With Love, Jane

Define “Work”.

I’m often confused on whether the universe is conspiring against me, or if God is trying to guide me towards a greater purpose for my life, or if my selfish career desires are somehow being curtailed by a combination of both. I am, after all, an at-home parent by proxy. Leaving my full-time gig at…

Around the Manor

It’s HOT already. And not spring hot, but summer hot. A hot I’m not excited about. A hot that’s making me sweat. I hate to sweat. HATE TO SWEAT. But with the warmth comes growth. LOTS of growth. I have a lot of hope in this little garden. May it grow great, and fill our…

She Speaks on Energy Drinks

This is bound to ruffle a few feathers. But do I care? Nope. Some of you out there need to hear this… One of my biggest pet peeves lately is seeing children (under 14) walking around sipping energy drinks. I’ve yet to meet a child who’s 7, 9, 0r even 12 that “needs” an energy…

Blessed Easter

It’s Easter. As a Christian Easter is a time of remembrance and renewal. Forget the bunny (although we enjoy that part of the celebration) bring on the palm leaves, lilies, and overwhelming feeling of gratitude for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We tend to overindulge our tot. Shocking, I know. And, admittedly, last year…

Old Lady Essence

I often contemplate allowing my dye covered naturally gray hair to grow out in all it’s silver glory. But then, just as I think I may have come to terms with my premature old-lady-ness, I catch a glimpse of the shimmering strands in my 1/2 inch roots.  Such sights incite an epic “I’m too young…

Fatty McFat Cat

OK. I suck. Really I do. I haven’t spent time with you guys in over a month. Not only have I been knee-deep in other writing assignments, but I’ve been CRAZY busy in our community, at our Church, and (naturally) raising our tot. So yeah, it’s been a hectic month, but I’m regaining my sanity,…

Cook Jane Cook

10 Minute Peanut Butter Fudge

I rarely try recipes I see posted in GIFs on Facebook or Twitter. Not that I’m above them, but 9 out of 10 times they simply don’t come out as expected. But I came across this little gem on my timeline yesterday, and thought it looked easy enough, and cheap enough, to try. Within 10…

Chicken Stew, kind of

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One of the greatest things I took away from my stint in western North Carolina was an affinity for a proper chicken stew. And, of course, being from the south I couldn’t imagine a chicken stew without dumplings or pastry. So, to honor both sides of my taste buds I’ve created a hybrid stew- it’s…

Healthier Potato Skins

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When my husband is lucky enough to get a day off I go overboard in the kitchen. After all, the fastest way to a mans heart is through his stomach, right?! So today I’ve been cooking non-stop. And not just for my husband, but for you too. I’ve had several recipes “on the back burner”…