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Because I am, apparently, completely insane I have decided to join National Blog Posting Month. Starting today. I fully blame Rebecca at Provocation of Mind. She held on by tooth and nail, managing to write each day for all 30 days and did a fine job of it too. I figure how hard can it be?

Famous last words, anyone?

Anyway, I’ve got about 2 hours to post for my first day of NaBloPoMo without making a complete cockup of the first day. I do like to make a good impression, you know.

In the fervor of getting the post out, I sat down to type and drew a blank for ten minutes about what to write for today’s post. So, I fell back on the old standby: the theme for the month. Which, for May, is “sweet.”

Wow.

A word that totally does not describe me or anything about me. It does, however, describe my tea, my 4 year old, and the donut I snuck earlier this afternoon. But not me.

I’m more of an irascible, glass half empty, Oscar-the-grouch-before-my-first-cup-of-coffee kind of person. With pink socks.

And yet I manage to have a family that loves me, friends who think I’m worth hanging out with, and am on speaking terms with all my relatives (even the weird ones). Who appreciate the fact that I wear pink socks.

However, they do not think of me as sweet either. I asked my hubs if he thought I was sweet and he replied a bit hesitantly, “Well, you’re cute.”

Which, of course, translates from man-speak into normal English as “I don’t feel like sleeping in the living room tonight so I’ll say something that may make you happy.” Which is nice, I guess, but reinforces the evidence that I am not sweet. And I have to be humored, apparently, as well.

But I forgive him since he’s the one who bought me pink socks for my birthday.

In the long run being sweet probably isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I mean, who would want kittens and rainbows following you around all the time even if you do wear fabulous pink socks, right?

Yeah. That’s what I thought too.

A hot cup of joe

Wakes me up nearly instantly

Ready for my day!

Okay, it’s the worlds worst haiku. But I tried right? I see that smirk, by the way.

The fact is that 1) I have a tough time waking up without my morning jolt of caffeine, and 2) April is National Poetry month.

I admit that I’m not much into poetry. I like it, theoretically, and will read it (if I have to) but I don’t necessarily write it or seek it out. I did read a lovely poem entitled “The Trouble With Naps” written by Carrie Ann at “Another Day, Another Thought” blog.

She’s attempting the monumental feat of writing a poem a day for the month of April. I wish her good luck and God speed. I know I couldn’t do it. However, the imagery is so strong it makes me want to whip out Photoshop and whip up some sweet little graphics to go with it.

Although poetry isn’t my strong suit I’m pretty sure I can do Fiction Fridays, hosted by the lovely Karen at Write Anything. But as it is Saturday, I’ll just wait until next Friday to post anything. 😉

I am in a word challenge, though, over at Forward Motion Writers so I will be writing this weekend. Lots of writing. *le sigh*

How about you? Do you like to write? Just so you know, I use the term “write” loosely. Even adding a post to your blog is considered creative writing!

Holy mackeral! A whole week has gone by. Seriously?

*checks her calendar quickly*

Yep. A whole week and I had so much FUN! I completely appreciate the girls at 5MFM to put together this shindig. As a matter of fact, I’m taking a leaf from Chris over at The Mommy Journey and show my appreciation for the twins!

award

Okay so they aren’t so much loyal commenters on my blog but they do Tweet me quite a bit. 🙂 Mostly because I’m nattering their ears off. Anyway, here’s the big shout out to you, Janice & Susan: THANK YOU! You two are great and I appreciate the time you take to talk to me even when you have bottoms to change and noses to wipe. You rock.

And, thank you, to everyone who has stopped by this week. I’m overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity. And I appreciate each and everyone of you. For those who’ve commented, you’ll be entered into my drawing for a Mini-Me graphic. I’ll notify the winner within the next few days!

*sniffles*

Okay, enough with the mushy stuff and on to some serious partying. First things first, ya gotta have something to drink. Am I right or am I right?

Party Til Ya Drop Punch

  • 1 – 3oz package of cherry Jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 – 6oz can of frozen lemonade
  • 1 – 6oz can of pinapple juice
  • 1 quart cranberry juice
  • 1 pint champagne or other booze that rocks your socks – vodka might work here 😉

Dissolve the jello in the hot water while the juice is thawing. You want the juice cold but soft enough to work with. In your punch bowl (what? You don’t have one? Use the biggest bowl you have! Or a pitcher. A really big one), and mix together the dissolved jello, juices, and cold water. Pop in some ice and pour in the booze. Mix well.

Now, if you are preggers or are serving it to the 21 and under crowd, feel free to use gingerale instead. If your local grocery store is like mine, they’ll have these cool lime flavored ice cubes near the ice cream. Grab a bag of those and use them instead of plain ice. Alternatively, use frozen fruit like strawberries in place of the ice.

Does everyone have a glass of punch? Excellent. I want you to go visit everyone you haven’t on the UBP, starting with these lovely blogs:

  1. The Mommy Journey
  2. Stuttering Shell
  3. Lipstick Wisdom
  4. If Only I Super Powers
  5. Mama Needs a Cosmo
  6. Artsy Mamas
  7. Katie’s Nesting Spot
  8. Scribble Ink Cafe
  9. Girl in Paradise
  10. Leaf Days

If I forgot your blog, let me know and I’ll add it to the list!

Hey there blog party people! Has Monday worn you down? Take a moment to refresh and revitalize yourself with this homemade and easy face masks. By the way, guys, these aren’t just for the ladies! You have skin than needs pampering too.

For normal to oily skin

  • 1 – 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ Cored apple
  • 1-2 Egg whites
  • 30-40 Seedless grapes

Puree in the blender and apply to your face. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Pat dry and moisturize! The grapefruit and lemon have are astringent and unclog pores, the apple has loads of Vitamins A, B and C. It also contains malic acid which helps your skin to absorb these vitamins.Egg whites tone and grapes are full of antioxidants.

If you have dry or mature skin, don’t use the citrus mask! It may irritate overly dry skin. Try this instead:

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 TBSP honey (any kind works, but try to get the local and/or wild stuff)

Mash it all together to form a consistent paste. Apply to skin and leave on for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with a warm, wet washcloth. Make sure to moisturize afterward! The yogurt is good for cleansing & moisturizing, the banana is full of potassium and has emollient properties, and the honey is humectant which attracts and retains moisture. And it tastes good. 🙂

So sit back and down a few Blogging Betties while you and your skin relax!

Welcome, bloggers! I see that you are a bit tired from running from one blog party to the next. So take a moment, have a latte or a mocha or just a plain cup of joe and nibble on some of my fabulous muffins. You’ll regain your strength to party on!

Sunday Brunch Muffins

  • 2 cups of flour – you can use 1 c whole wheat and 1c all purpose or 2 cups all purpose
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar – I use Splenda, personally
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c milk – nonfat or lowfat works just as well
  • 1/4 c veggie oil – try replacing with applesauce or sour cream

Here’s the fun part with these muffins. They’re versatile and you can add whatever you want. The rule of thumb is 1 cup of chopped fruit or, for savory muffins, 1 cup of cheese, 1/4 bacon, and less sugar. I like to use 1 cup of chopped peaches and 1 tsp of cinnamon with a dash of cloves. Yummo!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. This is important. You’ll find out why at the end of the directions.

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients til blended.

In a separate bowl or mixing cup, stir together the egg, milk, and oil (or substitutes that you’ve chosen). Mix well.

Using your fist, create a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet. Add in any of your additions (fruit, raisins, dates, or cheese/bacon). How easy is that? Now mix until just blended. Do not over stir! If you’re using whole wheat flour, the mix will be a little stiff. You can add just a titch of milk to make it a bit easier to move around if you need to.

In a greased muffin pan (or muffin tins), fill each about 2/3 full.

Pop the pan into the oven and immediately turn the heat down to 400 degrees. Why? Because the high heat from the pre-heating will actually cause the muffins to rise so they get that “store bought” dome. And, really, don’t we want pretty muffins?

Bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Pull out of oven and pop those puppies out onto a baking rack. Be careful because they are hot when you scarf them down!

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