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“Keep the Party Moving”

27 Aug

I feel a little guilty…like we met, I got your number, and I never called. But here’s the thing. I was nervous! And it was totally not you, it was ME. Promise.

Wanna’ know what this is all about? Well now I can finally tell you (and maybe you’ll understand what this post was about…) A show that I filmed back in February called “Keep the Party Moving” just aired tonight on Style Network. It’s a reality TV pilot that follows 4 friends as they compete against one another to throw the best course in a progressive dinner party.

Whaaaaaaa? I know. See, up until now I wasn’t sure I was proud of how it all turned out. I did my best, put my heart into it, and felt more than a little disenfranchised when all was said and done. But you know what, I’m okay. Not great, but okay. Mainly because they called me a “Chicken -Loving, Tattooed Martha Stewart”, to which I say HELL YES PLEASE! That’s about everything I’ve ever hoped to be in this lifetime.

I could launch into a whole monologue about how I felt going into it (freaking awesome), how I felt during (freaking exhausted), and how I felt afterward (freaking floored), but I won’t. Instead, I’m going to tell you that you should watch it for yourself on Style Network this week. It’s airing tonight, tomorrow, three times the next day, twice on Friday…you get the idea. This show is the pilot for a new series, so apparently they’re testing the waters or something. I dunno. TV speak.

Anyway, the point is I was drained and paralyzed by the whole thing. Sadly, it sucked out all of my creative energy, and I had none left for blogging. I did, however, plant a new garden (thanks hubby!) and harvest about a hundred tomatoes since I last posted. So all in all I’m doing great.

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Conclusion: I’m back. I just needed to see how this all would flesh out – and you know, I’ve decided it’s going to be okay.

So if you do end up watching the show, give me a shout out and let me know if you agree that my food kicked A$$. Aw shoot, who am I kidding, you know I’m posting those recipes for y’all anyway, baby!

xoxo, huge hugs & smooches,

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Shit’s busy, yo!

19 Apr

Hey party people!

Just checking in on this gorgeous spring Friday to give y’all a bit of a life update. Not a riveting one, but a quick ass one because I’m really freaking busy…which brings me to the point at hand. I’m really freaking busy. You too, huh? Crazy shit!

So I, like you, am paring down. This month I’ve got a hell of a lot of catching up to do plus a couple new painting commissions (eep!) and a new teacher to train. Oh, and that whole mom thing. And Pinterest. Damn it to hell.

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It’s spring, which is exciting for a baseball whore like me. Go Angels!

But guess what? I really like you too. So I’ll keep up with the Top 10 lists you love, the recipes you adore, and the potty mouth you’ve come to depend on.

Count on me about once a week or at least a couple times a month. I know, I’ll miss you too, but at the end of it all I’ll have some sweet new paintings to share with ya!

Smooches and let’s talk soon!

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Kickin’ corn chowder

7 Mar

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Printable recipe: FreeTheMom-Kickin-Corn-Chowder

It’s supposed to rain this week, so it’s soup time. After posting the Spinach Salad recipe last week, I got all nostalgic about my recipes from yesteryear, and decided to whip up a batch of this creamy soul soup. Plus, it’s got bacon. Anyone who liked the bacon in the last recipe is sure to like the bacon in this one, yo!

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Mmmmmm, corn, cilantro, veggies, and turkey bacon. Love in a bowl, right there.

While it’s true that I’m a bit of a health food fanatic, I also love a rich and creamy bisque or chowder here and there. And guess what, the two are no longer mutually exclusive, yayyyy! The lean turkey bacon, scant 2T olive oil, and cream provide the fat for the recipe. If you are cooking for flavor I recommend using heavy cream, and if you’re after a healthier option then feel free to substitute any milk of your choice, 1%, 2%, or whole.

What’s a fact is that this soup is a serious crowd pleaser, so if you’ve got a slew of heathens invading your kitchen anytime soon this is the perfect recipe to have in your arsenal. The ingredients look something like this: Continue reading

Slammin’ spinach salad

26 Feb

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Printable recipe: FreeTheMom-Spinach-Salad-Recipe

Thanks to Popeye we’ve all grown up well aware of the fact that spinach gives us super-strength and should be eaten daily out of a can. I, however, prefer my spinach fresh, and love it steamed, sauteed, or raw in a crisp salad.

This recipe holds a special place in my heart, as it was one of the first that I added to my arsenal about 10 years ago when my husband and I bought our first house as wee twenty-somethings. Along with the house came a quaint little kitchen (imagine that!) complete with an original 1950’s white enamel stove. At any one time we’d have at least a friend or ten crashing on the couch, which meant that it was time for mama bird to learn how to cook. I bought a vintage apron and a subscription to Martha Stewart and began setting off the fire alarm around 6pm each night. Continue reading

Get yer shit together

17 Feb

I’d like to ask y’all how shit’s going at your house. For me, on this gorgeous So Cal Sunday, the shit factor is just outta’ control.

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I’m talking about chicken shit.

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Dog shit.

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And chickens free ranging amongst dog shit.

Since we all think our own shit is crazy interesting I’m ready to gift you with a thorough play by play of my crap slappin’ Sunday. I do this only so that you may find solace in the fact that no matter the intensity of dirt you dealt with today, it probably wasn’t as rank as the real live animal shit scattered all over our patio. Did I say I wanted to be an urban farmer? F me, I did. Let’s begin. Continue reading