Friday, October 10, 2014

What's for Dinner? Taco Pizza!

If your family is anything like mine, and loves both tacos and pizza, this is a great switch-up from the regular menu.  It's really easy to make and here's how it's done:

1. Go to the store and buy all your usual taco filling ingredients and a plain cheese pizza from the deli.  Do *not* use a frozen cheese pizza, as it does not come out the same way, and it's just gross.  Don't be gross.

Suggested taco toppings for your pizza:

Browned, seasoned ground beef
chopped green onions
chopped jalapenos
black olives
Tex-Mex style shredded cheese
shredded lettuce
sour cream
chopped tomatoes
salsa/taco sauce
crushed tortilla chips

2. Pre-heat the oven and put everything on the list *before* the lettuce, on your pizza. Don't bake the lettuce. **shudder** That's disgusting. So, don't do that.

3. When the pizza is done, cut it.  Cutting it now allows you to avoid a genuine messy disaster later.  

4. Dish up one piece at a time (or let the family/kids do their own) and starting with the lettuce, add whatever toppings you like.

Voila, Taco Pizza! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

2014 Elf Yourself Custom Christmas Greetings

(Normally I'd be posting this at the store blog only, but I wanted to share this with my readers here as well)

Christmas will be here before you know it, and now is the time to Elf yourself and your entire family!

These cards are really popular and a lot of people wait (gasp! last minute Christmas shopping!) until well into November before they start ordering so I thought I'd get the word out that NOW is the time to Elf yourself.

I've just started taking custom orders this week for these adorable Christmas cards so if you'd like an Elf-version of your family (and who wouldn't really?), just drop me a note here with the subject line ELF CARDS and include the following information:

• Elf #1: male or female? 
• Skin color: light/medium/dark
• *Hair color: black/brunette/red/blonde/gray
• Adult or child
• Height: tall or short 

*If one of your elves is bald, be sure to include that information as well, as I can easily take one of the elves to the barber, just for you.

Include that same information for each elf-version of your family member that you'd like on the front of the card as well as how you'd like the card to read, i.e.,

"FROM THE JACKSON ELF CLAN OF LOS ANGELES" and the first names of everyone on the card. 

These cards are also available for your office crew!  Last year's biggest challenge was fitting 17 (yes, seventeen) elves from a real estate office onto one card.  It was a success though, and the reviews on the finished product were wonderful :)

You also have the option for red stripes (as shown) or green stripes in the background, so be sure to include your preference.  Once your card is ready (usually the same day) I'll send you a private, direct link for purchase through Reflections zazzle.  As always, there is no minimum order and bulk discounts available for over 10 cards. Card info: Dimensions: 5" x 7" (portrait) - Printed on ultra-heavyweight (120 lb.) card stock with a gloss finish - Each card comes with a white envelope.

I look forward to hearing from you and Elf-a-tizing your family!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Time to Rant

Every time there is a news item about a female student being taken advantage of sexually by her male teacher, the comments and reaction is always the same:

Pervert, pedophile, string him up, castrate him, etc. so forth and so on.  Both men and women will comment and say the same exact thing. EVERY single time.

By stark contrast, whenever there is a news item about a male student being sexually seduced by a female teacher, the comments and reaction are vastly different.  While some men and most women react the same as if it were a female student, there are always the same, identical comments from men:

He had the time of his life, where were these hot teachers when I was in school, sucks to be him, etc. so forth and so on.

I think they think they're funny.  Problem is, the only ones laughing are them, and the other "men" commenting and saying the same thing.

For those men, I have a few things to say:

1. You're a pig.
2. You're a pig.
3. In answer to your question "where were these hot teachers when I was in school?"

Thankfully, for the most part, those teachers were keeping their hands to themselves and taking their authority over you as a student, seriously.  They were professionals who genuinely cared more about teaching than ever breaking the law with an underage boy.  Not to mention violation of trust, breach of position as an adult, etc.  So where were they?  They were following a code of ethics and morals and not exploiting you like a classic pedophile.

For those of you who think he "had the time of his life" I wonder if you'll still feel the same way when this boy, (who has had it demonstrated for him by a "responsible adult" that casual sex is just a cheap thrill, with no responsibility, or accountability and the law doesn't matter) comes around to date your daughter?  Is it still going to be funny then?  What if your daughter says NO to this boy?  You've already given him (and the adults) your stamp of approval as they broke the law, so... is it okay for him to break the law with your daughter?  Be careful how you deal with this one, because you've already admitted how funny you think it is.  Is it still going to be funny when you're sitting in the waiting room while the medical staff is administering a rape kit to your precious baby girl because some teenage boy thought it would be okay to do whatever he wanted and break the law by forcing himself on her when she said no?  How funny will it be when this teenage boy becomes an adult and has his mind so twisted from this violation of trust, that he himself becomes a serial rapist (yes, rapists almost always have a sexually abusive background - and a damaged, warped view of what sex and intimacy is) and decides to rape your wife one night as she leaves work?

Will you still be laughing and wishing those teachers were around when you were a boy? 

Thankfully, the vast majority of teachers then (and now) do find it reprehensible when something like this happens.  Thankfully, most parents also view it the same way.  As the mother of a teenage boy, I have no qualms admitting that if an adult woman took advantage of my son this way, I'd want to rip her head clean off, exactly the same way I'd feel if an adult male teacher did the same to any of my six daughters.

There. Rant over.  Carry on.