Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies with Flaxseed, Walnuts, and Chocolate Chips

What I said:Dear Principal:It has come to our attention that our daughter Soledad Woodard, a kindergartner at XXXXXXElementary, is being bullied by a boy named XXXXX(second grader) on the bus ride home.On numerous occasions, since the beginning of school, he has ostracized Soledad for her hairstyles, calling her names like the “weird girl” and strange. He uses this language as he taunts her in her face, as well as laughing and encouraging others around him to join in. She has two older siblings Read more […]

Peanut Brittle and Friendship. . . .Perfection.

“A single rose can be my garden. . . .A single friend, my world.” ~ Leo Buscaglia, Tireless Advocated of the Power of Love (1924-1998) Friends. I love them. They love me back.They make me happy. Last weekend, I went to visit a few of my oldest most dearest friends. And we got are toes done. And our nails done did. You can’t tell it from the picture, but my finger nails have sparkles in them 🙂 And they made me crack the mess up. And they told me my nails were Read more […]

Quick and Easy Crawfish Boil

I’m not even sure how she does it.She just walks off the plane, and EVERYBODY is putty in her hands.She says something, and it’s golden.”Hey Girls, let’s help your mom and clean up the entire house!” and all four of my kids jump up and start scrubbing the walls.How does she do that? I think it’s magic. Maybe Voodoo.She’ll spank my hide for saying that. IT’S NOT VOODOO.Such a misconception about people from Louisiana. My mother does not practice black magic. She goes only by the grace of God.  Read more […]

4th of July Barbecue Side: Salt and Vinegar Baked Chips

“Thanks to Plum Organics for sponsoring my post about fun kid photos and the stories behind them. Enter Plum’s “Babies for Yum Caption Contest” on Facebook and you could win a $100 gift card or Plum goodies.”Today I’m putting my ‘mommy’self in my 10 year old’s shoes.I’m imagining.Pondering what it would have been like to be in the middle of a basketball game, with a crew of monkey kins sitting idly by watching.Wondering how it must have felt when those crazies started acting up.—– x———This Read more […]

Strawberry-Basil Lemonade Slush

This weekend, my husband’s family had a reunion.It was in the country, where it’s hot. Sweltering, blistering, and humid. You know the kind of hot, where in the movies the people are depicted as sexy as they walk around in the 100 degree weather as their bodies shine with a dew from their sweat. Beads of moisture delicately rest on their noses, and their hair seems like its wet from a shower, versus wet from the humidity.  And then to cool themselves off,  they walk around in their daisy dukes Read more […]

Pico De Gallo for the month of Mayo

I have decided that I shall send the 10 year old child to the moon.She is a nut and a half and I only know how to deal with seeds.She is trying out 070-411 for next years drama club production of Beauty and the Beast.And I wanted her to practice for me.And she wanted me to shrivel up and stop bothering her.Me: So, Babette is a feather duster. And French.  You probably need to be very frilly, with a funny accent.Her: I don’t want to do this with you. It’s easier at school.Me: I didn’t ask you if Read more […]

~Mixed Berry Smoothie ~

On Children, Human Sexuality, Transvestites, Transsexuals, and Lady GagaSometimes we drive to a certain pizza place in a nearby town, because they run a special for $3.99 large pizzas.Often on those visits, we encounter a man.Who is dressed like a woman.Complete with wig, daisy dukes, and make-up.Usually high heels too.I’m sure he’s not just an ugly woman. The Adam’s apple is a dead giveaway. The children too, have noticed. Nothing getting passed their curious eyes.”Mommy.  Is that a man?” “Yup.” Read more […]

Butterscotch Creamy Dreamy Fruit Sauce

I’m finally 36.I feel like I should be such an adult.But, I feel like such a kid.A kid who has kids. Like I’m their really, really, really older big sister.I’m not sure if that’s normal.  It’s probably not.  But in anycase, I think I’ve been making some huge strides lately.  You know, on becoming an adult.Since the 2 days that I’ve been 36, I’ve decided that I can’t make people (who aren’t my children) do things that they don’t want to.  So I’ve stopped trying.I’ve realized that I may want Read more […]

Fresh Strawberry-Mint Salad and Using Cayenne Pepper in Your Garden to Keep Small Animals Away

I. AM. GOING. TO. KILL. THAT. CAT!And by ‘kill’ I mean really, really, make it sneeze.It’s not as if I’m the best gardener in the world.  Let’s face I’m not even the most mediocre gardener in the world.  I fall somewhere between standard and extraordinarily second-rate.  Though usually, this does not a problem make.  We get enough rain (though we’re in a drought now), we get plenty of sunshine (though with the lack of rain its wilting the plants), and the weather is just temperate enough in Read more […]

Zucchini Fries

Warwick:  Your toenails look really pretty.Me: Thanks.Warwick: No, I mean it.  They look really nice.Me: Oh. Um. Er. Thanks.  You bought the polish.Warwick: I did?  Me: When we were in college. In 1998.Smiling, I think because his hasty purchase has lasted so long.Warwick:  Oh, that must be why I like it so much.Me: Maybe.  But you bought the wrong color.- – – – –  – – – – – –   X  – – – – – – – – – – – – -He was supposed to buy a Pearly Light Lavender.Oh well. That’s what I love about Read more […]