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  First of all, there are only a few more days to sign up for the "Adopt-a-Blogger" event. Click on the icon above to be directed to that post. We need some more veteran bloggers, so don't be shy and sign up!My husband and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary last week. We were married on November 19, 1999 and have been going strong ever since. Nick spoils me rotten, is a fantastic husband in each and every way, and is one of the best father's I know. He works extremely hard, is very good at what he does, and is a smart, intelligent, caring, thoughtful man. I am very lucky!As I was reflecting back on the past 8 years, I started thinking about our marriage and the boundaries that have been set.  There are things I have never done in front of my husband. Some things, I just think, are better left not shared between couples. One of those things is using the bathroom. I have never been one to be able to pee with the door wide open while chatting with others. I can't think of anything more awkward than that! I also do not floss my teeth in front of him and I don't shave my legs / underarms in front of him. I figure that in some situations, a little modesty never hurt anyone. (I know that modesty went completely out the window after my first baby was born and after a very difficult birth, my hubby had to help me and my big, fat, bloated mess, take a shower....I an only hope that memory isn't frozen firmly in his mind!)Modesty when eating is another … [Continue reading]

A Flood of Memories

 One of my fondest memories from growing up was the whole process of choosing and decorating the Christmas tree. If my memory serves me correctly, we would always go out to a Christmas tree farm. I vaguely remember my sister Kathy always getting the final say on which Christmas tree we got to bring home. She had very specific requirements. I was more interested in hanging out in the tree farm kiddie house and drinking hot chocolate. Even then, I was not fond of the cold weather. I always wanted to get the poor, lonely Charlie Brown trees anyway so it was probably better that Kathy got to take the lead on that. The first house that I lived in growing up was what we refer to now as the house on 30th Drive. I lived there from birth until we moved when I was in 2nd grade. I have very strong memories of the Christmas season at that house. I don't know why my memories were stronger there than any of the other houses we lived in, but when it comes to Christmas, the moments spent at that house are vivid in my mind.Tonight, as we were putting up the tree, Kelly begged to put the star up on the top. We don't use a star... I haven't found the perfect star tree topper yet, so for now we use a huge bow. As Nick lifted her up to place the bow on top of the tree, memories flooded back to me of those times on 30th drive. My sister and I would alternate years of who got to put the star on the tree. Being fairly close in age, and now being a mother and assuming that we were both whining … [Continue reading]

Soup Convert

 I have never considered myself to be a soup person. Given the option of soup or salad, salad would always be my choice. Soup seemed like a side item...not something that could be used for the main course. Well, I was not a soup person and now I know why. I was not eating the right soups. Over the years I have been introduced to various soups that have made my monthly menu more than once. I now have, in my repertoire, a great chicken noodle soup, an even better loaded baked potato soup, a delicious chicken chili, and now...the soup that I made last night and could probably happily eat every day for the rest of my life.The Zippy Chicken Mushroom soup is another winner from the October/November 2007 issue of Taste of Home magazine. This soup is hearty enough to star as the main course. The hot sauce and white pepper add just enough zip to give the soup a tiny kick, but not so much that the kids will think it is too spicy.If you are not a soup person, take it from me... you are not eating the right soups. Give this soup a try and I promise you will be a soup convert.Recipe modified from the Oct/Nov 2007 issue of Taste of Home magazine. Zippy Chicken Mushroom Soup 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped1/4 cup each chopped onion, celery and carrot1 can of whole kernel sweet corn, drained1/4 cup butter, cubed1/2 cup all-purpose flour5-1/2 cups chicken broth1 teaspoon pepper1/2 teaspoon white pepper1/4 teaspoon dried thymePinch dried tarragon1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce3 cups … [Continue reading]


I elfed my kids. I know that sounds like something that could get me sent to the bighouse, but trust me, it isn't. If you want a great laugh, click on this link and check out my kids, all elfed out!Jacob, Kelly and Ella Elfed My kids cracked up so hard when I showed this to them. Once Jacob was able to contain himself, the first thing he said was, "Mommy... I really don't remember doing that!" He thought he had actually dressed up like an elf and did a little jig, If you elf yourself, make sure to send me the link.  … [Continue reading]

Inspired by Peabody….Or Not

I am so confused. Let me start this story, and then you will understand why...Yesterday was Thanksgiving and even though it was just my immediate family (hubby and kids...and I STILL felt the need for a Snickers martini at the end of the day) I wanted to do up a big traditional Thanksgiving feast. It seemed only fitting, especially since my five year old kept asking when Thanksgiving was because he "couldn't wait to eat turkey, pumpkin pie and banana cream pie". I could not disappoint him, and frankly, turkey, pumpkin pie and banana pie sounded good to me too!I set out making our feast, first by making the pies. The first thing I did was to make the pie crust for the banana pie. I could not find my pie weights anywhere, so I called my mom to ask her for an alternative. She was on the phone with my sister, but took enough time to tell me I could use tin foil and rice as pie weights and that would work fine. The problem is...I didn't ask her how much rice to use. Instead of what I later found out should have been a cup of rice, I used about two tablespoons. The result was a very shrunken, mis-shaped pie crust, not capable of containing a banana cream pie.As I surveyed the mess of my kitchen after only making one thing, and thought about the feast preparing ahead of me, I decided I just did not have it in me to make another pie crust. Tempted to just run up to the store to buy one, my brain flashed back to a blog post I recently read. It was about a deconstructed coconut … [Continue reading]