My Mom

It's not everyday I get all gushy and introduce you to someone who means the world to me, my Mom. 

Moms are a pretty big deal. When you were little they picked the lice out of your hair, cleaned your toothpaste out of the bathroom sink and made you breakfast, lunch, after school snacks and dinner! They encouraged you to do your best and were always there if you needed an ear or just a hug. Moms are marvelous super power incredible beings! 

Disclaimer: I am a spoiled lucky girl. My Super Power Mom lives 5 minutes from me. 

This Mother's Day I wanted to find a way to show my mom how much I love her and how thankful I am of our friendship. I couldn't find a better way then to show up with some simply irresistible oh-so-dang-yummy Shari's Berries and enjoy them with her over some laughs.

While all the boys were at school, I snuck over to my sweet Mom's House, and surprised her with a yummy treat and visit. 

At first my Mom didn't want to share. I couldn't blame her... just look at those babies!

Then I convinced her to "bring them over here, let's catch up on life over on the couch mom... and hey, bring that plate of berries with ya" - Sold. Hook, line, sinker (she likes to chat) We then got our laughs and berry grubbing on. Oh was it ON! These strawberries you guys are so so good. Sweet with the perfect combo of chocolate coated.. I felt all fancy eating them! They made for the prefect treat to share with my Mom!

After we grubbed and figured out who was taking Derek to his soccer game tomorrow as Bryan and I are both busy with the other 2 kids of ours... again- spoiled girl, right? I just sat there for a minute thinking how lucky and blessed I was to share this moment with my Mom. My Mom is a wonderful example and someone I strive to be daily. 

 Happy Mother's Day Mom, I love you!

I want to thank Shari's Berries for sending us these amazing strawberries that I was able to share with my Mom. Of course all opinions are my own, but I'm telling you, these babies will make that special person in your life smile from ear to ear. Wishing you all a very Happy Mother's Day!


Let's Play Ketchup, I mean Catch up

My name is still Jen Marrs. Still married to my love.
Still have only 3 boys. No I am not going for the girl.
After 8 years we have a updated family photo in the house!
Still have not found time to blog. Oh snap, I am writing a post now. Scratch that.
I love my job! Working at Pollinate Media and with amazing bloggers make me smile!
My DIY counters in my kitchen are finally giving up on life. I will be hiring someone.
My happy spot is still spitting seeds on the sideline of my middle man's baseball games.
I purchased my first bottle of root consealer to cover the greys. Thanks Mom. 
It snowed in Southern California the day before New Years. That will never happen again.
I had a crazy throw the crap out session and pitched all my Yearbooks. It will be ok, I have Facebook.
I sent my husband out for Carne Asada. He came home with a new dog and Carne. #minniemarrs
Dinner conversations hot topics are still poop and farts. That will never change.
Making some big decor changes in the master bedroom dept. Bring on the Romance! (p.s. I went with #1 chair)
I found that Mitchum Dry Powder (not clear/invisible) Rocks My Arm Pit Socks. It works guys!!
Freak out moment- oldest child driving. I can't be this old.
I turned 36 last month. oh Shoot that was 2 months ago, wait, am I 36 or 35?



Quick Cinnamon Swirl Bread

If you are new here, Welcome! If you are a regular, I promise this blog has not been hijacked. It's really me you guys! It's been awhile, I know I know (hangs the head in a little shame) Life has been a bit crazy, good crazy..but crazy! Enough about all that I know why you are here- you saw, or had a little glimpse of some ooey-gooey oh so get in my belly Cinnamon Swirl Bread. AND you want the recipe - duh!

Move it or lose it sista, let's get on with it! 

Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe

Alright you guys, on the count of three I want a big Mmmmmmmm. 1, 2, 3


The "How-To" make this grub:

Quick Cinnamon Swirl Bread       
Printable Version
2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk (I made my own using 4 1/2 t. white vinegar mixed w/ 1 cup milk. Let stand for 10 minutes)
1 egg
1/4 cup canola oil
3 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 c. confectioners' sugar
1- 1/2 to 2 tsp. milk

Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, 1 c. sugar, baking soda and salt. Add in buttermilk, egg and oil. In a small bowl combine cinnamon and remaining sugar.

Grease the bottom of a 9x5in. loaf pan. Pour half of the batter into pan and sprinkle half of the cinnamon-sugar. Pour the remaining batter and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar. Cut batter with a knife to swirl.

Bake 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Gently remove from pan to wire rack to cool completely. Combine confectioner' sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over loaf.

Recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Bread

What I learned?
Double this recipe!
It was G.O.N.E., A.T.E, D.E.M.O.L.I.S.H.E.D
in 5 minutes folks.

Quick Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Even the cute little "butts" of the Cinnamon Swirl Bread got some grubbin' on. I honestly don't know what's cuter, the little chipmunk nibbling or his freckles?. 

Looking for more quick n' easy crowd pleasing? Check out these Quick Blueberry Muffins made with Ice Cream!


STOK Grill, A Camping Essential!

We are big on camping over here in the Marrs house. This past summer we took a week long trip up to Lake Cachuma! We had an absolute blast playing games, fishing and eating all that fantastic "camping food". This time we brought along a new fun Camping Essential.... A STOK Grill

This portable gas Gridiron STOK grill is the best camping companion! It is also great for tailgating, picnics and so much more! Our food was perfected on this grill and I honestly could not have been more pleased with the quality and performance this baby delivered! So enough with me and all my talking, because I could go on for days about this STOK grill. I will let the photos take you away to Steak and Bacon STOK Pleasure Town!

One quick pull up from the handle, slip the latch in place. Done!
Easy propane hook-up (we also use the little propane tanks for tailgating use)

We cooked the Steaks on low, we also cut up red potatoes and wrapped them in foil with sliced butter. Dinner was delicious!

Our friends had to come check the bad boy out, and they were very impressed!

Good Morning! Did someone say Bacon? How about straight from the grill? 
No mess and cooked to perfection!

Release the latch
Lower it down
Roll out

The week flew by. 
Many memories were made, fish caught and loads of laughs were shared this Summer 2014 at Lake Cachuma. Until next time...