The Stories of Stephen King – The Basics

An acknowledged master storyteller, Stephen King’s work has been in print and film form since 1976.

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Yummy Pasta Salad

I have no idea what to call this. I made it for a Potluck recently, and got the recipe from a friend on Facebook. It turned out really pretty and yummy. (amounts are approximate)

  • 1 box bowtie pasta, uncooked
  • 1 pkg grape tomatoes
  • 6 oz. bag broccoli crowns (part of a small head)
  •  1 small jar capers (or chopped olives)
  • 1 pkg imitation crab
  • 1 c shaved parmesan cheese
  • 1 c Italian (vinegar/oil style) Salad Dressing

Boil pasta. While pasta is working, halve tomatoes, put into large serving bowl that you will use.  Further cut broccoli crowns into manageable sizes, add to tomatoes. Drain capers, dump into bowl. Cut crab into bite-sized chunks, and into bowl.

By this time, the pasta should be about al-dente, drain and rinse with really cold water. Drain well, and dump on top of veggies. Mix to combine, and douse with Italian Dressing (you may have to use more… let it sit and see just before serving).  Add Parmesan Cheese.

It can be served immediately, or allowed to sit and stew in it’s juices to allow flavors to combine.

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Weather report

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Question of the day

Can you still be a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor?

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Well, it’s that time of the week again. Friday has arrived. Are you ready for it? How did you survive the week? I’m not sure how I survived. Okay, I am being mellow dramatic, sorry. My tooth hurts! 😦 Thursday I went in to have it pulled with just a local anesthesia. After X-rays showed what was going on, she said she wouldn’t be able to pull it while I was awake. Not only that, but the actual cause of my pain isn’t even my wisdom tooth. It’s my back molar. I could either get a root canal or have it pulled. So, today (Friday) I go back to have them both pulled. I just want this over. At least now, I am on antibiotics and I have something for the pain. I will be going to the dentist regularly from now. Do you get your yearly dentist visits in?

How was everyone’s week? Any weekend plans? I have zero, zilch, nada…and I will need that down time, I imagine.

Have a good weekend, whatever you do!

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Would you use the word “Corrupt?”

Almost half of US voters think Congress is corrupt, and 85% believe Congressmen are more interested in helping their own careers, than other people. Would you use the loaded word ‘corrupt,’ to describe the majority of politicians, or could it be that they are under more scrutiny? Are we becoming more jaded, in general?

Inspired by Gayle King

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They Call Me John

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Breakfast Mini Pizzas

1 serving

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons prepared marinara sauce
  • 1 whole-wheat English muffin, split and toasted
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 2 slices pepperoni (optional)


  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven broiler.
  2. Coat a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add egg and cook, stirring often, until set into soft curds, 1 to 2 minutes. Spread marinara sauce on English muffin halves. Top with the scrambled egg, cheese and pepperoni (if using). Broil until the cheese is melted, 1 to 3 minutes.


Per serving: 265 calories; 10 g fat ( 4 g sat , 3 g mono ); 223 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrates; 4 g added sugars; 16 g protein; 5 g fiber; 598 mg sodium; 308 mg potassium.

“delish! we used to make these mini pizzas as a quick lunch or snack when i was a kid and we always experimented with toppings. The addition of egg makes it a breakfast food and I used vegetarian breakfast sausage instead of pepperoni. “

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Question of the day

Would you ever lie to keep your child out of prison?

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Which Is Worse For You: Cold Or Heat?

Here’s a Good Question for everyone. What do you think? What’s the hardest thing for you to deal with? The heat or the cold? What do you think is worse for you “health” wise?

Me personally, I’d rather have it brisk. I love the 50’s and 60’s. I love jeans and sweatshirts. Socks and a nice comfy pair of tenny’s. I love the leaves that fall and the way they smell. I also love parts of summer. I love swimming and boating and I do love to lay in the sun sometimes. I love my flowers and I love in the spring the way I have a pair of geese who return year after year to lay their eggs. I like to fish and I love to read on the deck, cook out and eat there. I really miss my deck with winter hits.

On the other hand. I also love winter. I love how the fresh clean snow looks. I love how my clothes hung on the clothesline smell. I love the crispness of the air and I love the festivities that winter brings. We still cook out on the grill but we eat inside and the food is still good. I love all the birds who gather here for the winter and I love to watch the deer feed out my window at dusk. I love riding my 4 wheeler in the winter too.

I guess given the 4 season’s, I love fall the most. What about you? What do you love and hate about the changing seasons? Would you like to live in a one season place?

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Sign check in aisle 5 from mssc

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Garlic Chicken

  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Warm the garlic and olive oil to blend the flavors. In a separate dish, combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dip the chicken breasts in the olive oil and garlic mixture, then into the bread crumb mixture. Place in a shallow baking dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until no longer pink and juices run clear.
Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving: 4

Calories: 299

  • Total Fat: 16.8g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg
  • Sodium: 203mg
  • Total Carbs: 5.5g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.3g
  • Protein: 30.2g

From All Recipes

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Question of the day

What is something you’d never buy without trying on first?

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What’s on YOUR List?

I learned a couple of new terms tonight. They are kinds of “lists” that people make. So I’m going to present them to you, and then ask you about yours…

The first, Bucket List, is a term that most of us are already familiar with. This is a list of things that you want to do before you die. They could be small things, like learning to bake the perfect Black Forest Cake (one of mine) or work a sewing machine. They could be huge, like scaling Mt. Everest, or building and flying your own plane (that’s one of my brother’s, by the way).

A Grit List is a list of things that you hadn’t ever planned to do, but if it was for a good cause, you’d grit your teeth and do it. An example… I heard about this on the radio, and the talk show host said that she never, ever, in a million years, wanted to do a Polar Bear Plunge (jumping into a freezing lake in the middle of a MN Winter), or Rappel down a building. But she did both earlier this year, because she was invited to take part by Special Olympics. And being a celebrity in her area, her presence made a huge difference to her local chapter. So she did it.

The third list is the funniest. It’s the Grow a Pair List. This consists of things that you really should have done by now, but are too chicken to try. Like if you’re an adult and you’ve never learned to ride a bike.

Bucket List is the most popular of the three. I don’t have one written down, but there are a few things that I can throw out there, just to get the juices flowing. Most of mine involve travel…

  • See the Iditarod in person
  • Visit: England, Ireland, Scotland, Bora Bora, Australia, and probably a few other places
  • SCUBA Dive somewhere besides the local quarry
  • Intentionally jump something while riding a horse
  • Take Josh on one of those NASCAR trips where you get to drive the race car

How about a Grit List? I can think of only one thing right now… and that is Skydiving. I’m terrified to do it. In fact, my brother (who was Airborne in the Army) once told me that if I was afraid to try it, that it was the one thing I shouldn’t “face my fears” and do, because it could kill me. But for the right cause, I might consider it. Might.

And I can’t think of anything, at the moment, for my Grow a Pair list. The guy on the radio, who inspired the name of the list, just erased one of his last weekend by learning to build a campfire. That’s the kind of stuff that would be on this list. Stuff that you, as a functioning adult, should have learned at some point in your life, but never did.

How about you? Try and think of something for each list…

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Chicken a la King

what you need

1/3 cup MIRACLE WHIP Light Dressing
2 Tbsp.  flour
1 cup fat-free milk
2 pkg.  (6 oz. each) OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Cuts
1 cup each: sliced mushrooms and frozen peas
1/2   of a medium red bell pepper, chopped
Dash black pepper
2 cups  uncooked instant white rice, prepared as directed on package

make it

MIX dressing, flour and milk in medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 3 to 4 min. or until sauce is thickened, stirring after 2 min.

STIR in all remaining ingredients except rice. Microwave on MEDIUM (50%) 10 min. (or cook in saucepan on medium heat on stove top) until heated through, stirring every 4 min.

SERVE over hot cooked rice.

kraft kitchens tips

Use your family’s favorite frozen mixed vegetable medley in this recipe.
Total fat
 6 g
Saturated fat
 1 g
 65 mg
 1060 mg
 53 g
Dietary fiber
 3 g
 9 g
 31 g
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Dear Lord…

Some of you might have seen this on my Facebook, but I wanted to share with those who didn’t see it. It’s pretty darned funny…

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Question of the day

Do you use an alarm clock?

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Pain. How do you handle it?

How do you handle pain? Is your threshold high or low? Do you cry? Yell? Just be quiet? What do you do?

I was watching an episode of The Bold And The Beautiful a few weeks ago and Amber was having her baby and I swear to you, the whole hospital heard her screaming. Then later in the week we were watching that new show Combat Hospital and it was the same thing. A woman in labor was screaming and yelling at her husband and I thought to myself, do people really do this?

I’ll be the first to admit that I gave birth very easily. I had Jason in 6 hours and Toby in 2. That’s by the time I got to the hospital. Not the “whole labor” time but I had it really pretty easy. It was still no walk in the park and I don’t know how women would want to do that very many times because I’m not saying it’s fun. I’m saying who yells like that? I never once yelled at anyone or told anyone I hated them or made any out loud noises that anyone else would hear. I would feel stupid to do that. I remember I cut my foot pretty bad in 1995 and it’s really the only time as an adult I had to go to the hospital to be “patched up.” That dang shot to numb you hurts more than the stitches but I didn’t cry tears. I just kind of held my breath and took deep breaths.

When you hurt yourself, do you cry in real tears? I normally will talk to myself and tell myself what a dumb thing I did or if I hit my funny bone I’ll think to myself “oh CRAP, this hurts” but I don’t cry tears when I’m hurt.

Now if I’m hurt emotionally, I cry at the drop of a hat. I can see someone reunited with someone and I cry. Hallmark commercials or movies, I’ll cry. Watching my grandchildren do things that makes me feel like they are growing up so fast. I’ll cry. I don’t really cry much when I’m reading a book but I cry at movies EASILY.

I sometimes also cry when I get mad but then I get really mad at myself because it makes me feel weak.

What makes you cry REAL tears? Pain? Emotion? Anger?

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Cheesy Chicken & Salsa Skillet

what you need

2 cups multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
1 lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1-1/4 cups TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa
1 cup  frozen corn, thawed
1 large green pepper, cut into short thin strips
1 cup  KRAFT Mexican Style 2% Milk Finely Shredded Four Cheese

make it

COOK pasta as directed on package.

MEANWHILE, heat large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 2 min. Stir in salsa, corn and peppers. Bring to boil. Simmer on medium-low heat 10 min. or until chicken is done, stirring occasionally.

DRAIN pasta. Add to chicken mixture; mix lightly. Top with cheese. Remove from heat; cover. Let stand 1 min. or until cheese is melted.

TACO BELL® and HOME ORIGINALS® are trademarks owned and licensed by Taco Bell Corp.

kraft kitchens tips

Garnish each serving with 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro or chopped green onions.
Total fat
 9 g
Saturated fat
 4 g
 85 mg
 850 mg
 49 g
Dietary fiber
 6 g
 5 g
 42 g
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Fanny Floss from mssc

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Question of the day

Would you rather have to dig a 6x6x6 foot hole with a teaspoon OR bail out a large swimming pool using a tea cup?

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Pull Up a Pew

Yeah, I know, it’s an unusual place to gather and chat. But Josh’s Vacation Bible School (Pandamania) started tonight, and I spent a while hanging out with some of the moms there and admiring the awesome decorating that went into turning the Sanctuary of our local Lutheran Church into the Chinese Forests that play host to a bunch of Pandas. I enjoyed it even more because this is one of the few things that Josh is involved in that I didn’t volunteer for!! So, pull up a spot and chat. About what? I’m not sure…

How about…

Volunteering, since we’re in church, and churches revolve so strongly around their volunteers. What do you volunteer for? A lot? A little? Nothing? What’s your favorite job to volunteer for, and what do you hope they NEVER try and recruit you for?

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Do Great Mothers Make Great Leaders?

Raising a family can’t be much different from leading a nation, can it?

What skills do you think are needed to be the President of the USA? Do you think a mother would make a better President than a non mother?

What do you think of this article?

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Foil-Pack Fish Florentine for Two

what you need

1 cup instant white rice, uncooked
1 cup  warm water
1 halibut fillet (1/2 lb.), cut crosswise in half
2 cups  tightly packed baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup KRAFT Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing
1 Tbsp.  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

make it

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

SPOON 1/2 cup rice onto center of each of 2 large sheets of heavy-duty foil with sides slightly turned up. Pour 1/2 cup warm water over each mound of rice; top with 1 fish piece. Arrange spinach around fish; drizzle with dressing.

BRING up foil sides. Double fold top and ends to seal each packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Place in single layer in shallow pan.

BAKE 15 min. Cut slits in foil to release steam before opening packets; top with cheese.

kraft kitchens tips

Prepare using any flaky white fish.
Total fat
 13 g
Saturated fat
 2.5 g
 40 mg
 480 mg
 40 g
Dietary fiber
 2 g
 2 g
 30 g
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Oops from mssc

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