This Week In Texas

Originally posted on The Central Park Zoo:

Reader beware: this week’s photos contain graphic material that may be unsuitable for some viewers. I know I was unsettled.

This guy FLEW across the room the other night as I approached him armed with a bottle of Windex and a roll of Viva. He was like "Seriously? That's all you got?" I am only slightly embarrassed to admit running back down the hall whimpering loudly enough to wake up two children. This guy FLEW across the room the other night as I approached him armed with a bottle of Windex and a roll of Viva. He was like “Seriously? That’s all you got?” I am only slightly embarrassed to admit running back down the hall whimpering loudly enough to wake up two children.

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The Chicken Adventure, Part 2: Fred, Hank and Fluffy

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wpid-wp-1429761219114.jpegThe kids had done their research, so as we headed out to get our long-awaited chicks from SeaBreeze Hens there was some bickering about whether Black Australorps or Americuana chicks would be the best, based on the virtues of “being too big for a hawk to eat it” versus “laying blue and green eggs.” We picked up a sack of chicken nuggets to commemorate the occasion (and to prevent hanger) and arrived just in time to feed some baby goats. Did I mention my kids love Seabreeze Hens?

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RACK Recipe: Baked Broccoli

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1200px-Broccoli_and_cross_section_editEvery time I check out of the grocery store with broccoli the cashier asks me, Oh, you’re having a party? We like our broccoli like we like our kids – in abundance. Especially when it’s served like this – here’s the recipe as presented to my 4 year old (minus my commentary, which is in the parentheses):

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RACK Recipe: Dump (Crab) Cake

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BigCrab_CardwellYou know those popular and delicious dump cakes where you glop a can of pie filling over a box of cake mix, then pour butter over the whole thing and call it a day? This is not one of those, but the premise is similar in that there is a lot of dumping and very little measuring. Unless you count “2 big glops” as a measurement. My spell-check doesn’t, even though I’ve already used that word twice.

A very sweet woman emailed me after I posted my first RACK recipe to both compliment me and ask where I found the time to come up with my kid-friendly cooking activities. And while my stroked ego wanted to respond, “I spend hours thinking of just the right recipe that works on reading, math and practical life skills,” that wouldn’t be true to the nature of the recipe. Or this blog for that matter, which is…

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I’ll Admit It: Something’s Wrong Here

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I thought it would be fun to start a “search and find” series. I was inspired while taking a shot of Margaret and Adam playing Pictionary nicely together on the couch this morning. At second glance, I spotted something that didn’t quite look right in my photo and thought to myself, I wonder how many other people would notice this. Can you find it? wpid-wp-1429797600182.jpeg

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Sanity Saver #1: Dictionary Pictionary

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wpid-wp-1428882531655.jpegSanity Savers are for those times when you’re:

1) trying to do something with one of your kids and another kid has finished their work already and keeps saying, “Mom, I’m done,” “Did I earn a screen yet?” “I’m bored,” “Can you make me a snack?”

2) cooking dinner and everybody is freaking out.

3) putting the baby down for a nap while your other children are arguing loudly over whether your eyes change color if you press them both with your index fingers or if they stay brown from blinking. What.

4) on the phone and everyone is suddenly talking to you, urgently.

5) trying to take a shower.

6) any combination of 1-5.

When I shout “Go do Dictionary Pictionary,” which I have literally done in every one of the above scenarios, my older children respond to this by retrieving their notebooks and the dictionary, and leaving me alone for about 15-20 minutes (and…

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The Chicken Adventure, Part 1: Easter Eggers, Australorps and Hen Saddles? Oh My

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wpid-wp-1425731718242.jpegAs many of you know by now, I’m not one to sit idly on the sidelines, no matter how displaced I may feel (or actually be). And we all know there’s no better way to get over missing city life than by totally distracting yourself with a chicken coop and half a dozen baby chicks.

Ahem.

mean, I have carefully evaluated many options for our pet-desperate children, and have come to the determination that chickens are the lowest maintenance/ highest return pet we can handle right now.

For those of you back in NYC who think I’ve totally lost it, let me remind you that we already have a bajillion other birds in our backyard – birds that are busy mucking up our property, making nests all over the place, not being pets to my kids, not laying eggs we can actually eat and not looking particularly pretty. Seriously, have you seen a

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