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Manic Monday- Pampered Chef


Get ready for shameless self promotion.  I admit it.  But, I don’t sell or stand behind anything I don’t love.  I love Pampered Chef, and I am a consultant for a second time.  This time, I am not in school, cook daily, bake professionally and want to find something to take me to the next phase of my life.  Plus, I want to get a discount on something I love.  I love these products.  All of them.

Which are my favorite?  I love the mandolin.  It is dangerous and I have twice gotten more in my salad than I planned, but that way my own dumb self not using the food holder and showing off.  But, it makes amazing slices for chips, salads, soups, stews, and something I use daily.  Yes, it is pricy, but it is worth every penny.  I would invest in a safety glove for the pieces that are too big for the food holder.  Those are the pieces that got me.  Doh!  But, lesson learned and it is a gadget that never gets put away.  There are four different blades, the V-shaped blade is my fav, followed by the grater.

The manual food processor is my new must have.  It is perfect for baby foods, salsas, and chopping onions without the tears.  Lub it.  I can coarsely chop veggies and my kids can finish the chop to mince.  Cooking is a family event in our home, and now the kids can safely be involved.  And, they want to help when the gadget is this cool!

I don’t think Jeff is as pumped about my new job as I am.  He knows that I am a sucker for anything kitchen related.  He knows that I like to test what I sell.  And, he knows that I can’t be talked out of good kitchen gear.  Have a question about an item?  I can probably answer it based on my 10+ year history using these items.  Want to see and try before buying?  Holla and I’ll come cook for you and do a demo.  I love to cook, love to chat and would love to do your Pampered Chef party.

Daily Prayer:  Dear God, please bless me with clarity of my head.  I pray that you help alleviate my Jan/Feb allergies.

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful I am not in Austin or San Antonio right now where I am sure the cedar is outrageous.

Kardashian Kash:  All organic vitamins.  I’d spare no expense for health food and supplements.

Happiness Project:  So in Feb, I am continuing my no wheat and adding no sugar, except for one cheat day a week.  Today is milk shake Monday and I said no.  I didn’t even have a sip of Eastons, nor did I eat a single Raisinette that the kids ate for dessert.  What does that have to do with happiness?  It will help me lose my last bit of baby weight and get to a new level of health.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Lime- lime cookies filled with a cream cheese and lime curd filling.  MMMMMMM!  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

 

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Manic Monday- Best of 2012 Casa Mama


So I’m going to spoil next week and just tell you that the worst service I received in 2012 was from ZeroRez carpet cleaning.  HORRIBLE!  I’ll retell that tale next week.  This week is about my favorite neighborhood restaurant, Casa Mama.

I am not sure what I like more about Casa Mama, the food, the proximity to my house or the service.  I met up there for a book club meeting over the summer and had fantastic mojitos.  I went there after church yesterday and had fabulous brisket tacos and the best migas I’ve ever had.  EVER.  And I love migas.

You start off with the best chips and a mild salsa in individual cups.  We went for brunch and the coffee rivals Cafe Brazil’s (have I written about that place?  Maybe later this month, my fav).  After you order, they bring out tiny tostadas, about twice the size of one of their corn chips, with beans and sour cream on it for everyone.  The baby couldn’t get enough!

Jeff and Easton shared pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs.  Easton told us that it was a better breakfast than donuts.  Nothing beats donuts!  Syd and I shared her migas and my brisket tacos.  Baby Q ate all of my beans and the veggies out of my rice.  I am gluten-free right now, so I got corn tortillas instead of flour.  The brisket is so tender and flavorful.  The rice is fluffy and filled with veggies, my favorite Spanish rice recipe.  The migas were so fluffy, filled with tomatoes, corn chip strips, onions, cheese and pico de gallo.  The eggs were so fluffy and not overcooked.  I will get the migas the next time!

I wish I could get some more of that coffee right now.  It was as good as the coffee we had on our Alaskan cruise honeymoon and our family Disney cruise.  I just may call up there and find out what kind of coffee they used!

Some of my other top 2012 restaurants include Hooters, Brios, downtown Plano’s Filmore Pub, Vickery Tavern, Kelly’s East Side and Urban Crust.  If you have a chance, read some of last year’s Manic Mondays.  My Hooters review cracked me up.  Next week I’ll rehash why ZeroRez SUCKS.  And I don’t use that word lightly.

Tomorrow- Tuesday Pinterest Review:  Do the do it yourself detergents work?

Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for my experiences.  As difficult as they were at the time, the lessons are invaluable now.  Thank you for reminding me of this when I am learning something new.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for a new year, resolutions, a new beginning, and a prosperous and exciting 2013.

Kardashian Kash:  Can I buy more time?  The days feel too short sometimes.

Happiness Project Update:  For the first time in eleven and a half years, I went up to Sydney’s room and had nothing to point out for her to pick up.  TWO days in a row!  I can finally see progress.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Red Velvet.  All of the flavor of the Southern delight without any of the artificial ingredients.  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

 

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Manic Monday- Wal-mart.com shopping


There are many pros to Wal-Mart.  You can roll out of bed and shop with day old makeup on.  Your toddler can throw a total tantrum and no one criticizes you for “gonna spank” him right here, in front of everyone in check-out aisle ten.  There’s generally a store nearby.  If you need something, Wal-Mart has it.  And, it is always open.  Where else can you get your tires rotated, a new garden gnome, Wilton cake decorating supplies, your nails done, McDonalds for lunch and pick up groceries all in one stop?

But, despite all of these “pros” there are my snobby cons.  I feel gross just parking there.  I feel gross touching the shopping carts.  I feel gross looking at the dingy floors.  And, I can never find someone to help me the few times I’ve needed some assistance.  My co-shoppers invade my personal space and are pushy and rude.  The children running around are unsupervised and rowdy.  The “In” door is on the left confusing everyone about the American way of walking on the right.  Weren’t you taught that in school?  I sure was.  We drive on the right and we walk on the right.  Go in the right door.  Thanks Wal-Mart for confusing everyone.

I’m not really a snob, I don’t think.  I drive a nine year old car.  I’ve carried the same purse for three years.  I use coupons when I have time to cut them.  But, I can’t do Wal-Mart.  Jeff and I found some great deals online and our purchase qualified for free shipping, so who cares what store it is, right?  We completed our transaction online, selected “ship to home” checked out with PayPal and then noticed that three of our items would only ship to store.  No biggie, we chose the closest store, and set up the text message notice to alert us as to when it was ready, and made sure to schedule it on our way to or from work so we wouldn’t have kids, just in case.

Jeff stood in line for an hour to get our three items.  They were three things we could have easily run in and found on the shelves ourselves and been out in five minutes.  Once he got to the counter, he saw mountains of boxes.  Some boxes would get knocked over as an associate tried locating items in orders.  Jeff showed them the text with the confirmation number, and they couldn’t find some of our items.  The email said just to bring the text confirmation, and nothing more.  The associates couldn’t figure out what was missing from our order.  They knocked over more boxes, further held up the line, and Jeff waited an additional thirty minutes for them to locate our Soda Stream.  All of that for a Soda Stream that we could have gotten at Kohl’s with no hustle and bustle.

Turns out that the ship to store line and the layaway line are one in the same.  Jeff took a huge chance and did another ship to store order right before Christmas.  That time he got in and out in no time.  The clerk told him that layaway was over, hence no line.  Lesson?  If you have to do ship to store, wait until layaway is over (December 16th, I believe!).  So my review?  Wal-Mart ship-to-store is no bueno unless it is after the layaway deadline.

My Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for always being with me even when I can’t see or feel you there.  I know you are, and that you are most likely carrying me through the situation and not just holding my hand.  Thank you for pushing me when I need it and I ask for your continued gentle guidance in 2013.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for nap time so that I can have an hour or two to write, read or clean up the mess Quinn has created.

Happiness Project Progress:  Today I switched out Jeff’s and my dressers so that he doesn’t have to go into my closet, and so that I won’t wake him getting into the dresser next to his side of the bed.  I cleaned out my closet, my night stand and my vanity.  My room is less cluttered and I feel energized to do a little more each day!

Kardashian Kash:  I’d take a year to write a book.  I’d dedicate a year to a major project on my bucket list.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Pumpkin spice.  Everything Christmas in one bite!  A little spicy, a little sweet, a lot pumpkin-y.    www.makingwhoopieplano.com

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Manic Monday- Plano Revisited


I cannot tell you enough how much I love Plano. I love my neighborhood. I love the schools. I even love the water department when I had to call up there about something. But, I really love, love, love the downtown area. It is close to our home, yes East Side representing, and it has variety of food and beverage, decent parking, and a good night life. But, you don’t have the downside of a big city, like a lot of roaming drunkards, crazy drivers, and the inability to walk anywhere. It is all within a square block and there is something for everyone.

This weekend, we started at Filmore Pub, ate at Urban Crust, had a few drinks at Vickery Tavern and finished where we started at Filmore Pub. We met two other couples at Filmore and started with a nice Pinot Noir and brie plate. I’ve talked about the bake brie before, and so glad that I started the evening with it. It consists of thinly sliced apples, the baked brie, and water crackers. The apples and brie are drizzled with honey and topped with sliced almonds. OMG doesn’t describe it. I can eat the entire thing. But, I shared.

Then we went up to the roof top bar at Urban Crust. The patio had a retractable roof, letting us gaze into the night sky and look over Plano. Jeff and I split a Heart of Plano salad- blue cheese crumbles, chopped lettuce, heart of palm, artichoke hearts and some garlicky-delicious dressing. I would go back just for the salad. The group split three pizzas. A typical Margarita (I’m sure I’m spelling this incorrectly) since Jeff wasn’t interested in ours that had fig paste instead of pizza sauce, arugula, blue cheese, caramelized onions. The winner, though, was one that had sirloin thinly sliced, caramelized onions and blue cheese. This one was gone before it hit the table. I was really looking forward to the white chocolate bread pudding, but the boys ordered us a chocolate cake when we were in the rest room and the server asked what we’d like instead since they had run out. I’d rather have nothing. But, the cake was okay. I’m not a huge chocolate cake fan. If I’m having dessert, I want something different. I’m a sucker for a good bread pudding. By the way, this was before Jeff’s and my diet.

After Urban Crust, we had a drink at Vickery Tavern. I had a pumpkin beer. It was pumpkin spice like everything else right now, then a beer after taste. It was actually quite delicious and nothing I would have ordered on my own. Thank you Jeffro! It was a little too loud, so we went back to Fillmore Pub for a night cap. I had their red wine sangria. It was so delicious and I wish I had those all night. I’m a pinot noir fan, and usually don’t care too much for sweet wines, but this was a great way to end the evening. It was light, fruity and fun. Like me.

My Daily Prayer: Thank you God for reasons to be thankful. No matter what, I have blessing in which to thank you. AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving: Latin Love taco at Taco Coho. If you haven’t had it, go get one and be thankful, too.

When I Have Kardashian Kash: I will take off that year to just write a novel. Then another to produce the film.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Amish Paradise- Sometimes original is best. Www.makingwhoopieplano.com

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Manic Monday- Frederick’s of Hollywood


I have a love hate relationship with bra shopping. If it is at a department store with millions of brands, I HATE it. If it is at a specialty store, it is my favorite type of shopping, next to shoes. There is nothing better than a well fitted bra, except when there is a cute matching undergarment set. That is the best. I love matching. I love being a mommy who showers and matches. It makes me feel like I’ve conquered parenthood. I may still throw my hair up in a bun most days, but I manage to match my underwear, take a shower, wear jewelry, makeup and perfume. My next goal is my hair. Baby steps. Ha-ha, baby.

I absolutely cannot shop at Victoria’s Secret. It is no secret that if you have boobs, need not enter. I’ve found bras for the larger bust sized like twice and both times they wore out within a month. $50 for something that pokes me within a month is not angelic. I was scared to go into any other shop, but a friend went to Frederick’s of Hollywood to get her wedding lingerie. When it came time for my wedding, I did the same. I fell in love. Not only did I find two options to wear under my wedding dress, thigh highs that didn’t make me look like a fat girl, but I found an everyday bra that fit! AND, it wasn’t matronly, nor porn-staresk. Just because the girls are large and in charge, doesn’t mean that I want to wear a granny bra or something Pamela Andersonish. So I bought every color and haven’t looked back, until there were babies.

I have suffered through nursing bras and cheap Target bras, but no more! Fredericks had a 50% off sale this past weekend, but it was in store only. The down side is that there are few stores. I wanted to go to the store and be fitted, and I didn’t want to pay shipping. I went to the store in Town East Mall in Mesquite. I drove from Plano to Mesquite for this bra. That is serious dedication. When I got there, there was only one clerk and a store full of customers. The lady measured me, but told me that it may not be a true reflection of my size. That was the whole reason I went. So, I bought one based on the size she said, and two on the size I knew I was. I was right.

My friend went to the same sale at another store. She said the selection for larger tatas was not very good. At my store, there was a huge selection of any size you could imagine. Some scared me, they were so big. But, I found some great stuff that made me feel like a girl and not a food source any longer. It is nice to display them as art and not as dinner. I would still love a new set, but for now I am happy with my new accessories.

My Daily Prayer: God, without you nothing is possible. Thank you for your gifts and thank you for the wisdom of how to use them, and not squandering your blessings. AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful for a bra that fits.

When I have Kardashian Kash: I think I’d like a monkey to follow me around and pick up my trail, especially when I’m yelling at Syd to quit leaving a trail around the house.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Pumpkin Spice- we can make your pumpkin whoopies look like jack-o-lanterns! We are making over our website and adding more pictures! Check out http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com for Halloween and fall treats. Don’t forget that we deliver. Trick or treat?

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Manic Monday- American Laser Skincare


My sister-in-law, Tiffany, and I went to some bridal shows after I was engaged.  That may have been the best part of getting married, next to the wedding itself and vowing to spend a happy rest of my life with my one true love.  Lots of ideas, samples, give-aways and more.  I entered every contest or signed Jeff up.  I got onto every mailing list.  I tried every sample.  I was a marketers dream.  I am the person for which bridal shows are made.

Jeff actually won laser eye surgery.  It cost us $40 for some eye drops, but he now sees better than I do and he’s always worn glasses.  I won $500 off laser hair removal.  I went to the center, was pitched and bought a service.  I had about six treatments before getting pregnant with Easton.  They held my account until after the baby and after I stopped nursing.  I completely forgot about my service, then had Quinn.

Well, I am done nursing the Q-ster, so I emailed them to see if my account was still active and if I could finish my treatments.  They reactivated me at no cost!  I get six treatments every six weeks, then go every 8-12 weeks until I’m hairless.  I am wowed by that alone.  The staff is very nice, and make you feel comfortable even when you are more exposed than comfort would allow.  They are extremely professional and knowledgeable about what they are doing.  I had two treatments this past week, and going forward they will be consolidated.

Does laser hair removal work?  I notice a huge difference on my legs and underarms.  I can’t wait to see what the result is after I am done.  If this is something you’d be interested in, please message me and I can give you a free trial treatment card.  Not only do they do laser hair removal, but they do a laser lipo-like treatment, body smoothing, skin tightening, and many anti-aging services.  The ladies are awesome, knowledgeable and well trained in their areas of expertise.  Go try a session and see if it is for you.  You have nothing to lose, and a cool experience to gain.

My Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for giving me only as much as I can handle.  Thank you for reminding me that I can handle all that you have given me and that you are with me.  I will never have to do it on my own.  Thank you for being there for me.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful I made an extra large batch of cupcake batter since my lovely assistant didn’t remove an order from the oven when I was out of the kitchen for awhile.  I had just enough batter for the order.  Phew!

When I Have Kardashian Kash:  I will try all of the services offered by American Laser Skincare just to see how it can melt the inches away and tighten my skin.  I want to try it all!

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Introducing Gangsta’s Paradise, the opposite of Amish Paradise- vanilla whoopies with a chocolate filling.  This flavor is Cooli-o and not plan-o vanilla.

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Manic Monday- Fiesta


I admit that there are certain things that I am a snob about. I DO NOT shop at Walmart, except for twice a year for whatever reason. I have been burned too many times by bad service and dingy stores. I do love Target. I am meh about Aldi, but try and retry it on occasion. So I was really not very open minded to Fiesta. People up at work swear by it, but they also aren’t snobs and will go wherever the deals are. I’m all about being economical, but I draw a line when it comes to the ewwwwiness factor and bad service.

I accidently ended up at Fiesta when we were producing Jeff’s and my short film, The Box, and I needed some salad to go with the pizza lunch we were setting up for the cast and crew. Nothing else was around, so I decided Fiesta had to have bagged salad. I went in, grabbed my salad and noticed the most glorious produce section I have ever seen. Low prices, tons of organics, and more root vegetables than I had ever seen in my life. This beat the pants off of Kroger’s produce and I had to come back.

This past weekend, Easton and I went to Fiesta for our first official shopping trip. I still have to go to Kroger for meat, paper products and frozen goods, but I got all of my produce at Fiesta. We are trying to make veggies our staple food and supplement with meats and grains. I really want my family to eat organic apples and strawberries, but can’t afford them at Kroger. I can at Fiesta! And, the apples aren’t waxed. They aren’t pretty, but they are MUCH better for me.

The produce section is clean, HUGE, and full of happy surprises. There are tons of tomatoes, packs of peppers, lots of lettuce, oodles of onions and gobs of garlic. Heaven! I don’t do canned veggies, with a couple of exceptions- chick peas, refried beans and some tomatoes. Tomatoes are not a good food to eat from a can due to their acidity causing a reaction with BPA or something scary…but every once in awhile can’t be too horrible. I try to keep it fresh or frozen, but making my own beans takes a lot of foresight and time. I am a thirty minute meal kind of girl. I need to get in the kitchen, whip something up, and have it on the table for my herd before someone gets cranky or it’s time to rush to soccer or choir. I love making beans, but haven’t made it a regular part of my routine. I always have dried beans, though. So I take the canned short cut there. I don’t know enough about real garbanzo beans (chick peas) to prepare them myself. I use them to make hummus and figure canned can’t be too bad every once in awhile.

Fiesta is a little out of the way, but way worth it. I was a little scared to go somewhere I was different from the demographic. I admit it! But, I couldn’t have had nicer people show me how to pick out a good mango. The checkers are kinder than anywhere I’ve ever been. And I never had shopping cart rage from people being big fat jerks and taking up the entire aisle or almost running others over. It was a great experience over all. I can’t wait to go back.

My Daily Prayer: God, I pray for a kind heart, especially when I am being challenged on the road or at the grocery store. Thank you for reminding me to stay kind to those folks because they need it as much as I do. I also ask for your forgiveness when I have unkind thoughts. I don’t want to think of folks as “big fat jerks”, please forgive me. AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving: Sydney is back to straight A’s after a bump of not turning in her work. She has made it up! I am thankful that she is rectifying a mistake. The next step is to learn from this and not repeat it.

When I Have Kardashian Kash: My friend mentioned a memory foam couch. That sounds pretty great. I want that or my own bed. I really love Jeff, but I wake up whenever he moves. I want my own bed and a new body pillow like I had when I was pregnant. That was awesome sleep. Except when I got huge. Or had reflux. So not good sleep at all. But I want that pillow back, and my own bed.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Java Lana Chip- a “Starbucks” inspired filling between two chocolate whoopies. MMMMM- roll it is bacon to make it a Piggie Pie and it makes a perfect breakfast treat.

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Manic Monday- Waikiki Nail Spa


Thanks to one of my neighbors, I have started an incentive program with my older children in which they get marbles for doing chores, helping around the house without being asked, good grades and all sorts of good stuff. They lose some for talking back, tattling, screaming, not listening and not doing chores or moving slowly. Both Syd and Easton have filled their first jars and won a trip to get nails done, and a Spider Man web-shooter, respectfully.

Last Tuesday, Syd and I went to Waikiki Nail Spa for her marble prize. They have a weekday special where you can get a mani/pedi for $30 and kids under 12 are $25 plus they get a design on their big toe. I was also talked into a $10 brow wax. The lady tried talking me into a lip wax which really makes me paranoid. Last time I checked, there was nothing there. I keep asking Jeff, but he assures me I’m still ‘stache free. Please tell me if I’m in ‘stache denial. I will wax that mess off. Nothing like going to the salon for the ladies to point out my gray hairs and making me question facial hair. I do know I have gray hair, but come on man. No need to make a profit on my insecurities. Oh wait, that is how they make their living! Please just polish my toes and let me think I’m not bad for having three kids and being in my thirties. Don’t shatter my fragile self image, please! I will tip more if you make me feel beautiful, just ask Jeff.

So, for the money it was not bad. I messed up my toe as soon as I got home, but that was my fault. My mani lasted a few days, and I need to get it redone. Syd’s lasted about a day, but she is a very active kid. The salon was very clean, the staff friendly, and the foot rub was wonderful. Other than questioning my facial hair, it was a really great experience. I will go back, but maybe get a different lady who doesn’t think I need to be waxed.

My Daily Prayer: Dear God, please give me the wisdom to know how to raise my children and the strength and courage to use that wisdom. Thank you for giving me the perfect partner and parental balance to achieve Your way. Amen!

Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful to see Sydney sing at the opening ceremony of the Texas State Fair on Friday with the Dallas Children’s Chorus! (Come see us!)

When I have Kardashian Kash- I will have someone iron the household’s clothes. That is one chore I don’t mind outsourcing!

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Chocolate with salted caramel. MMMMM…salted caramel. Makes everything not just better, but improves the whole day. Yum!

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Manic Monday- Ultra Brite Carpet


Have I told you about the green smoothie incident? I made spinach, apple, banana smoothies for Easton, Sydney and me. Syd put hers on the coffee table and Baby Q decided to pull it down and flung it all over my WHITE carpet. Then, as I was taking her to the bath, she kicked smoothie all over my walls. That’s Q, not Syd. Fortunately, it is paneled and just wiped down.

So, we looked for a Groupon, Living Social or coupon in the Ad Pages for carpet cleaning. After my run in with Zero Rez, I was not going back to them! I found a Sweet Jack (www.sweetjack.com) deal for $45 for $84 worth of services from Ultra Brite Carpet Cleaning. I looked at their website and they have three packages, basic $28/room, middle for $35/room where they move light furniture, and gold for $46/room where they do the base boards, vacuum, move the furniture, etc. My nanny was home, so I told her that I’d like to do 2 mid-level cleanings in the living room and baby’s room. Or, do a gold and a middle. Whatever came out to $84. Or if they didn’t do the upper levels with the coupon, then they could clean three areas and to please do Easton’s room.

So I didn’t move any furniture. We’d used this company before and even the basic level, the guy moved my coffee table, and other stuff without us asking. The guy that came out this time kept getting on the phone with me and saying he couldn’t move furniture unless I had a package that included it. I said that I wanted that package. He said he couldn’t give it to me, but couldn’t tell me why. He said that his boss would call me and explain it. He later called and said that he broke a vase. I spoke to him or my nanny about 10 times for a simple carpet cleaning. And, the spot in the baby’s room was still there!

So, I contacted them. Then, Jeff called and left a message. They sure did schedule another appointment. The lady was super nice and apologetic. I still do not know why I only got two rooms, but they did come out a second time for no charge and it was good timing since Baby Q pulled down some coffee after we set the appointment! Don’t worry, I like mine cold!

I would use Baby Safe/Ultra Brite Carpet again. They are priced well, especially with a Groupon type of deal, and generally do a great job. I am sad that we had a bad experience, but I feel that if I were home it probably would not have happened. Every other company I’ve used comes in with a black light and tries to scare me into using their prespot-super-mega-costs-me-triple-my-quote services. Triple!!! So it is refreshing not to be scared into something I don’t need. It is nice getting someone that cares on the phone when something does go wrong. I will use them again and refer my friends and family.

My Daily Prayer: Thank you God for showing me how to be a better person. Thank you for helping me treat others the way you want us to treat them. AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful for being able to pay my outrageous electric bill. Summers in Texas are HOT and expensive!

When I Have Kardashian Kash: I will have my windows tinted to block out heat/UV whatever, have a radiant barrier put in to block some more heat, and have solar panels and a wind turbine to generate my own electricity. I will also have rain barrels to collect rain to water my many acres and for my llamas to drink. I am going to go green like crazy! Yes, I am kind of a hippie, but even though I’m all for leaving a small foot print, I’m even more for saving money and being efficient.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Lemon Curd- this is awesome on a muffin, used in your own baking, or eaten on its own. It is a delicious treat, like a jelly that meets a custard. Our curds are homemade with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Look for it soon on http://www.makingwoopieplano.com! It makes a great teacher’s gift, hostess gift, holiday treat, or a sweet indulgence just for you. We use our lemon curd as filling in our lemon cupcakes, and mixed with our classic butter cream frosting for an extra lemony treat. Now we sell it on its own, too! We also sell salted caramel and lime curd. These are huge hits as teachers’ gifts.

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Manic Monday- Mercy Wine Bar, Part II


We had a pretty good date night.  Dinner and car shopping (that is a story for another day).  Yee-haw.  I know you’re jealous!  We went to Mercy Wine Bar in Addison.  I had a book club meeting there and enjoyed it so much I thought I’d bring good ol’ Jeffro back.

Although I enjoyed my experience, it was a rocky start.  I called to see if there was a waiting list I could get on.  The guy kept asking someone else what kind of wait there was and told me there was no wait, then there was a wait, then that there was room outside, then proceeded to tell me that if someone came in before me there may or may not be a wait.  I didn’t know how that worked.  Thanks man, dude.

We arrive after driving in circles through two incorrect shopping centers.  Jeff was very hungry and threatening to take me to El Fenix if I didn’t find the place ASAP.  I did.  We parked and proceeded to the door.  We were greeted by a girl in a neon green Aeropostale shirt.  Didn’t scream “hostess” attire to me, but hey.  There were several open tables, but we were told that there was a wait and we could have some wine out on the porch.  We did, and got on the list.  We stared at the menu for about fifteen minutes and looked over every single bottle of wine.  There were hundreds.  We finally were greeted.  We ordered a bottle and an appetizer.

 

After another five or so minutes, we received our wine.  Our spinach artichoke dip came out fairly quickly after that.  The patio wasn’t bad, except it opened to the entry of the restaurant and the sidewalk.  It was like a sidewalk café in Paris.  But, I live in Texas.  I like my patio secluded.  Unless I am in Paris.

As soon as we devoured our spin dip, we were told a table was ready.  Neon Aeropostale told us we had to cash out with our server before we could move inside.  But then she sat us in the same server’s section, but inside.  Guess what- it was one of those open tables we saw forty-five minutes ago!  Fortunately, they did not make us cash out after all, but continued our tab.

I had a lovely four cheese, pear and walnut pasta.  I was served a risotto first, but is was so dark that I had to poke at it a bit with my fork to see if it was pasta or rice.  The waiter realized he had switched the order, and quickly exchanged the plates.  Fortunately my fork was unused!  Jeff had a steak that could be cut with a fork.  Caramelized onion goodness and perfectly cooked asparagus!  Tasty and delisious.  We were so stuffed, we had no room for dessert.  Next time.

Once Ms. Neon was out of the picture, it was a lovely experience.  The place is clean, nicely decorated, and kind of romantic/trendy all in one.   I’ll go back.  It is perfect for girls’ night, couples’ night or dinner with friends.  I don’t recommend two dudes going, but hey- to each his own.

My Daily Prayer:  God, thank you for keeping my eyes on you and your plan.  AMEN!

My Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for  a smooth first day back to school.

When I have Kardashian Kash:  I will be the taxi for my children, and volunteer with activities, sports, school, PTA, church and every other volunteer opportunity out there.  I won’t have to say no!

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Week:  Amish Paradise- our original and traditional flavor.  It isn’t named after our favorite Weird Al song (is there such thing?), but after the traditional treat made up in Amish country.  Chocolate cookies married with vanilla crème.  Yummo.

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