100 of my favorite words.

My mom got me the most amazing book, Style Statement. (There is more but the littlest Diva, who is in serious trouble must have taken the thing to school. I HATE when she tries to read a book the same time as I do but this is so cool I guess she just couldn't wait.)
I am not done with it yet as it is a workbook and while some is easy some requires thought and introspection and Heaven Forbid I go through life with the wrong style statement.
Seriously, by the time you are done you are supposed to be able to sum up who you are in 2 words. We are not super big on labels in my family, since we don't want to be pigeonholed in a little box, but this is totally different.
Everything I have read and seen so far leads me to the conclusion that this is dead-on accurate and something that HELPS you make choices in your life that align with your hopes and dreams and values and basically helps you find and be the authentic you.
Mom's was so accurate (she found it at her library) that she had me order it off of Amazon, it was that fabulous. She called our one bookstore in town but they had neither Style Statement nor the new Abraham Hicks Money and the Law of Attraction book, she was going to pre-pay and just have me pick them up instead of waiting til I got around to it. (Haha, you do know me well, mom, but remember it took me years to get you to read Abraham at all ;-).
Anyways that is my very long winded way of telling you that one of the exercises is to write your favorite words. Yep, things just that simple are going to define me so accurately I no longer waste money and time on things that don't matter to me.
Funny thing is... this time, with this book, I truly believe it.
Without further ado, here are 100 of my favorite words.
VIVACIOUS HAPPY FUN SILLY BUBBLES SUNSHINE JOYFUL GIGGLY GOOFY BRIGHT OCEAN SPONTANEOUS FLAIR ARTSY ANIMATED COURAGE ADORED ADORABLE SPARKLY SHINY FAMILY LAUGHTER FREEDOM FRIENDSHIP KINDNESS BEAUTIFUL COFFEE FRIENDLY CUTE DEVOTED DREAMY DIVINE ESOTERIC FROO-FROO GIRLY DIVA ENERGY ROCKIN' TREASURE CHARMING ELEGANT DEAL-A-ROOZLE CLEVER FANCIFUL BOLD PLAYFUL HEALTHY GORGEOUS FUN-LOVING COLORFUL EXCITED ENTHUSIASTIC SUNNY FLIRTY WITTY AMUSING CHEERFUL CREATIVE DAINTY LIVELY DELICATE TINY SASSY WICKED FRESH SAUCY VIBRANT FLOATY FUNKY UPLIFTING FLOWY LIFE-AFFIRMING RAISING SPIRITED SPUNKY RAINBOW LIGHTHEARTED MISCHIEVOUS WHIMSICAL IRREVERENT WEALTHY BRILLIANT ABUNDANT CLEAR VIBRATION FABULOUS WONDER APPRECIATIVE AWE EAGER ANTICIPATION WINNER DRAMATIC FLAIR EXOTIC GENUINE BESTEREST INNOVATIVE MYSTERIOUS YES! and for a bonus, my very favorite word of the moment makes 101 QUIRKY.
What are some of your favorite words?
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Random useful hints and tips to make life easier

I have a lazy streak that is bone deep. I have all the energy in the world (when I am not sick) for things I enjoy, but the things I hate to do- well, when I am able I want them done as quickly and easily as possible.
I love cooking and baking, but it is the creative process I enjoy, not the drudgery so I like to streamline and simplify when possible.
Over the years I have gathered and made up things to make my life easier that I thought I would share because it was brought to my attention that something that I do routinely and thought *everybody* knew was new to everyone at a gathering but my girls and I.
In no particular order, here are some hints and tips I wish I had known all along.
For everyone who says they can't make a gravy- if it is because you have no patience to stand there and stir, stir, stir to make sure it all gets incorporated and not burn (yep, that's my problem, same reason I can't make pudding on the stove top- I always try to rush it) the microwave is your new best friend. Here is the basic white sauce (medium) I got from a cookbook long ago and how I change it up depending on what I am making.
In an 8 cup Pyrex glass measuring cup for each cup gravy melt 1 Tbsp butter (you can use pan drippings or oil or whatever- and you can use less than called for). You can use fat-free stock or boullion to make it fat free.
Add 1 Tbsp flour and whisk the daylights out of it.
Microwave on high for exactly 45 seconds, no more, no less. This is whether you are making 1 cup of gravy or 6. (6 is the most you can make in the 8 cup Pyrex.
Whisk the crap out of it again and add any seasonings you might like and then add 1 cup liquid- milk, stock, 1 cup water one boullion cube, whatever you like and microwave 2 minutes. Whisk again. Keep nuking and whisking 2 minutes at a time til it is boiling and at your desired consistency. You cannot mess this up, it is perfect every time. You can make a basic gravy with butter and stock or milk for cream gravy then add pan drippings at the end if you desire. This is way better than any mix, and you know exactly what is going into it.
If you are super lazy save your fingers on most things and instead of nuking for 20 or 30 or 45 seconds do 22 or 33 or 44 or whatever (unless it is something you have to be super-precise with). I know, I know, but I really have days like that- especially when the 40-itis kicks in and the numbers are hard to read.
When making deviled eggs, especially to take them to a potluck or something, layer the tray or plate with some sliced lettuce or cabbage (the lazy gal's way is a bag of cole slaw mix) then the eggs won't slide all over and will stay in place as attractively as you arranged them.
Ken took some to a potluck at work and don'tcha know someone came up to him and said that's the best cole-slaw I ever ate. This is funny because it was just the cabbage and carrot shreds from the bag, no dressing. Guess he eats out a lot.
The easiest way to fill the eggs is to put the yolk mixture into a Ziploc and cut off the tip of one corner- if you want to make it a little fancier, cut an inverted v or a w.
You can use a Ziploc for most anything you need to pipe things if you don't have a pastry bag handy.
If you use head lettuce, whap it cut side down hard on the counter and the core slides right out.
I keep my spices in an over the door shoe bag in my (tiny) pantry with clear pockets- all the peppers in one all the garlics in another and so on. Easy to see and now I know I have umpteen pumpkin pie spice and poultry seasonings and don't buy a new one every time I think of a fall dessert or chicken dish.
I also keep my medicines in the same type of shoe bag over my closet door - headache stuff, bandages, cold stuff, etc- easy to find what you need when you need it.
You can put your pork roast in the crock pot while it is still frozen at night and then it is perfect for eating as is or shredding for pulled pork sandwiches whenever you need it the next day. The easiest way I make it that gets the most compliments is with a rosemary garlic blend, salt & pepper and then about a half-cup of apple juice or cider.
This is also wonderful if you have to take something to a family that is going through hard times or a funeral dish.
You can caramelize a ton of onions in the crock pot when they are on sale with a little butter or oil (I like a combination for the best flavor) then freeze in portion sizes on a cookie sheet for an hour then store in a Ziploc. Very nice to just pull out a blob or two for a recipe and not spend that time stirring while you are busy with other things.
We got so sick of take out and convenience foods when I was really, really sick that we hunted for ways to still have that homemade goodness. This is especially good if you don't care for leftovers or the consistency of pre-frozen casseroles and such.
I love browning up a ton of ground meat then having it handy when I don't have a lot of time or energy to cook it is very easy to throw together a casserole or sloppy joe's or tacos or whatever.
We'll make up 10 or more pounds at a time into meatballs or meatloaves so they are handy as well.
I also like to keep cooked or grilled chicken and other things handy for stir-frys, casseroles or to add to salads. Oh and I try to keep the salad shrimp for the mini-diva to use for her dishes.
When going to the trouble to make up waffles and pancakes we make gigantic batches and freeze for later use- french toast you can put right back in the bread bag if you freeze them individually first. Double wrap to prevent freezer burn.
Make ice-cubes out of your leftover coffee- these are great in frappes and iced drinks.
We like to freeze melon cubes and grapes before eating- very refreshing. Especially when you find that last frozen bag of watermelon cubes in January.
We like most of our cookies fresh from the oven, so we make double batches (thanks, mom, for my Kitchen-Aid mixer!!! I love you and I love being the favorite) then only bake a sheet at a time and put the rest in the fridge or freezer for the next craving.
You do not have to cook lasagna noodles before assembling. Regular old lasagna noodles- just make sure to have them completely covered in sauce (and YUCK the noodles they sell specifically for not having to pre-cook are very, very weird and give your lasagna an icky mushy texture).
You can water down your sauce but we prefer just to use extra as it gives it a much richer, more intense flavor. Bake 375 for 1 hour 15 minutes covered in foil, remove foil and let brown for that last 15 minutes.
Spray foil or whatever covering you are using lightly with oil to prevent sticking when you are covering a casserole or whatever if it might touch. Do NOT do what Dawn did and spray whatever you are covering- in her case the deviled eggs- she sprayed them not the plastic wrap after having a rough night- luckily they were still delish.
There are more, but I'll save them for another post - but I'll leave you with a tip EVERYONE should follow:
If someone offers to help out- LET THEM!!! Trust me on this one. If you are always the one stuck doing everything, recruit them- hey would you mind bringing *whatever* or would you mind slicing those cukes while I finish up this pie crust. Really. People like to feel useful, but if you say no, I can handle it often enough they will come to expect so much from you that you will collapse under the weight of all that pressure.
So what do you do to make your life easier?
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Somebody please hand me my tiara. Tuesdey Toot.


You guys know I am the head dictator of the loonyverse. And the glitter queen. And the dork that flutters and dances and prances through the parking lots.
But. But. But. Did you know I am *drumroll please* the featured mom of the week over on From Dates to Diapers and Beyond! ? Yep, little ol' modest, humble me.
If you are a mom or run a mom business or know someone who does who deserves a moment to shine (that means every single mom in the world) then go on over and let them know who you'd like considered.
Trust me, it's a very big deal. Seriously, big enough that it deserves sparkles.
Oh, and while you're there, if you could leave a little comment love so that they don't think I am some loser and they made a mistake that would be great- I mean, I don't know what they'd do but I don't want to risk losing my first time ever featured mom spot.
See that family? ME! Mom of the week and I didn't even make it up.
If that weren't enough, I have also received *louder drumroll please* a chef guy award over on Family Corner for my recipe for Bleu Cheese Chicken.
I will have more to say, but I have to run to the craft store because the littlest diva aka school and art supply thief used up all the glitter and I need a LOT of glitter to make a suitable crown for the occasion.
P.S. Yes, mom, I KNOW every time you come you find shiny little sparkles from projects long past. I can deal with that, I love me some glitter and shiny sparklies.
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What's been happening in our little part of the world.

We have dibs on my mom for the holidays- we had to call it after a couple of times when my greedy brother said it wasn't fair and blah blah blah and they wanted her to come so we have her dibbed- it is in fact my present from the year before, Ken buys tickets for my mom to come here.
I know it grates on some people who shall remain nameless Toods & Bill, but tough noogies.
Anyways, this year I have voluntarily given up rights to my mommy so that my nephew can have her. Yeah, my Williebean and his daughter Asia get my mommy. There has been a history that I won't get into of less than stellar holidays (well, I will get into the IT'S NOT NOW AND NEVER HAS BEEN MY FAULT) and since my boy is sharing a condo with mom - we were soooooo worried about her being on the oxygen and all that other crap but she is totally a gazillion times better now YAY THANK YOU GOD! I am graciously letting him undib me.
Hear this, though, every dang body!
I now and forever more call eternal dibs on my mommy (cuz I've always been the favorite) for the holidays, you are all welcome here but you can't have her there. This means a few days before Thanksgiving til a few days after the New Year.
No discussions, no more undibbing no matter what, no nothing so nah and you can't un-nah my nah so there.
We had a fabulous weekend- it was Ken's mom's 75th birthday and it was fabulous. Everyone who could come did and I don't even know the total headcount.
I am going to get one of our wonderful relatives that can take a decent picture to email me some so I can put them up eventually but for now I have a few of the food we made. I'll put the recipes for the petit choux (mini-cream puffs) on the lunch blog since it would just get lost in this post and I decided to put all the recipes over there.
It was so cute, everyone chipped in to get her a diamond necklace and earrings and she cried and it was beautiful. Then she got a photo book of all the grands and great grands and she really cried. Touching and wonderful.
The cake was amazing- they had a photo of her when she was a little girl on it (and let's not even get into the eating your mother is a new low on cannibalism jokes) but really, it was just lovely. Again the relatives take much better pics than we do so I'll wait til I can get them to send to me.
Today we got our freezer delivered- it is nice, and only $2 more per year to run than the lowest rated one they sold anywhere near the same capacity.
We try to do what we can to be environmentally conscious, sometimes you have to make trade offs though. If I had paid a few hundred more for a $2 a year savings it would have to last longer than I will be alive to pay for itself and quite frankly I don't have that kind of money to throw around and even if I did I find that wasteful in a different way.
I think it is like most things, you have to find the balance and do what works for you.
Lowe's couldn't deliver the dishwasher today as they only have the floor model and it has a dent on the front bottom... unless I am getting a discount I will bash the thing up myself, thank you very much.
I think we will really like it, though, it is the quietest one they sell at our Lowe's and only $4 more per year than the lowest energy rating, again a very excellent price. The reason we chose it was because the lowest to run had a very tiny silverware holder and over 20 decibels louder.
Anyways here's the pics of what we brought... deviled eggs, snow peas and baby carrots. Instead of picking through, stemming and blanching the snow peas I just defrost a bag of frozen- the steamer bags are nice but any work and they are perfect for any veggie platter or snacks- the girls really like them in their lunches.
Grape tomatos, baby carrots and olives- we HAD to use our little frog dip bowl Kyra got for me- simply pour in a bottle of Kraft Peppercorn Ranch Dressing and you have a perfect dip- simple is good.
Mini cream puffs- half filled with vanilla cook & serve pudding and half filled with chocolate fudge. In the middle are some brownies made in my new cutesy pan that I got with part of the Bed, Bath & Beyond GC that I won- the details don't show up really well but there are several cute designs.
Everything went over really, really well. :D I was amazed at how many people didn't know what snow peas aka sugar snap peas were. Or if they did know about them have only ever had them in like a stir fry when they get take-out. They taste nothing like regular peas, you eat the pod and they are sweet sweet sweet and yummy cold or hot, in recipes or as is, it's all good.
That's enough chattering I feel the need to win something so going to enter a few contests before I need to pick up the drama queens.
Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!!!
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She did it! The mini-diva got the part.

We are celebrating- Casey, the drama queen to end all drama queens has landed the role of her dreams.  She will be playing Hero in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
This is her senior year, so yay and whoop-dee-doo!!! Devon also got a part- she did not make the callbacks and we were hoping for a part as an extra at best- woo hoo - yep, she got a little more than an extra as she plays the messenger and has 17 lines. Not bad for a first year drama student, not bad at all.
We will have no peace around here, and we love it.
A VERY HAPPY DAY IN MY LOONYVERSE- hope yours is going as well.
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Our favorite Crispix Mix recipe- large batch


Crispix Snack Mix
Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 55 minutes

1 Box Crispix (12 cups)
1 can Mixed Nuts
1 can Cashews
1/2 bag pretzel sticks
1 stick butter, melted
2 teaspoons your favorite salt seasoning* or salt free seasoning* - We like Jane's Crazy Mixed Up Salt* or Tony's Creole Seasoning*
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Combine Crispix cereal, nuts and pretzels in large bowl (I use my pasta pot)

Stir together remaining ingredients. Pour over cereal mixture. Stir until evenly coated. Divide on two large cookie sheets with sides.

Bake at 250°F for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Let cool on pans on cooling racks.

Swat hands and tell them to save some for snacks or the party or whatever you made it for.

Store in airtight container.

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Basic Granola Recipe with variations


I combined a few different recipes and came up with a versatile, easy, tasty one that we enjoy.
This makes 2 cookie cookie sheets full and 2 different varieties as we of course have picky pants around here.


Basic Granola

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Oil (coconut, canola, sunflower or vegetable)
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 7 cups Quaker old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cups Non-fat powdered milk (can omit if desired and still tastes great)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Dash Salt
  • 1/4 to 1 cup Optional ingredients*
Cooking Directions
  1. Melt sugar, oil & honey over low heat in small saucepan until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla
  3. Meanwhile in large bowl mix oats, powdered milk, cinnamon & salt.
  4. If using coconut, wheat germ, nuts, etc, add now. (Do not add baking chips or dried fruits.)
  5. Pour sugar mixture over dry ingredients and combine.Spread out on 2 cookie sheets and bake @ 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  6. Bake @ 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  7. Add optional ingredients now.
  8. Stir / break up the granola and let cool on pan on rack.
  9. Store in airtight containers.
Excellent to snack on or serve as a cereal. You can also make breakfast or granola bars.You can add any type of nuts and seeds, flaxseed, wheat germ, etc. before cooking.
You can mix peanut butter or pumpkin puree into the sugar mixture.
You can add dried fruits, chocolate chips, etc. after removing from the oven.
This is a very simple, very versatile recipe and we've not had a bad combination yet.

Here are a few other variations to get you started:
Dried apricot and white chocolate chip
Carob chip and sesame seed
Raisin and walnut
Coconut, almond and chocolate chip (Almond Joy)
Peanut butter and chocolate chip (Reeses)
White chocolate, macadamia, Craisin
Dried mango
Dried pineapple added to the coconut (Pina Colada)
Dried banana and pecan
Dried cherry and chocolate chip (Chocolate covered cherry)
Dried blueberry and white chocolate chip
Have fun playing around with combinations that sound good to you.


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Making the most of your freebies or crowning the new Grand Poo-Bah.


We love getting freebies. Trying new products, making our dollars stretch just a little bit further.

Being super-dorks, though, means that when we get some interesting ones- like the latest promotion from Febreze for pets (and yes, we can sure use that with 5 dogs), we will find a way to use that freebie that the sponsors never intended.

Devii put the little collapsable bowl thingy on her head and used the paw shaped scoop as her sceptor.

After we got done laughing our butts off, we decided she looked like the Grand Poo-Bah from the boys lodge on the old Flinstones cartoons.

They say a picture says a thousand words... sorry this isn't clearer, but we just couldn't resist. Have fun laughing at my girl- the Grand Poo-Bah of Febreze. We sure did.
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Mommy, Mourning my freezer & dishwasher, Doing our part to stimulate the local economy

My mommy is so darn cute. She's the hottie in the light blue shirt in the family pics. But that is totally besides the point. I swear I did not have to pay my mother for all those nice comments.
You all know I am technologically challenged. Well... compared to her I am a genius. Seriously. Like Geek Squad should have me on speed dial genius.
She calls me for tech support because all the kids and grandkids who love her beyond measure get so frustrated with her they want to pop her upside the head. Hard.
Anyways she set up an account so she could leave me messages. She forgot what she used to sign in and it took us weeks to realize she needs to use her email not just her nickname (the poet just in case you missed it).
All I can say is hahahahahaha momma I love you more than anything but Lordy you astound me sometimes.
Lucky for me it'll be another twenty years before she gets a blog of her own to tell all the my daughter is a genius (meant very *snarcastically of course) stories.
*snarcastic is our newest made up word- it is a cross between snarky and sarcastic, two of my best things.
Honestly, I know you've done it too... something so idiotic you think to yourself OMG and they let me loose in public, what is the world coming to?

Had a very huge Uh-oh today. The big freezer (I am not sure of the size it is the biggest upright Lowe's sells) croaked. When I say you would be hard-pressed to fit a Popsicle in there I am not exaggerating.
It is still running/blowing cold, just not cold enough.
Luckily for me I live near a huge amount of family. Since the fridge and little freezer were equally crammed, we called in the troops and nephew Jacob and sister Bonnie and of course Kyra came to the rescue.
Boxes and boxes and bags and bags. We did have one of the big green force-flex bag full of casualties. All of the ice-cream. (Okay that was really, really sad). The bottom shelf- mostly meat- I guess that probably went first as it looked like it had defrosted and refroze more than once and I didn't even trust it enough to cook it up for the dogs.
About 2/3 of what was left was still frozen and the last third still partially frozen or very cold and should be okay as long as it was cooked today.
We kept a few things but mostly we are very, very grateful we live near a lot of people who can help us use it up. Both Bonnie and Kyra have people in their lives that this extra food will be a true blessing to right now.
This is one way to get your freezer cleaned out, but not really the way I prefer to do it. Lucky for me Ken and I stopped off after dropping his car off at the mechanic to pick up a few things and Dawn noticed it when she was going to put it away. It would have really hurt if we had lost it all.
Jake was so funny watching- honestly, I am sure he believed Dawn when she told him they all think I starved to death in a past life.
Hello, my name is Sherry and I am a hoarder.
There was meat LOTS of meat, fruits and veggies, breads, you name it. But. It was pretty much all bought at the lowest possible sale price. That is the best part about stockpiling. Granted you take a hit when something like this happens, but it was not a very hard hit in the grand scheme of things and even Jacob was thrilled- not the brisket or the mango, the wings or the steaks... nope it was the little mini pancakes I got for next to nothing.
Our dishwasher also bit the dust not too long ago and we've just had so much going on that replacing it kept getting put off but now... you all know another trip to Lowe's is happening this week.
Oh, and lest you jump to conclusions, the blonde had nothing to do with the death of either appliance. Remember the oven fiasco? This time she has airtight alibis for both instances.

Life is good, and yep, once more we will be doing our part to keep the local economy in tip-top-shape getting our dishwasher and freezer then restocking. So, what's going on in your neck of the woods?
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Baby think it over.

Ugh! Dev has the animatronic nightmare home for the night. It is supposed to stop kids from wanting to get pregnant. With my kids and their friends there is mixed reaction- those who really know what it is like to be around babies for long stretches hate the thing, those who don't have huge families or babysitting jobs coo and fuss.
Guess where my kids fall? Yep, the I hate this thing why are they torturing me, you know if I have kids I am waiting til after I have a stable career and/or I am way too selfish to want a kid you have to give them the unbroken chips or the favorite piece of chicken or you know the things you do mom group.
To make it worse a well-meaning teacher told one kid who has sports and things scheduled every day this week tells them well do what I do get up at 6 feed and dress then get the kid to the sitter then pick it up at 6:30 and... umm sure well give me your salary and I too can afford a sitter. For now I am a 14 or 15 year old kid.
While I do think it is great to want to show them that teen pregnancy isn't necessarily a path they want to pursue at this point it fails on many levels. Honestly they see their exhausted peers dragging their butts into class day after day and not being able to socialize they have a much better idea than 24 hours of a whining, fussy doll.
Let the kids who are doing it day in and day out and living with the consequences of their actions talk to them for an hour and tell them what the reality is to try to make a good life for themselves and their children talk to them for an hour. I expect they would have a much more realistic picture of what a foolish choice or two could bring.
Devii is blogging about it now- if you are interested the littlest diva is blogging about it now as well- her link is on my blog list- you'd probably never figure it out but it's the mini loonyverse. She intends to do an initial reaction then an after the firsthand experience- she has been around the doll before so she has some knowledge, but this is her first time with the "spawn of Satan" as she calls it.
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Family Photos- the little princesses

You thought I was kidding about my princess ears, right? Ha. These are the ones I wore at Disney World, and they have been passed down to princess Asia. She's holding her arms up here to show you her sparkly Mickey Mouse bracelets. If this isn't stylin' I don't know what is.

There are some other people in the pics (love you my family) but if you know me at all you know it's all about the babies so they are mostly of Asia and Cassidy Jordyn, my great nieces.
Auntie Sherry loves you, my precious princesses.











































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GOD LIKES ME BETTER

Strong words, I know, but I repeatedly use them to explain my many blessings. My faith is very strong, religion not so much since I like to make up my own mind instead of going by someone else's doctrine. I am wicked excited about how fabulously things are going in my life, if that's not God saying YOU GO GIRL! I don't know what is. Seriously, I am always jokingly telling people that God likes me better, but the simple truth is that I LOVE GOD AND TRUST THAT EVERYTHING WILL TURN OUT WELL.

Sucky things happen, but aside from that initial reaction wicked-awesome, amazing to watch world-class hissy-bitch-fits that I am told are legend, I get over the bad and move on very, very quickly and focus on what is going right in my life. All in all, I love my life. I am super lucky, didn't get beaten too badly with the ugly stick and have the most amazing family.

Now I didn't get born into the everything is perfect world. I have had to pare down and whittle the bad blood away, but then I get to pick and choose among everyone I meet and I add the ones who add to my family. The thing is as much as I love God, I don't think he loves me (that much) more than anyone else. Nothing can convince me He looks down and plays favorites like I'll give you a handicapped child or I'll give you a debilitating disease.

Like I said my life is not perfect. But. Unlike a lot of drama queens, and I freely admit to being a heckuva drama queen, I focus on GOOD drama, not tragedy. You know, like how cute my little diva's are and what a great mom *cough cough shut up girlies I'll buy you something nice if you let me keep my delusions* I am instead of what a butthead my ex is- yes I had that post but really I just needed to get it off my chest and I let it go as much as I can. I don't focus on lack, or what I can't get, but the many, many wonderful people, places and things that I have been blessed with.

Abraham-Hicks philosophy is the one I most identify with... in a nutshell they think the greatest words ever written by a human were Joseph Campbell's Follow Your Bliss. Be selfish insofar as you spend as much time as you can looking for the next better feeling thought. When you can do these things, the crap doesn't magnify and the good comes more and more, it's like you are a magnet attracting what you focus on- and truly believe, not just say, whether that is good or bad.

Yes, I have a recurring illness, I can't do some things that I used to, I have to periodically go into the hospital, but even laying there puking my guts out getting transfusions and half out of it on painkillers I spend my time thinking about the fun I will have with my family once I am back home. I appreciate what I have in the moment (insurance, doctors and nurses who work hard to keep me as comfortable as possible, etc...) but I keep saying won't it be nice when I can... whatever I think of.

The wouldn't it be nice game is great because you can use it on things you don't yet have, and can't quite it believe it and the little voice deep inside counteracts with yeah, right, sure I'll win the lottery that most people have and since that little voice is their deepest feelings that is what they expect so that is what they get. Wouldn't it be nice is different because when you are saying wouldn't it be nice if I really did have the winning tickets? wouldn't it be nice if I could pay off all my debt and have enough to live on all my life? wouldn't it be fun if then I could make a real difference by donating a million of it to my favorite worthy cause. Wouldn't it be nice if I picked up the tab for everyone who is dining in my favorite restaurant once in a while? Wouldn't it be nice if I left my favorite hardworking waitress a thousand dollar tip on a ten dollar check? Wouldn't it be nice if I had the house of my dreams? Wouldn't it be nice if I made a few new friends at work? Wouldn't it be nice if I got along better with my neighbors.

Big or small things it works because you have nothing negative to come back with- yes those things would be nice, period. Give it a try if you like, and let me know how miraculously and dramatically things start turning around for you because success breeds success and I LOVE LOVE LOVE to share in everyone's joy.

The best part of the Abraham-Hicks teachings is that they work no matter what religion and beliefs you have, or even if you have no religion at all. In my opinion, they took all of the Law Of Attraction info and boiled it down and made it easy-peasy for everyone to "get" and you can start immediately, wherever you are, and your life will change for the better.

It's all up to you, they are just a tool to help you get where you want to be in life with money, relationships, things, everything. Try it, you'll love how easy it is to put into practice in your everyday life.
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Latest Bento


They came out pretty well- I wish we were better with the camera but that will come, I'm sure. They were pretty similar- we were a little short on supplies as Ken did most of the shopping and he's not huge on veggies- he thinks pinto beans and potatoes are veggies- the only ones he eats besides occasionally some green beans.

Devii's had summer sausage and cheese cut into flowers, crackers, baby carrots, baby corn, strawberry yogurt and brownies.
Casey's has summer sausage and cheese cut into flowers, crackers, baby carrots, baby corn, pickles, strawberry yogurt and a Twinkie.

Maybe not the healthiest choices but they liked them well enough and they were happy to get a bento for lunch.


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Really GREAT few days! Wins galore and going back to Orlando!!!

'Whatever you give a woman, she's going to multiply. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.' So - if you give her crap, you will receive more sh*t than any one human being can handle Love and appreciate all the women in your life.
I saw this quote on a message board over on OLS and just had to share and say I appreciate every single woman I know and those I haven't yet met.
I am so chatty lately. So yesterday I received or had instant win screens for 5 different prizes- none too large, but all welcome and appreciated. This is the second time for that many in a day for me and my personal record. I am stoked but I told my closest peeps yes it is wonderful but the big one is coming, I can feel it. So what happens? Mommy calls me about an affy SHE got in today. I get to take credit because for some really special things I send her links- cars, houses, a few trips.
This particular one I hooked her up with because my Willie-bean (the boy) was totally hooked on the Simpson's since they first came out and we spent a lot of time watching with him and listening to his routines and this prize involves a trip and a breakfast with the Simpson's.
Not going into too many details til the i's are dotted and t's crossed, but Woo Freakin' Hoo, Go MAMA. Everyone who tells me how lucky I am- it's a family thing- I get it from my mom. If you knew how very few she enters you would have the proper amazement for this miracle.
So she's all freaking amazed and excited- and guess what guys? Since the trip is for 4 she wants me to come too. So mommy, me, my nephew Bill and his daughter Asia. (She's the little princess who got my Minnie ears!!! Tracy Ann send me those piccys so I can show the world how fabulous she is!!! And Cassidy's pics too. These amazing genes simply must be shared.)I am so stoked. If you read our review of Disney Our Way (honest to a fault but we LOVED it and want to live there... it is in fact why I started this blog) you'll know you can look forward to a review and then comparison of Universal. I really really hope the coffee is better.
God is so good! I love Florida!!! We have a year to go and will most likely choose spring again.
Mom is so cute she called me probably a dozen times. WOOHOO we're going on the new Simpson's ride. And eating breakfast with them. How great is my life??? The little diva's are going to miss me but they are thrilled for us, they know it is the boy's turn, finally. His and Asia's first big theme park trip AND her first airplane ride.
Can you tell I am a wee bit excited? ;-)
Another very very cool win was for a niece- my little niece Shelby (Trina and Andy- remember, the ones who went to Japan?) is severely allergic to peanuts. So bad that they can't even be served on the plane and such her mom has to call to make sure they aren't on board. Well I won a blog contest over at Lille Punkin' Reviews for a child's peanut allergy bracelet from Lauren's Hope Medical ID Bracelets and boy did they go above and beyond. The picture was cute, and much nicer than most of those medical alert bracelets so I entered and boy am I glad. They sent two different bands in a little blue velour pouch. One dark blue and one with lighter beads so the little princess can wear with different outfits. Gotta say, I love useful and attractive things. If you suffer from some sort of medical condition by all means go on over and check them out. You will not be disappointed.
The other wins were just little things that I'll add when I update my list. Hehe and the lucky streak continues- today brings a $20 MasterCard in the mail that little missy just brought in. I am on a roll and I like it.
Going to put those pics on the bento blog like I promised the other night- sorry- somehow among the billions of electronics stuff we live amongst, the camera cord got misplaced and we just now found it.
Oh speaking of lunch- I wrote another article for SAHM Answers- Brown bagging it with Pizzazz and put some of the secrets we use to make lunches more fun in it so if you ever have to pack a lunch you might want to check it out. Aside from my appreciation you will get some good tips- it really is turning into a fun site... a little slow so if you have ambitions of being published on the www somewhere other than your blog go join up and write away then let me know so I can make sure I get to enjoy your work. Topics are so diverse- nothing off limits if it is matters to you. :D
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Games families play. Support Group. Recipe Review.

I might have mentioned once or twice we don't have issues, we have lifetime subscriptions. Lest you think I am joking here's a case in point. Tonight I was making some eggs for Ken since he's home sick and the girls come in and tell me they are playing support group. Yes, support group. I know you are dying to add this to your repertoire, so here's how it goes. Naturally use your own names and situations.

Devii: Hi, I'm Devii, and I'm addicted to Oatmeal Craisin cookies.

Blondie: Hi, my name is Casey and my whole family is addicted to Oatmeal Craisin cookies. Even the dogs whine when mom doesn't share fast enough.

Devii: And you?

Blondie: I like chocolate chip. Sometimes with coconut. Better yet leave out the chocolate chips. And just eat the dough.

Ken: My name is Ken and I'm addicted to spam.

Devii: And how does that make you feel?
Blondie: I'm not ready to talk about it.

Devii: But how do you feel right now?

Blondie: I really can't talk about it. *sobs hysterically*

Ken: Okay I can't do that to you, my name is Ken and I'm addicted to Vienna Sausages.

Blondie: Gag me. *still sobbing*

Devii: And how does that make you feel?

Ken: Fine, fine, I'm addicted to hugs. *hugging ensues*

Blondie: Camera focuses back to me. Um, my stepdad is abusive with suck-up points. He just... takes them away!

Devii: And what do you do about it?

Blondie: I make him buy me things.

Devii: That's a good way to cope.

Blondie: But it doesn't fill the void. Belly rings are little, and it's a big void.

Devii: I understand. *to Dodie* And why are you here?

Dodie: *chews, makes wide motions, swallows* Clicky-clickety-click-click-PEW-PEW-PEW!!!! Pwn the n00bs! Pwn, clickety, clickyclicky. *eye twitch*

Devii: So you're addicted to castanets.

Blondie: And sombreros!

Devii: Of course.

Dodie: Clickety-clicky-PWN!

Devii: So, you have murderous tendencies?

Dodie: *eye twitch* Pwn the n00bs! Clickety-click-click-clicky.
... skipping ahead because there's just way too much hilarity to type...

Devii: So, Blondie, as a half-pirate, half-ninja, have you experienced any desire to kill yourself?

Blondie: Well, actually, I'm just so adorable that I love every part of me.

Devii: But, usually pirates and ninjas are enemies and want to kill each other. Can you explain that to me?

Blondie: Well, when you're this adorable... you just take a step back, you know, and you can really see it.

Devii: I think that we can all learn a valuable lesson from this. Thank you, Blondie.

This folks, is my life. I love my family, I really do. We so fit together. And umm not just because no one else wants us. Honestly I really LOVE my life and am grateful every minute of every day. Laughter is the norm and fun is our signature. I don't need no stinking padded room I live with the loonys and I love them with all my heart.



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Random, family, weekend

I am in a babbling kind of mood so just remember you were warned- there is no telling what I'm going to come up with, just gonna let the words fly... hopefully this time my brain will be ahead of my fingers, but no guarantees.

We had a lovely weekend. I feel really good, better than I have in a while and we just really had a nice time as a family.

I am not sure if I have mentioned it here or not but I have the best mother-in-law ever. Seriously. And she doesn't have or want a computer so I'm not saying this to gain points. I am a mama's girl, big time, and since my meanie mommy won't live near me I have to make do with visits (yes we have her eternally dibbed for the holidays) it really helps that I have Gram. Doris Claflin is the most amazing woman. She's widowed now but was married to the love of her life. Fred was an amazing man, and I didn't know him for many years, but we connected. How can you not love someone who tells you I don't know what my son did but don't you let him do anything to even come close to losing you again, you're the best thing that ever happened to him and everyone knows it.

Doris, or Dodie is the sweetest woman on the planet. If I couldn't have my own mama for some reason I'd pick her. Everyone loves her. She doesn't judge and loves her family passionately. To get to the point, we had a lovely visit. The thing I hate most about going in the hospital is how upset she and my mom get. I hate them worrying. She was so happy to see me looking so well, so that made a happy time right there, but we stayed and talked for quite a while.

I totally lucked out in the in-law dept this time, as there is not one of them I don't like.
My blood family is kind of uhh divided and we have some we love, some we ruthlessly cut out to avoid the drama. Hear that Tracy??? You can cut the strings and make your own family with people you love who love you right back. Love you my sissy but LOSE THE DRAMA!!! *smirks*
Hey that goes for Trina too. One of my best friends, not my sister-in-law. Let the losers loose and make your family. P.S. I love you my Dallas!!!

Anyways our weekend. We made amazing cookies- I am taking credit since I asked Dawn to make them. Oatmeal Craisin. OMG are they good. Use the Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (don't substitute), recipe inside lid and real butter. Substitute Craisins for raisins. Heaven! Only once were we able to find the orange flavored Craisins, at Sam's but wow those were to die for good, so if you can find the orange flavored ones use those, if not the others are really great too. She made a double batch and we are baking them up fresh each day. Today's will be the last of them, but we got more of everything so might just have to make another double batch. Although I promised Bugaboo I'd make her some of her favorite coconut granola. And some with chocolate chips for Devii. Hehe never can the diva's want the same thing, or hardly ever.

We went to New China for dinner on Saturday. We tend to end up there because it is a huge all-you-can-eat buffet and we all have things we can eat and it is reasonably priced.

We tried to watch Chuck and Larry. YUCK! We kept thinking it had to get better but not only was it what I call "dumb boy humor" it was very bigoted and stereotypical. I'm sorry but I just don't think there is a redeeming quality when they use the word fagot to describe a homosexual. And Adam Sandler's character was just a PIG in the worst possible sense of the word. None of us liked it although to be fair we only watched for about half an hour before we decided to end the self-inflicted torture.

Yesterday had Kyra drop my honey-pie off. We walked up to Gram's to bring her some cookies (yes it is nice she lives maybe half a mile away. She was so happy to see us (or maybe just have the excuse to put off her cleaning for a while). I hope to make it a more regular thing, walking up there, when it is not too dang hot out. They drive like maniacs around here, I won't let my kids walk alone, but I figure if we go as a family we're pretty safe. We played bubbles (OMG how fun is watching kids and dogs with bubbles- seriously something SO cheap is better than any therapy or medicine out there.)
There was a wreck this weekend of some sort (we live on a corner in the middle of nowhere, but it is a pretty dangerous corner I guess judging by the wrecks and near-misses). The winter, especially, there is a lot of unauthorized ditch diving.

Gak I miss my mommy so much. (Go ahead and say it- mama's girl, mama's girl, I don't care if that does make me a weenie). If I ever (when I ever) win enough I am moving back to my mommy.
She is doing soooooooo well after her hysterectomy. Felt better immediately, none of the 6 weeks of hell crap for her. YAY! You don't know how that relieves me- do you know how hard it is to be far away from the ones you love when they are in pain? (SHUT UP MOM)

She ordered me a couple of books from Amazon and it is sooo much cheaper to buy through there. I can't wait to get them in. They are self-improvement, so as they involve ME! I know I will love them. Maybe I'll even get ambitious enough to do reviews. Time will tell.

Enough babbling, don'tcha think? I really feel the need to win something so I think I'll hop on over to OLS and enter, enter, enter.

I finally made some more bento now that I need to get up now that I am back to ME again. Later though, enough blogging for now.


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Rambling, family, weekend

I am in a babbling kind of mood so just remember you were warned- there is no telling what I'm going to come up with, just gonna let the words fly... hopefully this time my brain will be ahead of my fingers, but no guarantees.
We had a lovely weekend. I feel really good, better than I have in a while and we just really had a nice time as a family.
I am not sure if I have mentioned it here or not but I have the best mother-in-law ever. Seriously. And she doesn't have or want a computer so I'm not saying this to gain points. I am a mama's girl, big time, and since my meanie mommy won't live near me I have to make do with visits (yes we have her eternally dibbed for the holidays) it really helps that I have Gram. Doris Claflin is the most amazing woman. She's widowed now but was married to the love of her life. Fred was an amazing man, and I didn't know him for many years, but we connected. How can you not love someone who tells you I don't know what my son did but don't you let him do anything to even come close to losing you again, you're the best thing that ever happened to him and everyone knows it.
Doris, or Dodie is the sweetest woman on the planet. If I couldn't have my own mama for some reason I'd pick her. Everyone loves her. She doesn't judge and loves her family passionately. To get to the point, we had a lovely visit. The thing I hate most about going in the hospital is how upset she and my mom get. I hate them worrying. She was so happy to see me looking so well, so that made a happy time right there, but we stayed and talked for quite a while.
I totally lucked out in the in-law dept this time, as there is not one of them I don't like.
My blood family is kind of uhh divided and we have some we love, some we ruthlessly cut out to avoid the drama. Hear that Tracy??? You can cut the strings and make your own family with people you love who love you right back. Love you my sissy but LOSE THE DRAMA!!! *smirks*
Hey that goes for Trina too. One of my best friends, not my sister-in-law. Let the losers loose and make your family. P.S. I love you my Dallas!!!
Anyways our weekend. We made amazing cookies- I am taking credit since I asked Dawn to make them. Oatmeal Craisin. OMG are they good. Use the Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (don't substitute), recipe inside lid and real butter. Substitute Craisins for raisins. Heaven! Only once were we able to find the orange flavored Craisins, at Sam's but wow those were to die for good, so if you can find the orange flavored ones use those, if not the others are really great too. She made a double batch and we are baking them up fresh each day. Today's will be the last of them, but we got more of everything so might just have to make another double batch. Although I promised Bugaboo I'd make her some of her favorite coconut granola. And some with chocolate chips for Devii. Hehe never can the diva's want the same thing, or hardly ever.
We went to New China for dinner on Saturday. We tend to end up there because it is a huge all-you-can-eat buffet and we all have things we can eat and it is reasonably priced.
We tried to watch Chuck and Larry. YUCK! We kept thinking it had to get better but not only was it what I call "dumb boy humor" it was very bigoted and stereotypical. I'm sorry but I just don't think there is a redeeming quality when they use the word fagot to describe a homosexual. And Adam Sandler's character was just a PIG in the worst possible sense of the word. None of us liked it although to be fair we only watched for about half an hour before we decided to end the self-inflicted torture.
Yesterday had Kyra drop my honey-pie off. We walked up to Gram's to bring her some cookies (yes it is nice she lives maybe half a mile away. She was so happy to see us (or maybe just have the excuse to put off her cleaning for a while). I hope to make it a more regular thing, walking up there, when it is not too dang hot out. They drive like maniacs around here, I won't let my kids walk alone, but I figure if we go as a family we're pretty safe. We played bubbles (OMG how fun is watching kids and dogs with bubbles- seriously something SO cheap is better than any therapy or medicine out there.)
There was a wreck this weekend of some sort (we live on a corner in the middle of nowhere, but it is a pretty dangerous corner I guess judging by the wrecks and near-misses). The winter, especially, there is a lot of unauthorized ditch diving.
Gak I miss my mommy so much. (Go ahead and say it- mama's girl, mama's girl, I don't care if that does make me a weenie). If I ever (when I ever) win enough I am moving back to my mommy.
She is doing soooooooo well after her hysterectomy. Felt better immediately, none of the 6 weeks of hell crap for her. YAY! You don't know how that relieves me- do you know how hard it is to be far away from the ones you love when they are in pain? (SHUT UP MOM)
She ordered me a couple of books from Amazon and it is sooo much cheaper to buy through there. I can't wait to get them in. They are self-improvement, so as they involve ME! I know I will love them. Maybe I'll even get ambitious enough to do reviews. Time will tell.
Enough babbling, don'tcha think? I really feel the need to win something so I think I'll hop on over to OLS and enter, enter, enter.
Oh and I need to put up the pics on my bento blog- I finally made some more now that I am back to ME again. Later though, enough blogging for now.
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