Saturday, November 03, 2012

It's Fall Back Time!

Source: via Kim on Pinterest

Bank of America Finally Settles Overdraft Claims

Source: via Karl on Pinterest

I was pleasantly surprised to see an extra $200 in our checking account this evening. Then I saw it was due to the class action suit.

We're ordering Chinese for dinner tonight!

What You Can Do When Someone Expresses Suicide Online

From time to time you may encounter a person who is expressing thoughts of suicide on your social media sites.

If someone you know online is showing any of these warning signs, it is important that you post a message encouraging them to call the Lifeline. If you are friends with the person in real life or know where the person is, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) so that you can talk to a crisis counselor.

Writing about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
Writing about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
Writing about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
Writing about being a burden to others.
Writing about seeking revenge.

You can also contact the safety teams for social media sites! Facebook:Click here to anonymously report someone as suicidal on Facebook. A member of Facebook’s Safety Team will send the user an e-mail with the Lifeline number and possibly a link to chat with Lifeline counselor.

Twitter:Click here and select “Self-Harm” to send an e-mail to Twitter reporting a suicidal user. Twitter will send the user a direct message with the Lifeline number.

MySpace:Click on the “Report Abuse” link that appears at the bottom of every MySpace page and complete the form. MySpace will then send an e-mail to the MySpace user with the Lifeline number.

YouTube:To report suicidal content, click on the flag icon under a video and select “Harmful Dangerous Acts” and then “Suicide or Self-Injury.” You Tube will then review the video and may send a message to the user that uploaded the video with the Lifeline number.

Tumblr:Click here to write an e-mail to Tumblr about a suicidal user. Include as much information as possible including the URL of the Tumblr blog. A member of Tumblr’s Safety Team will send the user an e-mail with the Lifeline number.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life: Desserts

Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life topic for this week is desserts! Just in time for the holiday season!

Our family favorite desserts are cake and fry bread!

I first discovered the strawberry fridge cake on Pinterest, this summer. We love strawberries, cake and that's its kept in the fridge. I'll definitely be making it again!
strawberry fridge cake

Marcus and I first came across fry bread while living in Maine. There it's called fried dough. It's typically served at fairs.

I forgot about it after moving to San Diego but when he needed an American Indian recipe for a school project we came across our go to recipe!

2 cups white flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
Deep hot oil in frypan or fryer

Sift dry ingredients. Lightly stir in milk. Add more flour as necessary to make a dough you can handle. Kneed and work the dough on a floured board with floured hands until smooth. Pinch off fist-sized limps and shape into a small disk. (everyone has their own characteristic shapes. (Shape affects the taste, by the way because of how it fries).

We make them about the size of our palm, brush with unsalted butter and sprinkle with confectionery sugar.

For Indian tacos, the disk must be rather flat, with a depression--almost a hole-- in the center of both sides. Make it that way if the fry bread is going to have some sauce over it. Smaller, round ones are made to put on a plate. Fry in fat *about 375 degrees until golden and done on both sides, about 5 minutes. Drain on a cooling rack.

No Studies Regarding Long Term Opioid Medication Use

"In my 15 years of practice, I have yet to see a scientifically sound study that can show significant benefit from the long-term use of opioid medications for chronic pain in a large patient population. " Peter Abaci, M.D. Chronic Pain Specialist

It's statements like this that should make anyone who's been using opioids for many years have some concern. But due to $635 billion dollars being spent by chronic pain sufferers for relief drug companies aren't in a hurry to find cures last year.

In the meantime, Dr. Abaci suggest that chronic pain sufferers should consider healthy lifestyle habits, start exercising regularly, connect better with others and become less dependent on external resources like heavy medications, then they will start to feel a whole lot better!

I know that I have several side effects due to my long term use. Some of them did go away after I stopped using them. Others, like my acid reflux are still present. These days, I no longer rely on prescriptions to manage my pain. In my case, Dr. Abaci was right!

Chronic pain may cost US $635 Billion a Year

5 Minutes for Mom Pin It Friday ~ Autumn Arrangements

November has many of us looking at autumn arrangements for the table, mantle or display table. Here's just a few that I found on Pinterest. Thanks to 5 Minutes for Mom for hosting Pin It Friday.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Storm drains Red Cross of blood donations - New York News | NYC Breaking News


Storm drains Red Cross of blood donations - New York News | NYC Breaking News

The Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give blood or platelets as soon as they are able.

About 44,000 blood donations are needed in the United States each day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October Foodie Pen Pal Revealed

My October Foodie Pen Pal was SteakNPotatoesKindaGurl!
Marcus and my husband were home when the UPS package arrived. They quickly opened it and split the goodies. I only had one chance to get a photo!

The package contents were Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, Hot Chocolate Mix, Got Milk Cookies & Cream straws,cinnamon sugar, Trader Joe's Cookies Crumb spread, and a caramel popcorn kernel. Thank you Diedra, SteakNPotatoesKindaGurl for the lovely assortment.

It's Official! Marcus' Financial Aid Has Kicked In!

Finally, after numerous trips, faxes and phone calls the college received all the paperwork needed to process Marcus' financial aid request. He's been approved for a Pell Grant. There will be no student loans taken since my husband and I will take care of the rest.

So he'll be starting college in January, Spring Semester!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hubby & I Voted Early!

Source: via David on Pinterest

We used to vote via the mail ballot for many years in San Diego. It was very convenient for many reasons so we decided to do the same in Las Vegas. This year, we filled out the form for mail ballots last month. We were able to really research the candidates and the *Props online.

I'm glad that we were able to vote early this year!

After 16 Years Our Waffle Maker Has Died

It was a wedding present that we purchased from a Williams-Sonoma gift card that a friend gave us 16 years ago. And last night I plugged her in to make waffles, heard a click, red light went out and it tripped a fuse. She's gone.

Goodbye faithful waffle maker!

Christmas Mug Party at Heatherly Loves!

Looks like Heatherly Loves is sponsoring a Christmas mug swap. Just stop by her blog to sign up before the deadline, November 20th. Later, you'll be emailed another participant's contact info.

Than stop by their blog, pick out a Christmas mug you think is a great fit for them (fill it with some fun little goodies like a baked treat or tea bags if you wish), and ship it by December 8th.

Then come back to Heatherly Loves on the December 17th to link up a photo of your new Christmas mug!

It's Scarf Wearing Season~ Different Ways to Wear Them

I had purchased a couple of scarves last year, at the thrift store, for a $1! So now that it's cool enough to start wearing them I wanted to pull off different looks.

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Just click on the image above till it takes you to the website. Than you just click on the style and a video tutorial will be displayed.
slip knot

Monday, October 29, 2012

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 29, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I hope those in the path of Sandy please stay safe. We're sending positive thoughts and prayers. Thank you to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday.
shredded pork tacos
I'm substituting beef for chicken enchilada casserole, salad
crockpot beer chicken, rice, collard greens
blueberry pancakes ~ my request

Autumn Scenes ~ November 2012

I just love autumn! Don't you? In Las Vegas we don't have fall foliage but I'm able to cut off the A/C, open the windows and pull out my jeans.

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Source: via Wendy on Pinterest

Sunday, October 28, 2012

'Upstairs, Downstairs' Season 2 on PBS! Whee!

Watch Upstairs Downstairs Season 2: Episode 4 Preview on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.

So, are you an 'Upstairs, Downstairs' fan? So far, I'm really enjoying Season 2. How about you?

Percy is back home so we can count on her bringing more chaos. Agnes is discovering life outside of the structure one she thought she wanted. And everyone is getting ready for war.

Jumping Tandem Sunday ~ You Are My Shelter

I pray for those of you in the path of Sandy. Please listen to the warnings and stay safe! Thanks to Jumping Tandem for hosting Sunday!

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