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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Stromboli - An Easy Family Meal


I use to make a delicious Stromboli when I worked at a pizzeria and I got to thinking about it the other day which, of course, made me hungry for a Stromboli. I happened across an excellent recipe from Pillsbury that I just had to share. I have altered the recipe slightly from Pillsbury but that is the beauty of a Stromboli, you can add or take-away anything from it to make it your own creation!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Recipe



This is one of the best soups I have ever had. My wife and I love this and it will definitely warm you up on a cold day. This is the original recipe that is used at Olive Garden but it has been toned down by Tuscan Recipes to serve between 6-8 people. I have altered the amount of crushed red peppers as well since it was way to spicy for our tastes with the original amount.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Grilled Double-Cheese and Bacon Sandwich



Well, I received an email the other day from Betty Crocker with various recipes on it and this beauty jumped right out at me - Grilled Double-Cheese and Bacon Sandwich. What is not to love about this sandwich? Bacon. Cheese. Grilled. The best of everything.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are fairly easy to begin with so cooking this beauty up should be quick and easy. I pre-cook the bacon so that it is nice and crispy and then layer the Cheddar cheese, bacon, and Mozzarella cheese between the bread. I usually use a griddle to cook this but you can also use an electric, gas, or charcoal grill.

Ingredients

  • 8 Slices of bacon
  • 4 (3/4-oz.) slices of Cheddar cheese
  • 4 (3/4-oz.) slices of Mozzarella cheese
  • 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices of regular or sourdough bread
The recipe does make four sandwiches and you can double up on the bacon if you want to add a bit more of that delicious bacon flavor to the sandwich.

Source: Betty Crocker

Angry Birds Space - Ice Bird



Well, what do we have here? After releasing all these new designs of current birds we have a brand new bird available! Ice Bird will be available when Angry Birds Space is launched on March 22 and it looks like it will be an interesting bird, freezing a large area where it hits. I wonder if this makes it easier to destroy the blocks with other birds? We will have to find out!

Angry Birds Space - Bomb



One of my favorite birds ever, Bomb, has finally been released! Bomb gives you more explosive fun than any other bird ever will and the new design makes him cooler than ever. Angry Birds Space comes out March 22 so get ready!

Angry Birds Space - Blue Birds



Just a few more days until the release of Rovio's newest addition -Angry Birds Space. As the list of birds is being released, we see that sometimes one is not enough. Blue Birds have been brought in for your splitting pleasure and they are set to help you destroy all that lovely glass.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Angry Birds Space - Red Bird



T-minus 5 days until the launch of the newest Angry Birds installment - Angry Birds Space! Rovio released Lazer Bird yesterday as one of the six new birds they are introducing and today we get a glimpse of Red Bird. I know I can't wait to play this and the new Birds are looking great!

Almost Amish [Book Review]



Have you ever wanted a slower, simpler, more sustainable approach to life?

Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life by Nancy Sleeth is a great book that talks about getting back to the simpler things in life. C’mon, let’s admit it, we are living in a technology-based environment. We are constantly plugged in 24/7. Everywhere you look there are cell phones, computers, televisions, or even tablets such as the iPad. We have the world at our fingertips!

Whatever happened to getting outside and spending time with our families? I think it’s time we all take a step back and realize what’s more important. Technology is always going to be around, but our children and families will not. Every moment we spend or don’t spend with our families is important. How are our kids going to view us? I don’t want to be viewed as the parent that was always on the computer, phone, or etc and never made time for them.

I like how Nancy touches on Biblical principles of finances. She encourages readers to save, and discourages on spending on what we really don’t need. So many of us have so much “stuff” that we really could live without but yet we think at the time we just have to have it. That “stuff” creates clutter and eventually starts piling up. Then we start looking at bigger houses to hold more “stuff” and even buying storage units. In reality, we really don’t need it.
 
Nancy also talks about how we need to be more of a service to God and our neighbors. We need to prepare our children for adulthood. We need to equip our children with the tools they need to survive. While technology might be good in some sense, it does nothing to teach our children how to be morally responsible and happy in life. We need to teach them that it’s a reward to help take care of others especially their aging parents and grandparents.
 
While I don’t think we need to go to the extremes like the Amish, I do think that we can take a lot of these principles and apply them to our lives. We can focus on trying to get outside more with our family, and what we can do to serve others in our neighborhood.

I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers for this review. My thoughts and opinions during this review are my own. Reviewed by Robin B.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Angry Birds Space - Lazer Bird



Here is our introduction to Lazer Bird from Rovio's latest game, Angry Birds Space. Looks like there are six new birds coming to the game so we will keep our eyes pealed for the rest.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Angry Birds Space is Coming!



The latest installment of Angry Birds is coming out on March 22 and it looks to be a very exciting addition to the collection. It looks like there will be some new powers and birds available as well. Angry Birds Space is sure to bring an out of this world experience to your devices so be sure to check it out when it's released.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Catch Me If You Can [Book Review]


I just finished reading  Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake written by Frank W. Abagnale with Stan Redding and let me tell you, it is a wild ride that you will not want to stop reading about. This is the true story of Frank Abagnale and how he posed as a PanAm airline co-pilot, pediatrician, lawyer, and a college professor to "paper" the world with bad checks and making a small fortune of over 2 million dollars. He went by several alias for each escapade and was always one step ahead of law-enforcement. Abagnale writes this story from his point of view with a fun and witty tale that allows you to feel as if you are there with him running his scams.