Butternut Squash Bread

Hi. I’m Natalie. I buy gourds and other vegetables that we do not normally eat, anytime they are on sale.

The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?

I did it with the Zucchini (which, by the way, I still haven’t been able to try Suzanne’s recipe, as Zucchini is now pricer . . . → Read More: Butternut Squash Bread

Zucchini Bread: Wherein I learn to ask my friends before making things.

I bought some zucchini. It was on sale. I thought “Oh, I can sautee it up, it will be great.”

Then I was told how some people in my house were not huge fans of sauteed zucchini. Since I’ve never fried it, or didn’t really know of a good raw application, I got the . . . → Read More: Zucchini Bread: Wherein I learn to ask my friends before making things.

Kid-friendly “Sushi”

My kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. If I let them, they would eat it for every single meal.

I don’t know where I originally read about PB&J sushi, but it stuck in the back of my mind, so one day I made it on a whim. Needless to say, it was extremely . . . → Read More: Kid-friendly “Sushi”

Spicy Black Beans, Rice & Sausage

Don’t let the title fool you. This dish can be as spicy or as mild as you like. Also? You can totally turn it into a vegetarian or vegan dish. It is a bastardization of a recipe I found online, the original recipe can be found here but here is what I did:

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Rainy Day Errands

So it’s raining.


Of course that nullifies any and all plans of outside play I had come up with a few weeks ago when I realized how quickly Olivia’s preschool break would be upon us. Granted, she’s only gone 9-12 hours a week, but I wanted to fill our time with fun . . . → Read More: Rainy Day Errands

Christmas Crafts!

Yesterday I decided to finally get my butt into gear and help the girls make Christmas tree ornaments. My original plan was to have Olivia make two for her teachers and a card. We had already given money towards the class gift, but thought it would be nice to give them something homemade by . . . → Read More: Christmas Crafts!

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Ooh, look, a recipe for you. I haven’t posted one in awhile, and I realized, as I was making them last night, I had never posted this particular one.

I didn’t realize until AFTER I had made them that I hadn’t done all of this, so I was not taking photos of the step-by-step, . . . → Read More: Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

In a backyard not so far away…

We threw Olivia a Star Wars themed birthday party.

And it was awesome.

Bill and I were able to construct a passable R2D2 cake which Olivia LOVED. I made a few mistakes in the construction of the droid, things that I hope I can correct next time around. Always cut the shape the cake . . . → Read More: In a backyard not so far away…

Not playing that card…yet

As I was perusing the interwebs, I saw an article about how to make your own twix bar. I was intrigued, and bookmarked it for future reference (since, I don’t have the ingredients to make them currently). However, it made me crave a twix bar. (Hello PMS!)

I looked over at Bill and said . . . → Read More: Not playing that card…yet

Yo Party Party

So, three weeks ago we had Sophia’s second birthday party and celebrated Yo Gabba Gabba style. She had a blast and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Here is our Yo Gabba Gabba decorated patio. All of my decorations were printed from my computer, and handmade. Nothing fancy, but helped save . . . → Read More: Yo Party Party