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A Food and Wine Challenge

Food and Wine magazine always seems to come at the perfect time of the month for me. We were all loading into the car to make the 6 hour trek to the in-laws house in Iowa when I decided to run and get the mail first. When I opened up the mailbox and saw the copy of one of my favorite magazines, I knew my itty bitty booklight and I would be busy on the dark drive. Thank God we had the portable DVD player to entertain the children. I would finally have some precious reading time, and a great magazine to share that time with. For the past few weeks, I've been considering what I want some of my 2007 goals to be. I've committed to the TBR challenge, I've set a goal to have one dinner party a month in the year 2007, and I'm in the process of revising my 43 Things to include some goals to complete in the coming year. As I was reading January 2007 issue of Food and Wine, I was intrigued by the main article of the magazine entitled “100 Tastes to Try in 2007”. As I was browsing through the suggestions, a thought crossed my mind. “I should take the editors of Food and Wine up on their challenge and really taste the 100 things they suggest to try in 2007.” So, that’s what I’m going to do. There are some things I won’t be able to do. I won’t be able to go to some of the restaurants they recommend because they aren’t in places I plan on visiting this year. If possible, I might try to find some people in different regions to report back on the things that I will not be able to … [Continue reading]

Subrban Mom Cool Tool of the Week

Just a quick product recommendation this morning, and then I'll write a longer post about a new Food and Wine challenge I'm undertaking. If you have a suburban mom on your gift list... one that is constantly volunteering to bring her yummy cupcakes to the church bake sale, the classroom parties, post soccer game celebrations, etc. you'll want to make sure she gets one of these handy Cupcake Courier's for Christmas. I love baking cupcakes, but transporting them has always been an issue. By the time you get them where they need to be, the yummy frosting is smooshed and sticking to the cursed saran wrap, the decorating that you worked so hard on is foiled, the wrappers are smudged with icing, and frankly, they are an absolute mess. Imagine, carting your cupcakes around in a tiered cupcake courier!  Even better, imagine arriving at an event with all of your cupcakes in tact... not a drop of frosting smooshed. All of your cupcake making friends will be so jealous and will be begging you to tell them where you got this handy new gadget. It is a cupcake making, saran wrap swearing, mom's dream. Thank you to Hilary, over at Nosh with Me, for another great post that lead me to a great product! … [Continue reading]

Angels among us

I went to my first official Christmas Party last night. It was  a party with the other members of the M.O.M.S board (Ministry of Mother's Sharing). It was a really nice night with some of my best girlfriends. We had great food, really good wine, and funny and enlightening conversations. Half way through the party we did our Dirty Santa ornament exchange. Those are always fun... you can often tell a lot about a person when we play this kind of game. Sometimes the people that you wouldn't think would play dirty, do, and the people that you think you need to watch out for end up being the open it and keep it type of folks. It was a fun round, with ornament stealing abound. I ended up with the most beautiful glass Angel ornament, which was brought by Sara. I stole it from my friend Debbie, with optimism that if it ended up being mine, it would survive the season being hung on a Christmas tree with three kids under the age of 5 in the household. I must have had too much to drink, because today I'm not feeling nearly as optimistic. I love this ornament and really don't want it to be broken. I've decided that the safest route will be to display it prominently in our China Cabinet, with our other "fragiles" as Kelly likes to say. Our hostess, Charlene, gave us each a gift that I thought I'd share with you. It is especially meaningful this time of year when life gets hectic and things tend to spin out of control. I'll leave you with this: Let Your God Love You by Edwina … [Continue reading]

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

While browsing the enormous Food Blog world this week, I happened upon a great blog with several great recipes and product recommendations. I finally had to stop reading through past posts because my list of recipes I wanted to try kept getting longer and longer! The site is Nosh with Me and it's managed by Hilary, a passionate baker and a very entertaining writer. Hilary recently posted a recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Cookies. Reading her description I could practically taste these yummy creations, as well as envision the aroma swarming through my house. I knew I had to give them a try. So, yesterday, my 4 year old and my 3 year old were my big helpers in the kitchen as we made these cookies. Warning to mom's out there wanting to try this recipe with little helpers in the kitchen. The Sugar in the Raw is something my kids couldn't keep their hands out of. They loved rolling the balls in the sugar, as well as piling the sugar up, spilling it all over the place, running their fingers through the large crystals. They had a ball, which is what counts, right? The end result of this recipe is a cookie with a very unique flavor. I can't quite put my finger on what that flavor is, but I can tell you... they are delicious! They seem like the perfect thing to pair with a hot cup of cocoa. They are slightly chewy, with a perfectly crisp outside.  The only change I made to the recipe was to only bake them for 10 minutes. If you are selling your house and are looking for that cookie … [Continue reading]

Mommy Brain

After searching and searching all morning for my camera, I just found my camera in the refrigerator and the cream cheese where I keep the camera, up by my desk. It's official... I'm losing it! My friends call this "Mommy Brain" which is connected to losing brain cells after you have children. Sure... I'll say that is my excuse. Sounds like a good one, and one that hopefully won't require any serious medical intervention. Professionals say that "Children challenge parent's mental resources." Really?? Who would have guessed that <insert heavy sarcasm>. I would say that's a very polite way of saying that once you have children, your mind goes to mush. You might as well welcome and embrace the phenomenon known as "Mommy Brain". Does this mean when my kids are grown and out of the house I'll return to my previous smart, witty, put together self?  Will I still find my bread in the clothes dryer and my clothes in the oven? Will I continue to be mindless and forgetful without a diagnosed medical excuse? Will I ever be able to remember the name of all 50 states in alphabetical order again? I guess only time will tell. In the meantime, I'll find the nearest "Mommy Brain" support group where I'll hopefully feel accepted by more people just like me.   … [Continue reading]