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How to dust a lampshade

lint rollerThe idea came to me the other night. I needed to clean my house and I didn’t have much time left, especially for dusting lampshades of all things. What if I used the lint roller, which I had just finished using on my shirt, to remove the dust from my smooth fabric lampshades. I thought it was worth trying, so I did and it worked wonderfully. I must say it was amazing how fast and easy it was to dust the lampshades. It took two minutes tops and I hesitate to say this, but I hadn’t dusted these lampshades in at least two years. So, next time you have to clean your lampshades, why not give this technique a try. I think you might agree it is so much better than a duster, a rag, or a vacuum cleaner.

1 comment July 11th, 2007

Leon’s improved Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner

My husband loves Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner and has slightly modified the original blue box recipe for a better, even cheesier taste. If you’re not counting calories, I know you’ll enjoy it. Here’s his recipe.


1 box (7.25 oz.) of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese DinnerMacaroni & Cheese

6 cups water

4 tablespoons butter

¼ cup milk

2 slices of Kraft American Cheese (the extra ingredient)


Boil water in medium size pan. Add a pinch of salt to boiling water. Stir in macaroni and boil 7 to 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse noodles, then set aside. Add 4 tablespoons of butter to empty pan over medium heat. After butter is melted, stir in ¼ cup of milk and Cheese Sauce Mix. When the cheese sauce is well blended, add first slice of Singles Kraft Cheese and stir until completely melted. Return macaroni to pot and mix well. Add second slice of Singles Kraft Cheese and stir until slice is completely melted. This recipe makes about 3 servings.

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2 comments February 19th, 2007

Nanci’s Fruit Salad

My sister-in-law makes the best fruit salad. It’s like ambrosia, but without the coconut and marshmallows. Here’s her recipe.

Ingredients:Fruit Salad

1 106 oz. can of fruit cocktail

1 24 oz. container sour cream

1 16 oz. tub of cool whip


Drain juice from fruit cocktail. Pour into large bowl. Add cool whip and sour cream. Stir until well-blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves about 24 people.

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8 comments November 14th, 2006

Meet Jack

Over the weekend, my family and I got a puppy! He is a long haired dachshund. He’s so cute and cuddly. My daughter can’t get enough of him. My husband and I feel like parents of a newborn. We take shifts walking him at night. And the poor thing has a cold, so we’ve been giving him his medicine and wiping his nose. Here is a photo of Jack, the newest member of our family.


P.S. If you’ve been wondering why I didn’t post the last 2 days, I think this photo says it all.

4 comments November 1st, 2006

Publix is discontinuing the Pilgrim Salt & Pepper Shakers

I was in Publix the other day and saw a big red sign posted with the seasonal salt & pepper shakers. It said:

This is the final year for:

Publix Pilgrims, Lilgrims, and Snowfolks Season Greeters!

Available while supplies last

I spoke to the Publix grocery manager to verify this information. He said it’s true and that they may begin a new collection next year or so. I couldn’t believe it, they’re so cute. I immediately stopped grocery shopping and started picking out the last few pieces I wanted (from each collection).

If you or anyone you know collects these Publix Season Greeters, pass the message along.

Publix Pilgrims 2
For updated information on the Pilgrim shakers, click here.

11 comments October 23rd, 2006

Baked Pasta Recipe

There used to be a product called Prego Pasta Bake. From all the reviews I’ve read, it was a big hit and I thought so too. Unfortunately, Campbell’s has discontinued it with no replacement in sight. So, I had to improvise. Here’s my version of their recipe.


1 package (16 oz.) of uncooked ziti or rotini or other round noodles (do not use lasagna or other long, flat noodles)Baked Pasta

1 jar of 26 oz. pasta sauce

3 1/2 cups of water

2 cups (8 oz.) of shredded mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix uncooked pasta, pasta sauce, and water in 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Cover tightly with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir pasta well, then top with cheese. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender. This recipe yields about 8 servings.

To round out the meal, add salad and garlic bread. And depending on your mood, maybe some wine (for the adults, of course).

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25 comments October 12th, 2006

Easy Garlic Bread


1 loaf of fresh French bread

1 stick of butter

A little bit of garlic salt


Cut bread into 1 inch slices. Then put on tray in toaster oven and toast. While bread is toasting, microwave the stick of butter in liquid measuring cup until completely melted. When bread is finished toasting, pour melted butter over each slice and sprinkle with garlic salt. Remove garlic bread from tray and serve immediately.

(If you don’t have French bread and need a quick substitute, try using hamburger buns.)

So far, my garlic bread has been a big hit. Maybe it will be a big hit with your family.

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2 comments October 5th, 2006

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