How hard is it?

I am a Southern girl, y’all know that. My mother raised me with a staunch set of manners and to be a lady of a certain caliber. Now others come to me for advice on how to made good impressions and be tactful. Think Charlotte on Sex and the City, Season 1. Her character would have been very at home in Southern Mississippi.

How does one go about being a lady? After all, being born a woman does not automatically a lady make.

For one, a lady does not, under ANY circumstances, Tweet or Facebook (or take part in any other sort of mobile social media) during a visitation at a funeral home. This is the utmost sign of disrespect, especially if the deceased is a family member. The mobile phone is to be turned off, unless the user is a medical professional on call. Even then, the phone is for emergencies. This is today’s example of how NOT to be a lady—one of my frenemies (read: ex-husband’s current brood mare) was updating Facebook from the visitation of her husband’s deceased grandfather.

Moral of the story, it’s not that hard to be a lady, girls.


The Wife


Add a comment June 8, 2010

Mexican Chocolate…om nom nom nom

This is my recipe for Mexican Chocolate. I have tweaked it a little from the one that was given to me…Enjoy!


1/4 cup Milk

3/4 cup Water

1 Tbsp. chocolate syrup

3 Tbsp. cocoa (such as Swiss Miss)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 pinch chili powder


Combine milk, water, and chocolate sauce in small saucepan, bring to a gentle boil. Stir in the powdered cocoa, cinnamon, and chili powder. Boil for 1 minute, reduce heat, and let it simmer for 1 minute. Serve. Makes 1 serving.


You may find it easier to use liquid cinnamon flavoring as opposed to the powdered spice.

To make it extra-yummy, top it with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles. Better yet, make your own whipped cream from heavy whipping cream.

Make more than 1 cup. I have found that once some tastes it, they have to have a cup as well. 😉

Add a comment December 27, 2009

Weekend Sweets!

I love to bake. That is probably the part of domesticity that I enjoy the most. That…and canning. But that’s for another day.

Those who know me well always look forward to Christmas because I give baked goods to  many people as gifts. This recipe comes to you courtesy of my Tweep, Moxie Baker, over at Foodie Fictionista. My rendition is not perfect, but they are very yummy and a complete labor of love!


1 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla (or Almond)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 egg
3 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red food color
2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies
2 tablespoons sugar

Stir together 1 cup sugar, the butter, milk, vanilla, peppermint extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in half. Stir food color into 1 half. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Heat oven to 375ºF.
Stir together peppermint candy and 2 tablespoon sugar; set aside.
For each candy cane, shape 1 rounded teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope by rolling back and forth on floured surface. Place 1 red and white rope side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane.
Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until set and very light brown. Immediately sprinkle candy mixture over cookies. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Tip: This is also an EXCELLENT sugar cookie recipe for use with cookie cutters. Just remove the peppermint extract and peppermint sprinkles. The cookies will turn out soft and delicious!

Candy Cane cookies

Happy Baking!

Add a comment December 19, 2009

‘Mommy Hero’

Every mom needs a ‘Mommy Hero.’  This is another mother who is very skilled at something that you: 1) hope you never have to deal with, but know you will, and 2) does it with little to no complaints. One of mine happens to be my dear friend Jen, who is potty training her son.

Today she found the 1st non-food item in his stool. Curious, I asked what was it and how in the world did she find it. Turns out it was little part from a gumball machine toy…that she found while scraping out the little man’s pants.


Yes. She was scraping out his pants. And this, dearest reader, is why she is my Mommy Hero. You see, I don’t have the stomach to deal with bleeding mosquito bites, much less scrape poop from my daughter’s pants. There are many other reasons why she’s my Mommy Hero, but this new reason is by far the best, I think. Her spreadsheet-making, sprouting everything, Zen-mom approach is nothing compared to dealing with poopy pants (I know, I know…spreadsheets and Zen are pretty opposite of each other, but she makes it work).  I used to wish to be like her, but I’m happy having her as a friend, Mommy Hero, and, at times, mentor.

So Jen, if you’re reading this, you’re a ROCK STAR!

1 comment August 4, 2009


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