Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Muffins, Yelling too much and A Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook GIVEAWAY!

I’m a little grumpy.Ok.I’m a lot grumpy.My eyes are itchy.I’ve got a tiny heat rash all on my head.My knees hurt. Old basketball injury.My feet are sore.And nobody listens to me.I shouted about the whole shebang on Saturday.Nobody really heard what I was shouting about.They heard the yelling, it was kinda impossible to ignore.But THE HEART OF IT, I fear was lost. . .in all the ruckus.WHICH IS WHY . . . . .one should not shout.BECAUSE. . . .the message is lost in all the ruckus.My mother always tells Read more […]

Green Goddess Juice (Grapefruit, Apple, Celery) made in a Blender

{Enter my CLEAN FOOD COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY}   Oh my Lord.   It’s all I could think as my head pounded from the sound of the blaring TV. I kept my eyes shut, willing my brain to turn off and fall back to sleep. And then the alarm blasted ON. RRRRIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG DIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGG. BBBBLLLLLAAAAAAHHHHHH. Uuh. My eyes opened and the lights in the bedroom were blazing. Where is my husband? Why is Usher singing in my alarm clock? WHY ARE THE LIGHTS ON AND SCREAMING AT MY Read more […]

Fingerling Potato Salad, A Note to Nana, and CLEAN FOOD by Terry Walters GIVEAWAY!!!!

Dear Mommy ( I call my mom ‘mommy’, sue me.),Sorry. I meant to share this with you last month, but alas time has gotten away from me. These are photos of Phoebe’s first Musical Program, and I thought you’d get a kick out of all of her silly expressions. The first photos are of her getting ready for the big event.I’ll narrate as I post the pics.She poses now. For every. single. picture. Just like her big sister Soledad. Whom she screams at. ALL THE TIME. Yet, she acts just like her. I know. I know. Read more […]

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 […]

Orange, Carrot, Cranberry Juice! Made in my Blender.

My cousin has a blog. Orelia Mae For the Love of Beautiful Things.I love her.She was my best friend when we were kids, we were supposed to go to college together, but we didn’t.I say she was my best friend, she totally was in my mind. And whenever I saw her. . . . which, come to think of it, really wasn’t that much, we’d giggle till our stomachs ached. We sang much too much Boy George and she taught me all her favorite country songs.We rode wet log rides in the Louisiana heat.We sat on the front Read more […]

German Chocolate Cake Trifle and Christmas Memories

Christmas at my house. . . .I’m taking a picture of my kid taking a picture of food. I’m so proud.I should be ashamed of myself.I yelled A LOT on Christmas Eve.I’m not even sure why I was so grumpy.Nana baked the cookies with the girls.The neighbor took the kids carolling.But I had been on my feet for like 3 days.And I was getting bitter.And I tend to get the grumpy bug anytime I feel overworked.Uuuggghh.Cry me a river.It is, what it is.When we were getting ready to go to midnight mass I took one Read more […]

Nigella Lawson’s Sticky Gingerbread and Sticky, Sticky Situations

We were driving 50 mph on the interstate accelerating . . . . . .30 mph, 40 mph, 50 mph. And then nothing.The car just stopped.There was this low thud. Like the gears were trying to change but they wouldn’t. My heart fell out of my chest. Onto the dirty floor mat. The one with the blue slush stain. It stayed there for about 30 seconds as I gulped for air. . . .panicking.I looked over at him.He smiled.And it wasn’t a nervous smile either.His eyes were glimmering,  “Looks like the transmission just Read more […]

Corn with Mayo, Paprika, and Parmesan Cheese & Kids who are blinding themselves senselessly!

My friends.I’d like to tell you a story.A Christmas Story.A story about love, patience, and a yelling screaming lady.Oh.And a blind kid. Around these parts (my house) when dusk hits, the lights go out (we turn down all the lights, except for the holiday lights and walk around a semi-dark house with twinkling Christmas colors). On a perfect day, homework will be done, and I will turn off the Christmas music (that plays non-stop) and turn ON the television. To something that has to do with Christmas. Read more […]

Pepitas! and Homemade Lalaloopsy Vampire Costume

[Don’t forget to enter My Redwood Hill Farm Dairy Giveaway!]Yesterday I yelled at my kid for being too excited for Halloween.I know what your thinking.No, I didn’t really yell. I just raised my voice.But no. I yelled. LOUD.Something like.”I’m so tired i don’t know what to do and you people wont ever leave me alone! and i guess i’ll let you try on your costume if you would just give me a moments peace. so just go try it on and try not to say anything . NO TALKING. NO TALKING. I can’t hear myself think!!! Read more […]

Very Berry Muffins & Blogging for a Cure: The Best Friends Guide to Breast Cancer by Sonja L. Faulkner, Ph. D

I try not to, but sometimes horrible thoughts come into my head.I think of my maternal grandmother and of my cousin Andy, and I shiver. My girls. I think.My four beautiful girls.Me.Their mom.Stay away, I murmur. Cancer, stay away. My maternal grandmother died of breast cancer before I was born.My cousin Andy (Andrea) died of breast cancer just a few years ago, and she was in her thirties.It’s a horrible disease.And it seems we all have a link. When Andy was alive, I’m sure I was not the best cousin Read more […]