Category Archives: Parenting

Starting Over

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My last post was holding myself accountable for continuing a novel I started. But I’m not there in that story anymore and have no interest in continuing. The story was to be about the search for a teenage daughter of a Georgia sheriff. I wrote it for a younger audience—teen…. Read more »

If I Had a Do Over

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If I Had a Do Over. This post spoke to me as a mom of a 4 and 7 year old – love it – a must-read for moms of young ones!

What’s for dinner? Steak. Baked Potatoes. Corn Salsa.

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Bobby Flay’s tips for a Perfectly Grilled Steak are great. The three I think most helpful are:  20 minutes before grilling, remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let sit, covered, at room temperature. Slightly char one side at high the first 4-5 minutes, then flip, turn down the grill and… Read more »

What’s for dinner? Tacos.

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Tacos are an easy go-to that (almost) everyone is happy with. My kids will eat quesadillas, not tacos. 🙁 But, that’s easy to throw on the stovetop while the adults enjoy tacos. I buy the seasoning mix at the store, but the homemade seasoning always better and doesn’t take long to… Read more »

Faking Faith to Hold On to Heritage

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Do parents fake faith out of a feeling of obligation to pass it down to their children? My parents are visiting: my agnostic, but Catholic-raised dad and my Catholic mom who doesn’t practice/ go to mass. My parents had me go to catechism throughout my childhood. They wanted me raised… Read more »

What’s for dinner? Pork Tenderloin.

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pork tenderloin

This was last night! I need to take a picture next time. It was so good! Pork Tenderloin in this marinade: 1/8 c. vegetable oil 1 T. molasses 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1 T. dry mustard 3 cloves minced garlic (1 T minced garlic) 1/4 c. soy sauce My… Read more »

What’s for dinner? Meatloaf.

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Meatloaf (made with ground turkey) is what’s for dinner tonight. Meatloaf with Quick Oats: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/QUAKER-OATMEAL-PRIZE-WINNING-MEAT-LOAF-1233712 Steamed brocolli Fruit (grapes and berries for my sons) Texas Toast (oven toasted bread with a butter/garlic spread)

Me a “Meek” Catholic??!!

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When I first saw the word meek I cringed. As a child and throughout adulthood I have been often called sweet. I have never liked being described as “sweet.” I have felt it a weak or meek adjective. I wanted a more empowering word. Sweet made me feel dismissed as does meek. Over and over… Read more »

Interesting Imperfections

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Life is not perfect Not meant to be so Yet I have always shuttered When something perfect Becomes flawed Sets with one piece Mysteriously missing That stubborn stain On the carpet A mat has been placed over Scratches on the hardwood By my much loved lab That scrape on my… Read more »

OOTD: My Fall Attire: The Uniform

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I’m into uniforms; it keeps it simple. My fall uniform is: jeggings, a longer blouse or sweater, and moccasins or boots. Blouse: I got this blouse in early summer from Francesca’s; it’s not there now, but they have so many cute tops. Jeggings: I already had these, but these inexpensive ones from… Read more »