Friday, December 11
Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve have some stuff to share with you today that I’m excited about!
First, for Cool Mom Eats I wrote an article about how to make pie dough and pie crust, with photos and tips. After all the pie recipes this week, you’re definitely going to want to check it out! I also put together a roundup of eggnog recipes to get your holiday on.
Remember a few months ago how Cate was in charge of planning the weekly menu and making dinner every night? She and I wrote about the experience and the article just published on Babble.
I started writing for the website Alpha Mom! I’m going to be writing a monthly article with Cate sharing recipes kids should know how to cook before they leave home. We kicked things off with omelets!
When it rains it pours…things have been busy for me lately! I’m sure they are with you, too, but be sure to share your own stuff with us in the comments!
Friday, December 4
Happy Friday! December is my crazy month and I’ve been trying to not let it get to me…but yesterday I had my breaking moment. So, it’s time to refocus, breathe, breathe, and breathe some more. I’m tempted to simply buy everyone goats for Christmas so that at least I don’t have to worry about Christmas shopping. Seems like a good plan to me!
Okay, food links! I have just two this week:
- Remember last summer how Cate was in charge of dinner for a week? The article that she and I worked on for Babble just published! Be sure to check it out! My 10-Year-Old Was in Charge of Dinner for a Week…and it was brilliant!
- On Cool Mom Eats: Weekend Toast: Hot buttered rum recipe, with or without booze, to keep everyone cozy this winter.
That’s all I’ve got this week. Short and sweet! As usual, please feel free to share whatever you like in the comments for Show and Tell!
Friday, November 27
Happy Day After Thanksgiving! I hope you are all sufficiently stuffed. I know I am. Before we get on with this week’s Show and Tell, I need to tell you about my turkey this year. I spatchcocked it. And dry brined it. And roasted it in mayo. And it was PERFECT. So perfect, in fact, I am going to do a whole post about the process. In related news, I was so inspired by my podcast interview with Kate Lebo earlier this week I ended up making all of our pies from scratch. And it was good. So good. Anyway, more posts to come on all of that, but for today how about some links and TV shows?
First off, food links. For Cool Mom Eats I dug up some really delicious turkey leftover recipes, perfect for this weekend! And, on Babble this month, I kinda went crazy with the kids’ food art.
- For Cool Mom Eats: How to use leftover turkey in the most delicious ways.
- For Babble: Toy Story Food Art: Wheezy Cheese and Crackers
- For Babble: Rainbow Fraggle Rock Cupcakes
As I mentioned before, I’m wiped out after cooking all week, so we’re just gonna relax today. Much of that relaxing is going to involve getting caught up on The Voice and watching Netflix. Nate and I started Jessica Jones last night after the kids went to bed. We keep hearing how awesome that show is and, one episode in, I think it just might live up to the hype. Oh, and one more fun Netflix thing! ‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving…when a big box of funny goodies from Netflix arrived on our doorstep celebrating the new Care Bears & Cousins series. (The package included scrunchies. I don’t know if I can forgive Netflix for introducing scrunchies to my girls. Anna hasn’t stopped wearing them since Wednesday. Oh my.) I totally loved Care Bears as a kid (I had the Cheer Bear plush toy!), so it will be fun to watch it with the kids. Hug it out! 🙂
That’s it! Go eat some leftovers. And more pie. And, as always, comment with your own show and tell!
I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, which means they send me cool stuff from time to time. For the record, I would be addicted to Netflix in spite of said cool stuff.
Friday, November 20
Happy Friday! Soccer season is over around these parts, so I’m looking forward to our first weekend with nothing on the calendar. Sadly I think most of that free time will be spent cleaning the disaster that is our house!
There is a lot to share today. Ready, set, GO!
I have a bunch of food links for today, most of them perfect for Thanksgiving!
- How to make the best turkey gravy on Cool Mom Eats
- 7 Awesome Stuffing Recipes on Cool Mom Eats
- Easy Turkey Recipes and Tips on Cool Mom Eats
- Kid-Made Snack: Bagel Snowmen on Babble (these are SO cute and easy!)
- Recipe for Nate’s Great-Grandmother’s Creamed Onions on Babble
And, before we go, just want to share two great causes quickly. It’s the giving season!
When Cate was in preschool many moons ago, there was a really wonderful group of moms in that classroom. We were all very different from one another but everyone got along beautifully. One of the moms, Rachel Lorkin, had a baby around that time, a little boy named Luke with chromosome 15q duplication. Rachel has an Etsy shop where she sells some of her artwork, which serves as a respite in her otherwise hectic life. From now through December, 100% of the sale price on any of her items will go to the Chromosome 15q Duplication Aliance, an organization that supports research and kindness for families like Rachel’s. If you’ve started your holiday shopping, check it out! It’s a great cause! (The robots on canvas are RIDICULOUSLY cute.)
Second, last week I had the chance to be a guest judge for a high school speech tournament at an non-profit called Reality Changers here in San Diego. It is absolutely astounding what this non-profit is doing for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds to help get them into college. I was very impressed and loved meeting a few of the kids in the program. If you’re in San Diego and looking for a non-profit to get involved with, definitely check out the volunteer opportunities at Reality Changers. If you’re not in San Diego and would like to support the program with a donation, click here.
That’s it from me today. If you have anything you’d like to share, please do!
Friday, October 16
It’s FRIDAY! WOOHOO!
I have just one food link for you today. If you’re looking for a good cocktail for fall, well, I’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out this recipe for an Autumn Stone Wall on Babble! The origin of this cocktail dates back to Colonial times, so, you know, you should totally drink it in the name of history.
Okay, so Nate and I went a little crazy this week. We went to three concerts, all on school nights. And I am feeling it today. Actually, I was feeling it yesterday when we still had one more concert to go, which I think makes me officially an old lady. But it was TOTALLY WORTH IT. All three concerts rocked (pun intended) so I have to tell you about them!
- alt-j: I wasn’t so sure how the band alt-j would sound live since their music has a very electronic feel, but they were amazing! Really, so impressive. Their music is layered and complicated and different in a very good way. Such a great show, I highly recommend catching them live if you are a fan of the band.
- Florence and the Machine: We knew Florence’s voice would blow pretty much everything out of the water and we were right. Her voice is unreal. And she is BANANAS, running and jumping and spinning like a crazy person the entire concert. She must work out a LOT because WOW. Also, she is unbelievably endearing and sweet. At one point she got choked up and confessed that she hadn’t wanted to do the show that night as her beloved uncle had passed away less than 24 hours prior, but that she was glad she had done the show anyway. I don’t know how she pulled herself together after that. Anyway, she rocks. Go see her show if you ever get the chance.
- Hozier: This guy. I mean, we all know he has a great voice (and it’s even better live), but he is also a phenomenal guitarist who can JAM. And his songs are all great. Oh, and he is SO nice, with just a really positive vibe. He not only introduced the band members but the entire crew, including the bus drivers. At the close of the show he linked arms with his bandmates for a big bow, which was adorable, and he kept plugging the other musicians in the nicest most un-annoying way, including the opening band Little Green Cars (who were really good, btw). Basically, we love him. I also highly recommend going to one of his shows if you ever can.
If you visit my Instagram feed, you can watch little video snippets from each show. They’re pretty sweet.
That’s it for me today. As usual, please share your own stuff in the comments! That’s what Show and Tell is for!
Friday, October 9
Before I get to today’s show and tell links, I am so excited to give you an update on one of the farmers I met in Malawi last May when traveling with ONE and Heifer International. Rhoda invited us to her home on the last day of our visit. She was in the process of preparing a pen to receive a cow distributed by Heifer under the Malawian government’s FDIP program. When we met the delightful and beautiful Rhoda, her pen was in the middle of being built. Here is a picture of Rhoda back in May, getting ready to receive her livestock.
We learned this week from our friend Mwai, a Heifer employee in Malawi who traveled with us, that Rhoda along with 43 other families in the southern district of Thoylo received their animals! Rhoda’s cow is from South Africa and she has named it Favor. Rhoda said that she feels it is by God’s favor that she received this animal from Heifer International. I’m certain I wasn’t the only one to tear up upon reading the great news. I can’t tell you how awesome it is to see her with her long-awaited cow!
Today I have two recipes to share with you that I created for Babble. I am really happy with how they both came out!
- Tandoori Tacos: I couldn’t help myself, Indian Burritos were too fun…so now, Tandoori Tacos! They taste awesome and they are beautiful, too.
- Brown Butter Gnocchi with Butternut Squash: This perfect-for-Fall dish would make for a good vegetarian dinner or even a fancy side dish. And you only need 1 skillet to make it!
Before we go, if you are looking ways to send help and support to the people of South Carolina as they deal with disastrous flooding, my friend Shani Gilchrist, a writer from South Carolina, shared the following links. In addition to donations, let’s send lots of love/happy vibes/prayers their way!
- United Way Association of South Carolina
- Water Missions International: Current Disasters Response: This organization is in Charleston helping to provide water purification systems. Citizens in Columbia are still without clean water. Citizens and volunteers are at risk of becoming ill by drinking or coming in contact with contaminated water due to contaminants picked up during the flood and backed up sewer lines.
- The Heart Knot
- American Red Cross of the Palmetto SC Region
As you all know, Show and Tell is for everyone, so please feel free to share links to your own discoveries/finds/recipes/blog posts/anything!
Friday, September 18
Happy Friday, everyone! I am spending today primping for tonight’s Heifer fundraiser in Beverly Hills. And frantically cleaning up the house for the babysitter. And primping some more. I could never live in Hollywood, it’s too much work to clean myself up for fancy parties! I made the mistake of looking at Google images of past years’ events, which just made me more nervous about all the primping. And everyone needs to send lots of happy-high-heel-vibes my way so I don’t fall off my shoes tonight. This is super important stuff I’m stressing about here.
I have one quick food link to share this week! Anna and I made Quiche in a Mug. This was a super kid-friendly recipe, where Anna pretty much made it all by herself! It was really fun and very tasty! Click here: Kid-Made Recipe: Microwave Quiche in a Mug
As usual, please share whatever you like in the comments! New finds, recipe links, your own blog posts, whatever! And have a fantastic weekend!
Friday, September 11
Hello, friends! It’s Friday, which means Show and Tell time!
This week I have two pumpkiny posts to share with you, one sweet and the other savory!
- Pumpkin Pesto Flatbread: You GUYS. So good. Also, if you can’t find pumpkin, butternut squash works, too!
- One-Skillet Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bars: These pumpkin bars are awesome because you only need one dish to make them – a skillet! Plus dark chocolate and pecans are involved. Oh, and butterscotch sauce. Need I say more?
Seriously, that’s all I have to share today because there’s almost TOO much goodness going on there!
You know the drill, Show and Tell is for the whole class! Please share whatever you like in the comments! Links to funny stuff, recipes, your own blog posts, something you accomplished this week, whatever!
Friday, August 21
Hi, friends! It’s FRIDAY!
I just have one quick share with you this week! For Babble I wrote about overnight waffles and how divine they are. Plus, I created a recipe for Cranberry Apple Compote that is, well, delectable. Be sure to click over to check the recipes out!
That’s it! You know the drill, I want you to share your own stuff, too! Ready, set, go!
Friday, August 14
Happy Friday, everyone!
I just have one thing to share today and it is an extremely delicious thing. I created a summer fruit parfait recipe for Babble that uses a ricotta cream for the layers opposite the fruit. THIS CREAM. You seriously don’t need the fruit…just a spoon. And, next time, I’m going to layer it with raspberries and chocolate shavings. I have been waiting for this post to go live so I can share it with you and the day has finally arrived! Click here for the recipe!
Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to share your own stuff in the comments!