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    Berry Breakfast Smoothie

    For me, smoothies are my go-to meal replacement for breakfast.  They can be one of the healthiest and quickest options for breakfast there is.  You can load it up with all kinds of goodness…or not so good stuff.  You just gotta know what to do.  And I’ve seen all the pins and and recipes floating around the internet, ya’ll know what’s up. I was talking to my mom the other morning while I was drinking my breakfast.  She proceeded to tell me that she likes smoothies but just can’t have them for a meal.  “They just don’t stay with me,” she tells me.  And I began to think, “Why?”  Then…

  • Jarlsberg Cheese Dip with favorite crackers
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    Jarlsberg Cheese Dip

    A few years ago I was at the grocery in Kentucky when I came upon one of the deli attendants serving up samples of some type of dip.  It was pale with variations of white, spotted with purple.  The dip was cheesy, creamy, pungent, and called Jarlsberg cheese dip.  With it’s holes, Jarlsberg cheese, may make you think Swiss.   But, in my opinion, it is far more complex with it’s a semi-soft nutty taste. This wasn’t the first time I had sampled this dip.  No, I had actually had it once before at my in-laws house.  It was good.  So good that I had actually paid the outrageous $7 or…

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    “The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash”

    I mentioned earlier in the week that I signed up to be a mystery reader in Little Bear’s class for Read Across America week .  The book to be read was left up to the reader.  So the first half of this week was spent researching the perfect book to read a-loud.  I wanted something silly & fun but an interesting story line and illustrations. As a mystery reader – and a mom – I thought it would be nice to get a new book to read to the class.  I knew that there would be a slim chance that I picked out a book none of the the kids had…

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    Read Across America

    If you don’t have kids you may not know that this week is special.  But this whole week is Read Across America week.  It coincides with Dr. Seuss’s birthday – probably the single most influential author of all time.  Think about it.  Adults and kids alike know and love Dr. Seuss books.  “Green Eggs and Ham” ring a bell?  How about “Cat in the Hat”?  “Oh the Places You Will Go!”  (I know that after at least one of those you started sighting from memory your most loved quotes.) Like many other schools in the U.S. this week, Little Bear’s school is celebrating.  Each grade level is doing something different…

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    Food Truck Friday @ PHX Public Market

    Oh my word ya’ll.  Let me tell ya.  Mr. O and I had a little mini day date at the end of last week.  It was nice and long over due. We had already made our minds up the day before what we wanted to do for our mini date.  After sampling some of Phoenix’s amazing food trucks a couple of weeks ago at the school, we knew we had to search out some more trucks.  So, after taking Little Bear to school Friday, we took our time getting ready for the day.  Then headed out to the Phoenix Public Market off Central and McKinley. Because we got there about…