16 May 2016
May 16, 2016

Fun Chocolate Graduation Caps To Make

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With all the grads and parties happening, here is a cute idea to make. It doesn’t require a lot of kitchen-type skills either.

Chocolate Graduation Caps

Ingredients:
Reese’s Peanut Butter cups (mini)
After 8 Mints or Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares ( two bags total of 18)
Icing in coordinated color of your choice
Air Heads sour candy strips (you can use licorice also) for tassel.
M&M candies

Directions:
Remove wrappers of chocolates
Place a small dot of icing in center, on the side of chocolate that has design.
Place Reese’s cup on top of icing and let dry
when dry…turn them over and apply a small dot of icing and adhere the Airhead tassel add another small dot and add M&M!!

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THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1988 – The Surgeon General declares nicotine as addictive as cocaine and heroin, dramatically affecting the tobacco industry.

JOKE OF THE DAY: I go to bed so late and wake up so early that I almost pass myself in the hallway.

HAPPY MAY 16 BIRTHDAY TO: Janet Jackson 50, Debra Winger 61, Pierce Brosnan 62, Tori Spelling 43, Bill Rancic 45, Gabriela Sabatini 46, David Boreanaz 47, Tracey Gold 47, Megan Fox 29, Henry Fonda (1905-1982), Billy Martin (1928-1989), and Liberace (1919-1987).

14 May 2016
May 14, 2016

Create Your Own Octo-Dog Lunch For Kids

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A Few Magic Slices To A Hot Dog & You’ll Have Everyone Lining Up for One!

Meet the delicious hot dog creation that’ll win over any kid’s heart, from age 5 to age 95! From
food carts on street corners to backyard barbecues, is there any time a hot dog doesn’t satisfy? This finger-friendly food is not only delicious on its own, but can also be covered in several layers of condiments to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.

When it comes to satisfying those tough food critics we like to call children, however, you sometimes have to work magic on staple foods themselves. Lucky for you, this one from The Country Basket takes no time at all and will make you look like a genius food superhero to everyone gathered ’round. Presenting, the “octo-dog”!
via The Country BasketHere’s what you’ll need:

Hot dogs
Toothpicks
A paring knife
Mustard or ketchup
via The Country BasketDirections:

1. Using your paring knife, cut your hot dog lengthwise until you get about 2/3 of the way down.
2. Slice each side of the split lengthwise to create the look of tentacles.
3. Microwave the hot dog for 45 seconds, and voila! All you need to do is prop your octo-dog up with a toothpick and paint a happy face on him with ketchup and mustard.

Bonus: if you want to make your octo-dog really shine, just cook some 3 minute ramen on the stove and add a dash or two of green coloring. Now you’ve got a bowl of “seaweed” for your octo-dog to sit on! Or cook small seashell noodles and use your favorite mac and cheese recipe.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m going to open a restaurant called “Peace and Quiet” where kids meals are $250.00.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: It’s peculiar and unnerving in a way, to see so many young people walking around so wrapped up in media. It robs them of their identity. – 2009 Bob Dylan.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1998 – Final episode of Seinfeld on NBC after 9 seasons; commercials cost $2 million each.

HAPPY MAY 14th BIRTHDAY TO: Mark Zuckerberg 32, George Lucas 72, Cate Blanchett 47, Tim Roth 55, Sophia Coppola 45, Clay Matthews 30 and Bobby Darin (1936-1973).

09 May 2016
May 9, 2016

Macaroni Coleslaw – 16 Scrumptious Servings

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This recipe was sent to me by a friend. I needed a large salad recipe to have for a family gathering and this is really good.

Ingredients
1 package (7 ounces) ring macaroni
1 package (14 ounces) coleslaw mix
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 medium cucumber, finely chopped
1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
1 can (8 ounces) whole water chestnuts, drained and chopped
DRESSING:
1-1/2 cups Miracle Whip Light
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl; add the coleslaw mix, onions, celery, cucumber, green pepper and water chestnuts.
In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m fairly certain that the person who put the first R in February also decided how to spell Wednesday.

HAPPY MAY 9 BIRTHDAY TO: Billy Joel 67, Rosario Dawson 37, Prince Fielder 32, Audrina Patridge 31, Steve Yzerman 51, John Corbett 55, Grace Gummer 31, Candace Bergen 70, James L. Brooks 76, Albert Finney 80, and Mike Wallace (1918-2012).

06 May 2016
May 6, 2016

Sloppy Joe’s Stuffed Peppers

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Use this simple trick to keep your filling in the peppers and not all over the baking pan. Buy peppers the size you know that will fit in a muffin tin. No spilling. This recipe came to me in one of those internet recipe exchanges. Sounds delicious.

Sloppy Joe’s Stuffed Peppers

INGREDIENTS:

4 Bell Peppers (any color you choose)
2 lbs Ground Beef
1 Small Onion (chopped)
3/4 cup of chopped carrots
3/4 cup of chopped celery
1tsp minced garlic
8 oz can of mild (any flavor) diced tomatoes
1/3 cup of beef broth
1/4 cup of reduced sugar ketchup
2 tbsps of tomato paste
1 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. mustard
1 tbsp of chili powder
1tsp cumin
1tsp salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Wash your peppers and cut the tops off..clean seeds out….
Grease your pan and then salt and pepper your peppers ….bake for 35 min.

Over Med heat…cook your ground beef, onion, carrots, celery, and garlic.

If you have grease drain it.
Then add the diced tomatoes, beef broth, ketchup, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce,mustard, chili powder, cumin, and salt…… Mix all well and simmer for 10 min.
Remove your peppers from the oven… stuff with mixture

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I should run for political office just to see what scandalous dirt they dig up. It would be nice to piece together my twenties.

GARDENING TIP OF THE DAY: Eat or scoop fruit out of lemon, orange or grapefruit halves to start your seedlings. Fill with soil and seeds or seedlings. Plant the entire bowl into the ground and the peels will compost directly into the soil to nourish the plants as they grow.

HAPPY MAY 6 BIRTHDAY TO: George Clooney 55, Tom Bergeron 61, Martin Brodeur 44, Tony Blair 63, Gabourney Sidibe 33, Roma Downing 56, Bob Seger 71, Willie Mays 85, and Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).

 

29 Apr 2016
April 29, 2016

Homemade Lemon Curd – Easier Than You’d Think

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Homemade Lemon Curd
By Cooking Light – Contributor
Lemon curd is a versatile topping, perfect with warm gingerbread, pound cake, muffins, or any number of sweet treats.

Lemon Curd
Hands-on time: 10 min. Total time: 1 hr. 10 min.
For a lime variation, substitute lime rind and juice for the lemon rind and juice.

Ingredients
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
• 2 large eggs
• 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 large lemons)
• 2 tablespoons butter

Directions
1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk. Cook until sugar dissolves and mixture is light in color (about 3 minutes). Stir in lemon juice and butter; cook 5 minutes or until mixture thinly coats the back of a spoon, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cool. Cover and chill 1 hour (the mixture will thicken as it cools).

Note: This recipe yields 1 1/3 cups of lemon curd. It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. You can easily double the recipe, and freeze half of it in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, and use within 1 month.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I grew up living from paycheck to paycheck, but with hard work and perseverance I now live direct deposit to direct deposit.

HAPPY APRIL 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Carnie Wilson 48, Eve Plumb 58, Michelle Pfeiffer 58, Megan Boone 33, Jerry Seinfeld 62, Richard Kline 72, Kate Mulgrew 61, Tommy James 69, Daniel Day Lewis 59, Uma Thurman 46, Johnny Miller 69, and Dale Earnhardt (1951-2001).

26 Apr 2016
April 26, 2016

Lemon Brownies – These Are really Good

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Lemon Brownies

Prep Time: 5 min   Cook Time: 25 min   Total Time: 30 min
Ingredients
3/4 C flour
3/4 C sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbs lemon juice
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt
Mix in the softened butter.
In another bowl whisk the eggs with the lemon juice and zest.
Come wet and dry ingredients, and mix well. Pour into an 8×8 greased pan, and bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool before topping with glaze.
For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice.
By Clever Housewife

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Ukraine, on Tuesday April 30, marks 30 years since the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl killed thousands and forced a global rethink about the wisdom of relying on atomic fuel.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Three horrible facts: Today is not Friday. Tomorrow is not Friday. Even the day after that is not Friday.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1956 – First container ship, carrying modern day intermodal shipping containers, embarks on journey from Port, New Jersey to Houston Texas.

HAPPY APRIL 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Channing Tatum 36, Jordana Brewster 36, Kevin James 51, Stana Katic 38, Bobby Rydell 74, Carol Burnett 83, and John James Audubon (1785-1851).

25 Apr 2016
April 25, 2016

Vinegar-Braised Chicken And Mushrooms

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While it’s easy to fall into a rut and cook the same thing over and over again, we really try to push ourselves when it comes to coming up with new and flavorful recipes that keep us from getting tired of any one thing: in this case, chicken. We make it all the time, but this balsamic vinegar reduction and the perfectly sauteed veggies make this chicken dish a new favorite….it’s got a rich flavor and it’s perfect at any time of year!
VINEGAR-BRAISED CHICKEN AND MUSHROOMS
Serves 6

Ingredients

4 pounds assorted bone-in, skin on chicken pieces (breasts and thighs)
2 pounds mushrooms (cremini, white, or baby bella), cleaned of any dirt or particles
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
5 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped (could use baby carrots)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Directions

Season both sides of chicken generously with salt and pepper.
Heat olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and, in batches, brown chicken on all sides, then transfer to a separate plate and set aside.
Reserving 2-3 tablespoons, drain off fat and saute carrots and onions until tender. About 10 minutes.
Add mushrooms and cook for another 6-8 minutes, or until softened, then add crushed garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
Season everything with salt and pepper, then transfer vegetables (discarding garlic) to the plate with the chicken.
Sprinkle flour into the Dutch oven and cook for 1-2 minutes, whisking continuously, until pasty and smooth.
Pour in the vinegars and whisk until smooth. Cook mixture for 3-5 minutes, or until thickened and reduced, then slowly mix in chicken broth.
Return chicken to pot and add bay leaf, then bring mixture to a boil.
Reduce heat to low, partially cover your pot and let simmer for 35-40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
Return vegetables to Dutch oven and serve with reduced sauce.

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SAD DAY IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS: Ron Brace: Former New England Patriots Defensive Tackle Dies at Age 29. Reports say, the Springfield, Mass., native played four seasons for the Patriots after being drafted out of Boston College in 2009.

ANOTHER SAD DAY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: Billy Paul, the soul singer best known for his 1972 single “Me and Mrs. Jones,” died on Sunday (April 24). He was 81 years old.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1939 – DC Comics publishes Detective Comic #29, introducing Batman, one of the company’s most successful characters.

HAPPY APRIL 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Renee Zellweger 47, Al Pacino 76, Hank Azaria 52, Len Goodman 72, Talia Shire 70, Bjorn Ulvaeus 71, and Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996).

21 Apr 2016
April 21, 2016

Sweet-ish Meatballs – May Be The Easiest Recipe Ever

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Sweet’ish Meatballs

1 jar of chili sauce
1 jar of grape jelly
1 package of Italian style meatballs

In a large pot, pour the meatballs, chili sauce and grape jelly altogether on medium heat and cook until done! Serve over rice. Easy as 123

**note** You can do these in the slow cooker for potlucks and parties.

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SAD DAY IN THE SPORTS WORLD: Former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Joanie Laurer, better known by her in-ring name of Chyna, was found dead at her Redondo Beach, Calif., home Wednesday afternoon at the age of 45.

JOKE OF THE DAY: It’s amazing to me how people confuse the words: “How are you?” with “Tell me about every ache and pain you have had since 1999.”

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1962 – The Seattle World’s Fair begins, which revitalized Seattle’s economy by bringing 10 million people to the city.

HAPPY APRIL 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Iggy Pop 69, Tony Romo 36, James McAvoy 37, Tony Danza 65, Andie McDowell 58, Jamie Sale 39, James Morrison 62, Eric Mabius 45, Charles Grodin 81, Queen Elizabeth II 90, and Anthony Quinn (1913-2001).

11 Apr 2016
April 11, 2016

Fajita Stuffed Chicken – Mid-Week Meal In No Time

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Fajita Stuffed Chicken. Found this recipe on Facebook as a YouTube video. It looks so tasty and easy to prepare. Excellent for a mid-week meal-in-a-hurry.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 red pepper, diced
    1 green pepper, diced
    1 yellow pepper, diced
    1 onion, diced
    1 teaspoon Kosher salt
    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    4 ounces cream cheese
    ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
    ½ cup diced pepper jack cheese
    3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    2 teaspoons salt
    2 teaspoons chili powder
    2 teaspoons cumin
    2 teaspoons garlic powder
    3 tablespoons canola oil
    Salsa, sour cream, and guacamole for serving

PREPARATION
Heat the canola oil in a pan over high heat. Cook the peppers, onion, salt, and pepper until soft and slightly caramelized. Transfer the cooked veggies to a bowl.
In the same bowl, mix in the cream cheese, cheddar, and pepper jack, stirring until evenly incorporated. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine the chicken with the salt, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder, evenly distributing the spices over the chicken.

On a cutting board, slice a pocket in the chicken horizontally and fill the pocket with a heaping spoonful of the veggie mixture. Press the edges of the chicken together to seal in the filling. Repeat with the remaining chicken.

Heat the canola oil in a pan over medium heat. Cook the stuffed chicken for five minutes on each side, until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through.
Serve with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole!

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I get more cleaning done in the 10 minutes before someone comes over than I do in a week.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. This time, more intelligently. – Henry Ford

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1976 – Apple creates the Apple 1, Apple’s first product.

HAPPY APRIL 11 BIRTHDAY TO: Jeremy Clarkson 56, Morgan Lily 16, Jason Varitek 44, Jennifer Esposito 43, Joss Stone 29, Alessandra Ambrosio 35, Ethel Kennedy 87, Joel Grey 84, Meshach Taylor (1947-2014), and Oleg Cassini (1913-2006).

 

06 Apr 2016
April 6, 2016

Make A Roux For Gravies And Sauces

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Use this simple method for making a roux. The longer you cook roux constantly stirring, the darker it gets, releasing a rich and nutty flavor. Use a blond roux for fish, chicken and cream stocks…copper roux for pork and brown roux for beef and hearty stews.

Use 1-2 Tablespoons of prepared roux to 4 cups of liquid (beef, chicken or vegetable stock). Freeze roux in ice cube trays, then put into freezer bags and use as needed.

  • YIELD: 1 Cup of sauceThin White Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine
    1⁄2-1 tablespoon flour
    1⁄4 teaspoon salt
    1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
    1 cup milk
  • Medium White Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
    2 tablespoons flour
    1⁄4 teaspoon salt
    1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
    1 cup milk
  • Thick White Sauce
  • 1⁄4 cup butter or 1⁄4 cup margarine
    1⁄4 cup flour
    1⁄4 teaspoon salt
    1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
    1 cup milk

DIRECTIONS
Melt butter in saucepan over low heat.
Blend in flour,salt,pepper.
Cook over low heat,stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbly.
Remove from heat.
Stir in milk.
Heat to boiling, stirring constanty.
Boil and stir 1 minute.
Each sauce make one cup.

This white sauce can be used in so many different ways. Add Cheese, Curry Powder, Dill, or Horseradish. Add canned Tuna, Ham, Hamburger,Sausage. Lots of things can be done with this Roux.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: If a woman says “First of all.” during an argument…run away, because she has prepared research, charts, data, and will destroy you.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1995 – Craig Newmark launches Craigslist for the city of San Francisco – the local classifieds website would later become available in major cities around the world.

HAPPY APRIL 6 BIRTHDAY TO: Zach Braff 41, Michael Rooker 61, Paul Rudd 47, Marilu Henner 64, Casper Smart 29, Candace Cameron 39, Billy Dee Williams 79, John Ratzenburger 69, Merle Haggard 79, and Andre Previn 87.