18 Remarkable Tricks to Make Your Food Last Longer

banana.jpg-3I found 18 remarkable tricks to make your food last longer over at studentbeans.com. Check it out.

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Scrolling Down The Avenue

IMG_1109My mouse stopped scrolling a couple of years ago. I kept using it and doing the drag routine when I needed to scroll. Completely and without preamble, it died a couple of days ago. My husband picked up this understated little guy for me. He glides like a model on the runway in Milan. Nothing fancy, but sleek and elegant. Mouse love here.

a few of my favorite 2012 gadgets and recipes

Happy New Year everybody. I thought I’d end the year by sharing a few of my favorite recipes and gadgets that I discovered in 2012. Here we go!

First the gadgets. I have a few rules for gadgets. They must WORK! They must not be too expensive or too large to store. They have to be practical and actually solve my problem, and be something that I’m really going to use.  Otherwise, why bother to spend money on something that’s only going to add to the clutter in my house?

This is the most recent gadget this year. It just made it in under the 2012 wire.

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I like my coffee or tea to remain hot to the last drop. I happened to mentioned that when I’m on the computer, my coffee always gets cold before I finish it. Voilà! I received this nifty beverage warmer for Christmas. I’m using it this morning and my tea stayed hot till the last drop. A Winner!

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This is probably my favorite thing to come down the pike in a long time. I’ve wanted a salad spinner since I don’t know when. I can’t stand  how wet lettuce dilutes the dressing, but I refused to get a salad spinner. Why? Because… where the heck do you store those ginormous things? This was yet another gift… earlier in 2012. I use it all the time. It collapses to about the size of a pie plate and it’s a couple of inches deep. Not bad!  And it really does the job. I love things that do what they’re supposed to do. See how it collapses? As my granddaughter would say, “magic!”

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Okay! On to my favorite NEW recipes of 2012. Twenty-twelve was a good year for trying new recipes. I had a few winners. These were my faves.

Peach Cobbler

The peaches were sweet and absolutely delicious at our farmers’ stand this year, and we took advantage of them by making several Peach Cobblers. Looking at this reminds me of the taste of summer. Can’t wait for them to be in season again.

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Crash Hot PotatoesIMG_8576

These Crash Hot Potatoes from the Pioneer Woman were a real winner. They’re soft underneath and crunchy on top. Yum. I’m not kidding. And easy.Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 12 whole New Potatoes (or Other Small Round Potatoes)
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • Rosemary (or Other Herbs Of Choice) To Taste

Preparation Instructions

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in as many potatoes as you wish to make and cook them until they are fork-tender.IMG_8529

On a sheet pan, generously drizzle olive oil. Place tender potatoes on the baking sheet, leaving plenty of room between each potato.IMG_8555

With a potato masher, gently press down each potato until it slightly mashes, rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again. Brush the tops of each crushed potato generously with more olive oil.IMG_8557

Sprinkle potatoes with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and fresh chopped rosemary (or chives or thyme or whatever herb you have available.)IMG_8577

Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Source: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/06/crash-hot-potatoes/

And the winner is….. drum roll please!

Provençal Vegetable Tian vegetable-tian

My all time favorite new recipe of 2012 was Provençal Vegetable Tian. I hate to rave about a recipe because everyone has different taste buds and sometimes it just doesn’t translate, but I’ll stand by this one. It was the best recipe I’ve tried in a very long time. Again, I have to give credit to my terrific farmers’ stand. They have the freshest produce. I get it the same day it comes out of the fields. You couldn’t ask for better. Don’t let 2013 go by without trying this recipe.

Happy New Year, everybody!

by the numbers

There are times when I just love the Internet. I found a post that includes everything you ever wanted to know about writing numbers. I know that’s a big claim and probably false, but I live for hyperbole.

Should you spell out simple fractions? Can you use figures for mixed fractions? Where does that apostrophe go when you wish to express decades using incomplete numerals, e.g., “We all wore shoulder pads in the ’80s.”

And by the way… that first sentence up there? Most major American publications (as well as most Canadian ones) capitalize Internet. Outside North America, internet is rarely capitalized.

How many grammatical errors are in this post? That was rhetorical.

Source: GrammarBook.com and Grammarist

19 Regional Words All Americans Should Adopt Immediately

This is silly stuff but fun. Different areas of our country create their own inventive and descriptive words that are unique to their state or region.  I have to give you the first word on the list because a few people who are near and dear to me live in Wisconsin, but you can check out all 19 words at MentalFloss, and speak like a native next time you visit one of these states.

1. whoopensocker (n.), Wisconsin
You know when something’s wonderfully unique, but the words “wonderful” and “unique” don’t quite cut it? That’s why the Wisconsinites invented whoopensocker, which can refer to anything extraordinary of its kind—from a sweet dance move to a knee-melting kiss. [continue]

Shocking Proof That the Sun Makes You Age Prematurely

My daughter-in-law sent this astonishing example of unilateral dermatoheliosis or photoaging to me in an email. This is a sterling example of a cautionary tale. It hammers home the argument that we should wear sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats and sunnies and maybe flannel shirts over our faces when exposed to the sun.“This guy is 69 years old, but half of his face looks much, much older than that. He was a trucker and, for 28 years, his face received much more sunlight on the left side, resulting in premature aging.” [continue]