one quick dinner

By Moriah on March 19th, 2015

I know I haven’t posted in a while but I need to share this “recipe” with you. For all the fellow overwhelmed mommas with kids that walk in at 4:30pm with hungrycrazy eyes – slacker moms unite!

This is my slightly healthier version of hamburger helper. And we have it a lot because it’s easy and my kids snarf it down. I use the square organic beef that Costco sells and I don’t even know how much is in one of those pouches. Be right back. Ok, 1.34 pounds. And a chopped onion. Brown meat completely with the chopped onion. When the meat is fully cooked and starting to smell delicious, add in a half a bag of hash browns (shredded or cubed), and brown those too.

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Meanwhile, I cook (usually in the microwave) about 4-5 cups mixed frozen veggies. It takes about 15 minutes in mine. Or you can steam on the stove, whatever.

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The sauce is a can of cream of celery (you can make the equivalent of a cream sauce for a gluten free version), and some milk. I use garlic salt liberally to season. (No, I don’t care about using a condensed cream soup every couple of weeks. And also, I shop at Aldi.)

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Melt in about 6oz grated cheddar cheese. This is very obviously the key ingredient.

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Add in more cheese if you feel necessary.

When the whole pan is creamy and the cheese has all melted in, drain the veggies and stir them in, too.

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I’m a huge fan of one-dish meals, so much easier when you have a bunch of little mouths to feed.

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{grain-free cookies}

By Moriah on August 8th, 2014

So, I’ve been doing a little weight-loss experiment. I tried gluten-free and there was no change. A friend recommended looking at the numbers of the ‘other’ carbs I was eating and that was rather eye-opening. So I cut out those, too. I generally try to be sugar-free as well.

Anyway, we had dinner over at our neighbors house last week and she made these grain-free cookies and perhaps I’ve been living under a rock, but I had never heard of them before. So I’m sharing this super simple recipe in case you’ve been living under a rock, too.

(Also, obviously not sugar free, but I am gonna experiment with cutting it down to as little as possible. I just like having an option for special occasions and the most important thing to me is that they are grain free.)

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The dough is 1 cup peanut butter, one egg, and one cup of sugar (I’m going to try halfing it next time). THAT’S IT. I use organic PB from Costco that has no added sugar, it’s basically just pureed peanuts.) If you have more than one kid you probably need to double or triple the recipe. Throw in a handful of choc chips if you feel necessary. You do have to shape & flatten them yourself as they won’t flatten otherwise.

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Try camera settings on your cranky post-nap toddler while you wait.

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YUM, enjoy.

Except,

OUR MILK WAS SOUR.



updating!

By Moriah on July 25th, 2014

Spent some time this week updating this site with the last couple of sessions!



happy Labor Day and also

By Moriah on September 1st, 2013

This has been a super fun weekend, a perfect way to say farewell to the lazy days of summer. We took the kids to a water park again Saturday and had a blast. The littles can do so much there, it really was fun for everyone. We decided we’re a lazy river kind of family. We met some friends at a Mexican restaurant afterwards and I just had to laugh at the sticky dessert tornado we left. We tip well for a reason.

Anyway, this afternoon Drew had his daddy date so the girls, Ethan, and I lazed around the house after church. (Surprise surprise it also rained.) Tomorrow we say goodbye to the pool for now, with a neighborhood picnic and then it’s back-to-school night Tuesday.

Also just wanted to pop in and say I am hosting a virtual trunk show for the MJ fall Collection 2 release on Tuesday – leave a comment here or use the ‘contact’ tab if you would like to place an order and I will be in touch about where we go from there. The new pieces won’t be up on the site until Tuesday. You can order previous lines then too.

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a thought or two on summer

By Moriah on August 20th, 2013

First, I feel like it rained 60 of the 80 days. That may be an exaggeration, but only slightly. It put a serious damper on our Funtimes. We totally missed the 4th due to rain. (I’m still grieving over it.) I wore my FLEECE robe yesterday morning, and it’s the dang middle of August. I hope this doesn’t mean we’re in for an Alaskan-type winter. I mean seriously – a high of 73??! Where’s our 98 and sunny?

So yeah, WEATHER FAIL.

Also, we have been home a lot. Didn’t get out and/or see as many friends as I had hoped. Although I did sit with my friend Lisa for almost 3 hours straight, talking and laughing together in chick-fil-a while our kids pretty much dominated the play area last week. Food for the soul.

Which is striking to me because I’m currently reading this:

desperate

right on the heels of reading this:

spin cycle

Both of which talk extensively about women raising their kids in community with each other; American individualism “[accustoms one] to lonely living that God never intended us to experience. I often felt the keen sting of modern culture’s unfamiliar and hostile isolation.

‘God made us for community and accountability and close friendship. He also created family, so that no one would ever have to be alone or bear the burden of life by themselves. Families were designed by God to include moms and dads, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, and a whole host of people who would walk alongside you, committed to you through the passages of life. Young moms were never meant to be without the advice and care of multiple women assisting them and advising them in their lives.

‘Yet we have become so used to living without support that we often lose perspective on how much we need intimate friendships with other women. This deep need sometimes puts pressure on husbands to fulfill needs that they were never designed to fill….” (goes on) pp. 19-20 in Desperate.

So yeah. Trying to be more intentional about fighting the bored and lonely. And even though I’m not super thrilled about starting school again – after Labor Day for us, (lunches and homework, ugh) it will give us something to DO.



Spring!

By Moriah on January 31st, 2013

Matilda Jane spring collection “Good Hart” opens tomorrow! My friend Amy and I are doing a release show but it will only be open one day, so if you would like to place an order let me know asap. Comment here or send me a note at Moriah@pleasepassthesalt.net and I can get you ordering info. :)



some things I’ve been loving (and not so loving)

By Moriah on August 23rd, 2012

We took the kids to Six Flags White Water last weekend in Atlanta and it was whirlwind fun.  I blinked and we were back home.  I had forgotten that Drew tends to be afraid of rides and he chickened out at the last second on this one with Andy and Josiah. Madeline rode with them, she was all over that.

Liz and I took the kids later, same ride, and I grabbed his wrist and off we went before he even knew what was happening or could back out.  He did great and LOVED it.  I think it was a breakthrough moment; he realized he survived and it was big time fun. After that he went on all the slides and was completely fine. Way to face your fears, Drew!

And also – FUNNEL CAKE.

So now we’re home, back to preparing to move. I made some serious headway in the attic a couple of days ago and took a van-load to the drop off donation box. The weather has been GORGEOUS so the attic actually isn’t overbaked and too hot to be in – HUGE BLESSING. Still miles and miles to go in there.

Okay, a coupla things I’ve been meaning to share. My cousin Vangie loaned me this book, which I enjoyed so much: The Sisters: Saga of the Mitford Family. (History majors unite!) It’s a load of pages but kept me company for a good long while.

Next, Meredith blogged about her “miracle cream” a while back and I’m really thankful I decided to try it at this point in my life. I thought when I weaned Ethan I would feel great and that was SO the opposite. How I felt changed over the course of the month so I thought it most likely had something to do with the female cycle. This cream is seriously amazing. Love it, recommend it to every woman. Seriously. Read her full post here.

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Okay, the above was written earlier this week. And then my laptop died. It’s currently getting a new hard drive at the mac store hospital. I’m using Andy’s and his settings are different and driving me crazy. Not loving being without my computer for several days straight. I’m also not gonna love the bill.

Our appraisal is tomorrow so one more frenzied cleaning run and it’s over. We’ve had repair men here all week and isn’t it funny how you get your house perfect and then leave it? Whatever, bring on the new. You know, in fifty million years when the new house is ready. ;)



The Penniless Princess & a Giveaway

By Moriah on August 10th, 2012

My kids haven’t had a whole lot of experience with Veggie Tales other than various church nurseries and rainy days at preschool. Big Idea Studios sent us a copy of the new dvd The Penniless Princess, (based on The Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett) to review and an extra copy to give to a reader!

We’ve always loved that story and the kids love anything animated, so it was a win-win situation. They’ve already watched it enough times to know the theme song by heart, so clearly they enjoyed it. It’s a cute little video. The devotion book that was sent along with the dvd is wonderful; the girls have already asked me to read it to them several times.

The Penniless Princess is set to be released on August 14. Win a copy of the dvd simply by leaving a comment on this post, tell me something special about your daughter or grandaughter or other little girl in your life. I will leave the comments open for a couple of days and use a random number generator to choose the winner. US and Canada only, please.

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