Sunday Shopping Gets Healthy.

I went grocery shopping for the week today and as I was standing in line, I had a moment to pause and reflect on what I was buying.  The mother in front of me had a cart piled high with snacks, instant meals, soda, ready-to-bake chicken, and a lone bag of salad.  I was her – minus the soda – just a few weeks ago.

I wish I had taken a picture of the things in my cart, because it really didn’t seem like enough to feed a family of five for more than a few hours.  But it will.  And our meals this week will be delicious and healthy.  That’s exciting and, for the first time, I feel like we might just win this battle against processed foods after all.

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Mardi Gras, Masks, and Lent.

The boys had a Mardi Gras event at the school yesterday and we headed down after rush hour to take part.  For those of you who don’t know, “the school” is an online charter school that allows us to continue the feel of homeschooling, but with tons of extra support for Super A’s dyslexia.  I can’t speak highly enough about them.  It’s an amazing school opportunity.
We ended up making masks with feathers, foam stickers, crayons, glue, and crafty-sequiny-things (not the real name for them, obviously).  The kids had a blast and Sweet Pea has been wearing hers almost constantly since then.  She hasn’t had any major injuries, but she did run face first into her plastic car.  A hug, a kiss, an ice pack, and a piece of Dove Special Dark Chocolate and she was fine again.  Such resilience. Continue reading

Homemade Pretzel Dough Recipe

Photo by Brandi Jordan

I’ve had a couple of people ask me for our homemade pretzel recipe, so I thought I’d share.  Apparently, snacks (with minimal fighting while being made) are a sure hit with moms.  I’m not surprised.

The recipe I use is really easy, but it does involve my most favorite appliance ever – the bread maker.  If you don’t have a bread maker, I’m not sure how it’s going to turn out, but you can always give it a shot an let me know.  Ready?  Here we go.

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