Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Clay: one of my new favorite things.

Ok, I will just say it. I am almost 28 and, like other unfortunate adults, I STILL have acne. (weeping, lamentations, gnashing of teeth)

Since the age of, say, 13, I have tried a lot of treatments. I even took prescription medicine and Proactiv. I tried just about every over the counter medicine there was. Most of this was when I was a teenager. A couple of years before I got married, I gave up stopped trying medicines and went for a more natural route. Still, I was fraught with problems.

I started using Redmond Clay a few weeks ago. I am so impressed with how well it works! It isn't a "miracle;" I still have breakouts, but it definitely cut them way back. I am very happy with it.



I first started hearing about Redmond Clay when reading my crunchy mom blogs. It seemed pretty interesting (they also have clay toothpaste!), but I didn't try it right away. I was recently given several products to try. I wish I did it a long time ago! I love using an all natural product that works for me.

Now, I will say, adult acne is different than teenage acne, so not all treatments are interchangeable. Also, everyone has different skin and some may be more sensitive than others. I have been using it every day, which would probably murder sensitive skin. I have read that some people use it as a spot treatment for acne.

Redmond clay also has a ton of other uses. I have not used it for other purposes, but I have read that it could be for wounds and many other ailments. You can also get it in powder form and drink it. I recently treated a spider bite with it and it did a great job of helping the wound to heal before my mom turned into Spidermanwoman.

If you would like to give it a try, Redmond Clay is offering my readers a 15% of coupon. The code is: VERDANT15.






Monday, June 24, 2013

Home made pasta


I got an Imperia pasta crank for Christmas. I have been making pasta on and off since then. I use this recipe. From what I read, if you dry pasta with a raw egg it won't give you salmonella  but, goodness gracious, don't take my word on that (and sue me, haha). The recipe I linked is actually egg free, so no worries.

I use clothes hangers for a cheap pasta drying rack.

Homemade pasta cooks much quicker, so be vigilant when cooking.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Delicious home made bagels are not that hard to make!

The little bagels (left) were over-boiled.
I wish I was a good enough cook to offer you my own bagel recipe, but alas, I am not. Still, I love this recipe so much, I thought I would share the link.

The only extra advice that I would like to add is to be very careful about "boiling" the bagels. As you can see from the picture, if the bagels are in too hot/too long, they will shrivel. I usually use water that is a very gentle boil (closer to a simmer) and only for 1.5 minutes on each side.

Enjoy!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Conversation with an email hacker

Has your email ever been hacked? A friend's? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you replied to a hack email? My email was once hacked (not recently; I never posted it before) A desperate plea for money was sent (from someone claiming to be me) to my friends. I had been stranded and mugged in London and needed money wired A.S.A.P. Thankfully, all of my friends realized it was a scam (perhaps the broken English?) so there was no problem.

However, my dear husband decided to see what would happen if he pretended to believe the artifice. Thus began the interesting email exchange between him and the hacker.

Here it is.


Urgent Problem!! 
Rebekah Adamoschek
Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 9:18 AM 

Reply-To: verdanttbents@yahoo.com

I'm writing this with tears in my eyes,i came down here to,England for a short vacation and i was mugged at gun point last night,at the park of the hotel  where i lodged all cash,credit cards and cell were stolen off me, thank God i have my life and passport.


I've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all,they asked me to wait for 3weeks but i can't wait till then. my flight  leaves in less than few hours from now and am are having problems settling the hotel bills.

The hotel manager won't let me leave until i settle the hotel bills,am freaked out at the moment you can speak to the hotel manager+447024094501 you can wire the money to me through western union all you need is Name on my passport and location below.

Name:Rebekah Markewich Location:10,Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY, England. Amount:$2,450 I'll def refund your cash as soon as i get home.

Matthew Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM
To: verdanttbents@yahoo.com

Hey Beka, it's Matt. I didn't realize you were in England! I hope I'm not too late to help out. Can you please let me know how much you might have gotten so far? My wife and I can give you whatever you need. I hope you still have internet access! Are you okay?

Rebekah Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 11:57 AM
To: Matthew Markewich

Thanks for replied, a friend just wired $800 all i need right now is $1,650 you can have the money wired to me Via western union information below....keep me posted with the western union transfer details.

Name:Rebekah MarkewichLocation:10,Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY, England.Amount:$2,450

I'll def refund your cash as soon as i get home.

Matthew Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:10 PM
To: Rebekah Markewich

Beka, do you need that in pounds, euros, or dollars? I forget if they use one of or all three of those currencies. Thanks.

Rebekah Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:15 PM
To: Matthew Markewich

You can have it done in pounds .

Matthew Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:18 PM
To: Rebekah Markewich

OK, sure. I'm sorry to bother you again about this, but I don't know how much $1650 is in pounds. Don't they use rubles in England too? Can I send it to you in rubles?

Rebekah Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:23 PM
To: Matthew Markewich

You can have it wired in pounds not rubles keep me posted with the western union transfer  details .

Matthew Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:35 PM
To: Rebekah Markewich

OK Beka, I will be sending it promptly in rubles. So how was your vacation otherwise? I had no idea you were in London. What did you do while you were there? I know now may not be the best time to talk about it but since we will be forwarding the money I assume you are not too busy to talk right.

Rebekah Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:39 PM
To: Matthew Markewich

Am freaked out at the moment, i will brief you in full as soon as am back am in a public library right  now...keep me posted with the western union transfer details .

Matthew Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:46 PM
To: Rebekah Markewich

OK, I am very sorry. It can't be so bad though, right? At first you weren't allowed to leave the hotel but now you are at the library. I am in a library right now, too. Right now I am with my friend Jeff. We are eating Subway sandwiches and talking about the good times when we were all in the Windham fencing team. Remember how Jeff accidentally stabbed the dog in a practice joust? I know it probably adds to your current anxiety to recall this situation but maybe you can find the humor behind all the sadism. Jeff and I agree also with the idea you said last week that it would be cool if guns were replaced with nuclear-tipped sabres and we could all joust in massive campaigns for global supremacy.

Did you get to climb Mt. Fuji while you were there? I know you've always wanted to. Or is that in China? I can never remember since England and China are both big islands.

Rebekah Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:51 PM
To: Matthew Markewich

Keep me posted with the western union transfer details.

Matthew Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM
To: Rebekah Markewich

Rebekah, I have sent the requested rubles, as stated, 10,Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY, China. I am so happy you'll be back. Please let me know if there are any complications. Jeff says hi and he is picking his nose. GROSS!

Rebekah Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 1:03 PM
To: Matthew Markewich

I will need  the western union  details,get back to me with the details (MTCN) number.

Matthew Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 1:06 PM
To: Rebekah Markewich

Dear Beka, I am sorry but I realized that you are not in China. I was confused by my Mt. Fuji reference. I have called Western Union and they are canceling the order. I am resending to 20 Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY. Is that fine?

Rebekah Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 1:11 PM
To: Matthew Markewich

Thanks for the mail, all you need to get the money wired to me is my name and present location below....keep me posted with the western union transfer details.

Name:Rebekah MarkewichLocation:10,Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY, England.

I'll def refund your cash as soon as i get home.

Matthew Markewich Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 1:12 PM
To: Rebekah Markewich

Dear Beka, the number is 5482041921



This is when I guess I was found out. Probably because the number didn't work. Hm...
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