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This recipe is so delicious and hearty that the whole family will love it! And what makes it even better is that it’s inexpensive and uses the ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
Ingredients
1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
1 onion chopped
1 cup peas *we prefer fresh diced green beans (1/4 inch) instead
1 cup diced carrots
1 can corn
1 1/2 – 2 lbs potatoes (4 big ones)
8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes)
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan
  3. Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots and/or green beans in with the onions. Add corn either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.
  4. Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.  Then add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist
  5. Mash potatoes in bowl with rest of butter, season to taste (you can add sour cream or cheese to the potatoes if you’d like)
  6. Place beef mixture into baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.
  7. Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.

Serves four.

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The latest “Got Milk?” ad, features Rebecca Romijn and her twin baby girls, Dolly (right) and Charlie (left).  Here’s what Rebecca had to say about the shoot:

“It was challenging,” she told PEOPLE last night at a launch event for the ad at the W Hotel in Los Angeles. “The last time I did this campaign in 1998, we shot it in Times Square, middle of a tropical storm, during rush hour, in July, without permits…I thought that was chaotic. Well, guess what? Shooting with nine-month old twins when one of them is not havin’ it all day long…”

“I think this is one of maybe three frames where she {Dolly} wasn’t screaming her head off and that was way more chaotic than the one that I did in 1998. I think Jerry {O’Connel} was probably doing cartwheels behind the photographer trying to get them to calm down.” Sister Charlie, meanwhile, “was loving it — loving the lights, loving everyone standing around looking at her.”

So cute!

I just rented two movies today for free!!!  There is a new promo code RBXLUV10 to get a free one-night movie rental with at your local Redbox.  It expires at 11:59pm Monday, January 11. You can only use one code per transaction.  So if you want to recieve more than one free rental, use two different cards.

For those of you that have never used Redbox before, here is how it works.  All movie rental are only $1 per night.  You can rent and return at any location.  In my area they are located at Circle K’s,Walmart, and I know in some states they are inside McDonalds.  Go here to find a location near you.

El Pollo Loco is offering this coupon for a buy one get one free Grillmaster Steak Taco. Hurry offer expires January 30th 2010!

Fun January activities for the kids

9 – Lowe’s make a Coin Bank 10-11 a.m.
23 – Lowe’s make a Tic Tac Toe 10-11 a.m.

Did you know the average person doesn’t wear 25% of the clothes in their closet?!  thredUP is a new service that allows you to swap clothes you no longer wear for ones that you will! The thredUP team shops in other people’s closets to find you hidden gems in your size and style that they think you will love.  Think: Netflix meets consignment.  Here’s how it works:

Let thredUP know the great items you’re no longer wearing. The team finds thredUP members who are interested in your clothes and then manages the peer-to-peer exchange. You send and receive items using our pre-paid envelopes – no trips to the Post Office, ever!  Frugal, affordable and hassle free.

That’s not all…thredUP kids is launching in February.  Marvelous Girl readers are invited to be founding members.  Click here to sign-up: http://bit.ly/75Apbz.  First 1,000 thredUP kids members get their first swap for free!

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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, eating dinner together as a family every night keeps the doors of communication open between parents and children.  Furthermore, family dinners are also a perfect opportunity for moms and dads to teach children about eating healthy and making good food choices.
 
“Although hectic schedules have made family dinners a thing of the past, there is compelling evidence that sitting down at a table to share a meal is an ideal environment for family interaction,” said Laura Olson, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy International.  “In addition to discussing the school-related events, dinnertime is the perfect time to talk about healthy eating topics, such as the five food groups and the importance of having different colors of food on your plate.”
 
Olson notes that families should aim to sit down to a meal most nights of the week for a minimum of 30 minutes.  A home-cooked meal is not necessarily required; families can connect just fine over takeout served at the family dinner table.  For those parents wondering how they can make the most of family dinners, Olson offers the following tips:

  • Be curious – Showing an interest in a child’s likes and dislikes can result in the child feeling appreciated, respected and emotionally secure.  Ultimately, the child experiences a surge in self-confidence, which can positively shape his or her developmental progress in the classroom.
  • Get creative with conversation – Lively dialog is crucial to getting your kids to listen and share, so have all family members tell their favorite part or biggest challenge of the day.  Not only will this give everyone a glimpse into each other’s routine, but it will also help kids expand their vocabulary with new and intriguing words.
  • Be specific in your questions – Instead of just inquiring about the day at school, ask about a particular book the child may be reading or an art project he or she may be crafting.  This will help the child foster ideas and opinions about the assignment that he or she may not have previously considered.
  • Let kids plan the menu – Getting children involved in the planning aspect of dinner gets them accustomed to thinking ahead and following step-by-step directions.  Additionally, cooking is a great way to have them practice their math skills, such as adding fractions.

For more information about Kiddie Academy, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

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