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Risk Taker

 I'll admit... I am not a risk taker. Sky diving sounds terrifying to me. Swimming with sharks? No thank you! Stock market day trading? I would probably have a heart attack with all the stress that would cause me. Nope...risk taking is not my thing. My kind of risk and about as adventurous as I get is with recipes. I often risk trying something new in hopes that it will be great. We were all really hungry tonight. We had a late breakfast and just snacked for lunch. By the time dinner was here, our tummy's were rumbling and everyone was ready to eat something good for dinner. The deal is, I had a new recipe on the menu for tonight. I thought by the ingredients in it that we would like the recipe, but I just wasn't sure. When my family is hungry, putting a yucky meal on the table will get me nothing but scowls and requests for PB&J. Still, being the "risk taker" that I am, I decided to take the chance.I am so glad I took the plunge and tried this new recipe because this meal received rave reviews. I am sure that it will be on the monthly menu rotation from now on.  If you are feeling risky, try this recipe from the Oct/Nov 2007 issue of Taste of Home magazine. No safety waivers to sign and your lawyer will not have to be present. This is one risk worth taking, and I promise that it will pay off!Romano Chicken Supreme6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)1/4 teaspoon salt1 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped1 tablespoon lemon juice2 garlic … [Continue reading]

Perfect Match

 You know how there are certain foods that just go together? You could not even fathom having the meal with out it's perfect counterpart? Pizza and a coke is one example. Pizza just does not taste the same with a glass of milk or water accompanying it. Chicken and noodles and mashed potatoes. They just go together, right? If you ask my kids, they would say macaroni and cheese with hot dogs. That is a perfect combination for them. My perfect combo food is a big bowl of hot steaming chili with homemade bread. I cannot have one without the other.As I have ranted about over the past few months, our life has been incredibly out of control lately. Between my work/family/life schedule and my husbands work/travel schedule we just cannot seem to get our feet planted firmly on the ground and stay in one place long enough to complete a thought. I had chili on the menu for dinner last night. Well, like I said before, the perfect accompaniment to a delicious bowl of chili is homemade bread. The chili just doesn't taste the same without it. At around 4:30pm, I got the ingredients out for the chili and realized...I never made the bread. Things had been hectic, and making bread simply got put on the back burner. Knowing that it was too late in the afternoon to get homemade bread started, I picked up the phone to call my husband to stop somewhere to get a loaf of bakery bread. A thought then crossed my mind. I had visited the Kitchen Parade blog earlier this month and remembered reading … [Continue reading]

Halloween Recap

   Halloween is over, and the sugar highs are gone. Would you believe that we haven't even gotten into our candy yet? The kids had a couple of pieces last night, but other than that we have not touched it. The Halloween Fairy comes this weekend and after that the candy will be out of sight, out of mind. Thank goodness!I survived my first party planning expedition as Jacob's Kindergarten class room mom. The party went really well and I think that the kids had a great time. They seemed to, anyway. Many of you have requested, so I am obliging... here are the Halloween costumes from this year. Ella was a pink kitty, Kelly was princess Belle, and Jacob was a red Power Ranger.    … [Continue reading]

Thou Shall Not Covet

I heard a story on the news a few weeks ago about a lady who lived without breaking the Ten Commandments for one whole year. She blogged about it and then wrote a book, of course. I cannot find the blog anywhere, but I thought that was an interesting concept. Then I started thinking, how hard really could it be to live without breaking the Ten Commandments? As I started going through the list of commandments, I realized that I would fail right away. I am pretty golden with most of them... I don't kill, I don't steal, I don't cheat on my husband, etc. The one commandment that got me and that I know I am guilty of breaking is "Thou Shall Not Covet". Yep - I am a sinner because right now I am seriously coveting all of you who have an Apple IPhone. I want one.... I really want one. I am not exactly sure why I want one, but I just believe that I need one :) In fact, if it weren't for the jumbo price tag combined with the fact that I am still under contract with Verizon, my spontaneous, impulse purchasing self would probably snatch one up right away. I am convinced that an IPhone would make my life complete. (I am exaggerating here, but it couldn't hurt, could it?). If I could only figure out a way to justify it as a business expense. Don't magazine writers and recruiters need IPhones. I mean, seriously... it seems completely like a necessity for those jobs. Anyway, enough about my sinning. I really do not like to sin alone, so I have decided to let you all in on my coveting. At … [Continue reading]

Old Fogey

 I knew this day would come...I am officially a ma'am. I was at the grocery store yesterday and was having a nice little conversation with the young checkout guy. Then, I moved down to pick up my bags of groceries and the young kid bagging the groceries started up a conversation. Him - "How are you today, ma'am?"Me, always willing to chat with someone - "I'm good...how are you doing?"Him - "Well...it is 6pm on a Saturday night, I've been working since 10 and have to work until 8pm."Me - From somewhere deep inside me, comes the voice and wisdom of what must be a 90 year old woman..."Well, you have a job. That is a lot to be thankful for."Him, looking at me like I am insane - "Ma'am...it is 6pm on a Saturday night. I am thankful for my job, but I am also 16 years old. Work is really one of the last places I want to be on a Saturday night."End of conversation. I had a birthday a couple of weeks ago. I am now the ripe old age of 34. I've gone up in the survey age range (are you...age 21-33, 34-50, etc) which first kind of shocked me. Now, I'm getting called ma'am at the grocery store and telling teenagers that they should be thankful to be working, bagging groceries, on a Saturday night. Did I not remember what it was like to have all of my friends hanging out while I was stuck at work? Apparently not because here I am being all old and fogey and getting strange looks from 16 year olds. When did this happen? When did I … [Continue reading]