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!