Me, A Mom

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Archive for the month “February, 2014”

ma, ma, ma, mooommmmmmmm???whaaaaaaaat?


sorry but these days of freezing cold and indoor recesses are driving me nuts!

I mean what do they do in Alaska where its always below zero??

perhaps our playgrounds should come equipped with igloos!

I love my kids

they are smart, witty lovable kids

mostly all the time


My daughter is especially good at turning out the tears…then if you tell her to look you in the eye …if was a fake cry she’ll start giggling….but at her age….its getting old!

whether its one of her brothers turns to pick out the movie or supper, or which chore she gets for the month….or whatever the tears come a fallin¬†even if she’s made the decisions 3 or 4 times previously

being a mom is the hardest job you’ll ever love and hate…and LOVE

this post is not redeeming any time but hopefully some of the these clips will make you smile…and probably laugh…and laughing is good for stress ūüôā

its amazing the things you’ll find on youtube…gotta show this to my kids:


and for my fellow moms!:


and to end….spouses, kids…appreciate your moms and wives

adios till next time folks

Leckerli as we call it or “Honey Cookies” if you don’t know the language

OK so these are a favorite of mine


they call for nuts grrrrrr

which means if I make them

I’ll be the only one eating them

as  2 of the  kids have nut allergies

but tada…substitutes work in this recipe!

so here is the recipe

and my substitutes will follow in bold

11/2 cups whole-unblanched, unsalted almonds( 3/4 cup wheat germ, or oat bran or ground unsalted raw shelled pumpkin seeds)

3/4 cup honey

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp grated lemon peel

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 tbsp brandy

4 cups of sifted flour

dash salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 cup powder sugar

3 tbsp water


Grind almonds(or measure out the wheat germ, or the oat bran, or grind the shelled pumpkin seeds) finely in blender

Pour brandy and lemon juice over the almonds(or wheat germ, or oatbran, or pumpkin seeds) and lemon peel

In a saucepan, bring honey, and granulated sugar just to boiling, stirring the whole time – do not boil

Set aside to cool for 10 minutes

Stir in the lemon juice mixture

In a large bowl

sift flour with salt, baking soda and spices.

make a well in the middle of the dry mixture

pour the honey mixture into the well you just made

Work it together

it will be very stiff! VERY

Preheat oven to 350 the powder sugar and the 3 tbsp water


get ready and mix together


Divide dough into 4 parts, wrap 3 in plastic wrap so they don’t dry out

roll out 1 part between 2 sheets of wax paper to a 6×8 inch rectangle about 1/4 inch thick

Bake on a parchment paper lined pan for about 10 minutes or just till golden.

as soon as they come out of the oven use a pastry brush to coat the top of each with a thin layer of the powder sugar mixture

take off pan and allow to cool

repeat with each of the parts of dough


ok so I didn’t use parchment in the picture but usually…I do!


tip for

using ¬†the wax paper….USE IT!

the dough is stiff…but very sticky as well

roll it out between two sheets of wax paper

then peel of one layer of wax paper

turn it over onto a fresh sheet of wax paper then

peel off the other layer of wax paper

then using a pizza cutter slice the dough into strips

sounds time consuming but goes fast when you ger in the groove


this dough can also be rolled out and then cut out with cookie cutters!

and did you notice the only substitute was for nuts the recipe already does not call for eggs or dairy!

Yesterday…I made a roast…and tapioca pudding and…oatmeal cookie bars….whew

I make beef roast a alot…like once a week

its one of the few meals that gets us more than one day.

We prefer the spoon roast, but I’ve also purchased chuck roast as well

Want to know more about cuts of beef?

Now when I was growing up making a roast meant filling the pan with cubed potatoes, carrots, celery , onions, and some salt and pepper. It was scrumtious.

Then the roast after cooking would be carved….some cut off and saved for soup, or pot pie, or stew,

and the rest served for supper.

But…my kids aren’t crazy about cooked veggies, and a roast doesn’t last as long as it used to. I have one meat crazy boy who just can’t stop.

So…whether it is beef tips or beef roast here is what I do.

First I often (though not always…depends on time constraints) seer it quickly in a hot pan with olive oil to give some color.

Then I put into a greased (spray oiled) pan and top with salt pepper, a few onions and then a cup or so of brandy.(brandy and beef can’t be beat!)

and then bake till it falls apart!either slowly at 275 or a little faster at 350 (or if you have a slow cooker you could do it that way.

Well….yesterday I cheated…I sprayed the pan with olive oil, put the roast in fat side up(nooo don’t take all the fat off…it adds so much flavor as it melts into the meat besides you don’t eat it every day right?)


I had some store bought onion soup mix(store brand even) and it was safe(well…no allergens for my kids) for my family.

I dumped it on the roast, added 1 cup of brandy and 1 cup of water to the pan, put the cover on the roaster and let it cook at 350 for about 3 hours.

and…it falls apart, and tastes yum….

so into the fridge and

then for supper I”ll make pasta or potatos, and a veggie(or fresh veggies) maybe a jello or fruit salad, and

none of it will last as many meals as it used to.


now if I had used the slow cooker that would be it.

but since I had the oven at 350 for almost 4 hours I figured I better be a good steward of the energy(gas) we are using and make some other stuff too, {maybe a pingback to my post on redeeming the time would make sense here}

So into the oven went 3 sweet potatoes(washed and with a slice in the top of each to allow for steam to escape(placed on top of a parchment paper covered pan)

and since we were having left overs for supper last night(the roast was for the next day) I then found the left over rolls we had put them on a pan and brushed them with olive oil(that I had mixed with onion powder and garlic powder) go figure no one wants to eat the potato rolls before but put the oil on and they disappear before I get one!

and finally…despite getting our girl scout cookies the other day I decided(since I had some oats in the cupboard) to make oatmeal raisin cookie bars(one kid hates raisins…and said she won’t eat it…oh well…more for me ūüėČ ¬† ¬†)

(By the way I made the recipe on the oats container and I substituted soy sour cream for eggs, 1/4 cup per egg called for and I used fleischmanns  no salt margarine as it is dairy free and what I had on hand)

oh and while that was all cooking I made tapioca pudding…..


I add 1 tbsp corn starch to the mixture then add vanilla soy milk let sit 6 minutes then bring to boil, turn off and  add the vanilla(I also add a little fake almond extract) put into a container cover with plastic wrap

and done.

whewwwwwwwww…..done cooking….at least till next time.

our favorite Blonde brownie recipe

OK here it is

based on a book I found

Home for the Holidays

(Holiday recipes from all the folks at the veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States{VFW}

if you want your own copy of this book I noticed several sellers on ebay that had it listed. but fyi the only recipe I’ve ever tried is the blonde brownies

Home For The Holidays Volume 3 Holiday Recipes By Veterans Of Foreign Wars VFW Softcover Cookbook

the original recipe uses butter and eggs

my version does not

and it turns out divine!

~~~I make it so often I typed it up and taped it to the inside of one of my kitchen cupboards!~~~

in a small bowl mix together

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

dash salt

(set aside)

In a large bowl mix together

2/3 cup of light tasting olive oil(the original recipe called for melted butter)

2 cups packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup of soy sour cream(this is my egg substitute the original called for 2 eggs)

2 tsp of vanilla(I make my own with vodka and vanilla beans)

then mix in the flour mixture

spread into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes

(if you want you can sprinkle chocolate chips on before baking but as one of my kids doesn’t like chocolate I bake without)

the next step enjoy…and if you’re lucky it will last more than a day…

What would my dinner look like if I took every supplement recommended by Dr. Oz?

Bear with me here

I like Dr. Oz and all his suggestions but seriously if I tried everything he suggested I wouldn’t have room in my belly for food! So todays blog is a song:

No Room On My Plate

sung to Billy Joel’s, We Didn’t Start the Fire(…well..sort of…..)

in case you need a reminder of Billy Joel’s melody….



ketones from the raspberry


vitamin D

extract of green coffee bean

no room on my plate

after all the vitamins

and extracts I ate

no room, its not right

dr oz I think I’ve lost my appetite

take a multi vitamin

calcium with magnesium

don’t forget omega 3

and remember fenugreek

camu camu


wait that one may injure you

DIM can’t say the name

something that ends with methane

no room on my plate

after all the vitamins

and extracts I ate

no room, its not right

dr oz I think I’ve lost my appetite


garcinia cambogia

and a bit of astralagus root

stinging nettle

ginger tea

no room on the plate for beef

red clover


dandoline and garlic breath

herbal tonic


which of these is right for me?????

no room on my plate

after all the vitamins

and extracts I ate

no room, its not right

dr oz I think I’ve lost my appetite

to scrapbook or not to scrap book…that is the question


I love looking at other peoples

and I

am creative



its just not my thing…give me a photo album a regular photo album where you

pull out the photo

look at the handwriting on the


and travel


in time

to the time and place you were when the photo was taken

looking through my parents and grandparents albums ….seeing handwriting I recognize and handwriting I don’t

all brings me closer to those loved ones.

pictures taken by grandpa who has been gone awhile now

pictures taken by children whose aim wasn’t the best

but they are now grown up and we can look back and see what they were seeing

Don’t get me wrong…

I do like the online digital photo albums that one can make and put into a hardcover book.

but there’s something only a yellow edged photo, with a handwritten date can give…

So this Shakespeare says….NOT to scrap-booking…

Paper or Digital…..oh the tragedy….yet…oh the convenience

I like books

I like holding them in my hand

I like using post it notes and highlighters

I like books


I like magazines.

I like reading them

I like clipping articles and recipes

but recently I discovered


where through your local library you can download(if you have an account) books fiction, nonfiction, best sellers, old classics

the downfall

you need a decent reading device or computer

you can’t make easily accessible notes you know ¬†there’s the sticky note open up and there’s the highlighted section

you need internet access and relatively good access at least till its downloaded to your computer


then there’s the waiting list….some books have none some books you may be 51 out of 51 with the library owning 4 copies so be prepared to wait.

but….then I discovered ZINIO

if your library has access to it go to your local public libraries website

you can create an account

sign in

and check out

and read magazines….full magazines online

and if you have a snip it type tool you can clip and those phrases and recipes you love !

all from the comfort of your own home

so while I love paper books

and continue to find best sellers at garage sales

thrift stores…etc

I am slowly finding a second love

online reading.

added bonus I can be perusing while doing laundry without wasting gas to get to the library


future post: placing a hold request


ok I yelled

the other day the annoyances were too much.

What’s for supper??(as soon as breakfast was done)

I don’t like that…

Wha’ts for supper??(as they are packing their lunches)

any thing else??

What’s for supper??(as soon as they walk in the door from school)

whats for supper??(you asked three times already and ¬†the answer hasn’t changed just because you don’t like the answer)

making supper can be a drag

and when you finally have put together a meal that is safe for everyone….whines of” I don’t want that” get tiring…awfully quick.


so…I yelled

sick of being


sick of people whining they’d rather have something else

sick of the food allergies

can I have one day…just one day when everyone can have anything.

one day when I don’t have to read labels 5 times

one day when I don’t have to worry that the redness on my child’s face is the start of a reaction

so ok I yelled

and they

they covered their ears and asked if I was finished.


and in a few minutes I was

we sat down to eat

and they ate

and I ate

and one more meal

under the belt

where all walked away

without an allergic reaction…

then off to bed and the day starts again in the morning.

I don’t need to be told I’m blessed, blessed to have a roof over my head

blessed to have food to put on the table

blessed that we have knowledgeable doctors to help us through the food allergies and other allergic conditions that arise

and with that in mind

tomorrow…I will try to not yell


when they ask….

What’s for dinner???


My Child is dairy Allergic….NOT LACTOSE INTOLLERANT

So we recently visited the school my son will be at next year…and as most he will have to take home ec.

I mentioned to the teacher that he is ALLERGIC to DAIRY, EGGS, and ALL NUTS!

and she said…

thats ok we’ve dealt with lactose intolerance before


people who say that….just don’t get it

in other words….I will be riding that teacher like no tomorrow and making sure she works with me to keep my child safe and by the end of the semester their will hopefully be no doubt in her mind about the severity of FOOD ALLERGIES!

Seriously there IS a difference

once again folks

Lactose Intolerance 

may give you the runs, make your tummy hurt and generally make you feel sick



Please folks….it gets old it gets redundant but you have to

-advocate for your children

-educate your children

-educate others

and try despite all odds against you to keep your patience



Addressing Death: And the questions children ask


is a hard topic for parents,

but one we must face

relatives die, friends die

and even if it’s the grandma of a school mate that dies

questions often come home

Your response will be key to your child’s growth and development

Do not hide death from your child

when you do

you are taking away their chance to experience the ultimate in life

Grandpa didn’t move to Florida….he died

Grandpa didn’t go to sleep(this can make them afraid to sleep) he died

If you come to terms with your grief in a healthy way …so will they.

Children inevitably have questions

my oldest for example

had questions about the different parts of the body and what happens to them when we die

my middle child had similar questions but also expressed feeling sad

and my youngest wanted to share memories of the person.

How did I (and How should you answer questions???)

Be honest, its ok for kids to hear that “I don’t really know why this happened”

Be direct (grandpa’s heart was old and weak and it stopped working) or

(there was a terrible car accident and____ was hurt very badly and died)

Ask for clarification, you don’t need to go into great detail, follow their lead

they may be ok with

      Рhis heart stopped working


they may want more detail

ask them to rephrase their question to make sure you are understanding what they are asking

tell them you love them

tell them God loves them

tell them they can ask you anything and you will do your best to answer or find the answer

as a catechist one thing that brings out discussion “what happens when you die” is lent and the discussion of the crucifixion, Resurrection, and ascension of Jesus

you are not alone, there are doctors, pastors, teachers, and counselors who can help you


there are resources for kids out there

here is a link to one great list I found from the national association of school psychologists

another When Somebody Dies


Talking to children about Death from the partnership for children

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