Tonight is the season premiere of Mad Men at 9PM on AMC. This is my favorite show! The complexities of the characters are spot on, and because of this, I fluctuate on how I feel about the characters constantly. Set in the 60s on NYC’s Madison Avenue, these “Mad Men” are the forefathers of the advertising revolution. I love how the contrast between today’s social mores clash with what was acceptable then. The smoking, the drinking, and the treatment of women were completely different then compared to today. (Though some might argue that we’re taking a step back on the treatment of women today. Ok, me, I would argue that.) It’s a fascinating look at the past. Continue reading
When you don’t have a lot of money, putting your time into crafting a gift can be more appreciated than if you just threw the cash out for a gift. People understand the time and thought you put into a craft item, whether it’s knitting, needle point, painting, jewelry making, or whatever it is that you are able to create for your gift. I like doing counted cross stitch. I’m not very fast at it, but I like doing it, and I have a great appreciation for the craft. If you’re not familiar with cross stitch, you can get more info here at Wikipedia. Continue reading
Following finding the Hillbilly Housewife’s $45/week menu plan, and blogging about it here, I decided to go to the store and price those items myself, seeing as the $45 meal plan went up to $70 from 2006-2009. What I found was this: Continue reading
I peruse a lot of “Mommy blogs” looking for new, interesting stuff that I can use and pass on to you. It’s exciting when I find something that I didn’t expect, and The Hillbilly Housewife got my attention.
From the time I start Caillou on demand, I have exactly 27 minutes to get something done before the whining starts. I have had a hankering for lemon cake and also for pound cake. My Mom makes a really good pound cake, but I’d never tried my hand at it myself. I decided as I pressed “play” to use my 27 minutes to make a pound cake from scratch. Continue reading
The super-funny mom from Grumbles and Grunts just made her debut writing appearance at Mama Pop. In it she talks about up and coming star of the Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence and Grumbles seem totally like chicks I’d hang out with, you know, if I had time. Check out her debut post here, and let me know how the movie is too. I don’t get out of my mama cocoon much.
I kind of hate my job. In saying that, I also want to acknowledge that I’m very grateful for the job I have. I work with fabulous co-workers who are super supportive, but the work itself starts to take a toll on you. Continue reading
Not every tasty dip has to be savory. If you want something fun and sweet to snack on, try this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip! It’s quick enough to bring as a last minute appetizer, it’s great for a girl’s night in, and it was tasty as I watched football tonight!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 8-ounce block of cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – next time I’d add 1.5 tsp.
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, plus extra for sprinkling
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the brown sugar until it dissolves and the mixture starts to bubble. Stir in vanilla and set aside to cool.
In a separate bowl, cream the cream cheese and powdered sugar together for 60 seconds. With the…
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