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Potato Mice -fun recipe for kids

Ok, what kid atleast wouldn't like to create this delicious fun meal.
My kids love all things potato - baked,fries, this should be fun.

Potato Mice
These baked-potato mice are almost too gorgeous to eat! Makes 4 potato mice.

potato mice recipeYou Will Need:
4 medium baking potatoes
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp butter
Half cup milk
Half cup grated cheddar cheese

For Decorations:
Cherry tomatoes
Green onions

recipe potato mice1. Wash the potatoes and pat them dry. Prick the skins with a fork and put the potatoes on a baking sheet. Brush them all over with oil.

Bake the potatoes until they are soft. Medium sized potatoes take about one hour in an oven preheated to 400°F.

potato recipe fun2. Cool enough to handle? Then cut off the tops and carefully scoop out the soft potato centers with a spoon. You can throw away the tops (or eat them).

fun children recipe3. Mash the soft centers with the butter, milk, three quarters of the cheese , salt and pepper. Then put the mixture back into the potato skins.

potato recipe fun4. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on the potatoes and cook under the broiler for a few minutes until golden.

Potato Mice -fun recipe for kids5. Make a nose and whiskers by cutting the chives into lengths of about 3 inches. Take a small cherry tomato, stick a toothpick in one end and insert this into the baked potato to make a nose with the chives tucked behind to form the whiskers.

recipe potato mice6. To make the ears and eyes, cut the radishes in half and make two indentations with a blunt knife. Place the radishes on either side of the potato to form ears and then place the raisins in front to make the eyes.

To make the tail, choose a part of the green onion that is pointed at the end. Insert this into the back of the potato to make the tail.

Don't forget to remove the toothpick before eating.

Potato Mice By Annabel Karmel

Parenting, who really listens

One thing you learn fast when you have children is that -
no one really listens to you.

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Banana Bites - fun chocolate recipe

Now this is a fun recipe that I can enjoy. This should be fun for the kids - who doesn't like bananas and with the added sweets - this treat should be a family hit. I hope you enjoy this little fun recipe. Can you make a family night more fun and delicious than this... yum!

I love Bananas!

Banana Bites
This light dessert is fun for children to make. It works best with slightly under ripe bananas.
Banana Bites - fun chocolate recipe
You Will Need:
1-2 bananas
4 oz chocolate – milk or plain
Dried coconut
Chocolate sprinkles
Colored sprinkles

Makes 6 Banana Bites

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1. Peel the banana and trim off the ends. Chop the flesh into 6 bite sized pieces.

chocolate recipes banana2. Break the chocolate into a heat proof bowl. Put the bowl over a pan of hot water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water and melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally. Leave to cool slightly.

Banana Bites - fun chocolate recipe3. Push a straw through the banana, and then drizzle melted chocolate over each piece. (Don't worry if it's not perfect, it will still taste delicious!)

Banana Bites - fun chocolate recipe4. Roll the chocolate-covered banana in the coconut or sprinkles. Let the chocolate harden, and then serve. Store in the fridge and eat within 24 hours.

Banana Bites By Annabel Karmel

Apple and Chicken Curry: fun recipe for kids

Ok, I admit I am a bit of a finiky eater. I may not try this dish myself and a finiky child may not either. But it does look fun to make and you may find it is one of your favorite dishes. So I will try it if you will....
The whole point of these recipes is to have fun with e kids with food they can make [cook ].
* Use your personal judgment when it comes to children, knives and open flames. It's suppose to be fun so be safe.

Apple & Chicken Curry
This mildly spicy curry is made with ingredients you can buy at your local supermarket. The apple adds a subtle sweetness to the dish.
You Will Need:
Apple and Chicken Curry: fun recipe for kids1 tbsp canola or sunflower oil
1 onion
1 clove garlic
3 scallions
1 medium apple
1-2 tsp mild curry paste
1 tsp soy sauce
2/3 cup boiling water
2 in piece lemongrass
2 chicken breasts, cubed
3/4 cup frozen peas
Salt and pepper
Sliced lime
Boiled jasmine rice to serve

Makes 4 servings

Apple and Chicken Curry: fun recipe for kids1. First prepare your vegetables and fruit: Peel and chop the onion, crush the garlic. Thinly slice the scallions. Cut the apple into thin slices.

Chicken Curry: fun recipe for kids2. Heat the oil in a wok. Add the onion and cook for 5-6 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and curry paste and cook for 1 minute. Then pour in the soy sauce, coconut milk, and chicken stock, stirring constantly.

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3. Add the lemongrass, chicken, and apple. Bring the curry to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes until the chicken has cooked through.

Apple and Chicken Curry: fun recipe 4. Add the peas and scallions and cook for a further 1-2 minutes. Season to taste with salt (the soy sauce is salty so be careful) and pepper.

5. Remove the lemongrass and spoon the curry onto plates. Serve with a sprinkling of cilantro, a few slices of lime, and boiled rice.

6. To shape your jasmine rice into a star, grease a star-shaped mold with sunflower oil. Spoon cooked rice into the mold. Press it down with your fingers and then carefully slip off the mold .

Apple and Chicken Curry By Annabel Karmel

Multicolored Meringues - Fun food recipe

Another recipe for you and your kids to make.
Life should be filled with spice and color. Since the spice is for the adults - the kids can have fun with colorful food that is fun to make and eat. Look out with this one, you have to have a bit of fun with this one - no down n outers on this dilicious dish.

Multicolored Meringues
Choose any colors you like, but use food coloring sparingly. One drop at a time.

multicolored meringues fun food recipe
To make: 50 minutes
To bake: 30-35 minutes (+ 45 minutes cooling in oven)

You Will Need:
3 egg whites (medium)
3/4 cups superfine sugar
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Food coloring -- red, green, yellow. Use a toothpick to add one drop at a time.

Makes 30 meringues. Bake at 250˚F

fun food recipe multicolored meringues1. Separate the eggs. Crack the eggs over a large bowl and separate the whites from the yolks. You only need the whites.

Separating an egg is easy once you know how. Have 2 bowls ready. Tap the egg firmly on the edge of one bowl so the shell cracks open. Let the egg white drop into one bowl and then tip the egg yolk into another bowl.
Whisk the whites. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks. Be careful not to overbeat, since they will start to look lumpy -- a little like cotton balls.

family fun children recipes2. Whisking egg whites is easiest using an electric mixer (always ask Mom or Dad), but try it with a hand whisk.

There are 3 stages to whisking egg whites. At first stage, the whites form soft, floppy peaks when the blades are lifted up. Continue whisking and they will form stiff peaks that stand straight up, perfect for meringues. If you whisk the egg for too long it becomes lumpy and overbeaten.

family fun food recipe meringues3. Add the sugar. Add 1 tsp of sugar to the egg whites; whisk. Pour in a second and continue whisking. Add remaining sugar, while whisking to stiff peaks.

recipe fun multicolored meringues4. Add lemon juice. Whisk in the cornstarch and lemon juice until just combined. The meringue should look smooth and glossy.

fun family food recipes5. Add a little color. Divide the meringue into 3 bowls and color each one with a couple of drops of food coloring. Fold the color in using a spatula.

meringues food fun recipes6. Make meringue swirls. Spoon the meringue into a piping bag and squeeze to make swirls onto 2 cookie sheets lined with parchment. Make each one about 1 inch across. Now bake in the oven.

recipes fun food children7. Bake the meringues for 30-35 minutes, until firm on the outside. Turn off the oven and leave them for a further 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.

Piping tips: To fill the piping bag stand it in a tall glass and fold the edges down over the rim. For the swirls use a 1/2 inch tip.

Serving suggestions: When the meringues are cool, sandwich them together with whipped cream or softened vanilla ice cream.

Multicolored meringues By Annabel Karmel

Peanut Butter Bears - recipe [ family treats ]

Ok, for all you Peanut Butter fanatics - here is a fun recipe for you.
I personally can't stand peanut butter, but some of my family loves it - so I can atleast enjoy making it with them. But if you love peanut butter - this should be great for you and your kids to make.

Peanut Butter Bears
Great for a Teddy Bear's picnic, tea time treat, or birthday party.
peanut butter treat family recipeTo make: 20 minutes
To chill: 30 minutes

You Will Need:
1 1/3 cups Rice Krispies
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
3 tbsp unsalted butter

To Decorate:
16 chocolate buttons or nonpareils
Mini colored candies
Black writing icing

Makes 8 bears

peanut butter bears recipe1. Add and stir. Put the puff-rice cereal in a large bowl and stir in the confectioners' sugar and sesame seeds.

Peanut butter bears recipes2. Melt and mix. Melt the peanut butter and butter in a pan over a low heat. Pour the mixture into the bowl and stir until everything is well mixed together.

peanut butter bears recipe treat3. Make the patties. Divide the mixture into 8 parts (roughly 2 tbsp each). Squish each one together with your hands, then roll each into a ball. Put the balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Squish down slightly to flatten.

Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or until firm.

fun recipes peanut butter bears4. Decorate. Put chocolate buttons or nonpareils into the sides for ears and push in small colorful candies for eyes and noses. Use the writing icing to draw mouths and pupils on the eyes.

Peanut Butter Bears By Annabel Karmel

Cheeseburger Pizza Pie - recipe - deliciouse!!

I ran across this recipe online - I had to share. I love Pizza, I can eat Pizza everyday of my life. When I was in high school, every day after school I would walk home and on my way - I would stop at my favorite pizza shop and have a slice.

But like I said - I ran across this and thought - man this sounds delicious!!

Cheeseburger Pie
By Anne Coleman

cheeseburger pizza recipesThe holiday rush is on and before you rush off to grab dinner at a not-so-cheap-or-healthy food joint, consider this quick and easy pie. Not only does it taste just like a burger from the local drive-through, it also happens to cost less per person; about $1.10 per serving. This was a winner with my entire family as long as I used the onion powder option over the real onion. Add a green salad rather than fries and a homemade milkshake for a dinner that's both fast and economical - and healthier than the alternative.

Hands-On Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 30 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
Cost Per Serving: $1.10

1 can crescent rolls
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup finely chopped onion OR 1 teaspoon onion powder
1/3 cup chopped dill pickle slices
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons dill pickle juice
2 Tablespoons milk
2 cups shredded American cheese, divided


Preheat oven to 375°.
Unroll crescent rolls and press into the bottom and up the sides of an 8 inch pie pan.
Cook ground beef in a skillet until browned. Drain well.
Stir in onion, chopped pickle, ketchup and mustard.
Sprinkle with flour and add pickle juice and milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
Remove from heat and add 1 cup of shredded cheese.
Pour into the prepared crust and bake for 15 minutes, or until edges of crust are golden brown.
Remove from oven and top with remaining cup of cheese. Let stand until cheese melts.
Garnish with extra ketchup, mustard and pickle slices.

See more recipes from Anne Coleman (aka Short Order Mom).

Verizon wireless Price change - unlimited talk

Verizon has finally realized that despite the better service -money talks and bull walks.. well, in this case, the bad economy and hard times are more of a factor than better service.

People have been moving to Boost and Metro pc [ even if it is crappy service ] mainly because of the price. Also { I presume } in response to Sprints attempt to desperately keep it's remaining customers from leaving [ unlimited talk and everything low price campaign ] Verizon finally lowered some prices in it's price plan.

But is it enough?

New Changes to VZW

price plan change for: New name and price
single line - unlimited - "talk" @ $69.99
single line - unlimited - "talk and text" @ $89.99

* certain models require "data" feature with activation.
Data plans: $9.99 25 mb [ w/ email ] *(0.20 after allowed usage)
$29.99 unlimited [ w/ email ] *( can be placed on simple phone)

Family share Plan - unlimited - "Talk" @ $119.99 [2 phones]
family share plan - unlimited - "talk & text" @ $149.99
[ * add a line for unlimited is $49.99 up to 3 ]

Phone list / that require data plan minimum of $9.99
* Lg chocolate touch
* ENV3
* ENV Touch
* VX 8360
* Entice
* Rival
* Rogue
* Alias 2
* Twist

Plans that will be done away with:
Premium plan and connect plan * will be discontinued and will need to be changed by feb 1, 2010.
* the single 1350 min and family 3000 min plans disappear.

To be honest, I do not see any savings to the regular user. Those people that already were paying for unlimited talk or unlimited talk and text will see a savings. Other issues with these changes is the fact that all the cool phones people like are now required to have atleast a minimum data plan of $9.99.

Children, computer virus and planning MURDER

Children, computer virus and planning MURDER

I wrote in my last post about my computer getting infected with a virus, now as I sit here at work with the only computer I have access to for internet – I am thinking of planning [ yes premeditated ] Murder.

Normally I have all my files backed up – but hey it was Christmas, then new years – I have been busy so I didn’t back up or make copies of all the holiday pictures, videos and all the work I wasn’t suppose to do during the holidays. But now that my computer has this darn %#@&*+! Virus I can not even seem to save my pictures to cd. The virus lets my computer run a cd but when I go to copy to a clean cd, it says it can’t find it.

parenting controls computer onlineI know, I copy the files I have to run a virus scan on any copied information before I store it in another computer – but atleast I would have it copied.

Really, this bites and I am considering Murder – well at most a severe punishment. I can not believe this, I have even downloaded a new anti virus program into the computer but the virus overwrites it and I am in the same boat. I looked into a program that runs an anti virus program from a cd [so you don’t need to install ] but it’s expensive and I would hate it if it turned out not to work as well.

This truly bites, I am going to have to take this thing to an expert or just break down and buy a new computer that I will lock away from my children. No, really – some one told me I should have anti virus protection – and I did. This virus came in as a pop up [ from what I gather ] and my daughter click the ok button – anti virus can not protect you from yourself. The dumb thing is instead of telling me she continued to play with it so it was to late – back up or restore doesn’t work, the anti virus doesn’t work, can not even add a new anti virus………… #$@%^&*!!!!!!!!

children, computer virus and crash.....

Children and computer virus – didn’t you listen!?!

I am at work during my slow period of the day, writing this blog as a way of venting my frustration.

I like most parents have virus protection, parental guide on my computer and warn my kid all the time. I don not let her search the net nilly willy with no supervision – but – yes [ but means forget what I just said…] my wife has other methods.

Now I am not saying that my daughter goes online to sites that are inappropriate – but they do not realize that viruses can be found anywhere online. Apparently when I got home my computer was fried – some virus had infected it. How did I now, because my daughter asked me to help her turn off the computer because there was some pop up stopping her ???? How did I know It was infected – because I had several porno links with images on my desk top!

When I asked what she [ my daughter ] had done…. “me, nothing, I didn’t do anything..”

children protection onlineIt took about an twenty minutes for her to confess that she was downloading photos from facebook and searching Google for pictures. How many times do I have to tell these people not to do that – never, ever download pics from the internet, You can copy them but never download them. She accidentally downloaded the virus and accepted something online because my avg virus protection was removed [ that is the components to it ].

So here I am at work, after spending hours trying to fix my computer last night, trying to find away to fix my computer. Sure, I could take it to a computer shop and pay $100 plus dollars to get it fixed. I could even do like my wife suggest and buy a new computer, mines is four years old – but it’s the principal. I said not to do that, but no, they never listen and this time they really got burned. I should let them suffer without a computer for a month or so.

Ofcourse I don’t know if I could live without a computer for a month???

Why is the Government watching me and you

Why is the Government watching Me and you

I openly oppose the government - by that I mean, oppose big government.
I am not in favor of more and more government control. When I talk to people about my concerns about the government being too big, having too much control - I usually get that “he is crazy” look.

Well, four months ago my name was part of the census program thingy. Every month for three months the same guy shows up at my door asking me questions the government needs to know. For three months, every month - the same darn questions:

Who lives here?
How old are we?
Do we work?
How many hours do you work?
Do you have more than one job or PT job?

I was being nice, patient - I know that currently the jobs numbers are very important. The government wants to know who is working and who is not ??? Check the tax rolls fools…. But, again, I was being nice and even though it was getting on my nerves I did my best to answer the same questions over and over and over again.

government watching you citizensThen I received a letter, it was the United States of America, I was being told I had to take a survey or I may be jailed ??? I thought it was a scam and ignored it. Then came a second letter, they have been trying to reach me? Then it was a voice message - the government really wanted me to take this survey. I had had enough, I was not taking this survey. Yet the messages kept coming at weird hours of the day - my wife was starting to get nervous.

Finally, on Saturday January 2nd 2010 while I slept in, my wife passed me the phone, guess what - it was the "united states of America", the census wanting to talk to little old me. That I really needed to take this simple 20 min survey - what, ????

Tired, sleepy and upset at my wife for giving me the phone I said sure, might as well so they would stop bothering me.

Again - asking me the same old questions, do I still live at this address, how many kids, same job, how many hours - then it got strange…..

The government wanted to know what I was doing on my free time. Believe it or not - the young lady wanted to know what I did from 4 am Friday the 1st 2010 until 4 am sat. the 2nd 2010 ????? That is when I stopped being nice. What the hell, my attitude changed completely.

When I asked her why the government needed to know what I did on my free time and what relevance that had with the census - her reply was:

“ It is so we can make laws for the recreational time of retired, free time of workers such as parks and recreational enjoyment.”

What the ????

You [ the US government ] needs to know what I did yesterday on my free time so you can make laws?????

Let me see - so if I say I stayed home and watched TV all day - you wont build parks ???

What kind of stupid do you take me for?

Why do you need to know exactly what I did - then I really got mad, just to be a pain I said:
“ I woke up, played with my kids and watched TV - happy…”

But that wasn’t good enough, for some reason the government wanted more details and when I argued why - it was the same old rhetoric: We need it to help make laws for the recreational time of retired, working class and their free time.

After 10 minutes of arguing with her and no real answers - she asked me if I wanted to take the survey [ she should have asked that question first ] I said no, I don’t. She then said that it was helpful if I took the twenty minute survey but that is was ok - so I hung up….

Ofcourse my wife thinks the government may arrest me for not taking the survey but hey, I thought we lived in a free country?

Do you think I did wrong?
Would you have gladly told the US government what you did from 4 am to 4 am???
Do you even find it strange they wanted to know exactly what I did ???

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