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Coconut Lime Thai Chicken & Getting Personal?

Hey!  I’m so happy you are here today!  I feel like chatting…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my blog, and where I want it to go.  I love my blog and all the opportunities and friends it has brought my way.  I honestly don’t know what I would do without it, and without you all reading along.  I’m so appreciative of you all!  More than you can ever know!  🙂

So that brings me to what I’d like to do differently.  I’ve been toying around with the idea of getting more personal here on my blog.  More personal, more regularly, and not the TMI kind of personal I promise, haha!  I want this to be a place where you can come for great recipes and crafty bits, but I also want to offer you more of myself.  More of me.  I want to open up and share more of my everyday life.

I guess I’m really looking for community over here at A Pretty Life.
I want you to get to know me more, and in turn I get to know you more.  What do you think?
I’m going to try to open up, and let my ‘real’ voice shine through (and hope that you still like me!).
Be more true to myself and who I am.

Image from Kal Barteski

So I should probably start off by telling you a few things about myself that you might not know already:

  • I live in the suburbs of Canada.  Hence the name of my blog.  Or the original name I guess:  A Pretty Life in the Suburbs…which takes me to the next point…
  • I don’t like the original name of my blog.  But when you randomly decide one day to start a blog, and you are left deciding on a blog name that you have no idea isn’t something you can change so easily in the future, that leaves you kind of stuck with it.  Mental note for those ever thinking of starting a blog…be sure of the name you choose.  You’re stuck with it.  It’s really, really hard to change.  I’m slooooooowly changing mine to A Pretty Life…dropping the ‘in the Suburbs’.  Eventually.
  • Moving on.  I’m 37 years old.  Sometimes I honestly forget how old I am.  As in I forget my age. Yikes.  I think it’s because I still think I’m 25.  😉
  • I’m a mother to 3 littles.  I’m a stay-at-home and work-at-home mom.  Staying home with my kids is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m SO thankful to be able to do so, but man, is it hard.
  • I’m fiery.  And I often bite my tongue, holding back what I really want to say.  I’ve even thought about starting another blog called:  “What I Really Want To Say Is…”
  • Sometimes I’m like a giggly teenage girl.  I love silly shows like Vampire Diaries, and books like Twilight.  But I’m kind of all over the place with my movies, TV shows, books and music.  I really just love it all.
  • I’m kind of just all over the place in general.  That’s how I roll.  I like to keep things interesting.  Life is too short.
  • I’m passionate about food, home and love.
  • I believe in the power of food to heal.


Now I promise I won’t bombard you with stuff about me like this all the time!  I thought I might as well just dive in today and get the ball rolling!  Now I want to know more about you!  Tell me, what part of this great world do you live in?  What are your passions?  Tell me about yourself!  I really want to know!

So then, let’s chat over a good meal, because what’s a get together without food?!
After all, it’s over food that the really great and real conversations happen!  So, for dinner I made you some Roasted Coconut Lime Thai Chicken.

Coconut Lime Thai Chicken

This is a good one.  It’s an interactive meal.  The get-your-hands-dirty kind of dinner.
So fun and delicious! With all the fresh flavours of Thai food:  coconut, lime, ginger, garlic, cilantro…divine!


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Coconut Lime Thai Chicken



Chicken Marinade:

  • 1216 pieces chicken like thighs and drumsticks (skin on)
  • grated zest from 2 limes
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 23 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 34 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 113.5 oz can of coconut milk


  • 4 carrots (peeled and shredded)
  • 1 onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 in lime (cut to small wedges)
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • Hoisin sauce for dipping
  • cooked rice


Chicken Marinade:

  1. In a large bowl mix together the lime zest, lime juice, ginger, garlic, sugar, salt and coconut milk. Mix until smooth.
  2. Add the chicken pieces, making sure they are submerged.
  3. Marinate for 4 – 12 hours. Overnight is best for maximum flavour!

Baking the Chicken:

  1. Preheat your oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil, then place a wire rack on the foil.
  3. Place the pieces of chicken, skin side up, on to the wire rack, making sure to shake off the excess marinade before doing so.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through, with an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Serving Dinner:

  1. Once the chicken pieces are cooked, serve them on a platter with all the garnishes, then get your hands dirty and enjoy!
  2. Serve with cooked brown or jasmine rice.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

I hope you enjoyed dinner and our little chat.

Thank you for reading with me today!  I hope you stick around so that we can get to know each other.  Leave a comment, and tell me a bit about yourself too!  Or tell me what you’d like to see more of over here at A Pretty Life!  More recipes?  More crafts & DIY?  A link party?  Anything!
I look forward to getting to know you better!

Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply
    April 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    this looks delicious and i personally prefer personal (say that 3 times fast!). i like to know the author. and i am 34, and think i am 25, too. have you seen that ecard that says something like “i still think i am a 20 year old! but then i hang out with 20 year olds and then i’m like, nope i am definitely not 20 anymore!” that’s me. 🙂

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      April 4, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Love it! That’s SO how I feel, LOL! I feel like 25, but not really either sometimes hahaha! Love your blog too, btw Cassie!

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    Jeanette @ This Dusty House
    April 4, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    a) That looks delicious! I will definitely be trying this one out!

    b) The reason I read blogs and not magazines is for the personality behind the blog. I think it’s important to get personal and let who you are as a unique individual shine through in your blog!

    Loved the post!

    • Reply
      April 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Thanks Jeanette! I feel the same way…I love to know who’s behind the blog I’m reading! I’ve been holding back my voice, and just realized that that’s not what readers want either!
      Have a great day!

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    April 4, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    I love your blog! I feel like a 30 year old trapped in the life of a 22 year old (I’m really 22). I live in West Chester, PA in the US.

    Check out my (neglected) blog that I’m trying to get back into!

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      April 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Thanks Kate! Too funny! Sometimes I feel way older than I am too! It’s all a state of mind isn’t it?! Thanks so much for stopping in and leaving a note! I’m going to go and check out your blog!

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    April 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Wait girls until you are 55, your body feels 85 and your brain thinks you are like 25! Thanks for the recipe, it looks like something new to try that will be delicious, I get stuck in a cooking rut sometimes!

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      April 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Too funny Cathy! And YES, do try it – it’s the perfect dish to get out of a cooking rut! Enjoy! 🙂

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    April 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I love your blog! I am drawn to your blog as I live in the same city as you! I like blogs with a mix of everything and I think your blog has it already! You really don’t have to change anything!

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      April 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Thank you so much Gena! And you live in the same city?! Awesome! I love local readers – it always amazes me that there are some! Enjoying this windy dreary day, hahaha! Have a great one!

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    April 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I think it’s a great idea to get more personal on your blog. I am always happy to learn more about my blog friends 🙂 I live in Dana Point, California. My favorite place on earth is Laguna Beach where I was raised (about 10 minutes down the highway from where I am raising my family). Home prices are too high there (although worth every penny in my opinion) but we still head that way often, and I almost never go to the beach anywhere else. I always joke that I am solar powered and that being by the sea is my happiest place on Earth 🙂 I just turned 34 and I too often forget how old I am. Keep doin’ what you’re doin’ friend 🙂 I’ll be here!

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      April 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      I love that you are solar powered! I think I am too, but we don’t get enough sun here!! I’d love to live by the sea…sounds so dreamy and beautiful! And you my friend, I am so happy to have you here – you are a thoughtful and kind person – leaving lovely comments since I started this little blog! Thank you!!

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    The Hubby
    April 4, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I don’t think you share enough about how wonderful and Brad Pitt-esque your husband is! I hear he is the best…a lot like the Coconut Lime Thai Chicken he ate last night for dinner. Anyhoo, outside of more praise for your super duper hubby, I think a glimpse behind the digital curtain is a great idea!!

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      April 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Hey Brad! I wondered when you were going to stop by! hee hee

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    April 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    I love it when bloggers share their real lives and real messes…in the kitchen, in the craft area or where ever. You can say whatever you want ~ it is YOUR blog! 🙂 I just can’t seem to get on a regular posting routine and now lots of things going on around here. I am trying to get better! I’m retired so you’d think I’d have plenty of time, right? 🙂 I love to cook, especially baking. I enjoy having small groups of friends and/or family for a meal, appetizers & drinks or just to visit. In the spring I get so excited about planting flowers and then by July they’re all burned up in this Texas heat. I’ve lived in this great state all my life but I do believe our summers have been more brutal the past few years. I don’t do heat! Fall is my favorite season, ever. I’m single, have 2 wonderful young adult “children” with great spouses and my son has the 2 “perfect” grands.

    Stop by and say hi when you can!


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      April 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Thank you for sharing yourself Pat! I too love baking the best – it brings me peace & quiet! And I’m so jealous of your heat!! We have almost 7 months of winter here! Brrrrr 😉

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    April 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Reading your blog is just like chatting with a friend. I am from Texas with a mother-in-law from Nova Scotia. Your blog has given me a way to connect with my “Canadian side.” I love hearing about the things that you like. Your recipes are awesome and help me out a rut so many times. I think that you should just “do you!” That is the person that we love to read about and enjoy anyway. Thanks for the time that you take to share with us. You actually help me to love my home a little more. I am so thankful that I came across your blog. Age is a great number because it reminds us that we’re still here,but it does not define us! You’re as young as you feel!!

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      April 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      That is the nicest thing to say Felicia! Thank you so much! To even think that I inspire someone, or help in any way with meals for their families makes me feel so good. And it inspires to me to be the best blogger I can! Thank you for your kind comment!

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    Time With Thea
    April 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna,
    I’ve been following your blog for quite a while now and look forward to your commentary that goes along with your great recipes and crafty posts. Being a new blogger sort-of now, I look to you for inspiration and to see how the pros do it. Great advice about the blog name because I had to change mine. I like my new name a lot more. I call the first name the practice and this name is more about me and I know what I am doing now. But it was a lot of work and set things back significantly. Thanks for sharing a bit more of yourself. I too live in a ‘burb nearby in Canada. But I am quite a bit older. I don’t feel 25 anymore. I feel more like 45. Keep up the great work! ~Thea

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      April 4, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      Hi Thea! I always enjoy your comments so much – you are the kindest person! Thank you for loyally reading along! And I love the name of your blog – you are right – the first name really is practice – it’s just so hard to know where a blog can go, isn’t it?

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        Time With Thea
        April 5, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        Thanks for the compliment on the blog name. It does have a bit of a ring to it, is a lot faster to type and it works great for Twitter. However, it was a bit uncomfortable for me to use my own name and really put myself out there. But as you have said, your readers and followers do want to know the blogger behind the blog. I am very comfortable with it now. When I first started, I was just going to write about organizing but another blogger referred to my blog as a ‘lifestyle’ blog that makes your life more organized, simplified and beautified and that is the tag line I go by now. That was pretty cool. Good luck with your name change. It does all work out for the better in the end and is worth the effort. Have a good weekend, Thea

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    April 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Kia Ora, I love your blog, I’m a 45 yr old, mum of 3 teenage sons. I live in Auckland New Zealand. It’s nice to know a little more about you, keep up the great work. Penny

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      April 4, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Hi Penny! All the way from New Zealand – I love the power of blogging!! Thank you for introducing yourself – it’s so nice to meet you!

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    April 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Geez, you and a lot of the commenters above are so young! I’m the big five-oh. It was *very* scary for me turning that age, and I still haven’t accepted it 8 months later! I live in northern IL and my passions are interior design, writing, cooking and baking, cats, gardening, scrapbooking, thrifting, natural health, yoga…there’s probably more, but that’s it in a nutshell. I’ve been married over 28 years and have 2 sons: one whom passed away 3-1/2 years ago at the age of 21, and another who is now 22 and is a college student. Also have 3 kitties.

    This thai chicken looks delicious, by the way!

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      April 4, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      Hi Melanie! 50 is young too! Oprah says it’s the best time of her life – love that! Thank you for sharing yourself – I love to know more about those who are reading! And thank you for sharing about your family – I’m so very sorry to hear of your son.

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    April 4, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    My name is Lori and I cannot believe how much I need your blog! I have learned so much from you here and somehow my kids always know when I have made a recipe from Jo Anna’s blog! Your photography is outstanding. I am not kidding! You have a gift! And The Hubby…Do Not get me started! (Hi Brad!!!). Everyday I look forward to your gorgeous pics, your recipes or whatever is on your mind. I am honored to call you friend, to be invited to your table and to giggle my pants off with you. Whatever you do with your blog I will be reading! You can know that is for sure! I too am solar powered, crave the water and love nice people. I don’t remember how old I am anymore…but I know how I feel! Some days OLD, somedays I am still fighting zits and peeing my pants with my girlfriends. It is a state of mind. Love you, Jo! Love you, Brad! (See…I just peed!!!)

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      April 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Lori! Love you lady! How did we not meet years ago?! I love our giggly get togethers – which reminds me that it’s time for another one soon isn’t it!! I’ll bring the wine. Thank you too, so much for being such a loyal reader – that humbles me. 🙂
      BTW, Brad says hi! Bahahaha!

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    April 4, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    You are truly an inspiration! I love your honesty and depth in your posts, they are such always such an enjoyable read (even for us young folk). I totally relate with your fun and giggly side 🙂

    Also, I think if you’re regretting your blog name, I say go ahead and make the change. Like the kids say these days, YOLO 😉


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      April 5, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      Oh, I love this comment Rachael – so much! I sometimes wonder if anyone even finds me funny, lol! Thank you for leaving such kind words! And you are right YOLO!!

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    April 4, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Not sure where you are in Canada but I am in Vernon, BC. It has been 20 degrees here all week, except today is raining. I am 50+ so one of your “senior” readers. I am raising my 9 year old granddaughter (since she was 14 months) and love to cook/bake, craft, knit, needle felt and ride my motorcycle when I am not selling real estate. Love your blog and think sharing more about YOU is good for you and good for us!

    • Reply
      April 5, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      20 degrees!! SO nice! It’s not been great here – I’m in Calgary – and we’ve had an 18 degree day, then the next day we were covered in the white stuff again! Got to love spring in Alberta! I love that you are raising your 9 year old granddaughter – truly amazing and such hard work! And riding a motorcycle is awesome!!!! Love it!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

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    April 5, 2013 at 5:28 AM

    Hi Joanna. I just happened upon your blog and good thing I’m seriously going to try the buffalo chicken dip. I have three teenagers and two if them are boys who love that dip. I love diy and food blogs and even though I am 50+ I am amazed at reading younger women’s blogs who have/had the same issues I had when mine were babies. I’m hoping to start a blog soon but I will certainly keep coming back. I also like the personal touch. Oh, I live in northeast Ohio. Good day!

    • Reply
      April 5, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Hi Monica! Oh you should definitely try that dip – your boys will love it!! And go for it and start your blog! It’s an amazing creative outlet! Thank you for reading along!

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    April 5, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Hi Joanna,
    Just came across your blog today by linking from your mom’s tips for making cut hydrangeas last. Love, love, love the recipe you shared! Will definitely be making that! It’s one of our favorite dishes out, but haven’t gotten it quite right at home. I am not a blogger, just a lurker. I’m always looking at DIY blogs for ideas & handy hints for the projects we do around our own home here in VT. DH and I were raised by the ocean but we love the quieter pace in the country. I am a 40 something, but I feel like I’m 24. The personal touch sounds great! It’s good to see that a blogger’s life and DIY reality is just as messy, time consuming and full of unexpected turns as ours is! Thanks for sharing & I will happily be coming back!

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      April 5, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Hi Sue! I’m so happy to have you here, and yes, please do come back, I’d be honoured! And I especially love that you came over from my Mom’s blog! 🙂 I too love the quieter pace of the country – I’m a country girl at heart and one day I’ll find my way back out there – the city just isn’t for me. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing a bit about yourself with me!

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    April 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    What a fabulous post, Jo!! I’m afraid to admit on my blog that I am on “older” blogger. I’m afraid it would scare away the young bloggers… I love everything you post, but you also are incredibly knowledgeable about social media, how to promote yourself, etc. etc. You have advanced my blog by leaps and bounds. I think if you gave tips on blogging – people would love it.

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      April 5, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      Thank you Mom! You should never be afraid to admit your age – we all earn every year we have and we should be proud we made it this far, hahaha! Thank you for your encouragement through my entire blogging journey! And what a great idea to maybe do some blog tips…the wheels are spinning, and I just might do that!

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    Dani @ lifeovereasy
    April 5, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Wow, what amazing comments! Feels like I just walked into a room of incredible women. This is my first time here, and what a pleasure to read your post. I have been really “shy” on my blog about opening up – it’s something I really want to do, but find it a challenge to get started. How amazing that you opened up and inspired your readers to share their stories too. And that chicken looks fabulous – I just might make a deal with the hubby to start calling him Brad if he makes it for me 😉

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      April 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Hi Dani! Aren’t all these comments SO great?! You did just walk into a room of incredible women, yourself included! I love how women can be sources of such amazing support and encouragement! I checked out your blog and it’s so great! Don’t be afraid to open up on it – I say just go for it – it’s your space! And too funny about your hubby, just start calling him Brad and maybe you’ll get your chicken dinner, hee hee!

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        Dani @ lifeovereasy
        April 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Thanks Jo-Anna, so nice to meet new blogging friends! Looking forward to really upping the food quality around here now that I’ve found your blog. xo.

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    April 6, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    I can’t quite recall how I came across your blog but very happy I did! I like the to read the personal side of a bloggers life along with recipes (who can’t use a new recipe in their rotation) and all the other stuff like crafts, DIY projects and home tours. I really like the recipe format you use! Some blogs have soooo many pictures before you get to the actual recipe! I will keep reading as long as you keep blogging! BTW, southeast Michigan here 🙂

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      April 7, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Hi Jan! I’m glad you found my blog too! Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment – they all mean so much to me!

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    April 7, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    I’m Beth.. I live in southwestern NH. I blog over at Same Ole’ sCrap, which is a play on words .. because I didn’t want it to be a vulgar title, and I’m a scrapbooker (among other things: I’m also an artist, a knitter, a runner, a gardner, a hiker and a foodie). I hear you on picking a name that you can live with. I’ve had my blog for about 8 years or so now and I often wish I had picked something else. Live and learn right? I am a mom to two teens, one is a senior, heading off to college in the fall, which is nuts and the other will be 16 this summer and is a sophmore currently. I work in our town’s elementary school where I’ve been for 10 years now and I’m starting to consider doing something else with my life but I don’t know what just yet.

    • Reply
      April 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Hi Beth! I think the title of your blog is so great – it’s very witty! Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself with me!

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    Grace @ sense and simplicity
    April 7, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    I’m an older reader – for decades I have had to figure out my age every time I’m asked. I lost track some time in my 30s. I’m sometimes surprised I”m so young and sometimes I’m surprised I”m so old 😉

    I’m from the Toronto ‘burbs and enjoyed this post. I struggle with being too open on my blog because my Mom told my aunts about my blog and they all read it so to admit that you are a complete and utter slob just might be too shocking for them. I leave my housekeeping skills off the blog, but otherwise my son and husband say that my blog sounds like me, which is a good thing. I’m going through a bit of blog angst these days so being more personal has given me something to think about. Thanks.

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      April 7, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Hi Grace! I so know what you mean about the age thing – I too am surprised I’m so young, but not either! 😉
      Thank you too – I’m glad you like my post! It really is hard to know how personal to get on a blog – I have family that reads mine too, so I do hold back a bit, plus I worry about alienating certain readers, and if I’m going to offend someone! But I feel better when I’m being real over here! It’s giving me back my passion for blogging! I say go for it! Get personal, mess and all! 😉

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    April 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna, just popping in to say I do love your blog. I enjoy reading about pretty much everything; DIYing, recipes, home decorating, crafting … I love that you seem very down to earth and real too.

    I’ve stopped looking at many of the “everything in my life is perfect” blogs because they just leave me feelin’ like I don’t measure up you know ! 🙂


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      April 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Oh thank you Elizabeth! I really try hard to be real, and down to earth, because I really really try hard to be both of those things in my real life! Happy to have you reading along!

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    Catie @ Catie's Corner
    April 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I love posts like this! It’s always fun to learn more about the blogger. I’m 35, from Northern California, although I lived in Vegas before I moved to Calgary 13 years ago. So yes, I am definitely solar powered! I’m sure you can imagine how much I HATE the winters here! Sometimes I feel like I’m much younger too. Last night I watched Heathers with my 14 year old stepdaughter. I’m always having her watch the movies I loved as a teen – like anything with Molly Ringwald!

    You probably already know that I’m a big fan of your blog! Your pictures are gorgeous and I love all your posts. The recipes are great and I’ve made my fair share of them. None of them have disappointed. I look forward to reading along for years to come! =)

    ~ Catie

    • Reply
      April 7, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Thanks Catie! I bet you hate our winters! They really are hard – especially with days like today! Grrrrrr
      And thank you so much for your kind words on my blog – I’m so happy to have you reading along!

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    nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma
    April 8, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    We’ve been reading each other’s sites for years already, and I’m excited to see you get more “up close and personal”… {says the queen of oversharing}.

    But that’s what differentiates us from magazines, a true voice with a backstory…I’ve been thinking the same thing lately…I haven’t been posting as much-the ebbs and flows of blogging…

    Much love,

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    [email protected]
    April 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious!!! I cannot wait to try it;)

    I prefer personal, otherwise we could just go to All Recipes and print out a recipe…that’s boring! I like knowing the story behind the recipe, or how you’re feeling while making the recipe:)

    I am about to celebrate my 17th annual 29th Birthday…LOL! I grew up in Southern California and ended up in Easter Iowa of all places. You just never know where life is going to take you. I am hoping that life will take me back to CA at some point 🙂

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    April 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I loved reading your post… both intriguing and disarming. I think more than anything else, we crave connection, and your invitation to connect drew me in. Actually, honestly, the cilantro lime coconut chicken drew me in from Happy Hour, initially…but then your post captivated me long enough to bookmark your blog. It will be fun to see what you realio trulio have to say in the coming weeks and months. Obviously, you have great taste in dinners. (=

    Happy Spring! Lynaea @

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      April 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Thanks Lynaea! I really love being able to connect with people, and blogs are the perfect platform! I’m happy to have you here – I hope you enjoy it!

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    Good Eats Friday: a delicious hodge podge >> a peek inside the fishbowl
    April 12, 2013 at 8:37 AM

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    Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party #12
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    […] how about this amazing looking Coconut Lime Thai Chicken from A Pretty Life – love the flavor combo and her photo is so […]

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    April 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    That pic of your chicken is wonderful; the light, composition, color….and I love that it’s not on the typical serving patter too! I love really good photography! I love your blog just like it is, but I understand wanting to change things up. I do it all the time at my place. Will be changing it up again soon in fact. I kinda look at changing up my blog like re decorating my house. It doesn’t cost me anything and it is fun to have a new look.

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    Roasted Coconut Lime Thai Chicken - Where Home Starts
    May 18, 2013 at 3:46 AM

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    July 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM


    Lovely blog you have. Saw the recipe for the lime thai chicken and wanted to give it a try. So glad I stumbled onto your site through Pinterest. I was looking at the no bake grasshopper pies and this picture caught my eye at the end of it. FYI, I’ll be 50 in a few months. I teach high school math in N. Ga, just outside of Athens, home of University of Georgia. Like so many of your other readers, I often feel younger and usually don’t even think about my age…until a big birthday comes along. I’m mom to two wonderful grown sons and wife of 30 years to Superman, no really. he’s wonderful. I’ll be coming back often to hear what you have to share and enjoy more recipes.

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