Thursday, October 31, 2013

How to Naturally Get Rid of Worms in Dogs

Having grown up with dogs, I know the misery that worms can bring them. The pills from the vet worked, but there is another simple remedy for getting rid of worms in dogs: horseradish.  To use, you are supposed to chopped the root finely and add small amounts of it to their food. The root is also said to improve the dog's body tone.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

How to Make Caramel Syrup at Home

Making a caramel syrup to pour over desserts and fresh fruits is so easy that you will probably kick yourself after you make it for the first time.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar or packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Set two small saucepans on the stove. Add 1 cup of water to one saucepan. Set to boil.
  2. Put 1 cup of sugar in the second saucepan. Slowly melt the sugar over medium-low heat. Stir constantly and allow the sugar to brown, not scorch (burn).
  3. Add the boiling water to the sugar. Do not add cold water to the sugar because the water will spatter and burn you when it touches the hot sugar.
  4. Continue to stir sugar and water until you have a thick syrup.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Store caramel syrup in a glass jar in the refrigerator.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

How to Make an Easy Cottage Cheese Spread

Easy recipes, such as spreads for crackers, are a great way for a beginner in the kitchen to build his or her self confidence. This is another easy recipe to make. The dip is delicious when served with crackers.

  • 1 pint cottage cheese, any size curd
  • 2 Tbsp chili sauce
  • Dash onion salt

Put all three ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Mix with a blender until whipped. Place spread in a bowl and serve chilled.

Monday, October 28, 2013

13 Common Herbs That Bees Love

Bees love flowering herbs just as much as we do. Here is a list of thirteen common herbs you can grow for the bees to enjoy or you can avoid growing (or simply grow further away from the house) if you are allergic to bee stings.

1. Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
2. Basil, Sweet (Ocimum anisum)
3. Borage (Borago officinalis)
4. Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
5. Dill (Anethum graveolens)
6. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
7. Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
8. Lemon Balm (Melissa offinalis)
9. Marjoram, Sweet (Majorana hortensis)
10. Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
11. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
12. Sage - all sages
13. Thyme - all thymes

Sunday, October 27, 2013

How to Make an Easy Blue Cheese Dip

Blue cheese has got to be my all-time favorite cheese. It is so easy to make into delicious dips, like this one.

  • 1/2 lb cottage cheese
  • 2-1/2 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • 6 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp minced onion

Mix all 4 ingredients together. Place in small bowl and surround with vegetable sticks.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The 10 Best Fruits for Sun Drying

Certain fruits are best for sun drying. Other fruits, such as bananas, are best when dried in a dehydrator. This is because fruits need to have high sugar and acid content to dry well in the sun.

1. Apples

I have had a lot of success drying apple slices in the sun. I use apples grown locally and I do not use a pretreatment other than a light soaking in lemon water.

2. Apricots

Apricots dried in the sun are great fruit leathers. They are also incredibly sweet and make a fantastic addition to breads and cooked oatmeal.

3. Cherries

Pit the cherries before drying. Add to quick breads or make into pies.

4. Coconut, shredded

Shredded coconut is very easy to dry and tastes fantastic.

5. Currants

Dry currants and use them in place of raisins in your recipes.

6. Grapes

Dry seedless grapes and have your very own, healthy raisins.

7. Peaches

Sun dried peaches are very delicious fruit leathers. When I make these, the kids eat them long before the winter starts.

8. Pears

Sun dried pears taste like candy. I slice the pears, dry them, and store them with a light dusting of confectionary sugar.

9. Pineapple

Buy a pineapple, chunk it or cut into rings and dry. Very delicious and can be eaten in place of candy.

10. Plums

Make your own prunes by drying pitted plums.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Top 4 Reasons to Sun Dry Fruits and Vegetables

Living in Pennsylvania, the weather isn't always perfect to sun drying fruits and veggies, but I do try and plan out when I will sun dry goods with the harvest and weather patterns. During the traditional hot, dry days of August, I have had much success at drying fruits and vegetables in the sun. There are a number of reasons why I prefer this method of drying goods.

1. Cheap.

It is inexpensive to dry fruits and vegetables in the sun. You don't have to use extra electricity. Your only purchase is the drying racks and netting which you can easily make on your own.

2. Fun for the Family.

If you have small children, drying fruits and veggies in the sun is fun and exciting to them. It also gets them interested in using and eating the dried goods because they either saw the items drying or because they took a part in the preparation and eating the stuff them helped make gives them a sense of pride.

3. Dry Bunches at a Time.

If you use a small dehydrator, you, like me, may get frustrated at only being able to dry a small amount of fruits and vegetables at a time. With sun drying, you can dry a lot of goods at the same time. And, if you're up to it, you can keep on drying with your dehydrator as well. The more you put away for winter use, the better.

4. Rig Up Some Solar Drying for Fun.

Research solar ovens. I did this a few years back and turned it into a homeschooling project. Simple solar ovens are fun and educational to make. They also make the most use out of the sun and help to dry fruits and vegetables faster.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

How to Store Dried Fruits and Vegetables

After you have dried your fruits and vegetables, you will need to store them properly. Storing dried goods is far easier than storing canned goods and it takes up less room than storing frozen goods.

Storage Temperature

It is important to keep dried goods away from heat. If possible, store dried goods in an area that is below 60 degrees F (16 C). Dried goods stored at cold temperatures will last far longer than dried goods stored at higher temperatures. If the area you are storing the dried goods is 80 to 90 degrees F (27 to 32 C), your dried goods will probably only last for about 6 months before starting to deteriorate.

Avoid Sunlight and Moisture

Store dried goods in a dark, cool, and dry area. Sunlight and moisture will cause the dried food to deteriorate quickly.


Packs all dried good tightly with as little air as possible. Make sure that containers are moisture proof and airtight. If storing in plastic bags, store the bags inside solid containers to avoid the possibility of rodents getting into the bags. Vacuum packing dried fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to preserve quality.

How Long to Store

While properly dried and stored fruits and vegetable can last for years, it is best to use all dried goods within 1 year of storage. After this length of time, the items begin to lose their taste and nutritional value. For my own family, I would only dry and store enough fruits and vegetable to last for the winter and spring. This would ensure that there was no waste and I did not have to worry about exceeding the 1 year limit.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

10 Reasons Why You Should Dry Your Own Fruits and Vegetables

I began drying fruits and vegetables over a decade ago, when my now teenage young adults were little. It was an exciting time, filled with trial, error, and success. Here are the top ten reasons as to why we would dry our own fruits and vegetables, and why we are preparing to do it again next summer.

1. The Cost.

Buying (or better yet, growing your own) fruits and vegetables while in season and then drying them is less expensive than buying dried fruits and vegetables.

2. Healthy.

When you dry your own fruits and vegetables, you eliminate the worry over additives and chemicals some food processors use when preparing food for the grocery store.

3. Freshness.

You know when your fruits and veggies were dried. They aren't something that has been sitting around in a warehouse or on a grocery shelf for goodness knows how long.

4. Food Storage.

You can create a large stock of food by drying your own fruits and veggies. If you worry about hard times or the event of a natural disaster where you might lose electricity for days or weeks, you need to look into drying your own food. Because…

5. No Need for Electricity.

You don't need electricity to prepare your dried fruits and vegetables for consumption. Heck, you don't even need electricity to dry your fruits and veggies.

6. Lightweight.

Dried fruits and veggies are lightweight and easy to carry. Dried fruits are great for backpacking.

7. Taste Delicious.

Dried fruits are great for adding to your homemade breads and oatmeal. Dried veggies can be added to soups. They add great flavor to what might otherwise be a meager meal.

8. Take Up Little Room.

Another great thing about storing dried fruits and veggies is that, once dried, they take up very little room. I prefer to store my dried fruits and veggies in glass jar, but other people are fine with storing them in plastic containers and bags.

9. Sense of Accomplishment.

When you have mouths to feed, a back stock of food gives you a sense of security. As you prepare and dry your fruits and veggies, and watch your back stock grow, you gain a strong sense of accomplishment and well-being.

10. Fun.

What can I say? Drying fruits and veggies is fun. The kids can get involved, and the entire family can take part in an assembly line around the kitchen table by washing, drying, cutting, de-seeding, and spreading out the fruits and veggies.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How to Easily Make Chicken Gravy for Mashed Potatoes

You can easily make gravy for your mashed potatoes without having to bake any meat. This recipe for chicken gravy is so easy to make, even a beginner will be able to accomplish it without difficulties.

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add the all-purpose flour and stir until blended and smooth. Slowly add in chicken broth while continuing to stir. Keep stirring until the gravy has thickened. Stir in parsley flakes. Allow to simmer for another 3 minutes or so. Remove from heat. Serve over mashed potatoes or biscuits.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Pennsylvania Dutch Ginger Vinegar Punch

While vinegar drinks are popular among the Pennsylvania Dutch and the Amish, I am still trying to get used to them. Here is another vinegar drink recipe you can make if you, like me, are trying to drink healthier drinks.

  • 1 quart ice water
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger

Mix all ingredients together. Serve immediately.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pennsylvania Dutch Vinegar Punch (Essich Schling)

Vinegar is good for you, but I find drinking it to be very difficult. I have been trying, though. The last time I stopped at the local Amish store, I bought a vinegar drink for the ride home and forced myself to drink the whole thing.

This recipe for vinegar punch makes just 1 serving. It is very easy to make and, if you are also trying to add vinegar to your diet, this may make the experience more palatable.

  • 3/4 cup ice water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda (optional, for fizz)
  • dash of nutmeg
  • Sugar to taste

Mix ingredients in a glass and serve right away.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

How to Make a Spicy Cheese Dip for Veggies

Cheese makes the veggies go down so much faster and more easily than no cheese at all. This spicy cheese dip is great with raw celery sticks, carrots, peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower.

  • 6 Tbsp cottage cheese, curd doesn't matter
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

All all ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Mix with electric beater until smooth. Scrape into small bowl and serve with raw veggies.

Friday, October 18, 2013

How to Make a Sage Cottage Cheese Dip for Veggies

This dip made with cottage cheese as a base and flavored with powdered sage and onion, goes great with celery and carrot sticks.

  • 1 cup cottage cheese, any size curd
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • Dash pepper

Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Mix with electric beater until smooth. Put in small bowl and surround with celery and carrot sticks.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Anchovy and Onion Dip

Anchovies are great on pizza and they are great when made into a snack spread. This very easy recipe makes the perfect amount of anchovy spread for when company is coming over.

  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp anchovy paste
  • 1/4 cup minced celery
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion

Mix all ingredients until well blended. Place in small bowl and serve with crackers or bagel chips.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How to Make an Easy Cheese Dip for Corn Chips

Corn chips are addicting and they should be made illegal. Until that time, however, try out this easy corn chip dip.

  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp light cream
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard (prepared mustard from a bottle, not dry mustard)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Place in small bowl and set corn chips around it.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

10 Common Herbs That Repel Insects

Herbs can be grown for many purposes: for the kitchen, for bees, for perfumes and cosmetics, teas, and more. Another reason to grow herbs is to help repel insects. Grow these herbs by your home and use them for sachets inside your home.

  1. Anise
  2. Basil, Sweet
  3. Catnip
  4. Garlic Chives
  5. Lavenders - all varieties
  6. Mints - all varieties
  7. Parsley
  8. Rosemary
  9. Sages - all varieties
  10. Thyme, Garden

Monday, October 14, 2013

How to Make Tuna Dip for Crackers

I love tuna salad, but I hate making the stuff. This simple tuna dip for crackers, however is super easy to make and tastes great with Ritz crackers.

  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/4 stuffed olives, chopped
  • 1 can tuna, drained (I've done with with many kinds of tuna. The recipe is not picky.)

Mix all three ingredients together and serve in a small dish surrounded by a plate of crackers.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Buying and Selling Used Books for Profit

Do You Love Books?

Have you ever dreamed of owning a bookstore? Does spending your days surrounded by books sound like a dream come true? Yes? Then it is time you looked into buying and selling used books online and offline.

The types of books you decide to sell are completely up to you. You can focus on mystery book, romance, science fiction, non-fiction, dusty old books, or you can offer up all genres for sale.

Where to Get Used Books Free or Cheap

Craigslist - Check the free section regularly on Craigslist for your area. Sometimes there are free books offered up. You can also post a wanted ad on Craigslist offering to haul away any unwanted books. If you post an offer to pay a small amount for each book, even if it is a quarter, you will get responses.

Thrift Shops - My local Goodwill store sells books for 25 cents each. I have spent many hours sifting through the bins of books and finding books that are worth $10 or more. There are a number of people that stop by regularly to buy books to resell. The trick it to find out when new stock arrives at your local thrift shops and plan to spend over an hour looking through books.

Yard Sales - If someone has a bunch of books for sale at a yard sale, chances are pretty good that they will accept a lump sum for all the books. This is especially true if you visit yard sales just as the person is getting ready to pack everything back up. Who wants to lug the books back into the house?

Where to Sell Your Used Books

Most people sell their used books online. It is far easier to store and list books for sale online than it is to lug them to a flea market. Books are sold online through places like and

You could also set up a used bookshop. This type of business does very well in my area. In fact, I meet a lot of the used book shop buyers at the local Goodwill store where they buy their stock.


I decide on the price of my books after I do some online research. How much are other people selling the same book for? What condition is the book you have? Decide on the price based on what it is being sold for online, the condition of the book, and, if you are selling from a store, you can up the price by an extra dollar or two because the buyer is not having to pay for shipping costs.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

How to Make an Easy Sour Cream and Onion Dip

This stuff is addicting and easy to make. Have the kids make it or someone who is just learning how to make stuff in the kitchen. They will be surprised at how easy it is to make something so yummy.

  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 package onion soup mix

Mix both ingredients together and serve in bowl. Serve with chips, crackers, and vegetables.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Hike the Switchback Trail in Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania

History of the Switchback Trail

Coal mining was the major occupation in the Summit Hill and Jim Thorpe areas. In the 1800s, the Switchback trail was created to transport coal from Summit Hill down to Jim Thorpe. The cars worked by gravity, with Summit Hill being above Jim Thorpe, the cars travelled downward to their destination.

Some remnants of the cars can be seen in the area, especially up towards Summit Hill. While I lived in Summit Hill for several months, my two teenage children would spend time with the local kids and discovered old bits and mine shafts from the past.

Summit Hill

Summit Hill is a small town on top of a mountain. Much of it is covered with graveyards and the tombstones go back to the Revolutionary War. I spent a lot of my outdoor time walking the cemeteries and photographing the old tombstones, making note that many of the names were Russian.

The town itself is very small, but the people are friendly. There aren't many shops. Most of the interesting shops are down in Jim Thorpe. However, if you are vacationing in Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill is close by and the town is a nice place to walk. There are also a few historical markers in town, and the cemeteries are worth the visit.

Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe is a major vacation stop. There are constant weekend events for townies and folks from out of town. The town is rich in history and gives tours of the old prison, ghost walks, and tours of the Asa Packer Mansion.

There are also many wonderful shops to visit in Jim Thorpe, as well as train rides along the Lehigh River. You can rent bikes for the many local trails, including the Switchback Trail, go rafting, camping, and take a carriage ride through town.

Entering the Switchback

The Switchback Trail is 18 miles of trail, but it is broken down by roadways into small chunks. For easy walking, jogging, and biking, begin the trail at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe. To find the trail, face the lake from the park entrance. Turn left and follow the lake to the dam breast. There is a marked entrance to the trail. Another trail entrance can be found along East White Bear Drive, on the opposite side of the park. Don't forget to stop at the park's visiting center for trail maps.

Who Can Do This Trail?

The Switchback Trail entrance from either Mauch Chunk Lake Park or Flagstaff Road was an invigorating, peaceful walk. Many people were using this part of the Switchback trail the day I walked it. It is great for biking, hiking, and jogging. While this part of the trail is not marked as wheelchair accessible, someone with the upper body strength to go over small rocks and using an outdoor or off road wheelchair should be able to enjoy this trail. Please note that no motorized vehicles are allowed. Leashed dogs are allowed.


There are many different sights to see on the full 18 miles of trails. Some sections of the trail have historic markers. Another section will give you a beautiful view of the Lehigh Gorge. You will also get to see Mauch Chunk Lake on different part of the trail. As a nature walk, the trails are rich with wildlife and plant life. During my walks, I have seen deer and evidence of bears. My latest walk provided me with a stunning array of mushroom photographs and I was able to take photographs of plants to research when I got home.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

5 Best Money Management Apps for iPhone and iPad

Gearing up to become wealthy requires you to keep track of the money you earn, learning where you are spending your paychecks, and putting a savings plan into effect. These 5 great apps for iPhone and iPad are a great resource for getting your shit (and money) together.

This is a simple personal finance app. Keep track of your cash, credit debt, money earned and spent, and investments. See where you are spending your money and where you are hemorrhaging cash.

A very clean and basic app. Keep track of your money, how much you have spent, and where you are spending it.

This app is a great tool for keeping track of your spending. Spendee creates nice graphs of you spending habits and it allows you to easily see where you should be cutting back.

Keep track of your spending and see how much you have left to spend at a glance.

Simple design and quick and easy tracking of all your expenses.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

How to Make Money Quick with a Metal Detector

Find Money and Get in Shape

People are always looking for ways to quickly make money with very little effort, so why not get into the metal detector hobby? With a metal detector, you can not only find pocket change and jewelry that has been dropped, you also get to spend time visiting many interesting places and getting some exercise. Get outdoors, make some money, and get in shape all at the same time!

Buying a Metal Detector

There are a wide range of metal detectors available online. As someone who is just looking to get into finding coins, you will want to purchase a metal detector for under $100. Sometimes you can also find metal detectors for sale for $10 to $20 dollars at yard sales or on

Do your research before making any purchases. A great place to do this is on Read the customer reviews and their ratings of the metal detectors. For myself and my needs, I purchased the Bounty Hunter Gold Digger Metal Detector and have not regretted my purchasing decision. It is a very basic metal detector for beginners and I am endlessly amazed at the things it detects.

Looking for Dropped Coins

Parking lots are great places to find dropped items, especially coins. If the parking lot is paved, you only need your eyes to search for dropped coins. Grass and dirt parking lots are where you would get use of your metal detector. Think of where people park at fairs and other social events. Many times, these are grassy or dirt areas, and these areas hide dropped metal items. Your metal detector will be able to find these items.

Any place where people hang out is great for finding dropped coins and the occasional piece of jewelry. Walking paths, common hiking trails, and any public area will work. Coins can also be found along busy roads and on beaches.

Avoid using your metal detector on private land without first gaining permission from the land owner.

Search for Gold

Panning for gold can be a bit much. I have panned for gold while in Alaska and it is messy, knee breaking work. Having a metal detector takes away a lot of the mess and makes the excursions to the creeks and streams an enjoyable afternoon strolls. If you are looking to make your fortune by finding gold, you will want a better quality metal detector.

Extra Tools and Things to Bring Along

Plastic Bags - The first thing you should remember to bring along is a plastic grocery bag or two. Depending on where you are at, you may find a bit of trash. Scrap metal pieces, old rusty nails, and fish hooks - these are all items that should be thrown away. Tie a plastic bag or two to your belt loops and pick up as you go along.

Headphones - You will use up more batteries using the speakers on the metal detector. Use headphones to conserve your batteries. Also, headphones will help block out background noise if you are in a noisy area.

Hand Shovel - A pointed garden shovel is perfect for taking on coin and gold finding expeditions. You will need it for poking around in tough soil.

Small Baggies - When you find something, such as a coin, it will most likely be dirty. Keep the dirt out of your pockets and place the coins in a plastic baggie until you can get home and wash off your finds.

Camera - You will never know when or for what reason you will need a camera. Always have one on hand.

When Finding Lost Jewelry

Most of the time, when you find a piece of lost jewelry, you will not have any luck finding the true owner of the item. This is mostly true for an earring or necklace charm. However, wedding rings and bands that are distinct are a different matter. I have always felt that if I lost a family heirloom or a wedding ring, I would want the person who found it to honestly make an effort to return the item to me.

When finding jewelry, check for engravings. Also, does the item look like it is of great value. If you feel that this might be something that someone would be looking for, check the lost and found in the local newspaper. If you see nothing, ask the local paper to run a free found ad. Let the readers know what you found (ring, pendant, etc.) and where you found it. The person claiming the item must describe what the item looks like.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

How to Make an Easy Crab Meat Spread for Crackers

Crab meat spread is a great spread to serve company. Present the spread in a bowl and surround it with crackers and toasted finger breads. Delicious!

  • 1 cup crab meat, flaked
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp fresh, chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder

Mix all ingredients together. Keep refrigerated until ready for use. Serve in a bowl.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Steps to Being Popular Online and On Social Media

Step 1 Reach Out

We all desire acknowledgement. We want to be liked. We want people to enjoy our company and we want them to actively seek us out for friendship and advice.. But before any of this can happen, we must first make the effort to reach out to others.

Reaching out online is very easy to do. If you are using social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace, send out friend requests, follow interesting people's posts, or write something nice on their board.

Also, to find people with interests similar to yours, do searches for message boards on your favorite hobbies, crafts, religious or political interests. There are pen pal message boards as well as email discussion lists you can join.

Step 2 Stay Positive

Real life can be rough on the spirit. The last thing most of us want is to get online and find rude and negative comments. Remember this when you post on your wall, board, or reply to someone's message. If you want to be popular and have people like you, give them reasons to want to be in contact with you. You can make your posts informative. You can make them lighthearted. Write encouragements to potential friends. Congratulate people when they get a new job, get engaged, or had something good happen to them. Post sympathies to people's losses. Let people know that you understand and are listening.

Step 3 No Flame Wars

Never join in online arguments. No one wins and everyone walks away angry. The best course of action when you see a flame war taking place is to ignore it. There are some people that go online just to argue and upset other people. You only give them power if you acknowledge them.

Back in the late 1990s I ran a successful email discussion list. Most of the time, we discussed our activities, our kids, and our opinions. We all learned to agree to disagree without any hard feelings. Occasionally, though, there would be a newcomer who would be disruptive. At first I would try to discuss the problem with the person in private, but I quickly learned that some people could not play well with others. I learned to simply remove troublemakers from the list and not feed their anger with a response.

Step 4 Write Back

Have you ever written to someone you were interested in befriending and then never heard back from them? If you want to be popular online, you will need to set aside time to not only make contact with people, but write back to the people who contact you. If you are suddenly busy and don't have the time for a long response, then quickly write the other person to say that you got their message and you will respond in length after you finish what you need to do first.


The world has over 7 billion people on it. Many people go through periods of loneliness in their lives, and the internet is a fun way to fill that gap. Online friends do not replace the need for in person friends, but it does help us learn the art of socialization. As you work on building online friends and increasing your popularity among netizens, pay attention to what works. You will find that people truly appreciate people who are kind, sympathetic, and informative. With a bit of practice, anyone can overcome feelings of loneliness and gain online popularity.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

How to Make an Easy Deviled Ham and Cream Cheese Spread

The only time I buy deviled ham is to make this easy spread to serve guests. This is a very easy recipe that even beginners can make comfortably.

  • 1 (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (2-1/4 ounces) can deviled ham
  • 1/2 tsp horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Mix all ingredients together. Serve in a bowl and serve with crackers and toasted finger breads.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

10 of the Best Exercise and Fitness Apps for Your iPad and iPhone

Get in Shape with Apps

iPad apps can be great motivational tools. The ten apps listed below are all free and are for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Each of these apps will help get you moving, whether it is by showing you new exercises, providing you with routines, keeping track of the exercises you do, or help you target an area of your body that you are working to improve. Use one app or use a bunch of them - whatever helps you get up and get moving.

Lose It!

Lose It! by FitNow is a must have app for your fitness and exercise routine. With this app, you can set target calorie intakes, keep track of your carbs, protein, and fats, and keep a record of exercises and calories burned.

Nike+ Running

Nike+ Running is a popular iPhone app for runners. Keep track of your pace and miles you run with this app. You can also use this app to connect with other runners and see how you match up to their total miles.

Daily Ab Workout

Daily Ab Workout by Daily Workout Apps, LLC is like having a personal trainer in your home. This free app is for iPhones and iPads. With this app, you get 5 to 10 minute ab-scultping workouts. The videos who you how to do each exercise and the app times you.

Workout Trainer

Workout Trainer by Skimble is a free app for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This app has thousands of free workouts you can do at home or while on the go. Includes instructional photos and videos. You can also create your own workouts using the exercise library. A really fun app to get yourself up and moving.

Fitness Buddy FREE

Fitness Buddy FREE by Azumio Inc. has over 300 exercises in its database. With workout routines and exercises sorted by target areas, there is no longer any excuse for you not to exercise.

Daily Butt Workout

Daily Butt Workout by Daily Workout Apps, LLC is a free app for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The app gives you 5 to 10 minute butt toning workouts that you can do from the comfort of your home. Videos show you how to do each exercise.

Map My Ride

Map My Ride - GPS Cycling, Riding, Workout Tracking and Calorie Counter by MapMyFitness is a free app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. With this app you can track the route you take, check distance, and track calories spent. You can also keep track of your weight and manage your diet with this app.

Daily Workouts FREE

Daily Workouts FREE by Daily Workout Apps, LLC is a free app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. This app has a database of 50 exercise and it creates 10 to 30 minute workout for you.

Simply Yoga FREE

Simply Yoga FREE by Daily Workout Apps, LLC is a free app for the iPhone and iPad. This app provides the user with 20, 40, and 60 minute yoga workouts. There are over 30 poses and there is video instructions on how to do each pose.

Daily Cardio Workout

Daily Cardio Workout by Daily Workout Apps, LLC is a free app for your iPad and iPhone. This app provides you with 5 to 10 minute cardio workouts that you can do at home or on the go. This app has videos that show you how to do each exercise. This is great for a quick pick-me-up.

Making Time to Exercise

If you have time to sit down and watch a television show or a movie, then you have time to do some exercises. The exercises do not need to be long and involves, and you certainly do not need to spend money on expensive equipment. All the exercise apps above are free and nearly all of them do not require any expensive equipment. All you need is some space where you are standing and 5 to 30 minutes to spare. Exercises, such as lunges, can easily be done while watching television. Yoga poses can be done while you are waiting to take a shower or waiting for a video to load over onto your computer. Find time and make time to get yourself into shape. You will be thankful you did.

Friday, October 4, 2013

How to Make a Natural Weed Killer

Not only does dishwashing soap kill stinkbugs, it also kills weeds. To make your own weed killer, mix together 1 gallon of white vinegar (you can purchase this cheaply at the grocery store), 1 cup of salt, and about a teaspoon of liquid dish detergent. Swish it or stir until salt is dissolved.

I may try this out on the mimosa stump. That thing just doesn't want to die and it can't keep growing against the house like it has been.

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Buying chocolate syrup to flavor your milk is fine, if you want the extra chemicals in it. Making your own, homemade chocolate syrup is even better because you know exactly what it in the syrup. Make this recipe for a 1/2 pint of chocolate syrup and taste the difference yourself.


  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Put the cocoa into a small saucepan.
  2. Add the water and stir until it forms a thick paste. Turn burner on medium-low.
  3. Stir in sugar and salt.
  4. When hot, not boiling, remove saucepan from burner.
  5. Allow to cool.
  6. Stir in vanilla.
  7. Store in a jar with lid in the refrigerator.
  8. To use, add about 2 tsp to a glass of milk.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Homemade Stink Bug Spray

While I blogged about how we killed stinkbugs yesterday, I forgot to mention how we made the spray that we used.


1 cup of lukewarm water
2 Tbsp lemon Ajax liquid dish detergent

Mix together.

To use, spray them on their undersides. This works great when they are clinging to your window screens and you have the perfect belly shots. If they are on your walls, spray them directly in the face and when they fall, try and spray them on their bellies. Spraying their backs just annoys them, but it doesn't kill them.

How to Make Fresh Uncooked Tomato Juice

Don't buy tomato juice in a can when you can make it at home with little effort. When you make your own tomato juice, you know exactly what is going into it. You are also in control of the amount of salt you add to it, if any.

Here is how you make your own tomato juice:

You Need
3 medium tomatoes (roughly 1 pint's worth)
1 cup ice cold water
1 tsp salt (or less to none)
Juice from 1 small lemon
Juice extractor


  1. Chill the tomatoes in the refrigerator.
  2. Wash tomatoes. Put through juice extractor. Throw away seeds and skin.
  3. Mix with remaining ingredients and serve.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

How We Killed Stink Bugs

Today we were on a mission - Kill the stink bugs. They were on the walls inside the house, they were hanging from the window screens, and they were merrily doing their buzz-thwack against mirrors and lightbulbs. And let's not discuss their nasty habit of dive bombing my head.

We tried spraying them with bleach and they didn't react. We sprayed them with Odoban mixed with peppermint oil and nothing. Then, my partner in crime decided to test out Ajax liquid dish detergent mixed with water. When he sprayed them on their backs, they were annoyed. However, when he sprayed the stinkbugs' underside (belly) while they were on the screened windows, they would fall off the screen onto their backs, twitch for about 3 to 5 seconds, and die. It was amazing, and addicting. Die, you damned stinky bugs. Die! Mouhaha!

As a side note, I am now scared of using the dish detergent on my dishes. If it kills stinkbugs so quickly, what is it doing to me each time I use it to wash our dishes?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Using a Thesaurus to Come Up With Domain Names

Trying to come up with original domain names to register used to be a pain in the butt. Last year, however, I bought Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition (21st Century Reference) and my domain registering world changed completely. In combination to using the thesaurus, I also keep a list of other letter and number combinations to add the the word(s) I want to register as a domain name. This list includes:

  • 101
  • 2b
  • u
  • r8

It doesn't get any easier than this if you are looking into becoming a domaineer.