Revamped Blog! New CoBlogger! New Weekly Blogs Coming YOUR Way!

Erica joined me as a blogging buddy and we can't wait to get started on blogging together! We have a few ideas for the future, but we're kicking off our new coblog with a new Monday blog...check out the first post (by christy...inspired by erica).

Mealtime Madness Mondays...a weekly blog post for writing moms and dads (or hey, anyone who cooks meals)

and how is posting menu ideas helpful for writers and/or meal makers?

-THINK audience-
well...I've decided recently that making menu decisions (and ingredient decisions) is a lot like making writing decisions. Here's how (just one of many examples).

Cooking Audience: Don't add tomatoes or onions if your child refuses to eat them.
Agent Audience: Don't add a prologue if the agent you are querying just blogged about hating them.

See my point? I spend over an hour in the kitchen on most nights preparing meals-for two children (ages 2 and 4) and a husband who usually works late. When I make the usual meals I grew up eating...who eats them? Me. Even after I slave away. And none of us eat leftovers. (Wasteful, I know.)

In the past I've ended a blog by posting what I made for dinner and how successful it was with the fam. You may have noticed that they were usually not.

So, in sharing menu ideas on Mondays maybe we can help you avoid the same old meals that you've been serving to your families and maybe your success rate will be higher. (Maybe you don't have a problem with this and you can just help me!) Maybe (please!) you can all share your menu ideas and recipes with us! And my success rate can soar through the roof! (Help me fatten up my children who are always at the 2 percentile for weight!)

My Monday Menu to share for this very first blog post is---chili. And guess what? My kids ate most of it. Woo Hoo!

Heeeere goes. My recipe for Chili
1. Brown hamburger, add chopped onion, diced tomatoes, chilli powder, a pinch of pepper and a pinch of salt
2. Add dark red kidney beans, a large can of tomato soup and 3-5 handfuls of elbow noodles.
3. Add cooked sweet corn (optional..I like it, my husband does not...so tonight I didn't)
4. Stir often while it boils and the noodles soften
5. Serve with buttered saltine crackers and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
6. Follow with leftover birthday cake and ice cream once the whole family (nearly) empties their bowls! (optional)
Regardless whether or not you have a hard time getting your family to eat what you make, regardless whether or not you have difficulty coming up with meal options...everyone LOVES new recipes, right? and we hope you'll share yours with us as we share ours with you.
Do you have a chili recipe you'd love to share? Please do!


  1. Can't wait to see what the two of you come up with :)

  2. Yay! I'm here! I grew up near Madison, so noodles in chili is fine with me (and my kids). My hubby grew up near Eau Claire - no noodles, but add a chopped red chili pepper for him!

    Thanks Rachael! Ooh, now I need to go find a cool avatar for my picture!

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  4. Ahh! See what I mean? I'll try again. *deep breath*

    CHRISTY_H said...

    Thanks Rachael! We'll try not to disappoint.
    We're warming up to this whole blog thing. I figured out (after only a few hours) how to copy and paste the blogging award and (after a few more) how to add tabs to the top!

    Erica, love your "shower scene" admission under Inspiration! Makes me wonder about those pics Lincoln "didn't" take! hehe

  5. this comment has nothing specifically to do with your blog today, but mostly with you in general.

    thank you.
    thank you so much for the sweet comments. thank you so much for the kind words. thank you for your support.

    i'm so happy to know you :D

    wishing you both all the best with everything!




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