Being a Noncustodial Mother With Grace

Being a Noncustodial Mother With Grace

Don’t let the title of this blog fool you.  Being a noncustodial mother (ncm) is no walk in the park.  I’ve handled my fair share of issues poorly.  Still, there are many I am proud of handling correctly.  Those are the ones in the spotlight today.  Here I share some ways I was able to be a noncustodial mother with grace. Being a noncustodial mother isn’t glamorous. It can go from bad to worse to even worse in no time…

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Perfect Pizza Sauce From Scratch

Perfect Pizza Sauce From Scratch

This recipe is an ultimate household favorite I am finally sharing!  If you’re like us, you love pizza.  Who doesn’t anyway, right?  Here in the JBS kitchen we love to make our own from scratch on the regular.  This has been a tradition going on 8 years and we are ready to share our perfect pizza sauce from scratch. When we started researching recipes and methods for perfect homemade pizza, we started searching for the most authentic New York pizza…

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Easy R2-D2 Cupcakes

Easy R2-D2 Cupcakes

The force is strong with this one!  R2-D2, everyone’s favorite astromech droid since 1977.  When I was commissioned by the little man to make some Star Wars cupcakes for his birthday, this handy droid rolled right right up to the challenge.  Now I’m no cake-decorating-master, but I knew this cute little droid’s likeness would lend well to a cupcake.  So today I’m sharing how I did it, so you can make these Easy R2-D2 Cupcakes too! R2-D2 cupcakes start off…

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Star Wars Trail Mix

Star Wars Trail Mix

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… A celebration looms for an annual aging ritual on the planet earth.  As the governess of one particular dwelling prepares for the occasion, she is undecided on an easy snack to prepare.  The small lord of this sector awaits a tasty surprise fit for an imperial leader.  The governess must put herself up to the task as the fate of the celebration rests in a successful Star Wars themed trail…

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Alton Brown’s Rice Krispy Treats

Alton Brown’s Rice Krispy Treats

Quarantine 2020 has now lasted longer than anyone expected.  It’s hard to know what’s open, what’s closed, what’s allowed, and what even makes sense anymore.  Pandemic fatigue seems to have overtaken much common sense in the world.  It is still a little scary to venture out for us here at Just Be Slower.  But I digress and am here today with a good old review on some quarantine cooking, Alton Brown’s Rice Krispy Treats.  Let’s get to it! Cooking in…

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Quarantine As A Noncustodial Mother

Quarantine As A Noncustodial Mother

The 2020 pandemic and resulting quarantine cascaded its side effects through all our homes.  While many followed mandatory orders to shelter in place, it caused a colossal question to families with children who share their time between homes.  Even as quarantine is coming to an end, the parental tug of war is still going strong for many.  Seeing a variety of outcomes for families, I thought I’d recount my experience from quarantine as a noncustodial mother. Noncustodial Motherhood From previous…

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How To Make Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter

How To Make Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter

The Harry Potter series is near and dear to our hearts.  For many of us super fans, we long to receive our Hogwarts letter, learn magic, and feast in the Great Hall.  To live in a world of wonder making lifelong friends along the way.  From the moment Harry first enjoyed treats on the Hogwarts Express, even wizarding food has intrigued us.  Thanks to The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, now we can!  Today we used this awesome book to show…

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing

You know how some foods just taste better homemade?  A restaurant or store may have a great version, but if and when you have the time, homemade is even better.  When it came to ranch dressing for us though, the restaurant versions always seemed far better than anything at home.  Well, thanks to the 2020 quarantine, we finally had enough and aimed for perfecting homemade ranch dressing for ourselves once and for all. In this house we love ranch.  Ranch…

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What I’m Thankful For During Quarantine

What I’m Thankful For During Quarantine

Quarantine may be winding down for some, but for us we are still under #stayhome orders for a while. The ongoing nature of social isolation can be overbearing. Recently when we were anticipating a lift of these stay home orders, I wrote about what I was looking forward to after quarantine. However, I found myself wistfully thinking about what I’d miss at the same time. So today I’m here to document what I’m thankful for during quarantine. Just Be Slower…

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Disney’s Dole Whip

Disney’s Dole Whip

For as long as I know of, one of the top treats at Disneyland has been Disney’s Dole Whip. A refreshing, tropically-flavored frozen treat served right outside the Enchanted Tiki Room. Disney’s website had previously shared some of their insider recipes, but the big ticket snacks hit the blog during the 2020 pandemic quarantine and everyone went wild, ourselves included. Disney’s Dole Whip has enough of a reputation without me sitting here trying to build it up some more, so…

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