Category Archives: Gift of Gab!

“I’m Off to See My Wizard”

“I’m off to see my ‘Wizard’, because she gave me the answer that I had been searching for a very long time.” I know that doesn’t fit into the Wizard of Oz tune very well, but work with me. The Pioneer Woman, AKA Ree Drummond, has just released a new cookbook and I have big plans to go to a book […]

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The BEST Thanksgiving Hostess & Host Gifts Ever!

There is only one gift, in my mind, that tops the list for giving at Thanksgiving (aside from hugs, kisses and thankful sentiments, of course)…empty “Tupperware”, known these days as Food Storage Containers – that’s the “Heirloom” name version. (Have you noticed that everything from your youth, if you are in your 40’s and beyond such as myself, ahem, is […]

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Just baking WAS the contest for a cookie contest

I decided to enter my first ever cookie contest and I have been a crazy person on a mission this past week. I donned my Halloween apron, ’cause it is only October, and set out to make winter holiday cookies. It did not start well. In the first place, I really have no business entering any contests right now that call […]

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I’m Very Funny In Bed

At least I always think that I am very funny in bed. My best writing thoughts happen when I am driving and when I am in bed. It’s mostly because that is when I have the most “free” time to think and am not doing 18 other things. It also used to happen when I was in the bathroom, but […]

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What Not To Wear

I often get out for my walks after dinner, until the days become shorter. Then, I have to come up with a new plan. Now, as the night creeps in sooner and I am still trying to get my walks in after dinner, I am scrambling to get out. The dark does not bother me but we have coyotes around […]

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Our “Leaf Pile”

Ahhhh, Fall. A fabulous time of the year for all things pumpkin, cozy sweaters, snuggling up and the crisp cool weather with crunchy leaf piles. We live in an undeveloped development and there are few trees, aside from the struggling sapling in our backyard and an ornamental tree that we have. We get no fallen leaves, no leaf piles, no crunch […]

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When Do You Turn It On?

Every fall, I played a game. How long could I go before I turned on the heat? It was a silly little competition that I enjoyed, until the year that I made it to the second week in November. I have never done it since. I was living in Upstate NY at that moment in my life, but currently living […]

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Back in My Nest

I’ve been away and as much as I had planned to keep posting, it did not happen. I even had two posts almost ready to go, they just needed final touches. I brought my scribbles and scrawls with me so that I could keep up-to-date while I was away. It was just not gonna happen. So, I am back and […]

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A Moment of Silence for McDY’s Hazelnut Iced Coffee…

I am finding it tricky this time of year to have any semblance of organization and routine. The weather has been so fine that we want to be outside soaking up every last bit of it. On the other hand, school has started so we cannot just live willy-nilly. There is homework, laundry to keep up with for school clothes, organized […]

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“Just Me, My Coffee & My Dreams…”

This morning it was “just me, my coffee and my dreams”…and a blanket. One of my favorite coffee cups has that saying on it, minus the blanket, and I love it. I have been waking early to have some quiet time before my day begins since the school schedule has started, which has included me and my coffee outside to […]

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Breakfast Anyone?

Bugs do not bother me so much, but I can’t handle spiders. I think my “yuck” factor came from my father. He never ran screaming from them but I think I could sense the internal struggle between that choice and acting like a grown-up. Now that I am technically a grown-up, I have to make that choice too, especially when […]

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I Went to Yoga & Brought Home a Baby

Three years ago I went to my early morning prenatal yoga class and came home two days later with a baby. I kinda had a feeling that it would be the day because it seemed like I was having contractions. You would have thought that by my third pregnancy I would know the signs of labor and not be surprised, […]

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Summer Ain’t Over

It’s September 1st but summer ain’t over. I am cramming in moments, relishing moments, making moments and creating moments all over the place. For us, school has started and one more wee one has joined the ranks with kindergarten this year. Another sniff, sniff. Those of us left at home, who have aged out of school or who are not […]

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Family Values Equals Big Money and Lunch!

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a research study in my area that was “the best job ever”! I was paid to show up for a half hour interview to see if I qualified, which I did, then returned the next day for 5 hours. Part of that 5 hours included lunch where I could order off […]

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Let The Bake Sales Begin!

For me, school season is “bake sale” season. And with school season upon us, so is “Bake Sale” season. The school that my children go to uses Bake Sales for fundraising and for me, it is a fun and easier way to volunteer my time and efforts because I can do it from home. Our Bake Sale season starts with […]

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That Guy

My daughter has the most wonderful ability to describe life and all of its components in such a fantastical way that you often think she is out in “left field”. Recently, I was getting my toddler out of his room from a nap when she called in from outside that she saw an animal with brown stripes and golden eyes. We […]

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A Post Card From Iowa

This has been a summer for making moments that matter. With my husband joining us full-time this summer as we search for the next employment adventure, we have been taking full advantage of the gift that we have been given. We started out working on our home in the event that we need to sell it and relocate. That became old […]

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I Owe You One…Or A Bunch

I know that I owe you the recipes from my previous post about “Breakfast in Bed”. And I have actually been working on them, I promise. Just getting my buns to sit for a spell to finish the posts and write the recipes is what I need to do. But I did not like my picture of the Orange Zest Whipped […]

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I Earned It

Yesterday I realized that if anyone were to ask me what I have been doing the past seven years, my response would be, “I’ve been in the bathroom”. Starting with my first pregnancy and my own increased bathroom needs, it has only multiplied. Diaper changes, nursing visits in a stall, more pregnancies and potty-trained kids have all resulted in my […]

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Not the Look I Was Going For…

When I purchased my brand new vintage bike (is that possible?) I had a certain look in mind. That “look” included a baguette in my bike basket and flowy hair as I meandered the countryside. I had to be extravagant and change out the metal bike basket for a real “basket” looking basket. The metal basket did not match my […]

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Happy Hour – Family Style

The cheese started it. A Swiss cheese that my husband picked up at a local farmer’s market last Sunday gave him endless pleasure and he hadn’t even taken a bite until Tuesday evening. It was the thought of the cheese and how he would eat it that was so pleasurable. I know the feeling and have been there myself, many times. And […]

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Major Grooming Needed!

I was up before the sun today to get in a walk. Then I went back to bed and slept for another hour and a half. I have some major all-around grooming to tend to. For starters, my eyebrows are out of control, my hair needs some serious TLC and it is time to battle these teeny tiny brown ants again. […]

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I’m Up to My Eyeballs in “Moments”

I am up to my eyeballs in “moments” this week. This year, the end of school has become almost like a second holiday time for me. There are loads of gifts to purchase, wrap and give to thank all of those special people who work hard at our school. Gift cards to Hobby Lobby and Barnes and Noble.   Goodies for […]

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I’m Leaving a Trail of Breadcrumbs…

Office goodies are one of my weaknesses, so it was only natural that I needed to design my own Blog Business Cards. Hey, it just made sense in my mind. I recently updated my blog business card to go along with my new adventures on “Just Like Perfect!”. I use these cards when I deliver baked goods to school functions, in the gift baskets […]

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Bodacious BLT’s, a “Look & Cook” Meal

Why even bother mentioning a BLT? Even a monkey can make a BLT, you just might be thinking. Well, if the tomatoes and fresh lettuce that I bought today at a local Farmer’s Market were enough to change my dinner plans, then I thought that those dinner plans should be shared with you. I would say that this was my […]

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