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Today is my birthday.  Grrrr  Anyway, guess, how I’m spending it.  Cooking, cleaning and shopping.  This is not a bad thing.  I’m having my sister, bil, daughter and the fella over on Saturday.  I really like entertaining, and this will be the first time we’re all here together.  Sister & bil going home at night, but the 4 remaining of us will go to brunch Sunday morning.  Sounds like a lovely weekend to me.

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Val Mags is legit.  I’ve gotten magazines from them before.

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 This goodie is from James of JustFreeStuff.com.  I really think kids need to learn to look things up other than Googling.

 

Free Britannica Encyclopedia CD
This is from Freebizmags for the first 500 qualifying respondents.
 
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Also from James.  This is a live feed cam of a nest of red tailed hawks.  So far I’ve just seen Mom, and she’s beautiful.
 

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Have a busy weekend planned.  Going to my cousin’s home in PA to visit her, her husband, and my 95 year old aunt who will also be visiting.  Then my daughter and I are going to a bridal shower for one of my “other” kids.  I’ll let Hubby do the food shopping.  Now isn’t that scary?  We’ll probably be eating hot dogs and peanut butter all next week.

I did something proactive.  I ordered address labels with the new address, and they will be sent to the condo.  Wonder if I’ll be there to receive them.

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In case you haven’t done so for a couple of years, remember to put your phone number on the National Do-Not-Call Registry.

https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx

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 I haven’t seen one, but Kikkoman has a magazine they send twice a year.  I’m guessing it’ s recipes and coupons.

Recipes, Cooking Products and More for Home Cooks – Kikkoman : Offers

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 I know, I’m easily amused, but I love this.

Woot® : One Day, One Deal™

Ironic Bunny

Ironic Bunny

$10.00

  • + free shipping (standard) -or-
  • + $5 to get it overnight (Tuesday) -or-
  • + $5 international shipping
Size:
WS, WM, WL, WXL, S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X,
K4, K6, K8, K10, K12
I Want One!

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Have a great weekend!

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Hi there! Last week didn’t turn out as planned.  Mini -vacation fell through.  Perhaps later this week.  Crazy real estate agent called to tell me my condo is back on market, and I already knew it was listed, but not showable since I’m in contract.  My lawyer had to call him to tell  him he couldn’t show it, despite my having told him I’d sue anyone who did.  You think I’m not taken too seriously?  Hubby goes back to work a week from Thursday.  3 months go very fast.  Looks like if we do move, I’ll be packing all by myself.

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I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s probably a lot of fun.  It takes all your pictures and makes a music video out of them.  Thanks James (justfreestuff.com).

Pummelvision

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Another good coupon that expires 8/15.

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 This is for today only.  Free appetizer or dessert (molten lava cake) at Chili’s.

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Never would have guessed this one.  .  Take this test.  Believe me, I never rocked that red suit.

Which Classic Beauty Icon Are You? 

You're Farrah Fawcett

You’re Farrah Fawcett

1970s laid-back beach babe

A free spirit whose infectious smile and kind heart endeared her to millions, Farrah Fawcett’s golden locks and gift for working a red bathing suit made her the all-American sex symbol of the ’70s. Just like the feathered hair style that became forever immortalized as “the Farrah,” your look and sensibility is fresh and effortless. You’re the perfect mix of true inner and outer beauty. While people are attracted to you in droves, only a few lucky friends and special suitors get close enough to you to stay forever.

Modern-day kindred spirits include Sienna Miller, India Arie, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Hudson.

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This looks like a nice little free program you can download.  It”s to make collages.  Photovisi – Photo Collage Maker

 

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I found out what Arms Length” means.  I means I have no relationship with the seller, business, or family.  Okay, I can deal with that.  The problem that has now arisen is that Hubby stops working on 5/26 till 8/25, and we wond have that income to prove.  He works for NYS, and they won’t write a letter saying he’ll be going back to work.  May not be able to get mortgage.  I have a headache.

I just redid this blog.  My computer is not being user friendly.

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Is this the cutest cake you ever saw?  I kind of want to give it a  carrot.  Do hedgehogs eat carrots?

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I’ve been seeing this new auction site.  I’m not getting the idea of buying bids in advance, but I’m just old fashioned, I guess.  I like the bidding on Ebay.  A lot of very techie items are going for cheap here, if you’re interested.  Laptops, GPS, iPads, etc.

http://www.biggerbidder.com/index1.php?ref=56248

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 This site gives you all kinds of stats for your zipcode,  From James, JustFreeStuff.com.

ZIPskinny – Get the Skinny on that ZIP (demographics by ZIP Code)

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This is pretty neat.  A bag off seeds t o grow your own pesto mix (basil and ?).  You don’t have to click “like”, an after you submit you’ll get a pop up for a survey, just close it and you see that your request was received.

Free Pesto Mix – Forrest Green Farm

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Woke up with the urge to cook.  I have a vegetarian chili on the stove right now.  Also defrosted a huge turkey burger full of peppers, onions, and seasonings, and defrosted it.  Made meatballs to add to the sauce I made yesterday.  Just have to bake them now to get rid of the fat, and add them to the sauce.  I don’t know why all my cooking urges are before 9 am, which means dinner is always reheated.  I already have some brown rice made, so perhaps I’ll cheat and have the chili for lunch.  There’s probably enough for a week.  For some reason chopping and dicing is cathartic for me.

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 This is from the Techlicious.com newsletter.  I kind of think it’s a good way to blow your confidence and security, but what do I know?

iKamasutra

The ease, companionship and routine that help make a good marriage work can also work against it when it comes to the romance department. I’ve been married to my husband for more than half of my life, and I’ve found that the spark needs nurturing in order to stay alive.

Not surprisingly, there are more than a few apps for that to be found in the iTunes App Store, from the iKamasutra to Laura Berman’s intimacy guide for women (based on her book) to Sexulator, which keeps track of how well you and your spouse are “engaging”.

Learn more about these fun apps in my story on Techlicious.

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This one is from James (JustFreeStuff.com).  Interesting site.  Free credit score, finance rates, interest rates, all money related stuff, and we all like money.

http://www.theamazingrate.com/

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 From my Pillsbury newsletter.

Mini Buckle Berry Pies

 

1 box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1 3/4 cups fresh blueberries
4 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup shredded coconut
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
 
Heat oven to 425°F. Unroll both pie crusts on work surface. With 4 1/2-inch round cutter, cut 4 rounds from each pie crust. Fit rounds into 8 ungreased regular-size muffin cups, gently pressing in bottoms and up sides, pinching top edges to form rim.

In small bowl, toss blueberries with 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the cornstarch. Divide berry mixture among pastry-lined muffin cups.

In another small bowl, mix flour, coconut, butter and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with fork or pastry blender until crumbly. Spoon evenly over blueberries.

Bake 23 to 25 minutes or until fruit just begins to bubble. Cool 5 minutes; remove from muffin cups to cooling rack.

If desired, mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk until smooth. Drizzle over mini pies.
 
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Got a copy of letter from my lawyer to  seller’s on the condo asking for my deposit back based on the fact that they didn’t come close to getting a closing date, which had an aim date of 3/1, after I signed the second agreement.  Original was for the first week of January.  Hope this goes smoothly.

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I signed up for 3 peoples offers, two food, one organization.  Pretty much something for everyone.  Celebrety cooks, authors, shopping, etc.   Interesting.  If it doesn’t seem useful, I can always unsubscribe.

SEND THE TREND

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Okay, I haven’t tried this one yet, just found it in my mailbox this morning, but I like the idea of a savory cheesecake.  I like savory anything.  For your Cinco de Mayo party.

Mexican Cheesecake Recipe

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups reduced-fat sour cream, divided
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup chunky salsa, drained
  • Tortilla chips or fresh vegetables
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream and taco seasoning until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in cheddar cheese and chilies.
  • Transfer to a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until center is almost set. Spread remaining sour cream evenly over top. Bake 5-8 minutes longer or until topping is set.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Just before serving, spread salsa over cheesecake. Serve with tortilla chips or vegetables. Yield: 24 servings

 

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 Doesn’t everyone need one of these?  You never know………

Electric Megaphone Speaker

53% off
$13.99 Free Shipping
$29.99 MSRP

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As exciting (ha) as my life is, I’m having trouble thinking what to write without boring you.  My condo termite inspection went well, despite the guy forgetting to fax the results to my mortgage broker.  Now it seems we’ll close in the middle of January.  Can’t get much later.  I gave notice that I’m leaving here on the 27th.

I made myself my own version of TomTom soup for lunch.  Yummy!  I got this great chicken boullion (Mahler) at Compare Foods.  I’m trying to forget I read the ingredients.  Anyway, I mixed that and a bit of  TomTom paste  in boiling water.  Then I threw in some coarsly chopped bok choy and some onion.  Added hot sauce (Frank’s).  Threw in some chow mein noodles, but broken up spaghetti would work.  Last, I defrosted and shelled a handful of shrimp and threw them in till pink and “C” shaped.  It didn’t even need salt.

Those of you with lives will probably be too busy to read, if I write tomorrow, but I want to wish you the happiest, healthiest New Year.

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Do you have someone on social security or unemployed.  This may come in real handy.  Free cell phone for the economically challenged (who isn’t?)

SafeLink Wireless

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Pinecone is the bestest  😉  of the survey sites.  They don’t always accept new applictions.  Every survey pays $3 which gets sent to you (or PayPal) the next day.  Surveys aren’t too long, and you often get to test full sized products and review them, getting another $3 for the review.

Signup Home

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With the 20% off and the cost of heat, this is irresistable.

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Enter code: TWENTY4U (20% off)

Croft & Barrow Women’s Plush Robe $7
Kohls.com drops this Croft & Barrow Patterened Long Plush Robe from $46 to $9.20. Plus, code TWENTY4U takes another 20% off, lowering the price even further to $7.36. Even better, shipping is $.99 per item. This robe is available in turquoise plaid (pictured) and blue print in sizes S-XL, and features a satin trim and a zip front. Sales tax is charged in most states.

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