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Easy Banana Bread (With Half the Sugar!)

Easy Banana Bread (With Half the Sugar!)

I love to make banana bread. It reminds me of my Grandma, Jeannie. She was known for her banana cakes with cream cheese frosting. Her cakes, like her buttermilk biscuits, were always delicious. For the cake, Jeannie used a recipe from the Original Joy of Cooking, along with “White Icing II” from the same book. Both are […]

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My Favorite Summer Soup!

My Favorite Summer Soup!

When Jack was a toddler and he would try to say the word “using,” it always sounded like “losing.” So, for example, when someone would ask where the phone was, instead of saying “Mama’s using it,” Jack would shout: “MAMA’S LOSING IT.  MAMA’S LOSING IT.” And because the truth is so funny, I would always burst into laughter. […]

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More Food Art Fun! Bitzer for Breakfast

More Food Art Fun! Bitzer for Breakfast

Happy July! We spent the past week on vacation and it was so good to get away! Unplugged. Disconnected. And completely carefree. After such a great time, we have been slow to get back in the swing of things. Thank goodness for the Fourth of July weekend, yet another excuse to laze around with the […]

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Shaun the Sheep: More Food Art Fun!

Shaun the Sheep: More Food Art Fun!

It’s all things Shaun the Sheep over here these days! I learned about the series only recently, but was quickly hooked. Why? Well, unlike most fast-moving-bright-lights-in-your-face cartoons for kids these days, Shaun the Sheep is claymation. As in, little clay figures that have to be adjusted manually — millimeter by millimeter — for every single movement. […]

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Summer Fun: Food Art & Shaun the Sheep

Summer Fun: Food Art & Shaun the Sheep

This is me every June: “Yay Summer! Woohoo!! . . . Wait, what are we gonna DO all summer?” Here are 20 ideas from last year, and 10 more here. This year, we got this sprinkler and this slip-n-slide and have loved both so far! Wanna know what else we’re doing this summer? Food art! That’s right . […]

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Easy Homemade Graham Crackers!

Easy Homemade Graham Crackers!

Now that I’m all into preschool lunches, it seemed like a good time to try out homemade graham crackers. What are graham crackers, anyway? Sure, they come in a blue box with yellow writing … but what makes a graham a graham? According to Wikipedia, graham crackers were invented by Rev. Sylvester Graham, an early pioneer of health food. […]

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School Lunch Ideas!

School Lunch Ideas!

I ran into a chef friend of mine the other day at Las Palomas. He was having dinner with his wife and I was chasing my daughter back to the table. He asked if I was still cooking. I said with a completely straight face: “Well, I’m really into preschool lunches.” Really into preschool lunches. […]

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More Summer Inspiration!

More Summer Inspiration!

So how is July treating you? Hot? So hot, I know. Well, here are 10 more ideas to cool you down and brighten up your long summer days! If you have other ideas to share, please do! Thank you and happy summer, Marie 1) Make homemade cherry limeade! Pit a bunch of cherries (10-20), and […]

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The Easiest Way to Cook Broccoli

The Easiest Way to Cook Broccoli

Hi again y’all! Yesterday I posted about the easiest way to cook salmon, and today I’ll share the easiest way to cook broccoli. (Just think, if you make the salmon and the broccoli together, in 20 minutes or less you can have what might be the easiest and healthiest meal on the planet!) Here’s what you do: Place […]

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The Easiest Way to Cook Salmon

The Easiest Way to Cook Salmon

If you’re not cooking salmon this way yet, you totally should. In the past, my go-to method was to pan-sear salmon with a hot fire on the stovetop. Which was always kind of a hassle because the hot oil would pop all over the place and the whole house would end up smelling like fish. Then I found […]

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20 Things to Do This Summer

20 Things to Do This Summer

Here we are already halfway through summer! In Texas, the hottest days are yet to come. If you need inspiration, like we do, for getting through another month or two of the dog days, here are some ideas: 1) Hook up a slip-n-slide and make everyone take a turn (even mom and dad!) 2) Cut everyone […]

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Easy Meat Sauce for Spaghetti or Lasagna

Easy Meat Sauce for Spaghetti or Lasagna

Lately I’m all into this book Simplicity Parenting. As the cover says, the book is about “using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier, and more secure kids.” It’s a bit counterintuitive because we are such a “more” society, but I am now a firm believer in the power of less. Less clothes clothes […]

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Eggplant Lasagna: Super Easy and Gluten Free!

Eggplant Lasagna: Super Easy and Gluten Free!

My mom and I used to make lasagna together when I was a kid. While it was always fun to make, it never turned out just right. The noodles were often broken in the box, and then would stick together in the water. For the filling, we used a mixture of frozen (thawed) chopped spinach […]

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Rice Krispie Treat Easter Nests

Rice Krispie Treat Easter Nests

I’m actually a little surprised it took me this long to look it up. Here I am 36 years old and I’m just now learning why we tell our children that a big bunny brings eggs on Easter. This is the explanation on History.com: According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the […]

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DIY: How to Polish Silver with Baking Soda

DIY: How to Polish Silver with Baking Soda

Motherhood, in some sense, is all about letting go, isn’t it? It’s about letting go of the things you thought were important. Things like polished silver, organized tupperware (organized anything), folded laundry, a waist … In favor of things that are more meaningful … things like love. Love in all its deepest, most surprising, fleeting forms. […]

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Okay, I Am Obsessed

Okay, I Am Obsessed

I can’t stop taking pictures of the baby in her homemade shark costume. I know it’s way too early for Halloween, but after we sewed on the menacing back fin a few days ago, I had to try it on her. She didn’t even realize she had it on. She just sat around and played […]

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Pumpkin Activity for Kids!

Pumpkin Activity for Kids!

Happy October! I found a great pumpkin project for kids on Pinterest (originally from www.GrowinginPreK.com), and just had to share. It’s easy, cheap, and educational. Here’s what you do: 1. Cut the top off of a small pumpkin. 2. Dig up some nice, rich soil. 3. Fill the pumpkin with soil and set it in a place […]

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DIY Shark Costume

DIY Shark Costume

We’re really into sharks over here. Jack spent a few days as a hammerhead shark (thanks to a couple of washable Crayola markers). And we recently bought a shark umbrella stroller (another impulse buy from Target!). Now we’re working on shark costumes for Halloween. I got the idea from a quick Google search for images […]

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Back to School Breakfast Idea: Mini Egg Cups

Back to School Breakfast Idea: Mini Egg Cups

Well, I blinked, y’all. Summer is over. Just like that. With back to school on the horizon, it’s time to make a quick trip to Target to pick up one thing and walk out two hours later with 18 bags of stuff. (Ha. Story of my life.) Seriously though, it is time to start helping […]

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DIY: Homemade Laundry Detergent

DIY: Homemade Laundry Detergent

After Sister was born, my friend Christina delivered a huge box of baby clothes to us — all the clothes that her baby girl had outgrown one year earlier. I love the clothes. Love. But guess what? I love the scent of the clothes even more. Every time I pull one of the little cotton outfits […]

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