I See Me: the Myth of the Mirror vs. Reality

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see the same thing when you look at a selfie? These questions posted by @SarahDanne on Twitter started a little experiment. Four strangers came together to compare the myth of the mirror versus the reality seen from outside observers. The "I See Me" … Continue reading I See Me: the Myth of the Mirror vs. Reality

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Move over Pumpkin – It is time for Butternut Squash

Fall is full of magnificent flavors – pumpkin, apple, cranberry, and squash. Butternut squash is one of my favorite Fall flavors. Cooler Fall temperatures rev up my desire to serve soup on my table. Put the two together and Butternut Squash soup is what is left. My Butternut Squash soup is simple and goes from … Continue reading Move over Pumpkin – It is time for Butternut Squash

Creating Family Fun with October Fall Adventures

When the calendar flips to the month of October, I officially feel like Fall is upon us. I know technically Fall starts at the end of September, but it doesn’t feel real until we turn the page of the calendar and start plotting our Fall adventures. The weekends of October are quickly filled with Fall … Continue reading Creating Family Fun with October Fall Adventures

How to Get Out of a Rut and Get Your Groove Back

How many people find themselves in a rut from time to time? I define a rut as a period of time when you lose all routine. I need routines to keep me organized, productive, and feeling in control. When I have a good routine in place everything seems to fall into place and even the … Continue reading How to Get Out of a Rut and Get Your Groove Back

A Taste of Fall for the Breakfast Table

Pumpkin is my favorite Fall flavor. I love pumpkin everything – pie, bread, lattes. Pumpkin is also a super food and high in a number of vitamins and minerals. My mission in life is to create delicious foods my children love that are secretly full of nutrition. One of my favorite ways to accomplish this … Continue reading A Taste of Fall for the Breakfast Table

Lamenting the Last While Celebrating the First

Motherhood is a celebration of firsts. We wait with anticipation for the first smile, laugh, and steps.  The list goes on and on.  What we talk about less often is that motherhood is also filled with a series of lasts. The last moments often go by unnoticed, just a blip on the radar of our … Continue reading Lamenting the Last While Celebrating the First

Apple Cranberry Muffins Bring Fall to your Table

It is October and with it comes Fall and my favorite flavors – Apple and Pumpkin. Today we are going to salute the Apple with my delicious Apple Cranberry Muffins. I make a lot of muffins because they provide portion control and versatility of flavors.  Apple Cranberry muffins are equally good as breakfast, brunch, or … Continue reading Apple Cranberry Muffins Bring Fall to your Table

Small Town Family Restaurants

Our recent trip to Northern Michigan reminded me why I love small town family restaurants. Eating out with children can be such a struggle. As a parent, I don’t want to McDonald’s to be their only idea of eating out, but dropping $50.00 for no one to eat is no fun either. We find the … Continue reading Small Town Family Restaurants

Homemade Taco Spice Blend for Taco Tuesday

It is said necessity is the mother of invention. Never is this more true than in my kitchen. The feeling when dinner is all planned out and I suddenly make the discovery that an important ingredient is missing is devastating. Now what? Do I go to the store? Do I scrap the whole plan and … Continue reading Homemade Taco Spice Blend for Taco Tuesday

Why We Need the Family Job Chart

Five people live in our beautiful house. Five people and all of their stuff fill every corner of our beautiful house. Five people also wear clothes, use dishes, take showers, and brush their teeth in this beautiful house. Because five people contribute to the clutter and mess, five people should participate in keeping the house … Continue reading Why We Need the Family Job Chart