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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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Monday, April 29, 2013

27 Tips for Teachers

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Stop the Junk Mail!

From the 
  • The average person gets only 1.5 personal letters each week, compared to 10.8 pieces of junk mail.
  • Each person will receive almost 560 pieces of junk mail this year.
  • That's 4.5 million tons of junk mail produced each year!
  • 44% of all junk mail is thrown in the trash, unopened and unread.
  • Approximately 40% of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste.
  • By the year 2010, it is predicted to make up about 48%.
  • 100 million trees are ground up each year to produce junk mail.
  • Lists of names and addresses used in bulk mailings are in mass data-collection networks, compiled from phone books, warranty cards, and charity donations (to name a few).
  • Your name is typically worth 3 to 20 cents each time it is sold.
Go to the link to see what you can do to stop the waste: 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth911 for Earth Day 2013

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Could You Use Some Fast Cash for Your (Text) Books?

Check out to see if you can get money for your books.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Handmade Necklaces to Benefit the Good Shepherd Academy

These necklaces, made by Cameroonian women, measure 35"-36". Some end in beautiful polished seed pod like the one on the top, others with beautiful pieces of wood with a carving in it. They sell for $25 to raise money for Good Shepherd Academy in Bafut, Cameroon.
I have a limited amount of these necklaces.
Email me if you wish to order one at:   
Tell me which one you prefer (plain pod or wood design) and I will hold it for you. First come, first serve basis. Checks are payable to: Good Shepherd Academy Foundation. $2 separate for S & H.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Panoramas and 3D Tours of the Most Beautiful Places Around the World

"AirPano is a non-commercial project focused on high resolution 3D aerial panoramas. The AirPano team is a group of Russian photographers and panorama enthusiasts. During the next 2-3 years, we plan to shoot a variety of aerial panoramas and create virtual 3D tours of the most interesting places of our planet."

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Memory Toolbox

The Memory Toolbox:
75 Tips and Resources to Go from Amnesic to Elephantic
Take a look at this very informative article by Daniel Strauss

Thursday, April 11, 2013

3-2-1 Mug Cake

Here's another version of the mug cake I just came across.
Mix together any flavor regular cake mix with a box of Angel Food Cake Mix.
I put them both in a large bowl and mixed them together with a whisk.
In a microwave proof mug.
3 Tablespoons of the cake mixture
2 Tablespoons of water             Mix well
1 minute in the microwave
This didn't have enough chocolate flavor for me so I added 1 Tablespoon of Dark Chocolate Chips. These are a bit larger than regular chips so they went to the bottom so when I turned it out of the mug it was like chocolate frosting on top! Finely chopped-up chips gave it a more "chocolately" taste.
Now if you want to play around more with this and do a "trial" - you could just take 1 1/2 Tablespoons from a cake mix and 1 1/2 Tablespoons from an Angel Food Cake mixed with the 2 Tablespoons of water. I wouldn't think that this small amount removed would make a difference should you want to go on and make the whole cake mix.

Next "trial" for me - Orange/Angel Food Cake mixes with chocolate chips!

I tried the Orange/Angel Food with mini chocolate chips - Yummy!
If you are finding your cake is too spongy/rubbery add more water. I've found you can use heaping tablespoons of the mix, just be sure to add more water.

Note: Just remember this is NOT for someone with an egg allergy because of the Angel Food Cake Mix.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fifty Questions for Family History Interviews

"A great way to uncover clues to your family history or to get great quotes for journaling in a heritage scrapbook is a family interview. By asking the right, open-ended questions, you're sure to collect a wealth of family tales. Use this list of family history interview questions to help you get started, but be sure to personalize the interview with your own questions as well."
First go to:
How To Interview a Relative at:  

Then go to: Fifty Questions for Family History Interviews
Go to the link:

The time to do it is now. I wish I had done this when I had the chance.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Cups - Take Two


I made these again last night but changed them up a bit for the better. Only 4 were left!
Original recipe:
This time I used:
Italian bread crumbs
handful of frozen peas with the chopped broccoli
3 eggs
shredded white cheddar cheese (8 oz. bag - about half or so in mixture and rest for topping)
sauteed chopped onion
diced leftover ham
Crazy mixed-up salt to season

Monday, April 08, 2013

Self-Watering Seed Starter Pots

Go to the link to see how it's done.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Glass Stones Window

Glass (one-sided flat) stones found at your local dollar or craft store
glued to the inside of the window.
I think I'll do this on the small window in my very unglamorous laundry room
 that presently has an old mini blind on it.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Container Gardening

 Here is a good use for those milk/juice containers.
 Another way to start your seeds.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Baby in a Laundry Basket in the Bathtub

Here's a bit easier way to give a baby a bath in the bathtub.
(Wish I had thought of this way back in the day!)

Monday, April 01, 2013

Hodgepodge Turns 8!

"The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower,
share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's,
 smile at someone and receive a smile in return,
 are to me continual spiritual exercises."
 -  Leo F Buscaglia

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