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1. The Next World Day of Prayer is March 6, 2015
The Next World Day of Prayer is March 6, 2015
At the national and global level, Planning for World Day of Prayer 2015 is in full swing. This is very special day is celebrated on the first Friday in March each year. This is a worldwide movement of Christian women that began in the U.S. and Canada in the 19th century, and became worldwide in 1...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:40:15
2. How to Prevent Red Tear Stains on a White or Light-Color Dog
How to Prevent Red Tear Stains on a White or Light-Color Dog
Everyone has seen little white and blonde dogs with the unsightly red tear stains around their eyes, mouths, and even on their feet. This is a photo I took of my neighbor's dog while his mom was holding him. His name is Perry. He is a rescue dog, so his complete genetic history is unknown, but he...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:41:18
3. How to Freeze Okra
How to Freeze Okra
If you love this vegetable, you can learn, how to freeze okra right here. During the growing season for warm weather crops, okra is available at farmers' markets and grocers everywhere -- well, almost everywhere. You could be freezing a lot of it, then have plenty for putting into vegetable soup ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:02:18
4. The Silvertron Cafe - We Loved It!
The Silvertron Cafe - We Loved It!
This review opens with a photo of my dessert because it was through this dessert that I was first introduced to The Silvertron Cafe and it's owners, the Morosinis, at the tasting event on the eve of Birmingham Restaurant Week, held August 18, 2011, at the historic Alabama Theatre, in downtown Bir...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:28:52
5. Knitted Cotton and Microfiber Dishcloths
Knitted Cotton and Microfiber Dishcloths
I happened upon this dishcloth pattern about 6 or 8 years ago, in a delightful needlework shop, The Needlecraft Center, in the small and charming college town of Davidson, NC. I use it to make knitted cotton and microfiber dishcloths. The pattern was worked into a baby blanket with silky soft che...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:27:30
6. The Best Red Velvet Cake Ever
The Best Red Velvet Cake Ever
About 25 years ago, a co-worker brought a cake to work. It was the first red velvet cake I had ever seen. Of course, I asked for the recipe. She refused. When Christmas-time came around, she gave me a Christmas card, and inside was the recipe! I didn't know it then, but, some years later, I would...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:38:28
7. Excellent Hearing a Blessing and a Curse
Excellent Hearing a Blessing and a Curse
My excellent hearing is a blessing and a curse. Sounds others don't notice are painful and startling to me. I can't go to concerts because I can't take the loud music that blares from giant speakers. I can't even enjoy going to a movie because the volume is so loud. I know. You don't think it is ...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:41:19
8. How to Make Pinch-Pleated Drapery From Rod Pocket Curtains
How to Make Pinch-Pleated Drapery From Rod Pocket Curtains
I know you are probably thinking, "Why does she want pinch-pleated drapery instead of the stylish grommet or rod-pocket drapery?" Because with the newer styles of drapery, you must grab hold of the fabric to open and close them. Over time, the natural oils in your hands will soil the fabric. The ...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:36:30
9. Homemade Lowfat Granola
Homemade Lowfat Granola
This is my homemade granola served with fat-free vanilla yogurt, I re-discovered granola in 2010, after not eating it for several years. Soon after that, I began making my own because I wanted to know and control exactly what was in my food, and because I wanted a truly healthy, low-fat granola. ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:38:28
10. Mia's Easy Peach Cobbler
Mia's Easy Peach Cobbler
Cobbler, cake, pie, or just dessert in general, almost everyone likes most of these. I enjoy pies and cakes, but I especially enjoy cobblers. I always serve them warm. This is one recipe that is very versatile. The peaches can be replaced with blackberries, cherries, blueberries, or apples. If yo...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:38:28
11. 5 Versions of The Lord's Prayer
5 Versions of The Lord's Prayer
Did you know there are many variations of The Lord's Prayer? Until a few years ago, I didn't. Many of us learned The Lord's Prayer as children, simply from hearing it, then saying it every Sunday in church. I was one of those children. By the time I was eight or nine years old, I could recite The...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:57
12. Proper Pruning of Crepe Myrtles
Proper Pruning of Crepe Myrtles
Crepe myrtles are sun-loving ornamental trees and shrubs found throughout the southeastern United States, and are beloved by everyone. Unfortunately, the proper pruning of crepe myrtles is seen less and less. More often seen is butchered myrtles Here are three good reasons to prune a crepe myrtl...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:28:52
13. Free Simple Afghan Pattern for Beginning Knitters
Free Simple Afghan Pattern for Beginning Knitters
This pattern will produce a very plain, simple afghan. This makes it a great free simple afghan pattern for beginning knitters. The weight of the afghan will, of course, depend on the size and weight of the yarn chosen. This afghan was done in garter stitch using a soft, thick, washable yarn that...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:27:28
14. The Best Baked Beans Ever
The Best Baked Beans Ever
Baked beans are one of the most popular side dishes to go with grilled food, and with warm weather here to stay for a while, it's time to fire up that grill and cook outdoors some more. Where I live now, we can grill out anytime we want, but I know some of you are still waiting for warm days to a...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:57
15. Booda Bones - Wheat-Free Treats for Dogs
Booda Bones - Wheat-Free Treats for Dogs
You may have read about my little Maltese, C.C. in some of the lenses I have written about her, especially the one entitled Living With and Caring for a Maltese Dog. I have never seen a dog love a treat so much as C.C. loves her Petmate Booda Bones. If we even open the drawer where they are kept,...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:51:51
16. Baked Tomatoes with Basil and Balsamic Vinegar
Baked Tomatoes with Basil and Balsamic Vinegar
Summer is here, and along with summer comes luscious, vine-ripened tomatoes. I was an adult before I was willing to taste a tomato. Now I love them whether raw, in soup, stew, or chili. I especially enjoy them grilled or baked. This recipe is one of my favorite ways to cook tomatoes. I have some...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:57
17. The Best Cream Cheese Icing Ever
The Best Cream Cheese Icing Ever
This recipe is for the frosting that goes on my red velvet cake described in my recipe article entitled, The Best Red Velvet Cake Ever. This is another one of my converted recipes where I have taken an old favorite and reduced the fat or sugar, or both. I've decided that this is the best cream ch...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:57
18. Dry Herbs Faster Than Ever
Dry Herbs Faster Than Ever
I discovered this method of drying herbs by accident -- oh, what a happy accident! I will not likely ever go back to my former slow method of drying my herbs. I decided to rush the drying process by spreading the herbs onto a cookie sheet, and baking them for 15 minutes on the lowest temperature...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:04:29
19. Country French Kitchen on a Budget
Country French Kitchen on a Budget
Love the Country French style? Can't afford to redo your home all at once? Don't worry, there are many little things you can do to bring a French feel into your humble abode. In other words, create your own Country French kitchen on a budget. Below, I will share with you how I gradually gave my f...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:22
20. Living With and Caring For a Maltese Dog
Living With and Caring For a Maltese Dog
This is C.C. on the day we brought her home. She was 8-1/2 weeks old, weighed 1.3 pounds, and could be held in two hands cupped together. That day we began the wonderful experience of living with and caring for a Maltese dog. Her full name is a mouthfull, so she chose to go by her initials, "C.C....
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:27:30
21. The Best Pecan Pie Ever
The Best Pecan Pie Ever
I have eaten many different pecan pies in my lifetime. Some were good, some were bad, a few were delicious. I can truly say that, in my opinion, this recipe makes the best pecan pie ever. This is another recipe that I take to parties and covered dish dinners. I've had this recipe for pecan pie f...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:57
22. How to Grow Okra
How to Grow Okra
Here in the United States, okra is typically thought of as a Southern vegetable, but it is native to Africa. It will grow anywhere you have summers with hot days and warm nights. Once established, these plants are self-sufficient, as long as there is adequate rainfall. Stay with me, and I will sh...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:27:30
23. The Best Key Lime Pie
The Best Key Lime Pie
For me, the best key lime pie is sweet, but also very, very tart. The more tart it is, the better I like it. This recipe is one I developed after trying several others. A few years ago, just for fun, my husband and I taste-tested key lime pie all the way from Miami Beach to Key West, and back. So...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:22
24. 5 Great Ground Covers for Sun and Shade
5 Great Ground Covers for Sun and Shade
This is "Creeping Jenny", just one of 5 great ground covers that add a variety of color from chartreuse to dark green, and even purple to your garden, paths, and areas where grass just won't grow. Most of my gardening experience has been in Alabama and North Carolina. These plants will grow all o...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:38:28
25. Shark Rotator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum
Shark Rotator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum
We have had our new Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away vacuum cleaner about a month now. It is so much lighter and easier to handle than our old one, plus it has an extra-long cord, so stopping to move to a different outlet is not needed nearly so often. We tried several types, and returned all...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:42:29
26. Mia's French Onion Soup
Mia's French Onion Soup
The weather is pretty hot to be making and serving soup these days, but recently I had a taste for some French Onion Soup. My hubby grilled a couple of steaks, and I made onion soup. They go really well together. By the same token, onion soup goes with just about anything. This is my own unique ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:28:52
27. The Auburn - Alabama Football Rivalry
The Auburn - Alabama Football Rivalry
There's nothing like SEC football. Right now it's the time of the Boys of Summer, a.k.a., baseball, but very soon, the 2014 football season will begin. Long before there is a slight chill in the air, the crows will roar. But soon we will have what we affectionately refer to as football weather. ...
Sports & Recreation - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:53:21
28. 6 Kitchen Sanitation Myths
6 Kitchen Sanitation Myths
Does hot water alone kill germs? Is there really a 5-second rule? Read on, you may be surprised. Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no such thing as a Five-Second Rule. If you wouldn't eat it off the bottom of your shoe, don't eat it off the floor. On the other hand, if you just now mopped...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:28:53
29. Grilled Chicken Salad with Kiwi & Strawberries
Grilled Chicken Salad with Kiwi & Strawberries
This grilled chicken salad with strawberries and kiwi is not only quick and easy to make, it is a summertime favorite. The ingredients can be prepared ahead of time, refrigerated, and put together when you're ready to serve it. It includes strawberries and kiwi fruit, and is topped with toasted a...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:57
30. National Day of Prayer
National Day of Prayer
Each year, in the United States, National Day of Prayer (NDP) is observed on the first Thursday in May. The purpose of this day is to concentrate on the need to pray for the well-being of America, and for those at all levels of leadership, not only in our churches and synagogues, but also in educ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:50:46
31. Vegetarian Red Pasta Sauce Recipe
Vegetarian Red Pasta Sauce Recipe
This is my basic red sauce for pasta. Although I do often sometimes add meat, that is for another page. This page is all about veggies and herbs: tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, bell peppers if desired, basil, and oregano. I grow my own herbs, so I always have on hand dried oregano and basil...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:22
32. Chewy & Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chewy & Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is my husband's recipe, so when he began making his chocolate chip cookies for a meeting, I had to take photos, eat a few cookies, of course, and publish his recipe. After trying many, many recipes, he combined what he had learned, and came up with this recipe. I think they are the best. The...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:22
33. Mia-Mia's Recipes
Mia-Mia's Recipes
My readers know that my husband and I both love to cook, and that we have a lot of fun cooking together. If you are a new reader, welcome. This is a "recipe book" of my recipes. I have also added a couple of tips about onions and mushrooms that beginner cooks may not know. I wanted to make it eas...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:27:30
34. 6 Ways to Cook Okra
6 Ways to Cook Okra
Just look at this beautiful okra, picked this morning. I'm growing okra plants in my flower beds now, because we have moved to a home with a much smaller yard, and my only dedicated garden space is a small herb garden. I have only eighteen plants, so this is a pretty good yield. Now, let me get b...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:21
35. How to Care for Your Bougainvillea
How to Care for Your Bougainvillea
These beautiful vines are rapid growers and climbers, and prolific bloomers. They need a warm climate, full sun, and good drainage. The also need rich, acidic soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.0. I sprinkle used coffee grounds around my bougainvillea, as well as my azaleas which also require acidic soil...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:21
36. How to Get a Second Bloom Cycle on Crepe Myrtles
How to Get a Second Bloom Cycle on Crepe Myrtles
This is my one and only crepe myrtle, now in its 2nd bloom cycle. As you can see, there are still lots of buds still to open, and dazzle me with the huge flower-heads. Some years, the first bloom cycle lasts a month or more. Some years, they seem to go away far too soon. With minimal effort, this...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:27:30
37. From Builder's Landscape to Lush Garden
From Builder's Landscape to Lush Garden
When we moved into this new home it had the typical high-maintenance builder's landscape "package" in the front yard, and absolutely nothing but grass in the back yard. My job was to take it from builders landscape to lush garden and fast. This photo is of one corner of our back yard. A lot of my...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:57
38. Winter Gardening Can Be Tricky in Central Florida
Winter Gardening Can Be Tricky in Central Florida
This hibiscus blossom is an example of what can be seen and enjoyed in the central Florida winter landscape, and is currently blooming in my backyard. Although this week's weather is not uncommon, it has not been typical winter weather. More normal is daytime highs ranging from the 60s and 70s to...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:28:52
39. Shrimp and Pasta
Shrimp and Pasta
The engine builder's shrimp and pasta is a quick and easy seafood pasta dish that is both delicious and good for you. It takes only about 30 minutes to make, and that includes peeling the shrimp. My husband, a retired NASCAR engine builder, created this dish. My readers know that I often rework ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:27:28
40. Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
This recipe has been in my family for years and years. I remember making these delicious Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies with my mom when I was a child, then making them with my daughter when she was little. My mom got the recipe from her mom. We mainly used it for Christmas cookies, but I have made ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:22
41. Tomato Pie
Tomato Pie
My husband and I both love to cook. We are constantly experimenting in the kitchen, and turning to each other to approve or disapprove of our experiments. In other words, we are each other's best food critics. Recently for dinner, I tried out a recipe I made up after having seen a beautiful photo...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:41:19
42. Chicken Piccata
Chicken Piccata
Chicken Piccata has a light, delicate, lemon sauce with capers, and is my favorite of all my husband's recipes.The word piccata means to pound. As in, to pound the chicken with a meat tenderizer. The chicken in these photos has not been pounded. Instead, he filets (or butterflies) large chicken b...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:53:21
43. Thick Hearty Chili
Thick Hearty Chili
This recipe for thick, hearty chili is one that I have tweaked and fine-tuned repeatedly over the years. I have made so many changes and additions, I have lost count. What I do know is that it has become very popular among family and friends. I have almost always made it with ground sirloin, but...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:22
44. The Best Sweet Potato Casserole Ever
The Best Sweet Potato Casserole Ever
This year my husband and I expected to be alone at Thanksgiving. Some of our neighbors expected this, too. So we are all gathering at one home to share this favorite American holiday -- and I was asked to make this recipe and my pecan pie recipe to take that day. This treasured recipe for sweet p...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:22
45. How to Divide Irises
How to Divide Irises
It's time to divide your irises. The best time is July through September, however, if you live in the South, they can be divided throughout the winter. I originally wrote this lens when living in north-central Alabama, but now live in central Florida. I moved some irises in January of 2014, and, ...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:22
46. Starting a 501(c)3
Starting a 501(c)3
While in the early stages of helping a local arts in group starting a 501(c)3, and recognizing the internal struggles of groups trying to re-organize themselves, I quickly realized there is a need for easier access to this type of information. Before writing this article on starting a 501(c)3, I...
Business & Work - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:52:22
47. Laws and Guidelines for Civilians Displaying the American Flag
Laws and Guidelines for Civilians Displaying the American Flag
More and more people in this country honor and celebrate our flag, and its history. June 14 is the day each year that we make a concentrated effort to do this. My husband and I live in a neighborhood of transplants, that is, all of us have moved here from somewhere else, whether other states in t...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:53:20
48. How to Create a Mission Statement
How to Create a Mission Statement
This lens is the first in a series on starting and/or working with non-profit organizations, but it can apply to any organization. There is a lot of information available on this topic. Some of it will overlap. Some of it is correct. Some is not. Many of the related laws are federal laws, enforce...
Business & Work - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:51:52
49. The Unvarnished Crucifixion of Christ
The Unvarnished Crucifixion of Christ
The Roman version of capital punishment during the time of Christ was, by far, one of the most grisly, humiliating, and cruel forms of death ever invented. As children, we Christians were told the story of Christ having to carry the cross, of the Roman soldiers casting lots (gambling) for his clo...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:52:22
50. Birmingham's Beautiful Old Churches & Synagogues
Birmingham's Beautiful Old Churches & Synagogues
Birmingham, Alabama, is known for its many churches and synagogues. This photo is of one of the stained glass windows of South Highland Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Highland Avenue and 21st Street South. Diagonally across the intersection is Tempel Emanuel. In this day of newer church bu...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:51:52
51. A Walk Through My Garden
A Walk Through My Garden
Let me take you on a walk through my garden. This is a photo I took of the first peony to bloom in the spring of 2010. I had been watching it for a couple of weeks, waiting with growing anticipation for it to open. I watched as the ants slowly ate the tough green covering that protected the tiny ...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:57
52. How to Write a Book Review
How to Write a Book Review
In "How to Write a Book Review", I will share tips I learned in college about writing book reviews. Understand, however, there are book reviews for school and college, there are professional book reviews for newspapers and magazines, and there are book reviews for Hub Pages, Writedge, Wizzley, et...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:22
53. How to Grow and Dry Herbs
How to Grow and Dry Herbs
Herbs really are some of the easiest plants to grow. They can even be tucked in among your bedding plants, if space is at a premium. Once these plants are well-established, they are almost self-sufficient. Although they do need water from time to time, they are generally drought-tolerant, becaus...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:40:16
54. Top 5 Foliage Plants for Southern Shade Gardens
Top 5 Foliage Plants for Southern Shade Gardens
These are the top 5 foliage plants for shade gardens in most of the southeastern United States. During the hottest weather, many plants grown for their flowers will fade. It is at this time that foliage plants can shine. These are the top 5 foliage plants for your shade garden. With their many sh...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:28:53
55. Flag Cake
Flag Cake
This is a fun and easy cake to make for patriotic holidays. It is light and refreshing, which is especially nice on a hot day. I made the one in this photo for Memorial Day. I used a 1/4 sheet cake pan. Flag Day, coming up on June 14, would be a good time to make it, as well as Labor Day, Veteran...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:28:53
56. No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies -- a Candy That Is Called Cookies
No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies -- a Candy That Is Called Cookies
I know it sounds really strange, but there is a candy that is called cookies by everyone I ever met who has made or even tasted them. Originally called Boiled Cookies, most folks these days call them Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies; but I just recently learned another name for them: Cow Patties. They a...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:27:30
57. Balsamic Chicken
Balsamic Chicken
There are many recipes for balsamic chicken available in recipe books and on the internet. This recipe, Engine Builder's Balsamic Chicken, is a recipe created entirely from scratch by my husband, the engine builder who cooks, a retired NASCAR engine builder. This dish quickly became a family favo...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:28:54
58. Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
This family-sized chicken pot pie recipe is one that I have made for many years. It is especially nice on a cold day. It is warm and filling, and our family loves it. I think you will, too. I make it using Campbell's Soup and canned mixed vegetables. This decreases the time and work needed. My h...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:28:54
59. My Mom's Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
My Mom's Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
This recipe has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. It is far better than any commercially prepared peanut butter fudge that I have ever tasted. Mom always made it at Christmas, and even got occasional requests for it instead of birthday cakes. Yep, it's that good. She also mad...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:22
60. Chicken Marsala
Chicken Marsala
There are probably lots of recipes for Chicken Marsala floating around, but I believe you will find this to be one of the best recipes for that dish that you have ever tried. The engine builder who cooks is my husband, a retired NASCAR engine builder. Through our travels and dining out experienc...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:22
61. Light & Easy Pasta Lunch Recipe
Light & Easy Pasta Lunch Recipe
Only 6 Weight Watchers points, this recipe was born when I was hungry but too lazy to go to the store. It soon became one of my favorite quick, light, and healthy meals to make for lunch. I add clippings of fresh basil when my basil plants are in season, and I recommend always using fresh tomatoe...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:36:32
62. Quick & Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup
Quick & Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup
Every year about mid-August, I begin to tire of the summer heat, and to long for cooler days and homemade vegetable soup. Finally! Cooler weather is here, and I can make soup and chili. After Christmas, I will again long for spring and warmer weather, but for now, I want some soup. Sometimes tho...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:57
63. Alabama's Covered Bridges
Alabama's Covered Bridges
Prior to steel and concrete construction, bridges were made of wood. They deteriorated quickly, and covering them to protect the floor of the bridge, and its supporting structure from the elements became the thing to do. Most of America's covered bridges have vanished due to neglect, vandalism, a...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:57
64. Basic Lemony White Pasta Sauce
Basic Lemony White Pasta Sauce
AN UPDATE: The engine builder has decided to add lemon zest to this recipe and to another, as yet unpublished one: his recipe for chicken picata. It is actually my favorite of all his recipes, and I will publish it soon. This is the basic light lemony white pasta sauce recipe from the racing eng...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:22
65. Grilled Veggie Skewers
Grilled Veggie Skewers
These are our Grilled Veggie Skewers that my husband and I enjoy making, grilling, and, of course, eating. We've been more conscious than ever about eating clean food and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So we are eating more fresh veggies, fish and chicken, and being more physically active than ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:22
66. How to Create a Country French Floral Arrangement
How to Create a Country French Floral Arrangement
When shopping for furniture, I saw this gorgeous floral arrangement. I really wanted it, but could not see spending $79.99 plus tax on it, especially considering there was a grammatical error on it. It said "Le Fleur", which means "flower". There were lots of flowers in the arrangement, so it sho...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:59:02
67. Spaghetti with Grilled Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
Spaghetti with Grilled Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
My first attempt at making a turkey spaghetti sauce began by substituting ground turkey for the ground sirloin that I often used, and was met with raves from those who ate it. Considering how successful it was, and the multiple health risks of consuming red meat, from now on, I will make it eithe...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:28:52
68. Why to Pick Up Your Dog's Poop
Why to Pick Up Your Dog's Poop
Many pet owners don't bother to clean up after their pets. Leaving dog (and cat poop) on the ground spreads disease - this is why to pick up your dog's poop. This is a huge public health concern. There is little we can do about wild animals, aside from discouraging them from hanging out in a give...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:21
69. "The MacGregors" Series, by Nora Roberts
I've been reading Nora Roberts' series, The MacGregors. It began with Rebellion, in which the reader meets Serena MacGregor and Brigham Langston, Earl of Ansbury. Their stormy and passionate romance is set against the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 against King George of England, and their efforts to...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:16
70. Simple Steps to Create a Night Garden
Simple Steps to Create a Night Garden
A night garden is a flower garden that shows up well at night. On a moonlight night, it can appear to be almost iridescent. There are some very simple steps to having a night garden. Night gardens are usually made up of white, bright yellow, and/or very light-colored flowers, such as snow white p...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:27:30
71. How to Decorate Your Kitchen for Christmas
How to Decorate Your Kitchen for Christmas
During the winter holidays, women (and many men) spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Why shouldn't the primary work-area of the home be full of holiday cheer? It keeps us humming and joyful as we go about our holiday baking. In this photo, you see a small part of my kitchen. This is where I make...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:21
72. Multiple Ways to Use Garter Stitch
Multiple Ways to Use Garter Stitch
The garter stitch is often thought of as plain, and not very pretty. For years I completely ignored it, but recently, because it is so easy I can almost knit it without looking at my work, I began to look for more interesting ways to use it, and came up with multiple ways to use garter stitch. I ...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:54:15
73. Yard Butler Gardener's Kneeler / Seat
Yard Butler Gardener's Kneeler / Seat
As shown, this Yard Butler Garden Kneeler is a stool -- great for gardening in raised beds or container gardening. Flip it over, and it becomes a kneeler with tall handles which are a great help when getting up from gardening. I have arthritis in my knees, so getting up from a kneeling position i...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:42:36
74. Freshen Up Old Furniture with Spray Paint
Freshen Up Old Furniture with Spray Paint
I am gradually giving our lanai a Country French look. I started by spray-painting this old wooden plant stand that I bought with either S&H Green Stamps or Top Value Stamps back in the 70s. It had a dark-cherry stain that was damaged from water that overflowed when plants were watered. I never b...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:04:34
75. Which Coffee Has the Most Caffeine?
Which Coffee Has the Most Caffeine?
I've been thinking about my caffeine intake lately, and in reading more about it, learned that May is Caffeine Awareness Month. Recently, the Today show on NBC had a segment that I found interesting about the caffeine content of coffeehouse coffees, and which coffee has the most caffeine. More ab...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:08:37
76. Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel: Creator of the Little Black Dress
Gabrielle
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel was one of the most influential women of the 20th century, and remains so in the 21st century. Creator of the LBD (little black dress), the Chanel suit, and multiple fragrances, Chanel made her first mark on fashion with hats. She is also credited with creating the trench ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:09:38
77. Mia-Mia's Gardening Pages
Mia-Mia's Gardening Pages
Welcome to a new "lensography" of Mia-Mia's Gardening Pages and Tips. At this one location you will find all my gardening information at your fingertips. My gardening knowledge is limited mostly to Southern gardens. Some things, however, are universal, such as proper pruning techniques, preparing...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:35
78. 4 Great Reads: Mystery, Adventure, Romance, History, Science
4 Great Reads: Mystery, Adventure, Romance, History, Science
As you can see from this photo, we read a lot in our family. I've been reading a lot this summer, and have some great books to recommend. And, these are 5 great reads. In one of them you will learn things you may not have known about Thomas Edison (he was not a very nice man), in another, our tre...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:41:20
79. Building a Geriatric Home
Building a Geriatric Home
After having surgery on the joint in my wrist in 2003, due to arthritis, we began making changes in our home in Charlotte, NC, beginning with changing from round doorknobs to the levered type. We are now building a "geriatric" home. We have been changing the doorknobs in our current home, and our...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:19
80. Pet Care Pages for Dog Parents
Pet Care Pages for Dog Parents
This is a collection of everything I have written for and about dogs. It covers everything from their funny, entertaining behavior and playfulness, to their health concerns, and public health issues surrounding pets. All dog lovers will enjoy reading about our little Maltese, C.C. She recently ha...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:15:28
81. Cool Weather Crops & Early Spring Flowers
Cool Weather Crops & Early Spring Flowers
In early spring, all kinds of things are happening in the garden, especially underground. It's time for nature to begin awakening from a very long cold winter. Even here in central Florida, it has been colder than normal. So, let's see what cool season crops and early spring flowers we have. In ...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:09:11
82. Alabama's New DUI Law Reaches its First Birthday
Alabama's New DUI Law Reaches its First Birthday
Alabama's new DUI law is now one year old. It was long overdue for this state to pass a law that targets drunk drivers. After passing the House 3 times, only to be killed in the Senate by the Senate Judiciary Committee, HR67 was finally signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley on June 2, 2011. That...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:54
83. Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling"
Sarah Young's
Sara Young's Jesus Calling is written as if Jesus, himself, is speaking directly to the reader. It is the most comforting, reassuring, stress-relieving devotional material I have ever read, and it has changed my life forever. I already had a daily time of prayer and meditation that included readi...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:42:59
84. Dog Car Seat
Dog Car Seat
We have a little 9-year-old Maltese named Mademoiselle Coco Chanel, (we call her C.C.) who travels with us a lot. She likes to be where she can see out the windows, but that requires her to stand on her back feet with her "hands" on the car door. We like for her to be safe and secure while the ca...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:27:04
85. How to Plan Now for More Color in Your Winter Landscape
How to Plan Now for More Color in Your Winter Landscape
If you live in an area where there are four distinct seasons, but with a fairly mild climate, you can have color in your yard all year 'round. Summer and fall are the best times to plan for more color in your winter landscape. After Christmas, those green leaves with red berries that we so cheerf...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:09:11
86. Make Up a Gift Basket or Bag for Knitters
Make Up a Gift Basket or Bag for Knitters
If you have a knitter (or a crocheter, needlepointer, or cross stitcher) on your gift list, you have an easy person to buy for. I'm a knitter and a needlepointer, and I know what I would like if someone were getting me a knitting-related gift. Maybe you would like to make up a gift basket or bag ...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:17:29
87. What Golfers Want for Gifts
What Golfers Want for Gifts
Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day will be here before we know it. Well, I'll tell you what my husband and I need or want in the way of golf-related items. I'm so happy we have taken up golf as a new sport/hobby because, not only does it help us stay fit, it gives us more possibilities for gift-giving...
Sports & Recreation - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:49
88. Why You Need a Will or Revocable Trust
Why You Need a Will or Revocable Trust
There are many articles, pages, books, and websites about wills, trusts, and dying without a will. So, it stands to reason that you may find the same or similar information in more than one place. This article, however, is about my family's experience, and the stress and heartache caused by the l...
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:28
89. February is Heart Month
February is Heart Month
Each year, February is Heart Disease Awareness Month or, for short, Heart Month. The American Heart Association, as well as research universities, hospitals, churches, and public health departments of states, counties, and cities will launch public health awareness campaigns. In almost every lar...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:04:42
90. How to Make Cloth Napkins
How to Make Cloth Napkins
We use cloth napkins at most of our meals. It's one way to reduce paper napkins going into the landfill; and it adds a special touch to a table setting. I like for the napkins to match or coordinate with the decor of the kitchen, but sometimes have difficulty finding just the right colors. I usua...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:14:26
91. Nora Roberts' Fascinating and Suspenseful "The Witness"
Nora Roberts' Fascinating and Suspenseful
When I finished reading Nora Roberts' fascinating and suspenseful book, The Witness, published in April, 2012, I couldn't wait to talk about it and write about it This book was fantastic! There are several novels I have read more than once. This one, however, is the first one I have ever finished...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:08
92. Gifts for Book Lovers
Gifts for Book Lovers
Here's my latest online search for gifts for book lovers. This is a photo of a small portion of our home library; we read a lot at our home. So I know a little bit about what book lovers enjoy receiving. My own personal favorites to receive as gifts are gift cards to my favorite bookstore or Amaz...
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:42:59
93. The Velveteen Rabbit, a Wonderful Children's Gift
The Velveteen Rabbit, a Wonderful Children's Gift
The Velveteen Rabbit, first published in 1922, is one of the most cherished of all children's books. The original title is, The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real. Just the mention of its title brings back memories for almost everyone. The tale begins when a stuffed rabbit received as a C...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:47:23
94. "Spymasters" by W.E.B. Griffin
Spymasters is the seventh and newest book in W.E.B. Griffin's Men of War series. I read it in only two days -- I simply could not put it down. Here you see the front cover of it displayed on the screen of my Nook Color. The book continues the story of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, precu...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:45:29
95. The Difference Between Sidestream Smoke and Secondhand Smoke
The Difference Between Sidestream Smoke and Secondhand Smoke
Most people think of second-hand smoke as smoke that belongs to someone other than themselves. There is a lot more to it than that. It is sidestream smoke is the danger for non-smokers. There is a huge discrepancy between second-hand smoke and sidestream smoke; and this is why the tobacco pusher...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:38:30
96. Why It Is Important to Research a Topic Before Building a Lens
Why It Is Important to Research a Topic Before Building a Lens
I recently built a Squidoo lens about my experience making fabric-covered buttons. That lens was locked less than 24 hours after publication. Why? Well, the reason given was duplicate content, and the suggestion of plagarism. As it turns out, there are far better pages on the internet entitled, H...
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:14:08
97. Shrimp & Scallops
Shrimp & Scallops
One of my favorite seafood dishes to make is shrimp and scallops. At one time, I made it outdoors on the grill, by shaping a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil into a shallow pan to prevent the small pieces from falling through the grill rack. Now I usually do in on the stovetop. It's easier, and ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:28:52
98. My Dog Had Fleas
My Dog Had Fleas
When our sweet C.C. had fleas in the fall of 2010, all I could think of was How do I get rid of these fleas --- yesterday? What to do? Are they inside our house already? Why isn't her flea and tick preventive working? These were among the questions zipping through my mind when I found several fle...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:42:22

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