If you can believe it (I can’t!) this blog started almost one year ago on February 20, 2014! I started The Pink Lady Chronicles as a way to share my DIY ideas, recipes and musings as a working mom. I also started it to really challenge myself. I knew nothing about the technical aspect of blogging and wanted to step out of my comfort zone to learn something new.
This journey has been far more rewarding than I ever anticipated. I started as a completely clueless blogger and now I’ve become a slightly less clueless blogger because of all I’ve learnt this year. I’ve got to thank all my readers for giving me so much support and positive feedback, and all my new blogging friends for your amazing encouragement! I can honestly say that you’ve all made my 2014 (and early 2015)!
When girls receive more education, their children are healthier.
When women have more ownership of property, domestic violence often drops.
When women hold elective office, government corruption is lower.
When women support each other, there is practically nothing they cannot do!
I’m excited to announce that The Pink Lady Chronicles is participating in the groundbreaking #womenslives initiative! Did you know that only 24% of news stories are about women? When I saw that statistic, I didn’t think much about it at first. I just pushed it out of my mind and forgot about it. But then for some reason, I couldn’t get it out of my mind yesterday. There had to be valid logical reasons why this percentage was so low. Right? However, if there were logical reasons, I couldn’t find them. There had to be a way to change this.
When I was invited by SheKnows Media, BlogHer and Public Radio International to participate in this “groundbreaking journalism project” I knew I had to part of this campaign; however, I wasn’t sure why they would ask me to participate and I certainly wasn’t sure what I would be able to contribute to this initiative. I am just Sarah, a working mom and wife who has this fun hobby of blogging about normal life…cooking, canning, crafting, DIY projects and raising our daughters. I am not a poster child for a campaign about women’s lives…I am just an ordinary woman. Or am I? My young daughter’s don’t think I am ordinary and shouldn’t I be teaching them about courage, self-esteem, passion and motivation? I want my girls to become strong compassionate women, not someone who thinks she is ordinary and doesn’t have anything to offer to the world.
So here I am now, an official partner with the #WomensLives campaign. The Pink Lady Chronicles is my voice! Throughout the rest of 2015, I will share articles about extraordinary and ordinary women. Some will be written by me and many will be written by other #WomensLives partners. I hope to highlight women in my community and in my circle of family, friends and colleagues.
I am still not exactly sure where this journey will take me, but I’m excited to be a part of it. I know this opportunity will open my eyes to issues that I haven’t noticed. This newfound knowledge will help me become a better person, wife, friend, coworker and most importantly a role model for my daughters. I’m really excited to have you on this journey with me! Keep coming back to check out the #WomensLives posts and keep up with the hashtag on Facebook.
I’ve always been a big fan of chili. Chili is one heck of a flavor mishmash. Combining meat, veggies, beans, and spices makes an aromatic and delicious explosion of perfection. Chili is full of flavor, simple to make, cooked in one big pot, great for a crowd and is very filling. I could go on and on. Because of my love affair with chili, it is served year round in our house.
This weekend I went on a major freezer meal cooking spree. We were almost out of our freezer meals and I knew I needed to make time to prepare some more in order to avoid the dreaded drive-thru line. Work is crazy busy right now and I wanted to ensure that I was more prepared for mealtime. As many of you know, by the time you get home from work, school and sports activities, meetings, etc., the last thing you want to do is cook a big meal for your family. So freezer meals are the perfect solution for our family and maybe for your family, as well. This time around I made:
Recently, my incredible hubby finished remodeling our basement. He completely gutted everything…even the studs and then slowly remodeled it. It looks amazing and I am so proud of him for the beautiful work that he did. Now that his job is finished, I’ve been having fun decorating and putting my personal touches in the space.
The last couple of months I have been pretty lazy about meal prep. I don’t know why, because it actually saves me time and money, but I had gotten out of my weekly meal prep habit. So, since is the start of a new year, it is time to get back on track. Tonight, my daughter’s helped me with this. It only takes about 30 minutes if you are doing it alone, but build in more time if you are doing this with kids.
A few months ago, I asked if any of you had pillowcases you could send me and wow did you deliver! You are amazing! Really, truly incredible!
Why did I need pillowcases? Well, my oldest daughter’s preschool adopted the Blanquette School in Haiti this year. Blanquette is a little mountain community of 1,000 people about a two hour drive from Port Au Prince. A few months ago the preschool asked parents and students to donate school supplies and pillowcases for this school. The schoolgirls are in need of simple dresses to wear to school, so pillow case dresses were the perfect solution.
With all of your donations, I was able to make thirty dresses for these girls! That means that thirty girls will have a brand new dress because of your generosity. I am in awe of your thoughtfulness and wiliness to help me with this project. Thank you so much!
I’ve been waiting to make Christmas Jam since I first heard about it last January. It is a jam that really can be made year round. However, it just tastes like Christmas to me! This jam combines cranberries, oranges, and strawberries with a hint of spice…cloves and cinnamon. Christmas Jam is delicious on toast, of course, but it is also wonderful served over a wheel of brie and enjoyed with crackers. Hope you like this recipe!