Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lessons Learned When School’s Out

School was out for almost 3 weeks but learning didn’t end. As the boys settled into some well deserved free time; no classes, not even a book was opened, I was getting schooled.

This was my virgin winter break with both boys in college, so I was definitely a newbie. It turns out you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. I learned many:

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1. If you can’t beat them (and you can’t) you may as well join them. Since they sleep till noon, breakfast was at 1 pm, lunch at 5 pm, and dinner at 9 pm, if they’re home for it. More than likely Mom and Dad will be eating dinner alone at a time they never wanted to be eating. Oh, and snack time is any time. Really more like all the time. 2 am is not out of the question.

2. Sleep is for moms of babies. You will not make it through a full night and I’m not talking about bathroom trips. Fall asleep and the garage door goes up. Fall back asleep and it goes up a second time. Start to fall asleep and you realize you never heard it go down after the last time it went up . . .

3. When changing the sheets on the beds, roll them up inside themselves, head straight out to the freezing cold, then unwrap them so you can shake all the food out.

4. Don’t think you’re so smart shaking the food out of the sheets outdoors. The rest of the crumbs from all the missing food can be found in your car. You can’t turn that inside out and shake it.

5. Math lesson: adding one person back to the household doubles the grocery bill. At least. And when they leave it’ll stay doubled until the pantry gets restocked.

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Mushroom Stuffed Buttermilk Biscuits

6. Apparently, no matter what your kids are learning at college, there’s also a loss of valuable information going on too. First is knowing how to put dishes into the dishwasher and how to wipe off the counter.

7. Current events: dinner conversation will never be the same. You now know every reason (rational and otherwise) why marijuana should be legal in every state.

8. Logic (or lack thereof): the front door will never be locked. No matter how many times you walk by and lock it, the next time you walk by it’ll be unlocked.

9. If you ask them to remember to do something (like sit down with you to order their books for next semester), here’s your language lesson:
“I’ll never remember” means “I’ll never remember”.
“I’ll try to remember” means “I’ll never remember”.
“OK, I’ll remember” means “I’ll never remember”.

10. Time will fly. One day you’re picking him up at the airport and the next you’re watching him walk back towards that plane. There will be tears. Lots and lots of tears.

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Mushroom Stuffed Buttermilk Biscuits
Printable Recipe
2 cans of jr sized buttermilk biscuits
1 TBSP butter
1/2 # mushrooms
2 green onions
1 clove minced garlic
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 TBSP flour
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
*Open the cans of biscuits. Peel the top off of each biscuit and set the tops aside. Place the bottoms on the baking sheet.
*Clean and slice the mushrooms. Clean and chop the green onions.
*Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, green onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the mushrooms are soft and completely cooked. 
*Turn the heat down one notch, add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute.
*Turn the heat down to warm and add the cream cheese. Cook and stir until the cream cheese is completely melted.
*Place about ¾ of a tsp of the mushroom filling into the center of each biscuit bottom on the baking sheet. Top with the biscuit tops you’d set aside.
*Place in oven and bake for 11 minutes.


  1. I want to live in your house. Sit in your test kitchen. Eat your food.

  2. AWW!! HUGS HUGS HUGS!!!!!
    But I know what you mean! Especially the food budget and crumbs!!! LOL

    1. Yeah, I know that you know exactly what I'm talking about!

  3. I don't know about you - but when I decided to have children, I really didn't look ahead to these years. I certainly didn't think they would come so fast. When they were babies, we never wanted them to grow up. Now we love how they did! <3 Crumbs, food bills and all!

    1. Yeah, I complain but I love them, and love having them here.

  4. I know you passed the test. You do get an A for best food prepared for returnig students.

  5. Aww such a lovely post...kept smiling to myself all the way from the top line, but the last line if the post was really touching! Great post as always, Karen:)

    1. Thank you, Epsita. I do love having the boys home, even though I tend to make fun of the changes around here.

  6. Those biscuits sound good! I'd be eating them alone, but that's okay. That's some education you got.

  7. It reminds me of when my son used to come home on leave! It sucks that it's over so soon but summer will soon be here. Just about the time you get rested up from this haha!!

    1. Although he'll be working quite a lot, it will definitely be amazing to have them both in the house all summer long.

  8. You still have that open room? I'll remember things, I'll test food and I'll be your techie....

  9. Haha, I would be the same about the garage door!
    Do they know how good they have it at your house?

    1. No, I'm not sure they do know, but that's pretty normal, isn't it?

  10. Oh Karen...that's one thing about them growing up isn't it. Mines only 9, but I want to stuff him back in his footie pyjamas.

    1. Exactly, I'd like to stuff them both back into their footies. Even if it's just for a day!


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