Thursday, August 30, 2007

Home remedy--Gum in hair

Good Morning folks!  I'm just trying to get motivated and back on track here.  So welcome back to another home remedy.

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Please remember that these are remedies that have either been mailed onto me, or that I have found on the Internet.  I haven't tried them all and cannot guarantee the effectiveness of them.  Of course, you should always check with your physician before starting any type of medical regimen.

Gum in hair

  • Soak the gum-coated hair in Coke® and it should wipe out easily.
  • Put ice cubes in a plastic bag. Apply ice cubes to gum until gum freezes and hardens.  Gently break gum away from the hair.
  • Apply a small amount of nontoxic oil, such as canola or olive oil, to hair around gum and to gum itself.  Massage oil into hair and gum; leave for 20 minutes. Gently comb out gum. It should slide out easily. If it doesn't, repeat the process.
It has been hard to find the motivation to come and post entries here.  I've been so busy the past couple of months and now I just seem to have no energy or desire to do much of anything.  So I decided to just throw myself into it and see what happens.
Have a great day & hugs to all my friends!
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Monday, August 20, 2007

My absence...

I apologize for my absence this past week.  However, it was unavoidable and I'm not sure when I'll really be back on a regular basis.  On Tuesday at approximately 6:20 pm Ray's father died. 

As you can well imagine this past week has been a flurry of activity amidst a continual cycle of grief.  I spent a bit of that time working on a video for the visitation and funeral services showing but a brief glimpse of Roberts life.  I've chosen not to share that particular video on here as it is something I made for the family and I'm not sure it is my place to share that. 

However, I did want to honor Bob and his life in some way, which is why I created the following brief memorial video for my journal.


Jill Marie

Monday, August 13, 2007

Recipe--Grilled Pork and Pineapple

Apparently I'm still stuck on, todays recipe is another one with pineapple.  I must have Hawaii on the brain.  That does sound nice right now.  A spot on the beach, a nice cold drink with a wee umbrella in it, and a cabana boy...tall and muscular, tan, dark hair and piercing blue eyes, a bit sweaty...oops, that might be an entry for a different kind of journal.
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Grilled Pork and Pineapple


  3/4-inch-thick boneless top loin pork chops
  peeled and cored fresh pineapple
  Tbs. orange marmalade
  cup plain yogurt
  cup roasted, lightly salted cashew halves, coarsely chopped

1. Sprinkle pork lightly with salt and pepper. Cut pineapple into 1/2-inch-thick slices; set aside.

For a charcoal grill, place chops on the rack of uncovered grill over medium coals 4 minutes. Turn; add pineapple. Brush chops and pineapple with 2 tablespoons of the marmalade. Grill 3 to 5 minutes more or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in pork registers 160 degrees F, turning pineapple.
Meanwhile, combine yogurt and remaining marmalade. Arrange pineapple and chops on plates. Top with yogurt; sprinkle nuts. Makes 4 servings's been a long time since a simple trip to the grocery store boosted my self-esteem as much as it did last night.  I go up to the check out, behind 2 others.  Then man in front of me...bald (shaved), a bit above average height, average weight, average looking...turns around and said "smile".  I kind of laughed and said it had been quite a week.
The clerk had to go and get change for his $50 at which point he turns back to me and say's "do me a favor, write down your phone number".  I told him I couldn't, I'm not available.  He laughed and said "that's the problem these days, women don't wear rings".  
Funny, usually I wear my ring, but Rylie has been bugging me alot to wear my rings.  So I took it off the other day to get her mind off of it and forgot to put it back on.  Oops!  I guess I won't make that mistake again.  Although, it was nice to have someone try to pick me up.  It was like a compliment.  Sometimes its just nice to hear that someone thinks your attractive. 
After four kids and hitting the age that I've hit...(you didn't really think I'd say it out loud did you?)'s nice to know that men still think your attractive.  It's not that the ol' man hasn't ever told me.  It's just that after so many years...well, guys don't think that kind of stuff is important.  And flowers?  Well, I've got a garden and they'll just die why waste the money?  LOL, I know all the logic behind it.  Jewelry?  "But babe, I don't know what you want". 
Not a problem...the bills are paid.  Occasionally we get out alone and have fun.  He remembers to tell me he loves me almost daily, even if he can't remember my birthday the day before his dad's, lol.  And even if he doesn't remember the birthday and anniversary (10th this year)...he does occasionally do special things on ordinary days.  That's cool.
Have a great day & hugs to all my friends!
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Thursday, August 9, 2007

A brick wall...

What do you do when someone that you care about gives up and refuses to take care of themselves.  I am about at my wit's end...I try and try...other people try to help...yet when this person doesn't even seem to care anymore.  They won't make the effort to take care of their own self...what more can I do?  I've already had to intervene and practically force them to obtain medical care.

My head is powerful sore from banging against this brick wall.  I am just about physically and emotionally drained.  Although the past 48 hours have been very, very long.  Perhaps after a good nights sleep, when my eyes are able to fully open, I'll see things in a brighter light.

Mom...just a warning...if you ever let your health go like are going to be in big trouble.  I will call my brothers and we will intervene in what ever way is necessary to make sure you are okay.

My apologies for not posting the usual entry for a Thursday.  However, I took someone to the emergency room at midnight last night, got home around 6:30 this morning and have only had about 2 and a half hours of sleep today.  Have a great weekend.  Perhaps, I'll be back before Monday.  We'll see what the weekend brings and how sore my brick wall beaten head is, lol.

Have a great day & hugs to all my friends!
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007


I think someone has my password!  I just went to my aim page and seen a name on my visitors that I have never seen before.  So being curious I went to check it out.  It's some kid...and there is a message on there from my name at 11:30 this morning! 

I don't IM much, and I don't know who the kids is and this is just kind of freaking me out. to change my password here and a few other places.  {{{shiver}}}

Jill Marie

Old Photographs Project

Good Morning!  I hope everyone is doing well so far this week.  I kept myself pretty busy yesterday with my photo project.  I probably scanned, named and filed about one hundred, or more, pictures yesterday.  I've found some real treasures.  A few of the photos are so neat...however, I am unsure of who is in them.  LOL 

I found a great photograph of my Aunt Miriam when she was a baby.  She is 20 years older than my I am going to guess it was taken around  1923.  It is so neat looking and it is actually a postcard.  What a great way to share your children with family that don't live nearby.  Although I would be afraid it would get bent or torn and my child would arrive looking a bit like Frankenstein.  LOL

Anyway, I wanted to share a few pictures of my Mom and Dad with ya'll.

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*Oops, I meant where he was trained.  I know he was a paratrooper in Korea.

Obviously I am going to have to work on that photo and try to repair the scratches and bends.

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This is my mother and her sisters, let's see if I get them the back, Margaret and Alice (left to right).  In the front (left to right) Miriam, Judy (my mom) and Rosemary.  No...I think I have Miriam and Alice mixed up.  It's hard to tell, the one in the back looks more like Miriam, but she is small like Aunt Alice.  Yeah, the more I think about it and look at the picture...I think Miriam is in the back right and Alice is on the left front.

MOM!  Who's who?  LOL  Actually, once I get these all scanned I'm going to need to have her come up and look at the photos and tell me who some of the people are.  As I said, this is going to be quite a project.  But so well worth it, I think.  But then I love old photo's and the history that comes with them.

Have a great day & hugs to all my friends!
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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Cleaning tip--Moth ball alternative

I hope this tip comes in handy.  It is a bit sad to say, but in just another month or so we'll probably be unpacking our sweaters and getting ready to pack away the shorts and tanks. 
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Mothball Substitute: Take your leftover soap slivers and put them in a vented plastic bag. Pack the bag with seasonal clothes before packing them away. Not only will the scent prevent them from moth harm but also they'll smell great when you pull them out.
Rylie and I had a full day yesterday.  First we went back up to visit with Papa for a few hours.  However, Rylie wasn't in the mood for that.  I won't even say what kind of a mood she was in, let's just say it wasn't the most pleasant. 
Then we got home and Daddy was already off work, so we all made the trip down to Bowling Green to Grandma Corral's house.  Ray checked the A/C and sure enough, it was over charged.  He fixed it and now, Thank the Lord, Mom has air again.  After that the four of us went out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant. 
While we were down there Mom sent home the photo albums I have been asking about.  This is going to be a very big project for me.  I am going to scan our family photo's and put them on disks.  That way I can make disks for each of my brothers, my mom (so she has a back up in case, God forbid, anything should happen to the originals) and a disk for myself.  That way each of us kids make copies of whichever pictures we want to have. 
There are photo's going back to when Mom and Dad were wee children.  So basically this is about 72 years worth of photographs.  I have a box the size of an album, a basket full of pictures and 5 full picture albums to scan and transfer to disk.  Yep, that should keep me busy for awhile.  Hmm, we have another scanner...I could hook it up to Ray's computer and be scanning on both of them at the same time.  LOL
Well, I guess there is no time like the present to get started.  I'm gonna go read some things and then get started with my photo project.
Have a great day & hugs to all my friends!
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Monday, August 6, 2007

Recipes--Cooking with Pineapple

Good Morning!  Todays I have some recipes for you using pineapple.  I saw the one recipe from Better Homes and Garden and it sounded good so I went and found another also using pineapple.  Then I went and found a few recipes to make a good ol' Pineapple Upside down cake for dessert. 

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Pineapple Pepsi Kabobs

1 lb lean beef steak
1 lb lean pork steak or chicken breast
14 oz pineapple juice
10 oz cold Pepsi
4 oz honey BBQ Sauce
4 oz A-1 steak sauce
1 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp minced dry onions
1-2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 1/4 cup light brown sugar1 fresh pineapple

Cube meats and pineapple into 1 inch squares and set aside. Refrigerate pineapple and meats in an air tight container. Mix the pineapple juice, BBQ and A-1 sauces with all dry ingredients. When sugar is completely dissolved slowly pour in Pepsi. Reserve 1/4 cup marinade, add meats to remainder of sauce cover and refrigerate overnight. Take reserved marinade and add to fresh pineapples and continue to refrigerate. Soak skewers in water, the longer the better (overnight is best). When ready to grill remove meat and pineapple from refrigerator and begin to slide onto skewers. Alternate beef, pineapple, and pork, 5-6 pieces per skewer. Place skewers on hot grill turning every 2-3 minutes, depending on grill heat, to ensure even cooking. Remove from grill and serve as is or with favorite warmed BBQ sauce.

Notes: Fresh apples, pears or nectarines may be substituted for pineapple. The amounts will vary and you would use slices instead of cubes.

Number of servings: 24 skewers
Pineapple-Glazed Chicken
1  15x7x1/2-inch cedar or alder plank
1/4  cup finely chopped onion
1  clove garlic, minced
1  Tbsp. olive oil
1/2  cup pineapple preserves
1  Tbsp. soy sauce
1  Tbsp. Oriental chili sauce
1/2  tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
1  Tbsp. lemon juice
4  whole chicken legs (thigh-drumstick portion)
  Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8  fresh pineapple wedges*
  Snipped fresh cilantro (optional)
1. At least 1 hour before grilling, soak plank in enough water to cover. Weight down plank to keep it submerged during soaking. Drain plank.
2. For glaze, in a small saucepan, cook onion and garlic in hot oil over medium heat until tender. Stir in pineapple preserves, soy sauce, chili sauce, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Cook and stir over low heat just until preserves melt. Remove from heat; set aside.
3. For a charcoal grill, place plank on the grill rack directly over medium coals; heat about 5 minutes or until plank begins to crackle and smoke. Place chicken on plank. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Carefully spoon glaze over chicken. Cover; grill for 25 minutes. Arrange pineapple wedges, slightly overlapping, on plank. Cover; grill for 25 to 30 minutes more or until chicken is no longer pink (180 degrees F in thigh). (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Grill chicken and pineapple as above.)
4. Serve chicken with pineapple wedges. If desired, sprinkle chicken with cilantro. Makes 4 servings.
5. *Slice a whole, fresh unpeeled pineapple into quarters lengthwise. From one of the quarters, cut 1/2-inch crosswise slices.

1 pkg. Duncan Hines butter recipe golden cake mix
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 (1 lb. 4 oz.) crushed pineapple
Maraschino cherry halves

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly in pan. Drain fruit. Sprinkle pineapple evenly over brown sugar. Add cherry halves.

Mix cake as directed. Pour batter over fruit. Bake for 40 minutes, until tests done with a toothpick. Let stand 5 minutes. Then turn upside down on large platter or a cookie sheet. Serve warm. Serves 12-16.


1/2 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 (No. 2) can sliced pineapple
2 tbsp. large whole pecans or walnuts
1 c. sifted cake flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
3 eggs, separated
1 c. sugar
5 tbsp. pineapple juice

Melt butter in large baking pan or frying pan. Spread brown sugar evenly in pan and arrange pineapple slices on sugar, filling in spaces with pecans (and cherries). Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Beat egg yolks until light, adding sugar gradually. Add pineapple juice and sifted flour, fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour batter over pineapple. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Turn upside down on cake plate. Serve with whipped cream if desired.


1/4 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pecans
20-ounce can of pineapple slices, drained, reserving 5 tablespoons juice
3 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
maraschino cherries Preheat oven to 350°F.

Melt the butter in a 9-inch cast iron skillet. Add the brown sugar and pecans; stir well to thoroughly combine, then turn off the heat -- don't cook it. Arrange 8 pineapple slices in a single layer over the brown sugar mixture (your 9-inch skillet should accommodate 8 slices without overlapping). Set the skillet aside.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl; set aside.

Beat the egg yolks at medium speed until they are thick and lemon colored. Gradually add the sugar, continuing to beat. Add the flour mixture to the yolk mixture, and stir in the reserved pineapple juice.

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the whites into the cake batter. Pour or spoon the batter evenly over the pineapple slices.

Bake at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool the cake in the skillet for 30 minutes; then invert it onto a serving plate. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring.
Have a great day & hugs to all my friends!
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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Home Remedy--Nail Fungus

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Please remember that these are remedies that have either been mailed onto me, or that I have found on the Internet.  I haven't tried them all and cannot guarantee the effectiveness of them.  Of course, you should always check with your physician before starting any type of medical regimen.

Fungus on finger or toenails

  • Use Vicks Vapor Rub-Take a nail file and run it over the surface of the toenail. Rub it both horizontally and laterally to make uneven grooves in the top of the nail.
    Then rub Vicks Vapor Rub into the top of the toenail. The grooves will help keep the Vicks on the toenail. Do this for several days/nights in a row as often as you can.
    The Eucalyptus in the Vicks will kill the fungus on the nail.
  • Tea tree oil serves as an effective home remedy foe toe nail fungus, as it is a natural antiseptic that helps a great deal in fighting with fungus. Take some undiluted tea tree oil and mix a few drops of olive oil in it. Apply this mixed oil on the affected toenails.
  • For healthy toenails, soak your toes in Listerine mouthwash.
  • In warm water, add some apple cider vinegar and mix well. Soak your toenails in the water for about 15-20 minutes. Thereafter, dry your toes completely.
  • Apply a mixture of tea tree oil and lavender oil on the toenails using cotton balls. Do it 3-4 times in a day. This remedy is very effective in curing toenail fungus.
  • Soaking the affected nail(s) with distilled vinegar kills off the fungus rather quickly. Apply daily after bathing and let the vinegar dry thoroughly before dressing.
Tips for fighting Nail Fungus
Fight nail fungus from the inside out

The body is made to be more alkaline than acidic.  It is our diet that turns the body highly acidic.  What this does is open the door to disease and infection.  To aid the body in fighting off diseases and fungal infections you need to create an environment that will not support disease or infection and helps with cures and treatments.  None of which can survive in an alkaline state.  To get the body back to an alkaline state you need to eliminate foods highly acidic and feed the good cultures that are naturally present in the body to remedy infections and diseases.   

Eating yogurt with live active cultures is an excellent way to boost the good bacteria needed for the body to fight fungal infections.  This also helps boost the immune system when taking antibiotics. 

Since athlete’s foot, toenail, fingernail, skin and foot fungus is an acid condition, acid forming foods should be eliminated.  These include red meats and foods high in phosphates, such as sodas, sugary foods, and fried foods (diabetic friendly tips).  Know your blood type and check the pages for a diet specific for you.  Drinking plenty of water is also essential.  Additionally vitamin A is necessary for the general health of the skin, and many enzymes that are effective in the healing of athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, fingernail fungus and foot fungus are activated by vitamin C.  Boosting the immune system is the best idea.  Poor T-cell* function may contribute and may be corrected through nutritional supplements and diet as well. 

 Give Your Feet Some Room

To remedy or cure athlete’s foot, toe nail fungus, fingernail fungus, skin or foot fungus you need to keep feet (and nail and skin area) as dry as possible.  Be sure to change socks often.  Socks should be made from a moisture-wicking fabric such as Cool Max or Polartec. For best results change your socks often. 

In warmer climates and seasons wear well ventilated shoes - ideally sandals, flip-flops or open toe styles.

Have a great day & hugs to all my friends!
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