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Saturday, March 11, 2017
I haven't really used this blog since Facebook really took off, but I guess I should still try to remember to post stuff here. It sure is easier to keep up with. We have resurrected our Rockhound interests lately when we finally got word from a friend about how the local lapidary club works, where they get together, and all that. So we went to our first meeting last month, followed by our first quarry hunt with the group last month! We found a lot of neat things.  We went to our second meeting this month and found out about a member's sale, where we went today and purchased our first rock-cutting equipment. We also got a lot of pretty shiny things, and some that will be once we practice with them! I say we, but David will really be the one cutting. I need to get the tumblers back into production, order new grit, etc. I need to learn how to do some wire wrapping and such so that I can help do stuff with the rocks we get, after they become all shiny and pretty. :)

Some of the stuff we got at the quarry:

Pretty rocks, already smooth, looks polished when wet

Petrified wood

Indian paint pots

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

World Chef - Item Base Price Guide

World Chef - Item Base Price Guide

This is the base price that an item fetches to help you know if something on the market is a good price, or not. It's just a way to print out a quick, handy reference guide. You can always check prices by going in as though you're about to sell a dish or ingredient on the market, to see its base cost.
ItemQuantityMarket CostBase cost per
coffee beans4x80=20
red grapes4

Grill Helper
Patty 11
Steak 15
Grilled chicken 18
Grilled pork

Dough Helper
Bun 7
Dough 10
Fresh pasta 21
Rice noodles

Milk Helper
Cheese 11
Cream 20
Butter 28

Sauce Helper
Tomato sauce 18
Hot sauce 39
Fish broth 47

Antipasti Chef
Bruschetta 13
Carpaccio 29 **36
*Spring salad 50
Truffle risotto 103

Grill Chef
Hamburger 15 **20
Cheeseburger 30 *33
Steak tartare 28 **35
Surf 'n' turf

Italian Chef
Pizza Quatro Formaggi 23 ***48
Pasta Bolognese
Ham Pizza 53
Pasta Carbona 65

Mexican Chef
Taco 42 **59
Stuffed peppers 70
Chili with rice 60 *66
Nachos 47

Japanese Chef
Soba soup 78
Nigiri sushi 46 **64
California maki 64 *70
Miso soup

Espresso 24
Strawberry cream 46 *51
Hot chocolate 41
Vanilla latte

Indian Chef
Onion Samosa 42
Chicken tikka 75
*Beef vindaloo 127
*Biryani 127

White wine 249 **349
*Champagne 345
Red wine 408

Spanish Chef
Tapas 91
Patatas bravas 55 **70
Omelette 83 ***136
Paella 256

Cupcake Chef
*Strawberry cupcake 109
Chocolate cupcake  94
*Cookies 122
Vanilla cupcake

Arabian Chef
*Falafel 46
**Couscous 84
Courgette dolma 64

French Chef
Crepe 64 *70
Filet mignon 548
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Vegan Chef
Chickpea burger 51
*Vegan lasagna 75
Tofu scramble

Hawaiian Barman
Avocado smoothie
Strawberry daiquiri 65
Monday, July 6, 2015

My Singing Monsters: Plant Island

A chart of all the monsters' likes for max happiness. To help best arrange what goes next to whom, for fastest money!

Like this chart?  Friend me and light my torches, and I'll light yours back! 29289328LG

(click to enlarge)

Monsters list:
*Those with an asterisk also have a rare

toe jammer

For a chance to get a rare mammott, breed Bowgart & Clamble
Tuesday, March 24, 2015


1) Compost methods.  Either you compost in batches, or adding to it continuously. Buy a composter based on what it's designed for - some might be designed specifically for batches only.

2) Content. Compost should consist of a good mix consists of three parts "brown" materials (such as dead leaves that are high in carbon) and one part "green" materials (such as fresh grass clippings and garden prunings that are high in nitrogen).
Compost should be warm (except in winter cold months), and moist but not soggy. Turn regularly to keep oxygen flowing through, and it won't smell as bad as when materials decompose without oxygen.
There is a chemistry to composting. If you have the correct balance you can throw it all in, in a batch, and let it process at once. Otherwise you're adding to it over a course of time, but must still work to achieve a balance in the composition of the compost contents.

3) Materials.

Grass clippings
shredded leaves
garden debris
plant residues from garden clean up
kitchen items:
paper coffee filters
old fruits and vegetables
Manure - Waste and bedding from non-carnivorous pets should be fine.
wood ash
unused cat litter
sawdust can be composted, but it is VERY carbon rich, and should be limited 30:1 to nitrogen content. It just takes a long time to break down.

weed seeds
diseased plant materials
leftover salad if it has dressing on it
potato salad and other similar foods
bread products
heavily coated or printed paper
human or animal feces
meat products
milk products
stubborn garden plants (Dandelions, ivy and kudzu - etc)
Used personal products
napkins and paper towels if they contain content that should not be composted
wet paper - not preferred to dry
coal or charcoal ashes
lime peels
non-biodegradable materials
toxic materials
colored paper
bird droppings - may contain disease or weed seeds

Milk, yogurt, cheese - see here for more http://www.cleanairgardening.com/how-to-compost-meat.html
Weeds - let dry out first
Diseased plants - if your compost gets to over 135 degrees F for a few days to kill the diseases
Sod - again only if the pile gets hot, to keep the grass from growing in the compost
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

iPhone Apps

Apps.  They're great.  Everybody has them, and everybody wants them.  I have plenty myself, though not as many as I used to have. Here is a list of some really excellent apps that you may want. I find that the apps which wow me the most are the ones that turn my phone into more than just a phone.  Because we all know that smart phones ARE more than just a phone these days, I think it's a great idea to utilize the device the best way you can for your individual needs.  Here are some of my favorites.

Everyone who's into social networking can benefit from putting the apps to connect to it at the touch of your fingertips. No more having to wait until you get home just to see who likes what today.
Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, OR -- you can use ONE simple app to combine all your social networking into 1 button. Update them all at once to tell your world what you've been up to!  The one I used to use was Seesmic, but now it's Hootsuite.  You can even use it over the web. There are also other apps out there which aggregate multiple feeds this way.

Find Stuff.  Foursquare, Yelp, Urbanspoon, White&Yellow Pages. They make use of the GPS function of your phone to find relevant stuff currently near you.

iMapWeather Radio Now it's more than a phone, it's a weather radio, too! Alerts go off at the time of important events, which you can select, to keep you informed in case of inclement weather.

Yes of course it's already a PDA. But why not sync your documents between your phone and the web? Then you can get to them from any PC too and only bother with 1 copy. Evernote is one great app to allow you to do just that. Microsoft OneNote isn't as good because you can't paste in images.

Music player. Of course, the iPhone comes with the build in iPod app.  You can also listen to live streaming internet radio like Pandora. No more are the days of toting around a CD sized player. Of course, back in my day it was the cassette wielding walkman. But that's only after I got tired of lugging my Boom Box around the yard. Man, those were the days.

I know this was a post about app downloads, but let's not forget what things it comes with, too. Thanks to the built in Clock app you now have a reminder timer you can set to remind yourself of things. It's also an alarm clock, so knock yourself out. It'll wake you up when it's time to come to.

Maps. The built in Maps app is sufficient but did you know you can download Mapquest and turn your iPhone into an actual talking GPS? Also try Waze which can even interact with your calendar and Facebook events to help you find stuff.

Like to run?  Map your route and share updates with others for motivation. Because you know we all need it when it comes to exercise.

Photography.  The iPhone has a Camera so why not make use of those Photos more easily? Upload them to storage websites like Flickr and Photobucket, or send them straight to printing locations like Walgreens. Postagram will even let you put your photo onto a postcard that actually gets mailed to people, physically. Imagine that concept: non-digital mail DOES still exist!

Your phone is a Calculator. But even better, you can use it as a tip calculator through apps like AppBox. (I use lite). No more trying to do restaurant math at the last minute when your friends or loved ones are waiting on you but you have to decide how much to tip before you sign and walk away.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to Save Money Using Cashback Apps & Rewards

The Chicken Chick

Ok, here are the apps and other shopping “secrets” I've been using and think are GREAT! 
But please, do me the favor of using me as your referral. It takes nothing away from you but gives me additional bonus. Share the wealth since I'm sharing with you! ;-) Please? I mean hey, if they're giving back money, let's make the most of it. Share your own links with your friends, too!

1) These are apps you can put on your smartphone.  Get cash back after your purchases.You select offers, and if you buy these items in-stores, you just scan the receipt in to your phone, and they give you money back!  EASY!

  • First is Walmart’s app; it’s called Savings Catcher. Download to phone to just scan your receipt, OR you can use it on the web.
  • Next is iBotta. It has been my second best yet!  https://ibotta.com/register?friend=hhsxpyu Phone app
    (It’s really the best, in my opinion. It has team-based additional bonuses, too.)
  • Checkout51 This one is good http://www.checkout51.com Phone app
    They have weekly Freebies - you get 100% of your money back for the special items!
  • Snap (by Gropon) another phone app https://snap.groupon.com/app?ref=90b704bf4ec6dbab
  • Shrink http://goo.gl/MufaEC  If you use my "referral code" it gives you a signup bonus! SWAIKM
  • Another is SavingStar https://savingstar.com/
  • And the last receipt app is Receipt Hog.  No matter where you shop for groceries or retail, you can scan your receipt in to it to earn points. Earn enough and get cash back :)
    http://app.receipthog.com/download  You get a “bonus spin” on your first receipt, if you enter my code at signup. Net98959

 2) Also – just for added bonus…….

Don’t do any shopping online without using a cashback service!

  • eBates is definitely the best http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=qQmegOBEQ0P8aEQjT7jhnQ%3D%3D&eeid=26471 It loads a browser plugin to remind you to activate cash-back offers. Then it tracks your shopping trip. For all qualified purchases, they give you money back!
  • MyPoints is another one. You can build a team, and you earn even more bonus points through your referrals' activity! Why just buy stuff online when you can earn free rewards (sorta like how your credit cards give you reward points for shopping w/ their sponsors!) https://www.mypoints.com/rf?refCode=PdzJ6TeHT_kkE--_k&arr=s4&afsrc=1&src=EXTERNAL_PUBLICATION
  • Active all your Regions Rewards before shopping (some offers have referral links, others work just by using your card)
  • The Discover Card has a similar program but you must activate the deals BEFORE you buy with the card
  • And always use Target’s Cartwheel app on your phone if you shop at Target.  Here too you must load the deals before you checkout. Just show them the barcode on the app for instant register discounts!
  • The uPromise service (by Sallie Mae) is like eBates. (Optional - you can load their RewardU browser plugin to track sites where they’ll give you money back for your purchases from online retailers.) You must activate the tracking link before you shop to get the money.  https://shop.upromise.com/e/index.php  This includes many retailers like Sears but also online stores like Amazon.  
    • uPromise also gives you cash back for buying things at their partner stores, when using a registered card. So for example you can register your Regions or other credit card with them, and if you buy gas at Exxon with that card, they give you money back! Includes restaurants like Wing Zone, Shipley’s, Hamburger Heaven..

*So for example, if I shopped at Sears online, I could get cash back from up to 4 places at once for a single purchase……. Shop Your Way, eBates, uPromise, and Discover!!!

Last thing.  When shopping at retail stores, always check for the coupon deals before shopping! Save money up front.

  • Before buying anything at Sears/Kmart, load ShopYourWay coupons off their website to your member account! You can rack up some great reward bucks! And some of the coupons stack.
    http://www.shopyourway.com/app/10041/l (not a referral link, should take you straight to Coupons)
  • Load any uPromise e-coupons to your store loyalty cards for participating stores before shopping.  You have to register your Publix, CVS, etc cards with them first.
  • Coupon Cabin and Retail Me Not are two reliable websites to find codes for other stores
  • Find N Save is another good app to use for this purpose!  http://www.findnsave.com/apps/  If you use the app, they don’t just show you the sales ads; they also have money-back deals where you scan the coupon and get cash back from them directly!!! So this is both a source to find coupon codes, but also to get cash-back after purchases.

If you’re sick of carrying around store loyalty cards for all these different stores like drugstores, restaurants, etc – there’s an awesome app called mobile-pocket where you can enter your info for ALL the cards, and then you don't need the cards! Just pull up the app at the register, tap the card, and let the cashier scan your phone instead!
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Life Tips

People have often remarked that I get a lot of things done, or that I am very active. In truth, it comes down to self management, determination, and perseverence. Anyone can get more things done if they put their mind to it. Instead of wasting time on the couch, or sinking many a long hour into gaming -- yes, I went there -- you could be taking care of things. And to be honest, you really won't miss the time you used to waste because you'll feel more accomplished and positive about your life. One good turn deserves another, they say. I know, we all need our decompression time. Nothing should replace that. If you come home from work and need time to "drain your brain," by all means - you can, and should. But don't spend all night parking on the couch. Don't spend the whole weekend locked in your room at the computer.  Trust me, I do know from experience how hard it sounds to get out of that groove. I have been there! But this is how I know how possible it actually is, and how beneficially it actually becomes. The key is to get more done by not just spending ALL your time "goofing off" but to reward yourself with some "you" time once you've made some accomplishments (even if small, like: take out the trash, or, whatever tasks need completion!).

So, I decided to write up my tips. I guess these are really more like life skills.
Ironically enough, I never finished this post. But I'm going to go ahead and post it. It may just remain as a work-in-progress as life goes on.  ;-)

Set reasonable, achievable goals. Pursue them. If goals become unreachable, adjust your list from time to time. Review your goals periodically, but always work on pursuing them.

Make daily goals. Set out to accomplish something, even small tasks, every day. You will feel more productive and start to find you get a lot more done as you get into the practice.

Make lists when you are busy and feeling hectic. If you can't remember what you meant to do, it can be frustrating. Making notes helps you organize your thoughts, as well as recall them later. Just jot down things you want to do but can't at the moment, and review it later at home or whenever you have downtime.

Think out your thoughts before sending emails. Don't just send off the first thought that pops into your head. The same should go for your spoken words. Think before you open your mouth, and choose your words deliberately to mean what you want to say. It's impossible to wipe out a wrong impression given off by words, whether verbal or written, in today's speedy day and age of rapid data. Don't blow your reputation or others' perception of you by saying things you may regret or wish you'd said differently. This does not just apply in the heat of a "moment." :)

Worry about the "big rocks" first. This is a method I learned in a training course at work which was designed for personal development. If you worry about the big topics, the smaller things will fall into place, just like if you had a big barrel of rocks and shook it around.  You would notice that the larger ones would rise to the surface. The smaller ones can easily fall around them, and fill in the cracks. Thoughts, problems, situations, and whatever you encounter in life can work from this basis.

Form long and short term goals. You can never reach a destination unless you plan it. Life is not all by chance. The power is in your own hands to make things happen. If you just teeter along blindly without taking the wheel, your car will swerve all over the place, and aimlessly go fourth, landing who knows where. Remember that YOU are the only person who has the power to be in control of you, and what goes on in your path. Take control, and choose a direction. When you set achievable goals, you can reach your destination in due time. If your goal is to pay off debts, for example, you need to set the goals of reducing spending, increasing income, etc. Eventually, if you stick to your goals, you will clear your debts. Worrying about the "big rocks" of what needs to be addressed, in this case paying off debts, helps the other day-to-day "small rocks" of how to get there fall into place better after you set your goals. You will find that with this example goal, you will have the long-term goal in mind while you set out to do short term tasks, like shopping or paying your bills. You will then make better choices about where to allocate your money to help you meet your goal. This principle can apply in other scenarios as well, though this is a good example.