A sweet moment

I’m a little late to the game but how sweet was Kevin Durant’s MVP speech?! ¬†Here is an excerpt in case you missed it:

“I don’t think you know what you did. You had my brother when you were 18 years old. Three years later I came out. The odds were stacked against him. Single parent with two boys by the time you were 21 years old.

“Everybody told us we weren’t supposed to be here. We moved from apartment to apartment by ourselves. One of the best memories I have is when we moved into our first apartment. No bed, no furniture, and we just all sat in the living room and hugged each other because we thought we made it.

“When something good happens to you, I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what brought me here. You woke me up in the middle of the night in the summer times. Making me run up a hill. Making me do push-ups. Screaming at me from the sidelines at my games at eight or nine years old.

“We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street, put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.” ¬†¬†–Kevin Durant

 

I have been looking at it through many perspectives.
As a child, you have many fears and worries as a kid. But having the constant support and foundation of a parent, whether it be one ir two, is extremely important.
As a mother, to hear those words after years of comfort, years of worry, years of fears.  Those words mean the world. They bring you back to those moments you held your little one on the couch and looked into their infant eyes. You promised them the world. And one day the world gave back to them.
After hearing Kevin Durant speak, he is the type of guy you want your daughter to marry. And the type of man you want your son to grow up to be. ¬†He is such a great role model for young people to look up to. It’s very refreshing in a world where media and ugliness tends to take hold.

What are your thoughts on his comments?  Comment below!

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You can have your cake (err…Goldfish) and eat it too!

Goldfish-Crackers

I finally made homemade Goldfish! I wrote this post over a month ago and just found the time to make Goldfish this weekend. It was such a simple recipe and they tasted delicious! ( I made these three days ago and they are pretty much gone.)

There are five ingredients for this recipe. You will need:

  • 8 ounces, weight¬†Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 4 Tablespoons¬†Butter, Cut Into Cubes
  • 1 cup¬†Flour
  • ¬ĺ teaspoons¬†Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons¬†Cold Water

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The directions say to use a food processor and mix all of the ingredients, except the water, together until it looks like coarse sand. I used my stand mixer and it still came out like the described texture. When it came time to add the water, the pictures show the mixture to look like a ball of dough. Mine was still sandy and loose. I’m not sure if that has to do with using the mixer or not. However, I was able to shape the ingredients together in plastic wrap and refrigerate it.

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When it came time to roll the dough out, it was still loose on the edges.  But I was able to work around that. I used 2 inch cookie cutters because it was the smallest I had. They suggested using the aluminum from a soda can to make a shape.( I do not have soda cans in the house. Nor would I be able to fashion a fish shape. I am definitely not that crafty.) Every time I made shapes and ran out of places to make more crackers, I would just roll everything back together and roll out the dough again. The coarseness of the dough eventually went away.

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I was able to make about 70 crackers. If the cookie cutter was smaller, the dough would probably make around 100 crackers. I also would make the dough thinner when I rolled it out. The crackers tasted just like a real Goldfish. However, they were a little soft in the middle. I missed the crunchy effect!

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All in all I would say this recipe deserves two thumbs up! It was very easy to follow and took less than an hour to complete. My son loves snacking on them and my husband sneaks one in every time he passes the container in the kitchen. For that reason, I know they are good!

Let us know how your Goldfish adventure turned it!

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Mother’s Day Project

May is always a month filled with birthdays and fun almost summer celebrations. Not only is my mom’s birthday in May, but my mother-in-law’s is in May as well (their birthdays are a day apart!). Their birthdays also happen to be about a week before Mother’s Day. So, when it comes to finding cute projects made by my little guy, I need to find them in one fell swoop. Grandma’s love homemade projects from their grandkids.

Today’s post is an easy, but really cute, project that any child can do. This is even young toddler easy. ¬†Since Mother’s Day is this Sunday, this could be an activity that you and your little ones can do this week. You can even do it on Saturday¬† (the day before) it is that simple. I found this on Pinterest and tweaked it a little bit.

Here are the supplies you will need:

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1. Paint ( I used washable since it involves fingerpainting)

2. Thick paper (you can use cardstock or I used Watercolor Paper)

3. Letter Stickers or Masking tape

4. Picture Frame

The steps are as follows:

1. Choose what you want the picture to say. I chose to have it say “Love You Grammy”. The picture on pinterest¬† shows it says “Love”. Once you have chosen the saying, arrange the letters on the paper. You can get crafty in how you want to arrange them. Since this was my first time trying this, I took the easy route.

**The directions on the site said to use masking tape and create the letters that way. I tried and I couldn’t get the letters right. If you can do it, by all means use the masking tape. I decided on the stickers.**

2. Here is the part your child will love! Choose however many colors you want on the paper (we went with two). Then pour some on a paper plate and let your child dip their hands in the paint. Then let them fingerpaint away all over the paper.

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3. Once they have finished painting, let it dry. The paint I used took about an hour.

4. When the paint is dry peel the stickers off and you have an amazing painting created by your little one. You can choose to frame it like I did. Or you can leave it as is. (The site showed the project being done on a canvas. That may be something you choose to do.)

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There you go! This was such an easy project but extremely cute. Grandmas (and Moms) will love to display this in their house!

I hope you have fun with this project. Let us know if you changed the project in any way. And let us know of any other cute projects you may be doing for Mother’s Day. See you tomorrow!

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Mrs. Z’s Kitchen Tip Fridays!

           I want to wish my mom a very Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for all that you do and hope your day is super special!!

 

Here is Mrs. Z’s Kitchen Tip Fridays. Who’s excited? !
My family has taco night….a lot!¬† Not only is it yummy but it’s super easy to prepare. In the past, I would use packaged taco seasoning to spice up the meat. If you have ever looked at the ingredients on the package, it isn’t pretty.¬† Here are some examples:

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I found a quick and easy recipe for making your own taco mix. Here it is:
Ingredients
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
Pinch of salt

Just mix all of the ingredients together and that’s it. You can adjust the amount of chili powder depending on your spiciness meter. Simple and not a bit of processed gunk in it :). Here is another recipe that is slightly different, along with some other good information.
Enjoy!!

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In honor of #tbt

Sometimes the littlest thing triggers a memory. It will stop you right in your tracks. You are present, however, your mind takes you to another time.

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Perhaps this place your mind takes you to is a long concrete front yard. One side has grass and the other is the patio per say. There is a charcoal grill warming up in the corner. (That smell is the trigger of all of this.) Webbed folding chairs line the yard in hues of orange, green, yellow, and blue. A red, wooden, old school picnic table is filled with “the old folk”. A few “youngins” are part of the group as well. A poker game is being played. Even though the bets are in pennies, this game is being taken pretty seriously.

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On the grass are the rest of the “youngins”. Young ones. Old ones. They just blend in a sea of togetherness. A ball is being kicked around. Hide and seek is well underway. A laugh here. Conversations mingling there. And then a creaking sounds breaks the conundrum. More visitors have come through the black wrought iron front gate. Conversations stop. Hugs ensue. Smiles and handshakes everywhere.

In the midst of all of this, a face. A smile. That knowing look of “This is my family and I love it”. The glue that bound us altogether. That glue still holds to this day. Miles and miles may separate us. Life may take us in different directions. But there is that togetherness. The knowledge that you are part of something that is bigger than any of us.

Over ten years have come and gone since that face and that smile were with us. Wow! More than ten years. Life goes on. But the thought of living a full life without the voices. Without the laughter. It seems unfair at times. The stories will endure. The togetherness will be there. However, there is that presence that is there but isn’t.

Then life reels you back in and you are taken out of the memory. It slips away as quickly as it appeared. Hold on to the memories. There will be another trigger that brings them back. You hold the key to the past. Just keep it close to your heart. You will never be without :).

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The comma is mightier than the pen

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If you have been an avid reader of this blog, you have probably noticed my use of commas. Or, maybe, you haven’t paid any attention to them at all. According to this article from Huffington Post, one man discusses how commas may be a thing of the past in our life time.

Really? I can hear the screams of English teachers and professors around the world! One example the article gave was this statement: “Let’s eat, Grandma”. Now, let’s see how it would sound without the comma: “Let’s eat Grandma”. Well, that doesn’t sound right. The comma is mightier than the pen (corny, I know :) ).

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I know my comma placement might not always be 100% accurate. However, I feel that my placement of the comma gives my reader an understanding of content. I think if commas were eliminated it would be extremely hard for me to understand the meaning of the written text. So, to the mighty comma: Keep calm and carry on!

Here is one more corny comma picture:

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Hehe! It got a chuckle out me me ;).

What are your thoughts on getting rid of the comma? Comment below!

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Rainy Day Poetry

Rainy days are so cozy and lazy. They always feel like days where you can recharge your batteries. On this rainy day, I remembered a poem I use to do with my students in class. April is poetry month and I use to love delving into poems. I loved opening their eyes to the different interpretations. (Due to all of this Common Core nonsense, I am not even sure if they still have time for a poetry unit. So sad.)

Here is one of my favorite poems:

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April Rain Song by: Langston Hughes

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

 

It just gives you that warm fuzzy feeling when you read it. And Langston Hughes was an amazing poet! Here is one more of his poems:

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Dreams by: Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Hopefully these poems will get you through this dreary day. And if you happen to be part of a beautiful sunny day, I hope these poems add to the beauty of your day :).

Let me know your favorite Langston Hughes poem. Or any poem that inspires you :).

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Sometimes it is the little things :)

I will start by saying I am not the neatest person in the world. I don’t know how people keep their homes looking like museums and they have kids. I envy those people. I wish I could keep my house neat. It is by no means dirty. There is just stuff, namely baby toys, everywhere. Sigh. How I long sometimes for those Saturday mornings pre-baby when I would clean and organize the whole house in 4 hours.

There are somethings that I do try to keep as organized as possible. One of those are my kitchen cabinets. Thank you to the person who invited baby proofing because my cabinets are one of the few places he can not destroy! The other day my husband was the best husband ever: he emptied the dishwasher after the cycle was done. He is the best since that particular day had seemed like a very long day! I had no energy after my little one went to bed to empty a dishwasher.

When I was making my son breakfast the next morning I opened the cabinet door and this is what I saw:

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Now I appreciate his effort, and I know you are all going to think I am crazy, but everything is out of order. Big plates are mixed in with small plates. One style dish is mixed in with other style dishes. Mugs are all over the place. Yes, I definitely get bothered by little things like that. It bothered me so much that after breakfast I had to fix it. This was my finished piece:

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To some this may not mean anything. To me it is everything. Am I a tad overboard? Possibly. But in the end it comes down to one thing: I love my husband for cleaning out the dishwasher!

 

Mrs. Z’s Quick Kitchen Tip Friday!

You know what today is: Mrs. Z’s Quick Kitchen Tip!!

How many of you enjoy eating cheese? I will be honest and say that I love it! I can eat cheese and olives with a nice glass of wine all of the time. However, I am quite sure the popular cheese brands are not non-GMO friendly.

Well, Mrs. Z is here to save the day! I was shopping at Fairway the other day and saw a for sale sign for cheese. What I found got me so excited. The brand of cheese on sale was called Rumiano cheese. On further inspection of the package, I found the Non-GMO Project verification symbol on it! I nearly jumped up and down in the dairy aisle.

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For an 8 ounce package, Fairway charges $5.99. It is on sale for $3.99 until May 1. I bought two packages and I plan on buying more next week. ¬†I went on to the Rumiano cheese website and they also sell their cheeses online. They charge $3 per 8 ounce package. Shipping was $3.95 for me. So, it is cheaper to buy it in the store. However, it is a great option for those who don’t have access to the cheese in their own supermarkets.

As far as the taste, the mozzarella is so creamy and tastes fresh. The Rumiano mozzarella is harder and not flimsy like other brands. I have yet to taste the Cheddar that I purchased. I am sure it is just as great!

I hope this quick kitchen tip was helpful! And here is to non-GMO cheese eating!

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