Homemade Cotton Candy

I love candy corn and mellow cream pumpkins. My husband hid the bag he bought for J so I didn’t eat them all. Who knew you could actually make them?...more

Facebook Recipes – Scams and Theft

I admit I am guilty of distributing “stolen” intellectual property. Like most of you reading this, I had no idea. I probably should have caught on sooner. I feel foolish, embarrassed and angry that I was duped into stealing from my fellow bloggers.Those recipes you have probably seen all over Facebook, extolling you to be sure to like and share it so you will be able to find it later are not only spam, they are misappropriated copyrighted material. Meaning they are stolen. Stolen from hard working bloggers like you....more

When you get the chance to sit it out or swim

I hope you swim. (with all due credit to Lee Ann Womack).This is one of those "women things" like always taking the pictures and not being in them. The voice in our head says:I am too fatI am too skinnyI have scars or stretchmarksI look awful in a swimsuitI can't swimI don't want to embarrass my kids (or husband or self)I am afraid of the waterI am challenging you to tell that voice in your head to kindly "shut up"....more
Yes yes yes!! I think as we get older or fatter or both, we lose the opportunities for joy ...more

That's my story and I am sticking to it

Scene: the main conference room on the 13th floor of 666 Hades Towers.Flunkie #1: We're sorry, Mr. Beelzebub, sir. We have tried EVERYTHING! She just won't crack.Lucifer Beelzebub: She is a premenopausal housewife with a whiney non-sleeping 5 year old whirlwind on summer vacation and a husband working nights.What do you mean she won't give in? What have you tried?...more

Cotton Candy Cooler

I am guessing I am not the only parent to have this experience. You take your kid(s) to the fair (carnival, beach, amusement park, etc.), you are wandering around taking in the sights and having fun - then WHAM! They see it. The sickeningly sweet brightly colored spun sugar stuffed into bags dangling from snack booths everywhere you look."Can I have some cotton candy? PUH-leeeeeeeease."...more

Early Intervention is Critical

Two years ago I didn't know what to do. Something was off with my son. While other kids his age played together and talked with each other J didn't. He'd tag along with them or play if they pulled him along, or he'd start playing hide and seek and not tell them - luckily he was the seeker. If I asked if he wanted a strawberry or a banana he'd answer banana and then get frustrated I didn't give him the strawberry. His speech consisted of phrases he'd heard on tv or read in a book. I hated to constantly compare him to other kids, but something just didn't feel right....more

Enchiladas, Margaritas and Micheladas - Ole!

I feel the same about Cinco de Mayo as I do about St Patrick’s Day. Both have become perverted by the alcohol industry in America (particularly the beer industry). What started as a celebration of ethnic pride has in many cases just turned into an excuse to go out and drink heavily. Ugh! So, am I selling out by sharing some Mexican recipes? Probably, but there is a slight irony to today’s recipe....more

Picking my Parenting Battles

There are two things I am not going to have a battle of the wills with my son about right now: night time dryness and vegetables.He has enough trouble falling back to sleep when he wakes in the middle of the night that I do not want him to start worrying about having to stay dry. He will obsess about it and then no one will get any sleep - EVER! He will get frustrated and upset and drive us nutso!...more

Hawaiian Bread or Rolls

Oh those light incredibly fluffy slightly sweet little rolls! I adore them. And so does my son and his girlfriends. Here they are enjoying some with a few juice boxes after their Easter egg hunt. I think they would have been happy just having that for lunch. Meanwhile, their mothers and I wondered if we could find a recipe to make them....more

Eat Your Weeds - Dandelion Recipes

While flipping through The Yul Brynner Cookbook that Ma’am had given me (thanks again, Mamacita!) I saw a recipe for Dandelion Soup. Like anyone with a lawn, I immediately thought WEED Soup?! Sorry, I am not allowing any to hang around my yard long enough to find out. He also mentions young nettles can be used....more