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Let’s Eat – More Easter Treats!

Let’s Eat – More Easter Treats!

Our Liz’s last minute Easter eats seems to have struck a chord with those of you out there looking for easy, yet cuter than cute, Easter ideas. We aim to please, so here’s another last minute Easter idea that’s yummy, simple to make, and totally impressive. Who doesn’t love  Rice Krispie treats and chocolate? Easter Pops (aka Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treats on a Stick) Ingredients: *Rice Krispie treats cut into bars 2 x 21/2 or so. … Read entire article »

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It’s all about the GREEN! Happy St. Patrick’s Day

It’s all about the GREEN! Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day. As you probably know, I’m all about the holidays. I like to have a reason, any old reason, to take what could be an ordinary day and turn it into a celebration. In my house, there are no little holidays, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. When my kids were really little I tried making a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef and cabbage. That did not go … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – St. Patrick’s Day fun!!!

Kate’s Escapades – St. Patrick’s Day fun!!!

There is an old Irish saying that goes something like this… “There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.” My husband and kids fall into the Irish category, and I am but a lowly Irish wannabe.  Perhaps that’s why I go a little over the top with my St. Paddy’s Day celebrations.  Maybe I’m trying to prove to them (and myself) that I deserve to celebrate … Read entire article »

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So what if I’m a kook for St. Patrick’s Day?! –
Kate’s Escapades

So what if I’m a kook for St. Patrick’s Day?! – <br /> Kate’s Escapades

I can tell Chicago is my kind of town. St. Patrick’s Day is coming right up and I’m kind of a kook for this holiday. I’m well know ’round these parts for my grossly green St. Patrick’s Day dinners. It’s my own special way of torturing my family and friends, all while under the guise of providing a semi-nutritious, completely green home-cooked meal. You have two days to get ready to freak out your family … Read entire article »

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Subway Art – St. Patrick’s Day

Subway Art – St. Patrick’s Day

I’m really loving this new decorating trend called Subway Art. I suppose it’s got it’s name because it mimics the graffiti found in the subways, only this version is a lot less messy and won’t land you in jail. I first noticed Subway Art in friends houses around Christmastime.  I let the idea roll around in my brain for a few months and voila! out popped an idea. Yep, I’m … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Valentine’s Day
How to personalize fortune cookies

Kate’s Escapades – Valentine’s Day <br /> How to personalize fortune cookies

Valentine’s Day is almost here. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that. You’ve probably been stewing over what to do for days.  If you’re still looking for that perfect idea to make that certain special someone feel loved and appreciated, look no more because I have just the thing for you.  Personalized Fortune Cookies! And let me tell you, someone’s gonna be super impressed with this  fun, unique, and easy Valentine’s Day idea. Personalized … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Valentine’s Day Fun

Kate’s Escapades – Valentine’s Day Fun

The big day is almost here, but never fear, I have a few more fun, inexpensive and simple ideas for Valentine’s Day. First of all, I found a really cool site called Match the Memory (www.matchthememory.com) It’s a site that lets you make your own match game by uploading your own pictures and captions. You can completely personalize a match game for your someone special, and then send them the link to play their own … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades: Fun Superbowl Snack Ideas

Kate’s Escapades: Fun Superbowl Snack Ideas

Sunday is the big day, football fans. It’s once again Superbowl time – 49ers v. Ravens. No matter who you are cheering for, these Superbowl snacks are sure to please. m m Football Cheeseball and Crackers 2 pkg. (8 oz. each)  Cream Cheese, softened 1 pkg.  (8 oz.) Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese 1/2 cup  Grated Parmesan Cheese 1/2 cup  MIRACLE WHIP Dressing 1/4 tsp. pepper 2   green onions, chopped 1 cup chopped  Pecans 2 Tbsp.  pimiento strips Crackers Directions: BEAT first 5 ingredients with mixer until blended. Stir … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Football 101
(What every girl needs to know about football)

Kate’s Escapades – Football 101 <br /> (What every girl needs to know about football)

How many football players are on the field for a team at any given time? How many points does a team get for a touchdown? Confused about the difference between a punt, a kick-off and a field goal? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, maybe it’s time for you to read through Football 101 before the next big game. You see, football is my favorite sport.  It wasn’t always this way, it’s been an acquired … Read entire article »

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SNOW CREAM! If it’s gonna snow, you may as well enjoy it!

SNOW CREAM! If it’s gonna snow, you may as well enjoy it!

Tired of the snow yet? I know I am. Here’s a simple and yummy way to turn the snow into a delicious treat! SNOW CREAM Ingredients: Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 tsp vanilla fresh snow Dash of milk Directions: Mix the sweetened condensed mild and vanilla in a LARGE bowl. Add snow gradually and stir. Keep adding snow and stirring. Add a few dashes of milk and stir. Add more snow until the snow cream is desired consistency.   If you don’t have any … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Tips for Staying Toasty

Kate’s Escapades –  Tips for Staying Toasty

Is it sooooo cold at your house that you feel like you’re living in an igloo? At this very moment, it is currently 3 degrees where I live. It is beyond nippy. There’s a huge ice storm moving across the country. No school once again at Liz’s house because of the weather. Are you feeling chilled to the bone like I am? Trying to find ways to get warm and toasty without cranking up the heater? Here … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – How to make Rice Bag Heating Pads

Kate’s Escapades – How to make Rice Bag Heating Pads

The cold temperatures of winter have finally arrived. That means chilly nights and nippy mornings. That also means it’s time to bring out the rice bag heating pads. Our family has used them for years to keep our tootsies warm, our hands toasty, and to relieve the occasional stiff neck or back.  I think we first discovered these amazing little things when my mother-in-law gave us a few for Christmas many years ago. There’s nothing … Read entire article »

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Recipe of the week – Candy Crackers

Recipe of the week – Candy Crackers

It’s December, which means it’s TREAT TIME! And what a treat this is!  Candy Crackers are one of my family’s favorite Christmas-time treats. They’re super easy to make and you may even have all the ingredients on hand. Go ahead and give it a whirl…you wont be sorry.             Candy Crackers (submitted by reader, Karen Smith-Morganti)   INGREDIENTS – 2-3 sleeves of Club Crackers (regular or whole wheat, your choice) 1 ½ cup granulated sugar 2 sticks butter 3 tbsp. white corn syrup 2 … Read entire article »

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Christmas Craftdown – Cookie Cutter Wreath

Christmas Craftdown – Cookie Cutter Wreath

When I got out my Christmas decorations a few days ago, I discovered that one of my favorite old wreaths was looking a little worse for wear. Many of the berries had fallen off and the greenery seemed to be smashed beyond repair. I decided it was time for a new wreath. Hooray for computers and Google, because I found wreath ideas galore. So many, that I had a hard time choosing one to make. … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Thanksgiving Gratitude Tablecloth (Memory Tablecloth)

Kate’s Escapades – Thanksgiving Gratitude Tablecloth (Memory Tablecloth)

Ahhh…Thanksgiving.  That often overlooked holiday sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas.  You know, the one holiday that can’t really be commercialized, so the stores pretend it doesn’t exist? And yet, it is one of the most important holidays of all, because instead of focusing on material things and “stuff to buy”,  we can spend this time focusing on family, gratitude and thankfulness…the things which are truly important in life. In my family we started the tradition of a … Read entire article »

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