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I’m Not OK Today

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I'm Not OK Today

After a long day at work, my husband bursts through the front door loudly singing an upbeat song which I’m sure he heard on the radio during his drive home. Heck, I heard him singing all the way up the front steps, he doesn’t even need to announce, “Honey, I’m home!”

He is the perfect picture of a happy guy coming home to his girls.

I, on the other hand, had on my grungy clothes, messy hair pulled back, no makeup, fussy baby on my hip (who didn’t take an afternoon nap), a barking dog, two cats howling at me for dinner, and the tune of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse going through my mind over and over and over again.

I think this is the perfect picture of a SAHM.

I quickly hand over the baby and corral the animals to their feeding places so a little peace and quiet can be enjoyed…except that my husband keeps loudly singing.  I give him a glance, so he asks, “Are you OK?”

I wish I could go through the list of everything I didn’t get done around the house today, I still need to fold laundry, cook dinner, feed the baby, take a shower, and enjoy just a little peace and quiet.  Even though I haven’t talked full sentences all day, my mind is mush, so all I can mutter is, “I’m not OK today.”

My vision for the day did not go as planned.  The unexpected happened, and it continued throughout the day.  I was lucky enough to stay in a state of mind to not beat myself up about it, but now that my husband is home I start to feel unaccomplished, messy, and I mentally start to beat myself up.  How do I explain this to him?

As I’m fumbling through the kitchen to put something together for dinner, he sets the baby up in her highchair and feeds her dinner.  OK, that’s one thing that’s no longer on my to-do list.  After we eat, he helps me fold the laundry and put the clothes away, so another thing I no longer need to do.  He then offers to put the baby to bed so I can take a shower. I sigh…there’s my peace and quiet!

At the end of the night, he was the one who stepped up and helped me get past my difficult day. He didn’t come home expecting a clean house, he came home to be with his girls.  I wish I could go back to his arrival home and jump into his arms, give him a big kiss and start singing with him!  It’s a great reminder: some days he will need me to be the loud singer to lift his spirits.

The perfect picture of a SAHM includes someone special to be there and understand when your day doesn’t go OK.  I didn’t have to explain why my day did not go as planned, or what I wasn’t able to get done…all I had to say was, “I’m not OK today.”


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Holiday Chex Mix aka Snack

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This is a family must-have every holiday season! Whether it’s a small house party or formal family dinner, it’s great to have a snacking option for people to enjoy, like chex mix.

My family’s recipe is called “snack.” I grew up eating my mom’s original version of snack, my grandma’s version (with cheerios), and many other family versions…and they are all delicious with their variations!

I’ve made my version a few times already this year, and with Thanksgiving a few days away I will be making a double batch soon! See below for the ingredients and directions for Snack and Snack the original.

Chex Mix

Snack

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup cheddar Cheez its
  • 1 cup mozzarella Cheez its
  • 2 cups pretzel O’s
  • 1 cup corn Chex cereal
  • 1 cup rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 250 degrees.
  2. Melt butter, add Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, and garlic salt.
  3. Pour butter mixture over other ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix.
  4. Spread onto large baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool and enjoy!

Snack the original

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 cup cheddar Cheez its
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup corn Chex cereal
  • 1 cup rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup cashews

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 250 degrees.
  2. Melt butter, add Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, and garlic salt.
  3. Pour butter mixture over other ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix.
  4. Spread onto large baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.Let cool and enjoy!

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Dill Dip

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Dill Dip

This is a homemade veggie dill dip that’s been made in my family for many years. I love making it for house parties, game days, and even just to snack on with finger veggies as a weeknight appetizer.  I usually have the ingredients on hand, so it’s a cost friendly and simple go-to for veggie dip!

Dill Dip

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise (I use olive oil mayo)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (I use low fat)
  • 1/2 tsp accent
  • 1 TBS dried onion
  • 1 TBS parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt (I use black pepper seasoning salt)
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together, and chill until you enjoy it!

Dill Dip

My favorite finger veggies with it include:

  • Baby Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Green & Red Peppers
  • Broccoli & Cauliflower

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Mickey Birthday Party Roundup

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was the theme for my daughter’s 1st Birthday Party!

I didn’t realize how much work goes into a child’s birthday party until I hosted my daughter’s first party. However, since I used a combination of DIY craft projects (with supplies from JoAnn Fabrics) and Mickey Mouse themed decorations from Party City, it was relatively easy to put everything together and we had a lot of fun doing it! See all the items I used and would recommended below.

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Welcome Sign: I used a Reclaimed Wood Window Picture Frame and inserted pictures from her 1 year photo shoot along with a scrapbook piece where I wrote “Happy Birthday Charlotte!” It was very easy, and I hope to re-use the frame for future parties.

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Mickey & Minnie Table Centerpieces: This was a fun and easy craft project! I have a series of blog posts explaining the DIY process (HERE). These were made a week or two before the party, so I was able to get it out of the way.

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I also crafted the party favor bags and filled them with Mickey Mouse party favors. I thought the bags were simple to make, and it gave a personalized touch. Supplies included:

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Hot Diggity-Dog Bar: For food, we created a hot dog bar with a wide variety of toppings for people to enjoy. Toppings included: ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, and chili. Since it was a summer party, we were able to grill hot dogs outside and set up the bar next to the grill. (A small crock pot was perfect to keep the chili warm.) We also had a lot of different side dishes that everyone pitched in to bring.

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Mickey Mouse Cake: I give my husband full credit for baking and decorating the cake, but it would not have been possible without the Mickey Mouse cake pan and cake decorating kit. We decided to make this cake for Charlotte and the kids, so used a package of Funfetti cake mix and buttercream frosting.

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Cupcakes: I narrowed it down to 2 different flavored cupcakes: Orange Dream and Black Forest Cherry. Yum! To keep it simple in the kitchen, I used a package of orange cake mix with a can of vanilla frosting for the orange dream cupcakes, and the black forest cherry cupcakes were a simple recipe that I loved so much, I highlighted in a blog post (HERE). I made the cupcakes a day in advance and kept them in the fridge until the party. They would not have been complete without the Mickey Mouse baking cups or Mickey Mouse cupcake picks, and the 4-tier cupcake tower was a perfect display for the party.

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Charlotte was a Cake Eating Queen in her Today I Eat Cake bib & crown. It was definitely a cake smash success!

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Other party decorations included: Mickey Mouse swirl decorations, Mickey Mouse honeycomb balls, and a Mickey Mouse scene setter.

In the end, her birthday party was a lot of fun! It would not have been possible without all the help we had from family members, so I’d like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped and was able to celebrate with us. We’re looking forward to her next birthday party…but thankfully we don’t have to start worrying about that until next year!

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Cherry BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

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Cherry BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Shredded chicken is covered in a sweet and spicy cherry BBQ sauce, then topped with a hearty honey cornbread that makes this a delicious family favorite in my home! It’s perfect for a weekend game day dinner or makes for an easy weeknight casserole.

This recipe contains some of my favorite Michigan-made ingredients: Cherry Republic Spicy Cherry BBQ Sauce and Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. See the ingredients and directions below.


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Cherry BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Ingredients:

Cherry BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  2. Stir the shredded chicken and BBQ sauce in a mixing bowl, then spread over bottom of casserole dish.
  3. In separate mixing bowl, stir the corn muffin mix, creamed corn, egg, sour cream, and shredded cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour corn mixture over shredded chicken in the casserole dish, spreading evenly. Drizzle honey over top.
  5. Bake for 1 hour, or until top is golden brown and the cornbread doesn’t jiggle.
  6. Let sit for 5 minutes, and enjoy! Drizzle extra honey over your piece for some extra sweetness.

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