Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

All Pics are taken by me.
This Faerie was so neat, she worked at the
Herb Garden, one of my fav stores!

A day at the faire is not complete without a smoked turkey leg!

I realize Aug is a long way off, but I am looking forward to summer and the PA Renaissance Faire to begin again. My family has such a good time here. If you have never been to a Renaissance Faire, you must go! They have them all over the country.

A pic from the Joust

Gal on stilts

The kids with Captain Jack Sparrow

Faerie again

These guys are so neat! They did not work here, they just did this on their own.

My hubby and boys love the Tartan Terrors, they are such a fun show. We chase them all over the park to watch every show.

Check out the legs on the bagpiper!

He is a world champion bag piper.

This cutie girl from the Tartan Terrors can chug a beer!

My boys will meet kids anywhere, even best buy lol.

Another of the Faerie. I loved her costume.

Some Happy kids (mine in black hat)

My oldest son and my husband.

My youngest son and his friend.

Sorry America

I guess I should not blame all of America for a dumb company that has poor management.
Not the USA
I love my Chevy Truck, Cocacola, and the freedom I have to rant about bad companies!

Friday, March 27, 2009


We have gone through hell with whirlpool for the past week. My 1000.00 front load washer just mysteriously stopped working on Sunday, Sat night it worked fine, washing my sweaters on the gentle cycle. Sunday, nothing.
Its only 14 mos old.
Called whirlpool Monday, they said they will take care of it, and send us the part is supposedly needed according to the code. they over night it to us...great, its not the right thing because it still doesn't work. the repairman said its another computer board that costs 500 dollars. he calls whirlpool (their serviceman) and they tell him they aren't going to cover it.
My husband calls, they offer to give us a 75 percent discount on the part, great, whatever, its been a week, pay it I want my washer they tell us the part won't come for 7-10 days. They can't overnight it??? what? they overnight ed the part they told us it was on Monday and it was the wrong part, now it will be over two weeks that I am without a washer when I paid 1000.00 for this piece of crap.
I also bought a 1600 dollar refrigerator from them a few years ago and it too broke after 13 months. THROW AWAY BULLCRAP APPLIANCES.....NEVER EVER WILL I BUY WHIRLPOOL AGAIN. Funny thing is, we asked a repairman we know what brand we should go with, because I wanted a Bosch, he said, no don't get a bosch, it takes forever to get parts, whirlpool parts are carried in all repairmen's vans....yeah, okay...two my bosch would still be working! now after spending a grand on a whirlpool, i get to go to the laundry mat, wasting gas, time and money on their machines! thanks whirlpool! I will never ever buy anything from them again!
I will buy foreign Bosch appliances.
Guess buying American only screws ya in the end!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Speaking of Burgers



Burger Bliss
Been dying to try one of those cheese-topped, teriyaki-tastic, crazy-high-in-calories Banzai Burgers at Red Robin? Have this instead...Ingredients:1 small hamburger bun (light, if available)1 Boca Original Vegan Meatless Burger1 slice fat-free cheddar cheese1 pineapple ring, packed in juice1 thick slice tomato1 leaf lettuce1 tbsp. thick teriyaki marinade with about 20 - 25 calories per tbsp. (like the one by Lawry's), divided1 tsp. fat-free mayonnaiseDirections:Bring a pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. (If you have a grill pan, use it -- you'll get neato grill marks.) Lay pineapple ring in the pan, and cook until slightly blackened and caramelized, about 3 minutes per side. Set aside to cool.Cut a slit in the burger pouch. Place burger, slit-side up, in the microwave. Microwave for just 1 minute (not the time given on the box). If your microwave is low wattage, microwave for an additional 15 seconds. Remove patty from the microwave and place on a microwave-safe plate. Pour half of the teriyaki marinade on top, spread it around, and flip patty to coat evenly on both sides. Lay cheese slice on top of the patty, and microwave for 30 additional seconds.Place the burger patty on the bottom half of the bun, and top with the remaining teriyaki sauce. Add the pineapple ring, tomato, and lettuce. Spread mayo on the top half of the bun, and finish your burger off with the bun's top half. Now CHOMP!MAKES 1 SERVING
Serving Size: 1 burger (entire recipe)Calories: 271Fat: 2.25gSodium: 1,264mgCarbs: 44gFiber: 6gSugars: 15gProtein: 22gPOINTS® value 5*

What do you get when you match a beefy burger patty slathered in sugary teriyaki sauce with pineapple, a blob of mayo, and fatty cheddar cheese... all on a ginormous calorie-packed bun?! You get the chewable monstrosity known as the Banzai Burger at Red Robin! And that burger happens to pack in 1,000+ calories, even before you add any sides at all to your plate! Toss in some fries and, well, forget it -- those numbers are too depressing to type. Don't chew it, people. Make your very own tasty version of this popular Hawaiian burger instead, right in your kitchen. Load it up with our ingredient swaps, and serve it proudly with a stack of our Lord of the Onion Rings.

It's gonna be a pineappley, teriyaki-sauced, cheese-packed day after all. Yay!
Serving Size: 1 burgerCalories: 1,054Fat: 63gSodium: 2,356mgCarbs: 69gFiber: 3gSugars: n.a.Protein: 48gPOINTS® value 26*


Want to live longer? Cut back on red meat!

Want to live longer? Cut back on red meat

Burger lovers beware: People who eat red meat every day have a higher risk of dying over a 10-year period -- mostly because of cardiovascular disease or cancer --than their peers who eat less red or processed meat, according to a new study of about half a million people.

People who ate the most red meat had about a 30 percent greater risk of dying than those who ate the least.

"This is the biggest and highest quality study like this," says Barry M. Popkin, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study, which was published Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine.

"They collected the diet data very carefully, and it's saying to people, 'You don't have to eat red meat every day.'

"In the study, a research team led by Rashmi Sinha, Ph.D., from the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, looked at more than 500,000 people who were aged 50 to 71 when they enrolled in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health study.

Over a 10-year period, people who ate the most red meat every day (about 62.5 grams per 1,000 calories per day, equivalent to a quarter-pound burger or small steak per day) had about a 30 percent greater risk of dying compared with those who consumed the least amount of red meat (a median of 9.8 grams per 1,000 calories per day). The excess mortality was mostly the result of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The red meat in the study included all types of beef and pork, including bacon, cold cuts, ham, hamburgers, hot dogs, and steak, as well as meat in pizza, chili, lasagna, and stew.

In addition, those who ate the largest amounts of processed meat (defined as about 22.6 grams per 1,000 calories per day of bacon, red-meat sausage, poultry sausage, cold cuts, ham, regular hot dogs, and low-fat hot dogs) also had a slightly higher mortality risk than those who consumed the least.

The researchers estimate that 11 percent of deaths in men and 16 percent of deaths in women during the study could have been prevented by reducing consumption of red meat. The American Institute of Cancer Research recommends that people consume less than 18 ounces of red meat (the equivalent of a child-size fast-food hamburger) per week to reduce the risk for cancer, and the American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fats to less than 7 percent of total daily calories. (Animal products, such as meat and dairy, tend to be higher in saturated fat.) The United States Department of Agriculture food pyramid recommends two to three daily servings of protein, which can include lean meat, but can also come from plant sources.

Sandon recommends that people replace high-fat red and processed meats with protein-rich foods such as poultry or fish, beans, eggs, and low-fat dairy.

Also, she adds, filling half a plate with vegetables and a quarter with meat will help keep portions in control.

"What we need to keep in mind about this study is that it does not prove that red meat causes increased death; it simply shows an association," she says. "The study relied on people's recall of what they typically eat, which does not always match what they actually consumed."Americans consume around four times more meat and dairy than the rest of the world, which may contribute to a number of global concerns, including an increased demand and price for meat, increased greenhouse gases, and a rise in disease, he says.Source:

Friday, March 20, 2009

Mom's...LEGO DESIGN !!!!

From Kim Komando today..she is wonderful, if you never visited her site, go there!

Today's Cool Site...
Design your own LEGO creations
LEGOs! These bright, fun plastic bricks must be every geek's favorite toy. And I'm sure plenty of non-geeks love them, too.
LEGO is one of those unique toys that transcend age. I know adults who love them. And playing with LEGO is a great way to spend time with your kids.
These days, you can find LEGO kits to suit every taste. Unfortunately, you'll spend an arm and a leg on these kits.
Besides, maybe you prefer to think outside of the box, so to speak. Maybe you want to design and build your own creations.
You can do just that with the LEGO Digital Designer. This fun, free program lets you design your own LEGO creations.
This is a fun and easy way to play with LEGOs. You have all the bricks you want at your disposal. And there's no clean up!
Of course, you may fall in love with your creations. In that case, you can order them from LEGO. You'll get all the bricks you need to make your design.Now, don't spend the entire weekend with the LEGO Digital Designer. Try to get out and enjoy the weather!