Today is a good day for a good day!

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As you venture out into the world today, keep that motto in your head. You may not be in control of what transpires throughout your day but you are most certainly in control of how you respond and react to things. Be mindful in those choices. Do not allow things that are not in your control such as traffic, the weather or the behavior of others to ruin or control your day…after all, Today is a good day for a good day!

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APPLE CIDER GLAZED PORK WITH APPLE SLAW AND SWEET POTATO WEDGES

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This recipe comes courtesy of my husband Jason and is perfect for this time of year.

one 2-3 pound boneless pork loin

1/2 cup fresh rosemary

2 cups apple cider

For glaze

3 cups apple cider

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup brown sugar

For slaw

4 apples

1 carrot

1 head cabbage

1 cup mayo

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1/2 cup dried cranberries

salt

pepper

For sweet potato wedges

4-6 sweet potatoes

1 stick butter butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 350

PORK- season pork loin with oil, salt, pepper and fresh rosemary. Place on sheet pan and add 2 cups apple cider and roast until internal temperature of 145-150 (about 35 min)

CIDER GLAZE- using 3 cups apple cider to 1 cupcider vinegar, pour into sauce pot add drippings from pork loin and reduce about…

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Getting To Know Wisdomed Wife

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This blog is new for me so I would love for you to get to know me better!

  • I love the outdoors
  • I love animals
  • I adore children
  • I have a thing for lumberjacks, cowboys, and all things flannel
  • My nickname as a child was Pippy
  • I moved a lot as a child, going to 8 different schools
  • I love making snow menand snow angels
  • I love hot drinks… cider, tea, coffee, cocoa, mulled wine..you name it
  • Maine is my favorite place on Earth, specifically the Pemaquid/New Harbor Area
  • I enjoy camping
  • I enjoy cooking and baking
  • I love rain, thunderstorms and snow
  • I love new adventures
  • To be continued…

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How To Generate A Positive Body Image In Our Children

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I believe this is such an important subject. Negative body image can lead to eating disorders, depression and a lifetime of poor self esteem. It is our job as parents to foster a healthy and positive outlook when it comes to our bodies. Here are some tips on how we can do just that!
  • Never call yourself fat or say negative things about your body.
  • Talk about what your body can do not just how it looks
  • Value people for who they are, not how they look
  • When you see someone in public or on TV that is not a size “2” but looks wonderful, point out how beautiful they look
  • Keep healthy food choices in the home and cook with fresh ingredients
  • Show your children how they can enjoy treats such as ice cream in moderation
  • Talk about how healthy eating is good for our bodies and has nothing…

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A Beginners Guide To Living A More Joyful Life

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  • Wake up each day and decide that today will be a great day regardless of what happens around you and in lieu of others behavior.
  • Stop complaining and wasting your energy on things that you cannot change.

Traffic: Sure you can take a different route or work from home but how feasible is that?Rather than getting worked up take this time to listen to an audio book or listen to peaceful music.

Long Lines: We all know that long lines suck, but I never can understand someone who gets so bent out of shape over this. Take a deep breath or shop online.

Weather: People that constantly complain about the weather baffle me the most. Get out and enjoy it or snuggle up inside and play a board game, cook a great meal or read a fabulous book.

  • Surround yourself with positive people. Eliminate the negative.
  • Stop gossiping and…

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Wisdomed Wife Chocolate Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

Chocolate Cake
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp espresso powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
Marshmallow Frosting (recipe follows)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two  inch round cake pans. Line with bottom with wax paper, butter the paper and dust the paper with flour. In a medium bowl sift together, flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Combine buttermilk and sour cream. On low-speed add the buttermilk mixture and flour mixture alternately. Mix the batter until well blended. Be careful not to over mix. Divide the batter between two pans, smooth tops with a spatula.Bake on middle rack of oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for ten minutes, remove from pans. Cool completely before frosting.
Marshmallow Frosting
2 cups butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 ounce jar of Fluff
Cream butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on  until butter is soft and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar; beat in vanilla extract. Gently fold the marshmallow creme into the frosting until thoroughly incorporated.

Molasses Crumb Pie

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This is a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving Menu!

1 cup sugar

3 cups flour

3/4 cup shortening

1 cup molasses

1 cup hot coffee

1 teaspoon baking soda that has been mixed with 1/ 8 tsp white vinegar

2 unbaked pie shells (store-bought works well)

Preheat oven to 325 Degrees F.

With an electric mixer mix together, sugar, flour and shortening…in a separate bowl mix together by hand molasses, coffee and baking soda/vinegar mixture.

Prepare two deep pie pans with the prepared pie shells, pour in mixtures alternating each time starting and with  ending with the dry mixture. Bake at 325 Degrees F for 1/2 hour or until knife comes out clean.

 

 

 

Thoughts of Maine

Maine is always on my mind but it has been present even more so these past days. One because they just got a good bit of snow and two because my son wrote a nice paper on his adventures there for school. Each summer we leave the mountains of Pennsylvania and head to rocky Mid-Coast Maine. Here are just a few photos of our adventures. I will post more from time to time.

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Mountain Mama and Her Girls

I live in the Pocono Mountains and I love it here. During the week my husband heads to work and my three older children are at school. I hang out with my two year old daughter Lula and Bernese Mountain Dog (puppy) Coco. We have many adventures. If we are not outdoors exploring we are inside creating and having fun. Many times cooking and trying out new recipes. Have a peek inside my world:)

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Lula having fun playing Peek-A-Boo

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Coco on my front porch

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Lula looking for animals:)

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Lula loved this guy

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Coco’s first winter!

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Catch me Mama!

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Coco on watch!

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Lula joining me on the front porch in the morning as I enjoy a cup of coffee and she says”cheese”!

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Coco in our back yard

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Best buddies in the kitchen while Mama cooks

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Patiently awaiting a treat!

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Lula sneaking Kale Chips!

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Lula having some deep thoughts

 

Wisdomed Wife Macaroni and Cheese

  • 1 pound large elbow macaroni or your favorite pasta for Mac and Cheese
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups Gruyere, grated
  • 2 cups extra-sharp aged Cheddar, grated
  • 1  teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Panko Bread Crumbs, for topping

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.

Meanwhile, heat the milk on in a small saucepan, do not to boil it. Melt the butter in a large  pot and add the flour. Whisk over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. While whisking, add the hot milk and bring to a boil, cooking until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, cheddar, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir and fold in to the cooked macaroni. Pour into a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Top with panko bread crumbs. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is evenly browned on the top.