Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Take a Break-Win Dinner for a Week!

Register for a chance to win 6 meals for your family! Whip up whatever menu item of your choosing and have supper ready to go thanks to Meal Makers in Westlake. Click on the link to find out more and enter for your chance to win!
Meal Makers Contest

Monday, December 17, 2007

Dar's Delicious Deviled Eggs

These are a family favorite and make a great holiday appetizer. Unfortunately I never measure so combine the ingredients at your discretion (I have listed approximate measurements below).

Ingredients:

Miracle Whip 3 Tablespoons
Ketchup 1 Tablespoon
Mustard 1 teaspoon
Celery Seed 1/2 teaspoon
Dash of salt
Paprika sprinkled over the top of each filled egg
6 - 8 Hard boiled eggs

Directions:

Peel the boiled eggs and cut in half horizontally. Remove the yokes, put in a bowl and mash with a fork. In a separate bowl, combine first 5 ingredients - will be salmon color. Combine this mixture with the yokes and stir. With a teaspoon, fill each egg white with the yoke mixture. Sprinkle the top of each egg with a bit of Paprika.

Variations - Add shredded cheese or place a bit of lunchmeat, seafood or olive slices on top. Mix a bit of tunafish with the egg mixture and then fill the egg whites. If you want a slightly different taste, use Helman's instead of Miracle Whip. I have probably done 50 different things with these eggs and once made 300 for a friend's wedding. They went like hotcakes. Enjoy!

HAPPY 60th ANNIVERSARY WEWS

It is hard to believe that Channel 5 has been a pioneer, providing stellar programming and paving the way for other stations for 60 years. When I think back to all of the fond memories I have of the shows and broadcasters that have come and gone it touches my heart. People like Dorothy Fuldheim, Tom Field, Paige Palmer, Captain Penny, Jungle Larry and Safari Jane will never be forgotten. Mike Douglas, Bill Gordon and Fred Griffith actually created the format of the talk shows and morning shows we see today even on other networks. WEWS is known for so many FIRSTS in the industry it is truly amazing. And today, WEWS is still an innovator, providing us with the best overall News, Weather and Sports coverage with fabulous broadcasters like Leon Bibb, Danita Harris, Ted Henry and Mark Johnson. PLUS, WEWS has a magnificent Troubleshooting Team which includes Angie Lau, Joe Pagonakis and Duane Pohlman. This is a team you can trust. Take a glimpse into the history of this wonderful station. Here's to 60 more amazing years, WEWS. You are truly appreciated! http://www.newsnet5.com/video/14869420/index.html

Friday, December 14, 2007

A Gift for The Barbecue Enthusiast...


There is a New, Super Cool, Hot Sauce Business that just opened, called “p'Zazz! Hot Sauces, Rubs & More.” Here is an e-mail offer that can help with your Holiday Gift shopping. Online orders (www.pZazzsauces.com) received by December 16th are guaranteed delivery by Christmas! As an added bonus, just enter, “Lunchology” in the 'Comments' section of the 'Checkout - Step 3' and you will receive 20% off any order $20.00 or more." Hurry,…times a wastin’

Remember "Lunchology" is the company that prints those unique lunch bags. Lunchology printed the bags for The Mom Squad Luncheon! Go to their awesome website anytime...www.lunchology.com

Thursday, December 13, 2007

For Such A Time As This - By Lisa Ryan


Today's young women are bombarded with messages contrary to the Christian life. They need a clear vision of purpose in order to walk as "princesses in God's court." For Such a Time as This: The Disciplines of Destiny, by Lisa Ryan, cohost of The 700 Club, helps women from the ages of twelve to twenty-five find their unique gifts and destinies. It draws on the biblical example of Esther, as well as modern-day role models, to deliver nugget-sized lessons on character traits such as courage, chastity, grace, and dignity. For Such a Time as This will transform young readers into mature women of God. Both of my daughters have read this book and simply love it and recommend it for all women.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas Tree Tips

For many people, decorating the Christmas tree is a favorite part of the holiday. The National Safety Council offers some safety tips to make sure a mishap doesn't spoil your holiday season.

Christmas Trees
A real tree can add to the spirit of Christmas by filling your home with beauty and the scent of pine. But a real tree can also pose a fire hazard. Each year, more than 400 residential fires involve Christmas trees and tragically nearly 40 deaths and 100injuries result from those fires.

Try to select a fresh tree by looking for one that is green. The needles of pines and spruces should bend and not break and should be hard to pull off the branches. On fir species, a needle pulled from a fresh tree will snap when bent, much like a fresh carrot. Also, look for a trunk sticky with sap.

Cut off about two inches of the trunk and put the tree in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out quickly.
Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.

If you use an artificial tree, choose one that tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label.

For more helpful tips regarding lights and ornaments, go to The National Safety Council's website http://www.nsc.org/library/facts/xmastree.htm

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Give Anne Geddes!

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We love the beautiful baby pictures from Anne Geddes. She has now expanded her line to include clothing, baby items, bed linens and much more! No one can capture the precious beauty and innocence of a baby quite like Anne can. This is a perfect gift idea for an expecting mom, or someone who just loves her work. Check out the full selection of Anne Geddes items at her website: www.annegeddes.com

Monday, December 10, 2007

Parmesan Chicken with Pasta Rags

This is a great recipe for those broken lasagna noodles…

Ingredients:
Chicken
3 gloves garlic, finely chopped
½ teaspoon seasoned salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
½ cup Progresso garlic herb bread crumbs
½ cup grated fresh Parmesan Cheese
1 ½ lb boneless skinless chicken breast halves or thighs
Pasta
8 oz uncooked lasagna noodles, broken into 2 inch pieces
¼ cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 package (9 oz) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
½ teaspoon season salt
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil.

Directions:

Heat over to 475. In shallow microwave bowl, stir together 3 gloves garlic, ½ teaspoons seasoned salt, 3 tablespoons oil and butter. Microwave uncovered on High 1minute or until butter is melted, stir.

In another shallow bowl, stir together bread crumbs and grated cheese. Coat chicken pieces with garlic mixture; coat with crumb mixture. Place in ungreased 15x10x1 inch pan.

Bake about 20 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut. Meanwhile, cook broken lasagna noodles as directed on package. Drain, cover to keep warm.

In 10-i8nch skillet, heat ¼ cup oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1 clove garlic; cook and still 1 minute or until tender. Stir in spinach and ½ teaspoon seasoned salt. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until spinach is cooked. Add cooked noodles, tomatoes and chopped basil; cook 1 to 2 minutes stirring occasionally, until hot. Serve pasta mixture with chicken

Friday, December 07, 2007

Northeastern Ohio Is Ready for Christmas!

The month of December is chock full of beautiful displays, lights and shimmering decorations all over Northeastern Ohio. It is the perfect time to enjoy Greater Cleveland's finest. There are light displays at The Cleveland Museum of Art and Blossom Music Center, concerts and plays via Playhouse Square and The Cleveland Playhouse and a fabulous gospel brunch at House of Blues. Please check out the sites below and enjoy!

Blossom Music Center = www.blossommusic.com/ (Festival of Lights)
House of Blues = http://www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/
cleveland/ (Delicious Gospel Brunch with live entertaiment every Sunday)
The Cleveland Museum of Art = www.Clevelandart.org/ (2007 Winter Lights Lantern Festival and Holiday CircleFest...Modern Masters..)
The Cleveland Playhouse = www.clevelandplayhouse.com/ (The Christmas Story)
Playhouse Square = www.playhousesquare.com/ (Richard Thomas in Twelve Angry Men...Hall Oates...Clay Aiken Christmas...Dave Koz Christmas...Wynonna's Classic Christmas to name a few)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Oil of Olay has Done It Again!


Oil of Olay has created a wonderful line of products called Regenerist. The Micro-Sculpting Cream is better or just as good as those that may range $100 or more. The Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream is unique because it is formulated with the exclusive Olay Amino-Peptide Complex. Although other products may contain a peptide, Olay is the only brand that has combined a specific pentapeptide, Pal-KTTKS, with other proven anti-aging ingredients (vitamin B3, vitamin E, pro-vitamin B5, green tea extract, and allantoin). This unique complex helps to regenerate skin's appearance without compromising skin's moisture barrier. It renews skin's outer layer, helps skin appearance regenerate quickly, and strengthens skin's moisture barrier revealing skin that looks, feels, and behaves more like new skin.

As your skin regenerates, your budget won't degenerate!!! (A little Mom Squad humor)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Autism Speaks - Bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder

This website is so full of wonderful information. We all need to know about Autism. If you would like more info on Autism or what this organization is doing to help, or if you would like to make a donation, please visit their website.

http://www.autismspeaks.org/sponsored
events/autism_every_day.php


Autism Speaks, goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. They are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society.

Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. Autism Speaks. It's time to listen.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Akiane Kramarik: Child Prodigy


We are all blessed with talent from God, some have even more than one. Sometimes it takes awhile for us to realize what we are good at but this young lady realized her artistic gift 6 years ago, at the age of 6! Her art work and poetry are truly amazing, and definitely something The Mom Squad wanted to make sure you knew about! She is also utilzing her talent to help the needy. "I really want to help needy people, especially the Lithuanian's aka the 'garbage children'. Lithuania has the highest suicide rate in the world. They need help with food, medicine, and I really want to build a free hospital for them."

http://www.artakiane.com/home.htm

As we approach this wonderful Christmas Season, let's also remember those less fortunate in our prayers and in our efforts.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Recipe Of The Week - Easy Apricot Sausage Appetizer

This is one from Holly Link (Dec. 2006 Archives) that is worth repeating this Holiday Season!

Ingredients:
1 package of smoked sausage with the skin
2 jars of Smuckers Apricot Jelly

Directions:
Cut the smoked sausage into bite size pieces. Combine the sausage and jelly into a bowl. Bake covered for 1 hour at 350. Pour Appetizers into a crock pot set on warm. Add toothpicks so guests can easily enjoy. A great and easy recipe that will make any party wonderful!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

OH WHAT A BLESSED TIME WE HAD AT THE MOM SQUAD LUNCHEON


Thanks to allllllll those that came out to The Mom Squad Luncheon. We were truly blessed by your presence. I could feel the spirit of God all around. The food that Mapleside Farms supplied was amazing, Mark Rein's humor was so enjoyable, Praise-Apella could not have been better and the goodie bags/prizes were plentiful. Special thanks to Family Christian Book Stores, Lunchology & various associates, Executive Sweets and the 95.5 crew for their contributions and assistance.

Danita Harris brought tears to many eyes and touched all of our hearts with her loving words inspired by the Heavenly Father. Her message is one of hope for all, delivered from a very personal place and in a manner that breaks down walls and stirs one's soul.

God-willing there will be more Mom Squad events in the future. Keep listening to 95.5The Fish. We appreciate your support of The Mom Squad, so we hope you will continue to check The Blog and The Forum frequently. Remember you are a part of the Mom Squad too so feel free to send in your recipes and helpful hints anytime or let us know when something we post is helpful to you by writing us at themomsquad@955thefish.com. We love hearing from you! Blessings always.