Mexican Lasagna and A Child who Shutters at the Sight of Me. (Plus! A GIVEAWAY!!!)

(Winner announced below)Camera at the ready.My hand cupped the lens. My eye peering through the view finder, searching. Searching.Where is she?I let the camera strap rest around my neck as the camera dangles and I look for her.There she is.Green and white striped shirt. Her back to me. Walking away . . . . down the corridor. Walking away from me.”Shelbi!” I yelled.She turned around and looked at me, but only for a second.Quickly, she swung her head back around and weaving herself into the massive Read more […]

How I Do Hamburger Helper

Today is last day that I will be 36.And I’ve got to tell you, I’m feeling pretty fancy in my pants.I’ve made a few revelations within the past few days, and I’m thinking this whole growing up thing is really rather a good idea.1.) I am beneath no one.I am just as wonderful and horrible as the next guy, and this has been a bit of an epiphany for me. To me it means, no more excuses, no need to explain myself.  This girl, this woman who stands here, typing on her laptop is OKAY. Better than okay, Read more […]

Ashley’s Sloppy Tacos (Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tacos with black beans, corn and tomatoes)

February 15th Me:  I really thought you were going to buy me the Breaking Dawn Part I DVD for Valentine’s Day.Warwick: Oh.Me: I mean I didn’t really expect a present, but I kinda did. You always buy me something.Warwick:  Yeah. Well, time was running out, and I was going to but. . . . . . then I didn’t. Me: Buy me a present?Warwick: Yeah. Buy you the DVD.Me:  Oh.Warwick: I was looking at all the DVD’s and I couldn’t figure out which one to get. The one with the life size poster? The one with Read more […]

My Crazy Weekend and Crazy Cuisine Potstickers, Teriyaki Chicken and Orange Chicken Giveaway!!!

On Friday we cleaned out the guest bedroom, making way for Christmas cheer and holiday guest (Nana) and cleaned up the house a bit.Saturday, we watched True Blood in bed until 9 am, watched two soccer games, and then pulled out the Christmas lights and started hanging. Don’t worry, we won’t turn them on until Thanksgiving weekend. We ate Chinese (from the freezer). And my kids loved me for it. Then after they went to bed, I made a Butterscotch Bread Pudding (coming soon) poured myself and Warwick Read more […]

Thanksgiving Appetizer: Easy Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos

[ Don’t Forget to Enter The Green Valley Organics Giveaway Ends 11/8]It’s a happy time.It’s a sad time. Teef are falling out left and right over here.This is Soledad yesterday. With a weird wiggly toof about to fall out.This is Warwick trying to pull out the said tooth.This is Soledad running for the hills because apparently he wasn’t doing it right.Bucky Beaver is now staring into the mirror trying to decipher how she will excavate the goods.And now she’s just lost all train of thought as she admires Read more […]

Quick and Easy Vegan "Cheeseburger" Mac (or Non-Vegan if you so prefer)

Yeah. I said it. “I swear, If. One. More. Thing. Happens. THAT DOG IS GOING TO THE POUND!!!!”And then all Hell broke loose.Shelbi started crying and blaming the whole fiasco on Soledad, “It’s all her fault. If she’d just act right. SHE RUINS EVERYTHING!!”Bella started itching uncontrollably, it’s a nervous reaction, AND WAILING. “Mommy, its just not fair. How can you just give him away? We are his family. That isn’t right! You just don’t give a member of your family away!” She’s crying and inconsolable. Read more […]

My Mama’s Okra Gumbo

My Mama’s Gumbo.This is my mom.My mama.My mommy.My mother depicted in a painting circa 1968.She’s here for the holiday, and I love her. Love her, Love her, Love her.But. . . . .Somebody (who rhymes with mister, is related to me, and called me horrible things when I was younger) and looks like this. . . . took a really ugly picture of her and posted it as my mother’s Facebook profile picture. First of all, where is she? And then if you can find her, it looks like she’s shooting daggers at Read more […]

Cooking with the Woo Kids: Easy Whole Wheat Turkey Lasagna

We were at basketball game yesterday evening. Shelbi was running up and down the court frantically. Jumping for the ball, rebounding like a pro, blocking shots. She was so on it.Bella (7) was in the hallway playing with her friend Rachel (8).Phoebe was crying at the top of her lungs because she wanted to eat a 10 day old bag of Cracker Jacks that had melted together to form on giant piece of stale caramelized popcorn.Soledad, was running around acting like a 4 year old nut.I got up from the stands, Read more […]

Chicken Lo Mein (Better than China Express Down the Street)

Sometimes during the day I don’t do what I’m supposed to. I don’t wash the dishes. Or clean the floor. Or pick up toys. Sometimes instead . . . . I blog. I love to blog. I love to write down all the crazy thoughts that go on in my head that scare me sometimes. And probably scare you too. Sorry about that. The other day I was blogging. I was very serious. Type, type, typing away. But my kids wanted to play. Sheesh. But I wanted to blog. “Calm down.” I’d say. “Quiet please, so Mommy Read more […]

Easy Spinach and Chicken Quesadillas

Soledad (4):  Mommy I don’t want to ever leave the earth.Me:  What do you mean? You don’t want to die?Soledad:  Yeah. I don’t want to die.Me:  Well good.  Cause you won’t ever.  Soledad :  Huh?Me:   Your spirit will never die.  Your soul, your you.  It will live forever and ever.  Only your hands and feet and hair and skin will die. Well not your hair.  Your hair is already dead. Understand?Soledad:  Well. . . . I’d like to have my hands and feet.Me:   Oh, you don’t really need them.  Read more […]