My Summer Reading List 2013. . . .Including A Discovery Of Witches. . .The TRILOGY!!!!!!

I’ve been walking around with a little bit of an accent lately.A sort of . . .sophisticated twang.I’m using bigger words . . . like “gather” in lieu of “pick up” when yelling at my children to clean up the house.Normally, my voice is a bit high pitched, but I’ve elected to bring it down an octave, to create an aire of mystery. And as I speak in my new sexy, 18th Century voice (could be 15th century. . .I’m no historian), I work in my garden. . .toiling (see I told you) over the weeds and ‘the like’ Read more [...]

Fingerling Potato Salad, A Note to Nana, and CLEAN FOOD by Terry Walters GIVEAWAY!!!!

Dear Mommy ( I call my mom ‘mommy’, sue me.),Sorry. I meant to share this with you last month, but alas time has gotten away from me. These are photos of Phoebe’s first Musical Program, and I thought you’d get a kick out of all of her silly expressions. The first photos are of her getting ready for the big event.I’ll narrate as I post the pics.She poses now. For every. single. picture. Just like her big sister Soledad. Whom she screams at. ALL THE TIME. Yet, she acts just like her. I know. I know. Read more [...]

Mexican Lasagna and A Child who Shutters at the Sight of Me. (Plus! A GIVEAWAY!!!)

(Winner announced below)Camera at the ready.My hand cupped the lens. My eye peering through the view finder, searching. Searching.Where is she?I let the camera strap rest around my neck as the camera dangles and I look for her.There she is.Green and white striped shirt. Her back to me. Walking away . . . . down the corridor. Walking away from me.”Shelbi!” I yelled.She turned around and looked at me, but only for a second.Quickly, she swung her head back around and weaving herself into the massive Read more [...]

LOW-FAT BUTTERSCOTCH BLONDIES, & A Cookie Lover’s Cookbook Giveaway!

{Winner announced below. . ..}Notice anything different around here?Yup.It’s a New Year.And I’ve got a new philosophy.I’d like a smaller buttocks.And a snazzier looking house.AND a classier looking blog.I started with my blog.Let’s analyze.Tones of gray mean, I love rain. And gray cats with blue eyes, and thunderstorms. POPS of GREEN! Say I love life!!! Freshly mowed grass, and Emeralds!!Frozen Mint Mojito on the side says, I’m tired, and I need a drink, with fresh weeds attached, because that’s Read more [...]

Last Minute Gifts! A BOOK FOR THE COOK. . . .My new fave Cookbook List!

Not So Humble Pies ( An Iconic Dessert, All Dressed Up) by Kelly JaggersPIE.  It is the beginning and the end for me. An entire book dedicated to pies that are anything but humble, well . . . .please excuse me while I thank my lucky stars.Sweet, savory, fancy or rustic, the word evokes warmth, and love, with pillows of whipped cream or nuggets of savory jewels that melt into a buttery crust. For many of us, it has always been (and will always be) PIE. Which is why, if you know someone like me, 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 to Read more [...]

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 [...]