Question of the day

Do you lock your car?

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Braingle

“Green Eggs and Ham”

How well do you know Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham”?

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Paul’s at it again!!!! from mssc

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Banana Pudding Squares

what you need

35 Reduced Fat NILLA Wafers, finely crushed (about 1-1/4 cups)
1/4 cup  margarine, melted
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1/2 cup  powdered sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Sugar Free Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
3   bananas, sliced
2 pkg. (1 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding
3 cups  cold fat-free milk
1/2 square BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, grated

make it

MIX wafer crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 13×9-inch dish. Refrigerate until ready to use.

BEAT Neufchatel and sugar in medium bowl with whisk until blended. Stir in 1-1/2 cups COOL WHIP; spread over crust. Top with bananas.

BEAT pudding mixes and milk with whisk 2 min.; spread over bananas. Top with remaining COOL WHIP and chocolate. Refrigerate 3 hours.

kraft kitchens tips

HOW TO EVENLY SPREAD COOL WHIP OVER DESSERT
Stir remaining COOL WHIP gently in tub until creamy; spoon small dollops over dessert. Use small metal spatula to spread COOL WHIP over dessert.
HOW TO EASILY REMOVE DESSERT FROM DISH
Line dish with foil before using, with ends of foil extending over sides of dish. Use foil handles to remove chilled dessert from dish before cutting to serve.
MAKEOVER – HOW WE DID IT
We’ve made over this favorite dessert to save you 80 calories and 13 g of fat per serving compared to the traditional recipe. We used Reduced Fat NILLA Wafers and margarine instead of flour, butter and peanuts for the crust. In addition, we cut the amount of sugar and chocolate in half and used better-for-you products in the creamy layers. These simple changes result in a great-tasting dessert that can save you both fat and calories.
Calories
 130
Total fat
 6 g
Saturated fat
 3 g
Cholesterol
 5 mg
Sodium
 200 mg
Carbohydrate
 17 g
Dietary fiber
 1 g
Sugars
 9 g
Protein
 2 g
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Question of the day from Jenny

Your house is on fire whats 1 thing you would save? (People & pets are safe)
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Braingle

Don McLean’s “American Pie” 

This haunting gem of classic rock has numerous lyrics up for interpretation. Please enjoy the quiz, and enjoy the extra facts that tell a hidden story of “American Pie”. This quiz will have lyrics and questions from the third and fourth verses.

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Frozen Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Bites

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 16 ounces semisweet baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

Instructions:

1. Start by slicing the bananas into 1-inch pieces. Place pieces into the freezer for an hour, or until thoroughly frozen.

2. Melt chocolate on the stove, using a double boiler. When bananas are completely frozen, dip each of the pieces into the melted chocolate using a toothpick, and place dipped banana bites onto wax paper.

3. In a microwave, melt the peanut butter in a container. Using a spoon, simply drip the melted peanut butter over the top of your banana bites. Then, place back in the freezer until you’re ready to enjoy!

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Ouch! from mssc

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Question of the Day

Would you rather go a week without bathing, but be able to change your clothes, or a week without a change of clothes, but be able to bathe?

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T.G.I.F.

Happy Friday everyone! We have so many different things planned for this weekend. Usually it’s one thing-baseball. So this is a nice change. Friday evening Bailey and I are going on a pontoon ride with my mom, her boyfriend and 2 of his grandkids, my brother and his daughter. My moms bf bid on a 4 hour pontoon ride at one of our fundraisers and won it. That’ll be fun! Saturday, Jenny has her Scentsy Party, and I am really looking forward to that! 🙂 Saturday night, is all about GIRLS! I love my boys, but sometimes a girl just needs some good girl time. I am staying the night with a friend, and we plan on doing all those fun things girls do at sleepovers. Mud masks, nail pain

Sunday, my nephew is having his birthday celebration. (Sue’s son) I can’t believe he’ll be 7! It’s always a good time getting together.

My week was a good one. Bailey and his team ended up placing 3rd in State. As of Monday, our whole season is over. It is nice to have a break!

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Were there any surprises for you?

What is the most surprising thing you didn’t find out about your spouse or roommate until after you were married or living together? Was it about finances? Exes? Sexual Preferences? or something little, like his or her likes or dislikes?

Inspired by Gayle King

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Just for Joy from mssc

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Question of the day from Jenny

What kind of cell phone do you have?

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Is It Real, or Is It…

Once upon a time, a photo was incontrovertible evidence that something happened. Now, through the magic of Photoshop, anyone can create a picture out of thin air to support whatever story they happen to have running at the moment. So, with all of this manipulation going on, just exactly what are we supposed to believe? It used to be that if you had a photo, it was hard proof. Now, it isn’t. You can manipulate any photo to make it show anything you want. Frightening.

Some photoshopped photos are obvious, even artsy:

Some are pretty cool:

Some are just plain funny:

But then we have ones like these:

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The first three categories are fun, compelling, even disgusting in some cases, but this last category is messing with history.

Think about it… when we were young and learning how to research things, it was always advisable to have a picture accompany your research. Photos convey a sense of reality, they ground the story – as fantastic as it might seem – with hard evidence that yes, not only did this event take place, someone was there to witness and photograph it.

Or were they?

There has been an outcry, but not a big one. Or it’s big, and it’s just not reported because some of those guilty of the photoshopping are the same ones who are in charge of the reporting. There’s a conspiracy for you, that I’m not going to get into right now.

We’ll keep the discussion here: how are we, as regular people who have a bazillion things to do each day, supposed to look at the cover of a newspaper or a magazine, and trust that what we see is real? When is it ok to “airbrush” and when is it not ok? Currently, there is a controversy in the fashion/glamour magazine world, because companies like Ralph Lauren are photoshopping their models to inhumanely thin proportions (yes, these two ladies are the same person!):

This happened to Faith Hill, too. I think she even grew an arm…

It used to be that if you had it in a photo, it was undeniable proof – either of guilt or innocence. Now? Anything is possible. And that’s a frightening concept.

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Rainbow Popsicles

Made with fresh lemonade, orange and pomegranate juice, these popsicles are juicy and sweet rainbow treats. Rainbow popsicles are pretty easy to make, but they take time since each layer needs to freeze before you add the next one. This basic recipe is also a great jumping off point for your own custom-color and flavor combinations.

Homemade Rainbow Popsicles
makes twelve 4 oz. popsicles

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 cups pomegranate juice
3 cups lemonade
1 cup orange juice
food coloring (natural food coloring is available at some health food stores)
Dixie cups
wooden popsicle sticks

In a medium sauce pan, heat the sugar and water over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, and stir in the corn syrup. Set aside to cool.

Next, prepare and chill the liquid layers:

Red: combine 1 cup pomegranate juice, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 2 drops red food coloring.
Orange: combine 1 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 1 drop red and 1 drop yellow food coloring.
Yellow: combine 1 cup lemonade, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 1 – 2 drops yellow food coloring.
Green: combine 1 cup lemonade, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 1 – 2 drops green food coloring.
Blue: combine 1 cup lemonade, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 1 – 2 drops blue food coloring.
Purple: combine 1 cup pomegranate juice, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 2 drops blue and 1 drop red food coloring.

Pour the red layer into your Dixie cups, to about 1/4” thickness, and freeze for 30 minutes. Add the orange layer, in the same way, and freeze for another 30 minutes. Place the sticks in the center (the two layers should hold them pretty well), pour in the yellow layer, and freeze for another 30 minutes. Add the green, blue, and purple layers in the same fashion. The purple will come very close to the top of the cup, so handle carefully. Allow the popsicles to freeze for 3 hours, though for optimal curing, let them freeze overnight.

There will be some simple syrup leftover–keep it in your fridge for future popsicle, lemonade, or cocktail making.

To serve, simply make a small incision in the rim of the Dixie cup and tear the cup off.

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HELP

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Question of the day

Would you rather have a little red blinking light in the lower corner of your vision OR have a constant pinging in your ear?

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The jig is up — guys like to cuddle more

I saw this on the news one day last week and couldn’t find it but I wrote it down for “future reference” when voila, it came on The Today show this morning.

Toby happened to be over here and we just looked at each other and thought “ya, right” but we did talk about it. I think we both feel the same way. I’m not a “sleep cuddler.” Once it’s time to sleep, LEAVE ME ALONE. He said he feels the same way. But watching TV or sitting by a fire or something like that, cuddling is awesome. I feel like someone is trying to smother me when I’m trying to sleep. I get claustrophobic. Is that weird?

So, are you a cuddler? Do you like to cuddle while you sleep or just when the mood strikes you?

PS. I know cuddler isn’t a word but I think it should be!!!!!

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Spicy Cheese Straws

1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 (17.3-ounce) package puff pastry sheets (1 sheet), thawed

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray two large baking sheets with nonstick spray; line the baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place the Jack cheese, Parmesan cheese, chili powder, salt, cumin, and cayenne in a food processor; pulse until finely grated.

Unfold the pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface. With a floured rolling pin, roll the sheet into a 10 x14-inch rectangle. With the long side facing you, sprinkle the cheese mixture evenly over the bottom half of the pastry.

Fold the top half of the pastry over the filling, pressing along the edges with your fingers to seal. Press the top of the pastry lightly with the rolling pin to seal.

Cut the pastry with a floured knife or pizza cutter lengthwise into 28 (1/2-inch-thick) strips. Twist the strips and place on the baking sheets, pressing down on the ends to keep the strips in place.

Bake until the cheese straws are puffed and golden, rotating the baking sheets halfway through cooking time, 12 – 15 minutes. Do not over bake or the cheese will burn. Transfer the cheese straws to a wire rack. Let cool 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Test Kitchen Tip:
You can To get a head start on holiday prep, place unbaked cheese straws onto a baking sheet. Cover and freeze until frozen, about 1 hour, then transfer to a large zip-close food storage bag and freeze for up to 1 month. Place the frozen cheese straws on two parchment-lined baking sheets and bake until the cheese straws are puffed and golden, 12 – 15 minutes.

Nutritional Information:

Per Serving: (2 cheese straws) 114 Cal; 3 g Protein; 8 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 8 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 0 g Sugar; 39 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 171 mg Sodium; 3 mg Cholesterol

From The Deen Brothers

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Don’t look!!!! from mssc

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Question Of The Day

Have you ever had to search to find out where an awful smell was coming from-in your car, home, etc? Tell us your most gruesome stories.

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Nuthouse

If you are at all into Political Correctness, you should probably leave now and go browse Lolcats. Otherwise, you have been warned.

Somewhere around the 1800’s, there was a hospital in England called “Bedlam.” It was a mental hospital, and in fact, where the word “bedlam” – meaning chaos – originated. Anyway, in the 1800’s, people could pay to see the “freaks of Bedlam” and laugh at their antics. So popular was this practice that they even had “Free Tuesdays.” In 1814 alone, there were 96,000 visits. Knowing what we know now, that those people were truly mentally ill, it was a pathetic and abhorrent practice.

However, I’m reconsidering the idea of a “Nuthouse”. Not for truly sick people. They need and deserve help, privacy, and respect. No, I’m thinking of a true nuthouse. A home for people like this.

Honestly, who thinks of some of this stuff?

So I propose that we open a true “nuthouse.” A place where we can put all those Darwin Award wannabes so they can’t hurt themselves or others, but we can walk around and actually see them in their habitat. These are not mentally ill people, they’re just what my uncles would call “dummies.” Because, seriously, who thinks putting fireworks into a coffee grinder and turning it on is a good idea???

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Chicken Waldorf Salad

  • 1/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (see Tips)
  • 1 medium red apple, diced
  • 1 cup halved red or green grapes
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted if desired (see Tips), divided
 PREPARATION
  1. Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice and salt in a large bowl. Add chicken, apple, grapes, celery and 1/4 cup walnuts. Stir to coat well. Serve topped with the remaining 1/4 cup walnuts.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • Tips: If you want cooked chicken in a hurry, the easiest way to cook it is to poach it. Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water (or chicken broth) to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes. (1 pound raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts = about 2 1/2 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken)
  • To toast chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 356 calories; 16 g fat ( 2 g sat , 3 g mono ); 78 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 31 g protein; 3 g fiber; 408 mg sodium; 537 mg potassium.

From Eating Well

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Flip the switch…wherever it is…..

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Question of the day

Do you listen to the radio, CS’s or something else in your car?

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