Why I'm Not Sad My Daughter Punched a Little Boy in the Privates

I looked at the now-pale face of the young lady in charge as I ripped up the report. "I'm not signing this, and unless you want me to start a stink about why you let my daughter be the recipient of sexual harassment on your premises, you will not only write up that boy but you will make sure that his family understands that if it ever happens again and he is allowed back here, I will report you." ...more
A 10-year-old boy should know better. The adult should have asked why! more

Hawaiian Travel Highlights: Oahu

When my daughter and son-in-law moved to Hawaii, we thought for sure we'd go visit because... Hawaii! But no. Something, or a lot of somethings, came up and we never managed to plan a trip. I had pretty much decided we wouldn't be able to go before they got orders to another duty station -- and then Jenn told me she was pregnant. Well that changed everything because no matter what might come up -- I was going to be there when my grandchild was born. No. Doubt. About. It....more
I've never been, but I definitely want to go now. And now I'm craving a cinnamon roll. more

Conference Corner: Tips for BlogHer First-Time Attendees (Newbies)

With two weeks left until BlogHer Food in Seattle and just ten short weeks *gasp* until BlogHer '12 in New York, the pre-conference jitters are starting to set in across the internet. Whether it's your first BlogHer Event this year or your eighth, we are all united by one thing... we all, always, feel like a #BlogHer12Newbie....more
Great advice! I'll be a newbie in NY, and I'm starting to get nervous! Thanks for calming me down! more

Is Wordpress Scaring Your Commenters Away?

About a week ago, Stumbling Gracefully texted me to ask if I was getting like, a LOT of emails from Wordpress. I checked my inbox, and sure enough I was. When I looked at the emails, I realized that I was seeing every single response to any Wordpress post I had commented on. Previously, I had to subscribe to a commenting thread to see any response made after mine. But now it seemed Wordpress was automatically checking the box “Notify me of follow-up emails” each time I commented. The result? 113 emails in the last five days informing me of "new comments!" ...more
Finally! So glad they changed it back! more

Tarte Tatin: Upside-Down Apple Pie Made With a Cast-Iron Pan

Cake and bread, or baked goods in general, are a "must' in my daily life. Have you had a day without bread or any type of carbohydrate?...more
Looks and sounds delicious! Congrats on being featured! more

Please Pass Smore Peeps Smores

Wanna know a secret? I don’t like Peeps. I think it’s the sugar on the outside. I know: I’m the Sugar Queen. How can there be too much sugar? It perplexes me as well. But it’s not my sweets reputation that I’m worried about. I’m keeping it a secret because Kiefer put some Peeps in my Easter basket. Bless his little heart: he didn’t know I don’t like Peeps. Heck, I didn’t even know....more
Cadbury eggs are my favorite. Why did you pass on the Peeps? Are you limiting your sugar? more

Please Pass Smore Peeps Smores

Wanna know a secret? I don’t like Peeps. I think it’s the sugar on the outside. I know: I’m the Sugar Queen. How can there be too much sugar? It perplexes me as well. But it’s not my sweets reputation that I’m worried about. I’m keeping it a secret because Kiefer put some Peeps in my Easter basket. Bless his little heart: he didn’t know I don’t like Peeps. Heck, I didn’t even know....more
They were very yummy! more

5 Things I Want to Say to the Moron at McDonald's Who Spends 10 Minutes Staring at the Menu Board

Every time I go to McDonald’s (for my id="mce_marker" large Coke Zero), without fail, I find myself standing in line behind the tool who has no idea what they want to order.  Seriously?  Seriously.  Unless you’ve just regained your sight and have never seen the menu board at McDonald’s, then you have no excuse to stand there like an idiot, mouth agape, staring at the menu board.  Zip.  Zero.  Zilch....more
I never understand that either. We all know what McDonalds has to eat. more

My Crisper: Where Good Vegetables Go To Die

Apparently I am running some sort of subsidy program for the Vegetable Farmers of America. Each week I buy crisp, vibrant produce while visions of soup, stir fry and salad dance in my head. Yet three weeks later these once nutrient laden powerhouses lie limp, bruised and rotting in the bottom of my fridge. The promise of nourishing meals having been erased by the realities of busy schedules, bad habits and picky palates....more
I've heard that it's best to put veggies and fruit on the top shelf because they'll last longer ... more

[Sharlotka] Basic Russian Apple Cake - Easy cake

I think I said this before, but let me repeat....more
Mmmmm...this looks delicious! And easy! I love apple cake...and apple pie...and apple anything. more
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