Crushed Cookies

Note to self. A three-year-old plus a platter of cookies = temptation beyond measure. Every single cookie — about 20 of them. Mangled. A little finger print right thru the top. Actually, it kind of looks like what my sister’s boxes of chocolates look like after they’ve tested them to see which ones are cremes/caramels and which are just yucky nut filled things. Maybe Donovan was just checking to see what was inside. Good thing they were wrapped in plastic I suppose. Otherwise, he probably would have eaten them instead of only playing with them.

Life In The Way & Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

I’ve been hearing from many of you about how long it’s been since I posted anything. First of all, I appreciate being missed. You make me feel so loved. Second. I’m sorry. I was shocked to look back and realize it’s been almost 7 months. For shame for shame!! I wish I had some amazing excuse. Some reason that would be forgivable in any reasonable world – unfortunately, I do not. I suppose I could blame it on the fact that I have a son who just turned three, and the past few months have felt particularly draining with him. But, my little man is (mostly) remarkably well-behaved and I only think he’s trouble until I hang around other three-year-olds.  Reality check! He’s really quite delightful. I really don’t feel right blaming him. I don’t have any debilitating ailments or horror stories of massive trauma in my life (thank you Lord for that!). Basically, life has just gotten the better of me. Do you ever feel that way? Like it’s a chore to just get through each day? That adding anything beyond keeping your children breathing and out of the ER is too much to ask? Well, that’s been my state of mind for a while. Can’t pinpoint exactly why. Just, life.
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One Man Disney Movie

I cannot remember the last time I watched something on YouTube that I loved this much. I grew up on Disney movies and this video made me want to have a movie marathon of all my favorites this weekend. If this is the absolute only think this guy can do, he’s still amazing. I love this.

Sicky Sickerson

Well, it’s official. I think I’m finally getting over the cold/cough that has kept me bedridden the majority of the past week. I don’t even know what day it is today…and haven’t left the warm snuggly of my bed for more than an hour or so in about 5 days. My poor kids have been baby-sat by the DVD player that whole time and goodness only knows what they’ve been eating. I’m just thankful my hubby can manage to keep them alive when I get sick like that.

So, it’s time to dig out. I have about 12 loads of laundry to catch up on, dishes piled everywhere, devotionals to read and football snacks to prepare. I’m starting this morning by using the bread machine my aunt just gave me. I used to own a bread machine, but never used it. I didn’t like the brick like blocks of bread so it just sat in my cupboard. Finally it became garage sale fodder. Recently however, I’ve decided that bread making would be a whole lot easier if I could just get past the dough stage. So when my sweet aunt offered me her virtually new machine, I took it gladly. I have cinnamon roll dough going right now. It took about 2 minutes to put all the stuff in there. When the dough is ready all I’ll have to do is roll it out, fill it and roll it up. I’m pretty stoked about it. Also today I’m making biscuits and gravy for my sister’s Seahawks party tomorrow morning. Recipes to come soon on both these breakfast foods.

I missed you all. It’s nice to be back.

11 Step Program

I read this today and couldn’t stop laughing – thought I’d pass it along:

Considering having children? Do this 11 step program first to be sure you are ready!

Lesson 1

1. Go to the grocery store.

2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.

3. Go home.

4. Pick up the paper.

5. Read it for the last time.

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30 Day Shred – Revisited

Some of you may be wondering what happened to my 30 Day Shred posts. Actually, I hope you’ve all forgotten all about it, but I highly doubt that’s true.

I was reminded of it today because one of my girlfriends finished her shred today. I’m really proud of her — way to go Jen! You totally rock. She’s given me some motivation back and I think I’m going to revisit the whole shred thing. With a couple tweaks. [Read more…]

Harry Potter Hangover

Apparently I am not young anymore. What happened to the times of old when I could stay up all night and go to work the next day functioning pretty close to normal? Wherever they disappeared to, they are long gone. I guess I haven’t tested my ability to manage on just a few hours sleep in a while. Wow. Please forgive any writing errors you find – or if I repeat myself at all…I’m pretty zonked this morning.

Went to see the new Harry Potter movie last night with some of my best girls. Yes. That’s me in the “Muggle” shirt. What can I say? I’m a big dork.

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Freshly Pressed

To all of my new friends, welcome. I’m absolutely blown away by your responses to “Colleen” and many other kind thoughts on various Bakerlady posts. I love having so many new people to visit with in my kitchen. What a blessing!

Thank you for making the last couple days an absolute delight in my blogging life. I’m off this morning to help make about 100 apple pies with my MOPS group – wish me luck! I’ll have lots of pictures and (I’m sure) some baking stories to tell this afternoon.

Your visits, comments and questions have filled up my hours with joy – thanks. Stop by anytime. The kitchen is always open.

WinCo Heaven

Are you kidding me right now?

I have been hearing about WinCo from my couponing websites for a while now, but there isn’t one near my house. One opened about 15 minutes away last weekend. I waited for the opening week craziness to die down before heading out this morning. Holy cow.

I love this place. For starters, their prices are amazing. Second, they sent me coupons in the mail that made the deals even more amazing. Third, they will stack a manufactures coupon on their store coupon. Finally, they do not accept credit cards – which makes me feel proud of them for encouraging people to use the money in their checking account…instead of borrowing for groceries.

A couple of the deals I snagged:

10 lb bag of russet potatoes – $ .68
Bananas – $ .19 per pound
Swanson Chicken & Beef Broth – $ .43 can
Cheese Nips – $ .38 per box (on sale there for $ .88 and had a coupon for $1/2)
Canned Green Beans (hello green bean casserole!) – $ .38 can
2 lb block cheddar cheese – $3.98

I also got crazy cheap cereal, apple juice, toilet paper, gorgeous pork chops, and some potato chips for the hubsters lunch. It was awesome. I want to go back right now.

B v ~B

Twelve years ago I went on my very first first date. It was also my last first date. I was reminiscing this morning and thought I’d share this with all of you.

First of all, Zack was (still is) a genius. He didn’t just ask me out. He made me work for it. He caught my interest by engaging my mind. Something I love about him to this day. We were both taking the same logic class from Paul Herrick at Shoreline Community College. Zack used our coursework in class to come up with this original logical argument for asking me out. He asked me if we could meet one morning before class to work on a problem he was having. It was brilliant of him. I was hooked from the very beginning.

1. C & S
2. M v D
3. A & P
4. B v ~B
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