Archives for November 2011

If You Give a Kid a Pile of Dirt…

If you give a kid a pile of dirt… He will climb to the top of the pile and try to dig a hole big enough to jump into.  Where does he move the dirt away to, you ask? Using his super strong, super big muscles, he fills his wheelbarrow and moves the dirt an […]

‘Tis the Season…To Give

My first official gift of this Christmas season was the gift of life.  Blood, that is; by donation, of course.  It’s been over 10 years since my last donation.  Seems like every time I’ve tried to give blood since, there has been a reason I could not. Tattoo Pregnant Travel to Cambodia (this got me […]

Queso Dip Recipe

It’s a cheesy kind of day.  I decided that there is absolutely nothing wrong with feeding your family queso for lunch when you plan on watching football games all day.  I know that everyone has their own version of this Velveeta classic queso dip, but I have a few secrets that I’m willing to share […]

Thanksgiving x2

Making Thanksgiving calories count.  That’s what matters when it comes to Thanksgiving food.  Eating full-on Thanksgiving dinners twice; once with Chans and then with Woods.  This takes 2 full days dedicated to each family to get this kind of no-holds barred eating done. No low-fat substitutions, no dieting; cheese alone and on everything. Fried turkeys […]


I am thankful for so many wonderful blessings that fill my life with so much happiness. I am overjoyed by the innocent, fearless, pure love and kindness that my boys show me each and every day.  And so proud of them for exhibiting those same emotions towards every person they interact with.  Other than the […]

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This is actually one of my favorite (and easiest) Thanksgiving dishes from my artillery of recipes for Stuff-Your-Face Thursday.  You can make it in advance, refrigerate and then serve at room temp.  You don’t even have to measure much, so a saucepan is the only dirty dish casualty…oh, and the spoon you stir with.  But […]

Ba Ba Black Sheep

Aiden says the funniest things.  His latest is a custom interpretation of the nursery rhyme, “Ba Ba Black Sheep”: Ba Ba Black Sheep Any had-e more? Yes, Sir, yes! And three bags full One for the Mister One for the Day And one for the old kid who lives in the rain Ba Ba Black […]

DC at a Glance

Thank you, iPhone, for capturing these blurry pictures so I could share in my scrapbook (translation: looking to upgrade to a full-on big girl camera one of these days…just as soon as this blog takes off…)… I tried to crop out the lurker behind us, but can’t get rid of him without taking off the […]


Where most folks go to DC to visit the monuments, the museums or the memorials, I have to admit…I did not.  My brothers and I went out to see my lovely sister and to eat and drink our way through the city (my folks kept the kiddos).  We did visit the Lincoln Memorial at night […]

Farewell October

Since having kids, October has been all about the Pumpkins and the costumes.  I love to see the kids search for their perfect pumpkins and then see how excited they get when we carve them. And the only thing that could tear my eyes away from my cute little peanuts?  These forearms – please, take […]