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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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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Greetings

Thursday, March 28, 2013

20 Quick and Easy Ways to Get Healthier Fast

By Sunny Sea Gold, Health magazine
"Being healthier doesn't have to mean overhauling your entire lifestyle. Sometimes all it takes is a few simple changes. These quick-and-easy tweaks to your daily health regimen can make a huge difference in the way you feel."

Get big results from these little everyday moves.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

10 Gifts That Empower Women

"Around the world, women are disproportionately affected by war, poverty, and disease. They comprise 70 percent of the poor and own one percent of titled land. And almost every minute, a woman dies from complications related to childbirth. You can help empower women and girls all over the world by buying your gifts from this list."

Go to the slideshow link to learn more about the items handmade by women.

Then go on and read: 10 Must-Read Facts on the Impact of Girls’ Education

Friday, March 22, 2013

Imagine a World Without Hate

Imagine a World Without Hate™
"In honor of our Centennial Year in 2013, the Anti-Defamation League launched the “Imagine a World Without Hate” video and action campaign, and we invite you to participate.
Take just 80 seconds of your time to watch this powerful video, which imagines a world without racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism — a world in which the hate violence that took the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank, Daniel Pearl, Matthew Shepard and others did not happen. Imagine what these individuals could have continued to contribute to society if bigotry, hate and extremism had not cut their lives tragically short.
After 100 years of fighting bigotry and fostering respect, we are celebrating our successes, while at the same time recognizing that we still have a long way to go to achieve the reality of a world without hate. Join us by watching, sharing and taking steps every day to create a world without hate. Thank you for stepping up to create a world without hate as an individual, community, school or corporation.
ADL is most grateful to the families of those featured in the video, whose commitment and participation made this campaign possible, and to the Estate of John Lennon for granting us the rights to use his beautiful and iconic song.
Imagine a World Without Hate™. We do. Join us."

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Cups

Take a look at this updated recipe:

Monday, March 18, 2013

British Pathe' Newsreels

"British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies in the world.
Their roots lie in 1890s Paris where their founder, Charles Pathé, pioneered the development of the moving image.
They were established in London in 1902, and by 1910 were producing their famous bi-weekly newsreel the Pathé Gazette. After the First World War they started producing various Cinemagazines as well. By 1930 they were producing the Gazette, the Pathetone Weekly, the Pathé Pictorial and Eve's Film Review, covering entertainment, culture and womens' issues.
By the time Pathé finally stopped producing the cinema newsreel in 1970 they had accumulated 3500 hours of filmed history amounting to over 90,000 individual items.
Over the last 30 years this material has been used extensively around the world in television programmes, home videos, advertisments, corporate productions and, most recently, in web publishing."
Here's the link:

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Parish Activity - Seedling Exchange

I thought it might be fun to do a flower seedling exchange for Mother's Day!
Cost - just a packet of seeds and some potting soil. 
Save the packet to display with the seedlings for the exchange.
(Then maybe vegetable seedlings for Father's day?)
Years ago I decided to start marigolds in preparation for my planting of annuals come May.
I put a small amount of soil in the bottom of a Styrofoam cup, but a cardboard tube is even better.
Then as the seedlings grew, I added more soil.
When it was time to plant them outside, I had beautiful round balls of foliage and buds.
This avoided long spindly stems.
Just a thought.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

21 Cupcake Decorating Ideas for Any Occasion

Go to the link to for directions:

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

A1C Test and Calculator

For those of you that are diabetic, you know that an A1C test* provides a long-term look at blood sugar control.  This should also be included in anyone's blood panel in their yearly exam.
If you are diabetic and it's going to be awhile before your next blood tests, you can see how an A1C test result correlates to average daily blood sugar or the other way around.
To do this you enter your average blood sugar reading or your latest A1C result and click Calculate.
Here is the link:

*What is A1C?
Your A1C test measures your average blood sugar levels by taking a sample of hemoglobin A1C cells—a specific component of your red blood cells.
Some blood sugar (or glucose) naturally attaches itself to A1C cells as they move through your bloodstream. When this happens, the cell is considered "glycated." The more sugar in your blood, the higher the percentage of glycated A1C cells you'll have.

Once a cell has been glycated, it stays that way. And since each A1C cell has a lifespan of about 4 months, your A1C sample will include cells that are a few days, a few weeks and a few months old. As a result, the test covers a span of about 2 to 3 months.

Monday, March 04, 2013

26 Things You Can Do With A Crock Pot

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