Salad Days


I need a weekend after this weekend. I love holidays – and I love three day weekends! – but with four kids these special days create a lot of extra work. If I want memories to be made, I have to help make them. So, Chris and I organized a neighborhood party that included classic [...]

Zucchini Pie on a Summer Day


Ahhhhhhh! This summer has gone by waaaaaay too fast.  After the terribly brutal winter we endured, I hoped for a hot, steamy, slow summer…but what we got turned out to be kinda cool and super fast.  I could use another three months of lazy days and sunshine. Perhaps one of my most favorite days this [...]

Bacony Spinach Salad with Dijon-Balsamic Vinaigrette


I happen to think that one of the great, simple joys in life is a hot homemade lunch. There is something so calming about taking a few extra minutes to prepare a special midday meal.  When food is enjoyed properly – at a table, in real dishes rather than in front of a laptop or [...]

Christmas Cookie Party – and Pecan Olive Sandwiches?


On Saturday my Aunt Sheila invited the ladies of the family over for a holiday cookie swap party. We all brought 3 dozen of a home baked treat, and we all left with several varieties.  It was such a nice way to spend a sunny afternoon.  I wish we could all get together more often, [...]

Homemade Broccoli Cheddar Soup


I’m posting this Broccoli Cheddar soup recipe at the request of my cousin Monika, who is spending the month with our family.  I prepared this soup for dinner last night, and she wants to make it once she returns to Poland in September.  She’ll be heading off to university in Krakow, and this is a [...]

Summer’s End…Almost


Ahhhhh…mid August. The last gasp of summer. The final push to check off all the “to-do’s” we put on our list back in June. It always comes to an end too fast, doesn’t it? We’ve had a wonderful summer, but I still feel a pang of guilt. Kids only get a few summers as children, [...]

Soba Noodles with Ginger and Spinach


Ever since Mack’s ear infection nearly a month ago, we’ve all taken turns fighting off cold symptoms. Runny noses, coughs, slight fevers.  Evie was up all last night coughing, and sweet little Vivian woke up at 4:30 this morning so sad and swiping at her ears.  I brought the kids to the pediatrician, and both [...]

Birthday Fun for 3 and 1!


Vivian and Mack celebrated birthdays this weekend, so last night we hosted what will hopefully be the first of many joint birthday parties for the two. Both are still too young to really care about sharing their special day with a sibling, but like all siblings there is a fair amount of rivalry in our [...]

Quinoa with Broccoli and Grapes


Evie didn’t have school yesterday, so I scheduled a playdate at our house. Her friend has a brother Mack’s age who came over, too, and all four kids had a blast all afternoon.  The mom and I actually had a real conversation (a rarity!) because the kids were so busy playing.  Seemed like the perfect [...]

Butternut Squash Tacos


A few weeks ago I bought a HUGE butternut squash for just $3.00 at the neighborhood farmers market.  Seriously, this thing was giant.  Like, bigger than a watermelon. When I saw it I knew it was a great buy because I can do so much with squash.  Roasted with maple syrup, tossing some in a [...]

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