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    Your Heart and that Energy Drink

    Too much of a “good thing” I bought myself a tray of bakery cookies at the grocery store the other day under the guise that they were ‘peanut free’ so my 2 year old (with major confirmed allergies) could enjoy them while the rest of us dined on a nut-cake I bought for a group of friends. Here’s the problem.  I have no self-control.  And I’ve been eating the cookies. all. week.  I stepped on the scale last night and Wowzers… I know who was eating the cookies. The point… one cookie? No problem.  Two cookies? eh.  Three cookies?  Not healthy! So how about those Energy Drinks you are consuming? Nutritionist Explains…

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    Who Ate My Muffin?

    Yesterday started out as ‘one of those days’.  I got up before the crack of dawn 8am but my boys were already up and moving.  So I get up, get moving and am bombarded with requests… “Mom I need breakfast, Mom I can’t find socks, Mom my brother hit me, MOM!!!!!”  All before I have wiped the sleep from my eyes.All before I have time to say “Good Morning, joys of my life.” Most importantly, all before I have had a sip of coffee. Ah the struggles of motherhood. I really had to laugh at this rendition of “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie” (shared with me by a…

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    The Joy in Voting

    Mom got to participate in one of the most basic &important rights as a proud-American and I got asticker AND a cookie. Win-Win!Learn more about the importance of voting as an American Military Family and how to get it done: Your Voting Opportunities Just Got Easier! DoD Blogger Roundtable Making Your Vote Count Family Matters Blog: Online Tool Eases Overseas Voting Process – Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com Join Us    byLeanne KocsisonTuesday, March 06, 2012Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to PinterestMilitary Life:Leanne,Vote

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    A Very Special Valentine’s Day

    Today we are happy to share a guest post from Maya Szydlowski, community manager for Veterans United Home Loans: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and for moms with kiddos that means trying to round up cards and candies for your kids to hand out to their classmates. While grabbing a classroom list is no hard task, trying to get your kids to simply scrawl names on cards can be a little more difficult as the work hardly keeps their attention. To make Valentine’s Day a little more fun and creative for both you and your kiddos this year, consider giving a few of the following craft ideas a…

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    Valentine’s Day Cookies

    MMMMM… cookies.  Usually I only bake cookies during  the Christmas Season.  But the urge to bake over took me last week and I suddenly found myself in the Valentines Spirit. Here is a recipe for /delicious/ Pink-frosted Valentines Cookies (or really whatever holiday you want to make them for.  Just change the shape of you cookie cutter and the food-dye color and viola you are “in season”.) Perfectly Valentines Cookies Cookie Ingredients1 cup granulated sugar1 cup powdered sugar2 cups vegetable shortening1 large egg, beaten3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (/or/ 4 1/3 cups of Cake Flour if you have it hand) 3/4 teaspoon baking soda3/4 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt Preheat Oven to 375 degrees. Using your…

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    Joining Forces Christmas Cards from Military Children

    As you know I am all about military support!   I am the granddaughter of World War II Veterans, the daughter of an Air Force pilot and the wife of an Army Soldier.  Anytime I can instill pride in my children for these generations before them I do. So I really love the idea behind Michelle Obama’s latest Joining Forces request. The First Lady is asking military children from around the globe for some personal contributions to the finishing touches on the White House decorations this holiday season. The request is for military children to submit 5×8″ handmade holiday cards with words of appreciation for their military parents, as well…

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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!…

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    Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwich

    I love carrot cake. It is rich, moist, has great ingredients: it is a party just waiting to happen! Cookies are a great dessert, snack and pick-me-up. Limiting the amount that I happen to pick up is another story.These frosted delights have the icing on the inside! Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwich takes a great idea and makes it simple. Makes 1 dozen cookies. Preheat oven to 375 degrees 1 1/4 c flour1 t cinnamon1/2 t salt1/2 t baking soda1/2 c butter, softened1/2 c brown sugar1/2 c sugar1 egg1/2 t vanilla1 cup grated carrots1 cup chopped walnuts1/2 can WELL DRAINED crushed pineappleFrosting1 (8 oz) package cream cheese1 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar1/2…

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    It is Summertime Somewhere Tortoni (2 versions)

    Ice cream. I think it is the food of the gods. Ice cream is a mood lifter: happiness by the spoonful. Simplistic I know. Therefore I do not have to wait until it is spring/summer on the calendar to plan on a frozen treat. It is summertime somewhere – that is my global thinking put to use.A tortoni recipe can be modified to your likes. It is rather like a small version of an ice cream blizzard, or a flurry. It is Summertime Somewhere Tortoni (2 versions)Peach Tortoni1 quart vanilla ice cream1 cup peach slicesRum to flavor8 whole toasted almondsStir vanilla ice cream until soft. Add peaches and enough rum…

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    Fall Produce Features Perfect Bell Peppers

    The frost is coming. The temperatures are creeping down each night, going a degree lower and getting within striking distance of the first freeze. The frost will soon be on the pumpkins. Yes Autumn is here. As the garden patch is reduced to empty rows… the bell pepper plants still are heavy with beautiful colors of a fall palate. Our tomatoes are long gone, but the local orchard is still selling them by the 1/2 bushel. So… the mix of the vitamin rich, dark gems of tomato and red/green pepper are just perfect for an evening meal. I made Stuffed Peppers last night, a great meal for watching the amount…