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About hobbymamma

I'm a mother of the marvelous Olivia (age 7), the adorable Cooper (almost 3) and Wyatt (6 months). As a busy SAHM (& wife to Tyson aka 'Sarge'), I find myself with irons in many fires. Some of my time is also devoted to voluntary services for various non-profit organizations. The idea for this blog came from something I find myself thinking or saying rather often lately: I have so many interests & hobbies that I don't consider myself 'expert' at any of them. It can be frusterating on occasion, but mostly I find it refreshing and rewarding to enjoy such variety. On this blog I share bits and hints about some of the hobbies I currently enjoy. When considering some of my favorite hobbies - i've discovered that a theme that threads through many of them is green. Not necessarily the color (that too) but 'green practices'. I often find myself thinking, how can I make this more environmentally friendly. What ingredients or products are better for my family and the beautiful planet where we live. I hope you will enjoy reading about some of my hobbies and be inspired to try something new!

Easy Camp Food Grocery List


I just returned from two nights of camping with three little kids and my husband. We had such a great time and the April weather held up for us (until this morning when the snow hit our camp). If you have ever taken your family out far away from grocery stores, you might have experienced some of the same nerves as I did last week. It had been a while and the first time we had taken all three kids out so I wanted to keep the menu easy and simple (both for shopping and prep purposes). I thought I would share my list (after returning home and making a few adjustments) 😀 Here it is (see attachment). This can be adjusted based on your family size. It includes two breakfasts, lunches, dinners & snacks. I hope it makes your camping prep easier. Happy Camping Season!

Camping Grocery List
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Easy Banana Peanut Butter Icecream


We had some over-ripe bananas in the freezer and so I decided to try making ‘icecream’ based on an idea that I saw on Pinterest. Here is the recipe as we altered it for our liking. Yum-o!
2 frozen bananas (peeled)
3 T peanut butter
1/2 cup cool whip

1. Add all three ingredients to food processor and pulse until evenly mixed!
2. Serve immediately or freeze in an airtight container.


Easy Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread


This morning my one year old decided to wake me up and be fussy at 4:30 am. By the time he was settled down, I was wide awake and decided to try out a bread machine recipe for my family’s breakfast. I found one for Cinnamon Raisin bread that sounded good. I got started pulling out the ingredients and discovered that I didn’t have one of them (powdered milk) so quickly googled substitutions. It turns out you can use regular milk in place of the water that the recipe calls for. You are supposed to scald the milk to change its chemical properties but (ain’t nobody got time for that), I just warmed it in the mic for one minute and it worked just fine! Since there is nothing but a piece of crust left, I believe it was well enjoyed and thought I would share the recipe.

1 1/4 cup of water
3 cups bread flour
2 t butter
2 1/2 t powdered milk
3 t brown sugar
1 1/2 t salt
2 t cinnamon
2 1/2 t yeast
3/4 cup raisins

(As noted above I used warm milk in place of water, I also used 1 1/2 t cinnamon & 1/2 t cardamom as my family likes cardamom breads).

Add all ingredients in order except raisins.
Bake on sweet-bread setting or regular bread setting.
Add raisins at the ‘add in beep’ that your machine makes.
Check 10 minutes before timer runs out and remove if well browned already. You can do a ‘skewer test’ if you aren’t sure if it is done. Relish your morning bread with coffee or tea. Enjoy!


Bread Machine Banana Bread

Bread Machine Banana Bread

Another easy recipe for y’all! I made this today with my little 7-year-old baker. This one is for a bread machine but could easily be modified for a regular oven. We had fun and the house smells yummy. The man will be happy when he gets home 😊

2 C flour
2 eggs
2 bananas (we used frozen & thawed brown bananas, just cut off tip and squeeze into bread machine)
2 T oil
3/4 C white sugar
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Add all ingredients to bread maker. Shut lid and select ‘dough’, select ‘start’ and let mix for 5 minutes. When 5 minutes is up, select ‘stop’, open lid and stir any remaining lumps & scrape down sides & smooth top. Shut lid and select ‘bake’. Most machines will bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Check at 50 minutes using toothpick method. If not done continue baking until toothpick comes out clean. Remove bread pan and let cool for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove loaf to cooling rack. Enjoy!


Corn Bread Waffles & Chili, a fun & easy dinner.


I’ve been making simple dinners for my family lately because of my dieting. I haven’t wanted to put in hours at the stove for dinners that I will not be sharing with them. Selfish? Maybe, but they seem to be enjoying what I’ve been whipping up for them (so it’s win-win). I made the latest test-recipe today with my 7 year old and it was quick, easy & relatively healthy.

Box of Corn Bread Mix
3/4 C milk
2 T oil
2 cans of chili (I used 1 turkey & 1 vegetarian)
Optional garnish/condiments: anything you would normally enjoy with a Mexican meal such as cilantro, sour cream & cheese.

Directions: mix first 4 ingredients & set aside. Pre-Heat waffle-maker. Heat canned chili as directed. Pour a ladle-full of corn bread mix into waffle maker and cook as you would a regular waffle. Place waffle on plate and add a ladle-full of chili. Garnish & Enjoy!


The goal for this recipe was for a quick & easy meal, but this would also be amazing with homemade chili if you had the time!

Choose Joy


I hope you are having a fabulous summer! Seattle weather has been gorgeous this season, and we are soaking up as much summer as we can before school starts in a few weeks. Here is a little .jpg I put together using a quote by Iain Thomas (also attributed to Kurt V.)

Ps. Weightloss followers, I’ve gained 5 over this glorious summer but the many wonderful get-together were worth the work it’ll take me to get back down to my happier-place. 😉

Celebrating Weight-Loss Victories


Today is a significant milestone in my post-baby weight-loss.  I am celebrating thirty pounds lost since my first weigh-in on January 2nd of this year. It has been around 3.5 months (109 days to be exact) of dedication to weight-loss and I have to say, I am happy with the results! I am down to a healthy Body Mass Index (22) and feel great. I have just 7 pounds to lose to reach my goal.  The goal I set is a comfortable weight for me and one that I can/have maintained (in a non-pregnant or breast-feeding state) 😛 for most of my adult life. I am SO happy to be back and thankful for everyone that has supported me during the past few months! Happy Healthy Spring Y’all!


My Latest Hobby… Poshing.


I recently heard the buzz about a new iPhone app called Poshmark. Eventually lured by a $5 credit for signing up, I decided to check it out and haven’t looked back! It is so fun and addictive!  If you have an iPhone it is a free app and you get a $5 credit (so will I) if you sign up and use code HERTN. Check out my ‘closet’ at:

It is fun and easy to post items to sell! Once a buyer purchases your item, you will get a notice on the app, and an email from Poshmark with an attached mailing label. Then you just ship the item and once it is received, your earnings post to your account. You can use the money to shop other ‘Posher’s’ closets, or have it deposited into your bank account. Pretty handy for turning your otherwise donate-bin items into cash (or shop for your kids/your own new sizes in clothes/shoes/accessories).  Once again, here is a link to my closet, check it out and Happy Poshing!

Easy Apple Chips – quick blog


This week we got our box of fruits & vegetables from Klesick Family Farm and it included some lovely organic apples. I already had a bag on hand from my Safeway delivery the week before (and they were starting to look a smidge tired, so I thought I would try something new). I saw a recipe on Pinterest for Apple Chips and gave them a whirl.  Here is what you need:

3-4 apples (washed/cored)


Easy huh!? Just slice the apples about the thickness that you get from pinching two fingers together (the distance between the tips of your nails, scientific huh?). Spread them on the baking sheet (the recipe says to use parchment paper, but I didn’t have any and it was fine- i just removed them with a spatula fresh from the oven with no trouble) and sprinkle with Cinnamon. Bake at 275 *F for two hours…. and Voila! They smell delicious while baking and are a very healthy snack. I tried one warm and it tastes a  lot like apple pie. MMMMMM~!Image

They would probably look a little prettier if I owned an apple corer. But I just used a regular knife to cut out the core and push it through and it worked just fine. Enjoy!

Quick Weight-loss Update. Drum roll…..


Just a quick check-in to let y’all share in my excitement. Today marks MINUS TWENTY POUNDS (-20.2 to be exact)! I feel great. It is amazing how if you really buckle down and focus, you can transform your body/health in just two months. I won’t say short months because that would minimize the fact that in the 56 days that I have been focused on weight-loss I have had to resist countless diet-breakers. But it was obviously worth every treat I passed up, and every time I joined friends/family at a restaurant and chose the Asian Chicken Salad with no noodles and dressing on the side (all while the scents/sights of the diet-breaking danced around me). Okay, it wasn’t that bad. Once you get used to passing up the fatty foods it gets pretty easy, and soon you find yourself craving an Asian Chicken Salad with no noodles and dressing on the side, instead of those Chicken Strips & Fries.

I know some of you like me love the inspiration in before/after photos, so here ya go!


Yep those are skinny jeans. 😛 In other news, my BMI is now in the healthy range according to NutriSystem and I have just 8 pounds to the target BMI for my height! YAY! Now if I could just get on the fitness wagon.  I’m hoping the 5K and 8K that I’m registered for will start to motivate me.  You can donate to my fundraising campaign for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 8K here: Thank you so much!