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Ode’ to the Pumpkin

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I have a confession. I’m a bit of a pumpkin addict. Whether it’s a recipe for sinful, butt swelling cupcakes or heavenly aromatic candles that make me want to eat them, anything about, having or containing pumpkin is OKAY in my book.

Ripe for the season, I thought it would be appropriate to showcase some of the most divine, blissful, tantalizing pumpkin goodies I’ve come across in recent weeks. If you worship the pumpkin gawds like I do, hold onto your seat. This is going to be one hell of a glorious ride! Read more

Sometimes you can’t make lemonade

Posted on by Crystal in Lifestyle | 5 Comments

Yesterday was hands down one of the worst days ever. And I’m NOT exaggerating. I can’t get into details, because some of it is extremely confidential, but it was baaaad. Think of the chances of an asteroid landing in your living room during the season premier of Weedsthat bad. At one point, I was ready to throw in the white towel and say screw everything and everyone.

I’ve gone into today with a clearer head – accepting the fact that sometimes life does indeed give us lemons. And the reality is, you can’t always make lemonade. Sometimes things are just sour. That’s life. Read more

Crockpot Country Chicken Recipe – New England Style

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It’s September here in Maine and for us New Englanders that means crisp, cool air, trees exhibiting colorful displays of leaves and all kinds of yummy cooking! The other day I made my version of Crockpot Country Chicken – New England style. Give it a try. You’ll love it! Read more

My Favorite Pins of the Week: Mom Madness

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Pinterest is a haven for women and a true magnet for moms everywhere.  When we’re not busy working, cooking, cleaning, nursing or caring for our families, you can bet we’ve got some pinning action happening – by “we” I mean “me”. 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite “Mom Madness” pins of the week: Read more

8 Things I Love About Being an Older Mom

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I love being an older, middle-aged mom. Even though my energy level is less than it was years ago, I feel like I’m in a better “place” to raise my daughter. My feet are firmly planted and I have peace in knowing that no matter what lies ahead, I will do my best to raise her as a good, honest person. There will be times when I fail, but I won’t second-guess every little decision I make. I’ll do my best, because, as a parent, that’s all you really can do.

Here are 8 other things I love about being an older mom (please keep in mind that I’m not a first-timer): Read more

How Not to be a Debate (or Discussion) Dickhead

Posted on by Crystal in Lifestyle | 2 Comments

On Facebook yesterday I added my thoughts to a discussion regarding the human impulse to take initiative. I commented that I believe initiative is sometimes tied to work ethic and character – which I stand behind. Well let me tell you, I set off a shitstorm. Sadly, most of those referring to my comment failed to follow the rules of a civil debate and were actually, in my opinion, extremely rude. Now, I’m not going to point out the discussion or name names, because that would be breaking the number one rule of etiquette – that we do not point out others’ gaffes or shortcomings.  I can be a big ole’ bitch and curse like a sailor 80 percent of the time, but I also know where the line is between being civil and just being a dickhead. I used to be a dickhead. It has taken me many years to learn to keep it real and nice.

Here’s where mistakes were broken yesterday. Read more

Vogue Hommes Cover – Sexy or Offensive?

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Am I the only woman on the planet who finds this image sexy rather than offensive? Seriously. When I first looked at this cover of Vogue Hommes magazine, I didn’t see violence. I didn’t see a woman being choked out against her will. I saw another sexual revolution unfolding. Here we have this obviously much younger man passionately taking control – or the lead, if you will as not to offend – of this obviously much older woman. He is not demonstrating aggression, rather assertion. She is not resisting, but embracing.  A little bit of research confirmed my interpretation. Read more

MommiFried’s Flava’ful Tangy BBQ Crockpot Chicken

Posted on by Crystal in Food & Recipes | 1 Comment

I’m starting to think I should name this blog Crockpot Lady because I’m doing a lot of crockpot cooking lately. It’s so easy, so delicious at the end of the day. And the best part is that I am once again experimenting with recipes – putting my own spin on things. Below is a recipe for BBQ crockpot chicken that I whipped up yesterday morning. By the time it’s done it literally falls apart and melts in your mouth, so consider throwing together some sandwiches and serve with chips. Enjoy!

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