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Happy Holidays!

4 | December 21, 2012

From my kitchen to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas and happy holidays! Thank you for reading InSockMonkeySlippers and thank you for always keeping me entertained. Cheers!

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Hello. I’m alive. This is either a relief or a huge disappointment to some of you. As most of you pointed out to me through e-mail, twitter, and facebook I have been AWOL form the blog since December and for that I apologize. “What happened?” “Where are you?” “Are you ok?” “Damn it lady I need more food.” “Have you been abducted by Aliens?” “No seriously, where are you?” “It was aliens, wasn’t it?” “I’m a dude I can’t follow recipes, I need more step by step photos. Where did you go.” <- one of my favorites All words from

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Ever wanted to know a little bit more about me? What? I’ll pretend you didn’t just say that and instead said, “Why of course Meredith. I woke up this morning with that exact same question in my head.” Good, because just published a little interview of this lady in her sock monkey slippers. You can find it as apart of their Kitchen Careers feature. To tell you the truth I can’t stop smiling thinking of that little girl who always had her head in the clouds and who’s favorite TV shows were The French Gormet, Yan Can Cook, The Frugal


I don’t know about you, but fall is absolutely my favorite time of year. It finally starts cooling down here in Texas (except for this year), Hatch Chiles are in season, football is everywhere and hunting season begins. Now, I haven’t been a big hunter in the past. I grew up fishing and love to bass fish at our family ranch but with water scarce and my love of cooking and eating wild game (view most favored wild game recipe on ISMS) I figured it was time for me to join the boys and start hunting. With hunting license in


While Mia and Jack are napping, the groceries are in bags on the floor, it’s 110°F outside (no, that’s not an exaggeration), and the article who’s deadline is 8pm tonight is still in my head, I am procrastinating by bringing you this little photo montage. Enjoy.


Every year 20 million babies are born too soon. My daughter, Mia, was one of them. Today, November 17, is National Premature Awareness Day and in support we’ve teamed up with March Of Dimes to tell Mia’s story and highten the awareness of this growing problem. Since 1981 prematurity has risen 30% and today we spread the word to fight for the babies who shouldn’t have to. In the early hours of October 29, 2008, Mia Beritt Steele broke into the world fighting with a silent cry. There was no reason why six weeks before that day a blood vessel


mia beritt steele · october 29, 2008 · 1 pound 13 ounces Tim and I always wanted children. After loosing our first pregnancy we had a feeling that this might be a tough road for us. We were elated when we discovered right after a backpacking trip full of dehydration, lots of black bears (a story for another day) and morning sickness that I was pregnant. As any woman who has miscarried before I was nervous that I would loose this pregnancy as well. When the 12th week of gestation came and went we were relieved that now the baby


Once again I have been waylaid by the kitchen remodel. We are getting close! The counter tops are in and oh so pretty and the sink and faucet were finally installed last week. Yesterday, the day I had been waiting for since me moved in three years ago, the particle board walls were torn down and gorgeous pine wainscoting was installed. Thankfully, everything went somewhat smoothly and was finished all in one day. Mia and I almost died of boredom yesterday because we had to stay here and make sure the contractors didn’t need any questions answered. Which of course,

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smaller than a dollar bill

11 | August 21, 2010

What’s smaller than a dollar bill? A lot of things but in a million years I would have never guessed that a diaper would be on that list. You can imagine my surprise when I first changed my daughter’s diaper. Not only was it a tiny diaper but we had to roll it down just to fit! Those were the days of the NICU. The days of constantly beeping monitors, frightening alarms, and a truckload of hope. I am sharing this with you today because we were recently asked to help the children’s hospital that saved Mia’s life. The new

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Oh yes, my first taste of the crazies. I am not a controversial woman and nor do I strive to be. That is why I was a bit stunned to see this in my inbox the other day after I simply stated on Twitter that instead of “bashing” Michelle Duggar for choosing to use formula with her preemie we should support her or just leave her be. Now, I only know a little about the Duggars. The show just doesn’t interest me and I certainly can’t watch the current episodes about their experience in the NICU. I tried, and it

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girl meets boy

7 | July 30, 2010

Years ago in a bar in Denton, Texas just south of the line where the red dirt turns black a young wide-eyed blond hair girl meets a wild, one of a kind, guitar playing boy. Boy flirts with girl and girl turns him down because of her bartender boyfriend. Boy returns monthly to play a show at the bar and of course girl is always there. Half a year later and single, girl finally gives into boy when she can no longer resist the boy’s charm and songs. Boy takes girl on their first date and boy asks girl to


If I wouldn’t have known her as the sweet loving angel that she is, I would think my daughter is an evil genius. She is only 19 months old and when you take her prematurity into account she is more like a 15 month old in development (quickly catching up mind you). But there are times that I think she has tricks up her sleeve. I’m convinced she pulls out The Art of War from underneath her teddy bear at night and studies strategy while we are all sleeping. Case in point, the other day right before bath time she was