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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 … doctorate without dissertation

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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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Bountiful Baskets – Kate’s Escapades

I’m not sure how this happened, but apparently there’s a cool new shopping trend out here in Utah (and 14 other states) that seems to be all the rage, and I knew nothing about it! NOTHING! Not one thing! Nada! Thanks a lot, guys. I thought you were supposed to be taking care of me, you know, keeping me in the loop of all amazing new trends and finds. This cool new thing is called Bountiful Baskets . It’s a food co-op which uses it’s collective purchasing power to get fresh fruits and vegetables (and other assorted yummies) at great low prices, with the discounts being passed on to the co-op members (me…and soon hopefully you, too). I tried it out for my very first time this past Saturday morning in front of the Spanish Fork … Read entire article »

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Marigolds for Granny – Liz’s rave

I’d been “testing” marigolds for a month or so, looking for that scent that reminded me of my grandmother. By testing, I mean rubbing on the flower with my fingers, much like you would to smell mint or basil or whatever. Because marigolds have a distinctive smell that I remember from my childhood. And marigolds are one of the many things that remind me of my late grandmother, Ibbie (Stewart) McAllister. Granny was the quintessential grandmother, in my opinion. She’d let me camp out in the pop-up tent, even though she knew I had no intention of staying out there all night. She’d let me use Clorox and clean her bathroom all day long if I wanted to. She’d pop us popcorn, toss in a stick of butter and call it buttered … Read entire article »

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Remembering our heroes

For many of us, today will herald the beginning of summer – lazy days, warm nights, camp fires and swimming pools. In the midst of family picnics and get-togethers, the true meaning of Memorial Day often gets pushed aside. Other families don’t have that luxury. Today, they’ll gather at a graveside to honor and remember a loved one – a father or grandfather, brother or son, husband or wife, mother or daughter. I’d like to honor three such families today: the Hunts and Lieurances (families of Joey Hunt and Vic Lieurance, both KIA on 22 AUG 2005) and the Tuckers (family of Wes Tucker, KIA 13 OCT 2005). For all of you readers who may have lost someone dear, our thoughts are with you as well, today, as we remember the ultimate price … Read entire article »

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The Ultimate Challenge (Minute to Win It) Party Games –
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The Ultimate Challenge (Minute to Win It) Party Games – <br /> Kate’s Escapades

My son is now the ripe old age of 11. When it came time to plan his birthday party, we realized he’s at that age where little kid parties just won’t cut it any more. We figured there would be about 25 kids (boys and girls) to keep occupied for 2 hours. After a not so quick perusal of the internet for kid party ideas, I decided to plan an Ultimate Challenge party by modifying … Read entire article »

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More April Fools’ Day Food Pranks – Kate’s Escapades

More April Fools’ Day Food Pranks – Kate’s Escapades

In my humble opinion, April Fools’ Day is a highly under-appreciated and overlooked holiday. Years ago, during the beginning of my marriage and mommy-hood, I had many an April 1st prank pulled on me by my husband and kiddies. After several years of taking it all in stride, I decided it was time to strike back at the clever culprits. That’s when I started ‘messing’ with their food. Not anything mean, like making the food … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Musical houses

Remember some time back when the best neighbors in the whole wide world put their house on the market? Well, I innocently enough assumed that once the For Sale sign came down and they started talks of building outward and upward that I was out of the woods. Neighbors forever, if you will. But a funny thing happened several weeks ago. Hannah  and I were minding our own business when Summer came over to announce that they’d purchased a house. What?!?! I thought you weren’t leaving me!! I thought we had a deal, here!! Then she made me an offer I simply couldn’t refuse. With that said, we made plans. I’d move to their house, and they’d move to their new house, which is thankfully in walking distance but still not quite … Read entire article »

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(Almost) Winger’s Sticky Fingers – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

Winger’s Sticky Fingers are my all time favorite ‘goin’-out-to-eat’ food. No joke, I could eat sticky fingers every week, heck, probably two times a week, if I’m completely honest with you. Since eating out at Winger’s every week could get a little pricey, I’ve come up with a solution that can tide me over in between visits. (Almost) Winger’s Sticky Fingers Ingredients: 1 bag frozen pre-cooked and breaded chicken strips (The crunchy or Southern style strips work best,) 6 Tbsp. Frank’s Original Hot Sauce (No substitutes. It must be Frank’s brand if you want it to truly taste like Winger’s Amazing Sauce. Frank’s Hot Sauce can be bought at Wal-Mart.) 1 1/2 c. brown sugar Ranch Dressing (Buttermilk Hidden Valley mix works the best) Directions: 1. Bake chicken strips according to package directions. 2. While chicken is cooking, mix up … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – ‘You get what you get, and you don’t make a fit’

As you regular readers know, Mondays and Wednesdays are Liz’s rant days, and here it is Wednesday and there is  nary a  rant in sight. That’s because Miz Liz in up to her eyeballs in boxes, packing up all of her worldly possessions in anticipation of a big  move into a new house this weekend. A house with air conditioning (HOORAY!) which I might add, would have been really nice to have when I was visiting her last summer and the heat and humidity were sucking the life out of me?  Just sayin’. Anyway, I’ve got your back, Liz. Take as long as you need, as long as that ‘as long as you need’ doesn’t spill into next week, in which case I would say, “Get your butt back to Coffee … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – If you can’t say something nice…

Cooking everyday (or even just a few days a week) can become a bit of a dreaded chore. Let’s face it, we are busy people these days and sometimes getting a meal on the table seems to be a nearly impossible task. I know this. You know this.  Liz really, REALLY knows this. I was originally just sharing my recipes with Liz, but quickly realized there are a lot of people out there struggling with the same “I want to feed my family a good home cooked dinner or dessert, but I really don’t have the time to do it” dilemma. That’s why I started running my Recipe of the Week, featuring fast, easy, and yet still yummy, food ideas. So on this past Sunday a  reader left this lovely comment … Read entire article »

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Just between Liz and Kate – Ice, Ice Baby

Kate, I’m falling apart. My counter top ice maker is not making those cute little ice pellets. You know how we count on these ice-makers. They are perhaps the best technological advance in the history of the world!!! And I’m in four-alarm panic! No ice for the Diet Coke! No ice for the summer margaritas. No ice for the shrimp cocktails… NO ICE!! We’re at Defcon 4.5, here, Kate. Calm down, Liz, you’re getting a little overly dramatic here. I’m sure that by the time you’re ready for summer margaritas, your ice maker will once again be churning out those precious pellets of deliciousness. Shrimp cocktails? You eat shrimp cocktails?  Even after “The Incident”? You know, that time when I went on vacation with your family when we were kids … Read entire article »

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Super Easy Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday –
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Let’s just be honest here, for many, the Super Bowl is as much about the food and commercials, as it is about the game itself. I already shared a few of my favorite Super Bowl commercials here. Now for the good stuff, munchies for the “Big Game”.  This year I’ll be serving Chicken Nachos Grande, Cowboy Salsa with chips and Churro Cupcakes. Chicken Nachos Grande Ingredients: 1 Rotisserie Chicken, deboned and shredded 1 package frozen steamable rice (white or brown) 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces) 1 cup frozen corn 1 cup shredded cheese 1 can green enchilada sauce (16 ounces) tortilla chips or flour tortillas 1 sm can sliced black olives sour cream Directions: Preheat oven to 450. Mix all ingredients (except tortilla chips) in large bowl. Spread evenly into 9 x 13 baking pan, sprayed with cooking spray. Top with olives. Bake for 20 … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the Week – Easy Cheesy Potatoes

Today’s recipe is one of my family’s all time favorites – Easy Cheesy Potatoes, more commonly known as Funeral Potatoes around these parts (these parts being Utah, of course). I suppose the name stems from the fact that it is a requirement that this potato dish be served after every funeral in Utah. Not baked potatoes, not mashed potatoes, not even potato salad or potato chips will do for the after funeral meal. I think it’s one of those strange Utah laws kind of like the one where it is illegal to fish while on horseback, or the one where daylight must be visible between dancing couples. Anyway…the great thing about these  cheesy potatoes is that they are yummy beyond words, super inexpensive and simple to make, and can easily be … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the Week – Corn Bread Sloppy Joes

Here’s a fun and easy twist on the old standby Sloppy Joe recipe that’s sure to be a hit with the kiddies and adults, alike. I’m betting it will also be a hit with the head chef in the house, because, like all of my recipes, these Corn Bread Sloppy Joes are super quick and easy to prepare. Corn Bread Sloppy Joes Ingredients: (The ingredients in the photo are doubled because I feed a small army at my house.) 1 package corn bread mix (81/2 oz.) 1 egg 1/3 cup milk 2 lbs ground beef 1/2 up chopped onion 1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce 1 cup corn 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies 2 packets Sloppy Joe seasoning mix 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Directions: Prepare and bake corn bread according to package directions, using the egg and milk. In a large skillet, brown … Read entire article »

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