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God was preparing me for change last week. I could feel it. I don’t know how to describe it but it felt like death was looming. I felt panicky a few days and couldn’t sleep at least one night, worrying about what it was. I think yesterday was what God was preparing me for. It’s…

Fingerlings Vinaigrette With Sieve Eggs and Pickled Celery


Recipe 20 from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman It’s a really long name for a potato salad but this potato salad is fancy guys. You have to sieve the eggs for goodness sakes. This is a FANCY potato salad! I was honestly not looking forward to this salad. Every time I looked at…

Sensory Goo Mats


I’ve been trying to come up with stuff to make for Ellie to play with in her high chair that’s not messy. When I saw these mat ideas on Pinterest I thought they would be a good solution and really fun to make. I wasn’t wrong. As you can see, I attempted to make something…

Zucchini Ribbons with Almond Pesto


Recipe 19 from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman Yum guys! This recipe is yum. 10 points and all the stars…you’ve got to try this one if you don’t have a nut or almond allergy! The recipe was only a little time consuming with peeling the zucchini into ribbons but other then that the…

Vinegar Slaw with Cucumbers and Dill


Recipe 18 from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman Okay, folks I’m back at it. February has been a blur and I can’t believe we’re in March this week. I have been wanting to make this slaw to kick off the salad chapter for so long. But I knew we wouldn’t really eat it…

Self


  I was feeding my daughter on our bed this weekend and I had a waterfall of thoughts and feelings descend on me. I feel like I’m settling into my role as mom and wife, though most days I still feel like I’m getting my sea legs. Just about the time I get settled, another…

3 Super Bowl Snack Mixes


I’m a salty snack food junkie. The chip aisle is my enemy and snack mixs are a vice of the worst caliber. But all rules about shopping down the dreaded salty snack aisle go right out the window for special occasions and, folks, Superbowl is on Sunday! And in my family it counts as a…

Books On My Nightstand, January 2018 Edition


I once loved reading. Like really loved reading. I could knock out so many books in a short span of time it was amazing. Then college and grad school (round one) happened and the fire died a bit and I stopped consuming books like a hungry bear. The love of reading dwindles a little at…

Cheddar Swirl Breakfast Buns


Recipe 17 from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman Well, ladies and gentleman, here is the final breakfast recipe that you’ll find in Deb Perelman’s cookbook, The Smitten Kitchen. I’m a little sad that this chapter is over, but excited to jump into salads in my next post! This final recipe is one of…

Fig, Olive Oil and Sea Salt Challah


Recipe 16 from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2018 has been a better start for you then you anticipated. I heard in church today that this early part of the year is the most depressing time for many people because all the holiday fun is over, the…

Working On It


Resolutions. They really should be called bummers because I’ve yet to meet one person who has kept theirs and I really wish I wasn’t among those who I’m blaming of being flakes. So, I decided this year I would make a list of things I’m not resolving to do, change, loose, gain or revolutionize in…

How to Get Stuff Done With a Baby!


So, let’s make sure you remember who is writing this blog before you come here looking for majorly good advice with a blog post title like that! I’ve called this blog “The Novice Life” for a reason. Despite what the controlling part of me wants to believe, I’m not an expert at anything. I’m a…