I feel like we are finally mostly settled into our new house. The boxes, with an exception of 3 stashed into the guest room closet, are unpacked. Art and photos are hung on the walls. I think I have finally stopped fiddling with the built in book shelves surrounding the living room fireplace (who ever would have thought that making a bookshelf look pretty but still containing the vast majority of you obsessive book collection would be so hard?!). I have figured out how to drive to most places, and where most items are in the utterly massive grocery store.
Next up: making friends! I always struggle with this, as I am not really the most outgoing person. I am perfectly fine to be quiet and don’t feel the “need to lead”. But I am also not ok not having friends. I know that social interaction is something I need, not only for friends but so we don’t go totally stir crazy staying at home all the time. And so, I force myself to be outgoing and attempt to make friends. I relied heavily on my MOPS mamas in Marietta, and found not only playdates and wonderful meetings to help me grow as a mom, but I found some amazing, wonderful friends. I have found two groups here that I am checking out and hope to be finding some beautiful new friendships soon! (uh..anyone in Des Moines wanna be my friend? Haha)
This might be one of my new favorite ways to use cornbread. Ever. It was so quick to throw it together in the morning, let it sit all day, and then have a delicious cornbread for dinner that night. It is nice and moist, without being too “cake like”. The sourdough flavor here is slightly more than subtle, but not overpowering. It still tastes like cornbread, but with a bit extra pizzaz.
Jenni lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her amazing husband, two girls, two dogs who think they are children, and a feisty cat. She is the creator of The Gingered Whisk, a recipe blog dedicated to finding easy, healthy-ish, and tasty weeknight meals that kids and adults alike will love. She is super passionate about helping every member of a family learn to love great food. When not cooking, eating, or thinking about food, she is often hiking around area parks, creating intricate legos castles with her girls, watching nerdy tv with her husband, or curled up in a corner somewhere reading a good book.