Tuesday, April 30, 2013

50 Books in 2013: April

So, I have been reading.  A lot. With J gone, and my TV unplugged (yup, I literally unplugged my TV a month ago, and I don't miss it!) it has been easy to curl up with a book every night after Z. goes to bed.

Here is what I have read 2013 Year-To-Date:

1.  The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
2.  Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
3.  I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons
4.  Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward
5.  We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
6.  Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
7.  Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
8.  This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
9.  The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10.  Ru by Kim Thuy
11.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbotsky
12.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer
13.  Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
14.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
15.  Wool Obnibus (Wool 1-5) by Hugh Howey
16.  Divergent by Veronica Roth
17.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth
18.  The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
19.  The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
20.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
21.  The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
22.  Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
23.  Lover at Last by J.R. Ward
24.  Wonder by R.J. Palacio
25.  Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
26.  The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
27.  Still Missing by Chevy Stevens.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Jo vs. The Pin: Meatloaf Cupcakes!

I don't eat any meat, but my kid and J. sure do!
I keep seeing all these wonderful pictures of people making "Meatloaf Cupcakes" so decided to give it a whirl.

It's tough making meat dishes for Z. when J is away, so I generally stick to vegetarian protein options, but since I can make a batch and freeze a bunch, this seemed like a great idea!



I have to say these were SO easy!  The hardest part was cleaning up!!  I just used my regular meatloaf recipe, then baked @400 for 20 minutes!

Z. LOVED them, and they are a perfect size for lunches!!

Meatloaf is Beautiful recipe: 
 (I halved the recipe and it made about 8 meatloaf cupcakes)
1 cup milk
3 cups soft bred crumbs
2Tbsp. minces parsley
2tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. thyme
4 green onions, finely chopped
1Tbsp. Dijon 
1tsp. savory
2 eggs
2lbs. lean ground beef. 

mix everything but meat.  add in beef & cook! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


On Saturday, Zoey turned 2! It seems like just yesterday she was born... 
I decided on a RAINBOW theme for this years' party (which was low-key with family) 
I found SO many great ideas on Pinterest, and it was SO much fun putting everything together!!

DIY Tissue Pom-Poms!
 Happy Birthday Banner & Party Favours downloaded from HERE

 Fruit Skewers & Rainbow Veggie Tray

 THE CAKE!! (Yes I made it myself!! Just a little proud!)

And of course, the birthday girl herself!!!