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Get your party on: 10/31-11/6

Happy Halloween, Coffee Break readers! I’m sure you’re busy putting the finishing touches on that award-winning costume as Halloween music fills the house. Hopefully, the pumpkins are carved and you’re ready for All Hallow’s Eve. Might I take this moment to suggest thatwhipping up a ghoulishly great pre-Trick-or-Treat dinner. Perhaps by design, the wacky holidays are rather slim pickins after today – at least for the next couple of week. But by mid-month, the action picks up again. Let’s start with Sandwich Day on Nov. 3. Certainly we’d all agree that there’s nothing particularly strange about sandwiches, but I do find it odd that sandwiches would need their own holiday. What do I know… Perhaps the funniest sandwich story comes from Iran, where, in 2008, participants went to work building the World’s Largest … Read entire article »

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Look where my Sanuks took me – 5

What are Sanuks anyway? And where did they take me? Go ahead…take a look. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Remember potatoes when you go to the polls

How many times have I brought you a story of the nanny-staters, who are h-e-double-hockey-sticks bent on telling you what’s best for you? Frankly, I’ve lost count. But a few past posts do come to mind: There was the candy tax and the soft drink seizure. Oh, don’t forget the ban on toys in McDonald’s Happy Meal. Today I bring you the attack on potatoes. Some of you may think I’m kidding. I never am – at least about this stuff. Apparently, others aren’t kidding either. The health arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine have not only recommended that the USDA stop those who receive WIC (Women, Infant and Children Program) from buying spuds with federal greenbacks, they’re also pushing to limit the potatoes served in … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Skeleton cupcakes – if you dare!

The kids found a recipe for these cupcakes and insisted we make them for Halloween. How hard could it be, I thought. I’m sure you can see this is gonna be a recipe and a rant, all wrapped into one post. What more could you ask for? In order to delve into this one, I took the original recipe and began by simplifying the cupcakes themselves. As you will see, they aren’t part of the ingredients photo, because I trust that you people know how to purchase a cake mix and make a couple dozen cupcakes. Anyway, in my opinion, the how-to’s of this project are all about what’s on top of the cupcake. So let’s start there with the nitty gritty. What you’ll need: A couple dozen cupcakes, cooled (note: you may or … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 10/24-10/30

We kick off this week of wacky holidays with Make A Difference Day, which is  Oct. 24. Suffice to say that after life evaluation stuff last week, you’ll probably have some sense as to how you, too, can make a difference. But before you get too carried away, I’d like to point out that making a difference doesn’t necessarily mean something good. Which is why I think the phrase “make a difference” is pretty lame. Hitler “made a difference.” Stalin “made a difference.” See where I’m going here? Evil, evil people can make a difference, too. So if you’re gonna celebrate this one, which could really be construed as just about anything, stay on your guard. If you can’t clearly define exactly what you’re making, you may want to … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the week – Slow Cooker Applesauce

Fall is here, and that means it’s the season for delicious, crisp,  juicy apples. Luckily for me, my green thumb neighbors have had bumper crops this year, and they’re practically begging for us non-green thumb neighbors to take the pickins’ off their hands…’er branches. If you don’t live in apple growing land, the stores have great selections right now at good prices.  I’ve already shared my Gourmet Caramel Apple recipe. YUM! Last night I made a family favorite – Slow Cooker Applesauce. It’s ridiculously easy and so delicious it’s sure to become one of your favorites too. Slow Cooker Applesauce Ingredients: (Makes 4 servings) 8 to 10 apples, any kind will do 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup water 3/4 cup sugar Directions: 1. Core, peel and thinly slice apples. (Or cut into chunks.) I happen to have a handy dandy … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Improv Everywhere

Improv Everywhere Have you heard of this group? Because if you haven’t, you’re in for a great treat today. “Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City.” ~Improv Everywhere I first discovered Improv Everywhere (IE) when my oldest daughter showed me one of their videos on YouTube. I immediately feel in love with this zany group and spent waaaay too much time the rest of that day watching videos of other missions. Let’s just say we may have had cereal for dinner that night. Take a look at their one of their most popular missions. Words won’t do … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 10/17-10/23

Remember the TV show Three’s Company? Well, in one episode, Larry, the used car salesman, declared that it was, in fact, Wear Something Gaudy Day. It stuck. So in a way, we’re about to get a jump start on Halloween as we celebrate Wear Something Gaudy Day on Oct. 17. Much of the attire from the 1970s – and in retrospect, that show – was pretty gaudy if memory serves. So if you still have your brightly colored bell bottoms or jumpsuits, drag ‘em out of the attic. Add some flashy jewelry and massive curls to your hair and you’ll be good to go. At the grand age of 39 (you LIE!!) I approach our next holiday with a tiny tinge of trepidation, with Evaluate Your Life Day on … Read entire article »

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Look where my Sanuks took me – week four

What are Sanuks anyway? And where did they take me? Go ahead…take a look. … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Silly Walk Friday

I feel it is my moral, civic and whimsical duty to inform you that tomorrow is… Silly Walk Friday What is Silly Walk Friday??? “The Ministry of Silly Walks” is a sketch from the Monty Python comedy troupe’s television show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, episode 14, which is entitled “Face the Press”. The episode first aired in 1970. A shortened version of the sketch was performed for Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. This sketch involves John Cleese as a bowler hatted civil servant in a fictitious British government ministry responsible for developing Silly Walks through grants. Cleese, throughout the sketch, walks in a variety of silly ways (including one that briefly imitates the scissor gait of spastic diplegia), and it is these various silly walks, more than the dialogue, that has … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The fallacy of five Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Perhaps you’ve seen the little ditty on Facebook, Twitter, email or other blogs, proclaiming that this October has five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays  – and the fact that this oddity occurs only every 823 years. Personally, I’d  heard nothing about it until my daughter mentioned it. She saw it on Facebook and proceeded to tell me that if it’s on Facebook, it must be true. Really? Actually, really NOT! In fact, it wouldn’t take much doing to realize that the only thing you need for this to happen is for the Friday to fall on the first of any month with 31 days. And let’s face it – that’s not such an oddity. In fact, check the month of January in the year … 2010! Moreover, looking forward to next … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 10/10-10/16

Well, here it is – the holiday I’m sure you’ve waited all year for: National Kick Butt Day on Oct. 10. One has to wonder just how much leeway we’re afforded on this holiday. Are we to take it literally? Or figuratively? If someone breaks in front of you at the check-out, can you give ‘em a swift kick, declare the holiday and get away with it? Or are we better served to simply say, “I outta kick your butt…” ? I’ll let you figure this one out for yourself, while keeping of course, to a certain high standard of decorum, please. As if that’s not enough, we celebrate International Moment of Frustration Scream Day on Oct. 12. I feel compelled to point out that this one has not only been … Read entire article »

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Life as We Know It 2010 – movie review by Kate

Life as We Know It 2010 Reel reviews for real people Plot: Holly Berenson (Heigl) is an up-and-coming caterer and Eric Messer (Duhamel) is a promising network sports director. After a disastrous first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. However, when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world after she loses her parents, Holly and Eric are forced to put their differences aside. Juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they’ll have to find some common ground while living under one roof. Rating: PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content Genre: Romantic comedy Starring: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Jean Smart, Christina Hendricks, Melissa McCarthy Director: Greg Berlanti Running time: 1:52 Kate says -2 1/2 … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the week – Saucy Roast Beef Hoagies

This week’s recipe is super easy and super scrumptious – Saucy Roast Beef Hoagies. It’s kind of like eating a roast beef au jus sandwich, but without the messy dipping part. The juiciness is already in the meat. Ingredients: 1 can condensed onion soup 2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce 1 lb. thinly sliced deli roast beef 4 slices provolone cheese mild pickled banana pepper rings Directions: Preheat oven to 400. Heat onion soup and Worcestershire sauce in saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Add sliced beef and heat through, stirring occasionally. Divide beef mixture among rolls. Cut cheese slices in half and add to sandwiches. Place sandwiches on baking sheet and bake for 3 minutes, or until roll is toasted and cheese is melted. Add pepper rings and enjoy! Makes 4 servings. If you like this recipe, take a look … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant:Pimento Cheese cheater recipe! (Surprise!)

Wow! I sure hope someone has the smelling salts close – especially for Kate, who’s probably laying on the floor about now – passed out from shock. Nevertheless, I was in the kitchen last night, and came up with what I consider a really good cheater recipe. For me that’s saying something. Primarily that I’m very stressed out. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be in the kitchen. At least not to really cook or something crazy like that… Anywho, without further ado, here’s the recipe: Cheater Pimento Cheese Ingredients: 4 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 c. shredded sharp cheese 1 c. shredded Colby Jack or Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 c. mayonnaise 1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. garlic powder 3 T. pimentos, diced Directions: 1. Beat cheeses with hand mixer (or mix thoroughly with a fork – which is what I did because … Read entire article »

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