Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Resolved

I have to admit, I’ve really never been one for New Year’s resolutions. But in my old age, I’ve been blessed with perspective about this whole issue. So this year I’ve decided to try to come up with a few I can live with. Yes, it's only been one day but I'm happy to report, so far so good . . .

Resolved:
1. I will watch more TV. This is a selfless resolution. So many people are making so many shows, I figure if I can do my part to keep them employed, I’m doing a service.

2. I will stop picking up after myself. I’m always arguing with the kids to pick up, but what if I give them this one? I’m trying the “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach and I’m going to have to admit, not only does it cut down on my arguments with the kids, but it’s actually made my life easier.



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3. I will spend more time talking about my kids on FB and Twitter. If talking TO them results in blank stares, maybe talking ABOUT them is the way to go. After all, what better way to show them how much I care about them?

4. I will sing more. When my older son was little, he pretty much only cried when I sang. Now both kids cringe and run away when I sing. Clearly I need more practice.

5. I will do better at covering all the food groups:
grains: flour in the crust
fruits and vegetables: strawberries
proteins: cream cheese
dairy: whipped cream for topping
fats: oil in the crust
So Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie works perfectly, right?


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Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

6. I will not hide the toilet paper. There’s only so many times that’s funny.

7. I will let the boys take over the laundry and washing the dishes. I know this is a huge sacrifice but they’ll need to know how to do these things when they’re on their own. So really, I have a responsibility . . .

8. I will not run away from home. I will not run away from home. I will not run away from home. I need a pair of Ruby slippers.

9. I will drink more red wine. It’s been known for some time that red wine can be good for your heart. I also happen to know that it’s good for patience, anxiety and state of mind. And since corking a red and sticking it in the fridge is sacrilege, I promise to be a good Mommy and make all gone.

10. I will stop trying to convince myself that chocolate is not a food group. Because I need to face facts, it is.

So there you go. I know it’s a long list, but I have confidence that I’m up to the challenge.



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Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie
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Ingredients, crust:  
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup canola oil
2 TBSP milk

Ingredients, pie:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 TBSP sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 quarts strawberries
2/3 cups sugar
3 TBSP cornstarch mixed with 3 TBSP cold water

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Stir all crust ingredients together. Press into the bottom and partially up the sides of a pie plate.
*Bake 12 - 15 minutes.
*Cool.
*Beat cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until smooth. Carefully spread over cooled crust.
*Wash all strawberries, pat dry and cut off leaves.
*Opt: can pick the 4 biggest and arrange them, upside down towards the center of the cream cheese.
*Puree strawberries and add them to a saucepan with the sugar. Simmer.
*Add the cornstarch/water mixture to the saucepan and stir until thick and boiling.
*Turn down the heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
*Cool slightly, then pour over the cream cheese layer.
*Keep refrigerated. Opt: Garnish with whipped cream before serving.

54 comments:

  1. I like your resolutions AND the pie sounds wonderful too!

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    1. Thanks, think maybe I'll stick to these for a while.

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  2. You should really look into implementing a "Buy Now" button so I can just buy the goodies you post here instead of TRYING to bake them. It would make things a lot easier for me! Just sayin'! Xo

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    1. You know if anyone were to put a button on here it would have to be you!

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  3. Hahaha ~ Leave it to you to make these kinds of resolutions!
    Love it!!

    Happy New Year mama!

    xoxo
    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. What kind of resolutions would those be, the livable kind?

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  4. Hell yeah, chocolate's a food group! Didn't you see my pyramid last week?

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  5. Yum!!! Strawberry Cream Cheese PIE!?!?!?? I'm sooo gonna fight with ur kids for the goodies! Great pic! xoxo

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    1. It's SO good. Only one kid will fight you for that. The other one claims that all fruit gives him a sore throat . . .

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  6. I could live with your resolutions you have on your list too. Your pie sounds very tasty too. Happy New Year!!

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    1. Happy New Year to you and your family too, Dawn.

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  7. Ha ha hilarious. Especially 5, 6 and 8. I'm going to have to reinvent the food triangle posted on my fridge to accurately reflect strawberry cheesecake. From what you have, it looks pretty healthy to me. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

    Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope it's amazing.

    Reese

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    1. Glad you liked it. Happy New Year to you guys too!

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  8. hahaha! Awesome list - very funny! Chocolate IS a food group.. isn't it?

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    1. Of course it is, Josie. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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  9. I'm with you on no#9 & no#10 ---my 2 favorite things! Funny blog post and another yummy recipe to try. And thanks for giving me such a great idea about the toilet paper....Happy New Year, Karen!

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    1. Happy New Year, MM. Hope 2013 is your best year yet.

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  10. remember thatcyour boys must learn to clean the bathroom too since no girlfriend will use a dirty bathroom. their future wives will thank you! im with you all the way with chocolate...i figure wine coffee and chocolate aquire to the only sanity i hold and therefore my family should be very thankful for these food groups!

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    1. Oh good, another reason to turn over household duties to the boys. Thanks, Shana.

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  11. I love you. Hiding the toilet paper would be hilarious, but I'm betting the younger two wouldn't even notice. We're classy like that remember?
    Strawberries are my favorite. And with your permission, chocolate is now a necessity. Pie and chocolate ice cream for dinner? Don't mind if I do.
    Your resolutions rock. I'm making a hard copy. XOX

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    1. Pie and chocolate ice cream would be the first time in a long time that my kids don't complain about dinner. Hmmmm, maybe I WILL try that, all in the name of a peaceful dinner time, of course. XOXO

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  12. This is a freaking great list Karen! Especially #'s 8 and 9! I'm definitely going to steal a few and blame it on you when my family asks questions ;) Happy New Year!

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    1. Here's the deal: Blame away, just don't tell them where to find me.

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  13. #6, #9, & #10... my fave's!!!

    Happy New Year, Slu

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    1. Hey Slu, Happy New Year to you, too!

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  14. So chocolate isn't a food group? Just joking. You have so pretty good resolutions here, I think I'm going to help you with number 9. It'll help build my blood anyway, so it's all good.
    Jae Mac, I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)

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    1. #9 for medicinal reasons, I love it!

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  15. Of course Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie works. ;) You've got a good list here! I'd love for you to link up your recipe to my new link party!
    http://rainbowsandhoneysuckle.blogspot.com/2013/01/craft-yourself-crazy-link-party-1.html

    Chloe

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    1. Thanks for the invitation. I'll check it out.

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  16. I found your blog through ANOTHER blog. If I were to make resolutions, which I don't, I would choose yours. So, let me know how #7 works out for you. THAT would be a sweet resolution to uphold.

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    1. My guess is that I have the least hope of #7 working out, but I'll give it my all!

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  17. This is great! It all seems logical to me and that strawberry pie looks delicious! I resolve to read more funny blogs this year and am adding your's to that list!

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    1. LOVE your resolution. Come on back any time!

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  18. Hear, hear for #10!! Love all your resolutions!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. I must admit, #10's a popular one!

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  19. LOL!!! You have the right idea! You will have a great year. I hope you can hold to these resolutions.

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    1. I hope so too. Happy New Year to you.

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  20. I can relate to #8. Good mantra.

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    1. I think most parents get #8! Happy New Year, Rebeka!

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  21. Love your resolutions Karen. What I want to know is, would you rather have visitors in jail, or in the audience when you audition for Idol? LOL! When you address your kids in the social media, you're setting someone up for 'something?', and if you're going to sing, why not go for the gusto of American Idol? Hope 2013 is the best year ever!

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    1. American Idol, LOL, they'd kill me.

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  22. These are some funny resolutions! I can relate to many of them! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Phil, and Happy New Year to you.

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  23. I Love this list! Between the keeping actors employed and going on pick up strike.... and more wine and Chocolate. Why can I not live close to you! I would learn how to be the best mom and get a little tipsy too! Cheers to sticking with these!

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    1. Sticking with my resolutions is a tough job, but I figure someone has to set a good example!

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  24. you're going through so much, it's only right that I come over and share some of that pie and chocolate...I mean, burden...with you!! :P

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    1. I'd love for you to come share the . . . um . . . burden, Roshni!

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  25. But, hiding the toilet paper never loses it's funny! Thanks for joining Finding the Funny!

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  26. Karen: These are great! Love the TP hiding, singing and more red wine drinking. Amen to that. You've inspired me to make my own list. Happy New Year!!!!

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    1. Can't wait to hear what you come up with!

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  27. Love your Resolutions! I think I should adapt a few from here! Thanks so much for linking up at Two-Cup Tuesday! See ya again next week!

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    1. Bet you'd be as able to keep those resolutions as I have been.

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