Sunday, August 29, 2010

Easy Meatballs

Easy Meatballs

1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2 cup Progresso® Italian-style bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 small onion, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
1 egg

1.Heat oven to 400°F. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray.
2.In large bowl, mix all ingredients. Shape mixture into 20 to 24 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs. Place 1 inch apart in pan.
3.Bake uncovered 18 to 22 minutes or until no longer pink in center.
Makes 4 servings

Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens

Turkey or Chicken Meatballs: Substitute 1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef. (If using ground chicken, decrease milk to 2 tablespoons.) Bake until no longer pink in center and thermometer inserted in center reads 165°F.
For evenly-sized meatballs that will cook in the same amount of time, pat meat mixture into a 6x4-inch square. Cut into 24 squares. Roll each square into a ball.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Thyme in a Bottle

Thyme in a Bottle

Using simple ingredients like basil and sage, you can create tasty
And beautiful gourmet bottled vinegar to give as gifts or keep for

Thyme in a Bottle


Red or white wine vinegar
Selection of herbs
Plastic funnel
Decorative bottles

Sterilize an empty bottle by boiling it. Select the wine vinegar of
Your choice. Most people prefer white wine vinegar but some use red
For more color. Avoid apple vinegar, as that will change the flavor
Of your herbs. Pour the vinegar into the bottle using a plastic
Funnel (a metal funnel may contain bacteria that would ruin your
Vinegar). Next, choose the herbs you'd like to use. A variety is
Fine. Add the herbs to the bottle until you achieve a look you like.

Cap the bottle securely and set it in the sun for 2-3 weeks so the
Vinegar absorbs the flavor of the herbs. If you prefer, you can cook
It by gently heating on the stove instead. Add your personal tag and
It's' ready to give away or use in your own kitchen.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Frangrant Boost Refresher/Spell for Home & Family Protection

Fragrant Boost Refresher

This floral-fruity mist is a great way to refresh tired senses on
plane trips, long car rides or anytime you need a fragrant boost;
Add 9 drops of lavender and 7 drops of orange essential oil to 1 2/3
ounces of distilled water. Place in a spray bottle or atomizer.
Shake the bottle vigorously, then close your eyes and lightly mist
around your face (close your eyes) or personal space.


Home/Family Protection Spell

To be chanted at each entrance
to your home

"By the Power of Three,
Hearth, family home protected be.
By day and by night,
By darkness and by light,
So mote it be!"


Friday, August 20, 2010

Easy Mac & Cheese Mexican Style

(When you want a quick easy fun meal toss this meal together. Tasty and fast! I created this recipe when I needed something that I could feed my family and go out the door, saving money and not having to have to get burgers on the go.)
Easy Mac & Cheese Mexican Style

1 lb ground beef
2 boxes macaroni & cheese dinners
10 oz can chili beans in sauce
15 oz can sweet corn
dash of chili powder
dash of salt
dash of garlic
dash of onion powder
Handful of shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

In a big 12" skillet season ground meat with the salt & spices listed and brown ground beef meat until it's no longer pink. Drain fat from skillet.

Cook macaroni and cheese dinners as directed on package and mix as directed with milk butter and cheese sauce.

combine with the cooked ground meat the can of sweet corn which has been drained of liquids and also the can of chili beans that you drain most of the sauce, leave just a little bit to mix in with your ground meat. Lastly add the mixed macaroni & cheese dinners with the ground meat. combine until it's well mixed. If you like add a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese on top of the dinner. Serve with some biscuits and a tossed salad to round out the meal.

serves 5 to 6

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fall Day Trips from Boston

Fall Day Trips from Boston

8 Places to go near Boston this Fall

- Fall Foliage Day Trip From Boston - Enjoy the spectacular New England countryside as the leaves turn a multitude of colors during the fall season. A pleasant tour of foliage display is capped by a stop at a native orchard for apples and cider. More here

- Plimouth Plantation - Explore another world in another time. Journey south to historic Plimoth Plantation where you will become part of the Pilgrim's 17th century world. In this living museum, accompany Pilgrims as they go about their daily tasks - talk with them, ask about their lives and what it was like to come to this foreign place and build their future. More

- Salem, MA Witchy City - Is there any spookier place in America than Salem, Massachusetts, forever branded by the hysteria in 1692 that led to accusations of witchcraft? And yet--I'm drawn to the town. Maybe it's the salt air of the sea and the lingering specters of sailors and pirates. Maybe it's Salem's association with my favorite author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose writings sometimes revealed his own tortured wrestling with an ancestor's involvement in the witch condemnations. More

- America's Stonehenge - You've probably heard of Stonehenge--that mysterious collection of megaliths (big rocks) over in the old England. But did you know that America has its own Stonehenge here in New England? More

- Walden Pond - Walden Pond covers 62 acres, but it's really much larger than that. In fact, few bodies of water have celebrity status to rival that of this serene pool in Concord, Massachusetts, now protected within the boundaries of Walden Pond State Reservation. More

- Old Sturbridge Village - Is a 200-acre time machine that transports visitors to the early 1800s. Within moments of setting foot inside the complex of historic buildings populated with authentically costumed "interpreters," you can't help but feel immersed in yesteryear. More

- Davis' Mega Maze- New England's oldest and largest cornfield maze is the 8-acre Mega Maze at Davis' Farmland in Sterling, Massachusetts. Leave Boston behind for a scenic hour and 10-minute drive to this challenging, larger than life puzzle, where you can "get lost" for a while this fall and have loads of fun in the process. More

- Castle in the Clouds -Just over a two-hour drive from Boston in Moultonborough, New Hampshire, you'll be stunned by the fall views from Castle in the Clouds, the spectacular, 5,500-acre estate built by eccentric industrialist Thomas Plant in 1914. Pause and hike to a waterfall on your drive up to this mountaintop abode, and, after your castle tour, linger over lunch or snacks and drinks at the Castle Cafe in the Carriage House. More


(New England has many more cool places to visit any time of the year. It's really a great little spot to live in because you have everything near you - from big city life like Boston, the ocean, the mountains, great forest camping areas and you can't forget the rich history this area has. A great place to vacation and live!)

Blessing Seeds

Blessing Seeds

Seeds and bulbs have always been considered talismans or charms of
life. They are the core of green growing things and as such are the
very essence of magic. It is important to bond with your seeds and
so prepare them for their roles in your garden with love. All things
respond to love. To begin this relationship, it is traditional to
keep the seeds in or under one's mattress or pillow for three days,
and only love and peace can occur in that bed during that time!
In short, treat your seeds like your children!

It is said one should wrap them in white cotton cloth to bless them.
It is traditional to greet the seeds in the morning and tell them
good night after your lights are turned off. During the three days
they are with you, talk to the seeds and encourage them to grow and
be happy and live up to their full potential. Tell them how happy
they make you and how you will bring them into your life...

When you plant them, it is an old practice to shed a tear or two into
the Earth where you plant. Just as children depart the home to grow
and prosper, so should you see your seeds as your little green

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Picnic Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Who doesn't love a chocolate chip cookie...these you can make anyway you like whether you prefer them crisp or soft and chewy. Think it's time to bake some.)


1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

In a bowl stir together flour, baking soda, and salt to
combine thoroughly; set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In mixer bowl combine butter and sugars; beat until fluffy
and well blended. Beat in egg. Add vanilla and mix well.
3. Gradually add flour mixture until just blended. Stir in
chocolate chips and walnuts (if used). Drop by rounded
teaspoons, placed well apart, onto lightly greased or
nonstick baking sheets. Bake until cookies are well browned
(12 to 14 minutes). Cool on wire racks.
---Makes about 30 2 3/4 inch cookies.

* for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Bake cookies in a 325 degree oven until they are a light
golden brown (10 to 13 minutes). Cool on baking sheets for
3 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

* Chocolate Chunk Cookies:
Omit semisweet chocolate chips. Coarsely chop a 3- to
4-ounce bar of semisweet chocolate, and fold it into cookie
dough in step 3.

* Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies:
After beating butter and sugars, add 1/2 cup peanut butter
(smooth or chunky). Beat well, then continue as for Favorite
Chocolate Chip Cookies. Omit chopped walnuts.

Oil Blend Mix to Ward of Nightmares

Oil Blend Mix to Ward of Nightmares

If you are troubled by frequent nightmares here is a
blend to try using just before bed.

Blend together in a glass bottle, shake gently to mix

Lavender 15 drops
Roman Chamomile 5 drops
Mandarin 10 drops

How to use:

Add a drop or two to the edge of your pillow case

Add the blend to a spray bottle filled with water. Shake gently then mist
your room, sheets, etc.

Add the blend to an Aroma Lamp ( Keep an eye on the tea light candle ) or
other diffuser.

Place a few drops on a Terra Cotta Stone and place on bedside table.

Repeat as necessary

How to Hide From Friends You Don't Like on Facebook

How to Hide from Friends You Don't Like

With more than 500 million people now on Facebook, it's inevitable that you'll be friended by someone you know, but with whom you don't want to share your online life. Once you've accepted them as a friend, how do you avoid them without the awkwardness of unfriending them?

Facebook has made it easy to hide other members' status updates. Place your mouse over an update from, say, Charlie, and a light blue X appears to the upper right corner of the update. Click the X, and Facebook will present you with three buttons from which to choose: Hide Charlie, Mark as Spam and Cancel. If you click Hide Charlie, you'll never see Charlie's updates again. (Click Spam and the message disappears and a notice gets sent to Facebook's servers and analyzed by spam filtering software.)

But how do you keep Charlie from reading your updates? Skirting your way around someone you've accepted as a Facebook friend is trickier. When you write a status update of your own, look for the lock-shaped icon below and to the right of the text input box. Click on the lock, and Facebook will pop up a menu. Click the bottom option, Customize. That will pop up a dialog box labeled Custom Privacy that lets you filter who will see your update.

There are two ways to exclude people. The quick and easy way is to type their names into the box labeled "Hide this from these people" at the bottom of the dialog box. To hide all future updates from these folks, click the checkbox at the very bottom that says "Make this my default setting." Then click the big blue Save Setting button. From now on, evil Charlie won't get your updates.The more sophisticated solution is to replace this blacklist with a list of people you do like. That way you can accept any number of new friends without having to accidentally share your updates with them.

To do this, click on Friends in the left margin of Facebook's interface. You'll see a button at the top of the Friends page labeled "+ Create a List". Click that and use the dialog box that pops up to make a list of the friends you want to share with. Call it, say, True Friends.

Next time you post an update, follow the instructions above to bring up the Customize dialog box. But instead of typing into the "Hide this" field, click the menu at the top labeled "Make this visible to these people." Select the option Specific People. A text input box will appear. Type the name of your new list, True Friends, into this field. Click "Make this my default setting" and then Save Setting. From now on, only your True Friends list will see your updates. Complicated and annoying, yes, but probably much less so than it was going to high school with Charlie.

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Get your Led Zeppelin T-shirts here

On sale beginning Friday, August 20, JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE will take place in grand theatres offering excellent sightlines, promising an epic, intimate and unforgettable night of rock n' roll.

Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster. com and all Ticketmaster outlets.


Oct. 08 - Dawson Creek, BC - Encana Events Center
Oct. 09 - Prince George, BC - CN Centre
Oct. 12 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee
Oct. 13 - Red Deer, AB - Emmax Centre
Oct. 14 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee
Oct. 16 - Regina, SK - Brandt Centre
Oct. 17 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
Oct. 19 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
Oct. 20 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
Oct. 21 - Merrilville, IN - Star Plaza
Oct. 23 - Montreal, QUE - Metropolis
Oct. 25 - Quebec City, QUE - Grand Theatre
Oct. 27 - Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Place-Great Hall
Oct. 28 - Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
Oct. 29 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre
Oct. 30 - Rochester, NY - Auditorium Theater
Nov. 02 - Boston, MA - The Orpheum
Nov. 03 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theater
Nov. 04 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen PAC
Nov. 06 - Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theater
Nov. 08 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre
Nov. 13 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theater
Nov. 14 - Melbourne, FL - King Center
Nov. 16 - Houston, TX - Verizon Theatre
Nov. 21 - Riverside, CA - Fox PAC
Nov. 23 - Los Angeles, CA - Pantages Theater
Nov. 26 - Portland, OR - Schnitzer Concert Hall
Nov. 27 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
Nov. 29 - Vancouver, BC - The Center PAC

Friday, August 13, 2010

Handy To Do List Organizer Site

To Do List Manager

To get started sign up for a free account.

To make a list click the Add List button at the top left of the page. Then name your list and click the add button. You will then be automatically on that list’s page where you can click the Add Task link to add items to your to-do list. Click add task to add each item to your list. When you’ve completed a task just click the check box next to it, and it will disappear off your list.

Check it out!

Prosperity Spell

Prosperity Spell

(I think we could all use this since our economy is still not thriving.)



Green candle
wooden skewer
Ginger essential oil.

Anoint your candle with ginger oil,

Perform the spell a week before the Full Moon.
engrave into it using the skewer the amount
of money you realistically require, but
remember it must be need, not greed

Visualise that the spell has already worked

Chant the rhyme.

"Money, Money come to me!
From limitation set me free!
Desire is the Money Key
That opens treasure troves to me.
Spirits good and Spirits bold
lead me to a horde of gold!
Enrich my bank account and my purse;
Break the bonds of a poor man's curse.
Rise O' Spirit, enrich and bless
My life with Good and Happiness!"

Extinguish the candle.

Burn the candle each night to be
completed by the time of the Full

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Perfumed Drawer Liner Paper/Scent Your Hair

Perfumed Drawer Liner Paper

(Found this easy to do perfumed drawer liner paper. You can scent it with your favorite scent like rose, lavender, vanilla, peach, sunflower etc.)

Easy to make perfumed drawer lining paper: Choose any kind of paper, cut it
to size and roll the sheets together.

Then seal the roll in a plastic bag with a sheet of blotting paper on which
you have dropped your essential oil combinations.

Leave it for about a week to allow the scent to permeate the papers.


Scent Your Hair

Blend a drop or two of your favorite

essential oil or synergistic blend

with a drop or two of Jojoba Oil then gently

run your fingers through your hair.

The scent will remain with you all day.

Try a blend with Lavender, Rose and Patchouli

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Crescent Sloppy Joes

Crescent Sloppy Joes

Prep Time: 15 Min
Total Time: 35 Min
Makes: 8 sandwiches

1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (1 oz)
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon sesame seed

1. Heat oven to 375°F. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in barbecue sauce; cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until hot. Stir in cheese.
2. If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough; separate into 4 rectangles. Press each into 8x4-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut into 4 rectangles. Press each into 8x4-inch rectangle. Cut each in half crosswise, making 8 squares.
3. Place about 2 rounded tablespoons beef mixture on center of each square. Fold dough over filling, forming triangles; press edges with fork to seal. With knife, cut small slits in tops for steam to escape. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Brush with egg; sprinkle with sesame seed.
4. Bake 11 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Steampunk Key Locket Copper Horn Necklace

Steampunk Key Locket Copper Horn Necklace

One of my latest creations - a very cool Steampunk necklace, with copper good luck horn, silver tone locket, brass key and silvertone chain. I mixed all different colored metals to get this unique necklace. I like all the colors of the different metals. By mixing different metals you can wear with almost anything you already have in your jewelry box, provided it has a industrial look to it. You'll be able to mix and match it with lots of your other rocker and steampunk jewelry. Visit my ArtFire Studio and add this one of a kind necklace to your collection today! To see all my creations on ArtFire click here


tick tock goes the clock
and whistle does the steam

In the future that never was
In this dream within a dream

Steam is the King in this future of the past
Airship Pirates and things made of brass

Watches and Cogs sewn into clothes
Victorian corsets, goggles, anything goes

Dirigibles, Horses, Steam engine trains
Going for tea and gentlemen’s canes

Bringing the past into our time
Downgrading the present to simpler times

Rayguns by the explorers side
Let’s bring the automaton alive 'steampunk' by LibraryDrone

Depression/Stressed Spirit Spell

Depression/Stressed Spirit Spell

Everyone knows someone who is or has been depressed
or really stressed out, so make time in your magical
+ social life for them. Give them a helping hand by
writing this on paper and then burning it to release
the magic:

"Magic moon burning bright,
Let mine will be done this night.
Answer now my Pagan Spell,
Let all with (name) now be well."

So Mote it Be

Monday, August 09, 2010

Beauty Recipes (Made with Honey)

Homemade Honey Beauty Recipes

Honey Cleansing Scrub-- Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 2 tablespoons
ground almonds and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Rub gently onto face.
Rinse off
with warm water.

Firming Face Mask-- Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1
teaspoon glycerin (available at drug and beauty stores) and enough
flour to
form a paste (approximately 1/4 cup). Smooth over face and throat.
Leave on
10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Hair Conditioner -- Mix 1/2 cup honey and 1/4 cup olive oil. (Use 2
tablespoons oil for normal hair.) Work a small amount at a time
through hair
until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap; leave on 30 minutes.
shower cap; shampoo well and rinse. Dry as normal.

Facial Toner -- In blender, puree 1 tablespoon honey with a peeled,
apple. Smooth over face; leave on 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Moisture Mask-- Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons milk.
Smooth over
face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Smoothing Skin Lotion-- Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon
vegetable oil
and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice. Rub into hands, elbows, heels and
that feels dry. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.

Skin Softening Bath-- Add 1/4 cup honey to bath water for a
fragrant, silky

Hair Shine-- Stir 1 teaspoon honey into 4 cups (1 quart) warm water.
may wish to add a squeeze of lemon. After shampooing, pour mixture
hair. Do not rinse out. Dry as normal.

Sunday, August 08, 2010


Apple-Cinnamon Spread

1/4 cup butter, margarine or reduced-fat spread
(1/2 stick) softened
8 ounces cream cheese softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Whip all ingredients together until thoroughly combined and smooth. Refrigerate until 1 hour before serving, then allow to reach room temperature for easier spreading. Serve with pumpkin apple bread

Apple-Cinnamon Butter

2 ounce dried apples
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
Mix all ingredients in a food processor or with a hand-mixer until well-combined. Fill the Butter Bell crock with the mixture and serve with fresh scones, muffins or other breakfast breads.

Honey Butter

1/2 cup butter, soft
3 tablespoons honey
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all together until blended and serve on bread, muffins, scones, fruit bread

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Two Cool & Useful Sites

Two Cool & Useful Sites

(Two interesting and useful sites one for cleaning up your favorites & the other site for adding speech bubble to your photos.)

AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in your Browser Bookmarks. If a Bookmark has become unavailable you can verify it in the internal preview and delete it from your Browser. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks. AM-Deadlink works with Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla and Firefox.

Do you have an amazing photo but you wish you could add a speech bubble to? Well you can with Bubblesnaps!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Summer Time Herb Grilled Chicken

(This recipe makes for a nice summer dinner. Eat outdoors on your deck or patio, make it special. Set your summer table with fresh cut flowers & votive candles for ambiance. Use summer placemats. Serve this with rice pilaf, green beans & corn on the cob. I would half this recipe for a family meal.)

Herb Grilled Chicken

16 skinless, boneless chicken thighs or 12 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
4 lemons
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

Place the chicken in a large bowl or divide between 2 smaller ones. Squeeze 1 cup of juice from the lemons into a bowl. Stir in the garlic powder, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Whisk in the oil. Pour the mixture over the chicken and turn to coat. If making ahead, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Oil the grill and heat the barbecue to medium. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on the grill. Save the marinade. Grill, covered, for 8 minutes. Baste the chicken with the remaining marinade. Discard any not used. Turn the chicken and continue grilling until the chicken feels springy when pressed, probably 6-8 minutes more.

Makes 10-16 servings.


Sunday, August 01, 2010



ORANGE stones have some of the fire of red but are gentler in their effects.
Projective, they have often been seen as symbols of the Sun and are thought
to be luck attracting.

L-SHAPED stones are thought to bring good fortune, perhaps because this form
suggest the conjunction of the spiritual with the physical.
They can be carried as good luck pieces or placed on the altar.

APACHE TEAR, a globule of translucent obsidian, is carried as a good-luck charm.

AVENTURINE is an all-around luck stone.

COPPER is a lucky metal, perhaps because of its past solar attributions, and so can
be used in combination with any luck-bringing gemstones.

LODESTONE is carried in pairs -- one to protect and the other to bring good luck.

TIN is carried as a good-luck piece and can be shaped into talismans to attract money.