Dinner is Served

Say what you want about Kate Gosselin, but I’m here to tell you she wrote a great cookbook, “Love Is in the Mix.” This cookbook is especially great for anyone cooking for a family with young kids.

I remember watching her show a long time ago, and I admired the fact that she cooks for 10 bodies at every meal; yet, she put so much thought into each meal. It would have been easy for her to throw a frozen, pre-packaged lasagna in the oven, but she wanted her family to eat the best. She was on the organic “bandwagon” before many homes embraced it. That good tasting, healthy food really shined in her cookbook. I admire anyone who cooks from scratch, or like a grandma, which is how Kate describes her cooking style in the book.  All of the recipes I have tried have tasted great and have not taken up a lot of time.

What I love most about her cookbook is that she uses so many sneaky ways to hide vegetables, which is something I desperately need in my house. My toddler is a veggie snob. I also really like that she shares tips on what side dishes taste the best with certain entries. Also, you can find all of the ingredients at your local grocery store. I always hate when I see a really yummy/easy recipe on the Cooking Channel and I have to fly to Italy to get a certain type of olive oil. Like seriously, who do they think we are!?! Here is a list of a few of our favorites from the book.

Firecracker Fourth of July Hamburgers (we used turkey meat)

Homemade gravy

Very sloppy “Joel’s”

Homemade turkey pot pie (I used chicken)

Herbie Chicken


Freezer Meals: Round 1

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Freezer meals are appealing to me, because in my house, dinner time is the most stressful time of the day. We are all hungry, I’m trying to keep Caleb entertained while simultaneously not burning the dinner and keeping him away from … Continue reading

Falling in love with Richmond…



I didn’t want to admit it, but RVA is growing on me after 3 years.

A few things I love:

Sitting in the window of The Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe on Cary St.


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Hearing cars go over bridges and pot holes and cobblestone streets.

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Benches, or “a-KUR!” as Jolie calls them.
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And just being with my cute family.

Maybe one day we’ll get to live in a city and not have to drive from Suburbia to be cool.




Hoop, there it is! + GIVEAWAY

Christmas is long gone, but what about the presents? This year we gave and received a few really awesome presents, though. Check out this awesome christmas present I got for my grandparents:

It’s their house in a hoop! Maria over at Home Sweet Hoop creates the most adorable Hoop houses on the block. All designs are hand stitched with embroidery floss and high quality wool felt.

What’s awesome is that Maria doesn’t just make hoop houses. Now she also makes hoop family portraits!

Guess who this is:


Here is a hint:
20131105-085611.jpgMy hoop self is way cooler than the real me. She added every little detail (like Viktor’s sunglasses and holey jeans), I love it.

To celebrate the family addition to Home Sweet Hoop, Maria is giving away a Custom Embroidery Hoop Family Portrait! ($60)

“What a unique way to capture the personality of your family! This would be a perfect gift for a holiday, birthday, baby shower, newlyweds, or just for yourself! (I can create a bride and groom, a pregnant mama, the family’s beloved pet goldfish, etc.)’

This listing is for an 8″ hoop portrait of 2 adults and a small child or pet.

To enter, check out Home Sweet Hoop on Etsy and click the facebook LIKE button at the bottom of the page (or at the top of the page on your mobile device).

Next, Leave a comment at the bottom of this post, or on the link to this post on our facebook page. I don’t care what you say, just leave some sort of comment and you will be entered to win! Be sure to follow Mama Knows What on facebook to keep up with the giveaway.

This giveaway is open to US residents from February8-14, 2014. Winner will be chosen at 10 AM on 2/14 and announced on our facebook page.

Plus, use the code MAMA2014 until the end of February for 25% your hoop purchase!