Hurrah for Spring

After one of the longest winters on records, a typical Minnesota winter here in Illinois, it is finally spring! I, for one, couldn't be happier! While I do love snow, by the time March comes, I'm ready for warmer temperatures, flowers, and leaves on trees again.  As is normal for spring, the temperatures are variable. Some days it's cold, other days warm, and still others more temperate. On a warmer day, my girls and I try to take advantage of the weather by getting outside. Some days Read more [...]

Simon & Garfunkel Roast Chicken

I have a confession to make. Please don't judge. I love chicken, but I do not like dark meat and neither does my husband. Awful, right? When we buy chicken, we don't save on buying thighs because we almost always buy chicken breast.  However, I do love a roast chicken and just roasting the breasts isn't the same. And now that our girls are older, we can give them all the dark meat. That's fair, right? I also will cut up any remaining meat from the roast chicken to use in recipes that call Read more [...]

Sweet Saturday: Lemon Blueberry Muffins

One of my favorite restaurants is Perkins. Any time I go there, I get the breakfast and always get it with a blueberry muffin. Blueberry muffins were one of the first things I baked from scratch when I lived on my own. They make me smile every time I take a bite. I also adore lemon, as I mentioned before with the lemon squares I made a couple of months ago. Not long ago, it occurred to me that I should combine the flavors for a lemon blueberry muffin. I played with a recipe I had for blueberry muffin Read more [...]

Friday Funnies 4/4/14

  A good tweet or Facebook post can make me smile and/or giggle. Here are several that did just that in the last few weeks.         // Post by Daddy doin' work. I gotta say, I'm a bit offended at how stupid my kids think I am. — Jen Good (@buriedwithkids) March 23, 2014 Don't care about language or nudity, but I sure could use a movie rating system to warn me about anything sad involving kids or animals. — Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer) Read more [...]

Florida Visitors

A couple of months ago, my sister, Amy, asked me if she and her children could come up to visit us. It would be the first visit from my sister since my oldest, Ginny, was born, nearly three years ago when Amy helped in the first few days after leaving the hospital. I couldn't contain my excitement and said we couldn't wait to see them. Normally, it is me who does all the visiting, with us going to Florida to see my family once a calendar year. Having my sister make a visit on my niece Read more [...]

15 Budget-Friendly Family Recipes

Sometimes cooking for a family can be tough, especially if you strive to create healthy foods and avoid packaged options. I always wonder why healthy food costs more. However, it can be done as shown by these 15 Budget-Friendly Family Recipes.     1. Creamy Chicken & Mashed Potato Casserole from WriterMom's Blog   2. Easy Beef Stroganoff from Mommifried   3. Honey Garlic Pork Chops from City Girl on Hicks Farm   4. Turkey Tostada with Avocado Cream from Read more [...]

Time With Others

After two weeks of everyone being healthy, the illness that descended upon my children, husband, and myself is finally gone. I hope. We dealt with the plague, a nasty stomach virus, for a month in my home. I'm happy to say farewell to the beast.  I was especially glad it stayed away because my sister and her kids, Kendall and Carson, came up from Florida for a visit; a visit that wouldn't have happened had we still been ill. (More on that visit later this week.)  It also meant that Read more [...]

Grilled Chicken and Bacon Sandwich

Not long ago, I bought a book to help me find creative inspiration in cooking. The book, The Flavor Bible, lists ingredients and the flavors that go best with them. I find it a great way to stir up ideas in creating a new dish to try at home. Normally, I don't work outside of a recipe, but with my new tool (that's what I refer to the book as), I find myself being much more daring and adventurous by creating my own recipes. It was by using my newest tool that I came up with this grilled chicken and Read more [...]

Guest Blog: An Organ Donor’s Story

MacKenzie Dias was born into a family where going to the hospital was more common than going to a soccer game. Both of her older sisters were born with the genetic disease Cystic Fibrosis. At the young age of twenty-four, MacKenzie has already endured many hardships including the death of her sister, and donating her own kidney to her other sister. Despite having faced these tribulations, she still maintains a positive outlook on life. Her blog, Breathe Easy With Me, is used to help others who are Read more [...]

Raising Little Jayhawks

If you haven't figured it how from my blog name or my Facebook page, I am KU Jayhawk. Before anymore confusion comes in, KU stands for The University of Kansas; not Kentucky which is designated UK.  Now, for those not in the know, you might not realize how remarkable it is that I am a KU Jayhawk. After all, I am not from Kansas.  My family is from the St. Louis area. My mom went to the University of Missouri for one year, one of KU's rivals (at least it was until recently). Her younger Read more [...]