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March 7, 2005 - Monday

Working with Children has Benefits

I love working with children. I had a daycare job years ago and have been working with children in church for many years now. I was told that, for my first two years, I would catch every cold and illness that comes along. This is true. I was sick much more often.

The flip side is that I also became immune to many things and today, I do not catch nearly as many colds as I used to. Right now my husband is sick and I am trying to keep liquids down him. It could be a 24-hour stomach virus, food poisoning or whatever, but I am glad that I am able to help him. I felt a little sick yesterday. The feeling left me last night while he seems to have gotten worse.

I've also heard the walking outdoors prevents a lot of airborne illnesses -- probably not just by increasing one's fitness levels, but getting away from indoor airborne germs, too, and getting a dose of outside aur. Of course, nothing is perfect and we still get sick often enough. (But its not all these food experiments I've been doing -- because I am eating them and I am fine! lol)



March 6, 2005 - Sunday

Grape-BlueBerry-Almond Shake

This was better than we expected: Take 1 & 1/2 cups frozen seedless red grapes, 1/4 to 1/3 cup frozen blueberries, 1 & 1/4 cups skim milk, 10 packets Splenda and a touch of almond flavoring (1/4 tsp or more). Blend it all up until smooth. My husband and I both loved it. We'll be making this again.



March 5, 2005 - Saturday

Jack-in-the-Box Incident said that this could be true. At any rate, it is funny. Snopes even supplies access. Here's the text that is going around with this link (thanks to Jennifer C.):


Don't mess with Bible-totin' old ladies..

Read this little explanation and then listen to the voicemail. You just have to laugh with the guy.

This is hilarious!

On a recent Spurs trip, we were asking one of our sponsors who works at Jack in the Box for some funny stories or experiences with the company. The funniest story he had was when an operations manager was late for a meeting and called his boss to tell him he was running late. As he was leaving the voice mail message, he witnessed an accident and went on to provide "play by play" of the incident.

After telling us the story, he promised to send us a copy of the voice mail and here it is. This is the actual voice mail message. It was passed along and forwarded so many times within Jack in the Box that it crashed their voice mail server.



March 4, 2005 - Friday

Behind the Scenes at a Car Dealership

My husband sent this link to me. It is a fascinating story of what goes on behind the scenes of a car dealership from They sent a spy out into the field for months to learn the truth about how a car is sold and what kind of profits are made -- stuff goes on that I never would have imagined. The most valuable information is on the last page, a quick guide for car buyers -- good advice.

(P.S. The Vita-Mix made an awesome smoothie. I threw in half a frozen banana and some frozen strawberries and blueberries, a touch of vanilla, a few packets of Splenda, a little fiber power and skim milk. It was quick to make. Cleanup is nothing -- just soap and water whirred around in the container. I think I like that part best -- cleaning up is a breeze.)



March 3, 2005 - Thursday

Real Homemade Bread from Beyond Scratch

I tried making bread. After carefully examining the recipe, I put wheat kernels in the Vita-Mix. It did a beautiful job grinding the wheat to powder. It was not as fine as my electric K-Tec mill does it, but the coarseness was a pleasant change and it was fine enough.

What I noticed is that the wheat gets VERY hot. It needs to cool down for about an hour so that the heat does not kill the yeast. They recommend freezing the wheat kernels first to try and keep things cooler, but waiting an hour seems to work.

It only makes a small loaf. For an average loaf pan, it takes two batches. The bread was okay -- not as good as using the fine flour but it was edible and hearty. The only drawback was a slight bitter taste. I am not sure, but I think getting the flour as hot as it does, causes some bitter flavor to come out -- and I have never seen a recipe for regular whole wheat bread calling for lemon juice. I tried a batch with it and without it and I prefer the bread without it.

Tomorrow, I am making smoothies! From the comments at, this makes the best smoothies on the planet. (P.S. Let me say that is a great place to get advice before buying anything like this.)



March 2, 2005 - Wednesday

Vita-Mix: Got One At Last

After lusting for this for decades (my uncle sold them when I was a child so it was imprinted on me early), I finally got a Vita-Mix. It arrived via UPS in perfect shape. I set it up, watched the video and followed the startup recommendation to put some water inside with a couple of drops of dish detergent then whir it for a few seconds.

This whirring was fine. I wanted to see how fast it could go. I know 2 horsepower is very strong so I cranked it up all the way. Bam! The lid flew off,  sudsy water was thrown out so quickly that it hit my kitchen TV's "on" button and turned the thing on, then soaked the counter and TV -- all in the time it took to blink.

Now, the kitchen counter TV is haunted. It keeps turning itself on and ignores the remote. It does something different every time I plug it in. Right now, it is changing channels all by itself. Before that, it would change the volume by itself. I am still getting a perfect image. Maybe I should have seen that White Noise movie.

P.S. I just didn't have the lid snapped on correctly. I am making bread right now with hard wheat kernels. It ground the wheat effortlessly and made a nice loaf which is rising as I type.



March 1, 2005 - Tuesday

Modern Kitchen Aids

Not every kitchen wonder device is worth the time it takes to set up and clean. While I love my Salad Shooter for big jobs, grating only one tiny potato is not worth the trouble to put it together and clean it up later.

So, here I am making fried potatoes for breakfast, using my trusty box grater when I notice that I had grated the top of my thumb. Argh! Maybe I should have set up the whole device after all.


On the postive side, I came back from Williams-Sonoma with wonderful new cup and spoon measures. With one scoop, I can measure 2 cups or 1 & 1/2 cups, half a tablespoon and other odd sizes. I wish I had some way to hang these from the ceiling on a rack for easy access. H-m-m-m-m.

While in Williams-Sonoma ( a nice place to spend the day), I saw a commercial grade waffle iron -- the kind that flips over as it cooks, just like Waffle House uses. I want it. Unfortunately, I have no more counter space. We will have to build on to the house so we can keep one.


Everything can center around the little stuff. Last Sunday, I found a pair of shoes in my closet that I wanted to wear to church. I built my whole outfit around those shoes, matching the dress, earrings, etc., to the shoes. It felt perfect. Nobody can have too many shoes. Looks like we will need to build onto the house to create a nice big shoe closet, too.



Tired of Throwing Snowballs?

Do you want to throw something different at your friends and/or enemies? Try these seasonal goodies.