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When it came time for Melanie to start eating, the thought of having to remember to buy all those little jars of baby food, lug them home, and then figure out how to get rid of a shit ton of empty jars… was NOT going to happen. Like, it seemed easier to make the damn food myself than deal with that hassle week after week. And y’all, I can absolutely confirm that is it MUCH easier to make baby food than you think. Here’s the Lazy Bitch’s Guide to Making Baby Food:
Cooking. It’s one of those things that you either LOVE or you really don’t enjoy it. For me, cooking is something that I like to do for my family but I’m not one of those people who is over here inventing recipes everyday. So, if you look in my kitchen, you won’t find a bunch of gadgets or specialized kitchen tools – what you’ll find is a selection of high quality, well-designed items that work great. I always look for versatility in my kitchen tools and really need ones that can do multiple jobs really well. Because, when it boils down to it, here’s the top 12 items you actually need for your kitchen:
The wedding registry. For some, it’s a fantastically fun experience and for others, it’s a difficult chore. Traditionally, wedding registries are comprised of a mountain of fancy kitchen gadgets and formal dining pieces. And that’s awesome – if you’re into that kind of thing. But what about the rest of us? The one’s who enjoy cooking but are just learning or who don’t try out every trend. What about those of us who like having friends over for yummy food but aren’t formal? Well, you CAN have that kind of registry. It’s yours so why not pick out exactly what you just know you’ll use and enjoy? From simple flatware to investing in quality cookware – you should get what you will need for your new kitchen. Don’t believe me? Here’s why I think even beginner cooks will love having the Braun MQ777 MultiQuick 7 hand blender on their Bloomgingdales.com wedding registry!
I’m not a native of Texas but since moving here, I’ve fully embraced the spicy, bold, and flavorful foods that make up this state’s culture! In particular, my family has embraced anything deep fried and barbecued. Bold flavors make up the bulk of our meals and I’m always looking for some solid ways to bring that taste into my home. Right now, my crew is particularly enamored with State Fair® Corn Dogs. They love how the brand is tasty and made in Texas (a huge part of my husband’s heritage) and I love that they are a good source of protein. Plus, they are so easy to make – just 20 minutes in the oven and dinner is served. Recently, I had our neighbors over to watch the Spurs play and needed to feed everyone. So I busted out some State Fair Corn Dogs, mixed up these three fun dipping sauces, and let everyone go to town. They’re delicious enough to stand alone or pair them with some coleslaw and potato salad for a true #TexFest gathering.
My daughter is a HUGE Hulk fan. Like, HUGE! She’s just loves anything “Hulk Smash” and we watch “The Avengers” at least once a week. So, when it came time to plan her third birthday party, I decided to go with an Avengers theme. As the Patron Saint of Slacker Moms, I kept things VERY simple but still wanted to have a few special touches. As the official Cheap Ass of my family, I also wanted to keep it affordable. So, the idea of doing a swimming party with a superhero theme was born. Check out the rest of the post for tips and ideas from Melanie’s Marvel Avengers Birthday Party!
My daughter is just now getting to the point were she wants to help me cook. I love it and am always trying to figure out a way to include her in the process. I’ve discovered that having her help me with prepping bulk cooking that I do every month (making a taco spice mix, cooking up some chicken noodle soup for the week, and the like). Recently, she’s been helping me make marinara sauce. She loves the getting messy part of it so much that I invited the kids next door over for a little marinara making party! Here’s my recipe and tips for making marinara with kids and cleaning up with WaterWipes.
For several years now, I’ve been trying to become a healthier and fitter person. Sometimes, I’ve succeeded… many times, I’ve failed. Because of my high and low history, I am always looking for ways to make better health and fitness choices. And, lately, the best way for me to eat right and regularly exercise is to ditch the gym and do everything at home. Sure, it’s tricky when you work from home, have a toddler, AND you’re pregnant again. However, I’ve discovered that if I can remove the need to have a set time and vehicle to hit a gym, then I end up actually working out MORE. In the same situation? Here are 5 great at home fitness and health solutions:
Last week, I shared with you my plan to help you host a high style, low budget Thanksgiving and this week, I’m giving you ALL my recipes (plus free printables!), tips, and a master grocery list. Over the last two decades of hosting this holiday, I have learned exactly how to have a fantastic and stylish celebration on an incredibly low budget- and a huge part of that was the in the recipes that I have adapted and perfected. I believe in hosting a simple Thanksgiving filled with traditional foods and lots of it. In my experience, people prefer the tried-and-true dishes over whatever is currently trendy on the foodie blogs. So here are my recipes, tips, and tricks (along with free printables) to help you with your Thanksgiving Day menu.
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San Antonio lifestyle blogger, Cris Stone, recorded and is sharing the meals she served her toddler for one week.