Give me Liberty....

Friday, May 26, 2017


I hope you all have plans for the long holiday.

I plan to spend time with my family today
My friends and family tomorrow as we host a big party - maybe drink too much wine...
Sunday relax and enjoy what comes, maybe garden a bit
Monday - be thankful I don't have work - go visit my MIL for a bit and walk over for the celebration at The Victory Memorial Flag Plaza and watch my daughter sing the National Anthem.

Enjoy Peeps.

Enjoy.
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Happy President's Day - not you 45

Monday, February 20, 2017

It's another holiday I get to be home because I work for an East-Coast based company.

Midwest companies do not really take this day off.

President's Day we take off, not that I am not getting some work done today, but I am home in my kitchen and am not really expected to work.

(pause to sip from my favorite mug some Starbucks Vanilla)

So, Happy President's Day to one and all.

Except you 45.

You who needs attention so badly you began your next campaign just shy of your first month in office. 

Really? 

Ugh.

Let's think of happier things people.

Here are some good stories from around the globe this Patriotic Holiday.

Zealandia: This is fun - we have identified a new continent - and the Kiwi's deserve it, I know some and they are a fun bunch.  I also find the name ZEALANDIA to be awesome.

Girl Scout Cookies: I agree with her on some reviews, but leave my Do Si Do's alone.  I love them.  I am curious though about her sales numbers.  She must live somewhere you can do online sales. p.s. if you need a box we have plenty!  :)

GAGA: Lady Gaga is going to do a remake of "A Star is Born" - this may get me back to the movie theatre for something other than a Pixar flick.

And finally this one - this is such an amazing story of kindness.  Enjoy.

Mommy's Nest 2017 Motto
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Freezer Find - A recipe

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Yesterday I was moving things around in the upstairs freezer and came across two packages of stew meat - ORGANIC stew meat I got for $5 off a package at Target sometime in the recent past.

They looked amazing and this morning I came up with a plan for one - if it is good I want it documented - so I am blogging my recipe as I go.

Over medium heat:

Chop 3 medium onions - caramelize in olive oil for 10 minutes.

Chop 5-6 medium carrots - add to onion mixture, cover, and cook until softened, 5 minutes.


Add two Teaspoons chopped garlic & 1 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, 1 teaspoon paprika, and heat until fragrant.  Add 1 tsp salt and 3/4 tsp pepper - fresh cracked if possible!

Add one 14 ounce can of Tomato Sauce and one 28 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes, reduce heat to low - let simmer for 30 minutes at least.

Brown 1 pound of stew meat in olive oil over medium high heat - do not cook through, just brown 5-6 minutes then add to sauce.



Meanwhile, cook your choice of rice or pasta to serve the sauce over.

This time we used spaghetti and zucchini noodles.

*After we had this meal - I think I may cook the beef in with the onions slower - then add the carrots, etc. so that it is more tender.  Like get some color on the onions for 10 minutes, add the beef and maybe a little red wine and lower the heat and cover for 15 minutes.

I do think the key for any kind of sauce cooked this way is that you use an enamel cast iron pan.

Bon Ape-tweet!

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I thought better of the idea...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sometimes I have to take Boo Boo La La to gymnastics because T-Bone has a meeting.

I always think in the morning - we'll be so RUSHED - I will barely have time to get her, get her changed and THEN, what will we do about dinner???

I imagine asking her when I pick her up if she wants Subway or McDonald's.

But then, as I drive toward school after work, I change my mind.

Suddenly I think to myself.

Wait a second - why would it be faster to go to Subway or McDonald's?  Boo Boo can't change into her leotard while we are choosing food or sitting in the drive-thru.

I have fruit and tortillas and peanut butter at home.

Hmmm, I will just get her and run home the eight blocks, she can change while I make a peanut butter roll-up and cut her an apple.

Duh.

My point is, I do have time.  I am not as rushed as I work myself up to be.  I just need to drive and breathe for a second.

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Hey America - Use your freedom next time.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

I have been meaning to tell you all for a long time.

If you didn't vote in the election - YOU SUCK.

For real.

The final results for the US Presidential Election are in and


Yes, calm down - Hillary Clinton "won" the popular vote and lost the Electoral Vote.

Everyone keeps pointing out that she "won" by over a million votes.

Whoopie.

What I notice is that the US population, according to census.gov, is 325,202,861 at the time I looked and typed that...6:31 am Central, December 27, 2016.

Even if you overestimated and said half the people were not eligible to vote due to age or other reason that means that 162, 601,430.5 people could have/should have voted and 38,884.433.5 people did not vote. And that is WAY low of an estimate considering that (according to census.gov) only 11.34% of the population is under 18.

The closer estimate is 164,607,860 - or MORE PEOPLE THAN ACTUALLY VOTED IN THE ELECTION.

OMG.

THAT should be the news headline.

What is WRONG with people that they do not vote?  Do you see what power you had in your hands that you simply ignored?

If you are reading this and you didn't vote, be ashamed, learn how to vote and do it next time.

Happy New Year.

That is all.

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Pinterest Fantasy

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Four years ago I pinned a shoe.

The Jeffrey Campbell Torch Wedge, in grey.

It was beautiful. 

It was versatile, for jeans or skirts.

It was...

EXPENSIVE!


It also has been repinned 79 times.

The only pin I created that has been pinned more times is a DIY adjustable bracelet. 

Every time someone repins the shoe, I search eBay for a pair. Since, of course, Nordstrom has long since divested themselves of this beautiful shoe.

A few weeks ago,  I got lucky.

There on eBay was a pair in my size that looked BRAND NEW!  They were green, but I love green. So I made an offer,  they countered,  and the deal was sealed. 


Aren't they awesome?



Tweet, Call, Post to Facebook: Let JP Morgan Chase know how you feel about it.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


If you are from Minnesota you know the name of Jacob Wetterling.

You know how strong and amazing his parents are and that they, especially his mother Patty, continue to fight for children today.

You may know that the "person" who took Jacob finally admitted what he did.

He told the whole story in court and led the FBI to Jacob's dear remains.

Finally we know, "Where is Jacob?".

It doesn't mean people still are not sad and that we are not still in dis-belief.

It's a horrifying story.

And now, the people who live in the neighborhood in Annandale where that "person" lived, want something positive on the property.

The city has presented three offers to JP Morgan Chase, who owns the house.  And JP Morgan Chase has not accepted any of the offers.

The house is valued at $55,000.00.

Let's get JP Morgan Chase to give up this property.  Donate it to the city and let them tear it down, build a community garden (as suggested) or ANYTHING else positive.  Have them donate some of the money they saved to the Wetterling Foundation or something.

Find JP Morgan on Facebook, Twitter, or their website.

Tell them to write the property off or sell it to the city of Annandale - what a GREAT Christmas gift.


Thank you peeps.
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Ignore the fact I need to wash my hair - Coconuts II

Monday, November 28, 2016

A couple of months ago I unpacked a box on YouTube - and I blogged about getting this box of amazing coconut oil products.

Skinny & Company is the brand and today I decided that my skin was looking pretty great - I love slathering the calming lavender & coconut facial oil on myself morning and night. I had done nothing but that for the past four days and....
This is 49.5


I have not put on any makeup since Thursday. I have been only putting on coconut oil and sitting in my hot tub.  Well, I did shower after those soaks.  :)

And while it is a little expensive for coconut oil and essential oils - it is not more expensive than any other face moisturizer I currently buy for myself.  And TODAY of all days I went to buy some and got BOGO.  They are having a "Black Friday Weekend" sale that seems to still be going strong. 

So enjoy a little slather for yourself....

Happy Cyber-Monday Peeps.

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I broke my rule....

Friday, November 25, 2016

Due to an accidental drowning - Boo Boo La La lost her iPod.

She didn't even have it a whole year and she was totally crushed.

Daddy promised her a new one, but the first one that came was a dud. You could not set it up and it didn't hold a charge for more than a few hours anyway.

Then we got busy and she had tablets she could use that Mommy and Daddy use, but not as much as their phones.

We toyed with the idea of a phone to replace the iPod until I found out how much it would be each month to get her service.  She is ten - she mostly texts her friends on a free texting app over our WiFi and she can get Xfinity WiFi almost everywhere in our neighborhood.  So, that was out.

Then I happened to Google, "Best deal on an iPod touch", and voila - Target.

The closest ones to us had VERY FEW IN STOCK and they, of course, were open.

So, Mommy broke her rule.

She shopped on Thanksgiving.

How about you?  Are you shopping, decorating, or just snuggling in for a long-overdue break?

No matter what - 'Tis the Season and our family wishes you well.
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And that is why I love him....

Friday, November 4, 2016

I kind of like chickens.

I kind of generically lump roosters and chickens together.

I have wanted a giant metal chicken since I read this post, but my love of chickens started when my child was not even one yet - so late 2006-ish.

Someone at work gave me this cocky-dude for being at work so early all the time.

I was seriously smitten

Then, I found this chicken about 2009 (?) at TJMaxx...I walked around with it for an hour trying to convince myself not to buy it.  


This one about 2014...she is a pretty birdie.


And it sort of spilled into my kitchen after that...with canisters, a napkin holder, I even got a giant brass wishbone at Target last year.

But nothing was enough.  I still wanted a big metal chicken of my own.  With it's own cool personality. I saw one at the State Fair, but when my husband went back to get it - it was gone.

So I forgot about it.

Last week my daughter started jibber-jabbing, "Mom, I really want to tell you what Daddy got you for your anniversary.  It is really good.  What did you get him?  You should really start thinking about your husband and what he would like.  But, I can't tell you what Daddy bought you, but it is gooood!"

I mean she said this to me like a bunch of times in various iterations.

I was concerned.  Was it something crazy???!!! I mean a ten-year-old girl thinks it is cool.

New golf clubs?

Then, last night, T-bone asked if he could give me my anniversary present. And when I said no, he actually looked a little sad.

(pouty lips)

This morning I came downstairs and T-bone wasted no time. He TOLD me he was giving me my gift now and started opening up the sliding glass door...


I am the luckiest woman ALIVE!


I think he likes me.  I sure do love him.

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