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Elf Ears August 8, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, People.
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Keep your eyes open for the new “thang” . . . Elf Ears.

No, not plastic prostheses . . . plastic surgery.

Trendy folks who want to look like Spock, an Elf,  a Hobbit, or a Barbary Macaque, visit a “body modification artist” who cuts, sculpts, shapes, and sews each ear’s cartilage into a point . . . often without the benefit of anesthesia.


This permanent and painful cosmetic procedure presents several tangible risks:

* infection
* difficulty sleeping during healing
* ridicule from peers (and parents)
* the need for counseling

Wikipedia ~ Spock (in Public Domain)

What’s the point?
Don’t look at me . . .

Seems highly illogical, even to Spock.

Rebellion?  Conformity?

Perhaps a bit of both?

Quote:  The young always have the same problem ~ how to rebel and conform at the same time.

They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. 

~ Quentin Crisp

Beam me up, Scotty!

No rules.  Just write!

Food For Thought: 7 Money Saving Tips August 8, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Vegetarian Recipes.
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220px-Pig_roastbeefWant to stretch your food budget a bit further?  Here are 7 Money Saving Tips:

1.  Avoid food waste.  Shop smart.  Plan meals ahead.  Use a shopping list.  Don’t buy more perishable fruits and vegetables than you’ll use in a week.

Unless you’re planning a canning party (see tip #7).

2.  Keep food fresh.   Store new purchases in pantry and cupboards behind older residents.  Do the same in your fridge ~ placing up front what needs to be consumed first.

3.  Love your left-overs.  When planning meals for the week, leave a few nights open to serve up recycled left-overs.  Getting into the habit of planned left-overs will save you time and money.  Make a pot of Harvest Soup with extra veggies, rice, potatoes, or pasta.

4.  Watch expiration dates.  When creating your menu plan, incorporate food that’s closing in on critical “use by” dates.

5.  Don’t have a cow!  Add Meatless Monday to your weekly meal plan.  Need ideas?  Check out A Month of Meatless Meals.  Cutting back on meat is good for you, good for your wallet, good for your waistline . . . and good for the animals and planet.

6.  Start a compost pile.  Turn vegetable trimmings, fruit peels, and coffee grinds into compost.

7.  Yes, you can!  Have a canning party with friends to eat locally year-round while saving money and having fun.  Ideas:  garlic and basil tomato sauce, pickled green beans, watermelon pickles, peach jam, pineapple chutney, applesauce, and zucchini relish.

No rules.  Just write!

How about you?  What are your favorite tips for stretching your food dollar?

Related posts:  Great Nutrition Starts On Your Plate * 10 Ways to Fiber Up Your Diet * To Market, To Market *  Top Ten Reasons to Become A Vegetarian  (AgriGirl’s Blog) * How To Save On Your Grocery Bill (Real Simple)