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The Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies Ever!

(This recipe came from my sister-in-law Dawn Manyen.  Thank You!!  The variations and tips  are my own, but the picture is Dawn’s.)

Hey, people!  Let’s get real.  There isn’t anyone that wouldn’t do a simple recipe that is quick and easy, especially if it gives you that touch of “homemade” that has been missing in your kitchen.  You can even get the kids to help with this one.  That’s how easy it really is!  If you only have three ingredients, there couldn’t be much to go wrong with the kids involved.  So here is your 1-2-3 recipe: (more…)


The Life of a Nomad

Image courtesy of Beatrice Murtch via Flikr.I recently watched a television show about “Gypsies” and the nomadic life that they have.  Quite frankly, the excitement of going from place to place and seeing so many different things seemed to be a great way to live.  But then I had to wonder how they make a living.  I guess that’s the down-side of that type of life. (more…)

Home Remodeling a Growing Trend?

Image courtesy of InternetBullet via Flikr.There are a lot of people that are deciding to stay put in the homes that they currently have instead of opting to move to a new home.  The costs of the remodeling are quite often less than the cost of closing on a newer home or building a new one.  A lot of people have older homes that simply need some updates or repairs in order to suit their needs. (more…)

The Debate over the New Health Law

Image courtesy of Mark Evans via Flikr.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of impoverished Americans rose to 15.1% in 2011.  The number in 2010 was 14.6%.  The current poverty level set for 2012 is $23, 050 per year gross income (about $1921 per month) for a family of four ($11,170 for an individual).  That leaves a lot of families living at or under that level unable to afford health care coverage.  The sagging economy and growing unemployment has put a huge burden on those families.  When their income does not pay the bills and buy the groceries, usually the first thing that is dropped is the cost of health insurance. (more…)

Prevent Home Improvement Fraud

Image courtesy of Denise Krebs via Flikr.Summer time means a big upswing in home improvement and repairs.  It is the best time of year for any major projects.  But it is also the time of year for the most home improvement frauds.  The Attorney General has already obtained convictions for home improvement fraud and is urging people to take precautions when arranging for their projects.  Here are some of the tips to follow: (more…)

The Challenge of Special Needs Children

Image courtesy of the U.S. Army via Flikr.It is estimated that there are five million children under the age of five that are at risk for such conditions as autism, physical disability or slow physical and mental growth.  These conditions are considered “special needs.”  The problem is that there are only 20% of them that get the early intervention and care that they need.  Why?  It’s because of the financial strains that are placed on many families due to economic woes.  Job loss, work cut-backs and a lack of medical insurance hampers the care that the families need and want to give. (more…)

A Pitch is a Pitch

Thanks to Kathy via Flikr for the image!Baseball is fun to watch.  But if you watch the batters closely, there are certain pitches that they will not swing at.  If you watch the pitcher, there are pitches that the batter will consider or swing at.

The same thing happens in life.  (more…)