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Have a Breakfast Quickie!  Here's a fast, easy and nutritious breakfast or snack.

From friend and contributor Bev Avery: "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt" Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens  PS from Bess: I've proved that point on occasion, haven't you?

Author Cynthia MacGregor is also a confirmed cook, and has in fact written several excellent cookbooks.  This recipe is fast to make and will warm body and soul on these cold winter days.  Spicy Cheddar Soup.

We all know we should eat more greens - real greens, iceberg lettuce scarcely counts.  But many people think they are so..... GREEN!  Here's a quick and scrumptious way to sneak some of the best greens into everyone's diet - and don't knock it until you've tried Green Eggs & Bacon.

As the holiday season neared, my thoughts were much with those serving overseas, away from their families and not knowing whether or not they will see another holiday season with loved ones. I didn't realize the depth of this grievous experience until I was eleven. See Who Do We Owe.

I can scarcely function in the morning without my cup of tea.   No one refutes the fact that our government is in disorder lately, but it's not the first time.  Did you know that a dispute over tax on tea was a great factor in the American Revolution?  See A Cup of Tea and express your opinion.

Try Wine-Poached Plums with Yogurt Cream from AvMed Health Insurance

Sent by John Vandervelde of Fuller Brush For a lift, and we all need one lately, see Symphony in White,

Sent to me by Virginia Wiedemann (the Weedy Lady): imagine you were a bird, what wonders you could see.  Imagine you were Yann Arthus-Bertrand and that's not a fantastic idea.  Take a look at a bird's eye view of the world through Arthus-Bertrand's lens.

Do you prefer to cook on gas or electric.  See this article on the pros and cons from the Cookers and Ovens site.

Cynthia MacGregor has generously invited me to have a regular column in her newsletter, and we'll give it a try. Maybe it will help take my mind off my very recent widowhood.  To subscribe, send an email and ask to receive her weekly newsletter each Friday to read my column.

Try Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms as a quick and easy appetizer at your next gathering!

I can't take credit for these; various versions are circulating around the web.  I've rarely seen better advice for living a happier and more productive life, however.  HealthPersonality:  Society: & Life:  from a version sent to me by Fuller Brush Divisional Director Joanne Rice.

For a cake filled with healthy ingredients try Carrot Cake with Black Walnut Frosting.  You can even substitute the sugar for an appropriate non-caloric sweetener.

Here's some really Clever Signs Contributed by Beverly Avery.

How to Sell Fuller Brush Products by Executive Director Colleen Riddle-Vest

This (Bis)quick cornbread is gluten free, but it can be made non-gluten-free easily.  It's tender but not as crumbly as most gluten free cornbread, and easy to make.

Did you know you can post your own favorite recipes?  Here's one such contribution: Cucumber-White Bean Salad

Do you throw out pantyhose that have a snag or run? Tsk, tsk!  There are dozens of uses for pantyhose or even the nylon anklets.  See Pantyhose Recycling and add your ideas at the bottom of the page.

Chili Oven Fried Chicken is a healthy substitute for regular fried chicken; cornmeal gives a slight crunch to this baked version.  You can even put the chicken to marinate several hours ahead of time, and mix the coating, ready to fix and pop in the oven while you get your ducks in a row, so as to speak. 

When I had to go gluten-free and started reading labels, one of my favorite quick comfort foods was NOT gluten-free - cream of mushroom soup in the red and white can.  For the past ten years I've mourned the loss until the other day when I found a recipe that, with a little tweaking, is the real thing.  It can be used in place of canned soup in recipes too.  And it's quick and easy. Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

You may be thinking you can keep your kids (or yourself) from eating sweets, like cookies, but mainly you're kidding yourself.  Sooner or later when the kids are out of sight they'll pig out on forbidden sweets or you'll give in to cravings.  Here's a cookie recipe that, while it has some sugar, is so chock full of other nutritious ingredients that it scores much higher on the snack scale.  It also helps with regularity.  Not for diabetics or course but can be gluten free.  Try the Ultimate Cookie 

Here's a video worth watching all the way through: Walking barefoot on the Earth transfers free electrons from the Earth’s surface into your body that spread throughout your tissues providing beneficial effects. This process is called ‘grounding.’  Give your opinion.

Could sin taxes solve our fiscal crisis?  Read this thought-provoking article by Emily Smith.  Do you agree?  Post your opinion.

Going Beyond Insurance Coverage: Actionable Ways to Protect Your Family’s Health

Water Leaks in Toilet Bowl: The toilet is the biggest consumer of water in the home; a toilet leak can waste up to 100 gallons of water a day leaving you with an astronomical water bill. You can test to see if you have a leak....

King vs Phalène:b tool Is the poor Spaniel in mortal danger from this vicious (??) Doberman from YourShop?

For a cool treat full of healthy ingredients, try Peachy Keen Frozen Yogurt.  To cut calories, use low fat Greek yogurt, non-fat or low-fat milk and a sugar substitute.

From Virginia Wiedemann:   "This is a good side course with  pasta or other 'soft' dishes. It gives the meal some crunch and color."   Carrot and Raisin Salad.

Speaking of raisins: Sun-Maid, the world's largest producer of raisins, is celebrating it's 100 year anniversary by offering a free downloadable eBook:  Sun-Maid Raisins & Dried Fruits: Serving American Families & the World since 1912. It's full of pictures, history, uses for dried fruit around the world, excellent recipes and much more.  Download either metric or US measurements, or for IPad or IPhone.

For a treat, try Watkins easy recipe for Chocolate Berry Pound Cake with Whipped Berry Cream

You must see this offbeat Fuller hairbrush recommendation I received by email.

Do you love corn on the cob, but dread the mess of shucking and getting rid of all the silk?  Take a look at this unusual solution.  No mess, no fuss, no pans.  Just easy corn.

One of the three producers of Recipe Du Jour website and a GREAT newsletter also has a blog on WordPress.  Simply Tim wrote a thought-provoking piece, We The People.

This great dessert, Strawberry Jello Angel Food Cake. is beautiful and unusual, easy to make using Tupperware® products.

Birds are afraid of cats, and with good reason - dinnertime!  But not according to this video sent me by son Zog.

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