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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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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bear Surprises Photoshoot for Ad

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Collection of 100 Full Live Concert Videos

ABBA - USA 1980
Adele - London, England 2011
Aerosmith - Tokyo, Japan 2002
AHA - Oslo, Norway 2001
Alicia Keys - New York, NY 2005
Amy Winehouse - Glastonbury, England 2008
Amy Macdonald - Open Air Festival, Czech Republic 2012
Arctic Monkeys - Manchester, England in 2008
Avril Lavigne - Calgary, Canada 2007
Barry Manilow – 2011
Barry White - a selection of performances
Beach Boys - The Lost Concert 1964
Beatles - Melbourne, Australia 1964
Bee Gees - Massachusetts, USA 2001
Beyonce - Glastonbury, England 2011
Billy Joel - Tokyo, Japan 2006
Blur - Glastonbury, England 2009
Bon Jovi - Udinese, Italy 2011
Bob Marley - Dortmund, Germany 1980
Britney Spears - London, England 2000
Bruce Springsteen - Glastonbury, England 2009
Celine Dion - Memphis, USA 1997
Christina Aguilera - Wembley Arena, London, England 2003
Coldplay - Austin, Texas, 2011
Cranberries - Chile 2010
David Bowie - Vancouver, Canada 1983
Deep Purple - Copenhagen / New York 1972/1973
Depeche Mode - Paris, France 2001
Diana Ross - Sweden 1968
The Doors- Hollywood, USA 1968
Duran Duran - London, England 2004
Elton John - Rome, Italy 2005
Elvis Costello - Cologne, Germany 1978
Eminem - New York, NY 2005
Enrique Iglesias - Belfast, Ireland 2007
Eric Clapton - Windsor, England 1992
Frank Sinatra - Tokyo, Japan 1985
Franz Ferdinand - Glastonbury, England 2009
Genesis - Dusseldorf, Germany 2007
Green Day - Italy 2005
Guns and Roses - Paris, France 1992
Gypsy Kings - Los Angeles, California, USA 1990
James Blunt - Nyon, Switzerland 2011
Jamiroquai - Nyon, Switzerland 2010
Jay-Z - London, England 2012
Jennifer Lopez - Moscow, Russia 2012
Jimi Hendrix - Stockholm, Sweden 1969
Joe Cocker - Baden-Baden, Germany 1996
Kane - London, England 2007
Kings of Leon - Landgraaf, Netherlands 2011
Kiss - Fuji, Japan 2006
Kylie Minogue - London, England 2011
Lady Gaga - Sydney, Australia
Led Zeppelin - London, England 1970
Leonard Cohen - London, England 2008/9
Linkin Park - Madrid, Spain 2010
Little Richard - London, England 1972
Louis Armstrong - Belgium 1959
Luciano Pavarotti - Barcelona, Spain
Madonna - Lisbon, Portugal 2004
Manic Street Fritz'rs - Scotland 2009
Mariah Carey - Morocco 2012
Metallica - Nimes, France 2009
Michael Jackson - Brunei 1996
Moby - Novi Sad, Serbia, 2009
Muse - London, England 2012
Neil Young - New York, NY 2012
Nirvana - Rome, Italy 1991
Norah Jones - Amsterdam, Netherlands 2007
Offspring - Woodstock Festival, New York, USA 1999
Phil Collins - Paris, France 2004
Pink Floyd - Venice, Italy 1989
Pixies - Brazil 2010
The Police - Cologne, Germany 1980
Prince - New York, NY 1985
Queen - Argentina 1981
Radiohead - Saitama, Japan 2008
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Paris, France 2011
REM - Hamburg, Germany 1998
Ricky Martin - New York, NY 2000
Rihanna - Manchester, England 2007
Robbie Williams - Leeds, England 2006
Rolling Stones - European Tour IMAX
Roxette - Johannesburg, South Africa 1995
Santana - Montreux, Switzerland 2011
The Scorpions - Recife, Brazil 2008
Shakira - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2008
The Shins- Hurricane Festival, Germany 2012
Simon and Garfunkel - New York, NY 1981
Simply Red - London, England 1998
Smashing Pumpkins - Mexico City, Mexico 2010
Stevie Wonder - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2011
Sting - Berlin, Germany 2010
System of a Down - Nuremberg, Germany 2011
Talking Heads - Rome, Italy
Tina Turner - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1988
Tom Jones - Chile 2007
Toto - Amsterdam, Netherlands 2003
The Verve - Glastonbury, England 2008
U2 - Glastonbury, England 2011
Whitney Houston - New York, NY 2009
2Pac - House of Blues, 1996

Thursday, January 24, 2013

50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World

Matt the Web Dude found this to pass along.

50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World

Here are two other things I found:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

20 Things a Mother Should Tell Her Son

Here's one mom's list:

What would you add to it?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

"Thoughts Along the Way"

For those of you on Facebook you're familiar with those thoughtful quotes posted from time to time by friends and family.  I printed up a bunch as photos and put some on the back hallway of church where notices of up coming events are posted with a sign telling people they may take one or two for themselves or to give away. They may also add ones of their own.

(Also note that St. Luke's is proud to sponsor a child from the Good Shepherd Home for Special Needs Children in Cameroon, West Africa through the "Clip a Dollar for Epilepsy" program.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My "Amazing" Jelly Roll Squares

1. First I sewed together2 sets of 4 jelly roll strips
2. Then I squared them off to 8" x 8".
3. Next I placed them right sides together, with one  horizontal, one vertical.
4. Sew 1/4" seam around all 4 sides.
5. Cut through the two squares on the diagonal.
6. Turn and cut again on the diagonal.
7. You now have 4 triangles
8. Open them up into 4 squares that you sew together to make 1 large square
9. Three completed samples

This is from the "Amazing Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern by 3 Dudes
For the video:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Teff Pancakes, A Gluten-Free Recipe

Hogepodge reader Jacqueline W., sends along this interesting G-F recipe from Anya M.

(Go to the link for more G-F recipes!)
Dry Ingredients:
2 cups dark brown teff flour*
1/2 cup tapioca flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Wet Ingredients:
2 cups non-dairy milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 large organic eggs
3 tablespoons melted virgin coconut oil
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (Grade B)
Definitely not on-hand ingredients for most people though... The things you learn to cook and eat while going gluten free... Have not used white flour or sugar in years with the exception of confectioners sugar for cake frosting.
Anyone with joint pain (arthritis type) should consider trying a gluten free diet to see if it helps. The last doctor I saw for a physical recommended it (of course I chose him because he has a reputation of paying attention to nutrition).
Also now learning about the importance of vitamin K2 (and D) in preventing tooth decay, osteoporosis and heart disease. It helps the body deposit calcium where it belongs (bones and teeth) and not where it does not belong (arteries). Food sources include natto (Japanese fermented soybeans), goose liver pate and certain cheeses, such as Gouda. Natto has 10 times more than the next in the list but is an acquired taste to say the least. Also available in pill form...
*Teff flour comes from a tiny grain (teff) that is common in Ethiopia. Nutritious and tasty. Seems that it prevents most people in that country from having anemia despite much lower animal product consumption...

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Fluffy Pancakes

I was in the mood the other night for pancakes for dinner.
This recipe was the first one that happened to turn up on my search and it is excellent!!
No more box mixes for me! I like that it has "on-hand" ingredients.
Save it for Shrove Tuesday, February 12th, 2014!

The video on the link incorrectly states 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Fluffy Pancakes                                     Makes 8 pancakes


3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons white vinegar (I used cider vinegar and it was fine.)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
cooking spray


1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to "sour".

2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into "soured" milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

Note: Batter will be very thick. Resist the temptation to thin it by adding more milk. That thickness is the "fluff"!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Big Five Glories

Here's a place you can watch free classic movies on line for free:

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year!

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