I’m a Bookkeeper; I’m a Writer, but I am not a Chef…

Today I thought I would share a funny story. It definitely shows where my strengths are and what my weaknesses are in life.

Yesterday evening, I attempted to make hard-boiled eggs. My husband a little while back got this egg cooker from the Copper cooking line. It is supposed to be simpler and easier than just boiling the eggs in a pot of water.  He uses it all the time and he always makes it look so easy!

We attempted to make a dozen hard-boiled eggs. When we finished, we only had seven eggs that made it to the finished product. My four-year-old daughter assisted me, and if I’m honest, she did much better than I did when it came to the eggs.

The five eggs that bravely gave their lives in this learning experience all perished in the following ways:

  • The first egg I attempted to crack and peel I crushed in between my palms…
  • The second egg I tried to crack and peel I literally broke in half. I used too much force with a fork.20190405_184231622711376887292444.jpg

At the point, my four-year-old came over to me and asked what I was doing. I explained to her very nicely that I am apparently murdering the eggs. With hands on her hips, she answered, “You told me killing was illegal, and you will go to killing jail.” I humbly agreed with her. I don’t think I look good in orange. She asked if she could help me and I told her, “Sure, it’s not like you can do any worse than me.” That little bugger peeled two eggs in front of me with little to no problem. Me on the other hand, I had no such luck.

  • The third egg I attempted to peel had a great start, but with my thumb, I accidentally pushed out the yoke to the floor. My dog was thrilled.
  • The fourth egg landed in the trash. I congratulated my daughter on doing such a great job and startled her. She dropped the egg in the garbage.
  • The fifth egg I had finally peeled the shell off, and while I bragged about my achievement, I sneezed and dropped it. Again, I became my dog’s best friend.

All in all, my four-year-old peeled five eggs with no problem, but in return for her work, the fifth egg found itself in her belly. Also, as I watched her, she was completely engrossed in what she was doing, and she was carefully and slowly peeling the shell and membrane. She was in no rush and was enjoying the challenge of taking the tank off the egg.

Overall, I learned a few things. One, making hard-boiled eggs are quite the challenge for a cooking-challenged person like me. Two, my four-year-old is quite smart and talented – I am still trying to figure out where she got that from. Three, some people have skills (and patience) in different areas in life, and that is amazing. Four, my daughter thinks the cooked yellow part in the middle of the egg is cheese and won’t eat it no matter what I say. Five, it seems impossible to explain to a four-year-old what a yoke actually is in terms she would understand. Six, I am so glad that my husband is an excellent cook and his cooking gene passed on to our oldest daughter.

But, the biggest realization that occurred to me this evening is that some people are just better at certain things and some people can make hard-boiled eggs seem like the hardest dish in the world. (That would be me. I have no cooking skill in my body.)

In a long (and hopefully humorous way), I brought to light something important. And no, it’s not that I can’t cook, but the fact that we all have things we can do very well and things that we struggle with; this is where I come in.

My skills are more aligned with words, numbers, and other behind the scenes tasks. Your skills are your business. That’s where your skills and passion lay. You started your business to create your path using your abilities, doing things you enjoy. Bookkeeping might not be that, why not let me help you with that?

Please, feel free to contact me. I am more than willing to help you today with any bookkeeping or writing projects. Sorry, please no cooking questions, only ask if you want your cereal to catch fire!

– Your grateful ginger

Ten Ways to be a Horrible Stay at Home Parent

Being a stay at home parent is a challenge. No ands, ifs, or butts about it.  Doesn’t matter if you are a male or female, either way you look at it, you’ll be doing it wrong. So, let’s cut to the chase and go over the ten reasons why you are a horrible stay at home parent.

  1. You’re female.

    Just because you gave birth to the tiny army that you are now watching over, doesn’t mean you should be watching those little monsters. Why stay home and make your husband go out into the world and work hard for you and those children that came out of you? How could you do that to him? Now he has to go out and work all by himself. He gets to have singular thoughts and is able to work on one task at a time without little voices reminding him they haven’t eaten in five minutes. How dare you make him be an adult?

  2. You’re male.

    Just because you donated some sperm, doesn’t mean you should be able to take it easy! You are the man, the leader of your little home made army. Men are supposed to be out there making money and bringing home the bacon – not cooking it.  Women can’t make more money than you and then make you become the house bitch. Don’t you know that doing the dishes is a woman’s job?

  3. You stay home.

    What are you doing? You are supposed to be out there making money dealing with other adults trying to make money as well. Why would you want to be at home? You have bills to pay. And you have to pay childcare bills. So, get to work to bring home like 60 extra bucks each paycheck!

  4. Your house isn’t spotless.

    You are home all day, why is your house so dirty and cluttered?  You are home all day. The reason you are home all day is to take care of the house. To take care of the house, you need to keep it clean! That is your job. Your house looks like it could be on Hoarders! Get to work.

  5. Your house is spotless.

    Why is your house so clean? You have children at home that need your attention. Why are you so focused on having a clean house? Children make messes. Just make sure your house doesn’t look like a house on Hoarders!

  6. You haven’t been on Facebook

    . Didn’t you see that Tammy Sue is having a jewelry party this Friday? Did you see that Mark Zuckerberg is donating a crazy amount of money to something? Did you see what she posted?

  7. You have been on Facebook.

     I can’t believe you have been on your phone!  You need to focus on your children and get that house clean. In my time, we didn’t have phones to distract us.  You don’t have time to play on Facebook.  Now get focused on your children and off your phone.
  8. You haven’t posted about your children.

     Are they still alive? What are they wearing?  Do you still have children? Why don’t you share more about them?

  9. You have posted about your children.

     Don’t you think you post enough pictures of your children?  That is all you post about!  Aren’t you worried that those pictures are going to get into the wrong hands?  We don’t need to know everything they do.  Don’t you have other things to do?

  10. You are worried about what others think about you and the choices you make for your family.

      This is the biggest mistake I have seen with so many people.  They worry about what other people think and over stress themselves about what they think needs to be done for you and your children.  Are they in your shoes and do they handle the day to day business for your family?  What bills are they paying?  I am going to go out on a limb and say no, they aren’t paying any bills for you or handling any of you business.  Either way, as long as your children are healthy, feed and as happy as they can be, you are doing a great job.

Life with children is difficult.  No two children are the same – even within the same household.  There is no cookie cutter plan for every family.  Do your best, be better than you were yesterday and remember that no one is perfect! Stop listening to all the ‘you shoulds’ and enjoy the short time you have with your children the best way YOU see fit!

 

– Until next time

DIY fail-ish

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So i decided to try this… let me just say… do not get high hopes…

I started out with the sugar…

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Then came adding the food coloring. … I’m a green freak do I picked green.

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It clumped up and it took a lot of work to blend it all in.

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In the middle of mixing… it felt like it took several years.

After years of string and blending you finally get green colored sugar.

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After that, you have to put it in a pan… I put parchment paper in the bottom due to the fear of it staining my baking pans. (It stained my fingertips really bad.)   You have to make sure that you make sure its all flat in the pan.

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I had my oven at 350° and it took way longer than 20 mins before it started to crystallize. I think it took me close to 25 minutes. …


And in the end I got this…

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It just barely sparkles. … it was a bit of a fail… but i did get green sugar out of it all. I think that was the point,  wasn’t it?

I dunno. Did anyone out there do this and get a better result?   I hope so! Let me know down below  (and maybe share a picture or two!

Until next time…

Boredom with some many things to do!

Have you ever been bored to tears and had a long list of things to do?  Oh boy, I have that right now!   So, here my luandry list of things to do:

  • Dishes
  • Clean house
  • Bring dog to vet for yearly check up
  • Get daughter ready to go to Vet
  • Work on blog posts for the month
  • WRITE
  • Read
  • Schedule hair cut
  • Balance checkbook
  • Get gas for Van
  • WRITE
  • Prepare for tomorrow’s shopping trip
  • Do stuff in general.

I have plenty of stuff to do but not one once of energy to do anything.  I don’t even have energy to watch TV!  Help!

Oh well, off to at least get the dog and kid ready to go! Wish me luck!  🙂

Oh Snap! Squirrel bowls and storms!

Oh snap!  You know some major writing is going on!  I got my squirrel bowl full of beef and noodles (nothing like my father-in-law’s).  I got my dog trying his hardest to get inside of me (he’s not a fan of storms).  My daughter is blissfully asleep.  I am listening to the storm outside pound against my windows.  I’m currently working on writing up a few blog posts fpr the week or so and I am going to be working on my project!

So be on the look out! I got a lot of stuff coming out in the upcoming days!  I hope you enjoy it all!

Until next time….

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I have fans!

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Look at all my fans! They just love me so much… it has nothing to do with the fries that I threw at them… 😂😂😂

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Sorry, I crack myself up! They surrounded my van and just kept quaking at me until I took their picture… or have them more fries… either way they love me!

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Lunch with the boss.

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So I decided to take a break from working on my blog to have lunch with this adorable little girl. She is too cute to handle!  My little Serenity! She fell asleep midway through lunch so I thought I would share a line or two with the world. 

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The duck is checking me out, so I decided to make him famous! I think he’ll go by the stage name Ducky. Ha! I crack myself up.

Well, off I go.  Back to the grind of the real world!

Until next time…

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