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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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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 – 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 – 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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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 – 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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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 – Spring Break Frolic

Kate’s Escapades – Spring Break Frolic

We think this post from a few years back is worth a Second Glance, especially since it’s spring break and we’re off frolicking with our kids. Enjoy! Ahhhhh…spring break is finally here. Seems like we’ve been waiting for it since the day after school began last year.  A break from the routine of alarm clocks, bed times, endless homework, car pools, nagging.   I am as excited as the kids are.  It’s hard work to parent … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – April Fools’ Day Food Prank

Kate’s Escapades –  April Fools’ Day Food Prank

Since April Fools’ Day is coming up in a few days, we decided this post from two years ago is worth a Second Glance... It’s finally here.  The day when I get to release my pent up immaturity…the day when it’s perfectly acceptable for me to feel mischievous and sneaky…the day when I get to be all the things I try to teach my kids not to be. I must confess, when I was writing yesterday’s ridiculous … Read entire article »

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Second Glance – Holi Moly, It’s the Festival of Colors 2011

Second Glance – Holi Moly, It’s the Festival of Colors 2011

Coming up this weekend (March 24 & 25) is one of my very, VERY favorite things ever…the annual Festival of Colors at the Hare Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, UT. It’s pretty much the coolest thing ever. I have a new lens for my Nikon D3000 that I can’t wait to try out, so get ready for next week’s Picture Me a Monday ’cause it’s gonna be a rockin’ slide show from this year’s festival. Here’s … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Fat Tuesday means pancakes for dinner

Kate’s Escapades – Fat Tuesday means pancakes for dinner

“(Tuesday) is Fat Tuesday, and of course, this being America, it will be followed by Even Fatter Wednesday, Obese Thursday and Fat-A** Friday.” –Jay Leno How much do you love a holiday that has as it’s main objective encouraging you to pig out? I’m talking about Fat Tuesday, of course, which just happens to be today.  Or perhaps in this politically correct day and age, we should call it “big-boned Tuesday” or possibly “full-figured Tuesday”. You … Read entire article »

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Kate goes on an Adventure to an Oxygen Bar

Kate goes on an Adventure to an Oxygen Bar

Kate Goes to an Oxygen Bar. Tag along with Kate as she makes an attempt at being cool, hip and trendy. Oxygen bars are all the rage these days among the young trendy yuppie types. While I’ll be the first to admit that I am neither young or trendy, I do occasionally try to be hip. My latest attempt at “hipness” involved putting pink plastic tubes up my nose and breathing  the scent of an orange … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – Dyeing your hair recharges your batteries

Betcha Didn’t Know – Dyeing your hair recharges your batteries

Betcha didn’t know… dyeing your hair recharges your batteries. In addition to making you look younger, coloring your hair makes you feel more energized. British researchers who measured how women felt before and after a dye job (even just to cover a few stray grays) discovered that 100% of the women experienced a surge in energy and confidence! Changing your hair is the easiest way to transform yourself and replenish your zest for life, says Charla Krupp, author … Read entire article »

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