7QT: Feed the Children Vol. 2

Last week, it was time to Feed the Children.  Not much has changed here at the SMAM Household, so here you are:  This week’s meal plan! -1- Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos WARNING:  If you don’t cook the beef for long enough, it will be very difficult to shred.  I recommend going the 6-8 hours […]

And, again.

Last night I attended our parish school’s Back to School Night.  Our Pastor shared some thoughts with us about catholic education, emphasizing the importance of living out your faith, sharing with us how proud he is that it had been ten years since the school was opened.  One of the parents promoting an annual fundraiser […]

A Passion for Pre-K

   Social Butterfly’s first day of Pre-K was yesterday. Besides the fact that she’s grown what seems like a foot since last year, She’s also matured into what my mom would call “a little school girl.” Here she is at the “Come & See Day” playing in the kitchen.  So sweet, and so happy. Drop […]

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday, Mother Mary, Happy Birthday to You! We love you,

Peach Syrup a la P-Dub

Every Saturday morning, my girls (and even my boys sometimes) and I love to watch a little P-Dub. A couple of weeks ago, on her Outdoor Cookout, Indoor Grilling episode, PW made this peach syrup, so I gave it a whirl. Not only does it look beautiful, but it’s easy and delicious.  This would be […]

7 QT: Feed the Children

Sometimes, when exhaustion sets in, all one can do to help, is feed the children.  So this school week, I came up with a menu that pretty much rocked.  Here goes. -1- Kid Friendly Pasta Salad We had this for our after school dinner on Tuesday when the temps were close to a hundred degrees […]

Duck Vacation, Part 2

Duck Vacation Part 1, aka “the post where Mary reveals all her shopping weaknesses” was heavy on beach info.  There was plenty more to our vacation than just hanging out at the beach.  For instance, how about this sweet ride? Pretty hysterical with that bike rack attached to the hitch, huh?  Or maybe “ridiculous” would […]

Our OBX History

For those of you unfamiliar with the Outer Banks, it is a long string of barrier islands that stretch 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina and a small portion of Virginia.  The islands separate the Currituck Sound, Ablemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound from the Atlantic Ocean.  When I first moved to Northern Virginia […]

Duck Vacation, Part 1

Our tan lines may be fading, but our memories from this year’s Outer Banks vacation will be with us forever.  And here’s your fair warning:  This post ends up being a bit of a “Mary’s favorite beach products” post.  Sorry!  But I love me some beach gear.  Looking at the “OBX Summer 2014″ photo file […]

7 Quick Takes: Back to Schooooool!!!!!

-1-  This is Elise. I love her dearly and feel so incredibly blessed to call her “friend.”  When Elise was pregnant with her oldest child, I was pregnant with mine.  We taught at the same school.  Our students were “buddies.”  We share a love for all things Fallon, Gaffigan, & So You Think You Can […]

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