a humble request…

This is not one of my usual posts. But, wait -don’t leave. I’ve had this little blog for 9 years now. I’ve shared my recipes, joys and sorrows. Y’all were here as I learned to use a real camera, and when I made my fist wedding cake. You may have come here for the spinach burgers, and stayed for the cookie dough truffles. You were also here  here for the sorrows: when my stepdaughter left,  when my father died, and when I was in a sad dark place in life. Recently, you have been here to share the excitement of […]

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The boulder I live under

You know the expression: “You must live under a rock!” Well, my friends… I’m pretty sure I live under a boulder. And, it’s gotten even larger having two toddlers and a baby.My boulder is filled with homeschooling, diapers, bottles, toddlers, chicken nuggets and laundry. Seriously: If it’s not on Peppa Pig, I probably will not have a clue about it. For instance, the lab technician at my pediatricians office had this conversation with me: “Oh! Her nickname is Kiki? Do you sing that song to her?” Me: “Ummm, there’s a song?” On another occasion a few years ago, a friend […]

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enlarging our tent, part 3 another adoption!

Do y’all remember when we first decided to become foster parents? Do ya’ll  remember our waiting on our first placement? And this happened? Now…. Last November we said yes once more to another NICU baby; this time : a preemie, and circumstances at birth required her to be resuscitated.. to put it bluntly, she had a rough start. She came to us, smaller than a football, thin, and with a transparent hue to her skin that exposed every vein as if she were marbleized. She didn’t know how to latch onto a bottle, and feeding times  were a hot mess […]

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coconut thai & shrimp street snacks

 Remember, my last post? It had been a while…. so I started with breakfast. Now: it’s lunch. Or snack time. Adults don’t nearly have enough nap times and snack times. Snacks and naps do beautiful things to grumpy people. This is another recipe that I utilized BLENDABELLA with; a spicy, tangy exotic hand pie made with shrimp, a dash of curry and coconut thai BLENDABELLA. It’s the perfect grab and go snack (or lunch if you have two!) Speaking of lunchtime and snack time… when I was a kid, I remember drinking some sort of “orange drink” and having little […]

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rustic Italian breakfast tart

I’m baaaaa-ck! I seemed to have taken a bit of  of a hiatus around here lately, but- I’m baaaaa-ck, and with some delicious new recipes and stories to share. Let’s start with breakfast. This Rustic Italian Breakfast Tart, for instance. So; I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it seems like the words rustic,  farmhouse,  and gather are everywhere in home decor … the latest trends are aged wood, hammered metal and cozy accent quilts. Of course, in that cozy rustic farmhouse: you’ll need food to go along with the decor. A sack of greasy fries are not going […]

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brownie batter dip & back to (home)school

It’s back to school season, which; for me is like a second “New Years”.  For a ton of reasons, I just love school supplies. The smell of new crayons and fresh pencils… they just give off that”fresh start” feeling.  It  also reminds me  that cooler weather is just around the corner, along with pumpkin spice everything. However: it’s not quite back to school for us yet. Public school has begun in my county, which means it’s “peak” summer for me and my little ones, with all the parks and museums empty. But: I know a lot of y’all are back […]

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A Good Cuban… sandwich, that is

I love a good Cuban… warm and toasty, buttery and savory. Living in sunny soflo, (south Florida) there is a vast array of Cuban restaurants and bakeries. Back in my college days, my morning routine consisted of  the 24 hour Cuban restaurant walk up window for some Cuban toast, (flaky crusty bread spread with butter and pressed on a flat iron )  and a double shot of  Cuban coffee; a strong espresso brew sweetened to perfection.  It was the breakfast of champions for any south Floridian. Nowadays, hitting up my favorite walk up window is close to impossible, lugging a […]

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coconut sweet bread with lime glaze #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.”     I love coconut. If you don’t- you can omit it from this recipe, and you have a basic sweet breakfast bread. Coconut is one of those things I hated as a kid, but once I turned 14, I developed a crush on it that never went away. Sometimes that happens with food, it’s a lot like relationships…. things you love as a kid, somehow don’t do it for you as an adult. Or, […]

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watermelon slushies #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.”   Watermelon has always been one of my favorite fruits. It’s big enough to feed a family, and sweet enough to be dessert. It’s hydrating and cooling, and as refreshing as a dip in the pool. Sometimes, it’s messy though. I can seldom eat a slice of watermelon without looking like a sticky five year old, with juice running to my elbows. But: there are sometimes you want to get your watermelon on in a […]

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cherry vanilla ice pops #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.” Here you have it folks, quite possibly the easiest recipe on this blog. I think y’all will be seeing a lot more simple, easy recipes here. Because life is hard at times, and there are days you just need easy recipes and paper plates. Yes, I know paper plates are not the most environmentally friendly item, but at least I’m not promoting plastic straws. Plastic straws are like the cigarettes of the utensil world. Just […]

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s’mores cookie bars #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.” Ahhh, summertime and s’mores. Goes together like Fall and pumpkin spice, winter and peppermint, Springtime and… asparagus? Peeps? Jelly Beans? Jury is out on that one.

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Key Lime Fudge #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.” Whenever myself or my family takes on a commitment, something happens. Usually we have a weekend getaway planned, and bam- there is a new child entering our care. This time, I had Summer Dessert Week* planned, and Bam! A newborn lands in my lap. Well, almost. When you’re a foster parent the “stork” comes often. Thankfully, I made sweet tings happen at nap time, like this: sweet, creamy and tart lime fudge on top of […]

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when the cup overflows

Monday, at 5:52pm I found out there was a need for a home for a newborn baby girl. And,  at 8:31pm, she was in my arms. Foster care has a way of keeping you on your toes. So,  as I was preparing a meal of chicken divan, jasmine rice and corn, God was sending a baby my way. Of course, this now puts our family to four kids, three of them under the age of two; which required approval and a special waiver. I understand why- it takes a special kind of crazy to take on a crew like that, […]

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summertime…..traveling chicken pot pies

Summertime… and this summer, well… it’s different. I haven’t been all over the internet like previous summers, planning an epic-super-mom-of-the-year–crafty-life-pinterest-worthy- summer-bucket-list. I’m not sure why. Maybe because keeping a toddler, 10 year old  and a baby entertained when it’s 92F outside can be as daunting as crossing the Sahara. Or, maybe it’s because earlier in the year, I had gone through a major decluttering and simplifying process, and sometimes pinterest makes me stock pile weird things (like baby food jars) for craft projects, or-  maybe it’s because I don’t want the pressure of needing to plan anything for summer. Summer […]

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