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 […]

Nigella Lawson’s Sticky Gingerbread and Sticky, Sticky Situations

We were driving 50 mph on the interstate accelerating . . . . . .30 mph, 40 mph, 50 mph. And then nothing.The car just stopped.There was this low thud. Like the gears were trying to change but they wouldn’t. My heart fell out of my chest. Onto the dirty floor mat. The one with the blue slush stain. It stayed there for about 30 seconds as I gulped for air. . . .panicking.I looked over at him.He smiled.And it wasn’t a nervous smile either.His eyes were glimmering,  “Looks like the transmission just Read more […]

Sweet Potato Casserole

Me:  look, I’m not your Secretary. Stop sending me things half a**ed.Him:  I told you I sent the Christmas list earlier today to your hotmail address.Me:  No. You said you thought you sent them. And that you couldn’t find them in your outbox. And that you needed to look for them further.Him:  No. I said I found them. 2 hours ago. . .when I sent them.Me:  Well. I’m not your secretary. And that is not what you said. And anyway, I don’t know why you keep sending me stuff and telling me to do ‘this Read more […]

Thanksgiving Treat! 10 minute Side Dish and a Movie! Sauteed Carrots with Hazelnuts and Brown Sugar and Silver Linings Playbook~

I keep telling myself that crazy isn’t all bad.When I’m crying while making Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving Dinner, I think. . . .. .I’m not that abnormal. Not that, weird.And even if I am. . . . .I’m thinking that’s what makes me interesting.I cry for no reason.I yell at the drop of a hat.Then, while wiping the snot from my face, I kiss the people I just yelled at.Instability.It’s really rather sexy.David O. Russel brings this exact sensibility to light in his new movie Silver Linings Read more […]

Honeycrisp Apples Taste Like Yum. And roadkill tastes like ick.

Early morning. The clouds are low. The sky is a hazy steel gray. 7:34 am. I’m driving Shelbi to school. She’s 12 now. She proudly sits in the passenger seat of the car, head tilted back on the head rest, staring out into the the fields as we drive by them. Shelbi: I think there is some road kill out here. Me: Oh yeah. Shelbi: Yup. Down this street. Wonder if we can find it. Armadillo, I think. And so we continue on down the street. Both peering out the window to see if we see Read more […]

Pepitas! and Homemade Lalaloopsy Vampire Costume

[Don’t forget to enter My Redwood Hill Farm Dairy Giveaway!]Yesterday I yelled at my kid for being too excited for Halloween.I know what your thinking.No, I didn’t really yell. I just raised my voice.But no. I yelled. LOUD.Something like.”I’m so tired i don’t know what to do and you people wont ever leave me alone! and i guess i’ll let you try on your costume if you would just give me a moments peace. so just go try it on and try not to say anything . NO TALKING. NO TALKING. I can’t hear myself think!!! 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 […]

Halloween Costume: Peacock Massacre

 Pre-teens are weierd.My 11 year old pre-teen is weird.I’m weird too.But not quite as weird as her.Which, honestly.Has me slightly envious.Because, I love the weird.The misunderstanding that lurks behind the mysterious.The strange sense of curiosity of the the completely ridiculous.Yes.I love all things eccentric.And I love that kid.Ghastly grotesque,she tickles me with her Halloween fantasies.When she was younger, she would wet her whistle on the traditional. Princess attire, green faced witch Read more […]

Very Berry Muffins & Blogging for a Cure: The Best Friends Guide to Breast Cancer by Sonja L. Faulkner, Ph. D

I try not to, but sometimes horrible thoughts come into my head.I think of my maternal grandmother and of my cousin Andy, and I shiver. My girls. I think.My four beautiful girls.Me.Their mom.Stay away, I murmur. Cancer, stay away. My maternal grandmother died of breast cancer before I was born.My cousin Andy (Andrea) died of breast cancer just a few years ago, and she was in her thirties.It’s a horrible disease.And it seems we all have a link. When Andy was alive, I’m sure I was not the best cousin Read more […]

Halloween Couple Costume: Super Heroine and Evil Villian/ Cat Burglar

In a world infested with evil.Where crime had run amok………………Two individuals were left to fight to the finish.Of the same family.Once best friends,Now, bitter enemies.yet. . . .still. in. love.Friday, October 19th. 6:30 am.Me: Hey. I told Sam we would come by their Halloween Party tonight.Warwick:  Okay.Me:  That means we need costumes.Warwick: Okay.Me: That means we have to decide on something.Warwick: Okay.Me: Together!Warwick: Hmmmm. What do you got?Me: Well, I’m not sure if you’ll Read more […]