Novenas and Senior Superlatives

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I have completed so many more novenas since I starting getting regular emails from the Pray More Novenas site. The right ones just always seem to come at the perfect time! I just finished a novena for marriage and family with the Nativity of Mary yesterday, and saw the first pictures of my grandchild, just the size of a raspberry! I’m afraid Pinterest is going to shut me down for pinning too much per day – LOL!
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My youngest told me he was filling out his nomination form for senior superlatives the other day, and that brought back some fond memories! My husband and I both pulled out our old yearbooks to see how categories have changed over the years. Surprisingly, they haven’t changed that much!! Wendy is still Most Humorous, Jennifer is still Most Friendly, and I guess I’m still an appropriate Miss Bryan Station since the entire building had to be torn down and rebuilt a few years ago!!

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Here are the Senior Superlatives I’d like to see included:

Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. This person would have to be clever, adaptable, and not too sentimental. The yearbook photo shoot would be awesome!

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Most Likely to End up on a Reality TV Show. The perfect category for those attention-seeking people whose behavior and clothing choices make even their best friends cringe.

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Will Have the Largest Family. This alone will be a reason to attend reunions! Did someone have quintuplets? Adopt an entire orphaned family? Have several of their own and then marry someone with several more? I’d love to know who has the biggest family in my graduating class, and I’d be so jealous!

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Most Likely to Commit a Felony. This doesn’t have to be a “bad” thing. It could be a crime committed while bravely disarming a terrorist. It could be killing a fiend with a van full of children he was planning to sell into sex slavery. Then again, it could me a meth cook or a rapist. Interesting to see which way the student body and/or the nominees take it!

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Most Likely to Age Well. My friends Wendy, Jennifer, and Kim would be in a dead heat for that one! Without a name tag I doubt anyone would even recognize me. But that’s OK. Back then I was lying out in the sun slathered in baby oil and iodine and wearing size three jeans thinking I was fat – LOL!!!

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Fast, Frugal, Family Comfort Food Any Time!

Who else feels like the first month or so of school each year is just crazy? I’d love to say, “Not my circus, not my monkeys!” and throw up a well-manicured hand. But this is my circus, and those are my monkeys! (And I haven’t had a manicure in almost eighteen years – LOL!) So, as in the wild, show no fear, no stress. Then, when the whole family is at home for supper, or possibly even awake at the same time for breakfast (gasp!) gather ’round for some comfort food.
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I tease my son about being physically attached to his phone (he sleeps with it in his hand, like his brother before him) but maybe I should keep mine closer and download a few more apps. Meijer’s mPerks app, for example.

I knew it would find me coupons, so I waited until I’d found everything before I pulled out my phone. Here are the awesome coupons I found:

  • $0.75 off 1 Hungry Jack pancake & waffle mix
  • $0.75 off 1 Jif Flavored Spread
  • $0.75 off 1 Hungry Jack syrup

v2mperksBut waiting until I was in the store and had already shopped to download the app cost me about fifteen minutes and a lot of muttered curses. Why? I downloaded the wrong coupon for pancake mic, because I was buying the Hungry Jack Complete version. “Just add water” – that’s my kind of recipe! And I couldn’t find the peanut butter aisle! The mPerks app pulls it up in a hot second. But why is it in aisle 13?
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I consider Jif Peanut Butter to be essential to life. It should be on that endcap at the front of the store where they have eggs, milk, and bread. If the Zombie Apocalypse is coming I’m stockpiling peanut butter. If I have to go too far into the store odds are I’m going to get bitten. But perhaps the Zombie Apocalypse has already started and I didn’t notice because they don’t want people, they want peanut butter! This could be a serious problem! It’s a good thing Meijer has placed their Jif products on the end of the aisle!#thingsIworryabout But the peanut powder – it’s even better. I can add some to my morning coffee so it’s coffee with protein (8 mg for 3 TBSP).

OK, so three entire tablespoons made a sort of pudding in the bottom of the cup, but once I poured in cup number two (that’s my limit) it was all good. And I was 8 grams further toward my 60 gram goal for the day than I would normally have been on a busy morning! But on those relaxed mornings the peanut powder goes into the Hungry Jack Pancake Mix. For each tablespoon of peanut butter you add, add that much water, so the pancakes stay nice and fluffy.
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Now we’ve all seen the profiles of celebrities done as pancakes, but I suspect those people have way too much free time. First thing to remember: Do everything in mirror image.
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These are all on an electric skillet set at 325 and covered with melted butter. Wait about 20-30 seconds (until fully set) to add second layer if you’re doing pancake art. When you see bubbles everywhere on the surface but the edges have not yet started to brown . . . FLIP!
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This will only take about 30 seconds, and it’s fine to lift up an edge to check browning. Then, after you lift them off,everyone can get creative.
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Since I was a little girl my Dad always had his pancakes with peanut butter in between and syrup on top. That’s been my favorite way until now! If I have peanut butter in the pancakes (and one tablespoon will lightly flavor about six pancakes) then why not have something wonderful in-between them? With the help of my fellow peanut-butter-and-jelly lover, John, I selected strawberry preserves and Hungry Jack Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Flavored Syrup for our peanut butter pancakes. It was fabulous! John, being a teen, couldn’t even wait to get to the table to try his. He was a blur of pancake theft!
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Once our tummies were full my husband started playing around, being artistic with the batter. Here’s his version of a face:
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and his favorite band’s logo:
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Leftovers tasted wonderful whether microwaved or toasted, and it wasn’t 48 hours until we were all ready for pancakes again! This time we teamed them with my husband’s fabulous scrambled eggs (mine are always overdone). And each of us had a laugh when we first saw the happy pour-spout of the microwavable syrup. And later, when it was time for my son to go to work, I found him layering the Jif Spread generously over a pancake, rolling it up like a crepe, and running out the door.
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Truly, how much better could a day start? Or end? Now let’s do a little review: Download the mPerks app, snag some coupons, and organize your grocery list by aisle (this makes my OCD tendencies so happy!). Make sure you have included Hungry Jack pancake mix and syrup on your list, and take your time choosing. Every single one looks scrumptious!
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See, that view looks simple. Now try this one:
v2pancake-aisle-floorYes, just stand on the square and make your selection. Why don’t other companies do this? “Look at your feet for meal suggestions”, “Let your toes do the shopping!” OK, maybe not in the produce aisle – that would be gross.

No go make your own creation! Will you try Hungry Jack Complete Extra Light and Fluffy with Jif Cinnamon Spread and Hungry Jack Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Syrup, like we did? (Imagine a huge, moist Snickerdoodle!) What are you going to create?

WHO Buys Books “By The Foot”?!

I’m a pretty easy-going sort of person. In fact, I saw this post on Facebook, and wanted to share it, be I was trying to be professional (and pretend my new psych drugs were working) that day. So I didn’t. But it’s too good not to share:
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I feel better. Now, let’s move on to the actual post, which can only be thirteen lines long as specified in Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop. It’s about a site I ran across while looking at color palettes on Pinterest. I was looking for something that would work in my bathroom and look good with black mold in the caulk and gray-ish mildew on the ceiling. I was actually finding some gorgeous palettes for my living room when I came across this picture:
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First of all, no book should even be sold “by the foot”. If it was decent enough to be printed, respect it. Don’t sell it for the color of its cover or dust cover (which these all seem to lack), or by topic (such as law, medicine, or religion – all options on this site). That’s right, your lawyer probably bought all those pretty leather books for $80 a foot (3 foot minimum) plus shipping. Your doctor and pastor, too.

Why would anyone remove the dust covers from a book? It’s like skinning a human. That covering is there for protection. DO NOT REMOVE! My best friend once suggested I remove all my dust covers because it would “look prettier”. I was speechless. She reads literary fiction with a lot more patience than I do though, so I gotta cut her some slack.

I realize many people today read ebooks (I read most new books that way myself) or listen to audio-books (which is perfectly acceptable if they are unabridged. If you’re listening to an abridged I sure hope you can return it to the library. If you paid money for it you’re a moron.)

Speaking of morons, has anyone else found themselves unable to converse about literature with other adults? People will even admit it in public.

“Oh, I don’t read. Can’t remember the last time I read a book!” But they know all about every reality TV show. My husband and both of my sons read for enjoyment, have favorite authors, and are excited when a new book comes out in a series they love. If you don’t read something that makes you think your brain is rotting in your skull. Yes, that’s what that smell is.

I can talk to kids about their favorite books, even little ones. Bring up the Pout-Pout Fish, or Llama Llama, or Curious George, or ANY Dr. Seuss  book and we’ve got ourselves a conversation going.

Of course I’ve gone over my 13-line limit (by far), but if you have beautiful bookshelves put BOOKS on them! If you have no intention of reading them buy a backseat full at a yard sale and paint them your perfect accent color or cover them in pretty paper! I won’t fault you for it. Just don’t claim to have read them, because the first one pulled from the shelf will be The Iliad, and I doubt you remember much from that. Even I’m a bit spotty.

So find a genre you like and read more! If you don’t know what genre you’d enjoy (or what a genre is) comment or email me and I’ll suggest a few things. When it comes to literature I’m an omnivore!

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