Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Few Good Muffins- reposted from anonymous blogger

In light of my Perfect Monday Post, a blogger who wishes to not receive credit or be identified, blogged this in response to his wife’s rants re: the method of his muffin preparation.  I found it hilarious and with his permission, re-posting here.  It’s a spoof on A Few Good Men– you know the lines, so now enjoy, A Few Good Muffins.

Spouse, we live in a home that is hungry, and that hunger needs to be satiated by cooks with bakeware.  Who’s gonna do it? You? The children?  I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom.  You weep for the left over batter, and you curse my cooking style.  You have that luxury.  You have the luxury of not knowing what I know.  That the extra muffin mix, while useful, probably didn’t constitute a full muffin.  And my cooking style, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, keeps this house fed.  You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me in that kitchen, you need me in that kitchen.  We use brands like Le Creuset, Wusthof, Thermagen.  We use these products as the backbone of a life spent preparing something.  You use them as a punchline.  I have neither the time nor inclination to explain myself to a woman who salivates and is satisfied by the very muffins that I prepare, and then questions the manner in which I prepare them.  I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way.  Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a recipe and gather some ingredients.  Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think about me needing a new scraper.

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Perfect Moment Monday- Life Lessons From Apron Strings & Muffins

It’s about time I get to post a perfect moment again. For sometime I have been working hard and losing sight of what is truly important. This weekend I was able to refocus on those things that are not stressful. Because let’s face it- being a mom takes the stress cake on most days. Due to a lot of external factors out of my control, I have been blessed to see the perfect moments elsewhere especially with my family, and kids. After all, 30 years from now, I am not going to be that person who says, “Gosh, I wish I had accomplished more in my job or I wish I would have played the game to get ahead.” It’s just not that important to me– what is important though, is what I do at home and what type of legacy I will leave.

This weekend I found my perfect moment…
okay, there were a few. But, this one rose above (pun intended) the rest…. apron strings and muffins with my little cuties. Saturday night, we had girls night as daddy went off to have guys’ night. So, we had a dance off after dinner, and then ended the evening by baking blueberry and chocolate chip muffins as the girls wore their new personalized, pink princess aprons. They both helped add key ingredients, shared stirring the bowl, lined the muffin pans, and finally, and most importantly- licked the bowl. Yum! The muffins were sweet, wholesome, and full of goodness and love because they were made with love and the right ingredients.

This got me to thinking how important ingredients are to every thing we do- whether it’s baking muffins, raising a family, or even working in an office where not all the people are adding the right ingredients into the mix. In the end, no matter what others add in, we as individuals hold the key and the ability to turn that mix into something more sour or bitter or alternatively, we can turn it back into something sweet and full of goodness. Like the muffins my daughters and I made this weekend, the muffins we all make in our daily lives can be wholesome, sweet, and full of sweet perfect moments or just plain bitter. In the end, only we have to eat what we create.

I think I learned a lot from my perfect moment and my innocent little girls who do not yet understand politics, work stress, or anything else stressful. Tomorrow, as I venture where I may face a little more bitter and a little more sour, I hope I am able to draw on my perfect moment, and take all of that, mix in a few of my own ingredients, and turn that batter into pure goodness. In fact, I pray that every time I face adversity or a challenge, I would be able to draw on this perfect moment. That would be… sweet!

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Red Robin Review

Logo copyright of Red Robin

I said it once, I’ll say it again … we love, love, love eating at Red Robin with the kids.  Come on!  Any place that hands out balloons at the entrance has got to be cool, right? But it goes beyond that.  Red Robin is a dining place where adults can order good food for including salads and veggie options like veggie burgers and yet the kids can still get kids’ meals and, did I mention the balloon? 

All in all, I find that no matter which Red Robin we go to – the Arvada or Broomfield (Flatirons) location or Colorado Springs, the service is always great!  Unlike other similar restaurants, Red Robin really treats kids well and caters to them.  They are always nice to bring out bottomless fries, mac ‘n cheese (yep that is bottomless too), and are always accommodating to parents’ needs.  My friend and I from work were able to do Happy Hour at a Red Robin today and then my kids and hubby joined us for a meal.  The happy hour specials are 3-6pm, M-F and again from 8pm-Close.  I think they have some good deals on the appetizers and if you can get them when they have burger specials or promos, those are deals you shouldn’t miss.  Join the Red Robin Club for additional deals and discounts.  You pick up a card when you dine there, and register it.  Just for registering, you get a free appetizer, and for your birthday, you get a free entree of your choice- great deal!

Warning: If you’re the cranky person there without kids, can’t tolerate them, or just plain don’t like ’em might I suggest a different eatery for you.  Here’s a hint- they give balloons out at the entrance.

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Les Mills Body Pump Review

Les Mills Body Pump

All I can say is… Yowsers!  I attended Body Pump class over lunch at 24-hr fitness and all I can say is, WOW! I laughed, I cried, and then I cried some more. What a tough class but clearly one that is gonna make me tough.  I really want that cool curvy line between my triceps and biceps but that may take a lot of effort.  Body Pump is all about strength and endurance and involves weight lifting in an aerobic setting. There’s a lot of equipment and it’s fast paced but I left there with my arms twitching. So much so that I couldn’t hold my iPhone in my right arm driving back to the office without it shaking.

I would recommend body pump but start with the philosophy of LESS IS MORE. This means start with lighter weights and work your way up. Pump it up and get fit in 2011!  

Also if you like this review, check out my review on Zumba.  It’s the new craze in aerobic fitness classes.  Share your favorite exercise classes, and/or tips and suggestions with the GetCluedIn readers as well!


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Guzaarish and the Euthanasia debate

courtesy of glamsham.com

I recently saw a Hindi movie (Bollywood movie) on Netflix instant play which got me thinking…. yes, a Hindi movie that got me thinking.  Well, that’s a new one.   Generally, Bollywood movies are not for thinking- they are for pure entertainment and to please the masses.  The movies are a break from reality for most of the Indian movie-going populous.  And occasionally, a movie like ‘Guzaarish’ comes along which is a failure in India but a hit abroad. 

It was a good movie but if I wanted to escape my daily woes and get entertained and/or laugh, it provided a little of that but a lot of thinking about a real uplifting topic- death.  ‘Guzaarish’ explores the Euthanasia debate head-on but Indian-style.  The glitz, the glamour, the gorgeous dresses and scenery, the singing, and dancing, and of course… a little humor to go with all of that. 

It is not an easy topic but as you watch this movie, you slowly start to understand the concept of euthanasia and why this particular character asks for it.  For me, it spurred the Kevorkian debate all over again.  Of course, each case is different but just like state-sponsored abortion, I can also understand the opposition to state-sponsored or even state-funded euthanasia.  It’s a Catch-22 because even if Euthanasia is not state-funded, that’s okay but if someone does assist in euthanasia, then that person is guilty of murder.  From a legal perspective, I wonder if you can’t claim “defense of others” as a criminal defense.  All in all, I find the re-opening of this debate interesting and for me it raised a lot of moral, ethical, and legal questions.  It is one Hindi movie that truly got me thinking… I would love to hear your opinion on the movie – please leave your comments here but no spoilers. 

I would recommend ‘Guzaarish’ as a movie to see – not for the lengthy songs and dances, but for the concepts and the artistry behind the movie itself.  The one song, “Udi” is quite well done and a beautiful display of all that is Bollywood combined with cultural dance.

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