Month: January 2012

Recipe: Heart-Shaped Blini with Smoked Salmon and Lemon Caper Sour Cream

Rich and creamy sour cream is combined with capers and lemon which adds a wonderful flavor on these savory appetizers. Prepare the batter the day before, or or even prepare the blinis as early as the day before your dinner or party and then refrigerate them until you’re ready.  Then reheat them on a baking pan in a 300°F oven till warm. Got gluten-free party guests? Just replace the flour in the recipe with your preferred gluten-free all-purpose baking flour blend plus one teaspoon xanthan gum. Or use Buckwheat flour which is gluten free. You’ll want to have a...

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Magellan Wireless Back Up Camera Safely Wipes Out the Blind Spots

Connie blogged a week or so ago about her new found love for her  Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM GPS navigator unit (read I Won’t Go Without My Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM GPS Navigator).  While it’s phenomenal by itself, it becomes a wunderkind when we added the Magellan CPBCKUSGXXX Wireless Back Up Camera. For the type of car we have, a 1995 Ford Aerostar Van, installation was fairly complicated.   I had to remove the tailgate liner for the hatchback door and then carefully route the wires through the same flexible tubing all the other electrical is carried through into the tailgate.  A...

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Quote: Advice is Like Snow – The Softer It Falls… Coleridge

I love this quote.  It’s simple but says so much.  That the author was a drug addict and likely bi-polar doesn’t change the beauty of it for me. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, literary critic, romantic, and philosopher who, along with his good friend William Wordsworth, became a founding father of the English Romantic Movement as well as a Lake Poets member. He may be most widely known for the poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan. He coined numerous common phrases and words. Unfortunately as an adult Coleridge suffered with debilitating bouts of anxiety as...

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Newsies The Musical – Development and Writing Process with Steve Fickinger

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with Steve Fickinger, VP of Creative Development and Licensing for NEWSIES on Broadway, the man responsible for getting “Newsies The Musical” to the stage.  He’s the same man behind the brilliance of many of Disney’s Broadway shows. A handsome man with an easy smile, Fickinger’s passion for his new show was evident from the first moment we met.  “First of all, I love the show, and second of all, I’ve been working on it for seven years,” he said with an animated smile.  He went on to explain say, “…this is my...

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Marvel’s The Avengers Special Twitter Chat Event 1/31/12

Marvel Studios is sponsoring a Worldwide Twitter Chat!  Twitterers will get the chance to tweet with the writer/director Josh Whedon and cast members Tom Hiddleston and Clark Gregg from the highly-anticipated motion picture, “Marvel’s The Avengers” on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 beginning at  11 a.m. (PST).  In this 30-minute Twitter party, fans from around the globe can take part in the Q&A by following the Twitter profile @Avengers and by following the hashtag  #avengers.  Participants are going to  be given the chance to check out a 10-second tease of the “Avengers” 30-second Super Bowl ad that will be shown...

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Dogs Are Companions for Life, They Deserve Our Best

I realize that the opportunity to treat our dogs as well as we do is entirely possible because we live in the US and often times I do feel guilty about the amount of money I spend on them.  But I also want what’s best for them because I want them to live a long and healthy life for very selfish reasons; my dogs are my babies. Yes, I’ve become one of those old ladies who dolts on her pups.  I don’t dress them (they won’t let me) and I don’t think I go overboard, but yes, they have...

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