Friday, March 29, 2013

Twenty Reasons

I generally write to relieve stress, mostly so it doesn’t blow the top of my head off. Sometimes I write for me. Because I just need to get it out. Right now. Sometimes I write with you in mind, hoping that if I inform or amuse you, or show you a picture of something yummy, you might come back. Maybe even tell your friends?

Anyway, just so you know, this one’s for me.

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Twenty reasons I should not run away from home today:

1. It’s wicked (I’m from Boston, I was bound to say it eventually) cold out.
2. I probably don’t want to be responsible for what happens in this house when the toilet paper runs out.
3. The mortgage isn’t paid off yet, do I really want the house destroyed at this point? Think I’m kidding? Read this:  Burnin' Down the House and you decide.
4. Who would I have to complain blog about?
5. The kids probably know how to GPS track me through my cell phone anyway.
6. Who will embarrass the boys with their singing?
7.  I’d probably have to put actual clothes on.
8. When one of the kids texts their dad (who doesn’t text), who will he call to text them back?
9.  How will the Prize Patrol find me?
10. How will the boys ever eat anything healthy without someone to whine at while doing it?

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 Passover Cheesecake Squares

11. Wouldn’t that be like rewarding my kids? Do I really want to do that?
12. Can I live with the responsibility of people being out of a job when a local Grocery Store loses out on my weekly attempts to keep my kids fed?  On the plus side, the fast food franchises will see a big increase in sales.
13. I’ll be disappointing all those poor uneaten bananas that hoped to be turned into Cinnamon Banana Bread.
14. Who will answer the door at midnight when my older son comes home without his key . . . again . . . as usual?
15. Who’s going to go around shutting off the water running endless into the sinks and the lights left on in every room?
16. What will the poor mailman do when no one ever takes the mail out of the box again. . . ever?
17. I’m still responsible for what the boys do until they’re 19. On the plus side, you can’t hold me responsible if you can’t find me, right?
18. Who would torture me?
19. My younger son probably won’t let me borrow my car if he knows I won’t be bringing it back.
and lastly:
20. The liquor cabinet’s full and I can’t take the whole thing with me. Looks like I’ll have to stick around a while and work on that.

So I managed to come up with 20 reasons why I shouldn’t run away from home today. And honestly, it took me the whole day so it’s too late anyway. But tomorrow, tomorrow’s another day.

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Passover Cheesecake Squares

Printable Recipe

1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar (1/2 sugar, 1/2 brown sugar, if you have Passover brown sugar)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup matzo cake meal
1 1/2 tsp instant coffee powder (grind if it isn't fine)
cheesecake filling ingredients (not the cookies, just the filling) from this recipe: Cheesecake recipe

*Grease a glass 8 X 11 pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
*Cream the butter and sugar(s). Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in matzo cake meal and coffee powder.
*Press into the bottom and partially up the sides of the glass pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool. 
*Make the cheesecake filling according to the recipe here: Cheesecake recipe
*Pour filling evenly over crust. Bake for approximately 40 minutes. 
*Cool completely before cutting into squares.
*Store in the refrigerator.  


  1. Just promise if you actually run away to take your laptop with you so you can continue to entertain us?! I happen to love the word wicked, my best friend from college is from Boston & it reminds me of her. (smile) Out of all 20 reasons I have to say my favorite is # 20 as I pictured you strapping an entire liquor cabinet on your back and running for the hills. #14 maybe a hide a key would be your friend? :)

    1. Carrying that liquor cabinet would be a challenge! And we have a keypad on the garage door and a hide-a-key to the house in the garage, but no one knows where we hid the hide-a-key!

  2. Maybe every mother should keep a list like that... an on-going compilation in sharpie marker on the fridge door... or taped inside the liquor cabinet..

  3. I think the best excuse of all is the full liquor cabinet. Now, if you need anyone to help you with that, you know who to call....

  4. Full Liquor Cabinet? Sounds like a challenge. You work on that, girl. I even think you should put a graph of your liquor (Like a fundraiser thermometer.) You could update it every day....
    I get all of those reasons why you should stay. Who wants to put on real clothes anyway?
    Stay right where you're at, being who you are. I need that, man!

    1. A graph? I like that. But then any time it starts to go down I'll panic and run out and refill . . .

  5. How old are the kids and they still leave the sink water running?? Really? LOL
    I'm coming up with a liquor cabinet full solution ... drink faster!

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

    1. Ha ha. I like your solution. Perfect, maybe by next week I'll be ready to run away!

  6. Everyone is talking about the liquor cabinet. I can arrange for a van to collect it NOW to store it round my house until you return if you like :) No charge.
    Are you still walking around that house naked Karen? Hurry up with the drinks cabinet :)
    What a saturday morning laugh.

    1. Thanks for your kind offer, but that drinks cabinet does not leave my sight. Period!

  7. Ha... I am so with you on #'s 9, 11, & 15!!!

    Enjoyed. Have a great Easter, Slu

    1. Thanks, Slu. I bet a lot of people are with me on those!

  8. Your 20 reasons are a freaking riot!!!! (P.S. I can assist with the booze)

    Cheesecake is my absolute favorite treat....How did you know?

    1. Hell yeah you can assist with the booze. I won't even ask you any technical questions while we're drinking, how's that for friendship?

  9. Love those 20 reasons! I also love cheesecake and would devour that!

    Also, I'll help drown our stress with that liquor cabinet if you want!

    Happy Passover and Easter!

    1. You're welcome to help with the liquor cabinet. Seems I have a lot of volunteers for that. Guess I should throw a party!

  10. I think we, your loyal readers, will give you plenty to blog about.

    1. Oh, so I can go then? I'll take that as permission, as soon as I work on that liquor cabinet thing.

  11. Love your 20 reasons not to run away from home. Also love your cheese cake. I am sure your family is happy you aren't running away from home.

    1. I don't know how happy my family is, but not running away is sometimes a day to day struggle.

  12. Was that really the first time you said wicked on this blog? My old boss used to say it and I loved it! Is #8 true!? If so, that's dang adorable! #5 is good too because I'm sure they could track you down! Great post, Karen! Always entertaining!

    1. Yes, #8 did happen. It was pretty funny at the time.

  13. So what was the one reason you actually WANTED to run away...?


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