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  • Bird's Nest Easter Cookies..Yummy and cute

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    These are SO easy to make..I made them w. my daughter last night....

    Take Chocolate chips and melt them..add Shredded wheat to the chocolate to make the nests..then use Jelly beans for the eggs...or colored malted-milk balls..

    Make sure you put them on wax paper..YUMMY!

    Happy Easter

    Charli

  • Dont Waste Your Money!!!

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    You fell for bargain traps.

    These days, with food and gas prices on the rise and with consumers determined to live more frugally in the wake of the Great Recession, it's natural (and commendable) to seek and pounce on good deals when you can. But with a bit more patience and ingenuity, smart shoppers often can land even bigger bargains. You'll just be wasting money if you jump at an initial deal price rather than negotiating or waiting for prices to drop further. Or, short-term savings may make you overlook long-term costs. Read on for tips on comparison-shopping to get the best price, buying only what you'll actually consume and use regularly, and buying at the right time.

    The Costco Effect

    I love shopping at Costco. I've gotten everything there, from socks, shirts and shampoo to a 46-inch LCD TV. But when it comes to food, I may love Costco a bit too much. And it sometimes requires ingenuity to head off waste. Last September, for the smoked-fish-and-bagel platter I would serve at my post-Yom Kippur breakfast, I bought a 5-pound bag of red onions for about $6. The bag contained about ten onions, but it turned out I needed only two. Let's just say that this may have been the first breakfast in history to have guests walk away with onions as party favors.

    Buying When You Can Borrow

    Be honest: How many times have you bought something you've used only once or twice? In an age of social networking, collaborative consumption is the next big thing. At SnapGoods.com, you invite contacts to join your network of borrowers, then post an ad to share or borrow just about anything, from a circular saw to a photo scanner to a Vespa scooter. It's a great way to audition a product before buying, if you must. (The site and its networks are currently spreading nationwide.) You can also swap children's clothes and toys at www.thredUP.com, and trade books, movies, music and games at Swap.com.

    Buying Too Much Car

    One big mistake new-car shoppers make is basing their choice on sticker price alone. Factor in the ownership costs of the vehicles you're considering. Service costs (including standard maintenance and repairs), insurance, fuel and depreciation over the life of an automobile add up to big bucks. For example, the base-model Chevrolet Malibu ($22,735) costs the same as the Honda Accord, but its five-year ownership cost ($36,766) is nearly $1,500 more -- mainly because it has a lower resale value (that is, more depreciation). To compare ownership costs of vehicles on your shopping list, go to our guide for five-year service costs, one-year insurance costs, annual fuel costs and three- and five-year resale values.

    New-to-the-Lot Used Cars

    You may think you're getting a deal, but if that used car has been on the lot less than a month, the price is likely to fall further. A study by CarGurus.com shows that the majority of used cars listed for more than 30 days have had at least one price drop. Ask the dealership how long it has had the car: The longer a vehicle has sat on the lot, the more receptive the dealer will be to lowering the price.

    Impulse Purchases

    Attractive store displays are designed to provoke impulse purchases, for which you're likely to overpay. Curb your urge to spend and instead head for the Internet to get a deal. Our favorite sites: DealNews.com, which has a team of deal hunters keeping their eyes on a million products at more than 2,000 online retailers; DODTracker.com, for tracking deal-of-the-day sites; and for product price comparisons, we like Amazon.com, Pronto.com and Google Product Search. By the time you get home to your computer, the temptation to buy may have passed.

    Prepaid Hotel Rooms

    When you book a hotel room through a travel site such as Expedia.com or Hotels.com, you're required to pay in advance. Instead, use the sites to compare prices, then call hotels directly to see whether you can get the same rate -- or a better one -- without paying in advance. You can usually cancel without a one-night-rate penalty if you call one or two days in advance.

     

  • Do You Have What it takes...FUNNY SINGER

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    Just because you’re hideously untalented doesn’t mean that you can’t throw a temper tantrum like the most talented of divas. Check out this bad karaoke performance from some Asian kid of Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” and stick around for his implosion afterwards.

    I’m going to take the side of the Asian kid. He’s entitled to sing the whole track. He’s up there creating magic and you uncreative monkeys can’t do your job well enough to support all his talent. He’s kind enough to bestow this gift of warbled Engrish for a sold out crowd of ten guys and a lady and this is the thanks he gets? Amateur hour. LOL

     

     

  • Funny 420 quotes from politicians

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    In celebration of 420 -- known fondly to pot smokers everywhere as National Marijuana Day -- we scoured the Internet for quotes by politicians concerning cannabis and weeded out the funniest. Some of these you've heard before, while others are more surprising. Sit back, relax, and maybe you'll even learn a thing or two about the fragrant green herb from some of our country's best and brightest.

    1. "When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it, and I didn’t inhale, and I never tried again." --Bill Clinton

    2. "I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast." --Ronald Reagan

    3. "Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country." --Thomas Jefferson

    4. "You bet I did and I enjoyed it." [on whether he has smoked marijuana] --Michael Bloomberg

    5. "When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point." --Barack Obama

    6. "The drug is really quite a remarkably safe one for humans, although it is really quite a dangerous one for mice and they should not use it." --J.W.D Henderson (Director of the Bureau of Human Drugs, Health, and Welfare, Canada)

    7. "Make the most of the Indian Hemp Seed and sow it everywhere." --George Washington

    8. "Congress should definitely consider decriminalizing possession of marijuana …. We should concentrate on prosecuting the rapists and burglars who are a menace to society." --Dan Quayle

    9. "Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself, and where they are they should be changed." --Jimmy Carter

    10. "That is not a drug. It’s a leaf." --Arnold Schwarzenegger

    The Stir

     

  • 10 blow drying mistakes..um, who would've thought..

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Are you committing one of these most common mistakes?

    1. Not Sectioning Hair First. Flipping your head over and blow-drying until you get dizzy, feel light-headed -- or both -- isn't going to help your cause. Keep a claw clip or duckbill clips near your blow dryer, so that you can easily section hair into the bare minimum of three horizontal sections as you dry.

    2. Standing Up As You Blow-Dry. "One of the best pieces of blow-drying advice I can give is to have a seat. You will not believe the difference this makes," says Scrivo. When you're comfortably seated, you can fully harness that upper-body strength without getting tired. Plus, it always helps to steal those precious rejuvenative moments for yourself, wherever you can during the day.

    3. Holding The Brush In The Wrong Hand. Many women lift the hairdryer with their dominant hand, while working the brush with the weaker one. You'll get better results by instead holding the brush with your stronger hand, as you'll need the improved dexterity to get the job done in less time. "Even many professional hairdressers learn this incorrectly," says Scrivo. Well, now you can style with even more finesse than them.

    4. Overtwisting The Brush. When you brush that first stroke into a section of hair, you don't want to go it more than a quarter turn, which is just enough to give it some smoothing tension without risking snarl. After you pull the brush away from the scalp to the midpoint of strand length, then you can safely start twisting the brush to create shape and curl while under the pointed jet stream of your blow dryer. This is where the magic happens!

    5. Pulling The Hair Downward At The Crown. The natural inclination is to pull your brush downward, but that will only give you flat results. That just won't do if you want a roaring mane of silky smoothness. Instead, pull your hair up towards the ceiling, imagining a horseshoe shape coming out of your crown. (Stick with us here.) Hair in the horseshoe should always be blasted in an upwards direction, while hair falling below the horseshoe can be styled downwards for smoothness.

    6. Holding The Dryer Too Close. It's totally counterintuitive; holding the mouth of the blow dryer right on top of hair doesn't dry it faster, but only leaves tell-tale damage and pouf in its wake. Always dry with a plastic nozzle in place to regulate and direct heat, and keep it at least an inch away from strands. We had to try it to believe it, but it really does speed things along faster by providing a more even dry -- kinda of similar to a rotating dish in a microwave.

    7. Holding The Dryer In The Wrong Position. Your goal: keep that nozzle parallel to each section of hair you hit. Otherwise, the heat will irritate and rough up the cuticle, leaving you with flyaways, damage and smoking strands. And by that, we don't mean sexy.

    8. Keeping The Dryer Motionless. Some shake, rattle 'n roll is good for your hips, and apparently, your hair too. Keeping that dryer moving ensures that hair will dry at the same rate all over, and it will actually prevent your shoulder and wrist from hurting from the strain of staying in one spot. "To a stylist, this is second nature, and we do it almost subconsciously," says Scrivo.

    9. Going Too Fast. "Women often blow-dry..as if they're in some kind of panic. This is not a race against time. Slow down the process, be more methodical and careful," says Scrivo. In fact, if you race through the process, you'll likely find that you need need to keep going back and re-doing sections anyway, wasting more time in the long run. If your hair dries rapidly (lucky you) before you get a chance to style the section, simply keep a spray bottle of water nearby for a refreshing spritz.

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    Eva Scrivo on Beauty. Courtesy Photo

    10. Not Drying The Hair Completely. This is for the frizz afflicted out there; if the pouf starts growing almost immediately after you've finished blow-drying, it means you didn't dry it 100 percent. Sometimes hair looks done, but is cold to the touch -- which is the dead giveaway that water is still hiding out in there. "Your hair should be room temperature after blow-drying," advises Scrivo

     

  • Dead Alien found?? Looks freaky, but....

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    This looks real...but come on...do you believe?

    A video has been released (supposedly) showing the remains of an alien's body in the woods of Siberia.

    The alien looks like the stereotypical alien: big head, big eyes, and a small reddish body.

    Alleged UFO citings have been reported in the area where the alien body was found, which is why the tape was released in the first place.

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  • New Movie trailers..ooh, these look amazing!!

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    THE HELP....this looks amazing, I love period movies..this one is set in Mississippi in the 50's....

    THE BRIDESMAIDS..so funny!!

     

    And of course..who doesn't love Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts...

    LARRY CROWNE 

  • You know you love Chicken...here are some great tips!!

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Ya..um, this was the last time I tried to grill chicken...so these pointers-they help!!


    Let’s just admit it: Americans chow down on a lot of chicken—82.2 pounds per person in 2010 alone! So here are 10 things you should know about our favorite fowl, safety tips included.

    For the best possible bird, DON’T:

    1. Wash the Chicken
    This may come as a shock to all of you who automatically rinse your poultry just before cooking. It certainly was for me. So what’s the big deal? Cross contamination! Rinsing your chicken is an ideal way to spew nasty pathogens all over your sink and the surrounding area. Rinsing never did get rid of pathogens anyway. Instead, try to get the meat onto the baking pan with as little contact as possible. Then wipe down your counter with hot soapy water or a mixture of hot water and 1 tablespoon liquid bleach.

    2. Use an Old Plastic Cutting Board
    There’s an ongoing controversy about the safety of wood versus plastic boards for cutting raw chicken. As it turns out, old plastic cutting boards must be run through a dishwasher to be sanitized. Wood boards, on the other hand, are equally clean after a hand washing.

    3. Forget to Wash Your Hands
    You can’t be reminded often enough: Wash your hands well and scrub under your nails. Have you noticed that chefs and serious cooks don’t have long nails? And they tend not to wear jewelry, either. Both provide great hiding places for bacteria. That mysterious stomach bug you had could very well have been a case of food poisoning from your own kitchen.

    4. Ignore the Magic Number
    A lot of cooks still aren’t aware that the folks at the USDA dropped the recommended safe temperatures for all cooked poultry five years ago to 165°F. The good news is that this results in juicy, tender meat. (The old temperatures were 180°F for a whole roast bird tested in the thigh, or 170°F for a breast. Both often result in dry-as-cotton meat.)

    5. Pull It Out When it Looks Done
    The best way to know when your chicken has reached the magic number is an instant-read thermometer. “You really can’t tell by looking,” says Diane Van, Manager of the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, who suggests you may want to test your chicken in more than one spot. This is particularly important with a whole roast bird: Test both thighs and the thickest part of the breasts—some of the chickens these days sport boobs big enough to fill a double-D bra.

    6. Pick Your Chicken from the Front of the Shelf

    At the market, look for the most distant sell-by date. This means searching in the back of the stacks because the oldest chicken is usually stuck in front. Don’t be afraid to be a nuisance at the poultry case. (The re-stockers of the chicken shelves at my local market roll their eyes when they see me coming.)

    7. Let Your Chicken Hang Around
    Cook your chicken within two days of buying it. Home fridges are warmer than the ones in stores (which can go as low as 26°F), and tend to be opened often. Keep it any longer and, even if the sell-by date is way in the future, you’ll probably end up tossing it once you open the package to that telltale, hold-your-nose, the-chicken’s-gone-off aroma. Out to the garbage it goes, leaving you scrambling to figure out something else for dinner. Sound familiar?

    8. Throw Out the Scraps
    Once this is ingrained into your routine, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start a long time ago. When you’ve got a decent pile of scraps, parts, skin, and bones, dump them in a pot and make a homemade chicken stock. I just can’t bear to spend money on something that’s not only easy to make but also tastes so much better than anything you can buy. Click here for the recipe.

    9. Trim All the Fats

    The fat police want us to skim and snip every bit of fat from our meat and stocks, but chicken fat has some winning qualities. It is high in palmitoleic acid, which is thought to be an immune booster, and it can also be a source of oleic acid, which is a good thing for cholesterol. Also, poultry fats are low in polyunsaturated fatty acids, making them more stable than other fats at higher heat.

    10. Roast or Broil It
    Isn’t crisp skin and tender, juicy meat what we most yearn for in chicken? But how to reach that double-whammy nirvana? High-heat roasting doesn’t always result in perfect skin, and broiling can dry out the meat. Here’s a chef tip: Pan-roast your chicken.

    Shine

     

     

  • Donald Trump...made out of $1 bills..pretty cool

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    An artist in Springville, Utah folded and combined over 1300 $1 bills to create a unique likeness of Donald Trump.

    The artwork took two months of eight hour days to create. The artist chose to create the art with money because the dollar has two tones--grey and green-which can be combined similarly to drawing.

    The portrait will go on display in a couple weeks at the Springville Art Museum.

     

     

     

  • Are your tv shows safe or are they getting dumped!!

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    TV Survival Scorecard: Which shows will return (and which won't)

    Fox’s Christian Slater comedy Breaking In makes a strong debut on the Survival Scorecard while CBS’ Chaos opens at the other end of the spectrum; ABC’s No Ordinary Family, whose cast has been plundered for fall pilots, becomes a member of the walking dead, and the odds shift for ABC’s Mr. Sunshine and others. See our updated rundown below:

    SURE THINGS FOR NEXT SEASON

    America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
    American Dad (Fox)
    American Idol (Fox, renewed through 2013)
    Bob’s Burgers (Fox, renewed)
    Bones (Fox)
    Blue Bloods (CBS)
    Cleveland (Fox, renewed through 2012)
    Castle (ABC; renewed through May 2012)
    Community (NBC, renewed)
    Cougar Town (ABC; renewed through May 2012)
    Criminal Minds (CBS)
    CSI (CBS)
    CSI: Miami (CBS)
    Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
    Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
    Family Guy (Fox; renewed through 2012
    Fringe (Fox, renewed through 2012)
    Glee (Fox; renewed through 2012)
    Grey’s Anatomy (ABC; renewed through 2012)
    Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
    Hell’s Kitchen (Fox, renewed)
    House (Fox)
    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, renewed through 2013)
    Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
    Mike & Molly (CBS)
    Modern Family (ABC; renewed through 2012)
    NCIS (CBS, renewed through 2012)
    NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
    Parks and Recreation (NBC, renewed)
    Private Practice (ABC; renewed through 2012)
    Rules of Engagement (CBS)
    Survivor (CBS, renewed through 2012)
    Raising Hope (Fox; renewed through 2012)
    The Amazing Race (CBS)
    The Big Bang Theory (CBS; renewed through 2014)
    The Good Wife (CBS)
    The Mentalist (CBS)
    30 Rock (NBC; renewed through 2012)
    The Biggest Loser (NBC)
    The Office (NBC)
    The Simpsons (Fox; renewed through 2012)
    The Bachelor (ABC)
    The Middle (ABC; renewed through 2012)
    The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
    Undercover Boss (CBS)
    Wipeout (ABC)

    STRONG ODDS

    America’s Next Top Model (The CW)
    Breaking In (Fox)
    Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CBS)
    Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
    CSI: NY (CBS)
    Desperate Housewives (ABC)
    Gossip Girl
    Hellcats (The CW)
    Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)
    Nikita (The CW)
    90210 (The CW)
    Parenthood (NBC)
    $#*! My Dad Says (CBS)
    The Sing-Off (NBC)
    Two and A Half Men (CBS, renewed through 2012)
    Wife Swap (ABC)

    COULD GO EITHER WAY

    Better With You (ABC)
    Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Chuck (NBC)
    The Defenders (CBS)
    Law & Order: L.A. (NBC)
    Mad Love (CBS)
    Minute to Win It (NBC)
    Mr. Sunshine (ABC)
    Secret Millionaire (ABC)
    Supernatural (The CW)

     

    DANGER ZONE

    Chaos (CBS)
    Chicago Code
    (Fox)
    Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC)
    Harry’s Law (NBC)
    Human Target (Fox)
    Lie to Me (Fox)
    Million Dollar Money Drop (Fox)
    Off the Map (ABC)
    One Tree Hill (The CW)
    Outsourced (NBC)
    Shedding for the Wedding (CW)
    The Event (NBC)
    Traffic Light (Fox)
    V (ABC)

    DEAD AND BURIED

    The Cape (NBC)
    Chase (NBC)
    Life Unexpected (The CW)
    Live to Dance (CBS)
    Lone Star (Fox)
    The Good Guys (Fox)
    Medium (CBS)
    My Generation (ABC)
    No Ordinary Family (ABC)
    Running Wilde (Fox)
    Perfect Couples (NBC)
    Smallville (The CW)
    The Whole Truth (ABC)

     

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