Welcome to My So-Called (Mommy) Life! For many years I had dreamed of writing a food blog; a place where I could share my favorite recipes and and my thoughts on local restaurants. Two years ago I became the mama to a feisty, voracious baby girl, and my life has been a beautiful chaos every since. Like my life, the blog's concept evolved into something bigger, messier, and better. It's a mix of recipes, toddler food, restaurant reviews, and more. Hopefully this Table of Contents will help you navigate the chaos that is My (So-Called) Mommy Life.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I have spent the last few years trying to find THE best macaroni and cheese recipe. I've come close, but hadn't quite found the one. I scoured the interwebs, searching through culinary message boards, when I first heard it referenced... "Crack Mac and Cheese". I blew it off the first time I saw it, but when I saw it mentioned again, my interest was piqued. Apparently this mac and cheese was so delicious, it was more addicting than crack. I soon discovered that "Crack Mac and Cheese" was really Martha Stewart's more classily named "Perfect Macaroni and Cheese". (Maybe there can be some sort of happy medium for its name...like Cocaine Macaroni and Cheese?) I decided to make it for my family's hugely attended Thanksgiving dinner, where I would get a lot of good feedback. Of course anything referenced as "crack" and is also made by Martha Stewart was going to be delectable, and it sure as heck was. It was ahhhh-mazing. I had found the ONE. My mac and cheese soulmate! Here's my one big tip: don't be lazy with the topping. I usually just sprinkle on some panko crumbs or crushed Ritz Crackers, but decided to go all out for Martha's sake, and by golly, it was worth the extra 5 minutes of effort.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Many are surprised to learn that I suffered from gestational diabetes during my pregnancy. I've found that a lot of people have misconceptions about gestational diabetes, such as believing that only those who are overweight and/or have unhealthy eating habits can get it. While those factors can be a cause, some people (like myself), just have rotten (genetic) luck, and get it regardless of our life choices. I would get so upset when I would hear women saying that they weren't worried about their gestational diabetes test, because they ate healthy or hadn't gained a lot of pregnancy weight. It made me feel as if it was MY fault for having gestational diabetes; like I was already failing as a mother, before my child was even born.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
If you've been following my blog lately, it's pretty clear that I'm on a cheesecake kick. My guilt-free basic cheesecake recipe is just so easy and quick to make, and it's been fun thinking up new types of cheesecake to bake. This past week I decided to add in some frozen raspberries, and it was delicious. Please note that if you make these, it will not have a completely smooth creamy consistency--it will have a raspberry consistency. You know, since it's pureed with raspberries and all. :) Feel free to substitute your favorite frozen fruit instead of raspberries. I bet it would be great with blueberries! This is a great way to sneak healthy fruits into your kid's (or husband's) dessert.
Friday, November 15, 2013
50 Things I Love About Athens
I have lived in Athens, Georgia for eight years now, making it the longest I have lived anywhere in my entire life. Usually after a few years of residence, I start itching for a change of scenery. However, against all odds, I have found myself feeling happily settled here in Athens. Perhaps I shouldn't have been so surprised, considering there are so many wonderful and unique aspects of this great town. After reflecting on these qualities, I feel compelled to share some of the reasons I love Athens so much.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The leaves in Georgia are finally turning red and yellow, allowing it to finally feel like fall. In celebration, I immersed myself in the current pumpkin-craze, and whipped up a Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake. Like my other skinny cheesecake recipes, it's low in calories yet somehow still creamy and delicious. Best of all, it is seriously a breeze to make.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Earlier this year, I created a recipe called Skinny Chocolate Cheesecake Squares. The recipe is ridiculously easy, quick, and low in calories, so it's no surprise that it became the most popular dessert recipe on my blog. Due to its popularity, I decided to create a basic non-chocolate version of it, for those that prefer their cheesecake more traditional. Feel free to top it with your favorite fruit!