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The Working Mom - Happy Mother’s Day

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
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Happy Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, I thought it is a great time to celebrate the importance of a Mom. From having a Mom, being a Mom, and loving a Mom, this column could fill pages of this paper with accolades for Moms everywhere who make an impact in the lives of their children and spouse. But, the inspiration for one of my first columns in 2009 and for today’s column is my mother, Maxine (Maggie) Johnson. She passed away last month, so Mother’s Day will be very special but a little off this year. In dedication to my Mom’s dry sense of humor, I offer this tribute to her. These Mom definitions are all in fun and inspired by the twisted humor of the ever-cynical comic strip character, Maxine. Here’s to you Mom:

The Crafty Mom—This superstar could make a coat out of dryer lint and use the church socks (holey ones) to knit a pair of mittens. She has all of the supplies on hand for the school project that came home tonight and is due tomorrow. Unlike the rest of us, who will drive to the craft store 10 minutes before they close to scramble to fulfill the supply list. She can braid hair, dye wool, and she has 20 colors of thread “just in case.” (I only have black thread and, I think I bought a needle once but lost it.)

The Bake Sale Mom—Have you ever been embarrassed to bring your treats in for the bake sale at church or school? Do you blame how they look by saying your child must have tipped the Tupperware upside down in the car? Did you buy the cupcakes at the grocery store, add your own sprinkles, discard the grocery wrapping and put them in your own pan? If so, you are NOT the Bake Sale Mom. She has “real” recipes she uses to make her scrumptious sweets and, she does not call the neighbor to borrow two eggs to make box brownies. I will say, however, that Sandra Lee and her almost homemade cooking recipes have helped us box brownie Moms step it up a notch or two. Her recipes use store bought items and help you to create a baking masterpiece that has the kids coming back for seconds. Yes, the playing field is evening out ladies.

The Don’t Worry, I Can Do It Mom—This Mom can make you feel more inadequate than the rest and, here is why. Just as you are complaining about the one night you had something going on this week and the two loads of laundry you have to get done, this Mom trumps your every move. Before you can say “I’m so busy this week” and try to weasel out of picking up kids or getting to a school function, this Mom has you beat. She quietly says, “Don’t worry…I can do it for you.” She goes on to say that after she takes her son to Taekwondo, gets clothes marked for the garage sale, makes supper for the family up the street who are struggling, helps her three kids with homework, and volunteers at the local shelter, she can easily pick up your son and drop him off at home for you. You go Martha, I get a cramp just listening.

And lastly, the Love is in the Air Wife—Have you ever heard this Mom and wife go on and on about how she found her soul mate in life? And then, she writes on social media to thank the heavens above each day for having him in her life? OK, that is a bit of a stretch and could be the reason many people question their relationships and go looking for greener grass---soul mate grass. So, in my opinion, some Mom’s/wives feel their marriage is inadequate because they read too many romance novels and need to stop watching those scripted Hallmark movies. Of course they are going to kiss in the end and live happily ever after. Why? Because, you cannot hear any burping or farting in a romance novel! There are no kids in the background yelling, “Seriously!? If you guys are going to cuddle, I’m leaving the room---you are scarring me for life!” FACT: The Hallmark movie is over after two hours and, you will never find out what happened the first time the couple argued over possibly painting the living room; we will need new furniture if we paint the living room (said Mom), and what the heck kind of color is that! (said Dad). Living in the real world with real problems to work through and still loving that person and staying married?---Now that is a script Hallmark has yet to write. Confucius Danielson say: A great marriage takes love, a great amount of work, and the ability to give without asking what you get in return.

Raspberry Cake Bars

Semi-homemade from the queen herself,

Sandra Lee—LOVE these!

1 package (18-ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened (recommended: Pillsbury)

3/4 teaspoon lemon extract

1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam

1/4 cup chopped pecans (slivered almonds are cheaper and great too)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square glass baking dish with enough foil so there is an overhang on 2 sides. Mix the cookie dough with the lemon extract, kneading to combine. With damp fingers, press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spread the jam over the dough. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the top of jam. Scatter the pecans over top. Bake until browned around the edges and cooked through in the center, about 35 minutes. Let cool in pan. Lift edges of foil to remove the bars. The bars are soft, so carefully cut into 2-inch squares or diagonally into pennant shapes. Mini chocolate chips are good with this too or slivered almonds.

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