Monday, May 4, 2015

Have You Ever...............................


Knocked down a pile of apples at the grocery store after pulling one from the pile?

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Fallen off of a spinning chair?
 

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Stubbed your toe and DID NOT curse after?!

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Lost an ice cream cone?

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

High School Musicals

This weekend I attended two high school musicals. “The Sound of Music” performed by Herkimer High School students and “Peter Pan” performed by Little Falls High School students.

I love high school plays. It took a lot of restraint during "The Sound of Music" not to jump out of my seat and start singing!  I was in two musicals in my high school days (“Annie” and “Into the Woods”) and when you are involved, whether an actor or stage crew or even orchestra, you really understand the amount of work that is put into these plays. I give all involved tons of credit. Long days of school then homework then play practice until 9 or 10 at night, rehearsals, etc.

“The Sound of Music” is one of my all time favorite movies so I really enjoyed this performance. The acting and singing, for high school kids, was pretty good. You could tell that they worked hard and had fun.
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“Peter Pan” has never been a favorite of mine but the students at Little Falls HS blew this one away! The singing and acting were both magnificent!! And I'm not biased because my stepdaughter attends there. The energy of those kids performing was outstanding and whether you like the story of “Peter Pan” or not, you couldn't help but LOVE this performance. My stepdaughter was involved in stage crew and her best friend played the lead, Peter. I am very proud of them both and all involved in this production.

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I also realized just how old I really am because 20 years ago when I was still in high school, I'm pretty sure we didn't have headset microphones for performances. We had to speak LOUDLY and sing LOUDLY! At least now you can be assured you'll hear the speakers/singers!


Saturday, March 7, 2015

What's Happening in the Kitchen.....

Though lately I've become a better cook (with few mishaps), I have burned a lot of things and set on fire and exploded.......hey, I'm not perfect.


Vegetables (peas being the very first)
Pasta (ahhh spaghetti, how I loathe you!)
Water (hey, I'm not the first to burn water)
Hard boiled eggs (if you forget about them, water evaporates and they explode!)
Wooden spoon (heh, caught that sucker on fire)
Dish towel (ahem, also caught on fire)
Brownies
Cookies
Cake
Biscuits
Chicken
Meatloaf
Coffee (YES you can burn coffee; when using a perculator, coffee can burn)

To name a few!!!

Come on, admit it, you've burned things in the kitchen and/or set things on fire. ADMIT IT!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Healthy Snack!

Recently, a friend made an awesome healthy muffin-like thing and I loved it so much, I asked her for the recipe. She had gotten the recipe from a friend and passed it along to me (so I cannot take credit for this treat but I am passing it along to you). They're called Blueberry Banana Oat Cupcakes (or as I like to call them, “muffins”). Easy to make, no extra sugar, healthy and a great snack to have with coffee or have for breakfast!


Ingredients:
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
3-4 bananas (mashed)
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
2 eggs
1 pint blueberries (*can also use strawberries, or any other fruit)

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl; mix wet ingredients (except for fruit) in another bowl. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Fold in blueberries (or other fruit).

Spoon mixture into cupcake tins (*I spray the tin with Pam cooking spray instead of using the paper cups as the paper doesn't peel well sometimes).

Bake at 350 deg for about 15-20 min

Wait until cool before taking out of cupcake tins.

Enjoy!!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday's Favorite Fives



I haven't done this in awhile but I've had a rough week and forced myself to stay positive and count my blessings. Along with doing that, I've come up with five of my favorite things for this week!!!   Please join in by linking up over at Susanne's or sharing one of your blessings in the comment section.

Cleaning/Re-Organizing My Kitchen
Yes, that sounds nerdy BUT it needed to be done and I feel very accomplished. My daycare kids all napped at the same time and I cleared the counters and scrubbed the counter tops, then rearranged things to my liking. I even scrubbed the refrigerator and microwave!! I love my kitchen now!

Cooking
OH MY GOODNESS YES I have COOKING as one of my faves! Everyone who knows me knows that I am not the best in the kitchen. I used to be able to bake pretty well, but lately that's not turning out successfully. As for dinner, well my husband was the cook in the family and I appreciated that. However, Joe has been busy with a wood working project he was hired for, and I have been making the dinners. I have to say, not only have I been 90% successful (I have to burn SOME things a couple times a month or it wouldn't be me, lol) and I kind of enjoy it! My best is meatloaf!

Good Book
I recently finished a book by Lisa Scottoline called Look Again. I love her novels. I began reading from this author after reading a book review awhile back by my friend, Faith (visit her site at http://goldintheclouds-faith.blogspot.com/). Great story, didn't drag and I couldn't put it down. I love a good book!!
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Rest
I have a home daycare and I give piano lessons three nights a week. My normal work week is 10-11 hours per day and naturally I am exhausted by 5:30pm. This week, I have been allowing myself to rest. After my final daycare kid or piano student leaves for the evening, I shower, make/eat dinner, then curl up either on the couch or in bed with a book and REST. My body needs it, my mind needs it, my soul needs it. And I am thankful for it.
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Best Friend Time
My favorite hasn't happened yet but must be included. On Saturday, I am heading out to one of my best friend's house (the bff who lives IN state, the other lives in CA) for a day/overnight of fun and laughs and chill time!! We plan on heading to the mall, getting dinner (and I'll try a Margarita for the first time ever...yes, I'm in my 30's and never had one) and then chill at her house and watch chick flicks while drinking wine and eating chocolate. I need this girl time!!!


I hope everyone has a great weekend! What are some of your faves from this week?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Did You Know Part II

A few more things you may not know
about me...............

I cannot stand to paint. I have no idea why but I've never liked to paint....walls, canvas, paint-by-number, hate it all!!

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I love the smell of books, especially old books! I can barely keep my nose out of them!


Moss freaks me out.  Won't touch it, don't even like to look at it!

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I am afraid of taking baths. I blame it on the movie “It” based on the book written by Stephen King. The clown comes up through the bathtub drain....I think while someone is showering. Anyway, I'm not 5 and I understand that cannot happen but still.........just thinking of taking a bath freaks me out!

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What are a few of your most loved, or hated, things??




Monday, February 2, 2015

What's Your Hurry?

It seems that now more than ever, people are in a huge hurry to get somewhere! Whether in the grocery store or driving a car, people rush rush rush! And it's annoying.

I'll admit, I tend to rush while grocery shopping. I mean, lets face it, who wants to dawdle in the store? Get in, cash out, get out! But I don't run anyone over with my shopping cart (purposely) or cut in front of someone in line or even sigh dramatically when the person in line ahead of me is slower than molasses! Nope, I'm not rude. But I do get in and out quickly, kindly and safely.

Driving is another story. Will racing past me, then cutting in front of me just to race past the other person to then cut in front of them really get you to your destination any faster? I've observed that more people who do that aren't that much ahead of me once we hit a stop light or have to slow down due to entering a town. So whats' the hurry? If you get a speeding ticket or in an accident then guess what, you're REALLY going to be late.

SO SLOW DOWN!!

Several years ago, while in Tennessee, we stopped at a Walmart store. We were there for a specific purpose and I planned on getting in and out. However, their store layout was different than the one I am used to at “home” so I had to ask someone to direct me. BOY was she slow. She was super friendly but took her time and in her southern drawl said “Now, let me see.....you want aisle {whatever} and then turn...then....and then...and there you are.” Took her about 6 minutes to tell me that and then she decided just to show me herself. Which took 10 minutes. To walk. Five aisles away.

Southerners do not rush. We observed that. New Yorkers rush. Not just the city of New York but upstate New Yorkers as well. Don't we? Why?? What is our hurry? Why can't we be like the southerners and SLOW DOWN. Enjoy life!!! Stop and smell the roses?

Life is short. Isn't that a famous quote? Life CAN be short. You don't know what is going to happen in an hour, let alone tomorrow. So enjoy today while you can. Spend an extra few seconds hugging a loved one, or a few minutes calling someone just to say “hello”. Take your time driving because you probably won't get there much sooner than the person you raced past and risked both of you getting into an accident. Whatever you're in a hurry for will still be there whether you get there in 5 minutes or 25 minutes.

So............SLOW DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!