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Philippians 4:13  I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.

This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible and so appropriate for this post.

My daughter has just started her own company.  She strongly believes in trying to help small businesses to reach their full potential.  Her company:   JMS Marketing Solutions has been developed to help those businesses gain exposure through internet and social media avenues.  If you have a business:  Do you have a website, do you have a Facebook and/or Twitter account, can you send out a newsletter?   If you have a small business and you do not have a web presence you are not in tune with the modern generation.  Contact JMC Marketing to find out how they can help you expand your business.  Their rates are very reasonable.  Their web site is:  www. jmsmarketingsolutions.com  Check out the link on My Blogroll.

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 15 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 259 posts. There were 5 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb.

The busiest day of the year was February 22nd with 220 views. The most popular post that day was Spaghetti for 100.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were frugalhacks.com, en.wordpress.com, search.aol.com, jamiegates.wordpress.com, and cookeatshare.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for church dinner recipes, diaper cake, spaghetti for 100, spaghetti for 100 people, and how to make a diaper cake.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Spaghetti for 100 September 2008
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Diaper Cake April 2008
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Pork Chops and Potatoes June 2007

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Taco Casserole for 40 – 50 people February 2009

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Let me introduce myself April 2007
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Colossians 4:6  Let your conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

I am back.  So sorry for the long time inbetween posts.  I have assumed a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) position with my son’s construction company.  With the economy in a downturn I am trying to help keep his remodeling/construction company on a positive track.  This is definately a walk in faith because projections of what you will have coming in depends on what business will come in next week. 

People are still repairing and remodeling their homes instead of selling them.  This is good news for my son.  I have been a business owner of many different businesses, but this is definately different for me.  I am knowledgeable about construction since my Dad was a carpenter and my husband and I have had rental properties for many years.  We do a lot of the repairs ourself, so the details of painting, laying tiles, etc. are not foreign to me. 

If you live in the Central Ky. area give me a shout.  My son has a wonderful new program to help Maintain your home if you are too busy to make minor repairs, etc.  It is very affordable and is ideal for busy working professionals,  those who are maintenance challenged,  persons with limited physical capabilities and those who are retired or elderly. 

I hope to be able to post some additional ideas for money saving ideas, recipes, etc.  Keep us in your prayers.

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John 15:  12-13   Jesus said, “Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

I have neglected my Blog.  Sorry !?!?!!?  I have assumed financial control of my son’s Construction business.  He is a wonderful visionary and designer, but does not have the gift of budgeting, etc.  I may consider consulting after this.  I have managed convenient stores, managed Real Estate rentals and estimated repairs on foreclosures.  Pray that I have the knowledge to make this business cash flow.

Shortly after assuming this responsibilty we went on vacation (already planned) to see our daughter, son-in-law and GK #1 and GK #6 who live in Colorado.  It was in the 60’s when we arrived, but we were there for the Blizzard of 2009, which lasted two days.  It was in the 60’s when we left on Sunday.

Really relaxing to play with the GKs, cook, eat, rest, relax, etc.  We took a drive through the mountains. 

Now it is time to get back in the swing of things.  Manna Meal next week,  Home and Garden Show this weekend and hopefully more menu plans, cookbook plans, etc.

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Colossians 3:15  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.

I never seem to be able to volunteer to help with the Habitat houses in our area.  I think this is a wonderful program.  One of our church members is a board member in our community.  When I found out they were going to have a ‘build day’ today I asked if they needed lunch.  He said they did, so I volunteered.  I got pork roast on sale for $1.19 this week, so I cook them and made pulled pork for sandwiches.  I also purchased enough for the next Manna Meal (free meal program at our church).  I actually cooked about 50 lbs. of pork on Thursday.

I knew that something hot would probably be good.   I cooked “15 Bean Soup”.  I used the broth from the cooked pork as part of the cooking liquid for the pork. 

I had some donated cookies and I purchased buns and pickles.

About 11:00am I began to pack everything into the Expedition.  I had no idea on how many to cook for, so we estimated about 50.  When I arrived they were about to raise one of the walls.  After they raised the second wall we broke for lunch.  The “warm” soup was a hit, as was the pulled pork sandwiches.  Today it was 26 degrees with snow and wind. 

I hope I warmed the builders up and replenished their strength to continue to build.  The leftovers were frozen for our free meal that will be served Dec. 20th.  Please pray that more people will come to the free meal.  We are having 50-60 people each month.  Please pray that we can expand to weekly in the next few months.  In order to have this accomplished we need more volunteers and more funding. 

God is good and I know he will direct and provide.

Blessings to all.

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1 John 4:7  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. 

I am developing a new cookbook of easy to prepare, economical recipes.  I know many of you have some great recipes that have gotten you through hard times.  This contest will run until the end of December 2008.  By submitting your recipe you are agreeing to allow me to use this recipe in future cookbooks, posts, or other uses.  You will be credited with submitting the recipe, so be sure to tell me how you want to be mentioned:  by your blog, e-mail, name, etc. 

What do you get??????  A cookbook to the recipe I feel is the best suited to enter the book.  Others may be chosen to be published, but there is only one winner.  The cookbook is my original cookbook.  I wrote this several years ago.  The children kept calling back asking for this and that recipe.  I self-published and have sold many copies:  local bookstores, friends/family, E-bay, etc.  These are basic recipes that definately have a Southern influence.  Many people have told me this is the only cookbook that they use now.  There are a 160 recipes in this cookbook.  It is SOLD out, so don’t ask for a copy, EXCEPT to the winner.  Yes, I am in the process of writing a sequel with new and improved recipes plus many of the old tried and true recipes.

The rules are:  1. Recipe that has economical ingredients, 2.  Easy to prepare (crockpot, prepare ahead, quick in the kitchen), 3.  Easy to find ingredients, 4.  Spices, etc. that would be commonly found in most kitchens, 5. All categories:  Appetizers, Vegetables, Breads, Sides, Main Dishes, Meats, Poultry, Fish, Pasta, Salads, Soups, Desserts, Kids Recipes, Dishes for One/Two, Prepare ahead and Freeze, Vegetarian and Others, 6.  Extra points for Money Saving ideas with the recipe.

You must submit the recipe via a comment on this post.  Make sure that your post will allow me to contact you if you win.

 

GOOD LUCK!!!!!

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Romans  15:5-6  May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I have heard that Rental Property is a “Love – Hate Relationship”.  You either Love it or Hate it, or at different times both.  My husband and I began our rental adventure many years ago.  We now have numerous properties.  We have houses, duplexes and tri-plexes.  We try to do most of the repairs ourselves when renters move out.  We have had mostly good fortune.  We check references, etc., but we still have a few horror stories I could tell you.

I want to give you some advice if you are a renter or a landlord.  I don’t know what renters have against cleaning ovens.  Even the renters who leave a clean apartment DON”T clean the OVEN.  This is not rocket science.  You just have to use spray oven cleaner,  let it set (overnight is good) and then wipe it out.  Even the most crusty things will usually come out if you clean with the “green” scouring pads that are non-abrasive.  If you are moving out “CLEAN THE OVEN”.

The other amazing thing is that people don’t clean their showers.  How can you shower to get CLEAN in a dirty shower ???????  I use the spray Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner (generic works great also).  Spray and leave for 20-30 minutes.  Most of the grime rinses away.

We have discovered that several products that have helped us tremendously are:  ODO-BAN (deodorizer) and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.  The Odo-Ban is wonderful for getting rid of smells:  Pet, Smoke, Mold, etc.  We puchase this through the Sam’s Club, but they have a web site.  The Mr. Clean Erasers are one product that really does work.  I don’t know how, or why, but I don’t care.  The recent apartment had pencil marks, scuff marks, dirty hand prints, etc.  We normally would have painted, but by using the Magic Erasers I don’t have to paint three rooms.  If you are a renter and moving out try these and you might be amazed. 

As Landlords we expect normal wear and tear, but we do charge for cleaning ovens, showers, repainting, etc.  So save yourself some money and try these products before you move.  You might get your deposit back and if you are Landlord that had someone leave your apartment somewhat less that you expected try these before you spend a lot of money.

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