Technically a pawpaw is a fruit native to this area (looky I mentioned food already – go me) but for the purpose of this post it’s actually a name.  The name of Sweetey Petey’s grandfather, my Father-in-Law.  In my day nicknames were chosen based on what syllables a kid could pronounce, but nowadays it seems relatives get to pick their own.

Grandpa picked Pawpaw.  I think technically he may have picked “Papa” but when Sweetey Petey says it, it sounds more like Pawpaw so that’s how I’m spelling it.

Grandma picked Nanny and, for the record, if she’s expecting a salary when she comes to visit it isn’t going to happy.  I’m a Stay at Home Mom so there’s really no room in the budget for a nanny.

But I’ve segued.

Sweetey Petey loves his Pawpaw.  He asks for him quite a bit and insists we phone him on a regular basis.

He’s even taken to finding Pawpaw in some of his books and calling him by name.  You’d think this was flattering, but . . .  it’s not always.

Sweetey Petey has picked out four characters that remind him of his Pawpaw.

First up in this fellow from The Pirates Next Door starring The Jolley-Rogers.  Not so flattering.  The hook hand, the teeth . . . yeah, not so flattering.

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Next up, also from The Pirates Next Door, is this guy.  Also not so flattering, but at least this guy has ice cream and a cool viking hat.  The socks and sandals leave a little something to be desired however.

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From the Curious George Matching Game, we have Farmer Renkins.  Pawpaw does sometimes wear a hat, but I have yet to see him in suspenders.

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The most flattering of the bunch is from a book we recently took out from the library on making maple syrup called Maple Syrup Season.  Pawpaw does wear glasses so we might have finally found a match!

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The interesting thing to note here is that all four of these characters have a beard.

Pawpaw does not have a beard,

See?  No beard.

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Perhaps what Sweetey Petey is trying to say is that Pawpaw should grow a beard.  I dunno.  My two cents.

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  What do you think?  Should Pawpaw grow a beard?  Which of these characters looks MOST like Pawpaw?

Happy Birthday my dear friend Cinnamon!!

In honor of your birthday I pulled all the cake pictures I could find from my hard drive.

Sorry you can’t eat them, but you have a good imagination so just pretend mmmm K?

Mmmm K.

From my niece’s birthday years ago.

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From The Husband’s 29th birthday.

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AWESOME butterfly cupcakes I made.  Still proud of these to this day.

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Spaghetti and meatball cupcakes.  Yes, those are cupcakes.  With chocolate meatballs.  Kinda proud of them too.

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From my nephew’s birthday.  2nd maybe?  Third?

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From a baptism.

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From a cake decorating class I took.  A post to come later with the rest of these pics.  Oh and it was my friend Wendi’s birthday too.

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From this post.  Made for my nephew’s birthday.

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From Sweetey Petey’s last birthday.

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For Easter I think.  Flower cupcakes.

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One of my nephew’s birthdays.

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Another niece party.

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More niece.

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More nephew.

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The Pete’s first birthday.

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Easter.  Obviously.

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The Father-in-Laws retirement party.

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Yup, there were two cakes.

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My niece’s last birthday.  Read about it here.

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This pic will be used in an upcoming random food picture of the day post.  There’s a fun quick back story so stay tuned.

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An ugly cupcake from one of my favorite posts.


A not so ugly cupcake from the same post.



– Joanna

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite kind of cake??


Last Sunday I took a whole broiler chicken, cut it up, and made this…… all by myself!

Manly Baked Dijon Mustard Chicken with Fried Potatoes and Onions


And it was quite tasty!  Even the two-year-old devoured everything on his plate.  OK, not the salad.  He didn’t eat the salad.

I slightly altered what I did from a recipe straight out of Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.


I’m pretty sure this is the first cook book I ever bought for myself.  Hopefully soon I can do a full review to properly convey my man-crush on these bound pieces of paper… but for now I’ll just say that this is right up my alley and I truly enjoyed reading it – not just referencing it.  Never thought I’d say that about a cook book.  Nourishing Traditions is chock full of great historical, anthropological, and medicinal facts, anecdotes, and tips that explain why much of our modern food industry is so ass-backwards when compared to the whole food and healthy preparation techniques that most of our great-great-grandparents seemed to innately understand.  Probably because they didn’t have Round-Up glyphosphates and everything wasn’t grown in terribly unsanitary Concentrated Animal Feed Lots which requires heavy doses of antibiotics and hormones to be in every bite.

Anyway, the book’s tagline pretty much says it all:

“The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats.”

Plus, what is really helpful to a sucky fledgling chef like myself, each section (Beef, Poultry, Fish, Side Dishes, etc) has at least a few simple recipes that are not intimidating.  This is one such recipe.

Yes, color me smitten.

So let’s bake some chicken and fry up some fixin’s.

Stuff You’ll Need:

  • 1 Whole Chicken (we buy natural, pasture-raised broilers locally)
  • Double handful of Red Potatoes
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 tbsp of Mustard (I went way fancy with Dijon)
  • Butter
  • Spices (I grabbed a southern dry rub mixture for the chicken plus garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper for the potatoes.)

Stuff You’ll Do

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (Yes ladies, we Husbands need a written step at the beginning to remember to do that while dealing with this other stuff so we’re not standing around for 15 minutes later twiddling our thumbs.)
  • Cut up the Chicken. Separate both legs and both wings from the carcass. Remove both breasts.  Set aside (but save!) carcass and any bones from this step.  You’ll see why at the end.
  • Melt your Butter and then stir in Mustard until it’s uniform.
  • Use a brush or something to liberally apply the Mustard baste (is that the right word?) to Chicken.
  • Sprinkle on your Spices.
  • Cook Chicken in oven for 2 hours at 350 degrees.
  • Slice Onions and get them sauteing (is that the right word?) with some butter.


  • Quarter or cut Potatoes and boil them for ten minutes.





  • After the 10 minute Potato boil, heat them in a skillet with some butter to brown.



  •  When both the Potatoes and Onions have browned, only then combine them. (This is one of the tips in Nourishing Traditions that told me it improves the final flavor.  Who knew!?! They did.)
  • Add your Potato Spices.




  • Let’s check on that Chicken.



OK, so this is where I learned we apparently have a Convection Oven (as opposed to a Concave Oven?!? Just kidding…  Kinda.) and apparently things bake much faster in one of those.  Luckily I checked these twenty minutes early.  A little brown on top but not burned!  I’m thinking this would have been a very bad scene if I waited the full two hours as the recipe dictated.  Lesson learned.

  • Festively plate (?) and present to a hungry toddler and 8-month pregnant wife who was ecstatic she finally didn’t have to cook a meal.




But wait.  There’s more!

Remember the chicken carcass you set aside?  Let’s put that to some use.

Make Your Own Chicken Stock

  • Cut off the neck and cut it into a few pieces.
  • Place the neck, carcass, and feet into a large stock pot.
  • Cover with 4 quarts of water.
  • Add in tons of leftover vegetables.  Especially veggie trimmings or anything that has gone slightly past its prime you’ve been saving all week for this very feat.
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • Simmer somewhere between 4 and Infinity hours.  8-16 hours seems like a real happy middle man.



  • Strain Stock
  • Can or freeze Stock and throw it in the pantry.



This was a big hit and everyone enjoyed it.  I think next time I’ll add just a little more pizzazz in the way of Spices to the chicken, but the Mustard taste was surprisingly really good.  This was a fairly simple recipe for me to cut my teeth on.

Most importantly, my family lived through another Husband meal.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a cook book to go make out with.


Please enjoy a post from the Father-in-Law.

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I recently attended Alton Brown’s show “The Incredible Edible Tour” which played at our local university’s beautiful new performing arts center (which even though I taught there for thirty-five years was NOT named after me – but that’s another post).  All eleven hundred seats were sold out, showing the popularity of this Food Network star.  Most people became fans when his “Good Eats” show aired, then as host of “Iron Chef America” he added even more admirers.


Since I don’t consider myself a foodie fan of slicing and dicing weird and unpronounceable substances, I was a bit worried that I would be in for an evening of close-camera shots of sauteing octopus suction cups.  Not to worry – Alton’s blend of scientific humor, surprisingly good musical talents, and comedic stage props kept me entertained throughout the two hour show (with one intermission).

The show was based upon a list of “Ten Things I’m Pretty Sure I Think I Know About Food”, several songs he wrote about food (playing guitar and saxophone) with two other musicians, and two cooking experiments using giant inventions which made jet powered ice cream and baked pizza.

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His many hilarious stories included one where, as a beginning baker in a fancy Atlanta bakery, ruined one hundred and fifty pounds of dough early one morning.  In order to hide this from his boss who hadn’t arrived yet, he carried it out to a dumpster in three garbage bags behind the store.  Several hours later in the hot Atlanta sun, the dough had risen to fill the entire dumpster and oozed out over the sides of it (the story now having an accompanying video of yeast sock puppets on a giant overhead screen with much burping and flatulence).

Several of the things on his top ten list included things like “Chickens Don’t Have Fingers”.  A pet peeve of his is his daughter always wanting to eat chicken fingers when he has told her repeatedly that they really don’t have fingers.  She asked him to prepare them for a sleep-over she had once while in the fifth grade so he went to a Korean meat market in Atlanta and bought two dozen chicken feet.  He boiled them (leaving the toenails on them in case the girls wanted to use them as toothpicks when they were finished eating) and presented them with a flourish (presentation is EVERYTHING) to a group of shrieking girls.  He received four phone calls the next day from angry mothers of traumatized little girls.

Another item on his list was “Buy American Food”.  He is not a believer in oranges from Chile or veggies from China.  The United States has better quality control and if you eat seasonal foods there’s no need to ever buy foreign food.

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He’s also surprisingly against paying more for organic and free range food (unless you’re a farmer doing all of this yourself). His reasoning is that these definitions are still rather vague and people sell all kinds of stuff with these labels just to get a bit deeper into your wallet.

His most important point of the whole evening was “The Most Important Thing In A Kitchen Is The Table”.  Food is about bringing people together to enjoy it.  Friends and family gathered around the table will create more lasting memories than anything even the most accomplished cook can prepare.

So, for a thoroughly enjoyable evening find a venue close to you while Alton’s still on tour.  Just don’t ask for chicken fingers.

– Father-in-Law

For more posts by The Father-in-Law, please check out The Old Man Cave.

Question of the Day:  Who is your favorite celebrity chef?  Would you rather eat chicken fingers or chicken feet?

Today’s random food picture of the day is a warning to food bloggers everywhere . . . especially those like me who prefer to shoot their edible subjects in the great outdoors.

If you take your cookie out in the snow . . .

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said cookie will get covered in snow.

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You can still eat it of course.  And while I LOVE SNOW, snow does make for a slightly soggy cookie.

Let this be your official warning.

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite TV show.

Valentine’s Day was last Friday and despite the fact I’ve never really celebrated it, I did my best to make it special for my two boys without breaking the bank.

On Thursday Sweetey Petey and I spent some time visiting with friends and I brought over a craft for the older kids.  I’m not sure when 2 and 3 became “old” but somehow it did.  I found this craft on one of my regular blog reads Writing Chapter Three and it seemed right up our ally . . . Salt Dough!  Please check out Ashley’s post for adorable pictures and a full tutorial.

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Salt Dough combines two things Sweetey Petey loves to do . . . cook and paint.  In fact, when dada asked him what he did that day his response was exactly that.  Cook!  Paint!

The ingredients and process are quite simple.  Two parts flour to one part salt to one part water.  Mix.  Roll out and cut with cookie cutters.  Microwave for 3-ish minutes (3 and a half worked best for me).  Let cool and paint!

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Obviously the chicken was for dada.  And the orange star with purple polka dots?  Well, I painted that one.  What?  It looked like fun (it was).

So that was our Valentine’s craft.

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It’s great that the dough is edible because kids love to shove things in their mouth!  Although after Petey took a bite of the raw dough he made the WORST face and I had to pry it off the roof of his mouth for him.  Edible, yes.  Tasty, not so much.

On Friday The Pete and I made dada a heart shaped card and I dipped his favorite Oreo cookies into chocolate and added sprinkles to the top.

It started snowing crazily in the afternoon and we were just happy when dada arrived home safe and sound!  It took him twenty minutes to get up the hill near our house (take the Jeep to work next time. okay honey?)

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And that was our Midwestern Valentine’s Day.

Happy Monday.

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  What was the last craft or art project you did?

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Lately I’ve been trolling for some new blogs to read.  Some of my favorite bloggers have backed off blogging recently for one reason or another (babies, lots of babies) and I’m on the hunt for a few good replacements.  I tend to click on a blog comment on one of my regular reads, then another off that blog, then another till someone interests me.  Then I bookmark them on my phone and try them out for a few weeks to see if they can keep my attention.

The latest blog find I’ve been testing out is a blog called Tamara (like) Camera.  Her tag line is Writing, Photography and Discovery.  I can get behind all of those.  Tamara’s most recent blog post is a question and answer V-Day link-up.  I don’t usually opt for the question and answer posts but I’ve been feeling all kinds of nostalgic lately (I blame the baby growing inside me.)  I mean, I’ve prescheduled four months of Throwback Thursday posts starting in April, some with actual pictures of me and everything.  So, yeah, the nostalgia is kicking in hard.

Totally unlike what you’d expect of me, I’m biting into Valentines Day today and answering a boatload of personal questions.  Don’t expect a novel for each, I’m not that vain people.

Aaaaand let’s begin.

How do you typically celebrate Valentine’s Day?

We don’t.  The Husband isn’t into it and I honestly can’t remember ever dating a guy that was.  Sweetey Petey did make his dada a special Valentines Day gift and The Husband has been instructed to bring Sweetey Petey home a heart shaped cookie from my favorite bakery.  And that’s gonna be that.  Oh, and we’re having artichoke meatloaf for dinner.  That says love right?

Do you like to get A) chocolates B) flowers C) a sweet card or D) ALL OF THE ABOVE?

Chocolate.  Is this even a question?   I worked at a funeral home for six years (and loved it – seriously) so The Husband never has to buy me flowers EVER again.  Unless they are the outside plantable kind.  I’ve had my fill of cut flowers for a lifetime.  Mike is happy about this.  So happy.

Would you consider yourself a “cuddler”? If not, would you at least cuddle on Valentine’s Day?

Totally.  Is THIS even a question?  Who doesn’t cuddle??  I feel bad for non cuddlers (if they even exist which they might not.)

What is your favorite movie about love or with a love story?

When Harry Met Sally.

Do you believe in “love at first sight”? Did it happen to you?

Kinda.  When I met Mike I had literally just looked up at the sky and asked for a decent man to come along.  And he walked by thirty seconds later.  That’s as first sight as it gets.

Do you believe love can conquer all things?

No.  Like I said, I worked in a funeral home for six years.  Love cannot conquer all things.

What is ONE of the main things you love about your S.O.(significant other)?

He can always make me laugh even when I’m boiling mad at him.  It’s also the same quality that drives me nuts about him.

If you could have the perfect Valentine date what would you and your loved one do?

These days I would love a motorcycle ride out to dinner where someone else cooks me food.  I don’t care if we grab takeout and sit on a park bench.  If we take two wheels to get there and I don’t have to cook it I’d be THRILLED.  FYI:  There is zero chance of this happening with my giant belly.  Also the snow we’re expecting puts a damper on this plan.  Still, a girl can dream.

Tell me about your first crush!

Oddly enough one of my gradeschool friends just attended our eight grade class reunion and while my first crush wasn’t there I heard some stories from her that he didn’t fare so well in life.  So let’s just be happy I met The Husband, okay?  Also, The Husband has way better hair than first crush did.

Do you have any embarrassing or horror dating stories?

YES!  OMG yes.  I got bitten on the ear once on my second date with a chef.  And I mean bitten HARD.  Never date a chef.  Never ever.  Even if you are a food satire blogger.

Favorite flower?

Snapdragons or Tulips.  It’s a toss up.  I had tulips in my wedding bouquet.

What’s the first type of chocolate you hope for when you reach into a box of chocolates?

Either peanut butter cream or caramel.  But I know what all the shapes and swirls on my favorite local chocolate mean so unlike Forest Gump I know exactly what I’m going to get.

Favorite love song?

Joanna by Cool and The Gang.  Don’t look at me like that.  There aren’t a ton of songs sung about a girl named Joanna.

What is the best breakup song?

I always listened to My Friends by The Red Hot Chili Peppers . . . on repeat . . . till it no longer hurt.

Favorite celebrity couple?

Gah.  No.  Just no.

Overall, are you pro- or anti- Valentine’s Day?

Pro.  Celebrating love is a good thing.  Despite the fact there was a Saint Valentine, if you – like The Husband – think it’s merely a Hallmark holiday, just don’t spend any money celebrating.  You don’t need money to show someone you love them.  Although The Husband had better shell out that two bucks for Sweetey Petey’s heart shaped cookie.

If someone did that “Say Anything” boombox thing outside your window, would you be into it, or call the police?

I had to Google this to make sure I was thinking of the right thing (I was) and I’m cool with it.  Grand gestures are nice on occasion.  If it was every day . . .  then maybe I’d call the police.

First thing you notice about the objects of your affection.

Well, The Husband has a really nice butt but who starts looking at someone by staring at their butt???  Men, don’t answer that question.  He has confident eyes.  How’s that?  More PC than butt?  I think so.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten for Valentine’s Day?

I can’t recall a thing.  Not.  One.  Thing.  Is that sad?  I’m okay with it.  I have lots of other great moments from lots of other great days to recall so it’s cool.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

– Joanna

P.S.  Sweetey Petey made the dog in the above picture and he says Happy Valentines Day too.

P.P.S.  My friends threw me an online virtual baby shower and it was all kinds of awesome.  More about this next week and a proper thank you, but for today please check out Aly’s post and see where it all began.  Thanks ladies!  I couldn’t ask for better friends!!

Question of the Day:  Pick one of the above questions and answer it!


How many cookbooks do you own?

I own a lot.

A lot. A lot.

And I mean a lot.

I’ve collected them from various places.  I’ve stolen them, er borrowed them, from my mother.  Inherited some from my Grandmother.  Bought some off Amazon.  Been given some as gifts.  Impulse bought some.  Most of the rest came really crazy cheap from library book sales.  The county over does a HUGE book sale twice a year where hard backs are a buck and paper backs are fifty cents.  Our little library down the way did a straight up cookbook sale a few months back with similar prices.

Hi, I’m Joanna.  I have a library book sale problem.

What?  A buck??  How can one turn down a cookbook for a buck???

My theory on this is I buy all the cookbooks that look interesting, then try out five recipes from each book.  If the recipes stink, off goes the book.  If the recipes are great, the book stays.  It’s like gambling.  If people can put a buck into a slot machine hoping for a windfall, I can put a buck into a cookbook hoping for the best chocolate cake recipe ever, right?


The funny thing is, it’s so much easier these days to scour the internet for recipes rather than scour the immense collection of cookbooks I’ve amassed.  It’s also so much easier to wing dinner which is what I tend to do.  So far I’ve only made five complete recipes from one library find and it turned out to be a dud.  The chocolate cake was bad.  So very bad.

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I haven’t 100% decided what to do with the dud, but so far possibilities include donating it to charity (is that really charity though?)  tossing it in the wood stove, making a hidden safe and cutting the pages apart and gluing them to lampshades.  Clearly I still have some thinking to do on this subject, but I did create a Pinterest board to help me collect my thoughts.  Because that’s what people do these days when they want to think about something, but not actually do the something.  They create a Pinterest board.

My friend Aly mentioned once that she’d be interested in seeing my cookbook collection so I’ve decided to finally share.

That Basic Cooking book has my favorite chili recipe in it.

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These two came from The Husband’s Grandma Doris.

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The Taste of Home Baking Book is a great staple to have.  Aside from Baked Doughnuts for Everyone, I haven’t even cracked open most of the rest of these for so much as a peek.

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Or these.

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I think at least two of these are The Husband’s.

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Ahhhh, the little ones.  Good things come in small packages.

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This one’s not a cookbook at all, but a really great reference book.

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These were all stolen, er borrowed, from my mom.

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This was a gift from The Husband’s side of the fam.

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I think I have these because my niece was selling magazines and I bought a magazine.  I never buy magazines.

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These are on top of the bed.  They’ve been there for months and I still haven’t looked at them.

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This one is technically a novel, but it has recipes in it so I’m counting it.

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This cookbook I bought for the pictures.

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The pretty pretty pictures.

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This is my binder of random recipes.

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This is a box stuffed full of clipped recipes.

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Yup, I have a problem.  I have vowed to pare these down significantly if we ever move again.

And that’s that.

– Joanna

P.S. –

Husband Alert!  Husband Alert!

Yep, I’m hacking in and editing here because two cook books are conspicuously missing.  Probably because I purchased these myself and consider them mine.  All mine.  (OK, the first I bought Jo for what I thought would be a very thoughtful Christmas present since she’d been talking about homemade yogurt, but she’s apparently not interested in it yet.)

I’ve had sauerkraut bubbling away for almost a week thanks to The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz.  A wonderful read about how we evolved to co-exist with microbes and bacteria, and why our (especially culinary) culture’s war on them is unhealthy.



Next, is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.  The book’s tag line pretty much sums it up: “The cookbook that challenges politically correct nutrition and the diet dictocrats”. I was surprised at the huge amount of recipes included in here as I thought it would be more educational/historical prose than straight up recipes.  A nice surprise and I made a fancy chicken dinner from scratch… with side dishes!… this past Sunday thanks to this book.


Question of the Day:  If you could only have one cookbook, what cookbook would it be?

10. February 2014 · 8 comments · Categories: Giveaways · Tags:

I’m sure you’ve all been on pins and needles waiting to hear who won the book giveaway.

At least four of you are.

Yes, there were only four entries.

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This tells me either my readership is down or the rest of you just don’t know good literature when you read a book review about it.

Or it could mean folks are tired of giveaways.  That’s a post for another day though.

While normally Sweetey Petey chooses the winner from a toy drum full of Easter eggs, I went a different route this time.  I’d like to credit my sudden change with the number of entries but really it had more to do with the fact the Easter eggs are in a bin . . . in the attic . . . of the detached garage . . . with a crap ton of snow and ice between me and them.

So I went with balls instead.

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Big BallsShameless plug for one of my all-time favorite blog posts.

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Sweetey Petey still drew the winner for me though.

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And apparently he has a thing for Aly because she won my chocolate giveaway as well.

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Don’t blame me for Aly’s good luck, blame the toddler.  Aly, I will get your book ordered this week!  Happy reading.

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  What did you accomplish this weekend?  I’ll admit I didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped 🙁  I have four pieces of art to hang in the nursery still and a half a wall to prep and paint.  Yup, just a half a wall.  The Husband is not pleased about the “half” part.  He seems to think we should paint the whole wall.  Immensely pregnant me is just not up to moving a bookshelf and a TV stand though.  So half a wall it is!

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This project feels like it took me forever, but I think that’s mostly because I had the idea rolling around in my head for well over a month before I ever even began.  Once I started though, it was fairly fast and easy and came out just as I’d hoped it would.

One thing I have always been picky about in home decor is light switch covers.  I do not do the cheap, generic covers.  Ever.  Not even in rental apartments.  Yup, I’m that crazy.  I purchased several wood light switch covers for my very first solo apartment years and years ago and swapped them in while I was renting.  Naturally I swapped them out when I left and I’ve had them ever since.  I have a box stored in the garage with random home related odds and ends that could eventually become something cool and that’s where I found the old apartment light switch cover tucked away, just waiting for new life.

I’ve been working on completing the nursery for Baby Number Two and I knew I wanted something special for the light switch cover.  I checked out Etsy first for unique one-of-a-kind pieces but nothing jumped out at me so I decided to make my own.  I quickly decided to match the art work I’ve been framing for the walls.  You can check out this post I wrote a few months back if you want more info on the artist, but here’s a snap of the art I chose to mimic.

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Here’s a breakdown of how this project went down.

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Ya know, so you can make your own.  I have a few pregnant friends out there reading this who just might want to give this project a go!  And of course, this same technique can be used for any room really, I just think the whimsical look is well suited for a child’s room.

One –  Admire the light switch cover you had in your first solo apartment that you just re-found in a box in your garage.

Two –  Give it a light sanding.

Three –  Trace the art you want to match using transparency paper.

Four –  Locate some carbon paper or make your own for free with a charcoal pencil.

Five –  Cut out your tracing and your carbon paper and tape it to your light switch cover.

Six –  Trace over your tracing with a pen.  Push hard.

Seven –  Remove your tracing and your carbon paper and admire your handiwork.

Eight –  Go over your traced lines with a wood burning tool using the thinnest point.

Nine –  Go over your wood burned lines with a black sharpie.

Light Switch RW

Lastly, paint in between the lines with acrylic paint, allow to dry completely and finish with several light coats of sealer.

I love the depth and texture the wood burning tool created and I love that you can match the colors and design to your existing art.

I already had everything I needed on hand, but if you’re starting from scratch here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need.


wooden light switch cover (these can be bought natural so no sanding would be required)

transparency paper (I used a cheap plastic page protector)

carbon paper (store bought or homemade)

a pen (who doesn’t have one of these??)

wood burning tool (like this one)

black Sharpie

acrylic paint



That’s it!  Now go forth and reevaluate your light switch covers people!!!

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  Quick, look around.  What kind of light switch cover is in the room you are currently in?