Authentic Fried Rice (just like take-out . . .if that’s authentic)

The second best thing about 1st grade is very often you lose a tooth.The first best thing about 1st grade is that losing a tooth is just as important to all your classmates, as it is to you.  _  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -It’s 3:35pm. The front door opens, abruptly slams, and one very angry first grader walks through the door.She walks to the kitchen, leans her back onto the pantry door, and pops a grape into her mouth.  “My tooth is never EVER coming 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 […]

Quick Turkey Meatball Sub Sandwich (Sibling Shenanigans and the Gift of the Smarty Pants)

                                        In our house, we have a very special shirt.                                              It was worn by the cutest little boy in the world.                                              A portrait was painted of him while he was wearing it.                                                 Read more […]

Chicken and Broccoli Couscous with Lemon – 15 minute Supper

I feel like I’ve been a bad, bad, mom. This is nothing new.  Generally, I feel guilty about something.Today that something is the little dimples that seem to be developing around everyone’s waist as we try and navigate our way through the sun and fun of summer.And it’s my fault, I know it is, cause you know, the world revolves around me and my choices.  I went on vacation and then I went to visit my dad, and my kiddos have been showered with treats, and sweets, and everything yummy to eat as they 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 […]

Biscuit Topped Vegetable Chicken Stew

Sometimes I wonder if we have too many kids. Not because they’re crazy (which they are), or because they don’t listen (which they don’t). I wonder because, on many days, I’m not sure my heart can stand the strain. The metaphysical nature of mommyhood is a booch. On the side of concrete realities, you have the basics. You must figure out how to clean, because children are dirty. You must know how to cook, because children need to eat. You must know how to play, and laugh, and joke, because 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 […]

How To Boil An Egg

No, I don’t think you’re stupid.It’s not like I said, “Do you know how to boil water?”.  I know you know how to boil water.  Boiling eggs on the other hand, not so sure.  Maybe, you’re just not aware that boiled eggs are not supposed to be rubbery with greenish gray yolks. Shocked? Yeh, I knew you would be.A perfectly boiled egg should have a white that is delicate, yet firm.  The yolk should be marigold, with a silky smooth texture.  NOT TALCUM LIKE, MAKING YOU BEG FOR WATER.So here’s the dealy.  Read more […]