My Halloween Candy Giving Rules (Revisited)

So far, it’s promising to be a rain-free Halloween, which means there should be a good turnout. Now the question is, will we have enough candy to give out to the masses?

Right now, I’m on the fence about getting more candy. Worst case scenario, we can always borrow from the Princess’s goody stash, especially anything nut- or dairy-based that she can’t have because of her food allergies.

Things we can easily redistribute—Muskateers, Milky Ways, Butterfingers, Whoppers, Tootsie Rolls, Milk Duds, fruit-flavored chocolates, plain M&Ms, white chocolate—basically anything dairy- and/or nut-based that HB and I don’t like. We’ll be sure to hang onto the Hershey bars and Snickers, which HB likes, and the KitKats and Reeses Peanut Butter cups, which I like. 🙂

My Halloween Candy Giving Rules
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May Discoveries

Can’t believe May is practically over. Although there’s still a week and a half left of school, I think everyone’s already checked out and ready for summer. There are no more math homework sheets or spelling tests to prepare for. Just the RAH-RAH (“Read At Home” daily reading of student’s choice), and even that seems optional.

Oddly enough, the Princess seems to want to play “school” when she’s at home—she prompts me to ask her math and spelling questions. I can’t help but laugh inside when I think, wait and see what Meanie Mommy has in store for you this summer…bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.

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Is Nature Fighting Back?

One late night sometime last September, I happened upon an M. Night Shyamalan thriller/sci-movie called The Happening, which features people committing suicide for no apparent reason. At first, people think that it’s some kind of biochemical terrorist attack on Central Park that is spreading quickly along the eastern seaboard. Eventually, a Philadelphia science teacher (Mark Wahlberg’s character) notices that whenever there’s a large group of people around, the plants around them release a toxin which makes people want to kill themselves. People are scrambling to leave the city and into the rural areas, but it seems that the toxin has reached the country as well. Continue reading

February: Cooking/Food Notes

Why hasn’t Mama Sophia been writing in her blog? some of you might have been wondering. Because she was way too busy finding distractions and making up excuses not to write. (Bad girl!)

However, all is not lost. I did learn a few new tricks in the kitchen as well as find some new food products for the Princess to enjoy, which is always a treat since she’s such a picky eater.

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January Update: Some Cooking Tips and Cookbook Raves

It seems like January just came and went in a flash. I’ve been remiss with my posts here at Soul Kitchen, but I have been trying to “fill my creative well” by studying American and Korean cookbooks that I’ve found at my library and local bookstores, as well as watching two complete Korean drama series, When Night Comes and Bad Couple (both very entertaining). This is on top of doing my regular mom-duties and freelance design, and of course, exercise, which I’m proud to say that I managed to work out 3-4 times each week this month.

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Grandma Lee’s Quick and Easy Turkey Meatball Recipe (dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free)

My mom is a pro at figuring out ways to get people to eat. To leave her kitchen without having a bite is unheard of. (For those folks who are on a diet, keep away from Helen’s kitchen or prepare to feel lower than a snake’s belly for hurting her feelings.)

Both my sister and I have a child with severe food allergies. But thanks to Mom’s chicken soup and other specialties, our girls have thrived.

Yesterday, I mentioned to Mom about my concern that the Princess might be getting bored with the same old meals and her reluctance to try something new. Mom took me aside, showed me a quick and easy turkey meatball recipe, and managed to get the Princess to eat it. Hooray for Grandma Lee. Continue reading

Self-flagellation at 2 a.m.

I find myself wide awake at 2 a.m. Why? Being busy beating myself up for not being a better parent. So rather than disturbing those I know with a jarring phone call at the buttcrack of dawn, I’ve decided to channel Dr. Leigh Lee (my alter ego, a nonpracticing self-help guru-in-training). Continue reading