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No shortage of bunnies

April 3, 2013
By Pat Jensen , Marshall Independent

The morning sun is up, and I watch three bunnies scampering about in our back yard. They appear to be having a great time. The weather is pleasant, and there is no shortage of food to eat.

After having my morning coffee, I head for the bathroom. It's time to shower, get dressed and attempt to accomplish some things on my "to do" list.

At some point, I happen to notice a dust bunny on the bathroom floor. I wonder who coined that short phrase. To me, what I saw resembled a cluster of lint ... nothing cute about that! Where there is one dust bunny, there must be another. Closer examination lead to the discovery of two more.

I really need to clean the bathroom floor more often. Once a week isn't enough. This means I have to pay less attention to the cute bunnies in the back yard and focus on rounding up the little dust bunnies inside. It seems my work is never done.

A quick-to-make lunch


1 can condensed split pea soup

2/3 to 3/4 can water

10 to 12 slices pepperoni, halved

Combine soup and water. Add pepperoni. Heat in saucepan on stove top or may put into a micro-safe container and heat in microwave.

Note: I enjoy this soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Green beans add color and vitamins


6 cups cubed peeled cooked potatoes

2 cups frozen cut green beans, thawed

2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

2-1/2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided

2 T. dried minced onion

1 can (10-3/4 oz) cr. of mushroom soup, undiluted

1/2 cup milk

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup sour cream

In a greased 9 x 13 x 2 -in. baking dish, layer the potatoes, beans, ham, 2 cups cheese and the minced onion.

In a bowl, combine the soup, milk, mayo and sour cream; pour over the top and gently stir to coat. Cover and bake at 350 for 45 min. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake about 8 min. longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Note: May assemble this dish ahead; refrigerate and bake when needed. Allow dish to stand at room temp. for about 25 min. before baking.

Canned peas never tasted so good


2 (15-oz) cans peas (reserve liquid if using macaroni)

3 hard boiled eggs, chopped

1/4-lb. cheese, cubed

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1 T. sugar

1 T. vinegar

1 cup salad dressing

1 cup chopped celery

Salt and pepper

Lettuce (cut up) or 1 pkg. cooked mac. rings

Combine peas, eggs, cheese, onion, sugar, vinegar, salad dressing, celery, salt and pepper. Add lettuce or macaroni rings. If using pasta, salad tends to get dry, so add liquid from peas and moisten to your liking.

Note: I use cheddar cheese. Added mac. rings.

Homemade cleaners ...

Clean with bleach and kill germs


Combine 1 gallon water and 1/2 cup chlorine bleach. Use in bathrooms, on hard surfaces, doorknobs, light switches, etc.

Save money on household wipes - make your own for just pennies


Layer several coffee filters (large basket type) in a sealable container. Fold each coffee filter if necessary, so it will fit inside the container. Combine a ratio of 1/4 tsp. Mr. Clean to 1/2 cup water. Slowly pour in enough solution to cover and saturate the filters, but do not soak. Store in covered container near your sink. Voila! You'll have wipes conveniently at hand. Coffee filters are durable and won't tear when wet. Work great.

Notes: I use Mr. Clean Multi-Surfaces cleaner; usually no need to rinse. As label states, this product is not recommended for carpets or aluminum surface. For antibacterial wipes, use Mr. Clean Antibacterial cleaner. Discard all used wipes in trash. Do not use wipes as a diaper wipe or for personal cleaning.

Just a thought: Tomorrow ought to be the longest day in the week - judging from the number of things we are going to do then.



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