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Ms. Elaine Kneeous

Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.

Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (11/01/11)

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18: 1-4

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IMPORTANT: Sex Offender Moves To Greenfield

I am posting this guest blog for Michele Kaluzny, a Greenfield resident.  Not my usual "feel good" and happy writing, this is critical information coming from a very concerned mother.  Our most precious commodity, our children, are at risk once again because of scum like this:

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Planning To Be More Spontaneous

I have the most amazing sister-in-law. Actually I have an equally amazing brother-in-law. I often say that I married Kevin only because Greg was already taken! But Greg and Bernadette (Bernie to all the family) were childhood sweethearts so I never really stood a chance with Kevin’s brother. ;-)

Bernie is amazing to me for so many reasons. She is a very hard worker in all aspects of her life, with her paid job and several UNpaid jobs. Her kids are grown and (mostly) out of the house but the Fischer door is always open, especially to them. She is always tackling some sort of home improvement project with Greg. She keeps a very neat house despite having cared for an aging Yellow Lab who had her share of messes and accidents. (RIP Leia, we loved you so much.) She had been a caregiver to both her mom and our mother-in-law by taking them to multiple appointments, shopping for them, running errands, etc. She never complained about all the sacrifices of time and money those caregiving roles meant.

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Happy AnniBirthDary!


I’ve had the privilege of being best friends with Michele for over 25 years. In that time we have been there for each other through crushes, first loves, first heart breaks, deaths, marriages, and babies. We have laughed ourselves to tears. We have private jokes, phrases that are meaningful only to us, and memories that will last our lifetimes. I always say that she has done far more for me than I have for her, and I will never know how to repay her. Fortunately best friends don’t keep tallies.

Over the years I have done my best to draw the utmost attention to Michele on her birthday. (The girl hates being the center of attention more than anyone I know. We balance each other out perfectly.) I’ve had large plywood cutouts put on her front yard, arranged wake-up calls from morning radio personalities, and had our favorite local band record a birthday song exclusively for her. (She declared the song to be “the best present she ever got.” Her dad turned to her mom and said, “So much for the diamond earrings we bought her.”)

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Why yes, I DID wish you a Merry Christmas


In the next two to three weeks, you will read many blogs from me referring to the upcoming holiday season, or “the holidays.”  I feel perfectly OK to use those generic terms before Thanksgiving arrives.  It means, to me, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.  I am NOT using it to save myself from saying something politically incorrect.  With deference to my Jewish friends, let’s call it what it is:  Christmas.

 

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Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (11/07/11)

In less than three weeks, Kevin and I will become the parents we vowed we never would. Some people think we have lost our minds, others are not the least bit surprised. Yes, we are taking Kyla to meet Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World. My own personal requirements for our first trip were that she would be old enough to walk entirely without a stroller and 110% potty trained, so I figured sometime in that Kindergarten age.

“I don’t want to shelp an SUV stroller on the buses. I want her to remember things. I don’t want to have to find a baby-changing station. I want to be able to enjoy the vacation too. Don’t you see how those little tots are exhausted and crying at the end of the day?”

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Click and Clip, Help a Veteran

I am grateful for so many things in my life: my wonderful family, my fantastic friends, happy occasions & memories, my health. But none of these would matter if I didn’t have my freedom.

There are many nights when Kyla will ask me to lay down on the floor in her room while she is falling asleep in her crib. I’m sure “parenting experts” would call this a no-no and say that she’s not going to learn good sleeping habits. I don’t care. It works for us. But that’s beside the point.

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Gobble 'Til You Wobble

Turkey Day will soon be upon us. If you’re looking for a new idea for classic menu items, perhaps this blog will serve as inspiration.

Appetizers

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A Special Birthday Indeed!

Through that fabulous “social networking” vehicle Facebook, I reconnected with a friend whom I hadn’t seen in years. We were friends past high school, and then our lives just took different directions and we drifted apart as they say.

While I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her two children, I do get a glimpse of what’s going on in their lives thanks to their mom, Tracey. I learned the other day that today is a very special day for her son Andrew.

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UPDATE: Click and Clip, Help a Veteran

Previously on Ms. Elaine Kneeous… 

Heinz ketchup is helping us thank our veterans and they are donating money to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Gingerbread

Cookies Of Christmas

For the next twelve days, I am featuring a cookie recipe from my personal Christmas collection.  These cookies showcase the best of holiday flavors.  Additionally they are recipes that freeze/thaw well, which certainly helps reduce last-minute stress.

Grab some cocoa, coffee, or tea and enjoy!

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Sundays at the Fischer Home

The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Peppermint Meltaways

Cookies Of Christmas

For the next twelve days, I am featuring a cookie recipe from my personal Christmas collection.  These cookies showcase the best of holiday flavors.  Additionally they are recipes that freeze/thaw well, which certainly helps reduce last-minute stress.

 

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The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Eggnog

Cookies Of Christmas

For the next twelve days, I am featuring a cookie recipe from my personal Christmas collection.  These cookies showcase the best of holiday flavors.  Additionally they are recipes that freeze/thaw well, which certainly helps reduce last-minute stress.

 

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The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Pecan Tassies

Cookies Of Christmas

For the next twelve days, I am featuring a cookie recipe from my personal Christmas collection.  These cookies showcase the best of holiday flavors.  Additionally they are recipes that freeze/thaw well, which certainly helps reduce last-minute stress.

 

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The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Peppermint Bonbon Cookies

Cookies Of Christmas

For the next twelve days, I am featuring a cookie recipe from my personal Christmas collection.  These cookies showcase the best of holiday flavors.  Additionally they are recipes that freeze/thaw well, which certainly helps reduce last-minute stress.

 

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Happy Birthday Emma Kaluzny!

Emma Kaluzny is a shining example of what I want our daughter Kyla to be like in five years. She is sweet, funny, innocent, kind, and gentle. She loves first grade, playing soccer, and music. When she plays with Kyla she is ever the “little mother” and watches over her very closely.

Emma turns the Big 7 today and I am so proud of her. It is a blessing to be part of her life. If I think that it seems like yesterday when I met her in the hospital, I can only imagine what it is like for her mom & dad, Michele and Jim.

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The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Peanut Butter Bonbons

Cookies Of Christmas

For the next twelve days, I am featuring a cookie recipe from my personal Christmas collection.  These cookies showcase the best of holiday flavors.  Additionally they are recipes that freeze/thaw well, which certainly helps reduce last-minute stress.

 

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The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Gingerbread Biscotti

Cookies Of Christmas

For the next twelve days, I am featuring a cookie recipe from my personal Christmas collection.  These cookies showcase the best of holiday flavors.  Additionally they are recipes that freeze/thaw well, which certainly helps reduce last-minute stress.

 

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The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Buttery Almond Pistachio Thins

Cookies Of Christmas

For the next twelve days, I am featuring a cookie recipe from my personal Christmas collection.  These cookies showcase the best of holiday flavors.  Additionally they are recipes that freeze/thaw well, which certainly helps reduce last-minute stress.

 

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The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Peppermint Bark Shortbread

Cookies Of Christmas

For the next twelve days, I am featuring a cookie recipe from my personal Christmas collection.  These cookies showcase the best of holiday flavors.  Additionally they are recipes that freeze/thaw well, which certainly helps reduce last-minute stress.

 

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The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Eggnog Muffins

Cookies Of Christmas

For the next twelve days, I am featuring a cookie recipe from my personal Christmas collection.  These cookies showcase the best of holiday flavors.  Additionally they are recipes that freeze/thaw well, which certainly helps reduce last-minute stress.

 

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The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Salted Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Cookies Of Christmas

For the next twelve days, I am featuring a cookie recipe from my personal Christmas collection.  These cookies showcase the best of holiday flavors.  Additionally they are recipes that freeze/thaw well, which certainly helps reduce last-minute stress.

 

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The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Audrey Fischer's Cherry Nut Slices

Cookies Of Christmas

For the past eleven days, I have featured a cookie recipe from my personal Christmas collection.  Today is my twelfth and final recipe. These cookies showcase the best of holiday flavors.  Additionally they are recipes that freeze/thaw well, which certainly helps reduce last-minute stress.

 

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Take it away, Sarah!

Well, Kevin and I are off to the Mouse House with our precious Kyla.

In my absence, a dear friend Sarah is taking over my blog:

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Guest Blog: The Trouble with Thanksgiving

Happy Saturday after Thanksgiving!  Are you turkey’d out yet?  I truly do love Thanksgiving.  That day and Easter are my two favorite holidays.  I think because they’re in my two favorite seasons, fall and spring.  When my husband and I got married almost five years ago, I claimed Thanksgiving as “our” holiday.  We could do whatever we wanted, and go or not go wherever we wanted.  This year, I decided I wanted to cook dinner and host the holiday, which only meant two extra plates at dinner. The day proceeded without any major issues.  The Packers won, my husband and brother got to play some football, and my 18-month-old son got to eat mashed potatoes with his fingers.  So he (and my kitchen) were very messy, but I’d say it was a successful day.  I thought with two extra adult mouths to feed that it would mean less leftovers.  Apparently I didn’t send enough home with my mom and brother because I’m swimming in leftovers right now.

I’m sure that story is not atypical, so in the event that you’re searching for something to do with your leftovers, I thought I’d share our favorite casserole recipe with you.  The first time I had this was at my  in-laws’ house when I was dating my husband.  When my mother-in-law broke her leg last Christmas, this was the casserole I made to bring over there for her.  When my dad passed away, this was the casserole my mother-in-law made for my mom.  It’s very popular now, on both sides of my family. I hope you enjoy it as well.  We wasted no time and already made this casserole for dinner yesterday.  Today was turkey sandwiches at lunch and turkey pot pie for dinner.  Now if I could just find something to do with the leftover stuffing.

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Guest Post: Finding Hygge

Jennifer warned you there would be a guest post within guest posting, Here's a post from one of Jennifer's dearest friends, Michele.  Enjoy!

“The Danes have a word that's hard to translate, and no foreigner can hope to pronounce, but it's as Danish as pork roast and cold beer. It's hygge, and it goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. The closest we can come phonetically is "hooga," if we try forming our mouths for "ee" while saying "oo." It doesn’t translate directly into any other language but we can illustrate it in action.”

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Guest Blog: Grocery Hoarders

Have you ever watched that show “Extreme Couponing” on TLC?  I find it fascinating.  I also think it should be on A&E because it’s really just “Hoarders” with groceries, although not as creepy.  I’m actually a little jealous of these people.  Not because they put 300 rolls of toilet paper under their son’s bed, or because they have enough mayonnaise to last them 18 years, but I do admire their dedication to getting 8 months’ worth of food for 33 cents.  And I’m jealous because:

1)      Their coupon circulars are obviously way better than mine.  I’m lucky if, in a 12-page circular, I find two usable coupons.

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Guest Post: If you need me, I'll be in the wine cellar

I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook.  But one of the reasons I love it is because I have wonderful friends who post very informative links to articles like the one below.  Finally, someone has diagnosed the problem with society today ("Kids are NOT King!)  Someone has some sense (boundaries are GOOD!)  Pour yourself a glass of wine, click the link below, and prepare yourself to finally have the tough parenting questions answered.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/debra-ollivier/moms-should-drink-wine_b_1107938.html

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