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Why Girls Are So Bad At Math

Today I was at our community pool with Monkey, ToughGuy and one of their friends.

It was warm, I had been busy all day, the kids had a friend to take their attention off each other and I was really looking forward to sitting in the sunshine and sending my brain to Fiji for a little while.

Then I walked around the corner and saw the gaggle of 11 to 14 year old girls sprawled out over twenty chaise lounges, with phones texting, radio blaring and chips a flyin’.

Good feeling gone.

But then one of them broke away and ran over to say hi to my boys.

Girl:  Hi Monkey and ToughGuy!

Monkey:  Hi Girl!

ToughGuy:  Do you know that I love you?

Girl:  Aw.  I love you too.

ToughGuy:  You’re not as tall as I thought you were.

HaHa, we laughed, the girl’s friends mocked her and then she went back to the fifth ring of hell, known as a tween play date.  But I had a softer feeling in my heart for the group.  Mostly because I have boys.

A little while later, the radio was between songs and I caught this conversation:

Girl 1:  Do you remember when 69 was just a number?

Girl 2:  Yeah.  We were so dumb.

Girl 1′s Little Sister:  Wait.  69 isn’t a number any more?

Girl 1:  Not when you’re my age.

I had to start humming to myself so I wouldn’t have to listen any more.

The future has a name and it is HORROR.  Or Whorer.  Whichever sparkly, street walkin’ shoe fits.

 

Magic Cookie Bars – Cookie exchange worthy

Well the holidays are here in full swing ~ Actually according to Costco they have been in full swing for a few weeks.. LOL   This is always the time of year that I start looking for yummy and easy holiday recipes and well this is a classic and one the never dissapoints!

 

 

These babies are worth every calorie!! These are my very favorite holiday treat and I say holiday because they are so rich and decedent that I will only allow my self to eat these once a year!  I got the recipe from my college days when I was living in the Delta Gamma Sorority House and we had a the most amazing cook, Tommy!  This was a favorite of  all the girls and was definitely my favorite.  After much begging and pleading he gave me the recipe.  20+ years later and I am still making this and the peoples are still loving this!!

Ingredients

1 Box yellow cake mix – I use Duncan Hines

1 stick unsalted butter

2 – 3 cups chopped walnuts (enough to layer the pan)

1 bag mini marshmallows

1 bag sweetened shredded coconut

1 bag choc chips – regular size or mini

1 can of eagle brand sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350′

Line the bottom of baking dish (larger the better)with releasable foil.. Trust me you will thank me in the end for this tip!

Pour cake mix from box into bottom of dish along with the stick of melted butter to make the crust.  Mix together and pat down to form crust.

Layer away from here – Walnuts, Marshmallow, coconut, chips and milk.   Put in oven for 30-45 min or until brown and bubbly on top.  Let cool, cut into squares and enjoy.

Pastry Chef of the Year 2012 is … our very own, Ms. Jodycakes

You may or may not know, (because Ms. Jodycakes is too modest to share it with you here – haha), but she’s been nominated for Pastry Chef of the Year by My Table Magazine and the final days to vote are upon us. (Voting poll closes online Friday, 10/7)

Let’s show her our support and vote for her.  We may not be in Texas, but she will ALWAYS be in our hearts (and OMG if you’ve never tasted her goodies you are SO missing out).  You can always go to her website to see some of the awesomness that she is too – JodyCakes.com

It only takes a few minutes, you will find her listed in the fifth category of the online voting poll.  You don’t have to vote for the rest.

Here is the web address or you may click on the link below!

http://www.houstonculinaryawards.com

Yahoo Sports Article – Part 4 – The Life of a Student Athlete trying to play college basketball

Part 4 of the story came out yesterday.  What a ride it’s been.  Jeff Eisenberg asked if he could follow up with us the end of August and maybe Spring time … of course.  I think it’s SO important for kids to understand what the process looks like.  It’s a lot of work for these kids to play sports in college :D .  For those that get there … they definitely earned it. Below is the first part of the article … continue reading by following the link at the bottom.

Make-or-break month: Division I hopeful Zac Nuttall finishes July on a high note

By Jeff Eisenberg | The Dagger – August 1, 2012

To provide a window into the pressure facing borderline recruits trying to earn their first Division I scholarship offers, Yahoo! Sports will track guard Zac Nuttall during the July evaluation period. This is the fourth installment in the series.

Unlike most people when they return home from a long weekend in Las Vegas, Zac Nuttall left with no regrets.

In his final event of the July evaluation period this past weekend, Nuttall helped lead BTI Select all the way to semifinals of the prestigious Fab 48 tournament by playing aggressive defense on one end and making smart decisions whether to shoot or pass at the other. It was an ideal way for 6-foot-1 point guard to prove to the college coaches who watched him in Las Vegas how much he has improved the last few months.

“I think I played really well,” Nuttall said. “I was really consistent. I tried to direct traffic, run our offense and make the extra pass to set up my teammates. I think I led the team really well.”

A strong finish to the July evaluation period leaves Nuttall confident he’ll have the chance to play college basketball and optimistic he may yet receive scholarship offers from some lower-level Division I programs. Since most Division I coaches use July to pair down their list of top Class of 2013 targets, Nuttall treated the last three weeks like they were his last chance to prove he could compete at college basketball’s highest level.

The next phase of the recruiting process for Nuttall and his family is to wait for feedback to arrive from the coaches who have watched him the past few weeks. Once they’re able to gauge which schools merely gave him a cursory look and which ones appear genuinely interested, they’ll decide which elite camps to attend in August and where to set up visits for later in the summer or fall.

“We’ll kind of see where we stand at that point,” mother Kristy Nuttall said. “I know coaches are talking to (BTI Select coach Craig Stover) about Zac and I know Coach Stover did get some texts asking where Zac is playing and how he was doing and that kind of thing. We’ve tried really hard to not have those conversations with Zac to not put more pressure on him, but I think it will be interesting in the next couple weeks to see who’s there and who’s not.”

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Part 3 of the YahooSports Article – Make or Break July Period for NCAA Basketball

We were gone last week in Las Vegas to wrap up the July viewing period, but I wanted to be sure to share part 3 of the story on my son, Zac.  Part four should be coming out later today or tomorrow, so I’ll share that one soon too.  It’s been a very interesting and eye-opening experience this year.  I’m so proud of Zac and all the hard work he is putting in.  For any of you who have kids that are athletes, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  They give up a lot to be dedicated to their sport.

Make-or-break month: Rigorous schedule doesn’t give Zac Nuttall time to stress
By Jeff Eisenberg | The Dagger – Wed, Jul 25, 2012 9:00 AM EDT

To provide a window into the pressure facing borderline recruits trying to earn their first Division I scholarship offers, Yahoo! Sports will track guard Zac Nuttall during the July evaluation period. This is the third installment in the series.

Unlike most of his peers who rush to the DMV to take their driving test soon after they turn 16, Zac Nuttall is in no hurry to get his license.

The 17-year-old has spent so much time this summer playing basketball, working out with trainers or getting up shots at the gym that car rides with his parents to practices or games are the only time he has to rest. Nuttall napped much of the time the family spent in the car last week driving 120 miles a day to and from the Best of the Summer Tournament in Anaheim.

“A lot of his buddies will say, ‘I can’t believe you don’t have your driver’s license yet,’” mother Kristy Nuttall said. “He’ll tell them, ‘I don’t have a problem being driven around.’”

The extra rest Nuttall got courtesy of his parents could only have aided his attempts to convince college coaches in attendance in Anaheim he’s worthy of a spot on their rosters. The point guard played five games in three nights, helping lead BTI Select to three wins in its first four games before its tournament ended Friday night with a one-point overtime loss in the quarterfinals.

To read more about Zac’s journey to play college basketball, go to YahooSports

21 Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You

I ran across this the other day and thought this was too good not to share.  Thankfully I have never been robbed however I know sooooooo many people that have.  These tips are very interesting and getting into the mind of the Burglar is very interesting… Never thought of these things from His or  Her perspective before…….
~ ~ Home Door Stop Alarm

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste… and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..

5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

~ ~ Electronic Watchdog, Barking Dog Alarm

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom – and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

~ ~ Door Security Bar

11. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television.

14. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

…be right back after this,

15. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

~ ~ Fake Security Camera with BLINKING LIGHT

16. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.

17. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

18. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

19. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

20. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

21. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

~ ~ FakeTV Burglar Deterrent

*** Here’s an idea…

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

 

This Article: 21 Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You
June 8, 2011 was submitted by: Ken on the following blog:

http://modernsurvivalblog.com/security/21-things-your-burglar-wont-tell-you/

 

Part 2 in the Yahoo Sport Article on my son

Check out the next installment of the Make or Break Article on my son.

He has a totally crazy schedule this July and has been working really hard.  It’s fun to see the hard work paying off for him.  He did great in Boston and is receiving quite a bit of attention from that :D .

Check it out:

Make-or-break month: Zac Nuttall’s first week on the road features bad food, good memories
By Jeff Eisenberg | The Dagger

To provide a window into the pressure facing borderline recruits trying to earn their first Division I scholarship offers, Yahoo! Sports will track guard Zac Nuttall during the July evaluation period. This is the second installment in the series.

Zac Nuttall’s three-week mission to prove he’s good enough to play Division I basketball didn’t begin under ideal conditions.

The flight Nuttall’s AAU team took from Los Angeles on Thursday evening didn’t arrive in Boston until almost 2 a.m. A combination of fluttery nerves and the three-hour time difference kept him up another two hours even though he had to be awake by 7 a.m. And breakfast Friday morning? Well, it’s safe to say nobody will mistake the dorm food at Brandeis University for four-star restaurant fare.

“I really couldn’t describe how bad the food was,” Nuttall said. “You couldn’t cut the french toast with a knife. It was so hard you had to use your hands to break it.”

In spite of his empty stomach and sleep-weary legs, Nuttall actually performed rather well at Hoop Mountain All-Academic camp in Waltham, Mass., his first major event of the July evaluation period. The rising senior averaged double-digit assists at the three-day camp and came four rebounds shy of a triple-double in his team’s last game on Sunday, helping lead BTI Select to four wins in six games.

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USA Olympic Uniforms Made in China…Disgusting!

      I saw this article and immediately was outraged and disgusted.  I thought to myself “really” Ralph Lauren you the poster child for American apparel outsourced the manufacturing to China for our athletes.  You went there… Shame on YOU!  The Olympics are one of the few times that we as a country are united and you have to outfit our incredible athletes in clothing made overseas.  Why couldn’t you just suck it up and support our workers and our manufacturing.  Is the almighty dollar more important to you than simply doing the right thing.  If you want us here in the USA to support your brand and buy your products why couldn’t you extend the same courtesy.  

My DAMN Question: Do you share my outrage or am I missing something??

 

 

Updated: July 12, 2012, 7:16 PM ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Uniforms for U.S. Olympic athletes are American red, white and blue — but made in China. That has members of Congress fuming.

Republicans and Democrats railed Thursday about the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to dress the U.S. team in Chinese manufactured berets, blazers and pants while the American textile industry struggles economically with many U.S. workers desperate for jobs.

AP Photo/Ralph Lauren
Congress is in an uproar because Team USA’s uniforms were made in China at a time when the American textile industry is struggling economically.

“I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on taxes.

“If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, then that’s what they should wear,” he said, referring to an athletic jersey.

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Life of a Student Athlete – Zac’s story on Yahoo Sports!

Wow … this is pretty awesome. I know I’ve shared with you guys about our son Zac’s quest to play college basketball, but things are in major full swing right now.  I’m SO excited for Zac.   Check it out … Yahoo Sports did a story on him today and it made the main page of the Basketball section :D .  Kick ASS!  Check out the story of my student athlete by following the link below.

@JeffEisenberg from Yahoo Sports was looking to do a story on a true under-the-radar athlete that was going for a run at playing Division 1 basketball.  He wanted someone who was a hard worker, that would open up to talk to him during the month of July.  This has Zac’s name all over it!  Jeff will be doing follow up pieces each week on Zac’s progress.  VERY COOL!!

You can read Jeff’s introductory story by going to Yahoo Sports.  It will be hitting their main college page later this morning.

Here’s just a lil teaser -

BELLFLOWER, Calif. — Zac Nuttall admits he hasn’t spent as much time with his girlfriend this summer as he’d like.

Anytime she asks him to ride roller coasters at Six Flags or sunbathe at the beach, the 17-year-old senior-to-be usually has to decline in favor of lifting weights, sweating through speed and agility drills or hoisting up hundreds of shots at the gym.

Nuttall, a guard at West Ranch High in Valencia, Calif., doesn’t have the free time most of his classmates do this summer because he’s preparing for maybe the most crucial stretch of his basketball career. At events in Long Beach, Boston, Anaheim and Las Vegas the next three weeks, he’ll showcase his game in front of college coaches from across the nation in hopes of impressing them enough to earn his first Division I scholarship offers.

“July is what I work for,” Nuttall said. “It would be disappointing not to go Division I because that has been my goal since freshman year. Sometimes I’ll put too much pressure on myself, but I’ve talked to my parents and they remind me all I can do is go out there and give it my all. I’m under-the-radar. I’ve got nothing to lose.”

Believe me … you’ll want to read the rest. Go check it out at the link above!

Dieters Beware: My version of Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread with a Twist!

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Dieters beware this is not for you!
Dieters beware this is not for you!

Once a month the girls gather for a play date to play catch up – shoot the sh*t – talk about where they are at with business and or life.  Well pretty much this is an old fashioned Yen-ta Convention with purpose and results! It is amazing what you can get done sitting around a table with amazing ladies and just talking about whatever is on any one’s mind!!  So when the girls come to play at my house I try to have something evil and high calorie for everyone to splurge on.. This is by far the best one to date… OMG everyone felt like they had died and gone to heaven!  ;)

 

Paula Deens Gorilla Bread… Just a smidgen different.

1/2 cup granulated sugar – (The sugar I used is actually vanilla bean infused and adds a lot of flavor)

3 teaspoons cinnamon

Dash of Nutmeg

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter – (I used salted)

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 Teaspoon of  Vanilla

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese

2 (12-ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits (10 count) – I used the small biscuits so I blasted through 30 total.

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts and or Pecans or I did half and half

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Mix together granulated sugar, cinnamon and dash of nutmeg.

In a saucepan, melt the butter, brown sugar and vanilla over low heat, stirring well; set aside.

Cut the “COLD” cream cheese into 20 equal cubes. Press the biscuits out with your fingers and sprinkle each with cinnamon sugar. Place a cube of cream cheese in the center of each biscuit, wrapping and sealing the dough around the cream cheese.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the nuts into the bottom of the bundt pan. Place half of the prepared biscuits in the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, pour half of the melted butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle on 1/2 cup of nuts.

Layer the remaining biscuits on top, sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar, pour the remaining butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of nuts. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Place a plate on top and invert.

** Originally found this incredible dangerous recipe on http://catchingpennies.wordpress.com/

Affectionately called Wicked Evil Cream Cheese Gooey Bread!!

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