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Hash Kitchen

While on vacation in Scottsdale, Arizona my mom, sister and I were looking for a good place to have breakfast. As most of us do, I went right to yelp to find us a place, and one of the first couple of listings was Hash Kitchen! The name itself caught my attention, as I scrolled through the reviews and pictures on yelp I knew we had to go and I am so glad we did! This place was AMAZING, heres why!

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First off, the yelp reviews do not do this place justice. As soon as you walk through the doors you instantly get the feel that this is the go-to place or breakfast/brunch in Scottsdale, the restaurant itself is very well lit with a modern feel. They have both indoor and outdoor seating to choose from. On the nice days the garage style windows slide up, so you have full access to Arizona’s largest Bloody Mary Bar! YES, I said the largest Bloody Mary Bar! For all of you Bloody Mary lovers this is the place for you! If Bloody Mary’s are not your thing don’t worry they didn’t leave you hanging. Their Mimosa flight and Prosecco Mash were so light and tasty! They also have Cereal Cocktails that that take you back to your youthful days but be advised they do have alcohol in them so make sure you order a virgin for your kids!

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Now onto the food! The menu itself is very creative and will make you want to order everything. We decided to order a bunch of different dishes and shared them amongst the 5 of us!

Our Order:

Cannoli Doughnuts

Italian Hash

Cinnamon roll pancakes

Parfait

Classic French Toast

Memosa Flight

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Drinks

Mimosa flight

PROSECCO SMASH

HK Bloody Mary

 

 

I do not have a single complaint about any of the food we ordered, everything was amazing, it all came out together and were big enough portions to share. There Cannoli Doughnuts are to die for seriously, my mouth is watering just writing this. I am a big cannoli lover and they blew me away, they were perfect. The Cinnamon Roll Pancakes were a huge hit for my girls, it was a stack of three big pancakes that the five of us couldn’t even finish half of!

 

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Over all I was extremely impressed but Hash Kitchen, everything from their food, to their staff was top notch. It is hard to find restaurants that can work for all types of events from a lady’s day brunch, to a business meeting in the middle of the week, Hash Kitchen works for everyone. The best part which I wish we could have enjoyed is they do they do have a DJ that plays on Sundays for brunch and some holidays! What a cool twist to Sunday Brunch!  If you are near one in Scottsdale, Arizona you have to stop in and check it out! Don’t forget to hashtag them in all your pictures! #Hashhashbaby

TurnTables & Mimosas

 

– Homefront Housewife

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Deployment and Murphy’s Law. Oh, Joy.

As my husband’s old unit preps for deployment it had me thinking I’m kind of sad that we aren’t going on this one. I know, you can call me crazy! It is a different feeling watching everyone prep for deployment and for the first time in 10 years you aren’t part of that.

On the other hand, I am so relieved because that means that Murphy’s Law will not be knocking on my front door this time! If you are not familiar with the saying it goes “If something can go wrong, it will”. Unfortunately, it will always happen after your spouse leaves for a deployment or a long training exercise. I have been subjected of Murphy’s Law for way to long, to the point where I was soon called Mrs. Fixit by the other spouses. This last deployment Murphy’s Law was in full force with our family, here’s what my last deployment looked like…

 

September 

The day before my husband left he forced me to go get my knee looked at, all weekend I couldn’t put any weight on my right foot. So I went, I knew I had to have done something to it at the gym, I just didn’t know what and neither did the Doctor. Due to the amount of swelling I was ordered to be on complete bedrest for a month. Hahaha bedrest with a 3 and 4-year-old and a husband leaving for 8 months…ya okay Doc! The next day my husband left for deployment number 6. As I was leaving base I got pulled over right by the front gate, I totally didn’t notice my speed, my bad, I had one kid crying for her dad and the other one yelling at me that she was going to pee her pants. Thankfully they l

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et me go with a warning, but how embarrassing.

The next week my washer stopped working, I tried to see what was the problem but ended up having to call a technician, the drum of the washer was cracked and took overa month for new parts to be delivered to me. Finally, the tech came back to reassemble my washer, but the wrong parts were delivered to my house, NOOOOO! I had to wait another 2 weeks before I had a washer again! Thank goodness for awesome friends for allowing me to use theirs.

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I was finally referred out to an Orthopedic surgeon who informed me that I had torn my meniscus, ouch! I had always had moved my knee-cap, so it now is out of line and rubs up against my other bone which causes a lot of my knee pain. AWESOME…. lots of physical therapy went into getting my knee fixed, which it is still not fixed, but we’ll get into that later!

 

November

Just sucked! I ended up in a car accident in my own driveway, yup you read that right! I was pulling into my driveway when the guy behind me wasn’t looking and hit the back end of my car.

December

Appliance number 2 of the deployment decided it wanted in on the fun. I woke up one morning to my kitchen flooded with water, my dishwasher stopped working. Oh joy! After getting new tubes and making sure it wasn’t clogged it was finally back to working again.15676089_10154843191759793_4728354809015679323_o

My car was finally done being fixed from my accident which was awesome news. My brother-in-law was up so I had him quickly dive me the 6 miles down the road to let me get my car. How do I know It’s exactly 6 miles? Funny you should ask…well, when we arrived at the auto body shop my brother-in-law dropped me off and proceeded to leave before making sure I was good to go. Well, it turned out that I only grabbed my keys and my wallet and forgot my phone at home. I waited a little bit to see if he would notice that I wasn’t behind him but nothing. Mind you its Sunday morning I’m in yoga pants and a sweatshirt, I didn’t bring a winter coat with me and it was about 40 degrees outside. I’m pretty sure every single person that passed me thought I was either on drugs or partied to hard the night before and was walking home. Finally, I made it home only to see my kids and brother-in-law watching a movie and eating donuts on my couch. When I informed him that I just walked home, he had told me he asked my 4-year-old where I was, because all 4 years old know where their moms are at. He said he thought I just went to a friend’s house. Ummmm hello, you have my children I would never just get up, leave and not tell you where I was going and when I would be back…MEN! Anyways we finally got the car jumped and back in my driveway! What a day that was.

January

We said see you later to my brother-in-law who PCS’ed to the west coast. It was such a pleasure to have him just 45 mins away for 4 years. The girls took it pretty hard, he was their best friend, it was one thing to have to say goodbye to their Dad but now it was time to say goodbye to their Uncle. Thank goodness for technology these days!

February

We kicked off February with appliance number 3 breaking. I swear it’s never ending! I16463271_10154995685239793_7237214008388721020_o was getting the girls breakfast ready when I noticed the temp seemed a little warm in the
fridge, I grabbed the milk and it wasn’t even cold. I opened up the freezer to find ice all up the back of the freezer. I disassembled the back and spent almost 3 hours unthawing the ice to find that the little heater thing needed to be replaced! Luckily, I didn’t have to buy a new fridge!

March

Oh man, this month was a good one, not really. If you thought I had it bad so far just wait!

So, my girls had a birthday to attend about 45 mins away. I went down early to get some errands done and one of the places I went was to the other Marine Corps Base.  Well while I was in the MCX my car died in the parking lot. No big deal, I mean I’m on a MC base lots of people can help me right! NOPE, let me say that again not a single Marine helped me! Yup my eyes where as big as yours right now when I asked 5 Marine to help me and they all said no!  One was a family, the wife said no they were too busy and didn’t have jumper cables. I informed them that I did but it was still a no, I was pissed! Mind you its 80 something outside and 100% humidity…Then I see a group of 3 Marines, so I asked them, I mean three Marine you would think one would want to show off his man card and help a lady out, no! One of them looked at me like I had 10 heads and didn’t say a word. I took it as it was the first time a woman actually spoke to him! The other two said they didn’t have time. I’m not going to lie I’m a little mad right about now, but then I see the next guy who is parked right in front of me, thank you Jesus! I totally thought this was the guy who would save the day, he didn’t look 12, he looked like he might know what he is doing, etc….ha-ha nope, he said he was late for an appointment (on a Saturday) and couldn’t but he was very sorry. Luckily friends of ours who were also going to the same party came and jumped my car for me, thank goodness. My next call was going to be to the police on base and honestly no one wanted that. I did however learn how to hold my composure and find my inner strength that day, so that’s a win!

April

Car Accident number two took place this month. This time in Target parking lot, the lady wasn’t paying attention and took out the entire front end of my car almost hitting the car next to me. All because she was too busy looking at her phone.

We did have one thing that was amazing happen to us in April and that was my husband FINALLY CAME HOME!!!!!!!!  Yayyyy!

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Deployment number 6 went down in the books as one of the most eventful deployments we have ever had, it taught me A LOT! A lot about myself, and about others. It was one of the most challenging ones, but it taught me that I can handle more then I think I can. As I see other spouses go through their roller-coaster of deployment I hope they know that I am always here for them, I will come help them fix any appliance that breaks, jump a car that has dies no matter where they are, and watch their kiddos as they take some time to themselves. It is hard to go through a deployment but when Murphy’s law knocks on your door its ten times harder. You are not alone, you are stronger then you think you are, believe me!

-Homefront Housewife

Homecoming Image: Sera Bella Photography

Pancake Holes

My favorite thing to do on Sunday mornings is make a big breakfast for my girls, pancakes, French toast or even cinnamon rolls are their go to request.

Well just last week I was on FaceTime with a girlfriend who stationed in Japan, she was making breakfast for her son, and of course he is at the age where finger foods are a must. It got me thinking about my girls when they were his age and how I use to make Pancake Holes. Well Sunday morning came and I dug out my little Babycake cakepop maker out. My brother had given me this gift along with the babycake mini donut maker and this really cool popsicle maker at Christmas one year.

Anyways, Sunday morning came, and I knew I had to make these for them, the look on their face when they were done was so adorable! I love when they lit up with excitement!

Since I had lots of messages for the recipe here y’all go! Let me know in the comments on how your kids liked them!

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  • Pancake mix
  • Water
  • Sprinkles
  • Piping bag to put the pancake mix in
  • Syrup
  • Whip-cream
  • Babycake Maker

Seriously y’all this is the easiest thing you will make, plus it makes so many that you can freeze them for later!

1. Make pancake mix via the direction on the box, mine calls for 1 3/4 cups of water for 2 cups of mix

2. Add as the desired amount of sprinkles you want to the mixer. I go a little crazy with mine and then stir until all the clumps are gone.

2. Scoop mixture into a Piping bag or Ziploc bag works just as well and cut the end just enough that some comes out easily.

3. Pipe mixer into the Babycake maker, I fill mine up all the way and then close the lip and wait for the light to come back on to indicate that it is done!

4. Serve and Enjoy!

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I told you it was easy! When you finish cooking all the batter place the desired amount on plate with a side of syrup and you’re done! Your kids will have a blast dunking their pancake-holes into the little bowl of syrup and/or whipped cream! Let me know how your kids liked them!

 

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-Homefront Housewife

Our new adventure has begun!

Have you ever been doing laundry when all of the sudden all your emotions hit you at once, you find yourself hitting the start button on the dryer again so you can cry? Well that was me earlier this week.

Our new adventure is officially underway, Matt left over the weekend for TBS (The Basic School), we couldn’t be more excited for him. The next 5 months will be long, stressful, but also exciting as it will be filled with lots of first. Unlike all the deployments and WTI’s we have gone through I’m really not sure what to expect this time. My mind set it he’s 27141095_10156017955484793_1652008874_ogone just like a deployment, is that weird? I know he’s not in harms way but for me its easier to think like that as he’s gone.

For the first time being a military wife I wasn’t going to have my support system to help get me through these long months. I have been blessed even when Matt and I were just dating I knew other spouses and girlfriends in our squadron to lean on and go through the deployments with. This time it was going to be different, this time the girls and I were all alone.

We all have our core group of friends that we know will drop everything to be there for you. I was lucky enough to have 2 ladies in my group of girlfriends that also had husbands in Matts’ squadron. We had each other to lean on, complain to, and laugh with.  We went through a lot together, we grew up together, we went from girlfriends to wives together, to mothers together. Unfortunately, this will be the first time in 9 years I will not have them to help me through the hard days, the days where I say f-this who wants to meet up for dinner tonight, to the days where they just show up at my house with a bottle or two of wine because they know I had a hard week. This time is different everyone had left, some got out of the military, while the rest moved to all different parts 27144566_10156017941824793_1901152179_oof the world. I know they are always a phone call/ text message/ FaceTime away. I’m so grateful for the technology that we have, but it’s still not the same. It’s not the same as getting together in person and having Sunday night dinners, meeting up for a much-needed mommy night out, to just sitting on the back of my husband’s pick-up truck that hasn’t moved in maybe 7 months drinking some wine and watching all the kids play outside. This time is different and I felt alone.

I am so grateful for all the people I have met over the years and the amazing memories that were made. Sunday night dinners might not be the same without my girlfriends, but that’s okay. I might feel alone and out of place for the next couple of months, but I have to remember it’s all for the best.

For those of you who are going through a hard time, a recent PCS or maybe your friends moved but you didn’t, you are not alone. Times will be hard for a little while as you get into a new grove, but this feeling is only temporary. Take advantage of the amazing technology we have, don’t let distance get in-between your friendships. Take this time alone to reconnect with yourself, maybe start something new, join the PTA at your kid’s school, volunteer with your husband’s command or on base. Most importantly don’t be afraid to make new friends, tust me you can never have too many!

 

– Homefront Housewife

Hello 2018!

Hello 2018!

The kids are finally back in school and 2018 is in full swing. As we go into this year I’m really not sure what to expect, I have been blessed for many years (9 to be exact) on what my husband’s schedule will consist of, if Matt wasn’t already deployed he was getting ready for another deployment. In the last 10 years Matt has deployed 6 times, done 7 work ups, and countless rescue depts. As you can see, my husband isn’t really home that much!

Last year Matt came home from his 6th deployment and our world did a 180, the aircraft my husband has spent his career working on is in the process of being decommissioned. His squadron is one of the last squadrons to have the EA-6B Prowlers, but with the sun-downing coming up it was time to find a new aircraft to work on. Matt submitted two packages one to go work on the new F-35 and the other package was to become a Warrant Officer. The week after Matt arrived home from deployment we got word that his package to work on the F-35 had been approved! We were over the moon with excitement, this meant we were finally going to move after 10 years at MCAS Cherry Point.  In the 3 months that Matt was home before having to report to schooling in Florida, we went on our first ever family vacation that was not built around another family obligation (wedding, graduation, etc.), sold our house, and moved into base housing until we were due to move to MCAS Yuma, in Arizona. Matt came home at the end of September from school and we were in complete get ready to move mode. At the end of October, it was finally moving week, I had just picked up my mom from the airport, she flew down to help us with the girls so Matt and I could focus on this new process of having packers and movers in our house. Our suitcases were packed and we were ready to go. The day before packers where to show up at the house both our phones started blowing up, the Warrant Officer Board had just released the names of the Marines who would be in the 2018 Warrant Officer Class. Matt’s name was on the list!!! Holy S***! We stood in the kitchen with so much excitement when it both hit us, OMG what do we do now? What happens to our orders? Do we still move? Do we stay at Cherry Point? When do you leave for school? What is happening right now?! We spent the entire day running around base trying to get answer. The answer came in at 6pm with a phone call that said official orders have been cut and our orders to Yuma have been cancelled, and we were to stay put at Cherry Point. I honestly didn’t know what to think or how to feel, on one hand I was so excited for my husband, but on the other I was so excited to move, to see a new place, I mean I just sold my house! In the end, it took me about a week to work through a lot of emotions, and settle back in.

So here we are, its 2018 and in a couple of weeks we will be saying see you later to my husband again as he heads to VA for schooling. I have no idea what to expect this year, there are so many questions we will just have to sit and wait to have answered. The one thing I do know is this year will throw a lot at us but we are excited to take on another challenge. We will make new friends, hopefully move somewhere new and experience a different side to the military. Here is to 2018, may it be a good one for you and your family, and may it be filled with lots of love and laughter! Cheers! 

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– Homefront Housewife

Snow Day!

A real Snow Day in Eastern North Carolina only comes by every couple of years here! The average snowfall for Havelock, NC is estimated to be a little over 1 inch of snow, while the US averages over 26 inches every year! This year we got 5 inches and as you can assume everyone was very excited!26195480_10155974676474793_48106986487209156_n

6:30 this morning the sound of little feet running down the stairs filled the house, along with the screams of excitement as they looked out the front door and saw all the snow on the ground. These southern born babies don’t have any snow gear so instead I dressed them in 3 pairs of pants, 2 shirts, 2 pairs of socks and some cowboy boots, and they were good to go! Watching their little faces light up as they ran out of the house grabbing snow to chuck at each other and flopping down to make snow angels, they were having the time of their lives. This Maine Momma was in heaven as well, don’t get me wrong I don’t miss the blizzards and the winters that last way to long. I do however miss the first snow of the season, the excitement that came with knowing that snow was coming, how it made everything look so pretty.
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Growing up in Maine taught me a lot, I didn’t appreciate it as a child but looking back at my childhood now I wouldn’t have it any other way. The memories I made in the snow where some of the best, my family would use the giant snow piles the plow would make plowing our driveway, and have a contest to see how far we could go on our snow tubs. We would do weekend trips to the mountains to go skiing and of course have the ultimate snowball fights! As we spent the day outside today using boogie boards as sleds, having snowball fights and just enjoying the snow it made me realize how blessed I was as a child and how much I wish we could raise our children in Maine. For now, we will soak in the snow we get every couple year, it’s like a little sweet treat for us!

 

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– Homefront Housewife

Mrs. Homefront Housewife

Mrs. Homefront Housewife

The time has come where I should probably introduce myself, you may have been wondering who is “Homefront Housewife” and what is she about? Well today I’ll give you a little peek into who I am and what this blog is about. My name is Danielle, and I am a military spouse of over 7 years. My husband Matthew is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps and has been for the last 10 years. I have been by his side for pretty much the entire ride. I am also a mother of two balls of energy, sassy but still very sweet, kind-hearted little girls, but don’t get me wrong they are far from perfect.99

You might be wondering what exactly this blog going to be about? Is it just another run of the mill military spouse blog giving advise on how to PCS,  navigate a deployment, etc? Not really, I hope to gear this blog toward my personal life experience; what I have been through, what the majority of military spouses can relate to, and to show you that you are not alone. This won’t be like most blogs where their lives seem a little too perfect, I’ll go into everything, my highs and when I was at my ultimate low.  When I hated the Marine Corps, to how I dealt with Postpartum Depression while my husband was deployed to Afghanistan and then again when he was in Japan. It will also feature the amazing people I have met, the friends that have turned into my family, the benifits and pitfalls of being stationed in one location for over 10 years. It will also feature those wonderful hallmark moments of Homecomings and show case the amazing work of the military spouse photographers I have hired to capture those moments.1

This blog will cover a lot, from being a military spouse, a mother, a wife, and of course I’ll add in all the little DIY things that I absolutely love! I hope you enjoy what is about to come, maybe even get a laugh or two! Please feel free to comment, share, message me, and if you see me out in town stop me and say hi!

 

 

 

Pictures Credit:

Homecoming Pictures: Sarah Burke with Sera Bella Photography

Homecoming Dress : Pink Blush

Sunflower field with my girls:  Chrissie Kirk with Bella Luce Photography