Tuesday, March 31, 2009
How to Peel a Potato
Monday, March 30, 2009
The Best Pretzels!
Original Hodgepodge posting:
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
How to Qualify
The process to qualify for Lifeline Service depends on the State you live in. In general, you may qualify if...
You already participate in other State or Federal assistance program such as Federal Public Housing Assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid.
Your total household income is at or below 135% of the poverty guidelines set by your State and/or the Federal Government.
No one in your household currently receives Lifeline Service through another phone carrier.
You have a valid United States Postal Address. In order for us to ship you your free phone you must live at a residence that can receive mail from the US Post Office. Sorry, but P.O. Boxes cannot be accepted.
In addition to meeting the guidelines above you will also be required to provide proof of your participation in an assistance program, or proof of your income level.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Here are the Categories that covered just to give you an idea of what you can find here.
Arts & Entertainment
Cars & Other Vehicles
Hobbies & Crafts
Sports & Fitness
Computers & Electronics
Holidays & Traditions
Education & Communications
Home & Garden
Personal Care & Style
Finance & Business
Pets & Animals
Food & Entertaining
Philosophy & Religion
P.S. - There is an addition to the Healthier Pumpkin Bread Recipe:
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Ask Dr. Sears
Some of the topics that are covered are:
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Feeding Infants and Toddlers
Discipline & Behavior
A to Z Index
GoFish Omega 3 DHA
Check it out at:
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Fiber One Pancake Mix
Note it contains wheat, soy, and egg ingredients.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The Emergency Email & Wireless Network
All you have to do is go to the website, click on your area from the list and add your email address. You can repeat it for more than one area.
It says you can get notified by email, cell or pager.
Labels: emergency email
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
How many of you remember the old fashion flannel board from Sunday school?
Well, I've brought it back as a way to work on layouts for a quilt pattern. All you need is a foam core board (20"x 30") flannel, and some spray adhesive. After I cut off the excess I used a fabric glue stick and trimmed it with ribbon on the edges. Fabric shown is from a "wee play" charm pack, American Jane Patterns, from Moda fabrics.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Think you know all about the History of Ireland? Try this quiz:
Monday, March 16, 2009
It's a defining moment of clarity where you gain real wisdom - wisdom you can use to change your life.
Mutual of Omaha is collecting stories of your aha moments.
Go to: http://www.ahamoment.com/ to read others and to tell them yours.
Friday, March 13, 2009
At this website you can search the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) listing of child passenger safety seat inspection locations. Their certified inspectors can provide guidance on proper child restraint use and installation. You can enter your zip code to find a location near you.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
and for the Equilters.com Table of Contents for free patterns and quilting techniques go here: http://www.equilters.com/TableofContents.html
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Tips to Avoid Foreclosure Scams
*Work only with a non-profit HUD-approved counselor. For a list of certified counselors visit www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm or call 877-HUD-1515 (877-483-1515). If the name of the organization you are working with isn't on the list, then switch to one that is.
*Don't pay an arm and a leg. Most housing counselors provide no- or low-cost counseling services. You should not have to pay hundreds, or thousands, of dollars for assistance.
*Be wary of "guarantees." No one can ensure you good results.
*Know what you are signing. Don't let a counselor pressure you into signing paperwork you haven't had a chance to read thoroughly or that you don't understand.
*If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
To read more go to:
If you feel you are a victim of foreclosure fraud, trust your instincts and ask for help. Report suspicious schemes to your state and local consumer protection agencies, which you can find on the Consumer Action Website. http://www.consumeraction.gov/
Labels: foreclosure scams
Monday, March 09, 2009
The Toxic Twelve
1. Benzoyl peroxide
2. DEA (diethanolamine) and MEA (monoethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine)
4. DMDM hydantoin and imidazolidinyl urea
5. Synthetic Colors and Pigments
6. Parabens (methyl, butyl, ethyl, propyl)
7. FEG (polyethylene glycol)
8. Phthalates 9xenoestrogens)
9. Propylene glycol and butylene glycol
10. Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate
11. Sunscreen chemicals like avobensone, benzphenone and PABA
Friday, March 06, 2009
Just something fun to watch, sent along by Hodgepodge reader, R. Honey of Haddon Heights, NJ.
and to see how it was made go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVFNM8f9WnI&feature=channel
Thursday, March 05, 2009
The Skeptic's Dictionary is a website and a book. Each features definitions, arguments, and essays on occult topics ranging from acupuncture to zombies, and provides a lively, commonsense trove of detailed information on things supernatural, paranormal, and pseudoscientific.
Dozens of topics in logic, perception, science, and philosophy are also covered to help explain the appeal and popularity of occult beliefs and to provide a guide for critical thinking.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
How to Say No
54 Ways to Get Out of Doing Anything You Don't Want to Do
There are scripts that help you to say no
...to friends and family who want too much
...at a restaurant
...when salespeople attack
...in the bedroom
...at the office
Also see: Ten Etiquette Rules for Children
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Monday, March 02, 2009
Two 3-Day Challenges
THE THREE-DAY SUGAR CHALLENGE:
(Note to Diabetics: If you are currently being treated for diabetes, and are on any kind of diabetic medication, insulin or pills, DO NOT try this challenge without talking to your doctor!)
For three lousy days, do not eat anything with added sugar. You can have all the sugar substitute you want. But no sugar in tea or coffee, no cookies, no cake ... you get the drill. Three days only. At the end of three days, make a mental note of how you feel. Do you have more energy? Are you breathing better? Do you notice fewer muscle and joint aches and pains? Do you have a more optimistic feeling about Life and the World In General?
Now, then ... on the fourth day, eat ONE chocolate chip cookie. How long does it take for you to feel lousy, all over again?
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THE THREE-DAY CAFFEINE CHALLENGE:
(Note: sudden cessation of caffeine causes headaches in many individuals, but nothing an OTC pain reliever won't take away.)
And in a month or so (I'd hate for you to deprive yourself of too much, too soon), do the same thing, except eliminate caffeine from your diet. NO caffeine at all. No coffee, tea, soft drinks, cocoa ... you get the drill. Three days only.
At the end of three days, make a mental note of how you feel. Do you have more energy? Are you breathing better? Do you notice fewer muscle and joint aches and pains? Do you have a more optimistic feeling about Life and the World In General?
Now, then ... on the fourth day, drink one cup of coffee or have one soft drink. How long does it take for you to feel lousy, all over again?
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Both of these Challenges work on the premise that ANYBODY can do without ANYTHING for three lousy days, and you will be AMAZED at the difference in how you will feel by eliminating these two things from your diet. It's also a lot easier to give something up entirely when you KNOW FOR CERTAIN that you will feel so much better once you do, and taking these two challenges is the proof you need. From here on out, it will be easier for you to push away that soda-pop or that piece of pie!
To go along with this you can also checkout Sugarbusters:
or how it got started: http://www.mendosa.com/sugar.htm
What experts say about it on WebMD:
I think no matter what the experts say we all know that we eat a lot of the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods. It's just a good challenge to eat the right stuff for 3 days!