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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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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: 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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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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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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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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Kate’s Escapades – How to Make Gourmet Caramel Apples

Kate’s Escapades – How to Make Gourmet Caramel Apples

One of my family’s favorite fall treats is caramel apples.  We used to make regular old plain caramel apples and love them, until one vacation to Disneyland many years ago.  We discovered  Marceline’s Confectionery candy shop just outside the Disneyland gates.  We had gone to Downtown Disney the night before our adventure into the actual Disneyland park to get a taste of the Disneyland magic and … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Halloween Month:
Deviled Egg Eyeballs &
Toads in a Blanket

Kate’s Escapades – Halloween Month: <br /> Deviled Egg Eyeballs & <br /> Toads in a Blanket

I think that  hidden deep inside me there is a mean streak just itching to get out.  I say this because I derive ridiculous amounts pleasure from watching the faces of unsuspecting victims as they bite into disgusting looking, but delicious tasting treats like the ones I’m  sharing with you today… Disgusting Deviled Egg Eyeballs Ingredients: 6 hard-boiled eggs 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon mustard Pinch of salt Green and red food coloring Sliced black olives Toothpicks Directions: Peel the cooled hard boiled eggs and … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the week – Creepy Tapeworm Sandwiches

Kate’s Recipe of the week – Creepy Tapeworm Sandwiches

Halloween is just days away, so in honor of one of my favorite holidays I’m going to teach you how to make this disgustingly disturbing dish… Creepy Tapeworm Sandwiches Ingredients: Hot Dogs Barbecue Sauce Hot Dog Buns Directions: Cut hot dogs into long strips. I cut each hot dog into thirds, and then cut each third into thirds for a total of 9 hot dog pieces per hot dog. Put hot dogs into frying pan and add barbecue sauce. Heat through, stirring frequently. Put … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Disgusting Worm Salad

Kate’s Escapades – Disgusting Worm Salad

Today’s post is courtesy of my crazy friend, Whitney.   I’ll admit I  come up with some kooky ideas from time to time, but next to her I’m an amateur.  She takes sick and disgusting to a whole new level with this Halloween “treat”.  This one is only for the truly warped and brave… Disgusting Worm Salad by Whitney Hancock These edible worms are a BIG hit for our Halloween Dinner. The first time I served these … Read entire article »

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It’s National Pretzel Day – Go ahead and celebrate!
You know you want to.

It’s National Pretzel Day – Go ahead and celebrate! <br /> You know you want to.

Today, April 26, is National Pretzel Day! I’ll take any old reason to celebrate, especially when there are salty snacks are involved. How did the lowly and oft overlooked pretzel get it’s start? I took a little cruise around the internet and found that most agree the first pretzels were created around 600 AD by Catholic monks using left over dough which was twisted into the pretzel knot we know today. Some say the knot shape … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Top Seven ways to use boiled eggs

Liz’s Top Seven ways to use boiled eggs

You know the drill. Easter is over. Chocolate bunnies sit in their baskets devoid of ears, pieces of shiny fake green grass are strewn from one end of the house to the other, and no fewer than two dozen eggs bide their time in the refrigerator, asking themselves but one thing: “Will we be eaten? Or tossed to the curb with all that shiny fake green grass?” Which is where I make a confession. As much as … Read entire article »

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