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Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs – Kate’s Escapades

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Over the past few days I’ve been on a quest to figure out how to make the ‘Perfect Hard Boiled Egg’, since Easter is coming up on Sunday.  At my house, dyeing  eggs on the Saturday before Easter is a tradition.  We’re not talking a couple eggs here…we’re talking 5 (yep, that’s FIVE) dozen eggs. I know that sounds ridiculous, but that’s only 8 eggs per kid, with a few extra to account for the eggs that inevitably crack while boiling. With this easy and fail-proof method for hard boiled eggs, the whites will be firm, but not rubbery, and the yolk will be yellow (not grayish – a sign of over cooking) with just the slightest hint of a shiny center. Put eggs in pan of water so … http://groupe-boss.com/

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Get your party on: 4/18-4/24

To say this week starts off slow is an understatement at best. National Hanging Out Day falls on April 19, followed by National Pot Smokers Day on the 20th. Note, if you will, that both of these are national holidays. Geez. And we wonder where our entitlement society came from… OK, before I spiral up to my soapbox, we better move on. If you can hold out until the end of the week, we have several holidays that all fall on April 24. Ordinarily, this next holiday wouldn’t have necessarily been on my list. But due to a recent family addition, I am compelled to celebrate Bulldogs are Beautiful Day. With no further ado, meet Murray, my new “nephew.” He was born on Groundhog Day (thus the name Murray, in honor of the … Read entire article »

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Recipe of the week – Cheater Death by Chocolate Trifle

It’s Friday, so that means it’s once again cheater recipe time. m So what’s a “Cheater” recipe? It’s a way to end up with a delicious home cooked meal, side dish or dessert without spending lots of time to get there. This week’s recipe – Cheater Death by Chocolate Trifle m m m Cheater Death by Chocolate Trifle Ingredients 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix 1 cup chocolate syrup 2 (3.9 ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding mix 8 (1.4 ounce) bars chocolate covered toffee bars, chopped 1 (16 ounce) tub whipped topping Directions Bake cake in 9×13 inch pan according to the package directions. While the cake is baking, prepare the instant pudding according to instructions on box, and set aside to chill. When the cake comes out of the oven, pour the chocolate syrup over the top of … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Refreshing Brazilian Lemonade

What better way to ease into spring than sitting on a porch swing, listening the the birds sing, and sipping a delicious refreshing Brazilian Lemonade? Here’s something that you may not know…Brazilian Lemonade doesn’t actually contain any lemons? It’s true. It’s made from limes. I’m not sure why they didn’t just name it Brazilian Limeade. Makes a whole lot more sense to me, but unfortunately, no one consulted me in the naming of my favorite sunny day beverage. Here’s my Brazilian Lemonade Recipe. So simple and soooo delicious! m Brazilian Lemonade Ingredients 2 limes 1/2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk 3 cups water ice Directions 1. Wash limes and cut off the ends and slice into eight wedges. Put limes in a blender with the sugar, sweetened condensed milk, water, and ice. m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m 2. Blend in an electric blender, … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Giving power to our intentions

Today, I’d like to offer some retrospection as well as  food for thought, all brought about by a hockey goal in the second period of my son’s game, last night. I think if you’re anything like me, you can probably peg your kids pretty well. We’ve studied them long enough to expect their next move and  anticipate their responses in various situations. So it came as no real surprise to find the puck on Colton’s end of the ice, him positioned to the left of the net. Just waiting. As if he knew. As the puck left another player’s stick, it headed right for him, and he did exactly what he’d positioned himself to do. He scored. Tossed it in the net as if there were no other options. While the result … Read entire article »

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LOST 6.11 Happily Ever After – recap by Evie

LOST 6.11 : Happily Ever After I’m not sure how many days after Desmond was shot by Benjamin Linus this episode takes place. Des is still beat up a bit, but Ben seems to have healed. Maybe the island has healed him faster or maybe the timeline is off just a bit for the sake of storytelling. So Desmond was brought back to the island against his will by his father-in-law but Charles assured Des that Penny and little Charlie are safe. I wonder how that all went down. Charles tells Desmond that the island isn’t done with him yet and we find out he’s being led to a Jurassic Park-ish container where we’re going to find out if he can withstand another electromagnetic event. Widmore’s crew was supposed to test it … Read entire article »

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Kate goes on an adventure:
Muse Resistance Tour 2010

A few months ago I found my daughter on the internet scouring websites for tickets to the upcoming Muse concert. She is a huge Muse fan, as are most of her friends. It just so happens that I am also a huge Muse fan. I wanted to say to her, “I want a ticket. I want to go, too,” but not wanting to rain on her I’m-going-to-a-concert-with-my-friends-parade, I kept my silence. As concert time got closer, it seemed there was a continuous stream of Muse music flowing through speakers throughout the house and car. My daughter and her friends were getting so excited, and I was excited for them, but mostly I just really wanted to go to the concert, too. I kept telling myself, ‘I am the mom. I am … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Do you ChaCha?

Let’s play a little word association game. I say a word, you say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? ChaCha. So what did you come up with? Visions of the 40s and 50s? Cuba? Latin music? Something like this video below? (By the way, the intro commercial for men’s dancing shoes is worth the price of admission ) Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Now back to our word association. If the ChaCha made you think of this dance, you’d be correct… historically speaking, anyway. While ChaCha could bring the dance to mind, this is 2010. Let me introduce you to the new ChaCha – where information is as close as your cellphone. Think of it as a search engine for your computer, without having to be at your computer. Say you … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 4/11-4/17

Crank up the music and let’s get this week’s holidays started with Eight-Track Tape Day, which is April 11. I remember the eight-track player I had – a canary yellow square with a t-handle that changed the music from track to track when you pushed down on it, as if you were setting off dynamite. Seems like there were usually four songs per track, and 4 tracks per tape, which totals 16 by my calculations, leaving me uncertain – and unsympathetic – to why they were called eight-tracks. If memory serves, one of the first Eagles’ albums I owned was on eight-track. And I remember playing Elvis Presley, too. More than the music itself, though, I recall the transition from eight-tracks to cassettes, then CDs. Today, an eight-track tape or player is … Read entire article »

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This week’s giveaway – Red and White
Polka Dot Slouch Purse

Congrats to the winner of last week’s giveaway Wilton Flower Silicone Baking Mold – Bitt from bittsblog We will be contacting you by email from lizandkate@live.com to get your full name and mailing address so that we can get that out to you. Thanks for entering. This week’s giveaway… A bright Red and White Polka Dot Slouch Purse from Faded Glory. Great for welcoming in beautiful spring days in style. Here’s how to enter… Just add a comment below, and you’ll be entered to win! Want to enter again? Go to the home page, take a look around and comment on another story! It’s as simple as that! Enter as many times as you’d like. More entry details… There are several ways to enter.  You may choose to enter one way, or you may choose to do them all.  It’s up … Read entire article »

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Date Night – movie review by Kate

Date Night – movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference Genre: Action/Adventure Plot: Action-comedy maestro Shawn Levy, the director of the blockbuster “Night at the Museum” franchise, teams up with two of the comedy world’s biggest talents, Steve Carrell (“The 40 Year Old Virgin,”… Action-comedy maestro Shawn Levy, the director of the blockbuster “Night at the Museum” franchise, teams up with two of the comedy world’s biggest talents, Steve Carrell (“The 40 Year Old Virgin,” “The Office”) and Tina Fey (“Baby Mama,” “30 Rock,” “SNL”) for an adventure that turns a run-of-the-mill married couple’s date upside down — … Read entire article »

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Recipe of the week – Cheater Ranch Chicken Pizza

It’s Friday, so that means it’s once again cheater recipe time. So what’s a “Cheater” recipe? It’s a way to end up with a delicious home cooked meal, side dish or dessert without spending lots of time to get there. This week’s recipe – Cheater Ranch Chicken Pizza m m m Ingredients 1 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crust 2 cups diced cooked chicken breasts 2 Tablespoons dry Ranch dressing mix 1/2 cup  grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup diced tomato 1/4 cup chopped red pepper 1/3 cup mayonnaise Directions Preheat oven according to pizza crust package directions. Toss chicken with one tablespoon Ranch seasoning and set aside. Mix mayo with the other tablespoon of seasoning and spread onto pizza crust. Top crust with chicken, peppers, tomato and cheeses. Bake according to package directions. Other Cheater Recipes … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: We’re sorry, your call cannot be completed…

Sometimes I think things happen for no other reason than to provide me with a rant. Suffice to say, yesterday was no exception. The day began innocently enough. I went to my dad’s office to show his apartments to prospective renters. After unlocking the apartments (which are conveniently located next to dad’s office), I noticed several cans and bottles in the yard and set out to pick up the trash. After picking up after the litter bugs, I went into the office to wash my hands and placed my cell phone on the sink counter. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this – only that I won’t be doing it again. Because I knocked my cell phone off the counter, where it took a bee line for the toilet. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rant: How does your garden grow?

Did you ever wonder if Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary actually had a garden? Was it just a line? Or did she truly have a garden, and if so, what did this garden look like? Maybe it’s not important to you. But it’s important to me. Because for the second year in a row, I’m starting a garden. I say “starting” because last year I didn’t end up with a garden – just several tomato plants. I have visions of grandeur, too, picturing my own version of a farmer’s market growing in my own back yard. But in truth, the radishes were water-logged, the carrots never grew past the half-inch mark, and the green onions never, uh, turned green (much less grew…). (I did have herbs, though – lots and lots of herbs.) I also … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Change of seasons

After what seemed at times to be an endless winter, we’ve had some beautiful days around here, lately. Warm temps, budding trees and flowers, and the sounds of lawnmowers have never been more welcomed. Sure. I may be a little early – temperatures are expected to take a couple of momentary nosedives over the the next two weeks – but I’m taking the plunge and bringing out the summer wardrobe. Just the thought of finally putting away all the heavy sweaters and turtlenecks and all things made of wool or stuffed with down was enough to get me started. Beyond packing away all things winter, don’t you love the feeling of re-discovering that favorite shirt or finding that pair of shorts you forgot you bought on sale at last summer’s end? That’s … Read entire article »

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