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Is this thing on? Anyone still out there?

I’m firing up the old blog, b/c I saw this great idea at Duckygirl’s and I wanted to play along. I love the idea of actual real thoughtful items that you can see and touch. These are the kind of fun connections that have been such a bloggy blessing to me. So, I hope there are still 5 of you out there who would like to play.

The first FIVE people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you.This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

  1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
  2. What I create will be just for you.
  3. It’ll be done this year. (might be a little while)
  4. You have no clue what it’s going to be.It may be a story. It may be poetry, shoes, bags, or a little invention of my own! I may draw or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
  5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange. Believe me… it may blow your mind!

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog. The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it! Sounds like fun, right? So, let’s play!

I feel like I should explain my long bloggy silence, but I don’t really have any explanation other than trying to figure out how FB relates to blogging relates to Twitter relates to the rest of my life and my desire to actually parent my children, read other actual books, and participate in Bible study. So, we’ll just go on from here, eh?

But, while I’m at it, I feel that I should tell you that that sweet little want list down there…the one that’s been sucking up the bloggy space during the long silence…went dreadfully wrong somewhere along the line. Once the toy catalogs came, they were basically cut up and reassembled into one long, giant, unobtainable, thoughtless, greedy blob of want list. (Of course). No, I did not document it; I finally recycled it last week. Who wants to remember that in their old age? It was not pretty, people.

I should also let you know that I have decided to fast from FB and Twitter, and thus blog reading and writing during the Lenten season. So, I’m afraid it’s gon’ be dark here again in a few weeks. Now go live your life. And let me send you something pretty.

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Wanna caption me?

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Look out! In the continuing tradition of my somewhat lame but strangely useful WFMW posts, I’m back with another gee-whiz-how-did-I-not-think-of-that-already tidbit to share. In the morning, I’m tired. At night, I’m tired. And when I’m tired, I don’t like to stand around and do another thing “the man” says I should do.

So, if I can floss sometime in the middle of the day during my ever-shrinking window of productivity, I’m so happy because I am thwarting gum disease AND I won’t have to do it at night when I just want to sneak my bra out the armhole of my shirt and roll over. (Yes, I do manage to brush my teeth at night. But flossing seems to be more than I can handle).

So, fellow lazy bones. Don’t floss at night and feel resentful. Floss at mid-day and feel smug. (All you three times a day happy-flossers need not comment. Just click away.)

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Shannon’s having a fun contest today. Why not sharpen your number 2′s and fire off a few back-to-school haiku? You must enter today before 8pm CST. Here are mine:
Pencils with sharp points,
four black dry erase markers,
One large box of Puffs.

On the night before,
walking sounds like such a good
idea. Not now.

“Mom, my tummy hurts.”
(I will miss you when I’m gone).
What’s a mom to do?

Fluffer nutter sand-
wich, pretzels, and a pudding.
Better than hot lunch.

No long socks at gym.
Teacher demands perfect jump-
ing jacks. I’m tired, Mom.

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Carrie at The Gremlin Wrangler asked for pictures of Monday madness. WHY do the dishes never end?

Dontcha hate it when the dishwasher’s already full but so is your sink?

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Fair photos

I’ve loved peaking at everyone’s fair photos, so I thought I’d go ahead and share mine.

I’ve always been nostalgic about the fair. Since I have a summer birthday, the excitement of going to the local carnival with grandma and letting her buy me a heroic goldfish, who usually lived a short but well-loved life, seeing grandma’s excitement about “slippery pot pie,” and drinking in the thrills, the lights, the colors, the smells of the fair…It all speaks summer and love to me.

sad pony

sad pony

I’ve seen lots of these tiny little tractor-cycles in your photos!

fresh calf

almost fearless

Not a fair photo, but I felt the need to document…the forty-ness. Happy Birthday to me.

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Go see more pics from a family fun day at the Milwaukee Art Museum at my man’s blog. If you like art and live anywhere close to Milwaukee, you must visit this museum. It is fabulous.

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Gayle of Grace4Gayle and Grocery Cart Challenge is hosting a recipe swap. This week’s edition is all about cheap dinner recipes.

If you haven’t been over, you should go check out her blog. She is a real frugal self-starter. I love all her creative “recipes” for things we don’t necessarily need to buy. She really challenges me to think outside my frugal box.

This is one of my mom’s very few “signature” recipes. We had it all the time when I was a child, and I HATED it — mostly because I was convinced I hated tuna fish. And my mom insisted on putting raw onions in this recipe, which crunched when I bit into them and squirted tangy onion juice into the nether regions of my mouth. (But I’m not high maintenance or a whiner…I know I’m really sellin’ it.)

The good news is, now I love this recipe. It makes me so nostalgic for my childhood. This has always been “the one” recipe I turn to when we have nothing else. I keep a can of tuna on hand just for such an occasion. And I have made a very few minor OCD modifications to the recipe, which of course make ALL the difference. I will admit, my children are not particularly fond of this casserole, which is why I dubbed it “Mermaid Casserole” in an effort to make it more appealing. Because clearly, this is what mermaids eat. I’m sure my kids will look back with fondness on this recipe, when they are old like me and force feeding it to their kids.

1 c. hot milk
2 T butter, melted
1 c. shredded cheese
1 c. bread crumbs
1 egg
1 T onion, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
dash pepper
1 can tuna
4 oz cooked noodles

This is a mix and bake kind of casserole. It bakes at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I usually either saute the onion or throw it in a pan with the milk and butter to soften and soak up their flavor. I also add the salt and pepper to the milk and melted butter so things are distributed more evenly throughout the casserole. My mom used to leave big hunks of tuna here and there, so I am also pretty anal about mixing everything evenly throughout. At our house, this was always served with tiny peas, so I just go ahead and mix them into the casserole now. And my husband has added his signature touch of baby biscuits baked on top. This dish is excellent served with potato chips, which also increases the kid friendly factor exponentially. I like to load each bite on top of a chip…salty heaven.

Enjoy, thrifty friends.

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I’m playing in church tomorrow. Pray for me!

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Catch a glimpse of the elusive Lainey over at Chic Critique. I know. You saw this, and you thought I wasn’t pretty. I love how God worked it out so that I had just gotten new sunglasses and just had my hair done when Megan called and asked for a picture.

Note to self: wear sunglasses at all times.

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