We’re planning a New Year’s Eve party, so there’s a lot of list making going on ’round here.  The fun kind–we need cheese and chocolate for fondue, balloons and glitter for decorations, glowsticks and bells for the kiddos.  I’ve already printed out some 2016 resolutions papers for the kids to fill out–you can find those here: Kids 2016 New Years Sheet  and we’ll print these great questions out and take some time to hear about everyone’s 2015, too.  It’s time… Read more »

We invited friends over for a simple luncheon and I wanted to share these favorite recipes with you–one new favorite and one old! Spinach Bacon Mushroom Quiche 1 deep dish pie crust 4 strips bacon 1 cup chopped mushrooms 1 cup baby spinach 1 cup shredded cheese; monterey jack, cheddar, or any combination you like! kosher salt to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp) black pepper (I used about 1/4 tsp) 8 eggs 1 cup milk Preheat oven to 375…. Read more »

Here’s a lovely, tasty favorite around here (one that would be perfect for a Christmas breakfast, if one weren’t already addicted to Egg Scramble and Pioneer Woman Cinammon Rolls … 😉  )I give you … raspberry streusel coffee cake! Raspberry Streusel Coffee Cake 3 ½ cups unsweetened raspberries 1 cup water 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 1 ¼ cups sugar 1/3 cup cornstarch BATTER: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup… Read more »

This is going to be a limited post, as I’m dedicated to enjoying the afterglow of Christmas this week! What a lovely holiday we had, despite the things I didn’t accomplish (surprise, surprise!)  There were no Christmas cards sent, no cinnamon rolls delivered to friends, several people I was unable to purchase gifts for, *and* I realized yesterday I hadn’t made even one batch of fudge!  This has been a really tight season for us, and many times it was… Read more »

Well, it was a typical December week around here! We had a dance performance at the senior center … So lovely.  The boys and I made gingerbread houses … I love those silly little guys! Nicholas was concentrating so hard, and Micah queried, “I wonder who first made the idea of building gingerbread houses?” Nicholas didn’t look up, but immediately answered, “Professionals.” We went and saw a sweet friends’ daughters perform in a school play. Thursday was Victoria’s school choir… Read more »

The Weekly Wrap Up What a busy week it’s been! The boys worked hard putting our Christmas tree and lights up over the weekend … what a tree! Our landlord told us we were welcome to use it, since otherwise it was just sortof going to waste in the basement. Well, if ever a Christmas tree were to go to waste, it wasn’t happening on my watch. And so, ladies and gentlemen, here it is–the most Seussical tree I’ve ever… Read more »

The Great Thanksgiving Christmas Week Mashup

It’s arrived … the week of the Thanksgiving Christmas Mashup. Funny, isn’t it?  I love the change of seasons, and love to pull out all the fall decorations on the very first day of fall each year.  When we lived in Florida, of course, we *had* to hang colorful leaves everywhere … since there weren’t any real ones, we did it in self-defense against monotonous green, I think!  It served to make things feel a bit cooler, even if days… Read more »

I'll never be just a mom

I’ve been a mom for more than two decades now. What an amazing journey it’s been!  From the oh-my-goodness-they’re-letting-us-leave-the-hospital-don’t-they-know-we-don’t-know-what-we’re-doing? panic, to watching my daughter-in-law walk down the aisle, twenty-two years has brought more lessons and emotions than I could ever have imagined. When asked the loaded question, “What do you do?” I’ve proudly answered, “I’m a mom, and have eight children at home!” for many of those years. People have for the most part been wise enough to say, “Well!… Read more »

reflecting on blessings galore

What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had! The table, just before we all sat down! Note this year’s addition to the seldom-trifled-with menu: a Charlie Brown-style plateful of popcorn, pretzel sticks and jelly beans! We began preparations for the day on Monday of Thanksgiving week, ironing napkins and counting glasses to make sure we’d have enough–anyone else’s family seem to break glasses on an annoyingly consistent basis?!  Tuesday was dedicated to cranberry sauce and pie crusts. On Wednesday we baked the… Read more »

favorite thanksgiving recipes

Let’s get things straight: Food is important, people. And so, since I’m coming back to the blogging world during this most important food week of the year, I’m going to share … Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes– all in one place! Ready to have the best Thanksgiving? Here we go!!! First up: Celebration Turkey! Celebration Turkey 1 16 pound whole turkey, neck and giblets removed 3/4 cup butter, cubed 2 apples, cored and halved one or two whole sprigs of rosemary and… Read more »