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This Memorial Day weekend marked my 21st wedding anniversary with The Hubbers. Yes, I’ve made a few good decisions in my life, and getting married on a three day weekend was one of them…you know, good sales on mattresses and chips, pool parties, and sometimes we find fireworks. IMG_3406That’s us in a horse drawn Cinderella carriage pulled by Annie…

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Our first date was on 6-7-‘89….did you notice that particular string of numbers? Cool huh? Anyway, we went to Six Flags Over Texas…which is funny because now he picks the SLOWEST ride in all of everness. Poor Annie just waddled along at a whopping 2 mph.  Anyway back to our first date… I had visions of the rollercoaster slinging me into his arms and him winning a huge stuffed Pink Panther or pink gorilla for me on the Midway (give me a break we were 18 and 19). But instead our mutual friend, who we’ll call ‘Dave Griswold’, went along with us, and while I love me some Griswold, my hopes for a new romance would have to wait. How this happened I’ll never know. It was opening weekend for THE FLASHBACK, a lightning fast coaster that suddenly cuts itself short (so you have a chance to vomit without getting it in your hair) only to do it all again BACKWARDS! The G-force was enough to put Hubbers into the arms of Dave and vice versa. How did I miss out on the G-force love you ask? Because the seats were in twosies….so duh, Hubbers sat next to Dave, because duh, we wouldn’t want our third wheel to feel like a third wheel. Maybe I was the third wheel?  I sat next to a snot-nosed whiner with evidence of chili cheese fries (or something that was originally brown and cheesy) all over his little green face. At the top of the ride The Hubbers yells “Daddy, my penis tickles!” mocking a kid from the previous rollercoaster ride.

And yet I somehow ended up married to this man.

Twenty one years later we find ourselves relishing in a near perfect life. I know the words perfect and life should never be paired together, but short of living in a beach front mansion in Cozumel with a private chef and bartender…and skin that never gets burned…never having to shave…and being a famous artist married to a famous rock star, this is a close second to a perfect life. We play house in a modest home in a homey neighborhood,

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our kids like us, our cars start, all major appliances are in good working order (mostly), we have great health insurance (finally), are healthy, and still share the same interests – drinking wine out by the firepit….easy, simple, happy.

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Don’t be fooled. We have been on the edge many times. If we could exist in a bubble…one that is free of parenting and money matters, and which damn peanut butter to buy, we’d live in the land of bliss 100% of the time. I’m now starting to see what all the ‘empty nester’ hype is about. It’s not that parents want their kids to go away; it’s that parents just want to stop making all of those minute decisions that require so much thought and energy. And it would be nice not to have to watch Glee or Cops quite so often, but I’m not complaining. The kids are helpful, tidy, polite, witty, and have normal appetites. Life is good, but it hasn’t always been easy for us.

We’ve seen most of our friends either have brushes with marital death or suffer life changing issues that ultimately ruined their marriage. We’ve also been fortunate enough to be surrounded by long, blessed marriages that we have learned so much from…..how to be good compromisers and better listeners, HOW to have an argument, when to ask for what we need from each other, and the invaluable advice to just buy two damn peanut butters….Organic Creamy and Peter Pan Crunchy in case you were wondering. I’m not pretending to be some marriage guru, but I am the guru of Hubbers and all things Hubber-like, and the one thing that I know for sure is you can’t teach a mean dog a single trick, so being nice is key. Lucky for me, The Hubbers is the kindest man I know. Kind, like Jesus kind, like animals and children are drawn to him kind of kind. A perverse sense of humor but kind, which is the perfect combination for me.

So here I am 21 years into a pretty good marriage and about the only advice I can offer to those who are riding the rollercoaster of love and marriage is just be nice, hang on, lean in to it.

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Spring Fever

Ok. So I might’ve told a little, teeny, white lie… Saying that  “I’m Baaaaaak” may have been a bit much. But I’m just drowning in homework and I bit off more that I can chew with particular class load.

But I’m here now and have some yumminess to share!!!

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We  popped over to The Crow Asian Art Collection and saw some BeaUUUUtiful art that I couldn’t take pictures of to share with you, except for a few outdoor pieces.

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Where I would like to sit and do my homework…what am I saying?!  I mean SLEEP. This is where I’d like to take a nap or maybe be meditate and pray…after my nap.

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ROAR!! Is that the Dwarf of Ignorance under his paw?

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Did you know that is not a knot of hair on the Buddha’s head?  It is a cranial protrusion that signifies wisdom….but it’s still covered in hair. This example is before The Six Dynasties Period…you can tell by his open robe….the Indian influence….I learned that at school- 75 pages of lecture notes and that’s about all I retained.

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I managed to pop into Paper Source on a Sunday before the crowds at the mall and spend my birthday gift certificate!  Thanks Frarefrow!

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And found this bowl at Anthropologie. Isn’t it kind of SPECTACULAR!? 

In a delightful, shy, jade green. Used a g.c. for it as well.  Whoot!

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These lovely people brought me some treasures from their flea market! They know me so well….

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The oldest jar EVER with the loads of little treasures inside!

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We chased sunsets while waiting for the salmon to bake.

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And remember me telling you that my daughter was selling flowers to get to summer camp?  Well, her grandmother…..let’s just say, bought TONS of flowers.

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My darling sage bloomed…probably jealous of the…

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roses nearby.

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But when I put them together….so sweet.

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Celebrating Hubber’s new job (again) where the frozen margarita machine was invented. Sooo good, but soooo high in sugar.  Tequila and sugar= massive headache that same night.

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Did you hear about all of the Tornadoes in Texas? They would NOT leave.  The big chunks of red would not budge.  Scaaaaarrry!  My daughter was on the golf course for her District Championship (which they won) swinging her clubs high in the electric air. As a mama, I was a little on edge that day.

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Last but certainly not least….BUNNY BAIT!!

Pinterest got me again, and my girlfriend…the one that gave me the flea market treasures, made it first and swore it was awesome so we tried it and Tracy was right, so it’s official, Pinterest makes you fat.

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Here’s how to make a HUGE batch….

4 bags of Tender White microwave popcorn

2 bags of Easter M&Ms

24 oz of white chocolate

about 3 cups broken pretzel pieces

Sprinkles

Mini marshmallows (optional)

Break the recipe down into batches according to your largest bowl. I had to break it down into 4 batches

Add to your bowl: one bag of popped corn, 1/4 of the M&M’s, 1/4 of the pretzel pieces and then drizzle on 1/4 of the white chocolate that you melted in the microwave on medium and stirred every 30 seconds.  Fold and fold using a spatula to avoid breaking the popcorn up . Scrape the inside of the bowl as you go. Lay the batch out onto wax or parchment paper, sprinkle on 1/4 of your sprinkles and let cool and harden. Add some marshmallows.

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This recipe made 18 of these gift bags!

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This Easter is going to be sweeeet!  Get it? Winking smile

Have a Lovely Easter!

see you soon

-k

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I’m baaaaack!

Oh my goodness!  What the H-E-double Hockey Sticks happened?  I was here one minute and gone the next.  Welllll…here’s what happened…

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Reading! Tons and tons of reading-and homework -and group projects here and there and everywhere.  I’m in the library more than my own bed!  It’s just been so crazy. Shaving my legs used to be a chore, now it’s my only recreation.  Pathetic. There hasn’t been a single free minute since my last post.

Great things are a brewin’ in my little family though, and all of their wonderfulness has been an adjustment.

In and amongst the changes and homework, our regular life persists.

 

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There have been dances,

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and sweet little surprises – our Lenten Rose

finally bloomed after 6 years.

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I’ve been on one tiny adventure,

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and learned so many new and wonderful things.

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I had a birthday

 

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and had recess for the whole day

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and night!

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All the while, I longed for creativity and have had to settle on Instagram ‘art’ while brushing my teeth or waiting for the microwave to ding.

This is Charlotte, the most photographed kitty in the ‘hood…

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She has little privacy.

This sweetheart advanced to Life Scout and is just months away from Eagle.  He was also selected for Order of the Arrow (scout honor society), has recently been on his ‘Ordeal’ camping trip and was moved by his experience of fasting, silence, and service.

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He’s also the newest Sexy Sub Slinger because he has a

J O B!!!

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Hold on!  I’m not done yet….

My daughter decided she’s going to a Colorado summer camp in July, and since she ain’t got no J O B (because she has more homework than I do), she’s selling flats of flowers because she’s just awesome like that!

Wanna buy some or donate some to a church or shelter? …just leave a comment.

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Nothing EVER holds this girl back!

Then….

then there’s this man…

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who is my very best friend, biggest fan, work- out partner, private masseuse, plumber, mechanic, and partner in crime.  He has kept this little household running in tip top shape, dragged me out of the house for our walks every morning, and has kept me awake and focused at my keyboard almost every night.

What a crazy month, but the end is in sight.

This week is SPRING BREAK!!

and to celebrate…

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Cupcakes for breakfast!!!!

Then an immediate run to Buffalo…

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Next up- CREATIVITY!!

(and with that, weird sleeping schedules)

I am in a Facebook Group with Effy Wild and the first chance I stumbled upon, I made prayer flags for our swap.

Check them out…

They are gray cotton 6×8 pieces that have been gesso’d and lovelified…IMG_2819

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One is mine and the rest are off to Anna in Australia, Allurynn in Cortez, Colorado, Lynne in Pennsylvania, Dariana in Malta, and Ru in Canada!

And do you remember this oddity?

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We have a winner..

LaMonique!!!!

Who, I might add, swooped in and helped me with a Contemporary Lit. crisis, which I made an A on!

She’s a lifesaver.

Thank you- and your Starbucks gc is on its way! (as soon as you email me your snail mail addy)

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Wait!  One more thing.

I made a delicious frittata or maybe it’s a crustless quiche.  Either way, I thought you might like to try it since it’s quick and easy, and you can stand at the stove and read at least four pages of your homework while it cooks.

High protein, low carb.

Enjoy…

1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
6 large eggs
3/4 cup full-fat cottage cheese
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup water
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
3 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon paprika

Melt butter in a skillet. Add green onion; cook 5 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. Combine eggs, cottage cheese, cream and water in mixing bowl; beat at medium speed until smooth. Stir in cheddar cheese, basil and maybe a little black pepper; pour mixture into skillet.

Cover tightly and cook over medium heat 13-17 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Sprinkle paprika over top of quiche.

Serve from skillet or slide onto serving platter.

ttyl.

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Vegetarian Chili from Texas!

So my Mom is a great cook and happens to have an awesome recipe for chili.  She was raised in the panhandle of Texas

so she has a little credibility when it comes to how chili should taste….pay no attention to the fact that they put Cadillacs in the ground where she comes from, they know how to make good chili.

At Chili cook-offs, there still seems to be quite a debate between the beaners and the no-beaners, but here’s my theory on authenticity….you’d think that cowboys out on the range would carry dried beans in their chuck wagons and when they got really hungry, who’s to say they didn’t throw in a bit o’ beef….cause ya know…they were surrounded by cattle as far as the eye could see….who’s going to miss just one….hide it in the beans, no one will know! BAM-  Chili is borned y’all!

But here’s the catch- I don’t eat cows, BUT I LOVE MOM’S CHILI! So this is my version of her very authentic Lone Star State Chili.

You’ll need:

2 T. veg. oil

1 small yellow onion, chopped

6 cloves of garlic, minced

2 15 oz. cans of chili beans, undrained  

2 boxes of Smart Ground

1 can of diced tomatoes, semi drained

4 Tablespoons Mexene Chili Powder mixed into 14 oz. of water (use a bean can)

Fritos (small ones, NOT the Scoops)

Optional: Make a batch of Jiffy Cornbread (with pickled jalapenos on top) instead of using the Fritos. But make no mistake, corn bread gets crumbled on the top, it doesn’t go in the bottom of the bowl, unless you serve it with butter of course, then just eat it like you would a biscuit.

Also optional: Add a can of drained corn, hominy, or black beans to the chili for volume and overall yumminess. Garnish with shredded sharp cheddar, chopped white or yellow onion, or avocado slices.

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The Bush’s Chili Beans say “Mild” and the Organic Chili Beans say “Hot”…..

the spice level is IDENTICAL- which is almost nuthin’ ….go figure.

But Ranch Beans (which I used to CRAVE and Mom puts in her chili) and a few other brands have beef fat, so just read the label if you’re concerned.

In a large skillet, soften the onion and garlic in a little oil, then add the next 4 items. Bring it all to a boil and then cover and simmer at least 30 minutes or until the juices reduce to your liking.DSCN2101

Serve on top of a big handful of Fritos!

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If you’re camping or out on the range, get a medium bag of Fritos and cut the SIDE open, spoon the chili in and eat right from the bag,  No dishes!

photo from http://blog.how2heroes.com/        

 

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