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Ringing in the New Year with the Peanuts Gang

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Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!

If you're still looking for a family friendly event for New Year's Eve, I would seriously consider Knott's Berry Farm. I'll be going there tonight with my mom even though the park has been open since 10AM.

If I had my daughter with me, we might have made a day and night of it (talk about aching feet and back!) I'm going to make sure I catch both It's Christmas, Snoopy and Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! It's been a long year and I'm more than happy to end it on a fun note.
Knott’s Berry Farm will have something for the entire family this New Year’s Eve with a variety of dance music, a family-friendly comedian magician, Clueless Remix Featuring DJ Reesso, a trip back to the ‘70’s with Elton John – The Early Years, line dancing and salsa dancing. All this plus Knott’s rides, attractions and a Midnight Mayhem Fireworks Show in Calico Square will make Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration the place to ring in 2013. I wonder if t…

Finnish Production of The Hobbits

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At the Movies ~ The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey, 2012 (Photo credit: erjkprunczýk) Well, I haven't yet seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, But someone posted The Hobbits (Hobitit 1993) on YouTube.

It's a Finnish production with English subtitles. There are 24 videos in the playlist and it runs just over 3 hours. Guess what I'll be watching this weekend?


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Wordless Wednesday: Put the lime in the coconut

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Cajun Salmon

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This is another one of those recipes where I just wing it but the results are incredible. It all comes down to the spices. I use Cajun's Choice Creole Seasoning, or you can make your own Cajun Spice.

INGREDIENTS:

2 teaspoons salt (or adjust to taste if you want to use less)2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 1/2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon ground white pepper 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano 1 1/4 teaspoons dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) 

DIRECTIONS: 1. Stir everything together. Store in an airtight container.

Once you have your choice of seasoning (store bought or homemade), grab your salmon (4 4-6oz steaks or filets), some butter (or olive oil, but it tastes better with butter), a sauté pan and get to cooking.


Heat sauté pan until water sizzles when droplets are flicked into itAdd 2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter and melt. Sprinkle seasoning evenly in bottom of pan.Lay salmon filet…

Menu Plan Monday: Week of December 3

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I couldn't think of any clever title for this week. C'est la vie. I'm too tired from playing Ingress (more on that later).

It's almost dinner time and I let my daughter pick tonight's meal - chili dogs. The rest of the week I'll be picking. We're still cleaning out the fridge and freezer and making everything last as long as it possibly can.

Monday: Chili dogs - cheap and easy
Tuesday: Ghetto fabulous adaptation of Claim Jumper's Jamaican Jerk Sweet Potato Chicken (because I have like 2.5 lbs of sweet potatoes left)

Wednesday: Chicken and broccoli casserole (this will probably last the rest of the week)
Thursday: Lentil Stew
Friday: YOYO
Bonus recipe: African Sweet Potato Soup -- I may have this instead of a chili dog. Since cutting out most carbs (meaning rice, idaho potatoes, and most breads), I really don't crave them anymore. Except for when I go on a cookie baking blitz.

What are you cooking this week? Leave a comment or a link.
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Knott's Merry Farm Savings

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Who doesn't love a deal?  Thanks to USFamilyGuide.com I'm able to offer you a coupon to "Knott's Merry Farm."



How cool is that? If you haven't been to Knott's at this time of year (sad to say, I haven't. I usually go to Disneyland) here's what you can expect:



Knott’s Merry FarmThanksgiving Day – January 1
Knott’s Berry Farm is filled with the magic of the season as it transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm and celebrates “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with seasonal entertainment, spectacular decorations including a 65 foot tall Christmas tree, and a colorful Christmas parade. Now a holiday tradition in Southern California, Knott’s Merry Farm is proud to present the holiday ice spectacular, “It’s Christmas, Snoopy!” The show, performed in the 2,100-seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre, is hosted by the famous skating beagle and his PEANUTS friends as they look for the true meaning of Christmas and features Knott’s ensemble skaters, dazzling sets, colorful costumes…