Funny Money

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Photo on 2-27-13 at 3.01 PM #2NO. Not counterfeit money. Money tablets. I guess I should say ‘fun money’.

Whenever I go on a trip, I make myself a couple of money tablets. These are fun and easy to make. They also make good gifts for grandchildren in a tablet of 20 bills. Much more fun than a $20 bill.

I am going to Las Vegas for my birthday in a couple of weeks and it is so handy to have these for airports and hotels. Much simpler than digging out a wallet for a tip. I keep these in an outer purse pocket.

Now for how to do it:

First go to your bank and ask for a package of 100 $1 bills. These have to be brand new, and you will probably find that your bank doesn’t have any on hand (unless it is Christmas time). So have them order you a pack and they will call you when you can pick up your money.Photo on 2-27-13 at 12.01 PM

Now separate these into two or three stacks. Hold sides together with clothes pins, and spread a nice layer of rubber cement along the long edge. You may have to move the clothes pins and make another coat after a few hours of drying.Photo on 2-27-13 at 3.01 PMPhoto on 2-27-13 at 12.02 PMWhat you have are some money tablets. This is a lot less bulky in your wallet than thirty loose one dollar bills, and they don’t get ‘stuck’ together.

Now when you need a few dollars for an ice cream cone or a tip, just peel them off, as you would checks in a check book.Photo on 2-27-13 at 3.01 PM #2

And you can make $10 tablets to put in a Christmas card for the mailman.

When you whip out your tablet to tip the bellman or the parking valet, they will do a double take.

The only ingredients needed are the bills, some rubber cement and a few clothespins. If you don’t have any clothespins, you can use big clips, the type you use to seal a bag of potato chips.


Homemade Noodles/Jewish Chicken Soup

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How To Make Homemade Noodles

I love soup with homemade noodles!    You can make amazing soup with homemade noodles! It really isn’t that hard and uses ingredients you probably already have on hand.

While the noodles are easy to make they do take time, so allow a couple of hours from start to finish. It is not all hands on though, the noodles have about a two hour drying time!

Homemade Noodle Recipe

2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups flour

Lightly beat eggs. Add in milk, salt and thyme. Stir in enough of the flour to make a stiff dough. Cover dough and let it rest 10 minutes.

Divide dough in half and get prepared for a workout! On a floured surface roll dough (half at a time) into a 12″ X 16″ rectangle. This takes some work and you might not actually get it that big.

The point is the dough should be really thin! Once rolled, let dough stand 20 minutes.

Loosely roll up dough.

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Cut dough into 1/4 inch slices. (The noodles will almost double in sized when cooked)
Unroll slices.

Cut into desired lengths. I usually cut into 1 to 2 inch lengths. Spread out noodles and allow to dry on a rack for 2 hours.
Add noodles to your favorite soup, allowing to cook about 10 minutes until soft and tender. This would be a good rainy day project to do with kids or grand kids.

When they open a can of Campbells chicken noodle soup, it will take on new meaning. Plus, if you have ever read the sodium content in a can of that soup, you will be happy to make your own.

If you don’t know how to make chicken soup, here is a very simple recipe: Chop up an onion, handful of celery, a couple of carrots. If you have a parsnip that is also good. Saute in a little oil. Add a chicken cut up, or just some parts including back neck, wings. Brown a little. Cover with water and bring to boil.

Skim off the yucky stuff on top of water. That is called scum. Now you will have clear water. And a clear broth.

Add salt, pepper and cinnamon (for that Jewish chicken soup taste), and boil for a couple of hours, until the broth is a nice yellow color. Cool and strain into jars.

Use the chicken in a salad or sandwich. If you like chicken curry, (or creamed chicken) you can use chunks of chicken in the curry and the broth to make the sauce. You can add the veggies to something or mash them up and add them to your dog food.

This is a real bargain. For the price of a couple of cans of chicken soup, you can have all this. Make the soup first and by the time the noodles are done drying, it will be ready to eat. Voila!

p.s. if you want your soup to be almost fat free, chill overnight and any fat will rise to the top. You can remove that whole piece and then heat soup. In Yiddish that is called ‘smaltz’ and is good for frying things like potatoes and onions. (Jews don’t use bacon fat)

The Oscars Are Over

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I was really looking forward to the Oscars. I always enjoy the Red Carpet and seeing all the beautiful gowns and jewelry that the stars are wearing.

There were some pretty outfits, but the announcer/interviewer was so bad, that for me it spoiled the show. She had a very shrill grating voice and she said the same thing to everyone. No humor or charm.

I miss Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa. For me they were fun to watch and their interviews were always ‘spot on’.

Many of the dresses were so form fitting or so huge with tremendous skirts, hundreds of ruffles and long trains, that I couldn’t help but wonder how these women could walk in their super high heels. 500 feet is almost two football fields. You do the math.

Then I started to think. How did they ‘go to the bathroom’? This had to be a big problem. First of all they had to get dressed by four in the afternoon to get to the Oscars by six. Once they had their hair and makeup done and actually put on their spanx and high heels, then someone had to put their dresses on and zip them up.

Ann Hathaway’s dress was beautiful, but with crisscrossed straps in the back and a back zipper from the waist, it probably took at least two people to dress her.

Jennifer Lawrence had such a huge skirt on her gown that she actually fell up the stairs on her way to receiving her Oscar for Best Actress. She was also #1 Best Dressed.

Once they were in these gowns, if they had to pee between four and eleven p.m. how did they manage this. I doubt I could go (or not go) for seven or eight hours.

Plus once they were seated, along with about ten thousand others, I think it would be next to impossible to leave their seats.

There were girls as young as nine and women as old as 85, plus some that were pregnant. Seven hours is a long time.

If the theater is like any I have been to, there is usually a very long line at the ladies room. And no way would some of those dresses even fit into a normal size stall.

Would someone in the know, please let me know how this problem was dealt with?

I recall a similar situation in my life. It was winter and I was driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. This is 280 miles and I decided to wear my warmest clothing. This was a one piece black cashmere jumpsuit. Turtle neck, long sleeves with a zipper from neck to crotch.

As it was quite form fitting, I wore control top panty hose underneath, and for warmth, wool socks and boots. And topped with a leather car coat. What was I thinking?

In order to make a ‘pit stop’ required getting almost totally undressed. And 280 miles is pretty far to go without stopping a couple of times.

And unlike the ladies on the Red Carpet, I didn’t have a ‘dresser’. (Also lucky I did this when I was 25 years younger).

Short and Sweet

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It is a lazy Sunday afternoon and I am not in the mood to write a long blog. But I know it’s disappointing not to have something ‘new’ to read, so here goes.

Have you ever used that last bit from a tube of something and forgot to replace it? Doesn’t matter if it is eye cream, shampoo or toothpaste, here is a handy trick.

Just snip off the bottom of the tube and spread it open. Inside there will be at least enough of whatever to give you one more serving.

If it is hard to reach all the way to the end (top), use a q-tip. Voila!Photo on 2-24-13 at 2.49 PM

Trapeze Class

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Every day I get special offers from Groupon and Living Social for half price ‘bargains’. Today’s offer takes the cake.525644ac-c37d-47bd-929f-572705d7c4aa_280_q60_jpg

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The circus isn’t coming to town — it never left. Practice your high-flying routine at Emerald City Trapeze Arts:

$62 ($129 value) for a flying trapeze class
• No dance or trapeze experience is necessary for these fun sessions
• For ages 6 and older
• Located in Lahaina

A New Hobby that Helps You Really Soar
You’ve got to walk before you can fly, so you’ll spend the first 20 minutes of your session in Ground School — covering an introduction to the rig, take-off techniques, flight, and dismount. You’ll also learn your very first trick before taking to the skies in the full-sized trapeze rig. Under the instruction of trained professionals, you’ll learn the familiar knee-hang trick and even go for a catch.

525644ac-c37d-47bd-929f-572705d7c4aa_280_q60_jpgThat’s right, a flying trapeze class. Only $62 and you have to be 6 or older. I qualify. This ‘school’ is in Lahaina on the island of Maui, about 100 miles from where I live and a $200 plane ride away.

So if you are planning a trip to Maui, you might want to check this out.

I think my 11 year old grandson would love this. He is a real dare devil and a natural athlete. I called my son to tell him about it and he said, ” Oh, Steven did that in Singapore when he was nine. He loved it”.IMG_1771

(Steven has lived and traveled all over the world in such exotic places as Hong Kong, Morocco, Singapore, Manila, Paris and on and on.) He was born in Manila but due to his father’s work he has been to school in foreign countries as well as ‘tourist’ travel to famous beach locations. Not to mention Las Vegas and Disneyland in the USA and Disney World in Hong Kong.

As for me, I think I will pass. (For $62, I could have a massage or a facial).

Almost 75 Years Old

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The clock is ticking. I will be 75 years old in three weeks. For the past forty years, I have been doing many things to keep my skin in good condition.

When I was in the hospital having open heart surgery five months ago, one of the nurses asked what my secret was to looking so much younger than my years.

I told her all the things I do on a regular basis, such as using good lotions, serums and creams, getting regular facials, meditating every day and even a few nips and tucks over the years.

Her reply: “That’s cheating”. I don’t think so. I’m just doing my best. I think if you can look in the mirror and not be too upset, that is a good thing.

My latest ‘find’ is a mask by Lancome. It is a Genifique saturated mask that you put on your face for twenty minutes. It supposedly has the equivalent of half a bottle of Genifique in each mask.

If so, then the price tag of $80 for six, is actually a ‘bargain’. A bottle of Genefique serum costs $57. I purchased the mask set when Lancome was having their recent gift with purchase event at Macy’s. The gift was over $140 of deluxe size samples including a great night cream, day cream and eye makeup remover, as well as cleanser/toner, lipstick and mascara.

No, it is not Phantom of the Opera, just me wearing the mask. Each one is vacuum sealed in its own pouch and for travel, I plan to pack a few. After a dehydrating plane ride to Las Vegas mixed with their 30%  humidity, I will need this for sure.

Photo on 2-22-13 at 7.46 AMAnd now for the results: Drumroll please…Photo on 2-22-13 at 8.12 AM #2I do look very smooth…

After you remove the mask, you massage the remaining serum into your skin. Voila.

Since I usually have a facial once a month, and they range in price from $60-$80 plus tip, I justified this purchase and skipped my facial this month.

What price beauty!

Spring Booties

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Today I got an email from Neiman Marcus. It was featuring their new spring booties. Some of the shoes were so unique, I thought I would share them with you.

Traditionally people get new shoes for Easter, so it’s not too early to start looking. If the NM ones seem a bit pricy, you can find ‘copies’ and similar styles at Aldo’s, Forever 21 and even Macy’s.

If you like any of these, the prices start at $1295 and range on up to $1995. There were lots more, I just highlighted a few.

And since I can’t afford Laboutin’s at $1295 and up, and I can’t walk in a four inch high heel, I doctored up a pair of booties I had in my closet. I bought these a dozen years ago at Target for around $30. I added the red soles from a Valentine paper bag from Hallmark. $4.95 and some glue.

Think I better just wear these on carpeted areas.

Photo on 2-21-13 at 8.08 AM

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