What ‘s a mother to do — delegate!

I know you have all been through this at some point this summer: We are on vacation and the baby, who normally sleeps well in his own room, is in a pack and play in our room. When we tiptoed in around 11, after having pajama-ed ourselves in the hallway, the sleeping baby rolled over and started to make those lighter breath sounds that let you know it's all over but the crying. As soon as I had settled into bed and closed my eyes he started to wail. After a minute or two, it was an on and off … [Read more...]

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Dipped Pretzels

You know if I'm posting a recipe, it's easy. I was pleased with how little time it took to whip up the dip and how much my kids enjoyed participating. Also, for a very sweet dessert, they're relatively healthy and they really taste great with the sweet and salty thing going on. And a nice presentation.----------------------------Melt together in microwave or double boiler 1 cup of semisweet chips, 1 cup of natural PB, and ¾ cup of honey(If you use a microwave, the dip will start to harden … [Read more...]

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

None of you need me to tell you about the high cost of food these days, since we as moms are probably the ones going to the grocery store every week to stock up on food for our families. I think that most families are feeling pinched in terms of their grocery budgets, since the same amount of money buys a significantly smaller amount of food right now. A recent article from the Boston Globe gives some interesting facts and figures regarding grocery costs, for example, milk costs have risen 26% … [Read more...]

For Your Amusement

h/t Creative Minority Report … [Read more...]

Building with Love

Sometimes dealing with daily family life can be a series of reactions, done not so much out of love as out of efficiency and necessity and an attempt to maintain appearances.Things had been going pretty well with our newest addition in Texas. I had ventured out with the three boys several times, taken a trip to our alma mater, managed to cobble together relatively healthy meals, attended a slew of doctors appointments for the kids with Mr. Incredible only taking 5 days off. I laid all three boys … [Read more...]

An Unexpected Pat on the Back

After a particularly unpleasant trip to Trader Joe's at our upscale outdoor shopping mall this morning (I'll spare you all the details), I decided to make it up to the kids by stopping by the bakery in the super-upscale indoor "farmer's market" for some sample cups of their homemade granola. Goods at this "farmer's market" cost far more than they do at the grocery store, and everything is administered by people in costume--people dressed like Dutch/Amish farmers serve soft pretzels and homemade … [Read more...]

My favorite line from last night

"I'm not running for president because I think I'm blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need. My country saved me. My country saved me, and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her for as long as I draw breath, so help me God." … [Read more...]

Big Kids

Saying goodbye as a child heads off to college is still a long way away for all of the builders. For now we are all mothers to small children, who usually have small problems. Whiny behavior, time-outs, patience, and waking newborns highlight our list of parenting concerns. While we have recently had some posts regarding teenage pregnancy, and I am obviously very interested in ways I can reduce the chances of this happening to my children, the discussion is still a bit abstract and … [Read more...]

Funny Facts About Palin

Here are a few little known facts about Gov. Sarah Palin:*Sarah Palin’s enemies are automatically added to the Endangered Species List.*The diamonds in Sarah Palin’s earrings were crushed with her very hands.*Sarah Palin once carved a perfect likeness of the Mona Lisa in a block of ice using only her teeth.*Sarah Palin knows how old the Chinese gymnasts are.*Queen Elizabeth II curtsied when she was introduced to Sarah Palin.*Sarah Palin’s image already appears on the newer nickels.*Sarah … [Read more...]

Trouble with Tofu

While I realize that there are more important topics to discuss right now, I'm asking for some quick help with preparing tofu for a family that thus far has been tofu-phobic :) Actually, I have had tofu before and am pretty ambivalent towards it, but my hubby and son want nothing to do with the stuff. The thing is that a couple of days ago, turned off by an unappealing and over-priced meat selection, I decided to buy a package of tofu and some beans instead of chicken and beef. Only $1.49 for a … [Read more...]