Potato Fagioli (My made up name for Pasta Fagioli with no Pasta) And Broken, Broken, Teeth.

That girl was on fire.And then. . . . .it happened.Sitting on the hard aluminum bleacher seat, I could see the ball as it propelled through the air, just missing her head, landing onto her chest, and then BAM! ricocheting onto her jaw. Her jaw jiving upwards, knocking the lower tooth into the upper. . .and then. . . .She clasped her hand over her mouth.Uuuuuhhhh.She turned toward me, eyes wide, as she she sprinted off of the soccer field.She hopped into the players box, and then exiting out in a Read more […]

Green Goddess Juice (Grapefruit, Apple, Celery) made in a Blender

{Enter my CLEAN FOOD COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY}   Oh my Lord.   It’s all I could think as my head pounded from the sound of the blaring TV. I kept my eyes shut, willing my brain to turn off and fall back to sleep. And then the alarm blasted ON. RRRRIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG DIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGG. BBBBLLLLLAAAAAAHHHHHH. Uuh. My eyes opened and the lights in the bedroom were blazing. Where is my husband? Why is Usher singing in my alarm clock? WHY ARE THE LIGHTS ON AND SCREAMING AT MY Read more […]

Fingerling Potato Salad, A Note to Nana, and CLEAN FOOD by Terry Walters GIVEAWAY!!!!

Dear Mommy ( I call my mom ‘mommy’, sue me.),Sorry. I meant to share this with you last month, but alas time has gotten away from me. These are photos of Phoebe’s first Musical Program, and I thought you’d get a kick out of all of her silly expressions. The first photos are of her getting ready for the big event.I’ll narrate as I post the pics.She poses now. For every. single. picture. Just like her big sister Soledad. Whom she screams at. ALL THE TIME. Yet, she acts just like her. I know. I know. Read more […]

Mexican Lasagna and A Child who Shutters at the Sight of Me. (Plus! A GIVEAWAY!!!)

(Winner announced below)Camera at the ready.My hand cupped the lens. My eye peering through the view finder, searching. Searching.Where is she?I let the camera strap rest around my neck as the camera dangles and I look for her.There she is.Green and white striped shirt. Her back to me. Walking away . . . . down the corridor. Walking away from me.”Shelbi!” I yelled.She turned around and looked at me, but only for a second.Quickly, she swung her head back around and weaving herself into the massive Read more […]

German Chocolate Cake Trifle and Christmas Memories

Christmas at my house. . . .I’m taking a picture of my kid taking a picture of food. I’m so proud.I should be ashamed of myself.I yelled A LOT on Christmas Eve.I’m not even sure why I was so grumpy.Nana baked the cookies with the girls.The neighbor took the kids carolling.But I had been on my feet for like 3 days.And I was getting bitter.And I tend to get the grumpy bug anytime I feel overworked.Uuuggghh.Cry me a river.It is, what it is.When we were getting ready to go to midnight mass I took one Read more […]

Candy Corn Witch and Rock The Vote with Redwood Hill Farm GIVEAWAY!!!!!

 {Winner announced below}I’m just going to say “I’m sorry” before I begin.Then you can say “Thank you,” when I’m all done.With the blogging time I have today, I have to make my “To Do List”.Nicki Woo’s TO DO:1. See if Bella’s Candy Corn Witch costume fits.2. Convince Bella that her face is gorg, HOWEVER. . .it’s All Hallow’s Eve and could she pretty please put some make-up on it (preferably girlish ghoulish) 3. Figure out Halloween Dinner Menu. (maybe Turkey Chili with a side of green onions, Read more […]

Bedroom Makeover on a Budget

I was a bit of a witch with a ‘b’ yesterday.I screamed and hollered about not being able to do IT ALL.I think I may have thrown the top to the blender across the kitchen. Or that could have been the day before yesterday, but I definetly threw it.I witched and moaned about football being on the television ALL THE TIME.And then I watched two games in a row because I was too lazy to get up and change the channel.After giving Warwick a glaring look, a huff, and an exhausted roll of my shoulders he Read more […]

The Easiest Way to Hang A Collection of Pictures

Dear Warwick,I know you don’t think I listen to you.  And you might be a little right.  It isn’t that I don’t want to listen to you. I DO. I really do. It’s just that so many things are going on at every second of the day that I don’t really focus all that well. I’m trying, though. I promise.And even though I’m not the world’s best listener, and you find yourself repeating the same thing over and over again, I do HEAR you, which may or may not be the same thing as listening to you.So. . .on this Read more […]

10 Things to Make and Do for YOUR YARD this Halloween!!!!

I don’t like it when other people talk sternly to my children. I don’t like it when other people reprimand, scold, or otherwise act as if they are in charge of my children. When another person (that is not myself, my husband, or my mother) raises their voice to any one of my offspring, my chest pops out, grows muscles (in a feminine way) and turns a grotesque shade of green. A guttural growl overtakes my breathing. My eyes become slightly inset, and a darkness hovers. And. . . .. I want Read more […]

Malted Pineapple, Coconut, Banana Smoothie and HEB $25 Gift Card Slim Down Showdown GIVEAWAY!!!!

Winner Announced Below!!!Child #3:   And then she said, “Get away from me! YOU’RE SO ANNOYING!!!”Me:  Is that right?  Did you call your sister annoying?Child #1: Well, no. I told her she was annoying me, and then I asked her to go away.Me: Well, don’t tell your sister she’s annoying, and try not to tell her to go away. She’s only SIX. The things you say really affect her.Child #1: Well, its not my fault that she’s SO ANNOYING, and you never do anything about it. You never listen.Me: Well, Read more […]