Archives for November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

In honor of Thanksgiving, I’m taking a few days off.  I’m thankful for each and every one of you, but…

…I’ve got a turkey to smoke, an anniversary to celebrate, and I’ve lost our elf on the shelf.   So I’m going to TRY and take a tiny blogging break.  I’ll be back by Monday at the latest to change everything over to Christmas and catch you up on all the craziness that is my life.

If you’re in need of some holiday cheer, check out one of my Thanksgiving posts you might have missed.  There’s not a Pinterest-inspired glue-gun required craft to be found.

They’re all on my Thanksgiving Page.

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Mother In Law Salsa Recipe – Not my momma’s salsa

Have you ever started searching for one thing on the internet and ended up in a totally different place?  That’s how I ended up making Mother In Law Salsa.

I started by looking for mother-in-law cake recipes.  I was being snarky about it because, at the time, my in-laws were due for a visit.

I Googled “mother in law recipes” and quickly stumbled onto a great recipe for Salsa De Suegra (mother in law salsa).  It’s so named because it is sharp on the tongue (sour) with a strong bite (hot).  (Draw your own conclusions.  My mother in law inspired the entire egg thing.)

Every version I read called for green tomatoes, tomatillos, cilantro, serrano chiles, green onions, salt, and water.  Well, my mother in law can’t eat green onions.  So, I reimagined the salsa based on ingredients she can eat.  I also left out the green tomato since I couldn’t find one.

Yes.  I made mother in law sauce for my mother in law.  She thought it was funny.

I made red salsa for her too.  It was onion free because of her allergies.  I work hard to cook food that she can eat when she visits us.

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MOMtor Monday! I’m a hostess with the mostest!

It’s my MOMtor Monday at Mothering From Scratch.  In honor of the holiday season, I’m dishing up some words on finding your sweet spot as a hostess.

How to hostess with spirit, not stress.

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A Christmas Wish List for Bloggers

Yep, a Christmas wish list post.

This post is NOT shameless self promotion.  It has nothing to do with my recent declaration that I’m not as popular as I want to be.  Nope.  This isn’t about me at all.

(Although it IS an effort to be helpful and solve problems.  I’m at least TRYING to solve problems on my blog this week.)

This is a helpful list.  I’ve got a few suggestions for what you can give your favorite blogger (who isn’t me) for Christmas.

(psst… bloggy friends.  you can share my post if you’re too shy to ask for these things for yourself.  i’m helpful that way.)

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Five Minute Friday – Fly

It’s Five Minute Friday!  My favorite writing time of the week.

Last week, the word was TREE.

Today’s writing prompt is… FLY. [Read more…]

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10 Problems I want to solve for you

Have a problem? I’d really like to solve it for you.

What’s the catch?

(um… nothing…?  I really DO want to solve some problems.)

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Why I need coffee

I think most moms run on coffee, at least for part of each day.

One of my girlfriends was telling me a bad day is when she transitions straight from coffee to wine with no water in between.  Given that I made a New Year’s resolution to drink more water than wine, I understood exactly what she meant.

I think most writers and artists run on coffee (at least when they aren’t running on wine or something).


As a mom and a writer, coffee plays a VERY important role in my life.  You’ll never believe what I did without it. [Read more…]

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But… I want to do things that MATTER

In the three weeks since I had knee surgery, I’ve seen and heard some amazing things around my house.  My favorite phrase so far has to “but… I want to do things that MATTER.”

It came from one of the three males that live in the house, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out who said it.

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Creamy Curried Pumpkin Soup Recipe

I know, a curried pumpkin soup recipe wasn’t exactly part of my Grandmother’s holiday recipe collection either. But it should have been. Honest.

I’m hoping to make this a holiday family tradition for the next generation. After a huge holiday feast, I’m always in the mood for something light. For preference, something with lots of vegetable goodness. I also start craving spicy and exotic flavors.

In my mind, this curried pumpkin soup is just right as a post-Thanksgiving menu offering. It features peanut butter and coconut milk to round out the curry. Yummy. [Read more…]

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Whole Grain Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

This whole grain pumpkin muffins recipe is fast, forgiving, and flexible.

Those are my three favorite words when it comes to baking.

(By the way, these have no eggs.  I’m told they pass the “vegan test” but you’ll have to judge for yourself.) [Read more…]

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