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Meatballs Need Friends

 Why is it that all that I can think about when writing this post is the You Tube video of Faith Hill recently telling off a concert groupie for groping her husband? I know, I have the mind of a 5th grader, don't I? We went to an Italian restaurant a couple of years ago and  I ordered spaghetti and meatballs. To me, meatballs means lots and lots of meatballs and I was looking forward to my heaping plate of pasta with a pile of meatballs. When our food arrived, I looked at my plate and my expectations for the pasta were fulfilled... it was a heaping pile of pasta. Much to my dismay, my expectations for the pile of meatballs fell very short. On my plate was one, single, solitary meatball. It was a large meatball, but there was only one. This was all wrong. Meatballs belong in groups and piles. Meatballs are not loners. They need other meatballs to be by their side to be complete. That was the final time I ever order spaghetti and meatballs at a restaurant. From that day on, I stuck to things like Chicken Parmesan at Italian restaurants and skipped the meatball(s) all together. I could not be sure that the restaurants I went to had my same philosophy on meatballs and I was not willing to be disappointed again.My favorite recipe for meatballs is my mom's and I will share that with you some day soon. My old stand by meatball recipe for things like BBQ meatballs and rice, Meatball hoagies, or Meatball Calzones is the one I am getting ready to share with you. This recipe … [Continue reading]

Less is More?

 The concept "Less is More" and I just don't see eye to eye. Did you know that when you are shampooing your hair if you cannot get the shampoo to lather, you need to add more water, not more shampoo? I'm always piling on more shampoo! Oh - and those concentrated cleaning products where you just need to use a thimble full for an entire load of laundry? I have such a hard time believing that. To me, if I don't have a full measuring cup of laundry detergent to add to my laundry, I do not feel like it is going to work. There are some things in which I truly believe that "Less is More"  does not apply. Those things would have to do with butter, garlic and onions. No way could less be more. Yes...with butter less is more "fitting into your skinny jeans", but less butter does not make a dish any better. I made a dish the other night that was a delicious combination of tons of butter, green onions and lots of garlic.  Less was definitely not more with this dish as I added more garlic and green onion than the recipe called for and ended up with a completely wonderful meal. If you are a believer of "Less is More" you might want to skip this recipe. If you believe that the more the better, than add a little extra of what you love to this recipe and enjoy!  Chicken Scampi, from Recipezaar3-4 servings 30 min 10 min prep 3-4 … [Continue reading]

Good Hair Day

 If you are anything like me, how well your hair behaves for you in the morning can be a great predictor of how your day is going to go. If my hair falls limp and is unmanageable before I even walk out of the bedroom, I know the day ahead is going to be rough. If my hair is full of body, laying at all the right places and looking good, then I know that I am in for a great day!On good hair days, I often find myself a little happier...a little more chipper. I am a better parent and therefore my kids respond to my happiness with their own happy moods. I am productive, energetic, and I seem to be more balanced.  It seems odd that something as simple as looking good can help you to feel so good. On my most recent good hair day, I somehow managed to get all of my work done, spend a lot of quality time with the kids, get my cleaning done and find time to bake something. Since I have been working more, my baking time has gone completely down hill and I have been itching to bake something...anything! I have had a chocolate cake bookmarked to try for the past 3 weeks and I really wanted to make that, but it was 7pm and a cake would be too time consuming. Craving something chocolate, my mind went back to some photos I saw on a blog the other day corresponding with a Whoopie Pie recipe. I couldn't for the life of me think of which blog I found it on and I had forgotten to bookmark the recipe. I decided to Google Whoopie Pie recipes and stumbled upon an Emeril recipe for Whoopie … [Continue reading]

Bubbles

 It is less than one month before school starts. I cannot believe how fast this summer flew by, and I know that once Kindergarten starts, the next 14 years will go by just as quickly. Jacob got the "green light" from his doctor to get back outside and to be active again after his surgery. (As if a doctor saying to a five year old "don't do anything active" is going to stop anything). Anyway, we have been enjoying the sun...playing at the pool, having outdoor picnics, going on explorer walks, etc. Yesterday we spent two hours outside just playing with bubbles. Nothing says summertime fun to me like a nice sunny days and lots of bubbles to blow!   … [Continue reading]

The Secret

 I will admit, I was one of the millions of people who jumped on "The Secret" bandwagon after Oprah had featured the author and other life coach professionals on her show. I watched her original show and the follow up show afterwards and was immediately hooked. I wanted to learn more. Next, I bought the book and the DVD. I read the book 3 times, trying to absorb all of the information and I watched the DVD twice. It all made sense to me...think positively and positive things will come to you. Put your energy into what you want to happen in your life and the "universe" will answer you, granting your wishes. I am all about the power of positive thinking and I truly believe that attitude is everything. Well, it was several months ago that I read "The Secret" and watched the DVD. I believed in the concept and mentally put myself in that place, but I was not really doing any of the things they said to apply to your life. One thing the author of "The Secret" says to do is to create a vision board. A vision board is exactly what you probably imagine it to be... a board with all of the things on it that you want to happen in your life. Specific "wishes" that you would like granted.  Things that you want to focus on and bring to fruition. I knew that I wanted to do a Vision Board and I had even purchased the board. I decided 2 weeks ago to finally sit down and do my vision board. I completed it, hung it up in my closet where … [Continue reading]