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Talking Turkey Part 2

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

So you have followed the instructions on cooking a turkey. Coque huawei Now what? Where do you put the knife in for white meat, Coque huawei Pas Cher how do you get the drumsticks and wings off this bird? Sharpen your knives and let Jamie Oliver show us the way to carve a roasted turkey.

Talking Turkey-Thanksgiving side dishes

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

This is my favorite part of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for my family. coque iphone outlet shop It’s all about the veggies, so if you have a few non bird eaters, there is plenty of food for them. coque Samsung Galaxy S6 How about a Vermont classic, corn fritters, or a cold brussell sprout dish or a squash ratatouille?

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Start with you basic stuffing recipe and add cooked crumbled sausage, large chopped apples and pecan. coque huawei soldes I take a classic green bean casserole and substitute the beans with broccoli (or maybe do both veggies). For the non meat eater, forget the sausage.

Classic Green Bean Casserole

Our everyones’ favorite, garlic mashed potatoes. coque samsung s8 Saving calories, making mashed cauliflower gives you the creamy texture without the points.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Whatever your veggie cravings are, check out WWMS side and veggie dishes to add to your Thanksgiving meal.

Holiday Decorating-have some fun!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Once you have found the “perfect” tree for your home, then the real fun begins, decorating! I switch between white lights and multi-colored lights. coque de telephone samsung galaxy j5 It’s either all white or multi-colored for me! If it’s multi year, then everything is multi including the window candles each having a different colored light. Then in white light years, I usually go for a more traditional look with deep red or burgundy bows. coque de telephone samsung galaxy j5 The tree also has the same theme. coque iphone X So I have white crystal garland, jewel toned garland and garland that looks like rock candy. We used to string popcorn and cranberries until the dog ate all the garland and almost knocked over the tree! Our ornaments are a collection of over 25 years with quirky glass, paper and wood. The girls kindergarten homemade ones have the prominent spot in the front. coque iphone outlet shop Shelby was always planning a craft day around the holidays, I think we kept Michaels in business. Whether you make your own or shop for decorations at Target, take care when packing your ornaments and lights so you can use them year after year. Save the ornament boxes, tissue paper and wrap the lights and secure with twisty ties so they don’t tangle.

Talking Turkey Part 1

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Thanksgiving is almost here and for some, cooking a turkey is a daunting task. coque huawei soldes But in fact, it’s really one of the easiest holiday meal entrees. Coque iPhone 6 First, take a look at your oven and make sure it’s big enough for a whole turkey. If it’s a small oven , you might consider cooking a whole turkey breast instead of the whole turkey. coque Samsung Galaxy S6 If your oven is regular size, choose the turkey size according to the number of guest eating. The basic rule of thumb is 1-1 1/2 pounds per person. I usually go a little more since I like to have leftovers. Survey the roasting pans for the correct size. Now all you need is the turkey, small herbs and veggies. Here’s a video from Chef John at Food Wishes that makes cooking a turkey pretty simple. coque iphone France So, let’s get cooking.

Summer Olympics… Inspiring

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The opening ceremonies were full of tradition and surprises… Countryside scenes, traditional, historical music, British humor, British legends, and Royals. I thought the filmed scenes of the queen with the James Bond character was sensational. What fun and whimsy! Good for her to allow that and be part of a fun joke at her royal highness’ expense! Good show! Thank you Danny Boyle and England! London is a fabulous city. It looks as though it was well planned. Good job! What was Mitt Romney so concerned about anyway? A city that moves people and a central location for all events. I have heard that they didn’t have the crowds of people they were hoping for. Evidently that is a recurring problem with the recent, past 10, 15 years of Olympiads. They plan for hoards of people to attend, even building new hotels and restaurants hoping for boosts in business and hiring more staff in anticipation and in the end the people stay away and the locals leave town fearing the discomfort and inconvenience. I guess now is the time to go. Coque huawei After the Olympics are done and everyone is leaving and the rush of the excitement is still present. Rooms are discounted and air fares are also low to encourage the end of summer travelers. I miss the Olympics. It was great to have so many choices for entertainment in the evening. I love my Tivo and recorded the daily events and could go back to anything. The swimming and the gymnastics were exciting. The track held me amazed at the incredible feets in just second… A flash of time and records are broken. The human being at a physical peak takes their body to the edge… and then does it again… The Beach Volley Ball…. To think that Beach Volley ball is an Olympic sport! This speaks to present times not the past. It was introduced at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, a demonstration event, and has been an official Olympic sport since 1996. We, the USA teams, have won gold in either men’s or women’s since 1996. Right on team.

I personally find the uniforms rather revealing, almost sexually exploitive for media purposes. I am sure there are those at home watching for reasons other than athletic interest now. They do look very containing, and supportive. I would say that of all the sports now. The athletic attire has become rather like extreme costuming. They were joking on TV about a man’s penis and whether he was aroused for the medal ceremony… Well so what if he was, or perhaps he just has a larger one… just like women’s breasts, they come in different sizes and shapes and these things are hard to hide in the skin tight minimal clothing specially designed for the teams… It was an exciting moment for him and with all the men and women in such evocative attire how could he help it in that moment, and with the snug fitting, form revealing uniforms how was he to hide it. Where? Really! But then the Olympics of ancient Greece and Rome were done naked! The human body being celebrated and the athletic prowess rewarded. coque samsung pas cher Of course, I love to watch the sports that I have enjoyed doing myself. As a young girl in gymnastic class, didn’t we all imagine ourselves at the Olympics… Remembering Nadia, Kathy Rigby… Cathy Rigby went on to acting and you could find her guest staring in a role on a TV series for a while. Then she really blew up on stage with her teaching Peter and Wendy to FLY on Broadway in Peter Pan. On the diving board when a child is asking her mom or brother and sister to rate their dive, we play at our own little competition with ourselves, wanting to do our best. The crazy fun I had with my sister when we would attempt the synchronized swimmers upside down movements or the apparent lack of above the water as they hold a pose gracefully never showing the manic paddling that it takes to keep a leg poised upward and then jut it up suddenly in synchronicity with others on the team. Wow! Remembering the old movies with the swimmer movie star, Esther Williams! I haven’t been to any of the Sea or Ocean amusement parks since I was young.. Oh no I forget the bay area Marine World Africa USA in Vallejo, California. coque iphone france I think they call it something else now. Surely there is an ocean theme park that employs these amazing anonymous athletes that spend much of there performance time holding their breath. I am thinking in Florida. While we play at our sports, some are taking the play seriously and making it a life passion, direction, and later profession. I do miss the days when the Olympic athletes could not be professionals. that when they would only become endorsed or advertised after they decided to leave the amateur status and that had to be a big decision whether to pursue another 4 years of intense Olympic aspiration driven training with out the financial backing of any large business. In history many Olympic athletes were working a day or night job while striving to find time to train. I am sure there are still many who do, but so many of the athletes today are supported by the sporting companies. The rock stars of the Olympic games are able to support their training and have major contracts with their sponsors well ahead. I wonder what the past athletes would have accomplished if they were able to have an extra 3 to 4 hours in the pool, while their mother looked on, free to drive them and spectate because she didn’t have to take a job to support her gifted child’s pursuit of the coveted Gold, Silver, and Bronze. I am sure families still have a challenge to deal with the intensity and demands of supporting and encouraging the gifted athlete, but the ability to now have the financial support of commercial sponsors is powerful. I do miss the simpler times of the amateur athlete at the Olympics. It seemed to be a more pure sense of competition. Just the athletes without the business and money behind the advertising. coque huawei livraison rapide Many would retire from Olympic pursuits just so they could cash in while the offers were still there for them. coque imprim√© huawei pas cher Now we have Olympians who return for 3 even more games. Amazing that you can, but also wonderful to stand back and feel your success and open the door for others to experience the opportunity after you, the same glory. I would list the names of all the US Olympians, but that would take more time and we know so many and we just watched them. I was amazed daily with the athletes from all over the world…. The swimmers, runners, vaulters, jumpers, racquet swinging, shot put hurling….You know who you are inspired by. I imagine the work and skills that are developed by these athletes and in some way covet their incredible abilities… Their natural ability was a gift of birth and their dedication and perseverance to perfect their moves and pursue an excellence such that few will ever achieve at anything in life. Bravo… I admire and applaud you.

Simple Summer Birthday Fiesta

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Everyone loves a celebration especially birthdays. Coque Huawei Soldes There’s always a little pressure on how to celebrate to make it perfect for your friend. coque samsung a8 2018 Keep it simple (not necessarily the thing that happens in our house) but Sadie and Shelby seem to do it right. coque de telephone samsung s7 Kelsey was having her 21st and the girls had a picnic in their backyard. coque iphone occasion They decorated with paper lanterns, spread out blankets and played music. coque samsung galaxy s8 Everyone brought a snack of cupcakes and fruit and they served champagne and a fruit punch.

Memorial Day BBQ foods

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the men and women who lost their lives in national service. It started with laying wreaths on the graves to honor the Confederate and Union Army members. We still honor these courageous people and celebrate their lives with food and family.Set a festive table for your BBQ celebrating the red, white and blue and bring on the food. Coque huawei If super simple is where you’re going, bring on the grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, fresh corn and watermelon. The prep here is very easy. coque de telephone samsung s7 Make the classic hamburger patty, light the grill and open up a package of hot dogs. You can roast you corn on the grill by pulling back the husks, removing the silk, pull the husks back up and soak the cobs in water for 2-4 hours. coque huawei pas cher Remove, drain, peel back again and spread butter and salt and pepper. Place on the grill before the hamburgers and hot dogs and grill for about 15 minutes or until the kernels are tender. If you’re looking to expand your culinary expertise and include some of the Moms’ favorite recipes then try BBQ Ribs, All American Baked Beans and Potato Salad with dill. Vente Coque samsung If you looking for a little more all-american, the boiled lobster is a good choice. Don’t forget to make Sal’s coleslaw in our cookbook to add color to your plate. And why not add a red, white and blue trifle to wow the crowd.


Sunday, May 20th, 2012

It’s time to start thinking about making some plans for heading up to VT, coque de samsung galaxy s3 June 14-16 for the music festival of a lifetime…THE FRENDLY GATHERING!!! Plan on camping out, coque iphone outlet store relaxing, coque de telephone samsung galaxy j5 and listening and dancing to the music under the beautiful skies of Glebe Mountain. coque Samsung Galaxy S7 Take a look at this line up!!Last year’s Frendly Gathering was a huge success, but this year is guaranteed to be even better! Gather up your frends and get ready for an epic weekend Vermont style.Get your tickets now.

Shrimp Marinara Spill With Jack Mitrani

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

My son Jack Mitrani is not only a pro snowboarder who goes big in the half pipe… Coque Huawei P10 he’s also a great help in the kitchen, despite the mess! Here he is lending a hand to serve some delicious shrimp marinara for a big family party. coque samsung Thank-you Jack Ryan! Shrimp Marinara is an easy and festive dish to make anytime. coque de telephone samsung galaxy j5 I like to saute the shrimp in a separate skillet with lots of fresh garlic and hot pepper flakes, and then combine them at the last minute with the pasta and marinara sauce. Achat Coque iPhone Garnish with some fresh basil and parsley, (and blot up any spills with some paper towels!) and you will have a fantastic dish your friends and family will rave about.

Everything is Better With Guacamole

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Guacamole is one of those perfect foods. coque imprimé huawei pas cher When there is a party I often volunteer to make some quac as it is fast and easy and always a hit. coque telephone samsung Often served as an appetizer with chips it is also fabulous on burgers. The trick to good guacamole is the perfectly ripe avacado. coque samsung a8 2018 personnalisé Guacamole does not store well as it turns brown quickly so making it fresh and serving immediately is always the best way. coque pas cher samsung s8 Fresh avacadoes, jalapeno, lime juice, garlic, onion and cilantro all mixed together for a delicious appetizer.