Phoebe’s “Favorite” Pineapple – Mango Banana Smoothie

6:11 am. Kitchen.  Me with hair, slightly wild, completely afro, oddly amazing. Eyes tired, holey t-shirt with pajama shorts on. Mild chaos of crumbs strewn about the floor making a not so subtle beach of cheese crackers and tortilla chips. Dishes in the sink from 2 days before. Smoothie acroutements on the counter. Frozen mango, pineapple juice, banana, yogurt.  I’m making a smoothie for my littlest, because she only eats skittles and goldfish crackers. A Pineapple-Mango Smoothie to Read more […]

Soft Serve Blueberry Ice Cream: In my blender of course.

  He’s getting older. I can see it more and more clearly as years pass by. He calls me pretty lady, bordering on all the time now. Hey, “Pretty Lady.”  “What’s up pretty lady?” “Can I have a kiss pretty lady?” He sounds like some creepy dirty old man with an aluminum tin can in his hand, jingling it around for change. And he listens to old man jive music, frequently. The kind that comes on the radio in old sleepy towns with only AM reception. And he does this like Read more […]

SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE: Wild Berry. . . .a book by a similiar name by Julie Morris AND A GIVEAWAY!!!

WINNER ANNOUNCED BELOW I’m sitting in the car with her as we’re driving to school. I look over and she just looks defeated. Anxious. Nervous. Worried. “You know its going to all work out fine.” I say for the 20th time. She purses her lips and grunts as she grabs her stomach. All last night she complained of achey muscles, headaches, and a sour stomach. “Its just that I’m so tired. I’m so over it. And its only the 4th day of school. I’ll never be able to do everything that everyone expects me to. 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 […]

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream and Redwood Hill Farm Dairy GIVEAWAY!!!

[Giveaway Winner Announced Below]I wouldn’t call it bribery.More like enticement.or INCENTIVE. not insensitive. which it may have also been, but no need to start name calling.Or let’s just call it remuneration because nobody knows what that means.It’s July already and Middle School starts in 8 weeks.  You know Middle School. Junior High. Intermediate. Whatevs. The stuff of pimples, nudey jokes, and constant embarrassment.  Shelbi is going to Middle School in exactly 35 days, and just 7 days ago Read more […]

Smoothie for Your Heart: Orange Vanilla Protein (Tastes like an Orange Julius)

 It just occurred to me that in September, I wrote and cried and slobbered and prayed to you about my Poppy Pops. I cried about his heart transplant surgery and how I felt like I was dying inside. I moaned about my regrets, wishes and hopes,  and I how I needed him HERE to be a part of all of that.I needed him NOT to die.And he almost did.In fact, if you ask him, he would tell you he almost did. More than once. From fever. From kidney failure. From a crazy one-eyed heavy-handed nurse. That’s another Read more […]

Coffee Protein Smoothie with a bit of banana thrown in.

Dear Self,Get some cojones. Or maybe just borrow your husbands.Throw on your tight spandex workout pants (the ones with the neon hot pink around the waist) and your body glove tank top and walk your scary little toosh into the Spin Class and OWN IT.Will you look like an idiot? Maybe.Will you not know what the heck your doing? Probably.But like we heard in that movie trailer that one time for that movie we don’t remember the name for, that was advertising to teenagers. . . .If you are scared to do Read more […]

My Crazy Weekend and Crazy Cuisine Potstickers, Teriyaki Chicken and Orange Chicken Giveaway!!!

On Friday we cleaned out the guest bedroom, making way for Christmas cheer and holiday guest (Nana) and cleaned up the house a bit.Saturday, we watched True Blood in bed until 9 am, watched two soccer games, and then pulled out the Christmas lights and started hanging. Don’t worry, we won’t turn them on until Thanksgiving weekend. We ate Chinese (from the freezer). And my kids loved me for it. Then after they went to bed, I made a Butterscotch Bread Pudding (coming soon) poured myself and Warwick Read more […]

Gigantic Banana Split Sundae and Heaven Help Me by George Michael

“Heaven help me, heaven help me.Talk to strangers, talk to strangers.Heaven help me.Over you.Help me over you.I can’t seem to take these changes.Everything reminds my heart of you.”These lyrics keep going through my mind, on repeat.Over and over again.Don’t worry, Mr. Woo isn’t leaving me.This one is.Yesterday, she started kindergarten.Not a tear was shed. Not a mommy, “Don’t go.” She just walked with determination. With a mission in mind. Forward. Onward. Without looking back.She did give me Read more […]

Creamy Dreamy Lime Ice Cream: No Ice Cream Maker Required

(Today, I’m also at Great Expectations. I’ve got a Perfect Summer Dinner Recipe calling your name!) It’s summertime. Which for all intents and purposes, is the time for laziness. If you’re of that vibe, which I totally am. However, there are somethings, that one should not be lazy about. Paying the Bills. Don’t be lazy about that. That could cause some issues.And mowing the lawn. Pay attention. I don’t want you to lose your toes.And diving in the pool, try to take a few seconds to focus. Or else Read more […]