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Cinnamon Popcorn – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

You’re going to love this sweet, salty, cinnamon-y popcorn treat, I promise. It’s super easy and absolutely delicious. I whipped up this batch bright and early this morning, just for you guys. Too bad you’re not here with me to eat it up. Now I’m going to have to try to resist eating the whole bowlful before the kiddies get home from school. Cinnamon Popcorn Ingredients: 8 – 10 cups popped corn 6 tbsp melted butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt Directions:     ~Kate                     …

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PlayStations, hackers and lawsuits – Liz’s rant

The saga that is my story today began sometime last week. My son had hopped on the PlayStation Network only to discover they were undergoing maintenance. To him, the world was coming to an end. No more friends to play Little Big Planet with, no more collaborating on creating new worlds or levels or whatever it is he designs on there, and perhaps most importantly, no more yelling from me to “get off the PlayStation now!” In all honesty, I think online gaming has the capacity to be Satan incarnate. Just my opinion. Because I have to spend an inordinate amount of time monitoring his every move on there – making sure he doesn’t friend 40-year-old freaks, the dregs of society or otherwise unmonitored 10-year-olds who cuss like sailors. Truthfully, I was … Read entire article »

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MiO Liquid Water Enhancer – Kate’s Ravin’ Review

Did you guys really think I could resist this one? One look at those cute little egg shaped silver bottles and I knew I was a goner. When I first picked up the little bottle, I didn’t even know what kind of product I was getting myself into. Thank goodness for the clever packaging, because I have now discovered a new favorite thing. Flip it. Tip it. Sip it. Click it. Zero Calories! I’m talking about MiO Liquid Water Enhancer, of course. Did you catch that ‘liquid’ part? As in ‘not powder’! That means no more spilling the powder as you try to pour it into the minuscule bottle opening. No more slimy powder particles coating the edges of the bottle or cup. No more inhaling the powder ‘fumes’ as you stir. In fact, … Read entire article »

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Liz’s last minute Easter eats

Liz’s last minute Easter eats

It may come as no surprise to find out that my original, outstanding Easter idea has gone the way of the dodo bird.  In theory it was quite a simple craft – peat pot Easter baskets. Imagine the kitchen table, covered in 16 (count ‘em – 16) peat pots, a large jar of ModPodge, craft paint, stickers, pipe cleaners (the baskets needed handles), and glitter. But the stickers didn’t quite stick. And my enthusiasm waned faster … Read entire article »

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Cape-A-Bility Challenge sorely lacking in super heroics –
Liz’s rant

Dateline: Central Florida, Spring 2011 Problem: More than 1 million Floridians unemployed Enter Workforce Central Florida, a federally-funded labor development agency, who is about to tackle the above problem with a $73,000 PR campaign. I’m guessing that at some point, the agency’s key players were called together for a meeting. They probably even locked the doors behind them. “No one leaves until we’ve eradicated unemployment in Central Florida,” someone probably said. So (again, I’m guessing) they gathered around the conference table, tossing out idea after idea in search of the perfect solution for the problem that is unemployment. Finally, someone shouts, “Eureka!” Everyone’s attention turns in the direction of the glowing light bulb shining above the room’s genius – they hang on his every word. “I’ve got it! We’ll hand out superhero capes to all who … Read entire article »

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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 … Read entire article »

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Shopping baskets on wheels – Liz’s rave

There’s something about ingenuity that makes my heart happy. Something about taking the simplest idea and, with one small tweak, turning it into something better than it was before that restores my faith in mankind. My latest find came at the new Save-A-Lot grocery here in town. I’d run in to get “a few things” and grabbed one of those little red baskets. You know the ones. The basket you pick up to avoid the hassle of a shopping cart when you aren’t purchasing a week’s worth of groceries. The funny thing about those baskets, though, is their size is also their downfall. Throw in a 2-liter and the basket not only tries to capsize, it gets jolly heavy as those plastic handles dig into your arm. Try putting in a frozen … Read entire article »

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Saucy Sausage Buns – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

This tasty sandwich is great for any time of the year. It’s jam packed with saucy flavor and super quick and easy to prepare. You’re going to love this one! Saucy Sausage Buns Ingredients:4 servings 4 sausage links (4 oz. each) , sliced. I used pre-cooked lowfat turkey sausage. 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper 2/3 cup ginger ale 2/3 cup chili sauce 1/2 cup apricot jam 3 tbs onion soup mix 4 French rolls 1/2 cup shredded cheese Directions: ~Kate         … Read entire article »

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The spring sphere hunt – Liz’s rant

First, they came after Christmas, as words like winter break and happy holidays were crammed down our throats lest someone be offended if they heard the term, “Merry Christmas.” And Heaven forbid you say words like nativity and scene in the same sentence – much less in public. Then they came after Thanksgiving. So it should come as no real surprise that Easter eggs are now under attack. It seems some students at a private Seattle, WA, high school were told to perform a week’s worth of community service during spring break. So one sophomore student decided to volunteer her time at a third-grade public school class. Toward the end of the week, the sophomore decided it would be fun to bring some plastic Easter eggs, filled with various candies, to school … Read entire article »

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Shiny Packages, Royal Mail and Monkey Shirts –
Kate’s Escapades

No matter how old I get  (which, according to my kids,  is pretty darn old since I was born before the invention of computers, microwaves and remote control  TVs) the excitement of finding a package in the mail box addressed to me  never wears off. It’s like a tiny surge of flashback adrenaline left over from memories of childhood birthdays and Christmas mornings. So a few weeks ago I trudged through the snow to my mailbox to collect my never ending supply of bills and junk mail,  delivered by my not very nice mailman who has a personal vendetta against me (read about him here in Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3) and I opened my box to find a shiny blue package not only addressed to me, but with … Read entire article »

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Top signs spring has sprung – Liz’s rant

  Yesterday marked the warmest day of the year for many here in Kentucky – Louisville hit a record high of 90 degrees. Not bad for the second week of April. So I thought we’d briefly explore some of the tell-tale signs that spring fever has hit you. You find yourself at the store with a cart full of flowers and plants, and are filled with a strange urge to fight anyone who takes that nice looking geranium that has the biggest red blooms. You pull out all your summer clothes in full knowledge that the temperatures won’t stay this way consistently – at least not for a few more weeks. But out of spite, you pack away every last item that remotely reminds you of winter (even that light-weight jacket you’ll be … Read entire article »

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Tex Mex Turkey Burgers – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

This week’s recipe is a nice change from the standard burger. Tex Mex Turkey Burgers are easy to make, taste delicious, and have just the right amount of Southwestern flair. Tex Mex Turkey Burgers Ingredients: (4 servings) 1 1/4 lbs. ground turkey 1 package taco seasoning 1 tbs. dried cilantro flakes 4 cheese slices 1/2 cup light sour cream 1/2 cup salsa hamburger buns lettuce (Oops! I left the lettuce out of the picture.) Directions:   1.In a large bowl, combine turkey, taco seasoning, and cilantro. Shape into 4 patties. 2. Cook the turkey patties. I chose to grill them on my indoor griller, however, you could also broil them in the oven or cook them in a frying pan. (Just make sure they are cooked all the way through with NO pink in the middle.) Top with cheese and heat until melted. 3. Combine … Read entire article »

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Kate needs an intervention – Liz’s rant

Hi. My name is Liz. And Kate is a reality show junkie. I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise. I’ve heard reality show rumblings from Kate before. In fact, she’s followed a few of these shows in the past – right here on this website. I just didn’t realize how many shows Kate was watching. And to think I feel guilty for watching American Idol every week. To think that I spent almost sleepless nights wondering what the rest of the world would say, should they discover that, every Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. sharp, I’m glued to the TV, listening to the voices of angels (well, sometimes) fill my living room with music.. All to find out that my dear bff Kate is not only watching American Idol, she’s watching … Read entire article »

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Reality Check – Kate’s Escapades

A week or so ago, I was scrolling through the playlist of my recorded TV shows and noticed something that kind of surprised me; about 60% of the shows on our list were reality shows. Then I started paying attention to what shows were on our 3 TVs during the next week. Truthfully, it’s like ‘Reality Central’ around here. Sure, there was a spattering here and there of ‘real’ TV shows, you know, the ones with actors and scripts, but for the most part, reality TV is pretty dang big at our house. I’m wondering what in the world this says about my family? Sure, we watch the typical popular reality shows that it seems all of America is tuned into: American Idol (my fav is Casey Abrams) , Dancing with the … Read entire article »

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Ooey, Gooey Marshmallow Crackers – Liz’s recipe

Have you ever noticed it’s the little things in life that make us feel like dancin’ a little jig? Such is the case with today’s recipe. Please grab smelling salts to help get over the shock of me, Liz, giving you a recipe, and continue on to the bestest afternoon snack the world has known. My mother used to make these for us after school. Like many of her recipes, I’ve often wondered if she dreamed this up on her own. If so, how? If not, who shall we deem King or Queen of all things ooey, gooey and marshmallow-y?!? These could not be more simple or more tasty. And let’s all remember: marshmallows are FAT-FREE Here’s what you’ll need: Saltine crackers (regular or whole wheat) Marshmallows Butter Here’s how to make ‘em: Set oven to … Read entire article »

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