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I’m Not That Mom

Like most parents, I have my ups and downs—typically not in equal parts, but overall I think I get the job done well. My kids still smile when they see me.  And some may argue that I do a bit too much for them. But there are just some things that I will not, cannot, and or refuse to do. You’re Thirsty? Again?!?! I remember when Zain was a wee thing and we were out on an excursion when a friend reached into her stroller and pulled out a sippy cup that rattled.  As I looked at her with bewilderment, she

Mystery Pot Family Cook Off

For the month of March, my video challenge is to “beat March madness” with weekly family fun nights.  The only requirements–they have to happen at home and be focused “in the round”, not facing a screen.  Easy, right?  Our typical family fun night is home made pizza and a movie.  But kids movies can not hold my husband’s attention, so he starts to wander and I can always find something to busy myself with and next thing you know, we are not family focused at all.  So we’ve set out to try a few new things.  Our first attempt was

A Clean Up Story

Most days–who am I kidding–all days I feel like all I do is pick up toys.  As soon as they are all picked up, the kids get so excited to see bare floor, that they dump a bin out and we start again.  It’s my own version of the movie Groundhog Day!!  The boys are good (as good as a 9 and 5 year old can be) at picking up their toys, but never without prompting, never without a whole load of belly aching and don’t get me started about their lack of focus.  So I’ve tried everything to light

Valentine’s Round Up

While my husband will tell you that every day is Valentine’s Day, I would beg to differ!  That aside, I do enjoy having fun with the kids for Valentine’s and this year with 60″ of snow and still counting, it’s the only thing keeping us sane!  So here are some of my favorite Valentine’s ideas, crafts and goodies.  Enjoy! These were Zain’s Valentine’s from first grade with bouncy balls…Valentine, You Make My Heart Bounce!  It’s safe to say, they were a huge hit all round.  Here is a link to a free printable of the card.  I used clear cello

Ringing in the New Year Like a New Box of Crayons

I’ve recently started following Elizabeth Gilbert on Facebook and find her perspective and suggestions fun and refreshing.  In a recent post on Facebook, she talked about how New Years Day is her favorite holiday since on that day you are given a perfect, brand new year without any ‘dings or dents’, which I loved!  For years I’ve dreaded New Years Eve.  There is so much pressure to make it ‘epic’ since how you spend New Years Eve is symbolic of how you are going to spend the New Year–right?? Or not!  I can remember most of my younger New Years

Cinnamon Waffles

My boys live on waffles and way way back when Zain was little I would buy frozen waffles from the grocery store because they were easy and seemingly nutritious–right?!?!  But over time, as I would make waffles on the weekends, Zain would revolt against the grocery store waffles, which was a compliment, I guess, but seemed like way too much work to make waffles every day.  So instead, I started making large batches on the weekend.  Enough for them to eat them for a weekend morning and enough to freeze for the week.  Once they are cooled, I put them

Golden Harvest Muffins

I’m lazy when it comes to carrots.  For my own eating pleasure, I only use cleaned and peeled “baby” carrots, so when we get “real” carrots from the farm as part of our CSA I look on like I’m not sure what to do with them.  My first inclination is to make my mom’s famous Carrot Cake but that really negates the concept of a low calorie food.  So these muffins are the next best thing.  They are like little carrot cakes without cream cheese frosting (not that you couldn’t add that!) and, at least seem, less sinful.  Whenever I

Gluten Free Fish Nuggets

I’ve noted before that my little guy is challenging to feed.  He’s actually really easy to feed if you only want to make PBJs or grilled cheeses.  But I’ve finally found the solution to getting him to try almost anything–other than giving him a sticker–he does most anything for a sticker at least once.  It’s to bread it–make it a nugget.  Last week he ate almost an entire piece of eggplant because it was breaded–that’s a win in my book!  So I made up these fish nuggets and they were a big hit.  I made mine gluten free, but they

Zucchini Bread

One of my favorite uses for surplus zucchini is zucchini bread and it’s always a hit in the house.  This recipe is taken from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook–my favorite!  This page is so gunky (that is a technical term) that you can hardly read the recipe anymore.  This recipe only calls for 1 cup of zucchini and even a fairly small zucchini yields more than that when shredded so I typically double the batch.  The zucchini can also be replaced by shredded apples–a great way to use up your extra apples from apple picking.  The bread can be

Snickerdoodles

During the fall (and spring, summer and winter) I can’t get enough cinnamon and one of my favorite cinnamon recipes is for Snickerdoodles!  Plus it’s just fun to say!  This is a quick recipe that was also easy to convert to gluten and dairy free even.  This photo is from this last spring when I made a double batch and packaged them up for the teachers at the boys’ school.  In retrospect, I was a bit cruel, because I should have tripled the recipe –because many went without.  But those that had them, loved them.  They are still stopping me