Enjoy the Giggle!

Church Sign Edition!

They are everywhere, church signs that is! On one side may be the times for the worship services, while the other side has a short quote of some kind. It’s these short quotes that can down right give you the giggles. After seeing one at a Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist church that I walk by on a daily basis, I decided to start including them in my giggle listings. Enjoy!

Ain’t that the truth!
The Gospel is not in quarantine

Canning Essentials: Jam-Packed with Essential Tools, Techniques, and Recipes for Fruits, Veggies, Jams, Pickles, Salsa, and More

Canning Essentials is a go-to beginner’s guide that will take you step-by-step through the different processes of canning fruit and produce. From canning vegetables, like tomatoes and squashes, to preparing homemade jam, salsas, relishes, and so much more, this book simplifies food preservation so that even today’s busiest people can find time to do it themselves. Emphasizing cost-saving and sustainable food safety, you’ll learn methods for both freezing, canning, pressure canning, and water-bath canning, then discover over 60 delicious recipes for homemade jelly, chutneys, pickles, and more. With helpful charts throughout to detail methods with specific timings, temperatures, and required equipment, this book will teach you everything you need to know about preserving and canning fruits and vegetables.

Full of useful information. The recipes are interesting and ones that I plan to try. I just wish that more of the recipes gave you some idea of the yield. It is very hard to make sure you have sufficient jars ready if you don’t know how much the recipe will yield. The Formatting in Kindle version was somewhat messy.

Having said that, I enjoyed the book enough to purchase a copy for my house.

T. Crane
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy Food you preserve yourself
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2020
This book could not being coming out at a better time. As we learned while dealing with a pandemic, you can not always count on a grocery store to have what you need. This is a must have for every household.
Great book full of great information for someone who is new to canning, and some stuff you may not have known if you have been canning a long time.
Great recipes with mouth watering pictures! It has information for freezing, pressure canning and tons more.
I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion


4.0 out of 5 stars very very good
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020
This is a good solid book for a home canner. Especially if you are new to preserving foods.
There is discussion about freezing foods ( what you can and cannot ) along with how to do it.
As for the canning. She covers the supplies needed, helpful tips, how to pick and clean/prepare the item you are canning. Talks about things that can well and those that don't. Covers pressure canning vs. hot water bath canning.. And supplies many recipes.
A very good all round book

The Sunday Post #3

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This week is finally in the book. I was really getting tired of all the politics! It’s enough to drive anyone crazy.

So I’ve started getting posts ready for both Delta James and Vanessa Vale. They both have more than one series written that are related to others. It makes for more interesting reading.

Delta James is the author of the “Wayward Mates” series which is followed by a number of dark romance books. I’m talking about the Warlord, Overlord, etc. The first series is set in modern times. The others are set in a future where society has suffered a collapse and has lost most of the technology.

Vanessa Vale is the author of the Bridgewater series. First up is the “Bridgewater Ménage” series that is set in the Old West. “Bridgewater County” is set in more modern times but still with old fashioned values of two men caring for one woman. The newest series is “Bridgewater Brides” which is written by several different authors, including Delta James.

Weekly Cup of Coco!

Coco was by the veterinarian’s this week.. Thankfully she is not as anemic so the doctor was able to give her the Rabies vaccine. We have another appointment next month.

We’ve noticed that Coco doesn’t like to sit on laps. Instead she either lays on the chair beside you or on the arms! Luckily she’s small enough to fit.

I want to once again encourage you to check out the Amazon Smile program. I’m willing to bet that there is a charity or nonprofit organization listed there that you can support. The donation doesn’t cost you anything but could make a difference for someone else. I just checked and as of September 2020, over $215 million dollars has been donated to all of the charities. This is since Amazon began the program in October 2013.

The Sunday Post #2

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

As I grabbed yet another anthology, this one for Halloween, I thought about how many box sets and anthologies I’ve been reading recently. Actually it started back earlier this year when a group of authors got together to create an anthology called “Cowboys for a Cause.” Sold for $0.99 (I think), all the stories were about cowboys and the proceeds were donated to a charity to help folks affected by the pandemic. Sadly this anthology seems to no longer be available. So let me just urge you to take advantage of these bargains while there available.

Weekly Cup of Coco!

We knew immediately after bringing Coco home she had a problem with fleas. Today at the vet’s we discovered just how much a problem she had. She was so anemic that they weren’t able to give her a rabies shot. They did give her one of those tablets that works for 24 hrs to kill fleas. This was basically an emergency measure to start getting the fleas off her. I’d been giving her flea baths, but this would work faster. They also did a heart worm test on her, negative thank God! So the vet recommended a combination of heart worm medicine and flea killer. Hopefully we should be seeing results soon. We also okay the vet doing lab tests to see what else might be wrong with her. We want to do everything we can to get and keep her healthy!

Donations for Nonprofit Organizations

While talking to the vet, they mentioned that they were a nonprofit group. The prices were very reasonable and I definitely wanted to try to help them. Turns out Amazon has a program called “Amazon Smile” that makes donations to charities and nonprofit organizations based on eligible purchases. Amazon donated 0.5% of the price to the group, with no cost to you. A quick search told me that “Operation Snip” is listed and we could start sending some funds their way.

So, if you shop on Amazon frequently, take a look and see if this is something you could do.

Quick Tip from My Kitchen

Now that we’ve all been stuck at home for the last 5 months, many people find themselves making meals at home as opposed to ordering them. Face it, it’s much cheaper to cook from scratch than it is to order. Now, most of us buy groceries for a number of days each time we go and the meat goes in the freezer.

If you aren’t in the habit of remembering to take the meat out in the morning, (before you left for work), you may occasionally find yourself at lunchtime hoping that your meat will thaw in time!

It’s August, and for most of us, that means hot temperatures. I discovered that if I put the wrapped meat on a plastic plate and sit it on something outside, that it will thaw just fine. For me, hamburger can be taken out at lunchtime. The ribs in the photo needed to be thawed by 2 pm so I could start working them. Luckily, Florida weather takes care of thawing things.

So, give it a try! It works really well for me.

Don’t Let Your Guard Down Just Yet! #COVID 19

Just about the time everyone thinks they can return to life as “normal,” the virus resurges and the death count starts rising again.

The CDC has stated time and time again, that “people wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” CDC Guidance

You would think that it would be obvious to everyone, there’s a right way and a wrong way to wear a mask.

This is a great example of the WRONG way to wear a mask!

Masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control. This recommendation is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), so the use of masks is particularly important in settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain.


Notice that they included “sneezing” in this list. Now think about what happened when you sneeze. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

That’s right, it ends up involving the nose! So not covering your nose 👃 doesn’t help much.

This is the correct way to wear a mask. And folks? We’re all going to have get on board with this if we’re going to get through this together!