Freudian Goulash

Sissy et al. (8 years old) made her own fairy garden (it’s more like a fairy area) at her dad’s house. She put a tiny house in there, some flowers, and a trail of beautiful pebbles! 

Before putting it together, she drew a picture of exactly how she wanted it to look like.

  Freud is giggling in his grave.
Thank goodness grandma helped guide it towards a less phallic fairy path.

  

FYI-I’m More Martha Stewart Than Martha Stewart

Or at least I like to tell myself that…I also tell my husband that…and the kids. They pretend to agree. That’s why I love ’em!

Anyways, I’d like to share some tricks of the trade we call “stay-at-home mother & wife.” To you, this may be well known facts, but to me they were earth shattering revelations. 

Earth. Shattering!

 Note the picture above. A wooden spoon on top of a pot with boiling water, will never overflow! As demonstrated in this picture. Don’t know why, it’s just the way it is.

Also, did you know that adding salt to water does NOT speed up the boiling point. It’s an old wives tale. A college chemistry teacher taught me that and I literally called bullshit on him in the middle of class.

Pasta salads. My mom failed at passing these little tidbits down to me, but always make your pasta salads the day before! (I heart making things the day before anyways, so I’ve mastered pasta salads.) The pasta absorbs your dressing, so in the morning, you’ll need to add more dressing. The dressing absorbed pasta is super yummy!

Bon appétit!

Daddy Day Grub 

It’s true. It’s the way to a mans heart. My hubby loves to pig out for Father’s Day. And you all know how I like to prep the day before an event (then I can enjoy the guest and the day too), so I spent my Saturday in the kitchen. Like a good little wife. Coincidentally barefoot. Empty uterus, though.

Here’s some of our grub:

Snack Crackers

Everyone has a family recipe for these things. If not, here. Take mine and once your fam has tasted one, it’s instant addiction.  

 Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of oyster crackers
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix (NOT the dip mix)
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon dillweed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Mix together everything except the crackers. I put those ingredients in a Tupperware container so I can snap the lid on and shake the heck out them to mix them up well.
  2. Pour mix over crackers. Again in a container with a tight sealing lid to shake the heck out of.
  3. Let sit overnight so the crackers soak in all the flavors.

Fruit Salad 

Again, people have many variations of fruit salad. Mines the best, clearly. Try it and see for yourself.

  

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz pears halves (drained)
  • 16 oz sliced peaches (drained)
  • 20 oz pineapple chunks 
  • 1 large bunch grapes (halved)
  • 3 sliced kiwi fruits
  • 3 sliced bananas 
  • 4 oz jar marocchino cherries (drained and sliced)
  • 3.4 oz package instant lemon pudding mix

Directions:

  1. Slice pears and peaches into bite size pieces and add to large storage bowl with lid.
  2. Slice grapes, kiwis, and cherries and add to bowl.
  3. Add pineapple chunks with juice.
  4. Sprinkles pudding on top of fruit and stir gently.
  5. Chill overnight.
  6. Add sliced bananas prior to serving.

Now go love on the fathers and father figures in your world! 

      Dance Mom Advice

      This is my 8 year olds 6th year dancing. This year she had 5 routines and 4 costumes. Meaning she would need to change 3 times during the annual recital. So for the first time, I volunteered to be backstage….mainly because I dont trust my child to stay on track and come out looking cute.

      So I know everyone probably has a Dream Duffle or equivalent if they have kids in multiple numbers. However the hot place in my town to hold dance recitals, is a dated theater that has been remodeled. This means very little space in the dressing rooms. Which then means no one is allowed to bring dream duffles. Which then means chaos and costume pieces everywhere. 

      So what helps when you have 22 8-10 year old girls, three moms, and three quick changes? Garbage bags! Yes, I used heavy duty garbage bags, each labeled with a girls name and hung on the hook behind their costumes.

      When they take stuff off, it goes directly into their garbage bag. Shoes and all! Preparation is huge too. Our girls had high top generic chucks for hip hop and those were a pain for them to get on and off. We had those untied and looped out with the tongue folded down over the laces. Ready for feet.

      Please share your dance mom secrets if you have any!! I’m only 6 years into this dance mom role, which is a realtivly newbee status!