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Making Jammie Dodgers with Mommy!

Mother and Daughter Jammie Dodgers!

Mother and Daughter Jammie Dodgers!

One of my goals as a mother is to share the things that I enjoy doing with my daughter. I like to think that my daughter Luella, is lucky to have a mother like me because I am the type of person who enjoys trying new things and embracing those things that make you happy. It just so happens that I am a complete geek and tonight I got to incorporate two of my many favorite hobbies cooking and TV shows, with my daughter. Also, I wanted to share with you a step by step process of making my own version of my now new favorite treat from one of my all time favorite TV shows! Tonight we are making Jammie Dodgers from the very popular sci-fi show, Doctor Who! A show about a “Madman with a Box” travelling all throughout time and space constantly saving the world, from evil aliens and villains.

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Doctor Who on BBC America

This small cookie that all Whovians, well the most obsessed ones that is (me=guilty) love to eat, the small treat filled with sweet raspberry jam and goes perfect with your afternoon cuppa. Doctor Who fans are some of the best and dedicated fans of any modern television show and I like to think that I am one of those fans! So grab your sonic screwdriver and a few companions and let’s get to the kitchen!

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Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor with a Jammie Dodger

Well here is where the problem lies, you can’t get them in America. Well of course you could buy them on the internet but I’m still working on being comfortable with buying clothes and books online. I think when the day comes that I’m buying food from the internet is the day that I have officially become a hermit but I digress. So instead of finding a reputable site to buy from, I went on the hunt to find the best recipe to make them myself!! Being a fan of food (who isn’t?) I was aware of a few British chefs that I looked towards to in my search for the perfect recipe and I found a trustworthy recipe in the British chef, Jamie Oliver. My logic, which wasn’t very complicated was that ‘British chef+British snack=British yumminess!” The original recipe is found on his website by following this link here for his version of “Jamie Dodgers”.   Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo post: If you could get rid of a worry, what would it be?

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I am sure that my worries tend to run very similar to the general population especially being a new mom, someone who is still young and figuring out what life is all about. If the opportunity arises, the one worry I would get rid of would be the worry of money, being more specific would be the worry of the lack of money. I would love it if I lived in a world where I could wake up everyday without worrying about paying bills on time or if I can do something simple like buying coffee. Money is such a major part of our lives that we forget how powerful it is in our lives until we don’t have enough of it. I see people live the kind of lives where they travel every other week and I can’t help but think how jealous I am and wished I could live a bit more freely. Sometimes I think that if I had more money I could do so. Now, I don’t want to come across like I am not willing to work to get more money. I understand that concept completely. It is more of the idea that I am wanting to complain about it now.

What kind of worries would you want to get rid of if you could? Leave me a comment below!

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The Day that Music Died: The End Of The Penny Arcade Era

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It’s the greatest question in rock n’ roll, “when was the day that music died”? Well for me and for my band Penny Arcade, that day was yesterday, September 17, 2014. It was the day that we no longer owned our band van, Lincoln. The last symbol of our “Road Warrior ways” and of a time that we believed anything and everything is possible. After many nights of debate and long discussions, my husband (who is the drummer in the band) and I decided to sell our band van. After 24 hours of being on Craigslist, we had someone buy it and it officially became the end of an era, the day that the music of Penny Arcade had died. I sat there, as I watched Lincoln and his new owner drive out of our driveway and away from the house with such a sullen smile and a goodbye wave and I had to keep telling myself to not cry. I asked myself ‘Did we do the right thing?’, ‘There were so many memories in that van, why did we just sell it like that?’ but then I realized that Lincoln did the same thing for us in selling it as when we first bought it; he helped us move forward. When we first became the owners of Lincoln, he gave us a hope that we would succeed in our dreams of being a touring band and ultimately professional musicians. With many miles, smiles and tears, he carried us from California to New York to help us follow our dreams and now he has helped us move on to other dreams because maybe it was just time for us to realize that he needed to help other peopleachieve their dreams. Maybe by holding on to him for as long as we did, it created a constant reminder of a past and a far removed dream that would never revive itself. I had this vision of selling the van to another band that would probably put another 50,000 miles on it before he would retire but I felt it would have been right that he went to an owner that surrounds themselves with music. Luckily for me, the new owner works at a church and the van is going to be used for church services and choir concerts. So I feel fortunate that we have found a new owner that will take good care of it. Yet, I still can’t help but look out to the driveway of my kitchen window, gazing at the now empty space where he was parked, lost in thoughts of the many memories that we have all shared with that van and my dreams for the hopes I had for the van in our future.

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I would tell myself that Lincoln was just a part of our lives that defined the “Penny Arcade Era” but now I realized that he wasn’t a part of our lives but we were a part of his. From a couple who used him to rescue dogs, to another couple that used him to travel the country and play music, and to now a retired Vet that will use him for his church and a personal vehicle. Who knows where he will end up next? Let’s just hope that he will bring his new owner and any future owners as much happiness that he has brought me.

Shortly after the new owner left, I got into the car to go run an errand and ultimately to get my mind off of selling Lincoln. I turned on the radio to lose myself to some music when I find I’m listening to the song made famous by Uncle Kracker. And the lyrics that I heard were:

Thanks for the joy you’ve given me
I want you to know that I believe in your song
And rhythm, and rhyme, and harmony
You helped me along, you’re makin’ me strong

Give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away
Give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away

This became for me the perfect way to send off Lincoln to which, every time I hear it I will now forever think of myself driving across the country, with the wind blowing my hair, a cigarette in my hand and my love and my friends by my side.

Carry on and keep moving forward for the only thing you can see in the past, is how far you have come.
Good bye, Lincoln.  May we cross roads again.

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Happy Half Birthday

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We went to see a magician today to celebrate 6 months of life for the most amazing little girl I know, my daughter Luella. Well, there is a good chance that I am very biased about her being the most amazing but to me she is and that is what I find most important. Although the magician was a let down, he was just a 20-year-old student that worked at a costume shop, it was still so much fun knowing that we were celebrating this life, short yes but it holds so much promise and brightness. They, as the public would say “You never know what its like to fall in love with something so quickly until you have kids.” Well, I know now what they always meant by that and I am so honored that I am a part of this amazing little person’s life. To know that I am the one that will nourish her into a great existence is such an honor that it overwhelms me with joy.

Happy Half Birthday my little one and may this half be a prelude to the happiness that lies in the next half!

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Luella Smiles

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Here is another GIF for you to enjoy! I recently upgraded my phone (finally) from a cheap, dinky phone to an iPhone 5 (YAY!) and have really been enjoying the ‘burst’ option with the camera. Especially with a 4 month old and with so many moments I wish to capture, this allows me to get multiple pictures taken a one particular moment. With all of these great pictures that I now have, I wanted to do something with them other than pick out which one I thought was best and then just delete the rest. So then I had the brilliant idea to make GIF files out of them!!! I thought it was brilliant.

 

I hope you enjoy this moment where my daughter is laughing at my funny faces.. These truly are the moments that I look forward to every single day and now you get to see what is so special to me when Luella smiles.

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The First of many Father-Daughter Dances

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There is nothing like a nice dance in the morning to start off your days right. Here’s to many more father-daughter morning dances!

 

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