- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Combine the liquid ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together the dry and liquid ingredients until well-blended.
- Pour into a lightly oiled 9-inch square glass or Pyrex pan or a microwave-safe tube pan.
- Microwave on high heat (use a turntable) for 6 to 8 minutes or until the cake tests done in center.
- Cool completely in pan. Store airtight.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
- aerosol sprays but I don't like to add contaminants to the atmosphere and the sprays don't last very long in a large space;
- potpourri but the fragrance from dried out blossoms did not do it for me;
- potpourri warmers but I almost set the house afire when the tealight flame was larger than I liked and I thoughtlessly applied water to extinguish it (duh). Additionally, I set the hot warming pot on a cool surface and it cracked (duh again);
- to stay away from scented oil burners after my fiasco with the potpourri warmer;
- scented candles but I don't like the risk of an open flame or the soot;
- gel plug-ins but the plug-in gets caked and the aroma doesn't last long;
- scented oil plug-ins but I didn't care for the limited scents nor the cost of the oil refills;
- reed diffusers and thought this was the answer to my "a-room-a-therapy" quest.
- The warmers and waxes are less expensive than Scentsy (however, the selection of both scents and warmers is not as large as Scentsy);
- I can purchase them at my local Hobby Lobby Store at a discount during a 50% off sale or with a 40% off coupon.
- They offer a plug-in version of the warmer which is very convenient in those areas where space is limited. Medium and large warmers are also available;
- Scentsy offers a greater and better-made selection of warmer styles;
- Scentsy has more than 80 scents to choose from. (So many fragrances transported me to that serene place I was seeking that I found it difficult to prioritize the scents I wanted to use in my new, plug-in warmer because I wanted them all).
Monday, December 20, 2004
1-1/4 lbs. Italian sweet turkey sausage (squeezed from casings or bulk)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 carrot chopped
1 large potato, peeled and chopped into small dice
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bay leaf
2 cans white beans, drained
4 cups chopped kale
2 quarts chicken stock (vegetable stock is good, too)
salt & pepper
grated paremsan or romano cheese
- Heat medium soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and sausage and brown.
- Add veggies, bay leaf and beans. Season with salt and pepper. Cook mixture 5 minutes to begin to soften the vegetables. Add kale and wilt.
- Add stock and cover pot. Raise heat and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 15 minutes.
- Adjust seasonings and serve soup with grated cheese, for topping.
Monday, December 13, 2004
Are you searching for e-book cover software? It isn’t easy is it? Cover Factory is a great product that I highly recommend because it met all of my criteria:
- Free demo
- Easy to use
- Extensive user support
- Text editing and drawing capability
- Can create books, boxes, cds, reports, membership cards, ezines
Don’t be fooled by the look of the covers on Cover Factory’s website. I wasted a lot of time evaluating other programs because I thought (mistakenly) that the images on Cover Factory’s website didn’t appear professional.
What’s my suggestion if you’re looking for an e-cover program?
First, decide what type of covers you want to create. Some programs only create boxes and books, others can handle boxes, books, e-zines, cds, DVDs, reports, and membership cards.
Next, decide if you want flexibility in the angle, shadow, and reflection of your e-cover. Some programs offer customizable choices, others offer inflexible yes/no choices.
Then, determine how creative you, personally, want to be. Most programs come with generic templates for fast cover creation. If you’re more creative, an e-cover program with more features will be give you more satisfaction.
While it’s not necessary to use a drawing program with Cover Factory, or any of the other programs I evaluated, using Real Draw Pro or Compact Draw (both shareware), in conjunction with an e-cover program can produce some stunning effects that e-cover software alone cannot handle.
Finally, download the free demos of various programs based on your personal criteria—cost, type of covers available, user-friendly, etc. If you’ve never used e-cover software, download the free demo version of eCover Studio first. It is the easiest to use and will familiarize you with the terminology/steps of most e-cover programs.
Other programs that I evaluated and considered unacceptable were:
eCover Studio ($97)—NO SUPPORT—Although I liked this program based on the demo version, I had serious questions about the legitimacy of the seller because my e-mail to the sales contact was returned “undeliverable” and all other e-mail attempts to contact the seller went unanswered.
eCover Generator ($97)—LITTLE FLEXIBILITY—I found this program could not vary the angle or shadows of my covers and text-editing could not be done. More importantly, even though an updated version is advertised, I was sold an older version and provided an upgrade only when I asked for it. For $97 I expected to get the latest version!
OPERATING ISSUES—All of these programs had demo versions. I found them difficult to use and/or encountered operating problems with Windows 98: Virtual Cover Creator ($89.99), eCover 3D ($69.95), eCover Engineer ($38), eCover Constructor ($49), and The eBook and Box Cover Creator ($59.95).
Download the free demo of Cover Factory and decide for yourself.