Mommy Monday

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I don’t know about y’all, but here at the Huffman Homestead we’ve been battling sickness off and on for the past FIVE WEEKS. Yeah, you read that right: FIVE. WEEKS. Seriously. One person would get sick, then recover, and then another person would get it. That’s how its been. And, not only that, but its been SO. STINKING. COLD.

I’m so done with winter.

And I think we could all use some laughter to get us out of this seasonal affective disorder. Enter: I Mom So Hard to get us out of this funk!

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There was a time in my life when I absolutely loved winter. I loved the clothes, the cold, and yes, even the inclement weather. I loved bundling up in scarves, coats, and hats and walking around in a winter wonderland.

Now?

STOP

I’m 1000000000% done with winter. I’m so over it. I hate it. Loathe it. Want it to die a fiery death.

Why?

Oh, gee, I don’t know. (That’s total and complete sarcasm, OF COURSE I KNOW.)

Flu season.

Being cooped up inside.

Having to get EVERY FREAKING PERSON in the house bundled in coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. Then doing it about 10 more times because someone had to potty and had to get undressed. Or someone decided that the shirt they were wearing was “too scratchy” and they needed another one. And then while one was using the bathroom, another one decided to undress to his diaper and run around the house, scattering his clothes in his wake. And then Mommy had to take off HER winter gear because she was sweating her balls off chasing everyone around this freaking house.

Flu season. (Yep, I repeated it. Why? Because we’ve had TWO rounds of the flu. TWO.)

Being too overwhelmed with the thought of bundling everyone up to leave the house just for a small semblance of human interaction with another adult.

So, yeah. Winter can suck it. Its terrible and it needs to go away.

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I’m ready for warmer temps (and NOT coming from me, my children, or my husband). I want to be able to go outside with my kids in flip flops and sit in the sunshine. I want to only have to get everyone dressed ONCE. This means no jackets, no hats, no gloves. And when the temperatures are a steady 65-75 degrees outside and winter is FINALLY over, I am going to rejoice with the songs of angels.

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Because this ish is getting OLD.

La La La La La Means I Looooove You!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, errybody! ‘Tis the day for roses, chocolates, and eye-roll inducing statuses on Facebook. Thankfully, not everyone is straight out of a Hallmark movie and there are cards out there for the rest of us. Just take a look!

 

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Which one would you send to your sweetie? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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Sometimes, eating lower carb is a wee bit difficult when you crave your old favorites. The other day, I wanted tacos SO. FREAKING. BAD. and I didn’t think I’d be able to have them because, Keto. Then I saw a friend of mine had made taco shells with shredded cheese! You read that right: shredded cheese! And I HAD to try it out!

 

Here’s what I used:

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Yup. That’s it. Shredded cheese.

 

First, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 350F. Then, on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet, make 1/4 cup piles of cheese about 2 inches apart. Press the cheese down lightly so it makes one layer instead of a little mound.

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Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes or until the edges of the cheese are brown. Let the cheese cool for 2-3 minutes then place it over the handle of a wooden spoon or another utensil that is balanced on two cups.

 

Allow to cheese cool completely then remove—you’ve got yourself a low carb taco shell!

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I actually liked these MUCH better than the regular shells. Tortilla shells fall apart so easily and you lose all that yummy goodness on your plate (or lap, if you’re a messy eater like myself) and it’s so frustrating! These shells stayed in place and added a new flavor to the tacos! I LOVED them and will absolutely be making them again!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Hey y’all! Its been a while since I’ve done an FGF, so I figured I’d make it a good one so you wouldn’t be *too* upset that you’ve missed out on so much nerdy awesomeness!

 

Get your passports and dress robes, people because I just heard that there is going to be a Harry Potter-themed cruise coming to England this year! *Cue the fangirl screams*

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Barge Lady Cruises will be hosting a six-day trip down the River Thames making magical stops at locations used in or as inspiration for the Potter films! There’s even a stop at the home used as “4 Privet Drive”! *Packs bag, grabs wand, and waits for an owl to arrive with instructions on how to use the floo network to get to London*

 

And speaking of the spectacle-wearing boy wonder, check out these Hogwarts-inspired clutches from Think Geek!

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The uniform-themed bags come in Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw colors!

 

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’m sure many of you fellas out there are trying to think of that perfect gift for your gal. Let me give you some advice: flowers are lame. They only stick around for a while and then they die. You know what doesn’t fade? The absolute A-DORK-ABLE-NESS of this Star Wars plushie bouquet!

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I mean, for reals, just LOOK at that Porg! And if a galaxy far, far away isn’t your lady’s “thing”, there’s many more to choose from including microbes, books,  and science-themed!

 

Sometimes its hard to start the day off in a good mood. Its tough getting out of bed on these cold, winter mornings. Make waking up easier with this unicorn pancake mold from Perpetual Kid!

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Breakfast: the most important–and magical–meal of the day!

 

As I mentioned, V-Day is coming up FAST. And whether you give this as a gift for someone special or gift it to yourself, there’s going to be one happy chocolate-lover come February 14th!

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This 36-piece chocolate gift set comes with a variety of chocolate infusions including: Baconluxious, Totally Tangy Mango, Orange-A-Go-Go, and Strawberry Waffle Wild! I may just have to buy one of these for myself!

 

Happy fangirling!

Her’s Day Thursday

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Today’s Her’s Day Thursday star is one I’m sure hardly any of us have heard of but NEED to know about! Her name is: Alberta Schneck Adams.

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Alberta was born in Nome, Alaska to parents Albert and Mary. Albert was a veteran of World War I and was white, while Mary was of Inupiat heritage. During this time in Alaska, indigenous peoples faced harsh racism, much like the segregation of African Americans in the south. There were separate schools, eateries, and movie theaters for those of native tribal heritage. This did NOT sit well with Alberta, especially when she found herself on the enforcing side of this antiquated way of thinking.

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In 1944, Alberta worked as an usher at the Alaska Dream Theater in Nome. Her job was to make sure the only people who sat in the “whites only” section were indeed white. As you can imagine, this made her very uncomfortable. After all, Alberta was of Inupiat descent! She lodged a complaint to her manager and was quickly fired. Soon after her dismissal, Alberta returned to the movie theater with a white date. The two sat in the “whites only” section. When the manager demanded she and her date move to the non-white section, they stayed where they were. When the two refused to move, the manger called the police. Alberta was arrested and taken to jail to spend the night. When word of the incident reached the local Inupiat community, they rallied in support of Alberta and protested until she was released.

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After she was released, she wrote an article for the local paper, The Nome Nuggetstating:  “I only truthfully know that I am one of God’s children regardless of race, color or creed.” Alberta would not be stopped. She wrote a letter to the governor at the time, Ernest Gruening, and told him all about the incident. She knew she would gain his support for her cause because, just a year earlier, he had written a bill of his own that would end segregation in Alaska. Sadly, that bill had not made it through legislature. Renewed with fervor after Alberta’s stance, the governor reintroduced the bill–Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination Act–and it was signed into law on February 16, 1945!

Thank you, Alberta, for showing us that we CAN make a difference!

Try It Tuesday

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I’ve been trying to shake things up with our dinners lately. Mostly because Huff the Hubs take chicken for his lunch EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. This means he gets really tired of meals that involve chicken. SO I haven’t made the poultry in a looooong time. We both like pork, but it can be hard to find new ways to dress it up. After some perusing on Pinterest I found a yummy (and low-carb) pork recipe!

 

Here’s what you need:

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6 thin boneless pork chops

1/3 cup dijon mustard

3 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

3/4 tsp garlic powder

3/4 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried basil

1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

 

First, mix your mustard, olive oil, garlic powder, thyme, onion powder, oregano, 1/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and basil in a small bowl. This will be your marinade. Pour the marinade into a gallon-size Ziploc bag and add the chops. Let it refrigerate overnight. (I actually forgot to let this marinate overnight so mine only sat in the bag for about 15 minutes and still turned out great!)

 

The next evening, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Pour Parmesan cheese into a shallow dish and coat each pork chop on all sides. Place a flat roasting rack to a shallow dish or cookie sheet and then put the chops on the rack. (I didn’t have either of those so I borrow my sister’s turkey roasting rack, ha! I had to add foil to it so the chops wouldn’t fall through!) Then, season the chops with the remaining 1/4 tsp kosher salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper.

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Bake for about 15-20 minutes and serve!

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You guys. This was soooooo good! Huff the Hubs and I LURVED it! I will absolutely be making this again!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe? What did you think? Share in the comments below!