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Liz’s rant: Shop ’til ya drop

OK, people – it’s time to get serious. We’re T-minus 27 days until Christmas and I’ve not yet begun to shop. How many of you can relate? Maybe we should call it what it is for me. Procrastination. Avoiding the inevitable as long as possible. Because as my kids get older, I find it increasingly harder to stay within a reasonable budget. Which means I tend to put off spending the money. What if they change their minds on what they want? What if I find something on sale for a better price next week? Don’tcha just hate the what-ifs of life sometimes? Anywho, I started thinking about what the “big ticket” items were when I was a child versus the “big ticket” items of the 21st Century. My, how times have … read this

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Get your party on: 11/28-12/4

Can you believe the first of December is upon us already? Time flies may be a over-used cliche. Nevertheless, it’s true – especially when you have strange holidays to commemorate. That said, let’s jump right in. Ready to deck the halls or do a little baking, but you just can’t seem to find the time? Fear not. Stay Home Because You’re Well Day lands on Nov. 30. Think of all the things you could accomplish with a holiday like this. You could sleep in an extra hour, trim the tree, make a batch of cookies, do a little shopping, and still have time to create one of the crafts featured on our Craftdown to Christmas! Hopefully, Stay Home Because You’re Well Day will hold you through until the end of the week, … Read entire article »

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Craftdown 2010 Week 2 – Mosaic Block

Chances are if you’ve ever been to a craft show, you’ve seen the various uses for glass blocks. For several years now, crafters have typically tied them with fancy ribbons and bows, then filled them with Christmas lights. So here’s a little different take on the glass block. Use sea glass or stained glass pieces to make your own work of art! What you’ll need: Glass block – available at arts and crafts stores and home improvement stores NOTE: if you purchase a a solid block, make sure you or someone you know can drill a hole in it, so you can get lights inside! Sea glass or stained glass pieces – available at craft stores Glass glue Small strand of holiday lights (I used a strand of 15 for this 6-inch block) How to assemble: Lay glass … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 11/21-11/27

Well, here we are. A few short days until Thanksgiving – and a bang-up list of holidays to explore (give me my dreams, ok?). Actually, things really don’t get going until Nov. 24 with Celebrate Your Unique Talents Day. Oh sure. I can celebrate my multiple talents all day long (and you could, too). But the trick on this day is to celebrate talents unique to each of us. Hmm. Maybe we could change this one to FIND Your Unique Talent Day. But no one asked me. Tie One On Day lands on Nov. 24, so if you’re planning on doing some Turkey Day Eve cooking, you may want to tie one on after your work in the kitchen is done. Flossing Day, Buy Nothing Day, Sinkie Day and Your Welcomegiving Day are … Read entire article »

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Christmas Craftdown 2010 – Week 1

Can you believe Christmas is less than 40 days away? Me, either. Where does the time go? Anywho, today we kick off the craftdown with a super simple dirt-cheap craft: beverage coasters. A great gift for neighbors or teachers or anyone who doesn’t like water rings on their furniture (that would be most of us, wouldn’t it?). They’re so easy and inexpensive that you can make multiple sets for all seasons, too! Here’s what you’ll need: Basic 4-inch white ceramic tiles (available at Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc. I got mine for a whopping 6 cents each.) Scrapbooking paper ModPodge or glue/water mix Felt How to make ‘em: Cut out four-inch squares from the scrapbook paper and felt. Brush generous amount of ModPodge onto front of tile Position paper on tile, and cover with 2-3 coats of ModPodge, allowing each … Read entire article »

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – (2010)
movie review by Kate

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – (2010) Reel reviews for real people Plot: In this seventh and final installment of the beloved Harry Potter series, Harry faces new troubles; he must collect all of the Horcruxes that the evil Lord Voldemort has left behind. He has no idea where these are and he has to destroy them all, even without the faintest idea how to do so. (Rotten Tomatoes) Rating: PG-13  for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy Starring: Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane Director: David Yates Running Time: 2:30 Kate says -3 stars “Here’s the thing about trying to review a movie so anticipated/monumental/beloved/era-defining as Harry Potter and … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Revisionist Pigs (and the big bad wolf)

Well, well, well. Just when you think the coast is clear, out comes a new version of the Three Little Pigs. Is nothing sacred? You remember the original story, I bet. Three pigs, three houses and a wolf. The wolf eats the pigs who didn’t have the wherewithall to built a decent house. Lesson learned? Don’t take shortcuts, don’t half-way do something, etc, etc, etc. At least that’s what I took away. Seriously, maybe that first little pig had it coming to him. Who builds a house out of straw? And don’t tell me he couldn’t find any other suitable material. One of the other pigs (the smarter one) used bricks for crying out loud. But apparently, the old version and the lessons it bestowed are simply not acceptable. Anyway, in the “revised” … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 11/14-11/20

Greetings, partiers. Let’s jump right into the thick of it where all-things-holiday are concerned. Nov. 14 is Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day. So please. Lighten up a bit, celebrate these three rather lame holidays, and remember that a bicycle can’t stand on its own because it’s two-tired… ugh… Moving right along… Nov. 15 is I Love To Write Day. This is certainly one I can identify with, since I write for a living. As as all writers know, just because we do what we love and love what we do, there are days when the words just don’t flow. I think that’s easy enough to explain – writer’s block, lack of inspiration, or a cluttered mind stand in the way of all writers at one time or another. So … Read entire article »

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Cookbook winner

Congrats to Cheryl W. for being chosen as the winner of our cookbook giveaway – In the Kitchen with liz and Kate: Practically Painless Recipes. Cheryl, we’ll be sending you an email from with details of how to claim the prize. Thanks to all who entered by leaving comments. If you weren’t selected as the lucky winner, don’t stress, you can find out more about how to order your own copy by clicking here. … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the Week –
(Almost) Magleby’s Buttermilk Syrup

In my opinion, there are few things more mouth-wateringly delicious than the buttermilk syrup Magleby’s serves on it’s all you can eat french toast. Simply put, it’s creamy, buttery, gooey heaven. And pretty dang easy to make. All you need are 5 minutes, and 6 ingredients which you probably already have on hand. Well, except for the buttermilk, which you’re probably going to have to make a trip to the store to buy.  Does anyone under the age of 70 really drink buttermilk? Have you ever tried plain ol’ unadulterated buttermilk…ummm, yuck! But in syrup…yum! Oh, and of course you’re going to need some french toast, waffles or pancakes. So here it is… (Almost) Magleby’s Buttermilk Syrup Ingredients: 1 stick butter 1 c. sugar 1 c. buttermilk 1 Tbsp. vanilla 1 Tbsp. corn syrup 1/2 tsp. baking soda Directions: 1. Put butter, sugar, buttermilk, … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Twinkies for breakfast

No, this doesn’t mean I’ve deserted Operation Athlete. Far from it. I’m just here to tell you about a recent story that involves someone else having Twinkies for breakfast… and lunch… and dinner. Oh, sure, he shakes it up. He throws in a Ding Dong or Nutty Bar – even some Doritos and sugared cereal and Oreos. These junk foods, as my mom would call them, account for 66 percent of his daily food intake. Anywho, the Twinkie diet man is actually a nutrition professor who’s lost 27 pounds in 10 weeks by reducing his caloric intake by 800, yet consumes foods considered to have no nutritional value, all in an effort to prove the point that it’s not what you eat, but how much you eat. Since beginning the diet, … Read entire article »

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Megamind (2010)- movie review by Kate

Megamind (2010) Reel reviews for real people “Good receives all the praise and adulation. Evil is sent for quiet time in the corner.” Plot: Megamind is the most brilliant super-villain the world has ever known… and the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt has been a colossal failure, thanks to the caped superhero known as “Metro Man,” until the day Megamind actually defeats him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, the fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant, leaving everyone to wonder: Can the world’s biggest “mind” actually be the one to save the day? (Rotten Tomatoes) Rating: PG  for action and some language Genre: Action & Adventure, … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: My eyelids hurt

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Colton’s hockey coach, Ted Butler. While this isn’t verbatim, you’ll get my point: Hey Hockey Moms!!!Are you ready to feel like a million bucks? Ready to be in the best shape of your life? Ready to be a hot mom? I guarantee this will change your life!!! Hmm, I thought. There’s gotta be a catch. But I like Ted. And I trust him. So I started giving the proposal some thought. Until Sunday, when email two came, with something about sending out a personal request to his favorite hockey moms in the subject line. Guess who took the bait? Hook, line, sinker. I sent Ted an email that read more like confessions of an out-of-shape, laden-with-bad-habits, … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 11/7-11/13

When I think of the phrase “aid and abet,” the first word that comes to mind is: illegal. So as we celebrate Abet and Aid Punsters Day on Nov. 8, I trust you will take the high road, keeping your own abetting and aiding in check, please. I think we all have a punster inside – I know I do. In fact, family dinners are often loaded with puns and jabs and crazy jokes that find us doing a lot of eye-rolling. Here’s a site that’s devoted to puns. Check it out, then see if you and your family can come up with your own as this day unfolds. In my opinion, the more eyes that roll, the better! Nov. 8 is also Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day. Cabbage, kraut and … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the week – Easy Turkey, Bacon and Cheese Cressents

This week’s featured recipe is so yummy and so easy to prepare, that it’s sure to quickly become a favorite at your house. It’s a favorite at mine, anyway. Easy Turkey, Bacon and Cheese Cressents Ingredients: 1 can of big and flaky cressent rolls 2 tbs of your fav mustard (I used Grey Poupon) 6 oz. thinly sliced deli turkey 6 slices of your fav cheese 6 slices of cooked bacon (I use turkey bacon) Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Unroll dough and separate into triangles. Spread each triangle with mustard. Top with turkey, cheese and bacon. Roll up loosely and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 21 – 23 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy! If you liked this quick and easy recipe, take a look at the new cookbook Liz and I just made. We think you’ll love it! In the Kitchen with … Read entire article »

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