36th birthday 1

When I was in high school straight through to my twenties, I complained endlessly about getting older. It was like as I was experiencing my own youth I was desperate I was going to lose it. Birthdays felt like something slipping away from me.

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Feb 2, 2015

Really, this past two weeks.

I ended the last one with a stomach bug, and the bug seems to have revisited me a bit this week. Plus, I had a debilitating migraine on Monday afternoon, which came on as I was driving home in the above freak snowstorm that came out of nowhere and dropped 3″ of snow on my car in a couple of hours. I couldn’t even get up to my mom’s to pick up Hannah, the roads were so bad. So she had a Nana sleepover while I spent almost an hour making my normally 15 minute drive home.

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2015 caldecotts

The ALA Youth Media Awards were held on Monday at the ALA Midwinter Conference (very exciting library stuff), and the 2015 Caldecotts and Newberys are the biggest announcements. I did a roundup of the winners for GeekMom this week, but here at home we’re focused on the Caldecotts.

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coriander pork roast

I made this Food Network recipe last summer and didn’t take any photos of it once I put it in the crockpot. Well, I took one photo of it. But that photo is terrifying. The meat was falling apart when I took it out, and while the meal was delicious it was not cute. I think I used a different kind of pork roast, and if I make this again I will use exactly what the recipe calls for. I just had a random pork roast in my freezer (what, you don’t?), so I used that. Also, I skipped the rutabaga.

I really set this recipe up well, didn’t I? Falling apart, hideous photos, no rutabaga. Bet you can’t wait to try it. I promise, though, it was tasty. Read more on Slow-Cooker Coriander Pork Roast…

January 2015 Outfits

I have a lot of big goals for 2015, but January was a little much. Hannah’s been waking up at all hours, and we’ve had snow days, pinkeye, and my own stomach bug just this week keeping us so cooped up ever since the holidays. And really tired. There have been a lot of leggings and ponytails this month, which usually means mama’s too tired for laundry and hairdos. I missed a lot of outfit photos, and I’m fairly sure I was wearing yoga pants on all of the missed days.

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OY Resolutions 1

I’m reading The Strange Case of Origami Yoda with the 5th graders, and before the holiday break we learned how to make origami Yodas. I asked the students to write a New Year message in Yoda speak on their puppets so I could hang them up for January.

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Union Jack Quilt

See that page over on the left sidebar that says “Crafty Tutorials?” It has been sitting sadly with only two tutorials since I relaunched this blog last summer. I’m currently remedying that. Now it’s up to a whopping 5 tutorials!

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mustard chicken

This was from a Food Network Magazine sometime last year. It was good but a little same-y. I’d completely forgotten I’d made it until I went back through my recipe photos from last year to see what I’d missed. And I only made it in December.

I feel like I’ve made a lot of variations on bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts with mustard and/or potatoes. It’s perfectly good, but I’m starting to get a little bored. This recipe was originally for chicken thighs, which Adam doesn’t like, so maybe that would have spiced it up. Read more on Mustard Chicken Breasts with Rosemary Potatoes…

Winter Books Pre-K K 2015

I haven’t posted about school in forever. Well, it’s winter, so…we’re reading winter books in pre-k and kindergarten! It snowed this weekend, which makes this even more appropriate to post about. We are well into our novels in grades 1-6, we’ve been reading them since November. And I did a lot of various holiday stories with the little ones in the fall. Now it’s January, so we’re enjoying some snowy stories.

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1st snow 2015

Yesterday we finally woke up to some snow, and now we’re waiting for Winter Storm Juno to pummel the Northeast tomorrow afternoon. My school district has already called an early dismissal for 1pm tomorrow, it’s going to be bad. But yesterday, with the 2 or so inches we got here by the shore, Hannah and I went out for a bit to stomp around in it.

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