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Happy Birthday Baby (It’s me, Really, Your Mama)

Oh how I’ve missed you dear reader. You probably don’t recognize me, now that I’ve been stripped of my crown.  Now that I no longer hold the title and wear the proud sash  ‘Queen of Those Who Will Never Ever Allow Animals in this House.’ I’m not who you think I am.  Or maybe I’m…

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What I did over Winter Break

My children might try to tell you that I spent their winter break hiding away in a pumpkin shell. And maybe I did and maybe I didn’t. And maybe the impossible sheen of my bouncy tail makes the whole issue a moot point anyway. Ahh, such fluffy finesse.  It is not achieved through the wonders…

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Oven Baked Pancake

This tastes as good as it looks, and it’s a beauty! Ingredients: Butter (enough to melt and cover bottom of pan) 3 eggs 3/4 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup flour 1-2 Tbls sugar pinch of salt Directions: Preheat oven to 425. Melt butter in ovenproof frying pan on stovetop. (you can also use…

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Perfectly Pernicioius Popovers

Dang that title sounds good. Good enough that in the name of honoring this amazing breakfast treat we will ignore the self-incriminating feel of it. I know what you’re thinking.  That if I must insist upon this alliterative annoyance, why not go with something more suitable? Persnickety perchance? That packs the power of the literary…

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Popovers

Popovers — you’ll need a little more than an hour, and if you don’t have a popover tray, a muffin tray will do 3 eggs 1.5 cups flour 1.5 cups milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon of melted butter Preheat oven to 450 degrees, and grease the pan. Beat the eggs slightly and add the…

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Nature: 1, Nuture: 0

Yes, I know.  The smile on this face as it soars through the air with the greatest of ease would delight any parent. And yet I confess, for as long as our youngest has been flashing us hints of her true nature, I have been trying my darnedest to nurture it out of her. I’ve…

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What, me worry?

As a nationally-acclaimed worry-wort  (*disclaimer: no one has ever given me anything but grief, let alone acclaim for my vigilant worrying) a few weeks ago I did something that I’ve been feeling kind of proud of. This: That’s me (not pictured) boldly allowing my baby to ride her bike to school clear across suburbia all…

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We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Bowl

Excuse me the title, but when Acadia showcased her Queen Monster Tomato my mind had yet to make the leap from Shark Week and bigger boats to farming and jumbo tomatoes. And when I say we’re gonna need a bigger bowl… I mean with all hands on deck and tomato juice flying and canning jars…

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Once Upon a Time in an Enchanted Suburb

Once upon a time in an enchanted suburb there lived a family. There was a king.  A queen.  A couple of princesses.  It was quite an ordinary family. They were content; not much happened in their little kingdom. Then one day funny things did start to happen. Funny, unexpected things that were not really the…

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Moral of the Story: Heed Check Appendix Light

If we had paid any attention to the check engine light before we left, the car probably wouldn’t have stalled out. Likewise, if Dave had heeded his check appendix light, he wouldn’t still be sitting in that lousy hospital bed and I might not consider vacation to be a four letter word. Every day on…

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