Jambalaya and “Disneyland” Cornbread

Yes, I probably should have made this for Mardi Gras, but I didn’t think of it in time. Besides, there’s absolutely no reason not to eat Cajun food every chance you get! The jambalaya recipe is adapted from Gulf Coast Cooking by Virginia T. Elverson; my dad used to make it, though I haven’t cooked up a batch in years. The cornbread recipe is from Shan-made; I found it on Pinterest. I’ve never been to Disneyland, so I can’t speak to whether it actually tastes like the stuff they serve there, but the idea of combining cornbread mix with yellow cake mix seemed pretty awesome. The sweetness of the cornbread goes very well with the spicy jambalaya! Continue reading

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Project of the Day: Easy DIY Birdfeeders

I’ve been meaning to try this since I ran across the idea on Pinterest. It’s simple, so it’s a great project to do with kids, and, aside from the birdseed, you probably have all the supplies on hand already. It takes about five minutes of work and then you can have fun watching the birds (and probably squirrels) flock around it! Continue reading

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Lazy Dinner: Soy-Orange Beef with Rice (and Other Variations)

Sometimes you want something really yummy for dinner but don’t want to put much effort into it. My go-to in those situations (if I’m not in the mood for pasta or takeout) is to just throw something in a pan with some sauce and make a pot of rice. One of my favorites is to just mix up some OJ and soy sauce, toss in some seasonings, and chow down on the delicious results. And the best part is, you can customize it however you want! (And that my ridiculously picky five-year-old will actually eat both components!) Continue reading

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A Few Things I Need to Get Off My Chest

Because I just can’t deal with this ignorant shit anymore. WHY are we still debating evolution?? WHY do people think that the recent snowfall in the South was fake and engineered by Obama/the NSA and contained nanobots or “chemtrails” and that it also negates global warming?? My head hurts just typing that out, but apparently there are a lot of people who believe. They shouldn’t. Continue reading

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Cannonball Read #7: The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

Courtney Milan has done it again, and this may actually be my favorite book yet by her. Plenty of romance novels have funny moments, but it’s rare that I actually have to set a book down because I’m laughing so hard there are tears streaming down my face. If you’ve spent any time on ladyblogs, you’ll love it too. Continue reading

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Cannonball Read #4-6: 3 YA New Releases from Entangled Teen

When people complain that young adult novels have nothing to offer the serious reader, it’s pretty clear to me that they’ve never actually read any YA. These new releases from Entangled Teen deal with issues ranging from human cloning and reproductive coercion to arranged marriages and people who ostracize anyone with “impure” bloodlines. Plus, dragons, because YA can get away with being a lot more fun than some other genres! Continue reading

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Cannonball Read #3: The Countess Conspiracy, by Courtney Milan

Sebastian Malheur is one of the most revered naturalists of his day… and one of the most reviled men in England. After all, he gives public lectures about reproduction and genetics and that is simply Not Done in polite company. Imagine how much more scandalous it would be if word got out that his pioneering discoveries about inherited traits were actually made by a woman! Continue reading

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