Brown Sugar & Pineapple Ham

Finished Ham_WWIN



Growing up my mom’s Brown Sugar & Pineapple Ham was one of my favorites.  When cooking, she would always add a maraschino in the center of the pineapple to give it a little extra pizzazz.  I made my first ham when I was 19.

For my first foray into cooking the ham, I chose not to add the maraschino cherries because I don’t like cherries.  Everything was going really well until I went to baste it and found my ham “bleeding”.  Of course I was quite upset because I never noticed my mom’s ham bleeding and wasn’t sure what I needed to do at that point.

Cue to my mom and dad rolling on the floor laughing.  They decided to add just the maraschino juice to the ham to give it an extra flavor and thought I wouldn’t notice if they didn’t include the actual cherries.  What I mistook for blood was the juice.  Suffice it to say I wasn’t very happy.

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Weekly Goals

Goal Planning

My weekly goal planning is one of the features I’ve been struggling with as I work to implement some changes here at WWIN. After much thought, I’ve decided to continue and here’s why.

The purpose here at WWIN is to help bring some calm into this chaos we call life. One of the ways that I accomplish that personally is by making lists. Lists help me remember what I all need to get done and keep me on track. Without a list it’s just a bunch of stuff floating around in my head in an unorganized jumble.

While sometimes the idea of “goals” can be overwhelming, making a list can be a little liberating. Getting all that “stuff” out of your head and onto a piece of paper will free your brain. Plus, posting it here gives me some accountability. Who wants to tell the world they laid on the couch all day Sunday and did nothing instead of getting those pictures hung. Oops, maybe I wasn’t suppose to admit that :)

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Weekly Menu

Spring in Wisconsin in unpredictable.  This weekend we had incredible thunderstorms all weekend with massive amounts of rain.  Today, I wake up to this!

April Snow

My original menu plan included grilled shrimp and scallops.  On our recent trip I had the most lovely shrimp and scallop skewers while lounging on a chair, under an umbrella, enjoying this view.

St. Maarten_WWIN

Quite the difference – isn’t it?  Thankfully I hadn’t thawed the seafood yet so I’ll wait and see how this weekend looks.  Hopefully the weather will get to the point where I don’t mind standing outside grilling.

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6 Tips to Save Money on Airfare

Airplane Wing Clouds

I love traveling.  For business or pleasure, it doesn’t matter.  There’s something about jumping on a plane and heading to parts unknown that thrills me.  However, no matter whose dime I’m traveling on, I go out of my way to make sure I’ve gotten the most economical flight possible while also making sure that I’m using my time wisely.

For those of you who book trips with any kind of regularity, you know that airfare can change based on which way the wind is blowing.  I thought I’d share a few of my tips for getting the best deal with you.

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Marshmallow Popcorn

Popcorn - Done

My friend Andi shared this recipe over a year ago over at CCTNT.  Supposedly she’s made it for a number of Chick meetings but I have no recollection of it.  Then she made it last week.  One bite and I was in heaven!  Think Rice Krispy Treats made with popcorn.  Delicious!

One note – be sure and pick out any un-popped kernels prior to adding the marshmallow.  Your teeth will thank you.

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Goal Planning

With the changes I’m making to Wonder Woman I’m Not, weekly goal posting will most likely be a thing of the past.  Given the stage of life I’m in, my goal list is really more of a to do list.  It feels kind of funny posting them as weekly goals.  However, I do think goals are important so I’ll continue to update you on my annual goals.

It’s been a while I’ve posted how I was doing so I figured I’d update you on our status.

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Weekly Menu

Mushroom Asparagus Frittata

As I revamp the blog, I thought long and hard as to whether I should continue my weekly menu post.  Menu planning is one area that makes me feel like a total failure.  Putting food on the table for the family has been one of my biggest struggles as a working mom.  Yes, it’s getting easier now that the kids are older and it’s mostly Mike and I, but it’s still tough.  However, I find that when I have a plan it makes life a little easier so I will continue this weekly feature.

We’re in that in-between phase right now when we’re tired of the winter menu, but the weather (and lack of a well working grill) make pulling out the summer menu difficult.  Fortunately Mike is on a salad kick right now which does make my life a little easier.

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Authenticating Wonder Woman I’m Not

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Let’s be honest.  I’m a relatively private person.  About certain things that is.  When my friend Andi found out that I was writing a blog, her words were to the effect of  ”are you kidding me?  You won’t share your pet name for Mike but you’ll write about all kinds of personal stuff on the Internet?”.  Um, yeah, I guess so.

Because so few of my real life people know that I write this blog I’m open to share stuff with all of you.  It may sound weird but I don’t mind sharing stuff with strangers that I wouldn’t share with people in my real life.  My take is that I don’t need to worry about what you think about me.  I hope you like me and think I add some value to your life, but I don’t need to worry about you looking at me strangely as I walk down the hall or thinking “who the hell does she think she is writing about how to clean a house?  Have you seen her office?”.

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Five Steps For Dealing With an Identity Crisis

At the beginning of the year I shared that I felt this blog was suffering an identify crisis.  For all kinds of reasons (namely lack of time and to much stress), I had veered away from what my true purpose of this blog was and have been posting a lot of crap.  I owe anyone who reads me regularly an apology as I definitely have not been putting out the kind of content that I would look forward to in a blog.  I appreciate you sticking with me and apologize from the bottom of my heart for my shortcomings.

As I have been mulling this over the last few months, I realized that the identity crisis the blog is suffering is similar to what many of us women (and men) face in our daily lives as well.  I remember feeling over the years that I had disappeared.  Of course I had titles.  I was a wife, mother, employee, daughter, sister, etc.  However with all the pressures mounting every single day I lost track of who I was.  My wants, needs and desires had been pushed aside so that I could fulfill all the roles that I was called to fulfill.

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Getting Healthy

One of my 2014 goals was to get healthier.  I had an episode before Christmas with my eyesight due to high blood pressure so I decided it was time to get serious.  The problem?  I was so busy and overwhelmed that thinking about my health was very difficult for me to focus on.

I’ve known for quite a long time that my job was contributing to some of  my health issues.  Long hours and major amounts of stress are not a conducive environment for healthy living.  One of my goals for the last year and a half was to get out of my high stress position.  I’m happy to report that as of February I’m in a different position at the same company – yeah!.  Right this moment that work load is manageable.  While I’m sure it will probably reach somewhat close to the same level, I’m hoping to establish some healthy habits that will help me combat that.

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