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Battery testing and a tip for storing them

First, the tip for storing batteries, learned from Alejandra of Alejandra.tv.  I got one of those craft organizers from City Mill and stuck all those loose batteries that were rolling around on my shelf after the Costco mammoth packs were opened up and batteries would spill out in freedom. Works pretty good, though I am not sure if the ends should be all facing the same way so I put the more plentiful small ...

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How to peel lots of garlic – fast!

Thanks to Amy Lynn Andrews' Saveur link, here's how to peel a whole head of garlic, super fast!  This is a great tip for those times when you need a LOT of garlic, as in the Garlic Mayo Grilled Shrimp recipe. In case you cannot view this video, food editor Todd Coleman smashes a whole head of garlic with the palm of his hand (some garlic cloves fly around), then he puts all of the cloves into a large stainl ...

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Aunty’s back with $30 more in her pocket, kinda.

Aunty just got back from a 4 day trip to Vegas - mostly to learn techniques and projects from the best of the best in the polymer clay world at the 10th annual Clay Carnival headed by my buddy Donna Kato.  It was so wonderful to see old friends there and meet new ones, and get to play with clay!! Aunty combined this trip with business - attending a Nerium Real Results Party hosted by Teuila in her beautiful ...

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Be wary, Be careful

This was sent by concerned friends/family and is worth reprinting here.  Bad people preying on other people's kindness is becoming a dangerous and repulsive ploy.  Like the police sargeant in that New York Blues police show (forgot the name) would say just prior to releasing his group after briefing, "Hey!  Be careful out there.." Want to let you all know of a true story.  Sherri’s (Aunty JoAnne’s daughter) ...

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Uses for Coffee Filters

From the brewings on the internet: Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing, even the large ones. 1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave... coffee filters make excellent covers. 2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling. 3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each ...

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Taxes and the IRS

There is a saying that 2 inevitables in life are death and taxes.  If that is so, it is just man's nature to try their darnedest to avoid either. I don't want to die (yet), but when the end comes, I go.  Regarding taxes, believe it or not, I don't mind paying.  If I benefit from the roads, bureaucracy order, police, firemen, post office, clean air and water regulations, freedom of choice, democracy, etc, et ...

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Organizing tips

For anyone who knows me and been to our house, the title of this subject would have them chuckling.  I live my life in chaos.  My workroom has dozens of incomplete projects, my floor covered with paper stacks, and it is usually panic time when company is over and I have to clear space and present a parlor in order. However, I am on a mission to clear the clutter from my life, as well as prepare to move one ...

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Playing Craps the Smart Way

Uncle doesn't gamble - which is good, because I love to.  When I go to Vegas, I don't play the slot machines because it has an inflated reputation of paying out big time with the reality of a fast way to lose money.  It is hope without much odds, but it makes for a fun way to sit and have free drinks. I like to play poker, especially when I get good hands.  Of course that is the only time I raise the bets a ...

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Tips

Tried and true, best of the best.  And easy.  I don't like to cook, so if I do have to cook, it has to be simple and delicious, or else we go out and eat at Zippy's. I bought a few musubis from Mana Bu's and shared some with good friend Lin.  As we were happily munching on it, I commented on how perfect it was.  The rice was cooked perfectly, the salt taste just enough, the nori really good, and the filling ...

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Brain freeze and the tip of my tongue

Aunty gets brain freeze when slurping up a ice cream slush float or even an icee drink.  It feels like a heavy heavy headache, which thankfully goes away after a while. Well, good pal Wandaful Woman said to put the tip of my tongue on the roof of my mouth, and voila!  No more brain freeze. A weird one, for sure, but I'll take weird if it prevents my head from feeling like a 20 pound bowling ball. Mahalo WW! ...

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