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My son Adrion is 15. He is an avid reader. He brags to his dad that he has read more books in one day that he has read in his whole life. His favorite author is Rick Riordan. If you have not heard of him he wrote the book The Lightning Thief. He is also working on his Eagle Scout Rank as a Boy Scout.    

Nice use for an old table.

This table could have tossed in the trash heap, but someone chose to give it a new home as a sink.

Everyone goes on and on about buying green and saving the planet.  However, everything they buy is something new. And when you buy something new most of the time you are replacing something you already have. Take a car for instance. There is a push to buy better economy greener cars. You are throwing away an old one in the process. It may be a large undertaking to re-purpose an old car but this is still a good example of how the traditional green movement isn’t very green at all.

My suggestion is buy something old and use it again. Thrift stores are full of very good usable dishes just waiting to go home with you.  Most marketing venues would never promote this as “green” because if you go this route they can’t sell you dishes that 1/2 of 1% of the net profit is used to buy Dawn dish washing soap for greasy ducks.  HaHa! Either way, go real green and go to flea markets, yard sales, and thrift stores. Buy stuff that might wind up in the landfill and use it for another year or five years or ten years. Junk is the REAL GREEN.



2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.


In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.


Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.


To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.



6 frozen skinless, boneless chicken
breast halves
1 (12 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1. Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the barbecue sauce, Italian salad dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken.
2. Cover, and cook 3 to 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.