Smoky Lentil Soup

Please don’t gag when I say this.  I don’t know what has come over me.I think I’m “feenin” for my husband.I don’t know any other way to say this other than he is so completely charming.He is handsome to the T. With stunning dimples. And oh, don’t get me started on is winning personality.  It’s enough to make me swoon.I don’t tell him this enough.  Generally, it’s a one way street with him telling me how much I rock his world. And we both seem to be okay with that. But, we recently went to Read more […]

Creole Jambalaya (and my hair which have some surprising similarities)

I’m a low maintenance chic.No, really. I am, and it shows. Generally speaking, my clothes are too tight (not in a good way) or too big. I only buy make-up from the drug store, and not very often, and I can’t remember the last time I went to the beauty parlor to get my hair cut. But since we’re speaking generally, I’m pretty sure another president was in office.Enough is enough. As I looked into the mirror with my scraggly head of hair, I wanted to shoot myself to relieve any onlookers of Read more […]

Easy and Quick Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Soon the cavalry will arrive.  My loving mother is coming into town to watch my bumpkins while Warwick and I take a much needed vacation.My mom is great.  Whatever I ask of her, she gives, then gives some more, then digs in her purse and gives some more. Checks her pockets, and gives some more. Shakes out her shoes, and gives some more. You get the point.So when I eased my way into a conversation that required her to take an extended holiday babysitting my 20 kids, I sort of erred on the side Read more […]

The Best (and easiest) Durn Tacos You’ve Ever Had

I’m an Army Brat.I was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky and moved around quite a bit as a kid.  Among the many places I’ve lived, Germany and Hawaii were the most exotic.  Well, that it is, until I came to Texas. My family moved here when I was 13, and this is where I’ve hung my hat ever since. I can sing the Yellow Rose of Texas with the best of them.  When I order tea, I want it sweet, and I’d never ask “you guys” to come to supper, only “y’all” will do. And when I do invite y’all  for dinner, what Read more […]

Pan Seared Skirt Steak with Chimichurri-ish Sauce and How to clean your grill even if your husband is ungrateful

My barbecue grill is a hot mess.My husband is hot, and also a mess._ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _Yesterday, I spent the entire day cleaning out our piece of crap barbecue grill. It was rusty, and dirty with grayish weathered spots all over it. Grass was literally growing through the rusty holes in the legs, the ones that still exist, that is, because one just dropped the heck off when it realized what a piece of crap it was attached to. The broken grill leg rests Read more […]

Spaghetti with Homemade Marinara Meat Sauce

Today everyone is getting on my nerves, being totally obnoxious and not getting my jokes. Which might mean that I’m not really very funny, which in turn really urks me.My eldest daughter, Shelbi is trying out for next year’s school play, Alice in Wonderland, and has refused to allow me to help her. She wanted no coaching, no tips, no suggestions, no nothing. I tried to explain to her that Mommy is an excellent actress with a real knack for the dramatic, but she wasn’t trying to hear it. “Did Read more […]

Healthy Nachos

I feel fat.  And, I think that I might actually be fat. In any case, I don’t want to go swim suit shopping anytime soon, because I just went dress shopping, and the whole experience left me wanting to bludgeon the sales clerk, the inventor of dressing room lighting, and all cottage cheese manufacturers for making something that resembles my thighs.This torture was necessary because my husband and I were invited to go to a wedding on Saturday. And let’s face it; nothing is worse than being a Read more […]

Killer Submarine Sandwich

I love my husband. I really do. So when he called me on Saturday morning while I was in the middle of cooking, and told me that he was stranded at the gas station because the car wouldn’t start, I smiled to myself, grabbed my keys and was out the door to save his a**.So far, it had been a good day. A little rainy outside, gray and cloudy, but to be honest I really like those days best. I wear the gray like a warm comfy sweater, and the droplets of rain like tiny little kisses all over my skin.I pulled Read more […]

Sweet and Tangy Sloppy Joes

Today was a crazy day.  Not the head spinning crazy, just the “nothing went as planned” crazy.  That being said, I think the day went really well.  All my children still have 10 fingers and 10 toes; though my 3 year old swears her thumb is bleeding to death.  My husband loves me, and told me so.I talked to my best friend and laughed more times than I can count.And. . . . . I made dinner in 30 minutes, my children ate it, and didn’t complain (well about the food anyway).Life is good.Sweet Read more […]