General Joe’s Chopstix Salad Copy Cat Recipe

It’s been awhile. To say the least. Almost 35 months to the DAY, that I haven’t typed a single word to you my friends. I’ve missed you terribly

My best Manicure Tips that will have your beauties looking good all week long.

I feel a little guilty. Everytime I go anywhere, EVERYBODY feels so sorry for me. Oh Poor You! That knee of yours must hurt so bad! Meniscus? ACL Tear? Geez! Those are the worst! And I say,” Well. . .ummm, it’s really not that bad. Honestly. I doesn’t hurt. And aside from the fact that I have to lug these horrid crutches around with me everywhere I go, I’m really in hog heaven.” And then they give a nervous little laugh. Shyly avert their gaze. Not knowing what to say. But I’m Read more […]

Creamy Tomato and Zucchini Tortellini Soup and some not very good reasons why I’ve been gone so long.

  Before I get into anything at all, I do realize that an apology is in order. I’m sorry. I’m so very sorry that I just flat-out dropped off the face of the earth, like Batman in Batman Begins when that hottie patottie, Christian Bale, leaves Gotham in search of his inner Batman. But he did eventually return to Gotham, ravaged and wretched with havoc, as I have returned to my blog, worn and weary not unlike that fair yet dark city. There was no avengement of paternal deaths Read more […]

Black Bean Soup that is pretty darn close to the Panera Bread Version, except for its better.

  There isn’t much to say except . . .this is really good. Like so good, that I’m not even afraid to tell you, I must be a pretty amazing cook. I told my friend I was making this soup last night, and she said, ” Oh hey! How did the Black Bean Soup come out?” and I said, “Oh. My. Gawd. Fabulous. It was the best black bean soup ever. Dare I say even better than Panera Bread’s? Yes, I do.  It was awesome. I am awesome for making it.” Now, I know. You’re thinking, Damn your Read more […]

Thrift Store Sad Little Desk to Chic Little Teenage Vanity.

  I’m running in a slight tizzy today. The weather has turned colder (highs in mid 50’s. . .brrrrrrr) and I’m super charged to clean my house and get it nice and cozy for the winter like weather. I love this time of year.  It really makes me want to gather up my loved ones in my arms, and sit around in a candle lit house and laugh and be merry. So that’s what I’m up to today. Cleaning windows for the Christmas lights that we will begin to adorn our house with next weekend Read more […]


For the love of all things creepy, somebody remind me to get a backbone. And to divvy out responsibilities. And to take control of things that are fully in my control. And to be happy, because happiness lies within always. And to know that no matter how crazy life gets, I have within me the tools to tackle anything that comes my way. .  . Please. . . Remind me. – – – – — – – – – – – – I woke up this morning with a list a million miles long of things to do to make today special for Read more […]

Halloween DIY: Little Girl Swan (Lake) Costume and Make-Up

  Ok people. It’s do or die time. And I think I’m dying. Only 1 day left until Halloween and I’m just now thinking about my children and their costumes. Oops. “Mommy! Are we going to do our costumes today?” “No.” “What about today?” “No.” “Can we do it tomorrow?” “Probably not.” “What about now?” “Absolutely not, and if you ask me one more time, I’m cancelling Halloween. And don’t think I won’t do it!” – – – – – – – – – – – – I’m a horrible mother. But Read more […]

Scary Things I’m Avoiding This Week. . . Halloween Sightings & CASCADE ICE SPARKLING WATERS GIVEAWAY!

Enslaved Crazy Person chained to a wooden crate at the Friendswood HS Drama Club’s Haunted House. I know your pain, buddy.   WINNER ANNOUNCED BELOW ———————————————————— Last Monday, Shelbi (13) sent me a text that took 20 seconds to scroll through. And that’s if you’re not reading it. Just scrolling. Reading would have taken AT LEAST  5 minutes. And I would have needed even more time if I chose to decipher all the acronyms and emoticon references. Read more […]

Spooky Halloween Bat Mobile

  Him: So what are you gonna do? Me: I’m gonna make a bat mobile. Him: A bat MOW-BEAL? Me: No. A bat MOW-BULL? BAT-MOBILL, MO-BLEUX? Him: Oh. For a minute there I thought we were going engine shopping. Me: Nope. Not this time. Him: Good. I don’t think we have time to recreate Bat Man’s Lair in time for Halloween. Me: Yeah. Probably not. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – I pronounce a lot of things kind of funky. Like addict. I say it more like ah-dick. Which Read more […]

Oatmeal Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate Bars and PYURE STEVIA SWEETENER GIVEAWAY!

[WINNER ANNOUNCED BELOW] Sunday, I was walking Phoebe (5) and Soledad (8) from the car to the softball field. It was a little wet, and a little muddy, but the ground was sturdy and the wind a little breezy. I walked about 10 steps ahead of my girls, hurrying to get a good spot on the bleachers. One step in front of the other. Step over a rock. Bypass the candy wrapper. Hop over the huge hole in the dirt. Only I think I must have been so mesmerized by the hole that I actually Read more […]