October 26, 2016

I Speak French: Yes, French Fries


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Low Fat, Southern “Fried” Chicken


Yes, I know you may be rolling your eyes, thinking there’s nothing as good as plain ‘ole Southern Fried chicken. Here in the South, they have perfected fried chicken and it’s truly an art, so it is really possible to […]

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Cake


This has been one of the most popular recipes on my blog since 2012. Enjoy! It’s so worth it! With fall weather kicking in, my sweaters are coming out, right along with my cans of pumpkin, and pots for chili. […]

What Our Eldest is Learning about Credit Score Killers


Parenting adult children. I can’t believe I’m actually typing that, but reality has hit. While our baby girl still has six years before she leaves for college, our eldest son is officially an adult, as in, on his own and managing incredibly well without […]

Let’s Start Making Beauty in the Bedlam (Must Read)


I used to make beautiful meals… before I learned the fine art of the chicken nugget. With a toddler and a baby brother, and a belly full of another, I stopped reading Bon Appetite Magazine. And the china took up […]

Reminders We All Need to Hear (& free printable for us all, especially the kids)


Words. Names. Labels. Stereotypes. Close your eyes and take a minute to think about your childhood.  Did one of those labels instantaneously pop into your mind from days of old? Words mark us, don’t they? They drip deep into the marrow of […]

Stop the Clock (and giveaway)


Growing up in the incredibly cold winter weather state of Wisconsin, I know something about protecting skin from the elements. Even though we made the big move from the North to the South years ago, our family still battles with […]

15 Minute Party Planning Ideas: Create One Focal Point


I’ve had a summer filled with festivities and celebrations. In a perfect world, these monumental moments call for days, weeks months of planning, but in the realistic world of Jen living, I could barely wrap my mind around the day to day, so […]

Create a “Welcome Home” (plus fun giveaway)


As I shared in my last post, “My Whirlwind of a Summer,” our home has been packed with friends, family, and strangers who became friends, all summer long. It’s what I love so much: an open home. Since the very […]

My Whirlwind of a Summer Update


I started this post nearly two months ago. Summer is supposed to be a time of wonder, merriment and lazy living, yet for us, it was filled with a whirlwind of huge life moments. So many emotions have been swirling […]