Funny Reblog

In an effort to share the smiles…

Read this funny convo between the author of Pragmacat and her housemate (I’m guessing).

She titled it FANCY LIVING.

Me: I’m hungry.
Mark: You could try some of the Easy Mac.
Mark: How is it?
Me: Not as good as the real thing.
Mark: *eyebrow raise*


That is all.

Enjoy your day.


Storybook Detectives and GF Blueberry Cookies

We had a box of blueberries in the fridge, starting to turn into blueberry raisins.  My husband threatened to toss them out unless I could find a use for them.  I snickered.  “You could just eat them… open mouth, insert blueberry.”  He sneered, “Those blueberries are bitter.  I’ll open trash, insert blueberry, if that’ll make you happy.”  I laughed. He laughed.

In an attempt to make better than bitter blueberries I set my detective daughter on a hunt, for the perfect blueberry cookies recipe.  She found many.  But not the one we were looking for.  We had to improvise.  We made the dough the night before and let it chill until morning.  Then we baked those babies at 375 degrees for eleven minutes.

3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup GF flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 TBS milk
2 cups blueberries


My detective son said, “I suspect these are not really cookies at all…”  I gave him a sidelong glance with a question on my face. “Oh yeah?”
“Nope,” he replied, “Not cookies. These are blueberry cake-ys.”
With the Bitter Blueberry mystery solved we moved on, bellies full of sweet blueberry cake-ys, waiting for another mystery to rise from the depths of the fridge.

Until next time…
This is the Storybook Detective Agency signing off.

Educational Youtube

We ship a lot of merchandise and sometimes we run across interesting addresses like:

Mr. British Soandso
PO Box 1234
London City, London EC2P 2EJ
England, United Kingdom

London – London?  What?  So we looked up this London City place, inside London, inside England, inside the UK on Google and found C.G.P. Grey.

C.G.P. Grey shares information in a fast-paced slide show format on youtube.  London City led to the Vatican City Pope/King and a definition of the only surviving electoral monarchy in the world today.  About ten videos later we came up for air.  The videos we watched fell under the political science umbrella, and were entirely enjoyable.

Just thought I would share.

Yummy Snack Box – In The Mail – Free!

So we’re snackers.  Being home all day every day is conducive to many snack sized meals, instead of three squares a day.  We aim for fruits and veggies with the occasional cookies and (shame on me) Little Debbie’s too.  I’d really like to have only healthy snacks in the house but I’m not the only eater, or grocery shopper, so that’s not going to happen if things stay the same.

But!  Things are about to change!  Twice a month I’m having yummy, hand-picked snacks delivered to my mailbox!  There’s this company called Graze.  They ship snacks to your house!  And if that’s not delicious enough, you can pick and choose which snacks you really love, and which snacks you never want to see in the mail. Look at these three snack options.


They have 87 other options that are just as yummy looking…  So, do you want a box?  Click on the link below to go to Graze’s website and get your free nom nom’s in the mail!

Happy New Year!
Happy Eating!

Free Nutrition Printable – Checkmark Chart

My son had a dehydration headache and requested a chart to remind him of his water drinking responsibilities.  I added fruit and veggie check boxes too.  This chart is a great way to encourage dietary responsibility in children.  Each chart contains 15 days of boxes.  Of course, you can make your own – or you can print mine!  This printable is ready to go on 8.5 x 11 paper.

nutrition chart

No use beating yourself up about it!

So I didn’t make the 30 posts in November.  Oh well.  It’s okay.

Sometimes we have the tendency to beat ourselves up over trivialities and we’ve got to stop.  No good will come of it.  Whether we’re upset about missing a couple of days posts, about gaining a pound or two over Thanksgiving, about a less than perfect test score, or some mistake from years ago that we can’t do anything about – perfectionism is not a good thing.

not perfect

The best thing to do when you find yourself in a perfectionist fit is to get some perspective.  Children are really helpful with this.  You need to look at your situation through kid eyes.

Do you have to change anything in your routine?  No?  No big deal.

Do you have to fix your mistake?  Great!  Second chance.

You can’t fix your mistake?  Oh, better move on then.

Somewhere along the way people lose perspective of what’s really important.  We get caught up in the trivial details and obsess about the unimportant things in life.  With the holidays coming my perfectionism kicks into overdrive.  The house, tree, presents, food, clothing, photos… everything has got to be perfect!  But that’s not really the case… I just forget it’s not the tangibles that make the holidays memorable, it’s the time.  It’s not the appearance of the food, it’s the flavor.  The imperfections will be quirky delights in years to come.  They will be the memorable bits that make future holiday gatherings entertaining.

Have fun this holiday season.  Relax.  It’s supposed to be enjoyable and perfectionism is the only thing standing in your way! :)