Blog Break

As a Stay at Home mom, I have very little time to myself.

Its the cooking, cleaning, caring for kids, sorting out fights, cleaning up after the fight, blogging, trying to keep my lawn from looking like a overgrown patch of weeds, etc… by the end of the day, I am exhausted and usually just have enough energy to watch an episode of Bones and do some name indexing.

So that means I can really only have one hobby at a time. I have tried doing multiple hobbies at a time (crafting, cooking, etc, etc) but I don’t do any of them very well and I often have unfinished projects around the house. So I decided to just focus on one hobby.


I starting writing again. Novels. YA novels. I love to write, but I have never had the determination to finish a writing project.


Recently a friend of mine with the same passion and the same amount of kids got a publishing deal with a BIG publishing company. She is amazing and somehow manages to find time around here crazy schedule to work on this. I am totally jealous of her. Not that she got a book deal, but that she has the determination to keep at it, even though she has been rejected and written several different novels and other works.

I wanted that. I wanted that SO BAD. I wanted to write, I wanted to try to publish, even if I get rejected. I want to get an agent and try.

Recently I finished the first draft of my first YA novel. (EEEEEEE!!!!!!)

I’m working on the second draft and it is taking me longer than I’d like to admit. But I’m doing it. I’m trying to do something that I have thought about doing since I was a kid. Since the first time I read Harry Potter. Or Beauty. Or Wise Girl. Or The Moorchild. Or Dealing with Dragons.

This is hard, but I want to try. For a while.

So I might not be updating on a regular basis, but I’ll check in from time to time.

Wish me Luck!


Aprons and Chocolate Chip Scones

Aprons are Awesome

You know since this is my online journal, I’ll just spit it out.


I love them.

I mean, I know that they are seen as a misogynistic symbol of women’s bondage to the home from the 1950’s, but DANG.

They are useful.

Okay, a little about me. I am as low matience as they come. Well, I shower and generally try to take care of myself, but I don’t wear make-up every day and I don’t do my hair every day.

Except my hair is a pixie cut right now, so not like anyone could tell.

Anyways, I only like to get dressed ONCE. And I don’t like changing my clothes thirty times a day. If I change into my PJ’s, thats it. I’m home for the day.

Here’s where the aprons come in. I would get dressed in the morning, but I have a notoriously bad habit of wiping my hands on my jeans or whatever is close. By the time we decide to leave the house, I look like I have lost a fight with a Kitchen-Aid.

Snot, flour, other unmentionable crud is strewn all over my person.

And because I like to get out of the door as quickly as possible, and apron was the perfect solution.

A little history on the Apron:
did you know that originally Aprons were used because it was easier to wash an apron (like hand wash in a tub of water) than to wash a dress all of the time. Dress could (and often were) worn several times before they had to be washed because it was such a pain in the rear to wash them.

Hence Aprons.

So I’ve become a convert. I wear an apron all morning while I am making breakfast, doing dishes and various other chores around the house. When I am done with the messy stuff, I can take it off and VOLIA, I am relatively presentable.

This way I don’t have to change my clothes anymore than I have to. It still chafs my tender soul to change for a work out, but I really hate stinky smelly clothes and I don’t have enough PJs to wear them for workout clothes as well. Sigh.

Anyways, It is raining here so here is an Awesome Chocolate Chip Scone recipe I found from the website Sally’s Baking Addiction. She gives a ton of tips for baking scones and they turned out AMMAAAZZZZING. I just ate one and I want another.

I think rain calls for sitting by my wood stove and reading books until I am comatose. Think my kids will go for that?

Tuna Melt

After I was done in college I was able (and luckily enough) to take a trip in Europe. I went to Vienna, Salzburg, Prague and Munich. It was AAAAAAHHH-MAZING.

One of the first place we went after we landed in Salzburg was a little chain deli. I remember the experience vividly because I was freaked out by being in a country were I didn’t speak a word of the language and we were trying to order some lunch.

Whatever I ordered they were out of, luckily my friend was able to understand enough German to get that. I was completely clueless.

So I quickly picked something else that would work, a Tuna sandwich, even though Tuna wasn’t my favorite. I was able to get the message across and the language crisis was over. Whew.

I used to panic a lot when I was first figuring out the world in my twenties. Especially when I traveled. Living in the UK for a year was enough to give me panic attacks for MONTHS before I moved there.

Anyway, back to the story.

To my surprise, I really liked the Tuna Melt. I wasn’t used to tuna sandwiches hot with melted cheese on top. The only problem was it was slightly cold in the middle, but there is no way with my insufficient German to be able to make any kind of complaint.

Since then I do like a good tuna melt every once in a while. Maybe just to fix it the right way.

Here is my favorite way to make them:

Tuna Melts
1 biggish serving

2 slices of whole wheat bread (thick sliced if possible)
1 tomato, thinly sliced
1 can of white tuna
1/2 tablespoon of mayo
1 tsp dill pickle relish
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Butter the bread and place it butter side down on a baking sheet. Place the thinly sliced tomato on the bread in a single layer. Set aside.

Mix tuna, mayo, relish, lemon juice and salt in a small bowl. Adjust the mayo to get it the consistency you like. Some people like it drier and other like it more moist, so keep an eye on that.

Spread the tuna mixture on the bread. Then sprinkle the sandwiches with the cheese. Once again, use as much as you prefer. I like a generous amount so I use all the cheese and then some. 🙂

Let bake in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread looks toasty. Keep an eye on it, so it doesn’t burn.

If you prefer sweet relish, feel free to substitute. I personally think sweet pickle relish taste like poo, but that is just a preference.

This is one of my favorite lunches to make when I don’t have any leftovers to eat. It is filling, cheap and easy. Yummy!


Also every time I make it, I have fond memories of travelling in Europe with some good friends. That is worth remembering.