Lately I've become rather curious about all of my fabulous friends out there who take the time to be part of JCD. I wonder exactly who you are, where you are, and what you think about our great big world. And the thought came to me that if I'm wondering about all my JCD friends, maybe you too wonder who I am. Sometimes I run into people in town who stop and ask, "Are you the Jasey with Crazy Daisy?" I am. I don't know why I am so shy about that, I guess even though I don't want it to matter and I know that it shouldn't, I'm a little bit afraid of what people might think about my blogging adventure. That it's silly or over ambitious or that no one will like it, visit, or listen. But I'm getting over those fears because even though they are real, I am not going to let them define me. I will not set that example for my kids. I want more for them and should for myself too. So I hope you don't mind if I take a few minutes to come out of the dark and tell you a little more about me.
It's November. The leaves have fallen, the temperature has dropped, the snow is flying and it's time to start thinking about all those things we are thankful for - as evident by all the 'days of thankful' lists floating around facebook. Coincidence? I really don't think so ;). November had to be designed to help us get through these cold barren times. With Thanksgiving only a week away I wanted to share a fun little way to let your family, friends, and teachers know how much they are appreciated. Surprise them now by stopping by with a batch of fresh donut holes, or Pin It to use later - it's perfect for teacher's appreciation gifts, Administrators' Day, little birthday gifts for the office, or as a simple thank you. I love surprising someone who has gone out of their way to make my day a little brighter with a sweet little sentiment like this. But I'm a total random kind of girl and that's how I roll. It won't matter how you decide to put these tags to use, it's sure to be a hit as you let someone know that you 'donut' know what you'd do without them!
My kids love orange rolls and while I appreciate their love for such a simple treat, sometimes I actually want to dress things up a bit. You know, actually make it look like I've spent hours preparing something extraordinary, when in reality I've been chasing my 18 month old around restocking all the drawers she's unloaded - for the sixteenth time. Truthfully I'm afraid that if I spent said hours slaving over a more homemade carb-filled treat that my kids would like their old tube roll friends better. So I played it safe here using their old tube roll buddies to create something a little more celebration worthy. These would be perfect for Christmas morning - or Thanksgiving if you were looking for something fabulous to kick off your turkey feast with. But since they are so easy to make, you can turn any plain old day into something special just by serving them for breakfast. I know my kids were pretty excited this morning!
We love this Potato Corn Chowder. Our life gets crazy sometimes, just like I'm betting yours does too. Violin. Basketball. Soccer. Story Time. Tumbling. Board Meetings. Coaching. As most families bounce from activity to activity, mine is doing the same thing and I'm convinced my sole purpose as a mother is really as a taxi driver. Right?! Sometimes I need dinner and I need it fast. When I say fast, I mean that it's going to be one of those shovel it in kind of nights and dinner needs to be done when we walk through the door. This is one of those recipes. It has saved my family from the convenience of the fast food drive thru on more than one occasion. Not only is it a total life saver but everyone I have served it to devours it. No one complains or even picks anything out, not even the onions. In fact my kids fought over the left overs this morning - for breakfast. True story. Its creamy and comforting and quick and easy and perfect for meals on the fly, or lazy chilly weekends, or even football games. I can't really think of an occasion that it's not perfect for. Give it a try. I think you'll love it as much as we do!
Fall used to be one of my favorite times of the year. I am a jeans and sweatshirt kind of girl and find the cooling weather so cozy and comforting. I love the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves. I love the flavors of fall - caramel, apple cider and PUMPKIN everything. I used to love that it meant school was starting. I actually looked forward to school shopping - clothes and yes even school supplies. Each year I waited anxiously to meet my new class. I loved seeing my students' smiles on the first day of school and getting to know each of them. They all have their own sparkle. I love my students, still do, always will. But now that I choose to stay at home with my kids, who I happen to think are pretty cool little people and now that two of them are old enough to go to school, fall isn't my season anymore. Blech! Fall means I have to share them with the rest of the world. Which is awesome for the rest of the world, but stinks for me. Don't get me wrong, I want them to make their mark and grace this world with their blessings and the many gifts God has given them but I miss them just the same. Motherhood can be terribly lonely. Yesterday was Monday. Monday's always a little bit of a sad kind of day. Not because of the reasons you might think. It's not because of the crazy mornings, or making their lunches, or making sure backpacks are packed and everyone is all ready for their day. That part I actually kind of like - because the crazy involves my kids. It's actually the quiet that comes after they've left that leaves my heart heavy. I miss them and count just about every minute until I get to pick them up after school. Something must be wrong with me. I know their are plenty of moms out there that can't wait for the break. I figure I will have plenty of time for that break after they graduate. So what did I do yesterday? Instead of wallowing in my quiet little home, I put on my big girl pants, snuggled my little girl for a bit and went a little pumpkin crazy. I found all sorts of swoon worthy pumpkin recipes that I just had to share with you all (lucky you) because I couldn't let you miss them. What kind of friend would that make me? Don't they all look amazing? This is my new fall bucket list. I think fall just got a little happier. After all life will be what you make of it... right?