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Thank you! *muah*

pssst! It's that one ⇓ right THERE!

And if *that* doesn't suit your fancy, I have a number of used home schooling books available right now!! Take a look!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Moving On ...

I've started a new blog.  This one wasn't working for me anymore.  I'm trying to get more focused and more disciplined about writing, and I'd love for anyone who regularly reads here to come and visit my new home:

Call Me Mom

See you there!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Missing Ron ...

I just needed to share this here.  We lost a hero today, and he will be  SO missed ... God bless you, Ron Santo!   You have fun playing 3rd base up there in the ultimate Field of Dreams!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Still here ...

Haven't had much to say lately. I'm doing some research into more focused blogging ... now I just need to find that one topic to focus on!! So difficult to choose!


Saturday, May 08, 2010

Things I've Learned From the Cat

We've been fostering a mama cat and her four kittens since the middle of March. This has been a very interesting experience for me, especially because I haven't had a cat since I was living at home with my parents. The last time we had a litter of kittens, I was about 5 or 6.

I'd have to say that there is a lot to be learned from simply watching an animal parent their young. Here are my observations:

  • Let them explore, but always know where they are.
  • Drop everything and come running when they really need you.
  • Be patient.
  • Trust that they will come when you call them.
  • Be prepared to get them if they're too curious for their own good.
  • Clean up after them until they're old enough to do it themselves, then teach them how.
  • Be a good example, and they will follow your lead.

Pretty wise, this mama cat.

Friday, April 23, 2010

There's an echo in here ...

I really need to find something to write about. I love to write. I talk a lot. I just don't have the necessary discipline it takes to blog daily.

Anyway, I just thought I'd pop in today -- the day I get my weekly traffic report -- and say "thank you" to the handful of people that pop in here on a weekly basis. Perhaps it's not the same people; perhaps it is. Either way, thanks for keeping my musty ole blog company!

Monday, November 16, 2009

How to Make Chili ... The Recipe

Wow. It's been nearly a year since I posted anything on my blog!

Here's what dinner was last night ... it turned out really delicious, and I'm looking forward to the leftovers for lunch today ...

Dotmom's Chili This Time (because it's never the same twice)

Ingredients (all measurements are approximate)
1 lb lean meat -- I used 95/5 ground beef
1 can black beans
1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
1 onion, finely chopped
olive oil
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp cinnamon
Sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
Some beer stolen while your hubby's not looking (or other liquid ... see directions)

Stop at the grocery store on the way home. Get some really lean beef or other ground meat along with other things that sound good in chili like black beans and fire-roasted tomatoes, for example.

Call your home and have your daughter check to see if the onions in the pantry are sprouting, if not, you’re good to go; otherwise, get some onions. Oh. That crusty bread over there in the bakery might be nice, too. If accompanied by a hungry 15-year-old, you might also have accumulated some banana peppers, pickles, ice cream, chips and various other foodstuffs. Add these to the chili at your own risk.

When you're ready to cook, get out your favorite Dutch oven and dump in the ground meat.

Dump the ground meat out on a plate; you forgot to chop up the onion and brown it in about a tablespoon of olive oil. Once the onion is soft and translucent, add in about a tablespoon (or more) of chili powder and stir until the onion is nicely coated.

Get that meat back in there, rinse the plate and put it in the dishwasher. Raw meat juice = icky.

Wash the colander that the kids used for macaroni ‘n cheese earlier, and drain the beans. Don’t drain the tomatoes.

Add the beans and tomatoes to the browned meat & onions, but make sure you break that meat up really well while it's cooking. We're not having meatballs. Don't forget to add some cumin. You can't have black beans in your chili without cumin.

While you're grabbing a handful of chocolate chips to tide you over, see what else in the pantry might taste good in the chili. Cinnamon not only makes it smell really good, but it keeps everyone guessing, and what the heck, toss in some of those chocolate chips, too!

Now check the fridge. Mmmm … some sundried tomatoes would give it a nice tang. Chop those up and toss ‘em in. Let everything simmer for as long as it takes you to wash up the rest of those dishes sitting there.

Taste it. Sprinkle in a little kosher salt and ground pepper, if needed. How is it now?

If it’s too thick for your taste, pour in a little water, beef or chicken broth, leftover coffee, or beer (Leinenkugel Summer Shandy is nice), if needed and let it simmer to let the flavors meld.

Serve it up with that crusty bread you brought home, a salad, or use it along with some cheddar cheese to top some hotdogs. Mmm mmm!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

365 Days Of Trash: Black Friday and the Ten Commandments

As I read the following post from Sustainable Dave, I wanted to find a way to give it to everyone I know so that they could also read it. He says everything I've wanted to say about this whole holiday thing.

We have come so far from what Christmas is supposed to be. Well, anyway ... Dave says it better than I can. Here:

365 Days Of Trash: Black Friday and the Ten Commandments