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Who’s Ready For A Cocktail?

Well, it’s finally Friday, and that is a good thing!  This is the day alot of people go out after work for a cocktail and some good old pub grub. Let’s see…..we can start off with some bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms and zucchini sticks.  The burger sliders are just so lady-like, you can eat them in two easy bites.  Some people like french fries, I like onion rings. Mmmm..enjoy the spicey-cool of a buffalo chicken salad.

This sounds like alot of food, but you have to remember that it is being shared and everyone gets a taste or two.  I wouldn’t be eating supper when I get home. For the record, the first thing I always ask for is a glass of water, Merci got me into that habit.   The most requested drink is probably a pitcher of beer. Myself, I like a cosmo, while my friend enjoys the margarita. There was a time when we both would drink a couple of Long Island ice teas, but that was many, many moons ago. Oh and always always share a dessert, who needs the extra calories?

Listen to the music, laugh out loud, eat a little of all that makes you happy and sip with care, if you get asked to dance, or not,  please get off your fanny and dance………always enjoying the people in your life. We only get so many Fridays.

posted by Liz

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2011 Spring Draft Festival

50+ Breweries / 100+ Beers

A pay-one-price ticket includes admission to the festival, a souvenir tasting glass, and the freedom to enjoy 2 oz. samples from any of the participating breweries.

Attendees will also enjoy the beer garden in the center of the expo hall and beer seminars led by industry leaders.

Two sessions are offered:
12:30-4:00pm and 5:30-9:00pm

Tickets are limited, once the event sells out, no additional tickets will be offered. The event is sponsored by WBAB and www.LIBeerEvents.com. View brewery list and event information at: www.SpringCraftBeerFestival.com

Buy tickets now at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum box office. 21+ only with valid photo ID.

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I Think I Can

Every Wednesday, at 5:45pm I head to the gym.  Not an easy chore.  But this is Bernie’s class.  I love Bernie’s class.  You see, Bernie thinks we are all Marines.   I truly think that he was/is a Marine Drill Sargent. OORAH!!!!

The first time I took his class I had not a clue as to what I was getting into.  I noticed  that this class was really crowded.  I have been going to the gym for many years and never saw that many attendees for one exercise class.  Wow, I thought this guy must be really good.

Well that was the understatement of my gym years.

Bernie’s  intro to the class was, “There is no such thing as I can’t, if any one says I can’t that person will have to put a quarter in a can.”  And displays the tin can in clear view. A quarter a “CAN”T”,  is he serious?  And who carries money with them when they are at the gym, certainly not me.

Without skipping a beat, Bernie hands out jump ropes and yells, “START JUMPING”.  OK, we all began to jump, jump, jump, jump.  I am looking at the clock and thinking, when is he going to say stop jumping. What he does say is, “I see people jumping like they are in grammar school, I want to see real jumps.”  Is he kidding?  NO!!

He has a whistle hanging on his shoulders.  I don’t know why, his voice is louder than the music.  Bernie is in your face, if you are not showing him that you are putting your all in class.  He made us carry a 25 lb weight while we all ran around the room.  Has he lost his mind, I can’t do this. Oops, I thought the ‘can’t’ word.   Oh, my goodness, now Bernie tells us to hold the weight over our head and just stand still.  I thought, I will drop the weight right  on my head.  But I didn’t.  Push, he says “Anyone can do 3 sets of 12, this is the challenge.” As hard as he pushed, the more I responded.  Every Wednesday I come home with sweat down my back, my hair starts to get curly, and I do get tired.  But this tired feels different, not like you would feel from lack of sleep.   After the class I have revitilized energy, energy that I did not know I even had.

Bernie’s class is now my favorite gym class.  It has now been about 2 months since I joined his class, going once a week.  I cannot believe how much stronger I am getting.  The question now is, is this ‘torture’ worth it?  Let me put it this way.  The other day, as I was blasting through his class, Bernie came up to me and said,” Did you lose weight”?  I smiled at him and said, “Since I started taking your class I dropped 3 lbs.”  These were the pounds that, you know, never seem to let go.  Bernie smiled back at me and said, “It shows.”  Now Bernie has a second class, and just like a glutton for punishment,  I  take a Bernie class, 2 times a week.

Bernie is right, there is no  “I can’t.”     Thank you, Bernie.

mb

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Shop The Rainy Day Blues Away

Forecast is calling for alot of rain and wind today……….what to do, what to do??  The first thing that comes to mind is lets see what’s looks good at JCP.com…..my favorite spot.  The color blue is so soothing and serene, and complements all brunettes and brown eyed folks.

What is easier than slipping into a dress… and now my daughter tells my that  my granddaughter only wants to wear dressses…..love it

Here is a whistle key finder for your absent minded professor……….and hey,really….who doesn’t love a man in boxers??

Oh so Sweet bathingsuit for the little missy and mommy……..

and that  toddler travel pillow and name tags set…..I want one for me!   

posted by Liz

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Vegetarian Tortilla Pie – Who Needs Meat?

Going meatless?  Try this tasty dish takes 20 minutes to prepare, cooks in 8

Vegetarian Tortilla Pie

  • 1 jar(s) (11 to 12 ounces) medium salsa
  • 1 can(s) (8 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 can(s) (15 to 16 ounces) no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can(s) (15 1/4 ounces) no-salt-added whole-kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup(s) (packed) fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4  low-fat flour tortillas, 10-inch diameter
  • 6 ounce(s) (1 1/2 cups) shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
  • Reduced-fat sour cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Spray 15 1/2- by 10 1/2-inch jelly-roll pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In small bowl, mix salsa and tomato sauce. In medium bowl, mix black beans, corn, and cilantro.
  3. Place 1 tortilla in jelly-roll pan. Spread one-third of salsa mixture over tortilla. Top with one-third of bean mixture and one-third of cheese. Repeat layering 2 more times, ending with last tortilla.
  4. Bake pie 10 to 12 minutes, until cheese melts and filling is hot. Serve with reduced-fat sour cream if you like.

Good housekeeping approved

MB