Archive for November, 2009

Nov 30 Monday

Your Face Here

Where is Waldo?

Because I adore my readers so, I will be making one of you a custom set of family face ornaments this holiday season! Yup, that is right. I will be getting crafty in your honor. Click here to learn how to make your own.

Enter now through Friday December 4th to win. Enter once per day, per method of entry.

Three Ways To Enter:

Leave a comment in this post. (It’s OK, you don’t have to leave your real name, just make sure and use your real email address so I know how to find you if you win.)

Tweet: (@mommymishash I have gone ornaMENTAL! If you are a Twitter user, you know what I am saying…


Entry limited to one entry, per method, per day.  Each entry will be designated a number. A number will be drawn at random and the lucky recipient will get a custom set of dough face ornaments created by moi. I can’t guarantee you will love them, but I can guarantee you will laugh.

Winner will be notified via email on Saturday December 5, 2009. At that time you will be asked for photo representation of your family for the creation of the ornaments. Please be prepared to email me a photo by noon on Sunday December 6th. Yes, pets count as members of your family even if they are the only ones left at home.

I reserve the right to limit the number of ornaments as I see fit. If you have an ant farm, no, I will not make 174 tiny ant ornaments.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Ornaments will be shipped at no cost to the winner.

Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. This line to contain any other legal jargon that I forgot.

Good luck!

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Nov 30 Monday

7 years ago today…

Mr. & Mrs. Matt & Katy Brown...Dear Matt Brown,

Seven years ago, we were preparing to exchange wedding vows, with close to 500 people standing in our support. Seven years ago, I don’t remember anyone else being in that church except you.

And my sister.

She had to remind us to stop kissing because apparently it’s not appropriate before the I do” part. Oops.

You were my comfort then and you are my comfort tonight as I write this. I love you more than I could ever put into words. Or a sandwich. Or a silly little collage of special keepsake papers from our long and windy relationship travels.

Since I was 14 years old, I have known that I loved you. Something about you and me fits like a great pair of pj pants. You eat the cold middle of the ice cream container and I like the melted edges. You prefer the peanut butter and I would rather have the jelly. You are quiet, I am not. You know how to remedy my bad moods before I do. I get your jokes. You don’t always get mine, but you are kind enough to laugh.

You make me love life because you are among my favorite parts of every day. You and the three other mini versions of yourself that we have created together.

I have the color of your eyes memorized, like the ink on a dollar bill and I swear I can see them twinkle. That twinkle appears most often when you are thinking something but are fearful to say it. Two out of three times, I can correctly guess the movie quote you were thinking. “Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue!”

For seven years I have had the pleasure of being your wife. Your sense of humor, unwavering loyalty and gentle nature are more abundant now, than ever. Some people get old, angry and jaded. You and I are getting old, stinky and slap happy. Together.

You make life fun.

Thank you for loving me. Thank you for making life complete.

I love you.

Forever and a day…Your wife, head cook and biggest fan,


One of the happiest days of our life...

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Nov 29 Sunday

Chicken Taco Rice ala Fancy Pants Mama

Do try this at home.Nom nom nom.

Moms with young kids are the best source for recipes because 99.9% of the time, they are kid tested and
mom approved.

I was recently the lucky recipient of an email forward, from a fellow mom, containing some sort of chicken taco rice number. It looked good. Gooooood. And easy. She spoke of how her kids gobbled it up.

That claim always intrigues me. My kids are found filed under the “Picky Eater” category.

Then the holidays happened and I forgot completely about it. Last night, 5 pm rolled around and I realized that even though I am still full for Turkey Day, my kids need to eat. Real food.

The only fresh veggies in the house were carrots but luckily I did have some chicken breasts. After a quick inventory I realized I had all the makings for Chicken Taco Rice.

Frozen chopped green peppers (I have no idea how these got in my freezer but I was oh-so-glad they did!)
Chicken breasts
Minute Rice
Taco seasoning
Tomato paste (You could use sauce.)
Corn (I used canned, you could use frozen or fresh.)
Cheddar cheese, optional
Sour cream, optional
Blue corn tortilla chips (Any tortilla chip will do.)

I kid you not, this meal start to finish took less than 20 minutes. If you pre-cooked your chicken and had it on hand, it would take even less time. I like to poach chicken in batches and use it all week long.

Off on a tangent in 3-2-1…

Poaching Chicken Breasts

Place a skinless, boneless chicken breasts in a pan. Put enough water in the pan to cover the chicken. Bring the water in the pan to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer for two minutes. Turn the heat off. Let the chicken breast sit in the hot water for twenty minutes.

And now back to Chicken Taco Rice…

Do this:

Partially cook your chicken. Slice into strips or chunks before or after cooking. Whatever you prefer. Add tomato paste, taco seasoning and 1 1/2 Cups water to the chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add corn, peppers and onions if you like. Use fresh, frozen or canned. It makes no difference. Bring to a boil. Add 1 1/2 Cups Minute Rice and stir well. Cover and remove from the heat. Let sit for at least 5 minutes, then stir. Spoon onto plates and add sour cream and cheddar cheese to garnish. Voila! Dinner is served.

Everyone at the dinner table finished their plate. I was amazed that the kids even ate the green peppers. It could have been that they were concealed under shredded cheese but I digress.

In a nutshell, we all ate well and everyone got at least 2 servings of veggies thanks to the tomato paste, corn and peppers.

Nom nom nom.

Taco Chicken Rice, it's a very good thing.

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Nov 28 Saturday

Curbside Irony

While raking up piles of leaves today with my kiddos, 5 year old Cooper was telling me “We are the hands of God. Doing his work, Mom! He only has two hands and needs us to help him save the earth because he can’t do it alone. My teacher said so!”

Five yards behind him Maddy, 3 years old, was jumping into a pile of leaves. She hit a huge stick and loudly shouted “DAMN IT!”

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Nov 25 Wednesday

Je suis dans l’amour…

Oh la la…Pain au chocolat. Ce sont délicieux. So delicious, these little bits of delight make me speak with a French accent. C’est amour.

Is it strange that I channel Pepe Le Pew when I say that? Too much Fantasy Island as a kid. And lately thanks to Netflix. Love my Netflix.

For you non-French speaking folks, I am talking about bread with chocolate. Chocolate filled croissants to
be exact.

With the first buttery bite I can almost smell the streets of Paris. It was nearly half my life ago (ahem) that I was there but I can still remember the flaky crust of a morning croissant from the local boulangerie.

If you want to wow your family this holiday, like WOW them…Make these. They are like your second cousin twice removed, who pops her gum while telling mall cop stories at the Thanksgiving dinner table, they are cheap
and easy.

You will need:

A tube of refrigerated crescent roll dough
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Egg wash – 1 egg beaten with 1 T water, mix well.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll dough and lay flat. Put as many chocolate chips as you can fit onto the wide part of each dough triangle and gently roll wide end to the narrow end. Although the can of dough says to put on an ungreased pan, I always give it a quick spray. My rolls always stick. Place at least 2 inches apart on your cookie sheet.  Lightly brush each roll with the egg wash, this makes your rolls turn a beautiful golden brown. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and let cool on a cooling rack. Or cool just enough to not get 1st degree burns on your chin from molten chocolate. Eat.

My family went crazy. Cooper told me he could eat 400 of them and SuperHub made animalistic noises while making out with his hand. What happened between me and the chocolate croissant stays between me and the chocolate croissant.

Nom Nom Nom

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Nov 24 Tuesday

12 Days of (favorites) this Christmas!

On the 1st day of Christmas, my SuperHub gave to me…
An owl mug from which to drink my coffee!

Owl Mug

On the 2nd day of Christmas,
my kiddos scored from Santa…
Mini Gumball Machines!

Mini Gumball Machines

On the 3rd day of Christmas,
I finally got some sleep…
New Cereal Dispenser!

Cereal Dispenser

On the 4th day of Christmas,
Our big wish did come true…
A blanket filled with goldfish!

Fleece Goldfish Blanket
Little Factory

On the 5th day of Christmas,
Hanging on the tree…
Peace sign earrings for me!

Peace Earrings

On the 6th day of Christmas
We played as a family…
A little game of Zingo!


On the 7th day of Christmas,
We found in our stockings,
7 stamps for stamping…

Name Stamp
by Craft Pudding

On the 8th day of Christmas,
We sat to take a look…
Christmas memory book!

Christmas Memories Book

On the 9th day of Christmas,
To keep my true cool…
A little fan for fanning!


On the 10th day of Christmas, someone showed up at our door.
OH, this is for you…WHOO WHOOOO!

Owl Potholder

On the 11th day of Christmas,
To grandmas we did give,
Pretty golden bracelets!

Stretch Gold Bangle

On the 12th day of Christmas
The spoilage epitome…
A hanging gumball machine!

Gumball Artwork (Yes, it actually works!)

Do not try this at home.

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Nov 23 Monday


You know that dizzy feeling you get when you spin in a circle and then try to run in a straight line? That is how I feel when I walk on a beach with waves lapping onto my feet. Like I am going to tip over like a teapot.

For this reason alone I would never ride a horse on a beach. I would be the unlucky person on that horse when it became discombobulated and fell over. There is a TV ad that contains this exact scenario and it about gives me hives. Not the horse falling, just running.

It’s a lucky thing for me I am landocked and don’t ride horses often. Or ever.

All the same. I think people should be warned.

This is not real.

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Nov 23 Monday

I have gone OrnaMental…Again.

The BrownsThis post was originally written November 2008. It’s a keeper because it’s a great gift idea with endless possibilities. I am reposting it because my bestie told me her family of ornaments was one of the best gifts she ever received. That is the kind of thing you never forget.

And go…

I am not what you would call a crafty person by nature. All the same, this Christmas I am stepping outside of the box and creating homemade gifts to give to our friends and family. It’s economical, fun and downright hilarious.

Recently, on a trip to the doctor’s office, I found a recipe for dough and an idea for homemade ornaments in a family magazine.

“Hi, my name is Katy, and I tore a page out of the craft magazine at the doctor’s office.”

Now that I have that off my chest, let us move on.

Yesterday at 3 pm I got divine inspiration and decided to make our Christmas tree into our family tree. I whipped up a batch of dough and the kids and I went to it.

We shaped, poked, baked, painted and hung. When Super Hub walked in the door from work, he was confused and amused all at the same time.

For Christmas, we will box each family member ornament in a craft box and let the kids decorate them with markers and stickers. Then tie a big obnoxious bow and present it to our families.

They will either laugh or cry. Or both.


1 Cup Salt

3 Cups Flour

1 Cup Water (I had to add a bit more to make the dough come together.)

Beat the ingredients with a hand mixer until dough forms a ball. Remove dough from bowl and knead until smooth.Add water as needed, in very small amounts. Roll dough into golf ball sized balls. Press to flatten. Be creative! Attach noses, ears, hair, etc with a touch of water. I made hair with our garlic press on an experimental ornament and it turned out really well

Use a wooden skewer to poke holes for your strings to go through, at least a half inch from the top of each ornament. Make them bigger than you would expect and be sure to poke from the front and the back.

I also poked indents for they eyes. You could do this and not worry about painting them. I didn’t both and don’t recommend it.

Bake on a cookie sheet lined with foil at 275 degrees for 2 hours.

Remove and let cool completely.

*Paint with acrylic paints, starting with skin color first and let dry. This only takes 10 minutes or so. Seal with Mod Podge or other sealant. I used decoupage glue.

Hang with thin ribbon (I used thin hemp twine) and place on your tree to enjoy and giggle at until you box and give away!

*To get the flesh color, I used grey, white, orange and pink. You can buy flesh tones or be creative with primary colors.

Above: Super Hub, Me, Cooper, Rae Rae, Sam & Sophia Petunia.

Below: My Dad, Mom, Mother-in-law & Father-in-law. (You can see I have my Mom’s eyes.) Below again, more people I love.


More people I love.

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Nov 20 Friday

Things that make you go hmmmm…


Who didn’t eat their lima beans?

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Nov 19 Thursday

Inadvertant Confession

While wiping up a corner of the kitchen floor that I haven’t seen in awhile, I noticed some artwork on my hardwood.

“Who drew with crayons all over the floor over here?”

From across the room Maddy replied, “It was NOT me. But it’s not crayons Mommy, it’s PENCIL.”


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