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  • Sheryl Simons
    The Simple Life By Sheryl Simons The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be happy. Simple Fall Tour With Michigan colors so
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      The Simple Life
      By Sheryl Simons

      "The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be

      Simple Fall Tour

      With Michigan colors so brilliant, and getting better every
      day (We've only had a touch of frost here), why not take a color
      tour. Meet friends in a central location. Bring an old car, if you
      have one. Have a route planned, or just take off! We have
      beautiful hills, and lots of colorful trees, so it hardly matters
      where you go, it's all beautiful. Stop for picture taking often.
      Stop at antique shops, or anyplace you like. Spend the day. Go for
      lunch to a great place with a view or pack a pot-luck lunch. Go for
      dessert at the end of the day, or a cup of coffee. What a great fun
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      Simple Lifebook

      Are you always trying to find birth certificates (for events like
      little league registration) or other documents? A filing cabinet
      just doesn't do the trick. It seemed papers never made it back in
      the right files after they were used.

      Try using color-coded binders and put tab dividers and several page
      protectors in each. Even a three year old can know his is blue.
      Other children can be different colors, or they could create artwork
      with their names on them, changing them year by year. In the first
      tab we keep original birth certificates, hospital birth certificate,
      immunization record and social security card information.

      Tab 2 has church info, baptismal record, first communion
      certificates and schedules for catechism or youth classes.

      Tab 3 ends up with sports schedules and team rosters with
      phone numbers (great for car pooling).

      Tab 4 holds end of year records such as test scores and
      final report card for year.

      Add a tab for writing about life events, starting with the day the
      child was born. Who was there? Any special details that you want
      to remember? It's easy to add more pages and write a bit for fun
      events when you know exactly where the books are kept, and if they
      are right at your fingertips, say near a living room chair, it's
      easy to write a few lines at the end of the day. Another section
      can be added for photos.

      Another Tab might be for family history information, or any hobby
      that the child enjoys! You can really customize it to your needs. It
      is easy to remove page protector for your purposes and even the kids
      can be sure it is replaced in the right folder. For a great gift
      idea, make one up for a shower gift for a new baby!

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      Peanut Butter Potato Candy

      4 medium white potatoes, peeled
      2 cups confectioner's sugar
      2 tsp. vanilla
      One large jar of peanut butter

      Boil the white potatoes until tender. Mix potato together with 1/2
      cup of
      the confectioner's sugar using a fork to blend the Ingredients. Add
      2 tsp.
      vanilla and continue to mix well. When finished the mixture should
      have the consistency of pie crust dough. Sprinkle remaining
      confectioner's sugar on smooth surface and then roll-out potato
      mixture like a thin pie crust. Spread peanut butter evenly over the
      potato mixture, then roll-up jelly roll style. Place onto a jelly-
      roll pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Slice potato, peanut
      butter roll into 1/2 inch pinwheels. Keep chilled until ready to

      Simple Potato Candy

      1/2 cup mashed potatoes
      1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
      5 3/4 cups powdered sugar
      2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
      1/2 teaspoon vanilla
      1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
      Chopped almonds (optional)

      Mix potatoes, melted butter or margarine, powdered sugar, coconut and
      vanilla in a large bowl. Mix well and transfer to an oiled 9-by-9
      casserole dish. Microwave chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl
      for about 1 minute or until melted. Spread chocolate quickly over
      the potato mixture. Sprinkle almonds over chocolate, if desired.
      Allow to cool. When fully set, cut into squares.

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      Simple Quotes
      "Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things
      happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will."
      ~~Norman Vincent Peale

      "The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count
      our blessings." ~~Eric Hoffer
      "God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to
      say 'thank you?'" ~~William A. Ward
      "We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts
      are conscious of our treasures." --Thornton Wilder
      Keeping it Simple,

      Please contact Sheryl with recipes, questions, comments and simple
      living ideas that work for you. Email: thesimple_life@...
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      columns: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thesimple_life/
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