Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Free Doodle

Here is free Doodle that is hand drawn by me. You can use this Doodle in any medium all I ask is that you give me credit as the designer. I do these because I love to draw and I like to give to my friends and family. Merry Christmas and enjoy!!!!!

All you have to do is right click on the picture and save it to your computer, then you can print it out and you can also resize it to what ever size you would like to.

Enjoy! and Happy creating!

Soft Spicy Molasses Cookie

R2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup lighte molasses
3 Tbsp. milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. salt
Sugar for Rolling

Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, butter, molasses, milk, egg, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a large bowl.  Beat at low speed on electric mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until well blended, scraping bowl often.  Cover, refrigerate unti firm enough to handle, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch.  Remove immediately.

                                        Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Snowball Cookies Receipe

This is one of my all time favorite cookies to make, they have many names but I hava always called them "Snowball Cookies".
Hope you all enjoy and happy eating.

1 cup Margarine or Butter, softened
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Cups PLANTERS Pecans, finely ground
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

1.    Beat margarine or butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer at medium speed until creamy.  Blend in flour,pecans and salt. Refrigerate 1 hour.

2.     Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets, 2 inches apart.  Bake in preheated 350ºF oven for 10 to 12 minutes.  Remove from sheets; cool on wire racks.  Dust with powdered sugar. Stove in airtight container.
                                                                Makes 6 dozen cookies

Pre Time:   15 minutes
Chill Time:  1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes

This is a great receipe for your kids or grandkid make with you.

Merry Christmas to all,
and a happy baking to you.

Free Candle and Pointsetta Coloring Page

Here is another Free Coloring page this one is of Candles and Pointsetta's, and remember you can also resize these in your favorite program.

Have fun with this one to and happy coloring, this will good for everyone who is stuck in the snow too.!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday Coloring Page

This is a page that you can copy and print out for your
kids to have fun coloring for the Holidays

All you have to do is just right click and save it to your computer and then print it out and let the kids go for it.

12/18/2009 Christmas Quote for the day!

I love quotes and when I find them for the Holidays I like to share them.
Christmas is a Happy time and also a depressing time for many, and I think we need to
remember that it's not all about the commericalizism, but it's about being with family and
friends, being giving to the unfortunate and just putting your disagreements behind you
and being happy. It's not about how many presents you have under the tree, it's about
Family, you can have all the money in the world, but that doesn't bring you happiness.
I have found that giving and sharing your love and  happiness is by far better than receiving.
So I hope you all enjoy this quote.

"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall."

-- Larry Wilde --
Merry Christmas to You All
 and your Familys and Friends

How to Stop Online Grinches from Stealing your Holiday

When the weather—and traffic—outside is frightful, online shopping sure beats going to crowded malls. Available 24 hours a day and accessible from the comfort of your own home, e-commerce sites are incredibly convenient. They offer hassle-free comparison shopping and a nearly endless variety of products and services.

If you’re not careful, however, you can become an easy target of cybercriminals looking to steal your money and information. So whether you are buying from an online store or bidding at an online auction, you need to be diligent about protecting your personal and financial details.

The good news is that safe online shopping is relatively easy to do. Just keep the following safety tips in mind, and you will greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim.

1. Use common sense when comparison shopping

If you’ve found a too-good-to-be-true $150 laptop on an unknown website that you came upon in a search, chances are it is too good to be true. Don’t risk your money, credit card information, or personal identity to find out for sure.

2. If you’ve never heard of the merchant, do your research. Look for customer reviews, and if you are still suspicious, call the company and talk to a representative. You can also do a search to see if they have received any consumer complaints. And remember: never buy anything advertised in a spam email.

Shop on sites that are secure

The smart thing to do is to look for signs that the site you’re shopping on is secure. First verify that the site has a security seal or trustmark, such as the McAfee SECURE™ trustmark, which indicates that the site has been verified as safe by a trusted third party.

3. Even if you’ve shopped at a site before, check the web address to make sure you are on the correct site, and look for a lock symbol, or “https:” in the address bar, which shows that the site uses encryption, which scrambles the personal and financial data you enter when you make purchase.

Decide on a good payment method

Your best bet is to use a credit card instead of a debit card to make your purchases. Credit cards on the whole offer better protection against fraud. Why? If you do use your debit card and end up being victimized by cybercriminals, you don’t want your bank account drained while you’re trying to sort things out with the bank. As an added precaution, some banks now offer virtual credit cards—or one-time-use credit card numbers—that are randomly generated and work for only one transaction. This ensures that the number cannot be used again if stolen.

Make sure your PC is secure

Be sure you have a comprehensive security software suite installed on your computer such as McAfee® Total Protection, which includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, and a firewall. Also, check to make sure your subscription software is up to date and that you are not using an expired trial version. For protection against the latest threats, your software must be up to date.

Make sure your connection is secure

Never use a public computer for online shopping, as information on all computers is saved, or “cached,” to speed up your Internet experience. The person who sits down at the computer after you might have access to your login information.

4. It’s also not a good idea to use an unsecured wireless connection (network) for online shopping. Hackers can use a program to access your wireless network to see which websites you visit, including where you do your banking and the usernames and passwords for your accounts.

Use strong passwords

If you type in “Mary” every time you’re prompted to create a password, you’re setting yourself up for trouble. Create long, complex passwords consisting of a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, and don’t use the same password for all sites. Never share your passwords with anyone—including friends and family.

Read the company’s terms, conditions, and return policy

Take the time to read those terms and shipping disclaimers in small print. Study the different shipping options and delivery dates, and make sure you understand the total price because you may not be getting as great a deal as you originally thought. Make sure you can return an item without charge and know what the time limit is on returns.

5.Also, review the company’s privacy policy to make sure that your personal information is not being shared with third parties.

Keep a paper trail

Always print a copy of your receipt, and note the order number and the credit card you used. Make sure the charge on your credit card statement matches the amount on your order.

Inspect your purchases

Verify your purchases when you receive them, and notify the company or seller right away if you received the wrong product or size or if the item is damaged.

These are good things to be looking for, I had received this information from by Internet protection McAfee and thought I would pass it on. Hope this will help you.

12 Scams of the Holidays

The holidays are one of the busiest times of year for online scammers. Not only do millions of consumers go online to shop, but many also let their guard down as they get caught up in the festive mood. Keep cybercriminals from taking the joy out of your holidays this year by familiarizing yourself with the top scams and how to avoid them.
1. Charity phishing scams

Knowing that consumers like to give this at time of year, hackers send out fake emails requesting donations that appear to be from legitimate charitable organizations. However, these emails usually link to phony websites that take your money without passing it along to a good cause.
2. Holiday e-card scams

More and more people are sending holiday e-cards instead of regular cards because they are convenient and “environmentally green.” Cybercriminals will send you an e-card, asking you to download an attachment to pick up your card. However, the attachment isn't really an e-card—it's malicious software ready that installs on your computer without your knowledge and wreaks havoc.
3. Email banking scams.

Scammers are aware that during the holidays more people shop online and want to make sure their transactions are approved. Some bad guys send an official-looking email that asks you to confirm account information, including your username and password—often with ominous warnings that your account will become invalid if you don’t comply. Never respond to email requests for your personal or financial data.
4. Fake invoice scams

During the holiday season, you may shop online, over the phone, or through catalogs. This is no secret to stealthy scrooges who try to trick you into giving away personal financial details through fraudulent invoices. These criminals send you an email with a fake invoice or delivery notification that appears to be from FedEx, UPS, or the U.S. Customs Service. The email asks you for your credit card details so that your account can be credited or requires you to open an invoice or customs form to receive the package. When you comply, your information is stolen or malware is unleashed on your machine.
5. “New friend request” scam

With the holidays approaching, many people like to rekindle old friendships on popular social networking sites and are excited about receiving a message informing them that they have a “new friend request!” Unfortunately, scammers like to take advantage of users’ excitement and send out phony friend requests that appear to be from a social networking site but actually link to malware such as viruses, Trojans, and even keylogging software that can record your keystrokes, including passwords that you type in.
6. Dangerous holiday-related search term scams

We often search the web for ways to spread holiday cheer, like downloading a Santa screensaver or holiday ringtone. However, you could be downloading a whole lot more than you bargained for, such as malware or spyware.
7. Job-related email scams

Scammers know it’s nice to have a little extra cash around the holidays, so they send emails to entice job hunters with promises of high-paying jobs and work-from-home moneymaking opportunities. Once you submit your information to them, the scammers are off and running with your information—and your money.
8. Password-stealing scams

Having your password stolen is a sure way to spoil your holidays. Thieves use low-cost tools to guess your password or deliver malware that records computer keystrokes (keylogging) as you input your password. And, according to the experts, virtual on-screen keyboards do not protect from keylogging.

Once criminals have your password, they can access your bank, credit card, or other online accounts to take money from you. They can also use your accounts to spam your friends and networks.
9. Fraud via auction sites

Hackers know that visits to auction sites increase over the holidays, so they often lurk on these sites, hoping to con you out of your hard-earned cash. If an item looks too good to be true, it probably is. Be sure to review the seller’s ratings and feedback. Also, pay with your credit card, since credit card companies usually reimburse you if there is a fraudulent charge.
10. Holiday-themed email attachments and spam

This time of year, we are more apt to open emails that invite us to look at attachments containing holiday-themed pictures or messages. Scammers understand this and will try to lure you into opening these attachments or to click on links that download malware.
11. Online identity theft

With so many people shopping online during the holidays, cybercriminals come out in force by setting up fake websites designed to steal your information and, ultimately, your identity. Be careful about sites that store your online information, and make sure you don’t shop from a public computer since other users may be able to access your stored usernames and passwords. To assess your risk of identity theft, take our Identity Theft Risk Assessment.

One rule of thumb is to shop only from websites that use encryption, or scrambling, to protect your information. Make sure the website address begins with “https:” instead of “http:”. This indicates that encryption is being used. To read more tips for staying safe while shopping online, please visit here.
12. Ransomware scams

We’re used to seeing more online scams around the holidays, so this latest trick takes advantage of our desire to keep our systems virus free. “Ransomware” is a Trojan that acts as though it is running a virus scan on your machine. It tells you that viruses have been detected and that you must pay for phony security software to clean your machine. Meanwhile, you are locked out of your system and you cannot open or access any applications until the payment is made.
How to Arm Yourself Against Holiday Scams, or Any Scams, Any Time of the Year:
- Use common sense—If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you’re ever in doubt about something being legitimate, don’t click on it.
- Educate yourself—Keep up-to-date about the latest scams and tricks cybercriminals use to grab your information so you can avoid potential attacks.
- Use a comprehensive computer security—You need complete protection that includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, and a firewall and make sure it is up to date. Software like McAfee® Total Protection can help protect you from malware, phishing, spyware, and other common and emerging threats.
- Practice safe surfing—Use a safe search plug-in like McAfee SiteAdvisor® software to warn you of a website’s safety rating before you access it. SiteAdvisor uses intuitive red, yellow, and green checkmarks to rate websites when you search for them.
- Practice safe shopping—Don’t divulge unnecessary information on e-tailer sites. Make sure you check for trustmarks, like the McAfee SECURE™ mark, which indicate that the site has been verified as safe by a trusted third party; look for a lock symbol; check the web address for “https”; and use a credit card for payment.
- Create strong passwords—Use complex passwords consisting of a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, and vary them between accounts—and never share your password with anyone.
- Click with caution—When you’re checking your email or chatting over instant messenger (IM), be careful not to click on any links in messages from people you don’t know.
Be suspicious—Even if you consider yourself cyber savvy, you still need to keep your guard up for any new tricks and be proactive about your safety.
This is a very good one that was sent to me by Mcafee that we should always be aware of all year not just during the Holidays.Delete Post

Thursday, December 17, 2009

This is a great Christmas Quote that I just fell in Love with.
Christmas Quote:
"Santa Claus has the right idea...He visits only once a year."
-- Victor Borge --

This Quote is great and I do think he has right most of the time.
Merry Christmas to all, and we will have another one tomorrow too.

December 17th Did you Know and Quote of the Day

Here is the Did you Know for today December 17th;

Did you know...

... that today is Convenience Store Marriage Day? In 1996,

Myrtle Bond and Owen Jack Tate got married in the 7-Eleven

store where they had met six months earlier when Jack stopped

in for coffee and met Myrtle working there. Congrats to the


 and now here is the quote for the day:
Today's Inspirational Quote:

"Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word

spoken within the hearsay of little children tends towards the

formation of character."

-- Hosea Ballou --

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