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.


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.


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.)


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



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.


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


{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.)


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.


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



YUM, enjoy.




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.


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?


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:


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.


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 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.


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.

Our too-small house (you cheer us on?)

By Moriah on April 16th, 2012

I know I’ve mentioned it a few times before, that our house is teeny tiny. Like, we outgrew it 2 kids ago. I do love our yard, and our location. And I like that we can get it clean in about 45 minutes. And our payments are cheap. But it’s still too small. And, being honest, sorta shabby. I prolly won’t invite you over because both of us are a little embarrassed of it – which is pride, I admit, but we still don’t host much anymore. But that’s neither here nor there because, it is what it is and not changing this week.

The point of this post is this. We are committed to Christian school for our kids, and there are FIVE of them. Our goal is to pay this house off very quickly, save for a larger one, and rent this one out – that rental income funding their education. At the rate Andy is going, we can probably do that in 3ish years, maybe 4.

We KNOW it will be hard. We’re cramped as it is; I’m guessing it will be worse in four years. (Although, I do love having my kids close while they are little.) The thing is, though, if we stick it out and do it this way, we know it will also pay off in the end. It will be more than worth the pain now.

And that’s where our friends and family come in – to stick by us when we want to give up, when we’re tired and frustrated and feeling claustrophobic. To cheer us on because you know our goals and can remind us that yes, it will be worth it.

our matilda jane show is open!

By Moriah on April 1st, 2012

I’m home from church because I still can hardly walk… hoping to get straightened out at the chiropractor’s tomorrow morning. ANYWAY – the photos are up on the site so now is a good time to fill up your wishlist and send it in.

A couple of things – NO, you do not have to attend the in-home show tomorrow to place an order. All you need to do is go to the MJC website and click on the items you want, add them in whatever size(s) you want to your wishlist, and then when you’re done there are fields on the left to enter in your info and send it to and me (

In the notes box, put your address and payment information (or “call for payment information”) and then down in the Jane/show box make sure you put Moriah & Amy so it gets where it needs to. You can comment on this post or email me if you have any questions or need sizing help.

HELLO SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!

you’re invited

By Moriah on March 19th, 2012

I’ve loved clothes as long as I can remember.  If you know my mom and grandma, you know I come by it honestly. :)  And if you’ve read this blog any length of time you know I also love particular brands for my kids, and one of them happens to be Matilda Jane.  I often spend my Christmas and birthday money on MJC – for me and for the girls.  They are my favorite, hands down. Unique, fun, wash amazingly well and worth every penny.

Believe it or not, I’ve never hosted a trunk show before but, for this final release of Spring 2012 I am co-hosting a show.  If you are local, you are welcome to come see everything in person AND it will also be virtual – anyone can order through our show.  It will be flat $4 trunk shipping to us and Amy and I will ship priority to you for free. You need to email me for tax information. ;)  (It’s good!)

Basically the new pieces will be released on Matilda Jane’s website on April 1st; you will fill up your wishlist on their site and email it to me ( AND my trunk keeper ( Put in the notes section that it’s for Moriah and Amy’s show and how you would like to pay (credit/debit card or paypal).  You can put your phone number if you’d rather Bethani call you for your payment information.

Two Serendipity collections have already been released; you can shop from them as well as the older lines still available on their website. The new stuff just won’t be available for purchase until those photos are up.

Hope to have you shop with us! I will be available for questions or anything you need while the show is open, feel free to shoot me an email.  You will get a confirmation email/receipt once the show closes (most likely on April 3rd).  If you are going to order please do it quickly; the cutest pieces typically sell out within the first few hours.

And even if you don’t have little girls to dress, make sure you check out their women’s line!

reading (and watching!)

By Moriah on March 12th, 2012

Rebecca asked what I’m reading these days, the answer is Peace Like a River by Lief Enger. I’m loving it. It was recommended to me by Danielle and Vangie – I picked up Vangie’s copy when I was at her house a coupla weeks ago.

She also gave me Sisters, which I’m going to read next. And while I’m advertising great stories, if you haven’t been exposed to Downton Abbey YOU ARE MISSING OUT. Drama at it’s FINEST. Andy and I have stayed up laaaaaaaate, watching it over and over again. Both Seasons 1 and 2 are fully available (don’t miss the Christmas special at the end of Season 2).

Christmas Ideas for Kids

By Moriah on December 1st, 2011

Sooo, it’s December! (And yesterday it was July!) I am going to be doing the December Photo Project again this year (one of my favorites) so I’ll be back later with that.

Anyway, I’m about 90% done with the Christmas shopping for the kids, so I thought I’d share a few ideas in case you need a little jump start.

Most of their stocking stuffers and small gifts (and one game to share) are coming from The Land of Nod. We ordered a couple of art sets and a few other things from CP Toys by Constructive Playthings. My mom said our box from US Toy also came but I can’t remember what that order was. (Everything is being shipped to her.)

There’s always the old standby quality toys from Melissa & Doug, although ours are coming discounted via Zulily credits.

The rest (minus their ‘big’ gifts, including all LeapPad accessories are coming from Amazon, can’t beat their prices and free shipping!

Happy shopping for your little ones!

Lifting the burden

By Moriah on May 18th, 2011

Sometimes I wonder if I’ve come to the end of my blogging days.

It used to be so interactive and fun; filling a social need and a fun way to keep up with others in between changing diapers and washing dishes. Commenting was generally higher all around the blogosphere, or at least it was in my experience. Now it usually feels as if I’m staring at a white, sterile, cinderblock wall, trying to think of something to say. (Which is rather boring, no?)

Right. I’m bored with my own blog. And so, so tired.

I know I can’t just quit, cold turkey. I’m sure the grandmothers would stage a resistance and besides, my hosting fees are already paid for two months.

And where else would I share this pudgy face?

(“Singing” in her sweet baby voice.)

I really don’t have a plan. In a lot of ways I feel like the goal is just to survive until this baby is out. Most likely I’ll just continue posting heavy on the photo side but… I guess I needed to tell you I’m taking the pressure off.

take a peek?

By Moriah on February 25th, 2011

My All Things Chic post today: Carousel Designs – Outfitting Your Nursery. You know you want to.

{flower pin giveaway}

By Moriah on February 4th, 2011

I’ve been having fun making these wool felt flower pins, cutting the petals out while I sit with Drew and his homework.  The original tutorial is here but I changed it a little.  (My new favorite blog, by the way.)

And since I’ve gone a leeetle bit overboard, I thought it would be fun to give a few of them away. (Since I don’t personally need six cream flower pins.)

To be entered, simply leave a comment on this post. (Just tell me something interesting, because “pick me” entries are just plain boring. Or tell me what you’re doing this weekend.) I’ll leave it open for a couple of days and choose two random winners Monday. They’ll receive two flower pins in the colors of their choice (but it has to be something I already have – cream, mustard, cranberry, and hot pink).

Happy Friday!

the go-to muffins

By Moriah on January 28th, 2011

My mom made a lot of from-scratch goodies when I was growing up, but she must not have been a big fan of the muffin because the only ones I remember were blueberry, from a box.

I, on the other hand, always seem to have spotty bananas around, which no one will eat. And I find banana bread + kids = too many crumbs. They can handle muffins, though. So we make these all the time and are a huge hit with my kids. (And us parents too, quite frankly.)

Banana Walnut Muffins
(adapted from the recipe in the red & white check BH&G cookbook)

1 3/4 cups flour (I usually use some combination of organic and/or whole wheat pastry)
2/3 cup organic sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (sometimes I use a teeny bit more)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup organic whole milk (actually, I usually end up splashing a little extra in if the batter seems dry when I go to mix)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted down
3 small/medium spotty bananas
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
(1 tbs milled flax, optional)

Mix all the dry ingredients in a big bowl. Smash up the bananas (I think it’s easiest to do on a plate with a fork). Add in bananas and all the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.

Line muffin tin with foil muffin cups and I usually lightly spray with oil. (Paper liners really stick badly to banana muffins for some reason.) Spoon batter into the cups, about 2/3 full. 400 degree oven for 20-22 minutes. It usually makes 14 for us.

Serve warm with BUTTER. :)

pizza, homemade perfection

By Moriah on January 19th, 2011


I hadn’t made homemade pizza in a long while, but we decided to make some a couple of weekends ago. I got the sauce recipe from my cousin Vangie – it’s a lot more like the sauce you find in Italy than American pizza sauce. It’s just a large can of whole peeled tomatos, drained, chopped right into the pan and sauteed in olive oil. That’s it! (I use my pampered chef chopper, handy tool that it is.) So, so good.

Andy requested it again this past weekend and that time we were sure we had some fresh basil on hand. Yuuuuuuuuum.

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