Paella and Rice Pudding

I love paella. I’ve had several different versions, and each was as tasty as the last. However, I’ve always been too intimidated to try making it. It’s a controversial dish, for sure, with everyone seeming to have his or her own “authentic” recipe. But more than that, I’m not the greatest cook, and there is a lot that goes into any paella recipe. For me, that reads as “there are a lot of opportunities to screw up.” I don’t know if I suddenly had a burst of self-confidence or just too much coffee, but I decided to make paella for our NHN family dinner this month. I’m happy — nay, ecstatic — to say that it was not only edible but pretty darn good. We had rice pudding for dessert — yum. And a dance party topped off the fabulous evening.

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Pot of Gold Blindfold Game for St. Patrick’s Day

This winter when visiting my mom over winter break, my nephew invented a game. Rather, he re-invented a classic birthday party game – pin the tail on the donkey. Likely inspired by his visit to my mom’s house and her love of M&M candies, he changed the concept to put the peanut in the M&M. My mom drew a large circle on a piece of paper, and they spent some time cutting out different shaped peanuts. Then blindfolded, they would spin around and try to get the peanut in the middle of the M&M. It was a great way to spend a wintery afternoon. My girls got just as much enjoyment out of it the next day.  (more…)

Vault Apps and Other Social Media Scares

I consider myself a pretty hip mom. Ali tells me that this belief in itself proves that I’m not. I may have to, begrudgingly, believe her considering what I learned this past week. I was schooled, yo.

I have a seven-year-old daughter who knows how to use my smartphone better than I do. I’m quite certain she was born with a skill set specific to her generation. While I have only one game for her on my phone and she’s allowed to play it only when I am with her, I still worry about her access. See, I’m hip to the dangers. But the dangers upped their game and I fell a bit behind. Have you heard of vault apps? If not, read on. If so, you totally get the Hip Mom Award and I want to be your friend.

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5 Things You Should Have Done to Winterize Your Home This Winter

Winter is finally on its way out as it makes room for spring. As I do every year, I’m working hard to resist the urge to spring clean every day. I also find myself reflecting back on the homeowner duties I neglected to follow through on this winter, such as winterizing the house. Spring cleaning is easy. Winterizing, on the other hand, takes some research and a little help from HVAC pros. If you are like me and you totally skipped over it, here are five things that you should have done to winterize your house. (more…)

Spicy Chimichurri Turkey Burger

Summer is on it’s way! It seems like much too early to say that, but this past weekend boasted temperatures of 60 degrees and that trend is holding strong for the upcoming week. I’ve tried not to get too excited. There is certainly plenty of time for another cold spell or two, but I just can’t help it. The clouds have let the sun through, and it feels amazing! I want to plant the garden, shop for summer clothes, and spend all waking hours outside. I also want fresh summer meals full of flavor. (more…)