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Tip of the Day! – 10 Uses for an Old Cutting Board you got that new cutting board you were wanting. Now what do you do with your old one? I have a few ideas that might come in handy while helping to prevent excess or unnecessary waste. Either wood or plastic boards can be used with most of these ideas. Use common sense when it comes to that.

1. Hang the cutting board on a nail on the pantry wall and screw several small hooks into its surface. Hang spare keys for the doors, car, shed, etc. on the hooks.

2. Park it in your workshop and let the cutting board take the damage – rather than your workbench – anytime you’re nailing, pounding, gluing or soldering. (Wood Board)

3. Take it into the garden and use it as a portable, temporary stepping stone for hard to reach places. Or add a padded top and “Voila” you have a sturdy knee pad.

4. Paint a nice scene on it, seal the whole thing with polyurethane and hang it on the wall.

5. Take it camping and throw it in the fire once you’ve used it to prepare the last meal of the trip. No Clean-up and you don’t have to take it back home. (Only do this with wood.)

6. Use it as an outdoor signboard. Paint your message on it, tie a loop of nylon rope to it, and hang outside.

7. Make a chalkboard. Paint with chalk board paint and you have an instant portable chalkboard. Attach a loop of rope and hang on the wall for a message board. (It is best to sand it smooth first.)

8. Stow it into the trunk of your car and put into service as a portable, all-purpose hard surface. Passengers can use it as a lap desk for writing, coloring or crafting. It can also be used when you need to look under the car and don’t want to get your knees dirty…or slide it under your jack when you need to change a tire on soft ground.

9. Make a game board. Paint a checker board pattern on it to create a new play area for the checkers/chess fans in your family. Or create your game board using mosaic tiles. Imagine the possibilities!

10. Put it in with your crafts to use as a cutting mat or as a surface protector when gluing.

Who knew there were so many ways to use that old cutting board?

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Going Bananas…..

 I found bananas for 39 cents per pound! I don’t know about the rest of you but for my part of the world this is a deal. I buy them at Kroger every chance I get. I can’t stand green bananas so it works out well for me when Kroger bags up their ripe bananas…only 39 cents per pound. This includes organic bananas as well as the ones I normally would pay 59 cents a pound for now. Most of the time we don’t have a problem eating them up before they are too far gone…..but, sometimes we have a few extras.

What do you do with your ripe bananas? I have a few ideas for you….the main thing to remember with bananas is that they freeze well to use later. You don’t have to use them right away. They will be mushy when they thaw out…but if you are cooking with them or making smoothies it doesn’t really matter does it?

Using the picture above as a reference…..the ones on the left are perfect for just about anything, they are ripe. The ones on the Right are perfect for baking! I know, you are probably thinking “this girl is crazy!”. I’m not. If you want the best banana flavors in your breads, muffins, cookies, etc…then use the ones on the right. Now…if they start to grow mold…please throw them out! Till then you can put them in the freezer at any time to use later on.

1. Banana Popsicles: Peel banana, cut in half for little hands (not lengthwise) and place in plastic wrap….freeze well, eat frozen! The kids love them. They taste like ice cream but have a much higher nutritional value.

2. Banana Pudding: This is a given…simple, quick and oohhhh so good! Just mix up vanilla pudding, layer 1st-vanilla wafers, 2nd-bananas, 3rd-pudding….as many times as you want to make as much as you want. You can top it off with more vanilla wafers and serve. Or (my favorite) beat egg whites with a little sugar to make a meringue. If you use a meringue on top make sure you are using an oven safe dish…place meringue on top, create pretty peaks and pop in the oven till the meringue is just golden. Beautiful! (Personally, I think it taste better too!)

3. Toast & Bananas: Mush them up with some peanut butter and place on toast for breakfast….we did this yesterday. Yummy!

4. Fruit Smoothies…of course. 🙂 Just throw in some banana, frozen or not, your favorite fruits..(strawberry, blueberry..etc.), some ice, yogurt and or orange juice. Blend Well and Enjoy! I like to throw in a couple of almonds too..really, it’s just a matter of trying out different might be surprised at what you can come up with.

5. Banana Milk Shake: One ripe banana, a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream, a little milk and a tad of vanilla flavoring…(a little cinnamon is good too if you like it.) What a treat!

6. Banana Bread or Muffins: Who doesn’t like fresh bread? I made Banana Bread last night and it was wonderful. Recipe is coming. When using bananas for baking there is no need to peel before freezing. Just toss in the freezer with peel on. When you get ready to use…thaw and squeeze out mushy goodness. 🙂

7. Cereal Topping: I like to slice the bananas and add them to my cereal. No matter what kind of cereal you like…this adds a little more flavor and it’s healthier for you.

8. Chocolate Covered Bananas: Oh, yeah! This is similar to banana popsicles. Before freezing..cut lengthwise and place popsicle stick in the middle…put back together and freeze. Now cover in melted chocolate…refreeze and Enjoy! You can also cut your bananas in pieces, cover with chocolate and freeze. Break apart pieces when frozen. This makes good finger size snacks for little ones.

9. Dried Banana Chips: This is one of my favorites and it keeps well. You don’t have to have a dehydrator to do this either. They are nice, but I don’t have one. 🙂  Slice bananas into small pieces and place on wire rack making sure they don’t touch. Cook on low…really low, about 150 degrees….for 8-10 hours. It helps to leave the oven door cracked open slightly to promote air circulation.

10. Baked or Fried Bananas: To bake…coat in melted butter or margarine and sprinkle with brown sugar & cinnamon. If you like coconut….it makes a nice crispy outside. Just roll in coconut before baking. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350. Ovens differ on times so you might check it at about 15 minutes and go from there. 🙂 To Fry…coat them with flour and a little cinnamon, fry till golden….drizzle with honey and eat. Very Good!

Bananas are an economical, healthy and delicious food. So the next time they get past your “ideal” eating stage Don’t Throw Them Out! Try a few of these ideas instead. Even if they are a mushy and over-ripe they work well in breads, smoothies, etc. So don’t be afraid to grab those bananas you see on sale. Your kids (and your spouse) will love you for it! 🙂

10 Toenail Facts

1. Moon Spots

That white spot at the base of your toenails (and fingernails) shaped like a half-moon is called the “lunule”, a name that comes from the Latin word for “moon”.

2. World’s Longest

In 1991, a woman from California named Louise Hollis set (and still holds) the record for the longest combined toenail length: her 10 nails were 7.25 feet long. How much time does she spend filing and painting them? Two days every week.

3. Clip Me Tender

The Loudermilk Boarding House Museum in Georgia contains about 30,000 Elvis Presley artifacts. Here you’ll find a wart, a vial of sweat, and a toenail….all said to have come from the King himself. (Some Elvis experts debate the authenticity of the toenail, though, so it’s just called the “Maybe Elvis Toenail”.)

4. Ouch!

About 5 percent of people complain of ingrown toenails, that painful condition where the toenail grows into the surrounding skin.

5. Another Kind of Toenail

The Devil’s Toenail in Llano County, Texas, is a 350 foot tall sandstone hill that looks like a giant toenail.

6. Mother Knows Best

Gorilla mothers use their teeth to trim their babies’ toenails.

7. Toenails Tell the Tail

The chemicals in your toenail can tell doctors lots of things: if you’re at risk for skin cancer or heart disease, what you eat and drink, whether you take prescription drugs and even where you’ve lived.

8. A Star is Born

Thomas John Ashton’s 1852 book “A Treatise on Corns, Bunions, and Ingrowing of the Toenail: Their Cause and Treatment” contains a section on toenails. It’s believed to have been the first time the subject of toenails showed up in a published book.

9. Fast Hands

Toenails grow four times more slowly than fingernails. (It takes about eight months to grow a new toenail.)

10. Necknails

Marathon runner Jan Ryerse was always breaking off parts of his toenails when he ran races. (They collected in his shoes.) So he decided to craft a memento: a toenail necklace. Most of the toenails are his, but he also took donations from family, friends, and fans to fill it out.



10 Ways To Beat the Blues!

Do you ever wake up feeling bored, depressed, lonely or unhappy? Fortunately, those unhappy times can be turned around and it doesn’t have to cost you anything. If your anything like me….your first urge is to go shopping. On you next “bad” day…consider using some of these proven mood lifters that don’t cost a dime:

1. Make a list of everything that is preventing you from being happy today. Consider postponing all negative feelings for 24 hours.

2. Make another list…this time of your blessings. Include everything good that’s ever happened to you.

3. Take a walk through a park, or explore a new area. See how much beauty you can find along the way.

4. Eat foods high in Vitamin B. Avoid foods high in refined sugar or salt. Vitamin B foods (whole grains, fruits, vegetables and meats) are especially soothing. On the other hand, refined sugar devours the Bcomplex vitamins, upsets your blood-sugar level, and predisposes you to nervousness. Salt increases irritability.

5. Get out an unfinished project and finish it.

6. Start a new project.

7. Call two favorite people and tell them how much you love them.

8. Do an anonymous good deed.

9. Realize that having a good day is really your own choice.

10. Give everyone a smile.

At first this list may seem silly or childish…after-all, who needs a list of ten things to win over depression? However…when you are in the midst of the black cloud, you may not be able to see your way out by yourself. You may need someone to hold your hand and guide you back out into the sunshine. Some of the fun, simple, everyday things…can be the best positive steps to finding joy in your life.

Grace Noll Crowell put it nicely in the poem:

I Have Found Such Joy

I have found such joy in simple things;
A plain, clean room, a nut-brown loaf of bread
A cup of milk, a kettle as it sings,
The shelter of a roof above my head,
And in a leaf-laced square along the floor,
Where yellow sunlight glimmers through a door.

I have found such joy in things that fill
My quiet days: a curtain’s blowing grace,
A potted plant upon my window sill,
A rose, fresh-cut and placed within a vase;
A table cleared, a lamp beside a chair,
And books I long have loved beside me there.

Oh, I have found such joys I wish I might
Tell every woman who goes seeking far
For some elusive, feverish delight,
That very close to home the great joys are:
The elemental things– old as the race,
Yet never, through the ages, commonplace.

10 Things: Keeping Christ in Christmas and in our Hearts

As we get caught up in all the hustle and bustle at Christmas time, it is sometimes hard to keep Christ at the forefront of out thoughts. Here are a few things that help me to remember my Savior, not only at Christmas time but throughout the year.

1. Study your scriptures! The best way to keep Christ in our thoughts is to learn of him. Go to the source. Study of the scriptures on a daily basis will bring Christ into your life.

2. Pray in the name of Christ! Praying is an act of humility, a necessary attribute to bring us closer to Christ. As we pray with sincerity we will open ourselves to God’s love and peace. Start by increasing how often you pray, at least once per day, and your thoughts will be more focused on Christ. If you’re new to prayer just start small with a simple prayer. Express your thoughts and feelings to God and He will hear you.

3. Decorate with Christ in mind. Decorate your home with pictures of Christ, from both His birth and life. You can put up decorations that feature the birth of Christ including a nativity scene and Christmas advent calendar. Be creative as you decorate for the holiday. If you can’t find Christ centered decorations you can make your own.

4. Listen to Christ centered music. Focus on the words as you listen. What do they say to you? Do you feel the spirit touch your heart? There are so many beautiful songs about Christ. Our Father in Heaven loves to hear us sing. D&C 25:12 says..”For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.”
We will be blessed with Christ in our lives as we sing those songs of praise and comfort.

5. Focus your entertainment on Christ. There are many good books and movies about our Savior. If we will focus more of our downtime on Christ we will find ourselves closer to him. The following book is an excellent Christ-centered resource:
21 Days Closer to Christ – With 21 chapters, 21 invitations and 21 journeys to embark upon, this book is a great place to start coming closer to Christ.

6. Memorize Scriptures. An excellent way to focus your thoughts upon Christ during the Christmas season is to repeat scriptures, quotes, and other sayings about Christ throughout the day. Jot down some Christmas scriptures or Christmas quotes in a mini notebook or on some index cards and then carry them with you wherever you go. During those moments when you’re not doing anything (standing in line, stopped in traffic, on break, etc.) pull out your notebook and read your affirmations about Christ and Christmas. Such a small act has great power to keep Christ in Christmas.

7. Keep a Spiritual Journal. Keep a journal and write your thoughts about Him in it. All you need is a little notebook and a pen/pencil to get you started. Write down what you’re thankful for, how you feel, and what hopes you have. Write about past experiences, including those at Christmas time, and how you’ve seen the hand of God in your life. Share those Christmas traditions that remind you of Christ. Putting your thoughts to paper is a powerful way to change the focus of your thoughts and keep Christ in Christmas.

8. Share your love of Christ with others. Share your testimony of your Savior with your family, friends, co-workers or even strangers as it is appropriate. Ask them how they feel about Christ. You can show respect for those who do not believe in him by simply sharing your faith in Christ and how you feel about Christmas and allow them to share how they feel as well. Everyone has the right to worship as they see fit.

9. Serve others with charity. Christ was our greatest example of service with charity. He never expected anything in return for what he gave. He loved unconditionally with pure love. Moroni 7:46-47 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail— But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
We can emulate the Savior by serving others and this will bring us closer to him.

10. Give a gift to Christ. Christmastime is so focused on rushing here and there to buy this and that. Giving, getting and receiving seem to be the main focus of the season. If our thoughts are centered on Christ, what would he have us do? All of the above mentioned things are wonderful ways to show our love. As you serve others, as you seek to know the Savior and serve him you will be blessed.

By giving ourselves fully to him we will have his spirit with us and will find that it is not hard to know the true meaning of Christmas and how to keep Christ in it. May you have a joyous holiday season with Christ as your center.


Here is a list of 10 things that show what home is to me. What is home to you?

1. Home… is the singular location in space around which revolves my entire universe.

2. Home… is a place of peace, hope and love.

3. Home… is my sanctuary.

4. Home… is the one place in the world where hearts are sure of each other.

5. Home… is the courtyard of confidence.

6. Home… is where I couldn’t wait to grow up and leave, and now look forward to every opportunity to visit.

7. Home… is where friendship is a guest.

8. Home… is the place where we can tear off the masks that society forces us to wear and bear our souls without any sensation of awkwardness and without any dread of ridicule.

9. Home… is my heaven on earth.

10. Home… is where I embrace my children and kiss them goodnight.

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