Monthly Archives: October 2012

WICKED Good Pumpkin Pancakes

These pumpkin pancakes are a cinch to prepare, because they start with a baking mix, such as Bisquick. If you want really fluffy pancakes, substitute 1/4 of seltzer water for 1/4 cup of the milk.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 – 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups baking mix, such as Bisquick
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 15 oz. can cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

Preparation:

1.  Preheat  a large frying pan over medium-high heat.

2.  Whisk together all ingredients until well-combined, but do not overmix.
 
3.  Let rest for 10 minutes.
 
4.  Ladle quarter-cupfuls of the batter onto the griddle. Cook until the edges of the pancakes start to set and bubbles start to form on the surface of the pancakes.
 
5.  Flip. Cook another 1-3 minutes until pancakes  are golden brown on the other side.

6.  Serve immediately with butter and syrup.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN MOTHERSTUCKERS!

Product Trial: “Fall” for SmoothMove – Twofold!

When fall began, MotherStucker headquarters needed a remodel!  New paint and carpet seemed like a great home project for Autumn.  The bad news?  Trying to live in a construction zone moving your furniture and closet contents from room to room and floor to floor, while swapping your possessions to an unfinished disaster area feels like opening Pandora’s Box.  The good news?  Thank heavens I ordered the Motherload from SmoothMove Supplies to help.

SmoothMove boxes arrive flat in multipacks.  The FastFold®Moving boxes require no tape, assemble easily in seconds, are strong and have hand holes for secure carrying.  I loved that an assortment of sizes are available to maximize the “move” smoothly.  My Motherload included:

 

-SmoothMove pre-loaded tape dispenser (for wardrobe and dish boxes)

-SmoothMove Small FastFold®Moving boxes (10 to a multipack 16”x 12” x 12”)

-SmoothMove Medium FastFold® Moving boxes (8 to a multipack 18’ x 18” x 16’)

-SmoothMove Large FastFold® Moving boxes (6 to a multipack 18’ x 18’ x 24”)

-SmoothMove specialty wardrobe boxes (3 to a multipack, each holds up to 2 linear feet of hanging items with hanging bar included 24’ x 24” x 40”)  

-SmoothMove specialty dish boxes (4 to a multipack, with double thick wall construction 18” x 18” x 28”)

Although I didn’t move — it probably would have been easier if I had — especially with the help of SmoothMove.  This new knowledge put my mommy brain on the soapbox.  After the MotherStucker Headquarters remodel, my SmoothMove supplies were still in excellent shape, so this MotherStucker decided to think outside the box and try my moxie twofold.

My keepsake box contains an enormous sparkly crown as I competed at the Mrs. U.S. of A Globe Pageant in 2005 as Mrs. Kentucky and won the national title!  In 2006 I returned to compete at the international Mrs. Globe 2006 Pageant as Mrs. U.S. of A and made top 5 in the world!  This year I had the honor of judging the Mrs. Globe 2012 Pageant in Palm Springs, CA where Mrs. Ukraine was selected our new Mrs. Globe!

Each year the Globe Travel Team brings “Christmas to Kids” in Mrs. Globe’s home country.  December 5 – 10th  2012, I will be traveling to an orphanage in Kiev and bringing gifts to 90+ children with the Globe Travel Team.  Each child will receive:  blanket, pajamas, holiday outfit, teddy bear and special personalized toy requested by each child.  In addition, we make a general donation to the home; food, assorted educational toys, vitamins, tooth brushes, etc.  How are we getting these “Christmas for Kids” goodies to Kiev?  You guessed it — packing starts today at the newly remodeled MotherStucker headquarters — my SmoothMove Supplies’ next stop is the Ukraine!

motherstucker terminology thursday:

Coffeedence – The sudden burst of confidence, focus, or creativity one experiences during or immediately following the consumption of coffee/caffeine!!!!!   www.urbandictionary.com

 

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Today is brought to you by the letter W- W is for Wednesday. That day in the middle of the week that wishes it was Friday but is thankful that it is not Monday.

“Bourbon & Beans” MotherSTucker Feature:

 

One Bad Mother

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Bourbon & Beans

​Christy Stucker of TheMotherStucker.com

Christy Stucker is a fireball – pure and simple.

A native Kentuckian, wife, mom, blogger, and former Mrs. Kentucky America / Mrs. U.S. Globe winner, Christy has shown that she has the passion and determination to make her dreams come true. But she’s just getting started.

When Christy came in to our office last week in a bright pink studded jacket and rush of bubbly excitement, we knew she was someone we wanted to work with. We sat down and chatted about how she got where she is. When asked where she wants to be next year, she said that very question was written on her mirror in eyeliner – a reminder to always be thinking of the future.

In March of this year, Christy began her blog, The Mother Stucker. Geared toward feisty and fashionable moms, her frequent posts include women’s and household product reviews, vacation ideas, family-friendly recipes, chic style and her own entertaining and well-written viewpoints. She plans expand her role as a professional promoter and to continue her charity work.

November is an exciting month for Christy, as she gears up for a holiday charity event in the Ukraine. Each year, the Mrs. U.S. of A Globe Travel Team brings “Christmas to Kids” in the winning contestant’s home country.  In December 2012, Christy will travel to an orphanage in the Ukraine and bring blankets, pajamas, holiday outfits, teddy bears and a special personalized toy to over 90 children.

This year Christy decided to bring “Christmas for Kids” to Kentucky, too. She and the Mrs. Kentucky America travel team will deliver gifts to over 50 boys and girls at the Appalachian Children’s Home in Knox County. 

To get involved, check TheMotherStucker.wordpress.com for updates and/or email MotherStucker@gmail.com for more information.

Name: Christy Stucker
Location: Lexington KY
Occupation: The Mother Stucker (Brand/Blogger)
Approximate Age: 35

Favorite bourbon? 
​In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”  Right or wrong, I go with Willett / Maker’s Mark!

Favorite bean?
​Garbanzo Beans (Ceci Beans) – hands down!  I use them in a Mediterranean stew recipe, flatbread appetizer, in salads, etc.

Are you from Kentucky? Where? 
​Proud to be a lifelong Kentuckian!  I grew up in Northern Kentucky, graduated from The University of Kentucky, spent 6 years in Louisville and have been back in Lexington since 2006. 

Do you consider yourself to be sassy? 
​Keep reading…

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 
​Strong abdominal muscles and unwavering conviction – allow me to explain.  I have a Tempurpedic bed. When you push down to roll over, nothing happens. It’s like being in quicksand (you about need a crane to get out of it). They don’t make a big point of that in the commercials.  So, every day I feel as though I am closer to my personal goals – one of those goals being six-pack abs.

What is the biggest business challenge you face right now? 
​Whose turn is it to make the Starbucks run? 

What’s a great book/movie you recently read/watched? 
I really enjoyed “Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom. I think about my (possible?) 5 connections every day.  I also recently read “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell and am working on completing my 10,000 hours as he suggests….

When do you know it’s time for a vacation? 
​Red flag:  When I start making fantasy itineraries on travel sites.  May I suggest VirtuallyThere.com

What’s one of your leadership secrets? 
​Clear and concise communication is of utmost importance. Especially when answering the questions “Where are we going?”, “How are we going to get there?”, and “What is my role?”

When you’re off work, where can we find you in Lexington (or surrounding areas)? 
​Some fall/winter favorites:  Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Andover Country Club, Red River Gorge, etc.

What do you look for in an employee or business partnership?
​I look for “fire” in their eyes as well as “laser” focus.  I’ve discovered that when my team concentrates on one important aspect of our business (and give it all we’ve got!) we are exponentially more productive.   Splitting our focus only creates opportunity for becoming overwhelmed and missing details. I want employees and partnerships that give the important aspects of our business our FULL attention for a designated period for phenomenal results.

What’s a quote or saying that gets you through the tough days? 
​“You will find joy in overcoming obstacles.” – Helen Keller

How do you relish your successes? 
​Champagne.  Apply liberally.  🙂

Why is it important to buy from local businesses? 
The Mother Stucker buys local because it makes sense (cents!).  Competition and diversity leads to more consumer choice in Lexington.  I also appreciate the opportunity to make new contacts in my hometown!

100 motherstucker facts

 

I read somewhere that on your 100th blog post you should write 100 things about yourself. So, in honor of my 100th post, I present to you…

1.  Polka Dots are my obsession.

2.  I believe there is A LOT of room at the top.

3.  My first job was at a hardware store.

4.  I was finalist and semi-finalist (respectively) at the 2011/2012 Big Brother (CBS) Castings for Seasons 12/13.

5.  The MotherStucker is not a breakfast person. 

6.  My Dogs names past and present start with D (Deliliah,Delores, etc.).  My Children’s names start with C !

7.  I run 10+ miles per week.

8.  Although I’m not proud of it – I have been hit by a bike 2 x while walking.

9.  I feel like I’m a petite 5’2″ but I’m actually 5 ‘ 10″.

10.  I was baptized at age 7.

11.  I’ve never spent any time in jail.  However, I have spent an afternoon UP in the police helicopter. 

12.   The Mother Stucker despises plastic eating utensils.

13.  My holiday decor is always out early.  Halloween decorations are displayed  in mid-August at MotherStucker headquarters.

14.  My grandmother was diagnosed with stage 4 Lymphoma in 2009.  When she told me it felt as though all the oxygen had been sucked out of the room. 

15.  I’ve been to 9 different countries and am looking for trip #10!

16.  I flunked college algebra 4x and am 100% certain I shouldn’t have graduated due to my final grade in that class.  But I did 😉

17.  The Mother Stucker has been a redhead twice.

18.  I won the dance contest at Aaron Jackson’s 6th Birthday party – The song was PYT by Michael Jackson.

19.  Michael Jackson died on my birthday ;(

20.  If you celebrate Christmas (and I do!) my b-day is the BEST day of the year to have a birthday  = June 25th.  6 Months to Christmas, 6 Months to B Day, so on and so forth.

21.  The most emotional years of my life:  1984, 1987, 1995, 2002, 2010, 2011.

22.  I have 2 sisters from China. These amazing gals are both younger than my oldest daughter and older than my youngest daughter.  Confused yet?

23.  The MotherStucker looks SMASHING in navy blue.

24.  Sometimes I miss my “common” maiden name of Ellis. 

25.  I moved 10 times by the time I was 20 years old.

26.  In 1985 I won the Kenton Country Science Fair with the project my Dad “helped” me complete (My 3rd grade year).  In 2012 my daughter won the Fayette County Science Fair with the project her Mother Stucker “helped” her complete.

27.  I was married for 11 years before I ever considered the concept of “The Mother Stucker”.

28.  I can’t stand next to someone blowing up a balloon with a helium tank.  The sound drives me insane.  I blame 4 years of “Rush Week” at the sorority house for the mental damage.

29.  I get CRAZY excited when I get international views on my blog.

30.  My grandmother who BEAT Lymphoma tells me, “No grass grows under your feet”.  I can’t imagine this world without her.

31.  The Mother Stucker needs a convertible.

32.  My first grade teacher literally pinned a tail on to my classmate who was misbehaving.  My fifth grade teacher threw a desk out of an open 3rd story classroom window during class time.  Today such occurrences would make CNN news.

33.  I have been to a fortune-teller exactly one time.  She gave me good news/bad news.  She was right.

34.  There is nothing better than a Bloody Mary on Saturday morning.

35.  I express myself best through writing. 

36.  I write at the kitchen table.

37.  I write (in eyeliner/lipstick/etc.) on the bathroom mirror.

38.  I write in spiral bound notebooks that have undecipherable handwriting.

39.  Ron White’s voice often narrates in my head and he is just wrong – funny – but wrong.

40.  The most difficult adult conversation I’ve had to date with my parents is to let them I know I was getting a “cosmetic enhancement”.  AWKWARD.

41.  I’ve never eaten cobbler and I never will  — mostly because of the way it looks.

42.  “The 5 People you Meet in Heaven” is one of my all time favorite books.  I daydream about my 5…

43.  I’ve never broken a bone.

44.  Before age 34 I was not a coffee drinker.  Now I’m an addict.

45.  When Hubby and I first  brought my daughter home from the hospital, I slept on the couch with her for the first 3 days because I was terrified I would miss something.  Although we have stopped sleeping on the couch, I’m still terrified.

46.  The older I get the more fetching I get!

47.  I was Mrs. U.S. of A. 2005, made top 5 at Mrs. Globe 2006, was Mrs. Kentucky 2009, and made top 5 at Mrs. America and STILL don’t consider myself a “pageant girl”.

48.  My favorite handgun to shoot = G19.

49.  The song “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac has always been a favorite.  It’s meaning to me has evolved and expect that will continue.

50.  I’m a lifelong Kentuckian!

51.  I make mean Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.

52.  Recently I “researched” and “discovered” that Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe both passed away at age 36.  That makes me very sad.

53.  Several times I have attempted to complete reading “Fifty Shades of Grey” and I simply can not get through the book.

54.  I do a “happy dance” when my US Weekly Magazine arrives in the mailbox.

55.  I love to listen to my daughter practice viola.

56.  Nicknames are the best!  If I know you (or know of you) odds are I refer to you by such nickname when not in your presence.  Most of these nicknames are very nice.  I can only assume you do the same for me.

57.  Champagne = 🙂

58.  I recently tried to pay for McDonalds happy meals with my Starbucks Gold Rewards card entirely on accident.  The McD’s employee took the card, swiped it, and then told me her register wasn’t able to accept a Starbucks card.  I laughed hysterically.  My daughter snorted out loud.  MotherStucker and daughter repeated!

59.  I have a problem with authority.  I’m working on it.

60.  My brother worked in college as a funeral home “runner”.  His job was to go pick up the newly deceased and bring them back to the funeral home.  I still refer to him as “The Body Snatcher”. 

61.  March 13, 1997 Noon:  I got my first and only tattoo.  March 13, 1997 4 PM:  I met what would become by hubby!

62.  The Mother Stucker is an excellent swimmer.

63.  I planned a trip to Mexico.  I gave myself 2 rules.  #1 – I was not going to need to go to a Mexican hospital #2 – I would not go to jail in Mexico.  Within an hour of landing on Mexican soil a friend and I decided to drive her rental car to a nearby shopping center.  Our tire blew on the highway in front of a Mexican prison.  That was the longest day of my life.

64.  Dance has been a hobby for as long as a I can remember.  I started lessons at age 4 and have never stopped.

65.  Recently I have developed a fascination for all things peacock.

66.  I prefer 4 inch heels.  Somehow 3 1/2 inches seems to short and 4 1/2 seems to tall. 

67.  I have witnessed my husband having a kidney stone surgery stint removed by a urologist.  There are no words…..

68.  Scary movies are not for me.  Real life is scary enough, thank you. 

69.  I want to go to Croatia.  Now would be good.

70.  My GREAT grandmother is still going strong. 

71.  Peanut Butter is my nemesis.  Nutella on the other hand is a totally different story.

72.  I respect people who challenge me.

73.  I adore people who make me laugh.

74.  At 25 my doctor suspected I had thyroid cancer.  After a thyroidectomy it was determined I was cancer free!  The experience humbled me.

75.  The Jetson’s cartoon rocks!

76.  As a Cancer astrological sign I realize every personal relationship I’ve had with an Aries has been a disaster.

77.  I’ve sold cars and taught Jazzercise classes, but never at the same time.

78.  In high school I played the part of Belle in my school’s “Beauty and The Beast” production.  I can still recite every line of the movie.

79.  I invented X-tra large M&M’s long before they were actually available. 

80.  My passport is in my purse at all times just in case.

81.  A co-worker pranked me.  I pranked her back by hosting a “Surprise!” Absolute Auction at her house that was advertised to the public.  Wow, she was really “Surprised”!

82.  At the Opening Weekend of the Mohammed Ali Center I had the good fortune to be assigned to be a member of James Taylor’s entourage.

83.  I pray like a boss during every plane take-off and landing.

84.  I’ve never gone fishing.

85.  May I suggest causing at “International Incident” at least once.

86.  Never underestimate the power of cowgirl boots and the right dress!

87.  I love to watch my hubby dance with our daughters.

88.  Laundry can be therapeutic if done correctly.

89. I am hard on myself.

90.  What doesn’t kill you actually does make you stronger.

91.  I’m a crappy tooth fairy.

92.  Mistaken identity happens.  Last week I tried to convince an acquaintance that he was actually someone else — in public — with witnesses present.  Everyone got a good laugh out of it, but you don’t want to be THAT MotherStucker.  #57 above was also slightly to blame.

93.  I’m in the best shape of my life (so far!).

94.  I have small hands, feet, and ears.  My daughters tell me my ears are too small.  I can still hear them when they bicker, so clearly I’ve disproved their theory.

95.  I graduated high school in 1995!

96.  I love going to the dentist.

97.  My entire life total strangers have called me Cindy, which happens to be my Mom’s name.  When I was little and referred to as Cindy I assumed it because I looked like my Mom.  These days we live 100+ miles apart and it still happens. 

98.  Jordan is my middle name.  Cindy (above) named me after the Jordan character in “The Great Gatsby”.  I have a feeling it had more to do with Robert Redford….

99.  The best things happen when you least expect it.

100.  I’m just getting started MotherStuckers – you haven’t seen anything yet!

MotherStucker Terminology Thursday:

New feature!  Each Thursday check TheMotherStucker blog for fresh lingo compliments of (pre-teen) DaughterStucker.  Together MotherStuckers we will get a clue!  DaughterStucker sprung this one on her MotherStucker today at the bus-stop :

Bingo Wings -Loose musculature and skin on the back of the upper arms, especially apparent in older women raising their  arms for some reason, such as to shout “bingo!”

Definition courtesy of www.UrbanDictionary.com.  Yes, I had to look it up.

October is breast cancer awareness month! Grab a gorgeous gal-friend and party on the Pink Carpet for a CURE!!! 

From left:  The Mother Stucker & Mrs. Lexington!