the rain and even more than that no one should be caught out in a lightning storm. If you are attending an outside event make sure you have a plan if thunderstorms unexpectedly pop up. Make sure that you keep your ear and eye out for bad weather approaching. If you are caught in the thunder and lightning storm then head inside of a building or a hard topped vehicle. However keep in mind that rain shelters, small sheds, and open vehicles are not safe places to be in a storm.

If you are inside during a lightning storm and hopefully you are be careful that you don't use a land line phone or plug anything into an electrical outlet. You should also stay away from the doors and windows as well. Understanding the dangers of lightning storms can help prevent accidents from happening In addition, waiting until the storm has passed before heading back outside is very important.

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Beer Battered Fish Burger #Recipe

Beer-battered fish burger

3/4 cup self-raising flour
1 cup chilled beer
oil, for deep frying
500 gram boneless, skinless firm white fish fillets, cut into 8
4 turkish bread rolls, halved, toasted
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 bunch rocket, washed, trimmed

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and beer together until smooth. Season to taste.
Heat oil in a large heavy-based saucepan on high until a drop of batter sizzles immediately it is added.
Dip fish into batter, a few pieces at a time, allowing excess to drip off. Carefully lower into oil. Cook 4-5 minutes, in 2 batches, until cooked through and golden brown. Drain on paper towel.
To make tartar sauce: in a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Season to taste.
Fill Turkish bread with fish fillets, tomato slices and rocket. Spoon tartar sauce over and serve hot.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Carpenter Ants May Swarm Against Us

Preventing carpenter ants may start with the outside. Carpenter ants thrive in areas that are moist and often full of debri There are a few things you can do to stop these pest from coming inside the house.

  • Eliminate high moisture conditions that attract them.
  • Replace moisture-damaged wood.
  • Make sure gutters are draining away from home.
  • Elevate wood when possible to create air movement.
  • Store firewood as far away from buildings as possible.

  • Trim branches that overhang the home, so these branches don’t contact the house. 
  • Keep gutters clean and free of debris.

You may all ready have carpenter ants in or around your house. Signs that you will want to watch for include:

  • small piles of sawdust or wood shavings that are coarse in nature. 
  • look for areas of constant moisture, leaking plumbing or roof are good places that carpenter ants like to gather. 
  • colonies of carpenter ants can be heard making sounds 
With this information you will want to guard yourself against the damaging carpenter ants. To do this you must first find and destroy the nest. Insecticides work well for this There are many on the market look for the one that best fits your situation. 

After their detection, the process ensues of elimination and control of the situation. The following are steps to adhere to when you find carpenter ants in and around your home. No matter which one you select READ the DIRECTIONS on the product and use as it is meant to be used. In addition you will want to eliminate areas of moisture where leaks or standing water may be present.

Staying on top of areas where water could build up will help you keep the carpenter ant from having the conditions they choose to live in. Making sure all is neat in and around the home is also important. Schedule routines such as taking trash out, making sure firewood is not damp, and cleaning dirty trashcans can help keep those pesky ants away.

Chicken Gizzard

One thing that my son in law and husband have in common is that they both love to dine on chicken gizzards. You may not be aware of what a gizzard is so let me fill you in. Chicken gizzards are muscles or organs that the chicken uses to rid their bodies of the rocks and assorted pieces that are not food but may be digested as they peck along the ground. Thus the gizzard is small and are often a bit chewer with a distinctive taste that pulls them away from other pieces of chicken.

1 pound gizzards
2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons hot sauce
1 ¼ cup self rising flour
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
½ teaspoon ground garlic powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon paprika
Oil for frying

Start by trimming the excess fat and gristle from the chicken gizzards.
Season gizzards with seasoned salt and pepper to tastes on both sides.
Add buttermilk and hot sauce to a plastic storage bag and shake to combine. Add gizzards to bag and allow to marinate for 1-2 hours.
To a large bag, add flour, seasoned salt, black pepper, garlic powder and cayenne and whisk until combined.
In another plastic storage bag, add flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika and mix until combined.
Once gizzards are done soaking, add gizzards a few at a time to seasoned flour bag and shake to evenly coat then place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes to set flour.
Heat oil over medium high heat. Make sure oil is at least 2-3 inches tall.
Fry until golden brown then drain on paper towels.

Is your Sponge clean

What is the one thing that is often used the most to clean areas in the house?? I would answer this with one word ... my sponge. How often do most sponges get cleaned?? not often enough would be the true answer. Sponges should be most likely be cleaned on a daily basis. This differs from those that say that once every two weeks or even once a month is often enough. However, the truth is that a daily cleaning will keep the sponge from getting so germ ridden.

So now that we know how often we should clean our sponges how do we do it??

One of the easiest ways is to microwave the sponge. First, soak the sponge in water, wring it out, then place it in the microwave and nuke it one minute. Now use a paper towel to wipe off walls in microwave the steam should have loosened any dried on bits. Another great way to clean a sponge is via the dishwasher

Sponges can be cleaned on the top rack of the dishwasher. Set the dishwasher on the "heated dry" setting. Soak the sponge in either a glass of vinegar or bleach for 5 minutes. No dishwasher?? Make up a mix of 1/2 cup of bleach and a gallon of water and soak sponges for 5 minutes.

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