Archives for December 2013

I refuse to compromise my cookies

How can a simple cookie recipe be my downfall?  When did cookies get so complicated? How much butter is “too much?”

It started with an old family recipe for bar cookies.  I stumbled across the recipe card not long ago and it triggered fond memories from my childhood.

So I got all the ingredients together, assembled my food photography studio (more on that… later) and started to work. [Read more…]

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The only song my husband knows all the lyrics to

When my husband and I got married, found my ability to remember song lyrics a little surprising.  I think he might have called it freakish.

We got married over a Thanksgiving weekend after dating a mere ten months.  Y’all, we were still on our honeymoon when my husband discovered my “freakish” ability to remember all the words to Christmas Carols.

Me? I can remember the names of all the reindeer.  I can remember all twelve days of gifts.  I can belt out the second verse of Silent Night.

My husband?

He makes up a few reindeer names and mumbles the rest.  It only goes downhill from there.  Check out how he mangles the 12 days of Christmas. [Read more…]

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Seven Strategies to Stop Snooping

Every family get hit with snooping from time to time.  When it happens to us, I just want to yell “STOP SNOOPING!”

Keeping all those gift wrapped presents a secret can be a challenge under normal circumstances.  But with a dedicated snooper… yikes.

It may be Aunt Mable shaking and listening, or maybe it’s Uncle Angus squeezing and sniffing, or cousin Petunia that can somehow cause enough “tape failures” to actually SEE what’s hidden under the wrapping paper.

The worst part about a snooper is when they loudly proclaim what’s in the box BEFORE they even open it. [Read more…]

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‘Twas just before Christmas

I can’t believe it’s less than three weeks until Christmas!  Instead of doing the boring stuff on my to-do list I wrote this instead.

tiny gift

‘Twas just before Christmas and all through the place

Not a present was wrapped, it was a disgrace.

The stockings were stacked right next to the tree,

With high hopes of finishing decoratively. [Read more…]

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Five Minute Friday – Reflect

It’s Five Minute Friday!  My favorite writing time of the week.

Last time, the word was FLY.

Today’s writing prompt is… REFLECT. [Read more…]

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What ELSE is on a Blogger’s Christmas Wish List

I’m continuing to share Christmas wish list ideas for your favorite writer or blogger.  Part one of this two part post included all the different free (or almost free) ways that you could encourage a blogger. It was based on the premise that bloggers LOVE encouragement.

Guess what else writers love.


We’re just like normal people, only slightly more obsessed with words and social media. [Read more…]

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25 Boredom Busting Ideas for Christmas Break

Last summer I shared 281 boredom busting ideas for the summer. It turned into quite the popular post!  Now it’s time for 25 MORE boredom busting ideas just in time for Christmas Break.

My list last summer didn’t include anything exciting like “take a trip to the zoo” or “schedule your visit to the theme park.” Instead, it was 281 ideas for how to respond when your child says “I’m bored.”

The ideas ranged from “go clean your room” to “why not write a letter to your grandmother” and almost every single one of them avoided the use of computers, televisions, or digital devices.

Most of them avoided heavy crafting skills, intense parental involvement, or trips to the store for supplies.

There were a lot of  ideas that work year-round (like “take out the trash” please) but many of them were specific to summer. “Go run through the water sprinklers” isn’t such a good idea during the winter months.

I like to be prepared for “I’m bored.” So I made another list.

I started thinking about ideas for Christmas break. Even with all the new stuff my kids get for Christmas, I’m quite certain I will hear them say “I’m bored” long before they return to school in January.

And now I’m sharing it with you. [Read more…]

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Best Christmas Song Ever???

So… it’s time for Christmas Songs.  They’re all over the place.

If you’re like me, your kids are singing snatches of whatever it is they are working on for their “winter concert” or Christmas performance.  Since my kids go to a private school, we actually get to call it a Christmas concert instead of just a “collection of songs about snow and stuff.”

My second grader gave me a sneak peak at his song.  My husband and I had tears rolling down our cheeks partway through the performance.  Apparently, the 2nd and 3rd grades will be singing together.

I had him sing it to me a second time as I typed.


… y’all…

… I can’t. [Read more…]

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My son is STILL a picky eater – even with soup.

Sigh.  By now my battles with my youngest son (aka Mr Picky) are legendary.  Even my most hard-core “helpful” relatives have quit giving me advice on my picky eater.

Let’s put it this way: If you can pin it, I’ve tried it.

I’ve got a full library on the subject.

The boy is sensitive to textures.  He’s also strong willed.  It’s not a fun combination at the dinner table. [Read more…]

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Overheard in passing – my family is weird

So… over the past week I’ve had a LOT of extra time with my kids.  As a results, I’ve overheard a LOT of funny stuff that cracked me up.  I’ve also determined that my family may be a little weird.  Strike that.  My family IS weird.  Definitely weird.

I like grappling hooks.  They take you places.

Some of what my kids say is just truly random.  It comes out of the blue and there is no context in which the statement makes sense.  Like when they’re playing soccer in the front yard and just randomly blurt out some statement about grappling hooks. [Read more…]

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