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 […]

Holiday Salad: Kale with Dried Cranberries, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds, Candied Ginger and Orange Dressing

Warwick:  Nicole. I’m really sorry about last night.Me: Sorry? Why are you sorry?Warwick: Because I was snoring so much. I don’t know why I was having such a hard time breathing.Me: Oh. That’s okay.Warwick:  I should have just gotten up and used Saline Drops. They helped a lot this morning when I got up.Me: Well, don’t worry about it. . . .I’m glad you’re feeling better . . . .and you know. . . .I’d rather sleep next to you snoring, than not sleep next to you at all.Warwick: Really? I never would 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 […]

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 […]

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade and Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

Summer Weekend Galveston, TXLook hard. There’s something in there. Coffee Bean Flake.  Cruise Ship. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -That is what I did this past weekend.That, and listen to my new favorite song about 10,000 times.http://youtu.be/Oextk-If8HQIt’s all I can do. Man, I love it.And something else I love and can’t stop thinking about.This.It’s Strawberry Lemonade. Sooooooo good.I didn’t even order it. I just drank hers (my sister) and his (my husband).So Read more […]

Homemade Fresh Lemonade Kool-Aid and Other Things You Should Know

1.  I like to paint bathrooms.2.  I like to paint bathrooms in my pajamas.3.  My pajamas are old t-shirts.4.  I don’t brush my hair when I paint bathrooms in my pajamas.5.  I like to take pictures of myself while painting bathrooms in my pajamas to prove that I actually do stuff.6. I used to wear Tom’s Deodorant, because I don’t like aluminum in my deodorant. I buy Peach scented Tom’s Deodorant.7.  My husband told me that Tom’s Deodorant doesn’t work. 8.  My husband told me I didn’t smell Read more […]

Creamy Dreamy Lime Ice Cream: No Ice Cream Maker Required

(Today, I’m also at Great Expectations. I’ve got a Perfect Summer Dinner Recipe calling your name!) It’s summertime. Which for all intents and purposes, is the time for laziness. If you’re of that vibe, which I totally am. However, there are somethings, that one should not be lazy about. Paying the Bills. Don’t be lazy about that. That could cause some issues.And mowing the lawn. Pay attention. I don’t want you to lose your toes.And diving in the pool, try to take a few seconds to focus. Or else Read more […]

Green Apple Tea Slush

My brains are pushing on the edge of my skull trying to get out.I can feel the thumping. Thump. Pound. Thump. Pound.If my children ask me for something to eat ONE MORE TIME, I think the thumping will cease, my head will just burst open and my brains will splatter EVERYWHERE.I really think it could happen.WHY ARE THEY SO HUNGRY?WHY MUST THEY LOOK AT ME LIKE I AM STARVING THEM?HOW DOES SO MUCH FOOD FIT IN SUCH SMALL MOUTHS?I don’t really want to know the answer to that.I don’t really care.In the past Read more […]

Homemade Lower Sugar Fig Jam and Canning In the Microwave

I’m mad at him.A few days ago we woke up in our bed, I looked at him and smiled. He leaned over and kissed me.  I said, “Wait, is the door locked?”  And he quickly looked up at the door, which is easily 20 feet away, at the teeny tiny little knob and said, “Yeah, it’s locked.”Reason #1: He has good eyesight, and mine is going to crap as we speak.Exhibit A: New glasses.Yesterday I woke up, looked over at him, and smiled. He leaned over and kissed me. I said, “I need your help with something,” and Read more […]

Movie Review: MONTE CARLO and A Minty Lemon-Cooler

Let me tell you this.I can not. Lie. To. Save. My. Life.If your life depends on it, don’t ask me to save your tail. My face will turn red, my mouth will dry up, and my eyes will betray me, resulting in the betrayal of you, no matter how much you make my heart go pitter patter.I’m just not built to have a poker face.Consequently, I’m not even built to watch those with a poker face. Lying just makes me very uncomfortable indeed.Lying to people who deserve to be lied to. I’m uncomfortable.Lying Read more […]