this is what real life looks like

Good morning!!

It's the first day of school (elementary school) in our house and that means that I've got the house back to myself for a few hours.

I should probably dust or vacuum or pop on a yoga video or go to Costco.

Instead, I am waiting for a plumber.

Real Life Organization. How to plan for the ups and downs and learn how to go with the flow.

Adam went out for a few hours last night to pick a team (or coordinate or something, I don't really get it) for Fantasy Football. 

Since school was starting the next day, I decided to clean out the fridge.

and by clean it out, I mean I decided to test out the 2-week-old garbage disposal which said RIGHT ON THE BOX that it was Turbo-Powered and could handle chicken bones, orange peels, egg shells, and anything else I could throw down it in a fit of "How Come I'm The Only One in the House that Ever Cleans Out the Fridge????"

I think you see where I'm headed...


So, the alarm goes off at 5 am today because I want to make sure I can have coffee and a peaceful morning before everybody wakes up.

Except the sink looks kind of dirty. There's weird black stuff in it and some green leafy things.

No problem, I run hot water and hit the disposal switch.

Instead of going DOWN, stuff starts coming UP.

(this is when I'm realizing that it's all my fault so I get a little nervous and very softly mention to Adam who is just waking up that perhaps maybe the garbage disposal is not so very happy)

So he gets a flashlight and a screw driver and takes a look.

And then water starts shooting out from under the sink and he yells to get some buckets.

So I do. 

the buckets fill quickly with gross chickeny and leafy grey water.

Adam says, "empty this one out so I can reuse it."

So I do.



SO. Now I am waiting for a plumber.

The good news is that I did prepare for an easy morning by plugging in Overnight Pancakes.

How to make Overnight Pancakes in the CrockPot Slow Cooker

So the kids still got their morning pancakes (these cook in a scone-like texture, slice in wedges and then serve with syrup or honey or peanut butter),

and I promise I now have had an adequate amount of coffee that I can foreshadow  pouring water down a broken sink onto my husband's head ....

I hope your morning is going better!


I'd like to pay homage to the late Senator McCain by sharing a recipe for his famous Lemon Pepper Ribs that he shared with the Today Show when he was running for president.

The ribs are lemon pepper -- and this spice rub is an absolutely delicious blend of garlic, lemon, pepper, and salt. I think you'll really enjoy it!

John McCain's Lemon Pepper Rib Recipe

lots of love to you all, happy Back to Schooling, and Happy Slow Cooking!!

xoxo steph

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at August 27, 2018

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  1. SO that is really not funny - but I laughed anyways... and my disposal was in cahoots with yours - it decided to not work ....but we didn't have as much fun! Thanks for the recipe!