Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Dill Sauce


1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill weed
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon garlic-pepper blend
1 lb salmon fillets, cut into 4 pieces (4 oz each)
Lemon-Dill Sauce

1 container (6 oz) Yoplait® Greek Fat Free plain yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill weed or 1 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon pepper


1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small bowl, mix all marinade ingredients except salmon.
2. In 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish, arrange salmon pieces skin side up in single layer. Pour marinade over salmon; turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 20 minutes.
3. Heat gas or charcoal grill. Brush grill rack with oil. Remove salmon from marinade; discard marinade. Place skin side down on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 10 to 15 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with fork.
4. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix sauce ingredients. Serve with salmon.
To broil salmon, place skin side down on sprayed rack in broiler pan; broil with top 4 to 6 inches from heat using times above as a guide, brushing with marinade during last 8 minutes of cooking time.
You can substitute lime peel and juice for the lemon in the sauce and marinade for a refreshing lime flavor.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving)

  • Calories 250
    • (Calories from Fat 90),
  • Total Fat 10g
    • (Saturated Fat 2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 75mg;
  • Sodium 140mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 12g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 11g),
  • Protein 27g

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C’mon! Faster!

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Question of the day

Do you ever save greeting cards?

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Have you all heard what JCPenney is doing with their pricing? Check this out. It’s way too hard to explain.

They have a new CEO and apparently everything will be marked down by 40% right off the bat. This is what they say:

“• New tags. The retailer used to pile stickers on price tags to indicate each time an item was marked down. But now each time an item gets a new price, it gets a new tag, too. A red tag indicates an “Every Day” price, a white tag a “Month-Long Value” and a blue tag a “Best Price.”

• Simpler pricing. Penney will use whole figures when pricing items. In other words, you won’t see jeans with a price tag of $19.99, but rather $19 or $20.”

This is just a start. Are you a JCPenney shopper? I sure am. I love the bedding and towels and have bought a lot of clothes there. I like that pricing will be more predictable. You won’t have to wait for something like a pair of jeans to go on sale. That part is really nice.

Will this kind of thing make you shop at a store? Do you think this is smart? If you don’t shop there now, will you with this new pricing plan? What do you love and look forward to the most about sales? What do you hate the most about them?

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Toaster Strudel® Apple Sundaes

4 Pillsbury® Toaster Strudel™ Frozen Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pastries
1 cup apple pie filling
2 cups vanilla ice cream


1. Toast pastries as directed on package.
2. Meanwhile, place pie filling in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute or until hot.
3. To serve, place hot pastries on individual serving plates. Top each with scoop of ice cream and warm pie filling. Drizzle icing from pastries package over each.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1/4 of Recipe)

  • Calories 405
    • (Calories from Fat 135),
  • Total Fat 15g
    • (Saturated Fat 6g,
  • Cholesterol 35mg;
  • Sodium 280mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 62g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 39g),
  • Protein 6g

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Before my coffee……

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Question of the day

Do you have a favorite Easter candy?

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Pull Up a Toboggan

We haven’t gone sledding in a while, so grab your toboggans, your runner sleds, your saucers, sheets, snowboards and skis! We’re hitting the hill, people. Last one there gets stuffed in a snowbank!

Tell us what you did this weekend… I don’t know if I’m back yet, so I’ll tell you now. I went sledding! We had enough snow, so we took the boys from the Pack to the Polar Bear event. And even though we haven’t really gone yet, I can tell you, we had a blast.

How about you? Are you a sledder? If not, what’s your winter sport?

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Theme songs

Does anyone else miss theme songs? They don’t really have too many of them anymore. Some shows (The Good Wife) starts and goes on for a good almost 10 minutes and then it cuts, a little tune comes on, they show the cast and that’s it. Then you have the CSI shows and those are some awesome songs but those are songs and not a theme song.

Think of Gilligan’s Island. Mr. Ed. Green Acres. Facts of Life. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Full House. I’m probably aging myself but can you guys sing some of these songs now? You know every single word. Somehow these songs come right to mind and you know them all. Petticoat Junction just ran through my head!

Which ones do you remember and can still sing every word? Do you miss these openings? These songs? I do. When I looked at the song site I was there for over an hour. It was fun.

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Crunchy-Topped Strawberry-Kiwi Parfaits

2 cups Banana Nut Cheerios® cereal
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 1/2 cups Yoplait® 99% Fat Free creamy vanilla or creamy harvest peach yogurt (from 32-oz container)
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
2 medium kiwifruit, peeled, cut into chunks


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place cereal and almonds in ungreased 13×9-inch pan. Bake 6 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light brown. Cool about 5 minutes.
2. In each of 4 parfait glasses, alternate layers of yogurt, strawberries, kiwifruit and toasted cereal and almond mixture. Serve immediately.
Make ’em your way with your choice of fruit and yogurt flavors.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving)

  • Calories 220
    • (Calories from Fat 40),
  • Total Fat 4 1/2g
    • (Saturated Fat 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 150mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 40g
    • (Dietary Fiber 3g,
    • Sugars 24g),
  • Protein 5g

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Look at the pic close……

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Question of the day from mssc

What is the BEST thing that has ever happened to you?

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Magic Eye

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Cheesy Mexican Bubble Bake

1 container (18 oz) refrigerated taco sauce with seasoned ground beef or shredded chicken
1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits or 1 can (17.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands!® refrigerated golden corn biscuits
1 cup shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend (4 oz)
1/2 cup Old El Paso® Thick ‘n Chunky salsa
Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, sliced ripe olives and/or green onions, if desired


1. Heat oven to 375°F. Microwave ground beef as directed on container. Spoon into ungreased 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish.
2. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Cut each into 8 pieces; add to ground beef in dish. With rubber spatula, stir gently until pieces are coated; spread evenly.
3. Bake about 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and biscuits are golden brown. Sprinkle cheese over top; bake 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is bubbly. Top individual servings with salsa and desired toppings.
Heat the beef or chicken mixture until it is piping hot to ensure that the biscuits bake all the way through.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving)

  • Calories 330
    • (Calories from Fat 170),
  • Total Fat 19g
    • (Saturated Fat 8g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 30mg;
  • Sodium 1270mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 31g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 7g),
  • Protein 10g

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Question of the day from mssc

What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you?  (this should be a real picker-upper)

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21 Creative Consequences

I just came across this at Pinterest and it’s really worth a look for those of you with kids. I’ve done many of them and they do work.

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Magic Eye

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Cheese Crescent Triangles

4 oz tomato-basil feta cheese, finely crumbled (1 cup)
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions (2 medium)
1 egg, well beaten
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 375°F.
1. In small bowl, mix feta cheese, green onions and 3 tablespoons of the beaten egg.
2. If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough; separate into 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut into 4 rectangles.
3. Press each rectangle into 7 1/2×5-inch rectangle. Cut rectangle into 3 rows by 2 rows to make 6 (2 1/2-inch) squares. Top each dough square with slightly rounded measuring teaspoon feta cheese mixture. Fold dough over filling, forming triangle; press edges to seal. On ungreased cookie sheets, place triangles 2 inches apart. Repeat with remaining 3 dough rectangles and feta cheese mixture.
4. Brush tops with remaining beaten egg. Sprinkle lightly with Parmesan cheese.5Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
These triangles can be shaped up to 2 hours ahead; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Just before serving, uncover and bake the triangles as directed.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Appetizer)

  • Calories 60
    • (Calories from Fat 35),
  • Total Fat 3 1/2g
    • (Saturated Fat 1 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 150mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 4g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 0g),
  • Protein 2g

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Anger Management from mssc

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Question of the day

If you won $1000 shopping spree to any store, what store would you choose it to be from?

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I’m sure you could use a day to sleep in too? I thought so. How was everyone’s week? My week was good. Nothing exciting happened. Nothing bad happened either, so I consider that a good week!

What’s going on this weekend? I was hoping to go sledding at our local golf course hill with the kids, but if the weather keeps this up, what little snow we have will be gone soon. How about you, any plans?

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

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What do you think?

Demi Moore has been in the news a lot lately for her “problems” but this isn’t really about her. But it did bring this Good Question up.

Just what is exhaustion and how is it treated? Is it for real? Can you imagine calling your boss and telling him you can’t make it to work because you’re exhausted?

Do you think this is just a clever ploy for celebrities to hide behind? Just what do you think  would be considered exhaustion?

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Chicken Gyros

Oh, how I love Gyros. But in general, I’m not a fan of lamb (it’s also very hard to get around here), and I don’t like that sour cream has a ton of calories, which are not at all nice to my hips. So, when I found a recipe for Chicken Gyros on Pinterest the other day (how did we function without Pinterest?), that used chicken instead of lamb, and yogurt in place of sour cream, I decided that I needed to try it. And now it’s part of our dinner rotation.

The recipe comes from a blog called The Girl Who Ate Everything, as does the picture. I just rearranged the recipe a little to make it easier to follow. Enjoy!

Chicken Gyros

Tzatziki Sauce

Make several hours, even a day, ahead

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 regular cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Shred the cucumber or chop in food processor. Wrap in a towel a squeeze to remove as much water as possible. Mix together the yogurt, shredded cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, and lemon juice. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Place in a tightly covered container (I used a quart Ball Jar), and refrigerate.


Make at least an hour ahead to allow to marinate.

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 Tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Combine the garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Whisk together until mixed well. Pound the chicken a little to loosen the fibers and allow better absorption of the marinade. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and mix well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Cook chicken – you can use about any method, pan frying, baking, whatever – until done. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 5 – 10 minutes. Slice and place in a covered dish; keep warm until ready to use.


  • Several Pitas (whole or pockets)
  • Marinated Chicken, sliced
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced onion

Heat pitas. Top with chicken, tzatziki sauce, diced tomatoes and sliced onions. Serve immediately.

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Carrot tales

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