Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Spinach Dip Eggs

Boy is this a delicious change to the traditional deviled eggs!  Instead of mayo I used Tostitos Creamy Spinach Dip.  Simply add enough to make the yolks creamy as they would be with mayo.   This dip not only has spinach but also red bell peppers, water chestnuts and a touch of garlic.  This flavor is simply delicious!  And they are pretty too.

This dish is just another way that proves you should 'Think With Your Taste Buds'.  Try other dips and see what flavors you might like.  Onion Dip would be good and maybe even Cheese Dip.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Many Uses of Rubbing Alcohol Part 5 (End)

9. Nail polish remover
This works in a pinch if you don't have real nail polish remover in the house. Put some rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball and rub over the polish. It might take some rubbing, but the polish will come off.

10. Windshield washer fluid

"Combine one quart of rubbing alcohol, one cup water and two tablespoons liquid dishwashing soap or laundry detergent," says Cobb. "This solution should not freeze even at 30 degrees below zero."

Friday, November 20, 2015

Many Uses of Rubbing Alcohol Part 4

6. Sneaker deodorizer
If your running shoes smell funky, this can work to take away the smell, but the smelly areas needs to be saturated, says Cobb. Take rubbing alcohol, put some in a spray bottle and spray inside the shoes. Let dry overnight, and the odor should be gone.

7. Tick remover
This is a popular tip from around the web, which works sometimes, but not always, says Cobb. "The idea is to stun the tick with the rubbing alcohol so it lets go and is easy to remove," says Cobb. There's no harm in trying. If you've got a tick, put rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and gently rub it on the area with the tick. Then use tweezers, as usual, to remove.

8. Remove garlic smell from hands

If you can't get the smell off your hands, pour rubbing alcohol onto hands and work in really well, then wash hands as usual with soap and water.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Many Uses of Rubbing Alcohol Part 3

4. Grass stain remover
Grass stains can be particularly difficult to get out. "Undiluted rubbing alcohol works wonders on grass stains," says Cobb.  Work it into the stain, let sit 10 minutes and launder as usual.

5. Appliance cleaner
Mix two parts rubbing alcohol and one part water in a spray bottle.  Spray on your appliances and buff clean. This also works on stainless steel appliances and leaves them streak-free.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Many Uses of Rubbing Alcohol Part 2

2. Bathroom cleaner
"Wet a cloth or paper towel with rubbing alcohol and rub firmly on bathroom fixtures," says Cobb. Buff with a soft cloth or dry paper towel. "This works well for water spots, too," she adds. 

3. Window cleaner

This formula from Cobb uses no water. Combine one pint rubbing alcohol, two tablespoons of ammonia and two tablespoons liquid dish soap.  Apply to the window using a nylon-covered sponge, rinse and buff dry.  "This is also great for screen stains, hard-water spots and bird stains," she says."If you're polishing shoes, first rub them with a little undiluted rubbing alcohol," says Cobb. "The polish will go on smoother."

Monday, November 16, 2015

Many Uses of Rubbing Alcohol Part 1

(This information came from )

Most people keep rubbing alcohol in their bathroom and use it as a disinfectant for cuts or as a sterilizer for things like tweezers. But there are other great household uses, too. We asked Linda Cobb, a.k.a. "The Queen of Clean" and author of the best-selling book Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean, for her favorite tricks. Rubbing alcohol can be a very effective cleaner, says Cobb, but not for everything. 

Though commonly touted on the web to do everything from clean makeup brushes to soothe a sunburn, Cobb says it can dry out both your brushes and skin, so steer clear.
What is rubbing alcohol great for? These 10 things:

1. All-purpose stain remover

Combined with water, rubbing alcohol can be a great spot remover that works on a wide variety of stains from ink to coffee, says Cobb. Combine one part rubbing alcohol with two-parts water to make the spotter. If you use a large spray bottle you can add one bottle of alcohol and two of the alcohol bottles filled with water. Spray this on spots and spills. Wait a few minutes, then launder as usual.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Emotional Eating Part 12 (End)

I'm Secretly Afraid of Being Thin

If you overeat because you fear people's jealousy or reactions to your weight loss - either consciously or unconsciously - you eat to avoid the fear of change.

Tip: If you've lost weight you might feel judged by family members who were more comfortable with you having a bigger body. Use the holidays to remember that being fit is a gift you give yourself. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Emotional Eating Part 11

Nyah! Nyah! I Won't Grow Up!

If you eat to make yourself feel carefree like a child, you eat to keep yourself from facing the challenges of growing up.

Tip: The Holidays can bring out the child in all of us yet they are better enjoyed with the firm footing of an adult who can make empowered choices (about food, communication, who they see, how much time they spend at relatives, etc.). 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Emotional Eating Part 10

I Use My Body as a Battleground

Emotional eaters often eat to pay back those who have hurt them (often in the distant past). They use their bodies as battlegrounds for working out old resentments. If you do this, you eat to get revenge or control anger.

Tip: The Holidays are a time when this emotional eating habit can really get stirred up. Eating whatever you want in front of those that hurt you in the past can feel like the perfect punishment. Remember, it only prolongs YOUR suffering. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Emotional Eating Part 9

Fall in Love? I'd Rather Fall in Chocolate!

If you stuff your face in order to avoid your sexuality - either to stay overweight so that nobody desires you or to hide from intimate encounters - you eat to protect yourself from getting too close.

Tip: During the holiday parties this year move away from the dessert table and take a risk by speaking to someone.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Emotional Eating Part 8

I'm Too Busy Eating to Take a Risk

If your appetite kicks in when you're faced with new challenges - if you use food to avoid rising to the test - you eat to protect yourself from the fear of failure.

Tip: With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it's easy to forget taking care of yourself. Don't grab food on the run. Plan your tasks and take your time with them so you don't forget yourself in the busyness of it all. Letting yourself get too hungry leads to poor food choices and binges.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Emotional Eating Part 7

Don't Tell Me What to Eat

If you eat to assert your independence because you don't want anyone telling you what to do, you eat to rebel.

Tip: A lot of scrutinizing eyes might be watching what you're eating during the holidays, just waiting to make a comment. No matter how wrong that is, keep in mind that eating to assert your independence only hurts yourself. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Emotional Eating Part 6

Food Can't Fill Up the Missing Parts in My Past
If you eat to make up for the deprivation you experienced as a child, you eat to forget the past.

Tip: Holidays can trigger years of hurt feelings and disappointments. How can you create something new this year: your own traditions, your own rituals, something that will set it apart from all the holidays that haven't worked?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Emotional Eating Part 5

I Don't Have Love but I Have Food

If your hunger gets activated because your intimate relationships don't satisfy some basic need like trust or security, you use food to try to fill the gap.

Tip: Holidays can really bring up a lot of disappointment in your intimate relationships (or sadness if you lack an intimate relationship or quality friendships). Attracting the right lover means loving yourself. How can you give yourself what a lover might give you this holiday season? 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Emotional Eating Part 4

When I'm Chewing I Can't Hear My Inner Critic

If you tend to become hypercritical of yourself - if you label yourself "stupid," "lazy," or "a loser" - you eat to stuff down self-hatred.

Tip: Along with making Holiday Gift-Giving lists, make some lists of how you've grown this year and the things you love about yourself.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Emotional Eating Part 3

Food: My One Faithful Friend

If you crave food when you have tension in your close relationships, or feel disconnected form people, you eat to avoid feeling the pain of rejection or anger.

Tip: Holidays are a time when you can be surrounded by those you love or those who really push your buttons. Take some time before the holidays to address unresolved conflicts with loved ones. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Emotional Eating Part 2

I Stick Up For Myself by Stuffing Myself Up

If you react by getting hungry when others talk down to you, take advantage of you, belittle you, or take you for granted, you eat to avoid confrontation.

Tip: Holidays are a time to stand up for yourself and not take things personally. Sometimes, standing up for yourself means knowing when to walk away from someone you can't reach a resolution with.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Emotional Eating Part 1

I don't remember where I found this but with the holidays coming up I thought it might be a good repost.

It might seem like holiday eating comes from the fact that delicious foods are readily accessible almost everywhere you go, but that is a small part of it. Emotional Eating is the main reason people gain weight over the holidays. Emotional Eating really takes hold at this time of year because tensions run high. Understanding the 12 types of holiday eating and how to tackle them will help you regain the pleasure of the holidays (or for some enjoy them for the first time) as well as preventing the extra pounds that can pile up at this time of year.

My Adult Pacifier
If you get really hungry when you feel angry, depressed, anxious, bored or lonely, you use food to dull the pain that these emotions cause.

Tip: Holidays can bring up all of these emotions. Spend some time determining what else besides food can soothe your anger, depression, and anxiety.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sweet Wild Rice

This isn't a real recipe so I'm posting it here... but it is a really tasty dish that you might want to try.

I love Wild Rice Blends and my favorite carries the HT Traders brand.  It has American basmati white rice, wild rice, brown and red rice.  A few days ago I ended up cooking too much rice and didn't know what I would do the the leftover.  Then it hit me.  When I was a kid my mom would make a sweet rice that contained butter, sugar, and canned cream.  I've never tried this using wild rice before so I didn't know if it would work but decided to give it a try.  I opened the refrigerator to get the butter and spotted a partial can of cake icing.  It was the Cinnamon Bun flavor.  Why not?  Instead of sugar and cream I mixed just enough to slightly sweeten the rice.  OMGoodness!  This is so good.  The different textures of the rice gave it a uniqueness.  The slight sweetness and cinnamon was a perfect blend.  I took some to a neighbor and she begged me to cook too much rice and bring her some more.

Think of the possibilities - chocolate, strawberry, cream cheese, pecan & coconut, the list goes on and on.  And it doesn't take much to flavor and sweeten the rice.  Plus, everyone can have a different flavor if they want.  This is a must try.  Just add a little icing mix at a time to your hot/warm rice allowing it to melt.  Then just enjoy.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Mouthwash Uses - Part 6 (End)

(Info from

Keep Flowers Fresh

Forget aspirin, pennies, and the other folk tales about keeping flowers fresh. The antibacterial properties in mouthwash make it perfect for extending the life of your bouquet. recommends a capful for minimum effectiveness.