Should We Thank Donald Trump for this Sh*t Storm?

Bear with me; I haven’t lost my mind…yet.

I was thinking about everything last night and wondered if we have, indeed, finally reached rock bottom with this administration. I don’t think we have. We have definitely been sinking since Day 1 but, judging by the way he’s still being defended by his party, we haven’t yet hit the bottom. Given the availability of the political news, it’s hard to ignore what’s happening. The only logical conclusion is that we are in big trouble. This leaves me wondering what, exactly, needs to happen before action is taken and, just as importantly, who is going to take that action? Continue reading “Should We Thank Donald Trump for this Sh*t Storm?”

Christmas Wreaths? Mmmmmmm

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I’m not talking about the kind of wreath you hang on your door, but rather the kind that you eat! Christmas wreaths are my kids’ all-time favorite thing to eat during the holiday; well, that and fudge! These are very similar to the Rice Krispie treats that we all love, but for some reason, we think these are even better! I’m not sure why we only make them at Christmas.

First of all, there’s no point making one batch because they will be gone quickly. I always double the recipe and we’re good. That gives you some to eat and some to include with your holiday cookie plates.

Recipe (single batch):

  • 30 big marshmallows
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. green food coloring
  • 3 cups Corn Flakes (or similar)
  • Red hots, sprinkles, decorations

Melt the butter and marshmallows in a double boiler (or in pot over very low heat) until melted. Add food coloring until you get to the desired shade of green. Either add the cereal to the pot or pour the marshmallow mixture over cereal in a bowl. Stir to cover. If too thin, add more cereal (I usually add more anyway because I want it to make more). Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet or wax paper.

Shape into wreaths and decorate with red hot candies, red sprinkles, or anything else that you like!

Couple of things here: I have found that shaping them into wreaths is a skill that requires extreme patience (which apparently nobody in my family has). We basically just drop them by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and leave them or scrape into a ball. We will throw some sprinkles on top but definitely don’t shape them into wreaths. If you can do it, I’m sure they’ll be beautiful! They taste just fine either way.

Also, you will find that your fingers will get very sticky very quickly. When they get real sticky and you can’t do anything anymore, if you wash your hands and get the marshmallows all off, you can start over and get through a bunch more.

On a complaining note, I can no longer enjoy these as I’m gluten-free and Corn Flakes and similar cereals are not. I refuse to pay the going price for small boxes of gluten-free cereals and almost all of them have sugar on them, which don’t taste the same. I have discovered that my regular Rice Krispie treat recipe works perfectly with my Rice Chex cereal. In fact, I made three batches of these within a month. Thank you, Chex cereal!

Oh, one more note! When you add your green food coloring, make sure you move your recipe out of the way or it will look like this.

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Enjoy your holiday and your Christmas wreaths!

 

Feel-Good Moment!

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I’m sure that a lot of you have seen the video of the young man saving a bunny rabbit from the wildfires that are raging in California. When I first saw this video on ABC via Twitter, I was so overwhelmed by different emotions, I needed to react to it.

In the craziness of our everyday lives on top of the politics, hatred, and negativity that we’re living with daily, this was so inspiring to me! It’s so easy to get caught up in the things that we’re dealing with, the things that are problems in our lives, that we sometimes overlook the good that we encounter or we just pass it up on our way to get things done.

The video of this young man risking his life to save a rabbit from the raging fires really hit me. It signifies all that is good in our world. Watching him, I could just feel the emotions he seemed to be experiencing. Continue reading “Feel-Good Moment!”

This Long Week

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So this is how I feel this week.

Thanksgiving’s over and it was great! This week we have to get back to normal and take care of our stuff that we ignored last week AND it’s a full one. Seems like this week is a month long, doesn’t it?

This is also the week before I bring out the Christmas spirit and start going crazy! So I clean the house, put some things away, get my stuff ready and in place…and wait for the weekend!

Hope your week is going by faster!

 

 

 

 

Where’s Our Moral Compass These Days?

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Daily now, we’re faced with the divisiveness pervading our country. Politics has really played a number with us over the past couple of years, but this isn’t about politics. At almost 60 years old, I have never in my life seen anything like it. I have seen elections play out through the years while both sides put out political ads insulting the other. I remember a time when people were criticized for doing that and that was nothing compared to how it is now. We are being subjected to behavior that is so offensive and unacceptable that my mouth literally falls open at some of what I see and hear. When did we turn into human beings that allow this type of behavior and what are we going to do about it? Continue reading “Where’s Our Moral Compass These Days?”

In Honor of Veteran’s Day

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My heartfelt gratitude to those of you that are currently serving or have served our country. I can’t begin to imagine the sacrifices you’ve made on behalf of our country. What I do know is that I appreciate each and every one of you and offer you my thanks.

As a mother, I can’t imagine the worry and the sorrow that you must go through when one of your children is away and in danger. To you and all of our veterans’ families, I want to say thank you as well. I know it’s not easy and I applaud your strength and support while your children are serving our country.

God Bless our veterans and keep them safe.