Coupon Codes

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If you aren’t using coupon codes when you order things online, you are throwing away a lot of money.

If you are going to order something online, just type in the company and add coupon code and voila!.

Here is a good example: I subscribe to Hallmark e-cards. This is a very handy website for emailing greeting cards. There is even an address book with your recipients names and addresses and friendly reminders for birthdays.

The price for the subscription is $12 a year, which is what I paid last year. But if you look up the promotional code, (Hallmark e-card subscription coupon code)  which right now is 6YEAR6, it is 50% off, or $6. Even better.

So for $6 a year, I could sent 100 greeting cards or more. That would be six cents a card and no stamp.

Plus you can order the card to be sent at whatever day you choose, if you are in the mood to go card shopping well before the actual date.

So always check. Worse case scenario, they don’t have a promotional code for what you want.


Just like Dairy Queen

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I love a chocolate dipped cone from Dairy Queen. Who knew it was so easy to make this topping at home?magicshell1 hard-shell-ice-cream-topping DIY-hard-shell-ice-cream-topping magicshell2magicshell1

Recipe: 1 1/4 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup coconut oil, measured while it is solid

Heat in microwave for about one minute. Mixture will be runny.

Store in glass container, like a clean salad dressing bottle. Put in fridge.  To serve. Heat in microwave for thirty seconds, and again in 15 second intervals. Until liquid. Pour on ice cream. Or freeze a banana, stick on a skewer, dip (and roll in crushed peanuts.)


Homemade Big Mac

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How hard can this be? Might even be fun for a party. Let everyone assemble them themselves. Even Better!1374615874_homemade-big-mac-recipe1First you will need four hamburger buns/with seasame seeds and four bottoms. Two pounds of ground beef. I use sirloin and grind my own from a piece of sirloin. Make into eight flat patties.

You will need one cup of shredded romaine lettuce, and 1/2 cup of dill pickle slices. And 8 slices of cheddar or American cheese.

Meanwhile make the Special Sauce.

1/2 cup mayo.

2 T, French dressing

4 t. sweet pickle relish

1 T minced white onion

1t. vinegar, 1 t sugar and 1/8 teas. salt.

Mix and chill in fridge.

Cook patties and top with slice of cheese. Pickles can go over or under cheese.

Sauce goes on bottom buns, topped with lettuce, then patty, cheese, pickles. Enjoy.



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Who knew that marshmallows could cure a sore throat?

I had heard that swallowing a big spoon a granulated sugar took the pain of a sore throat away. But a marshmallow?

I have been a big fan of marshmallows my whole life. I love s’mores, and toasted marshmallows. I see now where marshmallows now come in jumbo size, which is even better.

If you want to cut up a marshmallow, the best way is with a scissors that you have run under the faucet. This keeps the blades from sticking. Or just buy a bag of mini-mallows. These are good in fruit cocktail or chocolate pudding.

Of course marshmallow cream is the very best topping for chocolate ice cream. I think this used to be called a black and white sundae. Warm the cream in the microwave for a few seconds.

If plain old jet puffed marshmallows seem like kid stuff, get yourself to Neiman Marcus candy department. They have a whole wall of flavored, pastel colored marshmallows. These come in pretty cellophane wrapping. The mallows are square and would look nice on a plate served with dessert. $8 for a package of about a dozen.

This would make a good hostess gift if you are going to dinner at someone’s house and that person ‘has everything’.

Or, if you want to get really creative, you can actually make your own. There is a recipe for this online and I did it once. I made toasted coconut marshmallows. I think it was a Martha Stewart idea.

I don’t remember exactly how, but it involved lots of egg whites and a syrup made of boiling sugar. And as I recall, it required sitting overnight, uncovered on the counter to ‘harden’.

Turned out that nobody really liked coconut marshmallows except me, and no way could I eat 24 of these babies.

p.s. if you are wondering why I haven’t been writing a post every day, I just haven’t been in the mood. I will still post blogs, but probably not every single day.


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Monday. Not much different than any other day when you are retired. Sunday is the one with the fat newspaper and Tuesday is the one with the skinny newspaper.

Breaking news: There is a new Royal Prince. 8 pounds 6 oz. Rather large considering that the mother is so willowy.

However, my first child was a 9 pound 12 oz. boy, and I started out at 120 pounds. Final weight 140.

Today that little boy is 6’3″ and weighs around 240.

Here in Hawaii it is a cloudy day. Temperature has dropped to 85 and it looks like it might rain.

So far today, I have accomplished little. I did play a few games of Words with Friends on my iPhone. I have lots of friends, none of whom I know.

I also played my daily free game of Seven Little Words. This is a fun game. There are given seven definitions with how many letters are in each one.

Below are lots of letter groups that you select and make into the answers. Harder than you think.

Example: Realizing something- 13         rst     and   ing     un     de      UNDERSTANDING. OF COURSE.

There are seven words each day, and about forty letter groups.

These brain games keep me on my toes and according to medical studies, doing puzzles, crosswords and such are the best thing one can do to stave off memory loss, dementia etc.

I also play Spite and Malice with my phone as my opponent. This is a fun game. Easy to play, hard to master. Check it out.

Fresh Strawberry Pie

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It’s summer and finally the strawberries taste like strawberries. What could be better than a fresh strawberry pie?Photo on 7-21-13 at 5.48 PM

I make an oil crust with two cups flour, teaspoon of salt, 1/3 cup oil and 5-6 tablespoons ice water. I use about 3/4 of this for a large deep pie. Or use any crust you like. To make less mess, roll ball of dough between two sheets of waxed paper.

Put in Pam sprayed pie dish, prick and bake at 450 for 15 minutes. Cool.

Meanwhile use two small or one large carton of strawberries. Wash and dry berries. Then cut off tops and reserve half of best looking ones on a paper towel. Mash up the rest in a Cuisinart. Put one cup sugar, three tablespoons of cornstarch, teaspoon salt and berries in a pot and stir and bring to a boil until nice and thick.

Add a few drops of red food coloring if  you like. And one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Cool for ten minutes.

Arrange the whole berries on crust, point side up. Pour cooled mixture over all. Put in fridge. Chill and serve with whipped cream.

Yummy. My dish is a strawberry pie plate with the actual recipe printed on it. Really dumb, as when the crust is on, you can’t read it. Luckily I have made this so many times, I know it by heart.

Spinach Brownies

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I know, I know, but this is a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies. I haven’t actually made these yet, but they are on my list.

Spinach Brownies

1/2 cup oil

2 eggs

One 10 ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1/4 cup plus three tablespoons of water

One 20 oz package of Duncan Hines chewy fudge brownie mix.

Heat oven to 350

grease bottom of 9 x 9 inch pan

In bowl of food processor process oil, eggs, spinach and water until smooth

Transfer mixture to bowl, add brownie mix and stir till well combined.

Spread batter in pan, bake 34-37 minutes. Brownies are done when a toothpick inserted one inch from the edge of the pan, comes out clean. Do not overbake.

Each brownie has 170 calories, 16 grams sugar and 8grams fat, so these are not exactly diet food.

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