Monday, May 26, 2014

Jumpstart Your Weight Loss Program


Jumpstart Your Weight Loss Program

4 Benefits Of Losing Weight

There are many benefits to losing weight. If you have been considering this idea, or your doctor has mentioned losing weight to you, you know it will be a lot of hard work. However, the benefits of losing weight are definitely worth the effort.

As you consider your decision to lose weight, take a look at the list of benefits below.

1. A Positive Body Image: Many overweight people struggle with their body image on a daily basis. If you are unhappy with your figure, and want to end those negative mirror sessions, losing weight may be a good option for you. Imagine feeling positive each and every time you see a photo of yourself! That’s definite motivation to lose the weight and keep it off.

2. Increased Self Confidence: If you struggle with self confidence issues due to your appearance, weight loss can be a good way to come to terms with your body. As you become strong and healthy, you’ll become confident in your abilities and strength. This is a great feeling!

3. Increased Health and Strength: As you lose weight, your body will become stronger. Exercise and weight training will help your body grow stronger – you may be able to do activities you never had the strength or stamina to before. You’ll breathe easier, and be able to run and walk for longer periods of time without discomfort. You’ll be able to play actively with your children or grandchildren without having to take breaks to catch your breath. Losing weight can truly be a life altering experience!

4. Decreased Health Problems: Many health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and diabetes are all triggered or irritated by obesity. This means that if you experience or have a family history of any of these diseases, losing weight can help you to feel better. Diet and exercise can improve your health be decreasing your risk of heart disease, as well. By altering your fitness habits and your eating habits, you just may be lengthening your life!

The benefits of weight loss definitely outweigh the risks. After all, what do you have to lose? Sleepless nights, lack of energy, shortness of breath, fatigue – you’ll be able to kick all these symptoms to the curb by investing time and energy into your fitness regime. Take the time to develop a healthy diet and exercise program today – your body will thank you for years to come.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice, nor should it be interpreted or substituted as medical advice. Prior to making changes to your physical exercise routine and your diet, you should always consult your personal physician. Better safe than sorry.

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Make Your Own Soap

How to Make Homemade Soap

We all use soap. In the old days, most people made their own. Today, we are much more likely to buy it from the store. There are lots of brands to choose from, and each brand has various formulations and scents.

But making your own soap has some definite advantages. One of the most significant is the price. We can make soap much cheaper than we can buy it. Making it ourselves also gives us complete control over the ingredients, so we can create a soap that's perfect for our skin type in a scent of our choosing.

Making soap is much easier than you might think. It is, however, important to take certain safety precautions. Here's a basic recipe:

Ingredients * 12 cups lye crystals * 5 cups softened water * 6 pounds lard

Instructions

1. Put water in a glass or plastic bowl. Carefully pour lye into water, stirring constantly with a plastic or wooden spoon. This should be done outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, because it produces caustic fumes. 2. Mixing lye and water produces heat. When the lye is completely dissolved, set the mixture aside to cool. 3. Place lard in a stainless steel or enamel pan. Melt over low heat. 4. Allow both the lye solution and the lard to cool to room temperature. 5. Slowly pour the lye solution into the lard, stirring slowly and constantly with the plastic or wooden spoon. 6. Continue stirring after all of the lye solution has been added. Drizzle a small amount of the mixture into the pot periodically. When the soap keeps its shape for a moment before sinking into the mixture, you can add scent, color and herbs. 7. Pour the soap into a mold greased with Crisco. Wrap in a towel, and let set for about 18 hours or until completely cooled. Uncover and let set for 12 more hours. 8. The soap may now be unmolded and cut into bars. Let the bars cure for 3 to 4 weeks before using.

Customizing Your Soap

There are lots of different ways you can customize your soap. To make the best soap for your skin type, you may want to use different oils. Some that are commonly used include olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. The correct amount varies depending on which oil you use, so look for recipes online or in books until you get the hang of it.

Essential oils have therapeutic properties and add fragrance. Oatmeal, cornmeal and other grains can be added as exfoliants. And skin-safe colorants may be used to produce the desired color. These ingredients should be mixed together and added to a cup of the soap mixture, then stirred into the rest of the soap mixture immediately before pouring into the mold.

Making your own soap is easy, and it can be lots of fun. Coming up with the perfect concoction for your skin is rewarding, and sweetly scented homemade soaps make wonderful gifts for any occasion. -------------------------------

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Scrapbook and Greeting Card Basics

Scrapbook and Greeting Card Basics Paper crafts are a popular pastime right now. Scrapbooking is a fun way to display pictures and chronicle family history. Other paper crafts include making greeting cards and even making hand made papers. When getting started at paper crafts, it is easy to spend a lot of money! Go easy at first until you know what sort of paper craft products you are likely to use. For instance, you may find that you love using stickers in scrapbooks, but rarely use your rubber stamps. If this is the case, you would be better off spending more on stickers and less on rubber stamps for your paper crafts. Almost everyone has at least some of their photographs stored somewhere in a shoe box. Scrapbooks are a great way to get those photos out where people can enjoy them. You will need a loose leaf binder, some plastic page protectors, and some colored cardstock for starters. Many paper crafts experts insist on only archival quality materials. Check the labels as you buy. Most paper products, even the cheaper ones, are labeled "acid-free," which means that it shouldn't fade or otherwise deteriorate if stored for a long time. Sunlight will bleach almost anything, but your paper crafts should not be out in the sunlight very often. To start a scrapbook you have several options. You can select photos that all relate to one event, such as a trip or a child's participation in sports. This type of scrapbook will be short, but can be designed around a theme. This is a good choice if your photos are not in a jumble. If they are, then you may wish to choose 3 or 4 photos around a general theme, and change the theme for each page. You may want to include some 2 page spreads in your scrapbook. Attach your photos to the cardstock with double-sided tape squares or a gluestick. Then it's time to decorate the page with stickers, paper shapes, or rubber stamped designs. In addition, you can use a colored gel pen to write dates, names, and other highlights about the activities in the pictures. Other items are available in paper crafts stores. These includes die cuts, which are pieces of paper already cut into shapes and objects. There are also special scissors that cut paper with an interesting edge. A pair of the type called "deckle" scissors is very useful for making elegant looking scrapbook pages, greeting cards, and other paper crafts. If you also have an old pair of pinking shears that are too dull to cut fabric, you can use those for cutting out shapes and photos. Many paper crafts enthusiasts begin with scrapbooking, but then branch out to making their own greeting cards. Greeting cards may or may not have an original poem written on the inside. A simple "Happy Birthday," "Get Well Soon," or even just "Hi!" is enough to brighten someone's day, so don't worry about not being a good enough writer to make your own greeting cards. Rubber stamps often make beautiful greeting cards. You can even attach small ribbons, beads, and other items to hand made cards. A handmade card is sure to please anyone, whether they are interested in paper crafts or not. ------------------------------- Come and "like" our Facebook pages: Mother's Day Is Everyday https://www.facebook.com/mothersdayiseveryday And Bridget Loves Crafts https://www.facebook.com/BridgetLovesCrafts

Summer Crafts For Kids

Summer Crafts for Kids When boredom looms and the weather's hot, get everyone involved in summer crafts for kids. Kids are always excited to be free from the school routine when they are let out for summer break, but it isn't long until they start wondering what to do. Summer crafts for kids will keep them occupied and maybe even teach them a thing or two. In summer, crafts for kids can involve found objects, like seed pods, grasses, and similar objects. Let kids create nature collection collages by gluing these items to a stiff piece of cardboard. Help them spray paint some of the findings with silver or gold paint. Alternatively, they might like to glue glitter to some of the findings. Perhaps they would also enjoy collecting wild flower seed heads and creating dried flower arrangements. Arrange the bouquet in a homemade vase. A vase for summer bouquets, fresh or dried, is another craft that naturally fits into the summer crafts for kids category. A simple vase can be made from a tin can. Soup cans work particularly well because they are smooth on the outside and rather narrow. Be sure to file off any sharp spurs on the inside opening. Start the work of art by cutting a piece of construction paper or other colored paper to fit around the sides of the can. This will be glued to the outside of the can, but first it needs to be decorated. The vase cover can be decorated in many ways. The child can draw a summer scene on the paper and then decorate it with glued on glitter or small stickers of summer things. Another idea is for the child to write their name in large letters, and glue beans, seeds, or glitter to the letters. Let all glue dry before attaching the paper to the outside of the can. Add water and fresh flowers or leave dry for dry flowers. You can also use the can for a trinket container or a place to put pens, pencils, and markers. To make them real summer crafts for kids, glue grass seed heads and found seed pods to the paper in a decorative way. Jar vases make good summer crafts for kids, too. Canning jars make particularly cute vases, but any cast off mayonnaise, pickle, or other jar, even plastic ones, can work, too. To make a jar into a vase it first needs to be sparkling clean. Kids love getting wet in the summer, so let them roll up their sleeves (or put on a bathing suit!) and have fun splashing at the sink while "washing dishes." When the jar is clean and dry, tie an attractive ribbon around the opening. If desired, decorate the outside of the jar with glued on beads and buttons. Summer crafts for kids will provide some cute decorations around the home and keep the kids from being bored. This summer, crafts for kids should be at the top of every parent's To Do list! ------------------------- Visit our Facebook page dedicated to Mothers called: Mother's Day Is Everyday https://www.facebook.com/bridgetmouton7#!/mothersdayiseveryday

Monday, March 12, 2012

Help Site For Overwhelmed Moms

I just got introduced to Working Moms blog that has soooo many wonderful tips and inspiration for the moms that seem to have no time. Check it out for yourself. Working Mom

Friday, April 8, 2011

Thinking of Switching To Vegetarian? A systematic approach.

Thinking of Switching To Vegetarian?
by Bridget Mouton at HealthEsense group on Facebook
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Thinking of switching to Vegetarian meals? Maybe a systematic way of doing it will help. Here’s a suggestion to follow for a 2 month journey into Vegetarianism. These are just suggestions, and you may find that only some of these changes are enough for you. Hope you find some of the information helpful.

Step 1) First 2 weeks:

Substitute one meat meal by one or all of the following:
--make a stir fry, or chef salad with a few strips of meat
--decrease to half a portion of meat, and increase your vegetable portion
--lighter meats like chicken, fish, veal, beef with at least 80% less fat

Substitute one meat meal for a vegetable and/or pasta meal by following these tips:
Goal is to get to 3 days of meatless meals / week
--mushrooms/veggies instead of meatballs in your spaghetti
--vegetable lasagne or other casseroles
--add more vegetables and fruits as you decrease your meats
--make simple changes to your favorite recipes, don’t make drastic changes
--learn about juicing and getting in your fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits
--learn about smoothies and getting in your fresh fruits and vegetables
--learn about blending fresh made sauces for your meals and salads
--learn about avocado, coconuts, soybeans, nuts, and seeds for great sources of protein . . . . . . . raw almonds are a great start! Soaking the raw almonds first, helps to activate their nourishing properties

**Get some good tools and equipment:
--starting out, all you need is a good sharp knife and cutting board, juice squeezer
--later you should consider a blender, food processor, and a juicer

Step 2) Next 2 weeks:

Meatless meals 3 days / week
--start to study the natural food aisles at the grocers, get ideas from local health food store
--start to add new vegetarian food items into your recipes, like tofu, edemame beans, various beans, and sprouts, milk and oil alternatives, etc.
--see what the restaurants have on their vegetarian menus, and get inspired

Step 3) Next 2 weeks:

Meatless meals 5 days / week
The other 2 days, use the tips in steps 1 or 2

Step 4) Next 2 weeks:

Meatless meals 7 days / week

Yay, you made it! Be Creative, make it fun! Continue making a variety of recipes!
And then help someone else do the same thing!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Valentine’s Ideas for Families

1. Start Valentine’s Day for your family with a big surprise for each family member.
Everyone likes to get little gifts through out the day on Valentine’s Day. Make
small mailboxes to place on the back of each family member’s chair. This is a
craft that can be done the day before Valentine’s Day with your children. Use half
of a cereal box to make each mailbox. Cover the outside of the mailbox in either
red or pink construction paper. Decorate each mailbox with the person’s name and
cut out hearts and glitter to make it special for each person. Use a hole punch to
place two holes on the back of the mailbox. Use these holes to attach the mailbox
to the back of each person’s chair at the kitchen table with ribbon.

2. Before everyone gets up Valentine’s Day morning place a card and a small gift
into each person’s Valentine’s Day mailbox. The gift can be a small stuffed animal
or even a little bit of chocolate. The idea is to give each family member a small
surprise gift to start their Valentine’s Day off right. A great way to build on this
idea is to have each child place a special card from them in your spouse’s
mailbox.

3. Prepare a special Valentine’s Day breakfast for your family. This should be a big
meal that includes all of your family’s favorite breakfast foods. You will want to
make heart shaped pancakes for this event. You can attempt to make these by
hand or use stencils that they sell in cooking stores. You can place chocolate chips
in some of the pancakes for those in your family that enjoy chocolate. Make sure
to include fresh fruit like strawberries to place on the pancakes. You can also
make heart shaped toast. Once the toast is out of the toaster and buttered use a
heart shaped cookie cutter on them. Make eggs, bacon, and any other breakfast
favorites of your family.

4. Pack each family member their favorite lunch for the day. If Valentine’s Day falls
during the week, this is a great way to show your family members how much you
love them when they are away from you. Include a small desert to finish off your
loved one’s favorite lunch. A special thing to add to this Valentine’s lunch is a
little note from you that tells them that you love them and miss them. You can
pack this special lunch in their usual lunch bag so that is a surprise or use a brown
paper lunch bag that is decorated for Valentine’s Day.

5. If Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend, it is a good idea to do a family fun day.
One of the best things to do is to take your family to the park if the weather is
good. Even on a brisk day, a day out at the park can be a day for your family to
bond and explore nature. This is a fun and great exercise for you and your family.
Many parks have playgrounds for the younger children to play on. You can pack a
lunch or a special treat to have on your outing.

6. You could also have each family member choose an activity to do on Valentine’s
Day. This would give your family a fun way to try new things. It also helps you to
get to know your family members even better. Let your children choose whatever
they would like to do from the zoo to a movie. Make the only rule that the family
needs to follow is that you must do at least one thing that each family member
suggests. It is a good idea to plan this type of Valentine’s Day celebration in
advance so that you are sure to get to everyone’s ideas.

7. Finish your family’s Valentine’s Day fun with a special sit down dinner. Use your
best dishes to set the table and even place a centerpiece on the table to make the
dinner special. You can even go so far as to request each family member dress up
for the dinner. Make a homemade meal for your entire family to enjoy. You can go
around the table and share everyone’s favorite part of their Valentine’s Day. This
is one of the best things to do if you hand to spend Valentine’s Day away from
each day because it is a work and school day.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

How To Make A Valentine's Gift Basket

Valentine Gift Baskets

Love is in the air and customers are looking for special Valentine's Day gift baskets. You stay calm because you know that you have already stocked your holiday supplies for decorating and filling those valentines gift baskets. You know that you have the best quality candy, cookies and snack items and have baskets and other containers that will sure to please even your pickiest customer. Your customers will be looking for Valentine gift baskets for kids, parents, lovers, spouses or a best friend. Customizing these baskets and offering advise on selections are all apart of the gift baskets home business.

Personalized gift add-ons are wonderful during this holiday gift basket giving because love is all about individuals showing their likes and preferences and feeling safe doing so. Gift Baskets Home Businesses owners welcome the holiday rush because it is a time to give back to valued customers with talent and creativity. Each Valentine gift basket is designed with the individual customer in mind so that the gift will reflect how special the relationship is. The celebration is enhanced by the selection of food items and non-food items including lots of chocolates, cookies, snack items, wine, cheese, meats, and flowers, and customized personal gifts all wrapped in the theme of love. Flowers are especially important to the Valentine gift basket.

Valentine gift baskets are special because they express feelings and portray beauty so the container must be special too. Heart shaped baskets are a favorite. Another favorite is the sparkling of jewelry nestled among the candy and flowers. Boxes can be used or even large gifts like a vase with special roses surrounded by candy and heart stickers.

The customer may want to include a special Valentine card to place in the basket or attached to the decorative wrap. Sometimes it is special to place the most important or special gift on the bottom of the basket when preparing it, so that it is discovered last. This can be an engagement ring or a heart necklace.

Use filler sparingly but enough to cover the bottom and to put in between the gifts. One special idea is to include "breakfast in bed" items like coffee, breakfast biscuits, pancake mix, syrup or muffin mix. Fruit is also welcome. A combination of gifts, candy and flowers will create a well-balanced and beautiful gift. Men especially appreciate the help that the owner of the gift baskets home business can give when customizing a special Valentine gift basket.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Halloween Neighborhood Activity

Boo Activities

If you want to get your neighbors in the Halloween spirit, be sure to engage them in a little game known as "Boo!" It's a popular game in some parts of the country, while in others, nobody has heard of it.

You might live in a neighborhood where you think nobody will participate in a round robin type of event as this, but you might be surprised. Sometimes during the holidays people will step up and get involved where before they wouldn't. It's possible, anyway.

The game goes something like this, and then will be described in more detail later. You print up a few poems and instructions on colorful paper (likely, orange). You get a treat bucket, or bowl or something and fill it with candy. You can also "Boo" people with candles, Halloween socks, and really whatever your imagination comes up with. You "Boo" two people at a time, leaving the items anonymously on their doorstep. You leave it with the instructions and the poem and hope they "Boo" other neighbors. Once you are done, you tape up a large "Boo!" on your door so neighbors know not to hit you up again.

Specifically, here's how it's done. Start this game around the very end of September or very beginning of October. If you want until everyone is decorated for Halloween, you're probably too late. You want this to spread around the neighborhood and that takes time, so you want to start it right as the season starts (or a little before, perhaps) and just as people are starting to think about Halloween. If you start too early, however, you might be out of luck as far as being able to purchase items goes.

So, it's the right time of the year and you're ready to go. Find a "Boo" poem and photocopy it. There are many variations of the poem. Here is a sampling:

"Boo!
To our good friends on the street;
Our homes' locations made us meet;
You now have been Boo'd, but who would we be?
We'll never tell, it's a secret, you see.
We placed these goodies for you and yours;
Then we ran fast, after knocking the door!
Happy Halloween!"

Or it might be a big longer, something like this:

"The air is cool, the season fall
Soon Halloween will come to all;
The neighbors are after things to do
In fact, a neighbor brought this to you;
"Boo" is a sign of friendship power
Just hang it up and watch it double by hour;
On your front door is where it works
It wards off solicitors and scary jerks;
The treat that came with friendly note
Are yours to keep; enjoy them both;
The power comes when friends like you
Copy this and make it two;
Then others here among our friends
Will give warm fuzzies that will not end;
We'll all have smiles upon our face
No one will know who "boo'ed" whose place;
Just one short day to share your Boo
You must be quick so they don't know who;
And don't forget a nifty treat
Like something cute or something sweet;
Please join the fun, let's really hear it
And spread some "Boos" and neighborhood spirit!


Be sure to include a cute graphic of a ghost or something else that looks like it might say "Boo!" You might want to include some details on the flyer about what should be done next, in case you think the poem itself won't be clear enough. Then attach the poem to the goodie bag, basket, whatever you have created, and run out one night dropping your goodies on peoples' doorsteps. If you are just getting this started in your neighborhood, be sure to do more than 2 houses. You might find that some people don't participate and in that case, you want to have "Boo"ed enough people that you will get adequate participation.

What you're striving for is a neighborhood full of "Boo" doors by Halloween night!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Tell Your Friends, Get Some Chicken Wings Recipes

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1) CHICKEN WINGS

36 chicken wings
1 (5 oz.) bottle soy sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
4 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Rinse chicken wings and pat dry. Mix soy sauce, mustard, brown sugar and garlic powder together. Marinate wings in mixture overnight (or about 6 hours). Bake wings on cookie sheet for about 1 hour at 375 degrees. Baste wings occasionally with sauce. Serves 9-12.

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2) HOT-N-SPICY CHICKEN WINGS

5 lbs. bag chicken wings (drumettes)
12 fl. oz. Louisiana Pre Crystal Hot Sauce
1-2 sticks butter

Fry chicken wings until golden brown and drain on paper towel. Mix hot sauce and melted butter and pour into deep pan or crock pot. Add chicken wings to sauce and heat thoroughly.

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3) SPICY CHICKEN WINGS

1 lg. can Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. oregano
4 tbsp. parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 stick margarine
4-5 lbs. chicken wings

Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Melt margarine in small pan. Cut up chicken wings. Discard tips. Mix all dry ingredients in bowl. Dunk chicken wings in margarine and roll in cheese mixture. Place on cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hour. Serve warm.

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4) CRISPY ORIENTAL CHICKEN WINGS (MICROWAVE)

1 1/2 lbs. chicken wings, disjointed
1 med. egg
1/2 c. soy sauce
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ginger powder
1 med. onion, finely diced
2 c. finely crushed corn flakes

Mix together egg, soy sauce, garlic powder and ginger powder. Set aside. On wax paper, mix together crushed corn flakes and diced onion. Dip each wing in soy sauce mixture, then roll in corn flakes and onion. In glass baking dish, cover and cook wings on high (9) for 20 minutes, or until cooked. Remove covering halfway through cooking. Use 13"x9" baking dish. Yield: 24 appetizers.

5) TERIYAKI CHICKEN WINGS

1/3 c. lemon juice
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. vegetable oil
3 tbsp. chili sauce
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. celery seed
Dash of dry mustard
3 lb. chicken wings

MARINADE: Combine lemon juice, soy sauce, oil, chili sauce, garlic, pepper, celery seed and mustard. Stir well, set aside. Cut chicken wings at joint and remove wing tips. Place chicken in baking dish.

Pour marinade over chicken. Cover, refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain and place on broiler tray. Broil about 10 minutes each side with tray about 7 inches from heating element. Brush occasionally with marinade.

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6) HOT CHICKEN WINGS

Chicken wings
1/2 stick margarine
1 bottle Durkee hot sauce
2 tbsp. honey
10 shakes Tabasco
2 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

Deep fry wings for 20 minutes. Drain and dip and let set in sauce. Take out to dry and then serve.


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7) HIDDEN VALLEY CHICKEN DRUMMIES

20 chicken drummies
Good 1/4 c. butter, melted
1 tbsp. hot pepper sauce
2 tbsp. vinegar
2 pkgs. Hidden Valley dressing mix
Paprika
Celery sticks

Dip chicken in mixture of melted butter, pepper sauce and vinegar. Put in baking pan. Sprinkle with 1 package dry dressing mix. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until browned. Sprinkle with paprika. Serve with celery sticks and prepared Hidden Valley dressing mix as dip.

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8) MARINATED CHICKEN WINGS

2 doz. chicken wings
5 oz. bottle soy sauce
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Cut chicken wings in half. Marinate in remaining mixture for 1/2 hour. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until marinate is thick. Turn once. Serves 6 to 10.
COMMENT: May be frozen in marinade. Bake after defrosting.

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9) MARINATED CHICKEN WINGS

1/2 c. soy sauce
1/2 c. honey
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
2 lb. chicken wings with drum end cut at joint from wing, discard tips

Mix ingredients together and marinate cut-up wings overnight. Place wing parts in shallow baking pan and pour remaining liquid over them. Bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees, turning on the 1/2 hour.

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10) SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN WINGS

2 1/2 lb. chicken wings with tips removed
1/3 c. Crisco
1/3 c. vinegar
1/2 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 (12 oz.) can unsweetened pineapple juice
3/4 c. catsup
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1/8 tsp. salt (optional)

Brown wings in hot Crisco, adding more, if necessary. Remove wings as they brown. Drain drippings from skillet. Add vinegar, sugar, juice, catsup, soy sauce, mustard, and salt to skillet. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally.
Simmer gently about 5 minutes. Add browned chicken wings. Cover skillet. Simmer 15 minutes. Turn wings and cook uncovered 15 minutes longer. Serve with rice. Makes 4 servings.

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11) CHICKEN WINGS IN SOY SAUCE

24 chicken wings
1 c. soy sauce
3/4 c. chopped green onions with tops
1/3 c. sugar
4 tsp. salad oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Halve the wings and throw away the tips. Blend soy sauce, onions, sugar, oil, garlic and ginger in a large bowl.
Add the wings, cover and marinate for 30 minutes. Remove the wings and reserve the marinade. Place the chicken in a shallow pan and baste with the sauce. Bake in 350-degree oven for 15 minutes and turn over, baste again and cook 15 more minutes.

This may be made the day before and reserved in refrigerator, covered. Be sure to save some marinade to baste again when reheating in oven.


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12) BUFFALO-STYLE CHICKEN WINGS

2 1/2 lb. (12-15) chicken wings
1/4 c. Durkee red hot sauce
1 stick (1/2 c.) melted butter or margarine
Celery sticks
Blue cheese dip

Split wings at joint and discard tips. Arrange on a rack in a roasting pan. Cover wing pieces with sauce on both sides. Bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour, turning halfway through cooking time. Wings can be deep fried at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes and then dipped into the hot sauce until coated completely. Serve with celery and blue cheese dip.


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Moms, Make Sets Out Of Your Marketing Tools

Most Mom's love organization, and things that come in sets like a pretty stationery set, a nice recipe card file, etc. So why not think of creating "sets" of your marketing tools as well?

There are a number of tools that are necessary when you decide to do online sales.
There's tools for your website, tools for your sales process, tools for the marketing, tools for name capturing . . . and so on and so on.

The main tools that are going to be very beneficial to you and your business are the ones that offer creativity and uniqueness to your presence. These are the items that you can have total control over.

And the 4 things are:

Your Main Sales Page
Your Name Capture Page (also known as your "squeeze" page)
Your Download Page
Your Thank You Page

Start to think of how you can be creative with these particular tools, and think of making them a "set" with common theme of graphics and designs. Think of creating your "sets" for each product you decide to sell.

Tip:
Some people are so creative with these items,
that they have built a business around just doing that.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Mom Needs To Create A Downloadable Zip File

Mom you can share or sell your products by offering a downloadable zip file:


Here's How:

Highlight the item with your mouse
right click the mouse
Select "send to"
Select "compressed zipped folder"
Open the zip file and drag and drop the other files into it



Save the zip file as "yourfilename"
into whatever folder or desktop
it will save as "yourfilename.zip"

Go to your web directory
upload "yourfilename.zip"
it will be uploaded as "yourwebpage.com/yourfilename.zip"
copy the link


Save the link . . . very important!

Now you can:

Share your downloadable link
Redirect visitors to the downloadable link after someone fills out a form
Sell a product and have the downloadable link on the thank you page

Friday, October 10, 2008

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This is a reminder of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is always in October.
I've created some promo items with my design depicting a hatbox of gifts with pink ribbons all over. There's t shirts, mugs, etc. See if you can contribute to the cause. Click the title of this post or visit the link below:

http://www.cafepress.com/reneesgiftshop1/1840222