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Today is Sunday, February 18, 2018.

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Auditions Recap (Charleston, Washington, D.C.):

Sorry I’m getting this recap up almost a week late—we had some emergencies here at the house this week with one of my cats. However, I’m making up for it by including pictures! Not good pictures, because I had to take photos of the TV screen, but pictures none the less! Charleston, NC Day 1 We start off with the typical lame city intro montage which kind of looks like it takes place in a trailer park, and... read more...

The Colosseum on our honeymoon
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10 Reasons You Should Get a Bidet.

For probably the last 10 years or so at least one toilet in my house has had a bidet attachment. Currently all the toilets in my house have one. The one I recommend is the Ace HS Bidet which is less than $100 and very easy to install. I wouldn’t splurge for the warm water one as quite honestly, those particular nerves don’t notice the cold that much. And I say that as someone with...

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How To Make a Folding Pet Ramp

This ramp is suitable for small pets who need help getting onto surfaces such as a couch or a bed. The ramp folds flat for storage. For a 4-foot ramp you will need: 1 8-foot long 1”x12” board 1 8-foot long 1”x2” board* 10 wood screws 2 3” hinges with screws (no longer than 3/4” screws) 1 strip of carpet 12” wide and 5’ long* staple gun and staples *adjust these lengths for ramps longer than 4 feet. Cut a 1”x12” board...

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Heat Safety in the Desert

In the desert climate, heat causes more health problems than any other weather factor. Our soaring summer temperatures and low humidity can be a dangerous combination. Follow these rules to stay safe in the Arizona desert. Slow down. Your body can’t do its best at high temperatures and humidities. Don’t dry out. Drink plenty of water while the hot spell lasts. Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult....

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Pregnancy Tips

So you’re pregnant for the first time. Congratulations! Pregnancy is one of the most special times of your whole life. Here are a few tips that may make your pregnancy easier, more fun, or something. Links to many of the things I talk about can be found at the end of the article. Tip #1Take pictures. Take a picture in a similar pose every 2 weeks. It may feel embarrassing because your body is looking so...

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Constipation Relief for Women

Women get constipated more than men do*. We have the advantage, however, in that there are two simple ways to get past most mild constipation without taking any medication or anything. One of the common causes of constipation or difficult bowel movements is related to the shape of the rectum. Just inside your body, the rectum has a little bulge. I think this is so that when you “gotta go” the pressure isn’t directly against the...

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More in “Food”:

Recipe: Bean Tostadas

Tostadas are a favorite of mine, because they’re tasty and easy to make. They could be described as an “unfolded taco” fairly accurately. While this recipe is for vegetarian bean tostadas, you can adapt the recipe to make them with veggie crumbles (TVP) to make them similar to beef tostadas (see instructions below), or, if you aren’t a vegetarian, you can make them with shredded or ground beef or shredded chicken.

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Recipe: Black Beans and Rice

This is a recipe I came up with years ago as a side dish for when I cook Mexican food. My husband likes to make it as a dip for tortilla chips. It’s whatever you want it to be, I guess!

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Recipe: Refried Beans (Crock Pot)

In crock pot, cook beans, salt, cumin, and chili powder on high.
In a skillet, heat onions and garlic in the olive oil until tender. Use a food processor or stick blender to make the oil/garlic/onion mix into a slushy liquid…

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Recipe: Cream of Broccoli Soup

Steam both bags of broccoli (either on the stove or in a microwave vegetable steamer) When they’re fully cooked, chop them into very small pieces, and set them aside…

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Recipe: Easy Fudge

Melt chocolate chips over medium heat until smooth. It is important that there aren’t any lumps as you will feel them in the texture of the fudge if there are…

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Recipe: Cheese Enchiladas

In a small frying pan (it just has to be large enough for one of the tortillas to lie flat in) pour about a half an inch of vegetable oil. Heat on medium heat.

Create a staging area like so…

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Recipe: Chimichangas

Pour at least one inch of vegetable oil into a pan and set it on medium high heat.
Warm the tortillas on a paper towel in the microwave for about 10 seconds to soften them.
Spoon a dollop of refried beans onto one side of the tortilla as shown, and add some diced onion and shredded cheese…

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The World's Most Complicated Drink

This is me in Sorrento, Italy. I’m enjoying something to eat and drinking a whiskey sour. I’m on my honeymoon. Life is good. What led up to this moment, however, was just bizarre. We had taken the train from Naples to Pompeii, then after looking around Pompeii had taken the train to Sorrento. We walked down the long, winding road to get to the water’s edge and found a little restaurant with outdoor seating. It was...

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Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Dip

Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, here is my recipe for Spinach Artichoke Dip!

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Recipe: Frozen Margaritas

This is the recipe that my husband’s family makes and they are without question the best margaritas I’ve ever had. I don’t know how to make this “on the rocks,” only frozen…

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