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Debbie Sharp Loeb, teacher by training but full-time mom to a disabled son, craftsperson, bead artist, great cook, creative homemaker & terrific spotter of cool new products for everything under the sun, presents Hodgepodge: recipes, household hints, stories about children, friends & relatives, cool stuff, music, & much more.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Oprah's 7 Supersoulful Reads

Some selections by Oprah perhaps to start off the new year?
The books Oprah counts on through thick and thin...and all the moments in between.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

8 Ancient Rules for Life We Should Still Follow

Something to think about going into a new year!

                      Old-school principles that can improve your outlook today.The world of creativity—with a twist of rationality

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Japanese Gift Wrapping

(Done with just 3 pieces of tape.)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Very Special Christmas Advertisment

Sainsbury's supermarket in the UK has released its Christmas advertisement for this year, which is very poignant taking into account the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I

 The story behind the story is wonderful as well and worth watching.....

Thursday, December 04, 2014

How to Use Coconut Oil for Whole-Body Health

By Bess O'Connor

"It’s been called “the healthiest oil on earth,” and that just might be true. Coconut oil has been used for centuries in Ayurveda because of its healing properties and positive effects on the body and mind. And now, coconut oil is making its way into mainstream popularity as one of the ultimate superfoods.Modern adopters know that coconut oil is ideal for cooking under high heat, and it adds a tasty flavor to meals, but many people don’t know its true potential. To find out what coconut oil can do for you, let’s take a look back at some of the ancient wisdom and traditions.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Amazing Photos

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The United States of Thanksgiving

Is there something here that you make?

Monday, November 10, 2014

25 Powerful Ads That Will Affect Real Change In You

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

10 Things Food Banks Need But Won't Ask For

The holidays are coming and it's time to think about donating to your local food bank.

Some items are in high demand at the food bank and you may not realize it. Because they aren’t essentials, the staff doesn’t publicly ask for them. A survey on asked volunteers what items people would be most appreciative of and we’ve listed the top 10 below. If you’re looking for an easy way to help out, pick some of these up while shopping and drop them off at one of our area food banks. By Woody December 23, 2013

1. Spices.

Think about it. People who rely on the food bank eat a lot of canned food, rice, oatmeal, white bread, etc. They love spices. Seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil and so on.

2. Feminine Products.

Can you imagine being worried about affording these? Pads, tampons, panty liners, etc. Recommended: Buy in bulk at Costco for donating.

3. Chocolate.

People don’t need it, but think about being in their shoes and how nice it would be to be given a chocolate bar or brownie mix along with your essentials.

4. Toiletries.

Grocery stores are great about donating surplus or unsold food, but they have no reason to donate toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. Food stamps often don’t cover these.

5. Canned meats and jerky.

This isn’t true of all food banks, but some struggle to give users enough protein.

6. Crackers and tortillas.

They don’t spoil and everybody likes them.

7. Baby toiletries.

Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.

8. Soup packets.

Sometimes you look at rice, beans, instant potatoes, and cans of vegetable and think, “What do I make with this?” Hearty soup is a complete meal.

9. Socks.

From a former homeless person: “Socks mean the world to you. They keep you warm, make you feel like you have something new, and just comfort you.”

10. Canned fruit other than pineapple.

Food banks get a lot of pineapple donated. Their clients love it when other kinds of fruit are available.

Note from  HP reader The Rev. Gary England"During cold weather we ask folks to donate warm clothing, such as coats, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. and blankets. Many of our neighbors will come to the food bank on a cold day in their shirt sleeves and they are always grateful to put on a warm jacket or coat as they leave."

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