Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Missed Connections, Creative Children and March Tips for Parents Are This Week's Links From Around the Web


Missed Connections for Parents - I laughed so hard, I snorted coffee out my nose. Totally worth the stinging pain. 

Anyone taking their kids to the March on Saturday? I am and so this guide from Activist Mama is incredibly helpful!

How to Raise Creative Children

15 Parenting Hacks to Get You Through 2017

29 Achievable Things in January

**I took an accidental hiatus from sharing my weekly links but I'm back at it!** 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Film #1

Greenlake Walkers

One of my goals this year is to shoot a roll of film, once a month. I used Kodak UltraMax 400 Speed in my Nikon 35mm for my images this month.

A few weeks ago, I headed to Greenlake. I had heard it was frozen and I needed to check out the scene myself. It was gorgeous and a few of my photos captured this beauty. I'm already excited about this project and about the film lab I've decided to use. I asked Kirk of Mastin Labs where he develops his film and he confirmed my thoughts. He goes to Panda Lab on Queen Anne which is where I took my film. I especially love that they were able to send me the film scans via WeTransfer. I still need to pick up my actual film but I loved receiving them in my email. Without further adieu, here are my favorite images from this month. The full set can be seen here.

Greenlake Chairs

Greenlake Dock

Winter Greenlake

Greenlake Trash

Frozen Greenlake

Monday, January 09, 2017

Peanut Butter and Jelly Drumsticks

PB&J drums

Sports season is here! OK for some people, sports season started in September but at my house, we're not big sports people, except when our local home team (Go Hawks!) starts looking like they might be headed to the Super Bowl. Then my husband starts watching parts of a football game and soon, he's watching the entire game and shushing the kids. After awhile, I begin to wonder what the fuss is and there you go, Sports Season is here! What I never forget about is sports food which I dearly love. I, especially love chicken drumsticks so when I was at Target last week with Maggie, using my Cartwheel app which I'm seriously addicted to and noticed that I could get 5% off Jif and Smucker's products, a lightbulb went off in my head. 


Maggie and I spent a lot of time last week getting the family back into the groove after the holidays and she was more than happy to accompany me to Target while her sister was at school. 


We loaded up the cart with Jif and Smucker's products along with some other essentials. We may have headed to Target twice last week which thrilled Molly since she got to accompany me on our second trip. 


I don't shop in many stores in person but Target is my one true love and now that I've discovered the Cartwheel app, it's almost as if they recognized our mutual affection for each other. But I digress, I was in the peanut butter and jelly aisle where I believe most of our family's food budget goes when my handy app let me know that I could save 5% on Jif and Smucker's products. I may have swooped a few right into my basket while Maggie was grabbing for some bread. Then I remembered sports season and its entry into my home and my love of sports food. I decided right then and there to attempt combining some of my family's favorite flavors with sports food and I came up with the best sports food ever. 


Oh yes, I made Peanut Butter and Jelly Drumsticks and oh they are so good! The kids swear they taste just like a PB&J while I think they taste better. 


Peanut Butter and Jelly Drumsticks
by Rebecca Mongrain
Prep Time: 1 hour +
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Ingredients (12 drumsticks)
  • 10 ounces Smucker's grape jelly
  • 1/2 cup smooth, natural JIF peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • Cilantro for garnish
In a large bowl, combine the Smucker's grape jelly, natural JIF peanut butter, red wine vinegar, hot pepper sauce and salt to make the marinade.
Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade and set aside.
Place the chicken drumsticks in a ziplock bag along with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Arrange the drumsticks on a greased broiler pan or a greased rack over a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn over each piece and baste with more sauce from the marinade bag (not the reserved sauce). Bake for another 20 minutes or until browned.
Once the chicken is finished baking, baste with the reserved sauce. Serve with cilantro as a garnish.
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Don't forget to visit the Target Cartwheel landing page to save when purchasing your Smucker’s and Jif products.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 - A Year in Review


As 2016 comes to a close, I have to say it was a pretty good year for me. Yes, the election was devastating and I'm nervous about the next four years but over all, I had a pretty good year. 

1.  Workout 4 times a week - I stayed pretty consistent with this goal and really found my exercise love when I joined Sync Fitness. I also lost almost 20 pounds since May. While I have more to go, I'm feeling stronger, fitter and so much happier. The grief weight was really dragging me down. 

2. Complete Whole30 in January - I did this and thankfully this year, I am not doing it again! 

3. Keep purging the house with the Bowl Full of Lemons 14 Week Plan  - I purged a lot this past year and plan to keep it up in 2017. We have too much stuff and it needs to go. 

4. Complete Four (4) Day in the Life Challenges and participate in at least ten 10 on 10's - This was a fun way to stretch my photography chops. I feel like my skills really grew this year and I am so thrilled with my improvements. 

5. Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I - I did not complete this but I made some great strides. 

6. Grow a kick-ass Garden! - My garden was so awesome this year. I planted corn and it was fun watching it grow. My tomatoes were gang busters and next year I'm planting peppers earlier because when mine finally took off, they were taken out by frost. 

7. Read for 15 minutes a day - and by doing this, I read 60 books this year! I have a post coming up with a quick review of all the books I read. 

8. Volunteer with two organizations and include the girls - I volunteered with PEPS this year and led two groups - one of which was horrible and one of which was AWESOME! The second group, the awesome one restored my faith in humanity. The girls and I also volunteered with Mary's Place and I look forward to doing more of this. We also did the Treehouse Toy Drive and donated socks to WeCount. 

9. Catch up on my yearly photo books of the girls - Yeah.....

10. Get back to Blogging on a more regular basis and focus more on my writing - Totally did this and I have big plans for 2017. 
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you Peace & Joy and a Happy New Year! 

(Taking one's own family portrait is hard, folks!)

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