Don’t worry, I haven’t deserted the blog!
See you in September with more recipes & fun!
Don’t worry, I haven’t deserted the blog!
See you in September with more recipes & fun!
For the last few months I have been working with Secular Pro-Life on a project that officially launched June 15. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. God’s timing, if you ask me!
The project is called #NextNominee.
From our press release: “Young adult anti-abortion advocates organized by Secular Pro-Life have launched #NextNominee, a campaign to fill the next Supreme Court vacancy with a pro-life woman. The centerpiece of the campaign is a petition hosted at petitions.whitehouse.gov, a federal website that allows concerned citizens to voice their concerns directly to White House officials. If the petition receives at least 100,000 signatures in the next 30 days, the Trump administration will respond.”
You probably have heard by now that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the Supreme Court.
Reactions are polarized – conservatives are elated & liberals are worried. It’s not hard to guess where I fall.
As a woman who loves this country, it is truly upsetting that the 3 female voices that are supposed to speak for me on the Supreme Court are vehemently pro-abortion.
While the argument can be made that any pro-life candidate for the Supreme Court would be great, I would really like to put the whole “old white men” pro-abortion talking point to bed.
There are SIX qualified women on President Trump’s short list. Love him or hate him, he will be the one making this decision.
If you have ever wished you could just do something to advance the cause for human rights for all humans, here is your chance! It might not seem like much to sign your name, but this petition is a big deal!
God bless America!
Cupcake’s birthday is in January, so last year she got to enjoy all of her first holidays in order. This means that I got to do all of the fun handprint/footprint crafts
for with her.
Footprint Valentines day heart? check. Footprint Father’s day craft? check. Handprint turkey for Thanksgiving? check. Handprint AND footprint clay ornaments for Christmas? check.
Now that she’s no longer an infant, I just don’t find it as cute. Let’s face it – the gift recipients know who really made those things. ME. Don’t get me wrong, there are some really cute ideas on Pinterest. But most of them are just work for mom.
Cupcake is 17 months old – old enough to want to do things on her own, but not old enough to really understand that we are making a gift for someone else. So even if I wanted to, it’d be pretty challenging to get her to give me a handprint or a footprint this year. So strong willed, & she’s not even 2! Say a prayer for me.
For Father’s day I searched for ideas of something she could make her daddy that was minimal work for me while being a little more thoughtful than just her scribbling on a piece of paper. I didn’t really come across any ideas I liked, but inspiration came from Cupcake herself. She likes to color & paint all by herself (heavily supervised, of course!) & her absolute favorite thing in the world right now is stickers. That gave me an idea.
It sounded too simple, but what if Cupcake really could make a card for daddy by herself with minimal guidance from me?
Sometimes, the K.I.S.S. principle really is the best. Keep it simple, silly!
Cupcake had a lot of fun painting this card for daddy.
Once the paint was dry, we added stickers. I let her add as many hearts as she wanted before giving her the sticker letters, one at a time in order, to spell DADA. That’s really all of the involvement I had, minus making sure she didn’t get paint everywhere! Oh, and writing her name & the date on the back!
This craft is so easily adaptable for any occasion! Use different colored paper, paint, or markers depending on your target audience & time of year! It’s infinitely customizable. You can let your toddler add as much or as little embellishment as you wish. The only ‘must’ is sticker letters. As long as your toddler has the motor skills to put stickers on a paper, they can do this craft!
My hubby really loved receiving this card from our sweet daughter. She handed it to him herself! It might sound silly, but the fact that he can tell she really made it (as opposed to mommy) makes it more special!
Whole wheat? No refined sugar? Vegan?!?
Don’t worry, I’m not going all ‘crunchy’ on you. I’m just a mama trying to get her toddler to eat veggies.
I think I fed Cupcake too many carrots when she was a baby, because one day around 11 months old she just started rejecting them. She loves peas, but hates carrots. Go figure.
I, on the other hand, love carrots. So I started looking for a way I could get Cupcake to eat them that wasn’t straight up carrot cake. I came across this recipe by Ambitious Kitchen & decided to give it a try. I was going for the vegan option to try & get a little flax in there, but planned on using regular whole milk. I also chose to make mini muffins instead so they’d be a good size for Cupcake. I have a 48-ct mini muffin pan & it’s just the best!
The thing about baking when you have a toddler around is that you are very distracted. Meaning I just straight up forgot to add the milk. Any milk. Which is ironic because the recipe I was following was a sponsored post by Almond Breeze. So I accidentally made them totally vegan, and they were still totally delicious.
In my opinion, the carrots are moist enough not to need the milk & the mini size means they’re still a good texture. I don’t think I would try a regular sized muffin like this, though. Also, the OP’s note about these tasting better sitting after in an airtight container overnight is true. They are good straight off of the cooling rack, but they are GREAT after a night in the fridge.
Don’t skimp on the carrots – 1 cup finely shredded! Shredding carrots by hand with a box grater is a pain in the arm (gotcha!) but these are totally worth it. If you are wondering if you need a 3rd carrot to make that cup – you do. I usually use 2 large carrots & then end up shredding a 3rd smaller one.
Full disclosure: I add non-vegan mini chocolate chips to mine. But there are vegan chocolate chips out there, or you can add another mix in such as nuts, raisins, or coconut flakes.
I told you I wasn’t going ‘crunchy’ on you! 🙂
Makes 4 dozen mini muffins
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day & what do all mothers love? Brunch!
That’s what we’re doing at my house, anyway. Brunch with the extended family. And these scones are on the menu!
I got this scone recipe from my dear friend Beth, who gives me so many great recipes, who got it from the book Ten Dollar Dinners. However, I have adapted it some. I never have buttermilk powder on hand & have not come across another recipe that calls for it yet. Therefore I just always use lemon juice. I also in general almost always use salted butter for everything, so that’s what I use in this recipe, too. With a few other twists & tweaks, I bring you this recipe.
I’ve never made scones any other way, so this cream method is all I know. I hear it is much easier than another method which requires cutting butter into flour. I make it extra easy on myself by letting my KitchenAid mixer do most of the work. The key is just not to let it over mix.
Blueberry & white chocolate chips has become our favorite flavor combo for scones around here. The white chocolate chips take the scones from “blueberries are healthy, right?” to “oh, this is basically dessert”. But they are too good to pass up for a celebratory brunch. I think that’s why I like to make 24 mini scones out of this recipe instead of 16 larger ones. So I can eat two. (or 5!)
I am very much looking forward to a fun brunch tomorrow morning with our moms &, of course, with my little Cupcake!
She enjoyed sampling them this morning 🙂
Makes 16-24 scones depending on size
Everyone has to play ‘Pantry Roulette’ with dinner every now and then. Whether it’s a budget thing, an expiration date thing, or a grocery shopping thing. This recipe was born from the last.
We needed something for dinner, but I would not be able to go grocery shopping for a few more days. I didn’t want to just serve grilled cheese sandwiches – I wanted something with at least some semblance of vegetables! So I put my thinking cap on to see what I could come up with.
The only green thing I had in the fridge was pickles. I know pickles don’t really count as a vegetable, but I decided to roll with it (no pun intended!). I also had half a block of cream cheese I needed to use up. And then I remembered that in the pantry I had a few lasagna noodles left. Hmm…
I wrote ‘cheeseburger lasagna rolls’ on our dinner menu for Saturday night. My husband came up to me & asked, “Are those 3 separate things?” Very funny, babe.
Even though we ended up getting a free meal from my parents on the night in question (gracias Mami y Papi!), I left ‘cheeseburger lasagna rolls’ on the menu to make another night.
I briefly searched for similar recipes, but I was not satisfied with any of them. None of them that I saw suggested cream cheese, & almost all of them had ketchup. No thanks. I decided that I would just try to use my previous white lasagna making knowledge & just give it a go.
When I smelled the delicious filling, I knew I had a winner.
This recipe is relatively simple. I browned the ground beef with my favorite burger seasoning & then drained it. Pro tip: I never pay more for lean ground beef. I just make sure to drain it! Yes, I yield a little less than the poundage you bought from the fat being rendered out & discarded. But I don’t end up paying a premium for ground top cuts. Recently, Aldi had 73/27 on sale for less than $2/lb. Can you say score???
Once the beef is browned & drained, I added diced onions & pickles, cream cheese, and mustard. This is the filling. At this point it totally smells like a burger. The cream cheese in place of ricotta helps that. I rolled it up in the cooked lasagna noodles (I had exactly 4 left!) & laid them in a loaf pan. The loaf pan is perfect for this amount. If you double the recipe, an 8×8 or 9×9 should work well. If you make a dozen, then a traditional lasagna pan it is!
I topped the rolls with mayo & shredded cheddar cheese. My husband has totally opened my eyes to mayo on burgers & I can never look back. But if that’s not your thing, I think that whatever your usual burger sauce is will work. Even ketchup. The point is to both add to the burger feeling & also prevent the noodles from drying out.
I think next time I will experiment with adding other burger toppings. Bacon, anyone?
Skeptical hubby ended up loving these! According to him they taste just like a McDonald’s cheeseburger. He said, “These are really good, thanks! You can quote me in your post if you want.”
Makes 4 rolls
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
I pray that you & your families have a beautiful Resurrection Sunday & reflect on the miracle of salvation.
The tomb is empty! It is time to celebrate, & every good celebration needs cake!
It’s Worldwide Waffle Day! (whoever named it ‘International Waffle Day’ missed an opportunity, according to my husband)
We love waffles around here. But this morning I was not in the mood for the usual waffles with maple syrup. I wanted something slightly more savory.
I remembered I had a box of Jiffy® cornbread mix in the pantry & got an idea.
This post is not sponsored or affiliated with Jiffy®, I just really like that little box mix. It’s so convenient & makes really good corn muffins (& now waffles!). Jiffy®, if you’re reading this, please feel free to throw a few free boxes my way!
This recipe is so easy. You follow the instructions on the box to make corn muffins, but instead of putting them in a pan, you cook it in a waffle iron. Before you close the lid, sprinkle some cheddar cheese & then cook to crispy perfection.
Makes 3-4 waffles, depending on size
I had some help in the kitchen today making these fudgy brownies.
(and some help licking the bowl!)
Recipe below! Note: cooking time depends on thickness/size of pan. I made these a little thicker this time & it took more like 35 minutes.
A few weekends ago I had the type of Saturday that only comes around once every couple of months. It was a glorious Saturday with absolutely no plans. It was a no-need-for-pants kind of day.
This is not to be confused with the type of Saturday where you are bored & wishing for plans. This was a much needed break from busy lives. My husband & I did things around the house. We watched college football. We had the whole day to ourselves to do whatever we wanted. After a delicious steak dinner, I realized we did not have any dessert. My husband said, “we haven’t left the house all day – do you want to go out for some frozen yogurt?”
I said no.
We hadn’t left the house all day! I was not about to put pants on, especially not after dinner.
So instead, I decided to make some…
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