I love this soup! It’s so easy and delicious. In fact, it’s so easy that you don’t even have to follow a recipe; you can just make it up as you go along, like I do. The soup is versatile, so substitutions are okay. You can use chicken, ground beef, or italian sausage. Start off by browning ground beef in your favorite skillet. Dice and add the vegetables and seasoning while the beef is browning, and continue to cook over low-mediumRead More →

Did you ever stop to think that every action you perform and every word you say becomes building material?  Every choice we make—good or bad—paves a road that leads either to someplace wonderful or someplace we’d rather not be. Take weight-loss, for example. Let’s say you’re trying to watch what you eat and slim down. You’ve had some success, but then you have company from out of town. They invite you out to eat. You know this will throw youRead More →

A tragic thing happened after leaving the factory; the Cheesecake Factory, that is. Call it “dumb luck” or “Murphy’s Law,” but the amazing, fluffy, velvety, succulent, delectable, slice of paradise that was smothered with fresh whipped cream as white as the driven snow, and adorned with a miniature slice of lime from the Florida Keys–only mere nano-inches from my mouth–ended up like this: Yes, my carb-and-sugar-starved friends: see it and weep. My son bought me a slice of cheesecake asRead More →

Earlier this week I was throwing myself a pity-party. The thing I like about pity parties is that they can be thrown without planning and there’s always yummy food served, like chocolate, ice cream, and high-carb treats you might not otherwise snack on. As an added bonus, you can almost always get sympathy. And, if you’re lucky, a friend will join you (and bring a dessert to share). My pity-party was a result of feeling inadequate for a book challengeRead More →

Salsa “Or Something-Else” Stew A Momma T Concoction This versatile stew is something else! It’s easy to make and very forgiving. If you’re the kind of cook who likes to wing it with recipes, this is a good one to use. Gather your ingredients. The amount will vary depending on if you want to make a boatload or just enough for a small family. You can use hamburger or something else (chicken, stew meat, or sausage). All the ingredients areRead More →

If you could wave your magic wand and “poof” something in or out of existence in your life, what would it be? No, I’m not talking about a husband, teenager, or mother-in-law! I’m talking about a behavior; a good habit or a bad one. The first thought that comes to mind is probably a pet peeve, like, “I wish my husband would be more (fill in the blank)” or “I wish my child wouldn’t _____.” Maybe if you’re an introspectiveRead More →

I asked my Facebook friends for topics they’d like me to write about. Cherie, bless her heart, suggested I write about fashion trends for women in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. Can I be frank? I know as much about fashion as I do about how to change the transmission oil in my car. In other words; zip, zilch, nada, nothing. However, I’ve learned a few things over the years that I can share with you, and I hope youRead More →

Everyone gets the blues now and then, and more frequently the blahs. When you’re in the same routine day after day, life can seem a bit boring or mundane. This is especially true for stay-at-home moms who are with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers almost twenty-four-seven. Just about the time you think the little ones are down for a nap and you have a little time to sit down to relax, the doorbell rings or a dog barks and theRead More →

Mothers know how hectic mornings can be; in fact, how crazy it can be anytime you need to get somewhere with the family. Stuff happens. The alarm doesn’t go off, someone can’t find their shoes, you misplaced the car keys, and a dozen other things that tend to keep you from being someplace on time. Yesterday morning was one of those times for me. I overslept and didn’t wake up until 30 minutes before we needed to be at church.Read More →

The idea of a blogging challenge is new to me. To write 31 days in a row seems monumental. The idea behind it is to have 30 new posts by the end of October (hopefully not all on the same day). I came across two events for this month: The Ultimate Blog Challenge and 31-Days (The Nesting Place). After considering many topics (motherhood, cooking, gardening, exercise, etc.), I decided to write about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), as it’s aRead More →

It’s about a month into the school year and you’ve probably gotten into some type of family routine (or not). Some kids may be excited to be back in school, while others are already counting down the days to summer vacation (183, 182, 181…). Either way, homework is often a battlefront for parents, even if their children are good students and like school. Things come up—friends, activities, clubs, sports, church, synagogue, TV—things that grab your children’s attention. Before you knowRead More →

Each of the children brought me their Christmas wish-lists. The lists varied only slightly; Lego’s, video games, music CDs, candy, and other typical gift requests. Except for one. The first item on this list, in large capital letters, stood out: VACUUM CLEANER. So, we got our five-year-old son a toy vacuum cleaner, which sat unused until we gave it to the Good Will. When his birthday came around he asked for a real vacuum cleaner. Every year his request wasRead More →

As I fixed my coffee this morning I glanced out the kitchen window and saw a beautiful red cardinal hopping along the wooden deck rail. It stopped, head bobbing in various directions, and appeared to stare at me through the window. I ran to get my cell phone to video record the delightful creature, but when I returned it was gone. It got me thinking about  how fleeting life’s precious moments are, whether they’re brief opportunities to hug your kidsRead More →

Kids heading back to school? Feeling the pinch—financial and time constraints—already? Take a deep breath and count to ten. You’ll be all right. Here are some tips to help you transition to the routine after summer break. 1) Hold a family meeting to discuss schedules. This is especially important if you have several children and they attend different schools (elementary, middle, and/or high school). Set a time that everyone agrees to for being outside to catch the school bus orRead More →

If you shop at Costco, Sam’s Club, or Whole Foods Market you’ve seen the road shows. A microphoned voice floats through the store with the whirring of a motor serenading it in the background. You see a small crowd gathered around a booth and shoppers walking away with smiles on their faces and berry-colored moustaches above their lips. Curious, you peek over the shoulders of stragglers asking questions and see a variety of fruits, vegetables, seasonings, and recipe books onRead More →