Monday, January 31, 2011

SCENTS STIMULATE THE SENSES

Who knew that everyday scents were so powerful. Think of the fun you can have figuring out unique and fun ways to spread these scents around your home.

Feel more alert with PINE!
A favorite scent in candles, home fresheners and potpourri, the aroma of pine has been proven to stimulate certain nerves that make you feel more alert and rarin' to go.

Get more done with CLOVES!
Studies have proven that the scent of cloves increases beta waves in the brain, enhancing your powers of concentration and raising energy. This can help you reach your goals.

Relax with LAVENDER!
The scent of lavender is refreshing, and that's not all. Recent studies have shown that its aroma instantly decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol to bring on instant relaxation.

Get energized with ORANGES!
Feeling tired? Rundown? Try the scent of oranges and other citrus fruits to stimulate the part of your brain responsible for physical and mental alertness.

Get a jumpstart with CINNAMON!
Sprinkle some cinnamon into your coffee in the morning, or how about on your oatmeal to boost blood flow and give yourself more energy and brainpower to face the day.

Raise your spirits with NUTMEG!
Grate nutmeg into a pot of hot water to infuse your whole home with warmth, and raise levels of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical that also brings on calm.

Thanks Women's World.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

You Like Pizza...You Like Soup..So How About Pizza Soup!

1) Heat 1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed tomato soup
2) Refill can with water and add to the soup
3) Add 1/4 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
4) Stir in frozen mini meatballs; gently heat through
5) Sprinkled with shredded mozzarella cheese and serve

Optional: Add chopped fresh basil.


Friday, January 21, 2011

More Smart Ideas....

Easy way to dust plants

During the winter, dust from heating systems can coat plant leaves, clogging the pores through which plants breathe. Get dirt off fast with an old glove; run each leaf through your fingers from bottom to top. You’ll clean both sides at once in no time. This is a good chore for the kids to do for you, be sure and remind them to be gentle.

Quick way to clean the inside of your car.


We all know how fast our car can become covered with dust and dirt. So keep a lint roller in the glove compartment for picking up the dirt that accumulates on the dashboard and seats. It takes only a couple swipes to make your car look neat in seconds.

Organize your games

Do you have trouble finding the small game pieces and rules when it’s family game time? Try this to keep them together: Tape a small resealable plastic freezer bag (they are thicker), on the inside of the box lid to hold all the loose parts. They will be right where you need them when you play the next time.

Wrinkle-proof your pants

After you take trousers out of the dryer, immediately hang them by the cuffs or bottom seams. The weight of the pants will stretch out any wrinkles and make for little or no ironing.

Clean laminated wood floors with this.

For a gentle, nontoxic cleaner, mix 2Tbs baby shampoo with one gallon of water. Dip a sponge mop into solution and wring out thoroughly, until it is almost dry. After mopping, dry off the floor with a clean soft cloth.

Ward off kitchen bugs.

Tiny bugs love to slip through small openings in cardboard or paper containers for flour, rice, oatmeal and cereal. Discourage them by putting a couple of dried bay leaves inside. The slight odor keeps the bugs away but it won’t affect the flavor of your food.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Smart Ideas for your home from Woman's World Magazine

Make your stove top scrub free.

Before you start stirring and simmering, give the top of your range a light coating of cooking spray. Anything you spill while sautéing and stewing will disappear with a swipe of a damp paper towel.

Make a cutting board stay put.

To keep your cutting board from moving when you’re chopping, try this trick: Dampen a paper towel and slip it between the board and the countertop. Press down, and the board won’t budge!

Keep your glass top table sparkling!

Mix 2 tsp. liquid fabric softener with 2 cups warm water. Spray on a soft cloth, then wipe the table. Dry off with a soft, clean cloth. The softener will clean the glass, and the antistatic elements will keep dust from gathering.

In a pinch cutting boards.

Old plastic lids from oatmeal and coffee cans are perfect for small tasks like slicing an onion or a single tomato, so there’s no need to dig out and clean up a big cutting board. And you can simply toss (recycle) the lid if you want.

Unstick a frozen lock.

Can’t get into your house or car because of a frozen lock? Heat the key with a lighter or match, then insert it into the lock. Wait a couple of minutes for the hot key to warm up the inside of the lock. Then turn it slowly. Repeat if it still sticks.

In a pinch carpet stain remover.

Spill something on the carpet? First soak up the spill with a paper towel, then blot with a baby wipe or pre-moistened facial wipe. Turn the wipe over on the stain until everything is absorbed and the spot is gone. Then lightly rinse the area with a damp cloth and let dry.

Unscrew a light bulb with ease.

Before putting a new light bulb into the socket coat the threads with lip balm. This will prevent the blub from getting stuck in the socket.

Scent the room.

Place a few drops of your favorite essential oil on the top of your light bulbs. When the bulb heats up, it will emit the pleasant smell.

Make your own fabric freshener.

In a spray bottle, pour 1 cup baking soda, fill with warm water, then add 10 drops of essential oil. Shake it up and spray to refresh fabrics safely and affordably.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

LOOKING FOR A JOB - WE'VE GOT A CAREER FAIR FOR YOU!!!

Meet face to face with top local employers at our

CLEVELAND CAREER FAIR

Thursday, February 10, 2011

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Doubletree Hotel Cleveland South
6200 Quarry Lane
Independence, OH 44131

This event will showcase companies hiring in the following industries.

* Accounting/Auditing

* Administrative and Support Services

* Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations

* Banking

* Consumer Products

* Customer Service and Call Center

* Finance/Economics

* Financial Services

* Hospitality/Tourism

* Insurance

* Real Estate/Mortgage

* Restaurant and Food Service

* Retail/Wholesale

AND MANY MORE....

For more information about this career fair,
visit www.ncfairs.com or call (702) 614-9537

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A MUST SEE - Treasures of Heaven Exhibit - Cleveland Museum of Art

I just saw this MARVELOUS and I do mean MARVELOUS exhibit!!! Oh it took my breath away. And the expansion of the Art Museum along with the portable audio phones in general is amazing. Some of these relics have never been out of their country of origin before this time. There is also a beautiful slide show of churches throughout Europe that shows so much detail. The entire thing brought tears to my eyes.

LAST DAY IS JANUARY 17TH!!!

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe offers visitors a unique glimpse of the Middle Ages, a time when art mediated between heaven and earth and wondrous objects filled churches and monastic treasuries. Relics—the physical remains of holy men and women, and things associated with them—were especially important to the development of Christianity, which emerged as a powerful new religion in the Late Roman world.

Artists sought to bridge the gap between heaven and earth by fashioning special containers for holy matter. Nested within these special vessels, relics connected Christian faithful with sacred places and people who died as the martyrs of faith. Often covered in precious metals and encrusted with gems, these containers commanded attention.

The exhibition Treasures of Heaven explores how medieval artists expressed the sacred power of fragmented remains and considers the role that relics played in the development of the visual arts. The Cleveland Museum of Art co-organized this exhibition with the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore and the British Museum, London. The exhibition, on view in Cleveland from October 17, 2010, to January 17, 2011, will provide American audiences with an unparalleled opportunity to see 135 extraordinary works of late antique, Byzantine, and Western medieval art, including precious metalwork objects, paintings, sculptures, and illuminated manuscripts, drawn from public and private collections as well as church treasuries across the United States and Europe. Several of these spectacular works have never been seen outside their home countries.

MUSEUM HOURS
Tues, Thurs, Sat. & Sun. 10AM to 5PM
Wed & Fri 10AM to 9PM

TICKETS FOR THE TREASURES EXHIBIT ARE:
$12 for adults
$10 for seniors and students
$6 for kids 6-18
Free for kids 5 and under
Free for members
October 17, 2010–January 17, 2011
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Have a Laugh On Us Today

A MAN WALKED UP TO A LITTLE BOY AND ASKED, "SON, CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO GET TO THE POST OFFICE?"

THE LITTLE BOY SAID, "SURE. GO STRAIGHT DOWN THIS STREET AND MAKE A RIGHT."

THE MAN THEN SAID, "I'M THE NEW PASTOR IN TOWN. IF YOU COME TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY, I'LL TELL YOU HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN."

THE LITTLE BOY REPLIED, "COME ON NOW. YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO GET TO THE POST OFFICE."

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Don't Let Your Houseplants Get Dry - Inexpensive Way to Keep Them Moist

Ice Cubes...Yep...Just lay a few ice cubes on top of the soil of your houseplants periodically. As the cubes gradually melt they get the job done. No muss, no fuss. Thanks Mom Squader Farrah of Warrensville Heights, Ohio.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Recipe of the Week - Bean Soup With Spinach Recipe

10 Servings
Good for Leftovers
Contains Red Meat
Diabetes-Friendly

Nutritional Info (Per serving):

Calories: 169, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 608mg, Dietary Fiber: 8g, Total Fat: 3g, Carbs: 22g, Sugars: 4g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Protein: 13g

Exchanges: Vegetable: 1.5, Starch: 1, Lean Meat: 1 Carb Choices: 1

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 2 h
Rest Time: 1 h
Total Time: 2 h 30 mins

Ingredients:

8 ounce(s) beans, white kidney, dry
6 cup(s) water
1 pounds beef, crosscut shanks
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper, black
1 tablespoon oil, olive
3 medium onion(s), chopped
3 medium carrot(s), chopped
1 cup(s) fennel wedges
2 teaspoon garlic, minced
12 ounce(s) ham hock
1 tablespoon bouillon, beef, instant granules
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon thyme, dried, or 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
2 teaspoon rosemary, fresh, or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
14 1/2 ounce(s) tomatoes, diced, undrained
4 cup(s) spinach
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

1. Rinse beans. In a 4 1/2- or 5-quart Dutch oven, combine beans and 6 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or place beans in water in Dutch oven. Cover and let soak in a cool place for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.) Drain in colander; set aside.

2. Sprinkle beef with the 1/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper. In a 4 1/2- to 6-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook about 5 minutes or until brown, turning once. Transfer to a plate.

3. Add onions, carrots, fennel or celery, and garlic to drippings in Dutch oven. Cover and cook about 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Return beef to Dutch oven; add drained beans, 6 cups water, ham hocks, bouillon granules, bay leaf, dried thyme (if using), dried rosemary (if using), and the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Stir in undrained tomatoes. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes more or until beans and meats are tender.

4. Remove ham hocks and beef; let stand until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones. Cut meat into bite-size pieces; return to soup. Discard bones and bay leaf. Skim off fat. Stir in spinach and fresh herbs (if using). Heat through