Impaired driving

Have you all seen this? Hines Ward suspected of a DUI. But he SWEARS he wasn’t impaired by alcohol and by all reports, he cooperated fully with the arresting officers and was very apologetic. As of now, we don’t know the results of the tests that were taken at the scene so we’ll soon know.

But I did a little more looking and came up with this on his Twitter page. Then this on his Facebook wall. So, the new rumor is he wasn’t drunk but he was texting. Which he seems to think is okay and he shouldn’t be charged with anything.

I had the unfortunate task of telling my mom this winter that I really felt she shouldn’t be driving anymore. It was by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do but it got brought up by her and I was just honest. She’s got macular degeneration and she can’t see out the center of her eyes. She can see “around the edges” but not head on. So if someone was standing right in front of her car, she wouldn’t see that person but if a person was standing to the right of left of her center, she’d be able to see. She tried arguing with me that she could see “well enough.” Well that just got me started and I told her she was no better than a drunk driver or a driver who just smoked a joint or someone on any other drug. Well, that didn’t sit well with her and she did give up driving.

Does it really matter “how” you kill someone with your car? Does it matter if you’re texting? Or talking on your phone or if you’re drunk or on drugs? Is it okay if you’re looking at your radio or flipping channels or lighting a cigarette? What makes it okay to kill someone with your car? If someone would have killed one of my boys by running them over with their car, I probably wouldn’t have given a rat’s ass WHY! They’d still be dead no matter what the person was doing who took their eyes off the road and killed my child. Who really thinks they’re so self-important that they feel they can text or be on the phone while operating a dangerous vehicle? Of course those who do it claim “I’m really good at it” or think it doesn’t apply to them.

What do you all think? Would it matter to you if someone hit your child with a car and killed them, what they were doing at the time? Would it matter to you what “excuse” they used?

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Healthy Fruit Bars

I’m cheating with this one. There are so many steps that I’m just putting the link up. I wish like crazy I could have made these when my boys were young. I would have done big batches of them and froze them. They look wonderful.

From Eating Well

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Always thinking….from mssc

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Question of the day from Jenny

Are you named after anyone special?
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Pull Up a Camp Chair

This weekend, we went on our first weekend campout with our Cub Scout Pack. Since Josh is just finishing his first year, he is now a Wolf. And Wolves can attend short overnight Summer Campouts. WooHoo!! The boys sleep in those “mountain man” cabins on the far side of the site, and the adults put up their tents around the site. Mine is that giant orange and blue monster. I love that tent. It’s huge, it’s hot, and it holds a whole bunch of my childhood (and in this picture, it happens to be holding our towels, since we’d just returned from the pool). My parents took me across the country in that tent.

So, pull up a camp chair, have a S’more and some bugjuice, and share your camping stories. Do you camp? If you do, do you go primitive or do you use a camper?

Rules still apply, if you break them, you have latrine duty.

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What annoys you the most?

The most annoying customer gripes include rude and pushy salespeople. Have you ever walked out of a store due to poor service? If so, what was the customer service offense?

Inspired by Gayle King

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Salmon Grenobloise

Here’s a fun idea for a comic strip… combine it with a recipe! I just recently subscribed to “Cheap Thrills Cuisine”, provided (free!!) to my email each day by ArcaMax. This service is pretty cool, since I don’t get any newspaper besides our hometown paper. And when I do get newspapers, the only thing I really read is the comics, anyway. So rather than spending money on papers that I’ll never read, I cut straight to the chase, and have the comics delivered to me. I also get Baby Blues and Zits. But I digress…

Earlier this month, this recipe appeared, and I tried it tonight, ’cause it incorporates two of my favorite things: Salmon and capers… It was delicious! And met with the approval of both Steve AND Josh, who asked for seconds! (boy loves capers as much as I do)

Now, the comic is a little hard to read, so I’ll lay out the recipe for you:

Salmon Grenobloise (a low-carb recipe)

6 oz. Salmon Filet (center cut)

1 Tbs. Lemon Juice

1 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 Tbs butter

1Tbs minced shallots

1/2 tsp minced garlic

6-8 capers

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Lemon Wedge (optional)

Sprinkle the Salmon Fillet with 1 tbs lemon juice, set aside and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375, get out a baking sheet.

In a nonstick skillet on medium heat, saute salmon skin side up in olive oil until lightly browned.  Place on baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 min.

In same skillet, add butter, shallots, garlic, capers and lemon juice. Cook until butter browns. Remove from heat and add chopped parsley.

Remove fish from oven, plate it, and pour sauce over the top. Garnish with lemon wedge.

*Notes: I used green onions in place of the shallots, as neither grocery store had them. And I much prefer to use my grill-pan for salmon, as it allows the skin to get nice and crispy, which then peels off nicely. I tried this recipe with the baking sheet, and it made the skin soft and slimy. Next time, I’ll be using the grill-pan (preheated in the oven to hot-hot-hot, so it sears as you put the fish on)

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Withdrawals

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Question of the day from Jenny

Have you ever milked an animal?
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Ham and Cheese Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus

Ingredients:

6 (9 x 14-inch) sheets phyllo dough, thawed according to package directions
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
6 (1-ounce) slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese, each cut in half
6 (1/2-ounce) slices deli-ham, each cut in half
1 pound asparagus, trimmed (about 24 spears)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Place 1 phyllo sheet with the short end facing you on a work surface. Cover the remaining sheets of phyllo with plastic wrap to keep them from drying out as you work. Lightly spray the phyllo sheet with nonstick spray; top with a second phyllo sheet and lightly spray with nonstick spray. Brush the top of the phyllo sheet evenly with 1 tablespoon of the mustard. With a sharp knife, cut the layered sheets lengthwise in half, then crosswise to make 4 rectangles. Top each rectangle with one cheese slice half and one ham slice half. Place two asparagus spears near the bottom of each rectangle and roll it up snugly like a cigar. Lightly spray the rolls with nonstick spray and place, seam-side down, on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining phyllo, nonstick spray, mustard, cheese, ham, and asparagus to make a total of 12 rolls.

Bake until the rolls are lightly browned and crisp, 15 – 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Difficulty: Medium
Yield: 12 rolls

Per Serving: (2 rolls) 146 Cal; 14 g Protein; 4 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 15 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 300 mg Calcium; 3 mg Iron; 457 mg Sodium; 17 mg Cholesterol

A Note from the Test Kitchen:
Using nonstick spray will save you a ton of calories! Using spray for the phyllo sheets instead of brushing them with butter gave us wiggle room to add a few tasty extras, like the cheese and ham without overloading on calories. We like using olive oil nonstick spray instead of plain for extra flavor.

From The Deen Brothers

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Question of the day from Jenny

What time do you go to bed on a weekday? Weekend?
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Braingle

Plant Power

How well can you avoid and recognize poisonous plants? How well can you use safe plants?

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Equipped with airbags

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Question of the day from Jenny

How many bedrooms do you have in your home?
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Happy Birthday Bailey!!!

Happy 11th Birthday to a very special boy!

It’s been the best 11 years of my life, and I look forward to what you accomplish in the next 11 years. No matter how old you get, you’ll always be our Boy.

You are such a character!


You’ve brought so much joy and happiness to us. Your laugh and smile are contagious. Don’t ever change for anyone.

Our little All-Star.


Happy Birthday Bailey! I hope today is everything you wished it’d be and more. Eat lots of cake, and have a ton of fun!

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T.G.I.F.

Happy Friday everyone. As you already know, it’s Bailey’s birthday today. Both Jason and I take that day off, so we’ll be together the entire day. We have golf scheduled for the morning/afternoon. I’m not sure what else we’re doing during the day. In the evening we’ll have the family over for cake and ice cream. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Saturday we have another party planned at the beach (lake) for his friends, and family is more than welcome to join us for that too! It’s a fun filled weekend! I still can’t believe I will have an 11 year old.

Did everyone have a good week? What are your plans for the weekend?

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TV’s Greatest Pets

I thought this was really fun. Who was your favorite TV pet? Is yours among these or was yours not mentioned?

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Mexican Grilled Corn

4 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 ears corn, husked
  • 4 tablespoons finely shredded Cotija, (see Shopping Tip) or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lime, quartered

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, yogurt and chili powder in a small bowl.
  3. Grill corn, turning occasionally, until marked and tender, 8 to 12 minutes total. Spread each ear with 1 tablespoon of the sauce and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Cotija (or Parmesan). Serve with lime wedges.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Shopping tip: Cotija cheese, also called queso añejo or queso añejado, is an aged Mexican cheese similar in texture and flavor to Parmesan. Find it near other specialty cheeses or in Mexican grocery stores.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 98 calories; 3 g fat ( 1 g sat , 0 g mono ); 2 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 3 g protein; 4 g fiber; 108 mg sodium; 19 mg potassium.

From Eating Well

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Oops

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Question of the day from Jenny

How many pillows do you sleep with?
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Are History Lessons Being Neglected?

Is history important to you? I’ve always loved history. Mostly American history but I really do love all history. So when I read this, it made me feel bad.

Who decides what gets taken out of our classroom curriculum’s? Remember when we talked about Cursive or keyboarding? Now someone is trying to tell us our kids don’t need as much history.

Here is an excerpt from the news article:

“But the teachers say that improvement is needed, and worry that the emphasis on math, reading and the sciences may detract from learning about history, which they say is crucial to becoming solid citizens with a sense of national identity.”

How can anyone feel history isn’t important? How will our kids learn about the wars we’ve been in or how all of our founding fathers came and built this country? Or about the Constitution? Or who invented everything. There is SO much history to us that I really feel we need to all know.

What subjects do you feel are the most important? Who decides what our kids learn and is there anything we can do? Do you think history should take a back seat to math, and the science’s?

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Orange Sunshine Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 banana, frozen and chunked
  • 1 peach, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup honeydew melon, cubed
  • 1 (8 ounce) container orange yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Directions

  1. Combine the orange juice, banana, peach, honeydew melon, yogurt, sugar, and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth, or chunky, as desired. Pour into two glasses and serve.

Servings Per Recipe: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 239

  • Total Fat: 1.3g
  • Cholesterol: 9mg
  • Sodium: 69mg
  • Total Carbs: 52g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 5.8g

From All Recipes

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Computers Via Maxine

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Question of the day from Jenny

How often do you brush your teeth? Do you floss?
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Casey Anthony

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