One Squirrel Sunday

Hey. It’s One and Done Sunday. One picture, and five links that are worth your time.

Here’s a shot I got of the Puggles sharing a sunbeam.



It has nothing to do with any of the links; I just think they’re cute.

Easter confounds me. It’s never been a strong holiday in our thrown-together family and for some reason, it’s up to me to make it happen. I’m 0 for 7 so far on Easter. I blame the Easter Bunny. Specifically, I blame the Easter Bunny in my latest post over on Family Circle’s Momster Blog: Holiday Tradtions in Blended Families: Easter Edition.

You guys! I got a dead squirrel sculpture named after me! Kimberly Witham, an artist who makes these awesome Martha-Stewart-esque scenes with roadkill, does the most fasicinating condensed taxidermy video I’ve ever seen. Of a squirrel named Randolph. Now in Technicolor on Roadside Resurrections.

Hey Moms (also Dads, sisters, brothers, step parents, grandparents, babysitters, etc). Have you had to go buy a girl her first bra yet? Have you discovered that pretty much the only things available are completely age-inappropriate pushup bras that don’t fit her right anyway? Megan Grassel, a teenager, had that experience last year when she took her kid sister to buy her first bra. Then Megan did something about it. She Kickstarted a company called Yellowberry. Here’s a writeup about them on Lingerie Talk. I was thrilled to find that they’re completely sold out on their website right now. Thank you, Megan! This so needed to happen.

Be Fed Again is great blog detailing the restoration projects of an old farmhouse that some friends of mine live in. Brooke also includes some recipes that are pretty great. This entry is about a simple way she refurbished the kids’ bathroom, for about $70. I’m actually considering this project because it doesn’t seem like too much more work than repeatedly shutting the door to that bathroom and denying its existence. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes on Be Fed Again.

Do you know Audra Mae? I just got turned on to her second album, Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound. Click here to preview it on iTunes.

Happy Sunday.



That’s Hot.

#4: What are you eating?

Me: Mac & cheese. Spicy mac and cheese!

#5: Why do you make everything spicy?

Me: Because it’s good.

I pointed to #4: You’re going to like this someday.

#4: Why do you say that?

Me: Because you already crossed the line. You like crushed red pepper on your pizza.

#4: But that’s GOOD.

Me: That’s my point. Crushed red pepper on pizza is the gateway spice.

#4: Gateway spice?

Me: Yeah. You start with a little red pepper on your pizza and pretty soon you’re guzzling bottles of Sriracha and snorting chili powder down in back alleys.

Blank stares from both of them.

Me: This is probably not an age-appropriate conversation, is it?

#5: What is wrong with you?




Here is quite possibly the best thing to ever come out of the midwest: My stepmom’s recipe for Ro-tel Mac & Cheese.

WARNING: Do not attempt to make a “healthy” version of this. It’s pointless and will only piss you off. No soy cheese, no fat-free milk, no gluten-free pasta. Just don’t. If those are your dietary restrictions, just eat the Ro-tel out of the can because it will make you happier.

Before attempting this recipe, keep in mind two things:

  • If you send someone under the age of 24 out for a box of elbow macaroni, they will likely return to you with a box of Kraft Mac & Cheese (that’s Kraft Dinner to my Canadian friends).
  • Ro-tel is arbitrarily placed in grocery stores. One of my grocery stores puts it in with the tomatoes, one stocks it with the taco stuff. In case you’ve never heard of it, it’s tomatoes with chilis. Mmm. Spicy.


1- 1lb box elbow macaroni

3 c milk

1/4 lb butter

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

4 Tbsp cornstarch

1/4 c milk

12 oz shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided usage

2 cans Original Ro-tel diced tomatoes with chilis


1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain, rinse and set aside.

3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the 3 cups of milk, butter, salt and pepper until hot but not boiling.

4. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of milk with the cornstarch and stir until dissolved.

5. Slowly add this to the hot milk mixture, stirring constantly with a which.

6. When mixture has thickened, remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of cheese until melted.

7. Pour pasta into a large mixing bowl and add the cheese mixture and Rotel.

8. Mix well until macaroni is coated.

9. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish or 3-quart casserole and top with remining cheese.

10. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until golden brown on top.

It’s better the second day and perfect as a midnight snack.  You’re gonna thank me for this.

What’s your favorite comfort food?



Fool Me Once…

I’m not a big fan of practical jokes. Mainly because when people say, “practical”, they really mean, “something that makes you look an ass and feel like an awkward teenager.”

So I’m always on the lookout for April Fools Day Jokes that

  1. Wouldn’t piss me off too much if they were played on me
  2. Won’t cause me a lot of extra work or cleaning
  3. Won’t come to the attention of the authorities and
  4. Won’t get me fired.

This does limit the field, particularly where the kids are concerned.

My new post on Family Circle’s Momster blog discusses some options. I’d love to hear yours.

In doing my “research” for this post, I came across what I think is the best idea ever, but I don’t have an appropriate person to play the prank on: Take a screen shot of the prank recipient’s (I really dislike the term “victim”) computer desktop, hide all their icons, and use that screenshot as the desktop wallpaper.

You’re welcome.








PS: My icons are already hidden. Don’t even try it.

Do you have any good April Fool’s Day pranks?