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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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Well, I am not the only one saying that. I got my first a last bottle of MetroMint sometime last year and hated; it tasted like yucky tooth paste, but worse.  Come to find out two other co-workers had the same opinion and we still don’t know how this water still around at grocery stores. It’s more costly that normal drinking water and does not measured up to its cost. So, next time you are looking for flavored water, please stir away from MetroMint; and I really like mint flavor stuff.

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If anyone is looking for a good holiday basket gift with cookies to send to a family member or friend, I totally recommend Cherryl&Co sugar cookies . Last week, I got a holiday gift fro ma vendor and the cookies are just delicious; all individually wrapped, which I think it probably keeps it fresh for longer.

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They were having a holiday deal until today – check it out – they are really good!

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Well, Home Depot strikes again, not with a bad product but with very bad customer service. My husband bought a drill there a few months back which had a lifetime warranty and Home Depot customer service assured him that if the drill broke he could just take it back to the store and get a new one.

Guess what? NOT – the drill broke and he took it back to Home Depot with the purchase receipt, as customer service advised him to do, but he left the store empty handed. Actually, with his broken drill. Home Depot customer service told him that the store was no longer honoring the lifetime warranty in that product and he would have to take to the manufacturer, Rigid. Just awful, what a poor customer service Home Depot is offering, it just makes you so frustrated that stores still keep on fulling customers and saying yes to perks but when it’s time to render the service it you get a big no no. They have no idea of the consequences it can cause someone; he was counting on having a new drill ASAP to go back to work. Next you know, he had to buy another one b/c he couldn’t wait over a week to have his drill fixed – the job needed to be done the same day. So, another $250 was spent on a new Rigid drill.

So, next time you buy something from Home Depot with a Lifetime warranty, make sure the service can be offered at the store as they might promise, or go to another store.

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There is a site offering good skin care products and even better with $20 in FREE products, when you purchase online from 11/1/08 – 12/1/08. See their Holiday Promotion details  . Just one little detail, you have to be a registered client to be able to shop. And, it’s really easy to register, you can go to http://www.skincaretreatments.myarbonne.com/ and follow the steps for new client registration.

I have bought these products and really liked because the company is Vegan Certified; meaning they never do animal testing or use animal by-products in their products .

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The chocolate class today was awesome! This is the class everyone was been asking for.  We started with a video showing how Cocoa is grown and processed into chocolate and learn the composition of and how to identify the different types of chocolates.  Then we got into the kitchen and prepared a silky chocolate mousse and some sinfully rich chocolate truffles. 

View more restaurant reviews & pictures at 

www.examiner.com/x-1490-Broward-County-Restaurants-Examiner

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French mini pastries

French mini pastries

I am so glad I found out about Chef Jean Pierre Cooking School; I have been looking for school like this with crash courses on cooking and baking,  it’s finally here. Actually, it has been around for a few years and with a full calendar of cooking and baking classes. My first class was French mini pastries with Chef Rob Sobkowski; he has been in the Food Network a few times and even won the Bridge Challenge Competition. So, you know you are learning from the best! The class was hands-on and I left with two boxes full of mini eclairs, cream puffs, and fruit tarts; and were they just so delicious. The cost for these classes are at least $120 but it was a 4 hour class; they give all of the ingredients, recipe, break with delicious hand food and best of all you leave the class with all of the delicious French pastries you just made! In addition, there is an assistant cleaning up after your mess and replacing your area with all new ingredients ready for the next step. I felt like Emeril!!! Just having fun and no worries about measuring and cleaning up. Also, all of the ingredients were weighed not measured with measuring cups; that’s how the pros do it. Chef Rob recommends getting a digital scale for proper measurent.

See what I brought home and I still have some left over tart dough and pastry cream that can be used for another fruit tart or creme bruelle! The cream will only last about 3 days in the refrigerator and cannot go in the freezer and the dough can be freezed for up to 3 months.

Next week I will have a post about the Chocolate Truffle class – stay tunned!

Download Chef Rob French pastry recipes – Pate a Choux, pastry cream, basic tart dough, basic chocolate ganache

Eclairs with chocloate ganache

Eclairs with chocloate ganache

Chef Rob Sobkowski teaching

Chef Rob Sobkowski teaching

 

 

 

 

 

 

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