Giving Thanks

I’m not a huge fan of all the daily “thankful” posts (I’m looking at you, Facebook!). It is great to be thankful, but I don’t need to read about it every five minutes. I thought I’d create one post on my blog and just keep updating it each day. If you want to follow, yay! If not, well that’s okay too.

November 5 – I am thankful for dear friends who lend their knowledge to topics I know nothing about.
November 4 – I am thankful for my friends. They are wonderful.
November 3 – I am thankful for my health. I biked 12 miles today while hauling the munchkin! I’m pooped!
November 2 – I am thankful for my job.November 1 – I am thankful for my family.

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No Martha Stewart

Pinterest is like crack. You just can’t stop. I sit and pin and pin and pin, and then on the weekends I go crazy and try to make some of the hundreds of recipes I have pinned.

This weekend I made:

Beyond Easy Beer Bread from Farmgirl Fare.

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Review: Very delicious, but basically drop biscuits in loaf form.

No-bake Engery Bites from Gimme Some Oven

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Review: No bake cookies healthified. Hopefully I can get my muchkin to eat these.

And that brings us to Pumpkin Gnocchi with Mushrooms from Martha Stewart. This looked soooo yummy in their photo (see at the recipe link). However, mine looked like this:

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Review: How did they get theirs to look so pretty? Mind looked like it was already eaten and digested. Taste wise it was okay, but it was so much work that I don’t think I’ll be making this one again. It was really rich and heavy. On the upside, it made a TON of gnocci, so I have half still left over to use with another sauce.

What have been some of your favorite “pins”?

So much more than a label.

My kid has ADHD.

There. I’ve said it. Sadly, it’s a disability that is not curable, nor is there an “easy fix.”

When he was younger, there were many, many signs something was off. But people talked it off.

“He’s just a boy.”

“You cannot diagnose anything so young.”

“He’ll grow out of it.”

But that’s the thing. He hasn’t grown out of it and it got worse. My first call from the principal was munchkin’s first week of kindergarten. And it still isn’t good now in first grade. He’s a bright, happy boy who is not doing well at school. He has trouble making good friends. But it isn’t because he doesn’t want to.

On a daily basis all I hear is how he misbehaves. All he hears is how he misbehaves. It is not good for either of us.

You know what he prays for every night? He prays God will give him good luck so he can know how to behave so he can have friends. It breaks my heart.

And I’m not immune. I’m a single parent. I’m already stressed from work and from life, and no, I don’t want to hear how horrible you think he is. I need to know what he did, but I want to hear what he did good too.

Once at daycare I was picking up my son and another mother came up to me with venom and screamed in my face that I should learn how to control my kid. Didn’t I care about HER kid and how he treated HER kid? How could I raise my son like that?

Of course I care about others. Of course I care about my son. Of course I want him to treat others nicely and with respect. I wonder all the time what I did or did not do when I was pregnant that could have prevented this, or things after he was born. Did I eat too much ice cream when pregnant? Did I feed him the wrong foods as a baby? Is it because I’m a single parent? Would that have made it any different?

Because you cannot “see” ADHD, I feel many times people think I am a bad parent or munchkin is a bad kid. We are both trying really hard here folks. I wish it were easy, but we have yet to figure out what works. We’ve tried no dyes, gluten free diets, extra iron, fish oil, occupational therapy, reward systems, and even the dreaded medication. It’s a work in progress and costs a fortune. It also is an endless number of doctor visits and red tape trying to get him the help he needs; we all need.

Sometimes I feel like people think I don’t see it. Trust me, I know. I want to hide at pickup because I know if the teacher is walking towards me, it isn’t to ask me to bake cookies for the bake sale. Then I go home and help him with his homework for two hours when it should take 15 minutes.  Making dinner, getting him ready for bed, and then instead of relaxing, doing all the house things you have to do because you are the only other person in the house. And then I still have to work some more. EVERY DAY. It’s hard being a single parent, and extra hard when a disability is thrown in the mix. And it’s hard being a kid who just can’t seem to do anything right, no matter how hard he tries. Because yes, even if it doesn’t seem so, he is trying VERY hard.

I love my son to pieces. He is my world. He is a funny, smart, kind little boy. I just wish I knew how to make him like that all the time.

So the next time, tell me how I can help my son. Tell me how I can help you help my son. Tell me what is great about my kid. But please don’t judge us. He HAS ADHD, not IS it. He is so much more than a disability. He’s so much more than a label.

Buffet

A few months ago I got it in my head that I needed to rid myself of any furniture that still screamed COLLEGE DAYS! Suspect No. 1 was my tv stand. It’s quite fancy really. A rectangular box with a couple of drawers I got at Walmart for $30. High end, I know.

To add fuel to my obsession, I have been seeing all kinds of cool things on that black void known as Pinterest. (You can follow my boards at the link at the top) So I also got in my head that I needed an old buffet and I would transform it to greatness!

So, I waited and I waited until at last a perfect candidate appeared on Craigslist. Score! So, I headed down to Circleville, loaded it up in my aunt’s van and headed home. This actually was a long endeavor as I had switched cars with said aunt and forgot to take the house key with me.

After finally getting back in the house I put the munchkin to bed and immediately started cleaning it up and got 2.5 coats on before crashing at 3 AM.

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The next day after work I came home and finished it up. SIX coats later.

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So here is the finished result. I have to figure out how to hide the cords, and I’ll probably get some baskets for underneath it for munchkin’s toys, but overall I think it turned out pretty well. I love how the green accents turned out. I just need that last drawer pull. Lesson learned – always check the little bags the pulls come in, even if they all came from the same drawer.

Don’t talk to me.

I have a confession. I love things I shouldn’t. Seriously, just ask all my ex boyfriends. Kidding! But, I do have a unhealthy (or maybe healthy according to some research) with garlic, coffee, and onions. Just don’t talk to me until I’ve brushed my teeth.

So, the other day I was in the grocery store with CBear when we got some super yummy onion sandwich rolls in the bakery isle. However, they didn’t last long and I NEEDED some onion rolls. Like, I woke up from dreaming about them on Saturday morning. So, I went to my standby recipe site, All Recipes, and found this awesome recipe. I HAD to make them, so I did. I also made some vegetarian sloppy joe to go on it, and my Herbed Sweet Potato Fries and served some green beans, apple slices, carrots, and green peppers. It was sooooo good. Seriously, claudygirl, I may have to make these for every meal.

See, doesn’t it look yummy???

And today, I used some of my left over sloppy joe with spaghetti to make some Cinci-style chili. Kinda.

I don’t see my love of smelly foods ending anytime soon, so I apologize in advance.

Confetti!

So, I looked in my fridge and realized I get a bag of potatoes or sweet potatoes every single time I go to the store, and just had a TON of potatoes to use up, so what to do? Make my Confetti Potato Salad of course! I made this up, but it’s my absolute favorite! Hmmm…On a side note, real confetti is one of my least favorite things.  It’s fun, but what a pain to clean up, and it is like glitter – it never fully goes away.

Anyways, back to our story…

Emily’s Confetti Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 c. mayonaise
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 2 Tbs. mustard (yellow or dijon)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1/4 c. sweet relish
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 hard boiled eggs, chopped

Directions

  1. 1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes and boil in a large pan with a pinch of salt. While boiling, peel and chop regular potatoes and add to same pot until both are cooked but not mushy – about 20 minutes.
  2. 2. While potatoes are cooking, combine in a large bowl mayonaise, sour cream, mustard, celery, onion, relish, sugar, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. 3. Cool cooked potatoes slightly and then toss with dressing.
  4. 4. Chop and gently fold in egg. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until serving.

Since I was cooking up cubes of potatoes anyways, I boiled event more, and kept some to mash up for mashed potatoes. I haven’t decided if I am going to eat as is or use it in a casserole.