Fly on the Wall

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Fly on the Wall

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com  Baking In A Tornado
http://www.therowdybaker.com  The Rowdy Baker
http://www.justalittlenutty.com/ Just A Little Nutty
http://themomisodes.com The Momisodes
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/ Spatulas on Parade
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com The Sadder But Wiser Girl
http://followmehome.shellybean.com Follow me home
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools
http://www.menopausalmom.com/ Menopausal Mother
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com Battered Hope
http://dinoheromommy.com/ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Someone Else’s Genius
http://www.crumpetsandbollocks.com Crumpets and Bollocks
http://www.juiceboxconfession.com Juicebox Confession
http://www.risanye.com Risa Nye
http://www.gomamao.com Go Mamma O

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One night we were telling Dino that his friends might call him Tony, like Daddy’s friends call him. He looks at me annoyed, “There’s only one Tony here, come on Mommy.”

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As we are driving in the car…

Dino: “Want to hear a joke?. Why did the tree cross the road?”

Mommy: “Why?”

Dino: “Because it wanted to keep growing.”

He tries so hard…

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Dino couldn’t find stickers that he misplaced and was getting angry at us…of course it’s our fault. “We need to investigate this mystery now!”

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Daddy annoying playing with his hairs and ears while Dino is trying to get ready. “Stop it, Daddy. You are ruining this day.”

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“Mommy I need help, are you listening to me?” 

Dino was mad that I did not immediately stop what I was doing to help him line up his toys. 

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“Look, Mommy. I’m a robot…a robot zombie. I want to suck your brains.”

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After repeating for Dino to get dressed about five times he yells, “I heard you the first time, Mommy.”

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Tony and I were teasing each other and didn’t hear Dino asking for the remote. He yelled at us, “Fine, no one is listening to me.”

“Oh I am sorry, we were being silly.” I replied.

“That’s fine. I’m not talking now since you didn’t answer me, so there.” Then makes his I’m right and your wrong face.

Driving on Ice

 

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Finish the Sentence Friday hosts:

Kristi Finding Ninee
Jennifer Dancing in the Rain
Lisa The Golden Spoons

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“I thought I was going to die when

we had to drive home in an ice storm

Last Christmas Eve, we spent it at my sister and brother-in-law’s house. We knew it was going to snow, but it was supposed to be a dusting. Hubby made the smart decision to drive us in his Jeep, just in case, even though a dusting was nothing. Boy were we wrong. It turned out to be more than that a dusting. It was an ice storm. I was terrified, heck even hubby who remains calm in these situations freaked out. Why did we drive on the highway? Well we didn’t realize how truly bad it was until we got on the highway, then we were done for.

We The highways were at a standstill as cars couldn’t drive on ice. There were accidents everywhere-some we saw the after affects and others we witnessed. Thankfully Dino slept through most of it. What was supposed to be a 40 min trip took 90 minutes. He woke up after an hour restless and cranky wanting to be home. I am sure he could see and feel how nervous we were and began to act out. I prayed to God that we did not get hit. Then I prayed to God if we did get hit, it would be only a tap and we could continue driving.

Hubby took the side roads knowing the highway would be a terrible mistake for us to stay on. Once again his decision was spot on. While the side roads were bad, very little people were on them, which made getting home a safer option. We didn’t have to worry about getting hit.

We somehow made it back to our town, but cars were stuck everywhere. I held on to the handle as Hubby nearly missed cars swerving all over, even trucks with four wheel drive were swerving and sliding on ice. I began praying to God again, pleading we would survive on impact, that Dino would be okay. Thankfully we made it home. After letting my parents and sister know we were safe, I read the town tweets and realized just how dangerous this storm was. I truly believe my Grandma was in that car with us keeping us safe.

What a way to end a Christmas Eve celebration. We sure were thankful to be alive and safe at home the next morning!

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 Have you ever been so scared for your life?  

Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals

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I know I keep changing the main graphic for this post, but as our information and understanding of real food and cooking healthy changes, so do my posts. I am teaching Dino to be aware of what is in his food and recognize the USDA ORGANIC and NON-GMO labels. He loves to watch food documentaries with me. This is why I am including him in my title of this post.

This week we had of the same foods and tried new things.

One of our meals was meatloaf mixed with a barbecue seasoning and squash…which came out great. I added mac and cheese and veggies…it was a big hit. The meal pictured was leftovers, which is why there are hardly any veggies left. meatloaf and mac cheese collage

On the same day, I made a snack between lunch and dinner…I sliced one potato and cut out the centers, then quickly cooked them in a cast iron skillet. I chopped up the left over potato and onion and mixed with a bit of half and half, two eggs, and seasoning. I poured the egg mixture over the potatoes, lowered the heat, and covered the cast iron skillet. The egg mixture came out super fluffy and tasty. Dino almost devoured the snack.

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Yes, we made chicken soup again! It’s so easy and tasty…a perfect meal for the cold weather. Plus we have leftovers!!!! This time I added a good portion of Minnesota Wild Rice with the jasmine rice.

I find that putting the veggies on the bottom and the chicken on top makes the veggies the perfect consistency and the Chicken is easier to take out of the slow cooker. I can get it out in one piece, but the meat still falls off the bone.

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I do love chicken and apple sausage! Another favorite of mine. I think I need to update or change up my meals likes I promised! This time I added brown qunioa to the mix…Dino loved every bite.

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Recently some states have been fighting for GMO labeling and lost. Monsanto, who creates these science experiments and poisons in our food, has spent a lot of money to advertise the benefits of GMOs, which is sickening and laughable. So tired of hearing how GMO labeling would be more expensive. If Monsanto really wants to prove how safe GMOs, then just label them in their products…but they know the food would labels would show bacteria, antibiotics, chemicals, and poisons.

On a recent shopping trip, I saw a perfect example of how easy GMO labeling or NON-GMO products could be. Cedar’s hummus is NON-GMO verified and is $0.50 cheaper. Sabra chemical mixtures to look like hummus is $0.50 more for 2 oz more. I think I rather go for the 8oz of real hummus than 10 oz of chemicals. What about you?

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Recently Dino got his purple belt, I am so proud of him! He is loving karate and is doing great. I hope he keeps loving and stays with it. I know the older boys who are now on their striped belts and advancement levels stay and help Sensei with class. I would love for Dino to do that when he’s older.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

     http://foodbabe.com/    http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

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Dinosaur Reads…

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Grandma Lorraine bought me this book and I LOVE it! I am still borrowing books from my school library, but wanted to share this book.

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Amazon Summary: Enter the wild and wonderful world of the dinosaurs in this vibrant rhyming picture book by Giles Paley-Phillips. Dinosaurs do things you never dreamed they could they play tennis! They bounce on trampolines! This action-packed book about children’s favorite creatures is an engaging read for kids and parents alike.

Dino Review:This is a silly book, Dinosaurs are not around anymore. They are extinct, but this book is just pretend. Dinosaurs pretend they do lots of things with people. Then the end of the book is so silly, but read it your mommy or daddy in case you get scared. 

Mommy Review: This was a cute book, very colorful and descriptive about what dinosaurs would do, and could do, if still alive. The end of the book shows a huge t-rex ready to eat the reader, as he says, “dinosaurs eat kids like you.” Dino loves that part and has me read that last page about ten times. 

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Just Finished Reading…

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What books have you finished reading? Loved it? Hated it? Going to read more by that author? Let us know by linking up… 

Goodreads Summary: Tempting Fate

Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters. They have built a life together. Forty-three year old Gabby is the last person to have an affair. She can’t relate to the way her friends desperately try to cling to the beauty and allure of their younger years…And yet, she too knows her youth is quickly slipping away. She could never imagine how good it would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her—until the night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling, fascinating, alive—something she hasn’t felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers her limits and boundaries are not where she expects them to be. Intoxicated, Gabby has no choice but to step ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie ahead. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything—and find out what really matters most. A heartfelt and complex story, Tempting Fate will have readers gripped until they reach the very last page, and thinking about the characters long after they put the book down.

Review: 4 Stars  ** spoiler alert ** Why Gabby, Why??? It;s one thing to feel lonely and going through a mid-life crisis, but to take that step and destroy your life and the lives of your husband and children. Come on!>!>!>! Saying your sorry doesn’t cut it. Saying you feel awful doesn’t make it go away. You can’t expect everyone to just deal with it and continue on…your actions have consequences. 

There were many times I wanted to slap Gabby, especially when she complained how hard her life had become. She was at home all day and got to sleep when tired, real single moms who work all day don’t get that luxury. She was spoiled and didn’t even realize it. 

Now, while she is 100% wrong in her decision, Elliot is not blameless. He became accustomed to a way of life and expected Gabby to do make their family a family. His selfish choice and her Claire’s news threw Gabby over the edge. He only ever thought about himself and not what his wife really needed.

Claire was/is and awful friend. She spoke a good game, but when push came to shove, she wasn’t the friend she always said she was. Then to bring Trish into the mix…That is just evil and awful. I am glad Gabby said her peace to her and is no longer relying on others for her happiness. 

Gabby and Elliot learned valuable lessons about themselves and others. 

This book shows the painful side of cheating and what really happens, how lives are destroyed.

I know others thought the ending was too sappy, I felt it was just right. Gabby was wrong, but Elliot was selfish and wrong in his own ways as well. A real family includes all those you love.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Fly Away Home

Sometimes all you can do is fly away home . . .

When Sylvie Serfer met Richard Woodruff in law school, she had wild curls, wide hips, and lots of opinions. Decades later, Sylvie has remade herself as the ideal politician’s wife—her hair dyed and straightened, her hippie-chick wardrobe replaced by tailored knit suits. At fifty-seven, she ruefully acknowledges that her job is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband, the senator.

Lizzie, the Woodruffs’ younger daughter, is at twenty-four a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep her life under control. Still, trouble always seems to find her. Her older sister, Diana, an emergency room physician, has everything Lizzie failed to achieve—a husband, a young son, the perfect home—and yet she’s trapped in a loveless marriage. With temptation waiting in one of the ER’s exam rooms, she finds herself craving more.

After Richard’s extramarital affair makes headlines, the three women are drawn into the painful glare of the national spotlight. Once the press conference is over, each is forced to reconsider her life, who she is and who she is meant to be.

Written with an irresistible blend of heartbreak and hilarity, Fly Away Home is an unforgettable story of a mother and two daughters who after a lifetime of distance finally learn to find refuge in one another.

WOW…what a beginning…Can’t wait to get to know these ladies and take the journey with them.  

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Dad’s Best Advice

 

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Finish the Sentence Friday hosts:

Kristi Finding Ninee
Stephanie Mommy for Real
Michelle Crumpets and Bollocks
Ruchira Abracadabra

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“My father’s best advice was…”

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Yes, there is no end to that sentence. Why? Because my father’s best advice was NOT what he said, but what he did. He worked nights and evenings and would often come home in the morning before we all left for school. He would forgo sleep and make sure we had everything we needed, and either bring my mom to work or my sister and I to school. Even after we were all gone, I am sure he didn’t sleep right away. He cleaned, did chores, and laundry. No, not because he had to, but that is what he thought a husband and dad should do.

When those chores were done, he would be available to pick us up or be there for an emergency. I can’t tell you how many times he drove me to interviews while in high school or when I was applying teaching jobs The Bronx and had no idea where I was going. He was there when my sister and I had car trouble or needed help. He was there when my purse was stolen in high school. He was there when I swore Dino stopped kicking in my belly-of course it was a silly first time mommy’s nerves.

He was there when Dino was sick and Tony and I had to work, or when I had to rush Dino to the ER for an ear infection. He is there to come up early to bring Dino to school when Tony has to go to work early. He was there showing my sister and I what a Dad is supposed to do for his kids. Now he is there showing Dino what a grandpa is supposed to do for his grand kid.

My father’s best advice was in all the amazing things he did!

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 What was your father’s best advice?  

Our Healthy Meals

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I know I haven’t posted about our foods in a LONG time, but we are still buying, cooking, and eating organic and NON-GMO. I know it’s expensive, but the end results are worth it. I am proud to say that Dino knows the organic and NON-GMO labels. I know some people get insulted or think I am “brainwashing” him. The funny thing is that Monsanto and all the food companies are tricking the masses into buying food filled with chemicals. I am teaching my son to know what’s in his food and if it’s real food. How is that wrong? How is that bad? I know I can’t control what he eats ALL THE TIME, but if he is informed then I have done my job.

 

I sliced and seasoned potatoes and placed them on the cast iron skillet. Then layered frozen vegges on top, then a layer of cut chicken and apple sausage. I put the top on and baked in the oven at 350 for thirty minutes. It was came out so tender, juicy, and tasty. A meal we all loved.

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I find it so easy to slow cook a huge batch of beans, then scoop some out for later use. I throw in rice, and veggies the last half hour. Scoop into a bowl and top with cheese.

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Now that the weather is colder, slow cooked chicken soup is needed and loved. I chop all my veggies, coat with seasoning, and place on the bottom of the slow cooker. This time I used mushrooms, carrots, onions, and potatoes. Then I added a cup and a half of barley. Throw in the water, then place a whole chicken on top. Throw some extra seasoning on top of the chicken and set it to go. I have my hubby set it up for me to start at 8 am, if it starts too early I think it gets dried out by the time I get home.

I just love a great tasting chicken soup, this one came out extra thick, but adding some extra water does the trick. I froze the chicken bones to create a chicken broth down the road.

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I have been reading about overnight oats for SOOOO long, I decided to try it and I have fallen in love. They are super easy to make and what a great treat the next day. All you need is your choice of dry oats, peanut butter and milk. You can add any toppings you prefer. I like cacao chips, coconut flakes, and raisins. Mix it all up and let it sit in the fridge over night. The next morning you have a super tasty and yummy treat.

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I have been shopping at Stop and Shop more often, just to get the gas rewards. I buy the organic and NON-GMO foods that are there and save the items I can’t for Whole Foods. I swear nothing compares to Whole Foods. One week at Stop and Shop they had a huge bag of organic onions, I hated to buy so many…but I chopped them all up and saved in the freezer. They freeze well and I have onions to last me for God knows how long. Here’s just a few of the bags.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

 

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Dinosaur Reads…

Creepy Carrots

Mommy has not let me post about books I’ve been reading. Please yell at her as much as you want. Now that I am in kindergarten, I get to visit my school library and take out books every week. I promise to share books that I love to read.

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Amazon Summary: Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots.  He eats them on the way to school. He eats them going to Little League. He eats them walking home. Until the day the carrots start following him…or are they? Celebrated artist Peter Brown’s stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold’s text in this hilarious picture book that shows it’s all fun and games…until you get too greedy.

Dino Review: He was eating too many carrots and they got mad. They scared him and he doesn’t want anymore carrots. 

Mommy Review: This was a cute book, not scary at all. It was cute to see just how the carrots scare and trick Jasper the Rabbit…Lesson learned, don’t get greedy. 

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Just Finished Reading…

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What books have you finished reading? Loved it? Hated it? Going to read more by that author? Let us know by linking up… 

 

Goodreads Summary: Silver Girl

Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing – because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie’s had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can’t offer complete escape, and they’re plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie’s brother Toby – Meredith’s high school boyfriend – arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had. 

Set against the backdrop of a Nantucket summer, Elin Hilderbrand delivers a suspenseful story of the power of friendship, the pull of love, and the beauty of forgiveness

Review: 5 Stars 

 I am sobbing so hard I can’t breathe. What a great read, what a great book.

At first I couldn’t stand Meredith, but then I realized she was raised to be the good girl, the good wife who did what was expected of her, no questions asked.

Freddy conned her from the beginning, I have no doubt about it. He knew she would be the perfect and obedient wife, she would do what he wanted. I think he wanted her to go to jail, he is that sick.

What happens? Will Meredith get her life back? Will she get revenge on her hubby? Will she find love? Will Freddy speak up about what really happened.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Tempting Fate

Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters. They have built a life together. Forty-three year old Gabby is the last person to have an affair. She can’t relate to the way her friends desperately try to cling to the beauty and allure of their younger years…And yet, she too knows her youth is quickly slipping away. She could never imagine how good it would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her—until the night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling, fascinating, alive—something she hasn’t felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers her limits and boundaries are not where she expects them to be. Intoxicated, Gabby has no choice but to step ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie ahead. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything—and find out what really matters most. A heartfelt and complex story, Tempting Fate, will have readers gripped until they reach the very last page, and thinking about the characters long after they put the book down

I want to jump in this book and slap the shit out of Gabby. Why? Why are you risking it all? She has a near miss and yet she can’t stop thinking about Matt. I pray she makes the right decision…Loving this book. 

 

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Secret Subject Swap

http://www.BakingInATornado.com  Baking In A Tornado

http://themomisodes.com  The Momisodes

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/  Spatulas on Parade

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/  Stacy Sews and Schools

http://dinoheromommy.com/  Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com  Climaxed

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Someone Else’s Genius

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/  The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/  Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://www.silenceofthemom.blogspot.com Silence of the Mom

http://www.crumpetsandbollocks.com  Crumpets and Bollocks

http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/  Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

 

My subject is “An orange, tomato and eggplant… (go with it)?” It was submitted by:  http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/ 

 

I apologize for typing this up at the last minute. Any craziness, illogical thoughts, or grammatical errors are all my own fault… 

What a prompt! I laughed and then cried. What the heck am I going to do with this prompt???

I had a ton of ideas, but nothing really worked…it was as if I came home and hubby had left the items on the table for me.

Yeah, that’s it!!!! It would be like my hubby leaving an orange, tomato, and eggplant on our table with no note or phone call. Which he has done before…not with the fruits and veggies, but left me things with no explanation. Seriously how hard is it to send a simple text.

Anyway I could imagine walking into find these food items sitting on our table. I know Dino would be thrilled and excited…being the pack rat that he is, he would try to steal them to play with them and eventually hide them away in his room. It’s amazing what he hides and we find weeks and months later.

Do I call him at work and ask him about these dumb items, or do I just take matters into my own hands. Luckily, each produce would have an organic sticker on them…which makes my decision easier….eggplant parm, tomato and mozzarella salad, and orange slices for Dino’s snack tomorrow.

After spending the night doing all this, I would happily go to bed. Of course hubby would come home at night, wake me up and ask where the fruit was. I would tell him we have eggplant parm and tomato salad for his dinner tomorrow. What would be say?

Well he would either respond that he was given those fruits as a gift and wanted me to do what I wanted with them, or they were for somebody else. We would then have a heated discussion about the problems that arise when NOT leaving notes in the house…communication is key.

Either way, an orange, tomato, and eggplant would bring about a crazy, but typical day in our household. One day it could be about vegetables and fruit, the next day it could be about paper, snails, and power cords.