Quick and Classic Low Fat Banana Bread

{Don’t forget to enter The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook Giveaway!}- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – I tell my 5 year old all the time “Don’t grow up too fast. Stay short. Stay sweet.””Okay, Mommy.” She says. “I’ll try.”And because she’s be so compliant and trying to stay small for me, and she’s cuter than all get out, Santa brought her something extra special this Christmas.An Ipod touch.Despite the fact that she just started coloring in the lines, and is barely on the verge Read more […]

Cut Out Sugar Cookies and the Easiest Sugar Cookie Icing

Waiting for Nana and Santa’s arrival.  The kids made up Nana’s bed with fresh sheets, pillows topped with chocolates. A bottle of water and sweet notes with drawings were placed on her bedside table.If you look really close, there is a Shelf Elf crammed into the center of the chandelier. How in the world did he get in there? Probably spying on the 11 and 5 year old. It was a little dicey there for awhile.Making cookies at 9 pm on Christmas Eves’s Eve.  Bad idea.That’s my stocking. Not sure Read more […]

Holiday Dessert: Quick and EASY Pumpkin Cake/Bread and Music by KEM – Why would you stay?

I miss my husband.He’s still here, and I’m still here, but I just miss him.We go to soccer together, softball together, eat dinner, and talk about bills together, but I MISS HIM.We don’t get to dance as much as we used to. Or just lie around and be lazy. He’s really fun to just lie around and be lazy with. I think our lives are too crazy. I think maybe we have to figure out how to slow down. Watch more TV. Go on more walks. Jump in muddy puddles. Roll down some hills.  I think that’s what we need Read more […]

Anarchist Granola and/or Cookies

My husband thinks I’m staging a rebellion.A coup of sorts.One that will resort to a state of Anarchism. Total lack of governing bodies. The governing bodies that govern Halloween, Halloween Decor and Halloween Fright.Real important stuff.All because I got this FABULOUS idea, to construct this GREAT GIGANTIC THING.But now this great big enormous Halloween thing, is lonely. And I think it’s only right that I make more GREAT BIG HUMONGOUS THINGS to go with it.  And this. . . .is the problem.  The Read more […]

Movie Review: I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT

I don’t know how she does it.No, seriously. I really don’t know how she does it.I just spent the last 5 minutes sprinting down my street with my hair in a scraggly ponytail (from last night) my husbands too big basketball shorts on, and a holey t-shirt, trying to catch a school bus because my kids left their snacks and the PTA sign up form for the Spaghetti Dinner THAT WAS DUE TODAY on the kitchen counter.The bus came. The bus went.Approximately 2 minutes before I ever got there.  So there I stood, Read more […]

Marble Poundcake and a Movie Review: The Help

I suppose works of art move people in different ways.They can make you wonder in clouds of blue.They can flood in memories of white-washed front porches and smells of Hydrangea after the rain.Sometimes, they can make you think, plan, require more.Last night, I saw The Help. The movie fashioned after the book, by Kathryn Stockett.And it made me do a little of all those things. But mostly it just made me proud. Proud to be black. Proud to be an American, whose ancestors were slaves, and then housemaids Read more […]

My Muesli Mix

I wonder if it’s a sin to revel in the fact that you’re selfish. Probably. Which makes what I’m going to have to say, worse.  If that’s possible. My birthday is May 16th, and I don’t want to spend it at my kids Softball Party, eating pizza. I don’t want to spend it at my other kids Field Day, watching her run around in the hot, hot, sun. I don’t want to go to any sport practice. I don’t want to cook anybody ANYTHING to eat. And I don’t want to pretend like there’s nothing I’d rather Read more […]

2 Minute Whole Wheat Dry Pancake Mix

Alternate Title ~ FACEBOOK Faux-Pas: The difference between MY Husband and EVERY Mother I know. I had a phone conversation earlier today that went something like this. Me: Hello? Mr. Woo: Oh, hey. Yeah, I just wanted to tell you, in the future don’t tag me in pictures on Facebook.Me: What are you talking about? I only tagged you on the pics of our kids so that you would know that I posted them on Facebook. Mr. Woo: Well, don’t ever do that again. It seems so stupid. I’m not even in any Read more […]

Homemade Strawberry Syrup for Pancakes or Anything you might want to make beautiful music with.

I’m not playing around here.This stuff is PERFECT. With a capital P-E-R-FECT. I’m tired of typing those dashy things.It’s like when you went to The Pancake House when you were a kid, and they had allEX300 exam those fantastic syrups at your table and you thought you were in heaven.You remember that. . . . . . because you were.In heaven.I know.  Because that’s were this recipe came from.An angel.Nigella.Only she made hers with blueberries.I guess because strawberries weren’t on sale.And she Read more […]

Chewy Granola Bars with Apricots, Apples, Pecans and Nuts

This is my staircase.  Lovely. White. Pure.This is the banister, that one might grab to aide them up this flight of not so treacherous stairs.This is the little knobby white thing at the top of the railing, at the bottom of the stairs.This . . . .Be glad it’s blurry. is the booger that some sad, gross soul has placed on my lovely, white, once pure staircase.-  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -All I can say is that is just plain foul.Disgusting.And if I find out who that person is, they are definitely Read more […]