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by Miguel Fuller posted Nov 26 2013 8:52AM

Here's my secret reciepe for THE perfect mac and cheese! You can't mess this up. 

When I boil the noodles I put lemon pepper seasonings, season salt and garlic powder in there for a nice kick. I usually get the fiesta blended mix cheese from Wal-mart. Melts the best. But you can try another cheese. Just make sure it's shredded really well.

4 cups cooked elbow macaroni, drained
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Once you have the macaroni cooked and drained, place in a large bowl and while still hot and add the cheddar. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and add to the macaroni mixture. Pour macaroni mixture into a casserole dish and add additional cheese to the top. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.

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by Andrew Hodges posted Nov 18 2013 8:14AM
I found this article online and I totally LOVE it.  Its so true and I found myself laughing out loud several times!  If you're a working Mother, this is a must read!!!! 

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Working Mother!


I have been a working mother with three children for a long time. In that time, I have had lots of people ask me questions and give me their unsolicited opinions on many occasions. While most people don’t intend be rude or judgmental, it is always surprising to hear out loud, what some people should keep to themselves.

Here is my list of the top things you must NEVER say to a working mom and just for fun, I have included my sarcastic responses (that I have managed to keep to myself):

“I saw your kid on the class trip today. She was crying – I think she missed you.” Thanks, I feel much better for the information.  Anything else you would like to tell me, like about how you think she might not be meeting her milestones, or will be emotionally damaged for life?

“I could never let someone else raise my kids.” Yes, I let others make all the decisions for my children. I have nothing to do with anything…their birthday parties, celebrating milestones, homework, haircuts, what they eat, medical decisions, their friends, or teaching them valuable lessons. Heck, I don’t even cuddle, hug or kiss them and forget baths, tucking them in bed, being the first face they see when they wake up or jamming out in the car to great music or talking about their day. Nope, I have nothing to do with my children.

“I don’t know how you do it. I’d feel too guilty.” So….I wrote an entire book about this.  We do feel guilty, but we can feel great too. (Buy my book- that was a shameless plug, I know)

You trust your babysitter, right?” Oh no, I actually never considered her/his credentials. I just put out a job post on craigslist and took the very first applicant based on price. But thanks for making me suspicious!

“Good for you for putting your career first!” Yes, every single day I get up and I think to myself: The most important thing in my life is my career. To hell with my family, that has nothing to do with why I work.

“I’d give anything to get away from my kids for an entire day.” If you really mean this, send me your resume and I can help you out. But remember, this “freedom” comes with its own issues. We are not getting away and going to the spa.  It is called “work” for a reason.

“I’d miss my child too much to be away from him all day.” Well, I have no idea how you feel because I am an impersonal and non-maternal mother.  I have no feelings and never miss my kids. 

 “I don’t know how you do it. It must be so hard.” It is. I don’t know how I do it. But I don’t think work is the problem because parenting is hard whether you stay at home or go off to the office. I don’t know how any of us do it. It’s glorious and rewarding and full of love and it is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

“You must be so organized to be able to balance everything.” I love this and hate it at the same time. I think I am organized and I do think I accomplish a lot during a week’s time. But I also know I am one parent teacher conference away from a full melt down (like all moms working inside or outside the home).  Last week, Parker went to school and brought his toothbrush to show and tell. I have runs in my panty hose, and I never write thank you cards for my children’s birthday presents. I don’t exercise as often as I should and EVERY DAY something slides. There really is no “balance” just organized chaos. I am no different than anyone else.

“You look exhausted.” Wow, thanks! I feel even better now! Want to watch my kids this weekend so I can hit the spa, get a manicure, and sleep in?  No? Then let’s not say this to a working mom.

 “There’s always time to work later, these early years are so precious.” Why oh why is this NEVER said to fathers? I actually get many special moments with my kids. When Parker climbs into my bed and tells me “I am the best mommy in the whole world”, or when Emily smiles and says “I love you”, those are all special moments and I cherish them all.

 “Aren’t you concerned about not being there for your kids?” Just because I am at work does not mean I am not “there” for my kids.  Please get some perspective.

 “I’m surprised you went back to work. Your husband seems so successful.” Why would you assume that you know why I am working? Some women LIKE to work outside the home and I am sorry you are not one of them.
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by Holly O'Connor posted Nov 16 2013 9:11AM
The blog you're about to read was written almost exactly 7 years ago (November 13, 2006.) I wrote it in response to all the negativity surrounding the "Christmas Creep" (which is what I just now decided to start calling the earlier push into the Christmas season.) This blog was written before my Facebook timeline was full of people crabbing about Christmas popping up into November and even October (actually, it was written before Facebook, period.) But my feelings haven't changed, and I thought it would help bring a new and different perspective to the Christmas Creep. Enjoy!

Ok. I know I'm not the only person to notice that Christmas seems to be arriving earlier and earlier as the years go by. I mean, it's not even Thanksgiving and already you see malls decked out in their holiday finest, Santa arriving for photo ops (sashay, shantay!) and Christmas music on area radio stations.

Some might say this jump start into the holiday season is a ploy to squeeze more money from the general public. But you know what? I say NAY! The reason we're wading through a sea of red and green isn't because of dollars and cents. It's because....

We want to.

Think about it. Christmastime is typically the "most wonderful time of the year." It's a time of forgiveness, honesty, love, and peace. I don't know about you, but those sound like pretty decent qualities to me. Especially in this time of economic craziness, chaos and confusion.

Although you might hear some (updated editor's note: MOST) bemoaning the fact that Christmas is creeping up earlier than usual, my guess is that, deep down, a good amount of people are ok with it. And why shouldn't they be? Why not welcome a hot tasty mug of good cheer (and perhaps wassail?) Personally, when I hear the familiar notes of a favorite Christmas Carol, my spirit lifts immediately. Carols, along with holiday recipes and traditions, are familiar and comforting. In an age of sleek technology combined with minimal human interaction, those creature comforts are craved and embraced.

So I say, why NOT try to extend that warm fuzzy feeling the holidays bring? Rather than stress over holiday shopping, think of it as an opportunity to bring joy to someone else. Instead of melting down at the thought of cleaning the house and cooking for 15 people, think of it as a way to preserve tradition and strengthen family ties.

It's not so bad, this premature step into Christmas. Embrace the great feelings that come along with this time of year! And if you are still prone to groaning at the mere thought of jingle bells, might I recommend an oldie but goodie...Charles Dickens' Christmas Carollaugh

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