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New Year’s Eve

Time to dust this thing off again. I can’t believe I’ve neglected it for so very long. Life has been… well… life. Ups. Downs. Round and rounds. It keeps going like the great circle of life.

The Goddess has started her first year of kindergarten. We are homeschooling through a local charter school and I’m loving it. They give us money to purchase our chosen curriculum, we have a certified teacher that  assists me any time I need help, and we are free to work at our own pace on the subjects we want. Goddess has also started gymnastics this last summer, and she is having a blast. She’s already becoming so much more flexible and can do cartwheels almost with ease. She’s now 6 years old. I feel like I blink and she’s grown another inch. She’s my little doppelganger in almost every way. She looks just like I did as a  young child, she acts like I did, and has the same *gulp* attitude that I have. I am in for so much trouble.

Shakespeare is also growing in leaps and bounds. Almost literally. He’ll be 3 in February, but he acts like he’s 4. He’s absolutely huge, towering over all of his other 2-3 year old friends, and language wise, he’s at the top of the charts. He uses complex sentences, complicated words, and is understandable (because we all have had that moment where you can’t understand what your child is saying) 99.9% of the time. He is dying to start gymnastics, but our gym’s tots class doesn’t start until he is 3.5 years old. He loves to do somersaults and is CONSTANTLY flipping upside down and standing on his head against the couch. He is such a sweet, loving, charming little man and I can see so much of all of the men in my life in his lovely face. I cannot wait to meet the man he grows up into.

JimBob and I are also well. We celebrated 10 years of marriage back in October. JimBob’s job is still going well. And I’m pregnant with our third child due at the end of Februrary! Another little girl. She will be our last baby, so this pregnancy has been a bit bitter sweet for me. Everything has gone well with this pregnancy so far. Normal blood pressure. No sign of Gestational Diabetes. The only minor red flag is that my doctor is measuring us as 4-5 weeks large, but it could just because I was a very plus sized woman before getting pregnant, so she’s getting a little extra on her tape measure. This just means that sometime in the next weeks I will be having an ultrasound to determine her weight. Then the doctors will calculate how much they think she will weigh, compare it to what my uterus has proven to be capable of (The Goddess was 8lbs 1oz, and Shakespeare was 9lbs and neither of them gave me any trouble) and they will try to figure out if induction will be necessary or if we can go to full term. Either way, I’m just going to be happy if she’s healthy.

All in all, 2016 was a pretty good year for the Om Nom Family, despite how depressing it was for our childhood heroes and celebrities. I got to check off a few of the items on my bucket list, made new friends, had lots of fun experiences, and thoroughly enjoyed my family. Here’s hoping 2017 is just as good if not better. There is so much to look forward to.

Photos by Jodi Stilp Photography LLC


Stars and Lentil Stuffed Portobellos

Hi all! So sorry there’s been radio silence. Life has been a bit crazy around here. Shakespeare is getting into everything and is an absolutely ornery one-year old. Goddess has been ever four and everything has been an argument. JimBob and I have actually decided to implement a star program. She gets four stars to start the day. If she’s been especially good or does a special task when we ask, she gets a star. If she’s being especially argumentative or does something naughty, she loses a star. So far the program is working. Each star earns her $0.25 and we tally it up at the end of the week. Last week she earned $8.00. She spent $4.00 on a coloring book and is saving the rest for later. I like the system because it’s also teaching her about money.

Now, onto what this blog is about: Food! Okay, maybe just one more detour. Let me tell you just a little bit more about me. When I’m not mothering or blogging, I am a network marketing professional. I teach and train others to earn money from home by selling amazing products from a company called Arbonne. Check it out at I’m not going to take over this post with promotion for my company, but if you’re interested, please shoot me an email at . (And if you want to buy some product, my Independent Consultant ID is 21190445.) ANYWAY, I am currently participating in the Arbonne 30-day Healthy Living Challenge. This challenge includes having a shake and healthy meals. These meals are gluten free, dairy free, and what I like to call vegan friendly. You don’t have to be vegan, but if you chose meat, it should be organic and cage-free. JimBob has agreed to participate during dinner, the other two meals are his own. Tonight we had Lentil Stuffed Portobellos. I found the recipe on It’s pretty good, but I think it may need some tweaking when made for two.

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Shakespeare’s 1st Birthday & 40 Clove Slow-Cooker Garlic Chicken

I can’t believe it. My baby boy turned a year old on Friday. My life is so full of love, sometimes I just don’t know what to do with myself.

We had his party at my parents’ house on Saturday and it was a hit! We did a lunch taco bar. What a great idea that was! We made up two kinds of taco meat (beef and turkey because JimBob has issues with gout), put out flour and corn tortillas, and individual bowls of fixings and BAM! Lunch. For the cake I made a s’mores cake. Graham cracker cake, found at here, marshmallow creme and chocolate ganache (found at here) and homemade marshmallow fondant found at here. The cake turned out like this:

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Needless to say, Shakespeare loved it.


BUT, those are not the recipes I’m reviewing tonight. The recipe I’m reviewing tonight is this culinary masterpiece from It’s a 40 clove slow-cooker garlic chicken. OM NOM NOM!

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Pizza Subs + Seven Days to Better Behaved Kids – The End

Last week the Om Nom Family just had an amazing trip to Oregon to see Purl and Pianoman, JimBob’s parents. Unfortunately, JimBob had to work and he left on Sunday. After five days of being apart, we decided to unplug over the weekend and spend some quality Om Nom Family time together. Now that we’re home again, it’s back to the daily grind. After spending a week away from home, I was longing for some comfort food. So, I decided to go to my family’s standby: Pizza Subs. Now you’ll see a million versions of these on Pinterest, but my parents have been making these since before I was born. My mom got the idea from a restaurant they used to go to in the early 80’s, the aptly named: The Pizza Sub. Sadly, The Pizza Sub is long gone, but The Om Nom Mom Mom’s pizza subs live on. Many a birthday meal has been made up of these nummies.

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Seven Days to Better Behaved Kids – Day Three

And on we go with the One Week Fix For Bad Behavior article. Day Three is Walk the Walk. This step seems a bit unnecessary. Or rather, having to dedicate an entire day/step to remind parents to be a good role model seems to be a bit much.

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Seven Days to Better Behaved Kids – Day Two

Yesterday was “Don’t React” Day following the article The One-Week Fix for Bad Behavior and, believe it or not, yesterday wasn’t bad. Non-reaction seemed to help the four year old behaving like a good little girl. This morning, however, was a completely different story.

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Seven Days to Better Behaved Kids

Hi all! Sorry for the radio silence. Thursday and Friday the Om Nom Family and I drove up to foggy Newberg, OR to visit and help my in-laws, Purl and Pianoman, settle into their new home. It’s a tiny little town in Northern Oregon. I can’t say much about it, as I haven’t left the house much. I do plan on doing a recipe post or two this week, but for now I thought I would just give a little update.

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