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i can see clearly now

When you read text on your computer monitor, do the fonts seem . . . grainy? Do the edges of the letters appear ragged? Especially italicized text?

On my Pragmatic Computing blog, I posted a “Pragmatic Tip” explaining how to make fonts appear clear and sharp. I LOVE the way text looks on my computer monitor now!

In honor of Works for Me Wednesday hosted by Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer, I thought I’d invite you over to the Pragmatic Computing post to check it out!

Changing this one little Windows setting can make a big difference. It works for me!

Vista users:  Clear Type is the default setting for Vista, but I’ve updated the Pragmatic Computing post to include instructions to change it, just in case someone is interested.

March 26, 2008 Posted by | blogosphere, pragmatic computing | , , | 3 Comments

Bake Ahead Egg Muffins

When I make these, it’s usually on a Sunday afternoon. Then I store them in quart size Ziplock bags or Rubbermaid containers in the fridge. Weekday mornings, we just pop a few into the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds.

Prep Time: About a half an hour.
Bake Time: 20 to 30 minutes

Ingredients: (makes 24 muffins)
12 eggs (we use Eggland’s Best)
12 servings of egg whites (1 serving = 1/4 cup)
12 ounces of ground Healthy Choice sausage
1 box of chopped frozen spinach (thawed and drained)
12 ounces of shredded cheese (we use 2% sharp cheddar)

Instructions:
1. Start defrosting the frozen spinach (we use the microwave).
2. In a BIG bowl, crack the 12 eggs and whisk (I use a fork).
3. Add the egg whites and whisk even more.
4. Add the Healthy Choice sausage (I cut up the sausage into chunks which will fit in my food processor, chop/grind the sausage (whatever consistency I prefer) and then I stir the sausage into the egg mixture.
5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
6. Drain the spinach (I squeeze it between two colanders).
7. Thoroughly stir the spinach into the egg/sausage mixture.
8. Stir in the shredded cheese (I add a little at a time – it gets sticky).
9. Spray two 12 cup muffin tins with vegetable spray, if needed.
10. Pour mixture into muffin cups.
11. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes (they’re done when an inserted knife or toothpick comes out clean)

Variations:
I add different hot sauces for FirstHusband and FavoriteSon. You can add any spices your family likes, switch out ingredients, make a smaller number of larger muffins, bake in a large pan to cut into serving sizes – this recipe has LOTS of possibilities!

Click here for a print friendly version: Bake Ahead Egg Muffins


(this is our family’s variation of the South Beach Diet egg quiche recipe.
thanks to Christy for reminding me about it!)
(For more recipes and some kitchen tips, check out Kitchen Tip Tuesdays at tammysrecipes.com)

March 26, 2008 Posted by | recipes | | 2 Comments

clean sweep(stakes) March 24-30

And the Winner is: infinitygoods! Congrats!

This week’s book giveaway is for the hardback edition of the book: Mothers Who Think edited by Camille Peri and Kate Moses of Salon.com The link should take you to the “Look Inside” page (for the paperback edition) on amazon.com so check it out! I’ve read it and found each contribution to be unique. Some contributors made me cry, some made me laugh, and some made me remember that I’m not alone. Some entries didn’t interest me and made me turn the page and skip them. For my Christian readers – it’s not a “Christian” book (but I read everything through my perspective as a Christian).

So how do you enter to win this book? Give me advice in a comment.
My request today? We need some different breakfast ideas for my 7 year old daughter. She just does NOT like to eat in the morning. It’s a real struggle, because she has hypoglycemia and NEEDS to eat breakfast. So far, we can still get her to eat something, but it’s always a chore! We need some new ideas! We’re in a rut. (I’m not going to say what we already have in our “breakfast repertoire” because I don’t want to limit any contributions!)

Don’t hesitate to repeat/agree with a suggestion already submitted in a previous comment. It just tells me that a suggestion is working for more than one family!

Notes:
Only the comments with a kid breakfast idea will be eligible to win.
Only the comments on THIS post will be eligible to win.
The books I give away here are usually “treasures” in “very good ” to “like new” condition.
I’m trying to give away a book a week, so I can only afford to ship within the U.S. So sorry!
Check out the list of previous winners and the books they won!

I’ll close comments Sunday evening, March 30th and use a random number generator to pick a winner!


THANKS to Lisa over at Domestic Accident for giving me an AWARD!

March 24, 2008 Posted by | books, pragmatic parenting | 9 Comments

need a comment do-over?

Ever leave a comment on a blog and REALLY want to remove it later? Maybe you have an embarrassing typo, maybe you shared just a little too much and have “commenter’s remorse” or maybe you accidentally posted a comment on the wrong blog post. I’m sure there are other reasons.

The good news? You may have some options!

If:
You have a blogger account* AND
You are logged in AND
You leave a comment on another blogger blog

Then:
Go to the blog where you left the (unwanted) comment.
Find the page where your comment appears.
Next to the comment, you should see a trash can icon. Click it.
On the confirmation page, click “Delete Comment” and you’re done!

See an example here.

*Did you catch what I wrote? A blogger ACCOUNT. I didn’t say a blogger BLOG. At least, not an active, public one. You don’t have to switch your blog platform. You don’t even have to create a “real” blog. You can create a blogger account, create a “bare bones” blog, make it private and ba da bing. You have a blogger account. Then, when you comment, use OpenID to link to your active blog, whatever its platform – BUT make sure you are logged into blogger when you comment.

Because, if you aren’t logged in to blogger when you comment, you won’t see a trash can next to your post later.  Here’s the thing. If you have a blogger account, but use OpenID to sign your comment, you won’t be able to delete your comment UNLESS you were logged into blogger when you posted the comment.

ohhhhh. (in the link above, blogger explains a few other reasons you may not see a trash can next to your comment)

I did that this morning. And then I had to email the blog owner to beg her to delete my comment for me! (no. I’m not telling who it was. you’ll go read my comment before she deletes it. I’ll give her public credit for inspiring this post AFTER she gets a chance to remove it.) UPDATE: Thanks, Amy for deleting my stupid comment.

You can also manually add a “delete” button on your blogger blog by inserting some code into your template. I found these instructions which provides the code allowing the comment author to delete it. I get the impression this would be for commenters who don’t have a blogger account. I haven’t tried it yet, but I probably will (Pragmatic Communion and Pragmatic Computing are hosted by blogger).

Unfortunately, if you have a WordPress blog, you don’t have that option. Here’s a WordPress FAQ (frequently asked question) and their answer:

Can I edit comments I wrote on another blog?

It is unfortunately not possible to edit or delete any comments you have left on another WordPress.com blog.

The best thing to do would be to attempt to contact the blog owner.

bummer.

Anyone know how is this handled by Typepad? What about other blogging software platforms?


A BIG Thanks to Shannon over at Rocks In My Dryer for inspiring this post for her Works for Me Wednesday series!

March 19, 2008 Posted by | blogosphere | , , , , | 8 Comments

273 views

On Monday, March 17th! What a nice surprise!

That’s a personal high here at Pragmatic Compendium! That’s not 273 visitors.  Rather, all the visitors combined viewed a total of 273 pages.  There were over 100 visitors, though!

Where did everybody come from? WordPress says some of you came from:

Proverbs 31 Ministries
Mocha with Linda
Mommy Brain

and the rest arrived through search engines and readers.

273 VIEWS in ONE day!

but only two people gave me “snow” advice. that’s cold, people. i’m going to freeze.

But after borrowing some really great clothes from a friend today, at least I will be a very stylish popsicle.

March 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

spoiled bumblebee

A while back, I posted a youtube video of a dad, named David Crawford singing Pachelbel Bedtime, about bedtime at his house with his two daughters. I discovered the link was broken and fixed it, but in the process, I found out he is making a CD! When I find out more about it, I will definitely post. If he actually records a CD, I’ll let you know where you can get one!

I also found his version of Flight of the Bumblebee, about a trip to the toy department with the family. Too funny. SO FAST! My daughter couldn’t understand the lyrics, so I typed them up for her, but I’m stuck. I posted them below the video. Can anyone fill in the missing words? Did I get the rest right?

daddy can I have it, oh I need it, can I have it
will you get it for me daddy, I can’t live without it daddy,
it’s so pretty and I love it, will you buy me what I covet,
I’ll be good, I promise daddy, if you let me have it
I need it and I want it, I can’t believe I never bought it
it’s the newest __________, and it’s the bestest of the best
and there not a toy that I want more in this entire toy store
and there’s a sign that’s on the box that says for a limited time

no no no no no no, no no no no no,

I’ll go ask my mom, and then I’ll tell on you, cause you are mean, very mean to me.

mommy can I have it, oh I need it can I have it,
will you get it for me mommy, I can’t live without it mommy,
it’s so pretty and I love it, will you buy me what I covet,
I’ll be good, I promise . . .

tell me what did daddy say, tell me what did daddy say,

daddy, daddy he said no, but he was being very mean.

you never let me have it, what I want you never give me,
you don’t like me, you don’t love me and you wish you never had me
if you loved me then you’d buy it but instead you made me cry
it happens every single time, I don’t know why I even try
I’m gonna fuss and scream and shout, I’m gonna whine and moan and pout
and then I’ll pitch a little fit, and then my eyes are gonna squint
I’m gonna lay here on the floor cause you don’t love me anymore
you never buy me any stuff and when you do you it’s not enough
what did I ever do except to love and honor you
you never let me have my way, you never listen anyway

you’ve got at least a dozen dolls like this at home
you never play with them, they sit there all alone
you can act this way while we’re inside the store
cause the cameras they are all set to record

but when we get into the van, I’m gonna whip your little can
unless you get up off the floor, cause I can’t take this anymore

instead of buying that new doll, we can go home and play some ball
so let’s go home

March 16, 2008 Posted by | laugh!, music, pragmatic parenting, youtube | , , | 4 Comments

hosanna heysanna

It’s Palm Sunday and find myself singing – as I do every year on this day – the song “Hosanna” from Jesus Christ Superstar. The CD recordings are much better, but here’s the youtube link to the 1973 movie clip of the song: Hosanna.  I know some people may not be comfortable with the movie, so I didn’t embed it.

March 16, 2008 Posted by | music, traditions | , , , | 1 Comment

pk baptism

My sister-in-law sent me this the other day.

The second kid is the preacher’s kid. Gotta love him. Especially in church.

Yes.

That was a cannonball.

March 10, 2008 Posted by | laugh!, youtube | , , , , | 2 Comments

spaghetti florentine

This is one of my “aak! It’s 5:30! What am I going to make for dinner!?!” recipes.

FAST and EASY! And because I chop onions in bulk with my Chop Wizard and then freeze them in zip lock bags, it doesn’t require any fresh ingredients. (Feel free to use fresh ingredients if you want.) I’ve included a print friendly version in pdf at the end of the post.

Ingredients Needed:

vegetable cooking spray
1 medium onion, chopped (about ½ cup)
3 cloves garlic, minced (I use minced garlic sold in a jar)
1 tsp italian seasoning, crushed
1 can (campbell’s) cream of celery soup
1/8 tsp pepper
1 package frozen chopped spinach (about 10 oz)
1 cup plain yogurt
1 medium tomato (or one can diced tomatoes, drained)
1 box of hot cooked spaghetti (about 4 cups cooked or 8 oz dry)
parmesan cheese
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spray medium saucepan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat 1 minute.

Add onion, garlic and italian seasoning and cook until tender, stirring often.

add soup, pepper and spinach. Heat to a boil. reduce heat to low. cover and cook 10 minutes or until spinach is tender, breaking apart spinach with fork and stirring occasionally.

add yogurt and tomato and heat through.

toss with spaghetti.

sprinkle with cheese.

If desired, garnish with fresh basil.

Click here for a print friendly version: spaghetti florentine


Lysa at Proverbs 31 Ministries is hosting a recipe exchange. Check out some more contributions!

Find even more recipes at the “Say No to Kraft” Recipe Carnival over at Keeper of the Home

March 9, 2008 Posted by | recipes | 5 Comments

Hope Anyway

Lysa at Proverbs 31 Ministries pointed me to a Hope Contest Amy is hosting at her blog, God’s Work in Progress.  It’s easy to enter:  Just leave a comment with your favorite quote or verse having to do with hope.  Tell her why it’s your favorite and where it comes from. The prize will be a book on hope!

My entry?  The song “Anyway” by Martina McBride.

March 9, 2008 Posted by | intentional living, music, youtube | , , | Leave a comment

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