Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

With all our time at homes these days my kids and I love spending time in the kitchen. We recently fell in love with this cookie recipe I found online on Life, Love and Sugar.com. These cookies are so soft and served warm they are just the perfect amount of classic, simple and chewy with

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Cell Backup

Have you backed up all those very important pictures you’ve taken with that fancy new smart phone? I think just about every cell phone backs up all that good stuff to a cloud nowadays. Not sure which cloud but I guess it jumps into a cloud somewhere. But what if that cloud becomes a storm

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Flashlight

I carry a small flashlight in my pocket everywhere I go. That flashlight has come in handy so many times for me and plenty of other people. It’s pretty rare I leave home without it as it has become part of my morning routine: Grab keys, wallet, Chapstick, pocket knife, lucky coin & flashlight on

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Password Protect User Settings

Sick of coworkers changing the User Setting on your Konica Minolta product? Office systems of Texas can help you lock user setting behind a password so only select few users can have access to the User Settings on your KM product.  Please contact your Service Department for specific models that are capable of this feature.

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Bacon Wrapped Venison

We decided on a nontraditional Christmas Dinner this year. Instead of turkey and ham for the meats, we served up some fresh venison backstrap. I cut the backstrap in 2” cubes and clobbered the meat cubes with a tenderizing hammer. Best to perform this action outside as small pieces of meat fling everywhere. That step

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Congregation Beth Israel of Houston

For the holidays I thought I might shed some light on a little Texas history close to home that some may not know. The congregation was founded in 1854 as an Orthodox Jewish kehilla and legally chartered in 1859. The Orthodox Beth Israel Congregation in Houston opened in a former house that had been converted to a synagogue. In 1874

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Shock Collar

Last week I purchased a “shock collar” on Amazon. The PATPET Dog Training Collar with Remote Rechargeable Waterproof Shock Collar for Dogs w/3 Training Modes, Beep Vibration and Shock, Up to 1000Ft Remote Range. I didn’t support shocking your dog as a training method before & don’t even more so now after purchasing it. My intention

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Volunteer 2020

As a family we try to volunteer during the holidays to help our community and do our part in contributing. We have been thoroughly blessed this year as we all have our health and still have our jobs. Due to the impact of Covid this year my usual volunteer opportunities are limited. After doing some

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Appliances are Expensive

Appliances are expensive, and the holes they leave behind can be daunting. If brand new isn’t in your budget at the moment, consider a simple refresh instead. Our 1980’s trash compactor still works well enough but was the only beige appliance left in the kitchen. Custom cabinet replacement wasn’t feasible for us, and shelling out

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Flannel

Ever since I was a kid, I can remember how much I loved wearing my flannel pj’s & shirts. I couldn’t wait for the cold weather to creep in. I enjoyed watching cartoons while snuggling up on the couch in a blanket. We lived in a very old house for about a year and a

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HP

HP sued by customers Class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Northern California Alleging that HP firmware update for its printers and MFPs act as “Malware” software “HP wrongfully compels users of its printers to buy and use only HP ink and toner supplies by transmitting firmware updates without authorization to HP printers

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Sunrise & Sunset

Nathan Phillips “If you are in a beautiful place where you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset, then you are living like a lord.” Bernard Williams “There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” My favorite part of the day are early morning sunrise’s and evening sunsets. Even when

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Christmas in Hospitals

Christmas time in the hospitals should still be celebrated with decorations for patients in 2020! “The decorations are ‘a way to let family members know that we’re trying, and we love these patients and we want them to feel like it’s Christmas as much as we can,’ nurse Carla Fallin said, standing just outside one

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Taco Soup???

How I make the best Taco Soup! First, I start with…. Honey, would you please make me some of your taco soup this weekend? It’s the best taco soup ever! Next, I open up a can of…. Babe, I’ll vacuum & dust the whole house. Then, I add some…. Sweetheart, I’ll wash and fold all

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Fruitcake

Why do people hate the iconic holiday treat Fruitcake?! Why is fruitcake a dirty word, a bad gift, a punchline? Where did it ever go wrong? Johnny Carson famously joked, “The worst Christmas gift is fruitcake… There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other, year after

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Paid it Forward

Few weeks ago, I was at Arby’s restaurant standing in line at lunch time and deciding what to order, when I finally made my decision what to order and was ready to pay, this guy came from behind and tells me that he is going to pay for my lunch. I was surprise.!! and thinking

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First Christmas

The first Christmas I clearly remember is when I was 6 years old. I watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. Those were the best movies ever – and still are! My Grandfather gave me my first pocket knife. I was so proud. I had my own pocket knife! Yep! Cut my finger

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Be Yourself

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss “Be yourself, everybody else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde “Faithless To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph

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Mornings Update

I wrote the following blog back in 2016. “Weekday mornings at my house…  Get up early. Stumble over the dog on the way to the bathroom. Get dressed for work. Feed the dog while one of the Cats begs for some dog food. Drop a few pieces of dog food on the kitchen floor for

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From Kim

You know, I’m no astrological expert but I am an astrological admirer. 2020 has brought many visual delights for those that know where to look. Four super moons and we had a blue moon on Halloween. For those that don’t know what that means astrologically, it means we had an extra full moon in the

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Rebooting The MFP

The office MFP (copier, fax, printer, scanner) may not function properly after an electrical power loss. If you notice something odd about the functionality of the MFP, turn off the machine’s “Main” power switch for a minute or so. The “MAIN” power is usually located behind the copier/printer’s front door, on the back side of

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Annie

As a kid the lead character of Annie, Annie really got on my nerves – she was to annoyingly, enthusiastically optimistic. How dare she you know? Well as I’ve matured in my life I find that I naturally gravitate towards that same personality, though hopefully not as annoyingly so . I naturally look for the

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Marfa

Here’s some interesting facts about a small part of Texas with some strange hidden mysteries. Marfa was founded in the early 1880s as a railroad water stop. The town was named “Marfa” (Russian for “Martha”) at the suggestion of the wife of a railroad executive. Although some historians have hypothesized that the name came from

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Security

Xerox has another data security issue the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a security bulletin warning customers using Xerox’s DocuShare of a security vulnerability users are instructed to apply a patch to plug 2 security holes vulnerabilities open Solaris, Linux and Windows DucuShare users up to both a server-side request forgery (SSRF) attack

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Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona, who rose from the slums of Buenos Aires to lead Argentina’s national team to victory in the 1986 Men’s Soccer World Cup, lost his way through substance abuse and then claimed new glory as a coach, died Wednesday at the age of 60, according to media reports. He reportedly suffered a heart

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Micheladas

¡Micheladas! My drink of choice anytime, all the time! A michelada is a drink made with beer, lime juice, assorted sauces, spices, tomato juice, and chile peppers. It is served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. There are numerous variations of this beverage throughout Mexico. Here is one of them.

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