You all know that I am a coffee fiend. Urban dictionary describes the word fiend as: A man who craves a certain substance. Yes, yes that would be me in regards to coffee. Any excuse to have a party featuring coffee and I’m throwing it. Which is what I did last week with some local blogging friends thanks to #DunkinAtHome and their Bakery Series Coffee and a great iced coffee recipe from Hungry Girl. For many of them it was their first week of ‘back to school’ so that meant they had some free time with the kids gone for the day.
Beef is a source of protein that we eat a lot of in our home. While costs of beef have risen over the years, I stock up on sales or skimp on other things so that it fits into our budget. I get a lot of ideas for dinner from BeefitsWhatsForDinner.com, which is a Beef Checkoff program that their contractor The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association manages.
Growing up golden sponge cakes filled with cream were a huge treat that were only available to us at Grandma’s & Grandpa’s house. We’d help around the yard, in the kitchen and with various odd tasks, and then we’d get some money to head to the corner store to buy ‘dessert’ for after the dinner meal. When it was my turn to choose, I’d always get a package of them. Every time I take a bite of a Twinkie I relive those memories of simpler times.
If you remember, back in April and May I did a few blog posts about the Anheuser-Busch Family Talk About Drinking program. That was just right around the time that our daughter was preparing to graduate from high school.
I have the privilege to know some incredible dads. Of course I’m a bit biased to say that my own husband is one, but this year there is another one that stands out in my mind.
For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with my blog, we just graduated our 18 year old daughter from high school this past weekend. It was a bittersweet moment for me as we’ve rarely been apart for the past six years as we’ve homeschooled her since seventh grade.
We’re in the home stretch around here in regards to high school. In just 10 days my baby will be walking across a stage and receiving her high school diploma. We’ve been doing a lot of talking the last few weeks because I know the days of me being the person she spends the most time with are soon to be gone.
Within those conversations I want to be “real.”
The Anheuser-Busch Family Talk About Drinking program, helps families discuss the important issues surrounding the topic of underage drinking. As the parent of a daughter who will be turning 18 in just 11 days and headed off to live in a dorm come fall, I’m proud to announce that I’m a Mom Blog Ambassador for the Family Talk About Drinking program.
As the mom of an “almost” grown up, I’ve recognized that through the years there are different stages of parenting and we can tie those stages right from the beginning together to open the way for discussion to the responsible use of alcohol.
When I stopped working outside the home in 2006 it’s like my sense of style went away with my job. Staying home during the days and homeschooling our daughter means that the dress code ranges from hoodies and lounge pants to pajamas some days. Now that Amber’s heading to university and I have places to go and people to see outside of that “mom” position I hold so dearly, I need some updated fashions to add to my closet.
People wouldn’t realize by looking at us, reading my blog or even hearing us speak that we are immigrants. In 1999 we left everything we knew and moved to the United States, really in search of the American Dream – a place where hopefully we could offer our daughter more because of an economic change in my husband’s job. It was a different journey than what my parents took, both having immigrated from Germany to Canada, but regardless, in its own way it was a scary endeavor. What if it didn’t work out the way we thought it would?