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    Common courtesies and a little planning ease stress of vacation visits

     

    Travel SuitcaseWith gas prices soaring to new records each week and the summer travel season upon us, many folks are taking to staying with friends and family during their summer vacations and travels. This can alleviate your pocketbook quite a bit depending on the length of your stay and will give you more spending money to go out and enjoy your visit.

    With that in mind, I’d like to offer some hints on how to make sure you’re invited back to visit next time and how to avoid driving your hosts crazy in the process.

    When packing for a trip to visit with friends and family, make sure you pack your own towels and toiletries so that you’re not imposing upon your hosts. Even though they may provide towels and some toiletries, it would keep them from having to stock up or do extra laundry at the end of your stay. I recommend purchasing travel or trial size versions of toiletries so that you don’t have to bring your entire bathroom collection. Don’t forget the little things like soap, toothpaste, and Q-Tips. You should never assume that these will be available at your hosts’ home. They may use brands that you don’t care for or possibly have allergic reactions with. «Read the rest of this article»

     

    Holiday decorating on a budget

     

    master-of-the-domestic-arts.gifI hope this article finds you ready for the holidays. If you’re like myself, between the presents, the dinners, the family, the friends, and the endless to do lists you don’t have lots money for decorating for the holidays. If you’ve got a little free time and some creativity you can have a very memorable season.

    img_0650.jpgFirst, let’s talk about the all-important meal table. You’re probably planning on having some friends and family at a table together for the holidays, so why not give them something good to look at besides your cooking. For this project, a little bit can go a long way. First, consider a tablecloth. Nothing dresses up a dull table like a tablecloth. Even a cheap one from Wal-Mart can help spruce the kitchen up. And, don’t even think about forgetting the centerpiece. What else will guests have to talk about when the awkward silences and family feuds set in? This is where some creativity comes in play.

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    Cracker candy: Sweet crunchy temptation

     

    madaI hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family, friends, love, and laughter. This week I’m bringing you yet another wonderfully delicious and terribly fattening recipe. Of course, those are the best kinds of recipes and they happen to be the ones I excel at. This recipe is for cracker candy.

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    If you’re fond of Heath Bars, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The flavor is very close. It’s a rich and gooey treat with minimal prep time that will have everyone asking for the recipe. I remember this food growing up around holidays and it always takes me back home when I have a bite. As always, comments and criticisms are welcome in my inbox. Enjoy!

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    Holiday thankfulness: Life, love, laughter

     

    master-of-the-domestic-arts.gifI hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far. I’m sure that like me, you’re still not truly ready for the season. Since it’s upon us, I’m forgoing my typical article this week for something else instead. This week, I’d like to take some time to share with you all my list of what I am most thankful for. I extend an open invitation to all our authors and readers to write and share something similar. After all, Clarksville Online is here for one clear and single purpose, to share.

    fall-leaves.jpgThe first item on my list is my family. I have a loving partner of over two years. Christian is more than I could ever want in a partner. He’s my best friend through the good times, he’s my rock through the bad times, and he’s my shoulder to cry on through the sad times. Most people wouldn’t notice at first glance, but he’s the most sensitive and caring person I’ve ever known, and I love him more than he’ll ever know. His cousin John who lives with us is one of the greatest men I’ve ever had the privilege to know. He’s one of those rare souls you meet who you can always count on to get you through whatever is going on in life. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Money-saving tips for around the home

     

    master-of-the-domestic-arts.gifI hope everyone is enjoying the beauty of the season. The days are growing shorter, the air is getting chill, and the holidays are just around the corner. At my house, holidays mean time for family, friends, and visitors coming and going. Money’s starting to get tight as we’re getting ready to buy presents and organize feasts to celebrate the season. In anticipation of this barrage of expenses, this post is all about money saving tips for around the house. These simple ways to save here and there can really add up.

    off-brands.jpgFirst, let’s start in the pantry. Are you one of those people who must have name-brand items stocked in your cupboards? If so consider switching to generic brands for items like cereal, spaghetti noodles, and baking supplies. You can even store these in plastic or glass jars so that nobody will ever see the packaging and know the difference. To quote Julia Child, “Remember, you’re alone in the kitchen.” «Read the rest of this article»

     

    Peach Cobbler: ‘Scrumptious’ family fare with festive holiday style

     

    master-of-the-domestic-arts.gifThis week, I thought I would share something that everyone can enjoy. Below you’ll find a recipe for a delicious peach cobbler. This recipe has been in my family for quite a while, and anyone who’s ever tasted it will tell you that it’s positively scrumptious.

    co-peaches.jpgIt’s an easy recipe that anyone can make with a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. Now, I must warn you that my recipes often leave a lot of room for creativity and interpretation based on individual preferences. I truly believe that recipes are only guidelines and exact measurements get in the way of true creation. If you find that you’re stuck when preparing a recipe, go with what your taste buds are telling you. They’re always the greatest measuring tool in your kitchen.

    Comments and criticisms are always welcome in my inbox. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know how the recipe turned out for you. Enjoy!

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    The greatest American hero

     

    Who would have thought that this simple, friendly fellow from Lexington, KY would come into our homes and touch our hearts. This video is dedicated to Jim Varney who is truly the Greatest American Hero.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-P76pMIAuc
     


    The Re-Revolution of the Internet and Its Political Future

     

    Fiber OpticsIn the years since Al Gore invented the internet, it has since become much more than anyone ever expected. Those of us who remember AOL 2.0 (and still have floppy disks lying around somewhere) will fondly recall when the internet was simple. There weren’t too many fancy graphics, internet smut took hours to download, and chat rooms were the place to be.

    Now we have information at the push of a button in mere seconds. It seem strange the type of culture that the internet has produced. Patients are becoming the doctors with the help of self diagnostic tools and information readily available online, people who can’t leave their homes are finally earning their college degrees via internet classes, and everyone can become an expert on anything they like with a few keywords typed into Google. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Go Light Your World – November 7th

     

    noon1thumbnail.jpgThis is a video I created over the last month or so to show support for the Vote No On 1 Tennessee campaign.  Enjoy.  Feel free to add this to your myspaces, blogs, etc…

    A video used to be embedded here but the service that it was hosted on has shut down.

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    Vote 2006 – Be an informed voter!

     

    A Microvote Infinity voting machineI’m a firm believer in making sure I know everything possible about a situation before it comes up. I’m quite often prepared for anything (including keeping a sewing kit, first aid kit, and Shout Wipes in my car’s glove box!). I believe that practice should apply to voting as well. I believe it shouldn’t take more than two Google searches to find something on the internet these days, however the information I’m providing here took me at least fifteen minutes to find (for someone with my attention span, that’s an eternity). So I am here to provide you an unbiased bit of information to make sure that you are prepared to vote in Montgomery County (Shout Wipes not included). «Read the rest of this article»

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