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 […]

Spicy Sesame Vinaigrette over Flank Steak Spinach Salad

Me:  Soledad, can you please get your sister and go on a walk to the Enchanted Forest? When you get there, take a left at the wicked witches cabin, and then without her noticing cut some basil from her garden. I need four cups of it. Oh. And watch out for Scallywags and snails. They’ll be the death of you.Soledad (6) : OK! For sure!Soledad dressed in a Genie costume speedily grabs her sister (who is dressed in a fairy outfit) and they run into the backyard with scissors (probably not the best idea) Read more […]

Meal on the Go! Simple Summer Sub Sandwich

Guess what everybody.It’s the summer.It’s Summer Olympics Time!And Black People Can’t swim!Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of footage on how black people can’t swim.I think it’s because (fantastically enough) there are three black swimmers on the 2012 US Olympic Swimming Team, which is adding much needed diversity.I think the point the media is trying to make is that a high percentage of black people don’t know how to swim. Which, my friends, is very, very different from flat out NOT BEING ABLE Read more […]

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

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Firework Brownies: Easy Blonde Brownies with Sprinkles (made with cake mix!)

The other day Bella took some photo albums off the shelf and sat on the couch to peruse.Little Phoebe climbed up the couch and onto her sisters lap and settled in for the stories of all the wonderful times we’ve had.”And this is the time when you had a birthday party at the zoo. . . .Oh! and remember when you got that fantastic doll for Christmas? And this is the time when you went to Disneyland? Remember that?””I went to Disneyland? I went to the zoo?  I’m the baby! I’m the baby! I’m so cute!!!” Read more […]

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Memorial Day Meal: Santa Fe Oven Fajitas with a Pineapple and Red Bell Pepper Salsa and A GIVEAWAY!!!

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Tortilla Pizza and My Birthday Highlights

  I waited in line at the DMV for 45 minutes to renew my drivers license. I was by myself. I chewed a piece of gum and didn’t share. .. .and. . .I read a book. It was nice. While I was at the DMV, Lucky peed on the floor and rolled in it. Warwick said he didn’t smell, but he did. So I gave him a bath and he stood moderately still. We ate SUSHI for lunch!!!! Nobody ever wants to eat Sushi with me, but on my birthday. . .not one single complaint:)We early voted. I love pretending that I’m republican Read more […]

This month in Sports. . . .And Quick Cook Vegetarian Fried Noodles

She caught her!!!!!! This month it’s been sports, sports, sports, sports, sports. The end of some sports, the continuation of others, and the beginning of more.  It has had us in a bit of a tizzy, with not much time to rest between outings. But deep down in my gut I know all the flurry is worth the trouble. This is the only time in their lives where they can play until their hearts are content.  And if they do it now, when they’re my age Read more […]