Friday, November 28, 2014

What's Your Favorite Yoga Mat?

Now that we've stuffed ourselves silly, time to get moving again. Let's talk yoga mats. I need a new one and I need suggestions. 

Currently, I'm using Lululemon's The Mat. It's a heavy, thick mat and it works great because it provides extra cushion for my bony tailbone at mat Pilates classes. It's two sided but I primarily use the side that is extra "sticky". The opposite side is smoother and my feet tend to slip. What's the drawback? It smells like rubber and it's harshing my daily flow! 

The Mat's packaging, as well as the website, acknowledges the smell but claims that it will go away. I've aired it out and have cleaned it but nothing. The rubber smells wears off on my body, especially my hands, and drives me nuts until I take a shower. Time to move on! 

What's your favorite mat? Point me in the right direction! Thanks!

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Here's hoping winged fairies deliver platters of food to all of you today! 

Cheers to having so much to be thankful for!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Ingredient Corn Casserole!

You're 5 ingredients away from Thanksgiving notoriety. That's all it takes to make corn casserole, a dish so easy it's ridiculous. In years past, I've screwed up sweet potatoes and pumpkin pies, but never a corn casserole. It's foolproof and a favorite among my family.

The first tidbit is that I should mention that it's not my recipe. It's Paula Deen's and it's definitely homestyle cooking. A can of corn, a can of cream corn, sour cream, cornbread mix, and butter. She adds cheese on top but I've found that step unnecessary and normally don't add it.  Click here for the complete recipe.

What's your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?


There's still time - Don't forget about place cards! Click HERE for the printable!

Happy Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Teflon Don

Vance is The Teflon Don when it comes to germs. Nothing sticks to him. He has not missed one day of school this year, which is a record. Vaughn, on the other hand, has missed 7, which is also a record (in the other direction) for her. What does that make her? Velcro?

Knocking on wood, the kids are usually pretty healthy. Unfortunately, strep throat found Vaughn this year and since school has started, she's fought through two rounds of it. She woke up with a low fever and headache today and I'm happy to say it's not strep, just a virus of some sort. Looking at her, you'd never guess she was sick at all. She's got ENERGY! She's been crafting with glue and feathers since 7:30 this morning! She wants ALL the eggnog! 

Here's hoping it's short lived and doesn't make it's way around the family! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

As a writer of daily minutia, most of it complete nonsense, I find it uncomfortable to change gears and talk here about serious stuff. However, it feels wrong not to mention Ferguson, especially since I call St. Louis home.

This tweet sums it up:

I'm disappointed but will still continue to hope for justice, peace, and change.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Prepping for Thanksgiving: Personal sized Sweet Potatoes

Our head count for Thanksgiving is small this year and the ones that like sweet potatoes can be counted on two fingers. The demand is not big enough for an entire casserole dish of yams but these "personal potatoes" are the answer. What do people have against sweet potatoes?

Joy the Baker's Oat Pistachio Crumble topped baked sweet potatoes  look fantastic. Pistachio's are becoming one of my favorite toppings, I think that's why this one caught my eye.

If you favor something more traditional, head over to Sweet Pea's Kitchen for the Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Who can pass up browned mini-marshmallows?!?

I'm not a maple fan, but if you are, you may like The Daily Dish's Maple Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.

These recipes are great for this type of situation, but they do not warrant leftovers, which makes me sad. Sweet potatoes are not the enemy, my friends. Give them another try this year, will ya?


Bonus Fact! Want to know the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? Check this article out from The Kitchn.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stocking Guilt

Years and years ago, I painstakingly made a stocking for Vance. I worked on it here and there and it ended up taking me 2 years and 4 months to complete. This is the almost-finished picture. I wrote about it here and here.
Years later, Vaughn was born and being the second child, she got the shaft. This was her stocking for a couple of years. In my defense, she was a baby and didn't know better.
This is Vaughn's current stocking. A cheap find at a Target clearance sale and I sewed her name on it. She thinks it's great but I still feel bad. I wrote about it here
The guilt has finally worn me down and I just bought this for her.
Let's see how long it takes me to make this one! 


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