How to Remove Extra Paragraph Marks in a Word Document

This is one of those things I don’t want to forget how to do, so I’m going to copy it over here. The original article came from the New York Times.

In the Replace box, copy and paste the nonprinting paragraph mark into the Find What box; the paragraph mark character looks like ^p once it’s pasted into the box. (I couldn’t get cut and paste to work, so I just typed ^p into the “find” box. Click the mouse into the Replace With area and tap the space bar to indicate that you want to replace the paragraph line with a space.

As an alternative to cutting and pasting hidden characters, you can also click the Special menu in the Replace box (you’ll need to be in the Advanced Find) and select Paragraph Mark and Nonbreaking Space instead. Once you have indicated what character you want to find and what character you want to replace it with, click the Replace button in the box to convert each paragraph mark into a space. Skip the double paragraph mark at the end of each intended paragraph.

But if this a long file and you don’t feel like clicking the Replace button 500 times, you can use a shortcut. In the Find What line of the Replace box, paste in two paragraph marks. In the Replace With line, type in a nonsense string of characters like !@# and click Replace All. This converts all the intended paragraph breaks to the nonsense string. (This is only temporary.)

Next, go back to the Replace box and paste in a single paragraph mark into the Find What box. Type a space into the Replace With box. Click Replace All to convert all the hard line breaks onto spaces. Finally, return to the Replace box one more time. On the Find What line, type in the nonsense string — !@# or whatever you used before — and replace it with a single paragraph mark. Click the Replace All button to restore all the originally intended paragraph marks to the file.

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Lemon Margarita Pie


24 graham crackers, crushed
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust pre-made

3 eggs, beaten
1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
6 tablespoons tequila (a little over 1/3 cup)
1 cup sour cream (1 8 ounce container)
1 tablespoon sugar (regular granulated sugar)

If preparing your own crust, mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and brown sugar in a bowl

Press crumb mixture into an 8-in or 9-in pie dish to form a crust

Whisk eggs and sweetened condensed milk together in a large saucepan

Stir in Lemon Juice and Tequila into the egg mixture

Slowly bring the egg mixture just to a boil over medium-low heat, stir constantly until mixture thickens. Remove pan from heat and let it cool slightly

Pour egg mixture into the pie crust

Whisk together the sour cream and sugar until well mixed.

Spoon or gently pour sour cream mixture evenly over the lemon filling

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Once set, grate lemon or lime peel over the pie to add nice color

Kindle Reset Instructions


I love the blog “Free Kindle Books and Tips“. I find all kinds of great free books because of this site. I know that one of these days I’m going to need to know how to reset my Kindle and I’ll need to be able to find these instructions again.

Every now and then your Kindle may stop updating, or it won’t download the latest item you’ve added to your collection.

If this happens to you, you will need to reboot your Kindle. Here is how you do it:



  1. Click the “Home” button to get back to your home screen.
  2. Click the “Menu” button, and select “Settings.”
  3. You will see several options, but “reboot” is not one of those options. Press the “Menu” button again.
  4. You will have several options, but choose and click the “Restart” button.Once you do that, it will take about 1-2 minutes to reboot. Make sure your wireless is on, and the Kindle will go look in the Amazon store to see what is pending to be downloaded and viola! You should be back in business. If you ever need to restart your Kindle, I hope this helps!

via Kindle Reset Instructions | Free Kindle Books and Tips.

Buffalo Parmesan Chicken

I do believe in adaptations to recipes I find.  Of course, if I don’t write down what I’ve done, I completely forget. That’s the main reason I’ve started trying to write down these ideas.  Maybe I’ll actually be able to make the same dish again! So, here’s the latest one, Buffalo Parmesan Chicken.

When I started this recipe the chicken was still sitting in my freezer.  Thank goodness my microwave has a defrost button! From freezer to oven only took me about 30 minutes, including defrost time.

Giving credit where credit is due, I started with this recipe for Melt in your mouth chicken.

Buffalo Parmesan Chicken

2 boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup of mayonnaise, I like Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, mine came in a plastic shaker container already grated, but you’re welcome to use fresh parmesan
2 tsps buffalo wing sauce, I like Frank’s, I just wanted a hint of spice, but if you like your wing sauce you can use more
ground black pepper to taste
2 tsps Penzeys Pasta Sprinkle or any Italian blend seasoning mix

Grease a baking dish

Mix together mayo, cheese, sauce, and seasonings.

Spread the mixture on both sides of the chicken

Bake at 375º for 45 minutes


Serves 2

Sticky Bun Ring from Buttermilk Biscuits

I originally found this recipe on Pinterest.  It looked “oh so good” in the picture that I just had to try it.  I decided to make a couple of changes to the original recipe, so I’m going to outline my version below.

Sticky Bun Ring from Buttermilk Biscuits

1 tube Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 C. pancake syrup sugar free (I used Maple Grove Sugar Free Syrup)
1/3 C. packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
chopped pecans, optional

I made mine in an Angel Food cake pan.  Spray the pan with non-stick spray. Combine the melted butter and syrup in a small bowl and pour about half of the syrup mixture into the bottom of the pan. In another bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture on top and sprinkle in some chopped pecans if you’re using them. Lay the biscuits on the bottom of the pan, overlapping edges (close together) to form a ring. Top with remaining sugar and syrup mixtures and a few more pecans. Try to make sure all the brown sugar gets wet with the syrup.  Bake at 375 degrees for approximately30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute in the pan, then invert onto a serving platter.
Changes from original recipe:
  • The original recipe called for any type of syrup.  While I obviously don’t expect this to be a diet food, I thought I could reduce the glycemic impact a bit by using sugar free syrup.  I thought the flavor was excellent.
  • I used more cinnamon.  The original called for 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and not only did I mix in 1 tsp with the brown sugar, I proceeded to sprinkle even more into the pan as I went along.  I really like cinnamon.
  • The original recipe recommended a 20 to 25 minute bake time.  I took mine out somewhere in-between the 2 because it looked done.  Once I let it sit and turned it out, it looked beautiful, but I found that the biscuit dough which had been in the bottom of the pan was not quite done enough.  I recommend leaving them in for 30 minutes unless your oven cooks faster than average.
What I want to change next time and other thoughts:
  • Next time, I want to try Splenda Brown Sugar blend in place of the regular brown sugar.  This should improve the glycemic load a little bit more.
  • Soak raisins or other dried fruits such as cranberries or cherries in warm water and add them with (or instead of) the pecans.

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How to manage templates in 2007 Office programs and in 2010 Office programs

So, you created a new template for Word. Whether it is a letterhead file or a template for your school reports, you need Word to be able to find that file when you select “New” to start a new document. By default, user templates files are stored in the following location:

In Windows XP

C:Documents and Settings user name Application DataMicrosoftTemplates

In Windows Vista or in Windows 7

C:Users user name AppDataRoamingMicrosoftTemplates

via How to manage templates in 2007 Office programs and in 2010 Office programs.

How do I change my wordpress URL back to its old settings « tips for techies

How do I change my wordpress URL back to its old settings « tips for techies.

Go to your MySQL Command Line Client

Enter password that you used when you set up wordpress.

You will see a mysql> prompt.

Select wordpress database by typing “use wordpress” or whatever wordpress database name you used.

mysql> UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = replace(option_value, ‘http://the_url_that_messed_you_up’, ‘http://the_old_url_you_want_to_revert_back_to’) WHERE option_name = ‘home’ OR option_name = ‘siteurl’;

If you are successful, you should see the following:

Query OK, 2 rows affected (0.02 sec)
Rows matched: 2 Changed: 2 Warnings: 0