comfort and joy in fear and loathing

“We’re all in this together” is something you’ve heard at least ten times already today. Some are “in it” more than others, and some worse than others. There are mothers and fathers, who are on the front lines of this virus war; intentionally removing themselves from their children, in order to protect them… There are husbands and wives, living apart not out of choice, but out of safety. Families are apart; there is fear… There are children, who’s secure and happy place was at school, where they were nurtured and fed, and are now trapped in a home with unstable […]

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Life today

Nowadays, everyone is living my norm. Homeschooling, hand washing and living paycheck to paycheck… Welcome to my world. Here’s what you need to know. Homeschooling: STOP! Now is NOT the time to try to do something you never really wanted to do in the first place. It’s only going to stress you and your kids in an already stressful time. Do fun things that they will remember, and teach them a skill… make cookies from scratch, identify the trees in your neighborhood, put out a bird bath & feeder and identify birds that come…. read books, watch movies, draw pictures […]

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elderberry gummy bears

I have a confession: I’m a germaphobe in recovery. I know it sounds funny… but I have struggled ever since I was in third grade, with germs… I’m not sure if it started as a post traumatic stress disorder when my mother was raped and left for dead when I was eight. I remember the night too clearly, how she looked and smelled when she was found. I remember her only wearing a white blood stained Haines Men’s T shirt, and it being covered in crusty maroon blood and muck from a nearby canal, where she was pistol-whipped, and the […]

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overcooked and underfed

I have a story for y’all. It’s a story about being tired, and waking up. You see, I got stuck. I got stuck in a pattern of catching up, which made me fall behind. Not making sense? Let me explain… When I first began this blog, things like Instagram and Pinterest didn’t exist. There was Facebook and Twitter, and a tiny skeleton of My Space. But then, the power of social media took over like the popular kid in a middle school, and there was almost an instant shift in the cyber world. Everyone was is competing. Who has more […]

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cozy casseroles and happy endings

Who doesn’t love a warm hearty casserole? It’s like a hug from grandma after a rough day…. Casseroles are up there on my favorite comfort food lists. Right next to tacos and sushi. Have you ever wondered why salads aren’t comfort food? What exactly makes food comforting? Hmmmm. Anyway… just a odd little thought that popped into my head. Anyway, the “team” here at this little blog feels the need to address a situation that has been brought to our attention, you see…

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keeping tabs

I have several recipes I really need to post here, I mean.. it is a food blog, after all. But: there’s more. That’s why I had originally started “The Domestic Mama” ; but seriously, who has time to keep up with two blogs?! So- I’ve decided to keep everything centrally located here. I got a camera for Christmas… my sweet daughter asked me what my “dream gift” would be and I said a new(er) camera. I wrote new(er) because she managed to find a sweet deal on a full frame with low shutter count, and (with my mom’s help) presented […]

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It’s a boy!

If you’ve followed this blog for the past ten years or so, you’ll have seen the journey of my life, recipes included. From adventures with Frito Lay and Kenmore, to a very different journey of a calling to care for modern day orphans. My days used to consist of dropping kids off to school, and returning home to spend hours uploading and editing photos, writing posts and returning to the kitchen; creating and photographing recipes to share with my beloved readers. And, finally, cleaning up flour and batter in time for dismissal. Those were the days. Then, life happened. And, […]

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sugar cream pie

I’m a Florida native. Most of y’all already know that. But, in case not, now you do. I live a short drive from the cane fields, where as far as the eye can see, there is sugar cane. There are days, when I just need to escape the madness of tourists and traffic, I simply head west to the vastness of fields , and embrace the infinity of land around me. Of course, I don’t do it as often as I’d like; and I dare not venture there when the fields are burning…. but; I try to take a drive […]

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Homemade honey buns #backtoschooltreatsweek

I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #BacktoSchoolTreats week recipes. All opinions are mine alone. As a kid, honey buns were one of my favorite breakfast treats… a cross between a donut and cinnamon roll- engulfed in a sweet glaze… To celebrate the start of the upcoming school year, I created a homemade version of this sweet treat. I took some shortcuts, too. Because not many people have time to knead dough… everyone is busy getting hand sanitizer and teams of paper, right? So: I used my trusty bread machine to make quick […]

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Orange Creamsicle crunch bars #SummerDesertWeek

Welcome to the final day of summer desert week ! Today, I have a twist on the traditional chocolate crunch bar, Where the chocolate is replaced with white chocolate and orange cream flavored candy melts are swirled in with it . I had some crisp rice cereal and voila! you have a summertime twist on a classic candy ! Orange Creamsicle crunch bars #SummerDesertWeek Category: Uncategorized Ingredients 1 bag Wilton orange cream candy melts 12 ounces white chocolate 1 cup crisp rice cereal Instructions in a microwave at 50% power, melt wafers and chocolate in 1 minute intervals stirring between […]

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Lemonade cupcakes #SummerDesertWeek

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! Happy Friday! Today, I have a special treat for you… lemonade cupcakes! And, there’s a few time saving secrets I’m going to share as well: baking cupcakes doesn’t have to be an all day process- I used to be very “anti-boxed cake mix” but: in a pinch , I have been known to use some of the cleaner ones- (without anything artificial ) you can doctor them up very easily to give him a homemade taste by replacing oil with melted butter […]

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key lime pie-sicles #summerdessertweek

disclaimer: I received product samples for my participation in Summer Dessert week, however, the recipes and opinions are my own Y’all…. ohmygoodness. These are SO GOOD. Seriously. Like, talk with your mouth full kind of good. So good you forget your manners. You know what I’m talking about…. These are a creation I made just for #summerdessertweek, but- lemme tell you… I’ll be making them more often. They are going to be a new summertime tradition. 

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Key Lime Thumbprint cookies #summerdessertweek

Disclaimer: I was sent product for my participation in Summer Dessert Week, however the recipes and opinions are my own. Welcome to day three of #summerdessertweek. I don’t know about y’all but for me, Key Lime Pie is that quintessential summer dessert. It’s tart and cool, and reminds me of holidays spent fishing in the ocean all day and cooling off in the pool in the afternoon. But: Summertime also means picnics … and, let’s face it: Pies are not for picnics. But: what happens when a key lime pie and a shortbread cookie meet, fall in love, get married […]

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rock candy #summerdessertweek

Today…. Is day two of #summerdessertweek!And, today I have one of the prettiest candies out there. They are like the gemstone of sweets: shimmery, shiny crystals of pure sugar. And, when you’re a homeschool mom like myself- they are the perfect way to incorporate some science into life. (shhhh…. it’s undercover school in summer)The best part about these candies is that they also serve an adult purpose: sweetening your drinks. And, if you’re clever- you’ll add flavoring to compliment your drink… mint sweet tea, anyone? These are sooooo easy to make. And, chances are you have everything you need. I […]

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mermaid splash cookies #summerdessertweek

Disclaimer: I was sent samples for compensation for my participation in Summer Dessert Week, however, the opinions expresses as well as the recipes are my own.  Hey Y’all! Guess whaaaaaaat?! It’s SUMMER DESSERT WEEK!!! You know what that means? Giveaways. (Awesome prizes) Recipes. (Lots of keepers!) And… updates and new recipes every day this week from yours truly. In my participation for this event, I received a wonderful box of goodies from Wilton. In it, there was a “DIY-licous” kit for mermaid cupcakes. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE how mermaids and unicorns have made a “comeback”. As a […]

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