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What Kind of Mom Am I?

 What kind of mom am I? I dare to say that I, Kristen...mother of three, am a very selfish mom. My youngest daughter turned one this past Sunday. The weekend before we had a family birthday party for her and my good friend Sara made her a gorgeous individual cake to dig her little hands into for the occasion. The week between the birthday party and her actual birthday, my Taste of Home magazine arrived. As I was flipping through the magazine a recipe for French Chocolate Cake caught my eye. The description written above the recipe had my mouth watering. Described as "A decadent fudge filling and a rum flavored glaze spread between the layers of this luscious chocolate cake..." I had to make this cake soon and with Ella's birthday coming up, I had just the occasion.Rum flavored glaze is probably not the top choice of flavors for a one year old? She would probably appreciate something a bit more simple, you say?  Is this cake really for Ella or for you, you ask? I agree with you 100%. This is not a 1st birthday cake at all. Maybe I should make something else, or maybe I should just ignore you and make it anyway. So...that is what I did. I ignored the little guy on my shoulder trying to talk me out of making this cake for her first birthday and made it despite the ongoing commentary about how inappropriate it was for a one year old. That makes me pretty selfish, doesn't it? Well... this is just the beginning. This pushes me over on the selfish scale because … [Continue reading]

Happy Birthday Ella

My sweet Ella turned one this past Sunday. I remember back to a year ago when I was in labor. I had done this two times before, so I knew what labor was. I absolutely KNEW I was in labor. My husband and I walked out of the Di Vinci Code, called my parents who were watching the kids for us while we were out on our date, and told them we were headed to the hospital. When I got to the hospital, the cursed nurse hooked my up to the monitors and told me that no...I wasn't in labor. I wasn't even having contractions. Excuse me?? I could hardly walk, could hardly talk and I knew I was in labor. She wasn't convinced because the monitor wasn't showing anything. She said I could get up and walk the halls some, but if I wasn't having contractions by midnight she was sending me home. I was so peeved and while my husband and I were walking the halls, we timed the contractions at 3 minutes apart. I went back to my room right before midnight and the cursed nurse hooked me up again and said "Nope... you aren't having contractions. I need to check a couple of things, but I'm going to go ahead and send you home." I was peeved to say the least. I knew I was in labor.Thank God, at midnight there was a shift change and the blessed nurse arrived. She came to check on me and looked at the monitor the cursed nurse had hooked me up to and said "This isn't hooked up right at all." Then she hooked me up to the monitor correctly only to discover that my contractions were 2 minutes … [Continue reading]

Our Favorite Burger

 I missed the deadline, darnit! Paul's Big Burger Ballyhoo is an event I wanted to enter and I just noticed that the deadline was midnight last night. I'm going to try to sneak this in... maybe he'll let me squeak by!I just wanted to write a quick post about our favorite way to make a burger. These are so moist and delicious...full of flavor and really simple to put together. We switch these up sometimes by adding red pepper or garlic salt in place of salt. They are always fantastic!The photo is an old one... not one of my best, but despite their looks, these are so good! Cheddar Bacon Wrapped Hamburgers 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese 1 small onion, chopped 1 egg 1 tablespoon ketchup 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce … [Continue reading]

Causing a Commotion

 Picture this... dinner was nearing an end. The kids are complaining, fighting, crying, screeching, etc. The entire table was in an uproar. All this comotion was music to my ears. Yes... I was thrilled that all of this craziness was going on. You want to know why, don't you? How could a reasonably sane mom enjoy hearing such disorder at dinner time? What could be causing such a hubbub around our dinner table? The culprit was the asparagus. All of the asparagus was gone and my family was not happy about it. Everyone, including my green veggie shy hubby, was upset because there was no more asapargus. Every last little morsel had been gobbled up and all that was left was the empty serving dish (and the lasting odd asparagus smell when they all went potty!).What was so special about the asparagus to cause the entire family to revolt against me? Really, nothing at all. This is the easiest way ever to cook asparagus and it is one of the tastiest ways as well. Apparently I have learned my lesson about this recipe... I need to double or triple it to please my family. Roasted Asparagus 1 lb fresh asparagus 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil1/2 teaspoon kosher saltPreheat your oven to 425 degrees.Cut off the woody part of the asparagus and discard.With a veggie peeler, peel off the bottom 2" of the asparagus skin. This will help you to avoid having those stringy pieces.Place the asparagus, olive oil and kosher salt together in a large ziploc bag. Shake until each piece of asparagus … [Continue reading]

Thankfully

 We found out last night that my father in laws cancer is not as advanced as they had originally thought. The pathology reports and the oncology reports came back clear of lymphoma/Hodgkins Disease. They hope that whatever part of the malignant melanoma was left behind after surgery will be taken care of by the chemo. Thanks for all the prayers! They have been working!  … [Continue reading]