November 30, 2005

More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

At last. A bumper sticker for both parties. FINALLY, someone has come out with a 100% bipartisan political bumper sticker. The hottest selling bumper sticker comes from New York state.


Democrats put it on the rear bumper.

Republicans put it on the front bumper.

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Humor for Dreaded Wednesday


Christmas has been canceled and it is all your fault because you told Santa you had been good this year.

And he died laughing!

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Adventures of Super Pickle Boy

Thought you had read the last of these? Well, you just might have! Super Pickle Boy has turned to the 'dark side'. He is Doctor Goo and he squirts goo on me and when Dad isn't around he also has the power to shrink me. I'm a 'good guy' and have the power to change the weather. Occassionally I have the special hammer that can make anything.

When we are playing, he 'goos' me and then he runs off. I'm suppose to catch him. My favorite is when I do catch him by creating the couch (or whatever he is sitting on) into a jail with my hammer. I'm suddenly a "mean mommy."

I thought my playing this kind of good guy/bad guy with my child was not the best until I read THIS POST by Contagion. Be careful if you are drinking, you may spew it on your monitor.

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November 29, 2005

Trains or Trains?

We still play trains, now it is a decision as to whether we play Thomas the Tank Engine or GeoTrax. Here we are with the GeoTrax.

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And here we are with the Thomas the Tank Engine.

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Notice the drawer full of track in the upper right... along with the drawer full of trains and accessories above it.

Yep, we got trains in this household!

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Hat Tip to Ogre

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Ok, quit laughing and let me know what you got!

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November 28, 2005

Oops, A Late Thanksgiving Picture

Tater with all his artwork for Thanksgiving. A little late in getting it out, but thought you would enjoy it. The headgear, the necklace (which is hidden by the decorated cross), the placematt, the picture of a turkey. He had so much fun telling me about all of the stuff. They had a real Indian come to class and tell them stories. There was one story where people came over in boats and ate food. GRIN. I think that was my favorite story.

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Oh yaa... that X looking thing on the floor? It's part of the windmill to the GeoTrax Workin Town Train set.

Ahhhh. Monday. Another day closer to Christmas.

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November 27, 2005

Butt Up

Tot seems to cause me the most problems when he gets sick. It takes forever for him to get well. Mostly this has to do with his inability to breath through his nose when he is sleeping. No matter how I lay him down to sleep, he ends up in this position:

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Except in his bed, those legs and feet are on his pillow. Ever tried sleeping like that with a stuffy nose? It doesn't work. About every two hours, I get up... move him to a position on his back with his head up on the pillows. Within an hour he is back in the position you see in the picture. Within 30 minutes or so, he is crying because he can't breath. Ahhhh. This is the life of a mom.

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November 26, 2005

Just Turned Two

It amazes me that Tot just turned two last month and is so capable. He has had to use the nebulizer so much that once I have it plugged in with the medicine in it, he takes it, turns it on and holds it to his face. The only thing I help him with is getting on the couch. What a kid!

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November 25, 2005

Delta? You Gotta Be Kiddin

I thought I would fall over laughing when I saw these headlines on Nov 19th. Only our newspaper could get so carried away.

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But I'll be darn if there isn't a storm named Delta out in the Atlantic. She has been hanging around for the last couple of days. I keep looking at the newspaper to see if the headlines are similar to Gamma's. No luck so far.

(Yaa, posting light... hard to type when you are rolling around from all the food)

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November 24, 2005

Making of the Center Piece

Sometimes you do something just because. This was one of those moments. I bought a 'prebuilt' ginger bread house. Came with icing and decorations. I bought some decorations (holiday M&Ms) to go with it.

I thought it would be a cool center piece for our Thanksgiving table. What do you think?

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The final product? You'll see that in a couple of days in the picture of the table. In the meantime, just to let you know... we had to cut the decorating short when Tot discovered you could eat the decorations and that they tasted good. He loves M&Ms. The roof with mainly M&Ms is his.

And even though Tot took a few off the roof as I was confiscating the decorations... we will not be eating this house. I saw Tater put a few on that came out of his mouth. Yuck!

Happy Thanksgiving

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November 23, 2005

More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Life Reflections

· If you're too open minded, your brains will fall out.

· Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

· Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, if he gets angry, he'll be a mile away - and barefoot.

· Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic.

· Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

· A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

· A closed mouth gathers no feet.

· If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.

· My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

· I have found at my age going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out of my face.

· If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

· Always yield to temptation, because it may not pass your way again.

· Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

· A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

· Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.

· Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

· No husband has ever been shot while doing the dishes.

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Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Who's Your Daddy..

These will make you smile and shake your head...

When someone puts in for Child Support, the proper thing to do is to find out who the father is and see why he is not providing support. The following are all replies that Dallas women have written on Child Support Agency forms in the section for listing father's details. Or putting it another way...

Who's yo Daddy! These are genuine excerpts from the forms.

1. Regarding the identity of the father of my twins, child A was fathered by Jim Munson. I am unsure as to the identity of the father of child B, but I believe that he was conceived on the same night.

2. I am unsure as to the identity of the father of my child as I was being sick out of a window when taken unexpectedly from behind. I can provide you with a list of names of men that I think were at the party if this helps.

3. I do not know the name of the father of my little girl. She was conceived at a party at 3600 Grand Avenue where I had unprotected sex with a man I met that night I do remember that the sex was so good that I fainted. If you do manage to track down the father, can you send me his phone number? Thanks.

4. I don't know the identity of the father of my daughter. He drives a BMW that now has a hole made by my stiletto heels in one of the door panels. Perhaps you can contact BMW service stations in this area and see if he's had it replaced.

5. I have never had sex with a man. I am still a Virginian. I am awaiting a letter from the Pope confirming that my son's conception was immaculate and that he is Christ risen again.

6. I cannot tell you the name of child A's dad as he informs me that to do so would blow his cover and that would have cataclysmic implications for the economy. I am torn between doing right by you and right by the country. Please advise.

7. I do not know who the father of my child was as all blacks look the same to me.

8. Peter Smith is the father of child A. If you do catch up with him, can you ask him what he did with my AC/DC CDs? Child B who was also borned at the same time.... well I don't have a clue.

9. From the dates it seems that my daughter was conceived at Disney World; maybe it really is the Magic Kingdom.

10. So much about that night is a blur. The only thing that I remember for sure is Delia Smith did a program about eggs earlier in the evening. If I'd have stayed in and watched more TV rather than going to the party at 146 Miller Drive, mine might have
remained unfertilized.

11. I am unsure as to the identity of the father of my baby, after all when you eat a can of beans you can't be sure which one made you fart.

Yep, you guessed it right. You are all paying taxes to support these dim bulbs.

Which is your favorite?

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November 22, 2005

They Responded

I'm worried. I tag'd people with a meme and they responded!!!

Boudicca's POST reminds us that a spouse may control the alarm clock.

Jenny's POST also has good cheer of "I'll be free for three and a half hours. FREE."

And Ogre just proves with THIS POST you need to be very simple and give very good directions to a programmer. Glad I didn't succeed. This is hilarious.

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Getting Cold

Look at the weather in South Florida. We have a cold front!!!! Where's my jacket?? oh yaa... in storage. Sigh.

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November 21, 2005

Alarm Clock?

Because Oddybobo doesn't believe I have enough to do and she LOVES my initials, I got meme'd. Luckily, this is short and easy.

1. Do you use an alarm clock to wake up in the morning?

The kind that you plug into the wall? Nope, I have a 2 year old and a 3 year old that are always up by 6am. Who needs a stink'n alarm clock.

2. What time do you set it for?

When I do have to set it, it is usually for 1am or 2am. Got to get up and give those monsters medicine in the middle of the night occassionally.

3. Do you hit the snooze button? If so how many times?

I have tried reaching for my children, but they stay just out of arms reach. So I don't get to hit anything to help me snooze a little longer.

4. Have you ever abused an alarm clock?

Only on accident. The plug in kind. I tripped over the cord and the clock went flying into the wall. No more clock.

5. It’s time to spread some “It’s Blogcess” linky love.

Rules of the game, so I have been told:

First: (This has been redone for Ogre's sake). Copy and paste questions #1 thru #4 to a post on your site. Answer the questions to the best of your ability. Then copy #5 and include the link.

(Make sure to link to: “It’s Blogcess”, which is the link in #5. Because it’s always polite to link to the one who started the linky love.)

Second: Link to my site (because it’s polite to link to the site that tagged you).

Third: Go and tag up to five other blogs, or more if ya like.

Fourth: Email the owner of, or post on the blogs that you have tagged, to inform them that you’ve tagged them.

Blast you Oddybobo... you got 2 of the ones I wanted to Meme. So here are a couple of others just to annoy them (and if you have already been tagged, tough it... add me to the link list and tell me I'm wonderful).

Consider yourself tagged:


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Pirate Tater

Seems that there is a lot of Pirate stuff going on lately. The Little Einsteins have a pirate show, the Backyardigans have a pirate show and we recently went to a birthday party at Play Mobile and they have a pirate theme. In fact the birthday bag had gold and silver coins, a little sword and a pirate hand hook.

Not surprising that we decided to play Pirates yesterday and 'find the treasure'. It was a blast. Tater even took a turn 'hiding' the treasure. It was great. He put one coin on the couch arm, one on the dining room chair, one on his bed and so on. We had to run (ok, walk) around the house (with his assistance of course) and find the treasure. I loved it. Amazing how much fun it is to play with kids. Particularly when you know your chores are done.

I can't wait until Wednesday when we make the Gingerbread house. Yipeee!

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November 20, 2005

The Bug Bite

What a week. And yesterday was busy with shopping, going to a party, going to ER, cleaning house, laundry, feeding everyone... why should today be any different?

So I end the week with this:

I got bit on the boob by a beetle bug.

Is it Monday yet?

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November 19, 2005

Kids Make the Cutest Stuff

The advantage of having Tater in Preschool, is not only socialization skills, but the cute stuff they make. This was a project that was brought home to do. We had a blast. Right now Tater is big into letters. Ever since he was able to make the A himself, everything has to have an A on it. Along with a P and a D. Luckily, I only had to help with an A this time. He did the rest. (ok ok, I also wrote the stuff on the back of it - had you going for a minute huh? No? Geeze, can't say I don't try.)

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This is what they made in class. This was a round robin of asking the kids what they were thankful for. Tater graciously said Grapes. I think my kids have food on the brain... either that or they had just put the grapes on the paper. GRIN

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November 18, 2005

Goodbye Sally

I just saw THIS POST from Sally at Whimsy Capricious. I am sorry to hear that she is shutting down her blog. It was one of the few that made me laugh all the time. And occassionally made me think.


I'll miss you Sally.

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Yeast Rolls & Cinnamon Rolls

I remember making these with my mom. It is messy but fun. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Yeast Rolls

1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup fat or oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/2 cup cool milk
1 cake of yeast (3/5 oz. or 2 Tbs dry)
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1/2 tsp sugar
1 beaten egg
3 1/2 cups flour (all purpose is fine)

1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup fat or oil
1 tsp. salt

then add 1/2 cup scalded milk, make sure sugar is dissolved then add 1/2 cup cool milk, set aside to cool completely. Soften 1 cake yeast {3/5 oz.} or 2 Tbs. dry yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water {85 degrees} with 1/2 tsp sugar. Set aside to proof for at least 10 min. When sugar & milk mixture is cool add l beaten egg then add proofed yeast mixture. To this mixture add a little at a time about 3 1/2 cups flour. Mix well then turn dough onto floured board, knead quickly until smooth and elastic. Form into ball. Place in well greased bowl, cover and let rise till double in size about one hour. Remove from bowl and knead again. Roll out 1/2 inch thick, cut in circles then fold off center or form balls or whatever shape rolls you want to make. Place in greased pan, cover, let rise till double in size, about one hour. Place in pre-heated 350 degree oven until golden brown. Remove from oven, brush tops with melted butter.

Cinnamon Rolls


Yeast rolls from above stopping at first rise
Softened butter
sugar and cinnamon
nuts and raisins (optional)


Use yeast roll recipe. After first rise, roll dough 1/2 at a time fairly thin. Spread with softened butter, dust liberally with sugar and cinnamon {if wanted can also use finely chopped nuts and or raisins}. Roll dough into a tube, slice in about 1 inch circles. Place on a greased pan, flat side down, cover, let rise till double, about 1 hour. Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven till golden brown. Remove from oven, spread topping while still warm if you want.



1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Tbs cream (or water)


Blend 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 Tbs. cream or water.

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Some Humor for the Weekend

It has been a long stressful week. I received this in an email and LOL. Decided I would pass it on and hope it helps you start laughing as well.

Russian Wrestling

A Russian and an Newfoundland wrestler were set to square off for the Olympic Gold medal.

Before the final match, the Newfie wrestler's trainer came to him and said, "Now, don't forget all the research we've done on this Russian. He's never lost a match because of this 'pretzel' hold he has, whatever you do, do not let him get you in that hold! If he does, you're finished!"

The Newfie nodded in acknowledgement.As the match started, the Newfie and the Russian circled each other several times, looking for an opening. All of a sudden, the Russian lunged forward, grabbing the Newfie and wrapping him up in the dreaded pretzel hold.

A sigh of disappointment arose from the crowd and the trainer buried his face in his hands, for he knew all was lost. He couldn't watch the inevitable happen.

Suddenly, there was a scream, then a cheer from the crowd and the trainer raised his eyes just in time to watch the Russian go flying up in the air.

His back hit the mat with a thud and the Newfoundlander collapsed on top of him, making the pin and winning the match.

The trainer was astounded. When he finally got his wrestler alone, he asked, "How did you ever get out of that hold? No one has ever done it before!"

The wrestler answered, "Well, I was ready to give up when he got me in that hold, but at the last moment I opened my eyes and saw this pair of testicles right in front of my face. I had nothing to lose so with my last ounce of strength I stretched out my neck and bit those babies just as hard as I could."

"So"the trainer exclaimed, "That's what finished him off!"

"Not really.You'd be amazed how strong you get when you bite your own nuts."

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November 17, 2005

Never on Tuesdays

Ever have one of 'those days'? Mine happened on Tuesday. (Actually I'm writing this Tuesday night.)

First some background:

Tater: Been sick since Friday and still running a temp on Monday.
Tot: Top 2nd year molars broken through, bottom ones red and puffy. On Monday started coughing, but no temp.
Mom: Makes appt for both kids, just in case.

Tuesday morning:

Tater: Still running a fever and lots of snot.
Tot: Now running a fever and coughing more.
Mom: Playing with Tot, runs toe into wooden leg of couch. Toe swells, turns blue, red and purple and is at an odd angle. It hurts.

Click on More Pawprints to see the 'rest of the story'.

Off to doctor's appt. Two clingy, sick children. Doctor says Tater has a sinus infection and Tot has bronchitis.

As we leave the doctor's office, the Real Estate office calls and wants an appt to show the house at 3pm. Uhhhh. Yes!!!!! We haven't had anyone look at the house in 3 weeks. I'll take anything. Some other realtor is bringing a client. Yaa Team.

Oh yaa... I haven't cleaned in 4 days and now my foot feels like it is on fire. Hmmmm....

Go home, feed children, clean house, cry, scream, do laundry, do the 'hiding' routine, get the dog out of the house, get the kids out of the house (no they do NOT want to get in the car again) and off we go.

Did I mention my foot was killing me?

Get back, dog won't get in car, must let him run beside the car the whole way home and keep an eye on him. Tater fell asleep. Had to move the extra car seat out to the car (did I mention my foot?) and it was in front of... you guessed it... Tater. Sigh. Was not able to get him out without waking him up. Poor kid, a 15 minute nap is not enough.

Hmmm ... No card from the realtor. Wonder what happened. Call the Realtor's front office... oh no they aren't coming today, they rescheduled for Friday. Excuse me? Where was my phone call? Front office replies with "oh, they didn't call you?" NOOOOOOOO, You were suppose to call me. Front office says "that's not good, well is Friday going to be ok?" Sigh. Yes, Friday is fine.

Not 30 minutes later, I have a voice mail on my phone from my realtor apologizing for the front office and then an email with the same message. If they only knew about the sick kids and the foot. Good thing I didn't mention it, or I would have to kill them. GRIN.

Hubby comes home late, but life is livable. Well, until 10pm when Tot has a croup attack. Luckily we have medicine and are able to keep it under control. But in order to keep me from going totally crazy, he ends up in bed with us. Hmmm... not the smartest move since I can't sleep with a small child beside me. Ok, I can fall asleep, I just don't stay asleep. Something about being hit in the face with flaying arms, or kicked in the stomach, or head butted. Or the fact that I'm listening to every breath he takes, just to be sure.

Did I mention that foot?

Ok, we are alive and surviving as of Wednesday morning. Can't wait to see what today brings.

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November 16, 2005

I Miss You Papa

I can find no words to say how much I miss you Dad. Here are some pictures... I added a recent one of the boys for you.

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November 15, 2005

Hard Plastic Pianos

There are some things that you would consider that it would only take one lesson to remember. Like seeing your child with a hard long item in his hand. Red flags should go up. But somehow it just didn't work. I didn't see the red flags. In fact, I never saw it coming, I had my eyes closed. Yep, Tot walked over very quietly and lifted it up and swung it down. Right on top of my forehead. I was happy it was not my nose. I still ended up with an atrocious headache.

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Carnival of Recipes is UP

Wow. What a great job. And some tasty recipes. Where? HERE at Myopic Zeal. Great Red/White/Blue job.

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The Color Red

This is going to be a rant and some strange humor. I hate children's medicine that do not come dye free. You can get Motrin dye free, Benedryl dye free... but not Dimetapp, Cough Syrup and countless others. Why is this important?

Have you ever tried to clean up vomit that has red color in it? It doesn't matter what color carpet, couch, shirt, pants that you have... it will stain it. No matter how fast you clean it, no matter what you use. Unless you bleach it out.

Where did this rant come from? Tater decided to "toss his cookies". I was able to get him to the kitchen tile, but by then he was almost done. The couch, the carpet, Mom, himself. Ugh.

Stop reading here if you have a weak stomach. He had just a little left when we got to the kitchen. He had just finished eating part of an apple. Chewed apple along with the Dimetapp gives a chunky red goo when it comes out. Which smells horrible and looks horrible... well, until I ended up laughing. He was barfing so much it came out of his nose. I have never seen chunky red goo come out of someones nose before. And all I could think was that when he is older, he would want to do this for fun. Ok, part of this is sleep deprivation... but it is still funny seeing apple chunks come out of someones nose.

Yaa it's been a long weekend and it's going to be a long week. I'll try to keep the sleep deprived weirdness out of it from now on. ;-) And if you think I'm the only one giving sleep deprived weird posts... check out THIS POST from Graumagus. And do not go to

just plain weird.

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November 14, 2005

Mamaw's Birthday Today!

Happy Birthday Mamaw

It's so hard to say how much you mean to me. I look back at the heartache and worry I have caused you - amnesia (3 times, once as a kid bike riding, once as a teenager playing baseball, once as a young adult in a car wreck), my cut finger that you thought was a cut leg (I still remember the look on your face when I took my hand off my leg and showed you my cut finger), the horse accidents, getting married, getting divorced, moving away, moving to Europe after my divorce by myself for 6 months while not knowing any one there and unable to speak the language, having children at my age, and so much more.

Then I remember the good times we had together. Building log cabins, wearing the clothes you made me (loved the costumes), you drinking the coffee I made you as a kid that tasted horrible, playing cards, baking together... particularly the fudge and cinnamon rolls, having you listen to me talk about school and college, teaching me to love animals and plants and people, and this list could go on forever!

It is hard to believe so many years have gone by. Yet I would not trade one moment of having you as my mother. You have been supportive, loving and there for me. If I am half the mother to my kids as you have been to me, I know they'll turn out great.

Here is a collage for you from the kids (click to enlarge):

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Happy Birthday Mom!

Pssst. I didn't tell your age. Aren't you proud of me?

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November 13, 2005

Auburn beats Georgia!!!

Finally! I watched an Auburn game and they won. Every game they lost this year, I watched some part of it. Never saw a game they won. Until last night!!!!

Happy Dance

Go HERE to read how they won by 1 point.

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A Change for Sunday- Humor

This is a humorous story sent to me and I can't resist sharing it.

For most people, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we've been given and savor the scents of crisp autumn days and pumpkin pie.

For me, it's a little more complicated.

One November afternoon when my daughter was in kindergarten, I picked her up after school. She bobbed out to the car and crawled into the back seat.

"What did you do today?" I asked. She couldn't wait to tell me.

"We learned that boys are different from girls," she chirped.

Looking into the rearview mirror, I could just see the top of her head.

"My teacher told us that boys have a thing the girls don't," she added

"Well, yes they do..." I said cautiously.

I couldn't think of anything else to say, so we were quiet for a moment. Then she piped up a gain. "That's how girls know that boys are boys," she said. "They see that thing that hangs down and they know that he is a boy."

I mentally calculated the distance home. Our five-minute commute already felt like an hour.

"Did you know that when the boys see a girl they puff up?" My palms were beginning to sweat. "Um...well..."

I was still searching for something new to say, to change the subject, when she asked, "Why do the girls like the boys to have those things?" Well I didn't know what to say. I mean, what woman hasn't asked herself that question at least once?

"Oh," I stammered.

She didn't wait for my answer. She had her own. "It's cause it moves when they walk and then the girls see that and that's when they know they are boys and that's when they like them. Then the boy sees the girl and he puffs up, and then the girl knows he likes her, too. And then they get married. And then they get cooked."

That last part confused me a bit, but on the whole I thought she had a pretty good grasp on things.

As soon as we got home and I pulled into the garage, she hopped out of the car, fishing something out of her school bag.

"I drew a picture," she said. "Do you want to see?"

I wasn't sure I did, but I looked at it anyway. I had to sit down.

There, all puffed up so to speak, looking mighty attractive for the ladies, was a crayon drawing of a great big Tom Turkey. His snood, the thing that hangs down over his beak, the thing that female turkeys find so irresistible, was magnificent. His tail feathers were standing tall and proud.

She was a little offended that I laughed so hard at her drawing, and I laughed until I cried. But when I told her I loved it - and I did - she got over her pique.

That was the end of that, for her anyway. But I'm not so lucky.

Every year I remember that conversation.

And to be honest, I haven't looked at a turkey, or a man, the same way since.

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November 12, 2005

A Heart Card

Oh boy.... Or should I say "Oh Girl"? I have THREE of my favorite female bloggers up for a heart card. Is there a problem? Yes!!! You only get to vote ONCE. Well... twice if you have a machine at work and at home... maybe a third time if you can convince someone to let you use their machine.

The three female bloggers? (in Alphabetical order)

Boudicca of Boudicca's Voice
CalTechGirl of Not Exactly Rocket Science
Oddybobo of Bobo Blogger

If there are any others that read me and I didn't list you... I didn't see you!!!!

And for the rest of you!!! Go VOTE HERE. You only have till Monday.

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November 11, 2005

Comment Party at Boudicca's Place

Let's all 'camp out' over at Boudicca's place while she is gone. Go HERE (the latest post on first grade) and bring your camping supplies. We'll be camping IN THE HOUSE. Don't forget the champagne, anything you want to cook on the stove (who needs fires) and your favorite DVDs.

Head on over HERE and leave a comment or two.

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Veteran's Day

Here is a piece of a poem I read:

It was a veteran, not a reporter, Who guaranteed freedom of the press.

It was a veteran, not a poet,
Who guaranteed freedom of speech.

Go over and read the rest at Basil's POST.

That poem says it well. Thank you to all the veteran's out there today.

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Insanity Strikes Mom

Volcano Experiment

1) Place the baking pan on the grass, and set the soda bottle in the center of the pan.

2) Mound and shape the most soil around the bottle to form a mountain. Bring the soil right up to the top of the bottle's opening but don't get soil in the bottle.

3) Pour 1 T. baking soda into the bottle.

4) Color 1 cup vinegar with the red food coloring.

5) Pour the colored vinegar into the bottle. Stand back and watch red form spray out the top and down the mountain of dirt, like lava from a volcano.

Take the above experiment. Modify to be used in a 16 oz water bottle on the kitchen floor. Have a Mom with only 2 hours sleep. Screw up the amounts... interesting red mess on the floor. BTW, I must remember that vinegar stings really really bad on cuts. And the red food coloring makes for an interesting look to the cut. Can't wait to see if any of the mothers notice my hands tomorrow today when I drop Tater off at school.

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November 10, 2005

Happy Birthday USMC

My BIL and my nephew are Marines. My Uncle was a Marine as well. I love hearing the stories... all of them, good and bad. I enjoyed going to a Marine Corp Ball via my BIL and sister. I had a wonderful time.

To all those Marines that are out there protecting me and my country:

Happy Birthday!

And for those who want to find out more about the US Marine Corp... go to THIS LINK.

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Line Leader

At preschool, Ms. P gives each child a 'chore' for the week. This week it is Tater's turn to be line leader. He was extremely upset because he didn't get to be line leader on Monday due to a doctor's appointment. And Wednesday was a big day. He got 2 chances to lead. Once to chapel and once to recess.

Needless to say, he tried to take advantage of being line leader. He tried to get everyone to run from the chapel back to class. Luckily Ms. P is quick and stopped him. She made him go to the back of the line and he was not allowed to be line leader all the way back. What an upset child she had. Hearing her tell me this made me smile.

It gets better. She allowed him to be line leader to recess. She said he walked VERY slowly and held his arms out to the sides so no one could pass him. I don't know what was funnier, picturing him doing this or watching her imitate him.

Gotta love those kids!

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Valour-IT: a Cartoon Auction

Here is a quote:

One of the highest honors a blogger can receive, even better than being mentioned by the MSM, is to have the amazing Chris Muir canonize you in a Day by Day cartoon. Well, now's your chance to get that mention, without having to do any of that pesky blog journalism.

Chris has agreed to create a custom (and autographed) Day by Day panel to support Project Valour-IT!

A couple of important items:

1. You don't have to be a blogger to win. Anyone can bid.

2. You have until Friday at Noon CST.

3. The winning bidder can designate which team (Military Branch) will receive credit for the donation.

Go HERE to bid! Again, go HERE to bid! It's for an excellent cause.

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November 09, 2005

Valour-IT: Need more $$ for the Air Force

Air Force is behind the other Military Branches in donations, but I'm still excited about the amount of money being raised. I've donated and I'm happy to see so many others getting involved. We only have till Friday (Nov 11th). Let's keep pushing and see what we can do. Quoting BlackFive:

"What better reason to celebrate Veterans day than by having helped our heroes?".

Help the Air Force win the Fund Raiser

And being nice.... here are the other Military branches.

Help the Marines win the Fund Raiser

Help the Navy win the Fund Raiser

Help the Army win the Fund Raiser

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Carnival of Recipes is UP

Here is the 64th Carnival of Recipes. Go check it out and see the wonderful recipes that are listed. Yummy!

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More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 4 kids each for six weeks. Each kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes. There is no fast food.

Each man must take care of his 4 kids, keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and pay a list of "pretend" bills with not enough money and work at least 40 hours per week. In addition...each man will have to budget in money for groceries each week.

Each man must also take each child to a doctor's appointment, a dentist appointment, and an appointment for a haircut. He must also make cookies or cupcakes for a social function.

Each man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house, planting flowers outside and keep it presentable at all times.

The men will only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done. There is only one TV between them and there is NO REMOTE! Each father will be required to know all of the words to every stupid song that comes on TV and the name of each and every repulsive character on cartoons.

The men must shave their legs, wear makeup daily, which they will apply themselves either while driving or making four lunches. They must adorn themselves with jewelry, wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes, keep their nails polished and eyebrows groomed.

During one of the six weeks, they will have to endure severe stomach cramps, back aches, and have extreme, unexplained mood swings but never once complain or slow down from other duties.

They must attend weekly PTA meetings, church, and find time at least once to spend the afternoon at the park or a similar setting. He will need to pray with the children each night, bathe them, dress them, brush their teeth and comb their hair each morning by 7:00.

A test will be given at the end of the six weeks, and each father will be required to know all of the following information: each child's birthday, height, weight, shoe size, clothes size and doctor's name. Also the child's weight at birth, length, and time of birth, each child's favorite color, middle name, favorite snack, favorite song, favorite drink, favorite toy, biggest fear and what they want to be when they grow up.

They must clean up after their sick children at 3:00 a.m. and then spend the remainder of the day tending to that child and waiting on them hand and foot until they are better.

Each man will have to make an Indian hut model with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one marker; and get a 4 year old to eat a serving of peas.

The kids vote them off the island based on performance. The last man wins only if...he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moments notice.

If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over and over again for the next 18-25 years...eventually earning the right to be called


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Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Oldie but goodie!

Here's a one question IQ Test to help you decide how you should spend the rest of your day......

There is a mute who wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing one's teeth, he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done.

Now if there is a blind man who wishes to buy a pair of sunglasses, how should he express himself? Think about it first before clicking on More Pawprings for the answer...

He opens his mouth and says. "I would like to buy a pair of sunglasses"

If you got this wrong - please turn off your computer and call it a day.

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November 08, 2005

Become a Card

Sniff sniff. No one has nominated me to be the 3 of Diamonds. Even though I qualify by being a Large Mammal, I can see everyone reading this and laughing. Ok, snickering. A blog about family life and kids??? What does that have that would qualify for a card? Poop, Pe-nis discussions, b00bs, Dreaded Wed humor, and the most important - Super Pickle Boy and Super Chicken Boy (aka Tater and Tot). Also, it looks like it is those with the most votes that get in a suit. Sigh. If I just knew more of these people:

If you can get a Higher Being, Mortal Humor or Playful Primate to nomiate you, 10 votes will be added to your vote total.

Just joking about becoming a card - I am one already! But I love the idea of a deck of cards from the bloggers I read.. Help out some of my favorites... There is voting going on now for the Club Suit. Go HERE and vote for your favorite military blog Blackfive! It is on the left of the screen. Click on Blackfive, scroll down and press vote.

And some of my others coming up soon:

CaltechGirl's nomination for any card!
Bou's nomination for Queen of Hearts
Graumagus for a Spade
Harvey (who wants to be the 2 of hearts = though there is a question as to whether he wants 12 women on top of him or if he is just feeling 'girly' (see comments).

OddyBobo's nominated for Queen of Hearts (eek, now who do I vote for???)
Ogre's been nominated for a Spade

More people will be added as I find out about them. Go check it out. Have some fun.

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At the Beach

There is a reason why people live in Florida. Going to the beach is one of those reasons. Going to the beach in NOVEMBER is another. (and for those who offered to come stay with me... sure... but you have to do Nanny/Cleaning services in return) GRIN. Here are a couple of pictures of us at the beach. Well... M, Dad, Tater and Tot. I was taking the pictures. ;-)

We are at an inlet near the beach. It was very 'wavy' today and lots of seaweed at the 'beach'.

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Someone at the beach asked me if she was the mom. **snicker snicker**

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Off to go out further and see the fish swim by under the water.

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I couldn't believe it. Tot, who is not a water boy, is dropping his legs into the water and playing. Tater, who is a fish, refuses to put his legs down and wants to go back to shore!!!!

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Later, of course, Tater was having as much fun. It seems he was worried about the crocodiles. Once he was convinced there were no crocodiles in the area, he had a blast. Super Pickle Boy to the Rescue!

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November 07, 2005

Pool Time

Pictures of the boys and their cousin in the pool. Crazy but she could be their mother. Well... I'm talking about ages here. And for those of you posting pictures of snow and falling leaves... blhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Click on More PawPrints to see the pictures.

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Valour-IT: Give to the Air Force Fundraiser

What is Valour-IT? Here is a quote from the Valour-IT website:

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, provides voice-controlled software and laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations at major military medical centers. Operating laptops by speaking into a microphone, our wounded heroes are able to send and receive messages from friends and loved ones, surf the 'Net, and communicate with buddies still in the field without having to press a key or move a mouse.

And there is a friendly competition going on between the Military branches to see who can get the most money raised for Valour-IT. Air Force is BEHIND!!!! Click on the link below and scroll down to find the donate button. Even $1 is a help.

Help the Air Force win the Fund Raiser

And being nice.... here are the other Military branches.

Help the Marines win the Fund Raiser

Help the Navy win the Fund Raiser

Help the Army win the Fund Raiser

There is more information at THIS POST.

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November 06, 2005

Cisco Hat

Being a computer geek, I have a collection of shirts, hats and miscellaneous stuff that have vendor logos on them. Included in this is a baseball hat with Cisco on it. I love that hat. Seems like Tot has taken to it as well. Teach me for leaving it out where he could reach it.

Notice the cool way to wear a hat while watching TV.

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And of course it is a necessity to keep it on while changing channels.

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Since mom really wants it back, I'm going to wear it while playing cars. (note: tv flicker to the right of him)

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Valour-IT: A Possible Christmas Gift!

Having problems figuring out what to get someone for Christmas? How about helping out the wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations?

There is a friendly fundraiser, Valor-IT, going on to help these Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Pick your favorite Military Branch and help them win the fund raiser as well as send a note to your 'someone' saying you gave money in their name. And if you are particularly cruel... if your friend is a Marine, give to the Air Force in their name. ;-) Notice the Air Force. Since my dad retired after 26 years in the Air Force... it would be GREAT if you gave to the Air Force. Then again, my BIL and nephew are Marines and my other nephew is in the Navy and my cousin was in the Army.... but the AIR FORCE would be a wonderful place to make your donation. GRIN. And remember, just $1 can make a difference. That just might be the $1 that puts the Air Force in first place for winning the most the fastest for the Fundraiser!

Being great at plagiarizing... I'm taking a lot of my words from this point forward from BlackFive.

WHAT: Friendly fundraising competition for Valour-IT.
WHEN: November 2nd through Veterans Day (the 11th).
WHERE: Based in the blogosphere, spreading everywhere else.
WHY: Because giving wounded warriors with hand and arm injuries access to a computer supports their healing and puts them back in touch with the world.
HOW: Blogger teams will be divided along military branches, with civilians "up for grabs."

Go to the links below to make donations for your Military Branch. Just scroll until you see a button that says DONATE. Press the button. Or below you can get help on how to send snail mail.

Help the Air Force win the Fund Raiser

Help the Marines win the Fund Raiser

Help the Navy win the Fund Raiser

Help the Army win the Fund Raiser (scroll down to find the donation button).

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: for proof for the cautious)

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (scroll down at:

Let's be a part of something big.

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November 05, 2005

Remember When?

Since M, Hubby's Niece, came to town... we pulled out some old pictures from the last time she was here. Tater was 8 months old. Hard to believe what he looks like now!

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November 04, 2005

Breakfast With Bou

Super Pickle Boy has not done any unusual feats lately. But having breakfast with Bou always seems to keep me laughing. I don't remember the exact wording of our conversation... too many sleepless nights... but it went something like this:

vw: It sure is nice that C was able to come over today. Tater loves him. (for those wondering, I was taking care of a 12 yr old yesterday).

bou: Yep, sure is nice you have a boy toy for your boys to play with.

vw: ** tries not to spew coffee across table ** ** turns around to cry/laugh **

bou: OMG, I'm just like my Mom.

vw: ** now I'm am really crying from holding in the laughter **

Yep, folks. It was that kind of day. For both of us. Unexpected words just came out of our mouths. And it wasn't that Bou meant anything bad about being just like her mom. It was that we both wished we picked up more of our Moms' good habits and not the bad ones. Oh, and what I said, I'm not telling on myself. ;-)

The next 4 days will be fun but busy. I have some cool pictures to post... sometime. Maybe I'll have time tonight. Baah wah hahahaha. Yaa...

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November 03, 2005

Day Late, Dollar Short

Oops. I didn't get any posts done for the rest of the week. Slim pick'ns for you today. Oh, I have stories. No Mommy stories, Halloween stories, Pronoun stories and more. I just haven't had time to type them up. In the mean time... I have a question and a picture:

Question: How do you get burnt soup/hamburger meat off the bottom of a VisionWare pot? Scrubbing, Comet and scrub brush have not worked. Neither has soaking. HELP

And the picture:

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The one in camouflage is a good friend's boy. He helped us out.

Oh, and don't forget Marie, CalTechGirl, Suze, and Oddybobo.

Just to give you an example of my day today. I am taking in a friend's boy because he still doesn't have school, going to breakfast at 8am, lawn service at 9am, swim lessons at 10:30am, show realtor the house at 11:30am, pick up hubby's niece at the airport at 1:30pm, go exercise at 5:45pm. Oh... and some where in there I have to make lunches, dinner, pick up the house, laundry, feed the horse, walk the dog and play with the kids. Phew... I need a vacation.

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November 02, 2005

Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Here is some fun with words.

1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.

2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll serve you, but don't start anything."

3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

4. A dyslexic drunk walks into a bra.

5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm and says: "A beer please, and one for the road."

6. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"

7. "Doc, I can't stop singing 'The Green, Green Grass of Home.'" "That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome." "Is it common?" Well, "It's Not Unusual."

8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly, "I was artificially inseminated this morning." "I don't believe you," says Dolly. "It's true, no bull!" exclaims Daisy.

9. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.

10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.(Wow, this applies to most of my emails!)

11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.

12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, "Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!" The doctor replied, "I know you can't - I've cut off your arms!"

13. I went to a seafood disco last week...and pulled a mussel.

14. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

15. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says "Dam!".

16. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

17. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why," they asked, as they moved off. "Because", he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."

18. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."

19. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him . A super callused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

20. And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least ten of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

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More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Let's go check out some other sites for more humor:

First is CalTechGirl with THIS POST. I laughed so hard when I read what the kids did when writing their reports. Here is an excerpt:

7. When cutting and pasting, try not to get the "Back to the Top" link at the bottom of the page.

Next in Alphabetically order is Marie with THIS POST. It reminded me of some of the stuff I have done. I had to laugh. Here is an excerpt:

She says I smell something burning. What's burning?

Third is Oddybobo with THIS POST. It reminded me of my boys. Here is an excerpt:

I promptly took a seat, so as to keep from falling. . .

Forth is Suze with THIS POST. The dry sarcastic sense of humor is great. Here is an excerpt:

As you walk through the door you know your ice cream (dare I call it that?) is going to be expensive because there are at least 5 teens working there.
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November 01, 2005

The Answers Are:

1. The Hairbrush Song from Veggie Tales

2. Hot Potato from the Wiggles

3. I Love My Lips from Veggie Tales

4. The Yodeling Veternarian of the Alps from Veggie Tales (my son absolutely loves this cartoon and song)

5. Cocky Want A Cracker from the Wiggles

6. I'm the Map from Dora the Explorer

7. That's the Way Loves Goes by Janet Jackson

And many thanks to Marie, CalTechGirl, Suze, Oddybobo. Please go say hi to each of them and say you were sent by VW Bug, Wiggles and Veggie Tales.

UPDATE: There is now a link to Suze!!!

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This is a recipe my mom use to make, but I couldn't find. I ended up going to Google and found it HERE . It was the same recipe. Give or take some spices. Easy, the kids like it. Enjoy!

Porcupines are meatballs with rice baked in a tomato sauce.

* 1 pound lean ground beef
* 1/2 cup uncooked long-grain rice
* 1/2 cup water
* 1/4 cup chopped onion
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
* 1/8 teaspoon pepper
* 1 large can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
* 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
* 1/2 cup water

Mix the ground beef, rice, 1/2 cup of water, the chopped onion, , salt, garlic powder, seasoned salt, and pepper. Shape the mixture by tablespoons into 1 1/2-inch meatballs. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet and cook the meatballs over medium heat until brown; drain off excess grease. Add tomato sauce, remaining 1/2 cup water, and Worcestershire sauce; heat to boiling. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 35 to 45 minutes.

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A couple of Carnival of Recipes

Little behind in putting out links to the last 2 Carnival of Recipes. Here are the links. Even if you don't want to cook, it is fun to read through the writeup on the recipes.

HERE is CoR 61.

HERE is CoR 62

HERE is CoR 63.

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