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Christmas Cheer from the Cheddar Clan

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 7, 2016 6:00:00 AM


 

 

Merry Christmas Mousketeers! What a great year 2016 was for Colby and me.

 

 

As most of you know, our family lives with a two-human household (Terry and Pam) and they don’t have kids at home anymore. That’s a concept Colby and I just don’t get. (I average six pregnancies a year and we’ve never had less than septuplets!) I’m happy to say that I’ve never had to suffer from “empty nest syndrome!”

Since we live in the state of Washington, everyone seems to be nutso, Seahawk fans with Seahawk flags waving on flagpoles and out car windows, and everywhere you look there's a human running around wearing a shirt with the number 3 for Russell Wilson or 12 for the fans that scream their heads off.

Of course Colby and I are Packer nuts and have cheese hats I made from packing material we found in the attic. Whenever we hear a game on, we race to our viewing holes to watch television with the humans, hoping it’s the Packers. When we retire, our dream is to go to Wisconsin and get real cheese hats made of cheese like the humans wear to the games!

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Topics: family, holidays, christmas

Get into the Spirit of Christmas

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 5, 2016 6:30:00 AM

 

 

In this video, which my husband Terry produced for a local ABC affiliate in Portland, Oregon, we took video cameras out in the field to find the spirit of Christmas. It was a spiritual trek and we found the perfect place. It's almost a promise, if you have one of these places near you, you'll find the spirit of Christmas too. This clip will get that Christmas glow flowing through you, so please take some time to enjoy.

 

 

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Recipe for Edible Snowman Hors D'oeuvres

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 4, 2016 7:01:22 PM

 Edible "Indoor" Snowman

Imagine serving this hors d'oeuvres at your next party: A snowman standing more than a foot tall, on a platter surrounded by raw vegetables or cocktail crackers. Guests will wonder what they’re supposed to do with him, until they dip into his luscious "snow" or cut into him for a chunk of his insides. Then they’ll keep returning for more, until the poor snowman is left looking like his brothers Frosty or Olaf on a bad day.

 

 

Here’s the recipe which is just one of 75 recipes in The Phony Gourmet, which is now at a low clearance price of $5 plus postage and handling. This hardback cookbook originally sold for $15.

 

 

 

 

 

Cream Cheese and Garlic Snowman

Serves 15 party animals

 

1 8-inch round loaf French bread

1 5-inch round loaf French bread

1 round French roll

2 8-ounce packages Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese (original) softened

2 teaspoons Lawry’s Garlic Powder Coarse Ground with Parsely

1 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/3 cup milk

¼ cup instant mashed potato flakes

1 leaf red cabbage (snowman’s scarf)

1 baby carrot (nose)

8 peppercorns (eyes and mouth)

5 coffee beans (buttons)

2 cinnamon sticks (arms)

1 cardboard toilet paper tube (hat)

1 square of black felt (hat)

1 (15-inch) wooden skewer (spinal column)

 

1. In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, garlic, seasoned salt, onion powder, and milk until smooth.

2. Place the larger loaf of bread on a large serving platter. Frost with half the cream cheese mixture. Stick the wooden skewer through the middle of the large loaf. Stick the medium-size loaf onto the skewer to make the second “snowball.” Frost the second ball, leaving enough cream cheese mixture to frost the third ball. Stick the French roll onto the skewer for the snowman’s head. Frost, and decorate, using items suggested in the ingredients.

3. After the snowman is decorated, shake the instant potato flakes all over him. They look just like snow and are remarkably tasty with the cream cheese “frosting.”


 

The Phony Gourmet came close to being a cooking show on television, but my sister and I weren’t willing to live five months out of the year in LA. Our six kids needed us at home. This video is the open from the pilot show.

 

 

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Topics: Entertainment for Mom, Recipes

The Cleaner Guy Cleans Zone One/ Dining Room & Entry

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 2, 2016 8:19:22 AM

The Cleaner Guy (Jeffrey Jones) has shown you how to make your own,  toxic-free cleaning products in the last four videos and now he's going to show you how to clean Zone One. We're following the Flylady Flight Plan (which is the Zone Plan my sister, Peggy, and I developed and gave permission to Flylady to use on her website. So if you get the flight plan every day from her, you know we are now in Week One/ Zone One which is the dining room and entryway.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch The Cleaner Guy cleaning my dining room.

 

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Topics: How to Clean Videos

10 Minutes of Focus Can Get You Back on the Happy Track

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 30, 2016 5:00:00 AM

 

William James said, "Things are not as they are, but as we are." We really do see through the eyes of our own experience and each of our experiences is different, so in every moment, we see everything from the perspective of the mood we're in. It’s almost like we put on different glasses from moment to moment.

 

Have you noticed you can get in the habit of being in a bad mood? The good news is, if you can get into the habit of being in a bad mood, you can get into the habit of being in a good one! Habits are breakable and like any habit good or bad, it just takes desire to change. 

Using a timer to get out of a bad mood

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Topics: Young@Heart Articles

Dread Sending Christmas Cards?

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 28, 2016 10:11:35 AM


 

If you're sick of sending Christmas cards, why not let yourself off the hook? Of course if you love the project, and you have oodles of time, by all means enjoy. This video will give you an alternative that could be way more enjoyable to you.  

 

 

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Topics: christmas

The Cleaner Guy Makes Laundry Detergent

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

WOW. Thank you for the great response to The Cleaner Guy segments.

So far you haven't seen him clean, but that's because we wanted you to make the toxic-free cleaning products right in your own home. In this video, The Cleaner Guy makes laundry detergent. I suggest quadrupling the recipe if you have a big family.

You'll see that I chose to leave a few "bloopers" in this video, so you can see how goofy my nephew can be. It's just one of the things I've always loved about him! I wanted to share his humor with you, plus you'll love this detergent!

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Topics: Cleaning

Merry Christmas Stay Awake

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 23, 2016 6:00:00 AM

 

I was doing some holiday shopping at Michael’s (the craft store) in the late afternoon when I heard a conversation in the next aisle between a mother and her six-year-old child.

 

“Oh, Mama, look at this!”

“Uh huh.”

“I love this!!”

“Uh huh.”

“I have one don’t I!!!”

“Uh huh.”

“You made it for me didn’t you Mama!!!!”

“Uh huh.”

“Can you make one for Sissy?”

“Uh huh.”

As I listened to the excitement and love for her mother in the child’s voice and the drone of her mother’s responses, tears welled up in my eyes. I thought about how many times I’d done the same thing with my children when they were young. After all, the holiday season meant I had a centerpiece to make, a decoration for the coffee table to think about, colors to consider, people to impress and not enough time! 

 

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Topics: family

2 Ways to Get ME Time During the Holidays

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM

 

The holiday season is notorious for inciting panic in women and if they don’t know how to deal with that shoulder-burdening aspect of this time of year, they’re destined to miss what the holidays are really all about…PEACE, JOY, HARMONY. We need ME time to re-charge.

I recently appeared on a local television talk show in Portland, Oregon, to talk about the free day I have in my weekly plan. To bring up this topic, this time of year when most women who work outside their homes can barely find a free hour let alone a free day each week, seemed absurd!

If you'd like to watch that segment, just click on my little Christmas girl.

 

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Topics: On Being Organized / Disorganized, family

The Cleaner Guy and Kristi with her favorite cleaning tip.

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 18, 2016 6:03:00 AM

 

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