Easy Molasses and Nut Granola

  Sometimes I dream for my kids on a scale that I fear is  much too big. I want them to be strong, and fierce, and smart. I want them to be kind, and loving, and considerate. And I want them to love their sisters with intensity. Forever, and without question. Because your sister is your soul. She can see through anything, and has lived through the very things you had to struggle with. She knows all your bad, and still hangs around to see if you are going to dish out more. I know that Read more […]

Little Things to Make Our Lives Better:. . . . Funley’s Crackers with Veg and Vitamins!:)

My mom is here.In my house. Upstairs. In the guest bedroom. Sleeping.Because she’s tired.And exhausted.Of me.And my four straight up, a mess children.”Well. . . .”she says. . . .”Everyone has been behaving well. . . .”But Jesus . . . . .Lord Jesus (I’m actually praying here)I know THAT IS NOT what she is really thinking.One kid,Lord help us all, won’t stop asking for food, which is very disturbing to my mother. “Why is she sooo hungry ALL THE TIME?” ‘Maybe she’s bored”, she’ll say. “Maybe she is Read more […]

Apple, Lemon, Kale Juice (in a blender, of course) and the end of basketball:(

It’s almost over.And I’m really sad about it.I’m sad because it made me so happy.Happy like, I’m doing something right.Happy like, they are great! they are strong! they are tough!One more series of games left. The denouement, will be the final tournament this weekend.All my girls teams, have all wins, and only one loss.Loss.It will be another 4 months until they play again.It seems like forever.Ever.Will I see that same gleam in their eyes when they play softball?Or when they throw the Volleyball Read more […]

Seaweed Wraps with Rice Noodles, Peanut Sauce and Pickled Beets

I’ve got a Monkey on my back.Or a kid on my desk.Or a headache. And I keep forgetting to do things.And I think my butt is getting. FAT. TER.Not flat.I could deal with that.But fat. Uuuuh.BUT. BUTT.Things are appearing around here.Like lovely, marvelous books that smell of cardboard and scotch tape. Filled with gorg. Recipes that make me, want to ‘want’ a less fat butt. And then. . .this showed up on my doorstep yesters. Yelling at me.YOU CAN DO IT.AND IT’LL BE SO EASY.LOOK HOW GOOD THIS LOOKS! Read more […]

Dark Chocolate M&M Trail Mix and Knock Down, Drag Down Fights.

{Enter the Good Housekeeping Cookie Lover’s Cookbook Giveaway!}I could hear her feet as they hit the ground.Their bareness slapped the tile floor as they stomped toward my room.She stopped in the doorway.She was too angry to entirely enter a space that was completely ours.”I hate her! And all the stupid noises she makes! She’s just sitting there grunting and slopping up her food. In her stupid annoying way.””Excuse me. You had better watch how you speak about other members of the family.” I spoke 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Honey -Lemon Watermelon Salad & A $25 H-E-B Gift Card Giveaway!!!

Finally. I’m starting to work on my garden. In my garden. Around my garden. But. . . . Geez Louise. I’m late. Last year, all my plants were in the ground by April 4th. Oh. Woe is me. But then I looked again, and in 2010, I didn’t get around to it until April 16th. Guess what today is? Yeah buddy. April 17th. I’m right on time for being behind. What a relief. It was stressing me out a bit.  I kept telling myself, gardening is a hobby. Don’t stress crazy cakes. Just plant and be happy.  Read more […]