Month: February 2016

GOP Presidential Election

That Time I Met 4 Presidential Candidates in a Week

I’m a Californian. That means for all of my adult life my vote has never counted in a national election. I don’t ever remember any candidate, much less a GOP candidate, visiting anywhere in my state for a rally or town hall. Democrats come to fund raise, but that’s about it. The Primary election isn’t until June 2nd in California, and during the November election it’s a foregone conclusion that California will turn a bright shade of blue – like the ocean! Then we moved to the Carolinas. Hold the phone, I get to vote on March 15th? In a swing state? Crazy. Wait, I border an early primary state? Even better. Truth be told, my candidate was Carly Fiorina. I think she had the strongest and clearest voice among all the GOP nominees, and I don’t know an elephant or donkey who didn’t relish the idea of a Fiorina/Clinton showdown. However, my dreams were dashed on February 10th when my girl dropped out. All the other candidates were hitting the campaign trail in South …

Easy Galette Des Rois

Sometimes when cruising Pinterest I run across a picture of food that takes my breath away. I usually dismiss the pin, thinking it is some kind of specialty food that I have neither the tool nor skill to replicate. After the same pin pops up over and over again, I’ll pin it. Why not? Just because I pin something doesn’t mean I have to make it, right? So there the picture is, pinned to one of my boards that I frequently review for the next culinary delight I’m ready to make. It’s taunting me. It’s just so darn pretty, but the pin is in French, and even if I can use Google translate to help me out, ain’t no way I’m going to translate the ingredients from the metric system. No, no, no. I refuse. Then, finally, I’m feeling good, really good. Brave, even. I’m going to punch this French recipe in the face along with the metric system. Here we go. I’m clicking on the picture, waiting for the site with the recipe to …

Fuller House: My 10 Demands

The release of the Netflix revamp Fuller House is two weeks away, and I approach this date with excitement and hesitation. When you get married, you see sides of your spouse you had never noticed before. My spouse was completely unprepared to witness my Full House fandom. I remember one time when I was a little girl I was so excited to watch Full House, and had anticipated the event all day. When the time came (I believe it aired at 8pm), I had fallen asleep, only to wake up in time for the closing credits. Inconsolable cannot even begin to describe the state I was in. So, so sad. I was completely beside myself. As my mom was trying to comfort me she said “It’s ok, we’ll get a VCR so we can record Full House and you won’t have to worry about missing it again.” They did get a VCR, and they did record a ton of episodes that my sister and I watched over and over again. Most episodes I can quote …

Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

So Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and you’ve planned nothing, right? And if you’re a parent you’re probably thinking to yourself “Uh, who cares? We’ll probably just have Dino Nuggets anyway, cause that’s all the kids will eat.” Not so fast! You can have an east, affordable and delicious meal made from scratch – and even the kids will like it. I’m pretty sure anyway. I’m just trying to get my kid to take a banana or avocado or yogurt or… anything. Though I’m pretty sure he likes the formula we’re supplementing waaaay more than my breastmilk. L’sigh. Oh yeah, meatballs. Simple, big flavors that leave you satisfied. Can’t beat that! Word to the wise: I adapted this recipe from a pork recipe. Turkey is a lot dryer than pork, so be sure to really watch these puppies in the oven. You don’t want them to turn into rocks. Also, you may consider using cooked rice instead of breadcrumbs. Pin this pic to your Valentine’s Day board, because I know you have one. Recipe …

Six Months Come and Gone

Six Months Come & Gone

I can’t believe it’s already been half a year with this muffin. People always tell you to enjoy every moment, because it goes by so quickly. What no one mentions is that these fleeting moments are made up of so many long, frustrating ones. It’s when you look back that you realize your mind was in some sort of a haze, just grasping for the next milestone, the next breath of air. With each milestone the journey gets easier and harder at the same time. I couldn’t wait for S to be able to hold his neck up on his own so I could set him down in an exersaucer. I failed to realized that once this happened, I could not longer leave him to quietly play in a reclining position. I knew that once he could roll over on his own, I could breathe a sigh of relief and stop worrying so much about SIDS. But now that he can roll over, he can’t stop – even when he is super tired and just …

Kahlua Coffee Cupcakes

Kahlua Coffee Cupcakes

Hey everyone. I was just thinking. Wouldn’t be it be great if you could search your own boards on Pinterest? I mean, seriously. Sometimes the recipes I’m sharing with you come from links I pinned years ago, so when I want to give the blogger credit, it takes forever to find the pin that goes with the recipe! OK Pinterest, you hear me? Haha. So yeah, we’re in my last favorite time of year. It gets dark at 5pm, it’s cold outside, so you can’t really take a nice walk (well, I could, but with the baby, pretty much impossible) and the season’s greetings are all but forgotten. Time for a pick-me-up, right? These cupcakes should do the trick. This recipe has everything you need to get through these last weeks of winter: coffee, kahlua and chocolate. Need I say more? Feeling snowed-in, rained-out or just in winter slump? Pin this pic and you’ll feel better! Recipe adapted from Samiwich & Addiecakes. PrintKahlua Coffee Cupcakes IngredientsCHOCOLATE CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS • 6 tbsp cocoa powder • 3/4 …

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning (Part 1)

My little guy is a Baby Wise baby. He has slept through the night since he was 6 weeks old. Even after our move across the country, he was faithful to sleep between 11-12 hours a night. A few weeks ago my husband headed out west with his friend Robert to finish packing up our house then driving across the country. That’s when everything changed. My son started getting up once in the night, usually between 4 and 5am. Not a big deal. After a few nights of this I began nursing him, and putting him back down. I figured daddy being gone was causing some stress and he needed extra comfort. It continued like this, even after my husband came back. But instead of waking up once per night, he was waking 2x a night. What gives? We hadn’t been doing anything different when it came to feedings or naps. One thing I noticed was that when S did wake up he was ravenous… so hungry! Quickly, I began losing sleep, losing my patience …