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    Veterans Day 2013 Meals, Deals & Support

    Veterans Day 2013 is less then a month away and it is time to acknowledge the companies that will take the time to appreciate our deserving US Veterans. National Meals, Deals and Support: Many of these Restaurants and Businesses are Franchises and Participation may vary.  Be sure to call ahead to insure they are participating. Applebees (meal) on Monday, November 11th during business hours will give Veterans and Active Duty service members a signature entrée.  (Participating locations only, identification required – see their website for list of supporting documents) Bar Louie (meal) is offering a lunch or dinner on Louie for all Veterans & Active Duty on Monday, November 11th.  (Up…

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    40 Ways to Find Solace in a Storm

    “I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” ― Oscar Wilde  Call your dad Sip a hot cup of coffee Take 10 minutes to soak up some sun on a warm, sunny front porch Feet up & a good book Jump on your bike and take a ride Grab the music player, pop in the ear buds, play your favorite upbeat music and ask the vacuum to dance (Bonus you get some clean floors) Give a lingering hug with someone you love Look through old photos, create a collage of someone you love using Picasa or other photo editor…

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    Going Banana Bread

    Recipe ready, ingredients and apronsTuesdays with the Grands: Going Banana Bread Tuesday morning started with a whirlwind of life… Stand back because the babes are about to enter! The choice was made to change the day from a day of pure babysitting into a time to cherish, capture with pictures, perhaps decorate the furniture create a memory. For all the world, he looks like he is waving to his adoring fans,or saluting the troops.  Either way, he owns the joint! Tuesday was rainy, not the misty sweet shower after the snow storms… but blustery, tree limb cracking flood stage rain. So a ride on the tractor, or a walk in the woods was…

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    Apple-Oatmeal Yeast Bread

    Thanksgiving is zooming at us with rocket speed.  Today might be Monday… but watch out!  Thursday is coming into focus.  Slow down and make some yeast bread.  This recipe calls for apple cider which is prominent in the aroma.  Welcome Thanksgiving week with a fresh loaf of bread.  I think we all need something ‘to hold us up’ for the hard work of eatting a fantastic meal later!   Oh yes, bring it on.  Simple to make and bake, and totally wonderful to relax and taste the wholesome goodness of oats and apples. Yeast BreadApple-Oatmeal Bread1 c quick cooking rolled oats (not instant)¼ c packed brown sugar1 T butter 1 ½…

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    Full of Thanks

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday by far.  Christmas and Easter shape my life but have become way too commercialized and, in general, we’ve lost the meaning.  There’s not much pressure with Thanksgiving though.  Wednesday I’ll turn the music up, bake some cookies, pies and bread.  I’ll enjoy having the kids’ help once in awhile (especially with the cookie part) and then Thanksgiving, this year, we’ll head to hub’s family gathering; sixty to seventy of his closest relatives.  No fuss, just family.  I also love taking the time to enjoy what we are thankful for.  This year, at dinner, we have gone around the table each day and said something we are thankful for. …

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    Summer Meals and Menu for Children of All Ages!

    Camp Grandpa! It is July on our calendar and fireworks are getting to explode in my heart as the grands are getting ready to arrive. Activities are on Grandpa’s plate. Their hunger for adventure, outdoors, hammering, mud and total movement are insatiable. Therefore, Grandma is getting ready to find some ‘fuels’ that are kid appropriate: lunches and dinners. We have a bread lover, a meat on bone lover, a thick steak fan, and one who isn’t too certain what is the best… well ice cream is there, but not on my meal plan! The secret plan that Grandpa and I have is to keep them so active and involved that…

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    Tasty Tuesday: Healthy & Yummy Chicken Nuggets

    There is something about chicken nuggets that make my children’s mouth water, whether the frozen variety cooked in the toaster oven or the kind fresh out of the deep-fat fryer at our favorite fast food restaurant. Are they on the list of healthy-meals at the Kocsis household though? Not so much.However, earlier this week I made a delicious breaded and baked chicken nugget that knocked my boys’ socks right off!  I know it is a good meal when there are no leftovers, when they ask for more and I have to say “Sorry, they are all gone.”, when I think ‘We are definitely doing these again’! Healthy & Yummy Chicken NuggetsINGREDIENTS:3-4 thick slices bread1/2…

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    Counter Top Cooking: Beef Stew

    Winter comfort food fueled Jacob and Esther’s cooking skills with savory aroma and fantastic chunky beef stew.They pounded a thick round steak then I cut off the excess fat.They mixed the dredging flour and bread crumbs while I heated a heavy saute pan with butter.I cut the meat into small chunks and they rolled it in the flour mixture.They mounded the chunks on a platter so I could brown the beef.They washed the baby carrots, drained the canned mushrooms,decided how much of the chopped onion should go in, and  took pinches of dried herbs then added them to the cooker.  The joy of sticking a fork into a large jar…

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    Talking Turkey (leftovers) Tasty Tuesday

    A crowd fills the house at Thanksgiving each year.  Chairs are mixed and matched to heights of a child’s lap.  Tables are added domino style… fitting this end, turning a corner with several tablecloths draped over them.  My table is a center point of the Thanksgiving action for me.  For me.  Now, for more than half of us it is the Macy’s Day parade which spills into football.   Hors d’oeuvres  fill the gap from the yeasty breakfast rolls or bowls holding fruited steamy oatmeal to dinner.  A steady aroma of turkey feeds an appetite that nothing else can satisfy.  Our menu has turkey highlighting the table at 2 P.M. and…

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    Herb Pull Apart Yeast Rolls

    There is nothing like fresh bread out of the oven to complete a meal.  In the past my family has been big fans of frozen store bought rolls, like Pillsbury or Rhodes.  However, I recently discovered how much more delicious made from scratch rolls can be.  A perfect compliment to soups, steak, or chicken.  This side-dish complements the senses. This easy recipe recipe makes 18 rolls, which would be perfect for a Thanksgiving get together but if you are making just for a family dinner you can freeze what you don’t plan on eating for another night.  It’s a great way to save a little money and have homemade deliciousness on hand!…