Monday, February 8, 2010

Need info and Books on Hyperactivity & Attention Deficit

Had a parent-teacher conference with my 3-year-old's teacher at the special needs preschool she attends for speech therapy. Can anyone recommend books on hyperactivity and attention deficit? :(
Lisa R.


Hi Friends,

Our family has decided to participate in a new community project called REforCE.

The acronym means: “REcycling for Charity and Education”. Simply put, it is a clearinghouse

for “stuff” often thrown away that could be put to use for charitable and educational purposes.

Here’s how it works:

REforCE maintains a Collection List of “wanted” items. You simply collect any of these items and give them

to our family at your convenience. (You can drop off items on our porch @ 4153 Stargrass Ct. anytime.J)

We will sort the items and pass them on to organizations and individuals who can use them.

The current Collection List is copied below. If you would like to receive future updates or have an item you’d like to add

to the list simply send your name, contact info and purpose for the item to Ireforce@gmail. com.

Thanks for taking a little time to make a difference!

Mindy C.




Altoid tins

Aluminum cans


Boxes-paper/ copy


Boxtops for Education

Campbell’s Soup Labels

Cell phones

Christmas Cards

Cookie tins-Christmas

Detergent bottles w/ lids

Egg cartons-cardboard

Egg cartons-styrofoam

Fabric-cotton/ poly 18”x24”<

Fleece-blankets/ (small)


GFS Butter mint tubs/lids


Ink cartridges-

Juice lids


Mesh bags-fruit & veg

Metal cans (food grade- any size)

Newspaper/junk mail

Paper-high grade/copy

Plastic bags-bread/buns

Plastic bags-grocery

Plastic bags-newspaper

Plastic ware-white

Pop tabs

Pudding cups

Shoe laces –good condition

Spray Bottles-16oz or larger



Utzy Pretzel Tubs -2gal.

Velo-bound plastic spirals

Wood- 2”x6”x12” or longer


Yoplait Yogurt pink lids


Hello Everyone,

Our neighbors, Terry and Claudette Mullins, are selling their house (2 doors down from our home). They are moving to a new house near West Jefferson. If you are interested in looking at their “for sale” home (not listed), please contact me at your earliest convenience, and I’ll put you in touch with them. We live in a great neighborhood with lots of good neighbors and kids, and the street has little or no traffic most of the time. Houses in the Cross Creek subdivision sell well because children go to Hilliard schools and house owners pay Columbus taxes. If you are LDS and you buy the house, you are within the Hilliard Ward boundary and will attend church at the Columbus OH Stake Center, 1001 Doherty. The Mullins are great people and they have a well-kept home!

Call us soon!

Dave Williamson

Crockpot Recipe-Yogurt by Penny M.

Okay, sounds crazy, but I made yogurt this weekend... IN MY CROCK POT!!! It
is over the top delicious. I know some of you will really get excited over
this great tasting, uber-healthy money saving recipe! So here goes----



-8 cups (half-gallon) of whole milk--pasteurized and homogenized is fine,
but do NOT use ultra-pasteurized.

-1/2 cup store-bought natural, live/active culture plain yogurt (I just use
a whole container (about a cup) of organic store brand yogurt. You need to
have a starter. Once you have made your own, you can use that as a starter,
but it weakens with each use. You can also find a frozen active culture at
the health food store.)

-for flavor, if you choose to flavor it; frozen/fresh fruit, jam/jelly,
honey, vanilla or flavoring syrups

-thick bath towel (I just turned on the oven light and set the crock pot in
the oven at the incubation stage)


Plug in your crock pot and turn to low. Add an entire half gallon of milk.
Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours.

Unplug your crock pot. Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours.

When 3 hours have passed, scoop out 2 cups of the milk and put it in a
bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump
back into the crock pot. Stir to combine.

Put the lid back on your crock pot. (I rinse off the condensation from the
lid and wipe it dry) Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel all the
way around the crock for insulation. (At this stage, I pull the crock pot
from the heating unit and set it in the oven with the light on for warmth,
don't turn on the oven... just the oven light.

Let it sit for 8 hours. Time it right and you can go to bed while the yogurt

In the morning, (or eight hours later, the yogurt will have thickened--- it's
not as thick as store-bought yogurt, but has the consistency of low-fat
plain yogurt. You can do several things to control the thickness to your
desired taste. Personally, I'm fine with the thinner consistency, so I've
not messed with it and this is all hear-say... 1. Add non-fat powered milk
at the stage where you whisk in the live culture, I've read varying amounts
from 2 TBSPS to 1/2 cup. 2. Add a packet of non-flavored gelatin at the
whisk in live culture stage. 3. Lengthen the incubation (8 hour) stage. 4.
Pour your finished product into a sieve lined with cheesecloth or a coffee
filter until you get the thickness you like.

Chill in a plastic container(s) in the refrigerator. Your fresh yogurt will
last 7-10 days.

You can flavor it all at once, or as you go.

Supposedly, you can make your yogurt with lower fat milks and even non-fat
an lactose free milk. It will make a thinner yogurt. I also read the
following, but can't back it up... "For the lactose intolerant, lactose is
broken down through the fermenting period. So, you can use regular milk
while making yogurt but be sure to ferment for 24 hours minimum... result,
lactose free yogurt!" Also read that many lactose intolerant people can
handle yogurt, and this seems to be the case in our home.

Enjoy... and let me know of your successes.

Penny Midgley