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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]


 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]

Life Gets in the Way

You know...sometimes life gets in the way. We have had a very busy, hectic, crazy couple of weeks. It has honestly been a whirlwind of activity and I have barely had a moment alone in the kitchen. If you are curious to see what has been going on in our life (and if you want to see some photos of some adorable kids) head over to my family blog - Dishing it up Family Style.Life has been in the way, but it has been a good thing. Our life is good and school is out for the summer. We are ready to make memories and lots of great food!Thank you to everyone who has continued to visit my little home on the web while I have been MIA the past couple of weeks. As a treat to you, I am going to share my all time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. If your idea of a great chocolate chip cookie is one that is chewy with a slightly crispy outer edge, than you will love this chocolate chip cookie recipe. If you love your chocolate chip cookies to be thick and cakey, then go elsewhere for a great chocolate chip cookie recipe because this one is nothing of the sort. After many, many, many years of trying various recipes and never quite finding the perfect one, my friend DeLynn and her friend Lisa came up with this recipe. It makes a lot of cookies so either be prepared to be very hungry or be open to sharing! The dough and the cookies freeze well. I always have this dough on hand in frozen little balls ready to be popped into the oven at a moments notice. Now, without further ado, here is the … [Continue reading]