SITCOM MOM DOT COM by Lori Savery-Hinze en-us Meal Planning Blues I'll admit it. I'm addicted to Pinterest. I currently have over 1400 pins. Of those, nearly 400 are recipes or food related. Given that all of these fabulous recipes are right at my fingertips, you'd think meal planning would be a piece of cake, right? (Hang on a minute--let me find which board I pinned that recipe for Texas Sheet Cake). Well, frankly, meal planning gives me the exact sort of mental fatigue I thought I would only experience in college calculus. It starts out like this: I... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 21:35:32 -0600 A Baby Step for Your Health Last week, I wrote about finding solutions in 2016 rather than resolutions. Have you found an area of stress in your life than needs a solution? Maybe you can't think of any one particular thing, so I'm going to tell you a problem you didn't even know you had. (Gee, thanks, Lori!) You need to drink more water. Okay, maybe it's just me. I need to drink more water. There is no other time of the year that I drink less water than in the winter. In the spring, summer, and fall, I tote a huge bag... Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:29:01 -0600 Solutions Instead of Resolutions Why do we wait until January first to make changes in our lives? And why do these changes almost always include losing weight? Sure, we all overindulge a little over the holidays with sweets and drinks at holiday parties and family feasts. Maybe we packed on a few pounds worth of extra padding in the winter and our clothes are feeling a bit snugger. This is usually self- correcting, as we get back into a regular work or school schedule, watch our portion sizes, and the last of the holiday... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 15:53:10 -0600 Winter Crack-Ups Winter Crack-Ups We need the moisture. At least we're not having as tough a winter as the people on the east coast. At least it's not as windy today. At least the sun is shining. Yes, I've shared all of these Pollyanna remarks about winter over the last couple of weeks, but allow me a moment of weakness. Winter is starting to drive me a little crazy. Mainly, I think it's because the more moody winter makes me, the louder and crazier my kids seem to act. On the loudness scale, my three... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:47:09 -0600 Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies I've gotten a lot of requests for this recipe at the office lately, so I figured I may as well post it here. I've never done a food blog before. I have a few friends who do food blogs and take amazing pictures of the ingredients, the cooking/baking process, and the end result. I read on one food blog that people really love close-ups of food with melty-chocolaty-goodness. I'm not that great a photographer, and I didn't remember to take a picture until after the cookies were already cooled.... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:49:21 -0500 Pictures I've been thinking a lot about pictures lately. A picture is worth a thousand words, so if I utilized more pictures, I might be more inspired to post a blog more often with just a few words and a picture. The problem is, I'm not very good at taking pictures. I've been very spoiled that both my parents have always showed up to every baseball game, school play, or track meet with a camera. They take much better pictures than I do, and I'm usually too busy cheering to remember to take pictures... Thu, 16 May 2013 12:38:34 -0500 One Morning Our family had a rare, chaos-free morning at the breakfast table today. This may not seem like a big deal to some people, but with three boys at home, I count it as a miracle. Most of the time, at least two of them are squabbling about something. There was one touch and go moment when my youngest spoke to my middle child: "Could you please chew with your mouth closed?" The fact that he said "please" was the first miracle. He's not a morning person, so usually a request like that would come... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:07:23 -0600 Unexpected Beauty This last summer, my boys and I finally broke our streak of neglected gardens from years past. Sadly, I can't say the same about our lawn, but our garden was really rockin' this year. I picked a few tomato plants and an abundance of basil, sage, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, and mint. I let each of the boys pick their own plant. My oldest picked a Santa Fe pepper. My middle son picked a six pack of broccoli, the only vegetable we can get him to eat. My youngest picked watermelon. My theory was... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:53:37 -0500 Twitter War Worth Fighting Every cause has its own awareness month, so each calendar month gets a little crowded. February is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month, American Heart Month, Black History Month, and National Children's Dental Health Month. February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. According to the website, nearly one in three U.S. teenagers "is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:41:34 -0600 Back to the Books Life is full of distractions. That's not always a bad thing. Our personal relationships can distract us from the stress of work. Work can offer a distraction from hardships in our personal lives. Books have consistently been my favorite distraction from all of the news and technology overload. My husband has always loved listening to talk radio. He listens to it in the morning when he's getting ready for work. He listens to it in his office. Whenever we are on long road trips (during which... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 20:41:19 -0600 Escape, by Carolyn Jessop (with Laura Palmer) Carolyn Jessop grew up in an FLDS Polygamist community. Though her mother suffered from depression and was prone to violence, Carolyn did not associate this with her religion. From her grandmother, she learned to take pride in her religion. She was raised to believe that they were God's chosen people and that husbands would be fair to their wives in plural marriages. She had dreams of becoming a pediatrician someday. Though the only working women she knew in her community were nurses or... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:31:59 -0500 Blood Memory, by Greg Iles Normally, when I choose an audio book, I make sure it's unabridged. If you get an abridged book, you never know what gets lost from the author's original vision. In my desperation to find an author that begins with the letter "I" and avoiding the chic lit selection at the library, the abridged version of "Blood Memory" found its way into my hands. The main character of "Blood Memory" is Catherine "Cat" Ferry, a forensic odontologist, someone who studies bite marks and the clues they... Wed, 08 Jun 2011 09:02:16 -0500 Two Letters, One Blog A few blogs ago, I wrote about my goal to read an alphabetical list of authors. It may seem like I'm slacking off on that goal, since I haven't done a book review since F for Frankl in mid-April. The project was temporarily de-railed by an unfortunate hairball incident followed by a new obsession to follow the Nook vs. Kindle debate. There have also been about two dozen T-ball and baseball games and practices, so taxiing kids is my new part-time job. Still, I have been reading in that time. The... Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:14:32 -0500 To E-Read or Not To E-Read It's getting harder and harder to carve out time for reading and writing lately. My newest excuse is not exactly "My cat ate my homework," but it's close. Let's just say it involves a book, my 17 year-old house-cat, and a hairball. In the aftermath of that unfortunate event, I decided I just wasn't that interested in that book and decided to make a trip to the library for another one. I have a number of friends who have electronic reading devices. They enjoy taking these moments to remind me... Tue, 03 May 2011 16:39:17 -0500 Man's Search for Meaning Some messages are so great that a paraphrase, quote, or summary just can't do them justice. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, for example, is the greatest story of God's love for us, but when we try to explain it to others, it's hard to summarize how much Jesus loved us, as well. We memorize and quote John 3:16, and from that we can grasp how much God loved us to give up his one and only son. Still, if we reduce the Gospel to just that message, it can feel like Jesus is just the obedient, big brother... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 09:38:13 -0500 Love and Respect Here's where my alphabetical project has become a drag. I was eager to read, "The Bingo Palace," by Lisa Erdrich, which I had long ago picked up in a bargain bin. When the time came to read my E book, I couldn't find it anywhere. It's absolutely baffling. I think there's a book troll in my house hiding the better books. So, the other E author on my shelf was Dr. Emerson Eggerichs' book, "Love and Respect." Several of my friends had read this book and liked it. It didn't sound appealing to me,... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:20:11 -0500 Dickens and Dahl My children get on a kick with certain favorite authors. Lucky for me, the authors they can't get enough of lately are Roald Dahl and Charles Dickens. D was the next letter to knock off my alphabetical author goal this year, so it's just really convenient that our nightly reading coincides with that goal. It's so convenient; I can't even claim to be multi-tasking. It feels like cheating. Since December, the Roald Dahl books we have read are "The Witches," "The Twits," "James and the Giant... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 12:25:52 -0500 How Do I Get That Job? I once heard a comedian say that adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas. I often tease my husband that in case he ever comes to his senses and fires me, I better start making a back-up plan. Last week, I asked my kids what they want to be when they grow up. Their answers were: a chiropractor, a comedian/actor, and a Pokemon master. Shockingly, I didn't find those answers to be a good springboard for brainstorming my own career... Tue, 08 Mar 2011 10:02:22 -0600 B is for Bock To recap from a few blogs ago, I set a challenge for myself to read a book by an author from every letter of the alphabet this year. The B one took... a very long time, but it was absolutely worth every minute spent reading. "Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies," by Kenneth Bock, M.D. and Cameron Stauth is an amazing book. I never thought that a medical book could move me to tears, but this one did. While this book is filled with medical studies and a... Wed, 02 Mar 2011 08:54:02 -0600 Confessions of an English Major At my last writers meeting, one of our members brought in a newspaper insert from American Profile that had a list of "20 of America's most celebrated and influential writers," compiled by Stuart Englert. We had a lot of fun going through the list. Each of us recalled which works we had read and which ones we liked or disliked. Having majored in English at UNL, I'm always embarrassed whenever someone mentions a great classic that I have not yet read. The truth is I have read a paragraph or... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 13:09:05 -0600