Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Crazy Thing Called Love!

My daughter just turned 21 and besides legally being able to belly up to the bar for a daiquiri, a cold beer, Jell-O shot or a snort of whiskey, I've noticed that she's turning into quite a mature and independent adult. 

Contrary to the negative press about millennials, she and her high school sweetheart seem to be responsible with living independently from one another, taking their college studies seriously and recently survived a month long winter break backpacking, camping and cliff jumping their way through New Zealand and Australia together. 

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However, from the story told, at nearly the end of their trip, it’s surprising that one of them didn't end up crimping the air hose of the other while scuba diving. 

I jest...but after a chuck-full of glorious time together day in and day out, cuddling like koala bears in a tiny tent, holding hands while gazing at stars and sharing a can of beans over a campfire, somebody or something had to snap. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Review: Kissing the Crisis

New to my blog this year, I'll be adding some book reviews periodically. Disclaimer: I'm all about networking and supporting fellow writers in their publishing journey. I love the idea of being part of the writing landscape by offering an opinion or two. 

My opportunity to read Kissing The Crisis really got my attention because I felt a kindred spirit to the author and humorist, Kara Martinez Bachman. Essentially, we're around the same age, give or take a few years, and I felt a real connection to the book's subject of maneuvering in midlife and making sense of it all through humor. 


Her collection of short stories, I guarantee will either bring back flashbacks of your own stupid youthful shenanigans or you'll find she 'nails it' in relation to real midlife circumstances. Daring to say what we're all thinking in the throes of parenthood and our own questionable adulthood. 

Starting off with regrets for turning down Brad Pitt while in his infancy to stardom and how bowling may have been his favorite pastime. 

Kara reminds parents that you should always be prepared for six-year-old questions like, "why is that man's butt mostly showing?" As a mother, I could relate to this and the horror of trying to come up with a good answer. 

She shared moments of not wanting to give in to digital music, but rather putting a record on the turntable just so you could remember those Boogie Wonderland times. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Bowling Shoes Just Aren't Cute!

I knew I was in trouble when the 3 year-old kid in the next bowling lane had a higher bowling score than I did. 

Granted he had the help of a "thingy-ma-jig" bowling ball ramp that helped aim the ball just right to roll off gently down the ramp in the perfect direction. The ball would slowly meander down the lane to barely kiss the pins; teetering them with a domino effect, which created some score-worthy results for this little guy. But, little Theo had something more, something I was missing from my bowling game. 

Cuteness. The bowling style of dog-gone cuteness! 

Image Credit: Pixabay.com - Unsplash

There's just something so darn adorable about watching a little kid grappling ahold of an oversized bowling ball in both arms with wide-eyed excitement. With the help of dad, they'd carry the ball; baby-steppin' along a slippery waxed floor, hoisting it, lining it up and giving it a mighty push. 

I, on the other hand, a rookie bowler of a different sort was still trying to figure out how to enter my name on the scoreboard. 


Monday, January 9, 2017

Minnesota is #1 for This and My Space Heater is Proof!

I've talked about Minnesota winters here before (Read this post), but now it's been validated that Minnesota is ranked #1 as the worst and most miserable state for winter by Thrillist Travel


Image Credit: Pixaby - Unsplash

Truthfully, I can't believe we out-ranked North Dakota. I'm wondering if the authors of this article just weren't hardy or valiant enough to risk life and limb to enter the subterranean blustery tundra of North Dakota.  Mister O worked a few winters in the oil fields near the N. Dakota Canadian border and had stories comparable to Ice Road Truckers. Stories of white out conditions where you couldn't tell the difference between the blowing snow over the road and the clouds in the sky. Stories of -30 below temps with frozen equipment and parts snapping off like ice covered twigs. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Red Copper Cooking: Uncle Ben's Rice with Chicken, Veggies and Lemon

Do you have the Red Copper pan? I just got one as a Christmas gift and thought I'd share with you the first meal I made. I'm not one to watch infomercials, but for some reason this one caught my eye. 

The pan came with a few recipes ideas, which inspired me to create my own meal using the veggies I already had; including that standby box of Uncle Ben's wild rice sitting in the cupboard. 




If you haven't already seen this on T.V. with spokesperson, Cathy Mitchell, whipping up and demonstrating easy one-pan meals, here's what it looks like. I love making meals that can be made using only one pan!




Have you seen this one? It claims that it's "the only pan you'll ever need!" I don't think I'm ready to ditch all my sauce pans and smaller fry pans, but I'm willing to bring this one into the pan family and see what we can do with it.



So, let's get started, it's time to whip up my own one-pan creation with the Red Copper pan!

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