10 year Old Zombies, CHIA Snack Bars, & Chia – The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

When she was a Zombie she never would have screamed at me to “STOP IT!”She never would have walked into my bathroom at 6:17 am in the morning and asked me to blow dry her hair. And then act as if she was doing me a favor.And if she did. . .surely when she was a Zombie she would have appreciated the fact that it’s 6:17 am and although I’m her mother, its still nice of me to blow dry her hair straight and then flat iron it at 6:17 am when I’m tired and I have breakfast to make and 2 other children 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 […]

Southwest Chicken Salad and Pooping Pups, Powdery Mildew, and a Perfect Pick for Red Wine! (Graffigna Malbec Reserve 2010)

Hi. It’s me again.I’m having a bit of a day.My dog decided to climb up on the coffee table and make a boo boo.Not as in hurt himself.A crap crap.As in crapped on the table on top of the clothes that I was going to finish folding.On another note, Lucky (my dog) has been hopping onto the kitchen table chairs THAT MY CHILDREN REFUSE TO PUSH IN AFTER THEY HAVE EATEN, and he has been eating their dinners straight off their plates.Not good.ESPECIALLY since he is on a new vegetarian dog food diet that Read more […]

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

Update:  The deadline for the giveaway has been extended until June 2, 2012!- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -I ummmm. . . . .screwed up.I met my husband at softball practice at 6:00 pm.I chatted with my friends, made jokes, and piddled around for 45 minutes while my other kids climbed the bleachers.I packed up my 5 year old, and drove her to her basketball game 10 minutes early.I opened the door to the gym and noticed her team on the court all sweaty, with 9 seconds remaining Read more […]

Mango and Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon & What To Expect When Your Expecting: A Movie Review!

  Well, I can tell you what I wasn’t expecting.To like this movie, that’s what.What is that saying? Too many chickens in the coop. All trying to rule the roost. . . .Or be bossy. . .Or steal the limelight. . . ..I’m not sure, but you know what I mean.Too many mega stars. . .in one location, can make me a little nervous. . .Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock,  Dennis Quaid, and Matthew Morrison. . . . . . . .I can happily report,  ALL played nice.  Stellar in fact.  They done good. They Read more […]

Movie Review: The Hunger Games

 All photo credits: Murray Close Let me first say this.I’ve read the book, The Hunger Games. And I know this story back and forth. I loved the book, and VERY nervously anticipated the movie. Because nothing is worse than watching a story that you loved, one that took you days to read, being slowly destroyed in a matter of hours.Now.With that being said. . . .The Hunger Games film adaption was a surprisingly on target, bone chilling tale that had my stomach in. my. toes. within the first 15 Read more […]

Cinnamon Streusal Muffins, Baking Basics and Beyond GIVEAWAY, and Texting with Love. . . .

Nana just got an iPhone.She loves it.I love it.She has a Words with Friends Game (similar to scrabble) going on with EVERY member of my family. Except Phoebe, and as soon as Feebs gets an iPod touch, I’m sure she’ll oblige.I told her, “Mommy, I’m really busy, I don’t have a lot of time to play games, but I’ll try.”And it took me like two weeks but, now I’m in and I’m loving it.Also, she sends the funniest texts.Whenever she types, “Oh, boy!” It comes out “Ho Boy!”, which makes me chuckle every. Read more […]

Last Minute Superbowl Party Dip: Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Dip and The Ninja Professional Blender

It’s five o’clock in the morning.On Superbowl Sunday morning.I should be sleeping.Dreaming about what confections I might eat tonight.How many wings I might eat.How many cherry bars I’ll be able to shove down my throat.But instead. . . . .I’m practicing my Yoga breathing techniques and breathing slow and deep.Wishing I knew Karate so that I could go all Ninja crazy Kung Fu on these jokers in my house.WHO ALL wanted a Superbowl Party. WHO ALL said we NEVER have anyone over.  WHO ALL were at home Read more […]

Raw Kale Salad with Peanut Honey Dressing and a GIVEAWAY ~ Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook

Yesterday. My, oh my. Yesterday.It was a doozy.I went to a kick your hiney abdominal, legs, arms, crazy lady class at the gym. I figured out that I don’t know what a ‘plank’ is, but more importantly, I CAN’T DO ONE. I need to figure out what do when I’m in an exercise class and I discover that I have no abdominal muscles and my arms don’t work. Hint: Don’t cry.Also. . .against my better judgement, I went to Spin Class. And I spun. But, and as warned, it did feel slightly like I had a rod up my rear, Read more […]

Winter Vegetable Soup, Fishing in the City Pool and A GIVEAWAY: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook By Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge with Sandy Gluck

 Food Photography by Paulette Tavormina It’s raining catfish and dogs today.  I’m laughing hysterically to myself, even if you didn’t quite get the joke.I’m laughing because, as I sit here staring out my study window I’m . . .A.) Reminiscing about what a fun time we had this weekend watching our 3 girls play in their season opener basketball games.B.) Fondly remembering how Shelbi wrestled her a 3 pound catfish that she unhooked and grabbed with her bare hands from at our annual City Pool Read more […]