Easy Slow Cooker Roast

When it gets cold, I want a warm meal to heat me through. And as many of you know, I do love my slow cooker. So yesterday when I was killing time at the grocery store, while waiting for tech support to figure out my cell phone issues next door, I got a pork roast on sale.So this morning, I sliced large gold potato's in quarters, and put them in my crock pot. I topped them with salt, pepper, 1/2 of a sliced onion, and my pork roast....more

What you can't see, when you look at me.

Every now and then, it's easy to get lost. Now, I'm not saying I forgot who I am. Or even where I came from. I could never forget. But sometimes, life gets in the way of really living, and I need a simple reminder.What you can't see, when you look at me, is a girl who broke her foot when she was 12, because she was ever so gracefully being a ballerina at the top of a flight of stairs....more

Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili

I LOVE fall. And even more than the season itself, I love the scents & flavors that come with it. Here in Alaska, the days are getting shorter, the air is crisper, and the leaves have fallen. It's pumpkin time!I love all things pumpkin. But realistically, I often associate pumpkin with sweeter things. Well this just isn't fair. I mean really, a pumpkin is actually a squash....more

My motherly instinct

Sometimes I second guess myself. I never used to until I had Aiden. Maybe it's because now there's this whole new person in the mix, whom I adore so much, that I am always concerned that I will make the best decision for him.When I made the choice to work outside the home over a month ago, It seemed so easy. More money = more things I can buy Aiden, and the higher quality of life we have. But sometimes I wonder if I'm doing the right thing. I come home from work, and some days it's like he's mad. He's more difficult, he hits me, yells, crys, squirms....more

Motherhood Assumptions

I was disgusted. I looked across the room of the doctors office, trying to hide the repulsed look on my face. My gaze fell upon a snot-nosed, slobbery little girl. She was eating cheerios out of a round container, and her mother was talking on her cell phone. The little girl offered her mother one of her soggy, slime covered cheerios. And you guessed it, the mother ate it. I wouldn't make this up.Fast forward over a year. My 9 month old son hands me a soggy, slobbery, baby snack. Guess what I did....more

Caramel Apple Turnovers & Mini- Pies

Betty Crocker has come and inhabited my body.Do not be alarmed. Everything is going to be fine. I might gain 5 lbs this weekend, but everything is going to be fine. I had the urge to do some fall baking, and apples were on sale. So, I had a little adventure in pre-made pie crusts, apples, cinnamon, and caramels. Success....more

I might try something like this without cinnamon.

Contributing Editor Jenna Hatfield ...more

Forums not for me?

Recently I have been forced to examine my online social networking habits. When I became pregnant with my first child, I felt so unsure, and lost. About to embark on a surprise journey into the great unknown, I read books, I searched online, and did what I do best. I googled. This brought me to an online forum, full of soon to be moms, just like me. ...more