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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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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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Kate’s Escapades – Let’s Talk Turkey

Kate’s Escapades – Let’s Talk Turkey

The big day is almost here. We have a Thanksgiving motto at my house… Gobble ’til You Wobble! A perfectly acceptable motto for one day of the year, don’t you think?  Well, maybe you could stretch that out to two days, if you have enough leftovers.  But three days?  Don’t try it unless you are expecting a gym membership for Christmas. The star of every Thanksgiving feast is certainly the turkey.  And probably nothing strikes more fear into … Read entire article »

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Decorating the table for Thanksgiving: Veggie Candles

Decorating the table for Thanksgiving: Veggie Candles

How filled with fear do you people get when I start crafting? Pretty fearful, I bet . Anywho, this week, I wanted to bring you super simple project to adorn the Thanksgiving table. Not sure what else to call them, so we’ll just call them Veggie Candles. Here’s what you’ll need: Desired number of candles Green beans (about a half-pound per candle) One bunch asparagus (that will do one candle, as well) Rubber bands Ribbon of choice Making the candles: Wrap rubber … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – these surprising Halloween perks

Betcha Didn’t Know – these surprising Halloween perks

Perk #1 * Let your creativity loose on a pumpkin.  Get out a knife and get carving.  It doesn’t matter what face you choose, the act of carving a pumpkin stimulates the creative right side of your brain, which is responsible for feelings of playfulness. Need inspiration for carving ideas? Go to ThePumpkinFarm.com       Perk #2 Dressing up for Halloween is not just for the kids.  You can release tension by wearing a costume yourself.  Dressing up for Halloween  has … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Halloween Month:
Witches Hats & Breadstick Broomsticks

Kate’s Escapades – Halloween Month: <br /> Witches Hats & Breadstick Broomsticks

Hooray for Halloween! I love Halloween. Today for you Coffee Break readers, I  have two fun Halloween recipe ideas using refrigerated crescent roll dough  and refrigerated breadstick dough.  Couldn’t be simpler. And oh so cute!  Impress your family with these simple and fun ideas. If you missed last week’s recipe for  Creepy Eyeball Treats, check them out. Witches Hats Yield: Makes 8 servings Ingredients: 1 package crescent dinner rolls (8 rolls) 32 turkey pepperoni slices cut in half 3 to 4 salami … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Witches run Amuck!

Kate’s Escapades – Witches run Amuck!

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble. Do you know who we owe this great (often misquoted…does bubble, bubble toil and trouble ring a bell?) Halloween diddy to??? It’s none other than Mr. William Shakespeare. I love the month of October…the crisp air and crunchy fall leaves…the pumpkin patches and corn mazes…the apple scented candles and Fall break at school. But most of all, I love dressing up for Halloween, and most years you’ll find me … Read entire article »

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