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Archive for September 18th, 2010

I’ve been on my feet a lot the last two days and they are protesting this abuse.  Their protesting has gained attention and so tonight they will be getting a slight pampering.  So many times it seems I just don’t have the time to put into truly taking time to relax. To much to do, so little time to get it all done in and everything has a time limit it has to be done in.  I’m sure many are in this same boat and for them I offer a relaxing and re-energizing foot bath recipe.

Relaxing Foot Bath.

A dish pan or other water holding bowl big enough to cover your feet and ankles in hot water.

Hot water

To this add:

A generous squirt of honey

A splash of vanilla extract

A splash of almond extract

A small squirt of shampoo

A handful of marbles

While soaking feet, gently rub them atop the marbles to get a soothing foot massage.  For added relaxing benefits, grab a cup of chamomile tea and sit back and relax.

Re-Energizing Foot Bath

To hot water add :

Handful of Epsom salts (keep another two hand fulls in reserve)

Handful baking soda

Drizzle olive oil

Squirt of lemon juice

Handful of mint leaves or dash of peppermint oil

Using a loofah begin to clean and massage your feet,  finish with taking remaining handfuls of Epsom salt, using your hands to massage it into your feet tops and bottoms until all dissolved.  Then sit back with a cup of energizing tea such as green tea with spearmint and some invigorating music.

Sometimes, we just need to pamper ourselves.

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Universal Laws

1. Law of Mechanical Repair – After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch & you’ll have to pee.

2. Law of Gravity – Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

3. Law of Probability – The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

4. Law of Random Numbers – If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal & someone always answers.

5. Law of the Alibi – If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.

6. Variation Law – If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

7. Law of the Bath – When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

8. Law of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

9. Law of the Result – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.

10. Law of Biomechanics – The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

11. Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena – At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet & who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies & stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

12. The Coffee Law – As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

13. Murphy’s Law of Lockers – If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

14. Law of Physical Surfaces – The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor, are directly correlated to the newness & cost of the carpet or rug.

15. Law of Logical Argument – Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.

16. Brown’s Law of Physical Appearance – If the clothes fit, they’re ugly.

18. Wilson’s Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy – As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

19. Doctors’ Law – If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you’ll feel better.. But don’t make an appointment, and you’ll stay sick.

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Don’t they look almost good enough to eat?

There is actually a story behind this dog treats name.  My son who was around 3 at time I began making these treats had a dog named Legion.  He could not say the poor dogs name and called him Llama instead.  He also struggled with the word Lollypop, which came out as Dolly.  So when he would go to give his buddy a treat, he would say “Dolly Llama?”  The name and way he said it so cute, it just stuck.

Dolly Llama’s

1 package chicken livers, put blood and all into a dutch oven and cooked.  Use fork or potato masher to mash up as they get “tender” to form a paste.

1 1/2 cups  glutton free flour to thicken into a dough.

2 eggs beaten

1-2 tbsp baking soda.

I was lazy in making these and just rolled them out by hand into small balls which I flattened with my palm.  The usual way I make them and much more uniformed in size, allowing me to make smaller treats is with a ziploc baggy with a dime size hole cut out of one corner.

Place batter into ziploc and squeeze out small dollops onto greased baking sheets.  Don’t fret with to much closeness they don’t expand much in baking.

Bake 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until bottoms mildly browned.

*Hint* If you happen to have cake decorating tools, you can create fancier cookies using the large star and leaf designs.

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I put up some pints of fresh corn off cob last night and still have more to go.  This particular corn was the yellow sweet corn variety which is most often used in the store bought cans.  Bi-colored works wonderfully also.  Canning corn is really quite simple it just takes some steps and willingness to get messy.

First you need corn.  This can be from garden, farmers market and yes even a sale of large frozen store bags.  Mine began on the actual ear so I will detail the steps from that point.

First, prepare your cobs.  This means remove the husks and silk from the corn.  Discard, or keep the husks to dry and make corn dolls and decorate scarecrows for the fall holidays.

Second, get yourself a sturdy, sharp knife, cutting board, and large turkey roaster pot to catch the kernels in.  Holding the corn upright by the tip, slowly begin working the knife down along the cob, using caution to not cut into the cob to remove the kernels.  Continue this process until all the cobs are cleaned of kernels.  (If you want cream corn, run the back of the knife blade against the cob to extract it’s milky juices.  If just kernel, skip this process.)

Third, place all the kernels from roaster into a canning kettle or large dutch oven.  If using kernel method add enough water to half way cover the corn.  Some people at this point prefer to add a little sugar to the water for a more sweeter corn.  I do not bother with this step.

Fourth, bring the corn kernels to boiling.  You will know they are finished when you smell corn in an adjacent room. Meanwhile prep your jars and put your lids on to begin to boil.

Fifth,  once the corn is prepared, using a canning funnel, ladle with a slotted spoon the kernels into the jars.  Continue until almost every kernel is removed from the water.  Then using a ladle transfer the hot water the corn was cooking in into the jars to cover the kernels.  Place on lids and secure tightly with rings.  Place in pressure cooker.

Sixth, fill pressure cooker with hot water to just under the rim of the jars.  Secure lid on cooker and process at 10 lbs pressure for 55 minutes.

Seventh, once finished turn off cooker, let the pressure decrease before opening.  Then remove the jars and let cool on counter.

You’re done.

For cream corn it’s the same processing only you heat the liquid milk juices with the corn and ladle all of it into the jars before processing.

PS: Don’t throw away your cobs, set outside or place in low oven (200 degrees plus a wood spoon holding door open for ventilation) until dried.  Slather with cheap peanut butter, bird seed and nuts and give the woodland creatures feasts all winter long.

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