Insta-Moment: why does the blurry photo have to be my favorite?

That moment when you try really hard to get a photo of your daughter playing with her dogs and the photo that has the best angle and position turns out blurry, but the picture with your daughter looking blankly  ahead while one dog bites the other turns out crystal clear. .... and yes that is my pile of laundry in the background. #blog #agirlandherdog #2yearsold #30months #candidphoto #momlife #toddlerlife | February 24, 2017 at 08:10AM

That moment when you try really hard to get a photo of your daughter playing with her dogs and the photo that has the best angle and position turns out blurry, but the picture with your daughter looking blankly ahead while one dog bites the other turns out crystal clear. …. and yes that is my pile of laundry in the background. #blog #agirlandherdog #2yearsold #30months #candidphoto #momlife #toddlerlife

Creamy Ground Turkey Casserole

In my effort to purchase minimal groceries this month (and try to use up what we already have), tonight’s dinner was an experiment.  However, it turned out to be a very  tasty experiment.



1 lb of ground turkey

3 Cups minute rice (We use Minute Brown Rice)

1 1/2 Cup Chicken broth

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp chopped garlic

1 Yellow Bell pepper, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Cup sour cream

1 pkg Cream Cheese

1 Can diced tomatoes in juice

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded cheese

1/2 8oz can of tomato paste



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Saute onion, bell pepper and garlic in the olive oil for a couple of minutes and then add the ground meat and Italian seasoning. Keep cooking until meat is browned.
  3. Add sugar, salt, , garlic powder, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste and keep cooking for a few more minutes (you want the flavors to blend together).
  4. Then add the cream cheese and sour cream and cook until melted into the sauce.
  5. Put the dry rice into a 9×13 casserole dish and pour the chicken broth over the top.
  6. Pour meat/sauce mixture on top of rice.  The sauce does not have to completely cover the rice.
  7. Top with the shredded cheese of your choice.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  9. If there is too much liquid in the casserole then remove the foil and cook another 10 to 15 minutes.



Genevieve’s Bookshelf

Of course as a Librarian, everyone expects my daughter to love books.  Thankfully, she really does love them.  In fact, if she is upset or hurt, you can offer to read her a book and she immediately quits crying!

I recently discovered a movement that promotes the gifting books instead of toys.  This movement inspired the creation of a reverse registry and book recommendation website designed for children. This website is called Red Antler Books.  I will be reviewing this website soon, but while you anxiously await my review, I wanted to share the current list of titles on Genevieve’s bookshelf.

So without further ado:


*the basket holds her clothes books. She also has a small basket next to the chair in her room for her current favorite books to read at bedtime.

Snack Mix Using Mike’s Seasoning

Dry Mix

 3 cups rice chex

3 cups corn chex

3 cups cherios

1 cup party peanuts

2 cups pretzel sticks (we use Gluteno’s)

2 cups cheese crackers (we use Van’s)


3 tablespoons worchestershire sauce

1 stick butter + 2TBSP, melted

1 tablespoon onion powder

3 tablespoons Mike’s seasoning

Optional: 1/2 teaspoon white pepper


Mix dry seasonings into the melted butter.

Mix dry ingredients together and then drizzle 1/2 the seasoning mix over it. Stir well. Add the remaining seasoning slowly while continuing to stir. 

Once evenly coated put in a sheet pan or large tossable aluminum pan. Spread out as thinly and evenly as possible.

Bake at 250 for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes.

Cool well before storing.

Holiday Sale at Genevieve’s Smile

Ok guys, here it is!  Our Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday deal!  This deal is good from 11/182016 until December 3, 2016.  

Free shipping on all orders using this code blackfriday16.  

In addition to free shipping, all purchases will automatically receive a free gift and all purchases over $40 will receive 2 free gifts.

First time purchases also receive a free gift!

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Family Photos for Christmas

This year (and the two years previous) I have purchased a Groupon for a portrait package with JC Penney Portrait Studios.  The purpose of the purchase was to have Christmas photos taken for our family Christmas card.

This year was by far the best experience we have had with the studio.  Each time we have used the same studio, and both this year and last year we had the same photographer.  I think a large part of the better experience this year was because Genevieve was older and better able to follow instructions.  She was also easier to bribe.

The most frustrating part of the experience is the time it takes to go through the ordering process after the pictures are taken.  The photographers are required to create specialty photos and packages for every option, prior to you being able to checkout.  This is a very time consuming process and quite annoying.  This is especially true since they try to rush through the process (because they know you want it to be done) and throw together things that dont even look good.

Our Groupon this year cost $13 and included 3 digital images (with rights), 1 free photo sheet, and 40% off any additional purchases.

Overall I have been very impressed with my Groupon photo packages and their values.  However, I must say, that next year I will be much more particular about paying attentions to sales and what I order.

I wanted to purchase Christmas cards, but there is currently a sale going  on that was cheaper than my Groupon 40% discount.  I asked about getting that price instead and was told that  I could not combine coupons.  I asked how long until my online album was created (they now load all your photos into an online album for future orders) and was told that it would be 48 hours until it would be available. I asked about ordering a ceramic ornament and was told those had to be ordered online. I went ahead and placed my order (and spent more than I intended … as always).

My frustration grew some when I got home and found out that my digital prints were ready to download and my full online album was ready to view.  I also discovered that I could already order from my online album and the prices were significantly less than I had paid when I was in the studio earlier.

Lesson learned.  Next year I will only take what is offered in my Groupon package and then go online and order from my album.  We always have these pictures taken at about the same time of year – so there is always a sale going on.

I will say that the staff were nice and the pictures ( for the most part) were really good.

Note: Michael refused to have a solo picture taken of himself.

Genevieve’s Smile: Support my small business



Hello friends!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have been hard at work updating my Etsy shop and posting lots of new items for you to browse and enjoy!  I want to encourage everyone to stop by, look around, and (hopefully) decide to buy something.  Is my shop not really your style?  Well, consider sharing our shop link with a friend!  If you choose to shop a small business, you are helping a family.  I do my best to offer the lowest prices I can and I work hard to make each item special and unique.  Don’t see something you like?  Request a custom order and I will make something special just for you!

What is Genevieve’s Smile?

Genevieve’s Smile is a small business I started in honor of my daughter. I take pride in designing and creating hair bows, barrettes, bow holders, and jewelry!  Right now I am even sending out a free gift with your first purchase!

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Instagram: #Genevievessmile (we don’t have a dedicated account for Genevieve’s Smile yet, but feel free to share your pictures using our hashtag)