Pudding shots!! YUM!

One of the things I am most thankful for is sugar free pudding.  I am thankful for sugar free pudding because if you have a bad day you can knock back two or three of those bad boys and not feel guilty.

So one day when I had just finished consuming my second 60 calorie sugar free pudding and was about to reach for a third, Bluebell said to me…..”you know, you could drink them like shots”

…..to which my brain said


Now I am very fortunate because I have some awesome ladies that live in my neighborhood who I have become BFF’s with over the past few years. Sooooo, a couple of days after Bluebell mentioned pudding shots to me, three of my BFF’s and I decided to drive together to go shopping at Trader Joes……ummmmm isn’t that what suburban housewives do???

Hey, none of us had to work or go to school that day….don’t be haters……
So as we were driving we were discussing life and I was telling the ladies what Bluebell had said about the pudding shooters.  As we were talking we realized we were all getting together (there are 7 families in this little BFF family group) to celebrate The Hunter’s birthday on the following Saturday So we decided we needed to try to make pudding shots so I could blog about it. (Yeah, nothing in it for them either huh…..snort….)    So Friday I went shopping for puddings and made sure we had some tasty liquor and liqueurs to mix with the pudding.

On Saturday night the families arrive and we decide to have a judging of different pudding flavors with different alcohols.  The two pudding flavors we used during the experimentation were dark chocolate and vanilla.  I think the Jello sugar free dark chocolate is the creamiest of the chocolates, so that is what I bought, and plain vanilla for a different flavor palate…..(I may have been watching too much Food Network….)

We used our resident fabulous mixologist M. to mix the alcohol and the pudding to make sure we had the right consistency and taste. He poured and whisked and tasted and poured and whisked and tasted to make sure all was right.  The first batch we made was chocolate with Baileys Irish Cream and Kahlua.
Then we had some tasters.  And the results were…………….. (insert drum roll)

Chocolate pudding with Kahlua and Irish Cream


Big N loved them!


Our mixologist thought they were yummy!

Now we didn’t leave out the others, but I was so busy tasting that I forgot to take pictures…..must have been the chocolate alcohol haze I was starting to go into……..

Round number two was dark chocolate pudding and Godiva chocolate liquer….and the results were:

S loved them!!

I have to say that one was my personal FAVE!!!

Then we tried:
vanilla pudding and Buttershots liqueuer

Buttershots and vanilla.


The NewYorRican loved them!


A. was slurping them back!

THEN we got even more creative……do I need to mention that we had all had about 5 or 6 shots by this point……so, we got creative (wait I already said that), and mixed the chocolate and vanilla together:

Chocolate and vanilla in same shot glass….why not?
Tinkerbell had a huge shot glass. She didn’t let it out of her sight!

That was Tinkerbell’s shot glass, it was huge, and she DID NOT let it out of her hands……

Steelers fan loved them too!

Then we tried mixing choc and vanilla in the same glass: (does anyone hear an echo here?)
Then I decided to beatTinkerbell at her own game and pulled out a 9 oz cup……. I  just chucked the whole shot glass idea at that point.

My solo cup is bigger than your shot glass Tink.

But the Steelers fan had the best idea of all!

Who needs a glass anyway????

And the best part is if you get pulled over on the way home and the police officer asks if you have been drinking, you can say, “Why no Officer, just had some pudding with some friends.”

Just kidding, I don’t condone slurping and driving!!!  The good news is all of my friends could just walk home!

It is hard to be a stepparent of a troubled teen.

So I am having a VERY hard time thinking of something funny to write about. I have wracked my brain. I just can’t come up with anything even remotely funny going on in my life right now. Maybe if I tell you all that is going on you could help me…..

Let’s see, actually, if I do that, it will just depress you all as much as it depresses me. I have come to the conclusion after much drama, that apparently I am a minority. I have done research on the internet looking for people like me. Looking for help, looking for support groups. I have not been successful so far. It is hard to describe. I believe there are thousands of people like me, but I don’t think anyone is willing to admit it. We will be ostracized. We will make people angry. Don’t rock the boat……just suffer in silence to keep the peace……
I kid you not, when I do research looking for my people, I come up empty handed.  I mean come on, seriously people???  Even people looking for their African ancestors will have more databases to peruse than people like me.  So have piqued your curiosity yet?  Are you wondering what in the heck kind of minority I am?  You may be wondering if I am really in such a small group of people?

Ok, so I will tell you…..drumroll please………

I am the Step Parent of a Troubled Teen.  Also known as a SPOTT.  And yes, I did make up that acronym….do you like it???  I have an amazing partner who I love without reservation who is the biological parent to a difficult, troubled teen. We have worked with her, we have taken her to see a therapist, (she was fired by the therapist), we have stopped yelling and started talking.  All to no avail.  And to be totally honest, as the step parent and not the biological parent, I have little or no control over the situation anyway.  As a matter of fact, the websites I did find gave me the following advice:

“Communication and teamwork are essential in a step-parenting situation.”
Yessirree folks,  that is abut all there is to being a good stepparent.  Communication……..right?  They have got to be fucking kidding me….
When you are the step parent of a troubled teen you are pretty much the same as a muchroom sitting in a dark corner.  You have absolutely NO say in what happens.  If your partner is a strong parent and uses tough love and firm parenting, things might get better for you.  However, if your partner is a parent who would rather NOT deal with confrontation and the “messy” stuff, all I can say is boy howdy you better hold on for a rough ride.  I know because I am a partner to a wonderful, amazing, beautiful woman who is a parent of the second kind.  She would rather just NOT deal with anything that is difficult.  In teenage language this really means “it’s okay honey, just do whatever you want”.  Then when there are concerns about drinking and unprotected sex and smoking, it is too late to put the brakes on and try and fix what is broken.  And as the stepparent, I can only hold on, close my eyes tight and whimper in the corner.  Sometimes I click my heels three times and say “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” When I am done, I am still standing in the same fucking spot dealing with the same bullshit I was dealing with before.

So, my real question is……is there anyone else out there who walks my walk?  Anyone who finds themself whimpering in the corner because they are powerless and their house is being run by an unruly, ungrateful, teenager who thinks they can do whatever they want???? And the one adult who should have the power does nothing because it is easier to walk away???  PLEASE for the love of all that is good, there MUST be someone else out there like me??? I don’t mind being a minority, but I don’t want to be the only one………

Just knowing there is one other person like me would help………anyone?????

I am going to go eat something chocolate now……

Did she say, “Dump the poop tank?”

Bluebell and I have been working feverishly over the past few years to pay off bills.
 Well, I have been working feverishly.
 I say “I” because I balance the checkbook, pay the bills, and decide how much to pay on each bill.  I have been “stacking” payments on some bills for the past few years.  What that means is you pay as much as you can on the bill that has the lowest balance.  Pay it off, then add ALL of that money to the bill with the next lowest balance, etc.  We have paid off a car loan, a credit card, and three store cards that way.
We had a goal!  All of that feverish paying off of things was done for a reason…….
Bluebell with the new camper!
YUP, we bought a camper. DON’T JUDGE ME!
Yes, friends, camping in a camper is still camping.  You will still have smoke, and fires in a fire ring, and toasting (burning if you are one of my sons….burning to a charred mess) of marshmallows.  There are still mosquitoes and bugs and spiders.  The difference is they are OUTSIDE, and I can be INSIDE.  Look at it this way, the most important part of having a camper is this:  a clean potty only 15 feet from my bedroom……..  it is the little things that make me happy.  I don’t need diamonds, money or cars….I just need a clean potty in the middle of the night that I don’t need a flashlight to get to.
Oh and the other thing that is very important is a bed.  My old bones can no longer take sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag, and the air mattress is always deflated by morning time.  NO MORE TENT CAMPING FOR ME!!!!
Okay, so we bought our camper from Dodd RV!  Fabulous people!  Very nice, very reasonable, and extremely helpful!
Our salesperson and the Dodd RV Manager were so wonderful!!
 We bought a camper they did not have on the lot because it is a new model, so they ordered it for us.  It was made to order in Elkhart Indiana, where LOTS of campers are made….little known fact about Elkhart.  (I used to live near there in Mishawaka, Indiana, well actually South Bend, but that is another story…..)
So we went to pick it up last week, and an amazing man named Bobby showed us the ins and outs of the camper.  Bobby has been with Dodd RV for over 50 years!!!!  This man KNOWS campers!!
Mr. Bobby knows campers!!
He showed us the camper from stem to stern, and from top to bottom.  He showed us how to fix things, how EVERYTHING works, how to put antifreeze in the lines to winterize, how to make drinking water for our fresh water tank, he even showed us the electronics and the guts.
  Okay, so those of you who know me KNOW that he really showed all of that to Bluebell.  She is a mechanic.  She understands how to fix things.  I just like to look cute……oh, and I can bake, cook up a storm, do laundry and get my honey a beer, all while trying to look cute. I was being cute with Bobby and taking pictures.  Bluebell learned about the camper.  THAT is the truth of it….so here are the pictures, ’cause I surely was not paying attention to how to drain the hoses, or the poop tank, or the shower.  I sure hope Bluebell was!!!!  LOL
Mr. Bobby showing Bluebell about the stereo system.


The kitchen. Now I need some new Pampered Chef pans for cooking!


Dining area. Folds down to a bed.


Our new baby!
This is one of the extra amenities we bought.  It is a kitchen on the OUTSIDE of the camper.  It has a fridge (for cold bevvies), a microwave, a sink and a two burner cook top.  This way I can feed the family without having to have their dirty feet inside my clean camper……

So we will take our new baby out next week during the kids’ Spring Break.  We are going to a campground about 45 minutes from the house, to test her out.  I will post pics, and let you all know how it went…….bugs, poop tank and all.