Food Storage & Other Adventures in Motherhood

Graduate School

by heather
Last spring, after my husband started reading From Housewife to Heretic by Sonia Johnson, he decided that it was high time that I go after my career dreams. For years I have wanted to go back to school, but with kids and putting him through school a couple times it had been put on the back burner. I really liked the idea of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. It would incorporate many parts of my current job that I love, but I would be able to have a broader scope of influence and more autonomy. Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up to: March

by heather
What I've been up to: I helped my kids build Olafs for the snowman building contest at school. I finally got rid of all the girl scout cookies. Over spring break we visited the Las Vegas Children's Museum and Death Valley. We took a trip to Denver and stopped at Arches National Park along the way. I got an interview at the grad school program of my dreams. The drive there was stressful and I got little sleep the night before. The interview didn't go as magically as I hoped, but I Read more [...]

March Quotes

by heather
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity"-Seneca "Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see."- Mark Twain "The best way for us to cultivate fearlessness in our daughters and other young women is by example. If they see their mothers and other women in their lives going forward despite fear, they'll know it's possible."- Gloria Steinem “Self-deception operates both at the level of the individual mind, & in the collective awareness of the group. Read more [...]

Food Storage and Ex-Mormonism

by heather
Awhile ago someone asked me how I feel about food storage now that I'm an ex-Mormon. The short answer: food storage is a good idea, even if you are an ex-Mormon. The long answer: My views on food storage have changed a little, but I still think it is a good idea. I don't think that there will be a sudden massive end of the world, and if there is I don't think having food storage is going to save anyone. I never understood the mindset of collecting food storage for when 'the saints move back Read more [...]

Death Valley National Park with Kids

by heather
Death Valley has always been a place that I've wanted to visit, but  we never seem to be passing by at a convenient time. When we've driven through California it was always for a funeral or in the summer, which is not a good time to visit Death Valley. March, however is a lovely time to visit Death Valley, so we made it a spring break destination. Death Valley National Park is in the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert and "contains a diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Buffalo Falafel

by heather
I found this recipe at Thug Kitchen. His language would be considered offensive by many, but if the f-word doesn't bother you, go read his commentary because it's funny. I loved this recipe so much that I made it 3 times in the past couple weeks. It is DELICIOUS! And spicy. My very carnivorous brother-in-law even thought it was delicious. I'm not a huge fan of falafel, I feel like generally it is too doughy and greasy, but I like this. I liked it even more when I decided to make the balls Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up To: February 2013

by heather
What I've Been Up To: I've been busy with homework. Full-time coursework + kids is pretty time consuming. I applied to graduate school. Hopefully get in this time. However if I don't I'll be ok. I have friends here. Moving is a pain. I have projects I am involved in. I can go to a different program, however this one is the one that I really want, so if I got in that would be awesome. I made this Roasted Tomato Soup from Thug Kitchen. It's delicious and has more vegetables than your traditional Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Lentil-A-Roni

by heather
I've had a request for more lentil recipes and this one is a winner. This recipe comes from Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week. (Which btw is I think my favorite cookbook ever.) This recipe is easy, but it is a little time consuming and requires you to plan ahead a few hours. The result is a cheap, delicious and satisfying meal approved by husbands and munchkins alike. Isa patterned it after a childhood favorite from a can, but I promise it is much Read more [...]

The Non-Faith-Destroying Historically Accurate Young Women’s Lesson about Joseph Smith

by heather
Last year I was a Young Women's leader going through a faith crisis and I was supposed to teach a lesson on Joseph Smith and the Restoration. Actually I was pretty done believing the truth claims of the LDS church before this point, but was in the 'I'm going to be a NOM' phase. I had some anxiety about this because I wasn't 100% sure about Joseph Smith and I just wanted to avoid being in a situation where I had to say "I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God". I planned a lesson on the Read more [...]

February Quotes

by heather
"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."- Voltaire "You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul."- Mahatama Ghandi "Be honest, be kind, be honorable, work hard, and always be awesome."- Wil Wheaton "Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence Read more [...]

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