Deserted Island

My idea of a fun vacation does not involve anything on the beach or in a hot, tropical environment. I'm the type of person who loves to explore an area. I can see going to the beach for a couple of hours one day and maybe a couple of hours another, but spending every day there for hours on end? No, thanks! Don't get me wrong; I like the beach. It bores me fairly quickly, and I get annoyed by the sand. It gets EVERYWHERE (and I mean literally every hole and crevice...everywhere)! Yikes!  When Read more [...]

Sweet Saturday: Zucchini Bread

Mid-summer. A time of miserable heat and humidity, well, typically, and vegetables ripe enough to pick from the garden. While our temperatures have been mild, our garden has grown plenty of tomatoes and zucchini ready to pick. The challenge has been how to use all this extra produce. Earlier this week, I made a fresh tomato sauce and turned a zucchini into pasta and on another night I made my cheesy zucchini rice. Despite that, I still have lots of zucchini (and tomatoes) left! I plan Read more [...]

Cheesy Zucchini Rice

I hate most vegetables. I do.  I want to like them. I've tried vegetables in many different ways in the hopes of loving them, but I struggle. My biggest issue with most veggies is the texture. The texture is not pleasing to my tongue.  There are a few vegetables I don't mind. I love raw carrots, broccoli, and tomatoes (although they are technically a fruit). I like cooked peas, broccoli (as long as it is quickly sauteed...I hate it steamed), spinach, mushrooms, and corn (technically Read more [...]

Secret Confession

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.  I have a confession to make.  I love the Nazis.  No, no. Not like that. I'm not a Nazi or Nazi-supporter. I'm just a history freak. I love learning about the Nazis.  I guess it goes along with my love for true crime; my desire to understand the criminal mind. I want to Read more [...]

Vegetables, Babies, & Preschool

Summer is my least favorite season. It is usually hot, humid, and miserable. My allergies and asthma go to maximum discomfort as well. While I do get outside more during the summer, I prefer to stay inside of my cool air-conditioned home. This week, though, I spent a lot more time outside because the weather was wonderful! With temperatures in the 70s, I felt like I was in heaven. If only all summer days were 72 and sunny with a light breeze. This summer's temperatures and weather have been more Read more [...]

Italian Quiche

When I was a little girl, in the 1970s, I remember hearing the phrase, "real men don't eat quiche." I found this phrase a bit confusing because I had no clue what quiche was. I'm quite sure my dad never bought into the real men tagline with the phrase, after all, he liked watching musicals and romantic movies with my mom. However, I didn't eat quiche until I left home since my parents never made it.  It was when I was a graduate student living in southern Georgia that I started to experiment Read more [...]

Irrationally Love

A few months ago, as I was reading through multiple blog posts (an almost daily endeavor), I came upon a post that I loved. I love it so much that I pinned it on Pinterest to blog about later. Now, this is significant because I don't, as a rule, steal blog posts ideas. I try to avoid it at all costs, but some ideas are just too creative or fun to avoid. That would be the case with this one from Aussa Lorens at Hacker. Ninja. Hooker. Spy. when she posted 21 Things I Irrationally Love. (And, to be Read more [...]

From Sour to Sweet

This week has been a challenge. In. So. Many. Ways.  At the end of last week, I developed an itch on one of my legs; an itch that wouldn't go away. In fact, it got worse and spread to my other leg. I couldn't imagine what it was. I started to panic and think we might have bed bugs. Of course, my husband having no such rashes or problems meant that couldn't be it. (Why bed bugs went through my mind, I have no idea.) Later I theorized it must be gnats eating me alive. Wrong again. Finally, Read more [...]

Guest Post: Are You Their Grandmother? A Day in the Life of an Older Mommy

I'm so excited to introduce my guest blogger today. Jill and I have something in common, beyond blogging. We are both older moms. Her post today addresses one of the things I fear most as an older mom; having someone think my children are actually my grandchildren. I think you will enjoy this funny and thoughtful post, even if you aren't an older mom.  Jill Robbins blogs about post adoption life and random mom topics at Ripped Jeans and Bifocals.  She has been a featured poster Read more [...]

In the Pews

Taking our girls to mass (we're Catholic) can be a challenge. Unlike most protestant churches, there is no day care or Sunday school going on during the service. In fact, I've yet to attend a Catholic mass that had either of those available. So, we pray that our girls don't disturb the congregation unnecessarily during the service. Now, we do have a cry room at our parish. A cry room that I hate! It is lit with halogen bulbs which warm up the room until it is far from comfortable. The girls enjoy Read more [...]