Month: November 2009

“Happy Thanksgiving!,” Hybrid Mom Blog, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving! Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 Ah, the holiday season begins.  It’s amazing how fast it comes around again. I personally love Thanksgiving!  I love the foods, I love getting together with friends and family and I like that there are no gifts.  It’s just a time to get together to drink, eat and enjoy each other’s company…or not.  I know for so many people the pressure is on to make a beautiful (moist) bird and for all the sides to come out perfectly, for the family to all get along and your kids to be polite and respectful.  It can be a trying time to keep your cool. This year, like most years, we are going to NY to my mother-n-laws in the city. It’s amazing how she can seat 25 people in her two bedroom apartment. We usually fly on the Wednesday before with the majority of the country…it is insane. We hunker down for the aggravation and madness. We check into our hotel and walk the 5 blocks to her apartment – I love NY for that.  Living in southern California you practically walk to your mailbox…in NY the entire family gets out and walks.  I remember when my oldest son was around13 he would beg us to get a cab every block.  Thank goodness he out grew that. My mother-in-law does an amazing job, but...

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“Being Tested,” Hybrid Mom Blog, November 19, 2009

Being Tested Thursday, November 19th, 2009 Yesterday as I started to prepare dinner I turned on the TV and The Ellen show was on.  She was reading a letter from a viewer about how the family had fallen on hard times and was now living off credit to just buy groceries.  Ellen surprised her with a knock on the door and $25,000.00.  I started to cry…there I was by myself crying over my butternut squash soup.  I really had to pull myself together.  I think what motivated this emotional breakdown wasn’t just this family, but the accumulated family we all have.  From relatives to friends to neighbors, to people whose names you don’t even know…these times are tough.  Over the weekend a sweet friend came over to help me with some of my packaging.  We sat at my dining room table for hours doing this random activity and talking about the struggles (and joys) of married life and children, hers are very small. We laughed a lot and shared stories and ideas for how things could improve.  These tough economic times have added so much extra stress on people.  It’s almost a test to see how resourceful you can be. She is selling different people’s stuff on eBay and taking a cut for example.  Moms who had previously stayed at home with the kids are now looking for what...

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“Parent’s Weekend,” Hybrid Mom Blog, November 12, 2009

Parents Weekend Thursday, November 12th, 2009 My husband and I recently went to parents weekend at our two college children’s schools.  The first time we went to see our older son Danny when he was a freshman it was odd. We all got so choked up like we had left him at camp or something.  He just wanted to stay in our hotel room and hang out with us…forget about any parent coffees or visiting his classes. Now he is a senior in college and the first thing he wanted to do was go to the market.  He is in a house this year with several friends.  He wanted to stock the cupboards, but also wanted me to make some of his favorites…butternut squash soup (go figure) and some pasta dish he loves.  We bought a Pork Butt (I love saying that) and some dried pinto beans and he jotted down the recipes. When we got back to the house with the marketing, I tried not to look or I should say care, about the disaster everywhere.  One thing that really cracked me up was he said it was really an old house and smelled old and musty and he needed a fragrant candle. I told him if they would all just put their 20 combined pair of sneakers outside instead of all over the place the smell would...

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“Irresistible Chocolate Chip Cookies,” Hybrid Mom Online

Irresistible Chocolate Chip Cookies Written By: Mary Beth Evans  This recipe is for a single batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I like to make a double batch and put them in a zip lock in the freezer. They are even better frozen! Ingredients: 2 sticks of softened unsalted butter (I use a microwave to soften) 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 eggs 2 ¼ Cups flour 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 2 cups of chocolate chips Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees In an electric mixer beat brown sugar, white sugar and the butter. My mixer is free standing so I crank it on and work on the other ingredients…basically beating it to death! Add vanilla and eggs (one at a time) and continue beating until mixed thoroughly. Shut mixer off. In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking soda and salt.  Turn mixer back on and slowly add to butter/sugar mixture. Add two bags of chocolate chips and beat until thoroughly combined. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (this makes a big difference). I use two tablespoons and drop out 12 to a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until dark golden brown and flat. Remove cookies promptly and cool on rack. To learn how you can use this recipe for a worthy cause read here: Cookies for a...

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“The Ups and Downs of Being an Entrepreneur,” Hybrid Mom Blog, November 5, 2009

The Ups and Downs of being an Entrepreneur  Thursday, November 5th, 2009 As you may or may not know, I have a little pie company. It started as a dare, a lark. It has taken me on a varied journey of successes, never really making a killing but moving forward, or should I say zigzagging forward. I sold 3000 on QVC and 100’s after a Today show segment. I also sold hundreds from my own website, but continually lost money due to the astronomical shipping charges. Customer service has always been my first priority. If there were a problem, I’d send another one, no questions asked. When someone would ask me to make a sugar free pie, I would do it. If a local person wanted it baked, I’d do it. My friends would say, why don’t you just say no?  That was not in my vocabulary. I wanted to please everyone! The large pies can be somewhat problematic. For one thing, they weigh approximately 4 ½ lbs, rock solid frozen…like a frozen basketball. If for some reason the dry ice all dissipates after it was delivered to someone’s back door…disaster. I do love those big pies and may go back to shipping them but this year, on a flare up of ambition I sent a sample (that turned into 10 samples) of my mini apple pies to Williams Sonoma. Turns out...

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