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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bison and Bean Chili

Bison and Bean Chili

Total: 1 hr 10 mins
Active: 25 mins
Makes: 4 to 6 servings

1 pound ground bison
1 large yellow onion peeled and coarsely chopped
1 green bell pepper coarsely chopped
1 large clove garlic peeled and minced
2 cups water
1 (14-1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes juices reserved
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder

1. Heat a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot with a tightfitting lid over mediumhigh heat and add
bison onion and bell pepper; season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook stirring
occasionally until meat is cooked through and beginning to brown about 15 minutes.
2. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant about 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients and stir
scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Bring mixture
to a simmer then reduce heat to low.
3. Partially cover and cook stirring occasionally and checking to make sure chili is not boiling
until slightly thickened about 45 minutes. Taste adjust seasoning as necessary and

Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Steve Martin

Stephen Glenn Martin better know as Steve Martin was born August 14th 1945. Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and musician. It was in the 1960s as one of the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" that Steve rose to popularity. Martin toured in the 1970s acting out his offbeat comedy routines on national tours. Later, he would work as an actor, author, playwright, pianist and bajo player. In Steve Martin's years of entertaining he earned an emmy, grammy and American comedy awards.

Many may not know that Steve Martin played the banjo from an early age. This is perhaps why it was so easy to include banjo playing in his comedy routines. His banjoy playing is where we will see him as of late. Releasing a solo music album and touring playing bluegrass.

Stop Wasting Time

Time is something that we can never get back but always want more of. It is something that we often run out of and have even wasted before. But there are a few things we can do to make the most of ours and others time.

Arrive early to appointments and meetings. I have learned the hard way that being early is often better. My husband and I have been married for 30 years and if it was me I would be late , he would be way early and together we are just a bit early or on time. Yes, it is that simple. Being 10 to 15 minutes early allows you time for error. The meeting is scheduled to begin at the starting time so you need to be a bit early in order to do just that. Being early allows you to be more comfortable, have your items in order before your meeting or appointment.

Being prepared and time goes hand in hand. If you are looking for an item during the meeting can make you look unprofessional but it also takes up time. Make sure that you have it all together before the meeting will help you look good and start the meeting on time. Perhaps a little note of items you need to bring with you will make it easier for you to keep on tract.

The one modern item that has as many good points as bad is the cellphone. It is a major pet peeve of mine to have those I am meeting with to check their text messages, email, voicemail or playgames. It is a waste of time and should be done in the free time of an individual. Before going into the meeting silence your cell phone.

Easy Creamsicle Fudge

1 (15 oz) container vanilla frosting
1 (10 oz) bag vanilla baking chips
1 tsp orange extract
Yellow Food Coloring
Orange Food Coloring

Line a 8'' x 8'' pan with tin foil.
In a medium saucepan melt the vanilla frosting over low heat until frosting is glossy.
Add vanilla chips to saucepan and cook, while stirring, until chips are melted and blended with the frosting.
Reserve 1/2 c. of mixture for later.
Mix remaining fudge mixture in saucepan with the orange extract.
Add yellow and orange food coloring and stir until completely combined. You will use about 5 drops of orange and 7 drops of yellow food coloring. Please adjust as this will depend on the brand and type of food coloring you use.
Pour orange fudge into the bottom of the lined pan.
Drop spoonfuls of white fudge you reserved on top of the orange fudge.
Drag butter knife through fudge to swirl it.
Refrigerate at least four hours until it set.
Store in fridge.

Elvis Presley Burger

If you are a peanut butter lover like the king Elvis Presley was then this burger will make you very happy.

About 1 pound/450 grams ground beef
8 rashers smoked bacon
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon chipotle chili flakes
4 tablespoons Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter
¼ iceberg lettuce, shredded
½ red onion, thinly sliced
4 burger buns

 Divide the ground beef into 4 equally sized balls, then flatten into patties and set aside. Grill the bacon  until crisp, then chop into smallish pieces and set aside.
Heat a pan until very hot. Season the burger patties with salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes each side, or to taste.
While the burgers are cooking, make the peanut butter sauce by heating a tablespoon of oil in a pan and gently softening the ginger and garlic for a couple of minutes, stirring. Add the chipotle flakes for a further minute, then take the pan off the heat and add the peanut butter, along with a tablespoon of hot water (don’t use cold water). Mix well.
When the burgers and sauce are ready, place a little iceberg lettuce on each bun, followed by some onion, a burger, then some of the peanut butter sauce. Top with crispy bacon pieces and the top half of the bun. Eat immediately.

recipe source here

Back to School Time

We have reached mid August?? Can anyone tell me exactly how that happened?? The summer has went rather fast and now it is time to get ready for school. Some have all ready started school, others will start school and others still have a bit of time before they start back to school. As in previous years you all most likely have your own back to school routine. So whether you have purchased the school supplies, ready to get those back to school hair cuts and picked out your new backpack and lunch bag?? Perhaps you are going on a shopping trip to purchase treats, lunches and after school snacks that you will need when school starts or that new pair of shoes that every one will need. Did you get your fall clothes out to see what is still needed??

Whatever step you are at remember to make this fun for your child and you. In fact with a bit of thought you can make it special for all. Here are a few ideas to make your first month of back to school fun

Plan a great back to school meal. Make it at their favorite restaurant or make it at home using all their favorites.

Put on a fashion show for some extra exciting fun. This way you can ensure all the new school clothes fit and look great and also help build excitement by hosting a fashion show the entire family can take part in.

Create a back to school time capsule. You can open the new one the following back to school day or whenever you choose.

Whatever you do to try to make the first day of school fun do just that remember to have fun.

Is your child a visual learner

If you sit in the library and pay close enough attention you just may be able to spot them. You know, there is always that one person that sits and leafs through the books. You may also notice them in the classroom as they are often sitting front and center staring at the blackboard. These children are often visual learner. The child that learns easiest when the teacher draws out what they are teaching on the blackboard. Graphs and diagrams are easy prey for these visual learners as well. As long as these studeents can visually see what is being explained they will catch on to the concept.

There are two main categories of visual learners. Picture learners and print learners are the two but many have a mixture. Picture learners think of image of United States map to answer your question. Print learners think in words and often quickly learn to read and easily memorize spelling words.

Visual Learners learn best when they visual presentation takes place. Visual cues help stimulate visual learners. They often do better on their own with simple, concise and minimal instructions for completing a task. Visual learners are also born leaders. Visual learners often do well when they start off with simple phonics based learning that is presented visually.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 13 Coupon Preview

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Bringing up Baby

what do you think is the most important life lesson to teach our children??

Child Support Awareness

I guess, I am one of the lucky ones. My parents lived together til death do them part and raised 5 children. Sometimes they struggled but I can recall many great times. My parents were there together for all of us. I have been blessed to be married for 30 years and my six children have been blessed to live in a 2 parent family. They may have had the same dream for their own family but it was not to be. My oldest daughter with her 2 children came home a couple of years ago. My grand-children have 2 parents that love them greatly but could not make it together Every other weekend my grand children see their father and he in return pays child support. I am sure many know how the system of child support works

Last year we were blessed to gain a daughter when our youngest son married her. Not only did we gain a daughter in law but also a wonderful grandson. This was a blessing to us. We soon learned that the dilemma of her first husband and the babies father was not as charming. Our new grandson who is now 5 had received child support from his father on and off since his parents split up. A few months ago, the father filed court papers to stop paying child support. When this did not happen he decided that if the only way to get out of paying child support was to sign his rights to his child away he would. Now, this is a good thing in many ways. My son who loves this young man will be adopting him formally but it is sad that he will never know his real father until possibly if he looks for him when he is older It is also sad that his own father did not want to pay up for his son.

You may say that our father has seen both sides of the Child Support situation. But where did thee Child Support system start when and where??

Child Support Laws in every state in the U.S. has a program to help families pay, process and collect support payments. States can work across state lines to ensure that payments are collected and distributed. It was not always this way but in the early nineteenth century, Americas courts declared that current laws did not provide for support action. Past laws ruled that father had only a non enforceable moral duty to support his children. The only way that a father had to pay any money to the child was through a contract with the child's father if one existed. However, there was a law for recovery of support costs in certain circumstances. The poor laws gave parishes power to collect funds spent in caring for mother and her children where no father was a provider.

In 1808 the Supreme court of Connecticut ruled that a mother could recover support from her first husband. The court ruled that children's father was legally bound to "protect, educate and maintain their legitimate children" Other states soon joined in with the decision that fathers could be held financially responsible.

The 1950's , 60's and 70s would see the child support system grow with more enforcement If you need more information or are looking for the laws for your state you should visit here 

Tomatillo Salsa

It will soon be harvest time. If you are the grower you know what that means time to capture your bounty and put it up for safe keeping. If you do not grow produce you can still often find great treats at farmer markets. One item you may have are tomatillos. This great salsa recipe will be great for fall get togethers

3 pounds of Tomatillos
1 large Yellow Onion onion , peeled and cut into large pieces
4 Serrano Chilies
2 large Jalapeno Chilies
5 medium Garlic Cloves
2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
1 cup fresh Cilantro
Optional: 1-2 small red sweet peppers (not bell peppers)

Preheat the broiler. Line two baking sheets with foil or cycle the same one through two rounds of broiling.

Husk the tomatillos and rinse them. Note: they have a tackiness to the skin which will not rinse off. Put the tomatillos, the chilies and the unpeeled garlic cloves on the prepared baking sheet (s).

Place the baking sheet(s) under the broiler checking them every few minutes until the tomatillos and chilies char (aproximately 7-10 minutes for the tomatillos and faster for the chilies). Note: if smaller chilies char before the tomatillos,, remove them while the remaining ingredients broil.

Add the onions pieces to the bowl of a food processor.
When the tomatillos are done let them cool for just a few minutes until you can handle them and put them into the food processor bowl. Squeeze the contents of the garlic cloves out of their skin into the food processor bowl, ensuring the peel does not go into the salsa.
Tip: wear protective gloves when handling chilies. Remove the top of the chilies with a sharp knife and discard. Slice the length of the chiiles, open (a dining knife works well for this) and gently scrap out the seeds and inner membrane; discard scraped contents. Add the prepared chilies to the food processor.
Add the cilantro and salt to the food processor. Turn on the food processor and pulverize to a liquid salsa consistency.
Optional: to give the salsa some visual appeal if desired, add the red sweet peppers (not bell peppers) to the food processor. It breaks up the all green appearance!

recipe resource here

Ham and Cheese Pinwheel Sandwiches

Can you believe that the delicious ham and cheese pinwheels above started out like the picture below??

Well they did and the pinwheels are super easy to make Simply follow the recipe below.

2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed overnight in the refrigerator
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard, divided
12 thin slices of good-quality deli ham (about 10 ounces)
2 cups freshly grated gruyere, Swiss, fontina, sharp cheddar, or similar melty cheese (about 5 ounces)
Chopped fresh parsley, thyme, or chives (optional, for serving)

Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on your counter (I pressed two long sheets together at the edges to create a single larger sheet). Unfold the first sheet of puff pastry in the center of the plastic, then roll it into a 10×12-inch rectangle. Spread with 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard, leaving a 1/2-inch border on all sides. Lay 6 ham slices on top, overlapping as needed. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese.
Starting at the long (12-inch) edge, roll the puff pastry into a log. Trim the ends so that they are even, then tightly wrap the log with the plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry and remaining mustard, ham, and cheese. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Once the log has chilled, using a sharp, serrated knife, carefully cut each log into 1/2-inch-wide slices. (If each log is 12 inches, you will get 24 rolls from each one). Arrange the rolls 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the puff pastry is light golden brown and the cheese is hot and bubbly, about 18 minutes. Immediately sprinkle with chopped thyme, parsley, or chives as desired. Let cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Kiwi Cream Cheese Pie

1 (9-inch) round of refrigerated pie dough (from a 15-oz package), thawed and unrolled or unfolded
6 oz cream cheese, softened slightly
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 firm-ripe kiwifruit, peeled and thinly sliced

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F.
Fit dough into tart pan, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang, then fold overhang inward and press against side of pan to reinforce edge. Lightly prick bottom and side of shell with a fork.
Line shell with foil and fill with pie weights. Bake until edge is pale golden, about 10 minutes. Carefully remove foil and weights and bake shell until golden all over, about 5 minutes more. Cool shell in pan on a rack, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat together cream cheese, sugar, milk, zest, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
Spread cream cheese filling in cooled shell and top with kiwifruit slices.