Here We Go Again…..Hopefully

I’ve been quite absent. Sorry.

I write for a living so writing on the side often gets kicked to the curb. But now there is too much to say and I feel the need to pick myself up, dust myself off and try, try again.

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So, where do we begin? First of all, Trump. Do we really have to go there? Unfortunately, we do.

The level of uncivil discourse has reached an all-time high and it is beyond disconcerting. When the ‘leader of the free world’ refuses to condemn rascists or white supremacists, when he calls the press the ‘enemy of the people‘, when his administration tries to legitimize his actions, when he is so out of touch that he says you need ID to buy groceries, yeah – we gotta discuss the Drumpf.

I’m all done with #MAGA. It actually stands for Make America Guilty Again. Guilty of treason, obstruction, idiocracy, ignorance.

I think the Democrats need to adopt this:

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This is my logo. We need to make America smart about how we act, what we say, optics and most importantly how we approach issues and the future.

I chose MASA because corn is such a staple product in this country. Farmers are being hurt by the #tariffwars. Corn is more native to this land than Trump. Corn is used in everything. (My corn is non-GMO by the way. No thanks, Monsanto or whatever you are trying to rebrand yourself these days.)

Who is ready to join me? Who will join in my crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me?*

 

*Points to whoever knows where this comes from. 😉
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Ratatouille in a pumpkin

A great spin on a classic and made very autumnal. I think my kids would love this and we could combine with a family movie night showing of……Ratatouille!

Cooking Without Limits

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I did my Ratatouille recipe a few years back. It was Julia Child’s recipe from her book. Yesterday I tried my recipe because my little boy don’t like red sauce this time. It is just a phase. So, for him, I made it with white sauce and for adults I made Ratatouille in a pumpkin.

Why? Because I had one hanging around and I didn’t know what to do with it. We say Sunday the movie Ratatouille and my son wanted what “The small cook” served. So here is our recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 zucchini
  • Olive oil
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 5 cloves mashed garlic
  • 10 small tomatoes cut in two
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili pepper
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • 500 ml tomato juice homemade
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 pumpkin

Directions:

Preheat the oven at 450º F or 200ºC. Cut the pumpkin in…

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Week 1 Christmas Cookies: Soft Molasses Cookies

Cookies and the holiday season. A classic combo.

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It’s finally time for me to crank up the Christmas songs and start getting ready for Christmas! I love the holiday season and try to stretch it out as long as possible.  I freeze lots of cookies to take to my family when we visit and to parties. My plan this year is to write about one of my cookies/candies each Friday to Christmas. I hope you will all follow along to see all the baking we do!

Verdict:

These are one cookie that we can all agree on are one of our top three favorites. The molasses cookies are soft and not at all dry. They have lots of flavor but they are not overpowering.  I used a cream cheese glaze over these (to show you how they look iced) but we prefer a heartier cream cheese frosting or plain rolled in coarse sugar before baking.

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Reality vs. RealiTEA vs. Reality

Omarosa. Where do we begin with her?! She was a ‘villain’ on The Apprentice. She was vilified when she returned to TV. She claimed to be a victim when Michael Clark Duncan died. And when she stumped for Trump and subsequently got a job in the White House? Wellll…….

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Like her or hate her, you have to admit that she has a presence and is a savvy woman. I wonder if people don’t like her because she is aggressive and a woman as opposed to just someone who is aggressive.

Either way, you had to know she was always going to write a book about her experience. (This whole NDA issue seems ridiculous to me, but then again, in the #Trump administration everything has gone past the point of absurd.) I think she took the job with the endgame of a book deal.

Even though it is Omarosa, I don’t doubt much of what she is saying. Unlike Michael Wolff, she seems to have the receipts about just how #unhinged Trump really is.

Chewing documents? Using the N-word? Calling her a dog? Is there any abhorrent or weird behaviour this guy has not engaged in? Sigh.

Will you read her book? I’m going to.

And now I have to disclose that I have had my own run-ins with DJT.

1998

The summer after my first year of college I was working as a legal secretary at a small firm in Florida. A client of the firm had named his company with the word ‘Trump’ in it and the client subsequently disappeared. (Long story, not related to Trump…..I think, lol.)

Anyway, because of this guy’s disappearance, Trump’s attorneys wrote a ‘cease & desist’ letter to have the company change its name. The wife of the owner of the company was happy to oblige since she wanted to dissolve the company and have her husband declared deceased. The two main attorneys of the firm just happened to be on holiday when this letter came in and I was left to draft the answer by myself and read it to my boss who was many time zones away for approval. I was…..18 years old!

That was ‘run-in’ #1.

2007

I was living in Boston and working in New York. I was out to dinner with a buddy who worked for someone very well-known and was a good friend of Trump’s at the time. At the table of this very popular restaurant was me, my friend, his famous boss, and four other people. We were thoroughly enjoying our meal when from the other side of the room I see someone coming towards us who looks familiar. I turn to my friend and say, ‘That guy looks like Donald Trump!’ My friend looks at me like I am the world’s biggest moron and says, ‘That IS Donald Trump.’

Trump approaches the table and right behind him was Melania. He greets my friend’s boss and they talk for a few minutes. He then chats with other people at the table. He sees me whispering to my friend. He looks at me and then to my friend and says to my buddy, ‘You can do better.’ He then turns back to the leader of our table and says something else before walking away.

It didn’t immediately register with me exactly what had happened until Trump was well gone. I then turned to my friend in disbelief. He quickly shrugged it off and said it was typical of Trump and that was that. By the way, Melania never said a word.

The next afternoon I was back at my desk at my job in Boston and recounting the story to a friend via email. He shot back, ‘Wait, Trump is in Scotland.’ Sure enough, Trump had left the restaurant immediately after talking to us, hopped on his plane and flown to Scotland to open a golf course.

Ladies and gentlemen, I tell you these stories to show you that even with minimal contact with someone I NEVER thought would be President that you should believe someone like Omarosa. She had a lot of contact with someone I never respected and now he is dismantling our democracy for his own pleasure and gain.

We’ve come to the point where it is reality star vs. reality star and it’s becoming harder to decipher what the real reality is……

Want Some Whine with Your Please?

Whining. We all hate it. It’s like nails on a chalkboard or the hacking of a cat. (Yes, I have already cleaned up glorious cat puke this morning.)

My kids are expert whiners. I don’t know where they get it from. I think they give kids an asshole manual when they exit the womb. I know I definitely had my moments as a kid.

But stretching a word into ten syllables with that inflection is grating.

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Yeah, that’s Britney, bitch and as someone who is also the mother of two boys I am sure she can relate.

Now, don’t get me wrong, my kids are articulate. Case in point, two days ago I was lying in bed cuddling my three-year-old before we had to get ready for the day. He’s my cuddly one, but even he has his limits. I was giving him random kisses as he was trying to watch “Muffin Babies” (aka Muppet Babies – I’ll post on this another time) when this exchange occurred:

C: No more kisses.

Me: Really? Awww. Why? I love giving you kisses.

C: Save some for later.

Me: Ok. One more?

C: No. Thanks for your support.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT????!!! Did he really just say thanks for your support??? WTF. Is this kid running in the midterms and no one told me?? Has he been watching too much PBS and realizes that donations require gratitude?

This isn’t an anomaly either. Both my kids were using the word actually in the right context by 18 months. (How? Actually, I have no idea.)

This is not a humble brag either, it’s just we never really did the whole baby talk thing. I have plenty of made-up words I use on the regular and plenty of nicknames for each of them, but I’ve always talked to my kids the way I talk to pretty much anyone else.

Other Kids

So, when I encounter other kids who are the same age and have a tough time expressing themselves I have to remind myself that my kids, for better or for worse, have no problem with that. I need to stop and think about whether they are really advanced, or it’s normal for other kids to be at that a different level or maybe they are having some problems.

But, again, the whining. My kids are not immune to that. They may have great diction, sentence structure and vocabulary, but they can whine with the best of them. They also shriek, grunt, yell and cry as ways of expressing themselves like any other three and five-year-olds.

So, moms and dads out there, even if your kid can tell you that they want moussaka for dinner and that the world is big, but actually small in the universe, when they whine that walking from one end of the house is going to take forrrreeeeevvvvvvverrrrr, just know I hear ya. Loud and clear. #momlife

 

 

Mornings

I am not a morning person.

I might wake up early, but that doesn’t mean I really want to engage with the world.

Having kids means you have to get up early. Especially little kids. I have one kid who gets up super early, but now he is big enough to brush his teeth and go downstairs to watch a show before the rest of us get up or at least are conscious enough to think clearly.

On the weekend, I’ll get up with him earlier than everyone else, but not as early as I used to, thank goodness. This morning he wanted to make oatmeal, a favorite in our household but pitched a fit when there weren’t apples to put into it. Ugh, the life of a four-year-old.

Luckily, my two-year-old is like his dad and loves to sleep. He’s happy to sleep in until 9 am or later if you let him. He’s never been one to sleep in the car like his brother, but recently he has been nodding off in the car after very busy days.

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Prim, right?! So sweet.

So for now, I just resolve that the latest I can sleep is maybe 8 on the weekends and that the early mornings are time to spend with the older one 1:1.

I”ll try to take solace in that. The operative word being try.

Let’s Talk About the Tony’s

 

As I sit here waiting for the #SessionsHearings to start, I am reading reviews of the Tony Awards that took place last Sunday night. I actually really enjoyed it.

I thought Kevin Spacey did a great job. His opening was great. 

I love theater. I grew up a theater kid. I participated in many plays and especially musical theater. From Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat to Les Miserables, I enjoyed every minute.

There are so many new musicals and plays out there. After #Hamilton, it’s nice to see a revival of Broadway. People who want to cut funding of the arts are crazy. Without the arts, we become a dry society that is devoid of creativity.

We need art. We need music. We need writings. We need a society that celebrates these things. Censorship and cutting the budget to things like PBS is not the way to go.

I admit that I watch my fair share of reality tv and other trash, but I still think literature, classical music, poetry, etc. are important.

I read a fair amount and I am often stunned at the amount of millennials who do not. Reading quick articles on your phone does not count. Reading stuff on LinkedIn also doesn’t count.

Books. Long form articles. Things that are not for work. That constitutes reading.

The Twin Cities has the second largest amount of theaters next to New York. It’s always so nice to see how packed they are when big plays come through town.

This summer we are going to go into NYC for a night and we are planning on seeing a show. I can’t wait. I haven’t been to a show on Broadway in quite some time. There are so many shows I want to see.

What do you recommend?