Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Easy Bake Oven Recall

Easy-Bake Ovens Recalled for Repair Due to Entrapment and Burn Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should immediately take the recalled oven away from children under 8 years of age and contact the firm for a retrofit with warning. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC’s Web site at
http://www.cpsc.gov/.)

Name of Product: Easy-Bake Ovens Units: About 985,000Manufacturer: Easy-Bake, a division of Hasbro, Inc., of Pawtucket, R.I.Hazard: Young children can insert their hands into the oven’s opening and get their hands or fingers caught, posing an entrapment and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Easy-Bake has received 29 reports of children getting their hands or fingers caught in the oven’s opening, including five reports of burns.

Description: The Easy-Bake Oven is a purple and pink plastic oven that resembles a kitchen range with four burners on top and a front-loading oven. “Easy Bake” is printed on the front of the oven. Model number 65805 and “Hasbro” are stamped into the plastic on the back of the oven. The Easy Bake Oven is an electric toy and is not recommended for children under eight years of age. Ovens sold before May 2006 are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target, KB Toys and other retailers nationwide from May 2006 through February 2007 for about $25. Manufactured in: ChinaRemedy: Consumers should contact Easy-Bake anytime to receive a free retrofit kit with consumer warning. Caregivers should keep the Easy Bake Oven away from children under eight years of age.

Customer Contact: For additional information, contact Easy-Bake at (800) 601-8418, or visit the firm’s Web site at
http://www.easybake.com/. Residents of Mexico please dial 01-800-712-6225.

Basic House Rules for Dogs, etc.







If you have to throw up, get into a chair, QUICKLY! If you can't manage that in time, get to an Oriental rug. If no Oriental rug is available, any good rug will do.

ALWAYS accompany guests to the bathroom. It's not necessary to do anything; just sit and stare.

Do not allow closed doors in ANY room. To get a door opened, stand on your hind legs and hammer with your forepaws.

When supervising cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the cook. You cannot be seen and thereby stand a better chance of being stepped on, picked up and consoled with food.

Once a door is opened, it's not necessary to use it. After you've ordered an outside door opened, stand halfway in and halfway out and think about several things. It's particularly important during very cold weather, rain, snow, and mosquito season.

Begin people training early. You'll then have a smooth-running household. Humans need to know the basic rules. They can be taught if you start early and are consistent.



Why Dogs Don't Use Computers

Can't stick their heads out of Windows '95.

Fetch command not available on all platforms. Hard to read the monitor with your head cocked to one side.

Too difficult to "mark" every website they visit.

Can't help attacking the screen when they hear "You've Got Mail." Involuntary tail wagging is dead giveaway they're browsing

Three words: Carpal Paw Syndrome.

'Cause dogs aren't GEEKS! Now, cats, on the other hand ...

SmellYou-SmellMe still in beta test.

SIT and STAY were hard enough, GREP and AWK are out of the question!

Too Darn Hard To Type With Paws

Sherri's Helpful Hints











MATHEMATICAL HELP

To calculate the total of a bill including tax add 1 before multiplying.

Example 1
Price 150.95 plus tax of 0.065 Multiply 150.95 x 1.065 = 160.76
This also works in reverse -
160.76 divided by 1.065 = 150.95

Example 2
Price 150.95 plus 17.5% tax
Multiply 150.95 x 117.5% = 177.37
In reverse -
177.37 divided by 117.5% = 150.95

Anything ending in an "even" number is divisible by 2.

Anything divisible by 9 is also divisible by 3.

If you have to multiply a large number by 25, add two zeros to the number then divide by 4. This is much easier to do, especially mentally.
Example: 167 x 25 16700 Divide by 4 = 4175

When multiplying numbers ending in 5 by themselves e.g. 75 x 75
Deal with the left hand numbers first
In this example the left-hand number is 7
Add 1 to this number i.e. 7 + 1 = 8
Multiply the original number 7 x the new number 8 = 56
Now deal with the right-hand numbers which are always 5 x 5 = 25
Therefore the answer is 5625

Here is another example -
35 x 35
3 + 1 = 4
4 x 3 = 12
5 x 5 = 25
Answer 1225

To make complex sums easier to handle, break down into simpler elements.

Example: 6 x 348
first multiply 6 x 300 = 1800 then 6 x 40 = 240 then 6 x 8 = 48 Then add up all the elements:- 2088

A quick way to convert kilometers to miles is to drop the last digit and multiply by 6.
Example: 72 kilometres = 7 x 6 = 42 miles (approximately)

Christian Quote of the Day

We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another.

... William Law

RECIPE of the Day - 2/28/2007


This is a recipe that I tried at my great-grandmothers. It is really delicious and you can add maraschino cherries to give it more color and enhance the flavor as well.





WATERGATE SALAD

1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (3 1/4 oz.) box instant pistachio pudding mix
1 lg. (12-13 oz.) Cool Whip
1 c. miniature marshmallows
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Mix pineapple and dry pudding together, then add Cool Whip. Mix together well and add nuts and marshmallows. Chill 3-4 hours.

Serves 8.

FREEBIES of the Day - 2/28/07












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Game giveaway of the day - Features a different game every day. They have arcade, puzzle and action games. For your free game,
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Puritan's Pride Vitamin catalog and $5.00 coupon toward first purchase. This company offers vitamins and supplements at really low prices and the coupon is just an extra perk. They have about every type of vitamin, mineral and health formula you can think of. To get a really great deal on vitamins, click here!


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Funny Short Stories and Lines












Did you hear about the man at the grocery store?Cokes fell on him, but they didn't hurt him because they were soft drinks!

Once there was this family that was going to Disneylandand they came to a sign that said: Disneyland LEFTand so they went home.

A diner was agitated that the waiter had brought him no spoon with his coffee. "This coffee," he said loud enough for most of the other patrons to hear, "is going to be pretty hot to stir with my fingers." The waiter reddened, made a hasty retreat to the kitchen and returned shortly with another cup of coffee. "This one isn't so hot, sir," he beamed.

When a three-year-old opened a birthday gift from his grandmother, he discovered a water pistol.He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink.His Mother was not so pleased. She turned to Grandmom and said, "I'm surprised at you.Don't you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water guns?"Grandmom smiled and then replied, "I remember."

One night a man was having a dream. He dreamt that he was a tee-pee. The next night he had the same dream, except he was a wigwam. He keeps having the dreams over and over so he goes to his therapist. He tells the doctor about his dreams and asks what they mean.The doctor replied, "Oh, that's easy. You're just too tense!"

There was this guy watching T.V., and he heard a knock at the door,so he got up to get it, and when he opened the door,all he saw was a snail, so he picked it up and threw it as far as he could,and three years later he was watching T.V., and someone knocked at the door,so he got up to get it, and there the snail was, and the snail looked up at the guy and said,"What in the heck was that for?"

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did. Somebody got angry about this, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anbody could have done!

There was this guy in his car who had ten peguins in the back seat, and a cop came up to him and said "It's illigal to have those penguins, you need to take them to the zoo." So he did! The next day the cop saw the man again with the same penguins in the back seat except they had sunglasses and towels. The cop said "Hey, I thought I told you to take those penguins to the zoo" and the guy said "I did, today I'm taking them to the beach!"

An old man was wondering if his wife had a hearing problem. So one night, he stood behind her while she was sitting in her lounge chair. He spoke softly to her, "Honey, can you hear me?" There was no response. He moved a little closer and said again, "Honey, can you hear me?" Still, there was no response. Finally he moved right behind her and said, "Honey, can you hear me?" She replied, "For the third time, Yes!"

Sherri's Helpful Hints











WEDDING ANNIVERSARY GIFTS

The 1st is PAPER, on which you can write
The 2nd is COTTON, all crisp and white,
The 3rd is LEATHER, a bag or some gloves,
The 4th is BOOKS, Lady Chatterley's loves!
The 5th is WOOD, a box full of dreams,
The 6th is IRON, metal not steam
The 7th is WOOL, soft and warm
The 8th is BRONZE, metal in an elegant form
The 9th is COPPER, and 10th is TIN,
If you have got this far you are bound to win.
The 11th is STEEL, so shiny and bright
The 12th is SILK, so soft and so light,
The 13th is LACE, maybe a cloth for a tray,
The 14th is IVORY, leave it for Jumbo,Its better that way!
The 15th is CRYSTAL, cut glass at its best,
The 20th CHINA, cups, plates and the rest,
The 25th is SILVER - really swell
The 30th is PEARL - from an oyster's shell
The 35th is CORAL, from under the sea
The 40th is RUBY, as red as red can be
The 45th is SAPPHIRE - precious and blue
The 50th is GOLDEN - Congratulations to you!
The 55th is EMERALD - so green and so pure,
The 60th DIAMOND - an achievement for sure.
The 65th BLUE SAPPHIRE and 70th PLATINUM
The last to mention which is reached by some
The 75th which is DIAMOND AND GOLD
Or something more suitable for the very old!

BIRTHSTONES

January - Garnet
February - Amethyst
March - Aquamarine
April - Diamond
May - Emerald
June - Pearl
July - Ruby
August - Peridot
September - Sapphire
October - Opal
November - Topaz
December - Turquoise

Christian Quote of the Day


The Church is an organism that grows best in an alien society.

... C. Stacey Woods

RECIPE of the Day - 2/27/2007

This is one of my favorite side dishes to go with poultry; it works just as well with chicken as it does with turkey. Next time you make a poultry dish, try this to go with it - I'll bet your family will love it as much as my family does.


WILD RICE WITH MUSHROOMS

1 1/4 c. wild rice
1 can chicken broth
3/4 lb. mushrooms
1/2 pt. sour cream
1 can chicken soup
1 sm. bunch celery, cut up
2 onions

Cook wild rice, covered with water, in microwave for 35 minutes. Pour off water, add 1 can chicken broth, 3/4 pound mushrooms, 1/2 pint sour cream and 1 can chicken soup.

Saute small bunch of celery and 2 onions until done. Add to above mixture. Cook until rice pops.

Bake 1 to 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees. Add more liquid if needed.

FREEBIES of the Day - 2/27/07












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Arby's buy 1 get 1 free printable coupons. Arby's has some great sandwiches and their horsey sauce ..... love it! For a great deal on lunch or dinner, click here!

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Signs Your Cat is Overweight














The last hairball he coughed up was actually your dog.

It needs a ramp to get into the kitty litter box.

He can't see his feet either.

The Vet always charges double because it's just like two cats.

Light cannot escape kitty's gravitation field.

Eats bon bons and watches Oprah.

Its sweater is bigger than yours.

Word "GOODYEAR" painted on both of it's sides.

People try to walk around it, and get lost.

When it steps on digital scale, the scale says one at a time please.

Richard Simmons gave up on him.

It eclipses the sun.

Your cat has become a black hole.

The last time he fit under the couch Carter was in office.

You find yourself sleeping on ITS blanket!

You put your cat on the scale and the scale breaks!

Sherri's Helpful Hints













Dog Hints and Tips

"Vicks" spread on wooden furniture stops puppies chewing.

For young puppies in a new home, place a warm hot water bottle under a blanket and a radio or clock for company.

Dilute dog shampoo with water in an empty squeezy bottle, this way it lasts longer and goes through the coat easier. Start at shoulders and work backwards, leaving the head until last as it is this area which makes them shake.

To ease an upset stomach, put a little warm live yogurt and a drop of honey into bowl and this will help line the stomach.

Spayed female dogs can "leak" and cause a smell. A pinch of bicarbonate of soda on food stops the smell.

If your animal suffers from fleas, a natural remedy is garlic in food (a tiny amount of garlic powder sprinkled on food will suffice) as the fleas don't like the odor emitting through the pores.

To clean dogs' teeth put a baby's gum cleaning brush on your finger, dip it into bicarbonate of soda and rub on teeth.

To administer pills to a dog, sit it down, put a little butter on the pill, place inside the side of the mouth (at the back of the tongue) and hold jaw closed with head in a vertical position. The animal has no option but to swallow and the pill slips down easily.

For getting dogs to swallow pills: fold pill up in a small piece of cheese. The dogs swallow the cheese whole, take it happily, and you don't have to force the pill in! Works like a charm every time.

To remove dog hairs after bathing, leave wet hairs in bath for about thirty minutes, then they will wipe off easily with a dry cloth.

A trash bag makes an ideal apron when washing dogs.

If your pet suffers an insect sting slice a raw onion and apply to the sting as soon as possible, this takes the "sting" out of it and calms the pet.

ANIMAL SECURITY

It is essential that pet owners carefully consider the safety of their pets. Below is a list of some essential security precautions you should take. This list is not complete and extra precautions should be taken as and when the circumstances require.

Dogs :
You should never leave your dog alone in the car. It can cause distress if the dog is left for long periods which could be fatal in hot weather, and secondly, your dog is a target for opportunist thieves. Pet Detectives have had many reported cases of stolen dogs which were left alone in a car.

Do not tie your dog up outside shops. Tying your dog up outside a shop leaves them in danger of being stolen by opportunist thieves. Many dogs are stolen in this way.

Never kennel a dog for extended periods in the garden. If you do so, it is a must to ensure they have adequate security and are provided with food and water.

Your dog should be microchipped. A microchip is a very small chip, about the size of a grain of rice inserted between the shoulder blades. The cost of microchipping your animal is minimal, about $40.00 and includes life long membership to the pet log register and is incredibly important. All rescuers and dog catchers (depending on where you live) carry scanners, so any animal that is found by them will reveal a 12 digit number which can be rung into pet log (24 hours a day). This number will link to your own details, linking the lost pet to you. Further details on microchipping can be found on the Pet Detectives website, or you could enquire with your local vet.

Cats: Microchip your cat! Microchipping means one scan of an animal will link your pet to you via the pet log and enable your pet to be returned safely to you. If a pet is found and not microchipped, it is virtually impossible to link that animal to yourself.

If you have your cat from a kitten, keep them indoors as long as you can up to the age of 1, this is well after males have been neutered and will ensure he is a home loving cat and uninterested in straying, where he may get lost or hit by a car.

Never leave your cat outdoors when you are not at home.

It is important your pet always has access to water and shelter.

Always ensure a cat's collar is elasticized so if it gets caught he can escape without injury.

Warning - do not use Febreze on your animals. This product is for taking odours out of fabrics. It says on the bottle it will take out animal smells but does not say it is harmless to animals.

Christian Quote of the Day

We rest on Thee, our shield and our defender!
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.

... Edith Gilling Cherry

RECIPE of the Day - 2/26/2007




Lasagne is a great main dish and this lasagne gives you two of my favorite meats for pizza - pepperoni and italian sausage. This is a really hearty meal and to top it off, serve a really good garlic bread and mixed green salad with a three cheese italian dressing.




LASAGNE WITH PEPPERONI & SAUSAGE

1 (29 oz.) can each of tomato puree, crushed tomatoes and whole peeled tomatoes
1 (12 oz.) can tomato paste
2 lg. onions, chopped
1 zucchini, diced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 (12 oz.) pkg. fresh mushrooms, cut in half
1 stick pepperoni, cut in thick slices
1 1/2 lbs. hot Italian sausage, sliced
5 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
2 tbsp. dried basil
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
1 beef bouillon cube
1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. each of garlic & onion powder

FILLING:

32 oz. ricotta cheese
24 oz. Mozzarella
Freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 box lasagna noodles

In a 6 to 8 quart Dutch oven, saute onions, peppers, zucchini, garlic and mushrooms until soft. Add meats and continue cooking on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain in colander to remove grease. Add all other sauce ingredients. When combined, return meats to sauce and cook 2 to 3 hours on low heat, uncovered.

Cook noodles and slice Mozzarella.Cover large 9 x 13 inch pan bottom with 1 1/2 cups sauce. Layer noodles, 1/2 ricotta, 1/3 Mozzarella, generous sauce to cover. Repeat, ending with Mozzarella and fresh Parmesan on top.

You might have leftover meat sauce. Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Pan will be very full. Uncover and bake until cheese browns. Let set for 15 to 20 minutes on counter before attempting to cut and lift out.

FREEBIES of the Day - 2/26/07












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Loreal Elvive anti-dandruff shampoo. This will leave your hair shiny and manageable as well as free of flakes. To get your free shampoo sample,
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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Points to Ponder














Why do they sell a pound cake that only weighs 12 ounces?

Why do they report power outages on TV?

How can someone "draw a blank"?

Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

Does the Postmaster General need a stamp of approval?

Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks?

Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?

If a cow laughed real hard, would milk come out her nose?

What would you use to dilute water?

How come overtones and undertones are the same thing?

Why does Donald Duck wear a towel when he comes out of the shower, when he doesn't usually wear any pants?

What would Geronimo say if he jumped out of an airplane?

Why do the ABC song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Baa Baa Black Sheep all have the same tune?

Why do grocery stores buy so many checkout line registers if they only keep 3 or 4 open?

How can something be new and improved? if it's new, what was it improving on?

Why do you get on a bus and a train but get into a car?

Why is it you get a penny for your thoughts, but have to put in your two cents worth?

Is a hot car cool or is a cool car hot?

How can you hear yourself think?

What would happen if an Irresistible Force met an Immovable Object?

Why do banks leave the door wide open but the pens chained to the counter?

Where in the nursery rhyme does it say humpty dumpty is an egg?

What happens if someone loses a lost and found box?

Why is a person that handles your money called a BROKER?

Sherri's Helpful Hints












STATES AND THEIR POSTAL ABBREVIATIONS

Alabama - Ala. - AL
Alaska - Alas. - AK
Arizona - Ariz. - AZ
Arkansas - Ark. - AR
California - Calif. - CA
Colorado - Col. - CO
Connecticut - Conn. - CT
Delaware - Del. - DE
Florida - Fla. - FL
Georgia - Ga. - GA
Hawaii - HI
Idaho - ID
Illinois - Ill - IL
Indiana - Ind. - IN
Iowa - Ia. - IA
Kansas - Kan. - KS
Kentucky - Ky. - KY
Louisiana - La. - LA
Maine - Me. - ME
Maryland - Md. - MD
Massachusetts - Mass. - MA
Michigan - Mich. - MI
Minnesota - Minn. - MN
Mississippi - Miss. - MS
Missouri - Mo - MO
Montana - Mont. - MT
Nebraska - Nebr. - NB
Nevada - Nev. - NV
New Hampshire - NH
New Jersey - NJ
New Mexico -N. Mex. -NM
New York - NY
North Carolina - NC
North Dakota - N. Dak - ND
Ohio - OH
Oklahoma - Okla. - OK
Oregon - Oreg. - OR
Pennsylvania - Pa. - PA
Rhode Island - RI
South Carolina - S. Car. - SC - S. C.
South Dakota - S. Dak. - SD
Tennessee - Tenn. - TN
Texas - Tex. - TX
Utah - UT
Vermont - Vt. - VT
Virginia - Va. - VA
Washington - Wash. - WA
West Virginia - W. Va. - WV
Wisconsin - Wis. - WI
Wyoming - Wyo. - WY

Christian Quote of the Day

To put it shortly, the Church forgets that Christianity is not an attitude of mind, but a type of life: a man's spirit is not known by his opinion, but by his action and general conduct.

... William Temple

RECIPE of the Day - 2/25/2007




One of the most asked for items at our bakery were the cinnamon rolls. We had a gentlemen that came from the closest small town to get them from our bakery. The rolls were huge and were brushed with melted butter when taken out of the oven, before the icing was put on. They truly were wonderful, delicious and ooey, gooey sweet.



CINNAMON ROLLS

For Basic Sweet Dough:
4 - 4 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs

For Rolls:
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinamon
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

For Icing:
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 - 3 tablespoons cream

FOR BASIC SWEET DOUGH:

In a large mixing bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the yeast; set aside. In a saucepan heat and stir milk, sugar, butter or margarine, and salt till mixture is warm (120° to 130°) and butter is almost melted. Add to flour mixture along with eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

FOR ROLLS:

Prepare basic sweet dough and let rise once. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each half into a 12x8-inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter. In a small mixing bowl stir together brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle onto dough. Sprinkle with raisins, and if desired, pecans. Roll up each rectangle, jelly-roll style, starting from one of the long sides. Pinch seams to seal. Cut each roll into 10 to 12 slices. Place slices, cut-side down, in single layers in two greased 9x12-inch round cake pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place till nearly double (about 30 minutes). (Or, cover with oiled waxed paper, then with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.)

If dough is chilled, let stand, covered, for 20 minutes at room temperature. Puncture any surface bubbles with a greased wooden toothpick. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or till golden brown. Cool slightly. Transfer to a large platter.

FOR ICING:

In a small mixing bowl stir together powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough cream to make a smooth icing of spreading consistency. Spread over rolls. Serve warm or cool.

Makes 20 to 24 rolls

Facts per Serving
Calories: 200 Fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 36g Cholesterol: 29mg Sodium: 60mg Protein: 3g Fiber: 1g % Cal. from Fat: 22% % Cal. from Carbs: 72%

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Sherri's Helpful Hints













Choosing the Right Pet for You

Before choosing a pet thought should be given to the following:-

How much time are you prepared to spend on them?How much house room have you got?Are they suitable for children?How much will they cost to keep?Are you fit enough to keep them properly?


DOGS
A dog needs a lot of commitment for many years and should not be left alone for long periods.It needs somewhere for exercise etc. A garden makes this a little easier but is not essential.Choose an animal of the size most suitable for your home.


Young puppies may be too boisterous for children under three.The dog has to be able to put up with children tormenting it without turning nasty.A new baby can cause dogs to be jealous.

Obviously, the bigger the dog the higher the costs involved. Costs incurred include purchase price, vets fees, vaccinations and annual boosters, desexing, pet insurance, holiday kennel fees and, of course, food.

Dogs are excellent company, particularly for housebound people, however, it is essential to have help exercising the animal on a regular basis. It may be a good idea to choose a fully grown dog ensuring you will know how much exercise it will need.


CATS

Although they like company they are quite happy on their own for long periods of time.A cat is an ideal choice for house or apartment dwellers and you don't have to have a garden.Cats are good with children, but watch small children in case they hurt it.

It is perhaps safest not to buy a cat or kitten when you are pregnant, if you already have one take special precautions when handling during pregnancy.Less expensive than dogs but will still incur costs for initial purchase, vets, inoculations, neutering and holiday cattery fees.

Very suitable for the elderly or homebound as they are very independent and naturally clean and do not need exercising.


BIRDS

Birds need to be fed every day and their cage cleaned at least twice a week. Many are able to amuse themselves but parrots like human company.They should be kept in as big a cage or aviary as possible to give them room to exercise their wings. This should be in a draught free, warm environment.

Birds will not usually talk if kept with other birds, however, it is a very lonely existence on their own.Costs vary according to type of bird and cage. A budgie won't cost much nor will a small cage, but more exotic varieties could be costly as can flight cages and aviaries.

Mobility not an issue.


FISH
Need daily feeding and in order to keep the tank in good condition it needs continual attention.Can be kept in indoor aquariums or outdoor ponds but they will not thrive in a bowl.


Suitable for all ages so long as there is a responsible adult to look after the tank.Tanks and ponds can be quite expensive to set up but, thereafter, costs are minimal. The purchase price of fish varies greatly depending on which varieties are chosen, tropical fish can be very expensive.

Mobility not an issue.

Christian Quote of the Day

The smallest things become great when God requires them of us; they are small only in themselves; they are always great when they are done for God, and when they serve to unite us with Him eternally.

... François Fénelon

RECIPE of the Day - 2/24/2007




These are great stuffed filo pockets. The filo dough is what they make baklava out of and is light and flaky. These are so delicious and even though the filo dough is light, they are quite filling with the chicken, cream cheese and whipping cream. Not quite low cal, but well worth a couple of extra sit-ups.



CREAMY CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM PARCELS

Filling:
2 tablespoons butter
2 bacon strips, chopped
5 oz small white (button) mushrooms, chopped
5 oz field (flat) mushrooms, chopped
6 green spring onions, chopped
1 tablespoon grain mustard
4 oz cream cheese, chopped
1/3 cup heavy (whipping) cream
1 lb cooked chicken chopped

10 sheets filo pastry
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons poppy seeds

FILLING: Heat the butter in a frying pan, add the bacon and mushrooms and cook, stirring, until the liquid has evaporated. Add the green (spring) onions and cook, stirring, until soft. Stir in the mustard, cream cheese, cream and chicken and mix well.

Layer 5 sheets of filo pastry together, brushing each layer with melted butter. Keep the unused pastry covered with a barely damp, clean dish towel at all times to prevent drying out. Cut the pastry in half to form two squares. Spoon one fourth of the filling onto the end of each square, roll once, tuck the ends in and roll up. Brush lightly with butter and then sprinkle with poppy seeds. Repeat with the remaining pastry and filling.


Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes or, until lightly browned and filling is hot. The parcels can be prepared a day ahead. Store, covered with plastic wrap, in refrigerator.

Serves 4

Facts per Serving Calories: 3849 Fat: 272g Carbohydrates: 290g Cholesterol: 124mg Sodium: 1845mg Protein: 61g Fiber: 11g

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Friday, February 23, 2007

More Oxymorons











a little pregnant
acrophobic mountain climber
act naturally
actual reenactment
affordable housing
almost done
almost exactly
authentic reproduction
big sip
bird dog
bitter sweet
black gold
boneless ribs
books on tape
calm winds
canned fresh
casual dress
catfish
center around
clear as mud
close distance
completely unfinished
dark star
definite maybe
degradable plastic
dim light
dimwit
distant relative
doing nothing
doubting believers
drawing a blank
dry ice
dull knife
easy problem
educated guess
elementary calculus
elevated subway
enormously small
evaporated milk
even odds
exact estimate
expected surprise
extended deadline
eyes wide shut
fail safe
false fact
farewell reception
fearful bravery
fire water
floppy disk
forgotten memories
free with purchase
freezer burn
fresh dried fruit
friendly argument
friendly fire
front end
fuzzy logic

Sherri's Helpful Hints














THE BEST .... FOR YOUR CAR

ENGINE OILS Valvoline, Pennzoil, Kendall and Castrol

BEST OIL PERIOD Castrol Syntec 5w50 synthetic motor oil.


BEST OIL ADDITIVES Valvoline synpower fule injection cleaner or fuel system treatments

BATTERIES Sears Diehard Gold, Interstate, AC Delco


HARD PARTS - WATER PUMPS, STARTERS ETC. Napa or Federated


FRONT END PARTS TRW or Moog


BRAKE PARTS Raybestos, Wagner or Bendix


EXHAUST PARTS Walker


FILTERS AND FUEL FILTERS Purolater, Fram or AC Delco, Mopar, Motorcraft, Napa gold, Federated (top brands)


TRANSMISSION FLUIDS Valvoline, Pennzoil, Kendall, Castrol


WIPER BLADES AND REFILLS Anco


BELTS AND HOSES Goodyear preferably, otherwise Dayco, Napa, or Federated

THERMOSTATS Napa or Federated


TIRES Goodyear


SPARK PLUGS AC Delco rapid fires for GM OBD II cars. Bosch/Autolite for German cars. NGK or Nippendenso for Asian cars. Autolites in Chryslers. Rapidfires in Fords or motorcrafts. Stay away from Split Fires, Period, Plug wires. Federated Packard wire sets and Napa Beldon wire sets are the best.


SENSORS AND ACTUATORS Napa or Federated auto parts. Use Standard ignition parts or use exact dealer parts whenever possible.


ENGINE OVERHAUL PARTS Clevite or Felpro overhaul kits.


ENGINE GASKETS Felpro


OIL FILTERS Hastings, Fram, AC Delco, Napa Gold, Purolator.


COOLANTS Prestone or Prestone Extended Life


COOLANT ADDITIVES AND SEALERS Bars Leak


BEARINGS Timken.


Common Car Questions and Answers:


How long should an average battery last in a car?

Never expect to get as many months as is listed on the battery when you buy it. If a battery says it is a 72 month battery odds are you will not get 72 months out of it. A good rule of thumb is a good battery should last 5 years maximum. No matter what the battery says it is best these are replaced every five years as after this time they are weak and could fail at any time.It is best to stick with a named brand of battery such as Interstate, Diehard, AC Delco, Motorcraft, Exide etc. Unknown makes could be inferior in design and construction any may not last even 12 months.

What sort of Spark Plugs should I buy when replacing them myself?

If your car is a GM, Ford or Chrysler and is a 90 or newer model you should consider buying platinum plugs only. These work better, last longer and give you better mileage.If you have a 95 or newer vehicle and it has obd II system on board, then you need to buy special double padded plus for your car.German vehicles work better with regular Bosch plugs.Asian cars work better with NGK or Nippendenso plugs and Saturn use NGK.

What is the proper type of oil to use in my car?

A lot of mechanics that have tested different oils say that synthetic oil is the best all around oil for cars.Castrol Syntec 5w50 oil for most cars. This oil gives you the cold oil pressure you need and when the car warms up, it gives the protection of the 50 weight oil. No carbon based oil can do this. Synthetic oil saves gas, gives quicker starts, helps save weaker engines for a while.The main thing to remember is to change oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, no matter what. Use the correct oil weight for your car. This is usually in the owners manual and on the fill cover. If your car calls for 5w30, then use 5w30 in the cold winter time or you will have problems with your car. The old timers that tell you to us 10w40 all year long are outdated and have been proven wrong many times. If your car calls for 5w30 and you have tight valve clearances on your engine and you use 10w40 your car will not start in the winter time when it is cold because the valves will be held open too far from lifters being pushed too far by heavier, slower moving oil.

"How often should you rotate tires and how do you know when they are at the right pressure if you don't have a tire gauge?"

Every time you change tires, rotate them. This guarantees even wear throughout.A visual inspection of wear would be the first thing to do. Car accessory dealers sell groove gauges to measure groove depth, another good indication when rotation becomes necessary. Otherwise, an interval of once a year is best.Driving habits have a significant effect on tire wear and thus on rotation frequency also, so be cautious.Many modern tires have a specific direction of rotation marked on the sidewall with an arrow. Never set your tires to roll backwards as this may be a safety hazard. In practice this means that you can only rotate such tires by changing them from rear to front and vice versa on one side of the car.

Christian Quote of the Day

Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because he who forgives you -- out of love -- takes upon himself the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice.

... Dag Hammarskjold

RECIPE of the Day - 2/23/2007







One thing I really love is pizza with spinach. I also really love artichokes, so what could be better than to combine the two. If you like, you can add 1/2 cup of mushrooms as well - mmmm!









ARTICHOKE- SPINACH PIZZA

1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 (1 pound) Italian cheese-flavored pizza crust (such as Boboli)
1 (14 ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
2/3 cup (2 1/2 ounces) grated sharp provolone
or shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in spinach.

Place pizza crust on a baking sheet. Spread spinach mixture over pizza crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border; top with artichokes and cheese.

Bake at 450 degrees F for 13 minutes or until cheese melts.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

You're Getting Old When.....












You're asleep, but others worry that you're dead.

Your back goes out more than you do.

You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.

You buy a compass for the dash of your car.

You are proud of your lawn mower.

You call Olan Mills before they call you.

Your arms are almost too short to read the newspaper.

You sing along with the elevator music.

You would rather go to work than stay home sick.

You enjoy hearing about other people's operations.

You consider coffee one of the most important things in life.

You make an appointment to see the dentist.

You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

Neighbors borrow your tools

People call at 9 p.m. and ask, "Did I wake you ?"

The end of your tie doesn't come anywhere near the top of your pants.

You take a metal detector to the beach.

You wear black socks with sandals.

You know what the word "equity" means.

You can't remember the last time you laid on the floor to watch television.

Your ears are hairier than your head.

You got cable for the weather channel.

You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.

Sherri's Helpful Hints












COOKING TERMS
  • à la carte: French "According to the menu" or to order dish by dish. With a separate price for each item on the menu.
  • al denté: Italian "To the tooth". Describes the texture of pasta or vegetables cooked just until tender-crisp or slightly resistant to the bite.
  • Aspic: A transparent jelly made of meat, fish or vegetable stock, either boiled down or thickened with gelatin to become firm when cold.
  • Au gratin: French Describes a topping of cheese or bread crumbs or a sauce over food that is browned under a broiler or baked in the oven.
  • Au jus: French Served in natural juice or pan juices.
  • Bake: To cook by dry heat in an oven.
  • Bard: To cover a bird or roast with strips of fat in order to automatically baste meat or to protect delicate parts.
  • Baste: To pour liquid by spoonfuls over food while it is cooking.
  • Batter: An uncooked mixture, usually of flour, eggs, liquid, and a leavening agent, that is thin enough to pour.
  • Beat: To stir or mix rapidly in order to blend or make lighter.
  • Bind: To add egg, cream or other liquid to a mixture to hold it together.
  • Bisque: A rich, thick soup, a variation of cream soup.
  • Blanch: To pour boiling water over a food or to immerse briefly in boiling water, then drain and rinse with cold water. May be done to loosen skin (as for almonds), to remove or set color, or to stop enzymatic action (as for canning or freezing).
  • Blancmange: A flavored milk dessert, usually cooked in a mold, thickened with gelatin or flour.
  • Bouillon: A clear soup stock not as strongly flavored as broth. it is usually clarified.
  • Bouquet garni: A blend of herbs, sometimes tied together or enclosed in a small cloth bag. used in cooking to flavor soups, sauces or stews; usually consists of parsley, bay leaf and thyme.
  • Braise: To cook over low heat with a small amount of liquid in a tightly covered pan. Meats may or may not be browned in fat first.
  • Bread: To cover or coat food with bread crumbs.
  • Brine: A salt and water solution which may have other ingredients (such as vinegar for pickling) as well; used for preserving foods.
  • Broil: To cook under direct heat in broiler or over coals.
  • Brown: To give the outer surface of a food a brown color by frying, toasting, broiling or baking at a high temperature.
  • Cacciatore: Italian style of cooking in a flavorful tomato-wine sauce. Usually used for chicken or veal.
  • Canapé: A small piece of fried or toasted bread with a topping. Served as an appetizer.
  • Candy: To cook syrup until transparent or to glaze with sugar or syrup.
  • Capon: Roaster chicken which has been gelded; grows larger and has tender meat.
  • Caramelize: To cook sugar slowly until it melts and turns clear and golden.
  • Chasseur: French for hunter. Perpared "hunter's-style" usually means a dish cooked in white wine with mushroms and shallots.
  • Chateaubriand: French A cut from thickest part of beef fillet; usually grilled or sauteed and served with bearnaise sauce.
  • Chill: To reduce temperature by putting in refrigerator or over ice.
  • Chou paste: Light and airy dough, used for making such pastries as cream puffs and eclairs.
  • Clarify: For butter, to melt and skim off top foam, then strain off milk solids, using only the clear layer. For stocks and broth, to remove cloudiness by adding slightly beaten egg white and egg shell. Simmer gently about 15 minutes; remove from heat. Allow to set ½ hour before pushing aside scum and straining broth through a cloth.
  • Coddle: To simmer slowly just below the boiling point (usually applies to eggs or fruit).
  • Combine: To mix thoroughly two or more ingredients.
  • Cordon bleu: French for blue ribbon; also the name of a well-known French cooking school; a term for an exceptional cook.
  • Cream: To beat butter, or butter and sugar, until very light and nearly twice original volume.
  • Crimp: To pinch the edges of pastry together to form a fluted edge and or to seal in a filling.
  • Crisp Tender: Cooked until tender enough to be pierced by a fork but still firm to the bite.
  • Cut In: To mix solid fat (such as butter or shortening) with, dry ingredients using fingers, pastry blender or two knives.
  • Cube: To cut into ¼-inch squares.
  • Decant: To carefully pour liquid into a second container to separate residue.
  • Deep Fry: To fry in a large kettle in deep fat which completely covers the food being prepared. Fat should be hot enough to brown foods quickly.
  • Devil: To season with hot flavorings such as pepper or mustard.
  • Dice: To cut food into small, even cubes.
  • Deglaze: To loosen pan drippings by adding liquid, usually to make a sauce.
  • Dissolve: To form a solution by adding a dry substance to a liquid.
  • Dredge: To coat, usually with flour.
  • Dress: To add a dressing (as for salads or vegetables); to stuff (as for fowl or meats); to garnish or decorate.
  • Drizzle: To pour liquid such as melted butter over food in a thin stream.
  • Dust: To lightly sprinkle one food item with another ingredient.
  • En papillote:French Meaning food that is wrapped, cooked and sometimes served in paper, parchment or foil.
  • Enrich: To add eggs, cream or butter.
  • Entrée: In the United States, the main course of a meal; in other parts of the world, the term denotes a small prepared dish served between main courses at a formal dinner.
  • Flack: To separate lightly into small natural divisions.
  • Flambé: To douse with an alcoholic beverage and ignite.
  • Flake: To separate into small pieces with a folk.
  • Flour: To cover completely with a thin layer of flour.
  • Flute: To make a decorative edge on the rim of a pie crust.
  • Fold in: Using a spatula, to combine fragile substances, such as whipped cream into a heavier mixture with light, circular motions.
  • Fondue: A dish of melted cheese, broth or oil into which other pieces of food are dipped; a baked dish, similar to a soufflé, made of cheese and bread crumbs.
  • Fricassee: To cook meat by braising or stewing in gravy.
  • Fry: To cook in hot fat. When a small amount of fat is used, the process is called pan-frying or sautéing; when food is partially covered with oil it is called shallow frying and when food is completely covered it is deep frying.
  • Garnish: To ornament a dish with bright and savory tidbits.
  • Gelée: French Refers to jelly or a jellied substance.
  • Glaze: To add a shiny appearance to food by applying a coating of syrup, beaten eggs, or milk.
  • Gluten: The sticky substance in wheat flour that gives dough its tough, elastic quality.
  • Grease: To apply a thin layer of butter or oil on food or utensils.
  • Grate: To separate food into small particles by rubbing across the teeth of a grater.
  • Grill: To cook over hot coals or a gridiron or under a broiler.
  • Homogenize: Most commonly with milk, to break down fat particles so finely that they remain uniformly dispersed.
  • Hors d’oeuvre: From the French, literally "outside of work", the term has come to be synonymous with appetizer.
  • Infusion: A method of preparing beverages by covering a flavoring item with boiling water, covering the pot, and allowing it to stand until flavor is extracted.
  • Julienne: Cut into match-like sticks or strips.
  • Knead: To work dough by repeatedly stretching it with the hands, folding it over and pressing it with the "heel" of the hand.
  • Lukewarm: Temperatures of about 95 degrees F., that feel neither warm nor cold when dabbed on the inside of the wrist.
  • Macedoine: A cooked or uncooked combination of fruits or vegetables that have been cut into small cubes.
  • Marinate: To let food stand in a highly seasoned liquid or marinade, to tenderize or to add flavor.
  • Meuniere: A sauce of lemon juice, butter and parsley.
  • Mince: To cut or chop into very small pieces.
  • Mix: To thoroughly combine ingredients until evenly distributed.
  • Mold: To give food a specific form by pressing it into or letting it gel in a container.
  • Pan-broil: To cook uncovered; fat is removed as it accumulates.
  • Pan-fry: To fry in an uncovered pan in the fat that accumulates from the cooking meat.
  • Parboil: To boil partially in a liquid. Cooking is unusually completed by baking.
  • Parch: To brown by means of dry heal. Generally, this is applied to grains.
  • Pare: To remove the peel or outer covering from a fruit or vegetable with a knife.
  • Pasta: A dough such as macaroni, noodles or spaghetti.
  • Paste: A thick creamy mixture, made by mixing dry ingredients with a liquid or by pounding fresh herbs, meats, or nuts with a mortar and pestle.
  • Pit: To remove the pit or pits from fruits.
  • Poach: To cook in a simmering liquid.
  • Precook: To cook partially or completely before a final cooking or reheating.
  • Preheat: To heat an oven or broiler in advance of use to assure that it will he the proper temperature when ready to use.
  • Purée: To press through a sieve to make food the consistency of a thick paste.
  • Ragout: Thick, highly seasoned stew.
  • Ramekin: Small fireproof or ovenproof casserole, used for individual servings.
  • Reconstitute: To restore concentrated foods to normal state, usuallly by adding water.
  • Reduce: To boil a liquid and reduce its quantity through evaporation.
  • Render: To melt down solid fats to get a liquid oil. Sometimes done using water to boil off flavors of meat.
  • Roast: To cook in an oven, uncovered and without water.
  • Roulades: Slices of rolled meat often stuffed with spicy fillings.
  • Roux: Fat and flour mixed to a paste for thickening soups, gravies and sauces.
  • Sauté: To cook in a skillet in a small amount of fat or liquid.
  • Scald: To heat just below the boiling point. Also to pour boiling water over the food or to dip food briefly into the boiling water.
  • Scallop: To bake in a sauce, usually covered with seasoned bread crumbs.
  • Scallopine: Pieces of thinly sliced meat, usually veal.
  • Score: To make a sharp narrow slits or cuts in the outer surface of food.
  • Sear: To brown the surface of food, usually meat, by exposing it to high heat for a comparatively short time.
  • Set: A term applied to gelatins, baked custards or puddings when they have congealed,
    Shred: To form small and narrow pieces by rubbing food against a shredder.
  • Shuck: To remove shells of clams, corn or oysters.
  • Sift: to put dry ingredients through a sifter or sieve.
  • Simmer: To cook just below the boiling point so that only an occasional bubble appears on the liquid's surface.
  • Skim: To remove foam, fat or a solid substance from a mixture's surface.
  • Steam: To cook over, but not in, boiling water.
  • Steep: To soak in a liquid at a temperature below the boiling point.
  • Sterilize: To destroy microorganisms with boiling water, dry heat or steam.
  • Stew: To boil slowly or with simmering heat.
  • Stir: To mix ingredients until well blended.
  • Stir-fry: To cook bite-sized pieces of food quickly in a wok while tossing and turning in a little oil over high heat.
  • Stock: The liquid in which meat, fish or vegetables have been cooked.
  • Toss: To mix ingredients lightly without mashing them.
  • Truss: To bind the wings or legs of a fowl before cooking.
  • Whey: A nutritious liquid that is drained off in the process of making cheese or the liquid that forms on yogurt.
  • Whip: To beat quickly and steadily with either a hand or an electric beater.
  • Whisk: To stir rapidly, using a whisk, to blend ingredients or introduce.
  • Zest: The oily, thin outer part of citrus skin that is grated and used as a flavoring.