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Working Mom - Mortified!

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
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Mortified (v. mor·ti·fied), 1. To cause to experience shame, humiliation, or wounded pride; humiliate. I love this word. It is so much more fun to say than embarrassed and, to me, means the ultimate embarrassment.

This word came to my mind tonight at 10:15 p.m. as I realized I had not sent my article to be published for next week. I got distracted with my mom being in the hospital but, nonetheless, was mortified to realize I forgot. And just to be clear, I don’t need anyone else to participate in setting the scene, I can do it quite nicely all by myself. You know how you always feel better when you see someone or something on Funniest Home Videos and think to yourself, “thank God that was not me!” It is hilarious to be in a moment and realize that if a video camera was available you might be winning big bucks on that show but you would still be mortified. As I was thinking about it, I thought it would be fun to share some prize winning moments.

If you have ever been a mortified mom, continue reading to immediately feel a sense of relief---that I just might have you beat. Have you ever had all of your husband’s relatives over for a big meal and open your oven door to add their dishes to keep warm and see a fire hazard of food laying in the bottom of the oven along with grease stains that, added together, could grease a small Hyundai? Mortified! Or, has your husband ever decided to switch the ceiling fan rotation in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner with all of those same relatives (just a different year…spread the wealth) and dust balls not only fly all over the table and furniture, but also land in everyone’s hair? Mortified! But hold on, I am just getting started. Mom…have you ever come home from work and are just totally wiped out so you strip your makeup, put your hair up in a less than attractive style (1980’s banana clip per chance?), put on your raggedy mom jammies, and top it off by taking off your bra? Well sure you have, but did you also try to hide when the doorbell rings only to have your husband say, “oh yes, she’s right here…just a minute” ---Mortified! And, lastly, how about meeting your kid at church for Lenten service only to see that he decided to dress “comfortably” for church---sandals, no socks---but hey, Jesus wore sandals too and, I should just be happy that he is in church…right? Oh well, still a bit mortified!

I would be interested to hear your great stories of being “mortified”---drop me a line. Or, if you want to share them in person, come to visit at the Working Mom’s Craft Show this coming Saturday, April 13th , from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.. We will be at the Fountain Community Center and don’t forget your best mac n’ cheese recipe! Bring a sample in around 11:15 for a chance to win a prize. There is no entry fee! Here is one of my favorite recipes:

Crockpot Mac n’ Cheese

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (an 8-ounce box isn’t quite 2 cups)

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, cut into pieces

2 1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) grated sharp Cheddar cheese

3 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup sour cream

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup whole milk

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Dash of garlic powder and onion powder


Boil the macaroni in a 2 quart saucepan in plenty of water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and add the eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper and stir well. Then add drained macaroni and stir again. Set the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally

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