Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Being on a VERY tight budget has its charms. For one, it is forcing us to be "creative" with our cooking. On Monday, Dennis said, "We really need to go to the grocery store." to which I replied, "No we don't. Look in the pantry. We just need to be creative." With that, I made Paula Deen's Potato Soup. I think the whole meal cost $7 and it fed 4 people with leftovers.

Then I remembered my friend telling me her son is a fabulous cook and makes a lot of Williams Sonoma recipes. It completely escaped me that Williams Sonoma had recipes! Last week while in Williams Sonoma, I saw the cookbooks amongst other things and God knows I love their products. Including this $400 hammered metal pot I am now coveting. The photo here does it ZERO justice. When I saw it in the store on the shelf, I swear I heard angels singing. I LOVE this pot so much I don't even know if I could use it. It would just sit on my stove where I can admire it.

After remembering the part about the recipes, I started looking at their cookbooks online. Then I started trying to find them cheaper... online. Then I checked with our local library. It was shortly after that I found the recipes link on their own website. I never knew the link existed!

Tonight I am making the split chicken breasts that I got on sale, using the recipe that I have this post linked to. I know you all probably cook this way all the time, but for me this is great because it is forcing me to teach myself, how to cook. There is a whole line of fabulous cooks in my family, however that gene seems to have skipped me completely. Should anyone want to send me that beautiful pot, comment and I'll send you my address. ;)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Worst Part

Hearing life-altering news about a patient before they hear it. Knowing this is going to devistate them. Wondering if they will choose treatment or to let nature take its course. My heart breaks for them and their family. Definitely the worst part.

Like mother, like son.

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Fuznuts baby.

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Fuznut chilling under the pines

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Friday, September 09, 2011

How I spent my day...

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

What's your Fantasy?

First full day without children and here we are. Side by side, laptops in full effect. Dennis has his fantasy football pics this evening with the guys from work. This is his third year of Fantasy football and I must say, it's pretty cool. We used to think the tool next door was such a dork when he would talk about his "team", but then after they moved Dennis was asked to play and on a whim, he did. It is so much fun, he's been doing it ever since and this year is on two leagues.

The interesting thing about it is watching football games to which you really have no loyalty to either team. However I have discovered that I am really into The Patriots.

Everyone is saying that this could be the year for the Lions. I'm not going to hold my breath.

Monday, September 05, 2011

You talkin' da me?

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Sunday, September 04, 2011

Time Changes Everything

Of all the places on earth to live, I absolutely LOVE living in Michigan. We experience a complete change with every change of season. I can't imagine what it would be like to live in the south where it is fall, but everything is still green. Or it is Christmas, and it's 70 degrees. There is nothing more beautiful than walking my children to school on a brisk fall morning and the sound of crisp fallen leaves under foot. The only drawback is a gusty day that wipes the beautiful colors from all the trees.

Time changes everything. This year, I will only be walking one child to school. Emily, will be heading to Junior High on a bus. Our traditional "first day of school" photo on the corner, will be minus one. How did we get here so fast?

I just hope time drags its feet so we can enjoy all that life has to offer.

~On a lighter note, I added a couple of new blogs to my "stalker" list. Check them out.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Apparently there have been many students admitted into the Nursing Program that do not think they will ever touch patients. Really? So some genius at the college decided there needs to be an "Introduction to Nursing" class. I call it the, "So you want to be a nurse" class. We go once a week for 3 hours. Buehler? Buehler?

We talk about statistics. How much to nurses make, chain of command, marble floors and grand pianos in hospital lobbys. Did the patient get enough pudding and a pillow? Seriously. This is the first semester the class has been introduced and it is like watching paint dry.

After 15 years of hospital experience I can say, "YES. I know EXACTLY what I'm getting into. Let's get started." Unfortunately I am stuck there. For the next 8 weeks. Buehler? Buehler?

Monday, July 11, 2011


I want to clean-up my friends list on facebook. Ever do this and were there any hard feelings from people that were removed?

Sometimes I wish I was a bit more selective about who I picked as friends. I am wondering if I should do it slowly, like just delete people that I don't normally see their posts. FYI, the followers of this blog are safe. I read your wall posts regularly and comment on them frequently. You're safe!

Friday, July 08, 2011

Apron Strings

Today is a first for the Milobar household. My baby girl, Emily will be going camping... with a friend. She will be going with a school friend & her family. If I had it my way, I would put her in a bubble and keep her with me forever. Safe and sound. Another milestone I would never be ready for.

Thursday, July 07, 2011


I'm working on putting together my backrounds. Bear with me. :)


The softball issues have been resolved. In a nutshell, Emily will not be finishing the season with the team. There was a huge breakdown in communication between the coaches and us, and when that took place, they replaced her for the tournaments. While we were waiting to hear from them, they were waiting to hear from us. Because they went through the efforts of finding a replacement, it is better if we just leave it as it is. It was an amicable parting at that. Plus the coaches wife was so nice in saying that we will always be friends because this is just "12 year old softball".

I feel so much better now. I hate leaving things "undone".

I think it's time we freshen up this blog!

Friday, July 01, 2011

And That's, That.

This is the last time I am going to write about this. I have spent an entire week stewing about this softball thing. One would think it would be easy to just walk away from it and never look back, however the time and money we have invested into this team and the friendships that we have made are proving otherwise.

We received an email that gave us a deadline on letting them know if we were in for Worlds in OH and IN, which was Wednesday, June 29th at noon. On Tuesday we sent an email to all of the coaches asking questions as we did not want to rush into a decision. As of today, Friday July 1, we have not heard a thing. Zip, zero, zilch. No one has said anything. There was a practice on Wednesday as well and we never received an email stating where and what time it would be.

So. I guess that's that. Time to move on and not look back. I will miss the girls on the team though. They are a wonderful group of girls and I will really miss them.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


I don't know what we are supposed to do or how we are supposed to feel. Emily worked her tail off training with another coach last summer, to make the softball team she is currently on. When she was asked to join the team, we knew full well it would be a huge commitment on not only her part, but ours too. She trained all fall/winter/spring with them and now we are in the middle of the playing season.

The Problem

The manager of the team has been very fair in playing all of the players, until recently. In the past three weekends, Emily has sat on the bench more than any other player. She had a period where she wasn't hitting well but thanks to a lot of time on her part and ours, we have been practicing like crazy and she is hitting again. But he still won't play her the way that he is playing other players. We don't understand it.

Two weeks ago, we were in Canton for a tourney and left the ballpark at 9:45pm. We had to be back at that same park at 7:15am and it was over an hours drive from our house. We drove at breakneck speed to get there and she sat. The only opportunity she had to play was when they put her on a base for the international tie breaker against a team that she absolutely hates. The next game she got 1 at bat and was able to field for 1 inning. While this may sound like blah, blah, blah to you, it should raise red flags and alarm others that know how this game works.

Last weekend, we had to drive to Columbus, OH. She had 3 at bats the whole weekend long which was about 4 games. Then on Saturday, Dennis received a phone call for overtime at work on Sunday. He had to turn it down because Emily had to be there to play. We stayed all day on Saturday and when it came to game time, she sat. She never set foot on the field at all. The team lost, and the tourney was over. Had we known she was not going to play, we could have left and he could have worked.

This weekend... I took 12 hour off of work (unpaid) on Thursday as she had to be there by 12:30 on Thursday. Again, she was played minimally. On Friday, she didn't play at all. Never set foot on the field. Then on Saturday, she played the whole first game (they had to know I was furious at this point), then sat the whole second game aside from being put in as a pinch hitter. She was so stressed out by this point that she cried after she got off the field.

Emily thinks she sucks. She thinks they are not playing her because she sucks. Then when they do give her the opportunity to go out there, she is so stressed out about not making ANY mistakes that she can't play to her optimum. She thinks that every time she gets out there, they are pending her next play on how she plays at that moment. Make sense?

Yesterday (Saturday), they played her that one game then we sat there... in Eaton Rapids, waiting THREE hours for the next game, only to watch her sit. We missed a graduation party we wanted to go to, we had over an hours drive home, and yet we sat there. She got 1 at bat, hit a pop-up that was caught, and came off the field devistated. WTH.

After every game, the coach has a meeting with the players. I was so angry at this point I told her to pack her stuff, we were leaving. She packed her bag and we left. No meeting. We went straight to the car and left. We made it home in record timing, but still made the sacrifice to miss something that was very important to us.

We want to end her commitment to this team. She made them a priority and they have made her even less than an option. It is one thing for them to do this to her, but now the manager is doing this to her parents. I feel that we have become pawns, or doormats rather. In 2 weeks of softball, we have paid out over $700 in hotels and lost work time, to watch her sit.

My kid is not a quitter, but I feel that the manager has quit on her. If he is going to continue on this path (keep in mind the team is going to Maumee, OH and Hamilton County, IN for 11 days), we would rather cut our losses now and move on.

What would you do?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Just a Test

I just downloaded a new blog app from WindowsLive and wanted to test it out. That’s all that this is. :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I'm not ready.

I have so much going on in my head right now that I decided to start blogging about it. I'm a mental mess.

Thursday my dear daughter will graduate from 6th grade. She will be leaving Elementary School and moving on to Jr. High. She is elated. I am a wreck. That dear sweet little child who LOVED to watch Clifford on PBS is no longer little. The little girl who would ask, "Push me swing?", hardly ever swings any more. Instead of playing with her American Girl dolls, she would rather chat up her friends on facebook. Just the other day she said that she still likes to play on one of the little kid websites. I told her to keep playing on it. It will be our secret.

Our tradition on the mornings they ride bikes to school, I stand on the end of the driveway and watch them all the way down, until they turn the corner. She ALWAYS looks back to see me one last time. Tomorrow, she will make that journey one last time. While I plan to record the moment, I will probably be crying too hard to see through the lens.

I knew that this day would come. I tried to keep it all in perspective because it's not like she is leaving the nest. Still, I can barely handle it. That sweet little girl is becoming a young woman... and I'm not ready.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Yet Another Gregism

A commercial comes on TV that shows a laptop being transported to Africa. Emily then says, "If you win a laptop, a child in Africa wins one too".

Greg, "If I win a laptop, I'm sending it to a kid in Japan, China or Korea".
Mom, "Why would you send a laptop back to the country that it was made in? They probably ALL have laptops in Japan!"
Emily starts giggling, lol.

Friday, January 07, 2011


I have a feeling that this year will hold positive turning points for many people in my life. To point out one, M gave her notice at her job yesterday. I am so proud of her for knowing when things are too unhealthy to carry on. I have a feeling big (good) things are in store for her this year. :)

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

MAKE THIS! It rocks!

No Peek Casserole

2 lb stew beef
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 small can of mushrooms
1 packet Onion Soup mix
3/4 cup red wine.

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker on low for 8-12 hours. (Ours was done in 8)
Serve over noodles or rice.

I made this tonight for dinner. HUGE hit. Child B had 4 bowls of it! I served it with french bread and steamed broccoli.

Buon Appetite!

Monday, January 03, 2011


I can't help but talk about the economy. When you have the urge to travel like I do and have no choice but to sit at home, it totally sucks. Gone are the days of hopping a plane to Miami & getting on a cruise ship. I look at my two kids and realize that they are growing at breakneck speed, and we can't even go anywhere to enjoy it.

This year I resolve to consistently work 2 days per week which will definitely help us get back to our regularly scheduled vacations.

First up, we want to visit New York City in honor of my "a hem" 29th birthday (2012). We are going to take the kids too. Among the places I want to see are Central Park (at least 1/2 a day in the park itself), Serendipity, and Ground Zero. I totally can't wait.

I really believe that some issues with the economy are under our control, such as how much money we spend on crap we don't need. Eating out or taking unnecessary trips in the car, plus countless other expenses we could totally do without.

I'm turning over a new leave this year and am really looking forward to the fresh start.