April 8, 2011

My grandma had brass balls

Come on mamas, join the carnival and celebrate Mother’s Day:

When I decided to write about mother’s day I originally thought I would wax poetic about my baby’s smell fresh from a bath, or the gentle feel of my children’s soft breath against my cheek. After all, my life is rich with these wonderfully poignant moments. How do I choose just one, or two or three, when they are all vivid reminders of how blessed I am to be a mother. However, this mother’s day I can’t help but feel this overwhelming need to pay tribute to the women who have gone on before me, and in particular one woman – my grandmother.

Her name was Mary Elizabeth but everyone called her Selina. She lived to be 97 years old, spunky and cracking jokes in her hospital bed during her last month with us. She gave birth to 14 children at home without epidurals. Sadly, she knew intense grief as she had to lay nine of her children to rest. Before the word feminism came into popular usage my grandmother was challenging shady politicians and advocating for social reforms. According to her friends, my grandma had ‘brass balls’. She was a strong, complex woman who laughed hard and loved even harder. To her, strength was synonymous with being a woman and being a mother. It’s not surprising that she passed on these traits to her children and grandchildren. She was a major influence in my life and I still get teary eyed or chuckle out loud when I remember something that she said or did. We all have women like that in our lives and it’s important that we don’t forget them.

So let’s raise a toast to all the female trailblazers who came before us and fought in their many varied ways so that their daughters and granddaughters wouldn’t have to. Let’s acknowledge their sacrifices and challenges. Let’s choose to pick up their torches and stalwartly carry them so that our daughters and granddaughters will inherit an epic legacy.

April 7, 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Click to play this Smilebox collageThe Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom takes a cheeky and sometimes sentimental look at motherhood.  I have two little tykes who I absolutely adore and my husband is my BFF.  I started this blog because I wanted to connect with other stay at home moms and feel like a part of a wider community.  Come on in and take a ride on the ‘Epic’ side!
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April 5, 2011

Fun Kids Video

It’s hard finding videos that my two year old daughter and nine month old son both enjoy.  However, this video definitely fit the bill.  This morning I was thrilled hearing my daughter chorus of “More please mommy!” and my little guys squeals of delight.  It’s funny how sometimes it’s the smallest thing that makes you happy!


March 29, 2011

Baking with my baby girl

These are our Carrot Muffins with Cream Cheese Icing topped with Lime Zest.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. 

1/2 cup diced walnuts
1 cup currants
1 cup craisins
2 cups warm water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon all spice
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 cups shredded carrots
Cream cheese icing
Lime zest

Combine currants and water in a small bowl. Let soak for 15 minutes. Drain currants, discard water and set currants aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Line muffin cups with paper muffin liners.
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, eggs, oil and brown sugar; beat well.
Stir in carrots and drained currants, craisins and walnuts.
Spoon into prepared muffin cups.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes before topping with cream cheese frosting and lime zest.

Bon Appetit

March 28, 2011

20,000 Leagues under the laundry

Does it ever feel like the more laundry you do the more laundry you see sitting there still waiting to be washed? As you can probably tell, I am not a huge fan of doing laundry. If it wasn’t for the fact that my family enjoys wearing clothes, I would just give up and toss the whole lot of it in the fireplace. See, this is a bit of a love/hate relationship. I absolutely love clean clothes but ‘Dirty Clothes’ is my evil arch nemesis. Just when you think you’ve done your laundry and vanquished dirty clothes to oblivion, you spot it, projectile spit up (dirty clothes’ side kick) hurtling its way towards you. You weave yourself out of the way in slow motion like you are in a scene in ‘The Matrix’. Yet, in horror you watch as it splatters onto your freshly laundered clothes. Grumpily you pull it off, walk over to the hamper, open the top and it’s filled again to overflowing…how is this possible? Could it be that your own family are in cahoots with your evil arch nemesis “Dirty Laundry”? And right before your very eyes the laundry continues to multiply 20,000 leagues into the air; then explodes all around you. You start kung fu fighting tank tops, skinny jeans, superman underwear; days’ of the week socks. Your theme song is playing in the background, and it gives you that last bit of energy you need. At that moment, your Epic Team joins you and you realize that you’ve got ‘Dirty Laundry’ and all of his minions cornered. You throw your super-sonic, laundry-soap filled nunchucks at them and they retreat without looking. Where? Into the washing machine where you immediately slam the door, put in the soap and start the cycle. Once again combating evil ‘Dirty Laundry’ and ousting him and his many minions from your kingdom.