Chickens And Poultry Day

poultry day

There are many serious ways to celebrate Poultry Day.

  • You could look up what “poultry” actually is: “Poultry meat is domestic or wild fowl that is grown or harvested for human consumption.” from ehow.com
  • You could read about the best ways to raise ducks, geese, chicken, or turkeys; and maybe even emu, ostriches, and peacocks.
  • You could find new recipes for ways to cook poultry.
  • You could find out that there is a Poultry festival in Versailles, Ohio, that is celebrated in June – not March.
  • You could even learn that Poultry Day is the same as National Chocolate Caramel Day so it should be easy to plan a main course and dessert for March 19.

Instead of being serious you could celebrate Poultry Day by being silly.

If you like jazz –  sing along with Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens:

 

Fan of the Muppets? Watch The Swedish Chef prepare Spring Chicken – emphasis on the spring:

And don’t forget to do the chicken dance on Poultry Day. Although I don’t think I would have wanted to get all dressed up for a wedding and dance like a chicken – these people had fun with it:

How are you going to celebrate Poultry Day? Do you like to do the chicken dance?

Always Leave Them Laughing – Parenting with Humor

My seven year old and I are often rushed in the morning. I let him sleep as long as possible because, well… I enjoy the peace and quiet. Plus, I’m not a morning person. So we take every extra minute of sleep we can get.

Sometimes the rush makes him crabby. He’s only a first grader so I do a lot of repeating about putting on the shoes, brushing the teeth, putting on the coat, turning off the tv, you get the idea.  Just call me a broken record.

The one thing I’ve started every morning is give him a reason to smile when he’s grumpy and rushed. Apparently my sleep deprived, half hung over, make up smeared face isn’t enough, so I’m telling jokes. This way when he gets on the bus he’s not taking his grouchiness with him to school. Instead he’s giggling all the way to the bus. I know he’s repeating the jokes to the bus driver because she looks out the window and is smiling and waving (and I can see him stopping to talk to her on his way to his seat).

Last week’s jokes were“school” themed. I’m not an expert joke teller so I’ve been using my iPhone to look up jokes online while we wait for the bus and I have a page of school jokes bookmarked. This week I’m moving to farm jokes.

laughter is the best medicine

Here are some the jokes I’ve told so far:

Q. What do you do if a teacher rolls her eyes at you?

A. Pick them up and roll them back!

Q. Why didn’t the skeleton go to the school dance?

A. He didn’t have any BODY to take!

Q. Why did the boy throw the clock out the window?

A. He wanted to see time FLY!

Q. What do you call the boy with the dictionary in his pocket?

A. A smartie pants!

The goal in this is to start even our rushed and grumpy days on the lighter side and with giggles to go.

What are some of your favorite kid jokes?

Best Meat Marinara Sauce Recipe

Best Meat Marina Sauce? Why yes it is! ;) This recipe takes longer than 30 min but is great to make in bulk batches and freeze so you can have quick pasta nights later on! 

My dad was a chef. Not by trade, but as long as he was alive, he was in the kitchen making amazing meals. His chili and meat sauces were the BEST! After he passed away, I inherited all of his recipes and my grandma’s.

Now, I’ve perfected the meat sauce and am ready to share it with all of you.

worlds best meat marinara

 

Best Meat Marinara Sauce
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 45 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 45 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Generous pinch of
  1. Rosemary
  2. Basil
  3. Oregano
  4. Thyme
  5. Fresh ground black pepper
Regular pinch of
  1. Marjoram
  2. Garlic Powder
  3. Dry Minced Onion flakes
The rest
  1. 1 tsp+ of Chili Powder
  2. 1 cup, prepared beef bullion
  3. 3/4 cup red wine (I prefer sweet red in my sauce, but experiment and see what you like)
  4. 1 full size, whole bay leaf
  5. 1 med onion, chopped
  6. 3 large garlic gloves, chopped
  7. 1 - 28 oz can crushed tomatoes with puree (I prefer organic fire roasted)
  8. 1 - 8oz can of tomato sauce
  9. 1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained.
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot or small stock pot. cook over medium heat for 1 hour, or until sauce is reduced 1 inch.
  2. Uncover and cook for 45min - 1 hour or until the sauce is reduced another half inch.
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5 Easter Bunnies Crafts to Keep You Hopping [Video]

easter bunny crafts

Easter is on its way and the Bunny himself will be here before you know it!  If you’re looking for quick, easy, and adorable Easter crafts you can do with your children (or on your own), you’ve come to the right place! We’ve collected five of our favorite Easter Bunny craft videos from YouTube and we’ve got something for everyone: from simple crafts to cute crafts, useful crafts, and decorative crafts. 

 

Cute Craft: Make a Bunny costume:

Useful Craft: Turn a washcloth into a BooBoo Bunny that will be useful after Easter time:

Decorative Craft: Bunny Bunting for your mantel or another place in your house:

Accessory Craft: Easter bunny hair bow:

Super Simple Craft: Draw a cartoon bunny with only a marker and paper:

Have you made Easter bunnies before? What’s your favorite way to craft them?

St Patrick’s Day Crafts [Video]

St Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday that is celebrated around the world and is very popular in the United States. It was originally a very religious holiday and the pubs were closed. Changed a bit over the years, hasn’t it? However you celebrate the day it’s fun to add some green to your house and wardrobe during the cold winter month of March. Here are 3 simple crafts to incorporate some green in your accessories and decorations for St. Patrick’s Day.

st patricks day crafts

Rather than spending a ton of money on St. Patty’s Day decor, I think my girls would love to craft this festive paper ring in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t have all of these supplies?  Not to worry, I think you could make do without the fancy paper punch and glue dots by cutting out flowers with scissors and using some other kind of glue.

Most kids LOVE to use paint, and with this handprint shamrock clover they can put the paint right on their hands and make something every mom & dad will want.

Make your home the envy of the Irish with these adorable mini St. Patrick’s Day hats.  While I think the little hats are a neat idea, but I don’t think I would wear it in my hair. On my table, desk, or shelf would be fine, but not my head.

Do you decorate for St Patrick’s Day? Dress up? Drink green beer?

Leave a comment and tell us how you celebrate it.

Entertaining Kids on the Go – Target Dollar Spot Diaries

As moms we do a lot of hurry up and wait – hurry to get to the pediatrician on time so you and your kids can wait for 30 minutes in the waiting room before the Doctor can actually see you. Hurry and rush to the restaurant because the kids simply must eat now only to find that the restaurant is not moving at your desired speed. The post office, the bank, the grocery store, The DMV. Hurry, hurry, hurry. Wait, wait, wait.

As adults we’ve become accustomed to this waiting game – we know how to wait patiently for our turn. As parents we know that our children are not always likely to wait patiently, let alone quietly  We all have tricks to keep our kids entertained during unexpected down times. Of course a snack or two tucked into your purse can help make waiting easier but I have a different trick up my sleeve – The Quiet  Bag – and thanks to the Target Dollar Spot I’ve reinforced my supplies.
Entertaining kids with quiet bags .

A quiet bag is a small bag filled with something to keep your children occupied. The bag itself should be small and fit in your handbag or diaper bag easily; most importantly an effective quiet bag can save you from having to play 73 consecutive games of I Spy.

Some moms like to do a single activity in a bag and rotate activities to keep things fresh, however I like to use my quiet bag to arm myself with a handful of items to use in different ways.  I like to keep a small pack of crayons, stickers, a small notebook, a pencil and a few small toys such as dinosaurs, mini Lego men or mini My Little Pony figures. These basic things make for lots of possible ways to keep my kiddo busy.

Easy way to entertain kids on the go

Thanks to a quick look in the Dollar Spot at Target recently, I scored a new mini notebook, a Find the Match Activity pad, a Hidden Pictures poster, and a couple of fun pens that show different riddles when you click the pen in and out. These things coupled with the other items already in my little blue pencil bag – or as I like to call it, my arsenal – will keep my 5-year-old busy even if the kitchen is taking its sweet time making our dinner or the 14 people in front of me at the DMV are attempting the most difficult drivers license changes known to man.

What do you keep on hand to entertain your kids when you’re on the go?

Proof Reading Is ‘Sew’ Important

If you’ve used any word processing program you no that spell checker is only a minimal help and there are many mistakes that it can’t catch. Nothing is better than proofreading your important work several times yourself – and then asking someone else to check before you publish it.

proof reading day

Here’s some Proof Reading Day Video fun:

“The The Impotence of Proofreading”

I think the worst of these signs in this next video is “Child Beer;” and I feel really bad for the company with the Reliability sign.

The 5 Worst Typos of History that includes one in the U.S. Constitution and the Bible. Watch for yourself:

Did spell checker ever mess with ewe? Leave a comment and tell tell us!

Get Psyched with an Energy Mantra

On the days when things feel really rough (and let me tell ya, I’ve had some rough days lately), it’s all I can do to drag my happy butt out of bed in the morning. Low energy, low motivation and stress have been tempting me back under the covers. Unfortunately I can’t always report for the day from bed.

Get Psyched with an Energy Mantra

But how do you find the energy and motivation you so desperately need?

A mantra, or simple chant, holds a subliminal power that when used properly lift your spirit and guide you towards your ultimate goals. Finding the energy to keep going needs to come from within yourself and a simple mantra can help do just that.

Consider an energy mantra as your one stop, all day source of energy. Put your desired energy mantra in place and use it when you feel the strain of the day or run low on motivation.

Discovering Your Energy Mantra

Mantras aren’t long winded verse. They are short phrases or even one word that symbolizes something of importance to you. Adjectives that can frame and describe your feelings and words that call you to action are best for a mantra. What feelings or strengths are you trying to achieve?

Create a list of words or feelings that move you positively or reflect the kind of energy you want to have and put a few selections together to form short mantras that you can conjur up and repeat when you need a boost of energy.

Some of my favorites mantras include:

  • Breathe
  • Gratitude (That’s my bracelet in the picture above!)
  • Just keep swimming
  • This too shall pass
  • Keep moving forward (which is just another version of just keep swimming. Man that Walt Disney guy was smart!)

Choose words that hold a meaning. They should uplift you and give you a kick of motivation or inspiration. You may want to write your mantras down or even program them into your cell phone so that you don’t forget them.

Psyching yourself up when you’re down can feel like a little silly in the beginning but once you have a couple of mantras in place to repeat and practice during those low times are the boost needed to move through whatever is weighing you down.

What mantras keep you moving forward when you run low on energy?

Winter Blues Can Be Left Unsung

One winter, I didn’t leave the property where we lived for 10 days. That’s right: 10 days! What was even a bit more shocking to me was that I didn’t realize how much it had worn me down until I had gotten away. That’s when I counted the days. That’s when I realized that I had been feeling down. Day by day wore me down little by little without me even noticing. It wasn’t that I didn’t go outside. I took the dog and kids out for fresh air every day. It was the fact that my world had shrunk. At first it was comfortable and cozy. Then it became oppressive and stifling.

All I needed was a place to go and people to see. I didn’t have to talk to anyone or do anything terribly exciting. I felt better just driving into our little town and reminding myself that there is a whole big world out there. Now I keep that turning point in mind and check on my activities and schedule on a regular basis.

winter blues

This time of winter tends to get us down, and sometimes we don’t even realize it. Here are 5 tips to help you beat the winter blues. You might struggle with them even if you are able to get out and around.

  1. Check your diet. Are your eating habits healthy? Are you getting all the vitamins you need? 
  2. Make sure you are getting some sunshine. If you can’t get it naturally there are lamps you can get that simulate the sun’s rays.
  3. Do some physical activity each day. It doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out exercise session. It could be as simple as dancing around to your favorite songs.
  4. Try something new – maybe a new restaurant, craft, a library, store, park, hairstyle, spa, etc. Do something you like to do.
  5. Make sure you are getting the right amount of sleep – not too little and not too much.

However – and this is important – It’s a good idea to consult with a doctor if you have concerns. Remember that spring is just around the corner!