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Asparagus & Jalapenos . . . again


After posting about asparagus a couple of weeks back, I received an email from friends Hilton and Peggy. It more or less takes the asparagus theory to the next level . . . a more in depth look at the vitamin content and how asparagus works to help the body’s cell production.

For those of you who found the asparagus post of interest and would like to read further about how it might help fight disease . . .click here.

Inexpensive Beauty Products

My ‘beauty’ regime out here doesn’t consist of much more than using Noxema as my face wash and Nivea Q-10 Lotion as a moisturizer. But I’ve often thought it would be nice to have enough money to buy the trendy beauty products the stars use – who knows they might even work!

You can imagine my delight when I saw a story on the Fox News page the other day actually listing the beauty products some of the stars use – and they were all selling for under $10. Fits my budget; so had to check it out.

What a surprise – I was already using some of the items . . . hadn’t heard of a couple, but overall found it enlightening. I’ve placed the ‘list’ below – thought you might find it of interest as well . . .

  • Reese Witherspoon uses Johnson’s Baby Shampoo – $5.25
  • Gwen Stefani uses Johnson’s Baby Lotion for her night moisturizer -$3.29
  • Natalie Portman uses Cetaphil as her face cleanser – $7.99
  • Selena Gomez uses Oil of Olay Daily UV Protectant Beauty Fluid – $4.99
  • Vanessa Hudgens uses Maybelline’s Great Lash Washable Mascara – $3.99
  • Taylor Swift uses CoverGirl’s LashBlast mascara – $7.65
  • Rihanna uses Wetslicks Fruit Spritzer Lip Gloss – $4.99
  • Nicole Richie uses Kiehl’s Lip Balm – $9.00
  • Jennifer Aniston uses Essie Nail Polish (touted as non-chip!) -$8.00

Even out here where we live, I can probably find most of these at the local stores we shop – but some of them like Kiehl’s and Essie – hadn’t heard of – so put links in to shop for them on if you have trouble finding them. 

Cookbook Karma

Whether or not you believe in karma , i.e., Curve Karma – you’ve got to admit this is good.

Let me start by saying you know how much I enjoy cooking. Well while waiting for David in the doctor’s office the other day, I saw a stack of magazines (Taste of Home) … all of them loaded with great recipes. Since I don’t like tearing up magazines in waiting rooms and I didn’t have a pen and paper, figured when we went back to town the next week I’d bring my digital camera and just take a few pics of the recipes – the ones I really liked. Couldn’t believe it – when we got there the following week – every single magazine was gone!!  What a disappointment. But that’s life, so I just forgot about them.

Now this is where it gets interesting –  when we went to my favorite auction – Johnny Norman – in Reagan, Texas that following Saturday, what should I see but a whole basket full of ‘Taste of Home’ magazines.  🙂  I couldn’t believe my eyes….. you know I had to get those ….and get them I did.

Fate…karma…serendipity – whatever you want to call it – I was thrilled.  And, have to say, I’m not much on magazines (too many advertisements) but think I just might have to get a subscription to this one. All of the recipes have been contributed by cooks from across the country – so not only do you get delicious different recipes, but you also get hints, tips and short cuts for cooking.  My kind of stuff!

Below is one of my favorite recipes that I picked out for fall – thought it would go well with just about anything.

Jalapeno Corn Bread


1 Cup cornmeal

1/2   Cup shredded cheddar cheese

2   Teaspoons baking powder

3/4   Teaspoon salt

2   Eggs (beaten)

1   Can cream-style corn (8-3/4 ounces)

1   Cup buttermilk (dry buttermilk mix works just as well)

1/4   Cup butter (melted)

1-2   Tablespoons minced fresh jalapeno peppers

Note:   When chopping fresh jalapenos its a good idea to wear gloves to protect your hands, don’t touch your face or eyes and wash your hands well when you’re finished working with the peppers.

In a bowl combine cornmeal , cheese, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients and mix into the cornmeal mixture until just moist. Pour batter into a greased square pan (9″ square or comparable). Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Enjoy!

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