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10 Things I Never Dreamed We Would Need To Tell Our Kids

10 Things I Never Dreamed We Would Need To Tell Our Kids

The news is scary. It’s real. When I was little and saw something on tv that frightened me, my parents told me “Don’t worry. It’s just tv. It’s not real.”. I knew then not to worry – my world was safe. Now I’m an adult and I know that it’s pretty much all real. It’s terrifying. Don’t believe me? Watch an hour of the news. If your local news doesn’t do it, tune in to the national news. The main worry…

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🎶 Baby It’s Cold Outside 🎶 – Time to Make Cheeseburger Soup!

🎶 Baby It’s Cold Outside 🎶 – Time to Make Cheeseburger Soup!

If I make homemade soup, someone is sick or it’s cold outside. Well, it’s cold in Florida this week. . . cold for Floridians anyway. (It actually snowed in Tallahassee today!) We won’t see any snow this far south, but we will be seeing socks with flip-flops and shorts under winter coats because sadly, most of us really don’t know how to dress for this weather. Unless we travel to colder climates, it just doesn’t pay to buy cold-weather clothes….

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Cheers for a Fun, Smart and Safe New Year! 🥂

Cheers for a Fun, Smart and Safe New Year! 🥂

Be safe. How many times have you told your children to “Be Safe”? My youngest, who is an adult and is going to do whatever he wants to do, just walked out of the door with these words following him. I usually say “Have Fun”, (a futile attempt to be fun Mom) followed by “Be Smart” and then I stick in the forever prayer of all moms – “Be Safe”. It’s New Year’s Eve, so I also threw in a…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas morning, and even the dog has gone back to sleep. Gone are the days where our three sons got up at the crack of dawn to see what Santa brought. Gone are the days of matching pajamas (although I’m threatening to bring that back next year). We are in the era of adult-children-before-grandchildren. We stay up late, we sleep late and sometimes we nap. I’ve gotten up early to start breakfast. It wouldn’t be Christmas without caramel rolls…

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WOW!!! Glazed Rum Cake.

WOW!!! Glazed Rum Cake.

I’ve been officially retired since February and frankly, there are not a lot of things I miss about working. I miss some of the people and I miss a few of the perks. And during this time of year, I miss the office Christmas goodies like Jan’s Glazed Rum Cake. This was one of those gifts that I didn’t even share with our staff (sorry guys – no one said I was nice). I took it home and enjoyed a…

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Until We Gather Again. . . .

Until We Gather Again. . . .

Life has returned to normal. Well, the new normal. No kids at home. The refrigerator looks bare and laundry baskets are practically empty. The driveway is no longer packed with the family fleet. It’s safe to leave your socks out – the dog has left, too. It’s quiet. Maybe a little too quiet. I’m glad my sons have their own lives and their own homes. It’s what we wanted for them and frankly I would be concerned if they wanted…

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The Best Cranberry Salad For Thanksgiving

The Best Cranberry Salad For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without this cranberry salad. It is easy and delicious! This is a quick post to share my all-time favorite Thanksgiving cranberry salad. Sort, rinse and freeze a one-pound bag of cranberries. Once they are frozen, grind them for the salad. I use my Dad’s old grinder, but I’m sure a food processor would work well. You could also finely chop the cranberries. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar to the cranberries. In a separate bowl, combine 2…

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My downsizing just stalled. . . . .

My downsizing just stalled. . . . .

It’s the trophies. Three large bins of trophies. One for each son. There are trophies for soccer, wrestling, t-ball, baseball, football, tennis and basketball. With three sons, we were well represented in almost every sport.  There are also medallions, ribbons and other sports-based keepsakes. Some represent well-deserved championships and some are “participation” trophies. All were very important and were proudly displayed. My grown millennial sons are not settled in large spaces yet so they do not have storage room for…

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Yes, I Have A BasketBall Hoop In My Living Room. . .

Yes, I Have A BasketBall Hoop In My Living Room. . .

I have always had a lot of men in life.  Not like you’d think. I’m talking about brothers, sons and male-coworkers.  I’ve gotten pretty good at understanding how they think and believe me, it’s not like women think. Not even close. I realized this (yet again) this morning. Tomorrow is Halloween.  I thought it would be nice if we sat outside, watched the trick-or-treaters and gave out our candy.  My husband suggested that we sit on the second floor balcony and…

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