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Use Your Dashboard to Bake Cookies? Think it Over Thursday

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I never heard of this before until clicking on a GF newsletter I receive. I don't know if I will try this or not, but the author, Sarah Menanix, gives very good directions. Those who live in really 'hot' climates and own a car may enjoy this 'solar baking' idea.

Think it over. Here is an excerpt from Sarah's blog at Let me know if you are going to, or did, give this a try. I am going to 'think it over.' Wish I would have known about this when I lived in AZ! The full recipe for these GF cookies are on her site.

If using your car:
1.Place your cookies on the dashboard of your car with a thick towel underneath (this is to protect your dash!).
2.Use an oven thermometer to monitor the temperature inside your car; the temperature needs to get up to at least 160F to ensure that any bacteria from the eggs bakes off.
3.If at any point you need to open your car door, close it immediately to trap the heat inside.
4.Leave the cookies for 2 hours, checking them every 30 minutes for up to 4 hours. Every car will bake the cookies slightly differently depending on outside temperature, color of the interior, etc. When the tops of the cookies look crispy, use a spatula to flip one over to ensure they are cooked through.
5.Remove cookies from cookie sheet with spatula and cool.
6.Serve with large glass of milk.


If you don't want to bake gluten-free cookies, you can use this method with your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

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TATTER3 7/24/2014 10:26PM

    I have got to try this...what a way to prove kids and pets should NOT be left in a car!!!

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VEG954 7/24/2014 5:49PM

  Nice to show kids but cookies are a no no in my home right now. Maybe some day...
Dried herbs?
Now you,ve got me thinking.

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LUCYCAN7 7/24/2014 1:06PM

  Sounds very intriging emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.
Have a wonderful Day!! emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 7/24/2014 9:25AM

    Something new to ponder!

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/24/2014 8:22AM

  A demo like this would make a good ad for NOT leaving kids, pets, etc, in the car!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/24/2014 8:18AM

    What an interesting idea!! Not sure I'll try it, although I think it would be an interesting experiment! My husband might think I'd totally flipped if he came home and I was baking cookies on the dash of his pride and joy!!! emoticon

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Wednesday Wisdom -- Chew on This, OK?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

There is a lot of wisdom out there now about the idea "It's not what you are eating, it's what's eating you." Distress and stress can mess with our digestive system. My DGDs did a very cute song at church on this very subject. Anyway, I wanted to share an excerpt from a newsletter from Dr Ben Kim. I appreciate his insight on doing things naturally to help us get healthier. Hope you "chew on this" for your good health.

"Adopt Eating Habits that Facilitate Optimal Digestion"

"Perhaps the single most important eating habit that you can adopt to facilitate healing of your digestive tract is to chew your foods thoroughly.

Ideally, you want to chew your foods until liquid. When you chew well, you allow your digestive tract to efficiently break down small particles of food into micronutrients that can pass through the wall of your small intestine into your blood.

Your teeth are designed to mechanically break down food, while the rest of your digestive tract and organs are designed to chemically break down your food. Whenever you don't chew well, your digestive tract and organs take on the burden of trying to accomplish what is much easier for your teeth to take care of.

If you have dental or jaw problems that make it difficult to chew well, consider blending your foods in a blender or a food processor.

Chewing your foods and liquids well allows your saliva and digestive enzymes to mix in with your foods and liquids, which begins the process of digestion right in your mouth.

Chewing well encourages physical and emotional rest while eating. And being emotionally balanced and at rest while you eat allows your body to send a rich supply of blood to your digestive organs during a meal, which helps optimize every step of digestion.

If possible, strive to combine the habit of chewing well with a steady focus on being grateful for your food and other blessings. Just as the connection between your mind and body can cause you to sweat when you are nervous, being grateful while you chew can help your digestive organs break down your food and assimilate nutrients into your blood.

The goal is to prevent incompletely digested foods from sitting in your digestive tract longer than they should, as this promotes breeding of potentially pathogenic microorganisms."


Please note: You could read the whole article at

Have a great Wednesday!

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ARLOGUTHRIE 7/23/2014 4:43PM

    Thank you!

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VEG954 7/23/2014 11:11AM

  Great information.
Most of us do not chew our foods that well.
I find that eating very small bites helps me a lot!
I seem to chew any size bites the same amount of time.
It is all about mindfulness for me.

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LUCYCAN7 7/23/2014 10:00AM

  If we forget these things it is still a great reminder.Thanks for sharing.I was
taught as a child to ALWAYS chew your food thourly.Have a great day. emoticon

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TATTER3 7/23/2014 9:59AM

    Never looked at it this way!

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WIFE48 7/23/2014 8:11AM

    Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/23/2014 7:38AM

    Very insightful! Thanks for sharing!!!

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Tuesday Thought

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I like to call Tuesday my "try something new, Tuesday." Today I am going to try to fix my DGD watch band. It can not be replaced. Took it to the jeweler's and he could not fix it.

Today's inspirational thought is, "Each morning comes with its own gift: a brand new day."

Hope we are all able to look back at today and say it was a day well spent.

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LUCYCAN7 7/22/2014 1:12PM

  Sounds like a great thought,very inspiring.Have a Blessed Tuesday. emoticon

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KMF2014 7/22/2014 8:21AM

    Thanks for an upbeat and uplifting thought to begin the day with!

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Today is a Clean Slate

Monday, July 21, 2014

Make this Monday special by making sure past mistakes have been erased. Disappointments in ones self, others, or plans that failed are gone -- merely chalk dust! The setbacks are in the past, that was in the yesterdays. Once chalk becomes chalk dust there are no remembrances of past failures and the past struggles we have come through have only made us stronger.

Blow the dust away! Get out a piece of new chalk and begin writing on the clean slate.

A brand new day. A brand new week. Start fresh. Let's see what wonderful things await this week!

Have a great week!

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DOROTHYBERO 7/21/2014 3:33PM


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LUCYCAN7 7/21/2014 10:32AM

  How wonderfully said!!!Thanks so much for sharing.Have a Blessed Day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 7/21/2014 10:30AM

    Thank you.

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VEG954 7/21/2014 8:50AM

Starting my day with a clean slate!
Feels freeing.

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HMBROWN1 7/21/2014 8:21AM

    Great advice! The weekends can be rough! Time to start anew.

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/21/2014 8:18AM

    What a great reminder as we start a new week! Have a great one!!

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Raining again!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It has been raining off and on -- mostly on -- since early this AM. Kids and GKs camping and having not so nice a time.

DH and I went to a church rummage sale and I got a few bargains and we had lunch there to support the church. We had BBQ ham sandwiches and I had some halushki. When the time hit about 12:30, anyone there could buy a bag of anything for $1. If something would not fit into a grocery bag, it could be bought for half price. I bought some things for crafting and two collapsible water bottles. They are neat!

DH will go back to work on Monday and my week will start out on Tuesday with a client and definitely have some more sewing to do.

Have a great evening, All!

My third blog this week, so I have met a goal I set for myself. emoticon

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IMEMINE1 7/20/2014 10:27AM


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STEVEN2GO2 7/19/2014 8:04PM

    Barb, what is halushki?

It is emoticon that you made emoticon with blogging for the week!

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VEG954 7/19/2014 7:30PM

  My mother used to make this all the time. It was a family favorite.
Hers was a little different because a very large cabbage and onion were finely grated, salted and well drained.
She made her own egg noodles which were wonderful!
The cabbage onion mixture was fried until it was fairly brown in a stick of butter and seasoned with pepper.
Noodles were cooked and mixed in with the cabbage.

I can almost smell the wonderful dish.

Glad you mentioned it since I didn't know it had a real name!


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