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Move over pumpkin spice lattes and apple crisp macchiatos, Louisiana collides with fall with my favorite bread pudding recipes that the whole family will love! Pumpkin Bread Pudding Ingredients 1 16 oz loaf French bread 1/2 cup milk 1 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 15 oz can pumpkin 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 5 eggs 2 tsp vanilla 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg Instructions Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cut bread into 1"-2" squares and add to large bowl. In another bowl whisk together your milk, cream, pumpkin, eggs, sugar, brown sugar vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and nutmeg until combined. Pour over bread and stir gently to coat, let soak for about 20 minutes. Spread into baking dish and bake in oven for about 50-60...
There are so many issues to consider for kids these days, from children’s mental well-being to food dyes and whether those matter to vaccines and when to get them. And that’s not even taking mom and dad’s health into account! Enduring a long NICU stay? We’ve been there. Looking for a great urgent care for children in Baton Rouge? Red Stick Mom has suggestions. We’ve talked about taking mental health days for kids, how to battle pesky molluscum, and arthritis in children. These are just a few of the health + wellness questions we’ve addressed on Red Stick Mom over the nine years we’ve served the community. In this blog post, you will learn about some natural methods for fighting those...
This week Louisiana woke up to “fall weather”. Mother Nature teasing us with nightly temperatures in the 60s and 70s this past week meant one thing in our house – comfort food for dinner! A family favorite is Creamy Tortellini and Spinach soup. This soup is easy to prepare, tasty, and comforting.  Below is my quick and easy recipe. Creamy Tortellini and Spinach Soup Ingredients: 1 TBLS vegetable oil 1 yellow onion – diced (fresh or frozen) 3 carrots – diced 4 cloves minced garlic 1 (15-ounce) can of petite diced tomatoes 1 carton of vegetable stock ½ tsp dried basil ½ tsp dried oregano ¼ tsp dried thyme Salt and pepper to taste 12-ounce bag of cheese tortellini ½ cup...
Does anyone love doing laundry? Maybe you have an organized system to stay on top of the daunting piles brought in by both children and adults alike. Until recently, laundry was a never-ending task for me. As soon as I thought I had a handle on it, shock overcame me as I peeked into the closets only to be met with overflowing bins! How can tiny humans produce such large piles of dirty garments? I decided to research local laundry services. I knew the concept existed; however, I did not know much about the process. Baton Rouge has many options available to meet your laundry needs. Whether you want to retire from the job completely or send out some of...
Some of my absolute favorite things about fall are the colors, weather change, and introduction to the holidays! Fall is a time when people become cheerful (is it because it’s getting less hot?) and unified around pumpkins and football. People begin thinking of giving and gifting. Football season rolls in and for Baton Rouge, that means Saints and LSU games! Who doesn’t love a good tailgate? Here are some of my favorite things to bring to a tailgate/holiday party: Bacon wrapped dates These are some of my favorites in a pinch. 2-3 ingredients and ready in under 20 minutes. Although best served warm, they are allergy friendly and DELICIOUS! Brownies/cookies My favorite brownies are the gluten-free boxed brownies from Trader Joe’s! My...
I have a few things to say, but I know everyone came here for the recipes. So I’ll do y’all a solid so you don’t have to scroll for years to find the recipes… I’m not sure if it’s because this is the first year where I feel like things are getting back to normal but WHEW, am I the only one that can’t get into the swing of things yet? Between juggling school drop off, daycare drop off, a full-time job, household duties, laundry, and school/daycare pick up … it’s just nonstop. Even typing that makes me exhausted and I know I’m missing SO many things. I haven’t even mentioned after-school activities or feeding the family. Something had to...
Welcome Fall! Check out our favorite family-friendly events in and around Baton Rouge this month here in the guide sponsored by Children’s Hospital. Red Stick Mom maintains a full calendar of events here. If you have a great family-friendly Baton Rouge event to add, please do that here. Don't forget to check out our 75+ Ideas for Baton Rouge Family Fun! Red Stick Moms Need to Know :: Baton Rouge Activities in September 2022 The East Baton Rouge Parish Library has Grab and Geaux Crafts available all month long! Check for dates at each location.
While living in Shreveport, a hurricane meant a lot of rain to me. The weather could get windy enough to knock over a few trees, but life would go back to normal after a day or two. When we moved to Baton Rouge in 2015, I was unaware of what to expect for hurricane season  I would hear in the news and around the office about a thing called: hurricane preparedness plan. Sandbags and taping or boarding up windows was a very new concept to wrap my mind around. When Hurricane Ida was initially forecast to hit the Gulf Coast, I remembered thinking that it wasn’t going to be that bad. Neighbors reassured me that we lived too far north and...
New Orleans was and will forever be my home. No matter where in the world I may be living, New Orleans will be my home. Some of my closest friends live there. The first house I ever bought was in New Orleans. That’s where I belong. I love New Orleans. On August 13, 2005, the National Hurricane Advisory Center issued the first advisory for the season’s 11th tropical storm. On August 28, Hurricane Katrina reached a Category 5 status. Back in 2005, I was living with my parents and brother in Madison, MS. If you draw a line through the state, we would be near the line. My brother received a full scholarship to a few universities, one being the University of...

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