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Guest rant – What Exactly Does a Black Amethyst Smell Like? by Ryane McKinnon

I’ve always wondered who writes the descriptions of lotions, perfumes, or shampoos. I mean, it must be someone’s job to write something like, “Indulge your senses with soft lilacs with this luxurious moisturizing wash.” Or maybe, “Let the scent of apple blossoms transport you to a place of beauty and tranquility.” Those were surprisingly easy to come up with, but might have made the literary part of me die a little. As terrible as these beauty product descriptions are, at least they identify an actual scent. I have noticed recently that many products have names that are not scents at all and do absolutely nothing to inform you what the product is supposed to smell like. Bath and Body Works is one of the worst offenders. I found a new scent … Read entire article »

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This week’s giveaway – The Hot Spot Warmer

Thanks to everyone who entered last week’s giveaway. And thanks for visiting Coffee Break with Liz and Kate. We love our readers! The lucky winner of last week’s 24 piece Women’s Tool Set  giveaway is  - Donna Hansen Congrats! We’ll be sending you an email from lizandkate@live.com to get your mailing address. Now onto this week’s giveaway - The Hot Spot Warmer Use the Hot Spot in the microwave to… warm tortillas bake potatoes warm breads and rolls heat frozen foods Keeps food warm for up to an hour! Hot Spot uses a thermodynamic pocket to trap heat and moisture to evenly circulate around the food.  Food stays at a perfect temperature for up to an hour. Two Hot Spots included. Washing machine safe. Here’s how to enter to win … Just add a comment below, and you’ll be entered to win! Want … Read entire article »

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Look where my Sanuks took me – week 3

(Kate is wearing June Bugs in gray, provided by Sanuk.) Where will your Sanuks take you? What’s a Sanuk ? Well, for one thing, it’s the Thai word for fun. But also, it’s an unconventional little “semi-proper footwear company”, (their words not ours) that we’ve stumbled upon. ♦They’re quirky. ♦They’re comfy. ♦They’re cool. ♦They’re not shoes, they’re sandals. We love ‘em! Check out this cool footwear from Sanuk … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Hold your horses

Remember that saying? Me, too. And here’s how that phrase relates to today’s column. I am a tired puppy after a four-day non-stop adventure to our nation’s capitol. And oh, what an adventure it was! I may even share a few photos of the trip later this week. Just not today. I need a bit of recouping time. Except that I’m not about to get it. Because Kate and I have a cookbook that’s going to press tomorrow (that’s right, tomorrow – so you guys can get your hands on it in time for Christmas! We are so thoughtful like that, aren’t we?) The fact that seemingly all our clothes are dirty is something I’m gonna need to address today, too.  So today is pretty much a catch-up/full-steam-ahead day. But that’s okay … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 8/29-9/4

Let’s just throw off the last two days in August and ring in Sept. 1 with Emma M. Nutt Day. Ms. Nutt was the first telephone operator in America. Working for a whopping $3 a day, she gave new meaning to the phrase, “what city, please?” She held the job for 33 years. As a tribute to Ms. Nutt, let’s reminisce with a little Lily Tomlin humor: This date is also Calendar Adjustment Day, followed by National Beheading Day on Sept. 2. Needless to say, I will not be adjusting my calendar for this one. I can find no logical reasons for either of these holidays (and I’m using the term loosely). Be Late for Something Day is Sept. 5. I’m prone to switch it up a little and be on time … Read entire article »

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Recipe of the week – Parmesan Garlic Biscuits

Recipe of the week – Parmesan Garlic Biscuits

It’s Thursday so that means it’s time for the recipe of the week. This week’s recipe for Parmesan Garlic Biscuits is so easy and so delicious, the troops will have this one gone before you know it. I served mine along side lasagna, but these yummy pull apart biscuits would go great with practically any meal. Parmesan Garlic Biscuits Ingredients: 3 tbs. butter, melted 1/4 tsp. celery seed 2 cloves garlic, minced 12 oz. tube refrigerated biscuits 2 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese Directions: Preheat … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: College-bound

Last Friday was the big day – the day I moved my daughter into her dorm at college. Luckily, the drive was only an hour or so.  On arrival to her new “home town,” we were greeted with numerous signs, welcoming the students. A fast food restaurant piped in a local radio station, that devoted its broadcast to all things campus. We topped off the drive with a wait in a line of cars in a parking lot adjacent to campus, waiting for our turn to get to the dorms, unload and move out. It was quite a site to behold, as ROTC members and anyone ‘lucky enough’ to have been part of early move-in converged on the cars, grabbing boxes and lamps and chairs and flat-screens. (Who knew so many … Read entire article »

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Kate goes on an adventure to the Demolition Derby!

Well, I did it again! I got my white trash fix for the year at the annual county fair demolition derby this past weekend. Really, can you think of any single event that is more white-trashy than watching spray painted clunker cars smash each other to smithereens? Nope, I didn’t think you could. And before you get all up in arms here at my use of the term “white trash”, let me assure I mean it in the most loving, accepting, non-derogatory way possible. In fact I am including myself squarely in the white trash category for this one night a year. I even toyed with the idea of sporting a tube top, short jean skirt and cowboy boots, but fortunately for those sitting around me, I decided I was … Read entire article »

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Look where my Sanuks took me this week!

“I slipped on my Sanuks and hopped on my Vespa for a quick zip through town. The sun was shinning on my face, the wind was blowing through my hair, and my feet were tickled with the thrill.” ~ Liz (Liz is wearing Espathrills in gray, provided by the Sanuk Cmpany.) Q: What do you get when you combine the world’s finest scooters with the premiere name in comfortable footwear? A: A day on a Vespa wearing your Espas! Espathrills, that is. “One thing’s for sure – whether you’re taking a leisurely drive on an LX 150 or screamin’ down the highway on the GTS 300 Super, you’ll be glad you wore your Sanuks! The shoe upper and sandal bottom will get you there in comfort, wherever your Vespa takes you!” – Liz Where … Read entire article »

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Look where my Sanuks took me!!

Q: What do you get when you combine the world’s finest scooters with the premiere name in comfortable footwear? A: A day on a Vespa wearing your Espas! Espathrills, that is. “One thing’s for sure – whether you’re taking a leisurely drive on an LX 150 or screamin’ down the highway on the GTS 300 Super, you’ll be glad you wore your Sanuks! The shoe upper and sandal bottom will get you there in comfort, wherever your Vespa takes you!” – Liz Where will your Sanuks take you? What’s a Sanuk ? Well, for one thing, it’s the Thai word for fun. But also, it’s an unconventional little “semi-proper footwear company”, (their words not ours) that we’ve stumbled upon. ♦They’re quirky. ♦They’re comfy. ♦They’re cool. ♦They’re not shoes, they’re sandals. We love ‘em! Check out this cool footwear from Sanuk Vespa provided … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Liger on the loose

Leave it to the hometown of both Kate and I, where Cynthiana has made the news with its own version of Big Foot. That’s right. In Cynthiana, KY, the county seat of Harrison, there is a critter that is yet to be identified. Some say it’s a lion or bobcat – maybe even a cougar or tiger, and have named it a liger, playing off the movie Napoleon Dynamite.  Others wonder if it’s just an over-sized house cat. Hard to say when its face looks more like a monkey. But one things for sure. This critter ain’t playin’ (pardon my horrid grammar, used solely for effect, here). Case in point? It’s killed once. Chances are, according to some, it will attack again. Surveillance cameras snapped this shot a few weeks back, so take … Read entire article »

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) – movie review by Kate

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) – movie review by Kate

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Reel reviews for real people Plot: Everything is totally sweet. Scott Pilgrim’s life is so awesome. He’s 23 years old, in a rock band, “between jobs,” and dating a cute high school girl. Everything’s fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, roller blading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. But the path to Ms. Flowers isn’t covered in rose petals. Ramona’s … Read entire article »

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Recipe of the week – Easy Banana Bread

Back by popular demand – another cheater recipe. Since Banana Bread is one of the most searched for recipes on the internet, I decided it’s time to share my Cheater Banana Bread Recipe.  It’s really so easy you won’t believe it. Seems like you readers like to save time in the kitchen by cheating also. (I do not, however, condone cheating in other areas of life, except for the possible exception of your putt putt golf score.) Kate’s Cheater Banana Bread 3 eggs 1 spice cake mix 3 large ripe bananas, mashed 1/2 cup chopped nuts or raisins (optional) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together until blended.  Divide batter between two greased bread pans.  Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into bread comes out clean. How unbelievably easy is that?  Then you can just kick … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The return to the era of the Flintstones

Just when I think I’ve seen it all, I have to confess I was wrong. Seems some professor has engineered (using the term loosely) a new human-powered car. That’s right, a crank-and-go vehicle that resembles a cross between something from the town of Bedrock and oh, I don’t know… a centipede. Assuming you have four people in it, cranking away as needed, you should be able to avoid being rear-ended, reaching speeds as high as 60 mph (I wonder if you have to be going downhill?) And if you’re going uphill? Well, you’ll be lucky to get the speed to 30 mph. So even if it’s not Sunday, you too can be a Sunday driver every day of the week with this little gem. If only one person is behind the wheel, … Read entire article »

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Sanuks

This week my Sanuks took me to the top of the mountains in Payson Canyon, Utah. The leaves were just starting to turn to their beautiful fall colors. I took a leisurely walk through the forest in my super comfy Sanuks. The air was crisp and fresh and it felt as if all was well in the world.~Kate (Kate is wearing June Bugs in grey provided by the Sanuk company.) Where will your Sanuks take you? What’s a Sanuk ? Well, for one thing, it’s the Thai word for fun. But also, it’s an unconventional little “semi-proper footwear company”, (their words not ours) that we’ve stumbled upon. ♦They’re quirky. ♦They’re comfy. ♦They’re cool. ♦They’re not shoes, they’re sandals. We love ‘em! Check out this cool footwear from Sanuk (Smile…pass it on!) … Read entire article »

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