Jessica Lukenbill

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Hi there! I’m Jessica, stay at home mom and proud foodie who keeps crazy busy with cooking and canning, gardening, decorating, craft projects, and more. "Choose happy" and "kill them with kindness" are my life's mottos, and I repeat them to my children often. My husband of 17 years is Jason, and we have Gwenna, 9, and Larson, 5, as well as a young silver lab named Indy. We have lived in New Hudson just over a year, where we love learning about the flora and fauna on our property. Mid Michigan is home for me, but after my husband graduated college, we spent 16 years moving around his home state of Indiana. Just prior to moving back to Michigan, we lived in Southern California for three years, exploring and extreme-adventuring with our kids to every beautiful outdoor location we could find. We are the family that spends more weekends away than at home, and our kids are master-level road-trippers. Putting down roots in the Detroit area is our plan. I am so excited to connect with this huge tribe of Detroit Moms!

French Fry Board: 6 Easy Dips to Go With Your Newest Obsession

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On Wednesday, I saw an article with an incredibly beautiful photo telling me that fries boards are the new cheese boards. Read it, loved it, shared it. As much as I love my cheese...

Here’s What I’m Serving up for Cinco de Mayo This Year

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Cinco de Mayo is much more of an American day of revelry than it is in Mexico. One year, long before we had children, my husband and I traveled to Mexico specifically for the holiday, thinking...

Creative Ways to Maintain Virtual Connections with Grandparents

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For years, my husband and I have had this running joke about homeschooling...he says something cute like, "maybe it's time to homeschool," and I laugh hysterically and then we both just laugh and laugh....

A Dose of Detroit: Local Subscription and Mail-Order Boxes

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Other than one grocery pickup, my car hasn't moved in over three weeks. Our family definitely recognizes that we are lucky to be able to stay home and work from home, and we are...

10 Ways to Become BFFs With Your Tween While School’s Out

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Everybody says, “you’re their parent, not their friend.” Of course this is true most of the time– but if my tweenie-bopper and I are going to be stuck at home together for three to four weeks,...

3 Kitchen Hobbies to Pass the Time

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There comes a point at the end of a Michigan winter when most of us are either bored, stir-crazy, or just plain depressed. Instead, try approaching it with a fresh attitude and show the...

Simple Super Bowl Party Snacks for the Kids to Make

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Fess up: is your Super Bowl party about the game, the commercials, or the food? It probably depends on who you ask, but we are all about the food in our house. You just...

Foodie Gift Ideas for Kids Teeny to Teen and Beyond

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Raising a little foodie or loving an adult foodie may find you reaching outside the toy and sock options as you holiday shop this year. As someone who loves to cook, and one who...

How to Build a Charcuterie Board the Entire Family Will Love

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Charcuterie is on the menu of just about any hip restaurant or winery. It’s trendy yet timeless. Who doesn’t love to graze from a tray of delicious meat treats? With the holidays upon us,...

Keeping the Joy in the Kitchen While Raising a Picky Eater

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Raising a picky eater can lead to frustration and grumpiness for kids and moms alike during the dinner hour. Keeping the joy in the kitchen can seem impossible, especially when you’re acting as short-order...