Saturday, March 8, 2008

Blog Party Woo Hoo

We are rolling out a new layout for the blog party! Please let us now what you think.

Hiya! I am Danielle aka. Thirty Minute Mommy. Welcome to the New Mommy Rant. I started this blog because I am a golf widow. I needed something to fill the time when my husband (Peter) was at the course. He suggested blogging and it took off from there. Now, I am a full blown addict. What will you find here? - Lots and lots of pictures, book reviews, recipes, product reviews, and hopefully a lot of laughs. I am the mom of a beautiful 5 ½ month old girl named Eliza. I am also a Kindergarten teacher. Put it all together and what do you get- one craaazy momma.

Here is my pic. Take a long hard look. Burn the image into your memory because it is probably the only time you will ever see me with my hair done. Also, Chewbacca called and wanted his eyebrows back so I finally had them waxed. I had to grow them out after the wax lady gave me the Lil Bow Wow look.


They just don't make wine glasses big enough for new mommies! Cheers! Let's get this party started!



I am Heather aka. Future Mom. I was a faithful reader of New Mommy Rant ever since Danielle started it. I have always been to into baby products, parenting books, and basically everything baby for as long as I can remember. The only issue so far seems to be that we aren't really ready for a baby at this point. Let me rephrase that statement...I have been ready for years but hubby left his job to go back to school and thinks that it's a bad time to add to the family.

So since he is in school full time and working part time, I am home alone and bored a lot. I guess I have a lot of knowledge about kids for someone who doesn't have Danielle thought I should get on the blog bandwagon and start my own. Honestly I don't know if that would have been very good because I can't get as much content as she can since she has an actual child. So I came on board here and I am loving it.

What you can look forward to from me: random stories about my pseudo-children (my niece and nephew), polls looking for reader input on various situations, and summaries of books I read and would like to pass on to you. Also I might decide to write my thoughts on TV shows about babies, articles about babies, products for babies...I think you get the gist of where this is going. Anything baby is right up my alley!

Aside from spending time blogging, I am a graphic designer for a living and also have a side business of designing invitations.

Here are two of our favorite recipes!

Chickpea Tacos

from Danielle
1 medium onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 celery stalk- chopped

1 medium green bell pepper- chopped

3/4 packet of Taco Seasoning Mix- Your Favorite

15-ounce can chickpeas, drained

Salsa- to taste- about 5 tablespoons

Burrito or Taco Shells

Heat oil in a pan. Toss in onion, celery, and green pepper and cook until softened. Add chickpeas, salsa, and taco seasoning mix. Cook until warmed. Use an old fashioned potato masher to mush it up a little. Fill em up and top with your favorite taco toppings, YUMM-O

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

from Heather

what you need: slow cooker, slow cooker liner bag (optional for less cleanup), skillet or large frying pan, tongs


boneless chuck roast (2-3 lbs)

vegetable oil

garlic powder

black pepper

1 onion (medium size)

3 bay leaves

4 beef boullion cubes (crushed)

2 garlic cloves (crushed)

1 can Campbell's Golden Mushroom condensed soup 10 3/4 oz (if you can't find this one regular cream of mushroom works too)

1 can whole white potatoes1

lb. bag carrots


Sprinkle meat on all sides with garlic powder and black pepper (to taste). Heat up a skillet and pour in some oil so that you can sear all of the sides until brown. Then take it out with tongs and place in the slow cooker. Slice the onions and place them in a layer on top of the meat. Peel the carrots and cut them into halves or thirds and put them on top of the onions. Drain the can of potatoes and put them in whole or cut in half. Next add the bay leaves, crushed boullion cubes and crushed garlic. Pour in the whole can of condensed soup and then add enough water so that everything is covered.

Cook on low setting for 8 hours.


Anonymous said...

I am so glad I found your blog via the UBP! I love that you are doing a team effort!

Like Future Mom I am also wanting kids, just waiting for Hubby to get settled so we can!

My psuedo kids are my dogs! I also love book reviews. My book club is always looking for new material to review. I also spent years in EC Education before I left to do Early Intervention work with kids with special needs.

I am sure I will love checking back. I would love to put you in my blogroll if that would be OK with you!

Ribbon Rock Star said...

Great party post!!
I am going to have to bookmark your blog and come back sometime.


Pam said...

Great party post! You both rock and you know I love your new look!

Lisa said...

Hi, nice to meet you both! I come via the Blog Party! I am eager to try the Chick Pea Tacos, YUM!! Also, where can I get me some of those wine glasses ;)

I am tagging you in the first ever Saturday Social Meme! Click here to join in and have fun!

Bahama Mama said...

Hi! Thanks for partying with us in the Bahamas! I was a long-time resident of New Jersey in the Princeton area. One post and your blog has already helped me address one of my vices! I have been trying very hard to stick to one glass of wine per night - you have shown me the way!

CC said...

Thanks for coming by my blog! I'm so happy to meet another teacher and another wife of a forever-student.... I love your blog look! did you do it yourself? If so, I'll need lots of pointers! :)

eastcoastlife said...

Hi Danielle and Heather!
Greetings from Singapore! Nice to meet you two. I came by the Blog Party.

Wow! What a huge glass of champagne!

Julie D said...

You girls host a great party---and with two of you, you cut the work in half. Nice plan!

Storm said...

Nice to meet you. Happy blogging!

We are THAT family said...

Welcome to the party! Great blog . . . Come visit mine when you have a chance and PARTY ON! said...

that IS big! boy that might come in handy! thanks for stopping by!

Monkey Kisses said...

Danielle, very nice to meet you :-) I also started blogging out of boredom!

Heather.. I was like you with the baby knowledge before I had any.. Trust me it comes in mighty handy when you actually have kids having all that knowledge (and the knowledge you dont have you'll learn) I'm everyone's go to person with questions.

As for the book on my blog sidebar. I do not know what it is. I actually have never even heard of it. Sorry I could not be of more help!

man my bloglines is gonna be full!

Plucky Moms said...

Welcome to the party! You have a great blog here

Be sure to stop by Plucky Moms.. leave a comment, join our Mom Forum, and more!

Danielle said...

Awesome blog! great recipes!
party on!
dansan826 at

Sara said...

Love the new look!

Party on over at my blog and sign up for my giveaways :)

natalie said...

welcome to the party!!
haha, i had to laugh- Future Mom, i'm with you- been ready for years and i'm STILL working on my hubby! :)

Tracey said...

Nice to meet you! Lovely layout, btw.

The Flying Monkeys said...

Nice party, turn the music up! Its loud over at my blog! Come on by, in or out of costume at my blog party! Grab some food, have a drink, read, and enjoy!

Love your blog!


malleycc said...

WOW your recipes look great. I like your layout. Looks like you know how to have a party (could you get a bigger glass?). Cool.

Have a great party!!!!

Mommy Brain said...

Great party post! I love your blog. Thanks for stopping by my party. Happy Blog Partying!

Anonymous said...

I'm inviting you to party with me!

Win some chocolate from my-sister-in-law and I...we blog about from Australia...and her from Michigan. Here's the link:

What am I doing in Australia? I married an Aussie...and moved to Brisbane, leaving my family and friends and all the right-side-of-the-road drivers in America.

Win a handmade pocket place mat from my blog Comfort Joy Designs. Here's the link:

Want to know more about life in Australia? Visit my A Cup of Joy site where I keep up with my family and friends in America. Here's the link:

Happy Partying!

danetteb said...

Hi Danielle and Heather,

I love your template, the banner is so cute. Thanks for the yummy recipes.Its nice to meet the two of you. Happy Blog Partying!

Hugs, Danette

BusyMama Kellie said...

Aloha from Hawaii! Sounds like we all have a lot in common - I blog with a partner too. Glad I stumbled on your site and I look forward to visiting with you again soon!

Mrs Mac said...

What a wonderful filling party post, can't wait to try the recipes!

Alexis Jacobs said...

Cute party. Love the design. Good job!! I'll be back to check out more.

Make sure you come visit my party. I promise you will have fun.

Lisa said...

What a great blog you have! It's nice to meet you and I hope you are having fun at all these blogs!
Thanks for the recipes - love the chickpea taco one, yumm!
Happy UBP!
Hugs, Lisa ~ TheScrapPrincess

Kat Olivares said...

Hello, New Mommies (at least soon to be new mommy for Heather)! Party's over but I'm looking in at all hosts picking up the mess.

Just wanted to say hi! Hope we can be friends - Kat of Raising Boys Blog