Saturday, January 06, 2007

This Week on America's Test Kitchen - Cakes

My family of cooks really enjoy getting our Saturday's dose of
American's Test Kitchen, on PBS. Today's focus was how to make a cake properly, buying the best cake pan and the best tasting raspberry jam. (Marcus' favorite fruit)

It's amazing what little tips one can pick up that will result in a beautiful looking and great tasting cake! And who doesn't want to purchase and own a cake pan that's going to produce a perfectly brown cake crust and with easy release?

If you miss this week's show, don't be concern. The website provides video. Oh, you do have to register free for full access to info but it's worth it.

BerryMorins Bits and Tips Blog Recommendation: Lesson From The Scrapbook Page

I believe you will not be disappointed when you check out Tasra Dawson's blog, Lessons From the Scrapbook Page. (I sure wasn't) She's an author, artist, scrapbooker, wife and mother who features beautiful scrapbook layouts, amongst her comments. She also recently released her book, 'Real Women Scrap'. That's a big start to the New Year, don't you think?

Please stop by and say hello to Tasra. Don't forget to tell her that
Berry-Morins Bits and Tips sent you.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Dr. Laura's "Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage"

I just watched Dr. Laura, on the 700 Club, this morning, speaking about her new book, "Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage". She spoke about, as women, we set the tone of the home. (how true) I got so exciting about the book. I already put my order in at!

Are you planning on purchasing the book?

Enter 'Tammy Times' Blog Coaster Drawing - Deadline January 9

Visit 'Tammy Times' blog's Handmade Fabric Coaster Drawing. Tammy is always making varies sewing and craft projects. Many of which she shares on her blog. This time she has decided to share one of her finished projects with a lucky winner. All you have to do is leave your comments, regarding your favorite tea, coffee or cocoa on her blog. Deadline is January 8th, Monday!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Free 2007 Educator's Calendar

Courtesy of

Did you know that October 5th is World Teacher's Day, or that the second week in February is Random Acts of Kindeness Week? Enjoy your FREE 2007 Educators' Calendar, full of interesting holidays, significant dates in history, and month- and week-long celebrations. It's sure to present teachable moments all year long!

Discover TeacherVision's Educators' Calendar – full of relevant, interesting facts and exciting lessons for every day. Check out the online version or print the printable one to hang on your wall.

Today Is Trivia Day - Let's Play

Okay, in honor of Trivia Day, let's play some U.S. trivia. Answers will be in the comments.

There's only one state that shares it's border with another state. Which is it?

There's only one state that's name is one syllable. Which is it?

What state is considered the first place to receive the morning sun rays?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Healthy Menu Mailer Free Sample Menu

It's a new year so why not start it out right by eating better? And since we're very busy it would be helpful to have a shopping list and recipes to make it easier to maintain our healthy eating goal.

Healthy Menu Mailer offers you a weekly shopping list, 7 dinner recipes and access to breakfast, snacks and dessert recipes via your email adddres, at an affordable price. Check out the a Are You Eating Healthy? - Free Sample Menu

Wordless Wednesday

Explanation in comments

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Pork and Broccoli Risotto - Diabetic Approved

Visit for this and more recipes. You'll also find information on healthy living, dining out, diabetic 101 and a free monthly giveaway!

Pork and Broccoli Risotto - courtesy of
Servings: 6


1 pound pork boneless loin or leg
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3 cups broccoli flowerets
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon margarine or butter
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup )
1 cup uncooked regular long grain rice
1/4 cup dry white wine or beef broth
1 cup beef broth
1-1/4 cups water
1/4 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


1. Trim fat from pork loin. Cut pork into slices, 2 x 1 x 1/4 inch.
(For ease in cutting, partially freeze pork for about 1 hour.)

2. Heat oil in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Saute pork,
broccoli, bell pepper, garlic and salt in oil about 4 minutes or
until pork is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender.
Remove from skillet; keep warm.

3. Heat margarine in same skillet over medium heat. Cook onion
about 3 minutes. Stir in rice and wine. Cook and stir about 30
or until wine is absorbed. Stir in broth and water.
Heat to boiling; reduce heat.

4. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally,
or until rice is almost tender and mixture is creamy.
Stir in milk and pork mixture; heat until hot.
Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.

Calories: 230, Protein: 13 g, Sodium: 650 mg
Cholesterol: 45 mg, Fat: 15 g, Carbohydrates: 5 g

Exchanges: 2 Low-Fat Meat; 1 Fat; 1/4 Nonfat Milk

Mom Soap Box Talk Radio Show - Week 12.20

Marie has a show topic, What You Do Not Want To Receive This Christmas. She did receive many responses via email and on her guest line. Now that the holidays are over please take a listen to her show, MomSoapBoxTalkRadio. Remember, you can listen 24 hours, 7 days a week. Enjoy the show!

Oh, here's a shout out to Marie from BerryMorins Bits and Tips. "You're Welcome for the website traffic."

Monday, January 01, 2007

January 1 is Z Day - What's That?

Z Day is a holiday that celebrates those who's first name begins with a Z, be first in line. Cute ah?

For more funny January holidays visit Thinkquest website.

January is National Oatmeal Month

January is National Oatmeal Month! Why not visit the Quaker Oats website, the oatmeal experts, for healthy diet tips, recipes, and the Oat IQ. Test your Oat IQ and you could be the winner of the a free Quaker Oats Favorite Family Recipe Cookbook.

Domestic Violence - Educate Yourself and Your Family

I realize that this is not a popular topic but it's one that is important. As a mother of a teenage son I remind my son that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. The National Domestic Violence Hotline not only offers 24 hour/7 days a week assistance but education.

Educate your son and daughter about dating violence. Did you know that 1 out of 3 high school relationships have physical and/or sexual abuse? The site provides statistics and tips on how to know if you're being abused.

They also accept donations. If you need help, please do not wait.
Hotline 800-799-7233

Sunday, December 31, 2006

San Diego Restuarant Week - January 7 - 12

Get a taste of incredible dining experiences at more than 120 of the county's finest restaurant at San Diego Restaurant Week. You can indulge in a three-course (three options per course), fixed menu for only $30 or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant. Tax, beverage and gratuity not included. Advance reservations recommended.

Visit San Diego Restaurant website for a list of participating restaurants, menus and reservations.

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