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Kate goes on an adventure –
Guy Fieri style (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives)

I confess to being a fan of the Food Network show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. Really, who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned, high-fat, carb-laden meal from a hole-in-the-wall greasy spoon diner once in a while? A few months ago while on our family vacation, we took a day off from Disneyland to slow down with a relaxing trip to Ventura, California. When lunchtime came, much to my family’s chagrin I steered them past all the standard recognizable fast food joints, past all the nice clean sit-down, waitress type restaurants and right down South Seaward Avenue to Seaward Fish and Chips. I think I can safely say this is the kind of diner/dive Guy Fieri would love. It’s close enough to the beach that there is sand scattered along the … Read entire article »

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This week’s giveaway – 24 piece Women’s Tool Set

Thanks to everyone who entered last week’s giveaway. And thanks for visiting Coffee Break with Liz and Kate. We love our readers! The two lucky winners of last week’s Snap Jack giveaway are  - Danette (goyay.blogspot.com) and Ben (finally a male winner…woohoo!) Congrats! We’ll be sending you an email from lizandkate@live.com to get your mailing address. Now onto this week’s giveaway - 24 piece Women’s Tool Set Contents: 4 x 6 gray and pink canvas carrying case 1 level 3 pc precision screwdriver Extension bar Measuring tape Ratchet Handle Bit Holder and 10 bits Utility Knife 4 pc 1/2 socket set From Fine Tool Products Here’s how to enter to win … 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 … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Have a seat…

There seems to be a growing phenomenon in my city – one that highly disturbs me, quite frankly. What is this new fad that has my head spinning? Outside furniture. No, I’m not talking about a nice patio set or a pair of wooden rocking chairs gracing the deck or porch. I’m talking about furniture that’s outside. As in upholstered furniture. As in it belongs in the living room or family room, people! Picture this oddity that I spotted several weeks ago: A house with a large tree stump in the front yard. On top of said tree stump? A recliner, covered with genuine imitation zebra fur. Yes, I realize I should have taken a photo right then and there, but I didn’t. Frankly, I was too embarrassed to be seen stopping … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 8/15-8/21

Let’s jump right in to this week’s holidays with August 15, which heralds National Relaxation Day. Again, the term “national” should give you an indication of just how serious they are about this one. I wonder if relaxation in the 21st century may sound easier than it actually is. It’s my experience that even when I’m relaxing, the wheels of my mind continue to spin. I suspect it’s fairly rare that I achieve a true state of relaxation. Maybe this holiday deserves a little more merit than it receives. In fact, maybe it should be incorporated into a weekly schedule versus being a yearly event. It’s worth a shot, right? So I hope you’re rested, because next up is “The Meaning of “is” Day, which should prod you to … Read entire article »

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Eat Pray Love 2010 – movie review by Kate

Eat Pray Love 2010 – movie review by Kate

Eat Pray Love 2010 Reel reviews for real people Plot: While trying to get pregnant, a happily married woman realizes her life needs to go in a different direction, and after a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey. Based on the memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. Rating: PG-13  for brief strong language, some sexual references and rear nudity (male) Genre: Drama Starring: Julia Roberts, … Read entire article »

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Recipe of the week – Hot Fudge Cola Cake

It’s Thursday, 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 cheater recipe… Hot Fudge Cola Cake Ingredients: 1 chocolate fudge cake mix 1 can cola soda Vanilla Ice Cream Microwave Hot Fudge Topping Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Combine cake mix and cola in large bowl and mix until smooth. Pour into pan and bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Cool and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and your favorite hot fudge topping. Enjoy! Other Cheater Recipes Related articles by Zemanta Hot Fudge Pudding Cake (thefrugalgirl.com) Ice Cream Sundae Brownies (picky-palate.com) … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Lucky 13

As it happens, this Friday will be one of many Friday the 13ths that we’re all fairly accustomed to dealing with. For some, like my oldest son, it’s not a big deal. In fact, he’s always considered it good luck to a certain extent. Of course, he doesn’t have a lot of choice in the matter. He was born on Friday the 13th at 1:13 p.m. on the day that one of the installments of the movie Friday the 13th hit the theatres. Dad brought a full-page newspaper ad with him to the hospital all those years ago, as if to say “YIKES!!” I will never forget him handing me that ad. “Jason is Back” it read. As more luck would have it, I’d named my oldest son Jason. Alas there … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Quirky Observations

I’ve just returned home from a wonderful two weeks at Liz’s house. We did plenty of playing around, but also squeezed in some concentrated effort on a cookbook we are making, In the Kitchen with Liz and Kate: Practically Painless Recipes. (FYI…We’ll be taking pre-orders within a week or two, and they will be available for Christmas.) While there I couldn’t help but notice some quaint and quirky observations about the differences between my current state of Utah and my former state of KY. Observations: I’ve noticed the famous KY rolling stop is still the accepted, and preferred, means of stopping at a stop sign. When you are done drying off after a shower, you still feel completely damp. In the battle between my hair and the humidity, the humidity is clearly the victor. This is … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: School daze

I read an article the other day about how the start of a new school year is like New Year’s Day. And I suspect that’s true to a certain extent. The school year doesn’t begin at the stroke of midnight, though. Champagne doesn’t flow freely (ok, except for those parents who are celebrating the fact that little junior and juniorette will no longer be hanging around all day long, claiming there’s nothing to do). But there will likely be a few new resolutions made and a few high hopes launched. We’ll swear bedtime will be a smoother process and everyone will hop out of bed with a smile on their face as soon as the alarm goes off. Promises of a set schedule for homework, complete with a great snack, every supply … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 8/8-8/14

Let’s get serious for just a minute. How many times have you read “Palooza” and thought, “this is about food, plain and simple. All these people ever do is eat – or look for an excuse to eat.” Think about it! I don’t think even one week goes by without some mention of food. Most of it chocolate-y. I will likely quit writing when chocolate covered ants are given their own day. I’m just sayin’… Meanwhile, we have more chocolate to consume. I gotta give some serious props to this one though, as August 10 isn’t just about chocolate. Oh, no. It’s about marshmallows. And graham crackers. And chocolate. Yep, August 10 is  S’mores Day. Some of you may feel that S’mores can only be properly made over a campfire, therefore depriving yourselves of … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 8/22-8/28

Here’s a shocker for ya as we begin another week of sometimes lame, sometimes idiotic, but always eye-rolling holidays: August 24 is National Waffle Day. More food. I must admit kind of liking this one, though. We don’t get much breakfast food on the list of bizarre holidays. I also like it because I have a waffle iron. Really! I’ve even been known to use it, before! These days, though, I’m a toaster waffle girl, primarily because the waffle iron is not fun to clean. Maybe one time a year, I’ll suffer through and make this date the annual homemade waffle day at my house. Use any leftovers for a quick game of Frisbee. Talk about your two-for-one deals… August 25 is Kiss and Make Up Day – a day you may need to … Read entire article »

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Recipe of the week – Poor Man’s Beignets

It’s Thursday, 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 cheater recipe… Poor Man’s Beignets Ingredients: Vegetable oil (or melted shortening) Tube of canned biscuits (We used the flaky layered kind but they sort of peeled apart in the cooking process, so I would suggest using the regular kind.) Powdered sugar Directions: Put the oil into a pot and heat to a medium high heat. Cut the biscuits into fourths. Drop into heated oil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown. Make sure to turn them over half way through cooking time. Scoop beignets out and place on paper towels to remove excess oil, and to let them … Read entire article »

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Liz and Kate go on an adventure to the chocolate factory

Let me begin by saying I feel sick. Not “sick” sick, just sick. Like I just ate too much chocolate – as in waaaaay too much chocolate. But sometimes I feel it is my duty to take one for the team – especially where guilty pleasures are concerned. You see, Kate and I just returned from Old Kentucky Chocolates, where we discovered the inside scoop on how a bean that doesn’t even resemble the taste of chocolate is transformed into melt-in-your-mouth sweetness, as if by magic. While we got the 4-1-1 on the process, I stared at an oversized, 75-pound chocolate bunny (which wasn’t even solid chocolate, causing me to question how much it would have weighed if it was solid) and did what any normal chocolate factory tourist would do: I … Read entire article »

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This week’s giveaway – The Snap Jack!

Thanks to everyone who entered last week’s giveaway. And thanks for visiting Coffee Break with Liz and Kate. We love our readers! The two lucky winners of last week’s Icicle Sticks giveaway are  - Amy (adaisy) and Nury Congrats! We’ll be sending you an email from lizandkate@live.com to get your mailing address. Now onto this week’s giveaway - The Snap Jack! The Snap Jack is the perfect tool for cutting pancakes into bite-sized, pie-shaped morsels with ease. After cutting, pour your syrup of choice, and allow it to drip down between the cuts of pancakes. The Snap Jack blades are made of a safe, retractable plastic, so even your kids can now cut their own pancakes. What’s more, it’s dishwasher safe. You may want to try this kitchen tool on French toast or even mini-pizzas as well. Just be sure to … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rants: Backpack blues

T-minus 9 days until the first day of school and we’ve received my third grader’s teacher assignment and school supply lists. Before “serious” conversation can occur, let’s dispense with the preliminaries, shall we? First came the question of why my kids had 67 days of summer break, while Phineas and Ferb have 104. And they asked the question as if I knew the answer, when my head is jello after a two-month break from school. I say, what’s wrong with the year-round system. (Of course I say that primarily to get their reaction: “Mohhummmm!”) Let’s start with Hannah. Oh, the excitement of her freshman year in college. A new backpack, a syllabus for every class, typically requiring the purchase of textbooks and a notebook or two, and countless hours of campus bookstore … Read entire article »

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