Menu for week of 8/29 - 9/4

We're back in the swing of things, which means lots of running, how about you?  Do you do a lot more running during the school year?  Here's what our menu is looking like this week-  what's cooking at your house?

Spaghetti & meatballs; garlic bread; green salad.

Oven baked Ribs w/bbq sauce, corn

Vegetarian lentil soup; hot crusty rolls

Light & easy Chinese chicken salad

Teriyaki veggie stir fry; jasmine rice

Dragon food (fish of some type); hush puppies; coleslaw

Eat whatever doesn't eat you first aka leftovers

For more menu ideas head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie.
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My Happy List 8/28


Lots to be happy for this week.

Dawn and Casey started classes on Thursday, with a lot of fun and games as well as learning the campus earlier in the week.

Dev's root canals are done-  a little drama and a couple days off with it, but it's over and done with now.

The new pup is definitely one of ours- a total derp-  the older dogs are getting used to having a new pup as are we with all the chewing and yipping.

Ken's starting a political/historical blog which is a big fat yay- he's needed a hobby since his forced medical retirement (way too early) and this will hopefully mean the tv won't be on all the dang time.

Gamer girlie and a friend are doing the youtube thing with some games for anyone interested in that kind of thing- they will also start vlogging soon.

The mini diva is also going to be vlogging hair/beauty/makeup tips as well as some how to make your own products that are effective.

Dev was able to get her DSLR camera for a better price than she thought and it should be in this week, as well as a darling bag from Etsy.

I've been putting some memories on Divas Cuisine- our sense of taste and smell is so strong, just a reminder can bring us right back.  If you are into that sort of thing, or want to know what I was like growing up (and how I broke my arm when I was a kid) check out Sunday Dinner at Nana's House.
Ki made the most gorgeous infinity dress-  for $12 in fabric and good thread she has a darling dress that can be worn multiple ways.  (Yes, that's it in the photo- ignore the tank she was just trying it on there.)

Ian's been so wonderful lately- when he's not being a holy terror-  and that's NOT just when he's sleeping (close, but not quite the only time, lol.)

We're going to be getting some giveaways up (finally) so vacation is officially over.

That's probably enough, I've got Christmas to win!  What do you have to be happy for this week?  Link up by clicking the adorable button at the top of this post and play along.

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Sunday Dinner At Nana's House

We lived in New York until I was ten, and my father's parents lived on a small farm in upstate New York, so every week we went for Sunday dinner.

Nana got up every Sunday at 5 am and put dinner on-  didn't matter if it was a roast, a turkey, a chicken, pork chops or what have you, the meat went into the oven at 5 am.  Yes, we ate a lot of dried out meat.  Since mom was also not the worlds best cook, the only way I knew what meat *could* taste like was from my gramma and from eating out.

What nana lacked in meat prep skills she made up for in canning and preserving and she made some amazing desserts, scrumptious jellies and the most wonderful veggies.  Pies were always a favorite, berry being my personal top choice.  We kids (my brother and sister and I along with our cousins- dad had 2 sisters and all the families got together on Sundays) would pick berries and grapes.  Picking fruits along with the brown  eyed susans I gathered for my gramma since she favored them were probably my favorite thing to do there.

The one dish in particular I remember was a yellow wax bean soup-  it was some white creamy sauce and bacon-  I would love a recipe for this if anyone has one.

They had a porch that had a creaky old glider we loved to sit on, and a huge area for running and playing.  The dog was on a run on the laundry line and sometimes we older kids would hook the younger kids to his leash and make them run.

Grandpa Grewe was most often in his workshop or tending his gardens-  he was a very quiet man and I only remember him in the house at dinnertime or sitting in front of the tv with my dad and the uncles, probably watching a ballgame.

Nana and the aunts loved to gossip.  Not the friendly sort of neighborly talk, but mean-spirited we have the dirt gossip so mom kind of hovered and kept quiet.  (Nana actually got threatened with libel-  which I found out as an adult- this is the type of person she was and why I wasn't overly thrilled to spend a lot of time there.)

There are a lot of good memories, but suffice it to say I was not their favorite grandchild and it wasn't my favorite place to be, so being an enterprising child I had a brilliant idea.

When I was about 6 I believe, I had it in my head that if I was not home before it was time to leave, I would not have to go because you were at the table at 1 sharp no excuses, so I got on my bike and took off.  (I was a kid, of course mom would never have left me, but that was my thinking at the time.)

When I was flying to my freedom down a hill, a car ran me off the road- and I was right along the curb, there was plenty of room and the car swerved towards me, apparently intentionally, and I fell (and the idiot took off- nice, huh?)

Some kind neighbor helped me up and made sure I was okay to walk my bike home, which I did and though I didn't get in trouble (because they had no idea I was going to stay out til after 1) dad said I was faking about my arm being sore and that I just wanted to stay home and have mom baby me or go to the hospital to get attention- which I HATE people around me when I am sick and hurting, but whatever- so we piled into the car and went.  After a couple of hours of toughing it out -  you NEVER cried in front of my father and his family- you just didn't - it would be seen as a weakness and used against you- everyone noticed I was very quiet, very pale and my arm was totally blue and swollen.  Then dad told mom maybe I wasn't faking after all and she took me to the ER-  my arm was fractured and I had to get the swelling down then get a cast on at the drs office the next day or so.

Did you have big family meals or family gatherings when you were a child?  Do you have them now?  We'd love to hear about them, after all, our memories are part of what  make us who we are today.

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Update on Kay Jewelers

I posted last weekend about being kicked out of Kay Jewelers in a display of age discrimination, as well as e-mailing the company.

I'm pleased to say that a couple of days ago, a customer service rep e-mailed me back. The matter has been discussed with the management of the store, as well as the district manager, so hopefully the incident won't be repeated.

It always makes me happy to see companies taking responsibility and addressing issues that need to be fixed. My friends and I will be returning to Kay in the future for our jewelry wants/needs.

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Favorite light summer meal- what do you eat when the temps soar in the triple digits?

When the weather is in the triple digits and your energy is sapped, the last thing you want to do is cook or eat a heavy meal.  We do a lot of sandwiches, salads and yogurt parfaits.  Stir-fry or pasta when we're feeling ambitious.

It reminded me of growing up, after we moved from New York to New Jersey, one of our favorite things to do for a light summer supper was stop at one of the vegetable stands along the side of the road (they were everywhere except the highways/freeways/toll roads it seemed like).

We would get some nice big red Jersey tomatoes that covered the whole slice of bread and some juicy ears of sweet corn picked fresh that day.

We would have sliced tomatoes with mayo, salt and pepper and some sweet corn boiled with a touch of sugar for just long enough to heat through and it was a feast.  The corn would be dripping in butter and salted liberally and it was always fun to watch how everyone ate it- there was the round and round from one end working to the other, the typewriter who made neat little rows across, the alternating ends working towards the center and the random bites just wherever.

The next day we would have tomato sandwiches for lunch, made a little bit ahead of time- one fat slice of tomato, mayo and a dash of salt, grind of pepper.  For us, they were even better if they sat for a bit and got soggy, perhaps taken to a park to eat or in the living room for a picnic on "library day".

Simple, even plain food but oh so good, the memories can bring me back to childhood.

I have had delicious home grown tomatoes since moving from New Jersey, mine and others,  but none quite as good.  I tease that it's the pollution / toxic waste dumped into the water that makes them so much better than tomatoes you can get anywhere else, but so far it's not been tested, at least not to my knowledge.

Do you have any simple pleasure meals for summer?  We'd love to know what they are.

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Menu for week of 8/22 - 8/28

It's a busy week with a lot of running so a lot of simple meals.

Pork chops & rice casserole; broccoli

BLT's; vanilla malteds

Slow cooker rotisserie style chicken; oven baked sweet potato and regular fries; chopped salad

Hard & soft tacos; avocado salad

Fruit & chicken dinner salad; dinner rolls

Slow cooker corned beef dinner w/veggies

Eat whatever doesn't eat you first aka eat what you want night aka leftovers

Not very exciting, but extremely yummy!  For more menu ideas head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie.  What's cooking at your house this week?

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Poor service at Kay Jewelers...

Geekazoid here.

At the local mall tonight, I went to Kay Jewelers with three of my friends.. We're all eighteen, and look young. One of my friends was looking for a pair of earrings; she's allergic to any lesser quality metal than 24 ct gold. We decided to look around before hitting the earrings (because... why not?).

When we had been there for maybe five minutes, a security guard walked up to us and informed us that the store manager had asked him to tell us to leave the premises. He then ordered us out and followed us until we were well clear of the store, then stood for several moments watching us (to, I presume, ensure that we didn't go back in).

We weren't being loud. We weren't causing trouble or loitering or spending excess amounts of time in the store. We were told to leave because of our age.

My friend went back a few minutes later and requested a phone number to file a complaint, and was simply informed that the mall office would be open on Monday. I went ahead and contacted Kay via their website instead; that was just a few minutes ago, so of course no response yet. I'll update when there is one.

I understand that they don't want a bunch of people just browsing their store with no intention of buying anything. But just because my friends and I look young, they assumed that we were only there to waste time, and they not only lost business but angered a blogger (never a good idea :P). It was blatant age discrimination, and NOT okay.

While I enjoy Kay products and my friend has previously bought several (really nice) pairs of earrings there, I certainly won't be going back if they're going to kick me out because I'm a teenager and look like one. Next time we want to buy jewelry when at the mall, we'll be taking our business to Pandora or Zales.
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Friday Confessional playing along - I confess...

I confess:
I've been seriously slacking on the blogging and commenting.  Oops.  Partly life, partly summer, partly because I have the laze.

I confess:
I love that hubs stays up all night -  that means for several hours after I get up I can have quiet before the dang TV is on.

I confess:
I am trying to win Christmas.  :)  A new car and some cash would be nice too.

I confess:
I'm really sad I haven't won Dev a DSLR camera-  she needs (a better) one for her advanced photography class and is having to buy it herself-  know anyone who is upgrading and has a great deal on a nice one?

I confess:
Even though I didn't win Dev her camera, I am super stoked I won her a pricey mastering photography course.

I confess:
The blog is not all I have been neglecting-  the house looks like a cyclone has gone through it.

I confess:
It's wonderful for the girls to be so excited about starting college next week.

I confess:
Kyra is going to be all mopey when she gets home today from her beach vacation.  And I am going to try really hard not to nag or pop her upside the head. ;-)

I confess:
I have a lot more confessing to do but I'm going to stop here so I can go win, win, win!

XOXOX Dddiva

What do you have to confess this week?  Click on the cutieful button up there to play along.
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WWTKW- childhood

It's time once more for We Want To Know Wednesday brought to you buy Mamarazzi and Alicia aka Queso


This week's questions are from Mamarazzi and there is a chance to win a prize.

{1} Did you live in the same town or move around a lot as a child?
{2} What were your parents like?
{3} Do you have any siblings? What were they like growing up?
{4} Share a short story from your childhood.
{5} What did you look like? (share a childhood pic for a chance to win a prize)

1.  I lived in 3 different houses as a child.  My kids lived in LOTS of places-  we moved more than other people take vacations.

2. My mom was (and is) awesome, my best friend and most trusted confidant.  My dad was the complete opposite- very handsome and charismatic (think Elvis or the Fonz type) and everyone (who didn't live with him) adored him, but he was an alcoholic.

3. I have one brother a year older and one sister three years younger.  I guess we got along okay though we had different groups of friends though they sometimes overlapped.

4.  Hmm when I was little I used to think all the fireworks etc on the 4th of July were for my grandpa.  Seriously, yes, I thought the whole world celebrated-   he rocked and everyone loved him.  I was a lot older than I will admit to here when I realized they were celebrating America's freedom & independence.  

5.  I don't have any pics of me as a kid.  

How about you?  Are you playing along?  We Want To Know.
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Totally Random Tuesday- Betcha Didn't Know and FREE YOGURT

Betcha didn't know:

How nice I am.  So nice that where others say they have a mean streak, my kids say I have a nice streak.

That instead of a good imp or bad imp (or an angel and a devil) sitting on my shoulders tempting me, I have 2 lil' devils.  This from the sweetest woman in the world, my mother in law, who adores me.

That the new puppy Max has already incorporated himself fully into our home.  Oy, who needs or wants 6 dogs, but he's a prissy little diva and fits right in with our f*cked up family.

That Kyra is going to spend next week in Virginia on the beach and we're all totally jealous.  Her sisters are planning on replacing her sunscreen with itching cream so she doesn't have too good of a time without us.  (KIDDING)

Dawn and Casey start UCA next week already-  I'd ask where the summer has gone but it's right here kicking our butts with 100+ degree heat.

Dev's almost ready for her senior year to start, but she's a week behind the college girls.

My baby (Groucho) was lost for a few days- first time ever- and he does NOT like the cruel world.  Shih tzu's are notoriously hard to keep well groomed anyways but after 3 days wandering he came home matted and with a fish hook through his lip poor poor baby.  We're slowly cutting the mats out and getting the stinky swamp smell off of him but it's a slow laborous process and his tail and paws are so tightly bound it's unreal.
The best we can figure is that someone found him because we got a call (girls had passed out our number) day he was lost and he was gone when we went to retrieve him so we think he escaped and then somehow got turned around and couldn't find his way back home.  He was found a little over a mile away when some people were docking their boat.  They were going to take him home because he looked so lonely and pathetic but then saw one of our fliers and called so he's back safe and sound and with the most hideous haircut known to man.  We'll forever be grateful to the couple who returned him to us.

You can go to our other blog Divas Cuisine and get a free coupon for Dannon Activia Selects Yogurt up to $3.  Hurry expires 8/15 or after 1 million are given out.

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Free Dannon Activia Selects Yogurt Coupon - HURRY- valid through 8/15

All of us in the family are big yogurt eaters, especially in this summer heat--it's been in the hundreds here lately, and a heavy meal is the last thing on our minds.

Dannon Activia Selects is a really tasty yogurt line that also offers the benefit of promoting digestive health. There are a whole host of different varieties, including Greek yogurt (which is a favorite of nearly everyone in the family :P).  Best of all, you can currently get it for FREE.

Visit the Activia Selects Facebook page to get your FREE coupon now!
These coupons are valid through 8/15, so scoop it up now!

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Residents of LA, NJ, CA will be given a '$1 off 3 Activia Selects' coupon.
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Menu for week of 8/8 - 8/14

Pretty easy week with lots of yummy food-  a couple of cook once eat twice meals and using the slow cooker a couple of times this week to try to keep from heating the kitchen up too much.  Here's what it's looking like at our house in no particular order-  subject to change of course due to whim or weather.

Slow cooker pepper steak; jasmine rice; chopped salad

Light & easy tuna salad sandwiches; Claussen dill pickle halves; baked potato chips.

Brisket; oven roasted new potatoes; cuke & tomato salad; french bread; watermelon.

Breakfast for dinner:  breakfast burritos; fresh fruit.

Slow cooker rotisserie style chicken; oven baked sweet potato &/or regular fries; sesame green beans; spinach salad with

BBQ brisket sandwiches on rolls; coleslaw; watermelon, cantaloupe & honeydew melon.

Light & easy Chinese chicken salad; Hawaiian sweet rolls.

For more menu ideas head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie.  What's cooking at your house this week?

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WWTKW along with this, that and the other.

I haven't done a real post in so long I won't try to catch y'all up on everything, just a little bit of random and play along with We want to know Wednesday hosted by Mamarazzi and Alicia aka Queso.

I'm 3DG obsessed again (I go in spurts) here's my current themsong:  All I want is a little of the good life, all I need is to have a good time.  Enjoy!

School starts on the 13th already- shortest summer ever.  UGH.  They didn't even end til June 6th or so.

We're going to Hawaii- well 4 of us are.  Not sure when but paperwork was sent in after being notarized on a trip win.  We have a year to go so we'll see where we can fit it in the schedule.  Anyone know any must-do's when one is on Oahu?

It's so hot it makes it really hard to be motivated to do much of anything.  When it's too hot to grill and you live across from a lake it's too freakin' hot.

Well apparently 5 dogs aren't enough because we took on a 6th.  Casey and Derek rescued him but can't have him where they are so we get another.  He's pretty cute, looks like doggie from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Now to find him one of those lopsided antler dealios and a sled and we'll be set for the holidays.  Naturally, his name is Max.

And now for the moment you've all been waiting for:  *cue theme song music*


This week's questions come from the fabulous Mamarazzi 

{1} If you could spend a day with a blogger, who you haven't met in real life, who would you choose?
{2} What website do you check first when you go online?
{3} What is something you are saving money for right now?
{4} What is your go to silly face when a silly face is needed? (post a pic of it and be entered to win a prize from Mamarazzi)
{5} How do you relieve stress?

A blogger I want to spend the day with in real life?  Well, you can look at my sidebar, anyone I put there deserves to be there for a reason-  I put buttons for extra entries but the blog list is where I put the bloggers I want to visit with so when I am online and doing the blog thing I can get to my faves in a hurry.  If I have to play favorites I will say Julie from Momspective because I know we would have a blast together.

My homepage is an inspirational page with Abraham-Hicks quotes, then I go straight to email.

I wish I was saving money, all the extra (hahahaha what's that) goes to just living & medical bills.  

No pics, sorry.

Stress?  Who has time to be stressed?  Kidding.  Laugh, dance, play with the puppies and play my music really loudly and sing REALLY badly.  Oh blowing bubbles for Ian and the dogs is a riot-  if you need a good laugh blow bubbles for some dogs and kids.
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Menu for week of 8/1 - 8/7

August already-  is the summer flying by or is it just me?  We're gearing up for back to school already- for some reason they end in June (6th I think) and start August 13th-  shortest summer ever.  :(
Dev and I did Cancun and of course I had my fabulous hospital visits - not much of a vacation this summer.

But- but- but.  WOOT!  Got a phone call Thursday that I won a trip for 4 to Hawaii!  Yep, 3 of the divas and I are going to Oahu - we have a year to take the trip and have to figure out the schedules and all but we're totally psyched.  I LOVE WINNING!  Sometimes I wonder if I am wasting my time, then I say okay God (Universe, Goddess, Whatever) if this is a good use of my time give me a sign and within a week I will have a fabulous win - something wanted or  very much needed.  In this case, it is both.  Now to win a trip for the left out diva.  :(  I wish we could all go but it's just too expensive and the only way we can do it is by winning.

Enough about that, let's get on to the yummies for this week in no particular order:

On the grill-  baby back ribs; potatoes and onions in foil pouches; sweet corn

Lentil soup (vegetarian version); hot crusty bread slathered in butter

Eggplant parmesan or rollatini; angel hair pasta with marinara; nice big salad

Easy baked tilapia w/veggies; salad

Breakfast for dinner:  Finnish oven pancake with berries and fresh whipped cream

Oriental chicken wings with easy lo mein

Eat whatever doesn't eat you first aka eat what you want night or leftovers

For more menu ideas head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie.  What's cooking at your house this week?

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