Oscar Bingo?! — How much fun can one girl have!

Oscar Bingo – What fun!

I just printed the bingo cards for tonight’s Oscar presentation.  Follow the link to join the fun!

Now where are those buttons???……………DebraJ

Oscars 2013 – Who will win?

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It is so easy to get caught up in the presentation of the Oscars every year.  I’ll admit it is a little more difficult for me to manage my score card now that the number of movies has increased from five, but I still try.  We have usually seen some of the movies by the time the event rolls around, so we feel like we have a stake in the competition with our own objective subjective opinion (which is highly educated and wholly insightful, of course) Laughing.

The Oscar presentation is a good opportunity to cook up something special, whether for a crowd or simply for the ‘fam’ at home.  Tonight we are going to a throw-back from years ago and we’ll have a quasi-Mexican style casserole (recipe to follow later).  Will you be serving anything fun for the Oscar presentation tonight?

oh dear…what shall I wear?…………DebraJ

NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation or free products (nope, no Oscar goodie-basket) to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

Juice of the Day – Fruit & Veggie Blend

Fruit & Veggies ready for juicer
These delicious fruits and vegetables are ready for our juicer!

Today’s juice was a random combination of the fruit and veggies and turned out to be yummy.

Here is what I used:

1/2 fresh pineapple

1/2 cantaloupe

1 large stalk of Kale, stem removed

A giant hand full of spinach

1 beet

3 oranges

a small bunch of parsley

Served 2

Juice of the Day - pineapple, cantaloupe, kale, orange, spinach, parlsey, beet
Saturday juice blend.


This one was very delicious, and we have decided that we like almost any juice that has cantaloupe included.  Cantaloupe has an overpowering essence, but not in a bad way.  Highly recommend this combination.!

Another juicy Saturday…..DebraJ

NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation or free products to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

The Absolute BEST Wheat Buns

 The Absolute BEST Wheat Buns

 Sandwich buns that are tasty and healthful.

BEST Wheat Buns

We when need a hamburger bun to create a great hamburger, turkey burger, or black bean burger, we use these.  They are quick and easy in the bread machine and they turn out perfect every time, even when you make variations in the ingredients.  I use one of our water tumblers to cut the shape because it is a perfect size, after it rises, to use as a burger bun.  You could make these without a bread machine, but I never have tried it that way.  I love the convenience of the bread machine.

Basic Ingredients for Bread

Load the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.  Most of them prefer the wet ingredients first.

  1. 1-1/4 cups warm milk (I use fat-free organic)
  2. 1 egg
  3. 2 tablespoons butter, softened (You can substitute olive oil)
  4. 1/4 cup honey (Spritz the measuring cup with Pam before hand and the honey will slip out easily).
  5. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 cup whole wheat flour (remember to store your whole wheat flour in the refrigerator to maintain freshness)
  7. 1/2 cup flax meal (you could also use what germ, whole bran, or oatmeal)
  8. 1/4 cup gluten (you can omit and replace with flour, but I have found that it gives the dough a certain elasticity that improves the final product)
  9. 2 cups bread flour
  10. 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast


  1. Place ingredients into the bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. Select the DOUGH cycle.
  3. When the dough cycle has completed turn the dough out onto a floured board and use a rolling-pin to roll it to 3/4 inch thickness.
The bread machine dough
Smell the fragrant yeast-y dough!

          4. Cut the rolls with a biscuit cutter or glass that creates the size roll you wish.

Rolling out the dough
Use something to cut the dough that will give you the size you desire.

5. Put the buns on a cookie sheet that has been lightly sprayed with                        non-stick spray.

 Wheat Buns ready to rise

Wheat Buns ready to rise

6. Allow to rise until doubled — 35-60 minutes.

7.Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

Warm Wheat Buns

8. When the rolls are cooked, spray them lightly with olive oil spray.

Warm Wheat Buns

Warm Wheat Buns
Anyone ready for a hamburger?

I have made these in a lot of different ways with a variety of grains and flours. Sometimes I replace the flax meal with bran. I have tweaked this recipe many times, but I have finally achieved the goal.

Number of servings (yield): 12  Calories: 200  Fat: 4.3  Protein: 9.3

  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

FREEZE ME – you can store these in the freezer if you use freezer bags.  They work well grilled for a hamburger after they have thawed.

ECONOMY – These are very economical to make, and they store well in the refrigerator where they will last as long as buns purchased in the store.

HEALTHY – The goal with this recipe was to keep it healthy.  They are not particularly low in calories, but healthful nonetheless.Warm Wheat Buns


Bread of life, ahhhh…..DebraJ

NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation of free products to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

Movie Marathon – Batman – Part 3

The Dark Knight Rises is the final movie in this marathon.  One thing that can be said of these three movies is that they are very dark.  I realize that is the effect needed, but I feel like a need a flashlight to watch them.

We had a lot of chores and things to accomplish today and I kept thinking that once finished we would be able to relax with our final movie.  What fun!  Sometimes movies are like mini-vacations.

We liked the middle movie the best.

We watched this one through Amazon’s Instant Movie feature streaming through Roku. I love the convenience of the streaming service and equipment.

This marathon is officially over….DebraJ

NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation of free products to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

Check here for our impressions of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Movie Marathon– Batman – Part 2

The Dark Knight is the second movie in this series and we began watching it this evening.  We had checked out a copy from the local library, but as it turns out it was so damaged we couldn’t reasonable watch it.  Poo!

Plan B  – go through Roku and rent the streaming version from Amazon.  I love living in this age of technology.

I found this movie to be much better than the first movie (Batman Begins) and Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker was phenomenal.  I also thought Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman) was much more refined in this movie.  Maybe he is more comfortable in his role after all his experiences in movie # 1.  Be right back

There were other good supporting actors in this movie, but Heath Ledger’s performance was overpowering.  He was seriously creepy.

Now I am looking forward to the third in this series.

Return later for The Dark Knight Rises – DebraJ

NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation or free products to create this post.  The ideas and opinions were my own.

Click here for our impressions of Batman Begins.

Movie Marathon – Batman – Part 1

We frequently fall behind on the popular movies only to find that two or three sequels have been released and we have yet to see the first movie.  One of the secret pleasures of this condition is when you finally decide to ‘catch up’ with the rest of the movie-loving world and do a movie marathon.

This week-end we have managed to get our hands on a copy of all the recent Batman series, and our Friday evening movie began with Batman Begins.  This is the version starring Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes and Michael Caine were supporting roles.

There was some great scenery and believable special effects.


Stay tuned for The Dark Knight…. DebraJ

NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation or free products to create this post.  The ideas and opinions were my own.