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Nasty New Computer Viruses...

- "Survivor Virus" -- Deletes your files one by one over 13
weeks until only the most annoying one remains.

- Dan Quayle Virus -- Destroys all the files stored on your
- Microsoft Virus -- Renders your computer virtually useless.
Also known by the name "Windows XP."
- Tiger Woods Virus -- Beats the holy crap out of you in
every computer game you play.

- Britney Spears Virus -- Your partitions mysteriously quadruple
in size overnight.

- Firestone Virus -- Leaves chunks of its code all over the
information highway.

- IHATEYOU Virus -- Emits shrill scream from speakers when
you refuse to buy the new computer game that "all the other
computers at school already have."
- Al Gore Virus -- Causes your CPU to keep executing and
executing and executing....

- Boulder Police Virus -- Can't even *find* your computer.

A Texas couple who began spending $259,197 which
mysteriously appeared in their company bank account have
been ordered to repay it.

They claim they'd been told the money was theirs and began
using most of it. But a year and a half later, federal authorities
have told Parker and Joanna Ooze the money was accidentally
given to them.

The couple say were repeatedly assured the deposit wasn't a
mistake when it turned up in the account of their financially,
strapped tile installation company.

"We asked the bank to tell us who gave us the money, so we
could thank whoever it was. The people in the bank told us,
'When they want you to know, they'll tell you'."

At a hearing in the US District Court in the judge ordered the
Ooze's company, Ball & Chain, to pay Marion National Bank
$259,197 in restitution. But the company has gone out of

Federal law allows people to keep money received anonymously
through the post, the Ooze's attorney said, "I think that same issue
applies in this case."

Martha Stewart versus Maxine!

Martha's Way:
Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone
to prevent ice cream drips.
Maxine's Way:
Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for
Pete's sake; you are probably lying on the couch, with your
feet up, eating it anyway.

Martha's Way:
To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag
with the potatoes.
Maxine's Way:
Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix and keep it in the pantry
for up to a year.

Martha's Way:
When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit
of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess
on the outside of the cake.
Maxine's Way:
Go to the bakery ? they'll even decorate it for you.

Martha's Way:
If you accidentally over salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop
in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an
instant "fix me up."
Maxine's Way:
If you over salt a dish while you are cooking, that's too bad.
Please recite with me, The Real Women's motto:
"I made it and you will eat it and I don't care how bad it tastes."

Martha's Way:
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and
it will keep for weeks.
Maxine's Way:
Celery? Never heard of the stuff.

Martha's Way:
Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to
yeid a beautiful glossy finish.
Maxine's Way:
The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not include brushing
egg whites over the crust so I just don't do it.

Martha's Way:
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on
your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
Maxine's Way:
Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink.

Martha's Way:
If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing
gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
Maxine's Way:
Go ask the very cute neighbor to do it.

Martha's Way:
Don't throw out all that leftover wine.
Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
Maxine's Way:
Leftover wine?????? Hello . . . . . .

When a woman in my office became engaged, a colleague
offered her some advice. "The first ten years are the hardest."

"How long have you been married?" I asked.

"Ten years," she replied.

Christmas Gifts from Your Kitchen
submitted by Susan

Homemade Nuts and Candy
Nuts and candy make wonderful Christmas gifts for that hard to buy
for person, or as an addition to gifts you may have crafted or
purchased. Family and friends love homemade treats!
I have found homemade candy and nuts are a
perfect gift for men and teenagers.
Place in tins and attach a gift tag for
a simple, but tasty gift.
A jar or tin of nuts is a great addition to a
holiday gift baskets of breads and cookies also.
I have several recipes to get you started!

Chocolate Billionaires

1 14 oz. package caramels
3 Tbsp. water
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup coarsely crushed crisp rice cereal
1 Tbsp. shortening
2 cups semi sweet or milk chocolate chips

In top of double boiler over low heat, melt caramels with
water. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and cereal.
Drop by rounded teaspoons onto lightly
greased waxed paper. Chill until firm. Melt Chocolate chips
and shortening in the double boiler or heavy saucepan and
dip candies until coated. Place on wax paper and chill
until set. Store in airtight container. Makes about 4
dozen candies.

Swedish Nuts

1 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 egg whites
1 cup sugar
dash salt
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup walnut halves

Spread almonds on a cookie sheet and roast at 325
until lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes,
stirring occasionally; cool. Melt butter in
oven in a 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Beat egg whites until foamy;
add sugar and salt, and continue beating until stiff.
Fold in all of nuts; spread mixture in baking pan over
melted butter. Bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes
or until mixture is browned and all the butter is absorbed,
stirring and turning every 10 minutes to cook evenly.
Makes about 4 cups.

Cinnamon Nut Mix

2 cups whole almonds
2 cups pecan halves
6 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cinnamon
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 egg whites

Preheat oven to 300 In a large saucepan, cover almonds and pecans
with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1
Drain well. In a large bowl combine the next 6 items. In a medium bowl,
whisk egg whites until foamy. Add nuts and stir
until nuts are well coated.
Pour nuts into sugar mixture stirring until well coated.
Spread evenly on a greased baking sheet.
Stir occasionally, baking 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on
baking sheet. Store in airtight container. Makes about 4 cups.Carol & Susan @ one of 
Carol's parties

Mocha Walnuts

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp. instant coffee
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups walnut halves

In a large saucepan, combine first 6 items, mixing well.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, to soft ball stage
(238 degrees). Remove from
heat and stir in vanilla. Add nuts, stirring to coat.
Spread nuts on a buttered baking sheet.
Cool and break into pieces. Store in airtight
container. Makes about 4 1/2 cups nuts.

Sugared Peanuts

2 cups granulated sugar
4 1/2 cups shelled raw peanuts
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup water

Coarse Salt In a large heavy pan place peanuts, salt, sugar and water.
to a boil. Continue to boil until all liquid is absorbed, about 30
Watch carefully. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spread nuts on a greased
baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake 20 minutes.
Remove from oven, stir, and bake 20 minutes longer.
Cool. Store in airtight container.
Makes about 4 1/2 cups.

Note: Raw nuts usually are found in the produce section this time of

Beverage Mixes
Beverage Mixes make wonderful gifts for teachers,
family, friends or those
last minute gifts for unexpected company.
You can package them in Mason
jars, jelly jars or any pretty container,
including tins, that you have on
hand. In the tins be sure to put in a plastic bag first
then place in the tin. These are easy, tasty recipes that will bring
rave reviews!

Orange Cappuccino Mix

1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup instant coffee
1 tsp. dried orange peel
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Place all items in blender or food processor. Cover and blend on
high or 30 seconds, stopping blender after 15 seconds
to stir until well mixed. Store
in tightly covered container. For each serving, place 2 teaspoons mix
and 2/3 cup boiling water in mug.
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I'm going to go

Spiced Mocha Mix

1 cup sugar
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1/2 cup cocoa
3 Tbsp. powdered instant coffee
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

In large bowl combine all ingredients. Store in airtight container. For
single serving place 3 tablespoons mix in mug and add 3/4 cup boiling
Makes 2 1/2 cups mix.

Peach Tea Mix

1 cup instant tea mix
3 oz. box peach-flavored gelatin
2 cups granulated sugar

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Store in an
airtight container.
Give with instructions to serve. For one mug use 2 tsp.
tea mix with 8 ounces hot water. Makes about 3 1/2 cups tea mix.

Sugar Free Cherry Tea Mix

We all know people who are diabetic or simply need to cut
down on their sugar intake. This is a great gift,
combined with some pumpkin or zucchini bread in a nice basket!AAAAAMMMEEN

1 pkg. unsweetened cherry-flavored soft drink mix
1 1/4 cups sugar-free instant tea mix (artificially sweetened)

Combine items in a small bowl until well blended.
Store in an airtight

To serve, stir 2 teaspoons tea mix into 8 ounces hot or cold water.
Makes 1 1/4 cups tea mix.

Instant Cappuccino Mix

1 cup powdered chocolate milk mix
3/4 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1/2 cup instant coffee granules
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Store in airtight container.

To serve: Place 1 heaping tablespoon mix in a cup or mug. Add 1 cup
boiling water and stir.

Hot Chocolate Mix

1 8 qt. box nonfat dry milk
1 6 oz. jar coffee creamer
1 16 oz. dry chocolate milk mix
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Mix all items until well blended. Store in airtight container. To serve
add 1/4 cup mix to 2/3 cup hot water. Make 3 quarts.
You can also create a gift basket with mini marshmallows,
a nice mug, a chocolate coated spoon, and a
few peppermint sticks. Place all in a nice wicker basket
and wrap with colored cellophane tied with a bow.
Any chocolate fan would love this!

Tips for Wrapping and Giving
*Any of the above can be placed in a quart or pint canning jar.
Place jar on a large piece of colored cellophane,
bring up to the top, gather and tie with raffia.
Attach a gift tag with instructions.

*The coffees can be part of a gift basket with petite cookies,
a pretty coffee mug and a sterling silver spoon,
which can be easily found at any
antique or thrift store. Place in a nice wicker basket and wrap with
cellophane or place in a large gift bag.

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