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Chicken and Bacon Pot Pie

Last year I experimented with turkey and rediscovered that any dinner that was wrapped in pie crust is one of the world’s best dinners. As kids, we would sometimes be treated to a frozen dinner of chicken pot pies. Trust me, as a kid it was a treat. Although, I could have done without the squishy peas and nasty cooked carrots. The best part about being an adult is that you don’t have to follow recipes exactly and can buck convention anytime you want when it comes to cooking. (more…)

You Want Your Birthday Party Where?

Boy in inflatableThe experience begins with a human chute fashioned just like a chute would be on a cattle ranch. In fact, with the Rural King down the street, it isn’t hard to imagine that this is the exact model you would find ushering cows into their corral. Ahead of you are a series of blinking lights. Vegas? No, there is no chance of winning it big here. On the sides are large, soft structures that seem to be sucking kids into them only to spit them back out. They flop and bounce until they recover at the bottom. Then they are sucked right back up again. The sights resemble something you might find in an ’80s sci-fi movie. The feeling isn’t far off either. (more…)

Plastic Baggie Ice Cream

During the summer months, or more honestly half of spring and fall, the girls and I join my mom for Sunday night ice cream at our local ice cream shop. When my parents first moved to the town we live in now, I heard about this ice cream shop quite often from my mom. Now that we live here as well, I know why she spoke of it in such high regard. It is rich and creamy with several yummy flavors to choose from. Not to mention the building has old-time ice cream shop appeal. You’d think that this heavenly Sunday tradition would fill my and the girls’ taste for ice cream each week. (more…)

This Will All Be Over Someday

Bad weeks have a funny way of creeping up on you. Sometimes you can see the culprit of the bad week coming from a mile away, but most of the time, you’re are moving along in life quite normally, then all of a sudden, a series of events or stressors lands you plopped in the middle of a bad week. It’s funny how small the details of the bad week can be when retelling it to a friend, and I won’t bore you with those details here. In reality, most of them are insignificant and will soon pass. (more…)

You’re Speaking My Language

Maddie is going through a phase. I’ve been referring to it by its’ very scientific name – “The Tough Dropoff Phase.” Two weeks ago, she adored her daycare. She loves her teacher and her friends. She learns new words and concepts each day. Her true admiration is made evident by her brisk run into school holding my hand each morning then promptly dropping it to take the teacher’s as she walks through the door. I, as any good mother would do, used the hand she had dropped to pat myself on the back each morning for raising such a well-adjusted kid and choosing the best daycare environment for her. A classic mom mistake. Let this be a warning to you, moms. The instant you congratulate yourself on a job well done, things are bound to change. (more…)