Ten Photos on My Phone

I don't know about you, but I have a million photos on my phone. Okay, maybe not a million, but I do have close to 1,300 of them. I swore when we got iPhones last year that I wouldn't have so many on there. Apparently, I was lying to myself. I really should purge most, but I haven't. Not yet anyway. Most of my photos are pictures of my girls, but I also have lots of food photos! Mainly things I'm working on as I get ready to blog about them. I also have some random photos. Narrowing them down Read more [...]

Mommy Needs a Time Out

Have you ever had a day at work where things started well but suddenly went downhill fast? A day where you wanted to go home early or just couldn't wait to escape? We all have those days, right? As a stay-at-home mom, when I have that type of day, I can't leave early or escape. All I can do is wait for my husband to come home, and hope he had a good day so I can get a break.  A couple of days ago, I had one of the worst days with my girls. Well, one of the worst days with my 3-year-old, Ginny. Read more [...]

Slow Cooker Braised Beef Bits

I love my slow cooker! When I was single and working full-time, I could put together a meal and let it cook all day as I worked. As soon as I got home, I would smell a wonderful dish ready to eat. What could beat that? I may be a full-time stay-at-home-mom now, but I still rely on my crock pot. In the summer, it is the perfect way to cook a dish without heating the house by using the oven. Am I the only one who avoids using the oven in the summer? When I saw this recipe for Slow Braised Beef Read more [...]

Suicide is Painful

Two days ago, the world was shaken with the news that one of our most beloved stars, Robin Williams, died through suicide. Since I heard the news, I've debated whether to write on his death or not. Should I go there? Should I discuss all the thoughts that went through my head? Or, should I let the news pass over me and move on to other more happy thoughts? Suicide is personal to me. Any suicide I hear about breaks my heart. It doesn't matter if it is someone as famous as Robin or if the person Read more [...]

How to Name Your Baby in 6 Easy Steps

When I was single, I would imagine my future children; children whose names I had long ago picked out (Gabriel and Virginia) while daydreaming during classes in college. What I didn't factor in was that my future husband might have an opinion. Or, more accurately, that he might disagree with my choices.  Why, oh, why, must our significant others feel like they should have a say in the name of our children? Don't they know that most women have names picked out long before they even date, much Read more [...]

Sweet Saturday: Blueberry Ice Cream

One of my favorite summer memories as a child was eating my Grandma and Grandpa Scott's homemade ice cream. My grandma would work in the kitchen to get the ice cream made, then give it to my grandfather to crank on his ice cream maker. We would sit around and patiently wait for the ice cream. Grandpa would tell stories as we all laughed. Soon after, the ice cream would be spooned into bowls. We would all eat it a bit too fast and end up groaning with ice cream headaches, but we didn't mind. There Read more [...]

My Adventures in Breastfeeding

Every time I see an article about breastfeeding, I see the following statement (or something similar), "Breastfeeding is hard." Every article seems to bemoan all the challenges of breastfeeding and make it seem like all women struggle.  I feel strangely guilty and confused when I read these articles. Why? Because I found breastfeeding natural and fairly easy. Before I started breastfeeding, I read all these articles. I knew it was going to be hard. I knew it would be a struggle because Read more [...]

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I've got to be honest. When it comes to spaghetti, I cheat. I cheat every single time I make it. I throw the noodles in the water, brown some meat, and then add jarred spaghetti sauce. If I'm in the mood, I might even add a few spices, including a pinch of cayenne to give it some kick. It takes me only 15 minutes to make, tops. Quick and easy. The problem with jarred sauce, though, is it doesn't taste very satisfying. However, I've never been one to try making homemade sauce. Maybe it is because Read more [...]

Seeking New Opportunities

I'm part of a group on Facebook. A group of fabulous bloggers. These Bloppies, as we call ourselves, inspire with their talent. They help me stay motivated to write, even on days when I'm not "feeling it." This group pushes me to be a better blogger, a better writer.  Many of these bloggers have likely been read by many of you, my readers. They have had their writing and blog posts featured on the Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, In the Powder Room, and other places. Seeing what they have Read more [...]

Chicken Caprese Sandwich

With our garden busting at the seams, we have an abundance of delicious, sweet tomatoes. But what do you do with dozens of tomatoes? Beyond making tomatoes sauces, salsa, and bruschetta, I make lots of sandwiches. There is nothing quite like eating a sandwich with fresh tomato. Ahhh! Our bounty of tomatoes helped inspire this next dish, my Chicken Caprese Sandwich! I love Caprese salads. They delight my senses. So, one day it hit me that I should turn it into a sandwich. This sandwich turned Read more [...]