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Saturday, 19 September 2009
Tinker Bell Cake
I think cake is useful.  It's yummy, filling and makes people happy.  Here is a cake I made for my brother's granddaughter.

Posted by acmckibben at 12:02 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Hungry Girl Website
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I am a junk food junkie.  There I said it. That is the first step right. Admitting you have a problem.  I saw this on Rachel Ray today.  The Hungry Girl website which gives you recipes on how to convert fat and calorie loaded fast food items into leaner healthier versions.  With entries like My Big Fat Mushroom Sandwich, I Love Rocky Road and Sundae School I thought it's worth a look.  It's free to subscribe and the website itself is really fun to look at.  Check it out

Posted by acmckibben at 2:50 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 15 September 2009 3:00 PM EDT
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Monday, 14 September 2009
Key Hider
Topic: Useful Gadget

I found this in Real Simple Magazine.  It's from under Security and Spy Stuff. (I love that) It's a key hider that looks like a sprinkler. Here is info on it and the link to thinkgeek.  $6.00

Hide your keys by pushing them into the ground

When it comes to hiding things, this can be done in many different ways. Camouflage or concealment are the most common ways to hide something and in more sophisticated situations cryptography can be used to hide the content of a message. Hiding money is also common but sometimes can lead to very large problems when discovered (or if you forget where your money is hidden).

Rather than the old standard under-the-doormat or inside a plastic rock, this fake inground sprinkler head offers a good place to put a set of spare keys or maybe an emergency USB flash drive. It looks like a regular sprinkler head and the tough water-tight plastic case holds multiple keys.

  • Looks like a regular sprinkler head
  • Tough water-tight plastic case holds multiple keys
  • Screw cap
  • Dimensions: 3.5" x 1.3" dia. (8.9 x 3.3cm)

Posted by acmckibben at 6:16 PM EDT
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Useful Things
Topic: Introduction

It is somewhat a juxtaposition to be artistic and practical at the same time. All my art projects or interests need to be useful in some way. If I am faced with a lump of clay but no reason for the clay it sits and stares at me. Mocking me really. Tongue out I won't go into the my personality paradox but suffice it to say I wanted to start a useful blog. I had started a cooking blog and it was very me. I  learned how to cook (kind of) It was tremendous. Now I want to start one that is useful to others. 

The blog is focused on home - most likely women. Working, SAHM, with or without family.  I hope for this blog to address many things.

How to make the home

  • healthier
  • safer
  • happier
  • more efficient
  • more profitable
  • more harmonious
  • more organized
  • more earth friendly
  • any other idea that promotes a happy home

I have no idea how to do any of those things. My goal is to research ideas myself and ask my most resourceful friends and family to help. I KNOW you have ideas. Please send them to me and I will give you credit (by name even) The entries should be relatively short. Pictures would be awesome. Any way that gets the information out clearly and quickly is preferred (such as top 10 lists would be an example - such as Top 10 ways to make your home more organized could be a title for an entry)  Your payment will be your glorious word in print. Thank you in advance for what I know will be innovative, creative and useful ideas.  Please submit your ideas and pictures to 

Posted by acmckibben at 3:10 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 14 September 2009 3:31 PM EDT
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