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)

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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. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Mouthwash Uses - Part 5

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Treat Athlete’s Foot

The high alcohol content in mouthwash helps ward off fungal infections. Pour a bit on a cotton ball or cotton swab and dab infected areas, recommends You can also soak your feet in one part LISTERINE® with two parts warm water to kill the bacteria and fungi that can lead to athlete’s foot. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mouthwash Uses - Part 4

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Clean Your Toilet Bowl

This won’t get rid of stains, but according to, mouthwash will disinfect your toilet bowl. Just add half a cup of mouthwash to your toilet bowl and clean the basin with your toilet brush. You can double up on a dose of mouthwash by spitting your morning mouth swish into the toilet bowl.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mouthwash Uses - Part 3

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Freshen Laundry

Ever noticed your clothes have a stale, musty odor after a trip through the washing machine? According to Clorox’s Mary Gagliardi aka Dr. Laundry, “After a few wash cycles, water that has not completely drained out of your machine can be left behind, resulting in an ideal location for creating bad (not-so-pleasant) odors.” 

Kill the germs for good by adding a cup of alcohol-based, sugar-free mouthwash to your next cycle. Make sure the mouthwash doesn’t contain any artificial colors to avoid staining your clothes. Not only will the mouthwash kill the germs in your clothes, says LifeHacker, but it will disinfect your washing machine and get rid of the stale, musty odor from sitting water.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Mouthwash Uses - Part 2

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Reduce Underarm Odor

According to, a Johnson&Johnson blog, an early advertisement listed LISTERINE® as “Antiseptic, Prophylactic, Deodorant, Non-Toxic, Non-Irritant, Non-Escharotic, Absolutely Safe, Agreeable, Scientific and Strictly Professional.” The antiseptic ingredients in mouthwash — Eucalyptol, Methyl Salicylate, and Thymol — kill the bacteria under your arms, effectively halting the stink attributed to sweat. 

To try this, pour the mouthwash on a cotton ball and wipe your underarm a few times before applying your deodorant. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Mouthwash Uses - Part 1

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LISTERINE® was first developed in 1879 by Dr. Joseph Lawrence as an antiseptic for use in surgical procedures. It was then marketed to pharmacies for oral care after studies found that it killed mouth bacteria, but the antiseptic does more than that! Make sure to buy the mouthwash with alcohol to get the most out of these alternative uses ...

Get Rid of Dandruff

This home remedy is specific to dandruff caused by an overgrowth of the yeast-like fungus, malassezia, which lives on the scalp of most adults. When there's too much, it can irritate the scalp and cause excess skin cells to grow. Most mouthwashes contain the antifungal chemical eucalyptol, which prevents malassezia from growing. According to LifeHacker, keep the flakes away with one part mouthwash, one part witch hazel, and 8 parts water. Spritz the mix on your roots and scalp after washing your hair. 

Note: Do not try this if there are any open cuts or scratches on your scalp. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Apple Cinnamon Puffs

Many of you follow my site The Good, The Bad, The Maybe and will remember my review for the product Apple Cinnamon Puffs.  Well, the company that makes these delicious and healthy treats read it too and sent me a case of them to enjoy as well as play around with and I have been having a ball doing just that.

Here are a couple of things I've come up with using Apple Cinnamon Puffs.

I love Cashew Butter, which is gluten free, and Marshmallow Cream.  I've found that dipping Apple Cinnamon Puffs in my cashew butter or my marshmallow cream is soooo good.  It gives me a little bit of sweetness without all the calories that most desserts/snacks might.

This one has a few more calories but the taste is so worth it.  I drizzled vanilla ice cream with Salted Caramel Sauce, sprinkled it with crushed Apple Cinnamon Puffs and added a few whole puffs for dipping.  This is one everyone will love.  I took a dish over to my 95+ year old neighbor and she immediately picked up a puff, dipped it into the caramel and ice cream and popped it into her mouth!  She loves it and you will too.

I can't wait to come up with more uses for this delicious treat.  If you have suggestions, please let me know and I'll give it a try.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Why Our Feet Smell - Part 6 (The End)

When to see a doctor

In some cases, foot odor can be so foul or persistent that a visit to the doctor is necessary. "If [the previous] steps don’t work, see a podiatrist or dermatologist, who might prescribe a stronger antifungal medication or perform tests to determine an underlying cause for the excessive sweating," suggests Dr. Kosinski. 

Occasionally, a funky smell can be a sign of a larger medical problem, "especially in a person with any immune compromising medical condition," says Dr. Schwartz. "It is critical to be sure to look for a possible cut or wound of the skin or between the toes, any increased redness, or swelling. A severe bacterial infection of the skin or soft tissue will usually produce a terrible odor."

Diabetics should be on particular lookout for foot odor: "If you have diabetes, visit a doctor at the first sign of odor, which may be a sign of a more serious problem," says Dr. Kosinski. "Fungal and bacterial foot infections can progress quickly and become more severe in people with diabetes."

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Why Our Feet Smell - Part 5

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·         Look for odor-killing shoe products

Some people use powders, some use sprays, and still others use cedar chips to keep their shoes smelling fresh. None of these people are wrong, says Dr. Schwartz. "Use an antibacterial spray or odor absorbing foot powder within shoes," she advises. Baking powder, corn starch, baby powder, talcum powder, Dr. Scholl’s Odor Destroyer Deodorant Spray, and Kiwi Select Fresh Force are said to keep shoes stench-free. 

As previously mentioned, inserts are another option. Dr. Scholl’s and good ol’ Odor Eaters are two well-regarded brands.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Why Our Feet Smell - Part 4

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Wash and rotate socks and shoes

Needless to say, your socks should be changed every day to prevent the buildup of moisture and dead skin —sometimes more than once, if you’re particularly sweaty or it’s really hot out. To ensure they’re cleaned all the way through, turn them inside-out before throwing them in the washing machine.

Shoes are a bit different. Certain pairs can be washed on occasion without doing damage to the materials—simply read the care instructions and make sure they dry completely—but many cannot. Either way, it’s important to rotate shoes daily, and air out used pairs. "Try not to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row," says Dr. Kosinski. "And at the end of the day, don’t throw your shoes in a dark closet. Instead, allow them to air out in a well-lit, ventilated spot."

Dr. Schwartz concurs, adding: "Dry shoes as soon as possible if they get wet or damp."

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Why Our Feet Smell - Part 3

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Try proven home remedies

"Home remedies such as salt baths, tea soaks, and vinegar are unlikely to eliminate foot odor if a person continues to wear dirty or damp socks/shoes," says Dr. Schwartz, "but they may reduce the foot odor at the time when they are used." With that in mind, you can attempt the following for temporary relief:

Vinegar baths: "Try soaking feet daily in 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water," suggests Dr. Kosinski. "Here, the aim is to reduce the level of bacteria that cause odor."

Tea soaks: Dr. Kosinski calls tea soaks, "one of the most effective home remedies," and recommends the following: "Use 4 or 5 tea bags to a quart of water. Allow to cool, and soak feet for about 20 minutes each day."

Salt washes: Pour 1/2 cup kosher salt into 4 cups water, soak for 10-15 minutes, and dry thoroughly. You can also use Epsom salts; consult a doctor for proportions.

Powders: Baking soda, baby powder, corn starch, and talcum powder are said to absorb extra moisture (and make feet smell quite lovely in the process).

Buy good socks and shoes
Once you’ve tackled your foot odor, it’s time to move on to your gear. 
To prevent stinky feet from starting in the first place, purchase socks and shoes made of breathable materials. "Synthetic materials provide less ventilation than natural materials, and so polyester or nylon socks may increase the amount of perspiration compared to cotton," says Dr. Schwartz. "Natural materials (cotton and wool) generally provide more ventilation and therefore may limit the growth of bacteria."

The same general principle goes for shoes. "Wear shoes that are made of a breathable material like leather or canvas. This will allow perspiration to evaporate," advises Dr. Kosinski, who also suggests looking into inserts. "Over the counter insoles made with activated charcoal may help to absorb foot odor."

Oh, and never, ever go sock-less. "Wearing shoes without socks can lead to sweat accumulation, enabling bacteria to grow over time," says Dr. Schwartz. "There can also be dead skin cells, dirt, oils, mold and fungus thriving there." Yum.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Why Our Feet Smell - Part 2

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2 - Explore the wide, wonderful world of foot anti-perspirant

"At-home treatment for hyperhidrosis (excess sweating) can include anti-perspirants that contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate, a chemical found in underarm antiperspirant spray and some over-the counter preparations that are specifically marketed to inhibit excessive sweating," says Dr. Kosinski. Brands like Klima and SweatBlock sell products made for feet.

A note of caution: Beware of applying the antiperspirant and walking on slick surfaces; there’s a potential for slipping and injury.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Why Our Feet Smell Part 1

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Whether it’s your spouse, a coworker, or some unfortunate soul on the airport security line, we’ve all known someone who could clear a room with the stench of their sweaty dogs. Heck, maybe YOU even suffer from occasional stinky feet (a.k.a. eccrine bromhidrosis). They can happen to anyone, but pregnant women, teens, the elderly, folks with heart disease and diabetes, and people under a lot of stress are especially prone to the condition, which is essentially caused by perspiration.

"The feet have about half a million sweat glands, and this can lead to a whole lot of sweat," says Dr. Erika M. Schwartz, DPM, FACFAS, of the American Podiatric Medical Association. "When you wear socks and shoes, the sweat gets trapped inside. Bacteria and fungus can thrive in this type of warm, moist environment, and can produce odor."

To truly eliminate that aroma once and for all, you have to attack it on two fronts: your feet themselves, and your socks and shoes. Here’s how.

#1 - Wash your feet correctly

You might think that a simple shower scour would be enough to keep your toes clean. Nope. Pleasantly scented feet begin with proper washing technique, and many of us do it wrong.

To tackle foot odor, "wash feet thoroughly with an antibacterial soap daily," says Dr. Mark A. Kosinski, DPM, FIDSA, Professor at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. "[Then] dry feet thoroughly after bathing, paying special attention to the area between the toes," since that’s where moisture collects. And finally, for extra protection, "Spray both shoes and feet with an over-the-counter athlete’s foot spray powder." This process ensures your feet begin with a clean slate each morning.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Magic Erasers

Remove stains with the 'Magic Eraser'
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser isn't joking around with the word 'magic.' It's a reliable product for a variety of stains. Use it to remove marks on dry erase boards (even permanent marker), to get rid of scuff marks on shoes, remove marks on floors and to brighten up your shower. Simply dampen the eraser, squeeze out the water and rub the stain until it disappears.
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Many Uses of Dryer Sheets

Why dryer sheets are your answer for everything
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From dusting to tackling static, dryer sheets are your new best friends. Some effective uses for them include:
·         Dampening them to clean fan blades, dust shelves, books and plant leaves
·         Placing them in drawers and boots for a fresh scent

·         Rubbing them on the inside of coats to prevent static

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Removing Sticky Price Tags

Spray laundry stain remover on pesky stickers
If you have ever struggled to get those sticky price tags off of your new pictures frame or ceramic mug, here is your answer: laundry stain remover. Just make sure the remover contains petroleum distillate, which is what actually dissolves the residue.

Simply spray it on the tag on the glass or ceramic and let it sit for 10-20 seconds, then clean off the solution with water. 
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Treat Stained Mugs with Toothpaste

Get your tea-and-coffee-stained mugs looking as good as new with a little help from…toothpaste! The abrasive texture is perfect for getting gunk out of your mugs, and even for tackling dirty faucet. Make sure that you're using regular white toothpaste — not gel. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Use Baking Soda to Clean That Dirty Roasting Pan

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Still scrubbing that roasting pan's burnt bits from last night's dinner? Reach for the baking soda and get your life back.

Simply take about a quarter cup of your favorite dish detergent (powder or liquid) and mix it with a quarter cup of baking soda. Spread the mixture on the bottom of the pan, then fill it with hot water and let it soak overnight. Dump out the water in the morning, wash as normal and you have yourself a clean pan!