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Coffee Break with Liz and Kate » Entries tagged with "holidays"

Liz’s rant: Turkey Day shoppers

Do you remember when Thanksgiving meant absolutely nothing was open, store-wise? As in, you could drive through Anytown, America on that day and it was  as if the streets had been rolled up. You were lucky to  see a passing car. My how things change. This year, a host of stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Theories are aplenty – perhaps it’s because lots of people want to beat the Black Friday crowds, or maybe stores are trying to generate the additional sales. Or maybe we’ve just lost touch of Thanksgiving all together. Is it that difficult to stay clear of the stores for one day? That difficult to stay at home, eat some turkey, watch some football and chill? I realize the movie theaters and bowling alleys are usually open Thursday. … 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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Liz’s last minute Easter eats

Liz’s last minute Easter eats

It may come as no surprise to find out that my original, outstanding Easter idea has gone the way of the dodo bird.  In theory it was quite a simple craft – peat pot Easter baskets. Imagine the kitchen table, covered in 16 (count ‘em – 16) peat pots, a large jar of ModPodge, craft paint, stickers, pipe cleaners (the baskets needed handles), and glitter. But the stickers didn’t quite stick. And my enthusiasm waned faster … Read entire article »

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Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs – Kate’s Escapades

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Over the past few days I’ve been on a quest to figure out how to make the ‘Perfect Hard Boiled Egg’, since Easter is coming up on Sunday.  At my house, dyeing  eggs on the Saturday before Easter is a tradition.  We’re not talking a couple eggs here…we’re talking 5 (yep, that’s FIVE) dozen eggs. I know that sounds ridiculous, but that’s only 8 eggs per kid, with a few extra to account for the eggs that inevitably crack while boiling. With this easy and fail-proof method for hard boiled eggs, the whites will be firm, but not rubbery, and the yolk will be yellow (not grayish – a sign of over cooking) with just the slightest hint of a shiny center. Put eggs in pan of water so … 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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Mardi Gras 101 – Kate’s Escapades

Today is Mardi Gras. Don’t live in New Orleans? Never celebrated Mardi Gras? No worries. My philosophy is Never let a good holiday go to waste. So, just for you, dear readers… Mardi Gras 101. What is Mardi Gras? The Romans’ Lupercalia festival was held in mid-February to honor the god of fertility and agriculture, Lupercus. The party had definite Mardi Gras-like qualities, including drinking, feasting and “pleasures of the flesh”. During the Crusades, the carnival-like Lupercalia became adopted as a “last fling” of indulgence before the 40-day Lenten period of penitence. ~Mardi Gras on the Net How did New Orleans become the Mardi Gras capital here in the U.S.? Some think the French explorer Sieur d’Ibervilled introduced Mardi Gras when he landed in what is today Louisiana in 1699. Others say that early French settlers … Read entire article »

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Liz and Kate’s Top 10 Stories of the Year

Here we are, people: New Year’s Eve 2010. Tomorrow, we herald in a new year -2011 – sure to be full of new rants and raves, recipes and reviews. Who knows what Liz and Kate will get into next! Meanwhile, we’d like to close out the year with a few of our favorite stories from 2010. So without further ado… Kate’s Top 10 Stories of 2010 Kate goes on an adventure to a bomb shelter Kate’s recipe of the week – Cake Ball Pops Kate goes on an adventure to the Demolition Derby Kate goes on an adventure to the Muse Resistance Tour 2010 Kate goes on an adventure Guy Feiri Style Kate goes on an adventure to the Holi Festival of Colors Part 1 and Part 2 Kate goes on an adventure – Have press pass, will … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Snow Day

This is my facebook status update from 11:27pm on Dec 20, 2010 (the eve of the last day of school before Christmas Break). “10 1/2 inches (according to my son’s ruler) and it’s still coming down. Enough already. I’m sort of afraid to go to sleep for fear of what I’ll wake up to tomorrow morning. (KY friends…this much snow and we still won’t get a snow day out of it. Not one single cotton pickin’ snow day in the 11 winters we’ve lived here.)” Allow me to sidetrack for a bit here. Ahhhh…my Kentucky friends and their snow days. You see, I spent most of my school years in Kentucky, where a kid can expect many a snow day every year. One or two inches equals a snow day for sure. … Read entire article »

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Merry Christmas from Liz and Kate – Our favorite Christmas songs

Well, here we are, Christmas Day, 2010. As you know, we’ve been offering up some of our favorite Christmas songs over the last few days. It’s difficult to imagine Christmas without music, so as you celebrate this day with family and friends, check out some of our favorite songs or pull out your own favorites. Just be sure to add some musical magic! “Let It Snow” by Doris Day “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Bare Naked Ladies Winter Wonderland by Eurythmics “The Christmas Song” by Johnny Mathis “Stille Nacht” by Mannheim Steamrollers Liz and Kate wish all of you the merriest of Christmases. May God bless you and the ones you love. … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades: Our favorite holiday music

It’s Christmas Eve, folks.  Rush, scurry, wrap, cook, clean, spend 5 minutes with us listening to some great Christmas tunes, then back for more rushing, scurrying, wrapping, cooking and cleaning. And don’t forget to ENJOY the wonders of this Christmas season. Happy Christmas Eve! “Hallelujah”, by Kathy Mattea “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams “Sleigh Ride” by the Boston Pops Orchestra “Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire” by Michael Buble Enjoy! What are your favorite Christmas Songs? Leave a comment below and tell us. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rants: Our favorite holiday music

Back by popular demand Kate and I bring you a few of our favorite songs of the season. We like a little bit of everything music-wise – old, new, sappy, peppy, traditional, edgy – you name it! And if truth be known, I suspect we’ve both been listening to Christmas music since waaay before Thanksgiving even arrived. Stop for a moment and try to imagine what the holidays would be like without Christmas music. So many of our traditions and memories are tied to the music of the season. With that in mind, we’ll be featuring a few of our all-time favorites, in no particular order, today through Christmas. And we are probably gonna think of another 3,000 favorites as soon as we post these. Nevertheless, here are a few … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Candy Sleigh

We’re down to the wire here, Christmas lovers. The big event is only days away. Here’s a super cute 5-minute craft that makes a great treat you can give to your neighbors, or that your kids can give to their friends.  Or you can just make some to keep for yourselves. Candy Sleigh Supplies: full size chocolate bar mini candy bar with a picture of Santa on the front assorted mini candies paper to wrap the chocolate in 2 candy canes glue gun Directions: ~Kate Enjoy your coffee break! … Read entire article »

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Christmas Craftdown, week 5

I guess you realize Christmas Day is days away. Well, not me. I’m in denial. Still a ton of things to do. Like craft some more creations. This week, we’re featuring five crafts or edible ideas so let’s get to it! Susan’s Chicken Tacos Holiday Wassail Candy Crackers Pine Crafts Bowls made from vinyl records m m My cousin Susan has been quite an asset to our craftdown. This week, she sent in a recipe that sounds great for those busy holiday nights. It’s perfect for the family, or a dinner party: Susan’s Chicken Tacos 1 cup frozen corn 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained 16-ounce jar mild salsa 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or 1 1/2 pounds) Place first 3 ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to combine.  Arrange chicken on top.  Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.  Remove … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the Week – What the fudge?!
Ridiculously Easy Microwave Fudge

A few days ago one of my daughters noticed some bags of groceries on the counter and peeked inside and saw packages of chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. “Mom! Yay! You’re making fudge! Wait…it’s for your website, isn’t it? Thank goodness you have a website because that means I know we’ll have something good to eat at least once a week.” What?! Did she really say that? I fix dinner every stinkin’ day of the week, well, except for Fridays when the Dominos down the road can expect a call. And most Saturdays when life is just plain chaos. And every other Sunday when my mom cooks Sunday dinner. But other than that, I can safely say that I feed my family on a mostly regular basis. So here’s my recipe for … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – I’m a cotton-headed ninny-muggins.

Yep, that’s what I told myself over the weekend after I let my son convince me that we needed to try Buddy the Elf’s favorite delicacy, spaghetti with syrup. “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” ~Buddy the Elf Somehow last year I was able to avoid fulfilling the oft repeated request until the Christmas season was over and Buddy the Elf’s strange eating habits were lost in the shuffle of the New Year. This year I was not so lucky.  My son caught me at a weak moment, and before I even knew what had happened I was standing at the stove cooking some spaghetti noodles. He added some syrup and topped the dish off with a crumbled brown sugar poptart. Sounds … Read entire article »

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