Crock Pot Thursday: Orange Chicken

It's hard to compete with food truck orange chicken.

  My kids love orange chicken, and I love it when they order orange chicken, because then I can sneak a bite or four. The crispy breaded chicken bites, smothered in tangy and sweet orange sauce is one of the best things Americanized Chinese food has to offer. This is not that recipe. One day, I will take the time to batter and fry tiny chicken chunks, and mix up the thick sauce that perfectly accompanies the chicken, but today I’m making ten minute Crock Pot Orange Chicken, and serving it over rice. The interesting thing is, it seems like … Continue reading

Does Back to School for Kids Mean Back to School for Mom?

American Public University

I have always loved to read and write. As a child, I devoured as many books as I could get my hands on, and I wrote my first opinion piece at age four, penning “I hat Brian” on my parents’ nightstand in permanent marker. I was pretty proud of that work, until I received my punishment, while at the same time learning that I had spelled “hate” incorrectly. That silent “e” was tricky. I no longer “hat” my brother, but I do still enjoy sharing my thoughts via written word. In middle and high school I did well in my … Continue reading

Marital Squabbles and a myCharge Giveaway

Enter to win one of 3 iPad minis or 40 portable chargers from myCharge!

All couples have those few consistent battlegrounds. In some households, it’s socks on the living room floor, and for others it’s whether or not putting dirty dishes in the sink means the dishes are “done.” Some husbands think the bed doesn’t need to be made, because “it’s going to get messed up in a few hours anyway,” and some wives let clean clothes sit in the basket so long the t-shirts have wrinkles as deep as the Grand Canyon. In our house, we fight over all of those things, but our biggest battle is over the phone charger. Every night, … Continue reading

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies2

I’ve been holding out on you guys, and I really need to apologize. Every week I share a recipe with you, and all the while I’ve been keeping this perfect chocolate chip recipe close to the vest. My friend Laura served these delicious little suckers when we were at her house a couple years ago, and like I always do when Laura cooks, I ate way too much, and begged her for the recipe. Since that fateful day, I’ve been churning out chocolate chip cookies like it’s my job, and eating them like it’s my job, too. I always double … Continue reading

Crock Pot Thursday: Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes without Foil

Slow Cooked Baked Potatoes without Foil for perfectly cooked spuds!

The weather may still be hovering near the 80s, but the air is beginning to feel crisp around the edges. Fall is coming, which means boots, and soups, and after school sports. I’ve been working more when the kids are in school, and the lazy days of summer are gone. We have homework this year. Evenings are rushed. I’m busier than I expected to be, and I’m falling in love with my Crock Pot all over again. I’m all about easy recipes that I can throw together in between making lunches and getting ready for work, and today’s recipe honestly … Continue reading

Date Night

Date night! Is it that time of year again?

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. It was on a Saturday, and friends had agreed to watch our kids for the evening, so yeah, I was pretty excited. I WAS GOING ON A DATE! After 15 years together, our anniversaries have evolved, or devolved, as it were. Back in the nineties, my beloved always received a card. Obviously. I would begin hunting for the perfect sentiment weeks before the big day, and would eventually settle on some humorously suggestive card that didn’t really say what I was feeling, and also that wasn’t that funny. Hallmark is … Continue reading

Crock Pot Thursday: Grape Jelly Meatballs

Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs that will make you the hit of the party!

Today I’m taking on a topic near and dear to my heart. It’s meatballs, people. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love meatballs. I love them on pizza, in spaghetti, with mashed potatoes at Ikea, and straight out of the slow cooker. My first meatball love was my grandmother’s sweet and sour meatballs, a recipe I should share here sometime, and that love was strong and true. My mother-in-law has to make about 50 tons of her meatballs when we’re at her house for Christmas, and while I know it’s rude to inhale my weight in meatballs and … Continue reading

How Was Your Day?

Talking to kids about school, beyond "How was your day?"

Last week my kids went back to school. My son entered second grade, ready to learn “multiplication, division, and pretty much lots of math stuff.” He was hopeful that there would be ample time to read, and he was crossing his fingers that the rumors of hardly any free time were untrue. He got to play with Legos in kindergarten and first grade, so why should second grade be any different? His sister was embarking on her elementary school career as a kindergartner, and with the confidence of a young sibling who had spent two years occasionally roaming the halls … Continue reading

Crock Pot Thursday: Red Thai Chicken Curry

Crock Pot Red Thai Chicken Curry from @FunnyIsFamily.

If you have kids, do they like curry? Mine don’t. It’s” too spicy,” or it” tastes weird,” and I’m always kicking myself for dialing down the spice factor for their sake when they aren’t going to eat it anyway. When will I learn? This Crock Pot Red Thai Chicken Curry is one of those dishes. My husband loves, loves, loves curry, and slow cooked curry dishes always turn out well. I love that the basic formula is the same: coconut milk, curry paste, various spices, and meat or vegetables; and that often I can adapt a recipe to whatever I … Continue reading

I Know My Kids

I know my kids. I’m not telling you this because one of them has done something naughty, like taken someone’s lunch money or pantsed a kid on the bus, and I’m aghast that anyone would accuse my perfect angel of anything so bad. Isn’t that what parents of bratty kids always say? “It’s not possible that my son stole your car and bragged about it on Facebook. He wouldn’t do that. I know my boy. And besides, he can use my minivan whenever he wants. He doesn’t need your stupid Porsche.” My kids aren’t delinquents (yet), but I do know them. … Continue reading