Too Hot to Cook

I’m not sure where you’re located, but it is hotter than the hinges of Hell in Georgia. It is 97 degrees (feels like 101) and the sun is shining bright!

 

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After a morning of spinning…

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And grocery shopping…

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I couldn’t bear the thought of turning on the oven. A family favorite, I quickly threw together meatball hoagies. Here is what you’ll need.

Ingredients

  • Farm Rich Italian Style Meatballs
  • Ragu Old World Style – Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • Sargento Mozzarella Cheese
  • Natural White Sub Rolls
  • Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

Spray your crock pot with cooking spray. In the crock pot, mix the Farm Rich Italian Style Meatballs and the Ragu Old World Style – Traditional Pasta Sauce. Be sure to thoroughly mix the meatballs in the pasta sauce.

Cook on high for three hours.

Arrange the meatballs on your sub roll and garnish with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

Serve with a side a potato chips.

 

 

 

One Week Down, Two to Go

Well we have made it through one week of the “cast.” One down, two more to go! It is amazing how resilient toddlers are. Trace has been amazing and has not missed a beat. He is still running, jumping, dancing and playing. Although, I wish he would sit his little butt down somewhere.

Not only has he been great, our daycare and my co-workers have been so gracious and accommodating. My husband and Tallen – even though he had a few bouts of jealousy – have been so helpful too.

Tuesday afternoon we head back to the orthopedic doctor for revaluation and I am optimistic that we are a few more sponge baths away from being cast free.

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Trace, feeding Tito.

Summertime Cocktails for Mom

I’m a Mom and I love to have a cocktail every once in a while. Seriously, what Mom doesn’t? It is imperative for survival! On warm summer nights, I love to kick back, relax and  have a “spirit” on my deck. Below are three of my favorite drinks. They’re in order from least strong to “these kids are going to drive me bat shit crazy!”

Mommy’s Moscato – I love this drink. It’s sweet, refreshing and not too strong. I’ve oftentimes made it for when we have guests over – OK, kids birthday parties. Don’t judge me.

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Mommy’s Moscato

Ingredients

  • Cupcake Vineyards Moscato d’Asti
  • Sprite Zero
  • Frozen Raspberries

Instructions

Mix equal parts of the Cupcake Vineyards Moscato d’Asti and Sprite Zero. Garnish with frozen raspberries and enjoy.

Mommy’s Margarita

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Mommy’s Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce, Jose Cuervo Tequila Silver
  • 3 ounces, Sprite Zero
  • Lime, 1/4 juice of Lime

Instructions

Mix 1 ounce of Jose Cuervo Tequila Silver (I prefer the tequila silver, but you could use the tequila gold),  3 ounces of Sprite Zero and the juice of a lime. Pour over ice and enjoy.

Jack Daniel’s 

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Jack Daniel’s 

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce, Jack Daniel’s Whisky
  • 3 ounce, Coca-Cola Cherry Zero
  • Maraschino Cherry

Tell me, what’s your go to cocktail?

 

I Was Not Expecting To Leave With a Cast

Yesterday I was reeling. I kept going back and forth whether to write a blog post or not. I was angry, sad, discouraged, and embarrassed. I wanted to throw the towel in. There have been plenty of days when I have wanted to throw the towel in. Being a mother is hard as hell and filled with dramatics – and I’m not one for dramatics. Let me digress….

You’re probably wondering why I was reeling. I’ll rewind. Over Memorial Day Weekend we took the boys to Jekyll Island, Georgia. We had a blast. The boys had the time of their lives. We came away from the beach unscathed – or so I thought!

That Sunday afternoon, the boys were out playing in the ocean (supervised of course). Trace fell in a sandbar. Nothing dramatic, nothing serious, and nothing different from any other time he has fallen down. He cried for minute. My husband picked him up and consoled him and then he was up and back at it.

The next morning he was limping. My husband and I assumed he had sprained something, but didn’t think much of it. There was no swelling, no bruising, nothing. And that evening when we got home he was running around and jumping on the trampoline. He could not be in “that much pain!”

He continued to walk with a slight limp. It was intermittent. Nothing was slowing him down. He continued his normal play, so we continued to ice him and give him Advil – still no swelling or bruising. It wasn’t until after an evening walk and playing in the sprinkler (about a week and half later) that a red flag was raised.

Our regular 10-12 hour sleeper had an awful night. I found him standing in the middle of his bedroom screaming bloody murder. Nothing would console him. He screamed and cried, and cried, and cried, and cried! I wanted to cry too.

That next day we took him to urgent care. Wanting to do a “conservative, wait and see approach,” they examined him thoroughly and recommended that if he was still limping, to take him to his pediatrician. Of course, he was still limping and we took him to the pediatrician. We had his knee x-rayed because we thought that was what was bothering him. Nothing, the x-ray came back clear.

After all of that, and continuing to treat him, he just didn’t seem right – still playing, but just not “right”. We were determined to figure out what was going on, so we made an appointment with an orthopedic doctor.

At his appointment yesterday morning, we ran through what was happening and did more x-rays. This time from his hip down to his tiny toes. Seriously, I wasn’t thinking anything would come of it, so you can imagine my shock when we left with a cast!

The diagnosis, a toddler fracture and he will be in a cast for three weeks, which ought to be interesting since this morning he has been screaming he wants this “disgusting thing off.”

So why share this?

It’s twofold. Oftentimes, we take medical professionals instructions and go with it. We don’t challenge them. If you feel like something is wrong with your child, or yourself for that matter, do not stop until you are satisfied and confident all possibilities are explored.

Second, I want parents to know what a toddler fracture is; what to look for. For my husband and me, I think pinpointing what was going on proved to be very elusive. And factor in a 2 year old, who when you ask what is wrong, do you hurt, they laugh and giggle!

Like I said earlier, being a mother is hard as hell and filled with dramatics. Everyday you’re learning new things and taking on new challenges. I’m quite sure the next three weeks are going to be a challenge, but in the meantime, won’t you sign my cast?

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Passing Down Summer Pastimes

This afternoon I signed Tallen up for tennis camp and swim lessons. After I made the appropriate calls, I began to daydream and reminisce of the fun summers I spent as a child hanging out at Boulder Park in Ford City. We didn’t have any rigid schedules, commitments, or camps. We just had good old clean fun, ripping and running around town making memories.

Are you looking for some fun things to do this summer while your little ones are on break?

Here are some of my favorite pastimes that I can’t wait to pass on to Tallen and Trace!

Playground – Visit your local playground and run, jump, swing and slide!

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Popsicle – Cool off with a Popsicle or ice cream. As a child we loved running over to Folcik’s Service Station to grab a cool snack and penny candy.

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Fishing – Growing up on the banks of the Allegheny River my Grandpa would always take us out on the boat. Although I hated the worms, I loved fishing.

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Biking – Grab your bikes and go for a spin. I use love riding my bike. We’d ride all over town for hours. And yes, I did have a bike with a banana seat!

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Roller Skating – I know, I’m aging myself but, we use to roller skate and roller blade all over the basketball court at Boulder Park. Checking out a roller skating rink  with your little ones would be tons of fun.

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What are some of your favorite childhood summer memories that you would like to pass down to your children?

 

Spring Cleaning: Making tough jobs a breeze with the power of Mean Green

My husband and I purchased our first house in July of 2012. Our well maintained, brick ranch was in move in condition – neutral walls, neutral floors, and a far contrast from many of the homes we looked at! Of course with any home, over the years you like to make updates and renovations. Yesterday, we had new countertops installed in our kitchen by Home Depot.

Prior to the installation, we had white laminate countertops. I’ll admit, they were in great shape and served their purpose, but do you know how hard it is to keep white countertops clean when you have a family of four? I can’t tell you how much Hawaiian Punch, red wine and coffee has been spilled over the last four years.

I opted for high-pressure laminate countertops by Wilsonart. One, I can’t say with 100% certainty that this is our “forever” home and I wanted something that was budget friendly, versatile and beautiful. Besides, have you see the innovations in laminate over the years? It’s definitely not the laminate of the late 60s and 70s.

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The crew was in and out rather quickly – 2 hours. Now that my countertops are all brand spanking new, everything else didn’t look so hot. I reached for my Anti-Bacterial Mean Green Multi-Surface Cleaner and got to work. I used it to wipe down the cabinets, sink, oven, and microwave. In total cleaning mode, I even wiped the base boards down and sprayed the cleaner on the floor and went over it with my Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop. Seriously, my base boards look brand new. And I’m still scratching my head as to how a brief clean up turned into a deep clean.

Mean Green Oven

This multi-surface cleaner is great for cleaning and disinfecting kitchen areas. Bleach-free, (which I appreciate) this product kills 99.9% of household germs and doesn’t leave a harsh, unpleasant odor. I love it!

Have you tried the Mean Green product line?

Learn more at Mean Green