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flavored coffee made at home

Saturday, December 31, 2011

I have several salvage groceries locally and I started stocking up on coffee last February when I learned about the impending coffee shortage.

I found many "individual" packets of coffee 6/$1 which equates to a can for $1.00!! Most were regular roast and I prefer flavored.

This started my quest for "how to" make my own flavored coffee. Of course, nothing comes easy for me and I learned I really love Pumpkin Spice Coffee! They too were 6/$1 but I am almost out of them.

Well, I discovered that I can use regular Pumpkin Pie Spice and just put it in the basket before my coffee grounds - Voila! - Pumpkin Coffee!

My dad left me 2 cans of Apple Pie Spice and since the spices are the same, I tried it - hmmmm. Ok, not as good, so I added a bit more cinnamon and again, Voila! - Pumpkin Coffee!! When I checked out some recipes, sure enough - Pumpkin calls for more cinnamon.

I also inherited quite a bit of Unsweetened Cocoa but hadn't had much success making chocolate coffee. So this morning I tried by putting the cocoa in the basket before my grounds but added a bit of cinnamon to cut the bitter and it is wonderful!

You will have to experiment but I am using 3 tsp of spice to one 12-cup pot of coffee. I can hardly wait to try cocoa in my next pot of Hazelnut Coffee!
If you find other variations, please share! emoticon

For the tea drinkers - my favorite is Nutcracker Tea and according to Celestial Seasonings, it has Vanilla and Cinnamon in it - not sure how you would do it, but yum!
P.S. The chocolate tastes best with some cinnamon - at least it did to me. emoticon

P.P.S. a tsp of cocoa and a tsp of cinnamon in my pot of hazelnut is awesome!

P.P.P.S. a pinch of cherry koolaid in your pot of chocolate coffee is also nice! My sister had given me a packet of Cherry-Chocolate Coffee that was really expensive - koolaid is really cheap!

  
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KARABEANLVRLNDA 1/1/2012 9:07AM

    What a way to cut calories from using the flavored creamers.
Coffee ...Yum...I'm addicted!
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MELODY525 1/1/2012 8:50AM

    I WILL DEFINITELY PASS THIS ON TO MY FRIENDS.
THANKS FOR SHARING IT .
WISHINGYOU THE BEST THAT 2012 HAS TO OFFER.
STAY WELL AND KEEP THOSE SMILES AND IDEAS COMING!!((((HUGS))))

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MIZCATHI 1/1/2012 8:17AM

    Pumpkin spice anything is my all time fav! Thanks for the tip, I plan on using it!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/1/2012 5:14AM

    Thanks for the tips. I love pumpkin spiced coffee. Love, Dawn

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MAWDOT35 12/31/2011 7:47PM

    Very interesting!!! I love Hazelnut flavored coffee!!

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Happy New year to you!

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Dorothy

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 12/31/2011 7:20PM

    That sounds delish. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/31/2011 6:51PM

    Wow! That is so creative! I prefer just plain coffee with creamer in it so I'm pretty easy to please in that area! Still, I really admire you for being able to save money and make it fit for you!

Have a wonderful, wonderful new year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 12/31/2011 6:11PM

    All sounds really nice Linda I actually buy the prepacked flavoured coffee for special occasions
Have a Happy New Year my friend .
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DOTTIEJANE1 12/31/2011 5:19PM

    Thanks Linda i am gonna use your method. Thanks for sharing.

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JERSEYGIRL24 12/31/2011 5:12PM

    I love coffee!!! l usually buy flavored coffee. We have a Cuisinart Grind N Brew, so we buy whole beans and grind them as we go.

I never drank iced coffee until about 3 years ago. Until then, I would drink hot coffee, even in the middle of the summer. My local supermarket has a nice coffee bar, and they started selling iced coconut coffee. That got me hooked. I then found a place that sells coconut coffee relatively reasonably, so now I make my own (though I have stopped for the winter). I will have to consider flavoring my coffee with cinnamon.

You are so resourceful!!!

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MARTY19 12/31/2011 4:20PM

    I love flavored coffee and flavored creamers. . I think I'll have to try your method.



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FLA-1956 12/31/2011 1:41PM

  I'm going to have to try that. I love my coffee.
HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIEND. MAY YOU BE RICHLY BLESSED IN 2012. emoticon emoticon

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MAGIC_HORSES 12/31/2011 1:38PM

    I'm addicted to coffee. It's the one thing I think I might die without. Thanks for these great suggestions. When I have plain coffee I usually add a little bit of vanilla to my cup after I stir in the cream (yes, cream...from a Jersey cow....just a little) and stevia. One big cup gets me through the morning. emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/31/2011 1:25PM

    Smart! I'll have to remember this.
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year! HUGS!

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GRANNYSUE9 12/31/2011 1:23PM

    I like flavored coffee too. Thanks for sharing!

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DESTINYE 12/31/2011 12:57PM

    Sounds interesting! I am not a coffee drinker (except the occasional decaf) but sounds yummy!!!

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it's all about maintaining!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

no matter what you weigh - it's all about maintaining.

once you can comfortably maintain your current weight, you can also adjust your caloric intake to start ridding yourself of excess weight.

2012 is our year to learn maintenance, at any weight!
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LINDAJ0621 12/30/2011 5:21PM

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T2SEE140 12/29/2011 11:25AM

  Maintenance? Still working on what that is. I swear when I try to maintain I always go up a couple of pounds and the weight stays there before I actively begin to take more off. Sometimes you need a break from tracking. I love having the control.

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DIANEDOESSMILES 12/28/2011 10:50PM

    True,, true,, for I KNOW my cal intake is fantastic to lose at 1200, but at times that may not work as well so I increase it to 1500 and than bring it back down a couple of days later,,and BANGO ! BACK to losing,,,all about maintance !!!!! So while urs is weight,, mine is cals !!! For I am not yet at the maintain weight, but STILL its about maintance ! Just where do you draw that line, and how good are you about walking on it?

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WATERMELLEN 12/28/2011 7:38PM

    MAINtenance: that's my main thing. Yeah!!

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WALKING_WONDER 12/28/2011 3:39PM

    You go girl!!!

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MJ7DM33 12/28/2011 3:09PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 12/28/2011 2:19PM

    I will be a maintenance warrior! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/28/2011 12:44PM

    good idea...thanks for the input.

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MEADSBAY 12/28/2011 12:00PM

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GRANNYSUE9 12/28/2011 11:59AM

    So true. Thanks for sharing.

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FITFABJENN 12/28/2011 10:25AM

    Yep, 2012 is my year to learn the art of maintenance. Woo hoo!

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MARTY19 12/28/2011 9:36AM

    You are so right!!!

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--KREN 12/28/2011 9:33AM

    I hear that! Good luck to us all! Karen

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DESTINYE 12/28/2011 9:31AM

    This is true in theory, it is very hard when it does not work that way though!

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FLA-1956 12/28/2011 8:38AM

  Good advice. HAPPY NEW YEAR! emoticon

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GRANDMACOO 12/28/2011 8:31AM

    So true; maintaining during the holiday eating frenzy was my goal!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/28/2011 7:55AM

    Profound insight! To maintenance!! -Marsha

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/28/2011 7:43AM

    You are so right... and in the spirit of "great minds think alike"... I had also written about maintenance this morning!

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OMG! If it wasn't nailed down... !

Monday, December 26, 2011

Yup - I ate ... and ate ... and ate ... I dug stuff out of the freezer emoticon emoticon

But the "scale fairy" was so good to me today!

Hopefully the "holiday binges" will now be all over!

I can't even blame it on company since Ray & I were totally alone.
Today is the new first day of the rest of my life! emoticon

Happy Day After Sparkfriends!!
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**so yesterday was more of the same - imagine that - if you go over by 1000 calories 3 days in a row - you gain weight?! hehehehe - it was still worth it!

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 12/29/2011 8:39PM

    Yay for the scale fairy! I am glad she's nice.

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T2SEE140 12/29/2011 11:30AM

  I hear yeah though for me it could of been much worse. I did pick and choose what I was going to eat and chose not to put out appetizers but man when the desserts come out....I have to admit the only thing I ate was my FAVORITE pie that my mom only makes at Christmas just for me. Did I mention that I am the only one who eats it. *SIGH*

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KARABEANLVRLNDA 12/28/2011 8:36PM

    I totally lost it too...and I'm not talking about weight emoticon
Back to baby steps and climbing up the ladder!
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The best to you in 2012
Hugs
Lynda

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DIANEDOESSMILES 12/28/2011 8:35PM

    So Weird to hear this from you Linda, but yeah,,, sooo refreshing !!!! now, i do not celebrate so I pretty much stayed in range,,,, pretty much. But, hey I KNOW YOU !! You will be RIGHT BACK IT with a GUSTO TO BEAT THE BAND GIRL !! OH YES YOU WILL ! And you will do this MOST of the year ! WOOOHOOO YOU GO GIRL !

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MARTHASPARKS 12/27/2011 9:55AM

    Acknowledging the mistake is the best way to get back on track!

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LITTLETEALOVER 12/27/2011 9:05AM

    I think a lot of us had this same experience! At least you're getting back on track quickly.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/26/2011 11:17PM

    Here we go! It IS a new day, thank goodness! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/26/2011 9:38PM

    Tomorrow is another day! emoticon

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46SHADOW 12/26/2011 7:11PM

    Ah yea, the day after christmas. Luckily, christmas is just one day!

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GRAYGRANNY 12/26/2011 6:39PM

    I am so with ya girlfriend

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MANAGEABILITY 12/26/2011 6:14PM

    I HEAR YOU GAL I AM UP 2 BUT LIKE YOU AM BACK ON TRACK
MAY WE ALL SEE LESS OF EACHOTHER IN 2012
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
DORENE

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MARTY19 12/26/2011 5:02PM

    You're probably more on track already than the rest of us. LOL!

Love
Marty

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 12/26/2011 4:25PM

    No worries... emoticon

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 12/26/2011 4:16PM

    You deserved it!

SPark on dear friend!!!!!

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WALKING_WONDER 12/26/2011 3:32PM

    Binges don't count on the holidays, right?

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/26/2011 2:09PM

    I'm joining you on that new first day of the rest of my life.

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DESTINYE 12/26/2011 11:30AM

    I can totally relate! Back to normal today though!

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IILAAD65 12/26/2011 11:29AM

    Done with the binges and moving on before January 1st even!!

I like how you didn't apologize nor feel guilty!!



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GRANDMACOO 12/26/2011 10:31AM

    So glad the "eating frenzy" is over! Back on track!

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MSLZZY 12/26/2011 10:23AM

    I had the same problem but I think I have it under control. The scale and I knew we would
not be taliking much this week. My jeans still fit so it shouldn't have been too bad.
My biggest issue will be with the ham (too much sodium) and of course, the chocolate
candy. Thakfully, most of both is gone. Have a great week! HUGS!

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TRAVELGRRL 12/26/2011 10:12AM

    I'm right with you girl, but it ENDED yesterday and today we are all back on track!

I TOO was surprised that the scale didn't slap me upside the head -- only up 0.5.



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WATERMELLEN 12/26/2011 10:06AM

    Great blog! So encouraging!!

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FLA-1956 12/26/2011 10:05AM

  Glad you enjoyed Christmas. I'm sure you're back on track today.

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FITFABJENN 12/26/2011 10:05AM

    Meh, it happens. Lol! Kudos for getting right back on the wagon.

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GRANNYSUE9 12/26/2011 9:48AM

    Happy day after to you too! I'm not waiting until Jan 1st, I am back on the wagon. Hope you had a great Christmas.

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Merry Christmas SparkLand! God Bless Us All!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

May the beauty and magic of Christmas be carried in your heart always! Happy Holidays!

♥♥♥♥Blessings and {{{{Hugs}}}}
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((. .. Love you, Linda -::- )
-::- ((.*(((Sending Skinny Vibes to YOU today!)))

  
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 12/26/2011 4:24PM

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DEBSDESTINY 12/26/2011 3:54PM

   
I actually haven't been on Sparkpeople for a few days, but wanted to say I hope your Christmas was very blessed and wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Deb

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JERSEYGIRL24 12/25/2011 10:30PM

    Hope you had a nice Christmas, and best wishes for a great 2012!!!

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MARTY19 12/25/2011 6:48PM

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Love
Marty


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MNABOY 12/25/2011 4:44PM

    Wishing the same for you and your family

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IOWAGRAMMA 12/25/2011 3:12PM

    And the same to you! emoticon Jeannie

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SUSIEPH1 12/25/2011 2:51PM

    Merry Merry Christmas Linda have a good one !!
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MERRY CHIRISTMAS!

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FLA-1956 12/25/2011 10:08AM

  MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS LINDA

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/25/2011 10:07AM

    Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 12/25/2011 8:30AM

    Thank you so much for all you do, Linda!
Merry Christmas!
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    And to you too emoticon

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Stop!

Monday, December 19, 2011

I was giving a Spark Goodie and noticed a new one (for me) - a Stop sign!

I was instantly inspired to send it with a message to Stop - in the name of love - when the munchies hit!

What a simple 5 point reminder!

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**this morning I thought - why not post a emoticon on my refrigerator door?!
Will it work? If it works one time it will be worth the effort!!
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T2SEE140 12/29/2011 11:37AM

  Love the concept of the stop sign, hadn't thought about it that way. emoticon and breathe is always what comes to mind.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/20/2011 5:58PM

    I hope that it will work for all of us during this eating season. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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FLA-1956 12/20/2011 3:13PM

  I think I'll try that too.
Merry Christmas!!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/20/2011 9:02AM

    Great idea - as you said it may work at least one time. I will have to do that too. It may make me stop and think.

Merry Christmas!
Alice

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KINSBAILE 12/20/2011 8:17AM

    Awesome!

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DIZZYDOC 12/20/2011 12:28AM

    Great One!

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MILLIE5522 12/19/2011 6:18PM

    That should be put on every bag of peanuts...thanks for sharing!

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SUSIEPH1 12/19/2011 5:24PM

    Yep!! I so agree !!.
All we have to do is STOP!! emoticon.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/19/2011 3:37PM

    Amen! I wish I'd had that when I was making those cookies last night! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/19/2011 2:11PM

    Funny how something so simple can grab our attention! HUGS!

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MARTY19 12/19/2011 1:59PM

    Great iodea. to follow it!

Merry Christmas dear one
Marty

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MEADSBAY 12/19/2011 11:04AM

    Grrrrrrrrrrrreat idea!
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MRS.DOYLE 12/19/2011 10:47AM

    I needed that one at lunchtime. Hey ho!

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GRANNYSUE9 12/19/2011 10:04AM

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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IILAAD65 12/19/2011 9:58AM

    Good to know!! I wouldn't have thought of using it that way. AWESOME!

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MAWDOT35 12/19/2011 9:46AM

    That's what I need.. a big old STOP sign!!!!

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GRANDMACOO 12/19/2011 9:21AM

    Oh yeah! Very appropriate, especially this time of year when there are SO MANY goodies around!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/19/2011 9:04AM

    I like that! Good thinking emoticon

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