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26 Sep


Finding Balance

“Work me” wrote this little ditty.  I thought I would share it with y’all.  With all the hype about “leaning in”, super moms, etc sometimes I find it good to remind myself that raising kids is a marathon not a sprint and that the best thing I can do is focus on finding balance, in their lives, our family life, and mine.  (The last one seems to be the hardest to do, at least for me).

Please, share your thoughts and ideas on how you find balance.

The BLS

16 Sep

I am not talking about the Bureau of Labor Statistics of Basic Life Support but instead what you get when you don’t have tomatoes for a BLT.  The “S” is salsa.  Yep, that was my quick kitchen substitute the other day.  When I realized my tomatoes were no longer edible I slathered some salsa on the lettuce and called it a sandwich.  Turns out it was good!  The nice thing is I ALWAYS have salsa.  I don’t always have tomatoes, seeing I am the only person that eats them.  I will have to remember this in the future for other sammies.

A BLS with cheese please!

A BLS with cheese please!

It’s Cutthroat Kitchen Every Night at Our House!

9 Sep

For a family of people who are not foodies, professional chefs, Julia Child’s fanatics, etc we sure do watch a lot of cooking shows.  My son wants to be either Guy Fieri or Bobby Deen when he grows up.  My daughter, who refuses to eat most foods, loves to watch Paula Deen- they agree on the whole butter thing.  I have always been a fan of Alton Brown because he breaks things down to a basic “follow these directions” kind of thing.   Our new TV show addiction is Cutthroat Kitchen.  The Hubs even enjoys the show, he likes the trickery and shenanigans.

We joke that cooking in our house is is very much like this show, like the other day when I tried to make a BLT and half way through realized the tomatoes were no longer desirable.  We frequently are missing ingredients, tools are stolen (or unavailable because smaller household residents have scampered off with them) or have self imposed time challenges or other hurdles like trying to help with homework, load the dishwasher, make dinner, and send a work project via email (Hey Alton- You should add “run a household while cooking” as an auction item).  So yep, we handicap ourselves. The only thing we are missing is the cash.

This leads us to tonight’s fun.  My son has been wanting to make dessert.  I stocked up on the ingredients to make Banana Pudding.  We had been watching an episode so we decided it would be fun to do a banana pudding challenge.  I handicapped the kids by making them use odd utensils, they returned the favor by limiting my time.  Overall it was a fun and messy way to spend the evening.

 Banana pudding smoothie, classic banana pudding & wafers, and something that resembles baby food

Banana pudding smoothie, classic banana pudding & wafers, and something that resembles baby food

The contestants explaining what they made to the judge

The contestants explaining what they made to the judge

The winner was awarded a spoon on his nose.

The winner was awarded a spoon on his nose.

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