Fruit Infused Alcohol

http://www.ehow.com/how_4556335_make-fruit-infused-alcohol.html

I did this with an empty spaghetti jar, a couple single serve of cups of canned tropical fruit, 1 of single serving peaces, sugar and vodka.
Let it sit for 2-3 weeks in a cupboard, strained it and bottled it. Delicious!

Side note: I did fill too much in the initial stage and it did over flow a bit during fermentation. Good thing I put it Inside a gallon sized freezer.

Edit: since then I made more- yum
I also have in the work a cranberry, apple,cinnamon infused vodka
And
A coco powder, coconut, almond infused vodka

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Emma Bonino: FGM op piece in NYTimes

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/opinion/global/banning-female-genital-mutilation.html?smid=fb-share

Another disturbing trend has been the medicalization of female genital mutilation, following campaigns that focused on its health implications rather than the fact that it is a violation of human rights regardless of the degree of hygiene with which it is perpetrated.

Far from being a first step toward the elimination of female genital mutilation, this trend has only served to legitimize it, by suggesting that the problem lies in the undesirable “side effects” rather than in the violation of the bodily integrity of girls and women. The resolution firmly refutes this, unequivocally condemning any medicalization.

sounds familiar…. I feel sorry for all the children (female and male) subject to genital cutting and mutilation

Praise God, one survived….

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/17/15971544-lone-survivor-in-connecticut-classroom-mommy-im-ok-but-all-of-my-friends-are-dead

Lone survivor in Connecticut classroom: ‘Mommy, I’m OK, but all of my friends are dead’
By NBC News staff
Only one child made it out alive of a first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week — by fooling the gunman into thinking she was dead, the family’s pastor says.

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Mental illness- a must read

http://anarchistsoccermom.blogspot.com/2012/12/thinking-unthinkable.html?m=1

On the intake form, under the question, “What are your expectations for treatment?” I wrote, “I need help.”

And I do. This problem is too big for me to handle on my own. Sometimes there are no good options. So you just pray for grace and trust that in hindsight, it will all make sense.

I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am Jason Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

Click the above link to read entire article


Lives lost at Sandy Hook Elem

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Attempting undistilled “brandy”

Remember, earlier this week I posted a link http://thehipflask.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/homemade-peach-brandy/ about how to make peach/apple brandy…
So I’m trying it out.
One jar is apples, mandarin oranges and sugar
Another is mandarin oranges, peeled lemon and sugar

(Not brandy)And finally the last one is canned fruit “tropical medley with papyua, pineapple and mango” and a “tin of peaches” mixed with sugar and vodka…. (Update: when mixed with vodka already- only takes about 2 weeks)

Should be fun….6 months from now….

2 months in:

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The brown dots are vanilla bean particles from my homemade vanilla

Victims of newtown

These are what have come across my fb news feed

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http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/1771021?preferredArticleViewMode=single

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http://www.npr.org/2012/12/16/167374500/shooting-victim-remebered-as-a-mentor-to-sisters

http://www.npr.org/2012/12/16/167374500/shooting-victim-remebered-as-a-mentor-to-sisters

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/15/live-updates-on-school-shooting/

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President Obama speaks on tragedy

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http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/1769941

Obama cited the scenes of other shootings — a shopping mall in Oregon, a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, a movie theater in Colorado and “a street corner in Chicago” — and said “these children are our children.” While the president did not specifically cite the gun-control issue, he said: “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

Fighting back more tears, Obama — a father of two daughters — pointed out that most of the victims were “beautiful little kids” from the ages of 5 to 10, and “had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”

The fallen also included teachers, Obama said, “men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.”

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http://motherhoodwtf.com/2012/12/14/shattered-thoughts-for-newtown-ct-shooting-victims/

How could this happen? I can’t wrap my head around it. I have no basis to grasp this.
I feel sick to my stomach. I think of my son’s shiny exuberance as he dashed up to the school bus this morning. Those kids in Newtown had that same shiny exuberance just this morning. Those moms had the same tired, haggard, possibly slightly annoyed feeling I did. And now their babies are either not coming home ever, or are coming home after witnessing unfathomable terror.
How can we possibly understand what’s happened? How in a moment everything unravels?
I know there are millions of staunch gun supporters who say, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” That is bullshit. GUNS KILL PEOPLE. Today, guns killed little bright-eyed children. A murderous psychopath armed with any other weapon could not have done this.
Is owning your gun worth this to you? Even if I’m wrong, and guns don’t kill people, isn’t it worth a shot to completely outlaw them? Isn’t it possible that it’s not a coincidence that countries with no guns have no school shootings? Is your ridiculous outdated right to bear arms that important? Is it worth the lives of these children? If you think so, I can’t understand you. And I’d like to see you defend yourself to a newly grieving mother.

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Heros
http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/1770555?preferredArticleViewMode=single

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http://fluentnews.com/s/28169844

Newtown is a turning point in a broader sense too. These shootings are mobilizing Americans tangibly. “Gun Control Now” was a refrain expressed immediately on social media, on protest placards and referred to, obliquely, by an emotional president who now has the political gravitas to move on what should be a foregone conclusion.

Amid all the coverage of the gruesome massacre on Saturday, there was a small story tucked inside the New York Times international news pages. Apparently there had been an attempted school massacre also in China, a country that has suffered its own scourge of school attacks.

There were two differences in the China case: One was that the attacker attacked his 22 victims, many of them children, with a knife.

What kind of wacko kills 5 yr olds?

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http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=17973836

A heavily armed man invaded a Newtown, Conn., elementary school today, killing his mother and 26 others, mostly children, federal and state sources tell ABC News.

http://rosemarieberger.com/2012/12/14/2-laws-could-end-sandy-hooks-forever/

The United States needs two new federal laws, which would almost guarantee an immediate, dramatic decline in gun violence:

1. A renewed ban on the sale of assault weapons. These are the weapons of choice for deranged individuals who are determined to kill. They must be banned in America forever.
Sign the petition here: http://signon.org/sign/ban-assault-weapons

2. Require all gun purchasers to undergo an instant background check. No more “cash and carry.”

Violence in China. Man stabs 22 kids.

http://m.jamaicaobserver.com/mobile/latestnews/Man-stabs-22-children-in-China

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Hermit crab Sid.

Hermit crab Sid, that last and smallest of my 3 originals died yesterday. He’d been acting strange crawling around the habitat without his shell on so I moved him into a smaller habitat. He dead 3 days later.

He was with us since may 2011.

Now the only hermies left are 2 tinies that I bought and 1 tiny given by a friend.

Fairy and 40 yrs of marriage

I did not write this

40 years
of marriage..

A married couple in their early 60s are celebrating their
40th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic
little restaurant.

Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table.

She said, ‘For being such an exemplary married
couple and for being loving to each other for
all this time, I will grant you each a wish.’

The wife answered, ‘Oh, I want to travel around the world
with my darling husband.’

The fairy waved her magic wand and – poof! – two
tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her
hands.

The husband thought for a moment:
‘Well, this is all very romantic, but an
opportunity like this will never come again. I’m
sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30
years younger than me.’

The wife, and the fairy, were deeply disappointed,
but a wish is a wish.!

So the fairy waved her magic wand and
poof!…

The husband became 92 years old.

The moral of this story:
Men who are ungrateful bastards should
remember fairies are female…..