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Dear Kohl’s, I Love You, We’re Through

Dear Kohl’s, I Love You, We’re Through

GAAAAHHHHHH!!!! I am just home from one of the single most frustrating experiences of my life.  OK, well maybe not my whole entire life.  (Overdramatic much?  Sheesh.)  But still… On a total whim, I ran into Kohl’s after work today since I had both a […]

Making Yourself at Home in Your Parish

Making Yourself at Home in Your Parish

When you are part of a family, you help the family. This is one of the lessons Greg and I try to teach our children here in our own house.  Why do we ask them to do the dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathrooms […]

ALDI: A Beginner’s Guide

ALDI: A Beginner’s Guide

In my never-ending quest to buy quality groceries at a reasonable price for the oh-so-hungry humans at my house, I recently took my first trip to ALDI.  And all I can say is, HOLY COW!! For years, I’ve been shopping at a combination of Publix, […]

Bedtime… A Love Story

Bedtime… A Love Story

There’s a sweet spot when you’re raising kids.  That time when, for just a while, maybe all your kids actually have a bedtime.  Not only do they have a bedtime, but they follow it.  And not only do they follow it, but they legit stay […]

Family Kitchen Questions: Episode 1

Family Kitchen Questions: Episode 1

Portions and Leftovers Here’s a fun new game we can play here in AWG-Land!!  It’s called “Family Kitchen Questions” and in it, you can ask me anything you’d like about cooking, planning, shopping, and generally running the kitchen, family style.  Sound good to you?  I […]

My Kids are Mine, But They’re Not Me

My Kids are Mine, But They’re Not Me

Our oldest son can play at least 4 different instruments.  I can’t play a single one. My second son is an absolute crack up with a sharp wit and quick sense of humor.  I’m never quite as speedy with a clever comeback. Our older daughter […]

Oh, the Places I (want to) Go!

Oh, the Places I (want to) Go!

It’s been too long.  My nomadic tendencies are rearing their multi-cultural heads again.  I am starting to feel the itch to book a flight, pack a suitcase, and head off into the wild blue yonder.  Where would I go?  What would I do and see […]

Three Days: Mercy and Mystery

Three Days: Mercy and Mystery

In the Catholic Church, we celebrate the entire Triduum and not just Easter Sunday.  The USCCB describes this as “the summit of the Liturgical Year.”  The triduum lasts “from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they […]

Mom’s Fruit Salad

Mom’s Fruit Salad

For as long as I remember, my mom has made this exact fruit salad.  It’s as much a part of my childhood and growing up as birthday cake and Santa Claus.  That is to say, I can’t imagine my life without it! Every Christmas Eve […]

Found: The World’s Most Perfect Ramen Noodle Slaw

Found: The World’s Most Perfect Ramen Noodle Slaw

Ramen noodle slaws are the crap shoot of the pot luck line, aren’t they?  You never quite know if they’re going to be as good as you hope.  There are so many variables to consider!  Is there enough dressing, not enough, or too much?  Are […]