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Pretty Woman
A pretty woman is...

That special person or persons in your life...a daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, friend.
Beauty of a Woman

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,
the figure she carries or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not a facial  mole,
true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring she lovingly gives, the passion she shows,
and the beauty of a woman, with passing  time...only grows!
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Use baby wipes (your favorite brand, with aloe) for quick clean-ups and refreshers.

Use a weekly pill dispenser, one with a box for each day of the week...fill it once a week.  This is especially good for persons taking multiple medications.

If a pill is hard to swallow, put it in applesauce, some pills are not to be crushed, but can be swallowed easily with applesauce.

Have something in place for a 'help call', an inexpensive hand held bell (the sovenier kind will do) that rings loud enough for you to hear.  (Mary)


Mud stained carpet - sprinkle with salt, let set a few minutes and vacuum.  The salt absorbs the stain;  also, perks up a tired old carpet.  (Mary)

To remove pet urine from a carpet, mix 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 pint of water.  Pour on spot, let set a few minutes, brush and vacuum with a wet/dry vac.  (Mary)

When you put down new carpet, save a piece.  When your carpet gets a stain, stain a small section of the saved piece and test with stain removers to see what works and won't harm the carpet.  (Mary)


Baking soda for cleaning and deodorizing works just as well as other powder cleansers.  It takes red kool aid stains right out of white counter tops.  Use it with a soap pad to clean soap scum from the tub.  Also, a good grease cutter.  (Susan)

Boiling hot salt water poured down the drain will prevent odors and remove grease.  Use 1/2 cup of salt to one quart of water.  (Mary)

Another good drain deoderizer and cleaner...pour 1/2 cup soda in drain, add 1 cup vinegar.  Let set until the fizz stops, before running water through.  (Mary)


Put down underpads at night for your old house dogs with bladder control problems.  You can use the puppy training pads, but the large underpads found in the store's health care section works better for older dogs.

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My Favorite Recipes
                                                                WareHouse Chili

4 lbs ground beef
3 lbs extra lean ground chuck
2 onions diced
1 bell pepper diced
1 can Extra Hot Rotel
1 lg can of tomato sauce (or 2 small cans)
2 cans tomato soup
2 cans of water (use soup cans)
2 cans red kidney or pinto beans
3 Tablespoons chili powder (more or less, depending on taste, I use 2 tablespoons)
Salt to taste

In a large pot, cook meat until no pink is left, drain.  Add all the other ingredients, EXCEPT beans and chili powder, simmer 2 - 3 hours (the longer, the better).  May add more water, if needed, for the preferred consistency.  Add beans and chili powder, simmer another 30 minutes.  Makes 4-4 1/2 quarts.  Freeze leftovers,  its just as good or better, the second time around!
                                                                        (from Mary's kitchen)
                                                                  Never Fail Yeast Rolls

1 package (1/4 ounce)active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (110-115 degrees)
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 (9 ounce) package yellow OR white cake mix
1/2 teaspoon salt
Melted butter or margarine

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.  Beat in the flour, dry cake mix and salt (do not knead).  Place in a greased bowl.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.  Punch dough down; divide in half.  Roll each portion into a 12 inch circle; cut each circle into 12 wedges.  Roll up each wedge, beginning at the wide end; place point-side down on greased baking sheet. Brush with butter.  Cover and let rise until doubled, about 24 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 - 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Makes 2 dozen.

(This is an extra easy recipe and the rolls are extra good.  If I can make them turn out right, anyone can do it!)

Recipe is from Irene Wassell's Idea Alley, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/5/2000.

My Mama... the years are now heavy on her shoulders, she is still my special, beautiful person. Mama, I love you.  This page is dedicated to this beautiful person who is now my angel in heaven.
                                                                 Breakfast Gravy
1/4 cup oil (Crisco Puritan)
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 - 2 cups milk (2%) depending on how thick you want the gravy
Brown the flour in oil, stirring until medium brown.  Turn off fire, add milk, stirring constantly.  Turn fire on low, continue stirring until right consistency.

                                                                (from Mary's kitchen)
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Never be in haste to end a day...there are two few of them in a lifetime!
Never be in haste to end a day...there are two few of them in a lifetime!
Never be in haste to end a day...there are two few of them in a lifetime!
Never be in haste to end a day...there are two few of them in a lifetime!
Never be in haste to end a day...there are two few of them in a lifetime!
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down...

10-12 roma tomatos
1 jalapeno pepper (med or large)
1 yellow onion (med)
1 can rotel
1 tbs fresh minced garlic
dash of ground cumin
1/4 tsp cilantro
1/2 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste

chop, mix and chill

(One of Paula's favorites)
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down...

2 pks vanilla pudding mix (small boxes)
3 cups milk
16 oz cool whip (light is ok)
1 box graham crackers
1 tub chocolate frosting

Mix first three ingredients with mixer.  In 13" X 9" pan, layer the graham crackers, 1/2 of the pudding mixture, add another layer of graham crackers and the remainder of the pudding mixture.  Add another layer of graham crackers.  Ice with chocolate frosting.  (Microwave the frosting for about 25 seconds...enough to stir and pour on top of the graham crackers...it will harden again when refrigerated).  Chill overnight or until graham crackers soften.

                                                                      (from the McFarland kitchen)

I tried caramel and lemon frosting.  Both were good, but the milk chocolate can't be beat!...Mary
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down...
                                                             Ron's Quick Cajun

1 can Campbell's Chunky Vegetable Beef soup
1 pkg of beef Rice-a-Roni
1 tsp McCormick Creole seasoning

Prepare Rice-a-Roni as directed on the box.  Add Chunky Vegetable Beef (don't add water) and Creole seasoning.  Mix, heat and eat.
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down...
Mama. . . my special Angel in Heaven
This page is dedicated to my Angel.
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down...
                                                                    Fruit Dip

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 can condensed milk
12 oz cool whip

Gradually add condensed milk to the cream cheese,  while beating on low, until mixture is creamy.
Fold in cool whip.  Now you are ready to dip or spread.

Leftovers can be frozen.  This is my favorite for whole, fresh strawberries.  Also good with peaches.

Can also be used as cake frosting, alone or add cherry pie filling or frozen sliced strawberries.  I'm sure there are other uses.
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