The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.


Or 1994, for that matter!

Twenty years ago this week Fish popped the question. It was his birthday and we went out to dinner at The Palace, where he had said we would only go for a special occasion, like getting engaged or something. I tried really hard not to get my hopes up. But, my friend and landlady knew something was up when my construction guy boyfriend arrived at the door dressed like this. She snapped a photo just in case.

I ordered the Chicken Tchoupitoulas and nervously ate my supper. But, no big conversations that I can remember. It wasn’t until we went walking along the wall at the Biltmore, and he got down on one knee that things started to get serious. Yikes! I’m getting nervous all over again just thinking about it!

Needless to say, I said yes. Eventually. I actually forgot to answer him. I hugged and kissed him instead. He had to make sure and said, “Does that mean yes?”

And the rest, as they say, is history.

hockey cake

To celebrate, I made him a hockey cake to commemorate 51 years of awesomeness. I had planned to make a chocolate cheesecake with a sour cream topping so that the “ice rink” would be all set. But, he  foiled my plans for asking for regular cake. I improvised the ice by using a jewel case from a CD. Oh well.

Hockey season approaches along with the winter Olympics, so I’ll try my hand at another hockey cake.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

Here’s what’s been happening on Good Cheap Eats:

Coming next week:

  • A FREE printable meal plan
  • How to Get Your Kids to Eat More Whole Grains
  • a special Be My Valentine series
  • Saving Money on Food Costs
  • Zone Defense: the Kitchen (new assignment and BEFORE pictures)

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. For those of us in the west now living with water woes, it would be great to have some discussion on ways to conserve water. I’m looking for creative ideas beyond the usual “not running the faucet while brushing teeth”, etc. Planning for the inevitable, perhaps record-breaking, fire season is also a big concern.

    • I noticed that a neighboring town’s water supplier is offering discounted or free water barrels to recapture any rain we do get and using that to water plants and lawns. Unfortunately, our management company will probably insist that we run the sprinklers. 🙁

      In cool weather, I can usually skip the shower or bath every other day. Yes, deodorant. 🙂

  2. I just showed my kids your hockey cake and they think it’s “awesome”! We live and breathe hockey in our house.

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