Friday, April 28, 2006
We've had one of these cordless doorbells for a number of years. If David needs assistance and I'm in another part of the house where I might not be able to hear him calling, he can have the button with him and I can have the chime with me. By adding velcro to the back of the button it can be mounted anywhere.
When my father came to need a home health aide, I got one for him.
Most recently my in-laws were in need of one as they couldn't hear the regular doorbell when they are in their den. This did the trick!
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work
Have you ever taken your son or daughter to your place of work? Do they know what kind of work you do? My husband took our son Brian years ago to the school where he teaches.
So if you haven't done it before, you now have a whole year to plan to do it for next year!
To learn more about the program go to this link:
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Child Safety Toolkit
From the Duracell website at: http://duracell.com/parents/ you can take the Child Safety IQ test. There you can also download a Child Safety Toolkit. One of the most important things you can do is to take a color facial portrait of your child every 6 months. You can even sign up to get an email alert reminder to update your photo.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Mc Cain Baby Potato Pancakes
Monday, April 24, 2006
Decorative Painting Techniques
(Note: If this is of interest to you check it out as links sometimes disappear in time.)
For walls - Parchment, Venetian Plaster, Crinkle Paper, Strie, Color Wash, Leather, Stencil, or Stripes
For Furniture - Distressing, Marbling, Mettalic, Woodgrain
Go to this link:
Friday, April 21, 2006
Directions to Make a Cloth Basket
Read these directions all the way through before beginning. If you're not sure you understand, practice first with some scrap fabric. You can email if you have a question. Let me know how you do and send me a picture of your completed project. Note: I would recommend a heavier weight fabric. The fabric I used was remnant, drapery or upholstery fabric.
Each tie is about 10" long.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Cloth Basket Project
Last year on vacation I picked up the reversible cloth basket pictured above at a Cracker Barrel restaurant gift shop. I took a look at how it was made and figured I could duplicate it. I made a pattern, shown bottom right, a little bigger than the purchased one, big enough to hold a 9" x 9" pan. The one I bought had cardboard between the layers for stability but I wanted something washable. I used the extra firm plastic needlepoint canvas sandwiched between layers of craft foam. Ribbon or double fold bias tape (sew together) can be used for the corner ties. The one pictured below is the one I made.
It's a nice way to bring a dish to someone's house and then give the basket to your hostess!
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
You can get more information there and download a discounted coupon for a test kit. (limited time offer)
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
April is National Autism Awareness Month
"Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. Other ASDs include Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). Experts estimate that three to six children out of every 1,000 will have autism. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females.
There are three distinctive behaviors that characterize autism. Autistic children have difficulties with social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or narrow, obsessive interests. These behaviors can range in impact from mild to disabling.
The hallmark feature of autism is impaired social interaction. Parents are usually the first to notice symptoms of autism in their child. As early as infancy, a baby with autism may be unresponsive to people or focus intently on one item to the exclusion of others for long periods of time. A child with autism may appear to develop normally and then withdraw and become indifferent to social engagement.
Children with autism may fail to respond to their name and often avoid eye contact with other people. They have difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling because they can’t understand social cues, such as tone of voice or facial expressions, and don’t watch other people’s faces for clues about appropriate behavior. They lack empathy.
Many children with autism engage in repetitive movements such as rocking and twirling, or in self-abusive behavior such as biting or head-banging. They also tend to start speaking later than other children and may refer to themselves by name instead of “I” or “me.” Children with autism don’t know how to play interactively with other children. Some speak in a sing-song voice about a narrow range of favorite topics, with little regard for the interests of the person to whom they are speaking.
Many children with autism have a reduced sensitivity to pain, but are abnormally sensitive to sound, touch, or other sensory stimulation. These unusual reactions may contribute to behavioral symptoms such as a resistance to being cuddled or hugged."
To read more about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and more go to:
You might also want to check out the Autism Society of America at:
Saturday, April 15, 2006
I've printed out these little baskets to fill with some candy and use as placecards for the dinner table. (When you go to print be sure to set it to just print page 1.)
Have a Happy Easter!
Friday, April 14, 2006
First let me say I know nothing about wine and seldom ever drink alcohol but I had some of this wine last weekend when we out for a family celebration and liked it. It wasn't too sweet or too dry. It comes in a frosted bottle with a "window" in the center which shows a landscape. The bottle says: Moselland - Arsvitis - Riesling - Qualitatswein
I bought this bottle to have with Easter dinner.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
and from www.howstuffworks.com website:
"The word "maundy" may have come from the maund (or mand) basket used by the fishermen in the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Centuries ago, there was a fair held on this day in Norwich (Norfolk), at which vendors sold horses, cattle and general merchandise. Some of the fisher-folk brought their maund baskets filled with items to sell, including fish. Clothing and hats were sold, as it was customary to buy a new item of clothing for Easter Sunday. This may well have been the origin of the Easter bonnet and the notion of wearing new spring attire for Easter.
Maundy Thursday may also have come from the Latin word mandatum, meaning "commandment," as in the Biblical words of Jesus:
"A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." (John 13:34, NIV)
Many Maundy Thursday services begin with these words."
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
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If you are a teacher or home school your kids you can find many things here that you could you to enhance your lessons. You can become a subscriber for $20 a year but there are tons of pages for prospective subscribers to sample!
Even if you just want some rainy day activities this is a good place to look!
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Bunny Cut-Up Cake
1 pkg. (7 oz.) BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut (2-1/3 cups), divided
2 baked 9-inch round cake layers, cooled
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Strawberry Whipped Topping, thawed
Suggested decorations, such as licorice, assorted ring-shaped candies, gumdrops
LEAVE 1 cake whole; cut remaining cake as shown in illustration. Arrange cake on serving tray as shown in illustration, using small amount of the whipped topping to hold pieces together. Frost cake with remaining whipped topping.
SPRINKLE coconut over bunny's head and ears. Decorate with licorice and candies. Store in refrigerator.
Prepare as directed, using regular COOL WHIP Whipped Topping and tinted coconut. To tint the coconut, mix 1/2 tsp. water with a few drops of food coloring. Add to coconut in resealable plastic bag. Seal bag; shake until coconut is evenly tinted. Sprinkle center of bunny's ears with tinted coconut.
We made this cake when I was a kid without the coconut and just covered it with vanilla icing and decorated it. I made it for my boys when they were little for Easter.
This is from: www.kraftfoods.com
Search for - Bunny Cut-Up Cake
To see how to cut it up more clearly go to the link and click in the recipe where it says Bunny Rabbit Cut-Up Cake.
What are your special Easter recipes, traditions, or stories? Pass them along to be posted.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Software Easter Eggs
Friday, April 07, 2006
Meatloaf .... the way I make it.
In a large bowl.
ground beef - pound or more. 80/20 Break the meat apart.
8 oz. can tomato sauce (Hunt's makes one with basil, garlic, and oregano that's nice. I never use ketchup.)
1 envelope of Lipton Onion soup mix
garlic powder and fresh ground salt & pepper to taste
bread crumbs - seasoned or unseasoned - whatever I have on hand. I don't measure. I just sprinkle them over the meat to lightly cover. Too much will make a mushy meatloaf.
You can add a little basil and/or oregano if you like.
(or other spices you like for that matter.)
I sometimes add some finely diced carrots and celery.
Mix everything together with a fork until well combined. Now put a wire rack in a 13 x 9 pan and cover it with foil. Reynolds Wrap "Release" Non-Stick Grill Foil is excellent for this. Form the meat into a loaf that's about 1 1/4" - 1 1/2" thick. Put water in the pan to catch the drippings.
Bake: 375' for about 45 minutes or desired doneness. We like ours to the browner side.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Be Careful Where You Stick Your Nose...
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Here's a story I found there about a seizure alert dog.
Our little Maggie will at times bark wildly while David is having a seizure, and will often lay beside him while he is recovering, ocassionaly sniffing his head or licking his face.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
The Rug is Done!
Monday, April 03, 2006
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory out of desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in a forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers."
-TS Eliot, The Waste Land
Saturday, April 01, 2006
No April Fool's
Today completes the first year of Hodgepodge. I think Barbara would agree that the following quotation is a good discription of me and that's why Hodgepodge is a "perfect fit"!
"Nothing will ever please me, no matter how excellent or beneficial if I must retain the knowledge of it to myself. No good thing is pleasant to possess without friends to share it." - Seneca
That quote pretty well encapsulates my philosophy of what Hodgepodge is all about. Sharing. I can't believe a year has already passed. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to keep it going but you, my faithful readers, have been a great support. I couldn't do it without you! Please keep "passing-along" all those things that you want to share too.
Hugs to you all,