The spices of life!

As the marriage counselor pointed out, several times in fact, I’m an avoider.  When I don’t like something or if it upsets me, I avoid it.  I treat my food no differently. Spicy foods?  Love the taste! My body hates it.  I usually don’t even get to the next day before I’m dropping f-bombs at my stomach and all parts south of that.

The ol’ man and the kids like it.  But since I’m the cook, and of course, the meanest mom ever, I don’t make it.  I like to eat to dammit, and I’m not cooking what I can’t eat!  The good thing about spicy foods, is that you can usually make a “not hot” version. Seriously, I can get my “not hot” Sesame Chicken in the same 10 minutes as the spicy C27!  It’s not like cookies where you can make a non-sweet version..and why would you honestly? Apples and oranges, really.  Nevermind…

I have no spicy recipes in my arsenal of recipes.  My sister on the other hand, makes a killer spicy salsa!  Against my screaming tummy protests, I eat it.  It will set your ass on fire and clear out the sinuses.  But it’s that delicious it’s worth it!

Karen’s “set your ass on fire” Salsa (A canning recipe)

  • 3C                  Chopped, seeded, peeled and cored tomatoes
  • 3C                  Jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1C                  Chopped onion
  • 6 Cloves      Garlic, minced
  • 2Tbsp           Cilantro, minced
  • 2tsp               Oregano
  • 1.5 tsp          Salt
  • 1/2 tsp         Cumin
  • 1C                   Cider vinegar
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepot.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Ladle salsa into hot jars, leaving 1/2″ headspace.  Adjust 2-piece caps.  Process for 15 minutes in a boiling water canner.
  2. For a “less” spicy version, leave out the jalapeno seeds.  And always wear rubber gloves when seeding or chopping jalapeno peppers.  It will save you a trip to Urgent care.
  3. Serve with homemade tortilla chips.  You don’t have that recipe you say?  I do…will post that later!





Zero to Hero-Assignment #9

I’m behind again! It’s like college all over again, minus the binge drinking.  I spent the evening catching up a bit.  I changed my theme back to the original.  I just didn’t love the one I had picked for the assignment. I played with the widgets, edited my About page and changed the header.  Thank you PicMonkey!  I know the About page is still a little grocery shopping listish, but will keep it a work in progress. What’s the saying?  Rome wasn’t built in a day?  My fantastical epic blog won’t be either!

I’m finding assignment #9 a bit intimidating, and I’m not sure why. For some reason, I think it’s supposed to be this super serious post, and I like to throw a little humor in all of my posts. Unless, I’m pissed, and then it’s strictly for venting.

Back to the assignment.  Of course, my family (and friends) are the inspiration for my blog.  Inspiration for my life actually.  Besides the kids (who totally inspire scrapbooking), the focus of the blog is food and recipes.  I search the internet for healthy, easy, kid friendly recipes to try and write about. Naturally, all the recipe posts aren’t like this, I mean there is NOTHING healthy about dark chocolate brownies (love you Ree Drummond!).  I want to show the kids, the ol’ man and anyone who reads the blog really, that there are delicious, healthy options. Obesity is something that I hold dear to my heart, as I was an obese child, and morbidly obese as young adult. My dad died from complications of diabetes, my mom died of cancer.  I’m way too young to already have no parents!  Obesity is a risk cancer for some cancers. I work in Gyn Oncology. So I know things.  Talk about inspiration!  I have met some AMAZING women in my 12 years.  Women who have touched my life. Amazing.

Wait! Where was I going with this? Oh yes,  healthy family!   I want to be around a nice long time to torture those little bast…, I mean, see all of their life milestones. At this point, I’m a little more than half the size I was 7 years ago.  So, still chubby, but not obese. I don’t want the kids to go through any of the harsh life lessons that I went through.  The world is rough enough. If I can show the kids that eating healthy can be tasty,  maybe they will carry those lessons on to adulthood.  Might as well share it with the rest of the world.

And let’s face it. Those kids inspire me to search for cocktail recipes as well, to try and post.  Everyone likes a good, easy cocktail!



Dream Reader–I believe you can get me through the night…Assignment #6

Bright and early at 6:30am, the 9yr barges in my room looking to open her Easter Bag. With one eye open, I’m pretty sure I grunted a “get your ass back in bed..”  Good thing I set my alarm for 9am.  Knowing that I will never get the moment back if I stayed sleeping while she opened the goods, I stumbled out of bed. Yes, I do bags!  I hate storing the baskets.  I don’t know why that is actually. Hmmm. Anyway, The Sponge Bob chocolates were a hit, as was the soccer ball.  She loved, loved, loved, the Minion eggs I made! (which I’m fully aware was in a post I posted yesterday, but they are darn cute!)


The older two could have cared less about the Easter bags.  They wanted to get to the brunch, and be done with the day.  Mission accomplished.  Brunch was exceptional. We had a great day with our families.  Rob’s mom made a great dinner.  It was so nice to visit with everyone. And now no one will be eating until Tuesday. Or an hour ago, when I had popcorn. Carry on!

Monday. Just a few short hours away. See previous posts regarding not enough hours in a day!  Today, my time complaint?  Not enough days in a weekend.  Well, I guess it’s got to be Monday at some point, right?  Tuesday would end up being just as dreaded. We can’t have that. We have to keep with the status quo. End rant.

So. Monday. Three kids. Four kids to feed. This recipe takes a little longer if you do it all at once.  But if you brown up the meat (hamburger or turkey) ahead of time, it goes much quicker.  And this one, I made up myself!!  I’m a keeper I know! 😉

Cheeseburger Wontons

  • 1lb          Hamburger, lean, browned and drained
  • 2C          Shredded cheese (whatever your little heart desires! cheddar, Swiss, parmesan)
  • 1 pkg     Wonton wrappers
  • Spices to your liking, I added onion and garlic powder.
  1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with a little cooking spray.
  2. Lay out 1 wrapper at a time, in a diamond shape.  Sprinkle cheese across the middle. Layer the meat on top of the cheese.
  3. Dab your finger with a little water and outline the edges of the wonton wrapper.
  4. Fold over and press together to make a triangle.
  5. Place on prepped cookie sheet.  When sheet is full, spray just a little cooking spray over top.
  6. Bake until golden brown.


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Write drunk, edit sober. Assignment #3

Thanks Editor Michelle W for that wonderful advice!! Who has the vodka?!  I’ll bring the cranberry juice 🙂  And if you’re nice to me, I’ll even make homemade tortilla chips.

Assignment time! In case you were wondering, I’m not drunk.

I don’t think there was a single idea that got me to blog.  I think it really was a matter of I spend a lot of time trying to make our life exciting and I want to share the ideas I found. I’m the quintessential working mother, trying to make sure the kids turn out normal, (with the proper amount of therapy of course) and trying to get through this difficult life.  With a bit of humor and a decent amount of chocolate, I think it could be done. I’m not a “foodie”, but I love to share recipes.  I’m not a photographer, but like to take pictures, and throw them in a scrapbook. I love the kids to pieces, but I could probably do a whole blog on just how much they piss me off. And don’t even get me started on the ex-husband.

Do I realize there are a million blogs like mine out there?  Of course. But mine is unique, because it’s mine.

Zero to Hero #2-I’m keeping them..and you can’t make me change!!

Every day I think about my title and tagline. I always think that they could be different or catchier. Sexier!  Yes!! They could definitely could be sexier! Although, I’m not sure how to make scrapbooking and tortilla chips any more exciting!

Alright, down to the nitty gritty of the assignment, because I’m tired and my bladder is giving out.  Damn you Iced Coffee!!!  A little of this and that, is exactly that.  A little of this: cooking, kids…and that: crafts, life.  (I’m sure the punctuation is all wrong in the previous sentence). Honestly when I cook, it’s literally, “Where’s the measuring spoon?  Ok, who let the kids put the dishes away? Let’s see a little of the garlic powder, a little of onion.”

So, I think I’m keeping my goods for now.  I like them. But totally up for suggestions!!


Who am I and why am I here? Zero to hero #1 I’m already behind!!!  Don’t tell the 15 year old! I have given lecture after lecture about late assignments, she would totally be in her glory.  But in my defense, it’s not my fault. (I’m kicking myself right now, because it sounds JUST LIKE HER!)  It’s spring break, and I’m hauling the 9 year old all over the damn place.

Back to the point.  Who am I?  I’m Robbin and I am fantastical! I’m kidding. I’m a 40 yr old divorced mother of 1. Well, mother of 3.  In all seriousness, if you count the ol’ man, mother of 4. I work full time in Gyn Oncology.  I love, love, love to cook!  But I also like to scrapbook, decorate cakes (although it’s been awhile since I’ve done that) and read.  Completely useless fact? I also love Duran Duran.

Why am I here?  I like to write.  I suck at it.  I’m not a novelist. But I like it.  I was thinking a blog was a great way to write about my kids, recipes that are tried and true, and just life in general.  Let’s be clear. I do not work in the Food Network test kitchens and I’m not a chef. I’m a busy mom. I do not create recipes, I try recipes already out there and blog about the ones that really work. Ones that are healthyish, family friendly,  and easy for busy nights. Or perfect for weekends. You get the idea.

I’m sure there’s more to write about my super awesome life, but I have to save something for later posts, right?