Monday, September 2, 2013

I. HAVE. THE. PLAGUE. and other news

Oh sweet Jeebus I have the friggin *plague! 

I should have known I was going to get it. I went back up to PA for my daughter's best friends wedding and my daughter had just come down with this plague/cold/flu/chest congestion thing. I was staying with her and her husband so BAM I woke up on Saturday with it. And cancelled plans and headed home. I did not want to drive in full blown plague mode and I wanted my own bed. 
funny oprah you get a car, you get a cold everyone gets a cold
So here I am in my beach casa, back early and sick... as a dog. Did I tell you I have the plague?? Ok then...

I got to stay for the wedding on Friday tho. It was so beautiful! It was like having my 2nd kid get married since the bride and my kid have been friends since middle school. 

Very gardeny and earthy. Just perfect. There she is... The beautiful bride walking down the aisle with her dad.

Happy Labor day to those in the USA & Canada. A day we honor labor. We honor the working folks... ironically enough, of which I do not belong. Yep, still looking for a job. but I know it's out there,just waiting for me. I have faith that all will work out.

And now, since I haven't mentioned it in the last 3 minutes, I have the PLAGUE!! And the damn dogs still feel the need to be walked every 2 hours. So I have to drag my poor, old, tired, sore, plague riddled, body outside in the -hot as a steam room- weather and let them do dog things. 

Ugh... whatever.

*  any and all references to the plague are meant to be humorous and not true life. Yes I know I am a big baby and yes I know it's not nice to say i have the PLAGUE when someone else could really have, said plague.That is all.


Hint, tips and every day tricks we can all use - like the recipe blog, I will continue to add to it~S

1. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

2. Use a meat baster to “squeeze” your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you’ll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time....

3. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

4. To prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

5. Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan and the marshmallow won’t stick to your fingers.

6. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

7. To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on the stovetop.

8. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces and there won’t be any stains.

9. When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on outside of the cake.

10. If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant “fix me up.”

11. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

13. Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.

14. When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn’s natural sweetness.

15. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

16. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

17. Don’t throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

18. If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

19. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

20. To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

21. Ants, ants, ants everywhere … Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.

22. Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china. Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets. Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes. Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary). Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

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