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My husband won a raffle for a tankless instant water heater. Now,  since we don’t need one now in our house, I decided to sell it on eBay!  Get your water hot instantly without any wait.

Check it out  http://myworld.ebay.com/webbyzard/  or  Put your bid in for this instant water heater

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Ok, here is a tip using Vaseline to keep help you save money on your manicure. One day I was at the salon doing my nails and mentioned to thevaseline manicure lady that my cuticles got dry and rough often; I guess due to washing dishes; cleaning products, just daily work. So, she told me to try rubbing some Vaseline on my hands and fingers tips and also on my feet to keep it from getting dry skin. So, I did and it works wonders!

I keep my bottle of Petroleum Jelly next to my bed and every night I rub in on my hands, fingers, and feet. Now, I am able to keep my nails and cuticles looking good for several weeks. Who would know that she gave me a tip to keep me out of her salon! I still go there for my pedicure tough. Hey, now Vaseline can save me about $20 per month and if I keep this up for the year, it’s at least $240 more in my pocket.

Another little handy “gadget” for nails is this long square nail filler; it has 4 sides to:

  • Grit: Coarse/Medium/Fine/Extra Fine
  • Files, removes ridges, smoothes and shines
  • Cuticle protection edge for safety

It’s called Tropical Shine Mini 4-Way Nail Buffer Block and it works wonder, combined with the Vaseline.

Try it!

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This Sunday I had in mind that I would finish a lot of the stuff in refrigerator, like ½ can of cranberries and ½ can of crushed pineapple. So, in an effort to not let the food spoil; I was never a fan of it and specially now with the tough economic times, I hate to see any food go to waste, I decided to bake some yummy desserts and have it for the week. And, to add to it, I also wanted to bake some nice homemade wheat bread.

So, I got my baking gadgets and started my adventure. First, was the wheat bread; just because while it set I was able to work on the pineapple cupcakes. Then, secondly, I worked on the cranberry chocolate chip bar. The recipe was from the can of cranberry and the pineapple cupcake was this medium size pink cupcake recipe book I have. I added a few more things like roasted coconut flakes and added moist with condensed milk glaze.

All I can say is that it all turned out delicious, again! I am so proud of myself; I was never interested in any kitchen activities until about 2 years ago. So, it’s true that people can really change! Baking became one of my favorite hobbies. Also, I have to say that my husband inspired me to start learning about cooking as well. Now, he can’t complain even if he gets fat LOL!!!

pineapple coconut cupcake

pineapple coconut cupcake

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cramberry chocolate chip bar

cramberry chocolate chip bar

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These are just a few pictures of my test kitchen in last few weeks. Ah, I am lazy and take pictures with my phone, not a real camera. Then, email myself, edit a few things and post on the blog. Even though the pictures are not the best, I can assure you the chocolate torte and stacked cookie were both yummy and delicious!

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Interesting enough my thoughts about the population getting even more overweight was probably on the right track. This last weekend I read a Sun Sentinel article about the stress people are under and the lack of money; thus, going to reach for cheap fast food and end up gaining a ton of weigh. So, with that in mind, here is a list from Yahoo Health – American Healthiest Restaurants, also on the affordable side!

Read the entire article – America’s Healthiest Restaurants

A List

  • Chick-fil-A – never been
  • Subway – good grilled chicken sandwich
  • Jamba Juice – love their smoothies
  • Au Bon Pain – never been, never heard
  • Boston Market – has good turkey meals and veggies

B List

  • Cici’s Pizza Buffet – never been
  • McDonald’s – like the deal with the hamburger and then freeze some for later
  • Taco Bell – haven’t been there in a long time
  • Wendy’s – haven’t been there in a long time

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This weekend I made a delicious moist mango coconut bread from a book my husband and I picked you in our last trip to the Keys. The bread is so yummy and easy to make; btw I used walnuts. It’s almost like a banana nut bread but more mist. It got great compliments – so, here is a picture and the recipe. Enjoy!

Mango Coconut Bread

Mango Coconut Bread

 Ingredients

1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup pureed ripe mangoes (2 mangoes)
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup macadamia nuts or chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp vanilla
8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch loaf pan or 18 2-ounce muffin cups
Directions
Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Grease the loaf pan or muffin cups. Beat the sugar and eggs together; add the oil and continue to beat. Sift the flour with the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually add to the egg mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and blend. Fill the loaf pan or muffin cups. Bake the loaf pan one hour, the muffin tins for 20 minutes.

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