Trix Or Treats

I did something today that I have never done in my adult life.

I purchased a box of Trix cereal.

I have serious issues with the Trix Rabbit because years ago, “Trix Rabbit” was my nickname.

Before orthodontic intervention, my teeth were a hot mess. Because of that, a couple of boys in my Jr. High (now called Middle School) home room nicknamed me “Trix Rabbit”.  I haven’t been able to stand the sight of that stupid rabbit since then.

And even though I looked nothing like that idiotic rabbit, I have since refused to buy the cereal because it reminded me of those stupid boys calling me a stupid name.

Just to be clear, this is the way I looked back then,

It’s been 25 years, but I have never forgotten their words.

Fast forward to 2013.

I was snooping around on Pinterest and found a recipe for Trix treats. I knew immediately this was something the boys would like. The only problem is, I don’t buy Trix cereal.

But this morning?

I bought some butter, a bag of mini-marshmallows and Lord, help me, a box of Trix cereal.

Doesn’t it look like the Trix Rabbit is going after those marshmallows?

If you’ve spent any amount of time around here, you know that I have a few requirements for making a recipe.

  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Fail proof  (this one *might* be a stretch because it doesn’t take much for me to mess something up in the kitchen)

Ingredients

  • 1 regular size bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 box of Trix cereal (about 9 cups)
  • ¼ cup butter

Instructions

  • Place the marshmallows and butter in a glass bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, 30 seconds.
  • Grease a 9×13 pan
  • Stir butter and marshmallow mixture.
  • Pour mixture over Trix and stir until all cereal is well coated. (It will be tough to stir, but keep at it!)
  • Spoon (or SHOVE in this case) into a large 9×13 pan and press down with a spoon.
  • Cut and enjoy.

Aren’t they pretty?

While I will probably never be a big fan of the Trix Rabbit, I am a HUGE fan of the Trix Treats.

And you will be, too!

Happy Halloween, y’all!

What I Learned This Week

It’s been a crazy busy few days. Over the weekend, McDaddy and I attended a Jeep Jamboree in Williamsburg, Kentucky (so yes, there are some lessons from the Jeep Trail) and I spent most of today unpacking and doing laundry.

And now this week, I’m in full-on Halloween/Alex’s birthday party/Alex’s class Halloween party week. Back in 2005, my OB Doctor called to say that I was pregnant with a big baby and did I want to go ahead and schedule my C-Section? I excitedly picked November 1st because me and my OCD like nice round numbers.

November 1st – as in, the day after Halloween. November 1st – as in, the first week of the month, which means McDaddy always has drill that weekend. November 1st – as in, always the same week as the school Halloween parties.

And every year at this time, I kick myself for my lack of forethought.

But just like Gloria Gaynor, I will survive.

Here’s what I learned this week:

1. According to a fella on the Jeep Jamboree trail, you can never have too much fan.

2. When you’re on the Jeep trail and you have to use the “restroom,” remember, it’s women on the right, and men on the left. WHY? Because women are always right.

3. If you’re wheelin’ with other “Jeep Peeps” it is important to ALWAYS keep the Jeep behind you in sight at all times.

4. When your Blackberry begins to recite the Bible to you, and you are unable to SHUT THE BLACKBERRY UP, it might have you to wondering, What is the Lord trying to tell me?

5. According to McDaddy it is tough to get white road-paint off of a chili-pepper red Saturn Sky. YIKES, Y’ALL.

6. There is at least one fella working the customer service desk at Kohls that has no business servicing customers. *coughEUGENEcough*

7. The staff at our local Chick-fil-a goes above and beyond every single time I am in there. Most recently, the young guy working the dining room accompanied my mom (who uses a wheelchair) and I to the car with an umbrella in the pouring rain. I have never experienced service quite like this in any other restaurant, ever. And today I called to tell them so.

8. The battery in the SKY key-fob is deader than 4 o’clock. I don’t really know what that means, it’s just something I say all the time.

9. The battery in my beloved iPhone 5 is on my LAST NERVE. I might suck at math but last time I checked 20% was equivalent to 1/5.  Twenty percent should not equal dead.

That’s what I learned this week.

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It’s All Good. Or Something Like That.

I had a wonderful weekend with McDaddy and our friends, Brian and Kelley. We attended a Jeep Jamboree in Williamsburg, Kentucky, which means we spent two action-packed days in the Jeep crawling over rocks, and plowing through mud holes.

There were 180 Jeeps representing 25 states and Canada.

The good news is: We did not end up COVERED IN MUD as we did last year.

Hallelujah and Amen.

Instead, we kept our top (the JEEP top, I mean) and doors ON, AND, we proceeded very slowly through the mud holes.

The bad news is: The shirt that I wore on Saturday (which is also the same shirt I was wearing during the crazy mud splattering episode) still shows some signs of the mud which shouldn’t be a surprise considering how it looked last year.

The good news is: I actually had a REALLY good time and remained calm throughout the entire weekend, even when McDaddy was barreling up a group of rocks that in my opinion we had no business barreling up.

The bad news is: McDaddy scared the ever-livin-daylights out of me when he walked out onto this rock that was every bit as dangerous as it looks.

The good news is: This guy put new tires and a three-inch lift on the JEEP before the Jamboree which means that climbing rocks and clearing stuff was much easier than it would have been three weeks ago.

The bad news is: This guy put new tires and a three-inch lift on the JEEP before the Jamboree which means I can barely get up in the thing now.

You know what?

I love him anyway.

The good news is: We saw some fantastic views on our trail ride on Friday.

The bad news is: According to a local, the fall foliage is about two weeks behind in turning so most of the trees were still green.

Still?

A beautiful weekend in the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee.

How did you spend your weekend?

The Smartest Kid

Ask any parent about their child, and they would probably tell you that theirs is smartest, cutest kids on the planet. We all love sharing things about our kids – from pictures to funny things they do.

In my case though, I have the TWO smartest, cutest kids on the planet. (But that’s another post for another day.)

My wise eight-year-old told me a few weeks back that VY Canis majoris is the biggest star in the universe, and it is brighter than the sun. (And just to prove to you that he is wise, his mother had to Google the whole VY Canis majoris thing, because she had never heard of it!)

My wise ten-year-old shares his wisdom with me daily. Often times I have to wonder where I was when I should have learned the fact that he is sharing with me. I was probably too busy talking sharing wise words with others in school.

The Campbell’s Soup Company “discovered” the Wisest Kid in the Whole World. He is an eight-year-old boy (my Alex is also eight!) who has the collective wisdom of kids everywhere and is the ultimate authority on what makes kids happy. (Legos and video games make my kids happy!) He knows all the secrets to kid contentment, and Campbell’s is inviting parents all over the world to share your kid’s wisest words. The idea behind the new campaign is to remind us that kids actually have a great deal of wise things to share about a lot of different things. (And in my case, those wise things are often facts about number two. Yes, boys are a JOY.) Recently, I prepared brussel sprouts for dinner. They were not impressed. Nor were they happy.

Through their recipe destination www.campbellskitchen.com, Campbell’s gives you a fresh way to delight your family (new, kid-friendly recipes like Mini Chicken Pot Pies, and fun ways for your kids to eat tomato soup or chicken noodle soup). They are quick, easy and best of all, your kids will love them.

And, even if you’re not in the mood to try a new recipe *ahem* Campbell’s soup is a great meal all by itself. (Of course if you know us, you know we also include a grilled cheese sandwich with our soup around here.) My favorite Campbell’s soup has always been vegetable. And my wise kids enjoy it too!

How is a kid in your life like the world’s wisest kid?

Wired And Tired

Here’s a little story
About a girl who got wired
She stopped breathing in her sleep
And she was ALWAYS tired.

She went to see a sleep Doctor
And among other things he said,
It might help to come to my lab
And attach a bunch of wires to your head.

She was scheduled for her second study
And thought, “It sure sucks to be me!”
This box and all these wires are crazy
As you can plainly see.

The first study was done weeks ago,
But then she had to show up again,
She had wires all over her body
And they put two of them on her chin.

Along with the bulky C-PAP mask,
They glued crazy crap all in her head
The tech then turned out the lights
And watched her sleep in a bed.

If you stop breathing in your sleep,
We’ll turn up pressure in the mask
Oh my dear heavenly day,
Sleeping like this was no easy task.

The tech said I hope you sleep real well
Finding the right pressure is key,
She was busy making a wish
She wouldn’t fart or have to pee.

Can you imagine sleeping like this?
No, it’s sure not fun.
At the end of the sleep study
They unhooked her and then she was done.

The mask is definitely needed
That’s what the Doctor said,
Unless you want to take the chance,
Of waking up dead.

Okay, I’ll wear the stupid mask
But I’ll also wear a frown
And hopefully McDaddy can quickly get used
To hearing the whooshing sound

Lord knows the romance will now be gone
But hopefully so will the snoring
And I am praying that at the very least
I’ll feel rested in the morning.

THE END

As you can see, I learned a lot this week.

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Designing My Mudroom

For more than a year, McDaddy and I have been making plans to turn our fifth bedroom into a mudroom. The room is off of the garage, but when we moved into our home, there was no door connecting the room to the garage because apparently the people who owned the house before us were crazy people who didn’t feel a need for the garage to be accessible from inside the house.

It took about fourteen minutes after closing on our home for McDaddy to decide that the first project up in here would be to cut a hole in the basement wall and put a door in.

And that’s precisely what he did.

So, the fifth bedroom – as it was listed on the house description – became a fifth bedroom with garage access. In addition to the room being more useful (because now McDaddy could get to the basement bathroom from the garage) the room became a catch-all because aside from walking through the room from the garage, we rarely spent any amount time in there.

Then, I started spending time on Pinterest.

And I saw all these beautiful mudrooms.

And the proverbial wheels started turning.

And like I do every time I get a wild hair up my you-know-what I began my mudroom campaign talking to McDaddy about turning the big, handy room off of the garage into a mudroom.

I started a Pinterest board called Designing My Mudroom and I started pinning like a crazy person.

Have I mentioned how much I love Pinterest?

Soon after that, I asked my dad if it would be possible to build a wall-unit and I showed him several pictures of units I pinned to my DMM Board, and explained how I’d like more shelves because OH MY WORD WE HAVE LOTS OF JUNK.

If I had any sense, I would have taken a picture of the drawing my dad made based on the description I gave him, because it was impressive. 

Soon after deciding to remodel the room, we started to shop for flooring. We settled on wood-grain foam flooring, and ordered it soon after that. That flooring is in boxes in our basement and I can’t tell you how excited I am to get the floor installed. But that’s another story for another day.

Anyway.

My dad’s friend, Frank has a workshop. The two of them spent several days working to get the wood cut and prepared.

 

And you can imagine my excitement as I watched the wall unit starting to come together.

That’s Frank on the left and my Daddy on the right.

And here’s my daddy attaching the hooks that will eventually hold our jackets. (HI DAD!)

Now.

Do you see all that fancy chair rail on top of the unit?

That was all my dad. I assumed that it would just be a flat board on top because it is so close to the ceiling. I never dreamed he would make it so fancy, but OH MY HEAVENLY DAY, I LOVE IT!

Nor did I have any idea that he and Frank would make the shelves on the sides adjustable, BUT SWEET HALLELUJAH I LOVE OPTIONS!

You can imagine my excitement when I walked into the room to see this.

I plan to use scrapbook stickers to put our names on each of our shoe bins. Additionally, I have asked my friend Jill to make a denim cushion for the area just above the shoe bins. And as bad as I straight-up HATE to wait, I. MUST. WAIT. because Jill is busy making a Halloween costume for her daughter.

And speaking of WAITING.

I won’t be waiting long before telling McDaddy to GET THESE FRIGGIN’ JEEP TIRES OUT OF THE ROOM, so we can clear out the room and get the new flooring down.

I’ll share the pictures just as soon as we get the floor done.

Stay tuned….

What I Learned This Week

The boys had the day off from school. I am so happy that we commemorate Columbus Day, not so much because he decided to load up some boats and look for a whole new world, but mostly because I appreciate any opportunity that allows me to sleep in past 6:40 in the AM.

In a moment of weakness, I agreed to spend this day off shopping for Halloween costumes… which really translates to shopping for cool weapons and then choosing a costume to go with them. For that reason, G.I. Joe will be carrying a Ninja Katana Double Sword Backpack this year.

Besides that, here’s what I learned this week:

1. Nothing makes the counter workers at McDonalds come alive quite like a school bus pulling onto the parking lot.

2. If you intend to mail a transfer case through the mail, you should know that the box will look like it went through a war-zone by the time it arrives at it’s final destination.

3. Spider guts are not easily removed from vinyl siding.

4. When you are a grown adult chasing another grown adult with a can of silly string, you should probably make sure the sprayer is turned away from you. And you should probably keep your big mouth closed while doing so.

5. The “B” in Junie B. Jones’ name stands for Beatrice. And she doesn’t like it.

6. Valentin Chmerkovskiy dances much better with his shirt off.

7. Judge Judy says, “Just a second” A WHOLE BUNCH.

8. Tim Hawkins is my new favorite comedian.

9. If you have six red potatoes, some butter, minced onion, salt, pepper, and garlic salt, you can make a mean side dish.

10. There are A LOT of Broadway Shows playing right now.

11. OH, AND MCDADDY IS TAKING ME TO NEW YORK CITY FOR A 40th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION NEXT MONTH!!!!

That’s what I learned this week.

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Honk If Parts Fall Off

Some days, these blog posts just write themselves.

The following is a true story.

11:23 AM – Call my friend Jessica to see if she’d like to run to a Primitive Shop and lunch after I finish popping popcorn at Alex’s school. Though she would love to go, she is in the middle of cleaning house and needs to finish up the laundry.

11:31 AM – Climb into the JEEP with my friend Tricia headed to a nearby town with a great Primitive shop and Mexican restaurant.

11:42 AM – Hear a “rumbling” sound coming from the front passenger side of the JEEP.

11:44 AM – Talk to Tricia as the “rumbling” gets louder.

11:45 AM – Pull off on the side of the road and come to a complete stop.

11:46 AM – Pull out onto the road, slowly speed up.

11:47 AM – Hear the rumbling again once the JEEP hits 65 miles per hour.

11:48 AM – Become agitated that this crap didn’t happen when McDaddy was driving because he would know what to do. Decide I should probably get off at the next exit and call him to complain find out what to do.

11:49 AM – Look in my rearview mirror. Grab the wheel with both hands. Move into the lane closest to the emergency lane on the off-chance that I need to get off of the road quickly.

11:50 AM – Hear a BIG, LOUD, CRAZY, THUMP and decide quickly that we’ve popped a tire. Pull into the emergency lane, without incident.

11:51 AM – Get out of the JEEP and proceed to the passenger side to check the tire.

11:52 AM – The tire is fine. My nerves are not.

11:53 AM – Notice something in the road several feet behind where we were stopped.

This is the “something”

11:54 AM – Risk life and limb on a busy highway to walk back to the “something” and decide that it most likely came off of the JEEP. Touch it quickly to determine if it is hot. Decide that the middle is warm and LIKE AN IDIOT stick my fingers into the holes on the end to carry it back to the JEEP.

11:55 AM – Burn the you-know-what out of my finger. Howl like a wolf.

11:56 AM – Walk back to the JEEP to look for a way to get the HOT “something” back to the JEEP.

11:57 AM – Find a towel in the back of the JEEP. Walk back to the “thing” and pick it up with the towel.

11:58 AM – Take the thing back to the JEEP and take a picture to send to McDaddy.

11:59 AM – Receive a call from McDaddy that says something like, “Please tell me that is not off of the JEEP.” Followed by, “It is the drive shaft.”

12:00 PM – Verify that yes, indeed it fell from our JEEP as best as we can tell, and also that there is a pinkish-red fluid dripping from the bottom of the JEEP, tell him about my burnt finger, and mention that we could have been killed.

12:01 PM – McDaddy tells me that I am nuts, instructs me to put the JEEP in four-wheel drive and move it away from the road, place the key under the mat, and find a ride home (because he is working out-of-town).

12:02 PM – Explain that I will move it closer to the guard rail and find a way home. Whine about my burnt finger.

12:03 PM – Discover that the JEEP will not budge. Put the JEEP into neutral and steer it as Tricia pushes the vehicle closer to the guard rail.

12:04 PM – Discover this puddle of fluid. Call McDaddy to tell him about the puddle of fluid and tell him that the JEEP will not budge.

12:05 PM – Call my friend Jessica, convey a short version of the story to her and ask if she is available to take a break from her house-cleaning to rescue two damsels in distress.

12:06 PM – Get all nervous when a car pulls off of the road and a stranger approaches us. Confirm that our ride is on its way, and politely thank the gentleman for stopping. Silently thank God we weren’t nabbed or robbed.

12:08 PM – Commiserate with Tricia about the incident while trying to get my blood pressure back to a reasonable level. Complain about my burnt finger, and agree with her, that yes, we could have been killed.

12:12 PM –  Get all nervous all over again when a second stranger stops to offer help.

12:16 PM – Pile into Jessica’s Expedition and thank her over and over for picking us up. Offer to treat her to lunch if she has the time. Show her my burnt finger.

12:17 PM – Pull into the restaurant and tell Tricia and Jessica about a scene on Cheer Perfection where one of the moms peed on a burn to relieve the pain. Contemplate peeing on my own finger because OH MY WORD, THE PAIN!!!!

12:19 PM – Can you guess what happened in the bathroom?

12:23 PM – Return to the table, anxious to confirm that yes, the pee took the sting out of the burn. (You’re welcome!) And then confirm that I washed my hands thoroughly.

12:26 PM – Order an ice-cold Coca-Cola classic that I sucked down like a boss because my nerves were shot.

1:49 PM – Leave the restaurant.

1:56 PM – Pass by the “scene” and call McDaddy to tell him the JEEP has already been towed to the shop.

2:10 PM – Arrive back at my house in time to pick Alex up from school.

2:12 PM – Pull this out of the garage

and hope it is more reliable than the last vehicle I drove.

3:14 PM – Find out from McDaddy that the transfer case will need replaced along with the drive shaft.

3:15 PM – Remind him that he should be happy that’s all he has to replace, because after all, I could have been killed. And spend the rest of the week looking for life insurance policies in my name.

Like I said, sometimes this crazy writes itself.

Decorating For Fall

It’s hard to welcome Fall with open arms when it’s 90-some degrees every other day. I am waiting patiently to cook up a crock-pot of chili or a big ol bucket of vegetable soup on a cold, crisp day.

Although I’ve been burning Pumpkin Cupcake and Pumpkin Pecan Waffle candles for more than a month, it has taken me a little longer to get all of my fall décor in order. I have moved this stuff around for weeks (because I am an indecisive crazy person) but as of today, I think I’ve got it all where I want it.

I am most excited about my front porch.

though I have no idea what is up with my front door. (Shadows maybe?) Let the record reflect that I have kept the mum alive for an entire week

I study Pinterest to get porch ideas but mine never quite turns out like anything I see on there.

I picked up this cute little bench at a primitive shop earlier this week.

The lady at the shop suggested I coat the bench with polyurethane to protect it from the elements.

I plan to do that this weekend.

This guy hangs out on the other side of the door.

And here’s a close-up of my front door (and also one of my favorite fall décor pieces).

Unfortunately I forgot about this little fella when I repainted my front door. Leave it to me to paint my door the same color as his shirt. Kinda makes me think I should have left it sage green.

Have I mentioned that I just love fall?

Moving inside, my dining-room table is plain and simple. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with Longaberger.

I just love it!

Our great room includes our living room, dining room and kitchen. The living room portion is all decked out for fall. The basket shown in the middle of the table is a Longaberger cake basket. I purchased the pumpkin lid during a trip to Dresden a couple of years ago. It makes me smile. (They also had a snowman lid which I did not buy. That does NOT make me smile because every year when I get the pumpkin lid out for fall, I think about the snowman one too!)

I picked up the smaller items at Big Lots and Crafts 2000.

Our living room features a large bay window. I decorate it for every season.

I picked up the sunflower bowl at Big Lots one day last week. They have a really nice line of fall décor and I just love it! (I typically place assorted size boxes in the window and then throw a table-cloth or sheet on top of the boxes.) The wooden picture on the right is actually one of our church bulletins decoupaged onto a wooden square. I love that one of the ladies from our church taught us how to do that at a ladies retreat a few years back.

The coffee table falls victim to movement pretty frequently because the boys sometimes sit on the table when they play the Wii, or use the table for a race track for their cars. (I am a firm believer that scratches only add to the personality of a coffee table and there will come a day when I will look back on the table and long for another CARS race around its perimeter.)

I’ve been toying with the idea of moving these three glass cylinders to the coffee table. The only problem is that they are tall and I feel like they distract from the television which sits directly in front of the coffee table.

I love this little end table display (but I HATE candy corn!)

And if you haven’t tried a pumpkin candle from Bath and Body, I suggest you get your tail end over there right now! (In the interest of full disclosure, I am not being compensated to say anything about B&B candles. It just so happens they are my favorite candles and they smell yummy!)

That’s fall around here, y’all!

What I Learned This Week

It is October in West Virginia. That translates to Bi-Polar weather. For instance, at our baseball game on Sunday, it was hot and sunny and I was such a hot mess when we got home that I had to take a bath before evening church. And then today when I left the house to take Alex to school, I was so cold I was sitting in the drop-off line shivering. I love fall, but honest to goodness I wish the weather would make up its mind. If I had my way it would be a straight 75 degrees year-round, but unfortunately no one ever calls to ask my opinion.

The first thing I’ve learned is that I better have a sweatshirt handy when deciding to go out in a short-sleeved shirt, or spending the evening at the ball-field.

Here’s what else I learned.

2. There is a city in West Virginia called Cairo, but it is pronounced KAY-RO.

3. There is at least one *cough* person *cough* on the planet who is not familiar with Duck Dynasty.

4. It is possible to become fast-friends.

5. My IRL friend Heather was on Dr. Oz this week.

6. It makes me all kinds of happy that Heather is now my IN REAL LIFE friend.

7. There is a fine line between cooking bacon and burnt bacon.

8. I can work a mall like nobody’s business.

9. It is rarely ever a good idea to wear a new pair of shoes to a six-hour conference.

10. When you purchase educational APPS from iTunes in bulk, you can get most of them for half the price.

11. Freedom Homes has a modular home for sale called the Si Pad.

That’s what I learned this week.

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