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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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Friday, January 29, 2016

100 Best Children's Books of All Time

Have a favorite not listed? Email me and I'll add it below.

I'm dating myself but remember enjoying the Henry Huggins series and others by Beverly Cleary and Homer Price series by Robert McCloskey.
 As a teenager: Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Maggie-Now by Betty Smith

From Hodgepodge readers:
Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy World
Brian Lies' books - Bats At the Library, Bats At the Beach and Bats At the Ballgame. Exquisite illustrations and tongue-in-cheek writing make these books favorites for children and adults alike. Karma Wilson has a wonderful series of 'Bear' books, but our favorite is Bear Stays Up for Christmas. And along the bear theme, Bonny Becker has a series that began with A Visitor for Bear
Polar Express

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


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Monday, January 25, 2016


Need help with basic math and more:

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fix It Club

Fix-It Club® is founded and operated by Dan Ramsey and Judy Ramsey, authors of Common Repairs Made Easy! and many other how-to books for homeowners and consumers. Their books are available through the Fix-It Book Club and at bookstores everywhere. 
The free repair guide for everything, written by everyone. 
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Free Textbooks

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The Pope's New Year's Resolutions

 I think he's got a good list here!

These are the ten things that he called upon Vatican employees to do:
1. “Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”
2. “Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of all your time, attention and love.” 
3. “Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.” 
4. “Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity and worldly decadence.” 
5. “Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others.” 
6. “Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord.” 
7. “Be careful of envy, lust, hatred and negative feelings that devour our interior peace and transform us into destroyed and destructive people.” 
8. “Watch out for anger that can lead to vengeance; for laziness that leads to existential euthanasia; for pointing the finger at others, which leads to pride; and for complaining continually, which leads to desperation.” 
9. “Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker … the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this.”
10. Making sure your Christmas is about Jesus and not about shopping.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Do You Remember Answer Cakes? I Do!

I remember making the Answer Cakes just before dinner for our dessert. 
I always wondered if they would ever make a comeback.
I still love the Aunt Jemima Coffee Cake Easy Mix.
 You just mix up in the bag with milk and egg and bake in the included paper pan.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Happy New Year!

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