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Lisa Tomey

Lisa Tomey

Sunday, January 31, 2010

LisaD's Blog at StarReviews 2009

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

ladiesfaire.com

ladiesfaire.com

This is coming up in Council Bluffs, IA on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Linguine with Chicken Primavera from Pillsbury

Linguine with Creamy Chicken Primavera


My dear daughter made this delicious recipe and thought I would share. I took only about 30 minutes. Enjoy!






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Monday, January 25, 2010

Microsoft(r) Security Essentials Can Save Your Computer

Recently my sister had an experience with her computer that made me think. She somehow ended up in the wild world of pop up screens. After she thought she had gotten through the attack, she did some checking and tweaking. When she tried to restart her PC, the operating system would not come up. Her computer was in the dead zone. Along came the white horse with our favorite computer expert who saved the day. He had to reinstall windows. He stated that it looked like some kind of ad-ware was the culprit. Off he went on his white horse. Thank You Mr. Computer Expert!



Imagine the frustration of not having a computer. We all depend on them to work, do research, and more. I used mine a lot for recipes and coupons. And of course, to blog, tweet, Facebook, work, and much, much more. My wonderful researcher AKA sister found this download which is one of Microsoft's latest developments. It is called Microsoft(r) Security Essentials .This is quite the web resource and guess what...it is FREE!!! Of course you have to be running genuine Windows or it won't work. What is great about this product is that it has continuous protection for mal-ware and any viruses.



After my sister installed the Microsoft(r) Security Essentials she noticed that her computer ran smoothly and with less noise. This was enough to encourage me to try something new. I first ran spyBot before uninstalling it. I then removed my Internet security, which made me nervous. Fortunately, there were no problems with temporary removal of the anti-virus program. Installation took a little while, but was shorter than expected. I ran a full system scan and everything was good to go. I like how my computer runs better. Since there is protection with this resource, I no longer have to run a separate anti-virus and spyware search and destroy programs. This freed up much needed space. Whie I was online yesterday, this new program saved me from clicking on a malicious website. That was exiting to me.



I like how this protection is free and from Microsoft. With their stamp of approval for this great product.Thank you Microsoft(r)!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Soup is Good for The Soul and The Waistline

Several years ago we used to have a huge garden. We canned all sorts of things, especially since we found a great deal on a pressure canner. Home canning benefits are that you can take vegetables in their raw form and preserve their nutritional value. 
 
One year was an especially tough year, financially. We decided to take what we had in food storage and make it work. As we tended to put on winter weight, we decided to try eating soup on a regular basis. The crock put became our best friend. Rather than boiling vegetables too hard, we put them all in the crock pot and let them cook slowly. Little did I know that this was the healthy way to make soup. Stock was made from whatever meat was on hand. Many times we just counted on the vegetables for stock.  
 
Aroma from the simmering soup would catch our noses and stomachs. By the time soup was ready, so were we. I learned how to make homemade croutons. They were wonderful to sprinkle on top. Made with whole wheat bread, stored in the freezer, garlic and other tasty sprinkles such as cheese, the croutons were a success. Much to our palates delight, we were well fed with tasty and healthy soup. 
 
Weight control was phenomenal that winter. While he stayed the same as his before winter weight, I actually lost. Both of us benefited from this experience. Until weather turned to full spring, we stayed on the soup regimen. Creativity blossomed, as different recipe experiments were tried. Nothing was recorded, regrettably so.  
  
What I learned was that by getting to the base of nature by using food to the fullest extent, there was the enrichment of the soul. My mind was clearer I was able to focus on more spiritual aspects of my life. I also was a more productive person. My body was healthier than it had been, as I have had to battle the bulge since my teen aged life. And I was able to share with neighbors who could not get out as easily. Soup became the way of touching the innermost goodness in me. And that always feels good. 


Today, I do not have a garden but I still love fresh vegetables. After years of learning and experiencing the benefits, my vote is for freshness. Even picky eaters will sometimes eat vegetables in soup form. In vegetable stock, it is almost impossible to detect which vegetables are in there. As we are all feeling the abundance of holiday goodies, soup is going to start entering the menu more often. Time to get the crock pot out and fill it with plenty of natures bounty, to delight the soul. Aah soup, wonderful soup!