My husband gets up for work at 2:30am. I get up at 5. And neither of us has super-powers (if I did, I think the ability to function on no sleep would actually be a really useful power. But flying would be more fun. Oh, this is hard). So we’re both really addicted to appreciative of […]
The Hot Chocolate Bar
Usually, after school, we have a tight schedule. The kids have a snack and get to work on music lessons/homework/practice/whatever else is going on that afternoon. But every once in a while (usually on Fridays), it’s good to be The Fun Mom. The Non-Nagging Mom. The Homework Skipping Hot Chocolate Embellishing Mom. So we recently […]
Stovetop Spiced Apple Cider Recipe
Oh, goodness, I do love apple cider. It’s just so…fallish. And winterish. And when you make it on the stove it makes your entire house smell HEAVENLY, it really does. In a house where people still argue with me over showering and try to re-wear dirty clothes, good smells are not taken for granted. So […]
Banana Chai Smoothie
How to esplain the banana chai smoothie? I’m a smoothie girl, but in general I’m a 3-ingredient fruity, yogurty, juicy kind of smoothie girl (unless, of course, you can put some chocolate in it. Then I’m that kind of smoothie girl.) But I’m not a complicated, spice-putting kind of smoothie girl. Until now, I mean. Until. Now. […]
You hear all about cranberry cocktails and sparkling cranberry drinks this time of year (confession: I might be working on one myself to share soon). But you know what you rarely hear about? Cranberry cider. You should, though. I don’t know how apples cornered the market on hot cider, because the humble cranberry is quite tasty […]
=Honestly, I didn’t think this would work. I wanted a drink with tastes of fall — pumpkin and spices and things like that. But I wanted a cold drink for once, instead of all the warm drinks I normally have about now. A milkshake seemed like the way to go, but I didn’t know if […]
How to Make the World’s Best Hot Chocolate
This is my family’s hot chocolate recipe. We have it when the weather gets chilly. We have it when we’re looking for a little something sweet along with breakfast. We have it when we visit my parents’ cabin, where my mom taught each of the kids to make it so that she can get up […]
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Finally. Finally, we’re getting around to some (almost) sweater-weather…at least a little fall chill, and an occasion to wear pants (for most of us. Ahem.) And. Finally, it’s soup-weather. I do love a good soup. One you can start in the slow cooker and smell cooking all day long. Paired up with a nice loaf of […]
Go on An Outing.
Sometimes, I just gotta get out of my house. And so — for those stir-crazy days — a list of free places to take the kids and connect simply. (and cheaply!) For more posts on connecting simply with your children– nothing expensive, nothing complicated — click here.
Let Them Be Them.
So last Halloween, I had a crew of minions, a Gru, and a Lucy. This year, I wanted to do another family theme. With four kids, there are so many possibilities! The Chronicles of Narnia children (though I changed my mind when one of the kids suggested I be the witch), the three little […]
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