“Do not go in there, Dad. Mom’s a huge mess,” I hear Alex say from outside my home office door. “Oh! Oh, no! She’s watching that movie—the sad Christmas one.” “Yep.” “I’ll go check on her, “ I hear Nate say. When he knocks on the door and enters, the culminating scene from the movie… Continue reading Pageant-In-A-Box: Create Your Own Theatrical Holiday Memories
When the printer erupts into flames, I know it’s Christmas. Every year, I run off many, many newsletters for my many, many relatives (mostly on Nate’s side of the family.) In addition to receiving the gift of spontaneous printer fires, which are great for roasting marshmallows, I can give the gift of a crisp, neat… Continue reading Write a Hilarious Family Newsletter
The tree is lit and so am I, thanks to some Grinch-A-Ritas. This festive margarita is Nate’s invention. What can I say? I married well. He knows just how to take the edge off the stressful holiday season. All I have to do is follow these simple instructions for my own silent night: 1) Pour… Continue reading Grinch-A-Rita Recipe
When the cranberry sauce on my Thanksgiving plate started to ooze over toward the mashed potatoes this year, I gave thanks instead of quickly shoving the potatoes down my throat before the sauce “ruined” them. Why am I so grateful? I’m grateful for many, many things including the new blogging community I’ve finally joined. Since… Continue reading The Cranberries Runneth Over: Award Nominations!
Wind in my face—with a fork in each hand—I’m racing toward Thanksgiving. It’s almost here, so I’m ramping up the preparations and I’m going harder than I’ve ever gone before. “Oh! It is onnn,” I tell Nate as I make my grocery list. “I really hate to ask, but what are you talking about?” “Thanksgiving!… Continue reading Turkey Day Preparations and Kick Lines
Wild-winged Ginger Cherubs came to me in a vision the other night and whispered in my ear: Ginger Cherubs: You must create a snacking cake that clears the nasal passages and is low in fat. Me: Could such a thing exist? Ginger Cherubs: It could and it must. The whole world depends on spicy, sweet,… Continue reading Low-Fat, Ginger Slapping Cake
Throwing the Sip and Paint Party of the Year is an intimidating feat at best, so my strategy is to think small, make plenty of mistakes, and then invite people over for real “next time.” I am certainly thankful that my forward thinking has saved me from potential disaster, but I am pretty proud of… Continue reading Sip and Paint Party for One: Yay, Me!