My life in the ‘hoods’

Every parent has had more than their share of advice about how to handle tantrums. The advice ranges from “pick them up and remove them” to “ignore them.” It’s possible to pick them up. But, if you’re going to attempt this, it helps if you’ve had experience lifting flailing, 8-legged, baby giraffes. You can also ignore them…

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Your new best friend

This recipe started with Sweet Pea’s Kitchen. I changed them by making them gluten-free with Glutino Pretzels and pumped up the chocolate with the Ghirardelli chocolate chips pictured in the “Best. Snack. Ever.” post from 1/12/13. They are fabulous and wonderful – amazing really. They remind me of the Take5 candy bar. I love those but I can’t eat them because of the gluten in them. But, I can eat these marvelous chocolate/peanutbutter/pretzel bites!

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Everyone needs a mom

Disclaimer: This is in no way to discount the importance of fathers. It’s just not about you this time.

My children complain that they never got to go to the doctor unless they were dying. They blame this on the fact that I’ve worked in Emergency Departments all of their lives. They exaggerate. On the other hand, my sister says I’m one of those neurotic mothers whose children always have to have a coat or a sweater on whether they are actually cold or not. She probably doesn’t exaggerate. My children are getting mixed messages.

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The ultimate comfort food

I wish the computer had a scratch-and-sniff feature, like my strawberry shirt from Woolworth’s when I was kid. The smell of chicken and dumpling soup is the kind of smell that makes you inhale deeply while your eyes roll back in your head. Scratch-and-sniff probably wouldn’t do it justice…it didn’t for the strawberry either.

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Miss Othmar’s soup

You may not know who Miss Othmar is. I didn’t until today. We’re going to talk a little bit about fiber. Whenever anyone talks about fiber, I start to hear the voice of Charlie Brown’s teacher. Her name is Miss Othmar (There! You learned something.). This soup is dedicated to her. Don’t tune us out! It is delicious and full of fiber!

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Joy takes work

This is Merriam-Webster’s definition of joy:

  • the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires
  • the expression or exhibition of such emotion
  • a state of happiness or felicity
  • a source or cause of delight

It’s probably a good thing I’m not responsible for the definitions of words. This definition seems very limited and it doesn’t convey the profound experience of joy for me. Of course, when I define it, I have to use my hands to indicate how powerful it is for me. Maybe I need to make a video dictionary. Hold that thought.

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Gluten free for life

I have been gluten-free for a year and a half. What an amazing difference it has made in my life! Getting there was a long and winding road. For many years, I didn’t even know it was a problem in people who didn’t have Celiac disease. Then, after I did know, I was a little frantic because I liked my bread and other baked goods…a lot. Continue reading Gluten free for life

Love is a strong word

Don’t get me wrong – it’s not like the love I have for my children, husband, extended family and friends or, say…chocolate! However, it is love. I love to run. Who would’ve thought? When I started this journey, I remember saying, “I don’t run. I have never run. I will never run.” People like me are the reason the phrase “never say never” was coined. Continue reading Love is a strong word