1. I have GOT to get better at saying no. I do. I'm not good at it because I don't want to be part of all the letting people down and disappointments and not helping. Also, I'm a schmuck in general. I agree to do things for people and organizations sometimes when I really don't want to, and I think they may even know when they ask because of the hollowness in my eyes when I nod and say, "Sure, I'd love to help with that particular project although everyone else has turned tail and run when they saw you coming." People have a radar for people like me. Sucker radar.
2. I don't enjoy vote-grubbing. It makes me uncomfortable. I will never go into politics. Mostly because I hate politics, but also because of the vote-grubbing thing. Anyway. I'm in this Circle of Moms funny moms contest, so...Vote for me!
3. I'm a counter. My husband and father-in-law have this little saying that goes, "People who count aren't popular." It is mostly reserved for situations related to how many cupcakes one has eaten for dessert or getting out of taking responsibility for having more than your fair share of beers. But I can't keep it from ringing in my ears when I notice things like the fact that I got my 500th Facebook follower this week. I never in a million years thought I'd reach 500 people. I'm pretty psyched about it. All the more people to think I'm an idiot. Thanks for laughing
4. I think there are more WTF?! moments in this parenthood gig than all the other kinds of moments combined. Charming and I have been bitch-slapped upside the head by the you-suck-at-parenting-fairy on a couple of different occasions this week where we honestly had no idea what to do. The wheels on our bus flew off at full speed on two separate occasions and I'm just oh-so-grateful that Supernanny wasn't here to catch it on tape.
I didn't blog about those things - I wrote a letter to Tink with some "advice" for entering the teen years and then I wrote a letter to my family about being slobs. I was obviously into letter writing this week.
When I started the 'Saturday Share', I originally planned on always sharing a blog I've been reading. I'm still going to do that, but on occasion I'm going to share other things with you that I've found (probably somewhere on the internets).
Since it IS Super Bowl weekend and you have society's permission to indulge in all things terrible for you, I'm going to share an hors d'oeuvres recipe that my family LOVES. I also served it at a holiday party and it was gone in about 5 minutes. It's a Paula Deen recipe so you know it's gonna be good, y'aaaaall.
Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps
(This recipe yields 12-15 servings, but I recommend doubling it if you are having a big party.)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lb. package of sliced bacon
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. chili powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Cut each bacon slice into thirds. Wrap each chicken cube with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Stir together brown sugar and chili powder. Dredge wrapped chicken in mixture. Coat a rack and broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken wrap on rack in broiler pan. Bake 350 for 30 to 35 minutes (start checking it around 25 minutes) or until bacon is crisp.
Wrapping the chicken cubes is a little high maintenance, but I'm telling you it's worth it. My family has been begging me to make it again and I'm thinking I might surprise them with this special treat this weekend. Enjoy!
Remember up there where I said I don't like vote-grubbing? Do with this badge what you will. But, go ahead and click on it and scroll down and vote for me. You know, if you want to.