Friday, September 28, 2018

Surveys on the Go

Surveys on the Go is a survey app which can earn you a little money by doing short surveys in your spare time. Allow the app to send alerts, and you will always know when there is a new survey available.  I have earned $6.90 since I started using this app. You won’t get rich, but every little bit helps. Go to mysotg.com or search for the app in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Adult Affiliate Marketing with Eden Fantasys

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Hi Folks,
If you are looking to diversify your affiliate marketing possibilities, the adult products market is one to consider. Gone are the days when a person felt the need to don a wig and paint on a fake beauty mark to slink into a sleazy back-alley store of ill repute to purchase items for erotic enjoyment. Okay, maybe most of you are bolder than I am, but I always felt embarrassed by buying items for adult needs over the counter, and I know I am not alone.
Fortunately, thanks to reputable online sites such as Eden Fantasys, the shy among us no longer need suffer the humiliation of having a smirking clerk give us the once-over. We can order adult products from the privacy of our own home. Or, if you're the editor-in-chief of Naughty Netherworld Press like I am, you can research the toys the mature and randy characters in your crew's Smut-O-Verse might enjoy without being exposed to the kinds of cringe-worthy images a random Google search will surely expose you to. Unfortunately, I have not yet found a brain bleach that will entirely eradicate such images.


So, if you have an adult-oriented blog, an affiliate blog that would be amenable to advertising adult products, an explicit fan fiction blog, or are an editor, publisher, and promoter for authors of fine Kindle smut, you will want to consider adding Eden Fantasys to your affiliate arsenal.
You will need to sign up for an account with Eden Fantasys, which is easy to do. You can even sign in with your Facebook, Amazon, or Google Plus account. I signed in with my Amazon account. You will then go to this page to generate your affiliate link. In the box which asks who referred you, please input this code:
2126
This is my affiliate code. You will get your own after you join.
You can generate widgets or text links to share on your blog.
Or, if you are a bolder sort than I am, you may want to throw parties and invite friends to check out Eden Fantasys products in person. I've always been pretty shy. My main activities at parties back when I had the energy to go to them were hiding in the corner and drinking beer.
Whatever the case, legitimate adult product sites like Eden Fantasys can add an additional affiliate revenue stream to your arsenal. 

~Cie~

Friday, September 21, 2018

Chicken Tortilla Soup


Sadly, we don't live in the sort of magical universe where we can contract an adorable frog for a chef. However, this recipe is so simple and good that it's almost like magic.
The first part of this soup spell involves marinating your meat. I found some organic chicken tenders in the meat section of my grocery store. Meat is expensive these days, but if you marinate it beforehand, even the markdown cuts will become tender and tasty. 
I like to use Italian dressing for marinating chicken. Wishbone is the gold standard of inexpensive Italian dressings, and it's really made a difference in my recipes. Use 1/2 cup per pound of meat, and marinate for at least eight hours. No need to rinse, pour the whole thing in your crockpot, stockpot, or pressure cooker with the other ingredients.
I used a crockpot (slow cooker) for this recipe, which is easily multiplied for serving larger groups.
You will need:

1 pound of chicken cut into bite-size pieces and marinated in 1/2 cup Italian dressing for at least 8 hours
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can Ro-Tel tomatoes and peppers. I used the Chili Fixins, but the regular Ro-Tel will work too.
1 15 oz can corn, or equivalent amount of frozen corn. I increased it to 2 cups because I really like corn.
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock or broth

Dump all ingredients into slow cooker and stir. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Serve topped with crushed tortilla chips.
This hearty soup not only tastes good, it's also an immune system booster. There's truth to the old tale that it's good to eat chicken soup when you're feeling under the weather. The spices will also serve as an antiseptic.
A piece of advice: antibiotics can't cure a cold. There are various microbes that cause the common cold, all of them are viruses. Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses. It is important to use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary to avoid building up resistance to them.
When it comes to fighting a cold, you're better off increasing your zinc, vitamin C, and B vitamin intake for a few days. Use a product such as Emergen-C, drink a little extra orange or tomato juice, take an extra vitamin supplement and enjoy a hearty, homemade soup like this one. Bon appetit!

~Cie~



Friday, September 14, 2018

Chicken Sausage Soup--er--Pasta Sauce


Sometimes things don't turn out as planned.
They turn out better.
I needed a quick meal, so I found a simple Italian chicken sausage soup in my Dump for Diabetics cookbook.
My son and I both agreed that this soup didn't work as a soup. I felt that there was too much sausage, and he thought there was too much tomato. I said I thought it would make a good pasta sauce. So, I went back to the kitchen, boiled a pot of pasta, drained it, mixed it with the soup, topped it with a little Kraft parmesan and mozzarella blend, and it was delicious! 
Here's how you get it done, and it will be ready in under an hour. This recipe should serve four. It's easy to multiply the recipe if you're making it for lots of people.

Add a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil to a saucepot on medium-high heat. Slice up four Aidell's chicken and apple sausage links and place in the pot. Dice one small to medium size onion and place in the pot with the sausage. If the sausage is browning too quickly, lower the heat to medium. 
Pour in a 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes and jalapenos. (That's what I had on hand, and it turned out to be the right choice.) Pour in an 8 ounce can of minced clams--no need to drain. Lower heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 
When sauce has finished cooking, transfer it to a heat-safe bowl. Add water and salt to the saucepot. Boil the water. Pour in a box of pasta. I used Ronzoni ancient grains penne. Cook pasta according to package directions.
Drain the pasta. Do not run cold water over it. Return pasta to saucepot. Pour sauce over pasta. Stir thoroughly. Serve with shredded cheese of your choice. Kraft's Perfect Pairings for Pizza works nicely.
The only thing that could have made this meal a little nicer yet would have been a salad and some garlic bread. I didn't have either on hand. 
My friend Sara Lee made me a nice cherry pie, which I baked for dessert.
Kuner is a Colorado-based company which features high-quality, low-cost foods. I am pleased to recommend their products.
Amazon does sell clams, but I could only find the whole ones. The minced ones are easier to deal with. Unless you really like mincing clams, I'd recommend picking up a can at the grocery store. No, I don't get a commission for telling you this, but the selling point of this blog is making readers' lives easier. I wouldn't be doing that if I gave you a link for whole clams in a recipe that's meant to be ready to serve within the hour.
If you and your family/guests/people at the potluck like this recipe as much as I do, you can buy me a cup of coffee via the cool green link in my sidebar. Sadly, it'll have to be decaf. My heart likes to race a little too much when I drink the real thing.

~Cie~



Sunday, September 9, 2018

Eatery and Job Review: Cluster Truck


Currently, Cluster Truck is my main source of income. I am a contractor driver for them. Working for them makes it easy to monitor my income so I don't go over the limit for Medicaid.
I used to deliver for Uber Eats. While some people may be able to make a living wage doing this, I was never able to. In fact, I was losing money. However, if you would like to give Uber a try, either driving passengers or food, click here. You will also want to read my post about renting a vehicle to drive for Lyft or Uber here. Third, you will want to check out the Rideshare Guy blog, which is the definitive source for Lyft and Uber drivers.
If there were no Cluster Truck in my area, my choices would be between running food with Uber Eats and working for a standing restaurant with a delivery service, most likely a pizza place. 
Uber Eats offers the freedom to work your own hours and not have to punch a time clock. However, you might end up running all over the metro area, sometimes having to wait for the kitchen to finish cooking the food, sometimes having to deliver to places where it's difficult to find parking or you might have to climb multiple flights of stairs. 
The stairs may be fine and good if all your parts are working correctly. Mine aren't. I have endocrine and neuromuscular problems which have rendered climbing lots of stairs difficult for me. Gone are the days of hoofing it on the Stair Master, but that's a story for another time.
Working for a restaurant as a delivery driver guarantees you hours, and you will often make more per delivery than Uber Eats can offer. However, when you are not running deliveries, you are expected to assist in the restaurant, and, like most jobs, you will have to punch a time clock. I worked as a pizza delivery driver back in 1984. You don't end up taking many breaks. 
Hopefully the horrific overt sexism I dealt with is no longer quite so rampant: the manager referred to me as a "freak of nature" because I was good at my job and he believed women were incapable of pretty much everything. On one occasion, I ended up asking one of the cooks to go with me on a delivery because it was a house where a group of middle-aged men would have their "poker night," and they made lewd "requests" of me. When I told the manager, he just laughed and acted like I was being overly sensitive. So, hopefully, conditions have improved at least a little in the past 34 years.
Now, on to Cluster Truck. 
Cluster Truck is a unique place to work. The drivers are not specifically employees of Cluster Truck, we are independent contractors. We do not have to punch a time clock. A driver receives delivery orders via an app downloadable either from Apple or Google Play stores. The app keeps track of the driver's pay. Money is deposited daily-ish. There is a day delay. Any money made over the weekend is deposited on Tuesday.
Another aspect that makes Cluster Truck advantageous for drivers is the fact that we don't have to find a place to park, haul the food up multiple flights of stairs, stand there waiting for the customer to buzz us into a building, or any of that sort of thing. We pull up to the curb, and the customer is supposed to be waiting there for us. This makes working for Cluster Truck an ideal job for a person who has disabilities but can still work.
Unfortunately, Cluster Truck is only available in select areas. The cities where the service is currently available are Indianapolis (its birthplace), Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. If you live in the metropolitan area of one of these cities and need a job, head over to clustertruck.com/drivers for driving jobs and clustertruck.com/jobs for kitchen, i.t., and office work. At the time of this writing, they are currently seeking a senior engineer. 
One complaint I have about the website: there is no link there for job seekers. I just happen to know what it is, so I'm able to share it with you.
Now, about the food.
You go to the Apple App store or Google Play Store and download the Cluster Truck customer app to your smartphone. Then, if you are in one of our delivery areas, you check out all the tasty options, and you place your order.
This is damn good food! I'm not just saying this because I work for them. I am getting no compensation from Cluster Truck for writing this post. This is quick food made fresh, not "fast food." It is brought right to the curb. You take the food from your driver and then get your eat on. It's that easy.
Your driver will love you if you are there waiting, rather than making him or her sit at the curb with the hazard lights on for ten minutes. We will also love you if you tip, of course. There's nothing worse than a non-tipping cheapskate. I order as a customer almost every time I work. You have to zero out the tip and ignore the message which says "your driver works for tips. Please consider tipping your driver." Zeroing out is only okay if you're tipping cash. 
Really, Folks, if you aren't going to tip, don't order from a place where the employees depend on tips for a living. Whatever you may think of tipping (I'm critical of tipping culture myself), tipped jobs are how many people make their living. Stiffing the tipped employee is no way to change this. And now, I'll hop down off my soapbox.
If you're within one of Cluster Truck's delivery zones and are planning to order some tasty food delivered fast, put in this code when prompted (the app asks you if you have a code) and get 50% off your first order. 

CH1638

When you become a Cluster Truck customer, you will get your own code to share, which will earn you points towards free food. How good is that?
I recommend Cluster Truck, both as a contractor and a customer. Check them out. Deliver for them, and/or get some food delivered for yourself. It's easy!

~Cie~


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Lucrative Focus Group Opportunity


DATE: Wednesday, Sept. 5th
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Topic: Groceries
Incentive: $350
Genders: All
Ages: 25-55 years old
Type of study: 7 Day Online Board
Length of study: 30-45 Minutes per day (7 Days)
Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 5th – Tuesday, September 11th
Location: Nationwide

Any information you share with watchLAB will never be given to any clients or third parties without your explicit permission as part of a paid market research study.

Follow this link to take the survey and find out if you qualify.

I received this information from mysurvey123. This is a wonderful website with plenty of great resources to help you discover paid surveys and focus groups. I recommend putting them on your reading list.

If you are selected to participate, I'd really appreciate a cup of coffee. It would amount to less than one percent of your earnings from the focus group!

~Cie~