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One of my girlfriends is now the mother of 3 boys….3 boys under the age of 6…
I don’t why that scares me…I did it…but I was much younger then. 
She called me with a funny “little boy mama” story. 

She and her husband had the two little boys and the newborn all loaded in the car.  They have a rule when traveling with the baby….Don’t bother him in the car.  Don’t peek in his carrier, don’t poke him.  Her newest son is still at the stage where when woken, he can go from whimper to blood curdling scream in 3.5 seconds. 

She tells me that he is still eating every hour and a half…and when he wants to eat, there’s no putting him off. 
I remember when Sam was two weeks old, we went for a baby checkup.  He weighed 8 1/2 pounds.  The doctor told me that he should be eating every 4 hours….I looked at her, me, a vintage mama of 4 and silently scoffed at her.  IF I had let Sam go 4 hours without eating, the Sheriff and Social Services would have been on our doorstep. 

As my girlfriend and her husband were trying to grab a few minutes of conversation in the front seat….(we all know what thats like)….the two older boys were in the back seat…pestering the newborn. 

Little Alex had had enough.  Within seconds he was screaming like a banshee and my friends were still 10 minutes from home.  When they finally pulled in the driveway, which seemed like an eternity, her husband turned around in the front seat and said, “Now, what has this experience taught us?!”

As Alex was scooped up by his frantic mama…
Two little voices could be heard over the quieting sobs….”Don’t bother the baby.”

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Having spent a full week with two ‘tweens’ and a eight year old, I now fully understand why some animals eat their young.

I love her expression – I looked the same way this morning.  “Oh dear God give me patience and I need it now!” 
Can’t you just hear the conversation they might be having…or rather the whining she is listening to? 
“We’re bored!  He won’t let me play the PS2 with him!  Can’t we go do something?  Aren’t we going to the movies?  Do I have to sit by him in the van? 

More likely its stuff like, “She took my salmon!”

GRIZZLY

This was me this morning. 
All I wanted to do was sit on the deck, drink my coffee while it was still warm and watch the squirrels play peek-a-boo around the pine trees. 
To whomever designed the squirrel repellent bird feeders…you haven’t met the determined little fur balls in the Pacific Northwest.

TBC

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Thanks to E S GIBBS & Time for the photo…precious

Random thoughts and memories of the Big Day….

Three rehearsals before the big event…Tiring

One wardrobe malfunction…who knew his feet were going to out grown the ‘viola recital shoes’ in little over one month?  $15.00

CA’s “June gloom” burning off just as he receives his certificate.

Taking photos at the edge of the stage as he receives his awards….
Hubby asks me if I am a member of the Paparazzi….”The other three” pretend they don’t know me. 

One hellium ballon….”You Totally ROCK Grad”…$12.99
The helium refreshed for free.

Photos with his nemesis…..they will be missing each other before long.

Tickets for 3 no make that 4, when Sam invites a fellow “grad” to an evening showing of “UP ” in 3D…$51.00
…gasp, choke, sputter…but we made two ‘tween boys very happy…and we’ve got 3 pairs of 3D glasses! 

Sam and friend sitting a row behind us giggling….Wish I’d taken a photo of the sparkling eyes and excitement.

Unlimited refills on popcorn and two large drinks….$15.00
They call it the Family Pack…it should be called the Upset Tummy Pack. 
3 AM the next morning found me sanitizing the bathroom floor….Sam missed the trash can and the comode…seven times…
Just part of Motherhood. 

“UP”…hit close to home …
PIXAR….
Fabulous….
For what they did this past week for the little girl dying from a vasular cancer was compassionate, touching and very God Like. 
Many Blessings to you.
To read more about it go to:   http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pixar-up-movie-2468059-home-show?referrer=google

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Judging by the number of “hits” my soup recipe has received this week – this meal will be served across a few continents this coming Sunday.  If you are on a restricted salt diet, just buy the ingredients with “no salt.”  You can use fresh spices like cumin & chili powder instead of the taco seasoning packet.  If you can’t find Hidden Valley Ranch dry salad dressing mix, you can leave it out and the soup will turn out fine.  I found an organic dry ranch dressing mix today at my store.  HVR is LOADED with MSG.  I even found a low salt/no MSG taco seasoning mix.
This post is from 2009 – but I am bringing it “forward” to make it easier to find. 

*Superbowl Sunday 2012:  I have just made a pot of this soup and now I remember that I would make it for 3 hungry sons, at least 3 of their friends, Hubby and myself.  Today there’s just 3 of us having soup so I’ve made some adjustments:

1 pound of meat
1 can of corn, you pick your favorite kind
2 cans stewed tomatoes, (put thru the blender if you live with tomato chunk haters like I do)
2 cans tomato paste instead of sauce

I think I will still need some freezer containers to store the leftovers.  : )

At our house, the countdown has begun for the Super Bowl.  The guys are all excited.  They’ve been remembering their days playing high school football when I would call from the stands….”What inning are we in?”

I have no idea which teams are playing, but I will be watching….. the commercials.  I have reserved my spot on the couch.  I will be scrap booking during the game; and riveted to the screen during the commercials.  I will never forget the commercial one year about “Cat Herding.”

The other part of the Superbowl that my family loves is the food.  There are some recipes that I only make a couple times a year.  I will be sharing a few of those with you this week.  My sons gasp!  “Mom!  You’re sharing your recipes?!”  I know, shocking isn’t it?

This Superbowl Soup recipe was given to me by a girlfriend.  She got it from a PTA mom.  It’s fast, delicious and the boys love it.  This soup is happy to sit in the crock pot all afternoon during the game.  You can make it mild or spicy hot depending on your family’s tastes.

If it is as cold there as it is here…..
that alone is reason enough to make this delicious soup.

Superbowl Soup

1 medium bermuda onion, chopped
2 pounds ground sirloin or turkey meat
1 16oz can kidney beans
1 16 oz can chili beans
1 16 oz can red beans
(you can even add a can of low salt black beans)
1 4 oz can Ortega diced green chilies
1 10 oz can white corn
2 16 oz cans summer corn or yellow corn
3 cans Rotele Mexican tomatoes or 3 cans stewed tomatoes (12-16oz)
1 pkg Lawry’s taco seasoning mix (dry)
1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch dry salad dressing mix
2-3 cans tomato sauce

Saute the onions in a small amount of olive oil.  Transfer to a large soup pot or crock pot.  Brown the ground beef or turkey; drain fat.  Drain corn.  Add all ingredients (except the tomato sauce) to the soup/crock pot.  (I love these recipes where you just dump everything in a pot and let it go.)
Simmer over low to medium heat until heated through.  Add tomato sauce to reach the desired consistency.  You can add less corn.
If you like it hotter…whew…add tomatoes with jalapenos.

We always have shredded cheese and sour cream on the buffet table so people can help themselves.  Other choices: chopped avocado, diced tomatoes, sliced peppers, (don’t rub your eyes) and chopped Bermuda onion.  I also like to serve a slice of fresh baked corn bread to go with it, especially if someone gets a little carried away with the Anaheim chilies.

I don’t know if the Prize Patrol still surprises the Publisher’s Clearing House winner after the Big game….but guys…I’ll be home!  Bring me a check and there will be plenty of Superbowl Soup for you!

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 p1010705My blogging friend, Catherine Sherman linked to me in her post entitled “Six Random Things.”  CatherineSherman@wordpress.com

Catherine says it’s time to play the ”six random things” meme.
1. Link to the person who tagged you. (Click on Catherine Sherman above.)
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself. 
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them. (Sorry Catherine, but don’t have six blogging friends.)
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is published.

So here we go…six random things about me:

1.  I have not gone anywhere with out a camera since my sons were born.  Since I entered the digital age, it’s even easier to capture memories.  Unfortunately here behind the “Orange Curtain”  it seems the only thing to photograph is concrete. 

2.  I love lighthouses.  Look for future blogs on this unique feature of American history.

3.  I love baskets.  Especially ones for free.  When I worked for a major accounting firm, the VP would get gift baskets galore especially at the holidays.  Sometimes he would take out what he wanted from the basket, other times, he’d give them to me, unopened.  (BoyfriendlyCooking has a series of posts on Holiday gift baskets.)

4.  I love the genre of Vampire Romance. 

5.  During the holidays the aromas emanating from my kitchen are  a combination of the delicious mouthwatering scent of melting chocolate and the rich comforting fragrance of Italian food. 

6.  One of the times that I am the happiest….?   When I can walk out on the wet, sandy floor of Puget Sound when the tide is out.  It is scattered with perfect, intact sand dollars.  If there is a lighthouse nearby…even better

Here are the links to: 

Boyfriendlycooking@wordpress.com

CatherineSherman@wordpress.com

Planetjan@wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 We were at a dinner party with family and extended family recently.  Our grown sons were there, as well as some people we had not seen for several months.  One member present has never caught on about inappropriate topics of discussion or language for that matter, when children are present.  I am one of, (I believe) the last handful of people on earth who think that children should get to be children for as long as possible.  When the boys were small, I would remind our family member that “there are ears at the table.”  That always quieted him down. 

The evening was progressing nicely, the dinner, delicious, when the conversation grew quite lively over a particular aspect of the coming election.  Nearly everyone had joined in the heated discussion, when from Sam & his cousin’s end of the table, we hear in that clear, crisp voice….yes, think of the pharmacy story….he said “Excuse me!  There are EARS at the table.”  That stopped everyone where they sat.  The instigator of the story was quiet the rest of the evening.

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My newly Americanized friend was telling me latest info from the “grapevine” re: the N.  This latest bit of news made me laugh, joyously.  (Sorry if you think I’m a heartless *#!^>.  Obviously you haven’t been paying attention.) 

My friend said, “What do you think of that?!”  I replied with, “I warned him.  It just goes to show you, Karma’s a *#!^>!”  My friend looked puzzled; he still hasn’t “gotten it” from last time.  He said, “I don’t think I’ve ever met Karma, does she work downtown?”

I’ve got to build the curriculum for “Colorful American Sayings 101.”  Then I guess I will have to petition to have it as required coursework.  I don’t think my friend is the only one who thinks “Karma” is a woman with attitude, who works at corporate.

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