Saturday, March 24, 2007

BerryMorins Bits and Tips Recommend Weekly Blog - Pleasant View School

Here's a classical, simple and beautiful looking blog with photos and posts of gardening, sewing, knitting and other projects. Check out her finished sewing project - vintage dress.

You'll find posts regarding terrific bargains, christian and homeschooling experiences. View her Cheap and Cheerful Shoes, a great find at Target.

This blog owner describes her blog as an evangelical Christian, homeschooler to 5 kids, gardener, seamstress, lover of all things domestic and sometime attorney.

This is definitely a blog worth taking another look and that's why, Pleasant View School is this week's BerryMorins Bits and Tips Weekly Recommended Blog choice.

What Questions Should I Ask During An Interview by Heather Eagar

What Questions Should I Ask During an Interview? By: Heather Eagar

What are good questions to ask during an interview is a good question in itself, and one that always comes up when a conscientious person is preparing for a big job interview. The fact that a person even wonders that sets them apart from the crowd of applicants and means that he or she is a proactive individual, intent on making a good impression and proper presentation of skills and experience.

The best question to ask, according to many human resource management professionals, is “what can I do to benefit the company?” This question shows a good, positive attitude and will lead the HR manager to think of you as a go getter and team player and the type of individual the company needs.

The worst question to ask would be anything that makes you, as an applicant, appear to be selfish or self centered. A bad interview question would be a question related to vacation, pay or raises too early in the interview. It is best to first establish that there could be a good ongoing professional relationship between you as an employee and the company as an employer before getting into the details. Of course vacation, raises and starting pay are important to you, and the answers will come in good time, but it is best to show the interviewer that you will be a team player who thinks of the good of the company and the team.

When interviewing remember that the HR manager or other decision maker you are interviewing with has been through the process dozens of times, if not hundreds. The decision maker may be a little bored, and is looking for a way to liven up the conversation and get some information on your personality. In that case a good question to ask the decision maker would be anything that relieves their boredom and allows them to talk. It is an accepted fact of making friends and influencing people that people love to talk, love the sound of their own voice, and love to hear their own name. The sweetest sound anyone can ever hear is the sound of his or her own name, so be sure to call the interviewer by name. That is just basic human nature. With that in mind, pay attention to the office surroundings. Does the decision maker have a hobby, like golf or fishing? Does the decision maker have sports trophies on display or a family photograph? If so, ask anything related to what is important to the decision maker. Disguised as small talk, this is a strategic question that will bond you with the decision maker interviewer. If you allow the interviewer to talk about something he or she cares about, they will have positive feeling about you and about the interview. Give it a try, it could be the best question that you’ve ever asked a potential employer, and may lead to a great job.

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Are you guilty of sabotaging your own job search along with the opportunity to earn more money? Heather Eagar, a former professional resume writer and creator of, provides reviews of the top resume writing services that put you in charge of your career so you can get the job you deserve. Sign-up for your free Job Search Tips E-Course.

March 25 is Waffle Day!

One of my favorite wedding gifts was a Beligan Wafflemaker from Williams-Sonoma. This appliance makes terrific waffles.

I love making waffles for breakfast with strawberries and powdered sugar every weekend for our teen. My husband and I enjoy eating them with a variety of fruits and sugar free syrup. Yummy!

Visit Taste of Home website for some waffle recipes today. You'll find that waffles are now served for lunch, dinner and dessert.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Listen to This Week's Natural Moms Talk Radio - La Toya Brown Talks About 'Trading Spouses' and Homeschooling

Now, here's a show that you just have to listen to this week. Carrie Lauth, Natural Moms Talk Radio, speaks with La Toya Brown talks about her experience on 'Trading Spouses', on Fox. You'll also hear about her decisions to homeschool her daughter.

It's a great show so enjoy! Remember, it's available 24 hours/7 days a week.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Slow Cooking Thursday - March 22 Slow Cooking Fajita Stew

This is a perfect recipe, for a busy week. The house smells great and everyone is anxiously waiting, so they can scoop up a bowl. If you can find sugar free diced tomatoes, go for it.
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2-1/2 lbs. boneless beef top round steak
1 white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained (no sugar)
1 oz. envelope fajita seasoning mix
red bell pepper, cut into 1" pieces
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1" pieces
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup water

Trim excess fat from beef and cut into 2" pieces. Combine with onion in a 3-4 quart slow cooker. Mix together fajita seasoning mix and undrained tomatoes and pour over beef.

Place peppers on top. Cover crockpot and cook on low for 7-9 hours until beef is tender.
Combine flour with water in a small bowl and stir well to mix. Add gradually to crockpot and stir well. Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 15-20 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally. Serve stew with hot cooked brown rice. 8 servings

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Works-For-Me Wednesday - Pyrex Portables

After several years of potlucks, having food spill out in the car, trying to keep it hot till serving, I decided it was time to purchase a Pyrex Portable. I purchased my 5 piece Portable set at Smart and Final. It was at an affordable price, $19.99.

It not only came with 2 hot/cold bags but a slotted spoon. The holder has plenty of pockets for places to put paper plates, utensils and other items. There's a place to write your address and phone number, in case you forget you Portable. (not that I would but it's a good idea) The handles are very strong and have Velcor closers. You can cook and serve your dish in the cassorole dish. Just put the cover on after it comes out of the oven.

Now that I'm hooked on my rectangle cassorole Portable I would like to purchase some of the other pieces. I am strongly recommend this product. You'll be wondering why you waited so long. I sure did!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Banana Cream Pie Recipe - Mr. Food's Quick & Easy Diabetic Cookbook

My husband and son just love this recipe and your family will too. Low on calories, fat and sugar but high on taste and eye appeal. Consider serving this dessert, at your next family gathering.

Banana Cream Pie

1 package (4 serving size) sugar-free cook and serve vanilla pudding mix
1 cup fat free milk
1 large ripe banana, peeled and sliced
1 9 inch reduced fat graham cracker pie crust
1 container (8 oz) frozen light whipped topping, thawed and divided
In a medium saucepan, combine the pudding and milk and cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, cover the surface of the pudding with waxed paper, and let cool.

Place the banana slices on the bottom of the pie crust. Fold half of the whipped topping into the cooled pudding.

Spoon the pudding mixture evenly over the bananas, then spoon the remaining whipped topping over the pudding mixture. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours, or until ready to serve. Serve as is or garnish as desired.

Serves 8

Calories 208, Fat 7grams, Cholesterol 1 mg, Sodium 283 mg, Carbohydrate 31grams, Sugars 14 grams, Protein 2 grams

'Real Work At Home Jobs - How To Find Them' by Charissa Bear

If you have been trying to find a job that will allow you to work from home, you may be feeling overwhelmed. There are many options available and it can be hard to determine which jobs are real and which ones are scams. The following are some tips to help you find the perfect work at home job for you.

If you would like to work for an employer, you may want to consider a telecommuting position. A telecommuting will allow you to work from a home office either part time or full time. You can find telecommuting positions in many types of fields, such as data entry, writing, administrative support, customer service, and more.

These positions can be hard to find; you will need to search on a regular basis, at least two times per week. When you search, you may want to try putting quotation marks around the search term, such as “must be willing to telecommute”. This will insure that you only receive search listings that match that phrase exactly. Without the quotation marks, you will receive any variation of the search term.

Some places to search include job boards, such as Some websites dedicated to the work at home community will do the work for you and will have listings of telecommuting positions. You can also visit the forums on these sites and ask for referrals of companies that regularly hire telecommuters. There are also agencies that will help you find employment. Keep in mind that the agency will keep part of your pay. For example, if you find a job through an agency that pays $10 per hour, your employer is probably paying $12 per hour to the agency, and the agency is keeping the extra $2 per hour.

When searching for work online, be very cautious. Unfortunately, there are many scams, and it can be easy to fall for one of them. You should never pay for a job or be required to submit an application fee, processing fee, or registration fee. You should also pay attention to the ad wording.

While it is possible to earn a decent wage working from home, you will not get rich overnight. If a company is promising you an unrealistic amount of money, this is a scam. While it may take some time to find the perfect job, with a little effort and persistence, you will be able to find a job that will allow you to earn money while working at home.

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Charissa Bear is the owner of, a work at home mom resource site dedicated to helping moms find home based careers.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - March 19

It's been hectic with my pain flare-ups, preparing for a move and the usual busy family schedule. I'm keeping things simple with no dedicated days for this week's menu. Many of this week's recipe picks are courtesy of 'All New Cookbook For Diabetics and Their Families'. As a special treat, I'm making a Banana Cream Pie for my two guys. (yes, diabetics can have desserts!) I'll post the recipe later this week.

Shrimp and Veggie Stir Fry, Brown Rice and Asparagus

Baked Pork Chops, Mixed Green Salad

Oven Fried Fish, Mixed Green Salad and Green Beans

Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli

Baked Ham with Pineapple, Creamy Linguine, Mixed Greens

Stir-Fried Beef, Brown Rice

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