Blog Challenge: Day 3

My Favorite Store(s)

Hmmmm, this is going to be a tough one because I don’t have just ONE favorite store. And can a woman really be expected to choose just ONE!? No. I don’t think so. The world as we know it would stop spinning on it axis if women were forced to choose just one. So I’m going to do mankind a favor and give you my top 5 (or 10, we’ll just see how long it takes me to write this post.)

Grab your keys, your purse, your wallets, and your coffee ladies, we’re going shopping!

Single Life Selfie, dress from Pinupgirlclothing.com

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First stop, Goodwill. Any Goodwill, doesn’t matter. Okay maybe it matters just a tad but then again it really doesn’t. Since I quit my job at (incoherent mumbling that rhymes with Skorts Flips) and had Beau I’ve really “downsized” my clothing allowance significantly. Before it was nothing for me to throw $100+ at a single dress from my favorite online store (Pinup Girl Clothing… I dare you not to fall in love!) Now I’m trying to spend that much on several outfits. I do pretty well actually. I also like places like Buffalo Exchange and Blackbird Trading Co. where I can actually trade in my old threads for new ones. And if I’m lucky, make a profit. (The B.E. in the Heights Houston is my favorite so far. Lots of variety there.) My real problem is sticking with a style. I flop back and forth between vintage/rockabilly to casual/preppy housewife to I don’t even know to be honest with you. I’ve just learned to accept that I don’t fall into any certain category other than I dress how the heck I feel when I get out of bed that morning. With that said, clothes shopping can get a little frustrating because I’m trying to shop for all my “personalities”, which is why I stick with resale shops. And try as I might, I want to start sewing my own clothes. Finding the time has been the biggest challenge so far. Moving on…

Casual Housewife… or not. Have I mentioned I love food?

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Next stop, home decor. Again, my style personality disorder tends to get in the way of this so it’s a mix of places. Target, Homegoods, Goodwill, and any antique mall between Houston and New Orleans. Joe and I have actually taken a short break from our antiquing so that we can focus our finances in other places. We usually do this before hurricane season so that we can be ready should “The Big One” hit us. I also love a good garage or estate sale, of course when we actually feel like getting up extra early on a Saturday morning.

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And last but not least, my lagniappe shopping. Home Depot and Amazon. We actually ordered the chicken wire for the garden house off of Amazon because it was cheaper! Imagine that. We’ve got Amazon Prime so shipping was free, that was a very interesting delivery. As a matter of fact, now that I think about it, we’ve done a significant amount of shopping from Amazon this year. We bought a TON of camping gear (which I will be blogging about very soon because we’ve got our first camping trip coming up. I will make sure to include links too).

(For my gardening good, Maas Nursery in Seabrook, Tx. I get my seeds and plants there. Super friendly folks and just an all out beautiful place to hang out and look around.)

Boudin Balls

I just HAD to reblog this post immediately!! I mean who doesn’t love Boudin Balls!!! No really, who doesn’t? If you know anyone who doesn’t, break up with them! You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

Anyway, I also like this guys blogs. His name is Justin Newhart by the way. I didn’t even read all of his posts to know that I love it! Just the name of his page and about me page was enough to create a slight addiction! You know me, I love any and all things Louisiana! So subscribe to his blogs and get your culturalization on. (did I even spell that correctly? I don’t know, I don’t care.)

Kajun Kween out!

Cajun Food, Louisiana History, and a Little Lagniappe

Boudin Balls and Abita GrapefruitOne of our favorite foods here in Louisiana is boudin. Often eaten in links for breakfast, boudin has been a staple in Louisiana for generations. Here at The Cabin, Chef Troy created a tasty Boudin Balls appetizer, served with a homemade Creole Mustard dipping sauce. It’s perfect to munch on while waiting on your main course, sipping on a tasty Abita Grapefruit, or to serve at parties. Enjoy!

Boudin Balls
Makes two dozen.

1 ½ cups ground pork
1 1/2 cups ground liver
2 Tbls. olive oil
2 cups diced yellow onion
1 cup finely chopped green onions
4 cloves minced garlic
1 ½ tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. cayenne pepper (increase to ¾ teaspoon or more if you like spicy)
Canola Oil

Heat two tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat and sauté the onions, green onions and garlic until very soft, but not…

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Blog Challenge: Day 2

Today’s post isn’t going to be as exciting as I had hoped it would be. Beau woke up w a low grade fever and barfed at one point, so today was a little more geared to that.

The blog challenge for today was to post about what you ate. Well there was absolutely nothing spectacular about today’s fooding. All quick fixes but here it is no less. Sorry to disappoint. And you know it gnawed at my stomach to not get crazy busy in the kitchen for this particular post, but my sick kiddo took precedence. I’m sure you understand.

Breakfast
Oatmeal with raisins and maple syrup

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Lunch

Turkey and cheese sandwich, I added dill relish…we were out of pickles.

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Dinner

Ordered take out. Surprisingly it was the best Chinese take out I’ve ever had. Expensive, but good.


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I hope to be more creative on tomorrow’s post. See previous challenge days here.

***I’m looking for stories of first dates. If you’d like to annononously share your funny or horrific first date please email me at Kajunkween@gmail.com***

Blogging Challenge: Day 1

 

 

 

 

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Well, here we go, day one of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. A photo of myself and a description of how my day went.

Photo above was taken on my wedding day, April 9, 2011. Heck yes I wore red heels and my hair turned into a stringy hot mess before I even walked down the isle. Welcome to Texas, y’all!

My day today started off like any other, Beau, coffee, and Sesame Street. In that exact order. You see, every morning Beau will lie helplessly in his bed calling for Joe or I to come get him. Beau is 2 and recently graduated from crib to toddler bed so he’s totally capable of getting out of his bed anytime he wants. (Ironically, he has the strength to heave himself out of bed at 3am for some late night giggles and ‘nuggles.) After letting him lay there for mere nano seconds, eternity in his world, I go get him and his first words are “toast?”. Toast has been his food of choice for the last month and a half. Yes, the song “Bread and Butter” by the Newbeats automatically queues up in my head as I make my way to our LSU toaster. No jam or jelly though, just butter. And “BAPES!!!!” (or “RAPES” if he’s really got a hankerin!) You know them as grapes. I cut his toast into “tangles” (triangles) and we enjoy repeat episodes of Sesame Street until I’ve finished my coffee.

About mid morning Beau knows I like to head out to the garden to check for bugs and general progress. He knows its time when I grab my flip flops and he’ll starts screaming “OUTSIDE! OUTSIDE!! OUTSIIIIIDE!!!”, he will usually bring me a pair of his shoes as well.  We make our way outside, enjoying the cool of the morning, and the annoying barking between Krewe and the neighbors dogs. Sorry Neighbor Julie. I cringe every single time because I know you’re probably just getting into a deep sleep after working that night. I took this picture today as well.

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Before we know it, it’s time for lunch or if I’m lucky, a mid morning nap… that sometimes last until mid afternoon! Again, if I’m lucky! I usually try to cram in as much housework as I can during Beau’s naps, which usually is just dishes, floors, and maybe a load or two of laundry. And then there are days where I’m like “Screw it, I’m taking a nap too!” Look, I’m not going to lie to you, I’m no Donna Reed of my house. Its obvious we live here. Homes are made to be lived in right? And while we’re on the subject of immaculate homes, I’m not a Pinterest Mom either. She’s about as real as the 50’s Housewife ideal. I do love that ideal though, but its just that, an ideal. I don’t know how (or why) Pinterest Moms do it but more power to ya sister. While you’re organizing your upcycled pallet projects and making homemade party decorations out of the paper you made from the trees you harvested out of your own front yard, I’ll be tossing back my 5th cup of coffee and eating cold pizza while my kid rubs sand and mud into his hair. Or taking a glorious nap.

After Beau wakes up, its round two of party time with the little man. Colors, tent making, more “bapes”, or a trip to the farmers market. Then promptly at 3pm, Monday thru Friday, the alarm on my phone goes off, reminding me that it’s time to start dinner.

Yes ladies and gents, I have an alarm set on my phone for 3pm to let me know it’s time to get dinner ready. Joe usually gets off between 4:30 and 5 and I can just about bet that he didn’t eat lunch because he was stuck in cases all day (he’s an RN incase you didn’t know). This is where my ideal 50’s Housewife comes into play. Usually when he’s walking through the door I’m putting the finishing touches on dinner and we both greet each other warmly. It’s exactly how you would picture a 50s sitcom played out. Father walks through the door, child runs towards him with arms stretched out. Mother is in the kitchen with a grin from ear to ear while holding something delicious in her perfectly manicured hands and father kisses her gently, and she asks “How was your day, dear?”

We eat, we play, then Beau goes to bed. The tv immediately switches from Sesame Street to one of the following “The Walking Dead”, “Justified”, “Dexter”, or “Mike and Molly”. Joe and I park it on the couch until about 10:30/11 then call it a night.

So that’s generally what a typical day looks like for me, except today ended differently. You see, my mom will be retiring from teaching this year and with that thought I started thinking about her career as a whole, and all the kids she’s met along the way. Back when she lived in Louisiana there were a few that really touched her, and my dads, heart. So today I decided to see if I could find some of those kids as kind of like a “What Are They Doing Now” thing. I was able to find a couple on Facebook and I put them in contact with my mom. Let’s just say both sides were so excited to be reconnected! I can’t even describe how awesome it was to kind of surprise my mom with the news that I found her “kids”. I’m looking forward to hearing about the updates.

Well that’s it for day one of the challenge, looking forward to the next 29 posts! Be sure to subscribe to my blogs or find me on Facebook, Twitter, even Instagram @thekajunkween! Oh yeah, Pinterest too!

 

 

Blogging about blogging about blogging.

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If we’re friends on Facebook then you know that I’ve decided to somewhat leave the FB world and journey into the blogosphere. I truly enjoy blogging, a lot more than facebooking believe it or not. There’s no drama here, unless I write about it. And I’m sure I’ll get some nay sayers via comments and that’s fine, I already know we all think and feel differently.

I hope to have a new blog post at least once a week. I’m also trying to learn how to use Joe’s big fancy camera so that I’ll have better quality pictures for your viewing pleasure, along with delicious recipes. (Food looks so much better photographed with a real camera and not an iPhone!) I’d also like to have guest bloggers from time to time. So if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand a blogging but don’t feel like going through the full set up, drop me a line and we can work something out.

I want to apologize in advance for any and all grammatical errors in the near future. I really do try my best to proof read before posting but in all honesty, my blogs are usually written between midnight and 3am, when my brain is running wild with thoughts. My brain seems to think faster than my fingers can type. I also tend to type exactly how I think and speak, that probably reflects badly, but if you know me personally it makes sense. I always have added side notes to my stories even when I’m telling them in person.

I’m just really excited about this. I know my posts will be pretty random until I really get the hang of it and get them organized. I’ve already got a couple ideas lined up and will be working on those in the coming weeks. Two in particular are a 30 Day Blogging Challenge as well as short posts from a prayer journal I kept last year while reading “Praying Gods Word For Your Husband” by Kathy Lipp. Oh! I almost forgot! I’ll also be posting recipes from various cookbooks I have, like Pirates Pantry and Cooks Illustrated, two of my absolute favorite cookbooks. Cooks Illustrated has over 2000 recipes alone, so we’ll never get bored there!

Well, thanks for reading! I hope that you’ll follow along with me as I dive head first into this exciting time for me!

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ToMAYto, ToMAHto… The Back 40 woes and wonderment

It’s spring time and summer is around the corner. A lot of my friends seem to have caught the contagious gardening bug, and that makes me very happy! I think everyone needs to try and grow something in their own yard, even just a simple herb garden. You’d be surprised at how easy it is and how much you enjoy it. There’s a huge sense of pride that comes along with eating what you took the time to care for and grow yourself!

Here’s a blog post from last year, my first year of gardening. Enjoy!

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ToMAYto, ToMAHto

Well this weekend, and some of this evening, I sat my happy bee-hind down and school’d myself on tomatoes! I even started a journal so that I could take notes and make sure I wouldn’t make the same mistakes twice.

Main thing I’ve learned… growing a silly tomato is serious business! And we haven’t even opened the can on the different varieties there are! (You know you just rolled your eyes and smirked a little at my CORNY gardening humor! Well you better get use to it because I could go all day with this! No seriously, I could!) For instance, there are 2 main types of tomatoes, Determinate and Indeterminate. And let me just confess to you right now, it has taken the better part of a week to properly pronounce those 2 words for some strange reason. I have issues. Tomato issues!

Determinate tomatoes…

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My Latest Quick and Easy Go-To Pasta Recipe

Reblogging this perfect spring and summer pasta dish! This is one of my absolute favorites!

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A few months ago my sister gave me the most incredible cookbook I’ve ever had the privilege of owning! It’s The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook… and YES it’s like the Sports Illustrated magazine of cookbooks, minus the steamy swimsuit addition. (However it can get a little steamy in your kitchen when using this cookbook, so yeah I think they’re about the same! To me anyway! I get pretty turned on when it comes to cooking!!… Ok I’m really taking this a little too far.  A little TMI for ya? I can’t help it! I LOVE TO COOK! Deal with it or get out of my kitchen!)

So yeah, back to the amazing cookbook that’s filled with amazing recipes… 2000 to be exact! There are 890 pages of yummy-should-be-illegal-its-that-good recipes! This book is about which tried and true recipes work and WHY! It literally says “Why such and such works” in the…

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