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  • One pot Dr. Pepper pork chops recipe

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    The rumor is: Eating pork can spice up your sex life. Not sure if I buy it; nonetheless, I'm posting a pork chop recipe for today's one pot meal: Dr. Pepper Pork Chops in the crock pot. The way I figure, even if pork's sexual powers are exaggerated, you can still have a tasty meal that's easy to cook!

    Dr. Pepper Pork Chops in CafeMom's Crock Pot Moms

    4-6 pork chops

    1 can Dr. Pepper

    12 oz ketchup or chili sauce

    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

    Salt and pepper to taste

    Place all ingredients in the crock pot, and cook on low for 6 hours or until the pork chops are cooked through. Remove the chops and whisk in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (or flour) to thicken the sauce into a gravy. Serve over rice.

    Compiled by Kim Conte for CafeMom Food & Party

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  • 6 FREE educational games for toddlers

    Toddlers learn a lot between the ages of one and three, and playing with other kids helps them learn even more. Here are some fun group toddler games to try if you're hosting a playgroup or having a party.

    1. Walking, Walking (any number of kids can play)

    Sing the followingto the tune of "Frere Jacques" and have everyone move accordingly (walk, hop, run) with the words.

    Walking, walking,
    Walking, walking,
    Hop, hop, hop!
    Hop, hop, hop!
    Running, running, running,
    Running, running, running,
    Now we stop.
    Now we stop.

    Tips for adults: Keep the circle of motion the right size for your group: large enough not to create traffic jams but small enough to keep the kids in the circle.

    What your kid will learn: Gross motor movement; how to be still.


    2. Over the Water (any number of kids can play)

    Each child gets a turn to be the "star" of the song. Before each verse, the adult asks, "Anna, what would you like to catch?" and Anna

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  • 20 weird food combinations people eat

    Ketchup sandwiches. Peanut butter and Bologna. Scrambled eggs and grape jelly...We all have weird cravings and our favorite odd food combinations that we think are absolutely delicious but sound gross to other people.

    For me, it's hard-boiled egg whites and cream cheese on a bagel. I can picture my husband gagging right now...but trust me, it's delicious.

    Which weird foods do you eat that other people find utterly revolting?

    Embarrassed to admit your favorite odd food combination? C'mon, it's cathartic!

    Check out these strange food combos for a little inspiration:

    1. Mashed potatoes and noodles with gravy.
    2. Gravy and biscuits with grape jelly.
    3. Peanut butter and mayo sandwiches.
    4. Chocolate cake with pinto beans.
    5. Hollowed-out pickles filled with ranch dressing and cheese.
    6. Garlic bread topped with peanut butter and spaghetti.
    7. Peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches.
    8. Eggs with Spam and white rice.
    9. Doritos dipped in cream cheese.
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  • Gisele Bundchen wore her regular clothes through pregnancy!

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    Gisele Bundchen, 29, gave birth to her son Benjamin just 8 weeks ago (dad is football hunk Tom Brady), yet she's already back at work posing at photoshoots. Sigh.

    The supermodel says she never wore maternity clothes. "I put on a little weight [throughout my pregnancy], but kept using almost the same clothes, with small adjustments on the stomach," she says. "I kept myself in good shape during the whole pregnancy, eating healthily, meditating, and doing exercises."

    Small adjustments on the stomach?! In order to keep myself sane, I have to believe that this is all genetics. I exercised when I was pregnant and I gained 55 pounds. I was so big, I couldn't find maternity clothes that fit.

    Many, many months after I gave birth, I tried on my maternity pants and about eight other people could have joined me in there, which would be fine if I were the Octomom-but I'm not.

    Yes, I lost the weight, but still ... How can you not need maternity clothes when you're pregnant? I

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  • Red velvet cupcake recipe for Valentine's Day

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    Red velvet cupcakes are the perfect way to say "I love you" on Valentine's Day, wouldn't you agree?

    Paula Deen's Red Velvet Cupcakes from Foodnetwork.com

    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

    1 1/2 cups sugar

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon cocoa powder

    1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

    1 cup buttermilk, room temperature

    2 large eggs, room temperature

    2 tablespoons red food coloring

    1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

    Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to

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  • Babies documentary trailer -- wow, western parents are really paranoid

    The release of the documentary Babies is still a couple months away, but it's not too early to get a sneak peak of the official movie trailer on YouTube. Even watching this little snippet, you can really appreciate how varied childbearing is among different cultures, and how ... guarded? ... helicopter-ish? ... uptight? .... paranoid? we Western parents are compared to others around the world.

    I know for sure none of my friends or relatives would would let their baby play by themselves by the water of a beach, and almost all of them would wet their own pants if a goat nuzzled up to their babies while in the bathtub.

    The movie looks a one year in the life of four different babies around the world from Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo. It looks amazing and I can't wait to see it.

    Do you think Americans and other Western countries have become too cautious when raising our babies?

    Written by Cynthia Dermody fro Baby Buzz on CafeMom Parenting


    Other

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  • Plant an indoor vegetable garden: eat healthy year-round

    Grow an indoor vegetable garden? Indeed!

    From salad fixings and root veggies to herbs and more, it is possible to sustain a healthy vegetable garden in your kitchen, sunroom, or another sunny corner inside your home.

    Hate giving up your delicious home-grown vegetables once winter arrives? Well, there is a way to grow an array of vegetables inside you're home.

    Vegetables you can grow indoors*:

    • Beans, green
    • Carrots, small fingerling
    • Eggplant
    • Endives
    • Herbs
    • Lettuces
    • Radishes
    • Red peppers
    • Tomatoes (look at this pretty indoor tomato plant)
    • Other dwarf varieties of larger vegetables

    *Ask your local nursery if your veggie choice will grow better indoors from seed or seedling.

    What you'll need:

    • Sunlight, maybe a sunny window sill or corner (plants that produce a vegetable, not just a leaf, need 5-6 hours of sunlight per day; 9-10 hours is ideal) OR grow lights if you have no direct sunlight.
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  • 14 most eccentric celebrity baby names

    Celebrities don't name their kids Joe or Mary because we wouldn't talk about them. Plus, celebrities are just not normal. Check out these odd and occasionally cute names of celebrity babies and kids. If you're shopping for a name or want to see how popular your child's name is, check out the CafeMom Baby Name Finder. But I can almost guarantee you won't find the following 14 Most Eccentric Baby Names there.

    14. Coco

    Five year old daughter of actors Courtney Cox and David Arquette. Kinda glamorous if you associate the name with legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel but not so much if your first thought is of a chimp.

    13. Mars Merkaba

    One year old daughter of singer Eryka Badu and her rapper SO Jay Electronica. The singer did not explain the origin of the name, but one definition of merkaba indicates it's a "divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masers to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms." That makes it a little clearer since you

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  • Haiti needs your breastmilk

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    Premature and sick babies in Haiti are in desperate need of breastmilk. Moms in the Breastfeeding Moms group on CafeMom are already rallying their members to help. But there's lots of confusion about this. Many breastfeeding moms who want to donate think they can't because they don't have a donation center in their area.

    Don't worry -- you can still donate, no matter where you live!

    As one mom in the group explains:

    "If you e-mail your nearest milk bank, they will usually give you a packing slip and tell you how to get it to them via Fed Ex. You need 200 ounces to send in. 'I've printed up my application and I have 63 ounces to go ... I hope to be able to get my donation in next week."

    Another mom explained that the 15 pounds of dry ice that she was supplied was enough to keep her donated breast milk frozen for about a week.

    So don't worry about finding a center. If you want to donate, you probably can. Click this link to find the nearest breast milk donation

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  • Easy one pot taco soup: Is it soup? Is it chili? Who cares!

    Taco night is always family favorite in our house-but there's so much prep, and it uses so many dishes. If you're pressed for time, try taco soup, which has all of the taco fixin's just all in one pot. Jury's out as to whether it's more of a soup or a chili, but either way, one thing's for sure: It's delicious.

    Before we get to the recipe, a funny anecdote from one mom about taco soup:

    I made taco soup one day for a family function. My cousin, her husband and her kids came over. They absolutely loved the soup. She asked me for my recipe, so I gave it to her...Then one day, she was at home, and her husband came home asking her where the chili was. She was a bit confused until he reminded her that there was a fundraiser at work, "A Chili Cook-off," and she had entered, and it was that night. She freaked out because it was too late to make chili. So, she made my taco soup and called it "Taco Chili." And guess what? She WON the cook off...She said everyone LOVED it, and a couple

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