Cast-Iron Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread

It’s BBQ season and we can’t stop, won’t stop.  In my opinion, nothing pairs better with BBQ than cornbread.  This sweet and salty, crispy, a little spicy and cheesy cornbread is the perfect side dish to anything you’re grilling.  It also makes an amazing breakfast bread the next day topped with a sunny-side-up egg. 

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Baby G2 Update

I am just over 18 weeks pregnant, which is almost halfway through this pregnancy, which is TOTALLY crazy.  My girlfriend warned me that this pregnancy would go much faster and because I’m already so busy with Bea, and was she right. 

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A Look Back At Our Wedding(s)

RG and I will be married 5 years on July 30th!  It’s been a wild ride filled with adventure, change and small bumps along the way.  I’m so proud of us as a team and the life we’re building as a family.  We’re different in a lot of ways; we have strengths and weaknesses that compliment each other. But on the big things we agree nine times out of ten. And that was especially evident when it came to planning our wedding.  

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You Asked, I Answered!

First of all, if I haven’t said it enough, I absolutely love engaging with all of you!  Your questions and comments and tips are always supportive and kind and so helpful.  And since I can’t always answer all of your questions via dm, I thought an “ask me anything” would be a fun way to answer what you want to know.  So here it goes! 

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Big Girl Bea Turns 3!

I know the years go by fast.  And kids grow up.  And babies don’t keep.  But I really can’t believe my sweet Bea is 3!  3 years ago I met her for the first time.  3 years ago she changed our whole world.  3 years ago I became a Mom to the sweetest, kindest most gentle (most of the time) little girl.  It’s so funny how many of the things people tell you about kids come true.  I was so excited for her to learn to walk and be able to talk. 

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The Family Graham is Growing!

Want to know who the first person we (ahem, RG) told we were going to have a baby?  BEA.  The morning we found out, he told our very chatty toddler a secret we needed to keep under wraps for months.  I highly recommend not doing this as toddlers loveeeee to tell all to anyone at any moment. I got home from work that day and she ran to the door and proclaimed “Mama I’m going to be a big sister!” 

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10,000 Changes

My sweet Bea loves the great outdoors as much as I do.  The natural world is a place of wide-eyed wonder and it brings me so much joy to watch her marvel in it. This past weekend she saw her first monarch butterflies and still hasn’t stopped talking about it. It’s one of the great privileges of being a parent; seeing the world through the eyes of our children. And it is my sincere hope that she gets to experience that same joy with her children and her children’s children.

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Annual Family Antiquing Adventure

Every year on the first weekend in June the fam takes a road trip to Midland, Michigan for their annual antique festival. It's one of my favourite weekends of the year.  The excitement of the treasures we could find.  The hotel pizza party.  Pool beers.  And of course, pro tips from Johnny's Good Junk. 

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Why Intermittent Fasting Works For Me

This year’s Oscars was the first time in all the years I’ve been covering it (save for my preggo year) that I didn’t put myself on some kind of strict diet beforehand.  My post-baby year I logged every single thing I ate into an app for months.  Carbs were a hard no.  I skipped out on dinners with girlfriends.  And I was really unkind to myself if I “slipped.”  None of these diets were enjoyable and none of this made me feel good.  So this year, I said no more hard restrictions…

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Summer Cocktails

While it’s still technically Spring, I know I’m not alone when I say this upcoming long weekend is the unofficial start of summer. Hot, sunny, glorious summer!

We’ll be spending this weekend at our cottage where we entertain a lot of friends and family. Some with kids, some without. Some like to water-ski, some like to read. We’ve got early risers and night-owls. Most are in to games, others love a good nap. But one thing all the grown-ups enjoy together is a good cocktail.

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Me? A Mom?

Disclaimer:  I am so very aware of how fortunate we are to have been able to have a baby.  It is never lost on me.  I know for so many people it is a heartbreaking struggle.  I’ve shared tears with some very close friends and family members during their very tough journeys.  I would never want to trigger any painful feelings for anyone reading this story of how Bea came to be…

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Classic Chocolate Cake

Every morning when I get Bea out of bed, I ask her what she’d like for breakfast. 10/10 times her answer is chocolate cake.   So, on a recent Sunday I said yes to her request.  Her reaction was equivalent to mine if I’d won the lottery…

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