State Of The Blog & Behind The Scenes In My Home! The Home Hour Episode 50

The Home Hour Episode 50

This is Episode 50 of The Home Hour!

Hard to believe, right? Fifty episodes!

For this week’s podcast Sarah and I got together and chatted about a few things. First, I give a “state of the blog” address, with updates on where we’re headed in 2015, as well as a couple of announcements about the future of the podcast (hint: more of a good thing is, well, a good thing!).

Then Sarah turned the tables and interviewed me, which was really fun. Since we’ve realized that a lot of our podcast listeners are coming to us from outside the realm of The Happiest Home blog, we wanted to give a little behind the scenes look into my home and my family (or, as we say in the show’s intro each week, my four walls).

In addition to discovering that Sarah and I share a new favorite vegetable to serve roasted and a love of inappropriately funny television shows and our daughters’ phonetic spelling, we talked about my kids, my latest style obsession, and what’s on my meal plan this week. I hope you’ll listen and let us know what you think!

Click the play button to listen now!

PS: In the show we talked about last week’s episode, an interview with teacher Erica Ladd. You can catch that one right here. We also promised we’d include a few photos – they’ll make much more sense once you listen to the show!

Isaac Scootering

Cutie Owen

Clara Writing

Allegra Writing

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  1. I know this is such a rookie question…but how do you roast your veggies? I would love to learn how to do this well. I’m serious. Can you give me a step by step? 🙂 Love your blog and podcasts! Just found you recently!

    • Carrie, I totally understand – I didn’t know how to do this until a few years ago. It’s super easy. The way I do it:

      Preheat oven to 400 F
      Wash, pat dry, and cut up the veggies into chunks – if it’s something like a potato maybe 1/2-inchish cubes, I do carrots whole, broccoli I just break down into florets, this part is totally up to you 🙂
      Put the veggies on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil, toss
      Sprinkle with kosher or sea salt
      Put in oven and keep an eye on it! Some obviously take longer to cook than others. I like to give the cookie sheet a toss every ten minutes or so to make sure the veggies roast more evenly. To me they’re “done” when they’ve develop a nice caramelized crust, but there is definitely some wiggle room in either direction so don’t worry too much about getting it perfect. With time you’ll start to figure out how long it takes to get them done to your liking.

      Does that help?

    • Thanks for commenting, Carrie! I second Meagan’s instructions on the veggies. I find it’s almost hard to OVER-roast them. Time varies depending on the veggie, but I like to allow up to 45-50 minutes because sometimes it seems to take longer to get that crispness that I like. Our favorites are brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and carrots. I also frequently mix two veggies together – cauliflower and brussels sprouts, carrots and onions, etc. YUM!

  2. Long-time follower of your blog and a fairly recent listener of your podcast. Living in Taiwan with a 5yo and 2yo. I’m enjoying the shoes. Not-so-random thoughts – Aldi is the parent company of Trader Joe’s. Also, if you do a true Chinese stir-fry of leafy greens it literally takes less than 5 minutes of prep and cooking. It’s nutritious, a great way to get a lot of fiber, and my kids love it. That’s my go-to quick veggie dish.

  3. Shows, not shoes!

  4. hi, ladies!! i came to your website/podcast after a momables podcast… or the other way around?! i can’t remember!! i’ve been listening since late spring of last year, i think.

    i’m a 40-something with three kids (14 and almost 12 yo twins) who lives in southwest virginia. i love listening to anything that motivates me #1 to get out and walk, #2 that motivates me in the areas i struggle with the most… that is, how can i either do it all (CAN’T!!) or find ways to streamline, or give myself grace!!

    i loved the banter of this last show… and most of all love knowing that i am not alone in my mama struggles. as mothers we are so much more alike than different and it’s taken me some time to learn that!

    roasted cauliflower?? made it immediately after the show!! i loved it and so did my husband, but my kids were non-committal… imagine that!!

    anyway, thanks for your show and for glimpses into upcoming podcasts and ventures. i can’t wait!!

  5. Hi Meagan,

    Also in response to your invitation to get to know your listeners, I am a day shy of 39, with a an almost-three year old son and five month old daughter. I am a South African fortunate to be living in Colorado and loving it. While pregnant with my son, my nesting phase came with an obsessive quest for organizing podcasts (I work outside the home three days a week and really appreciate something worthwhile to listen to on my commute) and the addiction has persisted. I found your podcast at around two months before I had my daughter and I really, really enjoy it. The intro music always makes me happy, the sound quality is excellent (some other podcasts sound like a 1950’s long distance telephone call), and the topics and interviews always hold something inspiring, educational, or comforting (e.g., I am not alone with toddler melting down when the iPad shuts off).

    Thanks for doing this!

    p.s. Glad to hear someone else is also enjoying Grantchester

  6. Kathy SandersNovember 17, 2012Dr. Royston,Thank you so much for your compliment. I think the world of you and Ms. Jeannie. Your faith has been observed by many of us in the Tri-Cities. You were my first pastor at Colonial Heights Baptist and I will treasure you.Kathy Sanders

  7. I think he wanted you to think of him when you had your daily turkey sandwich and (a bigger) apple in your cubicle today!! now he gets an apple pie…yum. If I were your neighbor I think I’d try to find a good reason to come over tonight…

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