With Love, Jane

3.25

Two years after I birthed a tiny elephant, I’m still carrying TOO MUCH baby weight. Though after two years I’m pretty sure you cross the line from baby weight to just plain fat. Boo Hiss! I’ve had a gym membership since August of last year. Ugh. I’m so far from where I thought I’d be…

Parental Play Date

We’ve been spending quite a lot of time at our local parks and tot-friendly establishments these days. With the unseasonably warm weather it’s been difficult keeping our little nature lover indoors. In fact, we’re out and about nearly everyday. And with his social calendar quickly filling up with art class, Montessori class and gymnastics lessons,…

Gluten Free Sausage Balls

My moms go-to recipe for family get-togethers is Sausage Balls. And since going gluten free it’s an indulgence I sincerely miss. But no more! I’ve figured out a quick an inexpensive method that takes the gluten out, and leaves the flavor in. Not to mention, they last FOREVER in the fridge and freeze like a…

Techie Tot

Several months ago, while I still walked about in my pre-toddler bliss, I watched in horror as a fellow mom pushed her tot around the department store while he sat quietly in the cart with an Ipad. I’m not sure what bugged me more- the thought of her ignoring her child, or her child being…

The Cheapskate In Me Rejoiced

I rarely pay attention to advertisements I see on the various social media outlets I indulge in. I’ve found the vast majority of them to be less than worth my time. If free airline tickets existed I’d be on some sort of tropical island sipping on anything (and probably everything) that reminded me I’m more than a…

Imagination Smagination

Just two days ago I went to Lowes Home Improvement and spent a small fortune on toy storage. (FYI Lowes is my all time favorite store. I like the smell. It reminds me of my dad.) Anyways, despite picking them up and reorganizing them 1,193,205,684 times the toys are here… And the storage tote is…

Junk

I won’t lie, these gooey little bars are less than good for you. But hey, everyone deserves a treat every now and again, right?! Somewhere in the creation process my brain got confused: Was I making popcorn balls, or rice crispy treats, or candy bars? Either way, they’re AWESOME. And the definition of JUNK FOOD.…

Household Budgeting 101

It’s nap time. So I have approximately an hour and a half to get everything set for the afternoon. That means pay a few bills, start dinner, tidy-up, walk the dogs, etc. etc. etc. Yes, my days are FULL, and seem to be getting fuller each week. I chalk it up to a growing tot, whose busy…

SAHMs and Feminism

fem·i·nism  noun \ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm\ :the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes Just in case you didn’t know. And though this post is meant to be informative, and not at all offensive, it will undoubtedly offend a few. Buy hey, that’s blogging, right? As a product of an all female liberal arts college,…

Shrimp Saute with Vegetables and Yellow Rice

We’re BIG TIME seafood eaters. There really isn’t any seafood we don’t like. Scratch that- I’m not a fan of oysters, but my husband could eat his weight in the slimy suckers. I’ve got dozens of seafood recipes up my sleeve, but this one fit the bill last night. Nothing is better than a lean…

SNOW!

So, this happened last night. And boy o boy did we have fun this morning. Another first. Another reason to SMILE! For these three beach folks, this was pretty awesome. Love. Jane

Dang…because I try not to curse

It is with great remorse that I share this photo. Today, upon emptying the dishwasher, I discovered this… Oh my heart is broken. I’ve happily created scrumptious recipes for over 10 years in this bowl. In fact, no recipe feels complete unless I’ve used this bowl to mash, whip, stir or fold. I feel like…

Neat Freak : In Training

Forget everything almost everything I said in my recent resolutions post. In the first 15 of 2013 I’ve discovered one HUGE flaw that I must address- ASAP! I’m disorganized. And I’m ashamed of it. I keep a VERY tidy house, but it’s far from organized. And I yearn to be one of those hyper organized…

5 Years and Counting

Today is my anniversary. Hooray. 5 years of wedded bliss. I couldn’t have asked for a better suited partner to spend my life with. We tease, we bicker, and on occasion we fight. But after 7 years together, we’re still madly in love. NOTHING went as planned on our wedding day. I was late getting…

You Can Take Your Opinions and…

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned an insulted mother! At least that’s been my personal experience. I’m a relatively calm person. I abide by the rules, I don’t cut people off, and I’ll avoid confrontation at my own personal expense. But, if one more non-mom gives me the side eye over something my toddler is carrying,…

Resolutions

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. Never have been. After all, why set yourself up for failure, right? But this year I thought I’d give it a whirl. Here’s what I’ve got in store for 2013…at least in theory. HA! LIVE FOR THE DAY. I’m a planner. Make that an obsessive planner. This year…

Crock Pot Beans And Ham

I know, I know. You’re supposed to eat Black-Eyed Peas for New Years. But A) we prefer Lima Beans and B) We’re starting our diet tomorrow, so tonight we FEAST!  I had a TON of ham left over from Christmas dinner. Seriously, I could have fed a family of 10. So, being the thrifty little…

Sausage and Cornbread Pudding

Cornbread. What’s not to love. You can have it with just about any dish, from breakfast to dinner. I love corn muffins, skillet corn bread, cornbread pudding, YOU NAME IT. Luckily, Bobs Red Mill makes an excellent gluten free cornbread mix that’s become a staple in our pantry. With a little help from Bob, and…