What Does Love Taste Like?

We had an off-beat morning today.  We missed the morning service at church, so I planned to take the girls to the evening service.  I had to pick something up on the way, and the errand took longer than expected.  And of course, the girls were hungry.  Realizing that it would practically be bedtime by the time we made it… Read more →

BEST. BREAD. EVER.

As far as I am concerned, artisan bread is the best culinary creation on the face of the planet. If I could get away with it, I would live on artisan bread alone. Everything about it hits the spot- the heavenly aroma; the irresistibly crunchy crust; the soft, moist, chewy center; the delectably hearty flavor with a slightly tart twinge… It… Read more →

Bama Deeda Eggs (AKA Country Poached Eggs)

Growing up, one of my all-time favorite breakfasts was my mama’s Country Poached Eggs- so creamy and hearty and delicious and filling and full of different textures.  I still make the dish for my own children, and they lovingly refer to the dish as Bama Deeda (Grandma Aleta) Eggs. One of the best things about this dish is that it… Read more →

Ridiculously Yummy Cashew Mac and Cheese *Quick Style from Boxed Mac*

Sometimes I need a break in the kitchen.  And sometimes when life throws up all over and then continues to wretch, I need something quick for dinner, and I need it right now!  I don’t like relying on processed foods, and I try to have healthier options available when I find myself in a pinch.   Nevertheless, sometimes things simply… Read more →

The Magic of Cashew Milk

I can remember my mother making fresh cashew milk in the morning when I was a kid, and there wasn’t anything better!  I love the flavor and consistency of cashew milk.  It is rich and creamy, slightly nutty, and unusually smooth.  I love the fact that you can get a very creamy, smooth product without having to strain any fibrous… Read more →

Extending Your Favorite Foaming Hand Soaps

Though I usually make my own foaming hand soap concentrates from all-natural ingredients, every once in a while I still love to splurge on special occasions and buy a favorite fragrance or two from Bath & Body Works (especially around the holidays).  But the penny-pincher in me cringes at paying so much for a little bottle that  the family will… Read more →

Homemade Gourmet Seasoned Salts

A whole new world was opened to me when I ran across a post on seasoned garlic salt made by Monica at The Yummy Life.  I had never given much thought to making such a simple seasoning at home… mostly, I suppose, due to the fact that I thought garlic salt was always made by adding garlic powder to salt.… Read more →

Homemade Greek Seasoning Recipe

Once I realized I could re-purpose Parmesan cheese lids as shaker tops on my mason jars, I began making my own homemade seasoning mixes and never looked back!  It is so rewarding to exercise your creativity and handcraft your own mixes with the ability to cater to your family’s specific tastes and dietary needs.  You can adjust the sodium and sugar levels,… Read more →

My Child & Me

She walks the path before her with curiosity, wearing the mantle of bold exploration.  She sees the people we pass along the way with jubilation and greets every individual with a gusto-infused, “Hi!  I see you!”  The thought doesn’t even cross her mind to question whether every person she meets should be recognized and looked in the eye and given… Read more →

Consternation defined:

…when mommy tries to go clothes shopping with two toddlers in tow, and just as she reaches into the cart to gather her garments to try on, both children decide to bolt ahead of mommy to race her to a stall in the fitting room… but they disappear at warp speed into the MEN’S fitting room… Read more →

Raining Aid and Compassion

Two days ago I found myself in a terrifying position that made my heart stop. My day with the girls began the same way most of our shopping days do: Eliana loves practicing with her coveted safety scissors as she cuts up scrap paper “helping mommy coupon.”  In the mean time I furiously snip away, turning our living room into a field… Read more →

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.

~Dinah Craik

 

Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.
―Debra Ginsberg

Sweet, Motorcycle-Riding Hubby

You know your husband loves you when he installs a sissy bar and buys you a helmet for Christmas so you can ride the motorcycle with him…  You know just how endearingly excited he is about the whole thing when he hands you the helmet in the kitchen and asks if you want to wear it while you cook dinner Read more →

“Look, Grandma!”

Jonathan and I picked up a neat trick from his aunt, Mica.  Because pointing can sometimes be an awkward or offensive gesture in public, depending on the circumstances, Mica has taught her children to “show” with a gently extended arm and an upturned palm, rather than point with an extended index finger.  After a number of interesting encounters in public… Read more →

In Loving Memory of Grandma May

Other than my parents, my grandmothers were the most influential figures in my life.  My maternal grandmother, LaVera May (for whom I am named), invested much of her life in me, pouring countless hours of her love and attention into my life.  Not only was she caring, strong, dependable and generous, but she was also fiercely spiritual.  In fact, it is… Read more →

Going to Seattle

During our visit to grandma and grandpa’s this month, we decided to fly into Portland and meet the family there in order to explore the coast for a few days before continuing on to grandma and grandpa’s house.  We went from Portland to Tacoma to Seattle to Ellensburg before we headed home.  As we were exploring the various attractions of… Read more →

Happy Father’s Day!

Eliana: Happy father’s day, dada!!! Jonathan: Well thank you, baby! Do you know why I’m a daddy? Eliana: Yes, dada! Because you LOVE me!!! Read more →

Aunt Rachel’s

Eliana LOVES visiting Aunt Rachel’s… Mommy, is it time? No, baby. Now? No baby. How about now? No. Come eat breakfast. At Aunt Rachel’s?!?! No. Here. At Home.  I want Aunt Rachel’s food! I guess you’ll have to ask her for a snack when you visit, then. Right now?!? No, child. WHEN, then??? When Uncle Josh leaves for work, baby.… Read more →