I try to spend a few minutes on Pinterest everyday, though this last week I wasn't on there at all. BUT, I love finding inspiration there. If you're like me... you start pinning a ton of things and you wonder if you'll ever do them!
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I was recently inspired by a post about a copycat Egg McMuffin... I adapted the recipe with our leftovers to make my own version of egg cupcakes! (PS - You can also freeze these!) This was the original inspiration:
Instead, I sprayed a muffin pan with a little extra virgin olive oil. I cracked an egg. I added some sliced mushrooms, a pinch of shredded cheese, a little leftover sausage, and some green onions.
Oven goes on for 350 degrees.
Cook for about 10-12 minutes.
The egg itself was not completely solid, but definitely not runny. I did it that way because my husband will heat it up again in the microwave. Also, in a second batch, I whisked the eggs so the yolk would be a non-factor.
On the occasional egg cup, I added a little dollop of sour cream. What a delight! It's perfect for an easy morning breakfast or for meals cooked ahead of time.
I also loved this idea for bacon and egg toasts (pictured below). I would definitely do this, but since it has a bread bottom, I think I'd want to eat it the same morning it was cooked.
You can do this. You can do this. You can do this on the way home from work. You have until mid-November.
This week you can get a great deal on some staples. All you need is the mobile Target app OR text "FRESH" to 827-438. Target will immediately respond with a text and a link to the mobile coupon.
It will look like a QR code, and this ONE coupon will work for ALL items offered on the mobile coupon site. Got it?! Mmmkay.
You can only use one per phone. So, if you gotta man, take him to the store with his phone, yo!
19-cents or less:
Market Pantry white bread, .99 to $1.19.
Use the mobile coupon app. (Gives you $1.00 off any Target brand sandwich bread and expires 11-16.)
*The Krazy Coupon Lady said it would be free, but my store was charging $1.19. So, I paid a little for it. No big whoop.
FREE: Green Giant frozen vegetables
This week they're on sale for $1.00.
The same mobile coupon will give you $1 off... for 1 frozen item that costs $1 or more. Expires 11-16.
To me, every bit counts. Don't forget, you can freeze bread. We actually don't eat bread that much, but it's nice to have for the occasional sammy or french toast. And, my husband kind of got excited over broccoli and cheese... who's going to tell him cheese isn't a veggie? Not I.
Throwback Thursday time! I loved going fishing with my grandpa, Norman. We'd always go to a place called Windmill Run on Grand Lake in Oklahoma. They lived right by Shangrila... where we'd go crappie fishing off the dock.
I had some of my best childhood memories there, and one of my scariest. My grandfather had a heart condition, and one time I remember him having a heart attack right near the water. This wasn't at the dock, but I know it was Oklahoma. I was four, but can clearly remember being too scared to stay with him. Luckily, my grandma was with us.
My grandfather was a bit eccentric, but he was a wonderful grandpa. We'd sneak off and eat fried chicken (not allowed with his heart condition), we'd go grasshopper hunting (for bait), and I was so happy to be his partner in crime.
We had a great time meeting families during our day to distribute coats at the Community Action Coalition. The coats and other winter gear will be distributed through the month.
Recently and out of the blue, I got a Google+ notification that Steve Grove, a guy responsible for leading community partnerships at Google+, gave WISC a local news shoutout to the Google Plus community:
Check out this local news station, +Channel 3000 | News 3, using Hangouts on Air to discuss breaking news -- an armed robbery at the UW Madison campus. Fascinating way to bring the public into a real time breaking news discussion... the interactivity helped the anchor,+Michelle Li, to develop the story by crowd-sourcing info from viewers.
1. I like this guy. He's from Minnesota.
2. He sees the value in interactivity.
Hangouts aren't just another bell and whistle, but they have real value. The video he shared from us has more than 5300 views, but the idea of sharing a livestream with people during breaking news is more important than numbers. Is it perfect? No. Is it meant to be? I don't think so. Does this kind of tool have usefulness? Absolutely. We really appreciate Steve giving us some recognition and think it gives us an opportunity to teach.
We are still experimenting with hangouts in our newscasts now. I do think they add a lot of value, but we're trying to figure out the best way to be interactive. We certainly want to hear from our viewers and share their opinions, but we absolutely want to create a common place for discussion, learning and innovation.
Here's how to find us. Circle us *(It's like following or friending us)
+Channel 3000 Google Plus page
+Channel 3000 "Wisconsin Nation" community
+Michelle Li Google Plus profile
Here are some old pics from some of our hangouts! I love the one with Larry Fournillier at the bottom left - he jumped in during a newscast to show us his spread! It makes me hungry.
We recently went on a little day trip of Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac. It is such a charming place, and it was so nice to go with Jenn and Mike! What a fun couple!
First of all, the tour was wonderful. I learned so much about the land in Wisconsin and how treacherous the winters can be for grapes. In the mid 1840s, the first landowner thought the slopes of the land would be perfect for grapevines, but he underestimated the harsh weather. That guy, Agoston Haraszthy, ended up moving to California to become the founder of the California wine industry!
Read: Wollersheim wins wine of the year at San Diego International Wine Competition
There was one more winemaker-owner before the Wollersheim family took over. And from there, the story just gets more fascinating.
Bob Wollersheim was a UW grad who had a passion for wine. When he and his wife bought the land in the 70s, they started experimenting with grapevines and tried to figure out which ones could survive the cold climate. They invited a young man from France on an agriculture exchange. Philippe Coquard came from a long line of winemakers, but instead of staying only a few months, he fell in love with Bob's daughter Julie.
Read Philippe's story
These days, Philippe and Julie can be seen working around the winery. We happened to see Philippe getting ready for the harvest on the day of our tour. Jenn bravely approached him and introduced us! He was very gracious, and even gave us a quick, private tour of the facility! We had a chance to drink some port and brandy - which is very exciting because the brandy is a new addition. Not only did Philippe advocate to change distilling practices in the state, he is also doing something never done before...by using all-Wisconsin products. He's using Wisconsin wood for the barrels, against the advice of people who said it wouldn't work, and he's surprising them all with its rich flavor!
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The one thing I didn't get to taste was the ice wine. It's a seasonal wine that had already sold out before our tour, however, I just learned ice wine is again available right now! In case you wanted to know, it's the sweetest of all of them... best paired with dessert!
I have to be honest - I've been to Napa, and in many ways, this is a better experience. It's more personal, and the wine is just as good! I love the innovation that's happening in order to produce Wisconsin wine. To see a Frenchman go out of his way to use all-Wisconsin products shows a real respect for the people and the land.
If you want something to do, this is a great tour and a really neat Wisconsin experience. You can bring a little picnic and eat your lunch with a glass (or two) of wine! I highly recommend ordering a wine flight and comparing notes. Then, order a bottle of wine and sit by the grapevines. I was pleasantly surprised at what a great experience we had. The wine was quite good, and our company was even better!
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is my opinion only, and I don't get any perks from it. We all paid for our tours and our wine and made no announcement that we were going to visit the winery. It's just a real-life experience of learning about Wisconsin's coolness. Speaking of which, if you have any good tips, please share them! @MichelleLiTV
This deal ends 10/4. Target is giving you a BOGO deal on accessories, but the store allows you to buy the cheapest one first. Unusual?! Yes.
I doublechecked at the Target store in Fitchburg, and the folks there said it's a go! I know it's too early to start thinking of Christmas, but I always keep those kinds of things in mind because we have a large family.
All you need is a mobile coupon. You can get it through Target's mobile app or you can apparently have it texted to you by texting OFFER to 827 438.
I paid $2.51 (including tax) for a set of earrings and a watch that normally costs $49.99. Here's how:
1. Find something cheap, on clearance. These earrings were only $2.38:
2. Find something else. You can pick something up to $58.99. This watch was $49.99.
3, Go to the checkout. Make sure you scan your cheapest product first. Then, use your coupon from your Target mobile app.
Then, you'll get a receipt that reflects your savings. Good luck!
It doesn't take much work to snag this deal (thanks to the Krazy Coupon Lady for sharing!) All you need to do is upload your pics to Walgreens and then pick them up the store. Use the code 25FREEPRINTS. You pay nothing.
I will probably pick mine up on the way into work. It will be nice to have some real-life pictures!
We cleaned out the WISC-TV closet... and now we're asking you to do the same! And, truthfully, it's getting to the point when we really need people to step up.
Eric Franke and I were being a little goofy here, but helping our friends and neighbors during the brutal Wisconsin winters is nothing to laugh at. We need at least 10,000 gently-used coats, and we still have several thousand to go.
I know some of you can let go of one or more coats! We're going to do that this weekend. Will you please help us? At least, let's help Eric Franke get rid of ye olde animal print coat jacket!
The deadline is October 5th! You can drop off at any Klinke Cleaners until then. We'll be handing out coats soon after. Please help a child, a friend and a neighbor! I know if there's a community that can come together quickly, it's Madison.