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Kate’s Escapades – Thanksgiving Gratitude Tablecloth (Memory Tablecloth)

Ahhh…Thanksgiving.  That often overlooked holiday sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas.  You know, the one holiday that can’t really be commercialized, so the stores pretend it doesn’t exist? And yet, it is one of the most important holidays of all, because instead of focusing on material things and “stuff to buy”,  we can spend this time focusing on family, gratitude and thankfulness…the things which are truly important in life. In my family we started the tradition of a … Full Article

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Introducing KitchenKuffs – Liz’s Rave!

Introducing KitchenKuffs – Liz’s Rave!

There are several statements that take place in our house over and over again: Pick up your dirty clothes Chew with your mouth closed Throw away your trash And my all-time least favorite: Can someone come push up my sleeves?!?! PLEASE!?!? Well, Kate, bar the door, those days are gone. May I present: KitchenKuffs!!! That’s right, people. It’s time to say goodbye to soggy sleeves! The brainchild of Barbara Doran, KitchenKuffs mean you’ll never have suds-soaked cuffs (or anything else, for that matter) on … Read entire article »

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The Coupon Queen – Liz’s rave

No matter where I live, there’s always one drawer that’s devoted to the coupons. I’ll note one exception: that was when I decided I was done with coupons and would never clip another one. What, you may be asking, could possibly send me so far over the edge that saving money seemed more trouble than it was worth? Enter exhibit A. The coupon drawer. (You know you have one, too. Admit it. It will make you feel better.) Oh, sure, I’ve tried those little pouches with a slot for all the dairy and all the frozen and all the meats and all the beverages. But the fact of the matter is, I still had no clue what coupons I possessed. Just because all dairy was in one slot, that cute little coupon … 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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Liz’s rant: The ants go marching

Earlier this summer, a line-up of small, brown-black ants paid a visit to my kitchen counters, which really irritated me to no end. After all, ants have their place in the world – and that place is outside, thank you. Anywho, on my discovery, I grabbed the cinnamon – the same substance I’d used last year with  one-application results: sprinkle and forget. It was my equivalent of swatting a fly with a flyswatter. One direct hit and it’s gone. Needless to say, I was quite confident that this one-stop treatment would once again work in a matter of two or three days, and I could get on with finding other reasons to stay out of the kitchen.  I was right – at least for about  three weeks. Not the first ant … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Top 10 ways to procrastinate

Some days, writing articles for money is about as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist. In fact, there are days it’s so painful that I employ a variety of methods – whether it be using several tactics at once or spreading them out to further delay the inevitable. Needless to say, yesterday was one of those days. As much as I hate to admit this, I have the process of procrastination down to a science, evidenced by the day’s accomplishments (or lack thereof…). So without further ado, I bring you my Top 10 ways to procrastinate: (Reader warning: don’t try this at home.) Step 1:  Denial. If you deny the fact that your work has to be completed right this second, you can easily talk yourself into incorporating the next nine steps. Step … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Have potty seat, will travel

I will be the first to admit that when a perfectly sane, logical, proper, and clear thinking woman becomes a mom, all previous rules and social mores practiced in the pre-child life, go flying out the window. (Kind of like what happens to those Happy Meal toys kids just love to dangle out the windows of the car. You know, when the mom is screaming, “Don’t hang that out the window.  You’re gonna drop it and it’s  gonna fly out the window! I am NOT turning around to pick it up if you drop it!” And then the kid always drops it, and then the mom almost always turns around and goes to get it anyway. Kind of like that.) Moms do some crazy stuff. Stuff that, in retrospect, we can’t believe … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 1/31-2/6

Well, here it is – the week we’ve all been waiting for – the week to think clouds! Because as you probably know, ol’ Punxsutawny Phil will waddle out of his hole in the ground on Feb. 2 to single-handedly decide whether or not we’ll have six more weeks of winter. Groundhog Day has been around for more than a century. Who knew a groundhog could live to be that old – or be this famous? Take a look at a few of Phil’s other antics, courtesy of The Official Website of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club: During Prohibition, Phil threatened to impose 60 weeks of winter on the community if he wasn’t allowed a drink. In 1981 Phil wore a yellow ribbon in honor of the American hostages in Iran. Phil traveled to Washington … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – five quick fix tips that I betcha didn’t know

Ever find that you’re about to head out the door and notice that you’ve got a big ink spot on your shirt, or that your button is about to pop off? Or maybe your dress is suffering from a big case of static cling? Perhaps your zipper is stuck or you accidentally shrank your sweater in the dryer? Never fear because today I present to you five quick fixes for for these basic clothing mishaps. Give them a try and come back and let me know what you think. m m Tip #1: How to use hand sanitizer to get ink off your clothing If you find yourself with ballpoint pen ink on your shirt, just cover it completely with hand sanitizer and blot with a clean cloth or paper towel. Keep repeating until … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: When it’s just one of those days…

Ever notice how some mornings are just tougher than others to navigate through? You know – mornings when your 8-year-old announces that he forgot to mention part of his homework 15 minutes before you have to leave for school? I find it’s usually something as simple as that, that can set an entire day’s tone if I’m not careful. This morning held true to form. What began with a forgotten word search (crumbled up in the bottom of the backpack, mind you) continued with the realization that I’d forgotten to put the load of jeans in the dryer the night before. After a mad dash through the house to locate a “spare pair,” I hit ‘em with some fabric freshener and tossed ‘em in the dryer for good measure, made breakfast and got … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Validation of my Procrastination

I’ve been putting it off for over a week now. Procrastinating. Justifying. Ignoring. Avoiding. What is this thing that is so dreaded that I am putting so much energy into NOT doing it? This chore that I’m working so hard at forgetting? I’m talking about taking down the Christmas decorations, of course. Sure, they are all fun and exciting and sparkly in November, when I just can’t wait to crack open the red and green storage tubs to see my holiday treasures that have been hidden away for almost a year. But by the time the first week of January hits, those very same precious  snowmen, Santas and ornaments have become dusty, commonplace and overlooked. Suddenly they have evolved into one of my least favorite household duties. Every day for  the past week … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – This simple way to feel more optimistic

Betcha didn’t know… this simple way to feel more optimistic. Keep a record of what goes right. Research shows that we remember negative experiences four times longer than happy ones. Luckily, you can help “rewire” your brain to feel more optimistic by focusing on the positive. Simply writing about the good parts of your day – from that perfect omelette you made to getting to work on time – is proven to boost your overall happiness. If you are looking for the positive, you’ll see the positive. ~Woman’s World Magazine … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – these surprising uses for coffee filters: Tip 3

Betcha didn’t know… this surprising use for a coffee filter. Use it to line a flower pot.  Place a coffee filter in the bottom of a flowerpot before adding the dirt and plant. The porous paper allows water to drain without allowing nutrient rich soil to leak out the hole. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: It’s a marshmallow world

In case you dare have the audacity not to read this entire post, I’ll warn you now. First I’ll rant, then I’ll craft (and this gift is one that’s tied for my favorite gift of 2009). The other contender will be featured Friday, so stay tuned. I guess my rant isn’t as much a rant as a longing. A longing for simpler times. If you read my rants, you likely have surmised that I love old music. It defines an age of innocence as it were. An age when there was nothing wrong with a little romance, knowing what you stood for and defying anyone to cross you. Yeah, I guess those are “the good ol’ days” for me. Sometimes I wonder if I was re-incarnated from World War II, Case in … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Shop ’til you wonder why you’re there

I love my daughter. Really I do. She has a few quirks, though. She can’t make a decision to save her life. (Fact – deal with it.) Today was no exception. “Let’s go to the mall,” she said… On a Sunday afternoon, less than two weeks before Christmas. Had she lost her mind? “Don’t you have friends to submit to this torture without taking your mother?” I asked. And she did. Except that she’d just gotten back from a round-the-clock softball tourney in Indianapolis. And since her last game was at 5:30 Sunday morning, and she didn’t get home until about 1 p.m., her friends had conveniently made other plans. So had her brother and I. In fact, we’d been at another store when she’d called to say she was home, and made that dreaded mall … Read entire article »

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