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Turkey Shaped Cinnamon Rolls (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving)

2009-October-156

Hey there! I’m Jessica. I think that motherhood should be savored, like a good piece of chocolate. But sometimes it feels like more duty than delight. Am I right? I’m working to change that. Read more about me here and this blog here. T Minus 7 Days and Counting…. Are you ready for Turkey Day? […]

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Frugal Foodie Gift: If You Give a Mom a Muffin Kit

2009-November-276

You’ve probably read the book, If You Give a Moose a Muffin or its predecessor, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. If so, you’ll love the poem, “If You Give a Mom a Muffin.” It tells the tale of how a mother can get (way too easily) sidetracked in her life as mom. It’s […]

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Thanksgiving on a Budget: Presentation Counts!

2009-November-175

Last year I was both pleasantly surprised and a little dismayed when a popular foodie magazine featured an $80 Thanksgiving Menu. Having read this particularly publication for years and years, I knew that for most of its readership, this was, indeed, a “bargain meal.” But having tracked prices for so long, I knew that they […]

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Legoland, Bob the Builder, Bionicles, and Tinkerbell: The FishKids’ Birthday Review

2009-November-234

For better or worse, my kids’ birthdays come lumped together. Three in late May/early June and two in November. Yes, FishBaby is all by her lonesome in August, but that’s okay. These two “birthday seasons” are full enough. Last week FishBoy9 and FishChick3 celebrated their birthdays. Or should I say we celebrated FishBoy9 and FishChick3? […]

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Bob the Builder Birthday Cake

2009-November-213

We love Bob the Builder around here. We really do. You would think that now that the toddlers in the vicinity are girls that we’d have moved on to My Little Pony or something. But, no. FishChick loves Bob. It may be that we just have more Bob the Builder¬†movies than any other character or […]

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Thanksgiving on a Budget: Very Make-Ahead Turkey

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You know that to make the most of your cooked turkey and stretch your budget further, it’s best to make stock from the leftovers. However, who wants to mess with that after a full day of cooking? I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you see this next installment of Thanksgiving on a Budget. […]

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Lego Bionicle Thornax Birthday Cake

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Remember this? It’s the Lego Bionicle “thing” my son wanted his birthday cake to look like. You know I’m always up for a birthday cake challenge, right? (Just for the record, it’s called a Thornax.) Well, I’m pleased to report that I came, I saw, I baked that cake! The frosting job wasn’t the best, […]

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Get a Good Habit Going: Ask for Help

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Today starts the third week of the Get a Good Habit Going Challenge. You’re invited to share your progress on how you’re improving on one new and good habit this month. (It’s never too late to join in. Just catch up on reading week one and week two.) I’ve been working on getting routines going […]

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