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Posts from August 2013

Best Idea I've Heard All Day

I think I have the Do Not Call lists, and my own hesitation to almost never give my phone number out to anyone to thank for the complete lack of telemarketer calls I get these days.  I simply can't stand them, and when one sneaks through, I immediately ask them to add me to their No Call list.

That's why I love this story.  A British man set up their equivalent of a 1-900 number, where people are charged per minute when they call.  Then, he started placing that number on forms, giving it to store and writing it down anywhere when a business would ask for it.

The result so far: He's made about $465, while reducing the number of calls he receives a month from 20-30 to about 13.

Genius.  Pure genius. 

Image source: Wikimedia Commons
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Citrus Garlic Shrimp

For the unofficial end of summer, try this light and tasty dish!

1 package (16 oz) linguine
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup lemon juice
3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
5 tsp grated lemon peel
4 tsp grated orange peel
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Shredded Parmesan cheese and minced fresh parsley, optional

Cook linguine according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the next eight ingredients; cover and process until blended.  Pour into a large skillet; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, stir in the shrimp; simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink.

Drain linguine; toss with shrimp mixture.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley if desired.
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Friday 30 Brain Strain

According to a new survey, the most common argument between husbands and wives involves the dishwasher.  What's #2.

Incorrect Guesses:  money, the toilet seat, vacuuming

Correct Answer:  cell phone bills
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Chicken Fried Rice

Costs less than takeout to make this fab dish at home!

1 carrot, finely chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
3 tbsp canol oil
4 cups cold cooked instant rice
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 tsp pepper

In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry the carrot and celery in oil until crisp-tender (5 minutes or so).  Add rice, stir-fry for 3 minutes or until heated through.

Make a well in the center of the rice mixture; add eggs.  Add the remaining ingredients; stir-fry until heated through.
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Thursday 29 Brain Strain

If you're going to do THIS tonight, it is most likely you'll do it at 6:50.

Incorrect Guesses:  wash your hair, put your kids to bed, do the dishes, walk the dog, water the plants

Correct Answer:  have a glass of wine
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Wednesday 28 Brain Strain

When asked the #1 reason you dislike certain neighbors, 6% of people said it's because of THIS.

Incorrect Guesses:  noisy dog, kids, they stay up late, they're too loud, they're richer than them, because of the car they drive, they're snooty, they don't cut the grass, they mow the lawn to early in the morning, don't keep their property up, cooking odors, their car is too loud, they're to noisy

Correct Answer:  they fight all the time
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How Would You Like To Be Contacted?

Does that question make you jittery?  I imagine it does with some people.  The reason?  If you hear from someone you haven't heard from in a while, the natural assumption is bad news.

No worries, I'm not going to call your cell anytime soon.

There was a new study out today on how ineffective work emails are.  That got me thinking about how I prefer to be contacted by people.  It's a natural part of life and work, but really, do you want your boss calling your personal cell phone?

Ways I prefer to be contacted in a business communication
  1. Email
  2. Text
  3. Come into my office and say hello
  4. Shouting down the office hall
  5. Hanging out at the water cooler
  6. Phone call
  7. Voice mail
  8. Snail mail
  9. In a meeting (any type meeting)
Ways I prefer to be contacted in a personal communication
  1. Text
  2. Phone call
  3. Email
  4. Social network
  5. Snail Mail
  6. Voice mail
  7. Land line (that'll be tough since I don't have one)
  8. Meeting in the real world (do people still do this?)
  9. Coming over to my house (You have got to be kidding!?!!)
Of course, these can change depending on the person.  (I'm not going to ask my grandmother to text me.)

In any case, here's the new science:
The vast majority of work emails you send and receive are unnecessary or inefficient—and suck up both your time and your employer's money, finds a new study. After tracking the email habits of company executives, researchers found 80% of the messages sent were wasteful and would have been better communicated via a phone call or face-to-face conversation. When the execs cut back on their emailing by half, their employees followed suit without being told, and the company gained an estimated 10,400 employee hours. Email prevents deep focus with constant interruptions.
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Confetti Meat Loaf

Not only do the apple and veggies add great flavor to this meat loaf, they add fantastic color too!

2 eggs
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1/3 cup grated peeled tart apple
1/3 cup grated carrots
1/3 cup each chopped celery, onion, green pepper and sweet red pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp dried parsley flakes
1-1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 pounds ground beef

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, vinegar, bread crumbs, bacon, apple, veggies, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.  Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.

Pat into a greased 9-in.x5-in. loaf pan.  Bake uncovered at 350 for an hour or until meat is no longer pink and meat thermometer reads 160; drain.  Let stand ten minutes before slicing.
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Tuesday 27 Brain Strain

Every year over 100 house fires a year are caused by THIS

Incorrect Guesses:  hairdryers, Christmas tree lights, grease fires, turkey deep fryers, candles, coffee pots, unattended cooking, overloaded extension coards/outlets, scented plug-ins, faulty furnaces

Correct Answer:  toast
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Sun-Dried Tomato & Herb Muffins

Serve these in place of rolls or plain ol' bread at your next dinner, your family will thank you!

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp dill weed (or 1 tsp fresh dill weed)
1/4 tsp dried thyme (or 1 tsp fresh thyme)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 egg
1-1/4 cups 2% milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped

In a large bowl, mix the first seven ingredients.  In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk and olive oil.  Add to flour mixture; stir just until mixture is moistened.  Fold in the cheddar cheese and tomatoes.

Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full.  Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool for five minutes before removing muffins from plan to a wire rack.  Serve warm!
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