Tuna Noodle Friday Comfort Food

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Another meatless Friday meal from me to you. This time in the form of glorified canned tuna. But, when you look into the cupboard and see that and a bag of noodles, you know what to do. Tuna Noodle Casserole Ingredients: 1 bag egg noodles 2 cans drained tuna 1 bag frozen broccoli triple recipe of this cream soup sleeve of buttery crackers 3-4 tbsp. melted butter parmesan Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 400F while you boil your noodles 2. When noodles are ready, combine with … [Read more...]

Oh Hot Damn: Tips for Your Jams


I know. I know. I've been doing a lot of sponsored posts lately, but I hope they are at least...helpful? I had quite a few backed up after my break, so you're getting them now. And, best of all? They are all my own thoughts and opinions! Woo! I think I've made it pretty clear that I like having my nails done. As a matter of fact, I went to a nail place a month or two ago to get a gel manicure. I love those - when they are done correctly. This time it was, like, $60 for a real disaster of a … [Read more...]

7QT: don’t take into consideration my happiness


I'm trying out a new format for my 7QT because it's my blog. And, if you don't like it, then, in the words of Simcha, "check your mailbox to find a full refund of every cent you paid me to write this blog." I jest. But really, 7QTs are taking me wayyyyy longer to write than the name would suggest, so Imma try to be rill lazy about this. Let me know what you think. And don't take into consideration my happiness or the entire evening I spent PicMonkey-ing graphics together for this in hopes that … [Read more...]

tl;dr October


I'm really digging all of your tl;dr posts. It's the lazy in me. Here is what we have been up to lately. 20 weeks tomorrow. Cue up the Bon Jovi. We will find out the gender of the baby, but we are waiting to do a reveal party on my birthday - November 2 aka Dia de los Muertos. I am seriously considering getting a certificate in makeup application. I don't really want the full esthetician license because, well, I can't afford that. If you know of a good certificate program by me … [Read more...]

Perfect Pie Crust (with pictures) + Directions for Apple Pie

Perfect Pie Crust (with pictures)

You asked for it! Um, well, someone asked for it. And lookey here: a day without something to blog about. Perfect storm, my friends. It's not that you can't Google a million pie recipes, but why not trust me? I have mad pie skillz, and I know it. My aunt taught me this recipe for apple about five years ago, and now I am the Chancellor of Pie Baking and Director of Dessert Consumption. So, I bring to you: Perfect Pie Crust with Pictures (Because They Might Be Helpful) Apple … [Read more...]

7QT: There cannot possibly be any more information that you would need to know

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-1- I've got a feverish girl in my care today (hint: it's Ellen), so we are, you know, abusing Netflix. Also, when girlfriend is sick, she doesn't want to eat or drink a thing. So, I've bribed her with apple cider, hot chocolate and juice. I've heard that to get better, you have to drink tons of sugar...or something like that. -2- instalife (one year ago) -3- Reading: The Boys in the Boat and theseEating: all the leftoversListening: Disney PandoraWatching: Once Upon a TimeCo … [Read more...]

Twitterature: What We’re Reading


Falling for Your Madness: By @10minutewriter. Def. fits criteria for a book w/ a fresh plot line. A little bizarre, but interesting and easy enough to keep attention. The Stupidest Angel: Not a fan. Thought it'd be a quirky Christmas story. Turns out it's all zombies and serial killers. Not even in the cool Burton way. #nope I Don't Want to be a Hoo-er: A summary of @TheAnchoress' best pieces. Thought-provoking but easy to read because it is broken into short essays. #catholic #p … [Read more...]

Samster the Hamster: New Media Babybook


  In Ellen's first year of life, I dazzled you with monthly updates on all of the (amazing! exciting! hilarious! smart!) things she was up to. Sam? Sam is the second child, so you know.   But there are things I don't want to forget about "Umma's" boy. Like how whenever he gets his hands on something desirable he says, "Got it!" Or how he points at everything and asks, "Wussat?" Or his favorite (and only) words: buh! (ball), bey-bo (belly button), Nyen … [Read more...]

7QT: then she says, “No!” but, like really sassy-like

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-1- Took the kids to the park yesterday morning. There was a preschool using it (it is technically theirs). I was told I couldn't use the park at the same time the school was using it for "safety reasons." I get it. I kind of figured I was going to be told that. BUT, does anyone else think that sometimes our world is too concerned with rules and safety and blah blah blah? Or maybe not. I don't know. Maybe I'm a loose goose. -2- I'm making apple pies all day today with Anna. Tis the season … [Read more...]

Warm Beet Salad (kid un-friendly!)

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Sometimes you just have to buy the kids a TV dinner, and make yourself something grown up. And, while the kids munched on microwaved corn dogs and french fries (surprisingly they weren't fans, which, I guess, is good?), I treated myself to an iron fest. Call me iron woman. Ingredients: 6 beets including stalks and greens one large onion pkg sliced mushrooms 2 cloves diced garlic crumbled goat cheese salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1. Roast your beets in the oven. I like this … [Read more...]