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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, March 30, 2010

Some Links for April Fool's Day

Here are some links for April Fool's Day Fun.

Go here for April Fool's Day Recipes:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Cleaning for a Reason

If you know any woman currently undergoing Chemo, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - 1 time per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. Check the website for detailed instructions.

(Thank you HP reader MV for passsing this along.)


Friday, March 26, 2010

Easter Crafts

Here are some fun things for the kids to make for Easter.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Consumer Fraud Reporting

Matt the Web Dude passes along this website that helps in identifying the latest in Frauds, Scams, Fake Lotteries, Spams and Hoaxes.
There is some really good information here.
Not sure about something? Check it out here first.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Which Oil Do I Use?

The oil you use can be related to how you use it. Different oils have a specific "smoke point". The smoke point is the specific temperature at which the oil starts to break down or its molecular structure starts to change, degrading not only the flavor but the nutritional value as well, thus changing what was once considered a healthy oil into one that is unhealthy.
Here's a guide for using oils.

Oil - Flaxseed
Best Use - Salads

Low to Moderate Heat
Oil - Coconut, Corn, Olive, Sesame, Walnut
Best Use - Baking(low heat), Light Sautéing, Pressure Cooking, Salads

Medium Heat
Oil - Macadamia Nut, Peanut, Safflower, Canola
Best Use - Baking(medium heat), Sauteing, Stir-Fry

High Heat
Oil - Avocado, Grapeseed, Sunflower, Soybean/Soy
Best Use - Deep Browning, Deep-Frying, Searing

Especially healthy oils - Olive, and Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3s.
Most oils we buy are refined and have a higher smoke point so be sure to choose those for extremely high heat cooking. Unrefined oils have a richer flavor and are more nutritious.

From the article: Why olive oil is bad for your stir-fry


Friday, March 19, 2010

Wake Up to Good News!

Wouldn't it be nice to wake up to some good news for a change?
Well at:
you can do just that!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fun Based Learning

Play chemistry and algebra games at:
There are games to help learn element names, facts, and symbols with the Element Quiz and help with learning to balance chemical equations with the Classic Chembalancer.
You'll also find some other help for Math, English, and Social Studies.

Here are some additional websites for fun learning:


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Move Over, America - It's the Law!

"Move Over America" is the national effort to make drivers aware of the "Move Over" laws which require motorists to MOVE OVER and change lanes to give safe clearance to law enforcement officers and first responders on roadsides.
To see the law state by state go to:


Monday, March 15, 2010

Kayla's Quilt

This is the quilt I made for Barbara & Q's great-granddaughter, Kayla. It started with a pack of fat quarters and I added the pink with white dots and the blue-checkered fabric. I decided I wanted to keep the pictures in-tack on the two fabrics so they would have to be panels, 2 vertical and 2 horizontal. So I worked it from there and made-up the whole design. The label is from 50 Nifty Iron-on Quilt Labels by Leisure Arts.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Star Kids Products

Here are two items from Star Kids Products to help make traveling with kids a little easier. Check them out at:

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Thursday, March 11, 2010


Here's something fun you might like to try with some family photographs.
Turn a favorite photo into pop art!
You order & upload/mail your photo.
Then you preview your design in 3 days or less.
You receive your portrait in 7-10 days.
Check it out at:

Thursday, March 04, 2010

OK GO - A Fun Music Video

(Thanks Joan for passing it along.)
This video made me think of Grampy on the old Betty Boop cartoons and his inventions.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

King Arthur Flour - Gluten Free Mixes

King Arthur has come out with a bunch of G-F mixes for bread, cake, brownies,cookies, pizza, pancakes, muffins, as well as their own G-F multi-purpose flour.
Check it out at:
You can buy them online or check your local supermarket.
If they don't carry them ask them to.


Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Benefit Concert for Haiti

The benefit concert this past Saturday evening was a great success raising $2800 for Episcopal Relief and Development for Haiti Relief.
Thanks to all that helped and attended!

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