Grilled Potato Pouches Recipe #Grilling #FoodPorn #Grillpouches

I love making these Grilled Potato Pouches for our family. They are one of the best things on the grill next to the meats of course. I have mine on the grill right now and they are cooking away, so I have to say that I am drooling waiting for them to be done cooking. I thought I would share this recipe with you as it does make quite a bit of food for the family and it’s a very healthy option when cooking on the grill.

Here is what you will need for a Family of 5

5 Baking Potatoes
1 Bag of Frozen Veggies (Your Favorite Mix) or your favorite fresh veggies about 2 1/2 to 3 cups
2 Tablespoons of Butter per pouch
Garlic powder
Poultry Seasoning or Lawery Seasoning
Italian Seasoning
Aluminum Foil

How to make your pouches:

* Wash and cut your potatoes (Skin on) into cubes
* Place in a half sheet of foil Save the other half of the foil for the top of the pouch
* add some of the cubed potatoes and veggies to the pouch (You will make 2-3 pouches so save some for the others)
* add your seasonings then top with butter

Take your top half of the foil and cover the potatoes and veggies. Then roll the edges and smash them a little so that none of the butter will escape. Put them on the grill for an hour. You will cook them on one side for about 30 minutes and then flip it to cook the other side. When you serve them just open the pouch and put some on plates for the family. Then leave the extras for when they ask for more they will then stay hot. Enjoy!

**NOTE** You will need a little longer then 12″ of foil length wise for your pouches. Then just cut them in half to make the pouches for the grill.

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“Is My Child Ready For A Wireless Phone?” Sprint Helps Parents Tackle The Tough Questions

Have you been debating if your child is ready for their first wireless phone? Have you wondered what is the right age to give your child a phone? Do you have many other questions that you would love answers to before purchasing a phone? Let Sprint answer those questions or concerns that you have.

Sprint (NYSE: S) is providing a one-stop resource to help parents determine the right time to buy their child their first wireless phone. With the launch of “Kid’s First Phone” website. Sprint is providing expert advice, an online quiz and other information to help parents make this decision. There is even a customizable parent-child mobile contract to set parameters and agree upon rules and limits for uses of a mobile phone.

Did you know? According to Influence Central, in 2016:
• The average age a child gets their first smartphone is 10.3 years old.
• 64 percent of kids already have internet access via personal tablets/laptops.
• 1 in 2 kids will have a social media account by age 12.

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In today’s world, the question of when to purchase a child’s first phone certainly deserves attention. A wireless phone means growing independence, ease of logistics/scheduling, safety and security, but there are also concerns about cyber-bullying, inappropriate content and even out-of-control spending.

Sprint’s “Kid’s First Phone” website serves as a trusted advisor for parents and includes expert advice from Katie Hurley, LCSW, psychotherapist and author of “The Happy Kid Handbook.” Parents can take a quiz to determine an individual child’s readiness for a wireless phone, download and customize a wireless phone contract for themselves and their child, and read/experience third-party commentary on this topic.

Advice from an Expert

“This website is a great opportunity to sit down with your child and engage in a thoughtful discussion and even sign a wireless contract to set rules and limits,” said Hurley. “One of the first things I advise is asking yourself why you want this for your child. Is your child mature enough? And, what is the specific need for the wireless phone? Start from there and you’ll be off to a good, healthy and fruitful discussion for the entire family.”

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Commitment from Sprint to Parents

Sprint is making a major commitment to help parents navigate the purchase of their child’s first phone. “We hope this site better arms parents with information to help them navigate the many questions they may have on whether or not the time is right for their child to have a phone and all the responsibility that goes with ownership,” said Roger Solé, chief marketing officer, Sprint. “This is a one-stop shop to enable parents to make a crucial buying decision with peace of mind.”

Sprint has long been a leader in terms of family offerings and currently offers its customers several apps that help parents stay in touch with their children and monitor their phone usage. Sprint Family locator allows you to track up to five devices. Sprint mobile contols lets you monitor, limit and block content on Android phones. Sprint Drives First helps keep your kids safe by stopping distracted driving and keeping focus on the road. Family Wall For Sprint helps everyone stay connected with an all-in social app that allows families to share and connect via their own private social network.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 58.8 million connections as of March 31, 2016, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at Sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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Make Your Own Air Conditioner #DIY #AirConditioner

No, I’m not kidding you read that right. I was doing a lot of research on this topic last night as my daughter’s air conditioner went out and I had a reader say that they couldn’t replace their Air conditioner as well that had gone out. So I started thinking, there has to be a way to make your own. Low and behold there is! I have to say that I find it, not so attractive but when it’s in the 90 degree weather are you really caring what it looks like??? I would have to say NO! You have a whole let me cool off please thing going on! If you have little one’s I do suggest keeping it up on a table because of the fan blades. However, I am hearing that this does work and it does cool off the areas of your home.

So I am posting it for those of you who would like to help and elderly neighbor keep cool, your family keep cool, or someone else that you know that doesn’t have the money to purchase an actual air conditioner. You can follow the directions to Make Your Own Air Conditioner. I suggest that you start to make Ice right away before you start to put it together so that your completely ready to get started the minute your done with it. If you give this Homemade Air Condtioner a try please comment on how it works here so that we know. I would check Freecycle to see if you can get some of the materials needed for free if you do not have them on hand. You could also check your goodwill and other stores like it as well for the Materials. Happy Cooling!

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Free Bowling For Kids This Summer (2 Free Games Daily) #KidsBowlFree #FamilyFun #Bowling

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Kids can be active this summer with Kids Bowl Free! When you sign your child up they will receive 2 free games daily at a bowling center near you. You can go daily and the kids can have a blast while getting exercise. They also have a great deal for parents and adults to bowl 2 games with their children so the whole family can have fun!

I have been doing this event with my children for years and we just have a great summer. There is never a “Mom, we are bored!” I keep them active all summer long with lots of fun free activities for them to do and they look forward to them everyday. We have our schedule that we have in the summer that keeps them super busy but they have a blast and they get to see their cousins all the time and have fun with them as well as their friends.

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Your Pet Got Sprayed By A Skunk…What To Use To Get Rid Of The Odor Recipe #Pet #SkunkSpray

I have to say that I have a curious furbaby, he has to know what EVERYTHING is! Last summer we had him sprayed by a Skunk. He got to close to it and yep, he just reeked. There is a simple and frugal solution to getting rid of the skunk smell. The Traditional Tomato Juice works to a certain degree but I have to say that I love this recipe better. It will still smell till your furbaby dries and then the smell is gone.

•1 quart (32 fl oz, nearly 1 liter) Hydrogen Peroxide 3% (U.S.P)
•1/4 cup baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) *NOT baking powder or washing powder*
•1 to 2 teaspoons liquid soap (such as Ivory Liquid Cleanser or Softsoap)
•1 quart lukewarm water (only needed for very large dogs)

Mix the ingredients together and wash your dog with it. The smell will stay with your furbaby till their coat dries but then the smell will go away. You can also put mineral oil in their eyes 1-2 drops to help with the skunk spraying.

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WORX Switchdriver Review & Hammer Photo Frame Project

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I received the WORX Switchdriver and I was thinking of all the projects that I could make with it. So I was thinking about what project I wanted to make for Father’s Day. I decided on making a Hammer Photo Frame for my dad from my children. My dad loves being a grandpa and he is so great with my kids and my daughter’s kids as well. So I was excited to get started.

I took the WORX Switchdriver out of the box, charged up the battery as it’s cordless. Then I got started with my project at hand. My son’s were right there with me as they wanted to watch me make the project and help. I was really impressed with the Worx Switchdriver, it was light weight, easy to use, and had plenty of power to drill through the handle of the hammer with ease. I loved how easy it was to change the setting of the drill as well. I just turned a little notch and it made it so easy to use and know which setting it was on. The numbers on the notch were very easy to read on the notch as well. I also found it was very easy to place the drill bit into the drill and use as well as remove it.

I suggest that you use the Worx Switchdriver for all your projects around the house and that you would like to make. I have so many projects that I can’t wait to get to with my Worx Switchdriver. It comes with two drill bits and a phillips screwdriver head as well. So you can do plenty of projects around the house with it. The Worx Switchdriver also offers 15 + 1 position clutch allows precise torque management, Variable 2-speed design covers a wide range of drilling and fastening applications, Extremely compact and lightweight for fatigue-free work, and Powerful and lightweight MaxLithium battery. Don’t forget to take the #DadItYourself quiz.

Let’s get to our great Hammer Photo Frame project. It’s going to be a hit with any man on your gift giving list.

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Materials:

* 16 oz Hammer
* 5X7 Wood Picture Frame
* (2) 18″ Necklace Chains (Walmart in Jewelry craft section)
* 2 Cup Hooks
* 2 Sawtooth photo Hangers
* Black letter Stickers

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Step 1: Drill 2 Holes in your hammer about 5 1/2 inches apart

Step 2: Add your Sawtooth Photo hangers on the backside of your hammer

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Step 3: Take your two 18″ Necklace Chains and remove the clasp and one of the round connectors do it on the same side as the clasp. Now put the chain through the hole and slide it through the connector on the necklace. Then put them both on the hammer.

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Step 4: Place your cup hooks into your wood photo frame. Do not use a photo frame that is pressed wood it will crack. I placed mine about 1″ in from the corners on my 5X7 frame. You will want to place the hooks to the back of the frame.

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Step 5: Now place your hooks from your frame onto the necklaces. Keep the connector up at the top of the hammer. You can now add your photo and hang it on the wall or give it as a gift. Is it me or is it just adorable! It’s also the perfect gift for the man who has everything!

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Open Letter To Dan Turner Father Of Brock Turner #BrockTurner #DanTurner #JudgeAaronPersky

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I have been following the story of Brock Turner, who raped an unconscious woman. He was stopped by two gentleman that were in the right place at the right time. Thank god for these two men who held your son till the authorities could arrive. You can read more about the story Here if you are not aware of it already.

I’m the mom of 4 wonderful children, 2 girls and 2 boys, who I love dearly. So I can understand Dan Turner’s love for his son. I can understand wanting to protect our children, I have done it on a number of occasions as a parent. Wanting to take our children’s pain away is always something we want to do as a parent. I understand all these qualities and more as a parent that we all try to do for our children.

However, as I have stated, I am the mother of 4 children. If god forbid this happened to one of my daughters or one of my son’s raped a woman. Yes, that is what your son did, he did not give her the chance to say Yes or no to sex. I would not request no jail time for my child. I would not try to protect them for as you stated “20 minutes of action”. He made the choice and it was the wrong choice. There may have been a party involved with this instance and they both made a bad choice as to drink more then they should have. However, he knew what he was doing and has altered this woman’s life forever with just “20 minutes of action”. Let’s call it what it was it was NOT “20 minutes of action” it was 20 minutes of your son raping this woman.

Your son took away her dignity, her ability to feel safe, he violated her body, and more with his actions. Your worried only about what this has done or is doing to your son’s future, that he will have to be registered as a sex offender as well he should be. That he will now only be able to work at certain places and what it has done to his future. What about her future, what about the huge impact it has created for this woman? What if this was your wife, your daughter, your sister, or someone else that is very close to you. You would want the most extreme penalty available but your crying about your son having jail time. The fact that he only received a six month jail term is appalling to say the least. Your son made all the choices that night, he chose to drink that night, he chose to rape this woman, he chose his future when he took these actions.

We wonder where all the entitlement comes from today, your a prime example. Brock made his choices and should do the time and not just 6 months, which I hope is over turned and he gets the penalty that he truly deserves. If you wife, sister, mother or other family member was raped would you think that 6 months jail time was justice? You would be just livid with this ruling and so many that have been following this story have been outraged that Judge Aaron Persky would give this ruling. Now your requesting that no jail time be served for your son. I can not even begin to fathom where you realistically believe this is going to happen. Your son, You and the Judge have just victimized this poor woman again. In what fairy tale world does this seem realistic to you? Your son should be serving years in prison with a punishment that is fitting his crime. This victim deserves justice, your son turned her world upside down, HER life will never be the same. How will she trust? I’m sorry but just because your son’s hobby of swimming on a team doesn’t amount to the nightmare he caused this woman, his past does not make up for what he has done. What about other woman? How do they know they will be safe with men like your son in society.

Let me be the first to say that I will move heaven and earth for my children. However, I also have the understanding that if my child breaks the laws then they will have to pay the price. They made the choice to do a crime and it is not my job as their parent to try to bail them out in something as serious as this case. Would it break my heart and be hard to sit there while my child is on trial and in prison? More then I ever care to imagine! However, I brought them up to know right from wrong, they will make mistakes, I expect a fender bender, I expect them to make wrong choices or take wrong roads. I however, could not and will not make excuses in the case of a rape or any other serious crimes. They knew what could happen, they knew they would have to pay for their crime and decided to go and do it anyways. Call me a harsh parent, say I’m heartless, but I have raised my children to know there are consequences for every action that they take. Don’t do the crime if you do not want to do the time!

You really need to pop whatever fantasy bubble your living in and come to the reality of your son raped this woman. It was not “20 minutes of action”, he made his choices. Pull up your big boy pants and make him accountable for his actions. It does not matter one bit what he has done in the past, it matters what he did on January 17th and January 18th! It matters how he made his victim feel, that she will never feel safe again. Make your son accountable for his actions, is it going to change his life? Yes, but he didn’t worry about that for one second when he raped her, he wasn’t thinking about her at all or how it would affect her so he will get no sympathy from society. Have you even read how the victim feels after your son raped her? If not you should read them Here

Brock is not entitled to anything more then what he deserves and 6 months is not any where near a sentence that he should have received. It’s not even 1 month each for every minute she had to endure his “actions”. Brock should receive a lot more of a punishment then he did from Judge Aaron Persky. It is sad that you believe that your son should not serve any time in jail. Come to the realization that he will have to serve his time just like any other person who commits rape. This is not one of those times where we as parents are to protect our child, he is an adult and made his choices.

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Flower Pot Candy Dish #MothersDay #TeacherAppreciation

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These adorable Flower Pot Candy Dishes will make a great gift for Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation, a great gift for any occasion. They are easy to make but are just to adorable! My son made these for his teacher’s for Teacher Appreciation Day, and they just loved them.

Supplies:

* Glass Bowl from Dollar Tree (Found by the vases) make sure there is no decorative rim
* Flower Pot 6 inch pot
* 4 inch bottom
* Small Bottle Of Acrylic Paints in colors you want to use (Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels)
* E6000 Glue
* Paint Brush
* Stencil for letters
* Pen
* Clear Contact Paper
* Wooden handle (Small)
* Candy

Directions:

Step 1: Paint the Pots in the colors you would like them to be. You will want to put 2 coats of paint on them. You will paint the wooden handle at this time as well.

Step 2: Use the stencil to make the letters of the saying you want on the pots. You will want to write the letters on the paper side of the contact paper. The letters will need to be written backwards on the contact paper.

Step 3: Cut out the letters making sure to save the centers of the letters to use on the Pots. You will throw away the actual letters or you can use them on a different project. Place the outline of the letters on your pot. Push all the contact paper down so that it adheres to the pot so your paint will not run

Step 4: Add the centers of the letters to the outlines where they belong and again make sure that they adhere to the pot

Step 5: Paint the letters in the color or colors you would like them to be and let them dry

Step 6: Once the letters are dry peel away the contact paper gently and remove the centers gently

Step 7: Glue the glass bowl to the flower pot and place the candy in the pot so that it will give it some added pressure to hold down the bowl while it dries over night.

Step 8: Glue the wooden handle onto the bottom of the flower pot tray and you can also use scotch tape to hold it in place to add a little more pressure onto the handle so that it dries and holds.

Your candy dish is now complete as soon as the glue is dry. You do want to make sure that you allow it to dry for the 24 hours anything less and your candy jar may fall apart. It’s an easy but beautiful project. As I stated my son made the ones pictured above so even children can make them with some help with the contact paper. Happy Crafting!

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