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Feature & Follow {2} – Book Series I Abandoned

Posted June 6, 2013 by Tanya M in Uncategorized / 13 Comments

I joined Feature & Follow again this week hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. Each week they pose a question to discuss, bloggers link up and follow each other and the featured blogger that week. Easy enough? Here we go. If you are visiting me for the first time, Welcome!! I’m Tanya and enjoy reading classics, historical fiction, world fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction…ok well I like most anything.  Please follow me via email or Bloglovin and I will return the favor.  Hope you browse around and share your thoughts with me. This week’s question is: Q: Have you broken […]



Feature & Follow [1]

Posted May 31, 2013 by Tanya M in Uncategorized / 17 Comments

As we have been discussing blog development with the Armchair BEA this week and increasing number of followers, I thought it was high time I joined in on Feature & Follow hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. Each week they pose a question to discuss, bloggers link up and follow each other and the featured blogger that week. Easy enough? Here we go. If you are visiting me for the first time, Welcome!! I’m Tanya and enjoy reading classics, historical fiction, world fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction…ok well I like most anything.  Please follow me via email or Bloglovin and I will […]



Sharing Moments of Motherhood

Posted January 31, 2013 by Tanya M in Family Fun, Uncategorized / 13 Comments

I’m linking up with Andrea from Good Girl Gone Redneck to Share Moments of Motherhood (MOM). Here’s my list of You Know You’re a Mom When…. 1. Running out of milk, cereal, coffee, wine or beer IS a legitimate emergency. 2. Dinner conversation about poop no longer grosses you out. In fact, you come to expect it. 3. You’ve ever said “Get off the dog, she is not a horse!”, “I know the dog licked you, but don’t lick the dog!”, “Get your butt off the kitchen table!”, or “Why aren’t you wearing any underwear?” 4. You give the food […]



First Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day is February 2nd

Posted January 29, 2013 by Tanya M in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Uncategorized / 7 Comments

Kelly Young, the inspiring author of RA Warrior and founder and patient advocate for the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF) asked me as a Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) blogger to get the word out that RPF has established the first-ever Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day for this coming Saturday, February 2nd, 2013! Kelly and the RPF have been working hard to raise awareness of how the chronic illness of Rheumatoid Arthritis differs from the more commonly known type of osteoarthritis. With awareness and education of the differences, patients of RA, or rheumatoid disease, will have better access to “disability accommodations, clinical care, healthcare reimbursement […]



My Life List: a Bucket List but Better!

Posted January 7, 2013 by Tanya M in Uncategorized / 19 Comments

Why is a Life List better than a Bucket List? Better because the life list is of smaller, more achievable goals. My bucket list includes moving to the beach and visiting the real Taj Mahal, so the way I understand it, these are things I may reasonably be able to accomplish in the short-term, with a job, RA, 3 kids and all. So here goes, let me know what you think! For the Love of Family… Renew vows with my Superhubby in a casual beach ceremony Stay awake during a Star Wars movie marathon hosted by my Superhubby Make photo […]



Taste of Home Pineapple Banana Bread Muffins Recipe Review

Posted July 13, 2012 by Tanya M in Recipes, Uncategorized / 9 Comments

Today’s small victory is another family favorite recipe…anytime my family (especially the youngest) gobbles up my food, it’s a small victory for me and into the blog it goes!   Our family loves when I make these pineapple banana muffins. It makes 28 muffins which I bake at 350 degrees for about 22-25 minutes. There’s nothing like the smell of banana bread baking…except for the taste!  My hubby especially likes them warm for breakfast or serve with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of caramel for a delectable dessert! This recipe came from a Taste of Home magazine […]



Recipe Review: Beef Enchilada Casserole

Posted June 18, 2012 by Tanya M in Recipes, Uncategorized / 6 Comments

Simple to make and rather tasty enchilada casserole from Cooks.com. A colleague brought this to a work lunch potluck and I thought my family would enjoy it. Well I was partly right, 2 out of 3 kids gave it an “excellent” and “this is my favorite”. The toddler didn’t care for it, but that can be said about most of the things I make, but I try anyway. I used less cheese and 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup to make it a little lighter on the calories.  Family Yumminess Rating: 4 of 5 stars RA Ease of Prep […]



Recipe Review: Tostones and Mojo Sauce (Fried Green Plantains with Cilantro-Garlic Sauce)

Posted June 17, 2012 by Tanya M in Recipes, Uncategorized / 12 Comments

I first had tostones at Bahama Breeze Restaurant and was hooked. I love plantains whether they are fried green plantains (tostones) or the sweet, black plantains (maduros). I had to find a recipe to make tostones at home. It’s an easy, inexpensive side dish to add a Caribbean-Latin flair to your meal. The tostones taste best freshly made but reheat fairly well in the toaster oven baked at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. The mojo sauce also tastes good in Cuban sandwiches, or served alongside regular kettle potato chips or plantain chips. I often make two batches of the mojo […]



Recipe Review: Pulled Pork and NC Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce

Posted June 11, 2012 by Tanya M in Recipes, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Originally posted October, 2011 but I still use this recipe all the time, especially when having company! I got these recipes from a friend of ours who made it for a Super Bowl party. Four ingredients for the BBQ and 5 ingredients for the sauce make it super simple to prep. It’s one of my go-to party recipes now as it’s a sure crowd-pleaser.  Family Yumminess Rating: 5 of 5 stars RA Ease of Prep Rating: 5 of 5 stars Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Myrecipes.com Ingredients 4.5 pounds pork butt on the bone 1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth 1 […]



Reality Check: Supermom to RA Flare

Originally posted 2011… Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) flares are not as fun as a “flare” might sound. If you aren’t familiar with RA, its an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks joints throughout the body. I am on some very strong disease-altering medicines to give me a great quality of life, most of my joints are pain free most of the time (thank goodness for insurance!). My hands and feet have obvious permanent damage and adapting to using my misshapen hands and stiff feet have become my new “normal.” Sometimes I am so focused on being Supermom, that I […]