Wordless Wednesday – Egg Style

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Wordless Wednesday – First Birthday Cake!

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30 Minute Meals

Don’t you wish you had all the time in the world to cook a healthy and delicious meal for your family every night of the week? Unfortunately, this is not the world we live in today. Most of us are rushing from activities with our kids, to a second job, to the gym, or some other must do item, which leaves us very little time to spend in the kitchen. If your life is too hectic and you feel like you don’t have enough time to make a good meal in the evenings, Rachael Ray might have the answer, 30 Minute Meals! On her show, 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray, Rachael prepares a healthy meal from beginning to end every night of the week. The show airs on the Food Network from 6 to 7 pm.

This Rachael Ray show is absolutely fantastic for many reasons. Rachael spends her time in the kitchen explaining to the viewers exactly how to prepare each dish. She is sure to share information about the ingredients that she uses, which can all be easily found in local grocery stores. Most meals consist of a main course and a side dish. Occasionally, she will prepare a dessert or a cocktail to make the meal a little more special. Rachael keeps the show interesting by sharing interesting family facts and stories. The viewers easily learn a lot about her, her family, and the foods she grew up with. The thing I like most about this show is how simple it is to prepare these dishes in my home. Rachael explains the steps she takes in the kitchen so clearly, it is easy for the viewer to take notes and prepare the dish at a later time. I constantly find myself in front of the tv, writing down ingredients and methods, and then creating the dish in my kitchen later in the week. If, for some reason, you cannot take notes you can get on-line and look up the detailed recipes (http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_tm).  If you are interested in cooking at all, I strongly suggest that you check out Rachael Ray’s show. I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised!

Works for me Wednesday – Backwards

Ok, I’m a rookie. This is my first time posting works for me …. I thought a ‘backwards’ edition would fit me perfectly 😉 Make sure to check out a ton of other posts at Rocks in my Dryer.

WfmwheaderOk, so what do I need tips on? Well, a lot of things actually, but I think today I’ll go with online shopping. I LOVE online shopping, and do it quite a bit. With a 27 and 11 month old sometimes actual in-store shopping is unrealistic. So, I love to browse online while I’m at work, and order things in a peaceful, non-stressful environment.

So, the only thing that I think stinks about online shopping are the shipping charges. Some online stores are pretty reasonable, but when I’m paying near $10 to ship a small item, I just don’t think it’s worth it. Are you with me?

Oftentimes I try to scour the internet for deals, or coupons, etc. Sometimes I’m successful, sometimes I’m not. Some sites list a bunch of coupon codes good for free shipping or a discount, but they don’t work!! So, where do you go for coupons? Are there good websites or mailing lists out there that offer legit coupons and discounts for online shopping? I’d love to know about them …. because I definitely don’t want to give up my online shopping 🙂 Looking forward to your responses!

Have a GREAT Wednesday!!

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The Kingdom: Movie Review

Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper and Jason Bateman star in this well produced action movie about terrorism in the Middle East. After a bomb kills dozens in a Western housing compound in Saudi Arabia, FBI Special Agent Jamie Foxx puts together his own team of FBI agents (consisting of Garner, Cooper and Bateman) and negotiates a five-day trip to Saudia Arabia without the governments knowledge. Upon arriving in Saudi Arabia they find it difficult to put the pieces of the puzzle together due to the lack of control given to them by the Saudi’s. After convincing Saudi royalty of their strategy and making friends along the way, they are given necessary accss to the people and places most important to the crime. With Saudi Colonel Al-Ghazi by their side and their dedication to solving the case, their investigation leads them to the killer’s front doorstep. With their lives on the line, they fight for justice to be served.

Personal Insight: I thought this was a very good movie overall. It gave a nice insight to what is going on in the Middle East and it sort of help put things into perspective, such as the war on terrorism. This movie is also interesting because it doesn’t just show you the combat scenes like a typical war movie might. It also shows you different points of view and allows you to see how things work from the governments standpoint. It shows various laws and regulations that are taken into consideration before sending U.S. personnel to a foreign country. All of this was very interesting and added to the value of the film. Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper and Jason Bateman all played their roles very well and seemed very engaged their parts. I also must give applause to director Peter Berg for directing a great film. This film was not based on a true story yet it seemed very real and, as I can only imagine, probably depicts very well a lot of what really is happening. This film is a must see, not just for those who enjoy action movies but for everyone for its cultural and real world value.

 Rating: 8.5 out of 10