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The Shoe Thief

If you ever come to my house, be forewarned... there's a shoe thief in the midst. If you couldn't guess by Kelly's comment about Santa Claus, my three year old daughter has a thing for shoes. Not just a thing... a serious obsession. She will stop complete strangers on the street and tell them what she thinks of their shoes. She'll peek under public restroom stalls to comment on the shoes that person is wearing. She definitely has a shoe fetish.Friends will come over and innocently remove their shoes at the door, only to be ready to leave and find their shoes missing. We always have to track down Kelly and sure enough, their shoes are close by. Maybe she'll be the first 3 year old shoe blogger or shoe columnist. She sure has plenty to say about them and for her poor sake, she's living with a mom who is not into shoes at all. I have my standard cute shoes that get cuter in the summer, but shoes aren't something I spend my days admiring. It may be because of my size 10 feet and shoes just don't look as good that big. It may be because I've always preferred the clothing side of fashion rather than the shoes.  Either way, her obsession is wasted on me. I may start a savings fund for her shoes now as well as a therapy fund because I know she's going to have a hard time dealing with the fact that her mom just isn't that into shoes. In the meantime, if you hear of any jobs for a three year old to test out shoes, send them our way. I'm sure she'll do a bang up job! … [Continue reading]

The Skyscraper

My "baby" turned 5 years old yesterday (head over to our family blog for my reflection on the past 5 years). For his birthday he got to choose the place that we'd eat lunch at after he got out of school. He chose Winstead's Diner, after hearing a friend of his talk about the gigantic milkshake he had there on his birthday. When his friend said gigantic, he wasn't kidding. The milkshake arrived in a great big "vase" for the glass. Topped with a generous amount of whipped cream and cherries, our strawberry shake was by far the biggest I have ever seen. We definitely shouldn't have eaten lunch before if we wanted to make any kind of dent in this milkshake. Wide eyed and eager, we gave it our best try, but by about 1/4 of the way through the shake, and belly's about to bust, we couldn't make it any further. We gave it a great try, but just had to be defeated. Next time, I think we'll invite a few more people to tackle the Skyscraper Milkshake with us! … [Continue reading]

5 Years – Reflecting

5 years ago today, I walked out of my plush office in Overland Park. I left my high paying salary, my clients, my successful reputation in the industry behind. I left it all to enter into a partnership that would take me on the ride of my life. I left all of that to become a stay at home mom. You see... 5 years ago, my first baby was born and I left the corporate world for the world of dirty diapers, spit up, and sleepless nights. In the past 5 years I have never regretted my decision to stay at home with my kids. Getting to see them grow up and being a part of everything has been a job beyond my wildest dreams. Jacob has been a joy, a challenge, and a bright spot in my life. Since having Jacob, I've learned about patience (still working on this one!), empathy, and the joy of wonder.I've witnessed miracles (Jacob suffered 3rd degree burns over his entire face from an accident when he was two), have discovered the power of prayer, and have stopped to appreciate the little things in life that before I would just pass by.  Since having children I have discovered that a hug can cure just about anything. I've discovered that sitting down to color a picture really is good therapy. That cooking with my kids is just about as fun as you can get.I've discovered that I really don't need a full nights sleep to function the next day. I now know that I can clean up puke without puking myself. I've witnessed things that before having children would have brought me to my … [Continue reading]

Food & Wine Magazine 100 Tastes to Try in 2007 – Taste #15 Aspen Kettle Corn

Kettle corn and Food and Wine Magazine. Seems like an odd combination, doesn't it?  That's what I first thought when I noticed that Aspen Kettle Corn was taste #15 in Food and Wine Magazine's 100 Tastes to Try in 2007. What could possibly make something as simple as kettle corn so special that it gets noticed by Food and Wine Magazine? That's what I set out to find as I placed my order last week with Aspen Kettle Corn. The kettle corn arrived on Friday afternoon via UPS (which is always a pleasure considering my one sided love affair with the UPS man.). It arrived in 2 large vacuum sealed bags tied with a decorative raffia bow, just begging to be ripped into and devoured.  The timing of the Aspen Kettle Corn arriving was perfect, as we were preparing to have a household full of family members for our weekend Family Christmas celebration. I thought I'd use one bag to conduct my "research" and then set the other bag out during our gathering for other family members to enjoy. My parents, children and I were the lucky ones to get to try out the first bag of popcorn.  As I was opening the bag I was trying to figure out what could be special about Aspen Kettle Corn? It certainly looked like other kettle corn I had tried in the past. With my kids clawing at my feet begging for a taste, I finally poured it all into one big bowl and set it out for all of us to enjoy. After my first bite I said "Mmmmmmm....it seems saltier than other kettle corn to me." Then my dad took a bite … [Continue reading]

Food & Wine Magazine 100 Tastes to Try in 2007 – Taste #4 Greek Olive Oil

My first official "Must Taste" of 2007 is Food and Wine Magazine's #4 taste - Greek Olive Oil. I've actually had the pleasure of tasting Greek Olive Oil in the past, but decided to do things right and give it a try in the year 2007. The olive oil I decided to use for this is my new favorite olive oil from Alejandro & Martin... their 2004-2005 Fragrant and Fruity Greek Olive Oil. I wasn't aware of the fact that a simple bottle of Greek artisan olive oil could be so different than what we've been using on a regular basis in the past. I was happy with the olive oil we used, until now. Now that I've tasted the various varieties of Olive Oil from Alejandro and Martin, we won't be turning back. The color is natural, rubbing it between my fingers it lacks the "heavy" feel of my other olive oil and the flavor is just as intense as they profiled it to be. In this instance, the flavor of the Greek fragrant and fruity olive oil is just that... fragrant and fruity, with a very pleasant crispness. I decided to test the Greek Olive Oil a few ways. First off I decided to take a little shot of olive oil to let the flavors marinate my taste buds. I was expecting it to feel like taking a shot of Crisco, but it was suprisingly pleasant. In fact, I can imagine that in a few years Olive Oil tastings will be a hip and trendy thing to do, as are wine tastings today. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to swallow the olive oil or if I should spit it out. I decided to swallow it and had an … [Continue reading]