Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fun on the Web March 31, 2011 Serving Size?

Our brains have been diverted from what a normal serving size is. Do you REALLY know what is one serving by looking at it? Check it out:

More from the Thrifty Living people on just what IS a serving size:

Relating portions to objects you can visualize

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fun on the Web March 30, 2011 Quotes

‎"The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well."
~~ H.T. Leslie

Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to.

Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted. ~~
Fred Allen

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. ~~
Robert Frost

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. ~~ Arthur Ashe

Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere. ~~ Van Wilder

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fun on the Web March 25, 2011 Money Saving Sites

Do you use any of these money saving sites?

Bill Eater - Tips to lower your bills and frugal forums

75 Tips to Saving Money

More Money Saving Tips

RedLaser - RedLaser ―― Impossibly accurate barcode scanning for iPhone and Android that has been downloaded over 9 million times and has about as many uses.

TheFind - Find every product from every store, every coupon and every review.

GasBuddy lets you search for Gas Prices by city, state, zip code, with listings for all cities in the USA and Canada.

Brad's deals - has online coupon codes, handpicked deals, and more. - Free personal finance software to assist you to manage your money, financial planning, and budget planning tools.

WalletPop - Get personal finance advice, learn about budgeting, saving, taxes, retirement planning and investing info.

Hungry Girl - Hit the Kitchen with Hungry Girl. Just because you're watching your waistline doesn't mean you need to go hungry.

offermatic - It's a free service which tracks your debit or credit card purchases and then offers you discounts and deals.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fun on the Web March 24, 2011 Podcasts

Do you listen to Podcasts? Here is a spot where they offer 5 directories of podcasts to download. The rest of the site has some fabulous info too.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fun on the Web March 23, 2011 Free Security

Spring? Hah! We have 5 inches of snow and then there are knee high drifts due to winds of 25-30 miles per hour. We are getting even more now with 1-3 inches expected.

Best Free Security Programs Ever

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. ~ Henry Ford

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fun on the Web March 21, 2011 Enjoy Spring

10 Ways to Enjoy Spring (well my number one is take allergy pills)


Confucius says “Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is perilous.”


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fun on the Web March 16, 2011 Scabble Help

As a big Scrabble fan I am looking forward to playing around with Scrabble Helper which allows you to enter the tiles on your rack, choose your dictionary, and if there is a word you want to attach to you can add that too.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fun on the Web March 2, 2011 Cosmos

I may well have heard about Cosmos for the first time on Sex in the City but I had certainly toyed with the ingredients. For many years I consumed Vodka Gimlets and what is not to like about Cranberry juice?

We discovered that the mixes available now appear to be inferior to one we used for years called Mixerz which disappeared off the shelves of the specialty grocery I used to frequent in Milwaukee. Now I can obtain Stirrings brand recommended by my friends at Discount Liquor (also in Milwaukee) but its a little pricey. Its available at Target here.

This week I embarked on making them from scratch and I discovered not many of the thousands of recipes I saw even looked the right color to me. We experimented and found we like much more cranberry juice than this recipe found here:


1 1/2 oz vodka
1 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz cranberry juice
orange peel for garnish

Shake all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with an orange peel.
Optionally, use citron vodka in place of unflavored vodka for a fruitier taste.

Instead I used:

2 oz vodka
1 oz Gran Marnier
1 lime juiced (made about 1 oz)
2 oz cranberry juice


Shake all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Will try to use citron vodka in place of unflavored vodka for a fruitier taste in the future batches.

Do you like Cosmos? What is your recipe?