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Lazy Mama

Good Evening.
It's 8:46pm and I need to get some writing done, but first I figured I would share a variety of posts that I enjoyed this week with all of you.

Going Gently - Two of the best photo bomb pictures.

72 Hour Bag - Purpose

All Recipes - Cabbage Carrot Casserole. I made this and it was delicious and very economical.

Tartelette - Squid Ink Pasta with Stilton Blue and Fresh Figs is such an exotic sounding dish. I love people who cook like this at home.

Mother Earth News - If you are fortunate enough to have chickens then you are fortunate to have eggs. Well, here is a handy way to freeze the excess.

Hooked on Houses - I agree with the majority of comments in regards to this renovation done by the DIY Network to a cozy little dilapidated beach cottage. All charm is lost. Such a shame.

Prepared Housewives - Make Your Own Cloth Wipes

Enjoy your weekend!


Just Rambling In My Head

Ever have one of those days where just a million things race through you and then you repeat? Today is that kind of day for me. I figured I would get some of it out here and share the darkness of my aging mind. (BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA) Okay, it is not that funny.

For the life of me I will never understand why my fellow US citizens are so damn opposed to Universal Healthcare. Hospitals would not have to worry about being paid, urgent clinics would get paid, medical staff would get paid and no one would go bankrupt from needing an operation or life saving medicine. The attitude of "take care of your own" here really means just your own family. Not fellow citizens. I mean, you don't want the government to help with healthcare, but damn they better stop them gays from marrying!!! To have Representatives in Washington filibuster Obamacare when they themselves have coverage for a lifetime is beyond offensive. Sure it O-care not a perfect solution, but can't we work on it? And no…

The other day

I was finishing up my lunch, and getting ready to go read to my son before his nap time, when I realized it was eerily quite in the playroom next to the kitchen. I went in and found our son like this.

As a friend said, "All hail the mighty iPad!"

That is some PBS Kids show that is on there and he is allowed to use the iPad after lunch for about 30 minutes. Yes, yes, American Academy of Pediatrics says not to before 2 years old, but bugger that. Our son is always doing, goes outside, loves to read so I figure Cat in the Hat is not going to corrupt his mind.
FYI - He stayed on the floor in that position for the full length of his nap. God Bless.

Last night I made this pizza using my own dough, but I would love to try her version with the gluten free almond flax crust at some point.

Caramelized Onion, Pear and Goat Cheese Pizza from Nutritionist in the Kitch.


Mommy Needs A Gin and Tonic

We have a very rambunctious 21 month old boy. He loves to explore and read and be outside. We also teach him how to vacuum, throw out garbage and other necessary things that he can do himself.
On a whim last week I decided to take him to Mother Goose at the library. It is a half hour program for children 2 and under where the librarian reads a few poems and there are songs and books. She had said in the beginning that most children under 2 would most likely be up and running around the room which is a safe and interesting place for them and that it was to be expected of that age group.
Only our child runs around happy as can be. At first I felt embarrassed like I was a bad parent because all these other kids, mostly girls, would just sit with their Mommies and listen. Then I figured and accepted that my child is a spirited child and he is NOT going to sit in this unfamiliar place filled with new faces and someone reading. Today was no different except there were more parents there. An…

Sweet tooth? These work

On Thursday I went to look in on our friend's dogs as they had asked because one of them was travelling. They have Italian Greyounds and the one named Rosie LOVES my little boy. Vito is more of a lie in the grass and sun oneself type of dog, but he is still sweet.
When we got there my travelling friend was home already thanks to an offsite ending early. This was nice because we were able to catch up a little and my son got to play with the dogs. As we conversed,  someone became ravenous. Not me, it was the 20 month old. My friend asked and I okayed the offering of a fig newton. You would have thought he had not eaten for weeks. The good thing about this is I am always trying to figure out what things I can keep on me at all times that he can have in case he gets hungry. I assume most parents become a mini mart for their toddler so this is not foreign territory to most. Now, a neighbor had dropped off some fresh figs the other day and I was giddy. My husband is not much of a fan, b…

Biscuits, Jalapenos and More

Thanks to our CSA I have had more corn and peaches than I would ever want in a lifetime. That being said, I am about to roast some corn in the husk along with my three beets. No one but me eats beets and I figured why not roast them together and then, when done, I can eat them as is or mix them up in a salad.
One of the few things that did well in my garden this year was my jalapeno plant. Go figure. I have five of them sitting in front of me and so a search was on for a recipe. First one I found was a great sounding pickling recipe on Simply Scratch, but my lack of the necessary 15 jalapenos lead me to search for something else. I am going to be making a lentil soup tonight for dinner, fall is officially here in NJ, and when I saw a cheddar jalapeno biscuit recipe on Simply Recipes and was sold. I do not have cream so I am going to add butter in its place, there were some notes in the comments, and honey instead of sugar. Let us hope it comes out delish!

Survival Life blog has what s…

A Change in Gardening

After a poor growing season this year, I looked at my husband yesterday while I was weeding and doing fall cleanup and said, "Since we belong to a CSA, I would like to just grow all types of flowers next year. "
He responded, "I am fine with that and think it is a good idea." Hooray!! While I have loved having a vegetable garden, I have not had the opportunity to care for the small patch the way I did before I had our son. When I do get free time, read that as when he naps, I try and write or do laundry or cook or watch Orange is the New Black (LOVE THAT SHOW!!!!), so something has to be put to the side. For us, it will be the vegetable garden. Not that flowers don't need care, but they need a lot less work than cultivating tomatoes or cabbage. If I was growing roses I would think a little differently, but I am not attempting those just yet. One idea I had was to maybe intersperse the flowers with Swiss Chard and Kale. The two vegetables, besides leeks, that gr…


Fall is coming and with that comes knitting. I love knitting. Of course I prefer to have warm weather last a bit longer and today it is going to be low 90's here in NJ!
Anyway, I am thinking of making the three little girls some homemade gifts as opposed to sending them off to tea like I had originally proposed. It would cost me over $100 to do such a nice outing and I think that is something for when they are a little older and can really enjoy and remember it. I am always on the look out for interesting patterns and I have a few that may come in handy for yourself as well. I know the little ladies like dress up clothes so I figured I could make fun stuff, like fuzzy boas and mini purses, and something they can wear when it gets cold. According to Farmer's Almanac  we are to have a very cold winter this year so wool will be necessary.
Angie of Little Inspiration created this fantastic looking Bow Scarf. You pull the bow through the button hole which I think is a neat idea. Yo…

How to Bang One's Head Against the Wall

Sometimes I find myself disgusted by the behaviors of the elected officials in this country so much that I want to leave my citizenship behind and flee. Drastic? Yes. But I believe the latest article on Poverty and Food Stamps in the NY Times will make you understand why.

On the Edge of Poverty, at the Center of a Debate on Food Stamps.

This specific excerpt did me in.

Surrounded by corn and soybean farms — including one owned by the local Republican congressman, Representative Stephen Fincher — Dyersburg, about 75 miles north of Memphis, provides an eye-opening view into Washington’s food stamp debate. Mr. Fincher, who was elected in 2010 on a Tea Party wave and collected nearly $3.5 million in farm subsidies from the government from 1999 to 2012, recently voted for a farm bill that omitted food stamps. “The role of citizens, of Christianity, of humanity, is to take care of each other, not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country,” Mr. Finche…

A Multitude of Thoughts

All this talk of going to war has been a bit overwhelming and aggravating. For the record, I feel we (America) have no business in Syria. I get that they did something awful to their people, but not for nothing, Darfur and Mali and many other places have been self imploding, but you do not see us getting in everyone's business there. I am well aware that this is a complicated matter and I really, really hope we keep our nose out of it, but I fear that won't happen. This of course has moved me into prepper mode. I feel like I need all this extra bottled water and emergency kits and food because once the SHTF, it is on. I am doing my best to be rational too, but I cannot deny this all makes me nervous. I mean, I never watch the news, but the gym I go to has huge flat screens on their walls so while I listen to music I watch and read the captions. If you are a main stream media news junkie, I can see why all you want to do is hate on people and live in fear and think celebrities/…

Golden Peach Muffins

Since I still have a glut of peaches I decided to make peach muffins especially as a nice snack for the little one to have. I even ate an overripe peach while I stirred the batter.
Anyway, I found a good recipe that did not need a lot of unnecessary additives or heaping amounts of sugar. This one requires one cup of sugar and since I am no longer using regular sugar  I just used honey. Maybe that is where I went wrong but I pulled them out of the oven and lo and behold I have teeny muffins. Seems I used baking powder instead of baking soda. Yeah, let's hope they are tasty or I am so screwed. I hate wasting flour. Weird quirk, but if they suck, I am going to be so mad at myself. Of course I will just give them to the birds if they are not good.

Here is what they look like. All that foamy looking stuff is butter from greasing the pan.

Do yourself a favor and try the recipe for Golden Peach Muffins off of and make sure you do not commit my faux pas.