That Nagging Calendar Thing…

Screen shot 2012-01-03 at 11.20.31 PM My CMD (Calendar Mismanagement Disorder) has been flaring up this week. Plagued by this relentless disease (disability, disorder… whatever), it’s amazing I get anything done. Monday was Teen Take-Out’s orthodontist appointment. When I’ve said before that I’m surprised they haven’t kicked us out of the practice, I’m sadly not kidding. We have two tinsel-teeth kids, with three in the wings, and I can’t seem to remember either of their appointments. The office staff is so nice and patient. But I’m fairly certain our chart has a big fat red “L” on it – the scarlet letter for “Loser”. I’m hoping our frequent flier status will keep us around Case in point, the kids’ last appoint just might have been in July. I haven’t

We Got a Pet!!

Screen shot 2012-01-03 at 10.40.28 PM “Where’s Dad?” “He went to the pet store”, Sister Save-A-Lot said, trying to nonchalantly repress a giggle. Jon going to a pet store is definitely a funny idea. Dick’s, Academy, Fry’s, Golf Smith … those I’d believe. But the pet store? Not so much. The kids & I have all but given up our quest for a dog. So, I must say I was surprised to discover that he did in fact drive to Petco and purchase a pet item. Although, I soon learned that “pet” might not have been the operative word. Let’s just say, I’ve seen this before. “Cuddly” doesn’t normally describe its inhabitant. Oh, well. I guess we’re headed down the lizard road. Or maybe those cute fire-belly toads. You know, if you have two, they’ll sing to each other.

Tuesday’s Tasty Tips by Jane Jarrell

Screen shot 2012-01-03 at 9.48.28 AM Tuesdays are our days where Sweet Jane Jarrell, the meal maven shares her secrets. Check our for more recipes and other great info. Thanks Jane!! … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay     The Prepared Pantry   Canned Meats like tuna, chicken and salmon offer more than just a mayo-and-relish sandwich. A cheap source of protein to make fish burgers, fold into omelets, quiches or add to chowders. Toss with noodles and veggies for a pasta course. Mix with lettuce, potatoes, and olives for a Nicoise salad. Think outside the can! Salmon Patties 1 (15 oz.) can pink salmon, 1 egg, 1/3 cup minced onion, 5 saltine crackers, crushed, ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning. Drain salmon; in a medium mixing bowl, mix salmon, egg, seasoning and onion until sticky. Stir in crackers. Form into small patties

I’ll Take “Parties” for $50

jeopardy-sio02 Hi.  My name is Kay. I’m a recovering enabler, grammar hacker, procrastinator and calendar mismanger (along with SO many other things). I’m on a journey to move my kids from enabled to empowered, one month at a time. September is our month to learn hospitality. It’s hitting me in every one of my “recovering” areas. 1) It’s taking every ounce of effort I have to not step in and do it all for them! There’s nothing I like more than throwing a party. An intimate dinner party, a neighborhood coffee, a huge fundraiser… It makes no difference – people gatherings jazz me. In fact, in a former life (before marriage, before kids), one of my jobs basically centered on hosting huge parties. I hopped from state to state, country to country leading advance teams for Dan and Marilyn Quayle
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