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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, March 31, 2014

Raspberry Cinnamon Rolls

Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix Raspberry Cinnamon Rolls
Yield: 6 large rolls, 8 medium                 Prep Time: 14 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes                  Total Time: 14 hours, 20 minutes
For the dough-
1/2 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons quick rise yeast
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix, divided
1/4 cup melted butter
For the filling-
1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
For the glaze-
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
splash milk
In a measuring cup, stir warm water, yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar together. Set aside to proof. In a large bowl, stir 2 cups of pancake mix together with 1/4 cup granulated sugar and melted butter. Pour in yeast mixture and stir well to get rid of most of the lumps. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup pancake mix. Pour into greased bowl, cover and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight.
In the morning, roll out chilled dough on well floured board into a square slightly larger than 12x12. Cut off uneven edges to get a 12 x12 even square. Spread jam over dough entirely, and then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Roll into log, cut into 6 2-inch pieces and place into parchment paper lined jumbo muffin tin. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place rolls next to the oven to come to room temperature quicker.
Bake 15-20 minutes or until edges start to brown slightly. Remove from oven. For the glaze, stir all ingredients together until your desired consistency is reached. Drizzle over rolls and serve warm.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mind the App

 GE Healthcare app uses art and music therapy to stimulate minds of Alzheimer’s disease patients
"Some of the most fascinating findings point to the power of music and art therapy not so much as a cure but as a way to stimulate and engage patients with Alzheimer’s disease. To that effect, GE Healthcare developed an iPad app that includes activities across music and art called MIND."

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Still Smoking?!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Camping Hacks

Even if you don't camp you may find a few cool hacks here you can use.

Some additional updated information:
 A Beginner’s Guide to Camping – What You Need

Here are some more hacks:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Health Food For Foodies

 Chefs and doctors are teaming up to create healthy dishes you might actually crave

 Click on the link to get to the article. When you see the picture above click on where it says Interactive: Culinary Rx and scroll down a bit. Clicking on each food will tell you its benefits.

"Though connecting food and health has a long history, this collaboration between doctors and chefs represents a newer approach—studying and sharing how certain foods can prevent diseases or help manage them. In May, the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University will debut the nation's first teaching kitchen affiliated with a medical school. Located in New Orleans, it will be a place for students, doctors, chefs and the local community to investigate the role food can play in managing obesity and related diseases." 
 "It is the goal of Mr. Nischan and other chefs collaborating with doctors and farmers to advocate for the role that nutrition can play in overall wellness by gathering and offering up data that supports their claims. Encouraging people to eat more of these foods—by showing how delicious they can be—is the first step."

(Thanks to Carol Stone of Ways of the World, here on the Geranium Farm, for bringing this excellent article to our attention.)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Free Desktop Timer

If you'd find it handy to have a timer on your computer screen, 
here is where you can download one for free. 
After downloading you can change its appearance by right clicking on it, click on skins, and choose from the menu. You can also change the alert sound.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Juke Box

Monday, March 10, 2014

Potting Mix Plantings

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

19 Quotes That Will Make You Fall in Love With Books All Over Again

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

"A book is a device to ignite the imagination." ― Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

"The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall; nations perish; civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again, and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men's hearts of the hearts of men centuries dead." -- Clarence Shepard Day

"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home." ― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers." -- Charles William Eliot

"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was." - Ernest Hemingway

"I read my eyes out and can't read half enough... The more one reads the more one sees we have to read." - John Adams

"Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed." - Joseph Addison

"A book, too, can be a star, 'explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,' a
living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe." - Madeleine L'Engle

"If the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe were laid down at my feet in exchange for my books and my love of reading, I would spurn them all." - François Fénelon

"A book is a friend whose face is constantly changing. If you read it when you are recovering from an illness, and return to it years after, it is changed surely, with the change in yourself." -
Andrew Lang

"The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense." - J.A. Langford

 "The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one." - Oliver Goldsmith

"No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest of the children of men." - J.A. Langford

 "The habit of reading is the only enjoyment I know in which there is no alloy. It lasts when all other pleasures fade. It will be there to support you when all other resources are gone. It will be present to you when the energies of your body have fallen away from you. It will last you until your death. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live." - Anthony Trollope

"A first book has some of the sweetness of a first love." - Robert Aris Willmott

"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book." ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

 "No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting." - Lady M. W. Montagu

"Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books." - Thomas Carlyle 


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