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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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Get your party on: 1/17-1/23

Get your party on: 1/17-1/23

We have an amazingly strange week of holidays this week, beginning with none other than Doo Dah Parade Day on Jan. 18.  Oddly enough, there are several days of the year when this one is celebrated, and apparently Pasadena has quite the parade (not on the 18th…). but since I can’t figure out what the sam hill this one is all about, let’s all break out in a round of Camp Town Ladies sing this … 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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Get your party on: 12/5-12/11

Let’s get things started with a real splash this week! On Dec. 5, we celebrate Bathtub Party Day, so grab your rubber duckie and some bubbles and hop in the tub. I can see where this one could get a little out of hand, simply because a party typically involves more than one person. So if I were you, I’d proceed with a bit of caution, keeping in mind the naughty and nice lists, as we discussed last week. Unfortunately, we immediately move into more of a trickle zone. What we have here after Dec. 5 is a serious lack of luster where all things holiday are concerned. I just don’t get it. No Hoodie Hoo Day, no Wear Different Colored Socks Day, or even a She’s Funny … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 11/28-12/4

Can you believe the first of December is upon us already? Time flies may be a over-used cliche. Nevertheless, it’s true – especially when you have strange holidays to commemorate. That said, let’s jump right in. Ready to deck the halls or do a little baking, but you just can’t seem to find the time? Fear not. Stay Home Because You’re Well Day lands on Nov. 30. Think of all the things you could accomplish with a holiday like this. You could sleep in an extra hour, trim the tree, make a batch of cookies, do a little shopping, and still have time to create one of the crafts featured on our Craftdown to Christmas! Hopefully, Stay Home Because You’re Well Day will hold you through until the end of the week, … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 11/21-11/27

Well, here we are. A few short days until Thanksgiving – and a bang-up list of holidays to explore (give me my dreams, ok?). Actually, things really don’t get going until Nov. 24 with Celebrate Your Unique Talents Day. Oh sure. I can celebrate my multiple talents all day long (and you could, too). But the trick on this day is to celebrate talents unique to each of us. Hmm. Maybe we could change this one to FIND Your Unique Talent Day. But no one asked me. Tie One On Day lands on Nov. 24, so if you’re planning on doing some Turkey Day Eve cooking, you may want to tie one on after your work in the kitchen is done. Flossing Day, Buy Nothing Day, Sinkie Day and Your Welcomegiving Day are … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 11/14-11/20

Greetings, partiers. Let’s jump right into the thick of it where all-things-holiday are concerned. Nov. 14 is Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day. So please. Lighten up a bit, celebrate these three rather lame holidays, and remember that a bicycle can’t stand on its own because it’s two-tired… ugh… Moving right along… Nov. 15 is I Love To Write Day. This is certainly one I can identify with, since I write for a living. As as all writers know, just because we do what we love and love what we do, there are days when the words just don’t flow. I think that’s easy enough to explain – writer’s block, lack of inspiration, or a cluttered mind stand in the way of all writers at one time or another. So … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 11/7-11/13

When I think of the phrase “aid and abet,” the first word that comes to mind is: illegal. So as we celebrate Abet and Aid Punsters Day on Nov. 8, I trust you will take the high road, keeping your own abetting and aiding in check, please. I think we all have a punster inside – I know I do. In fact, family dinners are often loaded with puns and jabs and crazy jokes that find us doing a lot of eye-rolling. Here’s a site that’s devoted to puns. Check it out, then see if you and your family can come up with your own as this day unfolds. In my opinion, the more eyes that roll, the better! Nov. 8 is also Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day. Cabbage, kraut and … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 10/31-11/6

Happy Halloween, Coffee Break readers! I’m sure you’re busy putting the finishing touches on that award-winning costume as Halloween music fills the house. Hopefully, the pumpkins are carved and you’re ready for All Hallow’s Eve. Might I take this moment to suggest thatwhipping up a ghoulishly great pre-Trick-or-Treat dinner. Perhaps by design, the wacky holidays are rather slim pickins after today – at least for the next couple of week. But by mid-month, the action picks up again. Let’s start with Sandwich Day on Nov. 3. Certainly we’d all agree that there’s nothing particularly strange about sandwiches, but I do find it odd that sandwiches would need their own holiday. What do I know… Perhaps the funniest sandwich story comes from Iran, where, in 2008, participants went to work building the World’s Largest … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 10/24-10/30

We kick off this week of wacky holidays with Make A Difference Day, which is  Oct. 24. Suffice to say that after life evaluation stuff last week, you’ll probably have some sense as to how you, too, can make a difference. But before you get too carried away, I’d like to point out that making a difference doesn’t necessarily mean something good. Which is why I think the phrase “make a difference” is pretty lame. Hitler “made a difference.” Stalin “made a difference.” See where I’m going here? Evil, evil people can make a difference, too. So if you’re gonna celebrate this one, which could really be construed as just about anything, stay on your guard. If you can’t clearly define exactly what you’re making, you may want to … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 10/17-10/23

Remember the TV show Three’s Company? Well, in one episode, Larry, the used car salesman, declared that it was, in fact, Wear Something Gaudy Day. It stuck. So in a way, we’re about to get a jump start on Halloween as we celebrate Wear Something Gaudy Day on Oct. 17. Much of the attire from the 1970s – and in retrospect, that show – was pretty gaudy if memory serves. So if you still have your brightly colored bell bottoms or jumpsuits, drag ‘em out of the attic. Add some flashy jewelry and massive curls to your hair and you’ll be good to go. At the grand age of 39 (you LIE!!) I approach our next holiday with a tiny tinge of trepidation, with Evaluate Your Life Day on … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 10/3-10/9

Remember years ago when CB radios were all the rage? I begged my parents to get one – to no avail. Yep, I’m probably scarred for life over this one, especially on Oct. 4, the date deemed 10-4 Day. I did have a Nextel push-to-talk at one point. It was the preferred method of communication at one of the newspapers I worked for. We 10-4′d and 10-20′d each other a lot back then. “What’s your 20?” was probably my favorite line. I have to admit, though, that the little beeping noise got really old, really fast. Obviously, this holiday is getting really old, really fast, too.  And to tell you the truth, I have no idea why 10-4 is a holiday. But it is. Let’s move on. National Frappe  Day is Oct. 4 … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 9/26-10/2

By my estimation, we’ve got a pretty wimpy line-up of holidays this week, but I suspect most of you are still recuperating from last week’s line-up. So I guess a relative celebratory slow-down is probably in order, anyway. On Sept. 26, we have Walk Like a Zombie Day, or as my son would call it, Walk Like a Z-word Day. I’m telling ya, the kid hates zombies. Can’t even stand the word: “Nobody say the z-word, okay?” Needless to say, I figure my household better steer clear of this one. Sept. 28 with National Good Neighbor Day. So, what actually defines a good neighbor and how does one qualify for such designation? Does just being there, in the neighborhood, minding your own business  earn one that title? Must we regularly visit with our … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 9/19-9/25

Last week, I mentioned that this was gonna be a fun week where all things holiday are concerned, so I hope you’ve been getting ready because today, Sept. 19, is Talk Like a Pirate Day. It should go without saying that simply talking like a pirate just won’t do this day justice. Here’s what you’ll need: eye patch parrot (preferably one that talks) peg leg treasure box  (filled, of course) hook hand (optional) Your greeting for the day? “Arrrgh, Matey!” Say it everywhere you go, using it in place of hello and goodbye. You could have a pirate’s feast dinner, play “Pin the Patch on the Pirate,” offering treasure from the treasure box to the winner, and watch movies like Hook and Pirates of the Caribbean. If you really want to … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 9/12-9/18

You’d think I’d have some grand celebratory idea for Sept. 13 since it is International Chocolate Day, but frankly I’m a little sick of all these chocolate-themed holidays. Yes, I realize there’s really not much else to celebrate this week, but I don’t care. You wanna celebrate International Chocolate Day? Be my guest. I’ll be doing my nails. Sept. 15 is Felt Hat Day. When I think felt hats, I think roaring ’20s. Perhaps we could all make a nice felt hat to sport today? Here are a couple of old ads to get you in the mood. We round out this week, with what I suspect could amount to a  three-day drunken stupor for some, with Beer Days, celebrated Sept. 16-18. If you should decide to imbibe, I’m sure it goes without saying: … Read entire article »

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