Monday, February 28, 2011

Heeeeeere's LaLa Land!!



Remember how I said LaLa Land was available for the kindle?  Well, it's been reviewed and published!! :)
Here is the link!  It is being offered for $1.99 a month for a subscription.  It updates automatically onto your kindle on a DAILY basis.  You don't miss out, everything's right there! ;)

As this is on Amazon, it would be a FANTASTIC help if someone, anyone (yes YOU) would go and review it.  It works just like a book!  The more and better reviews, the more it will be picked up by people on Amazon.com looking for a blog to read. 

And lastly, if you could pass it on, that would be....well, that would be so fabulous, there are no words for the fabulousness that would be you. 

Thanks for reading!  More to come!


Blog Showcase:More Than a Mount Full - A Culinary Journey

I had a very interesting person friend me on BlogFrog yesterday: Chef Dennis.  As you may have noticed from some of my recent blogging, I am becoming more and more interested in cookig and cooking blogs.  Here is what Chef Dennis has to say for himself (which reveals why I think he's so interesting!):



"I am the Chef / Director of Dining Services at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown, Pa. This is my 6th year at the Mount where I feed 560 High School Girls. This is the only school I have ever worked at, my experience comes from Restaurant and Executive Dining. When I arrived at the Mount, I thought it would be easier to teach the girls how to eat rather than learn how to cook school foods. It seems I made the right choice."

More than a Mount Full-A Culinary Journey by Chef Dennis


A chef at a private school? How cool is that?? Feeding high school girls---this man must be off his rocker!! teeheehee!  It's one thing to find other moms who cook like you do, have the same opinions as you do about food and feeding your children but this is the first blog I've seen done by a chef---I'm sure there are tons out there, I just wasn't looking and since this one fell in my lap, I'll take it! :)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

If I Had a Tape Recorder


If I had a hand-held tape recorder to help me with parenting, this is what I’d record on it for playback, to save my voice…it also does something to your sanity when you have to constantly repeat yourself!

1. Please clean up the playroom…right now! Start with the friggen LEGOS!!

2. Morgan! Stop screaming!!

3. Gabe, you are too big to be pooping your pants!

4. Stop running in the house!



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5. You MAY NOT hit! No, there is no excuse for hitting, ever! {as I swat him on the butt. Good one, Lara}

6. Turn that computer down! We don’t need to hear the sound effects to Scooby Doo all the way in the next room!

7. Gabe, did you leave the TV on in the other room? Please go turn it off, that Zelda (Mario brothers, Wii menu, etc) music is driving me insane!!

8. STOP running around the house!!

9. No, you may not wander around eating---all food and drinks belong in the kitchen, unless you want to be vacuuming later!
Image credit: Lin Pernille Photography

10. Who left the gate open to the laundry room?? The baby was thisclose to getting into the litter boxes!!

11. CLOSE…..THE…..BASEMENT….DOOR!!

12. Clean up your breakfast (snack, lunch or dinner) dishes!! There is no busboy here!!

13. STOP RUNNING around!!!

14. No, I’m not fixing you something else—this is not Burger King, you can’t have it your way! {or alternately: we are not in a restaurant, I am not your waitress, you may not order a separate meal to be fixed for you!}

15. No whining. I can’t understand you when you whine. You are too big for that anyway!

16. STOPRUNNINGAROUNDTHEHOUSE!!!!!

17. WHY are your clothes (wet towel, pajamas, dirty night-time pull-ups, fill in the blank) on the floor??

18. Where’s the baby?

19. Morgan, get out of those cabinets!!

20. For the love of God, STOP the FREAKING RUNNING!!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I am Published on the Kindle!!

You can now get LaLa Land on your Kindle!! How amazing is that?? See over there? >>>>>>>>>
There's a Kindle button which should, theoretically, take you to the feed to sign up.  It could take 12-48 hours from NOW (note the date and time!) for it to become available.  It DOES cost a small fee ($.99 I believe) but Amazon offers a free 14 day trial, so you can see whether you like getting my blog on your kindle or not.   Now you can take LaLa with you everywhere!!

Look at me, all keepin' up with technology! ;)

Mission: Smaller Pants

My daughter is 14 months old and I’m right around the 131lbs mark. My body is definitely changing but I’ll be damned if I haven’t hit a plateau!

I was a stick when I was in high school. I’m 5’2” and I weighed about 107lbs.

Case in point: I didn’t weigh enough to give blood. My size 4 prom gown was baggy in places.

Now I am between a 6 and an 8. In an 8, I’m comfy, but I look like I’m wearing mom jeans. I have a round ol’ butt but fairly lean thighs, so the 8 fits my butt and then bags. It’s a great look.

Size 6’s come with a side of muffin. No pretty here.

All my kids were positioned in the dead center of my body, meaning they stuck straight out. I don’t have that lower (easier to conceal) stereotypical pooch. No, I have a band of fat around my belly button. Hardest fat to get rid of. Not so happy to be unique here.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Guess Where I'm Writing Now??

All in one day, I inquired and was accepted to not one but two sites for writing!!  I am beyond psyched (ok, with a little trepidation, anxiety for my schedule and pee my pants excited to start reading!!) to be a part of Fresh Fiction AND Technorati. 

Fresh Fiction is a website that specializes in genre fiction.  They have a whole staff of reviewers and editors and regularly (read: weekly!) showcase authors.  I will be a reviewer! :) I will now have access to a whole list of books on a WEEKLY basis that have not yet been published which I will then be reviewing.  I will be posting a snippet with a link here on LaLa so you know when I've reviewed a book, like I do when I write for Today's Mama, ok?

Technorati started as a place where the best blog posts were collected.  Nowadays, they are also producing their own content.  I will be but one of many many writers.  Happily, they recently added a whole section for women! yay!  Again, I'll publish first on Technorati and second on LaLa.

Now, this isn't about me writing other places instead of LaLa Land!  I can write here whenever I want to! :)  If I find that something I am writing seems to be a good fit for Technorati, I will just publish there first and then here but I am under no contracts or obligations to Technorati.  That being said, even though I am not getting paid, I still had to apply to write and Technorati is a well-known name in blogging circles, which only means good things for me! :)

Fresh Fiction is strictly about books but I only put my reviews on Fresh Fiction if I get the book from them!  So if I buy, download or borrow a book, I can certainly publish is on here and on GoodReads. 

It just means two more places to put my mug and blather on! ;) 

Hope to see you there!  Please book mark those sites and I'll let you know when I publish on either of those sites.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Feelin' the Love for the Cookin' Blogs!


I have lately been lovin’ the cooking blogs! There is so much variey but I have actually been able to find a few that are just to my liking! I mean, how rare is that to find more than one cooking site where almost every entry makes you say “bookmarkthat!!”
Each of the recipes I’ve chosen to showcase tell you a little bit about me and what I love to nosh, ok? Here we go:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Movie Review: Knight and Day

I am not a huge Tom Cruise fan. Ok, close your mouth.


Cameron Diaz, I like, but I’m not rushing to see something just cuz she’s in it!

So I waited for this movie to come to DVD.

I really enjoyed it! I know it didn’t get great reviews, but you know, I often don’t agree with the reviewers. First of all, they can either be way too harsh (the professionals) or just because they like the lead actor, they gush(the amateurs). Unnecessarily. All over my computer screen.

So, going in, not sure what to expect, suspected they had shown all the funny parts on the preview (which I totally hate by the way….I mean, who doesn’t??) and wasn’t super excited to see these actors. But then, it was kind of funny. I mean, as a writer, I like a neat story. By that I mean, don’t leave lose ends and don’t give me inconsistent characters and don’t mention things that are totally unimportant, but you make it look like they are!

There was repetition here that I really enjoyed, again, as part of the story. First of all, Tom Cruise (whom I do not enjoy off-screen AT ALL) was so deadpan and played his part of the emotionless spy nearly perfectly. I am not one to think he can’t act---just look at The Last Samurai or even Jerry Maguire---so it was obvious to me that he was acting, not “trying” to be a spy and doing it poorly. He was the spoil to Diaz’s spazzy female part, who freaked out over everything. In comparison, you’ve got Roy: calm, cool and collected. I mean, the plane’s going down and he’s like, “Oh hi June,” waves her in, “just sit down…that’s it. Now buckle up. Yep, that snaps in there….” It was funny as crap because she’s doing what we’re all assuming we’d be doing and he’s not rattled at all!

The whole movie is June being excited by Roy’s lifestyle and trying to break through his calm (and ultimately, detached) demeanor. Roy is, the whole time, showing how much he cares by his actions (you know, elaborate plans to save her life over and over) but she doesn’t get it. He is demonstrative in his own way. And while she’s trying to change him, really, she’s the one ultimately changing. It’s not deep, it’s just neatly done. All tied up. He keeps drugging her and by the end, she’s drugging him. He’s always got a plan, no matter how crazy and/or scary the situation, then he wakes up somewhere and June is suddenly the woman with the plan. There are no wasted mentions here: you keep seeing him check his phone, watching someone’s movements. Pertinent later. His phone ring is “Louie, Louie” and upon hearing that song on the radio, June decides to investigate something. She fixes cars, she notes a certain car she sees, then later, uses that same car as an excuse to investigate something. Again, alllll neatly tied in. That appeals to me. Were some of the situations outrageous? Definitely, but it was a comedy and it was meant to bring out the spy in him and the spaz in her.

Overall, I really liked this! I’d buy it, actually. I watched it twice in one weekend, which I very rarely do. Unless you’re talkin’ Shia or Harry Potter.

It’s on DVD now.

Book Review: My Blood Approves


My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, #1)My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I am always leery of reading vampire books nowadays because it always seems like people are just trying to ride on the coat-tails of Twilight. But this book definitely has its own flair!

What I like best about Amanda's books is that she gives you little mysteries, but she doesn't drag them out until you get bored and lose both the tension and the interest. She draws it out a bit, reveals it, and moves on to another!

I definitely had emotional reactions to many of these characters, including making noises of digust and yelling at the book in places! lol Like Twilight, these books make you really feel the characters and feel for them and what they are going through. You are anxious for them and want to know what happens next. To me, that is the hallmark of a good book! Otherwise, why read it?

I feel like I can't really say more without giving away any plot features! But suffice it to say, there is a poor home life for the main character (unlike in Twilight!) and a difficult love triangle results as she is drawn into a vampire household. I mean, of course it's difficult, what love triangle isn't? lol I finished all the books over about a month's time, while reading Amanda's other books! ;)

BONUS: I got these books for the Kindle and all of Amanda's eBooks are usually in the $.99 to $2.99 range!!

Recommended if you liked Twilight!
{Go Team Peter!!}

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Kiss of Death....

Pumpkin carving



....but it's true: I'm under a litttle construction here!  I am fixing my blogrolls and adding/streamlining some features.  Please do  note (since I worked so hard on this! lol):

-- the new sharing items on each post, most at the end with the reTweet up top of each article/post.
-- organized blogroll!
-- new buttons for contacting me! Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg

I'm trying to keep it streamlined and yet still convenient for you, my dear readers! :)  Let me know what your thoughts are!

Will move on to "constructing" on tea & ink after this, but regular blogging will resume shortly! :
Thanks!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

What Women Want for Valentine's Day

Ok, I’m gonna spell it out for you guys, since we know you haven’t done any shopping yet and in your mind, you have until you get off from work tomorrow to do some it! So think on this:

We want you to read our minds. Don’t ask us what we want for Valentine’s Day!! For crap’s sake, don’t you know that yet?? How long have you been with us? (those of you in a relationship less than say, 4 months, get a pass here!) Do you not see what our favorite foods are? Have you never heard us say, “we love it when you….” Make a coupon for that!! About a hundred of them! (unless we’re being sarcastic. For example, if we say, “I love it when you leave your dirty underwear everywhere,” do not, I repeat, do not make a coupon for Free Dirty Underwear. Mkay?) A coupon, you can handle that, right?

If we do not like traditional gifts, like red roses and a heart shaped box of candy, respect that. Get orchids (they’re the oriental looking flowers? Big long stem, few leaves, usually in a pot instead of the refrigerator thingie? Oh forget it, ask the florist! And note, I said “florist” not “gas station attendant.”) or some other pretty, unusual flower….but we’ve probably already told you what flowers we like, so pay some freaken attention! This is the time of year we drop mad hints! And most of us know better than to be subtle, so all you have to do is actually LISTEN!! Turn down the TV, mute the game while the commercial is on, and see what you can glean if you actually LISTEN. Be aware, if we aren’t used to you listening to us, the sudden drop in sports noise from the TV and your undivided attention is bound to freak us out. Speak slowly. No sudden moves.

Friday, February 11, 2011

StumbleUpon and Digg

I am trying to get these accounts set up and I swear they are not user friendly!! ....or maybe I'm not Digg or StumbleUpon friendly!! lol anyway, bear with me, I have to test my feed!! :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Book Review: Drum Dance by Bonnie Turner




Drum DanceDrum Dance by Bonnie Turner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Overall, I enjoyed Drum Dance. It was a good coming of age story and a great father/son story. I think the author did a great job describing the terrain, the weather conditions and the Eskimos and their ways; I felt like I was really there! Characters were pretty well mapped out; you felt you knew how they would react with the turning of the story--and there were some good twists and turns!

The only reason this does not get 5 stars is because I think the tension could have been tweaked and ratcheted up a bit. I think the scenes where father and son are fighting could have used a bit more detail to really get me, as the reader, feeling exactly what they were feeling. I guess I felt a little like I was watching some of the story through a window: a little blurry, sound muted a bit. I wanted to be in the room! :)

But again, overall a good book. I liked the lead character, David, enough to want to know what happened to him! Good work Bonnie!! :)



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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My Bucket List


I have never made one before and I saw someone else with one, so I thought, "what the heck?"
Maybe it will give my readers an insight! Who knows!
{is it just me or can all my ideas be grouped into either traveling or writing or morphing into a badass?}

Bucket List
{in no particular order}
***UPDATED 9/24/2011***

1. Become a black belt in karate. With weapons.

2. Win a dance contest of some kind. {even a Wii challenge for Just Dance 2 would suffice)

3. Visit every country in the United Kingdom; I especially want to see castles!

4. Travel extensively with my children, across Europe, enjoying seeing it all for the first time with them.

5. Get published in some way, shape or form (online, magazine, whatever!)

6. Learn to shoot a firearm {and well, because I don’t half-ass anything!}

7. Learn to shoot a bow & arrow {my grandmother was in the Maryland State Archery Championship---I believe she won!}

8. Get published as a science fiction author.

9. Make a living writing.

10. Work on a movie in some capacity. With professionals, not a home movie in somebody’s backyard where my kids make the sound effects either!

11. Be part of an orchestrated fight scene. {although hey, if I have my black belt, maybe I’m a stunt woman; 3 bucket list items off my list at once! Lol}

12. Write and illustrate my own children’s books.

13. Do every Alien Think DVD from the set I bought!! {http://www.alienthink.com/ --
it’s drawing lessons!} 

14. Write and illustrate a graphic novel.

15. Help create an RPG game based on my sci fi book.

16. Take a cross-country trip in a Winnebago with my family; see the grand canyon, mt. rushmore, las vegas, niagra falls—you know, all the good stuff.

17. Spend an entire summer in a beach house right on the beach, with my whole family.

18. Spend a weekend in NYC and be able to buy anything I want.

19. Take the kids to a broadway show.

20. Get a tattoo.

21. Talk myself out of getting a tattoo.

22. Paint a whole series of pictures and have a gallery showing.

23. Have a house nearer to my family in MD, the kind of perfect house where we will live the rest of our days.

24. Get my master’s degree…in something. {leaning towards library science}

25. Then my PhD…in something else. {let’s face it, I just want “Dr.” in front of my name! maybe in the field of literature…hmmm}

26. Have a six-pack set of abs.

27. **I have always wanted to re-do my wedding (as many women have said, I'm sure!)  I was 19 when I planned my wedding and boy have my tastes changed!! Now that I'm divorcing, if I get married again, it will be more Cinderella, down to the carriage and if I could do it in Disney, all the better!! ;) **  

28. Read all the classics I never read in school {list is too long to put here! I read a lot of ancient literature actually, but things you’d think I’d have read….I haven’t!}

29. Live debt free!!

30.  ** Live in Australia for a few weeks.**

I'll add on as I think of things--oh oh!

31. Ride in a hot air balloon.

32. Go rock climbing!

33. Try parkour.


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31 Days to Build a Better Blog!



 For my 31 day challenge over at SITS girls, today’s challenge was about condensing down the essence of our blog into a tagline and then into a slightly longer blurb. Since I posted it, I have been thinking and thinking on it!

I think what I really want LaLa Land to be is a cozy place (I think basically everything in my life is aspiring to be cozy! If I had to describe myself in one word, it would totally be cozy!) but I want LaLa Land to be cozy. I don’t know, like coming to a coffee shop and 2nd hand bookshop combined maybe? Or possibly a Dunkin Donuts (the BEST!) set inside a library (because what mom doesn’t like silence, a book and a beverage with a carb on the side??).

I also like the idea of it being a community because, let’s face it, isn’t that why we blog? To put ourselves out there and have someone respond so we know we’re not alone? I like sharing my mommy stories and my family stories because I like others to know they are not alone! We have flub ups. We have kids who are ornery, messes that make us laugh and outrageous things our kids (or other family members!) do that make our jaws drop. None of us are perfect parents, but I have a lot of experience with kids and I know that there are lots of parents out there that are struggling with their kids and over basic things, like bedtimes and eating. So if I feel like I can offer one (of many) solutions that maybe they hadn’t thought of, then I’m pleased to offer that!

Book Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

                                                               

I read this ages ago but just added it to GoodReads! :)


The Lovely BonesThe Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Fantastic read! I was blown away by the unique perspective; what an ingenious idea! This was heart-wrenching to read and left me thinking for a long time after about the characters, life, death and the afterlife.



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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Getting Kids to Bed the Quick and Painless Way!

    

     Ha! Sucked you right in didn’t I? There IS no quick and painless way to, well, to do anything in parenting--let’s be honest! Right now, someone is going to be feeling the pain if they don’t stop running up and down the stairs, but that’s another post. It’s especially painful and excruciating when you’ve already created a bad habit(s). But not to fear! Read on!

Bedtime routines should be started at birth. Truly. Turn the lights off. Only use a night-light when doing night-time check-ups and diaper changes. Place soft music or a white noise machine. These things all help a baby or child’s body recognize that there is a transition happening: No lights. Soft music. Bedtime story. Night after night.

I highly recommend putting both babies and children down while still awake, not after they have fallen asleep on your lap in the rocking chair or you’ve rubbed their backs until you’ve both fallen asleep. I can tell you, it wastes a lot of your time!! I finally got sick of lying down with my 3 year old at 7:45pm only to wake up sore and contorted 2 hours later! And all I could think was: I was going to take a hot bath! There was going to be a snack and reading! I have laundry to fold!! I’m missing my only TV time that I’ve waited ALL DAY for!! And how does this benefit your child, this falling asleep together? They become reliant on you to sleep. They are now dreadfully difficult for someone else to put to sleep. You’ve lost 2 hours and they weren’t quality hours: the kid was asleep! OR you have a tremendous mess to clean up because once you fell asleep, said toddler slipped out of bed and trashed their bedroom. Any way you look at it, not a good scenario!

Remember the key words of parenting that I will be reiterating until you are mumbling them in your sleep: Consistency. Modeling. Training for Independence. Good Habit Routines.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

10 Things You Can Do To My Dishwasher....

  

10 Things You Can Do To My Dishwasher….                  


…that really irritates the crap out of me! If you just follow the rules, everything will be ok! My whole goal with these rules is this: The more I can fit into my dishwasher, the less I have to wash by hand. Never forget the goal.

Now, my father is a master dishwasher organizer. Except at my house. He doesn’t know the configuration of my dishwasher like he does his own, so it’s my turn to smack HIS hand---yes, he will smack your hand if you try to put something in and he considers it the wrong place!


If you want to help, that’s great! Just do it my way, not like this:

Friday, February 4, 2011

Frugal Blog Make-Overs!

Welcome to Frugal Blog Make-Overs!

My name is Lara and I’ll be your host!

What I Do: A thorough blog critique

How I Do It: I peruse your blog and make extensive notes for the good and the need to be tweaked items on your blog. I also include a general list of suggestions on making your blog look clean, neat and professional.

Since I’m just starting out, I will give you some of my background:

In college I took an Honors Seminar, where we were reading ancient literature (bear with me!). This is where I first learned to critique, hard core! Two different kinds of critiquing for every book we read and we read a book a week. My analytical mind liked this.

Recently, I was taking art classes with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Some of the classes I took include: Color Theory, Fundamentals of Design, Drawing, and Design Concepts. All of these utilized either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator.

In these classes we had to critique each other’s work, usually 3 a week. Times 6 classes, you’re looking at over 70 critiques under my belt! J Things we had to consider: color choices and combinations, whether or not a piece was balanced, textue, depth, line and more!

I can apply these ideas to your blog, as well as what I’ve read about successful blogging and how to make your blog more appealing to your audience.

Here’s what I’m going to do:
The first five people who email me get their blog critique/help for FREE.
Yes, you read that right!
F-R-E-E!
(I gotta get my name out!)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Broccoli and Beef Pasta



I just recently (ok, like 15 minutes ago!) reviewed my cookbook, Crock Pot: The Original Slow Cooker: Slow Cooker Recipes  by Rival/Sunbeam.  



As you can see, the layout and pictures of the interior of the book are nice!  
Here is the exact recipe I used: 

Here is what mine looked like: 




I took a pic of this inside my (dark green) slow cooker and um, ugh, the colors clashed and it looked kinda gross actually! LOL  However, it was one of those bitter cold days, I was so hungry and pasta and beef really hit the spot!  

Also, as always, I love one pot meals, I didn't have to fix a separate veggie or anything, there were tomatoes and broccoli in here.  Perfect! :) 

Not my absolute favorite dish, but really tasty and answered the craving. I would recommend!

My Quest for the Perfect Hot Chocolate...



“Perfectly Chocolate” Hot Cocoa recipe on the container of HERSHEY’S powdered cocoa.

Let me explain that I am obsessed with buying foods with NO high fructose corn syrup and NO artificial sugars.  I swear to you, I searched the ingredients list of EVERY chocolate mix/powder/syrup available at Giant.  I don’t trust artificial sweeteners.  There are no studies that show long term effects of using artificial sweeteners.  I finally gave up and went home, where I discovered I had cocoa in my pantry from the chocolate banana recipe.  I checked it hopefully and there it was: a recipe for “Perfectly Chocolate"! 
I wasn’t sure I wanted to use it at first because it DID have sugar as one of its ingredients, but I just used organic sugar and a smidge less than they recommend! J  You could always leave it out and sweeten to taste.  Plus, the recipe has some vanilla extract and a dash of salt for flavor as well---you may be able to get away with no sugar! J

My Son is Such a Punk!

So we’re driving home from school and Ian sings (like Dory in Finding Nemo),
“I do-ho-hon’t have phon-ni-nics tonight!”
“Oh? How come?”
“We’re going to do it tomorrow at 8 o’clock if we don’t go in late.”
“Wait, you’re going to do your homework tomorrow at school?”
Growls at me in frustration (yes, growled at me!)
“MOOO---om!!  We had a DEE-LAY and we didn’t HAVE phonics today!!! Errrrrrr!!”
In the same tone of voice, I say,
“I’mma gonna REACH back there and SMA—ACK you for being so DIS-respectful!”
Ian, back to being Dory, says,
“You-oo-oo-oo ca-han’t reeee-ee-each my face!”
Now I’m laughing.
I said,
“Well I can reach it when we get home!”
“No you can’t---you can’t catch ME!”



“What are you the gingerbread man now?”


“No-o-o-o, but I’m a very fast BOOOO-OOOYYYY!” 
I was laughing so hard I was crying.
While I was driving. 
He is such a punk, that boy

(Cook)Book Review: Crock Pot - The Original Slow Cooker

 

Yes, it's like a double-whammy! :)  Just discovered I can write a review on GoodReads and it will give it to me in html so I can post it here! :) Yay! 

   

Crock Pot - The Original Slow CookerCrock Pot - The Original Slow Cooker by Publications International Limited

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This cookbook holds real visual appeal for me! There are pictures in the margins of the items needed to fix the recipe. All of the pictures of the finished products are delish! Mine is a small spiral-bound that I got from my son's fundraiser and it fits easily onto my cookbook shelf. Most recipes are only 3 or 4 steps (although it IS slow cooker, so it shouldn't be complicated!) but it couldn't be easier to use. Not all of the recipes appeal to me (hence the 4 star review) however it does include side dishes and some yummy looking desserts!



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