Finish This #13

It’s Week 13 of Finish This! If you’re new here, welcome. This link-up is hosted by LISA (COASTLINED), JEN (The Arizona Russums), BECKY (The Java Mama) and I.  If you’ve joined us before, thanks for returning and be sure you add your post to the link-up. If you don’t have a blog, don’t fret. Answer the prompts in a comment. Next week’s prompts are at the bottom of this post.


1. I don’t get enough
water, but I’m working hard, every single day, to remedy this. As a breastfeeding/pumping mama, my milk supply depends on my water intake. I keep a 20-oz water bottle with me at all times and refill it throughout the day. When I drink adequate amounts of water, my supply is great. However, when I don’t, my supply drops significantly. Last Saturday, when we went to Husband’s parent’s house for the day, I got distracted by the hustle-and-bustle of a long road trip and visiting with family that I didn’t drink enough water or pump as I normally do either. As a result, my supply plummeted. I was 12 ounces below normal for the day. Fortunately, I’ve built up quite the ‘stash’ in the freezer. A typical day yields 48 ounces, enough to fill six 6oz bottles and two 6oz bags to put in the freezer.


2. My favorite indulgence
is eating at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. The manager and chef always – ALWAYS – take great care in preparing my meal with great attention to my milk allergy. It’s also a treat to eat here when my mom and aunts are in town. In fact, when they were visiting last month, we ate at Pappadeaux’s FIVE times in two weeks. Does that classify as an addiction?!

3. I made a major change in my life when
I was pregnant. If you’ve been around these blog parts for a while, you’ve read my pregnancy posts about how we found out I was pregnant, how we announced to our families we were expecting, and Kamden’s birth story. It’s been quite the year, to say the least! Yesterday, April 1, I renewed my gym membership and began the #1800minutechallange, committing to 30 minutes of exercise every day for 60 days (during the months of April and May).

4. You should read
Room by Emma Donoghue. It’s the kind of book that you can’t put down but it stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it. I don’t want to give anything away, because it’s truly a book every person should read. To five-year-old Jack, Room is his entire world. In light of recent news stories, Room takes on the realities of the unseen lives some people lead and proves, once again, that you cannot judge a book by its cover! Go, right now, and READ THIS BOOK.

5. ____ is my secret ingredient in

Hellman’s mayonnaise is my secret ingredient in cornbread. I think my cornbread is the best. It’s a tiny bit sweet, a tiny bit spicy, crispy on the edges, and soft and chewy on the inside. It will melt in your mouth.

To make the best cornbread, an iron skillet is a must. If you don’t have an iron skillet, get one. I have my great-grandmother’s iron skillet and several from Le Creuset. If you need an iron skillet, go to Le Creuset and tell them I sent you. Thanks to Husband’s generosity, I’m a VIP customer.

He doesn’t want to hear this, but Le Creuset just came out with a new ‘matte’ collection and I’m in love. Don’t you think I need some new cookware?!


The answer is yes. Now, back to the cornbread recipe …

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and place your iron skillet inside while you prepare the batter. I start with a boxed mix (Jif) and add one egg, about a 1/4 cup of milk, two ‘heaping’ tablespoons of Hellman’s mayonnaise, a tablespoon (or two) of my parent’s homemade corn relish and pepper relish, a teaspoon of freshly chopped jalapeno, and a pinch of salt. Stir until just combined then LET IT REST. Don’t touch it, don’t stir it, just leave it alone! Preheat the oven at least 30 minutes to allow the iron skillet to get SCREAMING HOT. Carefully remove skillet and add a teaspoon of vegetable or canola oil to the bottom, then slowly pour the batter into skillet. It makes the most amazing sizzle sound!


Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Let it rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Now it’s your turn. Answer these prompts in a post on your own blog or, if you do not have a blog, simply add your responses in a comment. Join us next Wednesday for another round of Finish This where we’ll answer the prompts below!

Prompts for WEEK #14 (April 9) are:
On Saturday morning, I usually
I feel beautiful when
I wake up every morning
A happy home
When I have down time, I

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  1. Ruthie Hart (@ruthiehart1) April 2, 2014 at 7:55 am - Reply

    I’ve been wanting to read Room… but lets face it, I start something and cant finish it! And I HATE Mayo plain but it always makes a recipe DELISH!

    • Nicole April 2, 2014 at 8:03 am - Reply

      READ IT!!!!!!!!! It’s a book, pinky swear, you can’t put down.

  2. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin April 2, 2014 at 8:15 am - Reply

    will check out the book…and the cornbread sounds wonderful!

    • Nicole April 2, 2014 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Please do, and let me know what you think! My cornbread is amazing!!!!

  3. Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly April 2, 2014 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Oh man…I never get enough water, either. It is definitely hard AND important when breastfeeding! Been many moons since I breastfed, though. Ha ha! The cornbread sounds yummy!

  4. graceyb April 2, 2014 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Water is definitely my nemesis. I know I should drink more, but it is tough. I hope herbal tea counts!

    • Nicole April 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      I am definitely better at drinking water since pregnancy and breastfeeding, but I can always drink more!!!!

  5. Emily Humphries April 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Going to have to find that book now and I don’t like cornbread at all but your recipe sounds good!

    • Nicole April 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      I didn’t like cornbread as a kid, but I sure like it now!!!!!!!!!!

  6. penguinsangel April 2, 2014 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    I am really good about my water intake, but I suck at eating during the day. I really need to get better at that. Funny that you mention that book my MIL just mentioned it Saturday when she came to watch Roxy. So I just put it on my wish list lol

    • Nicole April 2, 2014 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Ohhhh I wish I had an eating problem. Oh wait, I do. It’s called I eat too much!! HAHAHAHAHA ‘Room’ is a fantastic read, you’ll have a hard time putting it down until you are done.

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