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Friday, September 12, 2014

Use Your Words: September 2014

Hello, friends!
Today’s post is a writing challenge created by Karen @ Baking in A TornadoThis is how it works: 11 participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, but there's a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who received their words or in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featured in this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they were given and how they used them. 

My words are: Lemony pancakes ~ phone marketer ~ zoo ~ car insurance ~ yell ~ laundry
They were submitted by the wonderful Tamara@ Confessions of a part-time working mom  

The "Before-Dinner-Snack"

Weekday afternoons are often like a zoo around here. At three o'clock, the kids start coming home from school. Before the front door closes, they're yelling about one thing or another. Usually, it's announcing that a friend (or three) has tagged along, or asking loudly if the laundry they had balled up under their bed has been washed. 

I'm commonly multitasking by asking about homework or reminding the kids to pick up their shoes/jackets/backpacks while ALSO telling telephone marketers that I am NOT interested in lowering my car insurance rates/ buying a new roof/ completing a survey, etc.

It gets to be a bad rhythm around here; from three to five o'clock every day. There's always a bit of chaos, exhaustion, bickering, and non-connection. Definitely, our proudest moments are NOT happening at that time of day.

Some days, we just have to slow down. The shoes can be put away later. I don't need to yell about where the laundry chute is located five times a week. We all need to remember to breathe...and eat.

Ten years from now, my kids won't remember what the homework was. I won't remember who I was mad at for not putting their clothes away. What we will recall are the moments we did something completely unexpected. 

Like the time I made lemony pancakes at 3:30 in the afternoon. With whipped cream and thick syrup. No rhyme nor reason; just because. I had no idea what we would be having having for dinner that night. All that mattered was that we were going to sit down, eat something rich, and talk about our day. We didn't make a four-course meal OR healthy choices that day, but we did make some sweet memories. :)

The "Let's Just Eat!" guide to Lemony Pancakes 
Ingredients: Lemon boxed cake mix, 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cup water, 1/3 cup oil
Optional: Syrup, yogurt, fresh fruit, whipped cream

Make cake mix according to the directions on the box.

Scoop mix onto a hot griddle@ 325 degrees. The smaller the pancake, the better. Mine were too big.

When the pancakes start to bubble, slow-roll them over (like crepes) Cook thoroughly.

Stack on plates. If you're making more than needed, sprinkle with powdered sugar for easy separation later. The pancakes taste like cupcake tops. They can be served warm or cold.

Let the kids serve themselves up and enjoy.


 AFTER savoring your time together, remind the youngest to hang up his coat. Hey, we don't live in a zoo!

Make your memories on your own terms, friends :)
-Michele

Thanks for the words, Tamara!!
Baking in a Tornado                              
Spatulas on Parade                          
Stacy Sews and Schools                     
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                                   
Evil Joy Speaks                        
Someone Else's Genius                            
Confessions of a part-time working mom                              
Follow Me Home                            
The Bergham's Life Chronicles                          
The Sadder but Wiser Girl                                    
Battered Hope                                 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Fly On The Wall: August 2014

Hey there!  Welcome to the August Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 11 awesome bloggers and I are describing what it would be like if you were to take a peek inside our homes....



Have a "look" around mine, and then go visit the other blogger's pages. There's always something fun, sentimental, or better yet, embarrassing going on. It's like your house, only we're admitting to the craziness. You have our permission. Buzz on over!

Cast:
The man
Alex, the eldest (daughter, 20) She has a name!!
C., The middle (son, 16)
J., The youngest (son, 9)
Henry and Lila- The dogs

If you were a fly on our wall this month, you would have witnessed this:

Once upon a mattress:
After twenty-one years, 3 kids, and 3 dogs, the man and I finally bought a new mattress set. We decided to upgrade after our youngest was watching TV with me on my bed and did an accidental slow-roll onto the floor. The rectangular prism we had been sleeping on for so long had finally morphed into a wedge.
The bad news? No dogs allowed. (Bad news for them.) Also, I now need a ladder step stool to get into my bed.
The good news? Better back support and a 50% less chance of me rolling into my husband like we're on a Matterhorn ride.
Henry and Lila wondering what happened to the sloped "jump-on" spot from the old bed.



Oh, Brother!:

C. to J. while gathering laundry:
C.: "There needs to be a BALANCE when throwing your underwear down the chute. If you don't put enough down, mom will think you're not changing it enough. But, if you throw too much down, she's going to tell you to lay off the apples."
***

C. to me: "You should thank me, mom. J. couldn't sleep last night so I read to him. I even read from the bible."
Me: "C.! That was really nice of you."
J. to me, not nearly as happy about it as I thought he'd be: "Yeah, he read me a story about Cain and Abel."
Me: "C., you're grounded."
***

C. to J. on one of the last day of summer vacation: "Every time we bake with mom, a toothless angel gets her wings."


School begins!

The kids are off to school once again. C. is a Junior and J. is entering 4th grade. It's going fast. I'm trying to hold on and let go at the same time.


C. -11th grade

J. -4th grade

I asked Alex to send me her "first-day" picture. She's entering her senior year of college.
A.: "Not today, mom. School doesn't start until Monday. This morning, I'm just a hot mess. That's not a picture you need to see."
***

I get up early on the first morning to make everyone a big breakfast. We have pancakes, eggs, bacon and juice. I even serve it on our good dishes.
J. is making "Mmm" sounds.
C. to J. : "Enjoy your breakfast today, J. It's pop tarts for the next 179 days.
The Man: "C.! That's not very nice."
The Man then whispers to me, "BTW, we're out of pop tarts."

Preview for next month's Fly on the Wall:

The man just started working most weekdays from home. 
Yeah. That's just begging for blog posts.


Convo of the month:
Me to the man: "I know you're working, but I need you to come and kill this spider in my sewing room. It's huge."
The man walks with me down the hall then points at the spider: "What is all of that wet,white stuff?
Me: "It's baby powder. And spray starch. I didn't want it to run away while I went to get you."
The man: .....................
No words. Just the shaking of his head while he wonders if he should go back to working away from home.

Finally:
My son put me in his Lego "City".


Three things I love about this:
1. I drive an awesome convertible.
2. My ripped arms are as fabulous as my raven-black hair.
3. My husband has to sit in the back to make room for my cup of Joe.

Happy Friday, friends:) 
-Michele


Thanks once again for stopping by, and to the Fly's AMAZING creator, Karen @ Baking In a Tornado, aka "The Blogging Original", for hosting this challenge! Would you like to join in the next FLY challenge? Click on the FLY button on my side bar. Karen will more than take care of you.
Take a look at what the other bloggers have going on inside their homes. Go on! Leave them a comment. You know you want to...
Baking in a Tornado                          
The Rowdy Baker                                  
Just a Little Nutty                                
The Momisodes                                          
Spatulas on Parade                          
The Sadder but Wiser Girl                                   
Follow Me Home                            
Stacy Sews and Schools                   
Menopausal Mother                                
Someone Else's Genius                          
Go Mamma O                                          


Friday, August 15, 2014

Use Your Words- August 2014: Short and SWEET!

Hello, friends!
Today’s post is a writing challenge created by Karen @ Baking in A TornadoThis is how it works: 11 participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, but there's a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who received their words or in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featured in this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they were given and how they used them. 

My words are: 
Potatoes ~ hippopotamus ~ cannon ~ bug spray ~ orange submarine

They were submitted by: Sarah@ http://themomisodes.com   

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? 

Well, for this challenge, I decided to use all of my words in photos.  I was able to "USE" the words and "EAT" them :)

So, thank you, Sarah. Not only for the awesome words, but for giving me an excellent excuse to bake the day away with my boys.
            


I didn't have cookie-cutters for many of the words, so C. cut them by hand for me.

J. loves to ice the cookies. Lila loves to watch.

Without further ado, here are my "words".


Potatoes

Hippopotamus

Cannon

Bug Spray

Orange Submarine

Thanks again for the words, Sarah!

Have a sweet day, my friends :)




Check out the other participants in today's Use Your Words Challenge!
Baking in a Tornado                                       
Spatulas on Parade                          
The Momisodes                                      
Confessions of a part-time working mom               
Juicebox Confession                             
Evil Joy Speaks                 
Follow me home                   
Someone Else's Genius                       
Crumpets and Bollocks                       
The Bergham's Life Chronicles              
The Sadder but Wiser Girl                       

* sending love to Stacy @Stacy Sews and Schools, a regular contributor to these challenges. She's unable to participate this week for personal reasons. Keep her in your thoughts. We miss you, girl.


-Michele
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