Monthly Archives: August 2011

Remembering Mugsy Malone Grant

Four years ago today, I said goodbye to one of my closest companions, Mugsy Malone.  Mugsy, otherwise known as Mr. Mugs and a whole host of other nicknames, was the pug we’d had for almost five years. We got him as a puppy from a breeder who raised pugs in her home.  He came to […]

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Why not evacuate?

I have never been in a hurricane, and I hope I never am.  I’m praying for all those who are currently in the path of Hurricane Irene. However, here’s the thing I don’t understand: people who refuse to evacuate.  Worse than that, people who have been through these storms before and refuse to evacuate.  From […]

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The Truth About Youth

Oh, the crazy things one will do when allergies keep you from sleeping!  I’m up at an unspeakable hour, reading a 20-page report on what motivates young people and what makes them different from previous generations.  The research was done by McCann Worldgroup and involved 7000 young people from around the world. I’ll post the […]

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Blackened Catfish Sandwiches

  So…this was tonight’s dinner adventure!  Not as superb as some of the others, but with a little tweaking, could be fantastic.  It definitely has potential! First of all, ditch the sauce for the cole slaw.  It’s awful.  Way too much lime, which just overpowered everything.  Next time, I will just make regular coleslaw (or […]

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Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes

This was tonight’s new delicious recipe try.  I used dried oregano and added extra garlic, worcestershire, and hot sauce.  I think I could get away with serving these to the picky eater because she’ll never know there are mushrooms in there (shhhhh, don’t tell!). Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes             […]

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BBQ Chicken & Blue Cheese Pizza

I promised more recipes, and I’m trying to deliver!  With our picky eater out of town this week, I will be trying lots of new recipes. This one I made tonight.  I also made another version with just vegetables, substituting zucchini for the chicken and feta cheese for the blue cheese.  Both were delicious, but […]

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Make a coffee date with your teen

A few days ago, I received the following Facebook message from my daughter, as she was uploading PARENtEEN archives onto the website for me: found this in newsletter 19, you should take your own advice  “Take your teenager out for breakfast or lunch once a week. Promise yourself that you won’t use that time to […]

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Beating the back-to-school blues

  Thanks to the help of my awesome website coordinator, Emma Grant, you may have noticed some PARENtEEN archives beginning to show up!  There will be lots more in the days to come, so keep coming back, especially when you find yourself in need of help in a particular area. Emma has been reading through […]

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Giving thanks when life throws you a curve

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Yesterday I got really angry with one of my dogs.  We’ve only had Hunter for a little over seven months, and since we never did any formal training with him, he can be a handful at […]

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Giving Jesus my leftovers

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.”  – Proverbs 3:9 I’m a planner.  I like to be organized and efficient.  Much of the time, this planning goes on in my head while I’m doing other things.  Such was the case today, as I was planning out the evening meal while […]

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