Silly Rabbit


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations, Easter, Family, Humor, Life Lessons, Memories, Parenting | Posted on 24-03-2016

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The Easter Bunny has finally gotten smart around here. It has taken several years of trial and error.

One year, the Easter Bunny hid the freshly-dyed hard-boiled eggs outside the night before. It rained. And in the morning, our young son searched for white eggs.

Another year, the Easter Bunny hid the hard-boiled eggs outside in the morning. Then we let the dogs out for their morning pee. The dogs ate all of the eggs. Nary an egg to be found.

Yet another year, the Easter Bunny wised up and hid the hard-boiled eggs inside the house. Except. What happens when children don’t find all of the eggs? The big stink.

Silly rabbit.

The Easter Bunny has finally learned to hide plastic eggs inside the house. No rain. No dogs. No smell. Brilliant.

Happy Easter!


Whoops! #Eastereggs #Easter #egghunting This was a long time ago and makes me smile.

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Breakfast is served! #Eastereggs #eggs

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations, Children, Family, Holidays, Ideas, Recipes | Posted on 17-03-2014

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St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. And we kinda make a big deal out of holidays. Around here, we are party animals!

Three out of five people in our home still believe in the magic of leprechauns and squeal when we see rainbows. So, a perfectly magical rainbow cake was in order.

I used a recipe from Betty Crocker. However, instead of (ho hum) white frosting, we made it green. Duh! And added rainbow sprinkles for some St. Patrick’s Day flair.

Step aside, Betty Crocker. Somewhere over the rainbow is Pippi. Who spent two hours of precious weekend time creating a little magic. And the squeals of delight made it. Totally. Worth. It.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May you believe in the magic of rainbows.

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Step Aside Betty Crocker

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Hate Hate Hate


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Christmas, Holidays, Humor | Posted on 09-12-2013

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I love love love the holiday season.

But here’s what I hate hate hate about it:

  1. scented candles that smell like pumpkin pie
  2. infinity scarves
  3. robes
  4. scratchy turtlenecks
  5. Christmas movies with fake snow
  6. people that walk slow in the aisles
  7. Santas with fake beards
  8. The Little Drummer Boy song
  9. spicy gumdrops
  10. making sugar cookies
  11. candy canes that aren’t red and white
  12. Mannheim Steamroller

#Chrsitmas simplicity

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The Girl Who Saw Fire


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations, Holidays, Kids, Memories, Traditions | Posted on 03-07-2013

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If you know me, you know I love the 4th of July. I wrote about that here. If you don’t me, now you know!

The 4th of July is the pure bliss that Summer is finally here. To me, it’s celebration. It’s family. It’s food. It’s fun. It’s fireworks.

To my surprise, my three children don’t all share my love of the holiday. My two boys are little pyros. But my daughter, not so much. A few years ago, with our children in tow, we went to a park to get a 360-degree view of the town’s fireworks display. Fountains glittering and sparkling. The sky was alight–it was awesome! But my daughter kept fidgeting and worrying, “Something is going to catch on fire. I just know it.”

No way! Don’t worry! Nothing is going to catch fire! I promise!

And then. About 20 minutes into the fireworks show, a ball of fire erupted down the road. We witnessed a mature fir tree suddenly ablaze and spreading. Firetrucks immediately came rushing to the scene. We sat there, safe, but with mouths agape.

That girl of mine. She saw fire coming. And she proved me wrong. It was a memorable 4th. Years later…remember when you knew that something was going to catch on fire?

However you celebrate this 4th of July, enjoy! And be safe, OK?



Bottle Rockets, Homemade Ice Cream, and Black-Bottomed Feet


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations, Childhood, Holidays, Memories, Summer | Posted on 03-07-2012

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The 4th of July is my favorite holiday.

It is the holiday that screams summer, family, yummy food, and celebration.

As a kid, when I spent summers in Missouri, I’d shake my apple bank empty. (I had a bank where you would insert a coin and the worm would grab it and take it to the inside of the apple = coolest bank ever!) I shoved the handfuls of coins into my pockets until they bulged. Then I would climb on my bubble gum-pink Schwinn–with the banana seat–and bolt to the nearest fireworks tent, Famous Dave’s.

Back then, $5 would buy a lot of awesomeness. Smoke bombs, Piccolo Petes, Roman candles, sparklers, snakes (that would make a permanent black mark on my Dad’s driveway), and bottle rockets–my favorite! Those suckers are illegal where we live now. Just the other night, when my 13-year-old son and I were buying fireworks, how you’d balance the glass Coke bottle on the wooden fence, drop in a bottle rocket, light the fuse with your punk, and run.

On the 4th, my Dad always made ice cream. The old-fashioned kind. Always vanilla. With ice and rock salt and a crank. It took way too long.

The street asphalt would bubble under the sweltering heat. I often went shoeless. Coming home after meandering through our neighborhood on my bike–with black-bottomed feet–I just in time to help with the final cranking of the ice cream, and suck on an ice cube laden with salt, until the ice cream was ready.

It was the 4th. And it was a celebration of all of my senses.

Happy 4th of July!



On Memorial Day…


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations, Holidays | Posted on 27-05-2012

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Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

Whether you are honoring war heroes, remembering someone special, BBQing with friends and family, or just taking the day off, be safe and take care,


My MIL Rocks


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations, Christmas, Family, Love, Memories | Posted on 23-12-2011

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When it comes to Christmas, my mother-in-law rocks. She cares so much about making a fun family Christmas steeped in traditions and memories. Her heart is in the right place. As are her angel collections, nativity sets, and snowy villages.

I have known my mother-in-law for 24 years. When I first went to meet my boyfriend’s parents at Christmas (my now husband), I was welcomed wholeheartedly. She even bought me my own stocking and hung it alongside the rest of the family’s stockings.

Here are a few of my mother-in-law’s traditions that I have adopted and have passed along to my children:

  • Adding Maraschino cherries to fruit salad with chopped apples, oranges, and pineapple. Perfectly yummy and festive for Christmas morning!
  • Making “wreath cookies” out of Corn Flakes. They taste like Rice Krispies treats but better. Oh, and add lots of green food coloring.
  • Buying each child a new ornament every year and writing the year on it. When they move from home, they’ll have their own start of an ornament collection. It’s a very special tradition.

Making others feel special. Now THAT’S a wonderful Christmas tradition to pass along.

Can’t We All Get Along (for the Holidays)?


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations, Christmas, Family, Holidays, Life Lessons | Posted on 02-12-2011

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December is a celebratory month. Let’s see…there’s Festivus, Kwanzaa, Santa Claus, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice…

And, oh yeah, Christmas. Whatever your “reason for the season” is, may it be jolly.

In our home, we have a Nativity scene and bake a cake and sing happy birthday to Jesus on December 25. The kids bring home paper dreidels they have made in school and we sing the Barenaked Ladies Hunukkah Oh Hanukkah at the top of our lungs. A giant plastic Frosty from Sears welcomes guests on our porch. The kids learn about Kwanzaa in school and ask if we can light those special candles. A 15-foot Christmas tree stands proudly in the middle of our home, decorated from head-to-toe with ornaments we have collected–and the kids have made–over the years. And we surely welcome Santa Claus with cookies and milk, come midnight Christmas Eve. Oh and I’m a sucker for my annual watching of Rick Steves’s holidays-and-customs-around-the-world special.

If you choose to combine Holidays and beliefs. Why not? That’s OK in my book.

I mean, can’t we all just get along?

Time to Worry About Butterballs and Cheese Balls, Not Dust Balls


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Attitude, Celebrations, Encouragement, Family, Food, Friends, Holidays, Thanksgiving, Traditions | Posted on 22-11-2011

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OK, so it’s two days until Thankgiving. My workload at work is intense. My mother just flew in last night. Enough said.

Time to start freaking out.

But wait. I just gave a bunch of tips for mellowing out over the Holiday. See here for 12 Don’ts When Hosting Thanksgiving. Maybe I should listen to myself.

So yesterday, I was literally running around like a turkey without its head. Rush off to work. Traffic on the way home. House still not in tip-top shape to welcome Mom. (Why as an adult do I still try so hard to please my own mother and mother -in-law? Yikes.)

Here are the three things that didn’t get done and the three simple solutions for each:

  • Ran out of time to give Lucy-the-dog a bath. Solution: lightly spray her with perfume and cover her with a clean blanket.
  • Ran out of time to mop. Mop Schmop. Solution: dim the lights and light the candles. (Maybe squeeze in a Midnight Mopping tonight?)
  • Ran out of time to fold 12 loads of laundry. No joke. 12 loads. Solution: shut the door to the laundry room. Duh. Why didn’t I think of that?

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for who you are with and to be thankful for what you have. Not a time to put yourself down for all the crap you didn’t get done. I will try to listen to my own words.

So when you join us at Thanksgiving (even in spirit), please ignore the dust balls and enjoy the cheese balls.

Happy Thanksgiving!

To All Veterans: Thank You


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations, Holidays, Life Lessons | Posted on 11-11-2011

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Two words: Thank You. Thank you to all the veterans.

Oh, and four words: Don’t Be A Hater.

Today in the United States, we celebrate Veterans Day, where we honor the millions of men and women who have served or are serving in our nation’s armed forces.

This is not a day for naysayers and haters to rant about their political views, share their anti-war sentiments, or put down those honorable men and women who are doing their best. Save it. At least save it for another day.

And, really, should this be a day in America where we shop for mattress sales and attack all of the other Veterans Day sales in our department stores nationwide? Ugh.

Nah, it’s not about that.

11-11-11 only comes once every one hundred years. Many of us won’t be around to celebrate the next one.

So, save the hating and the naysaying.

How about making today a peaceful day?