Garlic-free baked beans
Mon, 26/10/09 – 14:05 | Comments Off
Garlic-free baked beans

Back in the day before the double shot of food allergies – mine to pork and Big Guy’s to garlic – my grandmother’s baked beans recipe was a go-to potluck recipe.
Based on canned pork and …

The patient child – it’s not just a myth
Mon, 26/10/09 – 12:57 | Comments Off
The patient child – it’s not just a myth

Once in a while a child is born with such preternatural patience that it puts the adults around him to shame.
In the case of Boots, the trait has to be the result of genetic mutation. …

You didn’t take that ‘Einstein’ stuff seriously, did you?
Sun, 25/10/09 – 22:21 | 4 Comments
You didn’t take that ‘Einstein’ stuff seriously, did you?

The newest marketing pitch from Disney on its “Baby Einstein” line, since the old one has gone down in legal flames: The DVDs are about “fostering parent-child interaction.”
Of course they always have been, a Disney …

Food fight? Nah, I’ll just wait for the surrender
Fri, 23/10/09 – 13:38 | Comments Off
Food fight? Nah, I’ll just wait for the surrender

There are picky eaters, there are picky eaters who border on neurotic and there are wannabes.
Big Guy’s the neurotic type. Part of it has to do with his food allergies, but mostly it’s …

A SWAT for putting pets before people
Thu, 22/10/09 – 23:07 | Comments Off
A SWAT for putting pets before people

I understand Republicans a little less every day.
Government-funded public health insurance: Bad. It’ll blow up the budget.
The stimulus bill and its middle-class tax cuts: Evil.¬† No need to fritter away money unless we’re throwing it …

Red Ribbon Week the new gateway drug
Thu, 22/10/09 – 12:41 | 4 Comments
Red Ribbon Week the new gateway drug

Note to school officials:
I am not going to send my 6-year-old out to prosthelytize the neighborhood about the evils of drugs just to earn a paper “key” to tack up on a wall at school.
For …

Chill, people. It’s just a game
Wed, 21/10/09 – 22:52 | One Comment
Chill, people. It’s just a game

Officials in a Central California town had a great opportunity to teach near-adults a tremendous value lesson last week. Too bad they picked the wrong curriculum.
The event was the football game between cross-town rivals, …

Friends don’t eat friends for dinner
Wed, 21/10/09 – 12:28 | Comments Off
Friends don’t eat friends for dinner

Never decorate with anything you plan to cook later. The decoration/food will become a beloved family friend whose demise will be mourned dramatically at the dinner table.
In other words, don’t give your kids yet …

Kids should stay in boosters until 8, study reaffirms
Tue, 20/10/09 – 22:31 | Comments Off
Kids should stay in boosters until 8, study reaffirms

If you have a chance to pass a law that would reduce by almost half the chance that a kid would be injured in a car accident, how quickly would you ask, “where do I …

Looking for a true “progress report” for the guys
Tue, 20/10/09 – 12:33 | Comments Off
Looking for a true “progress report” for the guys

Funny how an off-hand comment from three decades ago can stick with you, its implications changing over time.
For me, the comment came during the summer between sixth and seventh grade, when I was visiting the …

It’s dangerous. Stop doing it. No bribes necessary
Mon, 19/10/09 – 22:42 | Comments Off
It’s dangerous. Stop doing it. No bribes necessary

Recent studies show that texting behind the wheel is more dangerous than driving drunk. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia already ban texting while driving. Federal employees can’t do it, and there already was …

A boy, a race and his regular weekend date
Mon, 19/10/09 – 13:37 | Comments Off
A boy, a race and his regular weekend date

I can’t remember why it started – I think my mom might have called earlier the day of the race and mentioned that it was going to be on TV that night.
But I do remember …

Why the Balloon Boy tale was so easy to believe
Sun, 18/10/09 – 21:48 | Comments Off
Why the Balloon Boy tale was so easy to believe

A helicopter sits beside a major intersection just a mile or so past the main gate at Fort Irwin, and every time we pass it Big Guy works himself into a lather.
“Why can’t I fly …

Taking away the cupcakes a sure way to kick up a ruckus
Wed, 14/10/09 – 22:37 | 2 Comments
Taking away the cupcakes a sure way to kick up a ruckus

Note to the West Babylon School District in Long Island: Thank you for your concern for children with food allergies, but your ban on home-baked goodies doesn’t help them in the least.
Sure, you specified that …

Husbands who do housework and wives who cower in their wake
Wed, 14/10/09 – 13:22 | Comments Off
Husbands who do housework and wives who cower in their wake

There’s only one thing worse than a man who stacks dishes and piles potato chip bags in the bedroom as part of his an Early American Frat Boy decor, and that’s a husband who …

Ticket prices keep fans from sporting events? No kidding
Tue, 13/10/09 – 22:41 | Comments Off
Ticket prices keep fans from sporting events? No kidding

It took a whooper of a recession to finally whomp pro sports executives up the sides of their heads with what fans have been trying to tell them for decades: You are too expensive to …

Evil, evil candles and the parents who use them
Tue, 13/10/09 – 13:47 | 4 Comments
Evil, evil candles and the parents who use them

Confession from a careless mom: Yes, I use candles. I used them on birthday cakes and jack o’lanterns and every night at dinner.
And I’m going to keep doing it no matter how many people call …

The case of the obese baby and the insurance company
Mon, 12/10/09 – 22:41 | Comments Off
The case of the obese baby and the insurance company

Have you come down from the ceiling yet over the story about the nine states where¬† insurance company can refuse to provide health coverage for domestic violence victims because the abuse is a “pre-existing …

The bubba-ification of the California kids
Mon, 12/10/09 – 11:55 | Comments Off
The bubba-ification of the California kids

Warning to any California dude who’s thinking of marrying a hillbilly girl. Consider carefully before taking those vows, even if her daddy’s shotgun is aimed at your ear, because there are ramifications for you and …

Steak with ginger gravy
Fri, 9/10/09 – 13:48 | Comments Off
Steak with ginger gravy

I conjured up this recipe while searching for slow cooker steak and gravy that doesn’t include canned soup and/or instant soup mix – the garlic allergy evicts those from this house. I never found what …

Back-yard camping adventures
Fri, 9/10/09 – 13:05 | Comments Off
Back-yard camping adventures

I didn’t mean to put Big Guy off, mainly because I know he never forgets anything so it doesn’t do any good to try.
Sometimes, though, I make promises that I’d just as soon not live …

Food allergies aren’t funny, but here’s a SWAT for a bill that’s a joke
Thu, 8/10/09 – 20:13 | Comments Off
Food allergies aren’t funny, but here’s a SWAT for a bill that’s a joke

You have a nasty habit of speeding. You know your break-neck tendencies put others’ lives in danger, but you do it anyway.
But then along comes a proposal that would pay you to not speed. Sounds …

Looking for the right answer. Is there one?
Wed, 7/10/09 – 14:18 | 2 Comments
Looking for the right answer. Is there one?

So, are you all going to be all right while I’m gone, Dad asked the other day.
Yikes! Mental land mine ahead, my brain screamed. Out of the two possible ways to answer that question, one …

Gimme the banned burger – I don’t care how many calories it has
Tue, 6/10/09 – 22:04 | One Comment
Gimme the banned burger – I don’t care how many calories it has

Los Angeles tried weight control by zoning a year ago, banning new fast-food restaurants in the southern part of the city.
That didn’t work, and a new study now suggests that including nutrition information on menus …

I’m going to the dentist. Send reinforcements
Tue, 6/10/09 – 15:06 | 2 Comments
I’m going to the dentist. Send reinforcements

I’m in agony, and someone’s going to have a very nice Christmas as a result. Maybe even a European vacation.
Heck, it’s been so long since I’ve been to the dentist the lucky schmuck who draws …

The next generation of business leaders will have to be flexible
Mon, 5/10/09 – 22:33 | Comments Off
The next generation of business leaders will have to be flexible

We are raising a generation of children who have had access to on-demand movies from birth. Cartoons are not a half hour every afternoon and all morning on Saturdays – they’re 24-7.
These kids are not …

Egg-free, garlic-free honey mustard dressing
Mon, 5/10/09 – 21:02 | Comments Off
Egg-free, garlic-free honey mustard dressing

This recipe is another adult coupe against the kids – Mom’s sick of ranch dressing again.
I knew making it would mean Big Guy would resume his salad boycott, so we might have to become a …

The magic of the midday buffet
Mon, 5/10/09 – 15:24 | Comments Off
The magic of the midday buffet

Maybe because he’s never eaten at a buffet in his life – with their high risk of cross-contamination, they’re edible IEDs for the food allergic – Big Guy is fascinated with the concept.
He’s also going …