Remember that just the other day I mentioned I had been on an unexplained baking frenzy the last few weeks? Here is some small proof of my efforts – homemade peppermint bark. I’m addicted to the Williams Sonoma peppermint bark but luckily now, I can make it at home all the time and no longer… Continue reading Homemade Peppermint Bark
I was very recently tasked with baking a tourtiere, a French-Canadian meat pie. (And by very recently, I mean like, it’s in the oven as I am typing.) It’s been 20 years since I’ve tasted meat and cooking it always involves a lesson in trust. Because it’s been so long since I’ve eaten meat, I’ve… Continue reading The tourtiere.
For the first time in perhaps my entire life, I am embracing the idea of holiday baking. I’ve always said that I’m a better cook than a baker (and it’s true – I lack that certain je n’ais se quoi that most bakers seem to instinctively have) but for some unknown reason (I’ll blame Christmas), I’ve… Continue reading Holiday Baking.
I don’t know about you, but all the candy surrounding holidays like Halloween makes me want to try even harder to find fun, healthy ways we can celebrate holidays like this one with less refined sugar. (Plus, did anyone see the recent study about the connection between sugar and cancer?) Technically, Halloween isn’t a “recognized”… Continue reading Healthy Halloween Class Treats
Our school hosted its annual Trunk or Treat this past week and I was in charge of one of the grade’s trunks. The ToT coincides with the school’s book fair, so I piggybacked off their theme (fairy tales) to create this unusual, fairy-tale inspired trunk. It’s based off the Grimm’s tale, The Star Money, about… Continue reading The Star Money Fairy Tale Trunk or Treat
Yes, I am still busy over here meal planning! I haven’t shared lately because by the time I get my meals laid out, groceries ordered and picked up and back home, I’m wiped. And let’s be honest, too. Infant twins are a lot to handle. I wouldn’t trade them for the world, but there… Continue reading Meal Plan October Week 3 (Behind the Scenes!)
The weather is finally starting to feel like fall here in central Texas. (Though, the trees… the trees do NOT believe in fall. They are still firm, green, bushy and strong like they always are.) The boys have been playing outside more which makes me so happy to see. They’ve been swinging on their swing set,… Continue reading Collections.
Yay – the school year has started! Our oldest is back in school and now, our meal plans have been altered a bit to include easy, whole-foods lunches that we can pack and send with him… along with healthy after-school snacks that I can make in advance and have ready for the afternoons. You’ll now… Continue reading Weekly Meal Plan – August Week Four
I admit to being lured into all those pretty Pinterest-ey chore charts at first. You know the ones – beautiful, efficient, so-organized-and-perfect-that-it-can’t-be-true-kids-use-it-took ones. Luckily, I took a step back for a moment and remembered that in this season, simpler is better. Rather than buy new, to slow down, be creative and use the materials I (mostly)… Continue reading Easy DIY: Magnetic Chore Chart
I’ll be the first to admit my children don’t have a ton of toys. We don’t rush to buy them the newest thing and we’re pretty selective about what we allow in the house (to the extent we can be). Nevertheless, somehow children’s toys end up with a million small parts that ended up scattered… Continue reading Introducing: Our Toy Library (Part 1)