How to Cook Winter Squash and Root Vegetables

I LOVE fall.  It is my favorite season by far.  People ridicule me for this, but it bounces of of me like rain off my REI raincoat. I’m in Seattle, so fall means rain.  OK, most seasons mean rain, but fall means steady, soft, and unrelenting rain. We don’t get too many crazy storms like…

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Baby For Rent…

18 months is not my favorite age.  That’s about as nice as I can say it right now. Both of my boys on the day they turned 18 months had some sort of sneaky, aggressive, annoying, whiny gene activate that turned them into tiny Tasmanian Devils. (While I was writing that sentence Will illustrated it…

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Halloween Craft #2- Paper Plate Ghost Decorations

We LOVE to do crafts around here.  But they are not the gorgeous, Pinterest, looks like Martha just was here type crafts.  They are ones actually made by my kids, and supervised by a non-perfectionist Mommy.  And they look like this… It was supposed to look like this… Theirs actually looks like a somewhat scary…

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Pasta With Roasted Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic

This is true comfort food to me. All it needs is a glass of wine, maybe a chocolate chaser, and I am in heaven.  I have not a drop of Italian blood in me, but I somehow have the stomach of an italian.  I love crusty bread dipped in Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.  I…

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Drowning in the Little Things… and Finding Hope Again

I am amazing in a crisis.  I mean, I could direct FEMA if they asked me.  Something clicks in me and I go into this mode where I can access memories I didn’t know I had, and multitask and prioritize like a triage nurse. But when it comes to the daily crisis of raising a…

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Its Time for Halloween Crafts! First Up- Haunted Houses

I actually LOVE the fall.  And it is finally cold and cloudy here today!  That might not sound like a big deal, but for Seattle- it is.  80 days without rain.  That is unheard of for us, and frankly, I hate it. I love the fall.  The cold weather, the rain, the hot apple cider.…

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Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

My kids don’t eat vegetables.  I mean not at all.  Pumpkin and the occasional zucchini, both snuck into breads and pancakes, are our only hope. So, when Julia fell in love with Starbuck’s Pumpkin Scones, I knew I had to learn to make these at home.  We’ve tried a number of variations, and this one…

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