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I am swamped with stuff to do, boxes to unpack, ideas to write down, lessons to teach, kids to cuddle, and brownies to bake for people like these monkeys. But, it’s a good swampiness, surely. We’ve got a nice roof over our heads, lots of good food to eat, and we’re slowly settling into a groove.

However, the Cootie Monster is tapping at the door. FishPapa thinks he’s getting sick. And, I definitely see the signs. He took quite a long nap after work today and went to bed before the kids. Sure evidence that something is amiss. Your prayers for his health — as well as ours are appreciated. In a family this large, once one of us gets sick, we all get sick. It can take up to 2 months for the germs to run their course. So, I’d rather have a blitzkreig and get it over with than a long siege.

Anyway, that’s my lil’ news. On to more exciting topics….

You Make Me Laugh
I loved your comments on the giveaways last week. Warmed my heart that so many of you are enjoying recipes and cakes that I’ve shared with you. I’m really not talking to myself! This continues to amaze me.

Hilarious what y’all thought my biggest cleaning challenges were/are. To be honest, I like doing laundry, even for so many. I’m not often caught up, but it’s not a chore I hate. That would be dishes and clutter. We’ve got lots of those.

Thanks to everyone who played in last week’s giveaways. Ready to hear who won?

Giveaway Winners
YogaChips – #51 rrudnick will receive a huge prize package of apple chips from YogaVive.

Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s – #86 Mother Hen, #37 jtmkcm@, #24 Marj M will each receive a copy of this cookbook. (#1-61 were in the comments section of the giveaway post, #62-117 were participants in URS)

OxiClean Baby Kit – #6 Blommom and #61 k_t_holm@ will be fighting baby stains with gusto pretty soon.

Sara Lee Deli – #114 KK, #28 kbroderi@ and #39 jolie will each receive coupons for free Sara Lee Deli meats.

If you’re a winner, please send me your mailing address so that I can get your prizes shipped to you pronto-like.
This Week on Ultimate Recipe Swap

The topic this week is Baked Goods. Bring your favorite recipe for baking to share. I had hoped to post our foccaccia recipe. Unfortunately, the vultures my family devoured it before I could take a photo of the finished product. Another time. But, I have other recipes to share. I’d love to have you participate, so check out the guidelines. There will be a fun giveaway included as well.

Help Me Help You Make a Great Meal
If you haven’t had the chance yet, I’d love it if you would fill out this survey to give me feedback regarding the ebook I’m preparing about make ahead meals. I am writing it for you, after all, so let me know what you need to know to make things easier at your house come dinner time.

I guess that’s it. As always, feel free to email me (lifeasmom AT sbcglobal DOT net) with questions, comments, or birthday cakes.

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  1. The Real Me! says:

    I'm sorry your hubby is getting sick but I'm going to give you our tried and true remedy that will keep a cold down to 3 days.That is of course if you start drinking it at the first signs of getting sick. My kids even drink it. It's not as bad as it sounds.
    Here's the Link for Garlic Tea! http://homesteadersheart.blogspot.com/2008/06/ode-to-garlic.html
    Take lots of vitamin C and Elderberry too. We just had the kids get colds and it lasted 3 days and we (the parents) never caught it because we were taking the same thing. It may be worth a try!
    Blessings,
    Kim

  2. Jeremiah and Stephenie says:

    We've had the flu at our house. With six children myself, I can understand what you're looking at going through. We are still waiting to see if the 8 week is going to get it. So far, my husband and myself are okay. We'll be praying for your family.

  3. TRM, I was thinking about this when my brother made tortilla soup that was really heavy in the garlic dept. last night. I'll let you know if we do it and how it turns out. Thanks!

    Thank you, Stephenie!

  4. All that sickness is going around. I hope he gets over it soon!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just wanted to chime in about what our family does to keep the sickies away. Especially that swine flu (hubby was exposed at work but never got it because I was cramming him full of good things) Vitamin D, Omega 3 fatty acids, Olive leaf extract, Vitamin C along with a good multi-vitamin and it is as effective as the Kryptonite that defeats Superman! If you want the dosages I used I would have no problem sharing! jtmabpark@msn.com

    Theresa

  6. Anonymous says:

    My child came home from school saying that they learned to cough and sneeze into their elbow with Germy Wormie, and I was totally taken aback. I always covered with my hands. But I went to the website and now I get it, hands touch, elbows don't!! Kids can touch 300 surfaces in 1/2 hour and they hate to wash their hands. This is a simple thing that can make a huge difference.

  7. A good night of sleep seems to be all he needed. So far, so good. Thanks for your prayers!

    Love the sneeze in the elbow thing. My mom trains preschool teachers and she taught me that trick a few years ago. Love it. Especially when I'm in the kitchen.

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