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I'm not a card-carrying member of much, but I do carry a lot of cards. Mostly in the form of Nordstrom, American Express, Starbucks and Jersey Mike's (one more sub and I get a free sandwich!) Flaunting my membership affiliations isn't something I typically do (save the occasional single school magnet) so I'm always a bit taken aback when I come across this...

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There's a lot going on here. Let's see if we can decipher...

Nice big happy family with three kids. They're all smiling with their hands on their hips, Partridge Family style. Don't we all do this? Looks like there are about nine activities on display so let's assume three per kid. A generous family. A rich family. And it seems as if someone won something in '08, '09 and '10 so congratulations are in order!

But here's my question.

Why? Why is this necessary? I mean this is just wrong for so many reasons. First of all, companies and organizations listed on said magnets are certainly not giving us discounts on these places so why the free advertising? Secondly, why does every single person driving behind me need to know where my kids are going after school? Isn't that dangerous in this day and age? And lastly, is there no consideration for the single woman in the next lane who's already had a bad day and then has to look over from her car and see this?

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"Hey Girl! I've got four kids and you're still single!"

It's just so mean-spirited, don't you think?

I have a recipe box that I got at an art festival years ago. It's about as organized as the rest of my life but the cards that it holds are priceless since some are from family members who are no longer with us. I especially love to read the titles on the cards because people try to exercise superiority and ownership (with just a touch of condescension) with their recipes. As in "Aunt Dorothy's Super Duper To Die For Chocolate Cake." Or "Cousin Mandy's Ultimate Best Ever Chicken Parmesan." And "Dorrie's Delectable That's Ten Times Better than Anything You'd Ever Make Apple Pie." I'm calling the bluff on that one. Isn't it up to us to decide whose recipe is worthy of such titles?

One of the cards is a marinade for a chicken dish that a neighbor once made. It seems appropriate to share it here. I guess some people just need to flaunt it.

Sandra's Superior Grilled Chicken:

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Ingredients:

  • One package bone-in chicken with skin
  • 1/2 jar orange marmalade or Apricot Jam
  • 4-5 squirts honey
  • Appx. 1/2 cup orange juice (or three healthy splashes)
  • 1/2 bottle Italian dressing
  • Directions:
  • Mix up all this stuff.
  • Marinate chicken.
  • Grill on Medium then crank it up for a few minutes at the end so you get those cool lines that make you look like a pro.
  • Write the recipe on a card using some form of alliteration showing how great it is you are and give it to a friend.