Revenge

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Going along with the drama post from yesterday this was something in 6th grade my mother said to me.  I had switched schools to a small Catholic school where most of the kids had been together since Kindergarten.  I was the “outsider” trying to fit in.  Of course the “click” of girls did not accept me.  I have a very strong personality so would never let them know it was hurtful but at home would express my dislike of the school to my parents and cry.  That is when my mother said to me “Happiness is your best revenge. It will make them think twice when they see they are not getting to you”. 

Two weeks after joining the school and acting like it was the best thing going (while cursing it out privately at home to my siblings) the “click” started losing it’s power and the girls started befriending me leaving the one “ring leader” to try and be my friend.  To this day she still tries (sending me facebook friend requests which I deny every time lol).  Happiness was my best revenge.  It also taught me happiness is a choice and when life throws you a curve you can either choose to be happy or choose to let it get to you. 

I hope whatever is thrown at you, happiness is your choice!!

Strawberry Shortcake

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This is what happens when you leave your kids inside the house while you are working in the garden.  My kids love strawberry shortcake.  We had strawberries, Bisquick mix and cream, what better thing to do than make a nice dessert.  This was a yummy treat!!  I apologize about the blurry pictures but my son took these pictures so I could share them on my blog he said.  They were very proud of their hard work making dessert.

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Drama…no thanks

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“If you can’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it to anyone else. If you are upset, angry, or unhappy with a situation, face it head on, don’t be a “behind the scenes” person stirring the pot hoping someone else will join your battle.”  Told to me by my father in my teen years.  One of the wisest bits of advice he shared with me.  He was a very wise man.

I have always been a person who does not like drama.  I will avoid people and situations I know create or thrive on it.  Everyone has some drama in their lives but school age girls are the worst. I had/have many acquaintances that I consider friends but not close friends as I do not like the drama they drag around.  In school most of my friends were boys or other “cowgirls” as we had no time for drama in the barn focusing on riding our horses.

I have shared this information with my children over the years.  My 12 year old daughter is now dealing with the typical girl drama and is showing she has learned by example of walking away and avoiding the drama creators in her class stating “shallow girls are not worth my time”.  That makes me one happy mother!!

Fruit or Art?

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The kids help make this weeks fruit salad.  It’s a true work of art my son said.  Best after school snack you can have.  Keeping it eye appealing helps draw the kids to it and helps moms and dads make a better choice rather than ice cream…Wait…NO.. that’s not true, I am still choosing my ice cream over this, but maybe I will skip the handful of crackers after work tomorrow and have a nice bowl of fruit!!

Chicken Scampi

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This is a favorite at our house and so quick to make.  I never follow a recipe but will list how I make it and as always, you do not need to follow this perfectly.  You can adjust to your taste.

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5-6 thin boneless chicken breasts (or regular pounded thin)
 Approx. 5 tablespoons garlic flavored olive oil (or regular)
1/3 cups white wine (any kind you have is fine I use pinot grigio or chardonnay)
4 Tablespoons butter
1 cup chicken broth
2-3 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
sprinkle salt/pepper

1 box angel hair pasta (or any pasta of choice)

Heat oil in skillet

place chicken and cook through (about 4 minutes per side if thin)  Remove and cover with tin foil when done

add wine to skillet and use spatula to scrap all the browned bits from skillet

let cook down about 3 minutes and add butter

let cook down again about 3 minutes and add chicken broth and remaining ingredients. 

cook approximately 5 minutes while cooking angel hair pasta. (you can add more broth if it cooks down too much)

Immediately serve pasta with chicken on top and spoonful of sauce from skillet

season with salt/pepper (you can add parmesan cheese also)

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Fast, easy, delicious!!!