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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, February 26, 2013

Diabetes - Made Simple

Everyone should watch this for a 4 minute video for a better understanding of diabeties
whether you have it or not.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Who Am I Meant to Be?

This is from and I found it interesting. My thinking is that you probably shouldn't over think your answers and go more with your first instinct.

 Read the wording of the questions carefully. What follows is the introduction & below is the link. See what you think. Who are you meant to be?
(Some links don't last forever. If you find this of interest don't wait too long. The link could disappear.) Yes men, you can also take it. By the way - I got artist. 

"Forget your career. Forget your role as a mother or a wife. Forget how much money you make or how successful you are. If you're struggling with the question "Who am I meant to be?", this quiz can help you figure out what really defines you. Based on personality science, I have identified seven "striving styles," modes of thought and behavior that direct us to seek satisfaction in different ways. Although everybody is wired with all seven styles, most people have one that dominates. When you engage this innate style, you've got the best shot at fulfilling your potential; when you don't, you can feel stuck."

"After responding to the statements below, you will discover your striving style, learn what to do if it's backfiring from neglect, and find ideas to guide your life in the direction that it was meant to go."
By Anne Drantisaris, PhD

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Oatmeal Toasting & Sandwich Bread

Oatmeal Toasting & Sandwich Bread  -  From the King Arthur Flour Website

This is a tender bread, just slightly sweet.
3 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar or honey
2 teaspoons instant yeast OR 1 packet active dry yeast*
1 1/4 cups lukewarm milk
3/4 cup raisins or currants (optional)
*If you use active dry yeast, dissolve it in the warm milk before combining with the remaining ingredients.

Manual Method: In a large mixing bowl, or in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all of the ingredients, mixing to form a shaggy dough. Knead dough, by hand (10 minutes) or by machine (5 minutes) till it's smooth. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow it to rest for 1 hour; it'll become quite puffy, though it may not double in bulk. Shape as directed below.
Bread Machine Method: Place all of the ingredients (except the fruit) into the pan of your machine, program machine for manual or dough, and press Start. About 10 minutes before the end of the second kneading cycle, check dough and adjust its consistency as necessary with additional flour or water; finished dough should be soft and supple. Add the raisins or currants about 3 minutes before the end of the final kneading cycle. Shape as directed below.
Shaping: Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled surface, and shape it into a log. Place the log in a lightly greased 9" x 5" loaf pan, cover the pan (with an acrylic proof cover, or with lightly greased plastic wrap), and allow the dough to rise for 60 to 90 minutes, till it's crested 1" to 2" over the rim of the pan.
(Mine is round because I made it in my souffle' bowl. That's a bit of the oatmeal you see on top.)
Baking: Bake the bread in a preheated 350°F oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 190°F. If the bread appears to be browning too quickly, tent it with aluminum foil for the final 10 minutes of baking. Yield: 1 loaf.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

34 Double-Duty Tips for Household Items

"If you ever find yourself wondering what to do with an old pair of socks or growing collection of spare buttons, we've got some double-duty solutions for you. Here, alternative uses for 30+ household items."
From Good Housekeeping:

Friday, February 15, 2013

My 10 Grain Banana-Nut Muffins


Find the recipe here:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

10 Ways to Tell Someone (Anyone) You Love Them

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Old Time Radio Shows

Here's an unbelievable collection of all the old time radio shows.
This is a chance to go back in time, and listen to radio .
Find your favorite, click on it, and listen to all the episodes.
Al Jolson Show
Alan Young Show
Aldrich Family
Alka Seltzer Time
Amos & Andy
Avalon Time
Baby Snooks
Bergen & McCarthy
Bickersons, The
Bing Crosby
Bob & Ray
Breakfast In Hollywood
Bright Star
Burns & Allen
Cavalcade Of America
Command Performance
Couple Next Door
Curtain Time
Danny Kaye Show
Dennis Day Show
Duffy's Tavern
Easy Aces
Father Knows Best
Fibber McGee & Molly
First Nighter Program
Frances Langford Show
Fred Allen Show
Fred Waring Show
Gasoline Alley
GI Journal
Glenn Miller
Great Gildersleeve
Guest Star
Halls Of Ivy
Harold Peary
Harry James Show
Hollywood Barn Dance
It Pays to Be Ignorant
Jack Benny
Life Of Riley
Lum And Abner
Mail Call
Mayor of the Town
Mel Blanc
Milton Berle
Misadventures Of Si and Elmer
My Favorite Husband
My Friend Irma
Our Miss Brooks
Phil Harris & Alice Faye
Red Skelton
Story Lady, The

American Trail
Cisco Kid, The
Fort Laramie
Frontier Fighters
Frontier Gentleman
Frontier Town
Gene Autry
Have Gun Will Travel
Hopalong Cassidy
Horizons West
Lone Ranger A
Lone Ranger B
Roy Rogers Show, The
Six Shooter
Tales Of The Texas Rangers
Barry Craig
Boston Blackie
Broadway Is My Beat
Casey, Crime Photographer
Chase, The
Crime Classics
Crime Club
Crime Does Not Pay
Danger, Dr. Danfield
Dick Tracy
Falcon, The
FBI In War And Peace, The
Federal Agent
Frank Race
Guilty Party
I Was A Communist For The FBI
Jeff Regan
Let George Do It
Mr. District Attorney
Mr. Keene, Tracer of Lost Person
Nero Wolfe
Night Beat
Pat Novak
Philip Marlowe
Saint, The
Secrets Of Scotland Yard
Sherlock Holmes
This Is Your F.B.I
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar

Adventures By Morse
Arch Obler's Plays
Beyond Midnight
Black Museum
Cloak and Dagger
Clock, The
Creaking Door
Dangerous Assignment
Dark Fantasy
Dark Venture
David Harding Counter Spy
Diary of Fate
Dimension X
Five Minute Mysteries
Ghost Corps
Green Valley Line
Hall Of Fantasy
Haunting Hour, The
Hermits Cave
I Love A Mystery
Incredible, But True
Inner Sanctum, The
Lights Out
Man Called X, The
Molle Mystery Theater
Mysterious Traveler
Mystery In The Air
Quiet Please
Sealed Book
Shadow, The
Strange Dr. Weird
Weird Circle
Whistler, The
Witch's Tale
X Minus One
Academy Award Theater
Adventure Theater
Adventures By Morse
Air Adventures Of Jimmy Allen
Archie Andrews
Audio History
Big John & Sparky
Big Town
Bill Sterns Sports Reel
Birdseye Open House
Blackstone, The Magic Detective
Blue Beetle
Box 13
British Shows 1
British Shows 2
Campbell Playhouse
Captain Midnight
Chandu The Magician
Chesterfield Chicago Theater Of
Cinnamon Bear
Columbia Workshop
Corsican Brothers
Damon Runyon Theater
Dangerously Yours
Family Theater
Fifth Horseman
Fighting AAF
Fire Fighters
Flash Gordon
Ford Show Ford Theater
Frank Merriwell
Future Tense
Goon Show, The
Grand Hotel Grand Marquee
Hallmark Playhouse
Heartbeat Theater
Hollywood Star Playhouse
Hop Harrigan
Horizons West
Humphrey Bogart
I Love Adventure
Information Please
Jungle Jim
Lets Pretend
Little Orphan Annie
Lux Radio Theater 465
Magic Island
Matinee Theater
Mercury Summer Theater
Mercury Theater
Michael Shayne
Miscellaneous Music
Moon Over Africa
Moon River
Mr. President
Railroad Hour
Sears Radio Theater
Smilin Ed's Buster Brown Gang
Soap Operas
Soldiers of the Press
Speed Gibson
Sports Thrills
Treasury Star Parade
Treasury Star Salute
Vic & Sade
World Adventures Club
World War II Shows
WSJV Complete Broadcast Day
Your Army Air Force

Monday, February 11, 2013

Splinters & Sand

For those of you didn't grow up on the Jersey Shore,
but more especially for those of you that did . . .

Friday, February 08, 2013

Hodgepodge Index for 2012

Hodgepodge Index 2012

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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Take a Seat - Make a Friend?

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Stress Health Effects: 10 Scary Things It's Doing To Your Body

The Huffington Post | By Amanda L. Chan Posted:

1.       Fuels Cancer in Animal Cells – A recent animal study showed that stress could help cancer cells survive against anti-cancer drugs.

2.       Shrinks the Brain – Researchers reported that stressful occasions – like going through a divorce or being laid off  can actually shrink the brain by reducing gray matter in regions tied to emotion and physiological functions. They warned that these changes could signal future psychiatric problems.

3.       Prematurely Ages Kids – The extreme duress that a child experiences when exposed to violence early on could lead to premature aging of his or her cells.

4.       Could Affect You Offspring’s Genes – The effects of stress on a person’s genes may be passed on from generation to generation, so the stress may not only take its toll on the person but on the person’s progeny as well.

5.       Spurs Depressive Symptoms – A study in mice suggests stress could play a role in the development of depression.

6.       Increases Risk Of Chronic Diseases – It’s not just the stress, but how you react to it, that could have an impact on your health down the road. Those who were more stressed out and anxious about the stresses of everyday life were more likely to have chronic health conditions a decade later.

7.       Raises Stroke Risk – Stressed-out people have a higher risk of stroke.

8.       Does A Number On Your Heart – Anxiety and stress is linked with a 27% higher risk of heart attack. (The same effect as smoking 5 cigarettes a day.)  Anything you can do to reduce stress may improve your heart health in the future and how well you may survive after a heart attack.

9.       Makes Colds Worse – Stress has an impact on your immune system with one study showing it can make colds worse. When stressed you produce more cortisol which can wreak havoc on your body’s inflammatory processes.

10.   Could Affect Cancer Outcomes – Research shows that managing stress could improve outcomes of the disease and that stress management intervention mitigates the influence of the stress of cancer treatment and promotes recovery over the first year.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Endless ABC

From the creators of Sesame Street's Monster at the End of This Book, an absolutely adorable, educational app for iPhone,iPod touch, and iPad. (Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.) This was just released and is free for a limited time. If you have little ones don't miss out on this! Check it out at:

Friday, February 01, 2013

90 Things We Bet You Didn't Know About Warner Bros.

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