Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so honored by your visit today. My name is Kristi and I am married to my college sweetheart(I refer to him here as "Mr. Incredible"), momma to my 2 beautiful girls who are growing much too quickly, a high school computer teacher, photographer, and a gardener (at times~right now I'm growing weeds). I love to laugh, drink strong Starbucks coffee, take pictures, and be anywhere my family is. Jesus is my Savior and I try so hard to be the wife and momma that He has called me to be. I often fail but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible. Feel free to join me on this journey of faith, stop in and say hello, look around, and leave a comment~I love comments. Why "Kiki's Corner?" My nephews call me Aunt Kiki and I love that too.

Table Manners 101-oiy!

Happy Monday to you! I am so happy to post my menu today! I missed it last week. When it was "fend for yourself night" (The Martha Stewart-wanna-be in me just cringes at this idea. I really do try to fix my family a nice meal most nights. I feel better when I think that the real Martha doesn't have 6 papers, 2 projects and 2 finals looming around the corner!) anyway...it was fend for yourself night at our house and my youngest decided to eat two hot dogs and wash it down with a bowl of fruit loops. Yes, she did. It was right then and there that I resolved to get my act together this week!

Also, there was that thing at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant Friday night that made me think that Table Manners 101 needs to be back in session.

Hannah, our youngest daughter, decided to stop eating her chicken fried chicken and have a biscuit. Instead of properly putting her fork on the side of her plate, she...I can't believe I am going to tell you this....but I wish that I had brought my camera....stuck her fork in her chicken fried chicken, straight up in the air while she nibbled, I mean inhaled, the biscuit in 2 bites...2 bites! I was mortified. I wanted to ask her, "Excuse me young lady, where is your mother? Didn't she teach you better manners than that?"...then I remembered that I was her mother...oiy!

I guess the spinning of my head in disbelief at the sight of the fork tickled Rachel's funny bone so she stuck her fork in her chicken that way too. Very funny! How old are you? Mr. Incredible burped, in my mind anyway even though he doesn't remember that, and then announced to the table that this is (picture Cousin Eddy from Christmas Vacation) "G-o-o-d!" He said it just like cousin Eddy.

Our sweet waitress named Twila happened to come by and ask if we needed anything. I politely raised my hand and asked to be moved to another table. She laughed. I think she must have been watching our circus show, I mean fine dining experience. We just want to be a blessing!
Anyway, we will be holding Table Manners 101 sessions all this week while we dine on this menu:

along with: This is how you place your spoon on your plate when you are finished with it!

Turkey Club Sandwiches
Along with: How to politely inhale a sandwich in more than 2 bites!!!

Italian Chicken in a Crock Pot
Along With: How to not burp at the table and say "G-o-o-d!"
(Cousin Eddy style).

Jane's Slow-Cooked Italian Chicken (from Fix it and Forget-It Lightly)
3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pkg. dry Italian dressing mix
10 3/4 oz can Cream of Mushroom Soup
4 oz. can mushrooms, drained
8 oz. of Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt
Place chicken in Crock-Pot. (I use the crock pot liners for easy clean up!) Mix dressing mix with soup and mushrooms. Stir into chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. With a spoon, lift chicken out of cooker. Place in a covered dish to keep warm. Combine cooking juices with sour cream in crock-pot. Cover and heat until warmed through. When ready, place chicken on bed of rice or noodles and pour sauce over the top.

Beef Stew in the Crock-Pot
with Cornbread
Along with: How to not slurp your soup...pinkie fingers out, please
(Just kidding!).

Football Game Playoff Night
We will be eating outside....much to my family's delight!

Have a great week!


Tracy said...

What a hoot. I laughed out loud thinking about cousin Eddy saying "GO-OD." = ) How about I send my son over this week for some Table Manners, too? (It seems college life has really done a number on his!) ; )

Homesteader in Training said...

Oh girl that is too funny. Let us know how the table manners 101 works out lol.

Karen M said...


With a family of 3 boys, I'm amazed how quickly manners disappear at every meal. And just as you described, the head of the pack is often just as guilty of any of the boys. Burps and inappropriate conversation are almost certain to appear.

Anonymous said...

Very funny... . Can I send my daughter and husband over for some of those lessons too?

BP said...

Too bad you didn't have the camera!!

What is Italian chicken? Could you share that recipe with me? Thanks!

Amydeanne said...

lol great post!
and thanks for your words this morning! and yes "who am i" was actually the video i had started with this morning but it got moved over lol.

The Happy Housewife said...

Love the menu and the manners. When you are finished at your house would you mind coming to mine!

Sherry said...

LOL! Too funny! HOpe the table manner lessons go well! We have been doing something with ours that my parents did with me. If they forget their napkin, talk with food in their mouth, sing at the table, etc. they have to go in the other room and count to 25. If they offend again, they have to count to 50 and so on and so on. Parents are not excluded from this either. LOL!

Erica said...

Oh, I SO needed this after our "fine dining experience" tonight! Thank you, friend!

Cheryl said...

You are the greatest. Love your stories. I bet the more they saw it bothering you, the more they continued. Gotta love'em.

I'm having a blog give away this week in honor of my sis. It will be one year. Come and join in, if you have time, between school and Manners 101.


Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that your crockpot fajitas were incredible! I made them last night and we loved them. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

ilovemy5kids said...

I needed this laugh so bad. I've been sick and this was just what the dr ordered.