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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 … http://jennamccarthy.com/

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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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The Ultimate Challenge (Minute to Win It) Party Games –
Kate’s Escapades

The Ultimate Challenge (Minute to Win It) Party Games – <br /> Kate’s Escapades

My son is now the ripe old age of 11. When it came time to plan his birthday party, we realized he’s at that age where little kid parties just won’t cut it any more. We figured there would be about 25 kids (boys and girls) to keep occupied for 2 hours. After a not so quick perusal of the internet for kid party ideas, I decided to plan an Ultimate Challenge party by modifying … Read entire article »

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Cinco de Mayo Salsa – Liz’s rave

I love salsa. In fact, I think I could have it for breakfast lunch and dinner. I like it with chips, I like it on chicken. I like it by itself (think kicked up tomato soup). And since Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to have salsa, I thought I’d share my favorite recipe. What I like best is if you don’t have all of the main ingredients in your cabinets, the substitutions are (almost) countless. Guess what else? Nothing is really measured. So it’s like a science experiment in the kitchen every single time. And while I often begrudge cooking, I do love to experiment. Start with 3 or 4 tomatoes. Or a can of tomato sauce. Or crushed tomatoes. Or diced tomatoes. Or Ro-Tel (see where this is … Read entire article »

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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                     … Read entire article »

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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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