Pins & Needles:
Am I the only one who is still finding a stray Christmas tree needle in . . . February!?! The crazy thing is that we have an artificial tree!!! It’s been put away for weeks now, and the room has been vacuumed several times since. But every few days, a needle appears out of the blue! For years we had a real tree and I expected plenty of needles then, but these artificial needles are something else again! They’re green paper with an almost static cling effect. They seem to want to hug the rugs, the floors, and even an occasional sock. Sheesh!
Did you know that smiling works both ways? We smile when we are happy – but the act of smiling can actually make us happy – even if we’re not at that moment. Smiling sends nerve impulses from the facial muscles to an emotional center in the brain, and those impulses push the neurochemical balance toward a feeling of contentment. So if you’re feeling kinda down – just smile!!! 🙂
She’ll Thank You!
A new Mom will be busy enough just before and after her baby is born, so when you throw her a baby shower, pick up a package of thank you cards, too. During the party, distribute the envelopes and ask each guest to self-address one! When the new Momma finally has a chance to sit down and write her thank yous – the envelopes will already be complete and she can focus on writing the cards!
Finally . . .
If you’re like me, you try to avoid having bacon too often because it’s not exactly a health food! But as good old Socrates used to say – “Everything in moderation!” So, I figure a little bacon occasionally is acceptable. The problem with bacon though, is the mess it makes when you cook it. I found a great solution – prepare it in the oven instead of frying. No more wall to wall grease in the kitchen!
Easy Way to Cook Bacon
~ Bake at 350º until nice and crispy. Keep an eye on it as cooking time will vary by oven used, desired crispness, and by the number of slices you are making. After your first attempt, you’ll know what works best for you.
~ When bacon is cooked to your liking, lower the oven temperature to 200º – to keep bacon warm until eggs are ready.
Tip: During the “keeping warm” time, place bacon on end slices of bread and much of the grease will be absorbed by the time the eggs are done. Soon after you’ll be announcing: “Breakfast is served!”
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