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Life Goes On – In the Garden

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 | 0 comments

Like most of botany and other life sciences, this is simultaneously super cool and gross. With one question (“Which are the girl flowers and which are the boy flowers?”) we were launched into learning about the reproductive life of squash today. Very interesting and sooooo, uh, familiar. Ahem. And with the added delight of edible ovaries and stuff! (Squash = ovary. Yep. I said it was gross!) Here’s an enlightening explanation of the birds and bees and pistils and stamens, in case your little farmers ask you any questions about their Halloween pumpkins you wish you had answers to. Just try not to blush as you tell them. And if your squash plants are...

Frog Cookies

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 | 0 comments

This post is a follow up to A Frog Party and Frog Hats. Just a few tips on making Frog Cookies, from one who has been to the swamp and lived to tell about it.   1) Any old sugar cookie recipe will do, but I used a shortbread recipe because I wanted to and I am the Frog Queen. Add mini chocolate chips to the dough to make it wartier and chocolatier, but harder to get a cookie cutter through. Use the chips or not – it’s up to you. You are a Frog Queen.     2) To get them green, add matcha green tea powder, spirulina, chlorella, or any combination of those. I don’t...

A Sunday in the Life

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 | 1 comment

Sundays have finally become the easy, unplanned family days you sorta hope for when you start having babies. It only took us seven years. We are free of the (double!) stroller and the diaper bag (suitcase filled with everything plus anvils). We have breakfast together and no one has to help anyone else eat. We each take care of our own bodily functions, too. Score! We leave the house in the morning – not too early, not too late. We have one scheduled activity, then we are free the rest of the day. Since we’re already out, we stay out, meandering where the whim (and concentrated negotiation) takes the four...

This Is Not a Recipe – Veggie Mish Mash

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 | 2 comments

A dear, brave little group has assembled around me as I embark upon a three week sugar detox (I warned them I’ve lost my mind – although that was probably apparent due to my voluntarily giving up wine). Toward that end, we post tips, questions, and support to a Facebook group. If you’ve ever tried to explain what you’re cooking on Facebook, or pretty much anywhere, you know it can quickly bury you in blurry photos and hasty instructions. Instead of cramming all that into one FB post, I am cramming it all here. 🙂 One perk of having a paid-for blog (as opposed to having a read blog – ha)...

Glitter Emergency!

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 | 0 comments

  Out of glitter? A common conundrum, I know. It’s right up there with sparkle shortages and fairy dust droughts. If do you happen to find yourself in a glitter emergency, toss some aluminum foil in your cross cut shredder.       That was a close one. Glad I could talk you through it.   It can also make kinda awesome tinsel. Ghetto tinsel. But tinsel.       Happy Winter Crafting! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr...

Protected: It Comes and Goes

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 | 2 comments

My kid is campaigning to be unschooled. He doesn’t know it, of course. He’s never even been taught what that is. Typical unschooler. I just happen to provide 1) supplies (they are shoved out of the way in drawers and bins, under a bunch of other stuff) and 2) opportunity (I’m in another room contemplating whether walking once a month counts as exercise) and he just does stuff. He taught himself to write, which was alarming but not exactly dangerous (unless you count the spilng). He taught himself to climb on TOP of his outdoor play house. Why? I don’t know. Because it’s there. From there, he hoisted his swing up as high...

End of Summer

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 | 8 comments

Here’s what we did today to celebrate August, the summer harvest, and the ending of the season. It required a book from many seasons ago. Those cringingly cute craft books you see for 20 cents at yard sales or used book stores (or when Nana cleans out her garage)? Go ahead and pick one up – you never know.   Instructions: 1) Assemble materials. 2) Painfully drag kids through making one object each. 3) Do the rest yourself.     This is a fairly intricate project for 4 and 6-year-olds. Mine kept up fairly well with the tracing, pooped out on the cutting, and revved back up for select gluing, painting and...

Nerd Alert

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Do other six-year-olds make To Do Lists? It should be noted that this one doesn’t read yet. Or write anything else but his name. His name and To Do lists. Yep. That’s normal, right? I’m not sure if I should be worried or really super excited. I’m a bit of a hyper-organized person myself in the most gleeful, “LOOK, 20 different colored Post-Its!” kind of way. I see office supplies and my mind starts racing with ways to employ them to make my life even more colorfully efficient. I just bought this insanely large calendar on which to record everything that it’s possible to plan. I refuse to mount...

Things I Learned at the Mall

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 | 3 comments

It’s a good idea to visit your city’s biggest mall more than a couple times a decade if, for nothing else, than to miss out on that feeling that you’ve been missing out. I used to love to shop. In particular, I wanted to be in the center of the action, where the biggest stores with the most delectable selection were located. Don’t give me a rinky-dink suburban branch; I want the flagship store or nada. I want choices! Then, I had babies, they never stopped crying – ever, the world shuddered on its axis, and never settled down the same way again. My mall days were over. I was...

Breakfast Sushi

Posted on May 22, 2015 | 2 comments

When your family is on an elimination diet, it can be a real struggle (and that’s putting it nicely) to find foods they A) Can Eat, and B) Want To Eat. Those are generally mutually exclusive, especially with children. And husbands. And selves (oh, carne asada fries, I miss you so). This was a breakfast collaboration between my sushi-loving kid and me this morning. You can make it all yourself, or let the kiddos rip up the seaweed themselves and have at it. Do-It-Yourself food of any kind wins with kids. And husbands. And selves (less work for me!). Prepare this at your breakfast bar – call it a sushi bar...

Happy Earth Day!

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Earth Day or not, my kid wants to be in the dirt. Specifically, planting in it. Or weeding it. Or hoeing/raking/shoveling it. Gardening it! He loves it so much, it was his birthday party theme for two years. Where he gets this passion for gardening, I have no idea because it is the polar opposite of anything I would ever volunteer to do. I love to be outside but preferably resting my feet on some warm terracotta hardscape, a cold beverage in my right hand and a Bill Bryson book in my left. For one thing, I cannot STAND bugs. I hate them. HATE them! The way they skitter so fast, and...

Farmstand Party

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 | 1 comment

  My most popular Pinterest pin by a factor of like ten million is A Frog Party. It’s just a little old post telling about a party I threw for my kiddo and lamenting the availability of frog-themed party supplies and how to make them yourself. A few months after that party, I threw an even more ambitious Farmstand Party. I was so thoroughly exhausted from these two endeavors that I have only just now mustered up the energy to do a post about it. (Oh, yes, holidays, house guests and going out of town the morning after the party had something to do with it, but that’s life in the...

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