I failed blogging

For those few people following out there on the interwebs, it is painfully obvious that I am a complete blogging failure. When I started this endeavor in September I was going to post at least three new wonderful, creative, yummy recipes every week, HAHAAHAAA! That soon became two, then one…..then none. Birthdays came, then holidays, then every one of my children became walking Petri dishes of viruses and bacteria and grossness and I stopped, I came to a screeching, crashing, burning, halt. What happened next? I was embarrassed, I failed, I was a miserable failure and couldn’t even face opening up the program to type again. I didn’t stick to my plan, I allowed my life to get in the way, and I was totally ashamed. I am a mom, I am a woman, I should be perfect right?! I was recently telling one of my girlfriends to not put so much pressure on herself, she was doing a great job and no one else sees the minor imperfections that are glaringly obvious to herself, but here I am totally refusing to see that. So, what now? Give up? Pretend I have been blogging all along and just post a new recipe (tried that) or own that I am just a crazy mom in an insane house doing my best and that is totally ok. I want to create new and fun recipes for myself and for my small group of followers, and I am going to get back to that, but I think I might start sharing a little about what goes on around here from day to day as well. Maybe someone will read this and realize that we are all imperfect and struggling and that’s ok. Maybe this will help motivate me in some areas of life that need some serious motivation, and maybe I will fail at blogging again, and that’s ok too. My current goal to share a new recipe every Monday morning. I am feeling confident about this schedule….but who knows what will happen between now and Monday right?

As far as the sharing goes, I think it will be good for me to share occasionally what life is like. I don’t really venture out, I have very little interaction with people that exist outside of my home, unless one dimensional facebook conversations count. I leave the house on Saturdays to go to the grocery store, and I do smile at the people I pass, and I go to church on Sundays, but trying to have a conversation with anyone while four kids are creating a tornado around you is pretty impossible, also I live in New England, so we are not known to be a sharing bunch. I am going to try and share about the insanity once or twice a week. I hope that I don’t put people off by doing this, but really who cares, I know my mom will like to read about my life, so I will retain one follower at least! I guess that is all the rambling I have for now, my little Lilly just came up and wiped her snot filled nose all over my pants and then sneezed on my screen, so that is a pretty good indicator that I have no more time to type.

How do I end these things? Signing off? Until you Next time? Eewww she sneezed on my hand…..later.

Spicy Chicken Soup

It has been so insane in our house over the past few months, birthdays, holidays, sicknesses, more birthdays, more holidays more sicknesses. I love the elementary school that my kids attend, but I really feel like it needs to be hit with a giant Lysol bomb. I am so excited to be back to our schedule! Also, it feels great to be back to home cooked meals. Between prepping for parties, and wrapping presents and baking cookies, I had no time to actually feed my family. I want to say that all of the kids are super happy that they aren’t having more nights of mini wheats for dinner, but lets be honest, they would be content eating cereal dinners forever. After all of the heavy foods over the past few months it is so nice to be able to have a nice light bowl of soup, also I don’t know what it is about spicy food but I always feel like the heat is kicking my metabolism into overdrive.

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Extra Blue Buffalo Chicken Dip

I am sharing this buffalo chicken dip for my fellow lovers of the combo of a spicy wing generously dipped in tangy blue cheese dressing. Now don’t get me wrong, I have had many tasty buffalo dips in my time that did not have this bluey goodness, but when I started to make the dip for myself I wanted to really up the blue cheese flavor. Also, if you have a slightly evil streak like me, this is a good way to trick people into trying blue cheese that swear they hate it. Now, when it comes to the hot sauce I really love Franks original red hot sauce. I have tried a couple of other varieties of buffalo sauce and the dip just never has right flavor. I guess if you are used to a different buffalo sauce give it a whirl, but I will be sticking to the Franks. Continue reading

Creamy Shrimp and Veggie Pasta

Mr. Insanity and I were talking about places I actually enjoy being at, other than home. I am a known homebody. My list was church, target and the supermarket. I am sure most people can relate to target, I swear they pump something into the air that has some sort of addictive quality, but I know most people hate the supermarket. In my defense, I go on Saturday with out any kids. I always have my list and a pretty solid idea of the meals for the week, but I never know exactly what produce I am going to buy. I love looking through produce and feeling inspired by the beautiful colors of the veggies, and the aroma of the herbs. Often I will find myself making small changes to the menus based on what catches my eye in the produce department. I always put tomatoes into this pasta, they help make the sauce, but the other veggies are definitely negotiable. I used asparagus, broccoli and summer squash today, but I have used carrots, snow peas, zucchini, and spinach in the past. I mostly look at the colors and try and get a blend to really make a beautiful dish. Continue reading

Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

When I decided that I wanted to create a peanut butter bar, I knew almost immediatly I wanted to steal the fudge fillling from these delicious oatmeal chocolate bars. I stumbled across those bars a few years ago and they are super yummy.  Once I knew the filling it was pretty easy to toss together a quick peanut butter cookie crust. The hardest part of these bars for me is making sure I bake them long enough, I am a known undebaker. The other key to the success of these bars is letting them cool long enough, they will be a gooey mess (but still quite tasty) if you don’t let them cool completely.  Let’s get down to baking. Continue reading

Fun Homemade “Frozen” Cake

My baby girl just turned two, and after much discussion, her brothers, I mean she, decided she wanted a frozen cake.  The kids thought I should make an ice castle and all of the figures, but since I am a little more grounded in what my design abilities actually are, we decided on a mountain with store bought figures.  While this is a time consuming process, I think it is a cake that most people could recreate.  This cake doesn’t have any detail work and is basically just a blob of cake covered in fondant.  Here is the process including some of my missteps that will hopefully help you in your cake adventures.
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Hearty Minestrone Soup

I used to really have a hard time liking broth based soups. Don’t judge me too harshly, but I can’t stand chicken noodle soup.  This is a safe space for me to admit that right?  I know everyone loves chicken noodle soup and its supposed to have magical healing abilities and all that, but it really just seems so boring to me.  Maybe I just haven’t had the right one yet (I really hope my mom doesn’t read today’s post).  For a long time, I just stuck to cream based soups, and then one day I tried a bite of French Onion Soup, and I realized broth based soups might have something to offer.  I now love a variety of broth based soups, the caveat is that they need to be totally loaded up on flavor.  This minestrone is souper flavorful(see what I did there?).  This soup is loaded with veggies, and honestly not too hard to make.  You can make this on a Saturday afternoon and have  an easy healthy lunch for the week. If the beans don’t offer enough protein, add a little shredded chicken to the soup and you are good to go.  Only bad thing is my kids won’t touch it, they all hate tomatoes, I blame their father. Continue reading

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