GrammyCare Day 1…plus a recipe.

Today I officially become Peanut’s babysitter….Her Mommy is pretty sick of paying an exorbitant fee for so-so care, we’re all sick of our Baby constantly having a runny nose and cough, and in all honesty, her Mommy can use a bit of time to dig out of a financial hole. So….Grammy to the rescue.

I’ve been pretty adamant that I didn’t want to ever become Peanut’s full time daycare, Poppa and I both agree that we want her to feel like coming to our house is a treat. I still feel that way but sometimes concessions have to be made, ya know? It’s temporary, and with free daycare comes mandatory budget counseling. Hopefully the next few months before I leave for Seattle again will be enough…

I’m grateful to be in a position to do it. It’s nice to be able to offer a solution instead of just trudging to a real job only to spend my work day worrying about the situation. It’s going to take some adjusting however…

No more days spent watching “My Name is Earl” or “Army Wives” marathons on Netflix, or hours wasted spent on Pinterest for no reason other than I  just don’t feel like being productive. Ditto for whole days lost in my craft room just piddling around….and I’m pretty sure my back is going to protest vehemently some days (as it’s been doing for the last 3. Oy.) I’ll just have to be careful, and probably step up my physical therapy exercises that I’ve pretty much slacked off on doing lately. If it helps, and her Mommy learns some budgeting skills that allow her to provide a better life for Peanut in the future then it will totally be worth it.

So in light of my new “job”, I’ve been Googling ways to keep a toddler entertained, developing vocal skills, and *gulp*….potty training. Yikes! (although we’re several months away from that, it never hurts to see what new methods have been invented in the 26 years since I last had to do it!)…

I want Miss Peanut Butter Baby to learn stuff while she’s here, not just hang out on my lap contemplating the next fun thing she can go get into and demolish! Her Poppa keeps telling her to “use her words” when she’s frustrated and squawks at him but she doesn’t really have any yet besides “Mama, dog, NO and occasionally Baby” , so we’re gonna work on that…AND I found a recipe for homemade finger paint and play dough so just imagine the fun we can have with those!


And by distract I mean “occupy so Grammy can take a break from chasing you”…











Have no fear, I’ll keep ya posted on how things are going here at “Grammy’s Institute of Learning and Superior Daycare”…

There’s just no telling what 2013 is going to bring us. Here’s hoping that whatever else it brings, that happiness and contentment are high on the list for all of us. And if you’re going out tonight, have a blast but be super careful!

PS…if y’all are superstitious like me and never fail to serve Black-eyed Peas for luck on New Year’s Day, here’s a new recipe for you to try. I made it up last year and it was super tasty!

Gram’s Lucky New Year Black-Eyed Peas and Pork Steak

  • 2-3 Pork steaks, untrimmed
  • 1 cup black eyed peas or 9 bean mix, covered in boiling water and then soaked 2 hrs
  • 2 whole carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 3 small to medium potatoes, unpeeled and quarter diced
  • ½ cup green onion, diced
  • 3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • ¾ tsp fennel seed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 ½ c. beef broth
  • ½ c white wine
  • Season-salt and white pepper to taste
  • flour
  • olive oil
  • 1 Tbs butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2.  Heat oil and butter in dutch oven (Or any heavy bottomed oven proof pan with a lid, large enough to hold the steaks in a single layer). Season steaks with seasoned salt and pepper on both sides, dredge in flour. Brown on both sides, remove to plate.
  3.  Add veggies and potatoes to pan, cook for 2-3 minutes, add broth and wine to deglaze the pan. Bring to slight boil scraping up browned bits from bottom. Add fennel and bay leaf, put steaks back on top of veggies and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
  4.  Bake, covered for 2 hour 15 minutes. Let rest covered for 15 minutes before serving.

Tip: Don’t use pork chops, they’re too lean and will dry out…

Happy New Year Peeps!


I couldn’t make this sh*t up…

A pompous ass in China has sued his wife because according to him their baby girl is “ugly” and since he believes both himself and his wife to be beautiful, that must mean she had an affair that resulted in a daughter so ugly it “horrifies” him (that’s a direct quote)…


I read about it right here.

What a jerk….

Does this mean I coulda sued my Ex every time my kids did something stupid??

Food for thought, eh??

Guess who doesn’t have an ugly baby? Yup, you guessed it!


Does this remind anyone else of “Ralphie’s” little brother??

















P.S….Seattle Babies made it home before midnight Wednesday, yay!

Denver is kind of an Asshole…

Dropped the Seattle Babies off at the airport at 6:30 this morning for their 8:15 flight (which is ridiculously early for our itty-bitty podunk airport, but it makes Captain America happy)….

They finally left at 9:30, just in time to miss their connecting flight home out of Denver…the only flight from Denver to Seattle for the day….


So there they sit, in the wonderous Denver International Airport waiting  7 hours to board a flight to San Francisco in order to catch a connecting to Seattle which will put them at the Seattle/Tacoma airport around 1 in the morning….

See? Denver is an asshole….

We had a terrific visit with them for the Holiday, and I was sad to see them go. I’ll take pics of all the crazy creative DIY gifts I recieved from my loving family in a day or two…My Hubs truly outdid himself….

For now, I’m just gonna show y’all how much Peanut loves the gifts I made her! Also Banana cream pie….




















On Christmas evening Jackie May and her Hubs came over for chicken and dumplins and some lively card playing, Jackie brought a banana pie for which Peanut was grateful…



Apparently, banana cream pie and raspberry yogurt are super tasty together…who knew??

Hopefully the next time you hear from me the Seattle Babies will be back in Seattle and not stranded in yet another airport…keep ya posted…


What’s in a name??


I heart you all, and because I do I am sharing our Elf names….

  • Grammy – “Tinker Superplum”
  • Poppa – “Tinker McJingles”
  • Captain America – “Happy Sparkley Toes”
  • Chef Vivi – “Gingerbread Angel Pants”
  • Avery’s Mom – “Nipper Toe Bells”
  • Peanut – “Perky Monkey Buns”

Seriously, I couldn’t begin to make up anything this good! I got it from a friends facebook post!



Have fun with it, and  have a helluva great Day!!




Did ya notice that Peanut got her bangs cut?? She’s a big girl now….



How to keep your face from cramping while endlessingly holding a fake smile….

Alternate title II: “Surviving In-Laws”…

Alternate title III: “THE FAMILY, grin and bear them”…

Alternate title IV: “Ohhhhh F*ck. The family?? Again???”

It’s Christmastime….lotsa peeps have family members whom they’d prefer to never have to see AGAIN, ever. And they’re all forced to see them at Christmas….

As a public service, I’d like to offer up some helpful tips for enduring those we’d prefer to avoid…I googled it…

  • This tidbit was found in an article on how to appear more photogenic which I figured would be helpful since everyone tries not to have a big cheesy fake smile in pictures right?? Here’s what it said: “Look at your face in the mirror. That’s not actually the face which shows in your photograph. Now stare at your own reflection. After some time your face will reach its “normal” appearance, your “equilibrium” face. Now deactivate your eye region and activate your lip region.”….Wait. Wha??? If you understood and can actually do any of that, you are far smarter than me and clearly don’t need my advice….
  • According to “Bodybuilding 101” you should practice and build up your face muscles just like any others. They say “What happens if you don’t practice? If you do not practice your lips and eyes quiver and twitch. That’s right, they will twitch uncontrollably, and you will feel like everyone notices it. Practice will help reduce twitching.When you have held your smile for as long as possible on stage, release it to give your face a break. Then start smiling again.” So there you have it. Shoulda started doing smile workouts back around Halloween. Too late now, you’re just gonna have spasmodic twitches….
  • There’s a friggin DIET for smiling endlessly…A DIET….you can read it about it here. It’s a 21 day plan which I refuse to write about because D.I.E.T. is a 4 letter word y’all….but feel free.
  • This is an oldie but a goodie: smear vaseline on your teeth, its supposed to keep your lips from becoming dry and sticking to your teeth. I’ve personally never tried this as I just wet my whistle with a beer if my lips become parched but beauty queens swear by it….
  • According to some psych professors in Kansas, smiling aids in stress recovery. But since you’re smiling at the very people who cause your stress in the first place, I’m declaring this theory moot and ridden with bullshit.
  • Here’s my best advice, seriously: DRINK. Alcohol is the great equalizer, it either makes you super happy and all “I looooove you” or it makes you feel like you can take on ANYBODY. Either way, the Ugh-I-hate-spending-time-with-my-family-for-Christmas problem is solved because thanks to the liquor you’ll either temporarily love them or knock them unconscious, or end up in jail (away from them)…

You’re welcome….

Peanut appears a bit tipsy here, but she's actually trying to straighten her hat that Poppa pulled down over her eyes....

Peanut appears a bit tipsy here, but she’s actually just trying to straighten her hat that Poppa pulled down over her eyes. Cuz he’s a butt like that…


















Merry Christmas Eve!!