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Memorial Day Recipes

Janet ScottI love to try new recipes and as crazy as it seems I really like to try them on a holiday when we have extra people around.  It’s a great way to find out if they really are good or your family is just trying to say the right thing.  Below are some awesome recipes I came across for Memorial Day and Summer!

Star- Spangled Fruit Tart

16 Servings               Prep : 25 min.  Bake: 10 min  + Cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 tube (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese,softened 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup halved fresh strawberries

Directions

  • Press cookie dough onto an ungreased 12-in. pizza pan. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and extract until smooth. Spread over crust. In center of tart, arrange berries in the shape of a star; add a berry border. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 slice equals 213 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 177 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein

Berry Cheesecake Pie

6-8 Servings               Prep: 20 Min.   Bake: 35 min.  + Chilling

Ingredients

  • 8 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jelly
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • Sliced fresh strawberries and additional blueberries, optional

Directions

  • Place one phyllo sheet in a greased 9-in. pie plate; brush with butter. Repeat seven times; trim edges. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.)
  • Bake at 425° for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned (center will puff up). Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in blueberries. Spoon into crust.
  • Bake at 350° for 10 minutes; cover edges with foil to prevent overbrowning. Bake 23-27 minutes longer or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • In a small bowl, beat jelly until smooth; spread over filling. Spread with whipped topping. Garnish with strawberries and additional blueberries if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Editor’s Note: If using frozen blueberries, use without thawing to avoid discoloring the batter.

Barbecued Burgers

6 Servings              Prep: 25 Min.  Grill 15

Ingredients

  • SAUCE:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • BURGERS:
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • Toppings of your choice

Grilled Herb Vegetables

4 Servings     Prep/Total Time:  20 min

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups frozen California-blend vegetables, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Transfer to a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 14 in. x 12 in.). Fold foil over vegetables and seal tightly.
  • Grill, covered, over medium heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until vegetables are tender. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 3/4 cup equals 59 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 180 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

So what do we need to know to grill right every time? There are three rules:

  1. Cover the grill. You wouldn’t bake in the oven with the door open. An open grill takes much longer to cook food because the heat dissipates and the fire is in constant need of adjustment. Sure, pit masters at cook-offs leave their grills open some of the time; but for a home cook with hungry kids and friends to feed, it just makes more sense to conserve the heat and get dinner on the table. Besides, a closed grill gets more smoky flavor into everything.
  2. Don’t fuss. Ever seen someone standing over a grill, flipping the food this way and that with shocking abandon? There’s no reason for it. You want the heat to caramelize those proteins and sugars — so leave the food alone over the fire.
  3. Clean the grate. You wouldn’t cook in a skillet that hasn’t been cleaned. And the best time to clean the grate is after you’ve finished grilling. When you’re done, close the lid, keep the fire going for 5 or 6 minutes, and let it burn off any extraneous bits of this and that on the grate — then give the very hot grate a good scrape with a wire brush so you’re good to go next time you’re ready to grill.

I hope you have a blessed and safe holiday weekend!

God Bless,

Janet Scott

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Janet ScottWelcome to my official second blog for you ladies.  Soon my goal is to blog Monday through Friday so you have something each day of the week.

Feel free to email me some idea’s.  I would love to post one of your favorite recipes on my next blog.  Just email me at ladies@xtrlive.com and I’ll begin to post them.  CHECK OUT my blog on Thursday for great Memorial Day receipes!

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ince 1949, May has been and still is, National Mental Health Month. A recent survey found that 1 in 3 women experience anxiety, and 1 in 5 experiences some form of clinical depression. A total of 40% believe they could treat or cure themselves.  Mental Health Americas Live Your Life Well(www.liveyourlifewell.com) website lists these tools to live better:

  • Connect with others
  • Stay positive
  • Get physically active
  • Help others
  • Get enough sleep
  • Create joy and satisfaction
  • Eat well
  • Take care of your spirit
  • Deal better with hard times
  • Get professional help if needed

SUN TIP

Cheap sunglasses are not always going to protect your eyes.  Here are a few reminders when shopping for the perfectair of shades.

  • 99% UV protection is crucial; all sunglasses that are made properly will have a sticker stating this.
  • Smaller spectacles wont give proper eye coverage.
  • Scratched lenses should be replaced right away.

Food Tips for Women

Here are Prevention Magazines 25 Best Healthiest Foods for Women: (These are pre-made packaged foods– you cant cook everything from scratch!)

  • Alexia Select Sides Roasted Potatoes and Baby Portabella Mushrooms
  • Dole Sliced Strawberries
  • Manns Sweet Potato Spears
  • Tropicana Trop50 Pomegranate
  • Bionaturae 100% Organic Whole Wheat Lasagna
  • County Choice Organic Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats
  • Healthy Choice All Natural Roasted Redarinara
  • Uncle Bens Whole Grain Wild Rice
  • Annie Chuns Mini Wontons
  • Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • Egglands Best Eggs
  • Campbells Select Harvest Light Savoryicken with Vegetables Soup
  • Triscuit Thin Crisps
  • Hormel Natural Choice Mesquite Deli
  • Turkey

New Things You’ll Love

  • New Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System
  • Sarah Jessica Parkers SJP Jewelry available at Macys
  • Mallys Evercolor Poreless Face Defender
  • The Im OK! Pocket First-Aid Kit found at kabaalab.com
  • Banana-Grams

Style

www.sizewise.net site that connects your specific measurements with brands that make clothes to fit your body type.

www.styleforfree.com  Offers consistently great discount codes for retailers such as Old Navy, The Gap and Lancome.

Please check back on Thursday for Memorial Day recipes that will rock your weekend.

God bless,

Janet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Janet ScottWelcome to my first weekly blog. We’ll have a wonderful time sharing together. You can post your comments on this weekly blog or you can email ladies@xtrlive.com. Share with me your favorite recipes, home making tips, shopping and more.

Girl News and Tips

• There’s an increase in eyebrow shaving and bleaching. Some fashion shows are going brow-less as well. Fashion statement or fashion mistake?
•The government and vaccine makers are seeking thousands of volunteers to test a new vaccine for swine flu.
Gene Partner is a Swiss company that uses genetics to see if two people will have an attraction to each other. Partnerships are forming now.

How Awake Are You?

You can test to see how awake you are at by CLICKING HERE.

Girl Food

Here are the Top-10 Most Unusual State Fair Foods from Delish:

  • Chicken-Fried Bacon
  • Fried Avocado: avocado spears covered in a corn dog batter and deep fried
  • Spaghetti and Meatball on a Stick: mixture of meat and noodles formed into a ball, dipped in garlic batter, deep fried and served with sauce
  • Fried Frog’s Leg
  • Hot Beef Sundae: mashed potatoes topped with roast beef and gravy with a cherry tomato on top
  • Pizza Cones: cone-shaped pizza crust filled with pizza fixings, baked, and served like an ice cream cone
  • Krispy Kreme, Chicken Sandwich: a fried chicken patty, with melted Swiss cheese, placed between a Krispy Kreme glazed donut, and served with honey
  • Deep Fried Twinkies
  • Fried Coca-Cola: Coke-flavored batter deep fried and served with Coke syrup, whipped cream, and cinnamon sugar
  • Key Lime Pie On-a-Stick

Shopping For A Child?

CLICK HERE: Then enter child’s age and gender to find a list of options.

Be Smart With Your Money

Here’s the breakdown on 13 secrets your hairstylist won’t tell you, according to the website Total Beauty:

  • Find your stylist through a referral and be sure to refer your stylist to others.
  • Saturday mornings are the worst time for appointments; this is their busiest day.
  • Best appointment times are earlier in the week; try to get their second or third appointment of the day as they are settled in but not very tired yet.
  • Schedule a consultation if you’re seeing a stylist for the first time.
  • A good stylist will realistically tell you what can happen with your hair; they probably can’t make you look like Jennifer Aniston.
  • Pre-book your appointment, stylists appreciate loyalty.
  • Do not be late; it challenges the rest of his or her schedule.
  • Tip well; at least 20 percent and tip with cash.
  • Remember to tip assistants too.
  • Listen to their product recommendations; it’s not about the commission (small) but actually something they think your hair needs.
  • Show how much you want cut off; don’t just say “about three inches.”
  • If you seek a last-minute appointment, ask to be on a wait list or speak with the stylist directly.
  • All hair textures cut differently; book extra time if it’s needed.

Every Monday I’ll have a new blog featuring a TON of different things us girls will love to share and know about. Today’s blog is just a sample of what is to come. Please share your tips and stories with me by commenting on the blog or email http://www.blogger.com/ladies@xtrlive.com.

God bless,

Janet Scott

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