Archives for July 2012

Monthly Goals – August

monthly goals from thishappymom.comMonthly goals are a good thing, right?   The theory is that having goals means we accomplish more stuff, and that without goals we end up just meandering through life.

I pretty much blundered my way through the summer and ended up accomplishing very little that I had wanted to do.  Based on my personal experience, the whole “goal theory thing” is right.  So I’m being all mature and grown up and I’m trying to set some monthly goals.

You’ll note that I’m posting this at the last possible moment.  It’s not like I had monthly goals just sitting there ready to go or anything.  I am totally flying by the seat of my pants on this one and I’m running the risk of spectacular public failure.  (entertaining for you, but not enjoyable for me). [Read more…]

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My Kids Make Me Laugh – Mustaches

my kids make me laugh from thishappymom.comMy kids make me laugh.  When I started this weekly feature, I was a little worried about finding content each week.  I had visions of chasing my kids around the house with a camera as I begged them to “do something funny.”  I had a few odd dreams about eavesdropping on other families to find funny things they said.

So far, my kids have continued to be funny.  More accurately, I continue to find small everyday moments to treasure.

Sometimes, it’s what they say.  Their dialog can be priceless.  Earlier today, they were trying to convince me that they invented Popeye just to trick kids into eating spinach.  Just last week, they were claiming that zombie dinosaurs were definitely scarier that vampire giant robots.

At other times (like today) it’s a more visual humor.

Oh GoGo, you make me laugh with your silly mustache.  You crack me up with your “old man” routine.

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Silly Eggs-pirimentation – More eggy fun

I decided to see how else I could peel eggs besides the secret method revealed by mother-in-law.  This is probably a result of watching a few too many episodes of Mythbusters.   I love it when they blow stuff up and take things to ridiculous extremes, just because they can.  My family is genuinely entertained by exploding toilets and the scientific experiments involving body fluids.

Oh wait… eggs.

So, if I can’t open an egg by gently cracking the shell open and peeling it, how else can I do it? [Read more…]

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Menu Monday – The Desperate Housewife Edition

menu mondayIt’s time for Menu Monday.  I’m calling it the desperate housewife edition.   If ever there was a week I needed to carefully plan my menus, this would be it!  I am one desperate housewife.

As an aside, I have to say I love my new icon for Menu Monday.  I made it using elements from a digital scrapbooking kit I downloaded from Sweet Shoppe Designs.  It’s Lickin’ The Bowl by Heather Roselli.  I use iScrapbook – Chronos Inc. on my Mac to quickly assemble artwork for my blog, but I think their artwork would work in any digital scrapbooking software.  Very cute stuff. [Read more…]

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I am thankful for my blog

thankful thoughtsIt sounds really odd to say it, but I am thankful for my blog.  I started less than two months ago, but I’m amazed at the transformation in my life since I started blogging.

Let me preface this by saying that I love being a stay at home mom.  I would not change it for anything in the world.  I know that this is what God has called me to do, and I love it.

But there has always been this small part of me that wonders if there isn’t something “more” that God called me to do as well.  I’ve always known I wasn’t going back to the corporate world I left.  But all those great business skills I learned just seemed wasted on managing grocery lists, sorting legos, and juggling after school schedules.  It felt wrong to just leave all those skills behind and never use them again.

I guess another way to explain it would be that I always have felt that my role as a mom didn’t fully use my God-given gifts or talents.  That felt (and feels) wrong to me.   It should.  God didn’t create me to be one dimensional.  He created me to fill many roles and be a complicated creature.  One role is that of “mom,” but that’s not the total sum of who I am. [Read more…]

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I am afraid of my pressure cooker

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Don’t tell my husband, but I am afraid of my pressure cooker.

In the late seventies/early eighties, there was this cream banana pie recipe.  You would boil a can of sweetened condenced evaported milk (Eagle Brand) in water.  You didn’t open the can in advance.  So, the can created a mini-pressure cooker.  In theory, it caramelized the milk.

(To assemble the pie, just dice up bananas to fill the pre-cooked pie shell, then pour the caramelized milk on top.  Top with cool whip.  Yum.) If you want to make it, this recipe for banofee pie looks safe.

We’d made the pie several times and loved it.  Everything worked great as long as I remembered to keep water in the pan with the can in it.  That kept the temperature at just the right point.

But, I was in 9th grade and there was this… boy.

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Beyond – Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday - Story I participate in “Five Minute Friday” from Lisa Jo Baker’s Tales from a Gypsy Mama blog.  She provides a writing prompt, and I have five minutes to write to that subject.  No editing, no fussing.  Just. write.

People all over the web join in the free-writing exercise.  You can too.   I’d love to see your writing in the comments of her page or shared on your blog.  Just let me know what to look for and I’ll cheer you on.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about “enough.”
Today, I write about “beyond.”

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Basic Beans Photo Tutorial – Recipe

Basic Dried Beans Photo Tutorial from thishappymom.comLong ago, I needed a basic beans tutorial!  The first time I bought a bag of dried beans, I left them sitting on the counter for two weeks, just waiting for inspiration or instructions!  There’s as many ways to cook beans as there are desperate frugal women, and the huge variety of instructions and recipes was kind of intimidating.  So was my husband’s attitude that any  woman who couldn’t cook a decent pot of beans wasn’t worth marrying (no pressure).

I was scared to mess them up, and confused by all the different pieces of advice. There is nothing fancy about this recipe, but then again there doesn’t have to be.  I have Pinto Beans on my menu this week, but I make just about every kind of beans using this same method.   I change up the seasonings and vegetable add-ins based on what we have available.  Start with something basic and then make small changes based on what works for your family.

If you have leftovers, they reheat well.  Or you can add a splash of salsa and then mash them up.  Put them in a skillet and cook while stirring until the beans tighten up.  Poof – refried beans.  (The recipe doubles if you want to plan on some refried beans for Taco Tuesday). [Read more…]

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It probably wasn’t my best parenting day ever

not my best parenting day everYesterday was probably not my best parenting day ever.  It would rank pretty close to the bottom of the list from the past three months.  I blew it.  But I could have blown it so much worse than I actually did!

Watty was being mouthy and smart mouthed.  He’s eight, but sometimes his attitude reminds me of a 15 year old.  It was one of those days where nothing I did was going to satisfy the boy, and he was determined to let me know about it.

He’d already lost television privileges and incurred some other consequences.  He’d already told me not to talk to him again.  He’d already informed me that I was the cause of his problems and that I had ruined his life.

Whatever. [Read more…]

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It’s The Little Things – My Kids Make Me Laugh

my kids make me laughMy kids make me laugh. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make me laugh.

There are times when there is an extended conversation with a child that has me secretly cracking up inside (sometimes, they’re only funny in retrospect).

More often, it’s the little things.  My kids have had some great one-liners recently that just made me giggle.

Like last week, when I made cinnamon toast for the boys as a treat.  Watty looked at it and said [Read more…]

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