@George Templeton Strong Exactly. It's pretty tough to find exotic ingredients on a ranch in Bumfuck, Oklahoma. I like how she writes and how everything turns out. I made a Thanksgiving with just her recipes a couple years ago and it was a big success. My husband's friend said the stuffing (dressing, whatever) was better than his mom's.
I love Pioneer Woman's recipes. She's into the butter, full fat, meaty stuff, but has some really good healthier options. Every single thing of hers I have ever made has been awesome. She has a few cookbooks, but most of the recipes are online, too.
@sunflowers Me, too. Most of my Mormon girlfriends try SO. DAMN. HARD. to be that Molly Mormon type.
I honestly thought for a minute that Jane Marie had her baby. DAMN YOU, DECEPTIVE HEADLINES!!
@Jane Marie Congratulations!
Look, babies are tough. I have a 3 1/2 week old and getting up in the middle of the night to feed and change him and calm him back down to sleep is not how I'd prefer to spend my nights, but he really is pretty great. I was kind of on the fence about having babies when I got pregnant, but the cuddly little bug snuggled on my chest right now is totally worth it. I'll admit that sometimes it's hard to figure out what he wants because he's not exactly great at communicating yet; we're only starting to be able to decipher what his cries mean, but you learn and adapt and if all else fails, pop a binky in that mouth or put them in their crib and go collect yourself. However, babies aren't for everyone and its important to make sure you know what you want before you commit to one.
Also, this, exactly:
"I can’t fathom how teenagers who barely know each other get through this, nor couples who figure that a baby will somehow solve all their problems (this seems like trying to cure your diabetes via hamburgers)."
I'm due with a boy in early January. I'm going to go ahead and ensure his greatness by giving him this entire list of names.
I want that hidden room wall in my house RIGHT NOW! I have exactly the perfect place for it.
@fabel I agree with @mabellegueule. What is wrong with your boyfriend?
Cannot explain why I have such an item to my boss/colleagues/grandmother/etc.
"Because I like it." Problem solved.