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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, November 30, 2010

Uses for Your Cell Phone Camera

1.Computer Screen Capture
2.Remember Dates - The date is automatically stored with an image so if you need to remember a date and had a picture of it with your cell phone you can find it there.
3.Cable Connections - Capture a picture of the connections with your phone camera before you disconnect to easily be able to see what goes where when you have to reconnect.
4.Car Parking - Turn around and take a picture of the exit door after you enter the store so you'll know where leave to get back to your car.
5.Replace pen & paper - Take a picture lists, subway maps, notice boards, etc.
6.Maps and directions - take a picture of the map from the computer on your phone.
7.Rent a car - When you rent a car take a picture of any scratches or dents before you leave so you don't run into a dispute when returning the car to the agent.
8.Security Weapon - Before you board a taxi in some unknown place, take a picture of the license plate and driver details that are generally written near the passenger seat. Email the picture to your spouse or friend as a security measure.
9.Shopping Alone – If you are in a store shopping without your spouse, get his/her opinion on the stuff you are about to purchase by emailing pictures though your phone.
10.As a Mirror – When you are about to reach the party, take a self-picture with your mobile phone to make sure that that makeup and hair style is in perfect condition.
To check out the article this is from:

This is a really good list to have!!
Top 50 Emergency Uses for Your Camera Phone

Here are some more ideas:
*Take a picture of that haircut that you just got that you really liked so you have it stored right there in your phone to show the hairdresser the next time. (Don't forget to take a picture of the sides and back too!)
*Take a picture of a business card. (office building too if you need to return)
*Use at the library to capture something from a book or a book cover to remember it for another time.
* Take a picture of what you are repairing or a part you need so you can show them at the hardware store.
*Quick pictures of an accident
*Pictures of damage to home or property
*Photograph serial, lot number or identifying code, or paint code before you go to the store.
* Wishlist item

What more can you think of that is not listed above or in the 50 emergency uses?
Email them to me and I'll add them to the list.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gobble, Gobble!

P.S. - Thanks Anne for passing this along.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Super Easy Sticky Buns

12 Rhodes Frozen Rolls (Dinner roll about the size of a golf ball.)
1 small package of instant vanilla pudding (French Vanilla is fine too)
1 tsp. cinnamon - Mix this into the dry pudding mix

1 stick melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar - Combine this with the melted butter

1/2 cup chopped pecans

*Spray a 13 x 9 pan with Pam
*Sprinkle the nuts on the bottom of the pan. (You can even put some fine diced apple here too.)
*Evenly space the frozen rolls on the nuts
*Sprinkle spoonfuls of the pudding/cinnamon mixture over each roll.
*Pour the melted butter/brown sugar mixture over the rolls.
*Spray a piece of Saran wrap and place loosely over the pan.
*Place in the cold oven the night before.
*In the morning, remove the Saran wrap & turn the oven on to 350' with the pan in the oven.
*Bake at 350' for 20-30 minutes until lightly browned.

You can have these baking while you're putting the stuffing into the turkey & then your oven will already be preheated! Just be sure to turn it down to 325'.
Wondering how long it will take to defrost or roast that turkey?


Monday, November 22, 2010

The Soundwagon

Just something fun!
Hodgepodge reader Cindy from St. James Church in Florence, Italy, found this product in a recent issue of Venerdi (Friday), an Italian magazine.
"The picture shows what looks like a toy VW bus sitting on an LP record. It is actually a record player...the bus is equipped with a needle that "plays" the record as it travels around and around the surface of the record, which remains still. It's all in the little bus.(The little box next to the record is another product). The article explains that Lo Stokyo Corporation, which produces it, was not the first one to think up this idea. About 40 years ago another Japanese company, Tamco, made a similar article. The VW comes in red, blue, white and black. The price? $500."
(I found it for $99 on eBay.)

Here's a YouTube video of it:


Friday, November 19, 2010

Recipes, Recipes, Recipes!!!

Well, let's start off with tons of crockpot recipes since it's that time of year.
After that go back to the Cookbook Homepage to find much, much more.
There are crockpot recipes for beef, pork, poultry, fish, seafood, soup, stew, chili, barbeque, side dishes, desserts and MORE!!!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

10 Signs of Alzheimer's

1.Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2.Challenges in planning or solving problems
3.Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
4.Confusion with time or place
5.Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6.New problems with words in speaking or writing
7.Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8.Decreased or poor judgment
9.Withdrawal from work or social activities
10.Changes in mood and personality

To read more in depth about each of these go to:

The difference between Alzheimer's and typical age-related changes

Signs of Alzheimer's Typical age-related changes

Poor judgment and decision making Making a bad decision once in a while

Inability to manage a budget Missing a monthly payment

Losing track of the date/season Forgetting which day it is and remembering later

Difficulty having a conversation Sometimes forgetting which word to use

Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them Losing things from time to time


Monday, November 15, 2010

Welcome Back - (at Heathrow Airport)

Just something fun to start off your week!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Prep Bowls Used for Dry Measure

I recently replace an old bread maker that broke with a new Cuisinart one from Costco. I was getting tired of measuring out 4 cups of flour one at a time for one of the recipes I make. I was on a quest to find larger dry measure cups. No one, at least that I could find, makes large cups for dry measuring. Then I came across these prep bowls with covers to boot! They are 1, 2, 3, and 4 cups in size. Oh happy day! Now I can even have the flour all measured out and ready to go. For the first time I did measure it out from a 1 cup measure into the 4 cup bowl just to make sure it accurately leveled off with the 4 cups. My bread came out perfect.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

God Bless Our Veterans

We had an Honor Guard at my dad's burial as he was a WWII veteran.
It is a very moving experience.
Go to the link to learn more about it. Our Veterans deserve this.


Monday, November 08, 2010

Free Coloring Pages for Kids

Twisty Noodle has thousands of coloring pages
and practice writing worksheets.
Find pictures on any of these subjects:
Boy Stuff
Girly Things
Letters & Numbers

(Thanks Anne for passing this along.)


Tuesday, November 02, 2010


MapMyWalk allows visitors to calculate the distance of a walking route by tracing it on a map; it works for any location in the world covered by Google maps.

On this Web site, you can find out how conducive a neighborhood is to walking by typing in an address. Based on the proximity of grocery stores, parks, schools, restaurants, libraries, and more, the site generates a score of 0–100 for the location. The neighborhood’s attractions are also listed by category (schools, coffee shops, etc.) with their distance from the originating address; they are shown on a map of the neighborhood, as well.

(Thanks Cathy A. for sending these to Hodgepodge.)

Here are some other walking websites I found:

HP reader Sue T. sends along this additional info:

Hi Debbie,
There is also an iPod touch/iPhone app that uses the internal gps to tell
you how fast/far you've gone--if you enter your weight, it even tells you
how many calories you've burned. It works for runners and walkers and I
like it because normal pedometers want you to enter a stride length, and
most of us don't stride exactly x inches every time.


Monday, November 01, 2010

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

I urge you to go to the link take the quiz and learn more about Epilepsy.
Get the facts about the different types of seizures and the first aid treatmnet for them.

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