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The Working Mom - 2.15.16


By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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A wife and supper—the saga continues

Warning: All of the good wives reading this column may gasp or be shaking their heads in disbelief after getting through the first few paragraphs of this column. However, the truth shall set me free---just keepin’ it real. Read at your own risk.

How many of you moms have certain phrases you say tersely under your breath when you hear one of these statements from your husband?

1. We are out of milk!

2. I hope we have something good for supper!

3. There is nothing in the fridge to eat!

Well…my under-my-breath-so-no-one-can-hear phrase goes something like this, “OMG! Really!!!”

I started writing this column six years ago and those questions are still habitual conversation in our house. Between the picky palates of the men in my house and the little time that I have to cook after leaving work, stopping for errands, and stopping for groceries, it is not surprising that those simple statements can make my blood boil. The after-work rush has totally spoiled my desire to cook intricate and great meals for my guys. The same rush has turned me into an easy-meal mom---the easier the better. As a result, I have become increasingly addicted to the one to two minute videos on FaceBook that show you how to make quick meals---no frills, very few ingredient recipes, and a lot of them are slow cooker (mom helper) recipes.

Sadly, this once devoted family cook has turned to the supper “dark side.” If the hubby calls and wants KFC…I say OK! If I get asked to pick up a pizza on the way home…I say, what kind? And, the best one, if the hubby had a big lunch and is really not hungry for a big dinner and asks for popcorn….wahoooo, let me get you the salt honey! The rush I get on those nights is awesome; it is like a blast of freedom from the evening cooking commitment. Could that feeling be considered selfish or self-serving? Absolutely! And my fellow wives, I would have felt guilty about it in the early years of marriage, but that guilt is gone. Long gone. A night that I do not have to make supper is a total stress reliever.

Is there a drawback to this weekday easy-meal trap that I have fallen in to this winter? Oh yes. The clear drawback for me is that I can now spend hours on a weekend (literally) cooking up long recipes and dabbling in the kitchen. It is my choice to totally putz around the kitch .....
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
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Let’s play a word association game. I’ll type a word and you say the first word or phrase that comes to mind. FEBRUARY. I’m guessing that men probably thought “super bowl”. I’m guessing that women thought “Valentines Day”. Some ..... 
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A View from the Woods 1.25.16

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
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Winter withdrawal After the flurry of holiday gatherings and celebrations comes a welcome few days of bringing life back down to earth. While I love traditions and connecting with my friends and relatives, I am somewhat of an introvert too. I linge ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that...1.11.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
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I wish all those old sayings were really true. Ben Franklin said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Well, if you have to get up early to go to work; you probably have to go to bed early. This keeps you gai ..... 
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Sue's Muse 1.4.16

By Sue Ommen

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
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Gilbert, the food addict Gilbert is a food addict. I thought this comment a comical assessment, as all dogs seem to be obsessed by food. An image comes to mind of my childhood black lab, Scout, gobbling the grilled hamburgers resting on a plate on ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales: A simple soup to start the new year

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
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The week after Christmas often leaves folks feeling a bit full and fuzzy headed. The combination of holiday travel, weather, winter colds and a series of rich holiday meals tends to leave us in a funk that can be hard to shake. I know for a fa ..... 
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The Working Mom 12.21.15

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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Remember when we had to wait? Happy Holidays to you and Merry Christmas! By the time you are reading this article, there will be just a few days left before Christmas Day. Hopefully, if you celebrate this season, all of your gifts are purchased ..... 
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Sue's Muse 12.14.15

By Sue Ommen

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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Gilbert, a dog of note Gilbert is an honorary member of the choir. He has joined the bass section, not lending voice to the men’s vocals, but certainly making his presence known. The game of musical chairs commenced soon after Gilbert attended ..... 
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A Little of This, A Little of That

By Kathy Little

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
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I was very curious as a young child. Realizing that adults had all the power, I listened to their conversations intently. When they realized this, they whispered or spelled out words. If the conversation was for “adults only”, they suggeste ..... 
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