Friday, December 15, 2006

Better late than never...

Just ten days until Christmas!  Here is the Home Remedy I should have posted yesterday and a couple recipes.  Things are soooo busy around here.  Thank goodness I now have a car.  YEA!
Yep, we went to the city of Toledos police vehicle auction about a week or two ago.  I got a 1995 Black Bonneville.  It was an awesome deal.  Some of the cars down there were a complete mess, but my "baby B" looks really good and, after some work, runs really great.  There are a few scratches and the front bumper is a bit messed up, but nothing that a wee bit of black paint won't fix. 
The interior is tan and looks really good, especially considering the age of the car.   The are a few small tears or wee holes, but that isn't anything that I can't fix.  It is not too big, but still a great sized family car. 
These are home health remedies that have been emailed to me or that I found on the Internet.  I have not tried them all and do NOT guarantee the effectiveness of them.  If you try one and it works, or if you have one that works for you, please email me.  Thanks.


  • A daily serving of fresh fish or fish oil capsules helps to give relief of arthritis and other joint pains.
  • 3-4 walnuts eaten daily, on an empty stomach, will help.
  • Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.
  • WD-40 ~ Spray and rub in (I don't know about that one, sounds a little weird to me)

Here are some additional home remedies I've found:

  • Raw potato juice is of great value in the arthritis home remedy treatment. Fresh juice can be extracted from raw potatoes. Drink it empty stomach everyday in the morning.
  • Mix 1 cup of any green vegetable juice with equal proportions of carrots, celery and red beet juices.
  • Another great home remedy for arthritis involves the consumption of 1 cup of fresh pineapple juice, as it helps in minimizing the swelling and inflammation in arthritis.
  • In a quarter cup of water, soak a tsp of black sesame seeds and keep it overnight. The next morning consume the water along with the seeds.
Here is another recipe.  This one has been sitting in my mail box and I can't remember if I've already posted it or not.  I can be such a blonde sometimes.
Chili Popcorn
Source: Spark People
Serves: 4
Popcorn makes a great snack, but can be a little ordinary. Chili, garlic, and cumin give this popcorn a kick!
1 quart popcorn, popped
1/2 tablespoon margarine, melted
1-1/4 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Dash garlic powder
1. Mix hot popcorn and margarine.
2. Mix seasonings thoroughly.
3. Sprinkle over popcorn.
4. Mix well.
This is a yummy cookie recipe from The Food Network.  I especially like it because you can make the un-baked cookies up to a month before and freeze it until you want to bake them. 
Golden Rugalach
From Food Network Kitchens
Difficulty: Easy
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut in pieces and chilled
8 ounces cream cheese, cut in chunks and chilled
2 tablespoons sour cream or Greek yogurt

3/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted
1 cup apricot preserves
2/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 teaspoon fine salt

Egg Wash:
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar

For the dough: Pulse the flour, sugar and salt in food processor until combined. Add the butter and pulse until it resembles coarse sand with some pea-sized pieces of butter, about 20 times. Add the cream cheese and sour cream, and pulse until it comes together in a rough dough (with some uneven pebble-sized pieces). Turn the dough out of the bowl onto a floured work surface, and divide into 4 equal portions. Pat each portion into a flat square and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze dough for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop the nuts in a clean food processor. Add the preserves, raisins and salt; puree to make a very smooth paste.

Roll a portion of dough into a 6 by 14-inch rectangle about 1/4-inch thick. (Don't worry about slightly rough edges; these will be rolled inside of the rugalach.) Spread 1/4 of the filling over the surface with a small spatula. Starting with a long side, roll the dough up into a tight cylinder ending with the seam on the bottom. Press the top slightly to flatten; wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze for another 15 minutes. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
(The cylinders can be frozen for up to a month.)

Meanwhile, evenly position the racks in the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats.

Slice the cylinders into 1 1/2-inch pieces, and place rugalach seam-side down on the prepared pans. Whisk the egg yolks together and brush this glaze over the top of the rugalach. Sprinkle with sugar and bake until pale golden and crispy on top, about 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool slightly on the baking sheet. Carefully transfer rugalach to a rack to cool. Serve.

Store rugalach in a tightly sealed container for up to 3 days.
Here is an idea from Homemade Simple on ways to recycle your old Christmas cards.  This is good for me because I have cards from 6 or 7 years ago.  I just hate to throw things like that away.  Okay, okay...when it comes to some things I am a wee bit of a pack rat, lol.  But some of those cards are just so pretty and I hate to just throw them away.  So it is probably time to recycle.
Post-Holiday Projects Post-Holiday Projects

After the holidays have passed, keep your favorite cards and recycle them into one of these easy crafts.
  • Cut off the front of the cards and re-use them as next year’s gift tags.
  • Create a seasonal collage. Arrange the fronts of your favorite cards and glue onto a piece of heavy cardstock or foamcore. Hang or place on a mantle or shelf.
  • Make ornaments. Detach the fronts of cards and trim the edges with lace or ribbon. Punch a hole in the top and hang on a tree with yarn or ribbon.
  • Design placemats or coasters with the cards. Cover the cards with clear, self-adhesive shelf paper on the front and back. Trim with scissors, leaving about 1/4” on each sealed edge.
  • Tear off the front of cards and send them as postcards for the next holiday season or just for fun … say, in July or August. Just be sure not to send your friend her own card back.
Have a great day! 

1 comment:

bhbner2him said...

Oh, wow and yippy!!!!!  I know you are doing the happy dance to have wheels again!  -  Barbara