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Cheap Date Night – Quick Food, Quicker Likker and a Fun Movie

Morning my peeps! Today we’re leaping right into Cheap Date Night with Breakfast for Supper – one of my favorite meals.

Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

1 serving Egg Beaters
Handful Frozen veggies
1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese
(makes one BIG serving or two smaller size servings so plan your side dishes accordingly)

Okay, I know what you’re thinking – big deal right? Well, it’s a 6 minute microwave meal that won’t heat up your house, tastes great and even has *gasp* VEGETABLES IN IT! For me, that’s a pretty big deal. =) Oh, and did I mention it’s low cal? By golly it is.

First, spray a microwave safe dish with a non-stick spray. Toss in a handful of mixed vegetables and microwave for 4-5 minutes. They should be a little soft. I have a mix of peas, carrots, red and green peppers.

Next pour in the container of Egg Beaters and tear apart a wedge of the cheese, dropping it in in chunks.

Microwave for 1 minute and then stir. Microwave a minute longer and stir again. If it’s still soupy in the middle, keep microwaving another 15 seconds at a time until set.

Serve on a paper plate (it’s CHEAP date night, remember?) with some buttered toast and fresh fruit.

Smart Ass Romance - Bottums Up - Fun Drink RecipesNow since we’re having breakfast for supper, you wouldn’t think I’d be able to come up with a drink to go with this fab meal right? Wrong! To go with your eggs, we’re going to have a little juice too, in a drink called the

Madras
In a red Solo cup =) filled with ice cubes, you’ll pour in 1 shot of vodka, two shots of cranberry juice and 1 shot of orange juice. Give a little stir and take a little sip. Yummmmmmm…..

Okay, for those of you who loooooove Martha and always want to be JUST like her? Don’t watch. Cover your eyes and eat your eggs. For the rest of us who’ve always thought Martha must be an alien being (after all, who REALLY serves pina colada’s in a freshly sabered open coconut shell?) then watch this real of Martha Bloopers

How to make an Image Gallery – Woodie Knows WordPress

Have you ever wanted to make an image gallery? No? But what about all of those photos you took on your vacation? Or honeymoon? =) Your daughters graduation, your sons first steps? Instead of just a long line of photos, lets make an image gallery – shall we?

First title and save your post. Otherwise none of this will work! Next click on the upload image button and you’ll get this screen

Upload your images, or drag them into the box, then click save changes

Now your gallery will show, and underneath the photos you’ve just uploaded are the settings we’ll need to make our gallery.

I’ve chosen to link my thumbnails to a larger image, display them in random order and have 3 columns.

Next click Insert Gallery.

Voila!

If you need to edit any of your photos, simply go to Visual View, click on the landscape looking graphic that pops up when you hover over your gallery, and you can edit each picture, save the changes, and your gallery is good as new.

Easy peasy right? Right. =)

I’m off and running, Wilemina is making buckwheat pancakes for breakfast! yum!

Found it on Pinterest – French Manicure Made Simple? Not so Much.

I admit to being totally and absolutely hooked on Pinterest. I love it when someone follows me, likes a pin I’ve found or I find some great recipe or DIY project. So, I’ve decided to delve into a few of these (since I have 1000 pins just sitting there waiting for me to do SOMETHING – ANYTHING – with them!)

So I found this post on someone else’s pin board – Effortless French Manicure. And without actually READING the instructions, because after all, why WOULD I? I immediately ran to the stationery store, purchased little round rings and went to work.

French Manicure Fail

I chose Raspberry Love My Nails from my extensive nail polish collection dating back to the early 90’s. (ignore the Wheat Thins box in the background – painting nails is hungry work) And immediately slapped on a coat.

French Manicure Fail

First, if you paint your nails as per usual, you get a little ridge of polish right after the circle. Not good. So I then tried painting in an arc around the circle.

French Manicure Fail

Probably should have used a thicker polish that wouldn’t take two coats eh?

French Manicure Fail

You’ll also notice my middle finger doesn’t have much of a nail. That of course happened about 15 minutes before I tried this experiment. I won’t tell you what I was doing, just that it involved bad cats. =) Anywho, I waited until the nail polish dried, then peeled off my circles. First, let me say, the circles DON’T JUST PEEL OFF. They’re pretty darn sticky. Second, well…just look…

French Manicure Fail

Ok, so …ew. First it looks like I went into surgery without my snappy rubber gloves on. Second, it leaked under the sticky circly things. In less than 30 seconds after this photo was taken, all traces of my super-easy french manicure had been removed.

Of course, that didn’t stop me from trying it again! If anything, I’m waaaaay stubborn!

Early the next morning, say around noonish, I tried again. FIRST I put down a base coat. This, I assume would stop the circles from sticking to my nails. Then I painted, and removed the circles while the polish was still wet. Or I should say I TRIED to remove the circles. Not only did the stick, but when I finally got them pried off, it removed most of the base coat. On the plus side, it’s an easy fingernail polish remover!

French Manicure Fail

This photo is even after I went back and free handedly added in more polish to try to round out the edges. The pointer finger doesn’t look TOO bad, but the rest? Disaster.

French Manicure Fail

Here you can see the base coat disaster..it’s just a shredded mess.

French Manicure Fail

Okay…back to the nail polish remover! Lesson learned.

=)

carrie

Let’s go fly a KITE – Cheap Date Night Heads Outdoors for some cheap-o fun!

So when was the last time you flew a kite? Years ago, I bet. I’d say I was probably 12’ish the last time I flew one. Playing out a bit of string, running like a wild woman down the middle of the street, hoping to catch just the right gust of wind to send my kite skyward. I remember one remarkable summer day, my best friends brother made us run to the store to get more string – he’d gotten his kite so high, he’d run out!

Anyhoo, cheap date night is here again, and this time we’ll head outside for a bit of cooking and drinking – and maybe, just maybe if you watch this video you might be inspired to try your own kite flying.

Grilled Club Sandwiches

Seriously? Get that look off your face. This is quick and awesome, and kids will LOVE it, especially if you grill their peanut butter and jelly sandwich next to your ribeye.

First, build your sandwich. Your choice of bread, I prefer potato bread because it’s thick and white and holds up under a lot of conditions.
Add in your meats – I use turkey, ham and bacon
Cheese – American and Mozzarella
Vegetables – Okay, here’s where you can get all creative on me. I’m completely happy with just green peppers on my sandwich, but you can add mushrooms, onions, black olives or jalapenos. Take your pick!

Now, wrap each sandwich in foil, and grill 4-5 minutes on each side until heated through.

Is that just the easiest sandwich ever? Especially if you’re camping or the power has gone out. (Trust me, without a microwave I’m LOST in the kitchen!)

Now we’ll need a little sipper to go along with our sammie.

First, you’ll need a mason jar. Next you’ll need some fresh or frozen fruit, your choice. And some vodka and ice. Now lets make a

Smart Ass Romance - Bottums Up - Fun Drink RecipesFresh Fruit Chiller

Choose your fruit to puree. I had some fresh strawberries, so I tossed those in the blender and gave it a quick zap. Pour the puree into the mason jar.

Add one shot of vodka.

Top with some more fresh or frozen fruit (if frozen, let it thaw first to save your teeth!) I added in some watermelon and blueberries.

Fill the rest of the way with club soda, or sprite if you’d rather.

Seal the lid on your mason jar, and strap on your hula skirt, because we’re going to do some serious shaking here. Ready? One….two…three! Shake that baby!

Once it’s all mixed – um, you can stop shaking now, sweetie, but way to wiggle those hips! – unscrew the lid, plop in a straw and enjoy…..and the BONUS? Nummy fruit to chew at the end of your drink. Or, if you’re like me and can’t wait, take a nibble now and then, just to keep the hunger pangs at bay until your sandwich is done.

Now these are basically two recipes that can be done hundreds of ways, depending on what you have on hand. No vodka? Try rum, or even no alcohol at all! No turkey, use roast beef. We’re totally flexible here at Cheap Date Night!

Now, take a few minutes and watch this video of a world champion kite flyer. The ending is spectacular – who knew you could LAND a kite rather than just CRASH it into your neighbors tree?

So be honest now – when was the last time you had some fun playing outside? For me, it’s been way too long. And while I may not have a kite, I can play a mean game of hopscotch on the front sidewalk with those colored chalks the grandkids left! =)

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