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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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Recipe of the week –
Cheater Chicken Parmesan

Recipe of the week – <br /> Cheater Chicken Parmesan

Here at Coffee Break we just LOVE our Cheater recipes. So what’s a “Cheater” recipe?  It’s a way to end up with a delicious home cooked meal, side dish or dessert without spending lots of  time to get there. This recipe was sent to us by Coffee Break reader, Susan Stephens. I (Kate) decided to give the Cheater Chicken Parmesan recipe a try this week to see if the family would like it.  I took some pics … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – my secret yearning to
Snuggie it up

Kate’s Escapades – my secret yearning to <br />Snuggie it up

You’ve all seen the annoying commercials.  Either you love ‘em, or you think they’re the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen.   I’d venture to guess that many of you, whether you’ll admit or not,  secretly want one.  It’s the oh so cozy  blanket with sleeves: the snuggie. I’ve secretly wanted one for years, but never had the guts to buy one for fear of being ridiculed by my fellow man.  This winter I’ve decided it’s high … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – This tip for reversing winter weight gain

Betcha didn’t know… this tip for reversing winter weight gain. Soak up some sun to curb cravings.  Without enough sunlight, your body’s production of the feel-good hormone serotonin dips dramatically. That may trigger cravings for chips, cookies, ice cream and other refined carbs, which have the power to raise serotonin levels, too, but for a price: calories. But sitting in the sun (or even a brightly lit room) for at least 10 – 15 minutes a day can do the same thing. ~Woman’s World *Leave a comment on this, or any, post and be automatically entered in this week’s giveaway. … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Start some new Christmas traditions
Ornament Exchange Game

Christmas is a time for traditions, a time for making memories with your loved ones.  When I ask my kids what some of their favorite Christmas memories are, they always seem to mention memories centered around our family traditions. For us, it’s what makes the holidays have that warm and cozy feel. I am a big believer in holiday traditions, and for my family it’s not just the  Christmas routines, mind you, I’ve got traditions for practically every holiday of the year. If anything, I think I tend to ere on the side of OVER-doing it. But Christmas is the biggie, the granddaddy, the big kahuna of holidays. The other holidays are just warming me up for the grand finale holiday of the year. I’ve been at this mom business for a … Read entire article »

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Pomegranate Sherbet – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

Nothing says summer like a delicious bowl of  homemade ice cream. At our house we usually stick with strawberry or some variation of vanilla with a mix-in. Last week we decided to be adventurous and lighten things up with Pomegranate  Sherbet. It was super delicious and super easy. Ingredients: (makes 6 cups) 3 cups pomegranate juice (I used Old Orchard Pomegranate Cherry) pinch salt 1 cup heavy cream juice of 2 limes Directions: Mix pomegranate juice, cream, salt, and lime juice. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to your manufactures instructions. When your ice maker shuts off the sherbert will soft and fluffy and not quite frozen. Just put it in the freezer to firm completely. That’s it! Easy peasy pomegranate freezy. ~Kate Enjoy your yummy treat!   Related articles Reader Recipe: Mango Mint Sorbet (fitsugar.com) Pomegranates (babyccinokids.com) Pineapple Coconut Milk Ice Cream … Read entire article »

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Thank heavens for little gray rainclouds – Kate’s Escapades

Middle of nowhere. Cracked radiator. 115 degrees. No cell service. Stupid dumb auto protection service that is not smarter than their stupid dumb computer program. Stupid. Dumb. Oh man, I really need a vacation from my vacation. More precisely, a vacation after my vacation. I should probably tell you that I spend nine looong months of the year impatiently waiting for the warm, delicious, relaxing, rejuvenating  too short three months of summer. No homework for the kids (or the mom, come on ladies, you know exactly what I mean), no strict bedtimes, the water park just calling our names, beckoning us to frolic and play. Without going on too much of a whining streak, let me just say that this was the summer that wasn’t, which quickly turned into the vacation that … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the week – Easy Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Kate’s Recipe of the week – Easy Cinnamon Roll French Toast

This week’s recipe is inspired by my daughter’s favorite IHOP breakfast, Cinnamon Roll French Toast. I figured there must be some easy and yummy way to duplicate it and voila…here it is! Easy Cinnamon Roll French Toast Ingredients: 1 tube jumbo size cinnamon rolls (Bake according to package directions – don’t frost) 3 large eggs 2 Tbsp milk 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp cinnamon Directions: Slice baked and cooled cinnamon rolls in half lengthwise; set aside. Crack eggs … Read entire article »

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) -
Kate’s review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part ll (2011) Reel reviews for real people Plot: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here. — (C) Warner Bros Rating: PG 13 (some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images) Genre: … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades –
How to make Harry Potter Wands

Unless you’ve been in solitary confinement in Azkaban for the past few months, you know that we are mere hours away from the release of  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. At my house we are counting down the minutes until the magical moment. (It’s no secret that I have some Harry Potter fanatics in my family. You can check out the party we had a few summers ago to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince here.) Anyway, we found a fabulous craft to keep ourselves occupied, and to help us while away the hours until the big event at 12:01 on Thursday night. (Unless of course you’re lucky enough to be me this week. I get to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part … Read entire article »

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This week’s recipe –
Easy Peasy Lemon Freezy Pops

It’s Thursday, so that means it’s once again cheater recipe time. So what’s a “Cheater” recipe? It’s a way to end up with a delicious home cooked meal, side dish or dessert without spending lots of time to get there. This week’s cheater recipe… Easy Peasy Lemon Freezy Pops What could be better than this ultra easy, healthy and delicious  summer treat? It’s the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day! Easy Peasy Lemon Freezy Pops Ingredients: 1 cup finely diced fresh fruit 1 cup plain or pink lemonade frozen concentrate 1 cup water ice pop mold or small disposable plastic cups m m Directions: m m m m m m m m m m m m m Cut fresh fruit into small pieces. m mm m m m m m m m Fill each ice-pop mold (or cup)  half full of cut fruit. m m m m m m m m m Mix lemonade concentrate with water. Pour into molds. m m m m m m m m m Cover with tops and freeze for about 5 hours. If using plastic cups, … Read entire article »

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Celebrate the 4th with Kate’s Patriotic Dessert

Celebrate Independence! With the 4th of July just around the corner, it’s time to start planning for the big day of celebration. There are parades to attend, fireworks to watch, picnics to plan, desserts to make. Here’s one that’s easy to make, looks and tastes delicious, and uses some of my favorite summer fruits – fresh strawberries and blueberries. Here’s my recipe for a strawberry and blueberry trifle, made  in individual serving dishes for that extra cuteness factor.   Patriotic Dessert Ingredients: store bought angel food cake fresh strawberries fresh blueberries 1 can strawberry pie filling 1 can blueberry pie filling 2 small boxes of vanilla instant pudding 4 cups of milk whipped topping   Mix pudding according to directions and  refrigerate for 5 min.  Cut angel food into bite-sized pieces.  Layer the pudding, fruit and cake pieces into each cup. Add … Read entire article »

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Frozen Lemonade Pie – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

Today’s recipe is the perfect combination of a refreshing glass of lemonade mixed with a creamy cold slice of pie: Frozen Lemonade Pie! Four ingredients, five minutes of prep, some freezer time and you’ve got a delicious dessert. Frozen Lemonade Pie Ingredients: 1 pie crust (I used the shortbread kind, but the graham kind would be yummy as well.) 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 can (6 oz.) frozen lemonade (I could only find a 12 oz. can so I used half of it and made the rest into lemonade.) 8 oz. whipped topping Directions: Mix everything together, put it into the pie crust and freeze for several hours. That’s it! Gotta love that. Easy peasy lemon pie-easy! ~Kate   Related articles This week’s recipe – Easy Peasy Lemon Freezy Pops (coffeebreakwithlizandkate.com) Good Thing I Like Lemonade (essenceofkate.com) Key Lime … Read entire article »

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Bubble Fun – Kate’s Escapades

Here we are only a few weeks into the summer break, and already the kiddos are wandering aimlessly through the house feeling restless and bored. This simple and inexpensive idea is sure to keep the kids, or grandkids, busy for at least long enough so you can whip up a delicious treat, catch up on a DVRed episode of your favorite reality show, or maybe flip through that Entertainment Weekly that’s calling your name. Homemade Bubbles 4 cups Water 1 cup grease cutting dish Soap – (Palmolive, Ajax, Joy, Dawn…) 1/4 cup Light Corn Syrup (this takes the place of glycerine, which you probably don’t have) container – plastic tub, gallon jug Just mix all the ingredients together and store in container. Now that you’ve got the bubbles made, what do you do with them? *How about some … Read entire article »

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