Friday, February 26, 2010

Lent Recipe #1 (even the kids will love this one)

Van de Kamp’s® and Mrs. Paul’s® Seafood make life easier for those observing Lent by offering creative meal ideas that cater to dietary needs and combat the perpetual challenge of creating fresh ideas in the kitchen.

Mrs. Paul’s and Van de Kamp’s Fish Sticks are made from only 100% Whole White Fish Fillets for a great tasting, crunchy fish stick that you can feel good about. Some brands of fish sticks are made from minced fish, which means that bits of the fish have been pulverized and reformed into the form of a stick.


Yields 4 Blankets


8 Van de Kamp’s® or Mrs. Paul’s® Fish Sticks, baked

4 Taco-sized Flour Tortillas

4 pieces, Cheddar Cheese (or use your favorite)

4 tablespoons ketchup

Directions: Bake the fish sticks according to package. Heat up the tortillas so they’re nice and toasty. Add 1 cheese slice in the center of each tortilla. Spread the ketchup around tortilla, add 2 fish sticks on top of the cheese, fold and roll the tortilla around the fish stick.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

It's long French Fries

I'm Catholic, which means I must "give up" something for Lent. This year, I have once again chosen french fries. I admit...I AM A FAST FOOD JUNKIE. I especially love french fries! I mean L.O.V.E. So at 11am, on Easter Sunday, I will be at the McDonald's Drive Thru waiting for a Super Size order of the wonderful, crispy golden sticks! :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Class reunion: Go or Not?

So my 20th class reunion is approaching this summer!

I am really debating if I should skip or not. Truly, I didn't like a lot of people at my high school. You see, I mostly hung out with kids from the other high school in town. There are a handful of people that I am still friends with, and we chat often on facebook or email. (I would go to a college reunion in heartbeat, fyi).

Did you go to your reunion? Persuade me--one way or the other!

Oh for can see a high school picture of me (big hair and all) here:

Monday, February 08, 2010

Book Review: The Complete Walt Disney World 2010

I received a free copy of the guide book from Coconut Press in order to write this review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Now you all know that I have had annual passes to Disney World for many years. I bring the kids at least 12 times a year--birthdays, holidays, or just whenever we have nice weather in O-Town!

So when I was asked to review "The Complete Walt Disney World 2010" travel guide by Coconut Press I was ready to rip it apart! Truth be told, I was thinking "I know everything about Disney and they can't tell me anything I don't know!"

But to my surprise, the book covered taught me a few things. In fact, I will say I love this guide book and will recommend it to anyone coming to WDW!

Sure, you can find information about the theme park online (searching and printing from various sites), but it was nice to have it all together in one book!

I enjoyed the upclose, colorful photos--over 500 images (something you don't always get online). I specifically liked the images of the WDW Resorts...including the rooms, pools and landscape!

Your kids will love the "Character locator" section which lists exactly where Disney stars can be find in all four theme parks.

Another positive, the guide book also tells visitors the best days of the week to visit which park, and how long the lines will be at each ride at every hour of the day (something I have not seen in other guide books).

And if you like to find "Hidden Mickeys" around the resort, the book gives you the 4-1-1 on that too!

My only complaint--and it's a minor one--is the dining photos. I would love to see more photos on the various dining establishments.

Overall, if you are planning a trip to Orlando--be it your first trip or your tenth trip--check out this guide! It will help you with all your trip planning details.

It's no wonder that "The Complete Walt Disney World 2010" book is the only independent Disney guide ever honored by the Walkt Disney World Company!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Dear Miami: Get ready for the Who Dat Nation coming for the Super Bowl | New Orleans Saints Central - -

Dear Miami: Get ready for the Who Dat Nation coming for the Super Bowl New Orleans Saints Central - -

Dear Miami: Get ready for the Who Dat Nation coming for the Super Bowl
By Mark Lorando, The Times-Picayune

Saints fans celebrate the overtime win for the NFC Championship on Jan. 24 -- and the chance to go to Miami.

Dear Miami,
The Saints are coming. And so are we, their loyal, long-suffering and slightly discombobulated Super Bowl-bound fans.While there's still time to prepare -- although a few hard-core Who Dats will begin trickling in Monday, most of us won't arrive until Thursday or Friday -- we thought we'd give you a heads-up about what you should expect.
First things first: You need more beer. Yeah, we know. You ordered extra. You think you have more than any group of humans could possibly consume in one week. Trust us. You don't.New Orleans was a drinking town long before the Saints drove us to drink. But it turns out beer tastes better when you're winning. (Who knew?) So let's just say we're thirsty for more than a championship; adjust your stockpiles accordingly.

And look. When we ask you for a go-cup, be nice to us. We don't even know what "open container law" means. Is that anything like "last call"?

It's Carnival season in New Orleans (that's Mardi Gras to you), and we'll be taking the celebration on the road. So don't be startled if you walk past us and we throw stuff at you; that's just our way of saying hello. Oh, and sorry in advance about those beads we leave dangling from your palm trees. We just can't help ourselves.

February is also crawfish season, and you can be sure that more than one enterprising tailgater will figure out a way to transport a couple sacks of live mudbugs and a boiling pot to Miami.When the dude in the 'Who Dat' T-shirt asks if you want to suck da head and pinch da tail, resist the urge to punch him. He's not propositioning you. He's inviting you to dinner.

And if you see a big Cajun guy who looks exactly like an old Saints quarterback walking around town in a dress ... don't ask. It's a long story.We know that crowd control is a major concern for any Super Bowl host city. Our advice? Put away the riot gear.

Reason No. 1: Indianapolis is going to lose, and their fans are way too dull to start a riot.

Reason No. 2: New Orleans showed the world on Sunday that we know how to throw a victory party. We don't burn cars. We dance on them.Reason

No. 3: Even if we did lose, which we won't, leaving the stadium would be like leaving a funeral, and our typical response to that is to have a parade.

Speaking of which: If you happen to see a brass band roll by, followed by a line of folks waving their handkerchiefs, you're not supposed to just stand there and watch. As our own Irma Thomas would say, get your backfield in motion. And hey, Mister DJ! Yes, we know you've already played that stupid Ying Yang Twins song 10 times tonight, but indulge us just one more time.

To us, "Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk)" isn't just a song; it's 576 points of good memories. It's the sound of a Drew Brees touchdown pass to Devery Henderson, a Pierre Thomas dive for first down on 4th-and-1, a Garrett Hartley field goal sailing through the uprights in overtime.It's what a championship sounds like. You may get sick of hearing it. We won't. Encore, dammit.

Inside Sun Life Stadium, you may find your ears ringing more than usual. We're louder than other fans. Seven thousand of ours sound like 70,000 of theirs.Don't believe us? Ask the 12th man in the Vikings huddle.Some people think it's just the Dome that heightens our volume. But you're about to discover a little secret: We can scream loud enough to make your head explode, indoors or out. It's not the roof. It's the heart.Well, OK, and the beer.

Don't be surprised if there are more Saints fans outside the stadium than inside. A lot of us are coming just to say we were part of history, even if we can't witness it up close. The Saints are family to us, and you know how it is with family: We want to be there for them, whether they really need us or not. Because we know our presence will mean something to them, whether they can see us or not. Come to think of it, seeing as how you're taking us in for the week, we pretty much regard you as family, too. So we're warning you now: If you're within hugging distance, you're fair game.

Hugging strangers is a proud Who Dat tradition, right up there with crying when we win. Most sports fans cry when their teams lose. Not us. We've been losing gracefully and with good humor for 43 years. Tragedy and disappointment don't faze us. It's success that makes us go to pieces.Hurricane Katrina? We got that under control. The Saints in the Super Bowl? SOMEBODY CALL A PARAMEDIC!!!So anyway, don't let the tears of joy freak you out. We're just ... disoriented.OK.

Let's review:Order more beer. Throw me something, mister. Suck da heads. Wear da dress. Stand up. Get crunk. Hug it out. Protect your eardrums. Pass the Kleenex.
Hoist the trophy. See you at the victory party.

Faithfully yours,
The Who Dat Nation

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Celebrity Collage by MyHeritage

For those of you on Facebook, you know that everyone is posting their celebrity look-alikes this week. So I did mine...what do you think??? I cringed at the thought of Olivia Newton John, ha. I don't see Jessica Alba at all.

MyHeritage: Family tree - Genealogy - Celebrity - Collage - Morph