Mamma Mia back by popular demand at Dallas Summer Musicals.

This week, Mamma Mia opened at the Fair Park Music Hall, as part of the Dallas Summer Musicals on-going season. This production is part of the Mamma Mia national tour. I went with my girl friends Valerie, Kendall, and Elysa. You might have heard a lot of squealing and ABBA caterwauling coming from our row. We had so much fun.

Mamma Mia is a perfect girls night out y'all!

Mamma Mia is the 9th longest running show in Broadway history. And no wonder. If you've only seen the movie, you're missing out on the live energy of a full cast dancing and singing all your favorite ABBA songs in this spectacular production. Not to mention a dance number done by all the men IN FLIPPERS. That alone was worth the price of admission.

You can see a preview of cast members Chelsea Williams (Sophie) and Chris Stevens (Sky) singing one of their numbers on the WFAA website here.

And, I don't think I've ever laughed so much at a Dallas Summer Musicals show, ever.

One of the best parts of this show is the sing-a-long encore at the end. After the final act, the entire cast comes back on stage in fanciful costume and gets the audience to sing along and wave their arms to every single ABBA song from the show. My friends and I thought ALL musicals should end with a sing-a-long encore!

Tickets for Mamma Mia
Mamma Mia is playing at the Music Hall in Fair Park thru June 15th. You can get tickets for Mamma Mia here. Tickets range from $15 to $100 depending on where you choose to sit. I've seen many, many performances at the Music Hall in Fair Park, and even the balcony is a good seat. This show is recommended for ages over 11, and it is so much fun and of course, you know all the ABBA songs. Admit it.

I hope you enjoy Mamma Mia as much as Valerie, Kendall, Elysa, and I did. I'm definitely looking forward to the next Dallas Summer Musicals season!

Mommy's Wish List Disclosure: I am honored to have been a guest of Dallas Summer Musicals at a performance of this show, so that I would be able to tell you all about it.
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15 Sweet and Savory Girls' Night In Recipes

Who needs to go out, when you can have a fantastic Girls' Night In? If you've been around me that past few months you've heard me say "Cheese Board" only about a gazillion times. I tend to keep a half dozen cheeses in my refrigerator to put together a cheese, veggie, and cracker bowl/plate/board at a moment's notice.

Really, who wants to cook when you can just eat cheese?

Sometimes, though, I'll also whip up an interesting appetizer or dip that I find a recipe for, like these Red Neck Appetizers I learned from Chris, a crockpot full of meatballs, or just good ol' Pie Dough Cookies. Those go great with fancy girly drinks, no?

I wanted to make a collection of some of the really interesting party recipes on my blog today because The Housewives of Oak Cliff, my best friends, are real foodies. Chris, Sheri, and Melody will certainly appreciate that I've included beets, sriracha, and prosciutto in this collection.

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This collection of 15 Girls Night In recipes includes:
Dishes and Dips
Key Lime Pie Dip: Dip doesn't have to be savory…this sweet one I'll be dipping with graham cracker sticks.

5-minute Hot Salsa: Salsa recipe from a real Texan, my friend Betsy of DallasSocials y'all.

Prosciutto Cups with Pear and Goat Cheese: Simple and savory, a new way to use my cupcake tin.

Easy Roast Beef Crostini: I love tiny food! And because we're in Texas: tiny beef.

Couscous with Black Eyed Peas: This vegetarian dish is both savory and sweet, and gasp, probably good for you.

Orange-Spiked Beet and Walnut Spread: What a colorful, and flavorful alternative to topping crackers. It's purple y'all!

Sriracha Butternut Squash Hummus: What an interesting meld of flavors; not your typical hummus.

Bacon Caramelized Onion Dip with Cream Cheese: Because bacon.

Raspberry Acai Slush: I love easy, carefree entertaining and this slush is definitely that.

Acai Grapefruit Raspberry Mocktail: A refreshing, balanced drink for a girls' night in or a hot summer day.

Refreshing Raspberry Acai Fauxhito: A delicious twist on this party drink, with fresh mint from my garden.

Iced Lavender Blueberry Mocktails: I love the color of this drink.

Skinny Raspberry Acai Sangria: SUPER easy and make you feel really fancy, like the Pretty Princess you are.

Raspberry Limeade Mocktails: Summery and sweet, made with ginger ale.

And add these to your mocktails:
Fruit Ice Cubes: What a lovely way to dress up a Girl's Night In mocktail, or even a glass of sparkling water!

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The Day Mom Said Yes to Everything.

I was lucky. I had a mother that said yes to pretty much anything I asked. Honestly, I never asked if I could set anything on fire, or skip school, or run away and join the circus. I'm pretty sure she would have been ok with the circus though. Real conversation from the 70s:

"Mom, Chris (my little brother) just said I was stupid. Can I throw biscuits and gravy at him?"
"Yes. He deserves at least that."

"Mom, Lea Ann just threw biscuits and gravy at me!"
"Yes. I told her she could."

I realize now that with the power of her yes, she was an anomaly – especially as a midwestern mother in the 60s and 70s. Remember she's the one that played reveille at the crack of dawn on the Fourth of July, figured out how to grow corn in suburbia, and taught me how to play poker at the age of 5.

Mothers are usually the ones that say no to everything, aren't they? Well, aren't they?

"No, you'll shoot your eye out." Anyone who's seen A Christmas Story knows this line. She kinda represents most mothers, doesn't she? We all say no with good intentions: to protect, to teach, to guide, to keep little people from burning the house down. But sometimes I listen to myself, and I realize how many times I've said no in a day. And why my children call me Darth Mommy. And I don't want to be that mom.

I want to be the mom that takes a few extra moments to think before I answer. And answer in a way that starts with a yes. We are all given so few real choices in life, especially as children, sometimes a "yes" can become a very empowering word.

What If Mom Said Yes to Everything. Even Just for a Day.

1. Mom, can I have ice cream for breakfast? Yes! You want some cheese curls on the side? – Try that one on them one morning. The surprise and subsequent giggle is worth any notion of lost nutrition. And, really, what's the difference between a bowl of ice cream and a glass of chocolate milk? A few degrees?

2. Mom, can I wear my pajamas to Eno's? Yes! Absolutely. Great idea. – Let your kid spend an entire Saturday in their pajamas. In public. Show them that you think they are so spectacular as-is that they don't need to follow social conventions like dressing. Pffft.

3. Mom, can I leave this LEGO project all over the living room floor? Yes! If fact, leave it there as long as it takes, little man. – Giving a kid the permission to make a creative mess, an on-going creative mess, and have that workspace for as long as they need it, shows them that you value what they value.

4. Mom, will you play the Sponge Bob Square Pants Goofy Goober Song. Again? Yes! Absolutely! It's my favorite! –  Your kid has a favorite song that annoys the heck out of you? Play. It. Anyway. Over. And. Over. Pull it out at unexpectedly just to make them smile.

5. Mom, can I stay up til 9:30? Yes! Let's watch Nina and The Goodnight Show together. Under a blanket. With popcorn. – Saying yes to a simple request like an extra 30 minutes before bed time every once in awhile can go a long way toward creating new opportunities to spend time together. Even though he is almost 8, Luka will still watch The Goodnight Show with me if there's snuggling and popcorn involved. It 's one of the few times he will actually sit still and give me hugs.

6. Mom, will you buy me this toy? Yes! (Just yes.) – This is the one we say no to the most, isn't it? Just this weekend, Luka asked for a Cra-Z-loom. Instead of the usual lecture about not getting every single thing you want every time you want it, and saving your money up for things you want, and you don't need one more toy, I just said yes. Saying yes instead of no this time turned into the most fun I've seen him have, and the most focused I've seen him be, in maybe ever. Who knew that what is largely considered a girl-toy would be the greatest toy that little boy has every owned. He made me 8 bracelets yesterday.

This Mother's Day, give some thought to saying yes. Be the yes mom every once in awhile and see what happens. So far it's made everyone here a little happier. Even me. Have you said YES lately? Share your yes moments on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #YesMomDay. You can leave a comment on this post and I'll share it with other readers on the Mommy's Wish List Facebook page this week.

Say yes to mom.
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White Trash Candy recipe.

This White Trash Candy came home from work with my husband last week. And I am not embarrassed to tell you that I ate all of it. I didn't even share one bite. It was so good, I made him ask his boss' wife, who made it, for her recipe. So thank you, Robin. You've made me a very happy woman.

Also, I love the name, being from Wyandotte County Kansas and all where the boys fish before school and I learned how to chew tobacco with the wrestling team. Seriously, I can see using up all the little left-over handfuls of cereal, M&Ms, snacks, etc in this recipe, which makes it even more lovable.

White Trash Candy
1 pound of white candy coating
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
1 1/2 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 cup of Peanut Butter Captain Crunch cereal
1 cup salted pretzels
1 cup of salted mixed nuts
3 to 3 1/2 cups popcorn
1 cup small marshmallows
1 heaping tablespoon of powdered sugar

Melt 1 pound of white coating in top of double boiler or in microwave.

Mix together in large bowl: Chex, Captain Crunch, pretzels, nuts, popcorn, marshmallows.

When coating is finally melted add the peanut butter and stir until well blended.

Pour melted coating over mixed snacks and gently fold over and over until all snack pieces are evenly coated.

Immediately spread out on wax paper and let set up. (about 20-30 minutes)

Put powdered sugar in a large plastic bag and shake to coat inside of bag.

When candy is set up, break in pieces and put in plastic bag with powdered sugar.

Shake bag until all snack pieces are coated with the powdered sugar.

Serve or let set out to “dry” for approximately 12 hours before storing in air tight container.


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