Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year from CountryNaturals!

2012 has been a rocky road for many of us here at OLA, but we made it through and are now looking forward to great things in 2013. If you still have some Christmas money left, here are some great items to buy for yourself. You've earned it!

Here's a promise of spring tulips to help chase away the winter doldrums.

Country Tulips Votive Lantern Light Stand Candle Holder

How about these hummingbirds to brighten up your kitchen table?

Hummingbirds and Flower Figurine Salt and Pepper

Taking a road trip? You need one of these for the back of your neck.

Handknit Neck, Back, Knee Roll Pillow

Now, I think I'll take the rest of the year off. LOL! Have a very Happy New Year, Everyone!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Lemons . . . . . .

My father-in-law shared this little tidbit with me via email. Now, I have absolutely no knowledge as to whether this is true or not . . . . but a lemon is just that . . . a lemon. What can it hurt? And I do know that lemon zest does make things tastier!! So, here goes!!
Amazing Frozen Lemons...the latest cure-all.
 All it a frozen lemon.

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using
or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.

How can you use the whole lemon without waste?

Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section
of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater,
and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle
it on top of your foods.

Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, soup,
cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi,
fish dishes, whisky.... the list is endless.

All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste,
something that you may have never tasted before.
Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C.
Not anymore.
Now that you've learned this *lemon secret *,
you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles.

What's the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing
waste and adding new taste to your dishes?

Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10
times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself.

And yes, that's what you've been wasting.

But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing
the whole lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes,
you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier.

It's also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators
in eradicating toxic elements in the body.

So place your washed lemon in your freezer,
and then grate it on your meal every day.

It is a key to make your foods tastier
and you get to live healthier and longer!

That's the lemon secret!

Better late than never, right?

The surprising benefits of lemon!
Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells.
It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.
Why do we not know about that?
Because there are laboratories interested in
making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits.
You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her
know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease.
Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the
horrific effects of chemotherapy.

How many people will die while this closely guarded
secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial
multimillionaires large corporations?

As you know, the lemon tree is known
for its varieties of lemons and limes.

You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp,
juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc..

It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting
is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors.
This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types.
Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer.

It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum
against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against
internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure
which is too high and an antidepressant, combats
stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating:
it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in
the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory
tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that It destroys
the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast,
prostate, lung and pancreas...

The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better
than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used
chemotherapeutic in the world,
slowing the growth of cancer cells.

And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy
with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer
cells and it does not affect healthy cells.

So, give those lemons a good wash,
freeze them and grate them.

Your whole body will love you for it!!!!!
I am certainly going to check this out!! At least make my food tastier!!
And speaking of lemons, check out what has to offer in the "lemon" department!!
And last but not least . . . . .
Lemon Meringue 11oz Tumbler Scented Unboxed Container Candle from J7339 who has a bunch of lemony gift ideas!!
So, I hope that you can make use of the information and that you check out the sellers on!! It's the best place to buy and sell and it's only going to get better in 2013!!!!
Thank you!! 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Recipes

Okay, the last minute preparations are upon us!! Everyone is scrambling to get finished!! Need a couple of last minute recipes?? Here are a couple of great salad recipes and a couple of great breakfast recipes!! Enjoy!!
Cheese Strata
2 cups ( 3 slices) bread cubes, trimmed
1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese cubed
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled (ham or shrimp can be substituted)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 lb fresh whole mushrooms
3 large eggs
1 3/4 cup milk
1 tsp prepared mustard
1/4 tsp salt

Makes 6 servings:

In greased 9X13 glass cake pan, place 1/2 bread cubes in a layer. Layer half the cheese, bacon and butter. Repeat layers and arrange the mushrooms (sliced) on top. Bake uncovered at 300 degrees for 1 hour.

Note: this is better if prepared in advance and refrigerated overnight until baking time.
(Thank you, Carol!!)

Elizabethan Salad (also known as the Pink Stuff)
1 large pkg Orange Jello
½ cup sugar
1 12oz container Cool Whip
1 lg can crushed pineapple, drained
4-5 bananas (depends on how many you want)

Boil 2 cups water, dissolve Jello and sugar together. Add 2 cups cold water. Let set PARTIALLY (until it’s like runny slime!!). Fold in Cool Whip, add pineapple and bananas and let set completely.
I use a frosted and clear bowl. Looks very festive. We have this every year . . . .
kids love it (so do I!!)

Christmas Morning Casserole
20 oz pkg frozen hash browns, thawed
4 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 c. dice cooked ham
7 eggs
1 c. milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground mustard

Place hash browns in a greased 13x9 baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and ham; set aside. Beat together eggs, milk, salt and mustard; pour over ham. Bake, covered, at 350 for 1 hour. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes or until golden. Makes 8 servings.

Christmas Salad
1/4 c chopped almonds
1 Tbl + 1 tsp sugar
1 Gala apple, thinly sliced
1 kiwi fruit, sliced
11 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
1 c sliced strawberries
3 c torn iceberg lettuce
1 small head romaine lettuce, torn
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
5 green onions, sliced
1/4 c veg oil
2 Tbl white vinegar
1 Tbl fresh parsley, chopped
2 Tbl sugar (yes, sugar is used twice)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Star Croutons

Cook almonds and 1st sugar in a skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until almonds are golden. Pour onto waxed paper; cool. Break almonds into pieces.

Combine fruit, lettuces, celery, and onions in a large bowl.

Whisk together oil, vinegar, parsley, 2nd sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour dressing mixture over salad; toss gently. Sprinkle with almonds and Star Croutons; serve immediately. Makes 8 servings.
Merry Christmas to all!!
From all of us at!!


Friday, December 21, 2012


OK folks listen up this is important...

As I did not have the time to do so on the show I wanted to say a public THANK YOU to EVERYONE who is here and to show just how truly GRATEFUL and AWESTRUCK.....SUPPORTED and so many other words I can come up with
Here are some of my many quotes I have found along the way to express my DEEPEST APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE TO ALL OF YOU!!!!

OLA has become my family over the years and many more to come.

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson

This I try to do everyday -

“Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it’s important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level. We need to literally “count our blessings,” give thanks for them, allow ourselves to enjoy them, and relish the experience of prosperity we already have.” — Shakti Gawain

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

(and OLA is anything but an ordinary job it is a joy for many many of us and we all appreciate you Oregonites)

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” — Thornton Wilder

(and because of OLA--Chris and Val... I like others here have many treasures across the United States and they are each called FAMILY. )

Expand your mind by dreaming bigger.Don't settle for less.

In due time, you will regain your power and plow through your

Go for it!

That my dear friends is Chris and Val they dared to dream BIG and because of that we are here and ......


Let's all help Chris's dream by dreaming bigger ourselves going into the New Year and beyond!!!!
Thank you for reading and listening and being there for each other.


On a side note, YogiBear66 is relocating and is temporarily closed. The store will be back up and running as quickly as possible, better than ever!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Fire Cider fer what ails ya!

A friend sent me this blog with a really good recipe for "Fire Cider" that sounds like it'll really help boost your immune system - or at least taste yummy and perk you up!  I copied most of the blog, but there's more - and some good comments, so I encourage you to click the blog link.

Hot and sweet - a zesty, vinegary recipe!
Fire Cider is a traditional cold remedy with deep roots in folk medicine. The tasty combination of vinegar infused with powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers makes this recipe especially pleasant and easy to incorporate into your daily diet to help boost the immune system, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.
Because this is a folk preparation, the ingredients can change from year to year depending on when you make it and what’s growing around you. The standard base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers, but there are plenty of other herbs that can be thrown in for added kick. This year I had lots of spicy jalapenos and vibrant rosemary in the garden, so I used those along with some organic turmeric powder in the cupboard and fresh lemon peel. Some people like to bury their fire cider jar in the ground for a month while it extracts and then dig it up during a great feast to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
Fire Cider can be taken straight by the spoonful, added to organic veggie juice (throw in some olives and pickles and think non-alcoholic, health boosting bloody mary!), splashed in fried rice, or drizzled on a salad with good olive oil. You can also save the strained pulp and mix it with shredded veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and fresh herbs to make delicious and aromatic stir-fries and spring rolls! I like to take 1 tbsp each morning to help warm me up and rev the immune system, or 3 tbsp at the first sign of a cold.
Time to make the Fire Cider!
1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root
1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
1 medium organic onion, chopped
10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
Several sprigs of fresh organic rosemary or 2 tbsp of dried rosemary leaves
organic apple cider vinegar
raw local honey to taste

Prepare all of your cold-fighting roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart sized jar. If you’ve never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus opening experience! Use a piece of natural parchment paper or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well! Store in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake daily.
After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid goodness as you can from the pulp while straining. Next, comes the honey! Add 1/4 cup of honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add another 1/4 cup until you reach the desired sweetness.

And if you need a cool jar to put your concoction in, you can find some really nice ones at!
Fun old bear jar from piasrotty

kornkountrytreasures offers this magnificent White House Brand Vinegar Apple Jug!

Also from piasrotty, a vintage Hazel Atlas jar

And, from Classic_Chloe a fun sprout jar set! I know - it's not for making Fire Cider, but sprouts are healthy, too! And, yummy and easy to grow! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Treat Yourself this year...

To a luxury gift.

To something you think you would like to enjoy every day.

To one nice thing.

Handel Lamp  $1250 

Here are some ideas to get you started from OLA, the online marketplace.

Good things last forever.

Antique hand carved shell Cameo  $750 from 1909Ventilo 

Whether it be a personal adornment...

Or something for fun.

Roseville Dahlrose Jardinere  $450  from 1909Ventilo

Or a piece of art.

Why waste time and energy braving crowded shopping malls looking for gifts?  Stay home.  Relax.  Settle in.

You can be thoughtful in your giving, spend less money, and have the sellers come to you online.

Until next time, happy shopping.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Decorations Abound!!

Around, a lot of us love to decorate!! It is the season, after all, of warm wishes, good tidings, family dinners, holiday spirits and to many, the anniversary of a blessed event.
So while you are putting up your feet and trying to relax, stop in and take a peek at some of the stores on!! Check out the inspirations and the stores!! Perhaps you will find just the item you've been searching for!!
Aesthetics48 (on holiday but great decorations and music!!)

Chatey Cathey’s Collections
So, come check some of the holiday decorations!! Check through the many sellers on and see if you can't find that elusive gift for that special someone!!
Thank you and may you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Think Christmas on OLA

Now is the best time to think about Christmas and getting some shopping done at OLA. I am listing new items and I am making sure that they end in plenty of time to get them to someone before Christmas. I am sure others are keeping that in mind when they list items also.

Some of the items you find on OLA are unique, antique, or hand made which usually makes them one of  a kind. I am always amazed at some of the items I see that people make and they are so creative.

                                           From abundantlife777 you will find this
                Yarn doll Handcrafted Dress, Apron & Pantaloons

From DraggonTagger's Cave of Collectables and Gifts you will find handmade unique items

                           Plarn Purse Green Clutch Type Crocheted 

                                        Plastic Yarn Recycling

From KornKountryTreasures you can find how to books

                      Elegant Ruffles Calla Lily Crochet Pattern

From Maggiemaybecrafty you will love her talents

                      240 Handpainted Wood Beads Wooden

                            Primitive Assorted Shapes     

From callmemomo custome made items just for you

                                  Handmade by Me Small Accent Pillow 

                                                Black White Color

                                       Zannesbazaar offers Z'oodles books she makes herself

                              Z'oodle Color Book Journal Volume 1

And from chateycathey you will see a new item I am making

                    Christmas Green Crocheted Scarf Handmade by Me

After you have visited these sellers in your search for hand crafted items you may want to see other items they all have to  offer. There is a great variety on all of the OLA stores and the sellers will help make sure you can get it by Christmas if you need it. 

Thanks for taking your time to read my blog and also to visit the OLA family of sellers who offer tons if different items for sale

From me and mine to you and yours I want to wish all of you 
a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year. 


Saturday, December 8, 2012


With all the Internet traffic during the holiday season, I thought I'd pass this along just in case...

The holidays are just around the corner and amid the hustle and bustle many of us will fire up our devices to go online, order gifts, plan travel and spread cheer. But while we're getting festive, the cybercriminals are getting ready to take advantage of the influx of online shopping and sharing to spread scams and malware.With online holiday shopping expected to grow 12.1% in the US alone this year, and more people than ever using social media and mobile devices to connect, the cybercriminals have a lot of opportunities to spoil our fun. Using multiple devices provides the bad guys with more ways to access your valuable "digital assets," such as personal information and files, especially if the devices are under-protected.

According to a McAfee global study commissioned by MSI International last year, consumers place an average value of $37,438 on the "digital assets" they own across multiple digital devices, yet more than a third lack protection across all of those devices.

So, as you head online this holiday season stay on guard and stay aware. Get familiar with our "12 Scams of Christmas"to ensure a safe and happy holiday season:

1) Phony E-tailers– No matter what gift you're looking for, chances are you can find it quickly and easily online, but you still want to be careful in selecting which site to shop. Phony e-commerce sites, that appear real, try to lure you into typing in your credit card number and other personal details, often by promoting great deals. But, after obtaining your money and information, you never receive the merchandise, and your personal information is put at risk.

This is exactly what happened to customers of, a copycat site of electronics repair store It turns out that was one of a host of the bogus e-commerce sites coming from the same IP address.

TIP: That's why it's important to shop at trusted and well-known e-commerce sites. If you're shopping on a site for the first time, check other users' reviews and verify that the phone number listed on the site is legitimate.

2) Malicious Mobile Apps-As smartphone users we are app crazy, downloading over 25 billion apps[1] for Android devices alone! But as the popularity of applications have grown, so have the chances that you could download a malicious application designed to steal your information or even send out premium-rate text messages without your knowledge. Consider this: A recent study found that 33%[2] of apps ask for more information than they need, such as access to your contacts or location.

TIP: So, if you unwrap a new smartphone this holiday season, make sure that you only download applications from official app stores and check other users' reviews, as well as the app's permission policies, before downloading. Software, such as McAfee Mobile Security, can also help protect you against dangerous apps.

2) Travel Scams-Many of us travel to visit family and friends over the holidays and begin our journey online looking for deals on airfare, hotels, and rental cars. But before you book, keep in mind that the scammers are looking to hook you with too-good-to-be-true deals. Phony travel webpages with beautiful pictures and rock-bottom prices are used to get you to hand over your financial details.

Even when you're already on the road you need to be careful. For example, the FBI recently warned travelers of a hotel Wi-Fi scam in which a malicious pop-up ad prompts computer users to install a popular software product before connecting to their hotel Wi-Fi.[3] If you agree to the installation, it downloads malware onto your machine.

TIP: Remember to perform a security software update before traveling, to guard you against the latest scams.

3) Holiday Spam/Phishing- If you're like most people, you're probably familiar with spam emails containing questionable offers. But get ready, because soon many of these spam emails will take on holiday themes. Cheap Rolex watches and pharmaceuticals may be advertised as the "perfect gift" for that special someone. McAfee also expects to see an increase is holiday-themed phishing emails that try to trick you into revealing financial or personal details by posing as an offer from a legitimate business.

TIP: Remember never to respond to a spam email, or click on an included link.

4) The new iPad, iPhone 5, and other hot holiday gift scams-The kind of excitement and buzz surrounding Apple's new iPad and iPhone 5 is just what cybercrooks dream of when they plot their scams. They will mention must-have holiday gifts in dangerous links, phony contests and phishing emails as a way to grab computer users' attention. Once they've caught your eye, they can try to get you to reveal personal information or click on a dangerous link that could download malware onto your machine.

TIP: Be suspicious of any deal mentioning hot holiday gift items-especially at extremely low prices-and try to verify the offer with the retailer involved.

5) Skype Message Scare-People around the world will use Skype to connect with loved ones this holiday season, but they should be aware of a new Skype message scam that attempts to infect their machine, and even hold their files for ransom.

The threat appears as a Skype instant message with the scam line "Lol is this your new profile pic?". If you click on the included link, a Trojan downloads onto your hard drive, blasts the dangerous link to all of your contacts, and can even try to extort money from some PC users to regain access to their files.

TIP: Never click on a suspicious link, even if it appears to come on from someone you know.

6) Bogus gift cards-Gift cards are probably the perfect choice for a lot of people on your holiday list, and given their popularity, cybercriminals can't help but want to get in on the action by offering bogus gift cards online.

TIP: Be wary of buying gift cards from third parties; it's best to buy from the official retailer. Just imagine how embarrassing it would be to find out that the gift card you gave your mother-in-law was fraudulent!

7) Holiday SMiShing - "SMiSishing" is phishing via text message. Just like with email phishing, the scammer tries to lure you into revealing information or performing an action you normally wouldn't do by pretending to be a legitimate organization. Since many of us like to keep a close eye on our bank accounts during the holidays, be wary of SMiShing messages that appear to come from your bank, asking you to verify information or visit a phony webpage.

TIP: Remember that real banks won't ask you to divulge personal information via text message. If you have any questions about your accounts, you should contact your bank directly.

9) Social media scams-Many of us use social media sites to connect with family and friends over the holidays, and the cybercriminals know that this is a good place to catch you off guard because we're all "friends", right?

Beware of ads for phony contests (that may offer great holiday gifts as prizes!) since many try to get you to reveal personal information. The cybercrooks also know that some people are looking for extra work around the holidays, and may lure you into applying for "stay at home" jobs to make a little extra money, like one scam reported on Twitter. The cybercrooks hacked a number of Twitter accounts and posted tweets advertising a bogus stay-at-home job, and then asked the victims to pay for "startup kits" or training materials. Since these tweets appeared to come from people in the victims' own network, they were more likely to click on them.

10) Fake charities-This is one of the biggest scams of every holiday season. As we open up our hearts and wallets, the bad guys hope to get in on the giving by sending spam emails advertising fake charities. They may try to fool you into thinking that they are a real charity, such as the Red Cross, with a stolen logo and copycat text, or the charity may be entirely invented. For example, one man ran a bogus charity for the "U.S. Navy Veterans Association" and gathered $2 million from donors over five years![4]

TIP: If you want to give, it's always safer to visit the charity's legitimate website, and do a little research about the charity before you donate.

11) Dangerous e-cards-E-Cards a popular way to send a quick "thank you" or holiday greeting, and there are plenty of free and paid e-card sites out there. And while most e-cards are safe, some are malicious and may contain spyware or viruses that download onto your computer once you click on the link to view the greeting.

Others ask you to click on an attachment to view the card, and then download a Trojan onto your machine. That's why you should look for clues that the e-card is legitimate.

TIP: Make sure that the card comes from a well-known e-card site by checking the domain name of the included link. Also check to see that the sender is someone you actually know, and that there are no misspellings or other clues that the card is a fake.

12) Phony classifieds-Online classified sites may be a great place to look for holiday gifts and part-time jobs, but beware of phony offers that asked for too much personal information or ask you to wire funds via Western Union, since these are most likely scams. If you're going to purchase an item or apply for a job, try to do it in person in a public place.

TIP: When purchasing an item, pay in cash and never agree to pay for an item before receiving it.

How to Protect Yourself Against Scams During the Holidays, and Year-Round:

1) Stay suspicious-Be wary of any offer that sounds too good to be true, and always look for telltale signs that an email or website may not be legitimate, such as low resolution images, misspellings, poor grammar, or odd links.

2) Practice safe surfing-Find out if a website is potentially dangerous before you click on it by using a safe search plug-in such as McAfee SiteAdvisor®. SiteAdvisor uses easy-to-read red, yellow, and green check marks to rate websites when you search for them.

3) Practice safe shopping-Stick to reputable e-commerce sites and look for a trustmark that indicates that the site has been verified as safe by a trusted third-party, like the McAfee SECURE™ mark. Also, look for a lock symbol and "https" at the beginning of the web address (as opposed to just "http") to see if the site uses encryption to protect your data.

4) Use strong passwords- Make sure your passwords are at least eight characters long and contain a variety of letters, numbers and characters that don't spell anything. Avoid using the same password for your important accounts, and never share your passwords with anyone.

5) Be careful when clicking-Don't click on any links in messages from people you don't know, and if you come across a shortened URL, use a URL expander to see where the link is directed to before you click.

6) Use a comprehensive computer security- You need complete protection that includes antivirus, antispyware, anti-spam, and a firewall and make sure it is up to date. Internet security and safety protection, such as McAfee All Access (INSERT LINK), can help protect all of your devices – PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets – from holiday-related malware, phishing, spyware, and other common and emerging online threats.

7) Educate yourself- Keep up-to-date on the latest scams and tricks cybercriminals use so you can avoid potential attacks.

Here are some deals found at that are for SURE not scams!

Handmade Fishing Lure Wine Gift Bag from  FleaPirates!

Googly Porcelain Doll Parts from DustyCorners!

Boo-boo Rice Bags for aches and pains from American-Hippie!

Vintage Scottie Dog Ashrays/Coasters from  Supergranny!

Western Charms from maggiemaybecrafty!

And hundreds more fine, honest, hardworking sellers  - all found at!

Cocoa Treats!

It's FREEZING cold outside and hailing like crazy right now... sounds like tons of little pebbles hitting the roof and porch.  Just as I opened the door to check it out, my friend on Facebook posted a fantastic recipe for some rich, creamy hot cocoa to be made in your crock pot! Thought I'd share that.. (wish I had some tonight!)

Christmas Eve Creamy Crockpot Hot Chocolate - 1.5 cups heavy cream, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14oz), 2 cups milk chocolate chips, 6 cups of milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract.  Heat and enjoy!

If that's not enough chocolate for you, there are more cocoa treats at!

I can't recommend Raggy-Lady's fantastic FUDGE enough!! Rich, smooth, creamy... perfect!

Want the chocolate-y fragrance without the calories? Yummy Dark Chocolate Candle from j7339

From kornkountrytreasures - a WONDERFUL  book of Chocolate Treasures!  

Lots more chocolatey treats at - candy, lip gloss, home decor, and more!

Computer Tricks

Some of you may know that I just got a new computer. Well I learned a lot while shopping for one. 

If you buy a new computer now you may be loving all the free trial items and programs that come with it. The young man who sold me mine at Best Buy was very nice and told me a lot about the computer and also about the trial periods for the freebies. 

If you do not physical go in and delete them, when the trial period is up some of them automatically start charging you for them. Some of the freebies I had no clue what they were and what they did. So I had no clue how to cancel them. I think they depend on people who buy new computers to forget about them until it is too late.

So as I was talking with the young salesman I ask how many trial items were on there and he told me about 8 or 9. Now had I bought it not knowing what he had told me I could have very easily been taken for some big bucks. When I then ask how to delete them he told me it was complicated with new computers unless you knew about the systems. I did not know about the systems as I went from XP to Windows 8. I have had Windows XP for so long and I knew that system. Seems the new ones do not have XP.

After a long discussion about "Free Trial Periods" I had made my decision and I ask him if he wanted to make the sale and of course he did. Well for me it all depended on what he was willing to do for me to get the sale. I ask if he was willing to delete and refuse the trial period items. He said sure but it will take about 4 to 5 hours to get it done. So I said that is fine with me and will pick it up when you are done, just call me and  let me know it is ready.

Next day I had to call as they forgot to call me. That did not bother me as they are busy and it is the holiday season with lots of people shopping for items like this. What did bother me was when we got there to pick it up they had forgotten to do one item I asked them to do. I did not pay until they did it. All in all it was not a really bad experience for me and I sure learned a lot about trial periods on new computers.

I just wanted to share my experience of buying a new computer and now I know what questions to ask. I hope that in some way someone might be able to use the information in this blog.

I now have my computer home and am loving it and going to get more items listed on OLA and I am sure it will easier now that I am not using a computer that locks up on me so much.

I hope you will shop with the members who sell great items on OLA and also visit my store by going to chateycathey and keep an eye on my store also as I have plans for a lot of new items in 2013. It is going to be a great new year for OLA and it's members, so come along with us and be a part of the uniqueness of the best selling and buying site there is.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sounds of the Season!

A friend shared this WONDERFUL video with me tonight - thought I'd pass it on. These 2 guys are amazing. Please enjoy, and don't forget to turn up the sound!

And if you're looking for something for the musician in the family, has got some great things to choose from!

From  kornkountrytreasures   Learn to play the piano with this book!

Amazing!    An AUTOGRAPHED Liberace LP!  Found at olaswansea

And for something a little more contemporary.. The Book of Rock for Piano and Guitar!  Found at curiocache  (only 1.00!)

Celebrate this holiday season with music!