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California Chicken Gumbo for a Mob

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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. Now, I didn’t really name this recipe, though I certainly could have. […]

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TGIF: Saying Thanks

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The day after Christmas. Ho hum. The party’s over. Or is it? Let’s not be fooled that the season of goodwill just magically ended at the stroke of twelve last night. Hopefully, we’re teaching our kids to show love and compassion all 365 days of the year. One great way to exercise those sentiments today […]

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Christmas Wishes from the Fishes

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May your Christmas be filled with the hope of Christ. Thank you for all your prayers and kind wishes this holiday season. I am blessed to have so many people to care about both our joys and our struggles. May you enjoy many blessings this Christmas! Love, FishMama

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Spread the Word

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Join me, along with Amy and Kate, as we explore all sorts of fun things to do with the family for New Years!

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When Christmas Isn’t So Merry

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This past week my eyes are opened to the realization that for some people Christmas will not be so merry. For our family, we are grieving the loss of someone we loved very much. We spent several Christmases with my mother-in-law, and now, everywhere I turn something reminds me of her. A brightly colored sweater […]

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Milk, Beautiful Milk!

Thanks to all those who participated in the first Heritage Foods Organic Milk Giveaway. The winner from Round 1 is Heidi S from Carlsbad. Stremicks Heritage Foods will be sending you your milk coupons soon. Congratulations! But, if you didn’t win, never fear, there are four more weeks to win free organic milk. Last week […]

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Food and Clean Underwear

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The new normal has been rather elusive this year. Survival is the name of my game these days. And, I think I’m okay with it. Food and clean underwear – if we’ve got those, we’re okay. But, I know from experience that if I don’t have a plan for food, we’ll be eating way too […]

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December 21st

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Four days left. December 25th looms on the calendar. Are you ready? It seems that there’s this big, frantic deadline approaching. In years past, I’d be feeling anxious by now. I haven’t baked but one kind of cookie.I haven’t driven around looking at Christmas lights with the fam.I haven’t even addressed a single Christmas card. […]

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