How to Salvage Leftover Night || On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from February 2009.

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from February 2009. 

 

A couple months ago, Mama Manifesto highlighted an idea we had seen on several other mommy blogs: Muffin Tin Monday. I must admit, I thought it was a cute idea, but I never got around to doing it. But . . . I found another great use for that muffin tin: leftover salvage.

Last week, we had one of those nights where the fridge was full of single-serving leftovers that needed to be eaten. We had a half-full box of takeout, a couple of previous nights’s meals in tupperware, and a few perishable items that just needed to be eaten asap. Lots of food, and yet none of it was enough to stretch out for the whole family. However, I knew that no matter how much I strategized, if each of us was eating a seperate meal around the dinner table, there would be trouble. My kids are notorious for coveting the food on someone else’s place, and a single-serving leftover night seemed like a recipe for disaster. Enter the muffin tin equalizer.

Rather than casting lots for each individual meal, I used our muffin tins to create equal portions of the leftovers we had. Each kid got a bit of mexican lasagna, shredded chicken, sweet potato stew, chinese fried rice takeout, and some fruit and corn chips. A mish-mosh of a meal? YES. But . . . the kids were thrilled. They thought this was the coolest dinner ever. Jafta was so excited that he asked me numerous times, “Mommy, how did you do this???” (Um, the microwave, my dear). They didn’t care that they were eating random bits of cuisine that didn’t necessarily go together. And there was no fighting. Just two full kids and an empty fridge. And that makes mama happy.

Wednesday’s Child: Angelina

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

Laughter Yoga, Organizing the Bathroom Cupboard, and a Round-up of Trader Joe’s Products | Selfie Episode 76

Sarah is back to report on laughing yoga, Kristen is in a prison of book deadlines, and we both detail our favorite Trader Joe’s foods. Judge if you want but we consider Trader Joe’s one of our top self-care destinations, because they make eating healthy so easy. This is not an ad . . . we are just really excited about TJ’s, and today we are sharing our favorite products that help us feed ourselves well.

In this episode we mentioned:

Laughing Yoga

Slain in the Spirit laughter

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

Go Macro Vegan Protein Bars

The True Cost

Everlane

Krochet Kids

Clear Cosmetics Organizer

Magnesium Gummies

My Blog Needs A New Name || On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from February 2009.

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from February 2009.

So I think I want to change the name of my blog. I’m not gonna start using code names for the kids or anything, but I have been thinking that perhaps using my last name in the title is not the best idea. Also, when I named this blog 500 years go, I really had no idea what a blog was. I was just using it to post updates on Mark’s accident back in the day. I think 2 people read it at the time.

There are so many cute and clever blog titles out there. Here are some that I like:

Blogging is the New Black

Cheaper Than Therapy

Girl Gone Child

Mama Manifesto (who is the genious who came up with that one?)

The Extraordinary Ordinary

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Spilt Milk

Breed ‘Em and Weep

Grit and Glory

Motherhood Uncensored

Mamalogues

These are smart names. These are clever names. These are blogs that say, hey, come read me! I might just be as fun as my title!

The howerton family blog . . . Um, not such much.

So please. Give me some blog names. I’ve got nuthin’. I can’t even name my daughter. Surely someone has a clever name idea for me.

 

 

Talking Anxiety with Comic Amy Estes | Selfie Episode 75

We’re talking anxiety, and how to deal with it, with our friend and comic Amy Estes. In this episode, we talked about:

Amy Estes Comedy

Amy’s Newsletter

Revlon Blow Dry Brush

Kindle Paperwhite

A Discovery Witches Trilogy

NY Times article on teens

Over My Dead Body

The Rain of Self-Compassion Meditation

Bed Head Curlipops Curling Wand

Forget “Having It All”: How America Messed Up Motherhood–and How to Fix It

Wednesday’s Child: Dylan

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.