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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

3 Wishes - Kir from The Kir Corner is here today to wish away!

I'm back! After a nice two week spring break (of sorts) I am happy to be back with you all and could think of no better way to return than with one of my favorite bloggers, Kir from The Kir Corner.

Kir is a busy Mom of twin boys who is honest and heartfelt about rising above a difficult childhood, struggling with infertility, navigating parenthood, and embracing life.  She has a huge heart which shines through in all she writes and she is always good for a laugh (or five).  Her honesty is envious and her take on life, a constant reminder to be our best selves in every situation.  Did I mention she also LOVES CUPCAKES?? A girl after my own heart.

Please enjoy Kir's wishes and be sure to follow her:
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Wish away Kir..........

Meg asked me to write for her and I was so struck with the invitation. Honestly, I am surprised when anyone asks me to write for them, it truly humbles me and I gush and say YES and then try my very best to give them my best.

Thank you so much Meg for asking me to be here, to share my wishes and share your space.
 I am so happy to be here today.

Wishes, they are so magical aren’t they? Just like the Pixie dust that Izzy of the Neverland Pirates holds or the Ruby Slippers in the Wizard of Oz, or the wands in those delightful Harry Potter movies, wishes come from a little work, a little faith and a whole lot of magic.

I myself am a great believer in all of it and so I come here 3 wishes and a heart full of whimsy and wonder.

If I could WISH, if I could make it all come true with a prayer in my heart here is what I would say:

Past Wish
I want to be grateful for all the things I’ve been through, to know that there are lessons in the journey. While I embrace my past with the good and bad stuff, I often wish that my heart and head would reconcile it. My childhood of violence was actually not something that I want to wish away; instead I would rather own it and know that along my journey I have nothing to prove and nothing to hide when I meet people and am unsure about what to show them.
I truly wish I’d known that things would work out, that I’d never have to live in fear again of being left or being hit or being taken for granted.
And I wish I would have never blamed myself for anything. It was all lessons, it was all leading me toward the Kirsten of today and even mistakes would be worthy. I followed my heart a lot and that is one thing I will never wish away.

Present Wish
I wish there was more time.
More time to just stop and live in this moment; more time and patience to just sit with my children and not have to think ahead or behind to anything that needs to be done. I wish that I could stop time and have more MOMENTS with family, friends, my writing and myself.
I would love more money or opportunities, but they are hollow offerings. Today, I just wish for more TIME, for the clocks to stop and offer me a lifetime of opportunities to laugh, to bask and giggle. Instead of wishing away the hours of a job or a tantrum, I wish for an endless period of instances where I can keep trying to get it right.
More Hugs, More Love, More Patience, More Naps, More Motivation, More Authenticity.

Future Wish
Well it’s my Harry Potter moment isn’t it? Or maybe my Aladdin moment?
And I have to admit, I’m more than a little giddy with the chance to make a wish like this.
I wish for Peace, I wish for a time in our country when judgments and bullying don’t exist. A place where my sons can grow up knowing that they can be special and make others feel that way too without competition. I wish for LOVE to have more worth than material things.
I wish my family was always healthy and happy.
I wish I could see my name on the cover of a book.
I wish I could retire in Cape May, NJ with my handsome husband and have a house big enough to welcome my sons and their families (my grandchildren!!!). I’d love to wake and drift off to sleep with the sound of the ocean and the love of my family surrounding me.

Soooo…send the Pixie Dust! ;)

Oh Meg, thank you so much for letting be here with you today. You are dear, sweet friend and I am so thrilled you asked me to share my wishes.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Spring Break!

Pressure Cooker is taking a Spring Break!  I am not a teacher or a student and I don't have kids in school yet but hey, we have a lot of travel coming up over the next 2 weeks so spring break it is!

See you soon!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Wrap Up - Is it Friday Already!?

It's Friday at 9:00 p.m. and this is the first chance I have had this week to sit down to write.  It's Friday at 9:00 p.m. and I don't have the energy to think about what I want to instead I will be poaching an article from Yahoo I found via  a friends Facebook page.  

Being a SAHM is a wonderful privilege most  many days but more often than not, it is like being the conductor on a high speed train barreling down the tracks with lots of moving parts and many passengers who need immediate and frequent attention.  I truly didn't understand what I was signing up for when I left corporate America and I can say I am guilty of not understanding how busy a SAHM's life truly could be.  (enter Judgy McJudgerson).

Whether you are a SAHM, a working Mom, single with no children or your children are grown and out of the house (what must that be like?!?!), I hope you will find a chuckle or two in this article and I also hope you will have a better understanding (even appreciation) for the life of a SAHM.

I certainly have a huge admiration for working Mom' seems we (SAHM's and working Mom's) are always in a constant state of one-upping; who works harder, who has it worse, who is a better mother, wife, woman.  Really?

Really, it's all hard. Staying at home is work, hard work; if it wasn't we wouldn't have to pay people to do it for us while we work outside of the home.  Working and being a Mom is hard work too; finding balance is a constant challenge and often guilt is ever present whether you are thinking about your kids at work or thinking about work when you are home with your kids.

What isn't hard is being supportive of your friends, your children, your sisters, your neighbors, in whatever works for them - for their families.  It isn't  shouldn't be a contest and making it one doesn't help any of us get through the day more easily. We are all rock stars.

In spite of the lack of sleep, constant cleaning, constant soothing and tending too, constant exhaustion, constant neglecting of myself....I wouldn't trade it for the world. I couldn't be a working Mom, this I know.  I am lucky to have the option, this I REALLY know.  And the bon-bons and soap operas are pretty great, too. (enter enormous sarcasm).


Shine! On Yahoo
"This is What a Stay-at-Home-Mom Does All Day"


Monday, April 2, 2012

MMM Monday! Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
As a busy Mom, there is nothing better than a meal that you can throw into a crock pot while you go about your day.  As a southern transplant, pulled pork was one of the first things I decided to add to my cooking repertoire.

This recipe is extremely low on labor and extremely high on taste. Serve on buns with coleslaw and pickles or serve with your favorite sides.  Enjoy!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 - 9 hours
Serves: 8 - 10


  • 5 - 6 Pounds Organic Boneless Pork Butt, cut in half 
  • 1/2 Can Ginger ale
  • 1 Medium Organic Onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 16 oz. Jars of your favorite BBQ sauce (I like Stubbs)
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Black Pepper 

  • Place onion slices evenly on the bottom of a large crockpot
  • Place pork butt halves on top of onions
  • Pour ginger ale over pork butt
  • Sprinkle with salt & pepper, cover with lid
  • Cook on low for 6 hours
  • After 6 hours, drain excess liquid and onions
  • Chop pork butt into pieces and return to crock pot

  • Pour 2 jars of BBQ sauce over pork and cook on high for 2 - 3 hours
  • Add last jar of sauce and keep on low until sauce is heated through and pork falls apart easily
  • Serve sandwich style or with your favorite sides, enjoy!

This recipe also freezes well and will store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.