Tuesdays with Mama, Recipe Edition: Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day Ladies and Gentleman (here’s to hoping at least one man is reading my blog…)!!  In honor of Pi Day (3.14), I have compiled a “Best of” pies post for your viewing and eating pleasure! Click the photos to access the recipes.

Jamie Oliver’s Appleberry Pie

Jamie Oliver's delicious recipe is a perfect pie for early fall.

Savory Cheddar Topped Sheppard’s Pie

The Cheddar makes this my favorite!

Mushroom Turnovers

While they are technically not a pie, these turnovers looked too good to pass over!


In the Keys…

Sorry for, once again, missing a Tuesdays with Mama Recipe Edition!  I know you’re all heartbroken, but I have some very fun things to share with you.  As I write this, I am looking out the screened door to my left out onto the canal in Key Colony Beach, FL.  It is windy and a little chilly here, but we woke up to weather that was much nicer than the 27 degrees back home.

Madison got very sick last night so we (fortunately) missed our fishing expedition this morning.  Hopefully we will make it out on the Marathon Lady tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to fresh fish for dinner!

Now that Maddie is feeling a little bit better, Nana, Papa, Grace, Madison and I are heading down to Key West for the evening.  We plan to visit the Southernmost tip of the US this evening and will be having dinner at one of Hemmingway’s favorite watering holes.  I’m a literary dork, what can I say?

For now, enjoy the pictures!

This is the gorgeous view from outside of my back door here in the Keys!



We’re having a party!

Woohoo!  I love a good party and celebrating my kids is one of my favorite things to do.  Throw in a lot of good friends and a few moon bounces and we’re ready!  Last weekend we hung out with our close friends and family to celebrate my girl turning four, but this weekend is the “REAL” party with all of her little friends from school.

Tomorrow we’re headed for Bounce U!

I wish they had inflatable playgrounds when I was little. You had to rent these bad boys back then!


So I missed my usual Tuesday recipe day (two weeks in a row… sorry guys!).  I am, therefore, innundating you with the best the web has to offer 🙂  Click on the photos for the recipes.  I hope you enjoy!

Caramel Apple Croissants... Let's say it together... "YUM!" Click for this amazing recipe from Jennifer Dawn.

Recipe Girl has some AMAZING things on her page. This one made her top 10 of 2011!

The lemon caper sauce isn't my cup of tea, but the cornbread crabcakes are amazing...

Julia Child's Classic Deliciousness

Shaking things up…

Usually I post recipes and delicious food photos on Tuesdays, but today I’m shaking things up for two reasons…

First, I am absolutely crazed this week with Grace’s birthday party, the classes I am taking and our upcoming trip to Florida.  The second reason is that I have some really cool things going on in my life that I want to share with you all.

As I said before, I am taking classes again.  Not for credit or at a college or anything, but I am taking a few classes online.  Four to be exact, but two of them are self paced independent study course.

Christina Katz, the on and only Writer Mama, is the person who inspired me to start this blog and create a platform for myself where all of my mothering, cooking, remodeling and living could be captured in a single space.  Her class, Writing and Publishing the Short Stuff, makes pros out of Mamas like me who need a little help getting started.  I know how to put together a functional sentence or two, but her class, even in this first week appears to be exactly what I have been looking for all this time!

Another class I am taking, Media Bistro’s Social Media Marketing Boot Camp, is a pretty interesting class as well.  I am using the class in order to learn how to promote Dedhico, the remodeling company my family owns.

The most exciting thing of all that is going on right now, however, is preparations for the girls and me to head to Florida next week!  From digging out shorts and sandals to trying on suits and dresses, we are in full on prep mode.  Of course there is a lot of REAL work to be done before we head out (two kitchen designs and a slew of contracts to write up), but the preparing for the trip part is much more fun!

Mads is ready!

I’ll drop you guys some cool recipes from sites I love later in the week!

Happy Birthday Grace!

My baby girl turns four today!  I cannot believe she has gotten so big.  It is absolutely amazing to see the beautiful person my little lady is growing into.  Wish her a happy birthday!

Four years old today!

Reading… It’s what we do!

As I have said before, my family is a family of readers.  From my husband and me all the way down to our youngest little boy, Michael, we love books.  Although everyone (except for two year old Mike) has an e-reader, I am still and always will cherish the weight of a book in my hands.  Someday I will build a house that has a two story library with one of those cool winding staircases in one corner, but I digress…

For a while, I felt like I was running out of books for Madison to read because I felt like she had already read most of the “good” books I read when I was younger.  I try to steer the kids towards quality fiction (Think Island of the Blue Dolphins or Little Women) and away from what I refer to as “junk food books” (Dork Diaries, Captain Underpants, etc.), but as long as they are reading, I am happy.  Anyway, after listening to endless weeks of Focus on the Family radio (more on that another day), I decided to try out some Christian fiction for her and we have, thusly, adopted the Lily series into our home.

The Lily series is, in my humble opinion, one of the best book series for young girls, Christian or not.  While there is an emphasis on finding your faith in God and accepting Jesus, I think parents of all faiths can look past that and see the quality moral values taught in these books.  Each one of Nany Rue’s fiction books has a non-fiction counterpart designed to guide young girls through the changes they are facing as they prepare for and pass through puberty.  Heavy stuff dealt with in an age appropriate and very fun way.

My personal favorite duo is “Lily the Rebel” and “The It’s MY Life Book.”  As most Mamas (and women in general) remember, being a teenager is a time when your parents just don’t understand you, you are constantly emotional and things can be just plain tough.  This book talks to girls in a way that they can understand about why it’s not cool to be disrespectful to your parents, how to talk about that feeling you get when you want to rebel and constructive ways to transition from being a kid to having responsibilities.  And it does so without talking down to them.  If you’ve ever been a preteen, you know how much they LOVE to be talked down to.

None of our kids are perfect and, as they get older, they are going to make more mistakes.  As parents, we have to give them the tools to deal with their increasing responsibility without overtly preaching to them about what they “should” be doing.  The last thing kids want to do at this age is what their parents say is best for them.  It’s better to help them find it out on their own.  Since reading this series, Madison has really taken more of an interest in helping with her siblings, being more kind to others and her attitude has improved markedly.  Methinks the two may be related…

For more on the Lily Series visit http://www.nancyrue.com/originalsite/tweenhome.html.

Here are some other things we are reading around here:

Everything Dr. Seuss is loved in this house

My son will know the proper names of construction equipment/vehicles. I went a little nuts and wrote the producers of Bob the Builder a scathing letter after they referred to a front end loader as a bulldozer. There's a difference people!!

What is your family reading these days?