New Year’s Eve Drink – Electric Smurf

20151120_184236Here is a fabuLOIS drink you can serve at your New Year’s Eve party and WOW everyone as it’s both aesthetically pleasing and delicious!


  • 1 oz Malibu Coconut rum
  • 1 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
  • Sprite soda
  • pineapple juice


Put some ice cubes in a tall glass then add Malibu and Blue Curacao. Fill glass half with Sprite half with Pineapple Juice. Stir and Serve.  But don’t forget to take a picture before you stir to get all the pretty colors.  😉20151120_184221

Time to Soup Up

There’s just something about this season that brings out the cravings for a warm spoonful of yumminess.  To satisfy your appetite for steaming sensations, why not build your soup-making skills with these three delicious varieties:

Garden Minestrone: This classic Italian loaded with vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, pealed acorn squash, carrots and Swiss chard.  Typically, a pot of garden minestrone is made with pasta for a hearty addition.

French Onion Soup: This simple soup is made with onions, broth, salt, butter, Parmesan cheese and a crusty slice of French bread on top.

Butternut squash: This rich creamy soup includes a medium butternut squash, two medium potatoes, a medium carrot, a stalk of celery, a small onion, two tablespoons of butter and low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth.


Telemarketing Sales Rule

Did you know that there are rules telemarketers are required to follow?  Here are some Telemarketing Sales Rules and what restrictions are included with their telemarketing activity.

  • Telemarketers must receive express, informed, verifiable consent from the individual (on the phone) before submitting billing information for payment.  This authorization can be in the form of 1. written and signed authorization from the consumer, 2. audio-recorded verbal confirmation from the consumer, 3. clear, written confirmation of the transaction sent to the consumer via mail prior to billing the consumer’s account.
  • “The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) amended the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) to give consumers a choice about whether they want to receive most telemarketing calls. As of October 1, 2003, it became illegal for most telemarketers or sellers to call a number listed on the National Do Not Call Registry.”  However, “the National Do Not Call Registry does not limit calls by political organizations, charities, or telephone surveyors.”
  • Telemarketers must explain any restrictions on purchase or use, total cost of the service or products being offered, and that a sale is final or nonrefundable before asking for payment.
  • Telemarketing calls can only be made between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Telemarketers must identify the organization or sellers that they serve  and that the call is a sales call before making announcing their spiel.

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Mom’s Famous Stuffing

IMG_1465My family gobbles this stuffing recipe up for Thanksgiving.  Even though we take this recipe times 9, it’s always gone by the end of the day.  Granted, there is usually at least 50 people at my family Thanksgiving.  (Note: This is because my Mom has 11 brothers and sisters.)  Anyway back to the recipe…and no, I did not take this recipe times 9.


  • 8 slices bread
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper



Toast bread and spread with 2 tablespoons of butter; cut into 3/4-in. cubes.  Place in a 1-qt. microwave-safe dish; set aside.  Place remaining butter in a microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave on high for 50-60 seconds.  Stir in broth, onion, and seasonings.  Pour over bread cubes and toss to coat.  Microwave, uncovered, on high for 6 minutes, stirring once.