Saturday, September 17, 2016

LOOK WHAT I FOUND! 10 Clever Cleaning Tricks

I am so excited!  I found these on Facebook, and I haven't tried them yet, but I wanted to share with you really quick.  Today I'm going to the Last Hurrah Picnic of the Heathen Barbarians which is a motorcycle group my husband's band is affiliated with!  It's going to be so much fun.  More later on that, but here's what I was telling you about that I wanted to share with you!  ENJOY!

1) Clean your blender by blending soap and water.

Sometimes, simply scrubbing the blender with a sponge and running water can’t remove food particles or smells that get left behind. Try filling the blender and adding some dishwashing liquid. Turn it on and blend for a minute. You have yourself a super clean blender in just seconds!

2) Sanitize your sponges.

Even the sponge that you clean your pots, plates, and pans with need to be cleaned as well. Just place your sponge inside the microwave. Microwave it for about 2 minutes and that will kill 99% of bacteria.

3) Use the iron and damp washcloth combo.

If you have stubborn ugly stains on your carpet and no cleaning solution seems to work, try this simple trick. Mix vinegar and water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray some on the stained carpet and cover it with a damp washcloth. Put the iron on steam setting and iron the stained spot for about 30 seconds. If it’s a tough stain, repeat the procedure as necessary.

4) Line the litter box with a garbage bag.

If cleaning the litter box is your least favorite chore, clean-up is about to get easier when you line the litter box with a garbage bag. No more messy business of scooping everything up. Simply remove the bag from the box, seal shut, and throw into the trash.

5) Wash small toys in a mesh laundry bag.

Children play with their toys all the time, and you have no idea the places and surfaces these toys come in contact with. Cleaning them one by one is just time-consuming, so just throw everything inside a laundry mesh bag and wash it in the washing machine or the dishwasher.

6)  Use a squeegee to remove pet hair on carpets.

Squeegees are not just limited to cleaning windows. They can be very effective cleaning tools to remove pet hair from your carpet, furniture, and car seats. Just trying running it through your carpet and you will see all the animal hair being removed. They work even better than vacuums!

7) Use vinegar to clean shower heads.

Fill a small plastic bag with white vinegar. Tie it around the showerhead and let it soak in vinegar for about 2 hours. After that, just wash it off with water. You will see that your showerhead will be gleaming like brand new again.

8) Clean window blinds with socks.

You don’t need to buy those fancy dusters or vacuums just for the purpose of cleaning your window blinds. All you need is an old pair of socks (make sure they’re clean, though), and some water with vinegar. Wear one sock like a glove on one hand, dip it in the water and vinegar mixture, and wipe off the dirt on the blinds. Use the other sock to dry it.

9) Wear a carry-all apron.

Wearing this carry-all apron will save you lots of time going back and forth just to get a specific cleaning item that you need. Simply put everything inside the pockets and you can go about cleaning the house, room by room, top to bottom. It also does a great job of protecting your clothes.

And last, but not least...

10) Place linen dust shades to protect your books.

If you’re a book collector, you know how annoying it gets when books get dusty no matter how often you clean your bookshelves and your entire house. Doing this simple trick on your bookshelves will not only make them look pretty, but it will also protect your books from gathering dust. You can go for basic, or even loud and bold colors. Whichever strikes your fancy.

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to stop at my other blog  and say hello!  hugs

Friday, August 26, 2016


Snacks & Appetizers

Crunchy and flavorful, Blue Diamond Almonds work well in everything from on-the-go snack.

A handful of almonds (about 23 nuts or one ounce) contains high amounts of protein, fiber, monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, calcium and other important minerals, and phytochemicals that may help protect against many common diseases.
Explore the following pages to learn more about the health and nutritional values of almonds.

Nutrient Rich

Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, and manganese; they are a good source fiber, copper, phosphorous and riboflavin. When compared ounce for ounce, almonds are the nut highest in protein (6g), fiber, calcium (75mg), vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin (1mg). Talk about good things coming in a small package.

Vitamin E

Your body’s metabolism creates something called “free radicals,” which are unstable molecules that can damage cells, lead to disease, and contribute to aging.  The particles that corral these free radicals and stop them from harming cells are called antioxidants and they either made by your body or supplied from the foods you eat.
Of the antioxidants your body cannot make, vitamin E is one of the most important because it breaks the destructive chain free radicals start, protecting your cells from harm.  But getting enough vitamin E can be tricky in today’s fast-food world, which is one reason adding almonds to your diet are a smart idea.  The two top whole food sources of naturally occurring vitamin E are almonds and sunflower seeds, and the natural vitamin E found in almonds is twice as potent as the synthetic vitamin E found in most supplements.  A handful of almonds supplies about half the recommended daily requirement of vitamin E, which is an important reason to grab your healthy handful every day. 
Find out more about the connection between almonds, vitamin E and your health at

Sweets & Desserts

Blue Diamond Almonds are the ideal ingredient to take your cookies, cakes, and other treats up a notch in texture and flavor.


Protein is part of the cells, tissue and organs of your body.  Because each of those break down and must be rebuilt daily, we need to consume the protein needed to do that, along with carbohydrates and fat—the other meganutrients your body requires.  The amount of protein contained in a single handful of almonds is nearly as much as you get from a hard-boiled egg and almonds are the only protein source that’s also an excellent source of vitamin E.  

Research Studies

Almonds are a hot topic of research lately, largely because the studies done to date show such intriguing results — possible protection against heart disease (America’s number-one killer) and support for weight management covered in other areas of this site.  In addition, studies are also being conducted on almonds’ positive effects on glycemic control (blood sugar) to help people control diabetes type 2.  There are a number of other studies underway across the country to determine if this nutrient dense food has additional health benefits.
To stay up with the latest developments and studies completed, visit the News and Nutrition Benefits sections at

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016

DuKane Chapter of ABATE of ILLINOIS

29th AnnualToy & Food Run  - October 11, 2015
Info Snapshot

All Food/Toy Donations go to Local Charities that will be present to pick them up.  They will also be available to explain what they do in their charity to all the attendees. 

Charities To Date:  Mutual Ground, Inc. FISH Food Pantry
Westside Church of Christ
Dupage County Community Services
Elburn Food PantryHesed House
HELPS Ministry
Mutual Ground
HCS Family Services Food Pantry
  Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) - Elgin
Humanitarian Service Project
Between Friends Food Pantry
Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission
Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center
Aurora Soup Kitchen
Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry
Fox Valley Christian Action

$10 p/p Proceeds go to Protect Your Motorcyling Freedoms!

Multiple Registration Points and Pre-Run Collection Boxes.  People can drop off Toys and Food to the registration locations as well

Toy Run Pin to the First Fifty that register at all locations!  Turn your playing card in at the Batavia VFW to get your free pin!

MULTIPLE AREA Registrations will begin at 9:30am - 10:30am at these areas:
  • Batavia VFW, Rt 25 - Batavia, IL  THIS SITE IS 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fox River Harley Davidson - Saint Charles, IL  
  • Heritage Harley Davidson - Lisle, IL
  • Joe’s Bar & Grill, Joliet (Conrads HD Registration Site)
  • DeKalb Harley Davidson  - DeKalb IL
  • Fox Valley Cycles – Aurora IL
  • Knuckleheads – Elburn IL

Parade Route:  Knuckleheads Tavern, Elburn IL.  Gathering point for parade route. Registration Available at 10:00am - Parade leaves at 12:30pm sharp.  Fully escorted!  Elburn PD, Kane County Sheriff Dept, Batavia PD & Kane County Emergency Scene Mgmt will be helping keep everyone safe.

Grand Marshall Governor Bruce Rauner and Pat Capone, 109.3 The Fox

Breakfast Spots:  

Mark's Second Street Tavern, Saint Charles IL  10:00am - 11:30am

Knuckleheads, Elburn:  10:00am – 12:30pm

or go directly to the Batavia VFW, register and stay.

Vendors: Many Vendors:  Tattoos/Piercings, Victory Leather, & More

Food Vendors:  BBQ, Gyros, Mexican, Popcorn, Italian, Hot Dogs/Brats & More!
Kenny Corn
River House BBQ
Doug BBQ
Kenny Corn
Darcy's Gyros & Sandwiches
Elburn Lion's Club

Bike Show - with trophies, photos, chance for a $2,000 Custom Paint Job

Toy Run T-Shirt:   Limited Amount – get yours at the end point!

Door Prizes:  Donated from all over.  T-shirts, accessories, anything you can think of it will be there!

ABATE Products:  Get all your Freedom Fighter gear here!

Memberships/Renewals Will Be Taken At Event.  Protect Your Motorcycle Freedoms!  Be Part of the Solution Not the Problem!  Join ABATE!

Entertainment Sponsored by 
Fox River Harley Davidson/Windy City Group
Law Tigers
Hupy & Abraham

The Nick Bell Band (alternative rock)
We Ain’t Right Band

 Knuckleheads Tavern, Elburn Soul Patch Monkey (Blues/Rock) sponsored by DeKalb Harley Davidson

Not For Profit Vendors:  Save A Vet (Police and Soldier Dogs), Sheridan Veterans Memorial (gun raffle), Special Olympics( bike raffle) Christian Motorcycle Association and Bikers for Christ (support), MRF, Mutual Ground Inc

Friends of the Run/Sponsors: 
·         Fox River Harley Davidson (stage and band)
·         Law Tigers (Stage and bands)
·         American Heritage Motorcycles (Stage & Bands)
·         Hupy & Abraham (Elburn & Batavia Site Sponsor)
·         Fox Valley Cycles, WildFire HD, HeritageHarley Davidson, DeKalb Harley Davidson,
·         EMS RoadDocs (Safety)
·         Chariots of God & Bikers for Christ (Jesus Sponsors)
·         Euclid Beverage (Door Prizes, and Signage Sponsors),
·         Knuckleheads Tavern (Parade Route sponsors)
·         DeKalb Harley Davidson, Parade Route Stage Sponsor
·         O'Donnell Crane (Flag and Crane).
·         FM0105.5 the KAT, 95.9 The River, Open Roads Radio, 103.9 The Fox (Radio Station Sponsors)
·         Clear Channel (Highway Electronic Sign Sponsors)
·         Batavia VFW (Site Sponsor)
·         Fox Valley Honda, Sponsor
·         Amy Nelson Homes (Keller Williams) Charity Truck Sponsor
·         Clingen Callow and McClean Law Offices, Psychotic Air, Diesels Repair – Bike Show Sponsor
·         Elburn PD, Batavia PD, Kane County Sheriff, Kane County Emergency Scene Management, Batavia Park District (Route safety and parking lots)

 Politicians:  Politicians and friends of motorcyclists have attended since the beginning.  Governors, Congressmen, Senators to Aldermen have attended to show the motorcyclists that are their voters support.

Volunteers:  159 volunteers from all over! In every possible area!

Site Coordinators:
Judy Kaenel-President
Wally Elliott-Event Coordinator
Chuck Nadr-Products
Stacy Tallus-Batavia Registration Coordinator
Matt O’Day-Road Guard/Route Coordinator
Tim Grenzia/Neal Banting- Parade Site Coordinator
Tina Hejnar/Tracey Jacobsen-Door Prizes
Tina Hejnar, Treasurer
Keith Dircks, Sound/Stage
Jacki/Kley Abel: Membership
Bobby Wendell, Site Coordinator
Larry Genaro-Site Coordinator Assistant
Kelly Dillon: Parking
Phil Kraft/Mark Lindstrom-Building & Grounds Manager
Sally Arturi: Stage Manager
Hanna Hartman: Volunteer Coordinator
Amanda Reising: Product Vendors
Julie “Spoons” Lamp/Mike Hahn: Food Vendors
Jennifer Hantosh/Jen Telitz: Charities
Michael D’Aversa/Arlene Myers: Public Relations
Greg Smith/Paul Hejnar/Mike Henkes/Mark Daniels: Bike Show
Patti Smith: Politicians
Marcia: Batavia VFW Coordinator
Sara Elliott:  Santa Girls
Hanna Jacobsen-Junior DuKane Coordinator
No Biker Stands as Tall as When They Reach Down to Help a Child!

Judy Kaenel, President

Wally Elliott
Events Coordinator


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Death of a Wooden Roller Coaster! Mean Streak is history at Cedar Point!

Mean Streak is closing September 16. Find out all you need to know:
Mean Streak

Everything has a date and everyone has their time!  The Mean Streak is one ride I shall miss because it reminds me of the coasters I rode as a little girl.  A wooden coaster that'll shake your bones!  ~hehehe~ Hubby and I have been going to Cedar Point since we first met.  We've been there so many times I can probably tell you what happened every time.  We had a grand time from renting a cabin or other places out there it's just awesome and so many pics and videos I cannot begin to tell you.  If you have the chance to go to Cedar Point DO IT!  You will have a BLAST!

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Behind Any Grand Event...



 I never realized how much work it takes to pull off an event on the magnitude of the DuKane A.B.A.T.E. Toy and Food Run, the oldest and largest toy run parade in suburban Chicagoland, until I became involved with it myself last year. As DuKane Chapter President Judy Kaenel so aptly put it, “This is not just a run; it’s an event.” And what an event! 

An extremely well coordinated parade run brings all the motorcycles from a starting point in Elburn, Illinois to the event grounds in Batavia. Multiple bands, including at least one national/international act, perform on different stages through the day. A variety of food vendors tempt attendees with their wares, providing in effect a “Taste of DuKane” atmosphere. Product and service vendors also dot the grounds. A bike show with trophies and prizes takes place. All of these things come together in an effort to attract the attendees, bikers and non-bikers alike, who bring many toys and food donations, enough to benefit eighteen different local charities!

 But what does it take to put on an event such as this? A lot of people putting forth a great effort, beginning months in advance, that’s what. The DuKane A.B.A.T.E. Toy and Food Run takes place in October of each year. Planning for this year’s event began last December! 

 There are volunteer coordinators, site coordinators, entertainment coordinators, security coordinators, public relations and publicity coordinators (that’s where I play my modest part), political coordinators, human and vehicular traffic coordinators, set-up and tear down teams, stage coordinators and technicians, electricians, carpenters, donation collectors and coordinators, medical and first response teams, a flag line, membership coordinators and promoters, all this and more. In most cases each coordinator has additional people assisting him/her. All are volunteers, gaining nothing more than the satisfaction of a job well done for the benefit of others in need and support of the motorcycling community and their rights. It is my pleasure and my honor to be associated with these people. 

 As I write this, the 30th Annual DuKane A.B.A.T.E. Toy and Food Run is less than twelve weeks away. As much as I do not look forward to summer passing by any faster than it already does, I must admit I am getting rather excited about this. Share this:

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