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Seasonal Produce Printables

One of my favorite things about summer is going to local farmers markets.  For those of us who live in the Midwest, it’s often hard to find fresh seasonal produce at our local stores, so whenever the farmer’s markets come to town, we do our best to stock up on fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies.

And one of the best ways to buy your produce is to know what’s in season when you’re out shopping.  Buying produce when it’s in season often means fresher, cheaper, and tastier ingredients…and who doesn’t love that?

To help you learn what is in season when, here are some handy printables so you can see what fruits, veggies, and herbs are in season every month of the year.  Happy shopping!

Looking for clever ways to use your favorite herbs?  Check out this herb printable for some handy ideas!

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11 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Are Everything Right Now

Today is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known to children of all ages as Dr. Seuss.

Author of such classics as The Cat in the Hat, Oh the Places You’ll Go!, The Lorax, and so many more, Dr. Seuss gave us an entire collection of classic stories that continues to inspire and encourage children and adults the world over to dream, imagine, and have fun reading!

As is the case with most children’s books, Dr. Seuss’s stories are jam-packed with meaningful quotes and inspirational messages…many of which remain relevant, especially in today’s changing world.

So if you need a little pick-me-up today, or just some assurance that we’re all on the same boat in this crazy, turbulent ocean of a situation, here are 11 inspiring and relevant quotes from Dr. Seuss that will hopefully help bring a smile to your beautiful face!

11 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Are Everything Right Now

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2017 Printable Oscar Ballot

Well, award season is finally here!  The Oscars air on ABC this Sunday, February 26th…and I can’t wait!

Hosted by late-night sweetheart, Jimmy Kimmel, the 2017 Oscars are bound to be a riot…and there are some GREAT movies in the line-up this year.

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Now in my household, the Oscars are SERIOUS business.  We have themed foods, we dress in our most glamorous pajamas, and snuggle in to see the brightest stars on Hollywood walk the red carpet.

One tradition I’m thinking of starting this year is to have an Oscar ballot contest…to see who can pick the winners in each category.  My family and I used to play this all the time and it was always fun to see who won (usually my dad…probably out shear dumb luck!).

Though there was never a prize, I’m thinking of instituting one this year…suggestions are accepted!

If you want to have your own fun watching the 2017 Oscars, here is a free, printable ballot you can download and print and use to track your picks for all the Oscar categories.

Are you gonna tune in with me and watch the Oscars this Sunday?  Let me know what movie you’re hoping will win!

DOWNLOAD AND PRINT YOUR 2017 OSCAR BALLOT!

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How to Make a Holiday Baking Cheat Sheet

OK, guys…Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is JUST around the corner.  While everyone else is on the hunt for antacids and stretchy pants, I’m raiding the baking section of my local grocery store to plan for my holiday cookie platters!

Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition I picked up from my dad.  He used to bake cookies for family and friends every year, and since he’s now passed, I’ve taken on the duty of turning my own little kitchen into a butter and sugar paradise.

I always make his favorite cookies:  gingerbread snaps, peppermint canes, butter cookies, almond cookies, and cranberry bread…but every year I try to make a few new cookies to help switch things up.  This year I have a lot of new recipes I want to try, and it can definitely be daunting to figure out exactly how much of everything is needed so you can buy all your supplies in one shopping trip!

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However, I’ve found a way to make this insanely easy and stress-free.  The answer?  EXCEL.  Excel is seriously a life-saver.  If you don’t have Excel, you can also use Google Sheets…it’s free and works exactly the same.  PLUS, you can access your Google Sheets from any device that can connect to the Internet, which is super helpful in a pinch.

For my purposes, I’m using Google Sheets this year, as my home computer doesn’t have Excel.  And I’m gonna take you on a step-by-step tutorial on how to use any spreadsheet program to make your holiday food shopping so much easier!  While I use this for cookies, you can also use this for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any occasion when you have to bake or cook several recipes at once.

First things first—gather all your recipes.  Open up Google Sheets or Excel and, in the first row, type “Ingredients” in the first column, “Amounts” in the second column, and “Recipe” in the third column.  Then you’re just going to import all your data, putting the ingredient in column 1, how much of that ingredient is needed in column 2, and what recipe that measurement belongs to in column 3…so your chart should look a little something like this:

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Keep going until all your ingredients for all your recipes are listed.  It will also help you in the long run if you list ingredients the same throughout the sheet.  For example, list “flour” and “all-purpose flour” just as flour.  That will make this much easier to sort in the next step!

Also you can freeze row 1 so it remains at the top of the sheet as you scroll down through your data.  To do that, just highlight the first row, then go to View—Freeze—Row 1 and the top row will remain at the top as you scroll down your list.

Once everything is added, create a new tab and copy and paste all the info from the first tab into the second.  Highlight everything but the top row:

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Then do a right-click, select “Sort Range” and sort by Column A, AàZ:

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Now all your like ingredients are grouped together.  As you can see, I have Heavy Cream, Salt, Sugar, and Butter listed several times:

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Now comes the fun part!  Next we’re going to combine all the double-listed ingredients.  So for butter, I’d combine all the measurements (1 cup, 1 cup, ½ cup) and type “2½ cups” in the “Amounts” column, then delete the two rows I don’t need:

So this:

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Becomes this:

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Go ahead and do that with all instances of doubles.

Finally, I like to add one further step of organization and just put like ingredients together so I’m not running all over the grocery store.  For that, I turn the “Recipe” column into an “Area” column and type in the section of the grocery store where I would find said item:

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That way I can walk through the grocery store once, get everything I need, and head out.

This method has been pretty foolproof for me since I started using it about two years ago.  It makes it so much easier when I don’t have to guess how much stuff I need and I know I’m getting just enough ingredients to make everything I want to make.

If you plan on baking a lot like I do, you might have an instance where, after you tally your totals, you end up needing something like “40 cups of flour” or “15 cups of sugar”.  For instances like that, keep in mind that one bag of flour can contain anywhere from 15 to 20 cups of flour, depending on the type of flour, the brand and whether or not it’s sifted.  There’s really no great conversion for how many bags of flour you’ll need, but a 5 lb. bag should give you a good 15 cups at least.  For sugar, the average is about 2¼ cups to 1 pound…so a 4 lb. bag should contain about 9 cups.

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6 True to Life George Carlin Printables

everybodyHe was one of the greats. He was the one who influenced and paved the way for some of today’s best comedians. His large body of work and ability to speak truthfully about everything from religion to politics put him at the top of the entertainment ladder. Comedians like Louis C.K., Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Lewis Black, and many others have been very open about how the late and great George Carlin influenced their comedy and the industry as a whole…and it was a sad, sad day when the world lost this beloved curmudgeon eight years ago today.

Some may know ol’ Georgie from SNL (he was the lucky bastard who hosted the very first episode!), some may know him from his countless performances, others from his collection of publications…still others might even know him as Mr. Conductor from Shining Time Station. With an impressive collection of recordings, performances, guest appearances, books, TV shows and specials, and even movie roles, George Carlin has put his mark on nearly every entertainment medium. His persona was rough and honest, and he never hesitated to share his feelings on several controversial subjects, including race, abortion, women’s rights, and homosexuality. But for as tough and gritty as he was on stage, who he was at home was completely different.

George met his first wife, Brenda, in 1960. They had one child together and remained happy until Brenda’s passing in 1997. Six months later, George met a writer named Sally Wade and married her the following year. They remained faithful to each other until George’s death in 2008, two days before their 10th anniversary. George described his meeting with Sally as “love at first site”, and their relationship was nothing short of ooey gooey lovey dovey sweetness. Hard to believe, right? But a short glance at The George Carlin Letters, a book written by Sally Wade, shows a different story. Throughout their 10-year courtship, George and Sally shared a whole magical world all their own. Love letters, dreams of lands in far off planets, and sweet notes back and forth fill the pages of this book, showing a hidden side of a man we all thought to be so open and honest. This book will make you laugh, make you cry (for SURE!), and will have you falling in love with George all over again.

Often hidden in his crude and truthful comedy are little gems of life advice that we should all keep in mind. As a tribute to this trailblazer on the anniversary of his passing, I’ve collected some of them for you here. Save ‘em…print ‘em…live by ‘em.

 

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Have a Nice Day Free Printables

Started in Charleston, South Carolina, June 1st was granted Say Something Nice Day when the Mayors of North Charleston and Charleston came together with members of various church groups to create a day to be kind to the special people in our lives. In an effort to fight unkindness and bullying, Say Something Nice Day is spreading into schools and offices all over the nation.

In an effort to spread the love, here are some cute printables to share with your family, friends, and co-workers. You can print them out on an 8.5×11 sheet of paper, cut them out, and write sweet messages on the back. Hand them out to your loved ones and help make their day on June 1st!

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5 Fantastic Liz Lemon Printables

So, I know 30 Rock is old news now, but today is the wonderful Tina Fey’s birthday! Happy birthday, Tina Fey!

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To celebrate this wonderful witty woman of comedy, I’ve created some fun little printables for you…inspired by the wonderful wisdom of Liz Lemon:

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