Happy Halloween and a Few Spooktacular Quotes

The longer I have my grandchildren, the more I’m liking Halloween. <3 <3

I definitely decorate for fall a lot more than I used to; and that gets me excited about the fun, October holiday. =)

 

 

 

I hope you like the below quotes and pics I have to share with you today

 

But I love Halloween, and I love that feeling: the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner. – Evan Peters

Quote and Photo Credit: Evan Peters http://sumo.ly/xYwb via @sayingimages On Twitter and Facebook

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Halloween is not only about putting on a costume, but it’s about finding the imagination and costume within ourselves. Elvis Duran

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Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative Judy Gold

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If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween Douglas Coupland

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A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween Erma Bombeck

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I also wanted to share a blog post back in 2011 ~~ My Grandson Was Almost 1 -1/2 yrs. Old!

Awesome Halloween With My Grandson

Happy Halloween!

Have fun ya’ll, and ABOVE ALL, please be safe!! <3

Give Back – 25 Non-Traditional Ways To Heart Your Christmas This Year

I thought I would do something against the norm, and did some research on giving for this Christmas season. <3

First and foremost, any of the links found in this post are not affiliate links

I’ve come up with 25 ways to give this Christmas season…(25 non-traditional ways). There are definitely many, many more things to do for Christmas that will make a big difference in someone’s life. However, I’ve disclosed enough here to give you a good start.

Spend Christmas beyond the usual this year! Use some of the resources I’ve included below and see how different you feel. <3 =)

1) My First One is Special! Give your grandchildren a gift of money. Make them understand that this gift of money is to give to a charity of their choice. Another idea would be to give to homeless shelters and animal shelters. Your grandchild’s parents are the ones to help pick and choose; and also, help designate a time and place.

2) Give To Food Banks <3 There are many more than what I've included here. http://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/

https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/take-action

3) Spend Christmas day cooking and deliver meals to homeless shelters and/or neighbors and family that are homebound. Make this a family project.

4) Make use of old clothing, coats; and deliver them to homeless shelters.

5) Stuff stockings for homeless shelters.

6) Donate to the Salvation Army.
(as expressed on the site)…To donate by phone with a live operator call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Volunteer
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer/
Ways To Give
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-to-give/

7) Sign up and use Amazon Smile when you shop for your (traditional) Christmas gifts.
The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

8) Donate 10 Books to Firstbook.org And help young children learn.

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9) Shop at Yoobi. Every Yoobi item you purchase helps provide essential school supplies to classrooms in need across the U.S.
https://yoobi.com/

10) Give/Donate To Toys For Tots.
https://www.toysfortots.org/donate/Default.aspx

11) Give To Breast Cancer Research.
https://www.bcrf.org/

12) Race For a Cure! (breast cancer).
https://ww5.komen.org/raceforthecure/

13) Donate To The Pregnancy Center (and other centers like it). You can give (baby items) to your local pregnancy centers.

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14) Donate Old Cell Phones To Soldiers So They Can Stay In Touch With Family.

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15) Volunteer At Churches Around Your Neighborhood.

16) Spend your Christmas Visiting Various Nursing Homes. You could deliver baked goods, gift baskets, boxes of candy. Better yet; give the gift of time. There are so many things you can do. You could read to the residents, you could deliver (small trees, with the permission of the nursing home), and decorate them. You could also sing Christmas songs. Be creative with this one and think of something you’d like to do. The residents will greatly appreciate your gift of time and your companionship.

17) Make up food baskets to deliver to your local fire department. This is an excellent way to thank the fire fighters for their service. You will need to call ahead and get a head count for each fire fighter. You can be creative with this one too. It doesn’t have to be food baskets. Perhaps a stuffed stocking.

The next two are dear to my heart! <3

18) Spend your Christmas day with broken and lonely animals in shelters.

19) Donate blankets, toys, and food, to your local animal hospitals and shelters.
https://hopeforpaws.nationbuilder.com/onetimedonation

20) Give To Foster Care.
https://www.togetherwerise.org/donate.php

Donate Online

Give to Serenity


https://www.adoptuskids.org/adoption-and-foster-care/overview/ways-to-help

21) Support The Hunger Site. Shop The Store – They give a portion of every purchase to charity partners.
https://thehungersite.greatergood.com/store/ths/site

Feed Hungry Americans
Donate $1.00 For Shoes While Youre There!
http://thehungersite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ths/thank-you

22) Donate your hair to Wigs For Kids.

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23) Donate to Stand Up To Cancer.
http://www.standuptocancer.org/

24) Send care packages to Support Our Troops.
https://www.supportourtroops.org/care-packages

25) Support The Arbor Day Foundation.

Taken directly from the site: – Trees make a world of difference—this is your opportunity to make a difference for them. Together, we can green up our communities, replant forests across the country, save the rain forest and make an impact on our planet.

https://www.arborday.org/takeaction/
https://shop.arborday.org/donate-general.aspx

I certainly hope this post helps inspire you in some way for Christmas 2017!

May The Lord sincerely bless you and keep you safe! <3

Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and Many Wishes for the Best and Safe 2018!!

What Can You Do With Leftover Turkey, and More Recipes From DVO

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Thanksgiving Leftovers and What to Do with Them

Hooray for Thanksgiving! The best day of the year to eat. And sometimes after Thanksgiving we still eat, and eat, and eat… By about day 4 or 5 of Thanksgiving leftovers, we are ready for something new. Here are some fun ideas to creatively use up those Thanksgiving leftovers.

Turkey – Turkey is probably the easiest leftover to use. Turkey meat can be used in soups, casseroles, pot pies, salads, and even tacos. Or you can try my delicious and super easy Barbeque Turkey Sandwiches (recipe at the end). 😉

Cranberry Sauce – Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite Thanksgiving leftovers. I love to spread cranberry sauce on deli meat sandwiches; especially with a little cream cheese. You can also add cranberry sauce to yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, or even as a topping for vanilla ice cream. A little cranberry sauce added to homemade whipped cream can make a fun, festive topping for hot cocoa, cider, pie, etc.


Mashed Potatoes – Shepherd’s Pie, anyone? That is the first thing I get excited to make with leftover mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes make a yummy topping on meatloaf as well as other casseroles. There are many bread, roll, doughnut, and other pastry recipes that use mashed potatoes. In my Internet searching, I came across several recipes for potato dumplings that looked intriguing and yummy.

Sweet Potatoes – Like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes can be added to many bread and pastry recipes. You can make sweet potato pancakes by mixing an egg or two with some leftover, mashed sweet potatoes and then frying them on the gridle. Sweet potatoes can be added to thicken chilis or stews. Sweet potatoes can also be used in burritos, quesadillas, and other Mexican-inspired dishes.

Stuffing – Stuffing is, in my opinion, the most difficult leftover to work with. But believe it or not, there are some great recipes and ideas for using up stuffing too. Apparently, stuffing can be used to stuff more than just birds. You can make stuffing-stuffed peppers, mushrooms, and meatballs. Stuffing can be turned into breakfast foods like breakfast hash and stuffing baked eggs. Stuffing also can be delicious on top of some casseroles and dishes like chicken cordon bleu.

I am now looking forward to using my Thanksgiving leftovers this year! How about you? What else do you do with Thanksgiving leftovers?

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

As Promised…

“Leftover” BBQ Turkey Sandwiches (Yields 4 Sandwiches)

Ingredients

1-2 lb of leftover turkey meat
12 oz of barbeque sauce
4 hoagie sandwich rolls
4 slices of provolone cheese
4 slices of turkey bacon, cooked
1 avocado, sliced
Small red onion, sliced

Directions

Mix turkey leftovers with barbeque sauce in a pan on the stove. Heat over medium heat until the turkey is warmed through. While turkey is heating, turn on the oven broiler to high. Place the hoagie sandwich rolls, open-faced, on a baking sheet. Put a slice of cheese on each roll. Put the rolls in the broiler for 2-3 minutes until toasted… (Make sure you check the rolls regularly to prevent them from burning). Put some of the barbequed turkey mixture on each roll. Top with a slice of turkey bacon, avocado and red onion slices. Eat and enjoy!

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More Delicious Recipes

Turkey Salad with Strawberry-Pepper Vinaigrette

Serves: 4

Ingredients

6 cups torn romaine
2 cups torn curly endive, chicory, or escarole
2 1/2 cups (12 oz) cooked turkey or chicken, julienne
2 cups kiwifruit, peeled, sliced (or star fruit)
1 1/2 cups (3 oz) enoki mushrooms
1 cup red cherry tomatoes and/or yellow baby pear tomatoes, halved

Strawberry-Pepper Vinaigrette

1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen (thawed), cut-up
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Directions

Mix lettuce and greens together and divide among four plates. Top each pile with turkey strips, kiwi, mushrooms, and tomatoes. In a blender container or food processor bowl, combine ingredients for vinaigrette. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad and pass around a fresh pepper grinder for a garnish.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Serving size: 12 == Calories per serving: 255

Ingredients

12 Oreo cookies
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 pinch cloves
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions

Put one Oreo into each cupcake slot in a lined cupcake pan. Mix remaining ingredients together with an electric mixer. Pour over crust. Bake 35-40 minutes at 350°. Cool completely at room temperature, then refrigerate overnight.

Dinner in a Pumpkin

Serving size: 5 == Calories per serving: 301

Ingredients

1 sugar pumpkin
1 small onion, diced
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup mushrooms
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups white rice (uncooked)

Directions

Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin and clean it out. Put rice and water in a microwave safe dish and cook on high until rice is tender (or use a rice cooker).

Brown ground beef in a large frying pan and add onions to saute.

When ground beef is no longer pink, add the rest of the ingredients and stir until completely mixed. Mix ground beef mixture and rice together and pour into pumpkin. Put the top back on the pumpkin and bake at 350° for 1 hour.

Be sure to scoop out part of pumpkin when serving.

Turkey Soup

Ingredients

1 turkey carcass
12 cubes chicken bouillon
5 large potatoes, cubed
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, diced
6 cups carrots
2 15-ounce cans corn
2 14 1/2-ounce cans stewed tomatoes
2 cups elbow macaroni
Salt & pepper as needed

Directions

1. Fill a stock pot half to three quarters full of water and boil it.
2. Add bouillon cubes and the turkey carcass and let it boil for about 45 minutes to an hour.
3. While the carcass is boiling, chop up the rest of the vegetables.
4. Use a slotted spoon to remove the turkey bones from the boiling water.
5. Add all the vegetables and while they’re cooking, remove the meat from the turkey carcass.
6. Chop the turkey meat into bite sized chunks and add to stock pot.
7. When vegetables are nearly ready, add the elbow macaroni.
8. Season well with salt and pepper (it takes a lot of salt!).
9. Enjoy!

Note: Add more water as needed until the consistency is the way you prefer it.

Turkey Marinade

Ingredients

1 cup soy sauce
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sprite
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, crushed
1 1/2 tablespoons horseradish

Directions

Mix and add up to 5 pounds cubed turkey breast–marinate overnight and grill.

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The Spooky Season: 5 Great Halloween Decoration Ideas

By Dixie Somers — Halloween is a time for tasty treats, costume parties, and frighteningly fun home decorating! This is a time to pull out all the stops when it comes to creepy creativity.

Whether you’re getting the house prepped for all the neighborhood trick-or-treaters or you’re planning a monster-mash bash, these eerie and exciting decorating tips could be just what you need for haunting Halloween ambiance!

Luminous Milk Jug Ghosts

By simply saving your empty gallon milk jugs you could be on your way to creating a glowing pathway of frightful delight. Make sure to thoroughly rinse out and dry the milk jugs. Then take a black permanent marker and draw some spooky ghost faces on one side of each of your milk jugs. Large, teardrop-shaped eyes and round mouths work great, though you could give a few ghosts a wicked grin just for fun! Make the faces large enough to be seen from the street. Then pop a lit artificial candle inside of each one to make them glow. You can use these boo-tiful luminaries to light up your walkway or porch.

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Spooktacular Lollipop Spiders

If you’re planning a kids Halloween party, these lollipop and pipe cleaner spiders may be just the right decoration. They can double as a tasty treat! Take a lollipop of any color or size. Then take three black pipe cleaners. Wind the pipe cleaners around the lollipop at the top of the stick right below the candy. Then bend the legs on each side to look like spider legs. You tie these spooky spiders around the top of treat bags or hang them from the ceiling with string.

Awesome Autumn Appliques


If you’re looking for some cute and classy designs to spruce up your home every Halloween, you could consider adding some of these adorable Autumn-inspired appliques fall-themed throws or pillows. You can store these items away and bring them out each fall to get your home looking especially festive before Halloween. There’s a variety of choices available, such as pumpkins, fall leaves, black cats, and ghosts.

Cute or Creepy Window Clings

Depending on your taste, you can purchase window clings that celebrate the fun or the frightening sides of Halloween, or perhaps a little of both.

You can purchase a wide variety of inexpensive Halloween-themed window clings. These would include everything from smiling bats and grinning jack-o-lanterns to dripping, bloody handprints. If you’d rather make your own bloody handprint window decorations, you can use red paint and school glue.

Mummy Door Décor

Take some white streamers and wrap them carefully around your door from top to bottom. Then draw a couple of spooky eyes onto white paper plates. Fasten the plates onto the door so that it looks like they’re peeking out from between the layers of white streamers. If you want a more durable mummy door, you could use white tulle fabric instead of streamers. You can even add a patch of black construction paper in the shape of a mouth if you want to get more elaborate with your mummy door decoration.

Hopefully, these ideas give you a head start on making your house look hauntingly-horrific for Halloween!

Wishing Everyone an Awesome Halloween!

Beautiful Fall Colored Leaves, Hoodies, And a Sleep In Sunday

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This grandma is looking forward to Halloween with her grandkids! Here it is October 24th. Where has this year gone to!!

Sis and I slept in until 10:20 AM (yesterday – Sunday) guess we needed the sleep! Lol

 

 

 

There hasn’t been frost on the pumpkins yet, however, it’s coming. This has been an exceptional year weather wise. lol I’m wondering how mild our winter is going to be?

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I’ve been staying with my sister while she recovers from a surgery. I love ️ making a difference in someone’s life. It does my heart good.

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I’ve become a (decaf) coffee drinker again…at least until my urologist tells me otherwise. I LOVE coffee ️!!! And gotta love Denny’s!


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I drink (2) bottles of water (before) drinking the coffee, and also, afterwards. I also make my coffee weak and put quite a bit of creamer in it. So far, my bladder hasn’t been affected.

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I’m enjoying the color change of the leaves and the (gradual) crisp breeze in the weather! I simply love the autumn season!

My weight loss challenge…well, let’s just say, I’ve taken a hiatus from this challenge. Both eating healthy and working out.

That’s going to change very soon!!!

I don’t remember the last time I had makeup on…probably the last Avon video I made. It’s been awhile.

At least, I’m making an attempt at keeping busy blog posting.

Happy Autumn and Halloween !

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Be safe this Halloween!

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5 Fun Summer Activities You Can Do Even In Winter

summerinwinter Although summer is swiftly coming to a close and chillier days are upon us, you don’t have to put away all your warm weather gear just yet. Luckily, there are a variety of fun ways to incorporate sunnier activities into your winter regimen.

Here are some favorites:

Go Glamping

While summer may be the time for outdoor campfires, s’mores, and falling asleep to the sound of crickets, winter is prime ‘glamping’ time: camping in luxurious style. Set up a tent in the living room and pile it high with comfy pillows, string up twinkling lights in lieu of fireflies, and play some fun nighttime nature sounds on the stereo.


Have an Indoor Luau

Hawaii may be miles from your home and current climate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the festivities indoors. Host a family (or neighborhood!) luau with Hawaiian music, snacks, and decorations. “Decorate with palm fronds and use grass skirting around the edges of tables,” writes Linda Donahue for Livestrong.com, “to go all out, add fake palm trees. For atmosphere, encourage your guests to come in Hawaiian shirts, sarongs and beach wear.”

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Hit The Swimming Pool

Indoor community pools generally stay open all year-round, so what better time to enjoy a beach day than on a snow day? Lay out brightly colored towels and blankets and bring suitable poolside snacks and toys to enjoy in between splashing around. You can even add some gorgeously fun flair with a mermaid Shimmer tail, and turn the pool into an instant tropical lagoon. This is definitely a great way to relive some of the joys of summer.

Head To The Kitchen

Barbecue, tacos, and burgers may seem like outdoor summer fare, but you can just easily fire up the proverbial grill indoors. Once a week plan a fun summer dinner with all your picnic favorites, with StyleAtHome adding: “Mix and match dishes in fun vibrant colors or with funky patterns like stripes and botanic prints.”

Cut A Rug

Head to the basement or family room, push the furniture aside, crank up the surf rock and hold a vintage-inspired indoor dance party, with all the #1 beach hits and appropriate styles to accompany. Serve up soda fountain classics like root beer floats and ice cream sundaes, with Madmen-style summer cocktails for the adults.

Winter is all about keeping the spirit of summer alive, and with a little creativity you can enjoy all your favorite activities long after summer vacation’s come to an end.

Outdoor Summer Time Fun With Grandkids and Work Outs For Grandma

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Before technology was attached to the hip of just about every child or grandchild, playing outdoors was the thing to do to get in some exercise time with your little ones. The word, “tablet” was labeled as a simple pad of paper that you wrote in with a pen or pencil.

 

 

Technology has literally taken the place of active playing with the kiddos; making it difficult to keep them active and in good shape. Sure, technology today is excellent for learning and keeping up with your child’s studies in school or looking up just the right element for teaching your kids various things.

However, today’s society is concerned about a generation of grandchildren/children becoming obese. Tech tablets, iPhones and laptops have taken over. Although, there are excellent ways to keep them moving and away from all the tech stuff, (at least a good portion of the time).

Getting Your Grandchildren Outdoors Is Key!

One Dozen Summer Fun Ideas

* Outside Workout Routine – Summertime is a good time for this activity. Pick either the early morning or late evening hours to beat the heat. Try and make the routines fun for the kiddos and YOU as well. Maybe watch some videos/youtubes to get a few ideas flowing for the outdoors.

* Trip To The Park – Walking, running and playing are all excellent activities at the park. I see a lot of moms and grandparents walking with strollers. However, that’s not all there is to do at the park. There are usually slides, swings and teeter-totters for the kids to play on too. These are fun activities for grandparents to stay active. Most often, it’s a good workout just chasing and keeping up with them!


* Find Hidden Objects – Scavenger Hunt – This is an all-time favorite for many kids. Grandparents can have some fun with this. You can offer a small dollar amount for the child that finds the most objects. However, there are other rewards you can offer as well. Maybe make them a favorite food or dessert. You can also take the kids on a special outing.

* Walking – If you are caring for three to six month year olds and toddler age grandchildren, always have a stroller on hand and take them walking with you. This will give you an incentive for walking outdoors. Also, it’s always encouraged to walk as a family. The ideal time for this is in the evenings.

* Swimming – This is an all-time favorite among the kiddos during the hot summer months. I know this Grandma loves the pool. Get them out with you for some fun; although, safety is number one while swimming with kids. Life jackets, noodles, and innertubes are musts for safety.

* Hula Hooping – Tell me you haven’t heard of the hula hoop! lol 🙂 This type of activity would, of course, be for the older grandchildren in your family. A lot of folks call hula hooping “hula dancing.” Work up some fun moves with the hoops. A good idea would be to watch a few youtubes on this fun activity.

* Back Yard Ball Games – What child doesn’t enjoy ballgames? I know my grandkids LOVES playing ball outside. Be a “cool Grandma” and get outside and play ballgames they enjoy. Softball, kickball, soccer or just ball rolling are all great for extra activity.

* Frisbee – Frisbee has been a fun past time for years. However, for the younger kiddos, special attention would have to be practiced for safety. It would be easier and safer to work with (smaller than average) frisbees. 🙂

* Water Balloon Fun – This activity is great for the very hot summer days. Water balloons entice laughter while cooling the young ones off, (and you too Grandma) while having lots of fun. Water balloons are sure to please the kids and grown ups of all ages.

* Jump Roping – Playing jump rope doesn’t have to be just for the girls, although, for the majority, more girls like this activity more than boys. Grandparents need to be in fair shape to participate. (Grandma), if you workout to begin with, of course, you won’t have any problems keeping up. 🙂

* Trip To The Zoo – Going to the zoo is always a workout with children along. Make walking fun by visiting your grandchildren’s favorite animals. Pack some fun lunches and let them help you with making their lunch. Find an area with shade to sit down and eat; most often, there are picnic tables all over the zoo park. A trip to the zoo will be fun for sharing special moments and picture taking to remember for always.

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* Gardening – Most Grandmoms love to garden, and chances are your grandkids would love to help out. Purchase flowers that are vivid in color to make the flower beds colorful and bright. Try and get them active with you by making gardening gloves and T-shirts just for them. Be as creative as you like. The more creative, the better to entice your little ones to join in. 🙂

The whole idea for this blog post is for getting grandkids and grandparents together for some fun summer activities that will become nice memories. Let’s face it, playing outdoors is a far better option than sitting inside and playing computer games or phone texting.

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Let The Ants Go Marching Somewhere Else!

antsgomarchingdvo By Cristina Duke @ DVO.com/ From: A newsletter I get monthly 😉

As a grandmother, I have to be careful every spring; as we get a few ants coming in. They are usually headed for my cat’s bowl of food. Yikes!! Yes, I spray generously for those annoying pests every year around this time! 😮

Since I’m an affiliate, I thought I’d share these helpful tips with you. 🙂

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A couple of months ago, I had a pretty embarrassing experience. Before I tell you all about it, let me give you a little bit of background information. Early this spring, we began to spy ants in our house. They were spotted in several locations throughout the house, but mostly in the kitchen. Eventually, I figured out that they were coming through a tiny crack underneath the ledge of our kitchen window sill. So I set out some ant traps, started noticing them less, and went on with life.

About this same time, my daughter’s preschool teacher asked us to save an empty egg carton to send to school at the end of the month. They would be using them for a class Easter egg hunt. As soon as we finished the eggs in one of our cartons, I set the empty carton on top of our cupboards, knowing my daughter would bring it to school in a few weeks.

When the week of the Easter egg hunt arrived, I saw the empty egg carton sitting on top of the cupboards and remembered I needed to send it in. In our rush out the door, I threw the egg carton in her backpack and we headed off to school. I gave my daughter instructions to give the egg carton to her teacher as soon as she got to the classroom and… she did.

When I picked her up from school later that day the first thing she said to me was, “MOM!! I think I know where all those ants in our kitchen were coming from!” I quickly put two-and-two together and realized that the egg carton we sent to school was infested with ants! I was so embarrassed. As soon as we got home, I emailed her teacher and apologized. She wrote me back and said that she was quite surprised when she opened the carton. She went on to say that the boys in the class thought it was the greatest thing ever to play “stomp the ants.” Bless her heart; she was so nice about it!

After this experience, I became a little more determined to get rid of the ants in my kitchen. I already knew some of the obvious things like keeping food sealed and put away, placing ant traps in strategic locations, and making sure to keep the counters and floors clean. However, in my research on “ant prevention”, I did learn a few new ideas. Maybe one of them will help you keep those pesky bugs out of your kitchen too!

-Clean your kitchen with a half vinegar-half water solution. Ants hate the smell of vinegar and it will also mess up the ants’ scent trails.

-Add a few drops of peppermint or cinnamon oil to your cleaning routine. After you have cleaned the surfaces in your kitchen well, wipe the areas again with a wet rag sprinkled with a few drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil. Ants dislike both of these smells and as a bonus, it will make your kitchen smell nice.

-Spray lemon juice on possible ant entrances. Just like vinegar, lemon juice can destroy the ants’ scent trails.

-Caulk. Use caulk to seal any cracks that the ants could be coming through.

-Place bay leaves in drawers, cupboards or containers where you’ve seen ants. Ants hate the smell of bay leaves and will stay away.

-Draw a chalk line around the area the ants are coming in. Some people swear that ants will not cross or go near a chalk line. The talcum powder in chalk is supposedly a natural ant repellant. The same idea might work if you sprinkled some baby powder with talcum powder around the area.

-Mix dish soap with baking soda. Put a thin line of this mixture where ants are coming in.

-Set out a mixture of borax, sugar, and water for the ants. Several people swear by this homemade ant trap. Spread a small amount of this mixture on a piece of cardboard. The ants will be attracted to it and take it back to their colony. The borax will kill the colony. Ant problem solved!

…And maybe it’s best to not set any empty egg cartons on top of your cupboards!

Cristina Duke
Monthly Newsletter Contributor since 2014 @ DVO.com

This article was from the newsletter from DVO.com

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The Best Way to Make Frosting for Valentine Cookies

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From The Prepared Pantry

Secrets to getting your grandkids to always beg for more! 🙂

 

 

More Than Pretty Valentine Cookies

 

 

 

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Secret #1 is the flavor

We sell sugar cookie mixes that taste very good like key lime, cherry, lemon, and raspberry. The secret is in the frosting. If you put the flavor in the cookies, much of it bakes out. So we put most of it in the frosting. That makes them exceptionally good.

Secret #2 is the meringue powder

If you add a couple tablespoons of meringue powder to your frosting, it will dry with a shell on it–enough to keep the cookies from marring and sticking together. If you add more meringue powder, you have royal icing, the icing that is used to make the hard decorative flowers on wedding cakes.

More Sugar Cookie Tips…

Get the cookies off the sheet as soon as the pan comes out of the oven. Two bad things happen if you don’t. First the cookies stick. (You can get by with a very lightly greased pan if you remove the cookies immediately.)
Second, if you don’t take the cookies off immediately, they continue to bake on the pan. The become dry and hard.

If the bottoms of the cookies are brown, you baked them too long. They should be golden

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Jolly Holiday Scentsy Sale With Party — Darlene Demell

Scentsy Fragrance

This Sale Is Going To Be Huge With Awesome Discounts For The Holidays!

 

 

Fill Your Home With Fragrance and Warmth This Holiday Season 🙂

 

 

Excellent gift ideas for grandparents, parents, children, friends or whoever happens to be on your holiday list this year! Give the gift of fragrance!

 

 

 

Darlene needs your help with getting tons of free stuff to make her home feel warm and fragrant for the holidays.

 

You Can Help By Easy Online Shopping!

 

Full Details Here
 

Please Use Darlene Demell As The Party (OPEN PARTIES) At The Top Before Shopping

 

Scentsy Fragrance

 

 

Darlene said ** 1 Random Shopper Will Be Super Happy They Shopped ** 🙂

 

Hurry though, this Jolly Holiday sale ends on December 7th!
 

Please Note: I have not been compensated for this post, nor do I have any affiliate links here…JFYI. 🙂

 

Just being nice and trying to help a business associate and friend.

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