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Remembering our heroes

For many of us, today will herald the beginning of summer – lazy days, warm nights, camp fires and swimming pools. In the midst of family picnics and get-togethers, the true meaning of Memorial Day often gets pushed aside. Other families don’t have that luxury. Today, they’ll gather at a graveside to honor and remember a loved one – a father or grandfather, brother or son, husband or wife, mother or daughter. I’d like to honor three such families today: the Hunts and Lieurances (families of Joey Hunt and Vic Lieurance, both KIA on 22 AUG 2005) and the Tuckers (family of Wes Tucker, KIA 13 OCT 2005). For all of you readers who may have lost someone dear, our thoughts are with you as well, today, as we remember the ultimate price …

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It’s the last day of school for the kiddies before summer break. Cooking dinner is the last thing on my mind today. We’ve got better things to do with our day, like maybe a few hours at the park topped off with a stop at Hawaiian Shave Ice downtown. Anyhoo, where was I? Dinner, yep, well I’m making something super easy since I’ve got plans for fun today: Easy Creamy Chicken Enchiladas. Easy Creamy Chicken Enchiladas Ingredients: 1 small onion, chopped cooking spray 3 cups shredded cooked chicken  (I used rotisserie chicken from the market) 2 diced fresh tomatoes (or 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained) 1 tub (10 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Santa Fe Blend Cooking Creme, divided 1 cup Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese 8 flour tortillas (6 inch) chunky salsa verde (the green stuff) Directions: Heat oven to … Read entire article »

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Jennifer Lawrence all made-over and Katniss-like
Kate’s Hunger Games Update

Jennifer Lawrence all made-over and Katniss-like  <br /> Kate’s Hunger Games Update

(*Want to check out The Hunger Games movie reviews? Go HERE!) A few months back I wrote about the brouhaha over the casting of Jennifer Lawrence for the role of Katniss Everdeen in the movie adaptation of the literary bestseller, The Hunger Games. (If you missed it, take a look…Are you hungering for more Hunger Games?) Seems fans thought she was too old, too tall, too blonde, too glamorous… Well, here she is all made-over and Katniss-like. I … Read entire article »

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Clean your clarinet – Liz’s rant

Well, this is just gross. Not surprising, but gross to think about, nonetheless. Especially seeing how Kate and I were both clarinet players, among other instruments. And we were pretty good, too (if memory serves). Who hasn’t been in the band for that matter – or at least given it some consideration somewhere between fifth grade and high school?? Well, let’s just say that this study may find you playing a different tune. Or at the least, you’ll be sanitizing the ol’ tuba nightly :-). A recent study from Oklahoma State University Health Sciences Center has found that a plethora of bacteria, germs and even mold are happily hanging out and growing in school band instruments. The results have led to a call to not only clean and polish the outside, … Read entire article »

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Icing on the cake – Liz’s rant

NOTE: As our beloved Kate is still taking care of a family emergency, I decided to re-run one of my favorite posts which features one of my go-to websites – the site I frequent whenever I need a good laugh. Oh sure. I could’ve given you a super simple recipe.  But Kate is the queen of our recipes as you all know. So in her honor this week, we’re gonna laugh about other people’s bakery botches. My brother and his wife are expecting baby no. 2 in the next few weeks, (OK – update. Baby Franklin is 3 1/2 months old, now) so needless to say, baby showers are in the air, as it were. In fact, my sister-in-law’s office gave her a shower just last week. As far as I know, … Read entire article »

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The brightest bulb in the box? -Liz’s rant

Today, I bring you yet another head-spinner – this time, one that’s gonna hit you right in the wallet. And with gas at $4 a gallon (up 125 percent since January 2009, meaning we’re paying $1,000 more per year), food prices up 26 percent and one in seven Americans on food stamps, this one could go over like a lead balloon. A new 100-watt LED light bulb has recently been introduced to replace those incandescent bulbs we all know and love. For the low (low) price of $50, you, too, can own one of these bulbs. That’s right. Fifty dollars for a light bulb. I guess we really shouldn’t be surprised. If you’ve priced those dastardly curly-q bulbs, you already know they’re not cheap, either. Running roughly $4 and up for … Read entire article »

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It’s Primary Election Day- Get out and VOTE!

Note: Kate is out for the next few days due to a family emergency. I’m sure she’d appreciate it if you’d be so kind to keep her in your thoughts, and I trust she’ll bring you up to date soon. That being said, this story originally ran prior to the November 2010 elections. For some states (like Kentucky) primary elections are being held today. And the importance of casting your vote can never be overstated 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 … Read entire article »

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Captcha this! – Liz’s rant

If you’ve ever run across a website that checks to see whether or not you’re the human you claim to be :-), you’re likely familiar with the images on the left. As you may also know, this is called a CAPTCHA box, or, in long form, Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart. (No I’m not kidding…) When the letters and numbers are easy to decipher, I feel like this is  a pretty ingenious invention. But when I can’t tell a Z from a 7 and an L, I tend to get a tad cranky. In fact, these CAPTCHA boxes can frustrate me to the point that I decide that whatever I needed from the website is over-ridden by my impatience. This weekend was a perfect example. … Read entire article »

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Paraskavedekatriaphobia, friggatriskaidekaphobia, or triskaidekaphobia? Yikes, it’s Friday the 13th!

Today is Friday the 13th! Not a big deal to me, and just to tempt the fates I’ve been walking under ladders, opening my umbrella indoors and putting out bowls of milk for all the little black kitties out there. Just for kicks here’s some Friday the 13th entertainment for you brought to you by MSNBC… Here are five of our favorite Friday-the-13th facts: 1. Fear of Friday the 13th — one of the most popular myths in science — is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13. 2. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13. 3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host … Read entire article »

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Creamy Chicken Fajitas – Kate’s recipe of the week

I’ve been noticing the new Philadelphia Cooking Cremes in the grocery store for the past several weeks, so being the sucker that I am for new products, I picked up the little Cooking Creme Recipes pamphlet, found a promising recipe, and decided to give it a try. This week’s recipe, Creamy Chicken Fajitas, uses the Santa Fe Style Cooking Creme and is so easy to prepare and super delicious. Creamy Chicken Fajitas Ingredients: (makes 8 fajitas) 1 lb cooked chicken strips (or beef, if you prefer) 1 onion, sliced thinly 2 peppers, sliced thinly (I used green and orange) 1 tub Santa Fe Cooking Creme 8 flour fajita size tortillas 1 cup shredded cheese (Oops, I left the cheese out of the photo) Directions:   How easy is that? The Santa Fe Cooking Creme mixed in with the chicken/veggie mixture adds … Read entire article »

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Warning: May cause your head to spin – Liz’s rant

It should’ve been enough that I was already trying to keep my head from spinning off my shoulders. I was dealing with not one, but TWO issues of political correctness run amok. According to a story in the Associated Press,  the Journal of Animal Ethics recommends that phrases like “drunk as a skunk,” and  “eat like a pig” be dropped from our vocabulary. While we’re at it, apparently we need to quit using words like “beast” and critter,” too. Apparently, it’s the words we use that cause some to abuse animals. Isn’t that always the way it is… Another story referred to the chiding of the military for using Geronimo as code name when the Navy SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, who is swimming with the fishes now. Or should I … Read entire article »

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Thor (2011) – movie review by Kate

Thor (2011) – movie review by Kate Reel Reviews for Real People Plot: The epic adventure THOR spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.– (C) Paramount Pictures Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence) Genre: Action/Adventure Director: Kenneth Branagh Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Stellan Scarsgard, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Kat Dennings Running time: 1:55 Kate says … Read entire article »

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Quick cauliflower salad – Liz’s recipe

Okay peeps – let me begin by saying photos to follow. (That’s sort of like saying ‘the check’s in the mail’ heh, heh, heh.) The photos will follow because I finished up the last of this yesterday. As I was finishing it off, I had a eureka moment – “Hey!” I said to myself. “This is PERFECT for Coffee Break with Liz and Kate!”  That is sooo like me Please try to overcome. This is a super quick, three-ingredient salad (sans any seasonings you’d like to use). It’s light, tasty, crunchy, and I’d like to think, good for you. Great as a side dish, afternoon snack, or even a light lunch. Here’s what you’ll need: Cauliflower florets (or a head of cauliflower) Broccoli florets (or a head of broccoli) Light mayonnaise (or some bottled … Read entire article »

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Good Eats for Cinco De Mayo – Kate’s Escapades

Happy Cinco De Mayo, y’all! It’s a big ole’ holiday today, and I’m sure you’re about to get your fiesta on, which I’m positive will include some Mexican hat dancing, a big gaudy sombrero (unless, of course, you break out that Derby hat early as a warm -up for the big race on Saturday) AND some yummy Mexican food. But first there is something you should really know about today, the 5th of May. So, raise your hand if you thought we were celebrating the Mexican Independence Day today. Don’t be ashamed, so did I. Really, we’re celebrating Mexico’s win over France in a  two hour battle which took place almost 150 years ago in Puebla, Mexico. As long as we’re on a roll here, you should probably also know that … Read entire article »

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Grab your hat, it’s Kentucky Derby time! – Liz’s rave

It’s known as the greatest/most exciting/fastest two minutes in sports – that first Saturday in May – when the best of the best hit the track, carrying on in the tradition of Man-O-War, Secretariat, Seattle Slew and (who can forget?!?) Burgoo King. That’s right. We’re T-minus 3 days from The 137th Running of the Kentucky Derby And while for many, this day is all about the horses, any self-respecting woman will tell you it’s about much… much more. It’s all about the hat. Enter Exhibit A: A recent trip to Louisville found Mom and Dad at one of Mom’s go-to stores in the city – Dee’s. While I will be the first to say that it’s probably one of the last places my dad wanted to shop, even he was amazed at the … Read entire article »

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