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Posts from February 2014

Friday 28 Brain Strain

When it comes to the movies, 2 out of 3 Americans haven't done THIS.

Incorrect Guesses:  sneak in, walk out early, not pay for a 2nd movie, bring their own snacks, not turn off their cell phone, talk during movie, go to a foreign film, go to a drive in, fall asleep, wait for the dvd to come out, buy tickets online

Correct Answer:  seen ANY of the 9 movies nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards.
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Crab Salad Wraps

Great for lunch or dinner, these wraps are super easy to put together--all you cook is the bacon!  Feel free to add veggies to the roll-up, like lettuce and tomato.

1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp finely chopped onion
2 tbsp sweet pickle relish
2 tbsp prepared mustard
1 package (8 oz) imitation crabmeat, flaked
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
 2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
6 flour tortillas (6 inches), room temp

In a small bowl, combine the mayo, onion, relish and mustard.  Stir in the crab, cheese and bacon.  Spoon about 1/2 cup down the center of each tortilla; roll up tightly.

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Thursday 27 Brain Strain

80% of adults haven't done THIS in about 10 years.

Incorrect GUesses:  read a book, go on an out of state vacation, fly on an airplane, go to the dentist, go to a movie, do math without a calculator, bought a new car, written a story, used a dictionary

Correct Answer:  go to the library
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Gold Potato Soup

Fast, weeknight soup that tastes like it has been simmering all day!

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp canola oil
3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 can (14-1/2 oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup hot water
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Crumbled bacon and sliced green onions for topping the soup

In a large saucepan, heat butter and oil until butter melts.  Add the potatoes, onions, garlic salt and pepper.  Cook over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until potatoes are tender and lightly browned.  Add minced garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute longer.

Stir in the broth, rosemary and thyme.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Stir in water and bouillon.  Gradually stir in cream; heat through.  Add cheese, stirring until cheese is melted.  Serve with bacon and green onions.

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Wednesday 26th Brain Strain

Relationship experts say that if you do THIS 60 times this year with your spouse, you're much more likely to stay together.

Incorrect Guesses:  go for a walk, go for a dinner/date, make weekend plans

Correct Answer:  watch a romantic comedy movie or t.v. show
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Tuesday 25 Brain Strain

When asked why their last diet failed, 8% of women said THIS

Incorrect Guesses:  they got pregnant, husband sabotaged them, they just quit

Correct Answer:  cold weather
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Tomato Basil Soup

Need to lighten up today? Here is a fresh, "Meat Free Monday" option for you!  (Recipe serves two--so double up if you need to.)

1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, shredded
1-1/2 tsp butter
4 medium tomatoes, peeled and seeded
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves
1 cup veggie broth (or chicken broth if you'd like)

In a small saucepan, saute onion and carrot in butter until tender.  Stir in the tomatoes, sugar, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  Cool slightly.

Transfer to a blender; add basil.  Cover and process until smooth.  Return to the pan; stir in broth and heat through.

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Monday 24 Brain Strain

4 out of 10 kids will have their first one before their 4th birthday.

Incorrect Guesses:  nightmare, haircut

Correct Answer:  cavity
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Tuna Cresent Ring

Talk about easy, this dish is a no-brainer when you don't have a lot of time.

1 tube (8 oz) refrigerated cresent rolls
1 can (12 oz) white water-packed solid tuna
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1-1/2 tsp dried minced onion
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Unroll cresent dough and separate into triangles.  Place on an ungreased 12-in pizza pan (if you have one or use a large baking sheet), forming a ring with the pointed ends facing the outer edge of the pan and with the wide ends overlapping.  Lightly press the wide ends together.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.  Spoon over the wide ends of ring.  Fold the points over filling and tuck under the wide ends (filling will be visible).

Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and filling is hot.

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Friday 21st Brain Strain

In a recent Yahoo survey, when asked what makes you feel most guilty, THIS was the number one answer.

Incorrect Guesses:  overeating, lies to your spouse, parking in a handicapped spot, Birthday Cake, procrastinating, not picking up after your dog, taking a nap, calling in sick to work, cheating on taxes, not enough exercise, sleeping in, spending money, lies about your age or weight, cheating on someone, lying about someone's cooking, cheating on a diet, eating food we shouldn't eat

Correct Answer:  wasting food
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