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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
- Firestone Virus -- Leaves chunks of its code all over the
- 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....
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'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
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 business.
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
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."
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
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
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
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
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
whole almonds 1/2 cup butter or margarine 2 egg whites 1 cup
sugar dash salt 1 cup pecan halves 1 cup walnut halves
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
Cinnamon Nut Mix
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
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
minute. 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
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
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. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil until all liquid
is absorbed, about 30 minutes. 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
Note: Raw nuts usually
are found in the produce section this time of
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
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
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
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 water. Makes 2 1/2 cups
Peach Tea Mix
cup instant tea mix 3 oz. box peach-flavored gelatin 2 cups granulated
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
Sugar Free Cherry Tea
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
Combine items in a small bowl until well
blended. Store in an airtight container.
To serve, stir 2
teaspoons tea mix into 8 ounces hot or cold water. Makes 1 1/4 cups tea
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.
In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Store in airtight
To serve: Place 1 heaping tablespoon mix in a cup or mug. Add
1 cup boiling water and
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
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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