loving the little years. {giveaway & interview with Rachel Jankovic part three}

Loving the Little Years

I was SO happy when Rachel Jankovic, author of Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches gave me the opportunity to interview her.  Catch up with part one and part two of this three-part interview.


{Part three of three.}

ME: Do you have any strategic ways of planning and preparing for days and weeks to come (food, hearts, cleaning, activities, etc.)
RACHEL: Haha! Probably not! I am not really a schedule oriented person. It would not make me happy to know what I was making for dinner a week from tomorrow, and if I wrote “leftovers” on a dinner plan somewhere my husband would probably swing by the store for something to grill on his way home.  If I think of something that I want to make for dinner, I’ll add it to the menu. Bad news though – sometimes the menu is just in my head. My problem tends to be too many ideas of things to do, so the places that I have had to work to improve has been finding satisfaction is just getting it done, rather than doing it the way I would ultimately like to do it. I have joked with friends that I don’t look at Pinterest because I do not need more inspiration, I just need more time to follow through!  For example, I love to cook, used to cater, and still really enjoy planning and making good food. But the reality of this time of life is that I often don’t have the time to make everything the way I would like to. So I have had to actively shift my source of satisfaction from making something that interests me, to feeding people in a prepared and timely manner.  I have found a happy medium where I always have the stuff to make some quick dinners in the freezer/pantry, but I plan a more fun menu right on top of that. That way when the day isn’t working out like I may have hoped, I can pull out one of the quickie dinner options and still feed everyone on time. I keep grated mozzarella and parmesan in the freezer so I can almost always make a couple pizzas fast. I always have stuff for spaghetti. Pasta, rice, frozen veggies, chicken, etc. It’s not exciting food but it is food!  I do the same thing with activities for the kids – lots of stuff on hand to do (lots!), but no real plan. Sometimes I do something above and beyond, but for the most part I let them do what they want to with it.


Rachel has kindly given away a copy of Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches.  The winner has been chosen and contacted.  Thanks for your interest!


Family Favorites Loving the Little Years

{This book is part is one of our family’s favorite biblical resources.}


It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Autumn!

When Jack called to say he had to work late the other night, it gave Shae and me time to create pumpkin pancakes and try our hands at making homemade applesauce before he arrived.  Truly, if you love the warmth of pumpkin, simmering apples and spices, make this dinner!  Our house smelled amazing.

Sweet Pumpkin Pancakes by Bryn and Shae, Serves 4

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
3 whole eggs
1/2 can organic pumpkin
Semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional.  Well, maybe for you.  They are not optional for us!)
Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon in one bowl.  In a second bowl, whisk the milk, eggs, and pumpkin together until combined.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet, a little at a time,  stirring until well combined.  Stir in as many chocolate chips as you’d like!  Heat a griddle to 350 degrees and butter the surface.  Pour on the batter and flip them once little bubbles begin popping at the surface.  Keep in a covered dish in a warm oven while you wait for your husband to get home from work!

Thick and Rich Cinnamon Applesauce

Wash all your apple orchard apples, cut out the cores, cut into chunks, and cook in a big pot with a little water on high until they get all yummy and soft, adding cinnamon to your liking (or look away for a moment while the 3-year-old dumps an excessive amount in).  Puree until the peels are broken down.  Serve warm or cold.

Fried Egg Fox

Think about what you do that feels monotonous and try something different to make it more interesting.

Take lunch.

Instead of a fried egg, make a fried egg fox!

Shae got animal cookie cutters for Christmas, and after letting some eggs (prepared as though I was going to scramble them), gently cook all the way through, we cut out the animal shapes together.

Mix and match bread and egg shapes 🙂

(I would just like to note that I was really confused about why there was a whale in the woodland animal set of cookie cutters.  Finally I realized it must be a snail.)