Love from Hell

Valentine’s Day — a highly commercialized expression of love, some would say. Not the most wonderful time of the year for those who don’t have someone to love (worse for those who have someone who doesn’t return their love). But for our kiddos, it’s another way to show their affections for friends and even teachers….

…And then turkey feet appeared on the mantel.

There was much to be thankful for last week: a roof over our heads, relative good health of loved ones, food on the table. We were thankful that we could bring a grand crowd over to fill the house and share many delicious things to eat. And that’s what I perhaps love the most about…

Weekend treat: Apple Pie Dip

Happy Friday! Here’s a quick little treat that is so fast to make it’s almost a sin not to treat yourself to a batch of this at some point over the weekend. Whether you’ve got friends coming over or are planning a movie marathon for 1, this is a seasonal must: Apple Pie Dip with…

In lieu of flowers.

It was a bright, clear Summery sort of Sunday recently when the phone rang and my mom told me that one of my great-aunts had passed away. She was 87 years old, and had lived a long, full life. While she never married, or had kids of her own, her many nieces and nephews gave…

How I learned to “stick” it to the birthday cake

When we last left off, the Party on a Stick was coming together pretty well. Menu was set, agenda was loose – because we’re talking about a 4-year-old, folks; his attention span is no longer than a twig in many matters – but the cake was a new issue. Our kiddo loves cake pops, so…

It’s a party on a stick.

I realize that, not too long from now, my child will begin to make more and more suggestions for throwing his birthday party. Likely involving licensed characters that he’ll become enamored with. But in his fourth year of life, while he’s interested in some of the characters he’ll see on a PBS station, or from…

The Easter Scramble

I like to obsess. That’s not news to anyone who’s stopped by and read even one post. So the opportunity to host an Easter gathering for some family with less than two weeks’ notice was one I was happy to let myself get a little absorbed in. The mission: brunch. But not a ton of…

New Tradition for the New Year? Lazy PJ Brunch

Having kids changes just about everything in your life – in a good way! It’s just that sometimes it takes you a little while to figure out how. Take New Year’s Eve, for example. As new parents, we struggled with how to maintain our friendships and celebrating around this event, staying up late and caring…

Time to Make the Cookies…

Happy December, everyone! I’m both excited that this month has arrived and a little spooked that it’s already December. The fact that we’re just a month away from a new year beginning is kind of mind-blowing. However, with December comes… 25 Days of Cookies! Amy, a creative blogger who shares all sorts of fun and…

Full of Thanks

If you remember, we started building our centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table a little while ago. It started out looking pretty bare, as a picture showed in the post describing how we created it. Before taking the Thankful Tree down to make room for Christmas decorations, we took a moment to admire the final tree….

Letting my mind empty.

I did quite a bit today. I would have liked to do more. But I’m feeling pretty good about where I’m at right now. Which involves a cup of warm milk, a couple of cookies, and the following recipes for tomorrow completed or underway: Cranberry Sauce Pumpkin Pie Stuffing Turkey – had a nice soak…

One week to go.

And, the clock is ticking already on a fabulous food-centric holiday: Thanksgiving! One week from today, 17 people will gather around the table at our house, give thanks, and enjoy a meal that everyone has contributed to. It’s been a wonderful tradition that we’ve enjoyed hosting for over a decade now. As the years have…