Are you good with money?

When it comes to money matters, what is your greatest fear? Are you good with money? Who handles your money and does the bill paying? What are people’s biggest worries? Here’s a poll on what worries most Americans.

Inspired by Gayle King

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches

For the Magical Peanut Butter Cookies:

1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry Ice-Cream:
1 cup whole milk
1 cup whipping cream
2 cups half-and-half
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups diced strawberries

For assembly:
6 tablespoons strawberry preserves
Peanut butter chips or chopped peanuts, optional

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet.

In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, the egg, and vanilla, and stir well with a spoon. Roll the dough into balls the size of walnuts. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet. With a fork, dipped in sugar to prevent sticking, press a crisscross design on each cookie. Bake for 12 minutes, remove from the oven, and sprinkle the cookies with some of the remaining sugar. Cool slightly before removing from pan.

Strawberry Ice-Cream:
In a small bowl, whisk together the first 5 ingredients. Puree the strawberries in a food processor and add to cream mixture. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker. After freezing in the ice cream maker, transfer to a container and place in the freezer, to freeze solid, for 6 hours before serving.

For assembly:
Spread the strawberry preserves on a peanut butter cookie. Top with a small scoop of strawberry ice cream and cover with another cookie. Roll sides in peanut butter chips or peanuts, if desired.

From Paula Deen

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Multitasking

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Question of the day from Jenny

If you could write a book about anything what would it be?
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Braingle

Taylor Swift: “Love Story”

How well do you know this song by Taylor Swift?

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Darn Goods

This is a recipe that’s suited more for the kids than for the adults, but adult supervision is an absolute must.

DARN GOODS

1 bottle or so of vegetable oil

1/4 c. sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 c. Bisquik Baking Mix

1/4 c. water (maybe more)

Fill an electric skillet (that’s easiest) or a heavy, high-sided, flat-bottomed frying pan with vegetable oil, about 1″ deep. Heat to 375″, or until a bubble of water crackles when dropped in.

Set up an old cookie sheet or foil with a cookie cooling rack on top of it, to catch dripped oil, and later, cinnamon. Keeps your workspace cleaner.

In a large plastic bag (gallon ziplocks work well), mix sugar and cinnamon, and set aside.

Mix Bisquick and water to make a soft dough. Add water if needed.

When oil is ready, drop by teaspoonfulls into hot oil. Fry approximately 30 seconds on each side, until they are golden in color. Remove to cookie rack to drain.

While still warm, drop puffs into cinnamon/sugar mix and shake to coat.

Makes about a dozen, unless you’re eating them as they come out of the cinnamon bag…

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Tech support

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Question of the day

Do you ever watch TV shows or movies on your computer?

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Braingle

1970’s Billboard Pop Singles

From “Folk Rock”, and “Hard Rock”, to “Disco”, and “New Wave”, the 1970’s had many rock and roll hits. I’ll give you the name of a song, the highest chart position, and year that the record peaked on The Billboard Pop Singles chart. All you have to do is correctly pick the artists.

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The Best Bloopers Ever

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Change of life

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Question of the day from Jenny

Have you had any operations?

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TGIF

Happy Friday, everyone. How was your week? Mine, it was pretty good! Bailey and his baseball team made it to the playoff’s and won their first game. They play one more team, and if they win (which I think they will) they will play in the State Championship! The team they have to go through to get there, is a very tough team though. They went undefeated. That is, until our boys gave them their 1st and only loss! So, I know they can do it again. They’ll play that game Monday. Today (Friday) they start their last tournament, and that runs into Sunday giving they win every game. It’s the Tournament of Champions and the winners are awarded rings! Hard to believe the season is almost over, but baseball is never over for us. 🙂 I look forward to Fallball more than anything these days!

Tell us all about your week! Any plans for the weekend?!

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Our Favorite TV Crime-Solving Duos

Check this out. Is your favorite crime solving duo here? Who’s your favorite from the present and who’s your favorite from the past?

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STRAWBERRY BANANA ICE POPS

1 (3 1/4-ounce) package instant banana cream pudding mix (regular, not sugar-free)
1 3/4 cups milk
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 tablespoon sugar

Directions

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Cook’s Note: If you don’t have molds, divide the mixture among 8 (5-ounce) small plastic or paper cups. Cover each with plastic wrap and insert a wooden pop stick through the wrap.

From Paula Deen

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Always count your change from mssc

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Question of the Day

Do you borrow things from your neighbors? What was the last thing you borrowed?

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Should restaurant ban kids?

Tell me what you think of this. Do you think a restaurant owner should be able to ban children under 6 years of age from dinning at their restaurant? Here’s the ladies from The Talk’s view on it.

Me personally, I don’t really think it’s a big deal. After all, it’s not my place of business. I’d just go somewhere else if I wanted to take my kids to dinner. There are plenty of places I’d never go for some reason or another so if someone didn’t want my kids to dine there, I’d go somewhere else if we were going out and the kids were with us. I don’t really think that much about it. I also agree with his reasons.

“He says by numerous customer and staff complaints about unruly children and parents who fail to control them is the reason for the ban.”

I’ve also seen many, many kids who shouldn’t be in a restaurant and there have been many times I wish they weren’t eating where I was trying to. Many of them run amok and I’ve never understood how a parent could let their kids run wild because it’s very dangerous. I also find some parent’s think their kids are so “cute” and they think whatever they do is alright and everyone will just love them as much as you do. But, sadly, we don’t. Besides, isn’t it sometimes a good thing to go out to eat without your kids? I knew a couple who took their kids everywhere with them and I don’t know, why is that? Isn’t it kind of nice to be “free” for a few hours? I know I’ve been out with “someone” and her kids were ALWAYS with her. I never go to talk to her. It ruined my time out without mine.

I do admire this man for doing this so open and honestly. There’s a restaurant in St. Cloud that we just love to go to but we haven’t gone in many years. They don’t welcome kids in any way, shape or form. There are no high chairs or booster seats nor is there a child’s menu or crayons or one single thing that says it’s okay for them to be there. It’s like the kids aren’t welcome but they don’t have the guts to say “we’d prefer to not have kids eat here.” I admire this man’s honesty. In my opinion, I’d rather not go there if I have kids if they’re going to be treated like that. But I wish it was more upfront about it.

I see both sides of it. It’s illegal to ban seniors but not kids.

What do you think? Is it a big deal for you to eat somewhere else if kids aren’t allowed or more importantly, welcomed?

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COLD CUCUMBER SALAD

1 tablespoon fresh dill
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cucumbers
Fresh ground pepper

Directions

Peel and slice the cucumbers and put them in a glass bowl.  Sprinkle them with salt and vinegar.  Cover and let stand for 1/2 hour.  Pour off the excess liquid and strain in colander for about a 1/2 hour to allow complete drainage.  Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, pepper and dill, and mix well.  Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

From Paula Deen

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Slow Down!

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Question of the day from Jenny

Do you have a favorite kind of cheese?
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Rules

The last month or so I’ve read more and more stories about people who want to do things that the “rules” say they can’t and then stories are written about them and the headlines they use, don’t really mean what they say.

Take this one for example. I’ve read this on several different blogs and have heard about it on the news and the main headline is “Mother facing jail for growing veggies.” I think it should read, “Mother facing jail for refusing to follow city guidelines.” I’ve read MANY MANY blog posts on this and people don’t seem to understand that it’s not about the “garden” but it’s about what you can and can’t do when you live where you live. While I think gardens are beautiful, I’m not sure I’d want my front yard next to one. I’ve known too many people who let their gardens go unattended. What about all the weeds, bugs and constant watering not to mention the people working in it all the time? I think a backyard would be fine but a front? I’m not sure if I lived in a city that I’d want that.

Then I read a blog post about a woman who bought a house in a “run down” and very low rent neighborhood because it’s what they could afford but the public school in the “hood” has a dress code of:

Pants: black, khaki or dark blue (no Dickies, Southpole or jeans).
Shirts: gray, white or yellow, must have sleeves and color (no patterns, designs, or logos other than the school’s logo).

Now this mother is mad and fighting the school because her son likes to wear Star Wars shirts and jeans. Well, hhhmmmm!!!! Then why did you buy a house in that school district? Everyone else there has to comply with that dress code and it’s there to try to prevent gang activity and make everyone feel equal. Obviously it’s been given a lot of thought or the administration wouldn’t have done it but now you want them to rewrite the rule handbook for you little precious?? Seriously??

Then I read this. Again, this seems extreme but they did bend and let them fly it for the holiday. But yet again, I feel, when you rent or live in an association or in the city that has ordinances, what makes you think “your cause” is different from anyone else’s? I can see an Olympian winner then wanting to hang the Olympian flag during the Olympics. Should this right be allowed? What about if you want to hang voting banners in your yard during an election? Should that be overlooked? Just what “things” should be let go and what “rules” should be enforced?

My mom lives in a Home Owners Association and she can’t have anything in her front yard other than flowers. No wind socks. No “yard jewelry.” No bird feeders. No “Go Vikings” banners. NOTHING. In the back it’s a little more liberal but not much. BUT WE KNEW THAT GOING IN. So once you’re “in,” what makes you think you can do what you want and if you can’t, you cause a big stink and then headlines are made up?? “Senior Citizen Goes To Jail For Loving The Vikings?!?!?! What makes people do stuff like this? It’s NOT about The Vikings. NOTHING IN THE FRONT YARD is the issue!

I think one of the things about these issues are the headlines that “grab” the news and you read the story and that’s not really what it’s about. It’s about someone who broke the rules but thinks their reason is okay.

So, what do you think? Should rules be bent and if so, who for? Is one person more “special” than the next?

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Fast & Easy Tiramisu

what you need

2 Tbsp. MAXWELL HOUSE Instant Coffee
1 Tbsp.  sugar
1 cup boiling water
2 pkg.  (3 oz. each) ladyfingers, split, divided
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Fat Free Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup  sugar
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping
1 tsp.  unsweetened cocoa powder

make it

DISSOLVE combined coffee granules and 1 Tbsp. sugar in boiling water. Arrange 1 pkg. ladyfingers on bottom of 13×9-inch dish; brush with 1/2 cup coffee.

BEAT cream cheese in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add 1/2 cup sugar; mix well. Whisk in COOL WHIP.

SPREAD half the cream cheese mixture over ladyfingers in dish; top with remaining ladyfingers. Brush with remaining coffee mixture; cover with remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with cocoa powder. Refrigerate 4 hours.

kraft kitchens tips

SPECIAL EXTRA
Add 2 Tbsp. almond-flavored liqueur or brandy to cream cheese along with the 1/2 cup sugar.
Calories
 150
Total fat
 3 g
Saturated fat
 2 g
Cholesterol
 55 mg
Sodium
 250 mg
Carbohydrate
 24 g
Dietary fiber
 0 g
Sugars
 21 g
Protein
 7 g
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Don’t Hit Delete

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Question of the day from Jenny

You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?
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