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In my family we have a little running joke about fairies. For as long as I can remember we’ve all insisted that there are different kinds of fairies that do different kinds of jobs. In my sisters home there’s the ever illusive Coffee Fairy who brews the perfect cup of coffee while you’re sleeping and brings it to you piping hot moments after you wake up. In my Mother’s house there’s the Laundry Fairy, Cleaning Fairy, Dish Fairy, Vacuum Fairy, Lawn Mowing Fairy… The list goes on… and on… and on… and each one is responsible for the task they are thus named after.

In my house we’re big believers in the Dish Fairy and sincerely hope that if we show enough faith and enough persistence that one day they will show themselves and instead of looking at a sink full of dishes in the morning saying “I guess the dish Fairy didn’t come last night (Sigh)” I will be able to happily rejoice over an empty sink and a wiped counter knowing in my heart of hearts that there really are Fairies… and that with all the possible things in the world they could be using their magic for they have chosen to come into my home and wash pasta sauce off Fiesta Ware.

What kind of Fairies do you wish for?

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I would like to start this weekend off with a big thank you to Earth Mama Angel Baby for so graciously supplying me with a bottle of Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash and being so kind as to include an extra bottle for me to giveaway to one lucky reader!

I would also like to thank everyone who entered in and helped to promote my giveaway with a special thanks to Linda over at Contest Girl and Blog Giveaways for helping get the word out!

After years of longing I finally splurged and bought myself a Nikon D5100 and I am LOVING it! Photography has always been one of my passions and I’m so excited to pursue it further with such a fancy new camera. (Note the Sunflower picture above)

This week I made Pumpkin Scones from a recipe I found over at Pure and Yummy and they turned out amazing! When I think of scones I think of a dry flavorless biscuits with a couple of freeze dried blueberries on top, but in the holiday spirit and with an oversupply of canned pumpkin I tried this recipe and was shocked at how incredibly moist and delectable these little guys turned out. I had no idea a scone could be so savory and delicious; This recipe is a MUST for your Autumn cooking arsenal or honestly for any time of the year.

And Finally I would like to Congratulate Shirley F. on Winning the Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash Giveaway!( You should have received an email from me already)

Look for a Nature’s Baby Organics Giveaway Coming Soon!

Have a wonderful Weekend Everybody!

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After 8 months of having a child living and breathing on the outside I’m starting to feel like I might actually be regaining some of my individuality, like a sliver of that person I was before I dedicated my life to new life is getting a moment at the surface to breath.

Now don’t get me wrong… I love being a mother and I’ve wanted to be a mother for far longer than I would like to admit, but somewhere in the midst of morning sickness, birth and raising a baby I became a new person and in my new roll as a Mom I very quickly lost the time I used to spend being me.

But at 8 months old SweetPea has become so independent, happily exploring and playing on her own, and I’ve found myself with “freetime” a strange and bizarre concept I vaguely remember from my previous life.

The other day I was able to spend time baking in the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes while she happily played with a wooden spoon at my feet for an hour! A whole HOUR! And from that hour I got the most delectable, savory, moist, wonderful scones I have ever been so lucky as to taste. Pumpkin Scones to be exact which you can find here if you’re interested.

When I was pregnant and my Husband and I were talking about parenting and finding the style that paired best with our feelings and beliefs we were instantly drawn to attachment parenting a philosophy that mirrored our own parenting desires and promoted comfort and independence in our child, and I am so happy to be seeing first hand how comfortable and secure we have made our daughter by earning her trust with closeness and reassurance.

As time wears on and SweetPea learns more about herself and her independence I am blessed with the opportunity to rediscover the person I am as a mother and as myself

And the real cherry on top of my parenting Sunday would have to be Yoga! With her new found sovereignty SweetPea will happily crawl about our bedroom happily playing with toys and trying to crawl on top of me while I get to spend 15-20 minutes a day releasing stress and practicing Yoga a pastime I could never consistently fit into those precious hours she spends napping each day.

Thank you so much for reading!

 

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I’ve been feeling really homey this week and decided I was do for some time in the kitchen, I found a recipe for these wonderful Spinach and Cheese Muffins over at My Kitchen Experiments and they were just delicious! So moist and savory with just a hint of cayenne pepper which adds such lovely warmth.

On a Sweeter note I found the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake Recipe from Cupcake Project and it is AMAZING! I’ve never had a lot of success with making cake from scratch; It always comes out really dry or tasting of flour, but this recipe is super easy and the cupcakes came out perfect on my first try!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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The other day I spend hours with SweetPea on my back in the Ergo Carrier picking blackberries in the afternoon shade; I must have picked at least 30cups. When I got home I had all these wonderful dreams of cute little jars full of homemade blackberry jam being handed out at Christmas, and everyone fawning over how incredible crafty and thoughtful I was while I modestly played down how much work went into it all.

This is not what was going to happen…

It all started off so well. I measured out 9 cups of crushed berries and added 3 cups of raw sugar, I was really excited about the raw sugar because I think it just tastes better than white sugar plus it’s so much better for you(as far as sugar being good for you goes). All of that was put on the stove to simmer while I brought a giant pot of water to boil and stirred the sweet mixture diligently. At this point SweetPea is strapped on my back and playing with the collar of my shirt patiently, happy to indulge her Mammas desire to create and can new things.

The sugar begins to melt down and the berries relinquish their juices as everything comes to a slow boil. I grab my candy thermometer and stick it in… 50° Fahrenheit… now that just can’t be right, it has to reach 220° before it can be canned as jam. I grab the instant read meat thermometer and give it a stab… 150° that seems a bit more like it. After disposing of the first thermometer I dig up another more reliable candy thermometer and stick it in, it’s reading about 10° less than the instant read thermometer, but I figure it just had to do with placement in the mutant hot blackberry lava.

I continue to stir every few moments and try to sooth my fussy little SweetPea; who after an hour or so has decided that Mom making blackberry Jam is not any fun and she would much rather be somewhere else. This process is a lot more difficult than it seems because I have to keep picking her up and putting her down so I don’t burn her with bits of hot berry sauce.

Over what seems like the next few hours the temperature slowly creeps up to 180° and I impatiently spoon a little bit of jam onto a plate and stick it in the freezer to see if it’s solidifies enough for me to call it jelly and throw it into some jars and start canning. A few minutes later I pull it out and it has in fact become jam a rather loose jam but jam none the less. Then I taste it, and it’s so good. It tastes like sweet sunshine on a warm summer day how incredible lovely it is…

But wait… what is that taste… that taste in the background that is slowly sneaking into my mouth full of sunshine……….. Noooooooooooooooooooooooo… but it’s to late, the unmistakable taste of burnt sugar has entered my sweet summer medley and it’s ruined, there is no coming back from this, no saving it, the hours I spent picking berries and the hours I spend mixing jam have been wasted and I will have nothing to show for them besides and incredible dirty kitchen. I momentarily think about canning it anyways and giving burnt jam away as Christmas presents to the members of my family I’m not particularly fond of, but I’m to proud of my housewife skills to let even them know I totally messed this up.

I sit down on the floor and pout for a moment because it’s hot and I’m tired and completely worn out. After turning off the burned and making sure nothing is going to make a bigger mess than it already has I pick up SweetPea and mope about outside for a little while, at least she’s happy (she loves being outside). After an hour outside I am suddenly overcome with the need to successfully accomplish something today, so I head back to the kitchen.

There are still several cups of fresh blackberries in the refrigerator so I decide to make a blackberry cobbler, but no… I can’t stop there… I also have to make homemade vanilla ice cream because somehow in my mind cobbler and ice cream is equal to homemade blackberry jam in the success department, and making cobbler alone would not be enough personal gratification, so I find an ice cream recipe and I totally screw it up…

My tired brain misreads at least two measurements and adds the wrong ingredients at the wrong time making a general show of how completely fried I am from my jam project gone wrong, but I somehow manage to pull it together and the ice cream mix tastes amazing so I throw it in the ice cream maker and enlist my hubby to crank it until it’s done.

Meanwhile I put the blackberry cobbler together and throw it in the oven relatively unscathed and with little to no problems. I walk over to the table to check on the ice cream and it has reached the consistency of a melty milkshake, he keeps stirring.

15 minutes late it’s still a melty milkshake… Ahhhhh what happened? I contemplate blaming my husband for this failure since he’s the one mixing it and would be an easy scapegoat, but I know it’s not his fault; once again my now completely exhausted brain misread and muddled directions. I guess you’re only supposed to stir the ice cream 2 times every 2-3 minutes instead of constantly for 20 minutes…. Ooops

The timer dings for the cobbler and I pull it out of the oven. The top is crispy golden brown and the berries are bubbling up around the sides. It smells just wonderful but it’s way to hot to eat so I set it aside to cool. A little while later I serve myself up a bowl, slowly cutting into the sweet biscuity crust and scooping juicy purple berries from the bottom. I grab a fork and sit down just taking in how beautiful it looks in the bowl before me. I am afraid it will be awful, that somehow I will have messed this up too, but after a few moments the glorious smell of fresh hot blackberries and sugar gets to me and my mouth is watering so I muster the courage to take a bite. I stab into the crispy golden crust and coax some berries onto my fork, holding my breath I slowly raise the fork to my mouth and…

it tastes just wonderful, like sweet sunshine on a warm summer day.

Thankfully

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INGREDIENTS:

3 Cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1-3/4 Cups sugar

1/4 Cup brown sugar

2  Sticks butter(softened)

1 tbsp orange zest

2 eggs

1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

1/2 Cup Raw sugar (for rolling)

4 Cups chocolate chips(whatever kind you like best!)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift Flour, Baking soda and Salt into a medium bowl.

2. In a large bowl cream Sugars, Zest, Butter, Eggs, and Juice. Gradually add Flour mixture until completely combined.

3. Roll dough into 2″ balls. Roll each ball in Raw Sugar until coated. Place on parchment lined baking sheet 3″ apart.

4. With a flat surface (bottom of a cup/bowl) smash each ball down until about 1/4″ thick.

5. Bake cookies until golder brown. about 14 minutes rotating baking sheet halfway through to promote even cooking.

6. Fill a medium sauce 3/4 with water and place over medium heat. Pour Chocolate chips into a smaller saucepan on top of water. Cook until Chips are fully melted. Dip cooled cookies into chocolate and place on *parchment paper.

7. Enjoy!

*for best results allow cookies to set in the refrigerator.

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New England Clam Chowder (India’s Roses Style)

“There is no food in this world more beloved than bacon” -just about everyone

I hate clam chowder… Probably has a lot to do with the fact that I hate clams… but like most of the things I make in the kitchen it’s said to be delicious… even if I don’t quite think so myself… The key is Bacon… No matter what you’re making if you add a healthy (well more like not so healthy) helping of bacon it’s bound to be good… so here you have it, New England Clam Chowder w/ Bacon!

Ingredients:

½ lb-1lb Bacon diced  (It really just depends on how much you like bacon)

1-2 medium Onions Sliced (again it really just depends on how much you like onions)

3 – 6.5oz cans of minced clams (save the liquid you’ll need it later!!!)

2 ½ Tbsp all purpose flour

2-3 large potatoes, peeled and diced

1 ½ tsp salt

¼ tsp celery salt

1 tsp freshly ground pepper

3 cups milk

2 Tbsp Butter

  1. Over Medium heat in a large saucepan(4-5 quarts) cook the bacon until lightly browned
  2. Add onions and continue to cook until tender: about 6-7 minutes
  3. Add enough water to reserved clam liquid to make about 2 cups
  4. Add flower to onion mixture and stir until onions and bacon are coated
  5. Gradually add clam liquid stirring constantly until the mixture begins to thicken
  6. Stir in the potatoes and spices: cover and let cook until potatoes are tender: about 12-15 minutes
  7. Add clams, milk, and butter to pan: Stir and cover let cook until all is heated. Stir again and you’re ready to serve!

This is such a hearty meal it is wonderful on its own, but is also nice when accompanied by crackers or biscuits. One of my Husbands and my Parents favorite meals in my repertoire it’s easy to make and only takes about 30 minutes to complete. It’s a wonderful recipe for feeding a crowd, though if you plan on serving more than 4 guests I would recommend doubling the batch.

Enjoy!

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