Archive for: November 2012

30 Ice Cream Cake Recipes

Seriously... I don't know anyone who doesn't love ice-cream cakes. Whether or not you allow yourself to indulge in these 8th wonders of the world, is up to you.  A book written by Lori Burke called 30 Delicious Ice Cream Cake Recipes is being offered on It's free for those of you who want to download it on your Kindle Reader.

If you don't have Kindle... There are many free Kindle reader apps. One of them will let you read books right in your browser. And there are apps for Windows , smart phones such as Blackberry, Andriod and iPhone, plus supporting apps for iPad and Android tablets.

Here are just a few of the Ice Cream Cakes in this book:


  • Black Forest Ice Cream Cake
  • Butter Brownie Brickle Ice Cream Cake
  • Butter Coconut Pecan Ice Cream Cake
  • Caramel Pecan Ice Cream Cake
  • Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Cake
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake
  • Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream Cake
  • Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Cake
  • Coffee Fudge Ice Cream Cake
  • Coffee Toffee Ice Cream Cake
  • Going Bananas Ice Cream Cake
  • Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Cake
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Ice Cream Cake
  • Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake
  • Oreo Ice Cream Cake
  • Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake
  • Peppermint Ice Cream Cake
  • Raspberry Pistachio Ice Cream Cake
  • Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

These books are usually only free for a day or so, click here to download it now.

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Classified ad scammers

I've been trying to sell an old guitar amplifier I don't use any more through a classified ad site online known as The price is $1000. I think it's a fair price since it is a Fender Vintage amp. It's very large and it's very loud. However, since it has some value, it seems it has made me a target for a few scammers. So I'd like to warn you that if you have something you want to sell online, you have to be careful.

One person offered a check. He would have someone else come to pick the amp up and drop off a check.  Since it was someone else, rather than the buyer, it's pretty safe to say, that without a description of the fellow, or a car licence plate number, if the check was to bounce, my amplifier would be gone, and I don't really have much to give to the police. And then too.... sometimes the police are just not interested in what could be considered a petty crime. Unless... you're someone famous, or the media catches wind of it.

But then I've had a couple of people offer to pay by PayPal. In both cases the money would be transferred to my PayPal account, and someone (other than the buyer) would come to pick up the amp. One might think because the money is sitting in their PayPal account, it would be safe to let it go, but this isn't the case. Once again, you have no identifiable information to give to the police (not that they would do anything about it) but PayPal favors the buyer in these matters. The problem with this is all they have to do is file a dispute through PayPal saying the amp wasn't working, damaged or any other believable excuse, and PayPal will give the buyer back their money. It's the responsibility  of the buyer, to return the merchandise they got reimbursed for. And PayPal has no way of knowing if this was done or not.

There are also fraudsters out there who ask for your PayPal info, and then have a way of sending you phoney messages that appear as if they are from PayPal.

If I can get caught up in this kind of scam, you can too.  The book pictured to the left titled Outsmarting the Scam Artists: How to Protect Yourself From the Most Clever Cons is written by Doug Shadel and is available in paperback form Amazon.  He says, "While anyone can be targeted, many victims are older." In his book you will:

  • Get practical tips to combat all kinds of scams, from simple lottery tickets to non-existent oil and gas deals and religious ponzi schemes
  • Learn how to protect yourself by securing your mailbox and fraud-proofing your trash
  • Get inside the head of sophisticated scam artists to discover how you can become the type of individual they avoid


Take This Lollipop….

According to Wikipedia Take This Lollipop is a 2011 interactive horror short film and Facebook app, written and directed by Jason Zada, which uses the Facebook Connect application to bring viewers themselves into the film, through use of pictures and messages from their own Facebook profiles. Starring actor Bill Oberst Jr. as 'The Facebook Stalker', the film acts to personalize and underscore the dangers inherent in posting too much personal information about oneself on the internet. The information gathered from a viewer's Facebook profile by the film's app is used once, and then deleted.

In order to get the most out of it, you have to be logged into your Facebook account.

With that being said, I have an additional warning. This can really creep you out so if you're a timid person by nature, have a bad heart, or suffering from depression, bi-polar, or have any on-going condition where you can't stand a little fright... do not watch this....

You have been warned. For those of you are brave souls, click the link below:


Best Home Businesses for People 50+

A lot of us who 50+ and alone, find we have more time on our hands than we were used to having a few years ago. We aren't working as hard, or as long, and if the kids are gone, there sure is a lot less to do around the house. We realize there are a lot of things in the community that we could do  to take up some time. Bowling, card parties, dances and going for coffee with friends can get you out of the house, but what about those of us who  a) want something else to do, and b) want to make a little more money?

I guess part of what you might decided to do to take up this extra time depends on how much you feel like you want to get out of the house. But for those who are happy being 50+ and alone, there are always some things you can do at home to make some more money. Let's look at some examples.

I have a neighbor who would like to make more money but she doesn't know what she could do. In her spare time she likes to paint rocks. I've seen some of her work. It's beautiful. She has rocks painted that look scenic. She has rocks painted to look like baskets of fruit. She has rocks painted to look like fancy doilies. She does very fine work.... it's beautiful! There really isn't any reason why she couldn't be showing them off at craft shows, selling them on eBay, or put up a web site and do custom rock paintings for people who would want something specific.

A friend of mine buys and sells musical equipment through eBay. Another friend takes on odd welding jobs. I have some ads up around town for people looking for a man and a half-ton.

Can you write? The Internet is content driven. Businesses, publishers and websites pay for articles.

Can you take pictures? I've ran across websites that will buy your photos.

What about your online skills? I attended a business course with one lady who was setting up a studio to have classes of seniors who wanted to learn how to use computers better so they could keep in touch, share pictures and videos with family who lived away.

Some other things you might do:

  • Teach people how to dance
  • Give guitar lessons
  • Tutoring
  • Art lessons
  • Gardening business
  • Help people reduce stress
  • Sew clothing
  • Start a cake decorating service
  • Start a party planning service

And if you need more ideas, there is a book written by Paul and Sarah Edwards titled Best Home Businesses for People 50+. Paul and Sarah have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, and Newsweek. They are the REAL deal. They have also been featured on television show like the  Today Show, the CBS Morning Show and Oprah. The point is: they are real people and very credible. So if you're looking for some more ideas you can pick this book up on Amazon for only $6.95 for the Kindles version or $13.57 for a paperback copy that will be mailed to you. Take a look at some of the reviews they have received for this book. A couple, Deb and Brad Schepp write:

If you're over 50, or even just approaching that age, you'll want to read this book. Unfortunately, ageism is a very real issue, but the Edwards' explain how to turn a perceived drawback into a very strong asset. They identify jobs that are well suited to those 50+, including some you probably didn't think of (e.g., Wedding Planner, Daily Money Manager, etc.). Aside from the job descriptions, I really like the resources sections, which point you to places for more details. Highly recommended.

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I hate microwave popcorn….

I was thinking I would like to have a little snack this afternoon. Looked through the cupboards... I don't often snack, so there wasn't much to choose from. But I found a bag of microwaveable popcorn.  I didn't want anything sweet; thought this would be perfect. Although.... I'm fully aware of the dangers of microwave popcorn and this has been discussed before on this blog. If you would like to read that article please click here.

I've been divorced now for 10 years. My wife used to do most of the cooking in the house, but I've learned a lot since being on my own. I've gone from not even knowing how to make up a box of Kraft Dinner to cooking up some wonderful dinners for my daughter and I. For example.... I can make a steak dinner taste better than anyone else I know! I can cook a ham, chicken, pork-chops, fish, roasts.... Hey! You name it -- I can cook it...

except.... I can't cook microwave popcorn; I've tried for years.

Since my ex and I divorced I'm on my second microwave oven. The first oven was small and slow; about 700 watts. The one I bought after that (and I'm still using) is much faster; it's 1,100 watts. Ha-ha! .... more power....

My daughter has lived with me for years on and off. I bought a package of microwave popcorn (6 packages to the box) one time when she was eight years old. She wanted popcorn. I went ahead and burnt all 6 packages. There wasn't anything we could eat. As a matter of fact, for the next two years, anytime she wanted popcorn on the grocery list, I would buy boxes of 6-12 packages and burn them all.

When she was 10 years old (and yes, I was still buying microwave popcorn) she said she better take the job over. The popcorn she cooked was perfect. She said, "Dad, you have to listen...." And for the next 5-6 years, she cooked the popcorn -- without any problems. We have even had discussions about how to cook it where she explained the procedure out to me!

Three months ago, she decided she would like to try living with her mother again. I've had her steady the last three years. Today, after I decided I wanted a snack,  and found the popcorn.... I said to myself: I've had all the instructions. I've lived through the last few years with microwave popcorn successfully cooked in my house. I can do this!!!

I read the instructions! I recall the lessons from my daughter about listening to the popcorn being popped. Then... I went ahead and burnt the last bag in the house.

I'm never buying microwave popcorn again. Besides... it's bad for you.