Funny Friday May

funny friday

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

Funny Friday | www.BakingInATornado.com | #MyGraphics

Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by  The Bergham’s Life Chronicles (http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/)

6d9b2c58-a851-481c-bb6c-a4b12ed45c28

1. **sobbing** NOPE, I can’t do this anymore. I’m done. 


2.  Perfect. She’ll never find me here. I rock at hide and seek.  


3.  See, this makes the perfect bath. Now I don’t have to take one later. Right, Mom? 


4. For my next magic trick. ***DRUM ROLL*** 


5.  Olaf? Where did you go? He was just here. 

 


Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

 

]

Fly on the Wall May

FOTWWWW2

Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 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

 

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier puppy 

Mommy

On Mother’s Day we participated in the Run Like a Mother 5K Race…in the pouring rain!!!!!!run

AJ rocked the kid race, he ran without us and did an awesome job.

run4

I made it to the 2 mile mark, but couldn’t get the last mile out as my knee gave out. At least I had my boys to keep me company all day…best mother’s day.
run2

AJ:

He was on the phone talking to my dad about how he had to fix the porch. “If I was 10 I would help you in a snap, but I’m only going to be 7.”

I was sitting on the couch and happened to glance at him while he’s playing with his toys.

“Don’t look at me!”

Well excuse me

He’s in the middle of a temper tantrum in his room. I go in and try to talk to him calmly.

He screams at me “Fine, make it quick!”

 

Pretends to be dead after a tickle session.

“If you were dead, you couldn’t breathe….or fart….or try to fart.”

Yes, he farted, then tried to fart again. Definitely not dead.

flyyyyy

Driving home from the after school place.

“On Sunday I’ll write books. On Monday I’ll be a screen writer.”

“What will you do on the other days.”

“I’ll play baseball like Daddy.”

“Oh really? Daddy doesn’t play anymore, he umpires. You have never played, you think you can do that.”

“Sure, I’ll give it a try.”

“I bet you will rock at anything you do.”

“Please stop yelling in the morning.”

“I’m not yelling. I singing opera.”

“Not in the morning, you can do that in the afternoon.”

“You’re right, Mommy.”

“Of course I’m right.” I have to get that in anytime I can.

AJ had his Kempo Karate Tournament on Sunday. He competed in sparring and maneuvers. Last year he hardly made contact in sparring and forgot his moves in the maneuvers.

This year…he won the first match in sparring and got two points in the second match. In the maneuvers competition, he remembered all his moves. While he only scored 5th place, he did much better than last year. We are so proud of him.

kempo tournament kempo tournament2

AJ & Bonus:

Our town recently had their annual spring stroll and BBQ event. Tony was away, so the three of us walked up and down main street three times on a scavenger hunt. Then at the BBQ festival, after eating up a storm, I  bought him three Lego mini figures: one Darth Vader and two storm troopers. Once we got home, he was set to work on his Legos creating a “space building” while Bonus ran to her bed and did not move for an hour and half.

legobonus

Saving Money with Freezer Meals

save moneyToday’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

Forget ~ Understand ~ Distant ~ Opal

They were submitted by: http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com

With the warm weather I try not to use my apartment oven as it heats our tiny kitchen. Now the darn thing is acting up, but at least the stove top works. Between the toaster oven, microwave, stove top, and slow cooker, I don’t need the oven. In the future I would love to get a double toaster, just hope it’s not the distant future. At least with the slow cooker you throw your food in, set the time and forget about it until it’s time to eat. Perhaps a second, smaller slow cooker might need to be bought. It would be nice to have a dessert being make while we prep and eat dinner. The tough part would be storage, with our already small kitchen and limited cabinets, where would we keep it? I always wanted one extra cabinet, but where would it go and how would we get it to match our faded, opal-colored cabinets?

We tried Hello Fresh, a meal delivery service. Since I was able to use a $40 referral credit it was more than worth it. After a week of yummy meals, we decided to use HelloFresh every four weeks. After three weeks of slow cooker meals, we will be treated to a week of new recipes. While it will cost us $35 a meal, which is far more than I would EVER pay for a meal, it is nice to try new recipes. We won’t have much leftovers and understand that it will require more meal prep on my part. In the end I love to cook and relish learning new recipes and ideas in our kitchen. Maybe

*~*~*~*~Freezer Meals*~*~*~*~

PROS:

  • less money per meal
  • little to no prep time on day of meal
  • come home to a cooked meal
  • lots of leftovers

CONS:

  • gets boring after a while
  • if you don’t like you are stuck with lots of leftovers
  • lots of prep to get them into bags and in the freezer

Our normal weekly menu will look like this…

  • Friday pizza
  • Saturday leftovers (pizza and Thursday’s meal)
  • Sunday pasta with meatballs or sausage
  • Monday leftovers
  • Tuesday slow cooker freezer meal
  • Wednesday leftovers
  • Thursday slow cooker freezer meal

Favorite slow cooker meals: 

ginger peach meal  rosemary honey chicken plate2

Slow Cooker Ginger Peach Chicken (SLOW COOKER)
Honey Rosemary Chicken (SLOW COOKER) 
Creamy Mushroom Chicken (SLOW COOKER)
Slow Cooker Lasagna (SLOW COOKER) 
Slow Cooker Ground Beef and Potatoes (SLOW COOKER) 

 

*~*~*~*~Hello Fresh*~*~*~*~

PROS:

  • variety of meals
  • portion sizes are healthier
  • only get ingredients you need, so you are not stuck with unwanted ingredients that you will never use.
  • less time in grocery store
  • get new recipes and add them to my recipe bank

CONS:

  • more prep than I am used to
  • more money per person than I usually spend on a meal
  • leftovers only for one person, unable to spread out meals for the week

 

The week of Hello Fresh menu will look like this…

  • Friday pizza
  • Saturday leftovers (pizza and Thursday’s meal)
  • Sunday pasta with meatballs or sausage
  • Monday Hello Fresh Meal
  • Tuesday leftovers
  • Wednesday Hello Fresh Meal
  • Thursday Hello Fresh meal 

Two recent Hello Fresh Meals

lemon grass beef stir fry  apricot glazed chicken

Apricot Glazed Chicken (HELLO FRESH MEAL)
Lemongrass Beef Stir-Fry (HELLO FRESH MEAL)

 

Here are some great resources for slow cooker meals.

Happy Money Saver http://happymoneysaver.com/freezer-meals/

Hello Glow http://helloglow.co/slow-cooker-freezer-meals/

Buzzfeed 24 Dump Dinners http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/crock-pot-dump-dinners?utm_term=.uup2MNJ6a

Thirty HandMade Days http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2015/08/31-crockpot-freezer-meals-for-busy-weeknights/

The Kitchn http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-use-your-slow-cooker-this-summer-205089

 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts

Read If You Dare

Untitled

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.

Secret Subject Swap

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:

 

My subject is:

What urban legends are there about places in your city or state?

It was submitted by: http://mybrainonkids.net    

So it was both creepy and interesting looking up and reading the urban legends for where I live. Here are some good ones I found in NY/CT area. I got them from http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Leatherman: a tale of a harmless man who would wonder all around upper Westchester County NY, parts of Putnam County NY, and parts of CT. No one really knew his history, but some stories say that he left his home because of a broken heart. Of all the theories, I think the most chilling one is that his wealthy parents did not approve of his fiancee. One day she was murdered and he knew his parents did. His heart was broken and his mind goine, so he left to never stay in one place again. And yes, he wore brown leather all the time. He was found dead in cave in the winter of 1889.

 “He would stop in a different locale each day and come to the kitchen door of farmhouses, looking for food. In A History of the Town of Lewisboro by the Lewisboro History Book Committee and historian Alvin R. Jordan, Miss M. Louise Bouton, born in 1889, recalled that the Leatherman “came around once a year…always to the east side of the house. He would knock on the leader drainpipe. Mother would give him coffee and some sandwiches. He would say, ‘Thank you so much, lady,’ but never look at you. He was dressed all in brown leather. No one was afraid of him.””

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

 

Hermitess of the Salems: They say her heart was broken as well, perhaps from a sailor who died at sea. Another therory is that she was driven from her home by pludering  soldiers. She arrived in North Salem around 1780 and walked around North and South Salem, NY and perhaps parts of Ridgefield, CT. She survived off the land and lived in caves. She would wander around, but of course dress up for church!

“According to A History of the Town of Lewisboro, she was variously described as “a slender young woman of fair complexion and graceful figure” and as a “thin, ghostly, old woman, bent and wrinkled”…who walked with a “gliding, noiseless movement, which seemed to ally her to the spirit world.” Living in a cave will do that to you. She died in a snowstorm in 1809 or 1810.”

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Granny Brown the Witch: Granny Brown lived some time after the Revolutionary War in South Salem, NY. If others didn’t do her bidding she would put hexes on them. This alone makes me want to do more research on my town history which is so close to South Salem. Others say she wasn’t a witch, but rather an old, nosy and crabby lady with lots of bad luck.

“Don’t believe she was a witch? Legend has it that a witch could not die as long as someone was watching. When Granny took sick, the good wives of the neighborhood, even though she was nasty and universally disliked, kept watch and looked in on her daily. One day, Granny asked the woman sitting with her to fetch her a cool drink of water from the well outside. When the neighbor returned to Granny’s bedside, the old woman had died.”

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Okay, these were kind of cool, but I was expecting more. Compared to the books I’ve read, this is nothing. Speaking of books, I love to read sick and twisted crime thrillers. Not that I never read sweet and romantic fiction, but they do get boring. I will always go back to a twisted story for a good read.

Some end in a predictable way, others not at all how I expected, and a few leave me on edge for a while.These are just a few, check out all my book reviews on GOODREADS to see if one of the 219 book I’ve read might interest you. Or you can check out all my book reviews I’ve blogged about HERE.

Karen's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

Books that require a strong stomach and brave heart. 

 pretty  

5 STARS: Full of twisted, sick, horrific, torture and pain. Not at all how I saw this ending, but an amazing read if you can handle it. WOW! You just never know who people really are. 

d23431335

Book 2 (4 STARS) and 3 (5 STARS) in a series and can’t wait to read more. The detectives deal with the sickest crimes and crime scenes. These criminals are insane and in the most unexpected places, yet the detectives keeping finding ways to move forward. 

5 STARS: A great read! The more I read, the more I knew why the Langley’s were murdered…but the characters’ journey there was so worth the wait.A great read! One secret, one wrong choice, one mistake and you could create a set of events that could destroy lives.

Home 

5 STARS: I knew it was all connected but never would have thought THAT!!! My mind is going to explode…seriously…WOW. A MUST READ if you love psychological thrillers and mind f*cks. I bow to the evil, twisted, and genius mind of Harlan Coben

 Home 

5 STARS: Another total mind f#ck by Harlan Coben…this one I kind of knew the ending as it got closer. How could you do that to the ones you love. WOW…poor Will to be kept in the dark about it all. Another must read…seriously that good. 

5 STARS: As usual Coben f*cks with your mind…I would never expected THAT ending. Wow! So worth the…if you can handle the suspense and drama it’s worth the read. Towards the end I was screaming like a banshee…so scared that it would end a certain way.  Never doubt a son’s love for his mother. Always trust your instincts.

   Home  

4 STARS: Okay at first I was hoping this would pick up speed. It was slow moving and I thought Nadine would NEVER get the truth or save her daughter. Then POW…it all comes to a BIG EXPLOSION. WOW…A must read. GO NADINE!

If only her mom was strong enough or if her brother had opened up to her. She keeps being told that she pushes too much, but if it wasn’t for that evil f*cker would have NEVER been brought down. What a tragedy, but also a somewhat happy ending. 

Home

5 STARS: Wow, what a book. It truly sickened me how much hate one person can have for another and how some people are truly evil. I was terrified the book would end one way and was shocked when it took a completely different turn. I will say that I cheered quite loud when those who deserved to die, did. In the end, despite the twisted and sick nature, the pure evil in the book, it truly is a must read if your heart and soul can handle it.

20736539

5 STARS: What a book, I had an idea, but it wasn’t easy idea to get to. Some books are poorly written and so easy to identify the killer and mystery. But not Lisa, she leads you there but with more questions than answers…even when you are partially right you are still tricked and amazed.

What a situation, what a story, what an ending. I had to pullover I was screaming and laughing…the last word had so much damn meaning. WOW!

18045891

5 STARS: WTF????? THIS IS CRAZY IN 3D! Wow, what a trip into crazy land. Okay, if you want a book that is going to make you sick and want to walk away, but you can’t because you NEED to know what the f&ck is going on and why no one else sees the truth.

I knew who it was halfway through the story, I can’t blame Camille for not realizing it, she was so deep in it, so sadly twisted and destroyed by her mother.

For calmer books, these might appeal to you

5 STARS: WOW…what a douche Joe is, no he’s worse than a douche. He needs to be destroyed and left broke living on the streets. LOVE how we get a glimpse into their futures…I won’t tell you what happens, but that it is worth reading. Oh Alice, at first I wanted to smack the sh*t out of her for being so dense. Then I realized she was helpless to his evil charms, just like the rest of them were. Glad she got what she wanted…and that is all I will say.

1373381

Historical Fiction:

5 STARS: At first I was worried as it was a slow and tedious beginning, then it slowly builds up and all you want to know is how they will survive on that ship.  I was sobbing at the end, I never thought it would ever end like that. Perfection. You come to know the women, love some of them, hate others, pray all their journey’s are not for waste, hope each one finds happiness, and get sickened that society and it’s views of men and women have NOT CHANGED AT ALL!

5 STARS: The entire time I read this I was screaming, whooping, yelling gibberish unable to control my emotions. A total on the edge of your seat read! So suspenseful and grips at your emotions. Seriously, I was screaming like a lunatic in my car…people must have thought I was a whack job.

midwife

5 STARS: Historical Fiction:

LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! What a amazing read and beautiful historical fiction. I finished it with a new love of the United States. The sacrifices everyone made was humbling and emotional. We forget that our founding fathers and mothers were humans just like us. We forget that beyond the what the history books tell us they had lives, made sacrifices, loved, lost, and made choices all for their freedom and ours. God Bless America!

 OOC

5 STARS: Historical Fiction:

It will only really make sense to you if you have read The Midwife’s Revolt. We finally understand who Eliza is, how she was raised, her awful past and why she made the choices she did.  I have a new found respect for Eliza, a new respect. She really did become a good person, when she became “bad” in her mother’s eyes and society’s views.
I knew they would all be reunited, but had not thought it would end like that.  Also a lesson for everyone, we are all Americans. We all have put in energy and effort into our country and should all enjoy the freedom, not just those deemed better than others.

 23431335

5 STARS: Like one of the characters said, it’s better to have a slow burn than a quick blaze. This is exactly, it’s a predictable, but beautiful romance and finding yourself. Love the setting, characters, and fate leading you in the direction you are meant to be.

5 STARS: OMG…wow…I cried, laughed, and shouted.

I am glad I gave THIS a second chance…. What a journey they all have been through. Will Holly finally leave Marcus? Will Ana and Paul finally have a child? Will Olivia find love? Will Saffron have the life she wants? I so want to share the ending………but I won’t spoil it for you. But I will tell you I LOVED the ending…it ends as it should. Tom brought them all together when they needed each other the most.

Funny Friday April

funny friday

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

Funny Friday | www.BakingInATornado.com | #MyGraphics

Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Southern Belle Charm (http://www.southernbellecharm.com)   

funny fri

1.  That’s it, I give up this budgeting crap. Where does all my money go? 

2.  **sighs** I was hoping to get a few more minutes of peace before the humans woke up. 

3.  How dare she look at other pugs online. I’m the only pug that she needs. I’m updating her profile pic with my picture. That will teach her. 

4. Netflix and chill! 

5. There we go, the treats will arrive in five days. That will show her to to say “No more treats.”  Amazon Prime rocks! 

 

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

 

]

Fly on the Wall April

FOTWWWW2

 

Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 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

 

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier puppy 

AJ:

rolling eyes

lego bad guys

While AJ’s building with Legos… “These are bad guys and this is their hangout. They have fun and make bad decisions”.

AJ was walking with me as I walked Bonus. I told him he would be too tired after being at the playground for two hours. Of course his exhaustion hit him half way into the walk.

“Is there anywhere I can lay down?” Then proceeds to sit on the sidewalk as Bonus does her business.

I was trying to help him with his seat belt issues he was having. Tony was driving so I couldn’t lean back and across like I normally do. “Don’t worry, Mommy. I have my ways.” Apparently he does, but he fixed it all on his own.

Comes out of his room as Tony was grilling burgers and hot dogs. “Are you grilling? I love these days. It smells so good.”.

Anthony saw me watching a movie about a couple getting married.

AJ: “Eeeeew!”
Mommy: “Why ewwwww?”
AJ: “Because I don’t like that stuff.”
Mommy: “Oh that’s right. You don’t like kisses and marriage.”
AJ: “I’m only into shooting stuff.”

He stayed over his Aunt Julieann and Uncle Adam’s house when we celebrated our anniversary dinner out. In the past he refused to eat eggs, but after Uncle Adam introduced him to a frittata, he loved it. So I had to get the exact directions and made “Adam’s eggs” for him.

PicMonkey Collage3

Poor guy got sick with strep throat, so he only made it to one day of Karate Jedi Camp. Thankfully between my dad and the sitter, he is in good hands. According to AJ…

“The best thing about being sick is getting lots of fruit and ice pops.”

PicMonkey Collage2

AJ & Bonus:

AJ had off this week, but Tony and I didn’t, so AJ spent three days with my parents on his “own vacation” and Bonus was with pet sitter. Needless to say both had LOTS of fun.

PicMonkey Collage

Bonus:

Such a spoiled little girl. All the extra attention has worn her out and she just fell asleep while I rubbed her belly.

spoiled bonus

Organizing His Bedroom


organizng anthonys room

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

umbrella ~ puddles ~ washer ~ mop ~ mess ~ bath
They were submitted by: http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com 

There is a tendency for Anthony to throw his toys all over his room. He likes to make a mess, as long as he cleans it up I don’t care. We had to move some furniture around, remove a play kitchen and taller dresser, and add two tall book shelves (only $10 each) at a garage sale.

Now he has more room to play, but doesn’t like to play in his room alone. He’s going through a phase right now and is scared of being alone. He likes to have one of us in there with him, as an umbrella of safety.

I told AJ if is table is clear, I would have no problem with letting him eat and drink in his room. As long as he doesn’t spill anything. I don’t want to have a piles of food and puddles of water all over. It would be a huge pain to clean and mop it all up. At least all his clothes can all be thrown in the washer and he can be given a bath.

Someone said I should prank him for April Fool’s Day by removing turning some furniture around, but I don’t believe in mean pranks on that day. Besides it would be hard work for me to do it, then fix it all.

Eventually I’d love to get him a bunk bed with an office and storage underneath. If we need an extra bed, we can buy a blow up mattress and only take it out when needed.

Since we took out the tall dresser, I put all his clothes in the the closet. His pajamas and underagarmetns are in teh dresser with sheets and pillow cases. All pants and sweatshirts are in the sweater organizer. Jackets, coats, hoodies, and all types of shirts are hanging in order in the closet. This way he can see everything and decide what he wants to wear

In his room he has a spot for…

  • all his cars
  • hanging basket for stuffed animals
  • bookshelves for books
  • bookshelf for art supplies
  • rolling cart for Legos, which can be moved around, see this post
  • basket for imagination toys

In his closet he has space for…

  • his Star Wars toys
  • all sorts of figures
  • dinosaurs
  • guns and swords
  • sparring gear for karate
  • overnight bag

His closet seems messy, but it’s organized. I could probably use a larger rolling cart for the closet to store his figures and dinosaurs. I’ll just  had that to list “when we have extra money”.

2 3 4 5 116

 

 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts

April Showers Bring…

aprilllll

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.

Secret Subject Swap

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:

 

floers

My subject is:

If April showers bring May flowers, what else does April bring?

It was submitted by: http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/

Well, first of all April is a month filled with anniversaries.

Tony and I were married on April 7th fifteen years ago! We’ve been together for twenty-one years. Amazing, right?

I look back at our wedding and while it was wonderful, more like a party, I cringe at my color scheme-yellow and blue. The 40 year old, mature me would have chosen browns, blues, and greens. Or maybe, browns and maroons. I would not have had daisies, but gone with lilies.

wedding

Both sets of parents were married on April 17th. Yup, imagine fidning out both oru parents had the same wedding date, same place for the reception, only five years apart!

My parents married in 1971

wedding3

Tony’s parents married in 1966

wedding2

 

 floers

crockpot

I need to make more slow cooker meals instead of cooking in the oven or on the stove top. With our tiny, apartment kitchen it gets too hot using the stove. Slow cooked meals would be helpful. I need to plan out menus using these great recipes.

http://greatist.com/eat/summer-crock-pot-recipes

http://www.myrecipes.com/cooking-method/slow-cooker-recipes/summer-slow-cooker-recipes

http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-use-your-slow-cooker-this-summer-205089

http://thekrazycouponlady.com/tips/recipes/the-12-best-summer-slow-cooker-recipes/

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=summer+slow+cooker+recipes&0=summer%7Cautocomplete%7C0&1=slow%7Cautocomplete%7C0&2=cooker%7Cautocomplete%7C0&3=recipes%7Cautocomplete%7C0

floers

I’ve been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. What is that? Here is a definition from Mayo Clinic.

is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.

Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.

I have been fitted with orthotics not covered by insurance, but they were necessary! Once I get them I can start exercising again and get back into shape. As I want to participate in the Run Like a Mother race again this year.

run

http://runlikeamother.com/

Anthony enjoyed running in the kid race and I was so proud that I made it three miles, even if it took me a LONG time. I will participate, even if I have to crawl the entire three miles.

 

Funny Friday March

funny friday

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

Funny Friday | www.BakingInATornado.com | #MyGraphics

Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Spatulas on Parade         http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/

 

unnamed

 

 

1.  And here we have the heart of a someone truly evil. See how it is filled with hate, bitterness, and garbage. 

.

2.  Honey come quick. I think that plant you bought is not really a plant. It’s looking a bit off. 

.

3.  As soon as the water hit the small pocket of dirt, it began to grow and larva began to crawl out.  

.

4. Just then worms began to crawl out of the cocoon. Sheila knew she was doomed. 

.

5. Three words… DONALD TRUMP’S BRAIN 

.

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

]

Fly on the Wall March

FOTWWWW2

 

Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 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

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier puppy 

AJ:

AJ didn’t win the pine derby race, but he had a blast. It was an interesting experience for us all. An older cub scout said to him. “It’s okay, now next year you make work more on your car and make an upgrade.”

I told him next year he should make a sketch of what he wants his car to look like, then him and daddy could create that.

84477a6d-d6bf-4584-a08b-d8ded0fe7d1b

He got his green belt in karate!!!! I am so proud of him. It’s a tough test as it requires him to exercise before and during the test. It’s harder tests from here on out, but he did it. I think he liked being with the older kids and doing the harder test…even though it wore him out.

finished

senseii

Seven belts down (including the green belt). Now he has to earn his green stripe, 3 different degrees of brown belt, then he can start training for his black belt.

belts

AJ was taking a long time in the bathroom one morning. So I asked, “Is everything okay?”

“Yeah, I’m just daydreaming.”

“Okay, well I do that all the time. Lots of people daydream, it gives them great ideas.”

“I’m daydreaming about why I’m not a superhero and don’t have powers.”

Please don’t go in the bedroom yet, I just put the light on and Daddy is waking up. Poor guy needs a few minutes to wake up.

Laughing at me, “Mommy, poor guy means he has no money, not that he is sleeping.”

“Well, it also means when you feel bad for someone. Like poor guy broke his leg and is in a cast for three months. You have to hear how it’s used to see if it;s about money or feeling bad for someone.”

We’re reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In chapter 3, Harry Potter is sitting down for breakfast at the Weasley’s house after being rescued from his evil aunt and uncle.

Anthony: Why did Ginny run upstairs?
Me: She’s embarrassed to see Harry at the table. She likes him.
Anthony: Oh maybe she wants to marry him.
Me: Maybe, but they are only kids
Anthony: When they are older, she may want to kiss him and marry him.
Giggle snort…little does he know

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Anthony: What is that number called again, where they need to go?
Me: 9 and 3/4, they need to walk through it. Remember?
Anthony: I think someone a spell on it so Harry couldn’t go to school
Me: Who do you think did it?
Anthony: You tell me. You already know
Me: I want you to discover it for yourself
Anthony: I think Snape because he didn’t like him, even though he protected him. It could be Voldemort, because he doesn’t have a body and doesn’t want school protecting him.
Me: Those are some great guesses.

Anthony playing with Legos after being inspired by a Lego Documentary. After a while the building turned into his typical boy playing with sound effects.

Anthony saying goodnight to Bonus. Yes he’s talking about Africa and Antarctica, he’s a bit obsessed with them lately.

AJ had to create a leprechaun trap for school. It may not have been the prettiest, but once the little guy gets in there, he will have a hard time getting out.

leprechan trap collage

Since he had to leave his trap in school, we created another one for our home. The cheeky little leprechaun painted happy faces on walls and doors and painted a mustache and bear on Anthony’s school photo. At least he left him chocolates and coins.

PicMonkey Collage

Bonus:

Walking Bonus has been embarrassing. She is now obsessed with marking EVERYTHING. She just can’t enjoy the walk and get exercise. Nope, she has to keep trying to pee and poop every five feet. It’s exhausting and annoying. She is like a mad woman and nothing stops her.

There goes me trying to get exercise by waling her. I mean who has heard of a rat terrier who doesn’t want to take long walks.