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1. A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills… she now  has 14 kids but she doesn’t really care. 

2. One of life’s mysteries is how a 2-pound box of chocolates can make a woman gain 5 lbs.

3. My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.

4. The best way to forget your troubles is to wear tight shoes. 

5. The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you are doing, someone else does. 

6. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.

7. Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today. 

8. Sometimes I think I understand everything, and then I regain consciousness.

9. I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my panties.

10. Amazing! You hang something in your closet, for a while, and it shrinks 2 sizes! 

11. Skinny people irritate me when they say things like…’You know sometimes I forget to eat!’  Now, I’ve forgotten my address, my mother’s maiden name, and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat. 

12. The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing — and then they marry him.

13. I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating far too much, impulse buying and driving way  too fast. Are they kidding? Just throw in a cocktail and that’s my idea of a perfect day! 



 If I could jump for Joy, I would.   So you, go ahead, no one is watching ”  ~     Barbara

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What’s For Dinner ~ It’s More Than You Think

These words seem quite simple, Yes?  Really they are not.  The act of cooking and enjoying a meal is vital to ourselves and our relationships.  It so much about the sharing of yourself.  While chopping vegetables, cleaning the shrimp and setting the table…..  there is magic in those moments.  The act of stirring a pot of sauce…. conjures up ghosts of years past.  Images of long ago wind slowly through our conscious.  Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Sue…. they are all there…..  A beloved family pet snuggled in the corner…no doubt anxiously awaiting a toss of some scraps.  Smells waft along the stove, down the table top and much to others delight…fullfill our desire to engage our appetites.   A smile registers on your face.   Ahh, another  “remember when” sneaks in as well.  Words unwillingly  spill out….. perhaps a tear as well…….yet we really do not know how or why this is happening.  We just see how each small act  and movement has such power that it is remembered through those  many generations.  Yet, this moment, decades of small moments, was all swept past in a blink of the eye. 

 These moments pass through our emotional self constantly. Being part of a “Family” is amazing  heady stuff.  This simple act each day is so much more than just a meal.  These moments were meant to be savored, memories in the making……..shared and kept immortal by all of us.  Therefore and most of all, enjoy every second you spend in that kitchen ……making those future memories.

In order for me to continue on my memory quest; one of my joys is searching for the recipe.  A foundation to build upon.

We know that Searching for ” What’s For Dinner ” in your recipe holder, cookbook collection or a magazine is very tricky at best.  Boy, is it easy to become sidetracked!  All those delicious recipes staring at you.  Worse yet, PICTURES.  Lovely, vivid color, luscious pictures of fabulous food you just want to inhale.  No wonder we have no idea what to cook.  It just all becomes too, too much.  Then on overload, when the ADHD kicks in, I am a goner.  Good excuse? Well maybe?  What do you think?  Anyway, I have a few sites and a few blogs (not to mention my cookbook collection) that are my go to places when trying to decide what can I prepare or  take to dinner on Sunday. 

One of my go to sites is  Huge variety.  Tasty as well.  Yumm!! Hence the recipe link for you to click on.

This recipe is such a nice change from the ordinary usual shrimp recipes.  Try it out.  You may like it.  Of course, tweaking a recipe to suit your personal tastes is inevitable.  No worries!  Do what you want.  After all there are no food police here.

 Meanwhile, I will continue on my quest for great food and great food sites.  I know we can all use a little help and I am more than pleased to share. 

Whether it will be a web site, blog or cookbook, be certain it will be shared with all of you.  Let me know how I am doing from time to time.    Thanks, Barbara  

Grilled Shrimp with Melon and Pineapple Salsa


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Back To School

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.  ~Sydney J. Harris

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.  ~Mark Twain

Two of my favorite quotes from those much wiser than I.   Everyone is talking about getting the kids ready for Back To School!  August always seems so early. Yet, the next 3 weeks will fly by in the usual whirlwind of activity.

I still love the upcoming Fall season.  Even though it does not really start for some time .  Am I the only one who is flooded with memories of schooldays past?   Those memories are usually happy ones, thank God!   I loved school, my teachers and classmates.  Good Times!

Oh, Crap!  I must be getting old.  I actually thought school was cool. 

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Thinking of Self Employment

Test the waters of self-employment without jumping in

The odds are that you will probably consider self-employment at some point: Eighty-nine percent of people in the United States who make more than $50,000 a year are self-employed, according to Entrepreneur magazine.

As with all decision points, the way to make the best choice is to know yourself. If you get bored easily, do a lot of different jobs. If you are a type-A hyperachiever, do one business really, really well. If you have a small tolerance for risk, keep a full-time job while you explore other options. All are great ways to make the shift to working for yourself.

One of the most interesting recipes for self-employment comes from self-employment evangelist Barbara Winter. Winter says that it’s easier to have five jobs that generate $10,000 a year than it is to have one job that generates $50,000 a year – the perfect scenario for opening an eBay business, renting out a room in your condo, writing press releases for your friend’s startup, etc.

This is, essentially, juggling five jobs, but Winter’s book describes ways of making it seem manageable: “The juggler walks out on the stage with ten sticks and ten plates, but doesn’t begin spinning them all at once. Methodically, the juggler positions the first plate on a stick and gets it into motion. Once done, the juggler moves on to the next, then the next, and so forth. Eventually, all ten of the plates are spinning away, each with its own momentum.” (This is how I feel about blogging – it’s like throwing another plate in the air for me.)

** From Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist **

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