I can’t wait until Easter when I can finally have a goat

This is going to be a super quick post because it just is. It’s all I have time for today and I feel I should tell you that I almost opted for no post at all. But that’s so hard for me to do because I have issues and I feel bad when I just don’t post without giving a warning that I’m not going to post.

I know. I probably need medication.

But there are a few quick things I want to share and now I probably won’t be able to remember most of them and I’ll be sitting here for twenty minutes staring into space. It certainly doesn’t help that P is sitting here next to me watching some movie called The Expendables and it’s very loud. I’m not sure what it’s about but I can tell you that Sylvester Stallone is very angry about something.

Okay. Few things.

1. A few weeks ago I got an email from a girl named Logan asking if I was interested in being one of the keynote speakers at the Allume Conference this year. And I kind of thought it might be a joke.

But it turns out they were serious. And so I’m speaking at Allume which is October 24-26 in South Carolina. I’ve never been, but I hear it’s really great. Or at least it was before I became one of the speakers.

Registration opens today and you can get tickets and find out more on the Allume site.

2. I put this on Twitter but I have to share it here because it made my whole week. A sweet girl emailed me yesterday to tell me she’d written about my book on her blog. And I emailed her back to thank her and let her know I appreciated it.

Then I got an email back from her that said, “Thank you so much. Your butt really inspired me.”

Which was a first.

And, sadly, it was an autocorrect error. My book is actually what inspired her, but for a brief moment I was so happy for my butt. Even though it honestly could use some work and maybe a few squats.

3. I realize many of you have already seen this, but if you haven’t then your life is about to be richer than it was five minutes ago.

A friend sent that to me along with the other video of goats after I tweeted that Caroline informed me she had decided to give up goats for Lent like they did in the Bible.

I’ve never been so confused.

However, we’ve decided as a family to all give up goats for Lent. I’m sure you can only imagine what a sacrifice that’s been.

4. I found out about a cool ministry opportunity through a reader named Anna. It’s called Bloom. And their mission is to collect new and gently used formal dresses and accessories as well as men’s dress clothes. They are renovating their old youth house into a “boutique” where kids can borrow from our collection for prom, homecoming, banquets, and the like.

More information can be found on their Facebook page. All donations are tax deductible. The grand opening is March 1 and they’ll be giving away a Lenny and Eva bracelet to someone who likes their Facebook page.

5. I’ve been in a recipe rut. Which actually isn’t totally true. I’ve been in a cooking funk. But I think it’s directly related to the fact that I don’t feel like cooking. However, this creates a problem when people who live in your house want to eat.

Gulley and I were lamenting about this last week and how we had both gotten so bad about figuring out what to make for dinner and she said, “I’m going to get it together next week and do better”. Ever the encourager, I responded, “No you’re not. You won’t get it together for at least another three months because it’s going to be baseball season and then it will be summer. Basically you won’t get it together again until next fall.”

And then she told me she was scared of my honesty. But we laughed because it’s so true. Neither one of us is going to get it together. We just have to ACT like we have it together.

All that to say that I’ve been looking for a few new recipes. And I found the link to this tortellini with spinach, Italian sausage and mushrooms recipe on Laura’s Organized Junkie weekly menu plan. And it was delicious.

Why do I read a blog about organization? The same reason I look at creative lunch ideas on Pinterest.

I’m delusional.

Okay. That’s it for today.

See you tomorrow for Fashion Friday.

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  1. says

    Stroganoff-easy, cheap, quick; what’s not to like ?~! Start by boiling a pound of pasta, I like egg noodles for this dish, and steaming a fresh green veg.

    Use either left over or fresh beef cut bite size, about a pound. Saute a diced medium-sized onion, add the beef, season with salt, pepper, garlic powder or a clove or two, small shot of cayenne. When onion is soft stir in a can of cream of mushroom soup and a couple tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce-Lea & Perrins is way better than any store brand i ever tried. Just before you drain the noodles stir in a half pint of sour cream-turn off heat immediately. No boiling once you’ve added the cream. Serve right away over the pasta and love love love if there are left overs for lunch tomorrow. Not likely in my house.

    Takes me longer to write the dang recipe than it does to make a pan full of this delightful dish. Not for dieters but then I quit dieting after January’s bout of stomach flu !~! This recipe works really well in an electric fry pan. Set it about 325F and have a go at it. Also works well Stove top. Serves four or so.

  2. says

    Oops- rereading the above, i have given the impression that you stir the sour cream into the pasta… No. It gets stirred into the meat dish just before the pasta is ready to be drained. Sorry for the mix-up in the way I wrote it.

  3. Nikki says

    We used to live in Greenville…you’ll love it! You’ll feel right at home, there’s a river walk there, too. Lots of great restaurants, beautiful, super friendly. Have fun!

  4. says

    I wish I still lived in Greenville and could go listen to you! If you make it to Travelers Rest, eat at The Cafe at Williams Hardware (yes, it’s in an old hardware store).

  5. says

    I’ve been in a cooking funk for approximately 17 years. My people seem to be ok with this, as I haven’t had any Sylvester Stallone-style anger issues over my lack of preparation and execution. I will never get this part of the act together.

  6. Lori Crandall says

    You will love Greenville!Lot’s of great shopping and place’s to eat.Wish you could set up a book signing while your here!

  7. Robin Firestone says

    Can you please give me the name of the stuff that you used on your eyebrows? I looked through the archives, but I could not find it.

    Thank you,

  8. Vicki B says

    I’ve been delusional for years with one of the most extensive cookbook collections known to man which my family lovingly refers to as my “fictional reading collection”. But I dream of also growing an organic garden in the middle of suburbia even though I know I won’t. But I’ve read a whole lot about dirt.

  9. Lauren says

    I loved the part about cooking,,, I am so there!!! And laughed to myself about your conversation with Gulley, because we are also in baseball season. I have several pins about organization, and it’s totally delusional!!!!
    I once saw a sign next to some apartments that said “Stop Looking, Start Living.” I THOUGHT it said ” Stop COOKING, Start living.” and it took me a long time to realize that I had read it wrong. ( I really wanted it to say that )

  10. Kelly H. says

    This is quite unrelated to this post, but I’ve been looking at lots of bloggers’ posts about dot.mom and it has come to my attention that you have mastered the Kate Middleton hair. I don’t know if this is a dream you’ve aspired to reach, but if so… you are THERE, sister. It’s time you devote a blog post to your hair!

  11. says

    Love this! I’ve been in a cooking funk too. I say all the time the only reason I cook is because the people in my house have to eat and we can’t afford to eat out for every meal. Unfortunately.
    The tortellini looks like a recipe I might actually be able to handle. Thanks for sharing!

  12. says

    Let me start by saying that I think I could be falling for your blog. I know we just met (via a lot of pics of your book posted on Instagram), but the last two weeks have been incredible. You make me laugh and that is so important in a relationship. And you have to know, I am here for the right reasons. I ordered your book and it arrives tomorrow. I can’t wait for my overnight with it in the forgo suite (me hiding from my children in my closet so I can read it).

    p.s. I hope you watch the Bachelor or you are going to think I am psycho.

  13. says

    I know that I read somewhere that “acting as if” is the first step to making the change! I’ve tried it with all kinds of things, but unfortunately I don’t think I’m any closer to being a gazillionaire without a care in the world!

  14. Tara G. says

    Sometimes when I feel that rut, I fork over $5 for a hot and ready Little Caesar’s pizza because I like to go all out on something gourmet. :)

    • says

      oh of course – NOW it did – when it says absolutely nothing :( What I wanted to tell you, like 27 minutes ago, was that there is ONLY ONE BOOK left of yours in our bookstore. I am worried. So…you should probably get on a plane and come to PA and bring us some so that I can meet you and take you out for goat, I mean, pizza. And all will be right in our little town again. Thanks!



  15. says

    First time here and i love it. Life is great when we have a sense of humor and not scared to use it and be who we are. thank you.
    I’m with you when it comes to the cooking. I’ll look at receipe and say maybe I should try this, then I see that I don’t have half the stuff needed in my kitchen. Guess I’ll just have the usually tonight for dinner.
    thank again for the smiles. I can give up goat too! :)

  16. kasey says

    so, i started reading your book yesterday…i’m on page 151 today. i absolutely love it! the story of your sweet old lady neighbor was priceless…along with the story about the poop on the swing. litle ones are so funny…like when they are potty training and have to potty at target…and so do you…so she proceeds to say “you have to poop mommy? just tee tee? yay mommy! good girl”. thanks…i’ve been doing it for a few years now bu it’s been awhile since i’ve been affirmed for it :) sry…just felt the need to share that. loving the book and telling all my friends about it! blessings to you !

  17. Kathryn says

    First off, my husband showed me that Goat video last week and I seriously haven’t stopped laughing since! Also I just finished your book and absolutely loved it! Let me tell you it must be awesome because it is literally the first book I have read start to finish in at least 8 years and I did it in 3 days! It truly spoke to my heart, thank you!

  18. Kimberly/OKC says

    Dinner saver for me is a list I made and posted on the side of the fridge. It shows every meal I can make from the top of my head (every once in awhile I try something new) and then when my brain is foggy or tired, I just look at the list and usually there’s something there that will work for that night’s dinner. Once I even gave the list to my hub’s and he rated each meal in order of his preference. So that helps too because he never complains when he gets his favorite meal maybe a little more often than he would have!

  19. Amanda says

    Shredded Chicken BBQ sandwiches. 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts in a crockpot with Stubbs BBQ sauce poured over the top. Cook on low for 6 hours. Take out and shred chicken and put on buns (with mustard and pickles if you are so inclined). Serve with chips or oven fries. EASY and YUMMY.

  20. says

    I do believe that Caroline is one super smart girl. And, that I shall join you in your delusional desire to act as if you can get it together. I cook a homecooked meal approximately 4 times a month. The entire family celebrates. With antacids.

  21. Karen says

    I have an easy tortellini recipe for you. Get a package of cheese tortellini, a small thing of fresh mushrooms (8 oz), 3/4 pound zucchini and 3/4 pound yellow squash, shredded parmesan and some minced garlic.

    Slice the mushrooms and sautee them until golden in some olive oil and a pat of unsalted butter. Dice the zuchinni and squash and toss them in with some minced garlic and cook them until almost done. Keep that warm. Cook the tortellini per the package directions and once done, drain and throw that in the pan. Toss all that up with some shredded parm and a tiny bit of the pasta water. Yummy!!

  22. Laura says

    eMeals! I never knew what to cook. It gives you a weekly menu and grocery list. And they have several different plans to choose from.

  23. says

    Hi Melanie,
    I just wanted to let you know that point number 2 in your blog entry made me laugh!! I wonder if the sweet girl realized she sent you a message with that sentence! May you continue to inspire women with your creative words!
    Many Blessings,
    Danielle Street