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Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Amazing Cucumber

This information was in The New York Times several weeks

Ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted
Creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every
Day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin
B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium,
Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the
Caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B
Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can
Last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower?
Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog
And provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a
Few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all
Season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give
Off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make
Them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite
Before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers
Along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the
Cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer
Layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a
Few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache
Free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to
Replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in
Equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking
Binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European
Trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you
Realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a
Freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and
Durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a
Cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the
Squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or
Visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot
Of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with
The boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing,
Relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and
College students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have
Gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your
Mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the
Phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing
Bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks
Or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you
Want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the
Shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails
While you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of
The cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great
On crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fairy Images



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fun Finds

I was so excited to see there was going to be a Flea Market in our little town.
It was being put on by the local consignment store.
They have recently moved into a larger store that was previously a lumber store.
There is a large lot that comes with the store and that is were they were having it.

My daughter and I went to check it out.
There were only a few tables but we were already there
so decided to get out and look.

I was able to snag this wooden..what I thought was a wine holder to repurpose into something else. Once I got home I found hangers on the back..so not sure what it's original purpose was but it will find a new one with me.
Also snagged lots of vintage jewelry and jewelry pieces for a song.

On the way out I saw these boxes and thought they would be great for organization.
I ended up getting them ;)

I was talking to the owner of the store and
found out they plan to do this once a month!!

I think once it gets to be a regular thing there will be more participants
which means more to pick through ♥♥

Monday, August 22, 2011

Busy Weekend!

I was a busy bee over the weekend!

I know it's sooo hot, too hot for the oven, but I just couldn't help myself.
So I compromised and did it in the early mornings.

First I made 2 batches of Strawberry Fig Jam

Next came Fresh Fruit Crisp using up the rest of the Nectarines

Fresh Fruit Crisp

1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine
5 - 6 cups sliced fruit
2 tablespoons sugar
Vanilla Ice Cream

Combine oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and dash salt. Cut in butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs; set aside. Core and slice fruit. Place fruit in a 10x6x2 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with sugar. Sprinkle crumb mixture over all. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes. Serve with ice cream. Serves 6.

And last but not least I needed to use up some of the Zucchini,
so 2 loaves of Zucchini Nut Bread was made.

Zucchini Nut Bread

1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup finely grated zucchini
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and baking powder, set aside. In another bowl beat together sugar, zucchini and egg. Add oil and mix well. Stir flour mixture into zucchini mixture. Gently fold in chopped nuts. Turn batter into greased 8x4x2 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 - 60 minutes or until a a wooden toothpick insert in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool thoroughly on rack. Wrap and store loaf overnight before slicing. Makes 1 loaf.

Of course with this crowd it wasn't long before the Crisp and Breads  were gone!



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