Manner Monday: Bodily Functions at the Dinner Table

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Manner Monday: Interruptions

In the world of business, we are all well aware of “interruptions” during our day.  They consist of everything from that little email “chime” on our digital device, to telephones ringing (or vibrating), and coworkers stopping by for a chat.

The other day, my five year old was in the middle of some serious Lego construction.  He was humming and singing and having a grand time.  In my efforts to keep everyone “on schedule”, I was getting ready to start chatting with him to share what was on our “to-do” list for the rest of the day.  Something stopped me in my tracks and I’m so glad it did… I decided my “interruption” could wait, as it was obvious he was focused on the project at hand.  He ended up working diligently for about 30 more minutes on his creation.  If I had interrupted him, I doubt the creation would have seen the light of day.

I know the next time I get ready to “interrupt” someone when I can clearly see they are otherwise engaged with a task… I will second guess the interruption and decide “is this interruption immediately important?” or “can it wait?”

If you are having difficulties in your office workspace with interruptions, click here to read a previous blog post on Office Space Etiquette.

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Creative Re-Purposing: Snack time

When I find something I ‘love’, ‘can’t live without’, ‘have to have’, I try to figure out how I can use it creatively… for something more than it’s original purpose.

Such as this adorable Mackenzie-Childs stacking tea set…

That we hide

snacks in…

That Billy can help himself to whenever he needs a little “pick-me-up”…

Do you have a favorite thing that you’ve “creatively repurposed”?  Please share!

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Colorful Cupcakes

Yes… I’ve been living under a rock!

Recently a friend, Kate Lewis, posted this fun tip over on her blog about tie-dye cupcakes

So I shared her post on Facebook and received many comments… apparently this is something many of you already do!

Well, this past weekend, Billy and I decided to give it a shot.

With it being the 4th of July, we decided to go with Red, White and Blue.

 

It’s amazing what a little food coloring can do!

Wa-la….

Billy had a blast making them.

He’s already asking “when can we make them again?!?!?!”

And to think… I’ve been under a rock - Wonder what else I’m missing out on!?!?!?

 

 

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Manner Monday: Finding the time to send a hand-written note

Happy Spring Break!

I know I get caught up in “getting things done”.  So much so, that I often forget how important it is to stop and take a few short minutes to write a note.  I’ve added to my calendar every Monday, to “start my week off on the write note” and actually put the pen to the paper and send an old-fashioned note to someone.  I’ve also tried to be more aware of little pockets of time when I can take advantage of the opportunity to write a note.

One such opportunity presented itself the other day.

I cannot remember the last time this actually happened.  So instead of waking him when we arrived at the store, I let him sleep a bit longer.  I turned off the car, turned off the radio and reached for my handy dandy “repurposed” day-timer and was able to get caught up on some long overdue correspondence.

Needless to say, when Billy awoke from his nap, he was refreshed and ready to go… and believe it or not, the time spent writing the notes was a just as relaxing for me.

I encourage you to take a minute during Spring Break this week and write an old-fashioned note to someone.  If you are traveling and didn’t take stationery, check with your hotel, or look for a stationery store.  Let me know how it goes!

Click here to read more about how you can “repurpose” your old day-timer.

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Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

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Manner Monday: Making thank-you note writing a fun activity

In our family, we celebrate Christmas, so the past few days have been fun-filled with family, food, presents, church, more food, and more presents.  It has been an enjoyable weekend to say the least.

Now that things have settled down for us a bit, it’s time to start writing thank-you notes.  Sunday night we sat down, as a family, to a piece of cake, a cup of milk, and note writing.  We (Billy) only made it through writing 4 thank-you notes before needing to take a break…which is completely fine with me – I don’t want to turn this into a battle.  He suggested taking a break and writing a few more tomorrow morning.  I’m all for it!  Fingers crossed, it’s working.

(Please feel free to check back with me in a few years!)

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Billy Vega and his bike

We’ve been spending our evenings riding bikes as a family.  Guapito has become pretty good and is quite the little daredevil.

Enjoy his video debut!

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Tomato Pie

The other day the Food Network was on in the background as we were getting dinner ready and we caught the tail end of Neely Brown creating some sort of Tomato Pie concoction.  I could not stop thinking about it….so we whipped up something similar.  And I do have to say, it was every bit as good as I had imagined.

We’re already planning our next tomato pie and have a long list of variations we plan to try.

Here is how we tackled our first one:

Tomatoes (we had grape tomatoes on hand, she used a red and yellow tomato for color)

Mozzarella Cheese

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Crushed Red Pepper

Pie Crust

Start by rolling out the pie crust

Next, slice tomatoes and mozzarella and place in a circle around pie crust about 2-3 inches from the edge.

Sprinkle salt and pepper and add red pepper flakes.

Fold edges of pie crust over to hold in all of the yummy goodness.

Brush edges of piecrust with olive oil, drizzle a bit of olive oil over tomatoes and bake for 35 minutes at 375.

We’re thinking about adding garlic and basil to the next one.  Maybe even some balsamic vinegar.  Perhaps some parmesan as it comes out of the oven.  The possibilities are endless!!!

…I think I’m in love!!!

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July 4: Neighborhood Parade, Rain and Smores

We had high hopes for our neighborhood parade today.

Aunt Audie came to visit and helped Guapito decorate his bike.

Then we headed out to meet with the other neighbors to get the party started.

Unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans

After drying off… we decided to punt…

Smores it is!

Life is good!!!

Even if it did rain on our parade.

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Disappearing Marshmallow rolls

Disappearing Marshmallow rolls…

AKA:  yummy goodness that gives the State Fair cinnamon roll man a run for his money.

Wow…the dietician definitely will not approve these, but they sure are tasty.  And Guapito had a blast making them.

What you will need:

2 pkg of Crescent Rolls

Marshmallows (the big ones)

½ cup of sugar & 2 tsp of cinnamon, mixed together

½ cup of butter (melted)

¼ cup of chopped nuts (if desired)

For the frosting:

½ cup Powdered Sugar

½ TBL Vanilla

2 TBL Milk

Separate the crescent rolls into triangles.

Dip each marshmallow in the melted butter (I told you the dietician would not approve) and roll in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Try to keep your ‘sous chef’ from eating the marshmallows before finishing their assigned task.

Take a crescent roll triangle and drop a few pieces of chopped nuts, then place the coated marshmallow on it and wrap up the little package.  Be sure to pinch any openings tight so the yummy goodness does not escape.

Dip the top of the ball in the melted butter and then into the cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Place the ball of yummy goodness in a muffin tin and sprinkle a few more chopped nuts on top.

There is a very good chance these little rascals will bubble over, so you may want to place a cookie sheet underneath to avoid a potential mess.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

To make the frosting:

Add milk and vanilla to the powdered sugar and stir; add more milk if necessary to make it the consistency you prefer. Just be careful not to add too much milk at one time or it will get too runny.

Remove from oven and drizzle the Frosting.

ENJOY!!!

Thanks to our Aunt Linda Kemper in Houston for passing along this fun ‘kid-friendly’ recipe!!!

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