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Categories: 1015 The River, Blog, Holidays
Okay readers…this is going to be short and to the point because I’m currently looped up on a vicodin-zofran cocktail. (I had foot surgery on Monday!)
I was recently contacted by the creator of an outstanding app that will turn your Elf on A Shelf experience up a notch! It’s called the Santa Spy Cam and can be used on iPhones. It is simply awesome.
If you are interested, please visit this site and watch the embedded video for more information….
Now if you’ll excuse me…I have to return to my state of semi-conciousness. I expect to be back by the end of the week.
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Categories: 1015 The River, Glass City Parent, Holidays
The end of November is right around the corner and to most of us Americans that means two things…turkey and relatives. For our family this year’s Thanksgiving is going to require a monumental amount of work. Oh wait…did I write “for our family”? Oh…silly me. I meant for ME. Who am I kidding?
Why so much more work this year than last?
We are hosting. Of course, anyone who’s ever hosted Thanksgiving dinner you know hosting is a lot of work. The food, the turkey, the sides, the dishes, the cooking, the planning but our Thanksgiving tradition takes the whole thing up a notch. You see, my family is spread out all across the country and Thanksgiving is our command performance. Which means…houseguests…for five nights….which means I’m not just cooking and planning for one dinner. I’m cooking and planning for ten meals…for fifteen people.
Please pass the wine.
Of course, I’m not complaining. I absolutely love Thanksgiving with my family. We don’t get to all be under one roof that often so when the rare occasion happens upon us we members of the Higgins/Shafer/Savage brood suck every last morsel of fun out of every single second. Which requires food and drink…and lots of both.
In order not to spend every … Read the rest
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I know, I know…I’ve been MIA.
There’s a reason though. Not a “that will absolutely get you out of your final exam” kind of excuse but nevertheless…an excuse. You see, I’ve been having fun with my kids. We’ve been wrestling in leaves, prepping for the holidays and stomping around in the snow. In between I’ve been doing my normal cooking, cleaning, and schlepping routine which is unfortunate for this little corner of the blogosphere but necessary for my family.
As my crazy busy friends and I often remind one another…we’re together now. Let’s make the best of it.
About that big guy in the red suit…
Nobody loves Christmas as much as I do. Well…actually…I don’t think I corner the market on Christmas cheer. I know right about now there are many of us making our lists and checking them twice. Hell, I’ll even cop to already using the Santa card during a few moments of parental desperation. I think November anticipation of December holidays is a natural and necessary step… much in the same way simmering gravy is important to thickening it. November is both a warm up and a reality check. It gives us time to take inventory of what’s most important and give thanks for all … Read the rest
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Categories: Blog, gratitude, Holidays, Infertility, IVF, Love & Marriage, thankful, thanksgiving, twins
So November brings all kinds of happiness into my heart. I love holiday preparations in November because November holds promise and anticipation of family fun. This past week held a few grateful moments for me–which is fitting. We’re supposed to be thankful in November. Thankfulness is the theme. So stay tuned for some special stories this month. The first of which is wrapped in a pink bundle (or two) of joy.
Celebrating a Miracle
Every once in awhile I get an email through this site asking for some insights as to our struggle with fertility. The messages are always from women who are in the midst of their journey and are experiencing failure after failure. About a year ago I received a message from a local woman telling me about her and her husband’s frustration with their path to parenthood. We eventually spoke on the phone and after hearing her story I strongly advised her to seek treatment with a new doctor. Of course, I’m not a fertility expert but after ten years of failures in between Ryan and Mary Kate; a mistake that required me to educate myself about every nook and cranny of the world of assisted reproduction; and a bumpy road to our twins I’ve realized that … Read the rest
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Categories: 1015 The River, Blog, Glass City Parent, Holidays, Recipes
The week of candy and costumes and candy and pumpkins…and more candy. Sean already has the girls’ trick-or-treating route mapped for maximum candy intake. Traditionally we weigh our children’s Halloween goody bags and always…and I mean always…each one of them nabs at least ten pounds of teeth rotting goodies. Over the years I‘ve developed many strategies of how to contend with the loot. We sort and freeze. We’ve traded for cash. We’ve donated to high school teachers who use the candy in their classrooms. We’ve even been visited by the Halloween Candy Goblin who snags all the sugar and leaves a toy in its place.
All of these strategies work and odds are we’ll be employing each at one point or another this year but I’m adding a new treat to my bag of tricks. I’ll be using some of the candy to bake cookie bars that will be frozen and used for upcoming holiday entertaining. The recipe for Halloween cookie bars is below.
Halloween Cookie Bars
4 sticks of butter – softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
4 cups chocolate chips
assorted halloween chocolate bars – cut into smaller than bite sized pieces
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