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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Protein Power Muffins

Happy Easter!

This Lent post comes a little bit late - there were just so many other wonderful recipes to share!!   So, uh, pretend like it's still last week!


This Lent, school lunch posed a whole new problem to me.

Since we’re Catholic, we abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent.  While children under a certain age are exempt, I feel like Dude should probably not take meat for school lunch (at a Catholic school) on Fridays during Lent.

Here’s the real problem.  With the exception of pizza, Dude refuses to eat cheese.  So when school lunch is grilled cheese sandwiches or cheese quesadillas, Dude usually takes a ham sandwich.

But Lent.  No meat.  And schools.  No nuts.  And Dude. Refuses to eat cheese or yogurt or any portable protein!   What’s Mama to do?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Chicken & Pasta in Limoncello Cream Sauce: Spiked!

Yay!  It’s time for the April Spiked! Challenge!  This month’s boozy surprise is Limoncello!  Just for fun, I knew I wanted to do a savory dish with this sweet lemony liqueur.

And because I wanted to be able to control the sweetness of the Limoncello, I decided to make my own.  And then just for giggles, I came across some Meyer Lemons (a cross between a lemon & a mandarin orange) and decided to use those!

Once I got the Homemade Limoncello out of the way, it was on to the recipe!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Angel Wings Wednesday #8

For today’s Angel Wings Wednesday, I’m sharing a poem I wrote.  At least I think it a poem, or maybe prose?  It doesn’t rhyme and the meter is off, so who knows?  Whatever it is, it’s a glimpse of my life.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies: SRC

It’s SRC Day!

This month, I was assigned Emily’s yummy blog, It Bakes Me Happy.  As the blog title suggests, Emily’s blog focuses mostly on baking.  Umm.  Yum!

Emily is a SAHM of two who loves to bake, especially brownies, breads, and muffins! 

If you ever need a way to satisfy your sweet tooth, be sure to stop by!

For the reveal, I made up the delicious Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies.  These cookies are the perfect balance of salty and sweet, with the butter and sugar caramelizing just a bit around the pretzels to make them absolutely addictive!  I am most definitely a fan!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Strawberry Cucumber Salad

After all the nasty blizzard-ness last week, it looks like spring might finally be on its way (please, oh please!)  There’s still tons of snow on the ground, but it’s melting!  And some of the trees are starting to bud out!  And I saw some green grass (uh, next to the snow, of course)!

So it’s time for a bright summer salad!

Wouldn’t this look pretty on the Easter table?  Or really just anytime you need a pick me up!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Angel Wings Wednesday #7

This past Sunday would have been Sarah Catherine’s baptism.
Because our families are spread across the country, I had already contacted the church to schedule the baptism several weeks before we lost her.

On Sunday, I walked into the church, hand in hand with Dude and Spud (Hubs was out of town) and I saw another family sitting in the front row, their baby nestled in the Mother’s arms and I thought, “that should have been me.”

Instead of gut wrenching sadness, I felt more melancholy.  I snuggled Dude & Spud close and prayed for a few minutes, remembering my little girl.

Then, at offertory, the song was announced.  It is one of my favorites and the lyrics were just perfect for what I was feeling.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


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