Happy Halloween (cluck! cluck!)

10/31/2009 at 9:45 pm | Posted in I take too many pictures, Small Fry | 4 Comments
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Daily Etsy

10/31/2009 at 9:39 pm | Posted in Swell Stuff | 2 Comments
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My sis got a set of these little guys as a gift when her baby was born. They are too cute. Hoot!

Little hoot by on a whimm


10/30/2009 at 9:14 pm | Posted in I take too many pictures, Small Fry | Leave a comment
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Daily Etsy

10/30/2009 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Swell Stuff | Leave a comment
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Crochet necklace by lovelycrochet


10/30/2009 at 1:50 pm | Posted in Good eats | 1 Comment
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Today’s recipe: Slow-cooker turkey chili (via Southern Living).

My mother-in-law made this for us a few weeks ago, and it’s really tasty. I’m a big fan of chili. It’s the one thing I craved throughout my pregnancy, even in the heat of the summer. Don’t even get me started on the Mexican chili at Mitch’s Tavern. With homemade salsa. And a mountain of shredded cheese. Mmmm.

I’m also a fan of slow-cooking. Doesn’t get much easier than this — and makes your whole house smell like Mitch’s. That’s a good thing. Trust me.


1¼ pounds lean ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (1.25-oz.) envelope chili seasoning mix
1 (12-oz.) can beer
1½ cups frozen corn kernels
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
¾ teaspoon salt

1. Cook first 4 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until turkey crumbles and is no longer pink.
2. Stir in beer, and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Spoon mixture into a 5 1/2-qt. slow cooker; stir in corn and next 6 ingredients until well blended. Cover and cook on LOW 6 hours.
4. Top with all the stuff you love to put on chili. For me, it’s shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips.


10/29/2009 at 11:05 pm | Posted in I take too many pictures | 1 Comment
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On why I need to stop buying People magazine

10/29/2009 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Celebri-tastic, Motherhood | 3 Comments

Celebrity gossip is my weakness. Not my only one, but definitely the most embarrassing. At the grocery check-out, I’m a sucker for a fresh-off-the-press copy of People magazine or US Weekly.

I faithfully read gossip sites and am known in my family as a repository for useless celebrity trivia. In fact, on a recent Sunday, I joined in the fellas’ football conversation (dad, husband, brother-in-law) by telling them about Terrell Owens’ reality show. They’d never heard of “The T.O. Show,” and boy, were they dazzled by that juicy tidbit.

But on occasion, this little interest obsession of mine can bite me in the butt.

Like yesterday, as I devoured the latest People magazine cover story on Nicole Richie and her new baby, in which Joel Madden said this:

“… it all piles on her. She is taking care of the kids, and it never gets to her. She doesn’t feel like she’s giving anything up — she is wholeheartedly their mom.”

Hmm. So we moms who sometimes feel overwhelmed by the enormous sacrifice required to raise kids are not “wholeheartedly” mothers?

And this, from Nicole, bugged me:

“I can’t say that I miss anything about my old life. I can’t imagine my life without my kids.”

Of course I can’t imagine my life without Small Fry, but there certainly are times when I long for some of the delicious freedoms of my pre-baby life. Like sleep. And going out with my friends. And sleep.

Also, Joel and Nicole add, their 2-year-old daughter prefers to eat vegetables and sings on key. Huh?

Talk about feeling inadequate.

That’s what I get for reading this stuff.

But, you know, every family and every baby is different. What’s been like climbing a mountain for me might be someone else’s cake walk. It’s just so hard not to compare myself to other moms. Even one who probably has a house full of assistants, nannies and personal trainers.

Next time I’ll just stick to the story about Justin Timberlake. Because a little JT makes everything better.

Daily Etsy

10/29/2009 at 11:12 am | Posted in Swell Stuff | 2 Comments
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This has got to be one of the neatest things I’ve come across in a while. Well, I can’t take credit for discovery since the artist left a comment here on pretty*swell, which led me to her “megnificant” Etsy site. Regardless, I’m smitten.

She creates custom coloring books from your very own photographs. So your little one can color pictures of his or her favorite people, places and things. How cool is that?

I especially love that this concept not only encourages creativity, but in cases like ours where some friends and family live far away, it’s a clever way to help your child remember everyone.

The book comes in a beautiful fabric sleeve that has a compartment for crayons. The designs range from whales to cupcakes to the rocked-out guitar print below.

This is definitely going on Small Fry’s Christmas list.

Acoustic funk coloring book by Megnificent Made


Farmers market blooms

10/28/2009 at 8:24 pm | Posted in I take too many pictures | 1 Comment
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The will to write a will

10/28/2009 at 4:36 pm | Posted in Motherhood | 2 Comments
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So, I’ve had this Suze Orman will-writing software kit in my desk drawer, still in the shrink wrap, for almost a year.

Yeah, I know. You’d think that seeing a near life-size version of Suze Orman’s face grinning madly up at me every time I open the drawer would motivate me to actually pull the disk out of the box and use it. Nope. I just turned the box over. Easy.

Small Fry is 20 months old. We need a will.

But I just can’t bring myself to think about it. To face the questions that we’re going to have to answer. To even consider that my child would be in this world without her parents.

It’s too much.

I’m not going to be able to ignore for much longer the nagging voice in my head (embodied by that box lurking in the drawer) that shrieks at me every day. Get over yourself and write your will. You owe it to your daughter. And, while you’re at it, pick up some of my financial planning software. Also, that outfit really could use some shoulder pads.

Easy, Suze. I’ll come around.

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