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Celebrate the 4th with Kate’s Patriotic Dessert

Celebrate Independence! With the 4th of July just around the corner, it’s time to start planning for the big day of celebration. There are parades to attend, fireworks to watch, picnics to plan, desserts to make. Here’s one that’s easy to make, looks and tastes delicious, and uses some of my favorite summer fruits – fresh strawberries and blueberries. Here’s my recipe for a strawberry and blueberry trifle, made  in individual serving dishes for that extra cuteness factor.   Patriotic Dessert Ingredients: store bought angel food cake fresh strawberries fresh blueberries 1 can strawberry pie filling 1 can blueberry pie filling 2 small boxes of vanilla instant pudding 4 cups of milk whipped topping   Mix pudding according to directions and  refrigerate for 5 min.  Cut angel food into bite-sized pieces.  Layer the pudding, fruit and cake pieces into each cup. Add … comparison of surrogacy between usa and india

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We’re T-Minus 5 days until the Fourth of July, when we celebrate our nation’s Independence! My house is fairly patriotic year-round, but even more so on holidays like this one, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day and Patriot Day (September 11). Red, white and blue fill the house and the yard, and there’s always a reading of the Declaration of Independence. I have a plethora of small flags in two different sizes. The larger ones are perfect for lining the driveway and sidewalk, the smaller ones really jazz up potted plants and smaller spaces. Big Lots and the Dollar Tree usually carry packages of soft mints, wrapped in the colors of Old Glory, Tootsie Roll puts out a patriotic Tootsie Pop, and if you’re lucky, you can find red, white and … Read entire article »

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Bountiful Baskets – Kate’s Escapades

I’m not sure how this happened, but apparently there’s a cool new shopping trend out here in Utah (and 14 other states) that seems to be all the rage, and I knew nothing about it! NOTHING! Not one thing! Nada! Thanks a lot, guys. I thought you were supposed to be taking care of me, you know, keeping me in the loop of all amazing new trends and finds. This cool new thing is called Bountiful Baskets . It’s a food co-op which uses it’s collective purchasing power to get fresh fruits and vegetables (and other assorted yummies) at great low prices, with the discounts being passed on to the co-op members (me…and soon hopefully you, too). I tried it out for my very first time this past Saturday morning in front of the Spanish Fork … Read entire article »

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Don’t paint your nails, Mom – Liz’s rant

I was really hoping to jump right into Fourth of July preparations today, seeings how the celebrating America’s independence is right up there with Christmas as far as I’m concerned. But the festivities will have to wait. Because I – or should I say, my son – apparently has issues with finger nail polish where all things “mom” are concerned. It’s the darndest thing, I tell ya. My first hint that something was wrong came a few nights ago, when I came out of Hannah’s room with her basket of 847 bottles of nail polish, to see if somewhere in the mix there might possibly be a bottle of bright red (the perfect color for the 4th of July). “What are you doing, Mom?” “I’m going to paint my nails. Do you mind?” “Yes. … Read entire article »

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Frozen Lemonade Pie – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

Today’s recipe is the perfect combination of a refreshing glass of lemonade mixed with a creamy cold slice of pie: Frozen Lemonade Pie! Four ingredients, five minutes of prep, some freezer time and you’ve got a delicious dessert. Frozen Lemonade Pie Ingredients: 1 pie crust (I used the shortbread kind, but the graham kind would be yummy as well.) 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 can (6 oz.) frozen lemonade (I could only find a 12 oz. can so I used half of it and made the rest into lemonade.) 8 oz. whipped topping Directions: Mix everything together, put it into the pie crust and freeze for several hours. That’s it! Gotta love that. Easy peasy lemon pie-easy! ~Kate   Related articles This week’s recipe – Easy Peasy Lemon Freezy Pops ( Good Thing I Like Lemonade ( Key Lime … Read entire article »

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Festivals, food and fried Kool-Aid – Liz’s rave

I love festivals. And in the spring, summer and fall months, they abound all across the country. One of my favorites is the RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival in the railroad town of Bell Buckle, TN. Think of a Moon Pie flavor and they’ll likely have it. Of course they have other things, too. Like fried Twinkies and fried potatoes and fried Oreo’s and the list goes on. My hands-down favorite festival foods? One of those grease-laden corn dogs with mustard, washed down with a funnel cake. Elephant ears aren’t too bad either. As you know, the two are essentially the same, where the dough and toppings are concerned. Maybe my favorites makes me old school. And I guess I am. Either that, or I’m just out of the loop, or … Read entire article »

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Bubble Fun – Kate’s Escapades

Here we are only a few weeks into the summer break, and already the kiddos are wandering aimlessly through the house feeling restless and bored. This simple and inexpensive idea is sure to keep the kids, or grandkids, busy for at least long enough so you can whip up a delicious treat, catch up on a DVRed episode of your favorite reality show, or maybe flip through that Entertainment Weekly that’s calling your name. Homemade Bubbles 4 cups Water 1 cup grease cutting dish Soap – (Palmolive, Ajax, Joy, Dawn…) 1/4 cup Light Corn Syrup (this takes the place of glycerine, which you probably don’t have) container – plastic tub, gallon jug Just mix all the ingredients together and store in container. Now that you’ve got the bubbles made, what do you do with them? *How about some … Read entire article »

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Warts: Nothing a shotgun can’t cure – Liz’s rant

I suppose it’s an age-old question: What do you do when a wart causes so much discomfort that you just can’t take it anymore? Bury a rag? Buy some Wart-B-Gone medicine? Have the doctor freeze it off? Do incantations? How about this novel approach? Try a shotgun. That’s right. Apparently Shaun Murphy of England recently took that route, after, in his mind, all other avenues that point toward relief had been blocked. According to  a story that appeared in The Telegraph, Murphy found the shotgun in a hedge, and, one would assume, figured, “Hey, I’ll just blast off this wart!” So he did what any self-inflicting, wart-hating, crazy person would do. He liquored up, took aim and fired. Try to contain your shock as I tell you the gun shot blew off most … Read entire article »

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A daughter and her car – Liz’s rant

Have you ever noticed that when things are good, as a parent, you can rank right up there with the bffs of the world. But when things are bad, you’re suddenly enemy No. 1? Let’s just say I’m currently Enemy No. 1 on my daughter’s list through no fault of my own. It seems her car has a slight problem (at least that’s how the women among us would likely term it). It’s running super hot and leaking a fluid. Which wasn’t on my daughter’s list of things to take care of last night with a double-header softball game four counties away. So I took the car for a spin before she left. And when the hot/cold gauge (does it have a real name? Oh, what does it matter) goes to hot after … Read entire article »

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Super 8 – Movie Review by Kate

Super 8 Reel reviews for real people Plot: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. ~Paramount Rating: PG 13 for intense scenes of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use Starring: Joel Courtney,Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Zach Mills, Gabriel Basson, Ryan Lee, and Amanda Michalka Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Director: J.J. Abrams Producer: Steven Spielberg Running time: 1:51 Kate says – 3 1/2 stars ” Super 8 … Read entire article »

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Is Dia Frampton The Voice? – Kate’s Escapades

I’ll be the first to admit that the show selection on telly during the summertime is mighty slim pickins’. If you’ve been here before, you probably know I am an admitted reality show addict. In the summer, though, I generally take a break from the TV nonsense by doing other more productive things, like sitting out on the front porch listening to crickets chirp while enjoying an ice cold Coke Zero. This summer, however… ‘Yay!’ for the fact that The Voice is on. Double ‘Yay! Yay!’ for the fact that the contestant that some are calling the frontrunner, Dia, is a Utah gal and friend of my oldest daughter, Megan. In this house, we’ve been fans of the music of sisters, Meg and Dia, for many years. On Tuesday’s live episode of The … Read entire article »

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Top Dish Tarragon Chicken – Liz’s rave

As you guys know, cooking is about as high on my list as a trip to the dreaded dentist. It’s not that I don’t like to cook. It’s more that I don’t like figuring out what to cook. Endless otherwise productive hours are spent coming up with something to fix, usually ending with me tossing some chicken nuggets in the oven and calling it done. But sometimes I out-do myself. Like last night. Granted, I’ve fixed many a dinner that I really like. But this dish is ranking up there with one of my all-time favorites. And for a chick who doesn’t like to eat her own cooking, that’s saying something. So I figured it would be fun to highlight those dishes that rise above the fray – that stand out … Read entire article »

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Infused Water – Kate’s Escapades

In my never-ending effort to keep you Coffee Break readers all hip and trendy, I bring you my latest new favorite thing – Infused Water. (You know, water that is no longer all plain and boring because it’s had fruit floating in it spreading it’s deliciousness all around.) That’s all infused water is, water with just the barest hint of flavor. In fact, it basically tastes like regular water when you’re taking a sip, but then the aftertaste hits you with just a touch of flavor. It’s super refreshing, nutritious, easy to make, and just may get you and your family to drink more water this summer. Just get one of those pretty glass dispensers that are on sale all about town, fill it with water and add some fruit pieces of … Read entire article »

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Marigolds for Granny – Liz’s rave

I’d been “testing” marigolds for a month or so, looking for that scent that reminded me of my grandmother. By testing, I mean rubbing on the flower with my fingers, much like you would to smell mint or basil or whatever. Because marigolds have a distinctive smell that I remember from my childhood. And marigolds are one of the many things that remind me of my late grandmother, Ibbie (Stewart) McAllister. Granny was the quintessential grandmother, in my opinion. She’d let me camp out in the pop-up tent, even though she knew I had no intention of staying out there all night. She’d let me use Clorox and clean her bathroom all day long if I wanted to. She’d pop us popcorn, toss in a stick of butter and call it buttered … Read entire article »

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Are your shrimp in shape? – Liz’s rant

And furthermore, do you really care? Well, either the National Science Foundation cares, or they’re in a contest with other people to come up with the most idiotic uses of taxpayer dollars ever known to man. I’m going with the contest scenario. Here’s the scoop. A senate report recently revealed that the NSF has mismanaged about $3 billion – partly to fund the exercise ability of shrimp… on a treadmill. Apparently, NSF employees tested sick shrimps’ metabolism. And boy, who could’ve guessed what they found: The sick shrimp “did not perform as well and did not recover as well from exercise as healthy shrimp,” according to the report. Price tag to come to this “my-9-year-old-could’ve-guessed-this” conclusion? $559,681. But the story doesn’t end there. Among the other ways the NSF used our tax dollars: Jell-O … Read entire article »

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