The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2010-08-08

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Herding Puppies...

Ginger's only  tolerated two dogs (ever) without hair-up growling aggression.  One was a Chihuahua named Coco Lopez and one a Dachshund named Max. 

People around here cross the street when they see her coming.  And I'm talking, the owners of big dogs - Mastiffs... Rhodesian Ridgebacks... The yellow lab across the street hates her and think about it - When was the last time you heard of a yellow lab hating anything?  

I  figured the thing about Coco Lopez and Max was they were smaller then Ginger.  (Or shorter in the case of Max.)    As a ten pound dog Ginger doesn't have much opportunity to be the big dog.

  I don't get to test out my theory much because no one wants their dog around Ginger but my kid brought Izzy for a visit last night...

Izzy must weigh, what? Three pounds?  For a dog like Ginger that sits at the window waiting to act the (very loud) fool the second she sees a dog.  Any dog.  Or a newspaper blowing down the street that resembles a dog.    C'mon.  This is crazy amazing!


Meet Izzy, she's 10 weeks old.


She belongs to my kid's friends Grandma.    She's totally making me want a Chihuahua.  Again.  It happens every few years.  I go back and forth.  Chihuahua.  Doberman.  Chihuahua.  Dobie.

With the exception of one quick yappy/yelpy fracas over a muffin it went great.  Which makes Ginger's vote:



Friday, August 13, 2010

Clothing update and whats up with inseams anyway?

I loved the suggestions I got from everyone, I'm still looking at the links.  A lot of you were concerned about showing arm flappage so I have to say about that.  Not going to happen.  That is what the over things are for.  That dress was sleeveless but it was never going to be worn like that.




One of the reasons I picked that dress was that tea length - sometimes called ballerina length - works really well on me because I'm 5' 9".   Now The Babes Mom sent me a link to an adorable outfit - loved it.  But it was a maxi and I've not had luck with the maxi length.   Just a bit too short and people are all, Whoa! Where's the flood? Poke poke.

Knee length stuff.  Same issue, other direction.

But tea length works because it falls below my knee in a non-freakish way.  It never ends up looking like Bwa! Hahaha! who shrunk your stuff???   And it's not so long that it looks like it's supposed to be longer.... but it's not quite long enough.

Although I do admit it's not as in fashion as it once was - I can live with that since it always look appropriate and never looks like it was laundered incorrectly.

Thats why these kinds of dresses always work for me...

(That's not quite tea length, but close)

It's more like this one...

And shirts like this work for me because they are meant to be long... I have the same issue with shirts being too short.

Plus I'm still dieting.  I still have at least another 15 to go.  I can't buy things that are meant to be form fitting not that I would.   That's so - Well, not me.  But I need things that will follow me through the weight loss process here.

And outfits  like this...

Would be nice but I can't get it because while men get to pick their inseams woman apparently all have the same size legs.   Except me.

   I've not ordered a thing yet but continue on with my lifelong whine about inseams...

And speaking of purses I love this one..


Thursday, August 12, 2010

A clothes question...

I have to buy some clothes because I'll be leaving my house next month.

I don't know what's bothering me more; having to buy clothes, wearing something that doesn't have an elastic waist or leaving my house.

I'm thinking of going with something like this from Travelsmith.


 There is a lot I like about it although a few things I don't.  The whole upper arm situation - which the model doesn't seem to have - would have to be under some sleevage.

Which brings me to this from J Jill...

Which I could wear over it but I'm a little afraid looks like a PJ top.

And this...


I like that a lot but I'm afraid I would look like a slob.  I love that look and rumpled works so well on some people.

I see celebrities do it all the time.  They look professionally wrinkled, and it looks casual, so intentional.  Every time I try it I look like I slept in the shirt.

So what do you guys think?  


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cooking with your family, LIVE AND ON PURPOSE!

I've talked a lot about my kid and his friends cooking lately...


If you and your kids cook together (which used to happen but now that he's older I'm asleep by the time he's cooking... So if maybe your kid cooks when you're asleep like mine does?


Or your kid and his friends cook at your house.


Or your kid's friends come over to cook...


Or whatever it was he was doing by this time....

You could win a family cooking vacation to Orlando, Florida if you upload a short (1 minute of less) video to  The Family Dish website by August 30, 2010.


Click below for details, man...


There's only 2 more weeks to get those videos in and don't forget creativity is a plus!

But honestly...


if you're working with teenagers..


They pretty much have that one covered.

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 This post was created in connection with my appointment as an ambassador in Unilever's Family Dish Program.  For more great ideas go to The Family Dish.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Cuisinart Food Processor Givaway and no, I'm not kidding!

There's one appliance I've wanted forever and still don't have. I don't think you need most of the appliances out there - and so, while paninni presses are cool and espresso machines are nice and waffle irons are well, I don't know about the whole waffle iron thing but....

There is one machine I covet over and over and over again and I wish I had one every time I get into some chop-heavy recipe.

Or a salad which is like, every day...


 I figured I was not the only one so I wrote the company (Seriously. I really did.)  and said all you guys felt the very same exact way as me and  needed a food processor too and could I please give someone who comes here a Cuisinart?

And it took a while for them to get back to me, they must have thought I was some sort of nut.

But eventually they wrote back and said, How about this one?


It's the Cuisinart Elite Collection® 12-Cup Die Cast Metal Food Processor Way amazing right?  Check out all it's bells and whistles here (No really, go look it's amazing!). 

The giveaway is for one Model number: FP-12DC (and if I decided to buy it it would cost $249) but you could win it for a comment.  Just one comment per person please monitored strictly by Ginger my 16 year old mini-pin....

She finds double commenters delicious and is an efficient little food processor in her own right...

* Leave me one comment to enter.  Maybe you could tell me the first thing you'd make if you win?  There are seriously a ton of great recipes on the Cuisinart site (here) if you need ideas...

* Or just say Hi! to Ginger, she likes that!

* But -  Please include your email address in your comment for winner verification.

This is open to residents of the Continental US only, 18 years or older.  Comments will be accepted until August 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm eastern time and picked by random drawing.

If I can't contact the winner by august 26th, I'll pick an alternate winner and how much of a bummer would that be?  So please check back.

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*As to the disclaimer if it's not already clear* It should be but okay here it is....Someone is getting the food processor I mentioned in the post.  I'm not getting anything for running the giveaway and I'm doing that 'cause I love you guys.  It makes me happy!


The winner of the cookbook and the onion dip is...



Who thought the Waikiki chicken looked good (it is) and wanted to know if Mongo was her real name - Mongo is what we call her.  One of her Grandchildren couldn't say Grandma and it came out Mongo and it's been Mongo ever since!

Email me, girl!

 This post was created in connection with my appointment as an ambassador in Unilever's Family Dish Program.  For more great ideas go to The Family Dish.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

What's in my bag?

The 'What's in your bag' Flickr Group fascinates me. It's a group, a huge group by the way - over 18,000 members - posting the stuff they carry in their stuff.

And I've sat for hours this weekend looking at the stuff everyone carries around.

I don't have the designer bags and doodads some people have but I'm going to do it anyway cause it looks like fun.


Remember the key fobs I made with vintage buttons?


And remember all my planner issues?  Well, I didn't ever find a planner I liked so I made one by taking apart one with a cool retro cover...


And turning it into something I liked and that hopefully will work for me...


by adding Moleskines.  

I covered one of the Moleskines with part of vintage Hawaiian menu that I bought on eBay ages ago...  Also in that picture is my Motorola  Karma phone which I like but it's no iPhone and my Requip (can't leave home without that.

I do have an iTouch but it just sort of reminds me I don't have an iPhone.  That adorable pink thing with the heart and button?  It's for putting around take out coffee mugs.  It's a coffee cozy.  Bottom left has the bluetooth for my phone and brown upper right is a credit card thing from Levenger.  Got it ages ago - they have the nicest leather stuff.


The purse is one I got a few years ago on clearance from J Jill and I keep going back to it.


It's not perfect but there are perfect things about it.  The leather is really soft and the shoulder drop is perfect.  It's a large purse and classic in style.  I wish it was a different color and had more compartments but of all the purses I have I come back to this one over and over.

So, what's in everyone's purse?


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