Sep 28, 2011


Sadly, the wild fires here in Texas continue to burn. Almost every day we hear of another one around us or somewhere within the state. As you can see from the picture above the ground and grass are extremely dry. If I said it wasn’t scary I would be lying. It got a little too close for comfort a few weeks ago. 



A few weeks ago George Bush Park, which is approximately 2.5 miles from our home, was on fire. I didn’t even realize it was on fire until one of my friends posted on Facebook that it was burning. Imagine my surprise when I looked out the dining room window! 


The Houston Fire Department responded quickly and they were able to put it out before too much of the park was charred and before any homes were put in danger. We are all very grateful!  There is hope! We should be getting a little rain this week, but it’s going to take a 100 year flood for us to be caught up and out of the danger zone. 

Sep 21, 2011


Five surprising uses for ketchup
I found this artical cute and handy!


By Brian Clark Howard Posted Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:37am PDT


Whether you enjoy ketchup with fries or -- like some Americans -- a few fries with a boatload of ketchup, there's no denying the ubiquity and popularity of the distinctive red condiment. Ketchup has been satirized, politicized (W Ketchup anyone?) and considered for reclassification as a vegetable. Many folks can't even agree how it should be spelled (catsup or catchup perhaps?).

We're guessing we're not the only ones who squirrel away unused packets of ketchup in desks and cabinets after a quick meal on the go. (Or who have aging, half-empty bottles of the stuff crammed in the back of the fridge.) And since we hate to waste things here at The Daily Green, we got to thinking about ways to creatively reuse extra ketchup -- we mean besides the obvious choices of making recession ketchup "pizza" or "spaghetti." Shudder…...

By the way, wonder what's in ketchup? Typically tomato concentrate (duh), the ubiquitous corn syrup or another sweetener, vinegar, salt, spice and herb extracts (including celery), spice and garlic powder. Some brands also include allspice, cloves, cinnamon, onion and other vegetables.
While none of us should be eating too much salt or corn syrup, it's hard to argue with the fact that the ingredients list is decidedly non-toxic, especially when you compare it to the chemical-laded conventional cleaning products and shampoos that it can replace. So check out these great alternative uses for ketchup, which will save you money and time:

Shine your copper
Whether you have copper-bottomed cooking pans, architectural detailing, or shiny knick-knacks, forget mucking about with costly and potentially toxic metal polish pastes. Why not use some of those old ketchup packets stashed away in your kitchen drawers?
Here's a very simple recipe from Michael de Jong, TDG's Zen Cleaner and author of the Clean series of simple living books:
Massage ketchup over the copper and watch it dissolve the tarnish away (thanks to the acid). In the event that you have stubborn spots, add a pinch of table salt while you polish.

Get those auto parts gleaming
According to The Cymbal Book by Hugo Pinksterboer, some folks have seen decent results getting their cars to shine by rubbing with ketchup. The book notes that the condiment does a good job cutting tarnish, but not so well in removing dirt. Sounds like you may need a multi-step process, with some soap and water as well.
Give it a try and let us know if it works for you.

Fight Skunk Odors
If you've lived in a rural or even suburban part of North America, chances are you may have had a run-in with a skunk one night or evening. Or perhaps your dog has. Although some experts have cautioned that the technique may not actually work well (beyond a masking sensation), many people still swear by tomato juice as a way to remove potent skunk odor. Michael de Jong points out that in the event you don't have any tomato juice on hand you can try using plain ketchup instead.


Get back prettier hair from chlorine damage
According to de Jong, ketchup can also be used to correct limey-hair-highlights-gone-green, which can sometimes occur from exposure to chlorine found in swimming pools (another good reason to check out natural pools as a refreshing alternative).
How? Restore your normal hair color -- or at least the one you paid dearly for -- by applying full strength ketchup to your hair. Smoosh it in, let it linger for about 20 minutes and then wash it out thoroughly.
Soothe wounds
Unused ketchup packets pile up across America by the millions, as hurried diners and service staff often grab huge handfuls, only to end up using a few. Lisa posted over on Seacoast Online that she freezes leftover ketchup and soy sauce packets to use on her children's "small booboos and bumps." She claims, "The kids LOVE them." Apparently even the mere appearance of the packets often makes their hurts go away.
Want to make your own ketchup? Check out this link for a unique cranberry ketchup recipe, or get zillions of other ketchup ideas from Delish.
Get more green cleaning recipes from Quick and Simple.

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Original artical can be found at : http://green.yahoo.com/blog/daily_green_news/43/five-surprising-uses-for-ketchup.html

Sep 10, 2011


I got the Perfect Brownie for Christmas this year. I wasn't really sure I was going to like it. I honestly didn't see the point in it. How much better could it be than any brownie? To my surprise I really like it. I love the fact that the brownies come out cut, and I love the fact that they also come with a serving tray.

They would be perfect to take to an office or even to a Girl Scout meeting because they are pre-cut and they have a nice serving display tray. The only thing I am not the biggest fan of is the fact that the entire tray and the divider have to be sprayed down with cooking spray to ensure that the brownies don't stick! Other than that
It really is the perfect brownie. They turned out wonderful! Nice and moist and were perfectly cut! You can't beat this deal!!



Sep 9, 2011



This is such a fun gadget! I asked for it for Christmas only to fill out a Christmas list for my husband. I didn't have any expectations, to be honest I didn't think it would be worth having, but boy was I WRONG!

I love it. If you don't already have one you should give this a try. It's well worth the money just in the time you save in chopping. I am the type of person that puts bell pepper, and onion, and sometimes celery in just about everything. I can't begin to tell you just how much time this little gadget saved me. You can order it online or you can buy it in places like Bed Bath and Beyond. I am actually on my second one that is how much I use it! It lasted for several years and considering how little it cost I got my money out of it over and over!

Five stars in my book!!

Sep 8, 2011


Here is one of my MUST HAVE items: 

These goggles ROCK! I know you are sitting there going.... "Ummm WHY?" Check out the Pink Onion Goggles. I love these goggles!! I hate cutting up onions because my eyes water so bad that I have tears running down my face... makeup going all over... it's insane!

I was lucky enough to get a pair of these for Christmas and I must say I use them just as much as my oven because I put onion in just about everything. I don’t have any problems with tears now that I have these little beauties!

Finally, a tear-free solution for chopping onions! These goggles have fog-free clear lenses and a foam seal that protects the eyes from irritating onion vapors. Pink frames in unisex design. Fits most face shapes. Pink Onion Goggles

Sep 7, 2011

Here is one of my MUST HAVE items: 


I love fresh bread and I LOVE this bread machine! One thing I love about it is it was not over the top expensive and it works great! I have to say I am very impressed with the bread maker

My first recipe in this machine was banana bread, but silly me I was thinking it would be a normally banana bread. Nope it's more like a loaf of sandwich bread with a little banana in it. Not sweet, and not yummy, but plain ol' bread! BUT I it did turn out really nice! I have used this machine so many times to fresh bread, cake, rolls, and cinnamon rolls (they are the best) a good bread machine is a must in any kitchen. You simply can’t beat homemade hamburger buns! They make the burger!




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