Posted in Baby Girl, Fitness, Food, Menu Planning, Recipe

Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary

Please forgive any typos, I’m sure to go back and fix them, but this blog is being written from my phone while the Little Miss sleeps on me.
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Posted in Food, Menu Planning, New Food, Recipe

Pumpkin Soup with Chili and Ginger


While I’m staying home with BabyGirl, there is a lot of opportunity to watch daytime television.  There’s an unbelievable amount of talk shows on that follow a similar format.  The Talk, The View, The Chew, The Real

I was watching Clinton Kelly (of What Not To Wear fame) on The Chew when he demonstrated a Roasted Curried Pumpkin Soup that I thought sounded scrumptious.  I happened to have everything that it was calling for and happily headed into the kitchen to cobble it together. 
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Posted in Food, Life + Living, Recipe

Monday tacos

The way I see it, if Mother Nature can see fit to drop a bunch of snow on our heads, wreck the Monday commute, and interfere with what was becoming a very nice spring… Then I can make tacos on a Monday morning.


We had a great weekend as we started to choose baby gear and consider lifestyle options:

– Yes, we should have a pro redo the newel post.
– No we don’t need a pro to install the banister.
– Yes we should get the structural issues in the basement repaired.
– No we shouldn’t take out a new loan to pay for the repairs.
– Yes, technically the car seat fits in the Audi, but no, it’s not practical to keep the car.

I swear we need a weekend to recover from our weekend.


The next best thing I could do was to inject a little flavor into our Monday.  I browned ground beef, sauteed some yellow onion, added some orange peppers for color, seasoned with the home made taco seasoning blend (courtesy of Practical Paleo).  I served it all up on soft tortillas, topped with fresh avocado and salsa.


I guess if I have to say one good thing about the snow, it’s that it makes great filtered lighting for taking pictures of food with my phone 😉

Happy Monday, everyone!

Posted in Anti-Inflammation, Fitness, Food, Menu Planning, New Food


We’re getting back into Paleo eating, now that we’re in the new place.  We’ve done pretty well in the last week, but tonight, we’re gearing up for the Squeaky Clean Paleo plan featured in Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. Note: this is NOT a sponsored post.

Pumpkin cranberry muffins, pumpkin pancakes, spaghetti squash bolognese, ribs with green beans, pineapple teriyaki chicken, home made cranberry sauce

Call me crazy, but I feel like eating healthy should taste good.  The recipes that I’ve tried from this book hit that mark. Jeff is excited about cooking again, too, but not about the dishes…because cooking every meal requires lots of dishes.

Tonight I’ve dirtied up a few mixing bowls, some knives, pans, spoons, cutting boards, and towels cooking up some meals for tonight and tomorrow.  I’ve got stuffed cabbage rolls with a cranberry tomato sauce in the oven, along with a “swirly crustless quiche” made with carrots, zucchini, and about a dozen eggs.  I’ll be making mustard glazed chicken thighs shortly, and tomorrow we’ll have a braised beef dinner.


Our fridge is fully stocked with yummy foods and I’m ready for this adventure.

What is your favorite thing to make in the fall? Share your favorite crafts and recipes, below.

Posted in Life + Living

Very Inspiring Blogger Award – From Daffodils and Dishwater

This post is overdue by about a week or so–you know how things go 🙂

One day last week, I was checking things out on my phone and I got a ping-back notification via e-mail.  I opened it up and checked it out and it turns out that one of my very favorite bloggers has nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award in her entry “Karma is a babe”

Honestly, I felt so pleased to receive the nomination because my little piece of the web is still evolving.  There are folks out there who specialize in just one type of blogging, or who update consistently on a predictable schedule, or whose style of entries can be predicted–And Then There’s Me.  I write about different things, at no particular rhythm, and I haven’t quite gotten to be predictable yet with my posting schedule.  That’s okay, though, because some folks seem to like that sort of thing 🙂

I highly suggest you take a look at her blog.  Jenna’s kind of like me wherein she does not update on a set schedule, but her entries are peaceful and include some outstanding photos.

And now,  I would like to nominate some other bloggers for this pretty nifty award:

1) General Interest:  Gillybean Candyjar!  Kei posts about make-up, trending news articles, and her life adventures.  Pictures are usually included and links are usually fun to follow.

2) Travel Blog: A Big Life!  Liv just moved back to Australia and is coping with The Flux. Having moved around quite a bit in the last ten years, it seems she’s always in The Flux, but her blogs include wonderful pictures of her locations and tidbits about the locale that you wouldn’t find in a travel journal trying to sell the place.  Her recent entries about her stay in Greece made me hunger for a trip like never before.

3) Cooking: Rantings of an Amateur Chef!  Pat is a self-taught (?) chef whose blogs about home-cooked meals are truly inspiring.  I love the photos of all of the ingredients staged together that he includes with every entry.  His is one of those blogs with thousands of followers, though, so you have less of a chance for an exclusive “relationship” type vibe, but he tries to read/reply to all comments 🙂  Maggie Monday features a guest blogger who shows the more rustic/traditional/down-home style of cooking (from what I can tell).  I wouldn’t be surprised if The Ranting Chef were to be a cookbook on the shelves at Barnes and Noble in the near future 🙂 

So there you have it 🙂 I appreciate that you read my blog and that Jenna gave me my 1st award in the blogosphere and hope that you have fun reading some of my favorite bloggers too.  With no further adieu, I’m returning to my lazy Sunday, playing Final Fantasy VI with my fiance and not venturing out of the house 🙂

Toby, Toes, and TV
Toby, Toes, and TV