Or of the stay at home dad…

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The mystique of the stay at home dad

He also coined the title, “Pity Da Fool” or “PDF” courtesy the all-American A-Team hero and renowned star of Snickers commercials Mr. T.  He states “[It’s the] Mom who looks at [us] with varying degrees of condescending pity.

I do run into the PDF every now and then, but I find much more frequently the “BAD.  The Broad in Awe of Dad.  She’s the checkout lady, the miss in line, the woman at the bank, the mom’s at dance or karate class who say, “So you have the kids today?” and I reply so self-assuredly, “I have them everyday babe- all FOUR of them.”  Instantly a profound gaze of wonder appears over their faces as they contemplate the miracle of nature before them.  Against all odds, what they could only imagine in a science fiction novel or during their thirth-thousandth time srubbing behind a toilet,  stands before them: the elusive stay-at-home dad.    “A man who does what I do!  If you could only talk to my husband!” they say as their eyes well up with tears.  It’s about that time I smirk and note just how easy this job is.  “You know, watching Jerry Springer, drinking beer and eating left over fish sticks, breaded and dreaded.  Its paradise.”  “Way easier than the business world.” I reply.  “Now THAT’S work!  Hey, when the kids remember their hunger, I toss them their 1000th fruit snack and get back to Madden ’09 on the Wii.”  This usually results in a mouth a gape to which I fling out the old rescue, “I’m only kidding!” The BAD is restored.

Don't drop that gogurt!

These spanx rub!

When my wife is enjoying her 3rd free business lunch of the week and I’m eating Ramen and hot pockets again, (not that often) I remind myself that even though the reality is, it is the toughest job I’ve ever had, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  The time spent with the kids, watching them grow into real people with all our good qualities, and bad, is truly priceless.  <I had to pause here to put my youngest son in timeout for hitting his sister> Plus being a stay at home dad of mystique ain’t all that bad either.  It’s like being James Bond, but with juice boxes.

Saving money at the grocery store – 50% everytime

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Never cut a coupon until the list tells you which ones to cut out only for what you want to buy.

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Saving at least 50% every week is no small matter.

 Let me know what you think after you have tried it.

 We have been using this service for going on 2 years now.

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The Best Onion Dip (.)

Pan-Fried Onion Dip

Makes 2 cups

Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

                       2   large yellow onions

                      4 Tablespoons   unsalted butter

              ¼ cup   vegetable oil

      ¼ teaspoon   ground cayenne pepper

       1 teaspoon   kosher salt

      ½ teaspoon   freshly ground black pepper

          4 ounces   cream cheese, room temperature

              ½ cup   sour cream

              ½ cup   good mayonnaise

  Cut the onions in half, and then slice them into 1/8-inch-thick half-rounds.  (You will have about 3 cups of onions.)

 Heat the butter and oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat.  Add the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper and sauté for 10 minutes.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes, until the onions are browned and caramelized.  Allow the onions to cool.

 Place the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth.  Add the onions and mix well.  Taste for seasonings. 

 Serve at room temperature.

Thanks to Carol L for getting this to me!

Drew’s Perfect Margarita (I’d pay $$ for this)

2 oz tequila (100% agave)

2 oz triple sec

1 whole lime squeezed, 1/2 if you’re on a budget (it’s the fresh lime juice that sells it)

3 oz Marg mix or to taste (sweeter or less sweet)

Shake with 1/2 shaker if ice. Pour in glass or some other beverage device. Garnish with a wedge of lime if you like.

Enjoy Perfection.

Life un-surance

My wife works.  She’s smart and pulls down some decent bucks.  I work too.  I pull down zero bucks.  Because I don’t get paid for my job my life insurance company will not cover me for more than 1/2 of what they will cover my wife for.   Their explanation for this idiocy is they have a formula they use.  A formula?  That’s all they will say about it.  Apparently there is only one LIC that will cover for more than that but of course it costs more.  The disdain and disrespect for the home caregiver by LIC’s really is pathetic.

the best – about being a stay at home dad

My favorite things about being a sah dad is scrubbing the floor behind the toilets and ped egging my bunions.  Actually wresting with my kids, seeing them play nicely together and experiencing each of their unique belly laughs are a few of my favorite things.  What are your “today” favorite things about being a dad?

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