Friday, August 28, 2009

Don't send a man to the grocery store.....

TF and I laughed so hard, tears were coming out of our eyes...... Have a great weekend everyone.

Monday, August 24, 2009

2010 Census Cautions

by Susan Johnson - August 3, 2009 12:07 pm
Be Cautious About Giving Info to Census Workers
With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country.. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.. The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:
** If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.
** Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census. While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, it will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers nor will employees solicit donations.
Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, they will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.
For more advice on avoiding identity theft and fraud, visit

I thought this was information we should all be aware of.....Have a great week everyone......

Friday, August 14, 2009

Beef in Walnut Sauce

4 lbs rump roast -- cubed
Seasoned flour
Olive oil
1/2 cup water
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
4-6 garlic cloves -- minced
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 whole cinnamon stick
8 whole cloves
8 allspice
1 cup ground walnuts
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Sliced sourdough French bread -- toasted

Dredge meat in seasoned flour; shake off excess; heat oil in large frying pan; brown meat well. Transfer to crock-pot. Pour water into frying pan to loosen drippings. Add to crockpot with tomato sauce, garlic and vinegar. Place cinnamon stick, cloves, and allspice in a tea ball or cheesecloth. Add to pot. Cover. Cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours, or until very tender. If necessary, cook down pan juices. Add walnuts and lemon juice. Heat to serving temperature. Serve over buttered toast. Makes 12 servings.

I got this recipe from It sounded so good I had to copy it...I will be trying this next week, hopefully....... Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ode to Liberty...By E.R.S. Smith

Fairest spirit of the skies,
Fairest child of Paradise,
Once Columbia's lawful prize—
Glorious Liberty.

Thee our noble fathers sought—
For thyself our heroes fought,

Thus our bleeding patriots bought
Precious Liberty.

When thy banner waves abroad,
All may freely worship God,
Fearless of the tyrant's rod—
Sacred Liberty.

Never, never cease to wave
O'er the ashes of the brave;
Shield, O shield the patriot's grave—
Flag of Liberty.

Should oppression boldly dare
From thy brow the wreath to tear,
Righteous vengeance shall not spare
The foes of Liberty.

Sooner than to bondage yield,
Bravely in the battle field,
Let the sons of freemen wield
The sword for Liberty.

God, who moved our worthy sires,
When they kindled Freedom's fires,
Zion's noble sons inspires
To cherish Liberty.

Here, with godlike grasp and bold,
We the Constitution hold,
Pure as when it's sacred fold
Sheltered Liberty.

Freedom, Justice, Truth and Peace,
Shall throughout these vales increase;
Shout, O shout, till time shall cease,
Truth and Liberty!

Here, amid the mountain sky,
Freedom's banner waves on high;
Let the heaven-born echo fly—

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

From Make a Note:
Too often people assume that no emergency will arise requiring contact when someone is sitting for them. Most of the time, they'd probably be right. BUT, if something does come up, (to borrow from a popular movie)..."Who ya gonna call?" Be sure that when you are sitting for anyone, whether a child, pet, or house, that you get several forms of contact. Get cell phone numbers, numbers of hotels or family members they'll be staying with, and neighbors who might be able to help. Also get contact info for a back up sitter, in case the sitter has an emergency & can't do their job. We knew some people who left their neighbors to dog sit, but the dog wouldn't let them in the house without the owners there. The owners weren't able to be contacted until they had made a 6 hour drive & they had to turn around & come back. Which brings up another tip...have a trial run WHILE the owners are still in the area. Have the sitter come over alone to make sure they can do it all alone, and the children and/or pets (and sometimes house) cooperates. Sitters should keep the contact info in both the house they are sitting in, AND in their own house. Get vet numbers, doctor numbers, handyman numbers, and hopefully the owners will just be pleased with your foresight. POST IT...near your calendar.
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RECIPE: Olive Pesto
Take 6 oz of your favorite olives (olive bar olives tend to be much healthier), 1/4C olive oil, 2 tsp oregano or basil (or 1 tsp of each), 1/4 heaping tsp of garlic powder, and 1 tbsp of balsamic or white wine vinegar. Place everything into a food processor or blender and pulse until desired consistency. Serve on toasted French bread. You can make this without a processor/blender, just chop the olives very fine and mix with rest of the ingredients. POST your recipe box and on your shopping list.

One busy bee here...... Have a great week.