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Beef Brisket

Friday, September 13, 2013 posted by Joan
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Happy Hanukkah Engraved Stones

Are you looking for a recipe that’s easy to prepare, does not require much watching and can be prepared a day ahead?  This dish is traditional for Shabbat dinner and other Jewish holidays.   Keep this recipe handy under one of your favorite pocket stones.

Cook Time: 3 – 4 hours


  • 3-4 lb brisket
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp garlic powder or minced garlic
  • 1.5 cups marinara sauce.
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 3 medium potatoes quartered
  • 3 carrots, cut into chunks or 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Healthy Option – Substitute  low-salt marinara sauce


  1. Heat oven to 315 degrees.  Season brisket with pepper and garlic powder.  Add marinara sauce, water and onions to pan.  Place brisket, fat side up, in the pan.
  2. Cook and cover 2 hours.
  3. Add potatoes and carrots to pan.  Roast 1 hour longer or until meet is fork tender.  Let the meat cool completely.  Slice against the grain and reheat in pan gravy.
  4. Note:  For ease of slicing.  Remove brisket from pan before it is tender and slice.  Return to pan to cook until tender.
  5. Serve sliced brisket surrounded with vegetables.  Spoon some gravy over the meat and serve additional gravy on the side.

Serves:  6 – 8

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Are You a Distracted Driver?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 posted by Martin
Engraved Motivational Stones

Engraved Motivational Stones

What is a distracted driver?  We know that folks who text when they drive are distracted.  We also know that folks that use a hand held-device are distracted.  Should you ignore the warnings, you endanger the lives of your passengers and other drivers.  It is not a question of if you will be involved in a collision.  The question is only when?

However, other things make for distracted driving.  Behind the wheel, you have only one responsibility.  That obligation is to get where you are going safely.  If you assume that other drivers will always drive carefully, you are wrong.  So if you do any of the following while driving, you are distracted and you can be injured or worse:

  • Eating or drinking
  • Listening to a loud radio or CD
  • Involved in an important conversation on a hands-free phone
  • Concerned about a stressful problem
  • Sleepy or on strong prescription medication
  • Recently consumed alcoholic beverages or other drugs
  • Grooming  yourself or applying makeup.

Consider pulling off the road until you have your full concentration back.  Your life may depend on it.  If you forget, keep some engraved pocket stones in your pocket to remind you.

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Modern Engraved Stones

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 posted by Joan
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Engraved Love Stones

Stones have been engraved by humans for tens of thousands of years.  The reason for stone engraving is the permanence of the work.  Words and pictures tell us much about humans in ancient times.

Today, many engraved stones are inscribed with the use of lasers.  Laser engraving melts the surface of the stone. It works directly on the material. Consequently, there is no need for producing a stencil as with sandblasting.  Laser engraving on stone is best suited for polished natural stones, such as granite or marble.  Results are best with fine-grained polished stone; however, any stone can be used, unpolished or polished even river stones.  Deep engraving is not possible as the laser beam melts the material, making the result almost invisible.

Deep relief engraving is a different technology.  It is most easily accomplished using sandblasters  Small particles of sand are shot towards a rock, gradually wearing away its surface. The sand can be ejected by compressed air or steam, and the fine particles allow for precision in any engraved design or lettering.

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Lower Your Electric Bill

Sunday, September 8, 2013 posted by Joan
Leave No Stone Unturned Business Gifts

Leave No Stone Unturned Motivational Paperweight

The October 2013 issue of Consumer Reports has a worthwhile article on ways to lower your cost of energy.  Their strategies focus on reducing consumption without sacrificing comfort.  Consider the following ideas and read the Consumer Reports article for full details.

  • LED lighting is the latest thing in light bulbs.  They have longer life, better light quality and better dimming.  They are expensive, but costs may come down in the future.  LEDs make excellent night lights because you rarely have burned out bulbs even though they burn all night.
  • Consider an energy audit.  Trained contractors can perform this test using powerful blowers to identify where the air leaks are in your home.  Plug the leaks to lower your energy bills.
  • Consider alternative energy sources such as geothermal heat pumps, solar and changing energy suppliers.  In all, there are seven ideas to consider. Some ideas are as simple and inexpensive as gifting engraved stones which are ideal as motivational paperweights. The article is on page 28.
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Show Grandma How Much You Care

Friday, September 6, 2013 posted by Joan
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I Love Grandma Engraved Stones

Are you wondering how you can show your grandmother just how much you care. Here are some suggestions that may help you do just that.

  • Tell Grandma how much she means to you. This is very simple but extremely difficult for many of us to do.
  • Visit Grandma often. As children become teenagers and young adults, a visit without the parent becomes possible and is very special to grandma.  Spending time alone with a loved one is the best present you can give.
  • Call your grandmother once a week to chat and catch up.  This will become a pleasant routine for both of you.
  • Take Grandma to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Plan a special outing like visiting a museum, attending a concert, or even going to a movie.  Show her that you enjoy spending time with her.
  • Surprise Grandma with a small gift like flowers, candy or her favorite scent.  A handmade gift will be treasured forever.  Include a note or birthday, Christmas or Chanukah greetings.
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Friendly Bugs

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 posted by Martin
I Love My Dog Engraved Stones

I Love My Dog Engraved Stones

I know that these creepy crawly critters look nasty, but many of them are good to have around the house.  So, if you see one of the good ones, remove it, but don’t kill it.  Centipedes can have more than 300 legs and may look weird.  However, they feed on snails, slugs and many other pests that ruin your garden.  If you find them in your house, they are looking for cockroaches, flies and moths.  Don’t confuse them with symphylan bugs which can do a lot of damage to your plants and shrubs.

Fireflies (lightning bugs) are slow flying and have a lumenous tip on their ends.  Kids have been known to catch them and place them in a jar.  It is better to let them roam because they feed on cutworms and many other small insects that annoy us and destroy our plants.  Assassin bugs resemble spiders (also our friends) feed on leafhoppers and bedbugs. Bedbugs are very annoying pests.  Considering the large infestation of bedbugs during recent years and the illness they bring to humans, treat assassin bugs with kindness.  This is a better strategy for ridding your home of them than bombarding them with messages of encouragement.

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The Mystery of Ica Engraved Stones

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 posted by Joan
Leave No Stone Unturned Business Gifts

Leave No Stone Unturned Engraved Stones

The Ica Stones, found in Ica, Peru, are rocks of different sizes with etchings of fish, dinosaurs and Indians.  These engraved stones have puzzled researchers and tourists for years.  What they show is not consistent with our modern understanding of science and history.

In 1966, Dr. Javier Cabrera, a local doctor, received such a small, carved stone for his birthday from a native.  Then the locals brought him more stones that they collected from a nearby river bank. This turned into a large collection of stones with etchings that are impossible to understand.  They clearly show different types of dinosaurs as triceratops, stegosaurus, apatosaurus and human figures riding on the backs of flying pterodactyls. Other engraved stones show men hunting dinosaurs.  Others show scientific advances like telescopes.  But what’s even more intriguing, some stones people performing surgery.

How could this be true?  Modern man is only about 2 million years old, while we believe dinosaurs became extinct appoximately 50 million years ago.  Are these stones just a hoax, did humans exist during the dinosaur age, or did some dinosaurs survive to exist with man?

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Eighth Anniverary Gift Ideas

Monday, September 2, 2013 posted by Joan
Happy Annivesary Greeting Stone

Happy Anniversary Engraved Stones

Bronze is the traditional eighth anniversary gift, while pottery and linen are the modern gifts for this anniversary. The eighth anniversary flower is clematis and the gemstone is tourmaline with the alternative being tanzanite.  Use these themes to create some fun and creative ideas for giving an eighth wedding anniversary gift. Here are some interesting ideas:

  • An weekend get-a-way to a resort with luxurious linens
  • A new linen table cloth
  • New stoneware dinnerware
  • Bronze or copper figurines or sculpture
  • Tourmaline or tanzanite jewelry
  • Bronze name plate or door knocker

With your gift, give an engraved stone with the wedding anniversary inscription – Happy Anniversary. Personalize your gift stone with a permanent marker.  You many choose to write the number “8″ , the date and a short message on the reverse side.

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