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How I Became A Grown Up

Mother of Serendipity

Flying across the Atlantic the other night I found the movie Wish I Was Here, written by Adam & Zachary Braff. Zach Braff also plays the lead. About 35 minutes into the film I paused it, and the following flowed out. 

Do you want to know when you really become a grown up? It’s when you have to take care of your parent/guardian/whathaveyou.  

The day you realize you’re the caregiver. That the balance has shifted on your scales. 
 
For a litany of reasons that I’m not delving into, I was the official decision maker as my mom lay dying in a hospital. 
 
My dad was on the other side of town, in a different hospital, & working his way back to mom. 
 
My brother, let’s call him Daniel, was the one who lived closer. He had a wife & a gaggle of kids. I lived 6…

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Sunday Confessions: First Love

Love is in the air…

Mother of Serendipity

…You were my first love  
And you’ll be my last love 
I’ll be true to you… 
Ever since More Than Cheese And Beer posted this week’s confession prompt, I’ve been trying to figure out who I would consider my “first love.”
 
Surely not Steven, my 1st grade beau. He may have gotten the inaugural kiss, but I can’t say I loved him. 
 
So I mentally scrolled through the years, recalling heady days when love was budding & coming to blossom. Memories replayed like home movies, each love story flickering in my mind to it’s own soundtrack. 
 
The more I thought about those young loves the louder the music seemed to play. 
 
Eventually the music brought me around to a montage of family camping trips. Love of family? Could that qualify as a first love? 

Maybe one of my favorite singers from my childhood? John Denver &…

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Influenced Insanity

The Angrivated Mom

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It’s hard to love yourself when no one ever wants to stay,

When family and friends are easy to forget you even have a name.

It’s hard to love your life, graciously gifted without wanting,

When family and friends taunt you with so many reasons to feel ashamed.

It’s a challenge to accept yourself the deplorable way you were forged,

When family and friends beg mercilessly for everything about you to be changed.

It’s a challenge to accept the fate written for you by the stars,

When family and friends make it clear that you are delusionally deranged.

It’s a struggle to be brave and face each day with hopeful optimism,

When family and friends are brazenly pessimistic about your valueless worth.

It’s a struggle to be brave and face each day through the agony plaguing your mind,

When family and friends don’t see a purpose in you being here…

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Can you make simple swaps for more healthful (but still yummy) muffins?

#MealPrepSundays

Mother of Serendipity

Me, I like a firm banana.

No, this is not a euphemism. In my book a good banana is still a bit green. Really, I’d rather need a knife to cut into it, then ever put a mushy fruit in my mouth. I seem to have passed this preference geneticly to my kids. Or they heard me gag one too many times as I tried to serve them overripe bananas & took a hint.

Now, we all know that no matter how green those bananas look in the store, they will be half-way to brown by the next morning. It’s also a well known fact one should probably keep their DBI (daily banana intake) to a single serving a day, because devouring too many of those wonderful fruits can have intestinal repercussions.

So what is a banana-loving mom to do with all the “that’s-too-mushy-for-my-mouth” leftovers? How many ziplock baggies of…

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Easy Snackity Pita Pizzas

Oh my yum.

Reese Speaks

Hey, Readers!

I’ve been in the kitchen again!  This time, it was with my boyfriend/partner.  He is the ‘chef’ in our family, and let me tell you, I cannot complain!  He is so clever and can come up with some of the tastiest meals out of nothing.

One evening, my other half showed me how to make these super delicious Easy Snackity Pita Pizzas!  Now, we like to shake things up from ordering a pizza by putting together this yummy dish.

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Easy Snackity Pita Pizzas

Listed below are the ingredients you will need for the Easy Snackity Pita Pizza you see in the picture above:

  • 4 loafs of large pita bread
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 container of bocconcini cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 cup loosely chopped spinach
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 6 pieces of prosciutto
  • 4 cooked chopped strips of bacon

Directions:

1)  Pre-heat…

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Like it or Lump It: Let’s Play Nice

As it’s Thursday, and the anniversary of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, a little #throwback on why we should all play nice. #TBT

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Well, hello Drama…

So yesterday I posted this Esquire article “PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN’S FINAL SECRET” on my personal Facebook page. Several of my friends picked it up and shared as well, including a friend who tagged me in her post.  Meaning I got notified about comments being made.

The first comment she got on the article was, in my opinion, extraordinarily negative, cynical & borderline hateful. I am not going to copy it verbatim, because it is not mine to share. Frankly the tone was so nasty it made me a bit sick. Basically, it stated that we should stop caring about the death of famous people who would not reciprocate if the situation were reversed & that Philip Seymour Hoffman deserved to die because he was, in the end, a selfish junkie. And furthermore, the police only cared about the case because it was high profile. All of these…

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In a Whiz – Chimichurri into Aioli – It’s All Good

Need a little something to spice up your favorite dishes? Try this!

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Confession time: Sometimes I get a little overzealous buying greens. 

Maybe it’s because I have access to about 15 different produce and farmers markets in my little corner of NYC. Maybe it’s because my intensions are often better than my eating habits. Regardless, I end up with a, sad, wilted, and unappetizing. 

Rather than waste these abandoned lettuces littering my crisper drawer, I went in search of a recipe that I could hide them in — and I found one! The Chimichurri recipe found in Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen’s book, It’s All Good, which calls for Italian parsley and cilantro. 

I know, I know, not all greens are alike. But I am one of those lucky humans who tastes soap when I eat cilantro, so I’ve been substituting it with arugula for years. Why not just replace the parsley with the sad looking red chard or kale or spinach that I…

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