Blackberry Bramble!

black berry bramble

Just when I thought Spring couldn’t get any better…I try my hand at a Blackberry Bramble and BAM. It got better.

I did not have high hopes for this drink because I made the mistake of taking my first sip of gin straight from the bottle. I don’t recommend. Thankfully, my bramble made a victorious comeback.

blackberry bramble ingredients

Take a look!:


(video here)

You can find the full recipe at Crepes of Wrath!

Enjoy!

Writer’s Workshop: 7 Days Of Dinner

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3. What’s for dinner?

About once a week or so I try to incorporate a recipe into my lineup that we’ve never tried before. I used to be a lot better about this, but now I go through these weird cycles that look something like this:

Week One: Inspired! I will cook all the healthy things and they will be delicious!
Week Two: Breakfast for dinner! I’m still motivated to cook, but tired of chopping vegetables.
Week Three: Leftovers Anyone?
Week Four: Ugh…McDonalds please.

And repeat.

But in my moments of creativity and inspiration I have discovered some wonderful new recipes that have become so of my favorite “go to meals”. Tried and true. And now they can become yours:

1. Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash via The Two Bite Club
I love this one because there isn’t any complicated sauce to make. It’s veggies and meat, olive oil, salt and pepper. And so good!

Kielbasa

2. Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir-Fry via Gimme Some Oven
I’m not great at making the perfect steak, but I can definitely chop one up and cook it with kale and mushrooms. This is delish!

ginger beef

3. Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup via FoodieCrush

Slow Cooker recipes are my spirit animal…when I can actually manage to remember I wanted to MAKE on in the morning. This one is definitely a staple all year long. Likey.

thai chicken soup

4. Loaded Baked Sweet Potato via Skinnytaste.com
I don’t even like potatoes. But these? I always make sure to save leftovers for lunch too. SO good!

loaded sweet potato

5. Salmon Burgers With Barbeque Hoisin Sauce via The Curvy Carrot
I love a salmon burger. Add hoisin sauce and some sort of cabbageness on top? Sold.

salmon burger

6. Sweet Potato, Sausage and Brussels Sprout Casserole via The Nilsen Pantry
All of the healthy aspects of a good meal PLUS a cheesy sauce mixed in. Another fave.

casserole

7. Southern Ham, Cheese, and Hashbrown Bake via Southern Fairytale
Not only is this feast a wonderful dinner option, but I actually bring it to family potlucks. It is highly requested and always wiped clean!

hashbrown bake

And there you go! Maybe I just inspired you to lengthen an extra week of inspired cooking with one of these 7 days of dinner. Or not. There’s always McDonalds.

Now it’s your turn!

Mama's Losin' It

Choose a prompt, post it on your blog, and come back to add your name to the link list below. Be sure to sign up with the actual post URL and not just your basic blog URL (click on the title of your post for that URL). For good comment karma try to comment on the three blogs above your name!!

The Prompts:

1. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous April and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Easter recap!
3. What’s for dinner?
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: break.
5. Tell us about a local news story that’s all the buzz right now in your neck of the woods.
6. List your top 10 most listened to songs currently.

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Vlogging Workshop: Girl Scout Cookies

I’ve been taste testing Girl Scout Cookies all week! And because I have this love/hate relationship with “unboxing” videos on YouTube (hate because I can’t believe I sit and watch people pull things out of boxes…and love because dammit it anyway if sometimes those boxes influence my own purchases) I poke fun at the concept while shoving cookies down my throat in my own Girl Scout Unboxing series.

If you haven’t seen unboxing videos on YouTube, just know that the YouTubers usually spend some time discussing where the box is from, what the packaging of the box looks like, their first impression upon peeking inside the box, and a detailed description of what they find in the box. And I don’t mean to sound entirely annoyed by them because I’ve mentioned before my love for BoxyCharm, which I subscribed to (and love!) after watching one of those videos…so obviously they’re influential. Now let’s see if I can influence you to eat cookies:


(video here)

Want to go to the Philippines? Sarah Joy got to go and she filmed the whole thing. It looks beautiful! I love how she compiled this footage of her trip!:


(Video here)

Check out Sarah on YouTube and give her a subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Taste test! Pick something up at the grocery store that you have never tried before and film yourself tasting it for the first time.
2. Film yourself doing something (anything) with one of your kids.
3. Show us what you love most about your neighborhood.
4. April 15th is National Glazed Spiral Ham Day. Make it!
5. Complete the I Heart Spring YouTube Tag (questions here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Link up!:




Get a jump start on next week’s video! Here are the prompts next Wednesday’s Link up:

1. Show us something you got at the thrift shop!
2. What are your kids really into right now?
3. Look at the last handful of comments you’ve received on your videos and create a video response to them.
4. April 22nd is National Earth Day…do something earthy. I don’t know…make a compost pile or something.
5. Raising My Child YouTube Tag (questions here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

 

 

Vlogging Prompts For 04/22

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Every week you’re invited to join me in a Vlogging Workshop focused on working together to create a community interested in video blogging!

  • To join, simply add a link to the Vlogging Workshop posted here every Wednesday that will direct viewers to your video (either on YouTube or your blog).
  • New vlogging prompts will also be posted on Wednesdays, so you will have a full week to create your video response!
  • I will feature a favorite video each week.
  • You can subscribe to this weekly newsletter if you’d like the video topics delivered early, along with a weekly vlogging tip.

To view more detailed instructions on how this weekly Vlogging Workshop meme works click here.

Here are the vlogging prompts for the Wednesday 04/22 Link up:

1. Show us something you got at the thrift shop!
2. What are your kids really into right now?
3. Look at the last handful of comments you’ve received on your videos and create a video response to them.
4. April 22nd is National Earth Day…do something earthy. I don’t know…make a compost pile or something.
5. Raising My Child YouTube Tag (questions here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Writing Prompts For 04.16

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Every week you’re invited to join me in Writer’s Workshop by responding to one of the provided writing prompts posted each Tuesday. The directions are simple:

  • Choose a writing prompt from the list provided that inspires you most.
  • Write.
  • Come back this Thursday and link up by pasting the URL from your post into the list of thumbnails that will be displayed. Just scroll to the bottom of the thumbnail list, click the bold words you will see that say “Click here to enter” and you’re all set!

View more detailed instructions on how this weekly meme works in the Writer’s Workshop FAQs. To receive writing prompts in your inbox each week, subscribe to the writing prompt newsletter here.

Writing Prompts:

1. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous April and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Easter recap!
3. What’s for dinner?
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: break.
5. Tell us about a local news story that’s all the buzz right now in your neck of the woods.
6. List your top 10 most listened to songs currently.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“My personal expectations only create frustration, disappointment, and a state of melancholy within myself.” -Four Hungry Boys

“Today, I will touch another with a kind word, because when I do, I feel a joy deep inside that no amount of money could every buy.” -No Excuses

“Today I will give myself permission to imagine possibilities and put away doubts. I need to find my shout again.” -OKRoserock

“She spent eight days in the hospital that April, with labor starting and stopping. She did not want another elevator ride to the delivery room for nothing.” -Ratio Of Failures

Raspberry Beer Cocktail

raspberry beer cocktails

Pinterest is at it again, trying to convince me to give Raspberry Beer Cocktail a shot. I think we just improved beer with this recipe. Not a huge surprise since I wasn’t a big fan of it to start with. Any handful of fruit and juice could improve that stuff. Maybe.


(video here)

Just mix a Corona with a couple scoops of frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate and a shot of vodka. Add a handful of raspberries for a lovely Spring garnish type thing and enjoy!

Writer’s Workshop: Cut Throat

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1. Something you learned in March.

I learned a lot in March.

I learned that if you want to hide leprechaun traps and pretend leprechauns sneak into them on St. Patrick’s Day and leave gold coins behind, you probably should not set the leprechaun traps up in your child’s bedroom where they can wake up and see it’s not a leprechaun leaving gold coins, but indeed it’s their own mother on her hands and knees…sneaking coins into the trap.

I learned I should properly research a book’s reviews before reading it. Even though I might still read it anyway.

A photo posted by Kat Bouska (@mamakatslosinit) on

I learned that when kids play the game Sorry and one kid knocks another kid off the board when they’re close to home…it means war. Cut throat. I learned that on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills you can call each other every name in the book, but when someone calls you a ‘beast’ you should always react with a gasp and respond with an appalled, “how dare you!”

she said

I also learned that my singing talents are extremely under appreciated. singing in the shower

It was a good month.

Now it’s your turn! Mama's Losin' It

Choose a prompt, post it on your blog, and come back to add your name to the link list below. Be sure to sign up with the actual post URL and not just your basic blog URL (click on the title of your post for that URL). For good comment karma try to comment on the three blogs above your name!!

The Prompts:

1. Something you learned in March.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: born.
3. In what ways are you turning into your mother?
4. Today I will…
5. Create a Spring bucket list.
6. Spring Break! Ask your child to name 10 things (or less) they’d like to do for Spring Break. Share the list with us and tell us…will their dreams come true?

Link up!: