Mexican Stuffed Shells

I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "a way to a man's heart is through his stomach." Well, a way to this woman's heart is through my stomach. I've always been impressed by a man who can cook (and enjoys it). In fact, I find men who like to cook sexy. It means I won't always be responsible for making dinner.  My husband and I had an unusual courtship, with most of it being long-distance. By the time we had our first "official" date, I knew I loved him. We met at Forest Park in St. Louis and Read more [...]

Tackle You

This summer, my girls created a game they love to play with me above others. They discovered it innocently enough. While they were busy playing in the backyard one day, I sat in the grass, careful not to let my skin touch the grass. (Not an easy trick, but something I learned years ago to do because my allergy to grass often results in hives.) As I sat there watching my girls run and have fun, Ginny noticed me calmly sitting in the grass observing them. She ran over to me and Read more [...]

Sweet Saturday: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Some cakes exist just to put a smile on our face. I'm convinced that carrot cake is one such cake. It is decadent and delicious. It's also a sweet way to get our vegetables! (If only it was a healthy way too....) The first time I made this carrot cake, I was a teenager. My Uncle Dan was coming to our house for a visit. My mom told me we should bake a carrot cake for him because it was his favorite dessert. I'm not sure how true that statement is, but I do know that he enjoyed the cake we baked Read more [...]

Friday Feats & Fails

Last week, a blogging friend of mine (Jill from Ripped Jeans & should check out her blog!), did a post about her feats and fails. Feeling inspired by that, I decided to give it a go this week. And considering the week I've had, this might not be my best idea. We'll see. So, without further ado... Let's get all the bad stuff out of the way first: How My Week Went Wrong (i.e., Fails) I baked a carrot cake for my Sweet Saturday post last week, but I couldn't get the dang cake Read more [...]

First Day of Preschool

"Get dressed, brush my teeth! Daddy, I need to brush my teeth!" Ginny yelled. My husband responded, "You need to eat breakfast first, then you can brush your teeth. What do you want to eat?" "Oh. I forgot. I want Mommy's cereal." My husband had just dressed Ginny in the outfit I picked out the night before for her first day of preschool. Ginny, my three-year-old, couldn't wait to go to school for the first time. She remembered the Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood episode about going to school, Read more [...]

Will You Check on Me in 15 Hours?

Having conversations with my 3-year-old can be entertaining and challenging; sometimes both at the same time. I think part of the struggle comes from her desire to be independent and a need to depend on me and her daddy still.  Last night is a perfect example of this dichotomy. At bedtime, after her bedtime story and hugs and kisses time, Ginny asked me to bring her to her room. I did. Then, she sat on her bed, pointed at the door and said, "Leave, Mommy. Leave now!" It was her way of Read more [...]

Teaching My Toddlers Manners

Toddlers do not always follow rules, much less the niceties of society. Part of the reason for their lack of manners is they need to learn them still.  (The other is they have poor impulse control, something my oldest made me aware of recently.) My husband and I do what we can to teach our daughters empathy and manners. We started teaching manners soon after they were born by modeling good manners through our own behavior to each other and others.  As they hit the pre-verbal stage, Read more [...]

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 [...]