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I found this over at NPR.Com today.  I thought it would be a good thing to pass along…

How to Help Hurricane Katrina’s Victims

NPR.org, August
30, 2005 ·
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red
Cross and other government and private agencies are scrambling to respond to
the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast. Following is a
list, provided by FEMA, of groups and their phone numbers set up solely for
cash donations and volunteers:

Donate Cash:

  • American Red Cross:  1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English, 1-800-257-7575 Spanish

  • Operation Blessing:  1-800-436-6348

  • America’s Second Harvest:   1-800-344-8070

Donate Cash and/or Volunteer:


  • Adventist Community Services:  1-800-381-7171

  • Catholic Charities, USA:  703 549-1390

  • Christian Disaster Response :  941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

  • Christian Reformed World Relief Committee:  1-800-848-5818

  • Church World Service:  1-800-297-1516

  • Convoy of Hope:  417-823-8998

  • Corporation for National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund:  202-606-6718

  • Lutheran Disaster Response:  800-638-3522

  • Mennonite Disaster Service:  717-859-2210

  • Nazarene Disaster Response:  888-256-5886

  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:  800-872-3283

  • Salvation Army :  1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

  • Southern Baptist Convention — Disaster Relief:  1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440

  • United Methodist Committee on Relief:  1-800-554-8583

Source: FEMA

I hope that this post finds all of you (and yours) healthy, safe and secure.

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BlueSky

Bluesky_grandopeningpostcard_1My sister, Heather, just opened a new salon. And I just couldn’t be much happier for
her. She’s an amazing stylist.

Heck, the fact that she can do anything with
my limp mop should be testament enough. But she does more that any old thing with it. Last year, Heather gave me the best hair cut
of my life
. Whenever my mom goes to
visit her, people actually stop her on the street to ask her where she got her
hair done.

I’m not kidding.

So if any of you happen to live in eastern North Carolina, please go check out BlueSky Hair Salon in Wilmington.  You can even stop in at the Tidal Creek Food Co-op downstairs
first, for some good eats.

And when you
do drop by…will you say that Rowan sent you? Or even better yet, just give her a big old hug from her very proud
sister.
 

 

question of the day


Stewie_jelly_family_guy

O.K. so my question isn’t,

“Have you ever made these?” It is
instead, 
“How much would I have to pay you to eat this?”

 

Kool-aid Jelly

Great way to create new
jelly flavors.

4 pints / 45 minutes 30 mins prep

  • 1 package Kool-Aid, any
    flavor (no sugar added)

  • 1 package Sure-Jell

  • 3 cups granulated sugar

  • 3 cups water

  1. Mix water, Sure-Jell and Kool-Aid together.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in sugar.
  4. Stir and bring to a full rolling boil that
         cannot be stirred down.
  5. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Quickly skim off foam with a large metal
         spoon.
  8. Pour into jelly glasses and seal.

Don’t you just love that they call it a great way to
create new flavors.

Mmmm Mmmm Good! What could be better than

Ice Blue’, ‘Cherry Cracker‘ or ‘Eerie
Orange
‘ jelly?

And for the piece d’resistance…

Mountain Dew Jelly

4 jars / 20 minutes 5 mins prep

  • 3&1/4 cups Mountain
    Dew soda

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 4&1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 package
    sure jell
    pectin

  1. Pour mountain dew and lemon juice into a large
         pot.
  2. Bring to boil.
  3. Boil 3 minutes.
  4. Cool slightly.
  5. Then follow the sure jell directions.
  6. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water
         bath.
  7. You can use more mountain dew and reduce it to
         3-1/4 c.
  8. For a more concentrated flavor.

So, what’s your
favorite,

“too gross to be considered”

recipe?

question of the day


Stewie_jelly_family_guy

O.K. so my question isn’t,

“Have you ever made these?” It is
instead, 
“How much would I have to pay you to eat this?”

 

Kool-aid Jelly

Great way to create new
jelly flavors.

4 pints / 45 minutes 30 mins prep

  • 1 package Kool-Aid, any
    flavor (no sugar added)

  • 1 package Sure-Jell

  • 3 cups granulated sugar

  • 3 cups water

  1. Mix water, Sure-Jell and Kool-Aid together.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in sugar.
  4. Stir and bring to a full rolling boil that
         cannot be stirred down.
  5. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Quickly skim off foam with a large metal
         spoon.
  8. Pour into jelly glasses and seal.

Don’t you just love that they call it a great way to
create new flavors.

Mmmm Mmmm Good! What could be better than

Ice Blue’, ‘Cherry Cracker‘ or ‘Eerie
Orange
‘ jelly?

And for the piece d’resistance…

Mountain Dew Jelly

4 jars / 20 minutes 5 mins prep

  • 3&1/4 cups Mountain
    Dew soda

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 4&1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 package
    sure jell
    pectin

  1. Pour mountain dew and lemon juice into a large
         pot.
  2. Bring to boil.
  3. Boil 3 minutes.
  4. Cool slightly.
  5. Then follow the sure jell directions.
  6. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water
         bath.
  7. You can use more mountain dew and reduce it to
         3-1/4 c.
  8. For a more concentrated flavor.

So, what’s your
favorite,

“too gross to be considered”

recipe?

question of the day


Stewie_jelly_family_guy

O.K. so my question isn’t,

“Have you ever made these?” It is
instead, 
“How much would I have to pay you to eat this?”

 

Kool-aid Jelly

Great way to create new
jelly flavors.

4 pints / 45 minutes 30 mins prep

  • 1 package Kool-Aid, any
    flavor (no sugar added)

  • 1 package Sure-Jell

  • 3 cups granulated sugar

  • 3 cups water

  1. Mix water, Sure-Jell and Kool-Aid together.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in sugar.
  4. Stir and bring to a full rolling boil that
         cannot be stirred down.
  5. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Quickly skim off foam with a large metal
         spoon.
  8. Pour into jelly glasses and seal.

Don’t you just love that they call it a great way to
create new flavors.

Mmmm Mmmm Good! What could be better than

Ice Blue’, ‘Cherry Cracker‘ or ‘Eerie
Orange
‘ jelly?

And for the piece d’resistance…

Mountain Dew Jelly

4 jars / 20 minutes 5 mins prep

  • 3&1/4 cups Mountain
    Dew soda

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 4&1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 package
    sure jell
    pectin

  1. Pour mountain dew and lemon juice into a large
         pot.
  2. Bring to boil.
  3. Boil 3 minutes.
  4. Cool slightly.
  5. Then follow the sure jell directions.
  6. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water
         bath.
  7. You can use more mountain dew and reduce it to
         3-1/4 c.
  8. For a more concentrated flavor.

So, what’s your
favorite,

“too gross to be considered”

recipe?

Which came first?

Cosmo

I think one of our chickens just laid an egg. I was reading my email, when I heard a racket
going on outside. One of the chickens
was going “brock brock brock BROCK, brock brock brock BROCK!

I looked out the window to spy Cosmo (the
rooster) and the orange chicken looking into the bushes, in a very concerned
manner. I think the white hen must have
been having quite a time of it to need both a birthing coach and a doula. I’m very curious about this since I’ve never
witnessed foul labor before.

Later, when they aren’t looking, I’m gonna sneak out and
take a peek to see if there’s an egg.

That is if Cosmo will let me. He’s very mean spirited, and knows that I’m afraid
of him. Honestly that cock would have
made a great fighter. And he doesn’t fight
fair either. He usually lies in wait for
when I’m out walking Kajsa around the property, and then flies out at me in a
flurry of feathers, beak, and ugly old chicken feet. I’m just waiting for the day when he bites my
ear off.

We should have named him Mike.

Which came first?

Cosmo

I think one of our chickens just laid an egg. I was reading my email, when I heard a racket
going on outside. One of the chickens
was going “brock brock brock BROCK, brock brock brock BROCK!

I looked out the window to spy Cosmo (the
rooster) and the orange chicken looking into the bushes, in a very concerned
manner. I think the white hen must have
been having quite a time of it to need both a birthing coach and a doula. I’m very curious about this since I’ve never
witnessed foul labor before.

Later, when they aren’t looking, I’m gonna sneak out and
take a peek to see if there’s an egg.

That is if Cosmo will let me. He’s very mean spirited, and knows that I’m afraid
of him. Honestly that cock would have
made a great fighter. And he doesn’t fight
fair either. He usually lies in wait for
when I’m out walking Kajsa around the property, and then flies out at me in a
flurry of feathers, beak, and ugly old chicken feet. I’m just waiting for the day when he bites my
ear off.

We should have named him Mike.